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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 68%

Brüno (2009)

"Cohen probably did not consciously echo The Magic Christian, but he would have done well to learn from it."

Posted Jul 13, 2009

Pam Grady

2 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"Fast, funny and absolutely delightful."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

Pam Grady

3 89%

Moon (2009)

"Jones displays such a complete command of his narrative that it is hard to believe this is his first feature."

Posted Jan 22, 2009

Pam Grady

4 30%

Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

"The major highlight is the awkward, out-of-step dialogue between Lane and Gere as their budding relationship morphs from wariness to friendliness to love."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Telly Davidson

5 21%

The Doorman (2008)

"Despite the fact that The Doorman features dozens of cameos by real-life boldface names, the film itself is a mess."

Posted Sep 23, 2008

Brent Simon

6 5%

College (2008)

"Personally, I wouldn't waste a $5 drink on this one, but I do understand that teen's irritation."

Posted Sep 12, 2008

Brent Simon

7 48%

Towelhead (2007)

"Nearly a decade after the triumph of American Beauty, Ball has stumbled to the level of American Booty."

Posted Sep 10, 2008

Richard Horgan

8 43%

Blindness (2008)

"Ignore that wretched Riviera buzz, because Blindness is a haunting work and a wonderful distillation of José Saramago's novel."

Posted Sep 9, 2008

Pam Grady

9 43%

Death Race (2008)

"The movie Death Race most resembles is not Death Race 2000 or even another action movie but rather a beloved 1994 prison drama."

Posted Aug 22, 2008

Pam Grady

10 62%

Hamlet 2 (2008)

"Nowhere is the failure of this film more evident than in the much ballyhooed Elisabeth Shue subplot."

Posted Aug 21, 2008

Richard Horgan

11 91%

Transsiberian (2008)

"Nowadays, Kingsley is a bit like the English version of Morgan Freeman - an actor with a seemingly inherent reservoir of gravitas, yet no qualms about glossy paycheck gigs."

Posted Aug 15, 2008

Brent Simon

12 75%

Elegy (2008)

"In the early scenes of the two lovers discovering each other's bodies and personal quirks, Coixet coaxes work from Kingsley and Cruz that is remarkably intimate."

Posted Aug 8, 2008

Brett Buckalew

13 38%

Swing Vote (2008)

"Carroll turns Costner into her comic foil, effectively relegating the Oscar winner to giving a supporting-sidekick performance in his own film."

Posted Aug 1, 2008

Telly Davidson

14 32%

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008)

"Ironic, then, that 20th Century Fox's quiescent sales job may ultimately cost the film a suitable first-weekend box office splash."

Posted Jul 25, 2008

Brent Simon

15 54%

Mamma Mia! (2008)

"It is not merely that Pierce Brosnan cannot sing; it is that he looks so uncomfortable doing it."

Posted Jul 21, 2008

Pam Grady

16 94%

Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

"Had Werner Herzog lived 500 years ago, he probably would have become a celebrated conquistador, mapping out brave new worlds."

Posted Jul 2, 2008

Pam Grady

17 69%

The Wackness (2008)

"Kingsley's pot smoking puddle of regret is one of the few Big Apple personas to come close to Hoffman's bag of Ratso Rizzo tricks."

Posted Jun 30, 2008

Richard Horgan

18 51%

Get Smart (2008)

"The smartest thing about the movie is the way Alan Arkin and Terence Stamp inject a little bit of that 1960's spirit."

Posted Jun 20, 2008

Pam Grady

19 50%

Sex and the City (2008)

"Opt for the much better (and much shorter) version made in 1959 starring Hope Lange, Diane Baker, Suzy Parker and Joan Crawford."

Posted May 30, 2008

Pam Grady

20 30%

War, Inc. (2008)

"The filmic equivalent of a bleating, hot microphone - all crossed wires and misfunneled energy."

Posted May 27, 2008

Brent Simon

21 59%

The Fall (2006)

"The best movie of the year so far by a wide mile."

Posted May 12, 2008

Brett Buckalew

22 39%

Speed Racer (2008)

"All in all, I'm pretty sure Hunter S. Thompson had hallucinations like this."

Posted May 9, 2008

Brent Simon

23 88%

Hear and Now (2007)

"It's the merging of filmmaker and daughter that makes this documentary and memoir so compelling and appealing to a mass audience."

Posted May 7, 2008

Shelley Gabert

24 57%

Noise (2007)

"A much better strategy for alarm activist Bean would have been to give Robbins a microphone and make this as a trenchant documentary."

Posted May 6, 2008

Richard Horgan

25 67%

Redbelt (2008)

"The journey has its charms, but the destination calls to mind Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?""

Posted May 2, 2008

Brett Buckalew

26 53%

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

"Mostly works because it's well cast, wildly written and full of good, old-fashioned comedic friction."

Posted Apr 28, 2008

Brent Simon

27 67%

The Auteur (2008)

"There's no Hitchcock in The Auteur, which is surprising considering the second syllable of the Master of Suspense's surname."

Posted Apr 25, 2008

Richard Horgan

28 84%

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

"The phrase "good enough" applies, without any negative connotations that might unintentionally summon forth."

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Brent Simon

29 26%

Anamorph (2008)

"A pale imitation of David Fincher's Seven."

Posted Apr 16, 2008

Shelley Gabert

30 76%

Captain Abu Raed (2007)

"Writer-director Matalqa cites City Lights as one of his favorites, and to Chaplin there are two predominant connections in his film."

Posted Apr 10, 2008

Richard Horgan

31 25%

Sex and Death 101 (2007)

"A fun, sloppy treatment of a profound premise that, as a reunion project between Waters and Ryder, feels right."

Posted Apr 10, 2008

Brent Simon

32 47%

My Blueberry Nights (2007)

"Right from the beginning, there's a discomforting sense of banality blanketing the film: the journey, the pie motif, the faith in "new beginnings.""

Posted Apr 4, 2008

Kevin Biggers

33 47%

Run Fatboy Run (2007)

"A fry-up of American, British and Irish comedy sensibilities that will have no trouble satisfying mainstream movie appetites."

Posted Apr 2, 2008

FilmStew Staff Report

34 36%

21 (2008)

"Across the Universe star Jim Sturgess reaffirms himself as a sympathetic, highly likable screen presence."

Posted Apr 1, 2008

Brent Simon

35 65%

Stop-Loss (2008)

"Much of Stop-Loss' first act feels like the cast of Hee-Haw auditioning for a Best Years of Our Lives remake."

Posted Mar 31, 2008

Brett Buckalew

36 80%

The Hammer (2007)

"Succeeds in spite of itself."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Brent Simon

37 88%

Young@Heart (2007)

"The best film I've seen so far this year and easily one of my favorite documentaries ever."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Lisa Johnson

38 43%

Hats Off (2008)

"A wonderful continuation of Johnstone's previous age-is-but-a-number twilight documentaries Martha & Ethel and Throwing Curves."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Richard Horgan

39 82%

Hors de Prix (Priceless) (2006)

"Tautou positively sparkles as a crafty master of the French Riviera sexual-favors-for-financial-rewards shell game."

Posted Mar 27, 2008

Richard Horgan

40 18%

Chapter 27 (2007)

"Leto's performance is as great a physical, if not emotional, transformation as Charlize Theron's "hagging it up" for Monster."

Posted Mar 25, 2008

Telly Davidson

41 52%

Funny Games (2008)

"Posits that we humans are a persuadable lot, willing to accept almost anything in the name of entertainment."

Posted Mar 14, 2008

Brent Simon

42 53%

Penelope (2006)

"The success of Juno has re-set the bar for whimsical tales of headstrong, intelligent young women grappling with life difficulties."

Posted Mar 6, 2008

Brent Simon

43 55%

Married Life (2008)

"Cooper and Brosnan display more genuine chemistry than anything that passes for sparks between Cooper and kept woman McAdams."

Posted Mar 5, 2008

Richard Horgan

44 42%

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

"There will always be adults who want to catch up on the history lessons they slept or passed notes through during their younger years."

Posted Feb 29, 2008

Brent Simon

45 35%

Vantage Point (2008)

"Jittery, Bourne-style-lite mayhem, with edits every one-half to one-third a second."

Posted Feb 22, 2008

Brent Simon

46 56%

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

"Charlie's more unsavory activities spring from the same source tapped in Rock 'n' Roll High School by Clint Howard's Eaglebauer character."

Posted Feb 22, 2008

Pam Grady

47 93%

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

"The character of Poppy is an entirely original female film protagonist, sort of a British working class version of Annie Hall."

Posted Feb 22, 2008

Richard Horgan

48 66%

Be Kind Rewind (2008)

"Gondry is the first director since School of Rock's Richard Linklater to fully capture Black's truculent charm and actually make it - charming."

Posted Feb 21, 2008

Pam Grady

49 86%

Beaufort (2008)

"Announces to North American audiences a major new talent in the form of 39-year-old writer-director Joseph Cedar."

Posted Feb 20, 2008

Richard Horgan

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