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State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 70%

Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003)

"A skillful but spiritless thrill machine, T3 makes a good case for why James Cameron and company perhaps didn't envision a trilogy."

Posted Jul 10, 2003

Nick Rogers

2 79%

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

"Brisk, exciting and, at times, wildly funny, Pirates wisely channels blockbusters of old that didn't have the benefit of more-more-more effects or angst-filled, Daddy-didn't-love-me plotlines."

Posted Jul 10, 2003

Nick Rogers

3 38%

Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (2003)

"I would not have thought it possible for two movies to contain this many jokes about lip gloss, makeup, exfoliating, shampooing and conditioning." EDIT

Posted Jul 8, 2003

4 38%

Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (2003)

"I would not have thought it possible for two movies to contain this many jokes about lip gloss, makeup, exfoliating, shampooing and conditioning." EDIT

Posted Jul 8, 2003

5 11%

Alex & Emma (2003)

"Say, since Alex and Emma is supposed to be all about people of letters and the creative process, maybe somebody interested knows. Is lame-o all one word or hyphenated?"

Posted Jul 8, 2003

Paul Povse

6 62%

Hulk (2003)

"What we ultimately are left with seems to be a case of a director's serious, high-minded aesthetic in unholy alliance with inherently silly material."

Posted Jul 8, 2003

Paul Povse

7 87%

28 Days Later (2003)

"One of the year's finest, 28 Days Later pushes forth all the scream-and-jump fun of a horror flick, but offers a human resonance that lingers longer than any of the scares."

Posted Jul 7, 2003

Nick Rogers

8 44%

Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle (2003)

"By the time Demi Moore leapt from a building and flew through downtown Los Angeles like Neo, my brain gave up and wearily waved the white flag."

Posted Jul 6, 2003

Nick Rogers

9 48%

XXX (2002)

"XXX happily wallows in the fact that it's 100-percent loopy, kinetic and silly."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

10 41%

Wrong Turn (2003)

"Wrong Turn has plenty of bad -ations: decapitation, mutilation, evisceration. But it's got an unexpectedly fun -ation - its hillbilly variation on Panic Room."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

11 64%

Willard (2003)

"The ultimate payoff doesn't quite equal its heady set-up, but the film is still a nasty little good time."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

12 48%

Undisputed (2002)

"In a better movie, we wouldn't feel compelled to choose which fighter to root for."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

13 35%

The Real Cancun (2003)

"With its shimmering cinematography, The Real Cancun is better at hiding the city's grimy exterior than at being fun to watch."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

14 41%

The Core (2003)

"The Core has a crackerjack ticking-clock momentum that builds with a what-could-possibly-go-wrong-next vibe."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

15 33%

Tears of the Sun (2003)

"Tears waffles so much between three 'war-is' mentalities - hell, redemptive and super-cool for explosions - that it's hard to truly connect."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

16 74%

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)

"The only thing we don't know after watching Spy Kids 2 is whether Robert Rodriguez's constantly churning brain leaves him any time to sleep at night."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

17 5%

Serving Sara (2002)

"If he so chooses, David Schwimmer could make a movie co-starring Gallagher and Yakov Smirnoff. It would have to be better."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

18 7%

Boat Trip (2003)

"No one comes off worse than Cuba Gooding, Jr., whom the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences could sue for defamation had the movie's advertisements put 'Academy Award winner' before his name."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

19 14%

View from the Top (2003)

"It aggressively browbeats you into enjoying it while it's on, even if it's the sort of movie that evaporates from memory once the lights come up."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

20 76%

Frida (2002)

"A maddeningly vague biography, Frida is all the worse for starting off with such narrative promise and visual pizzazz before degenerating into boring, episodic misery."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

21 78%

25th Hour (2003)

"25th Hour is both Spike Lee's condemnation of and valentine to what we've done before, but also a strangely inspiring reminder of how beautiful the mere opportunity to choose can be."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

22 25%

Formula 51 (The 51st State) (2002)

"Elmo touts his drug as being 51 times stronger than coke. If you're looking for a tale of Brits behaving badly, watch Snatch again. It's 51 times better than this."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

23 17%

Abandon (2002)

"In the end, the film is less the cheap thriller you'd expect than it is a fairly revealing study of its two main characters - damaged-goods people whose orbits will inevitably and dangerously collide."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

24 71%

The Ring (2002)

"While The Ring is not horror-flick greatness, it's a good shot of gothic creepiness with enough unsettling scares that will keep you awake at night."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

25 69%

Red Dragon (2002)

"Because this is the second time he's pimped out this Oscar-winning meal ticket for a hefty paycheck, maybe Anthony Hopkins should be forced to give his statuette back."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

26 88%

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

"Phillip Noyce makes us cry not at the way human determination triumphs, but how its mere existence can keep us going through seemingly insurmountable odds."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

27 55%

The Santa Clause 2 - The Mrs. Clause (2002)

"Amazingly, the film juggles all the elements well without being messy, instead playing fair and tying up all the loose ends."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

28 79%

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

"Punch Drunk Love feels like a movie Billy Wilder would make if he were he hitting his stride today and able to include liberal, but appropriate, profanity."

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

29 65%

Possession (2002)

"A sumptuous, century-spanning romantic epic ... in other words, the last thing you'd expect from Neil LaBute"

Posted Jun 27, 2003

Nick Rogers

30 5%

The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

"The movie is set in 2087, or approximately 100 years after scribe Neil Cuthbert last bothered to touch up his script."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

31 66%

Shanghai Knights (2003)

"Instead of penning a funny action film, the screenwriters created a Mad-Lib filled with wink-wink instances where the two main characters run into historical bigwigs."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

32 96%

The Pianist (2002)

"As the ghetto atrocities increase, Roman Polanski gets to the core of his brilliance as a director - his ability to balance the film's exterior nightmares with Szpilman's internal hell."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

33 71%

Phone Booth (2003)

"Phone Booth is a movie completely disconnected from what suspense should be like."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

34 81%

One Hour Photo (2002)

"This is the best and boldest performance of Williams' career."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

35 60%

Old School (2003)

"A movie that might make your face hurt with laughter and has its heart in a high-enough place while its mind is in the gutter."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

36 11%

National Security (2003)

"If rampant misogyny and racism sound like a laugh riot, by all means see National Security, a 'comedy' so aggressively unpleasant that it's worthy of squirms."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

37 37%

Star Trek - Nemesis (2002)

"Well, there goes the theory about the even-numbered ones all being good."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

38 96%

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

"Michael Moore clearly and convincingly expresses his rage at the way fear, violence and the ignorance they both breed are whittling away this country's soul."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

39 43%

The Rules of Attraction (2002)

"It's an outstanding film, clearly stamped with some bravura filmmaking techniques, an impeccable soundtrack and a stereotype-shattering performance from James Van Der Beek."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

40 20%

Knockaround Guys (2002)

"When the movie mixes the cornpone and the Cosa Nostra, it finds a nice rhythm."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

41 53%

The Transporter (2002)

"A serviceable Euro-trash action extravaganza, with a decent sense of humor and plenty of things that go boom - handguns, BMWs and seaside chateaus."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

42 8%

Extreme Ops (2002)

"We get awful effects and endless shots of stuntmen filling in for B-grade actors (such as Bridgette Wilson-Sampras) traveling down mountains. How fascinating."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

43 38%

They (2002)

"On the heels of The Ring comes a similarly morose and humorless horror movie that, although flawed, is to be commended for its straight-ahead approach to creepiness."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

44 68%

Treasure Planet (2002)

"It's not one of Disney's greatest, but it's solid entertainment."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

45 12%

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (2002)

"Only in the world of Adam Sandler could an animated message of inter-faith holiday appreciation be mixed in with a sextet of defecating deer, a woman with three breasts and songs about hatred and drinking."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

46 1%

The Master of Disguise (2002)

"In the end, Dana Carvey is left wishing he could disguise himself as Mike Myers, or himself circa 1986. At least then, he would be funny again."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

47 31%

Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)

"The movie flirts with incisive, witty segments, but it's ultimately yet another anti-inflammatory comedy about racial identity that devolves into a one-joke affair."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

48 62%

Identity (2003)

"With its airtight structure, tension and impressive performances, Identity is not only the most intelligent thriller of the year so far, it's also the best."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

49 82%

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

"The franchise is showing no fear at exploring the novels' darker moments, but needs to judiciously pare down the time it takes for the lights to come up."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

50 19%

House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

"It's like a Clive Barker gore-fest as interpreted by an idiot carnival showman, robbed of anything that would make it work."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

Nick Rogers

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