Authors

Mixed Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 89%

In America (2003)

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Ned Depew

2 83%

Avatar (2009)

"Who wouldn't want to be Na'vi, with their lithe, slim bodies, their grace, their unfailing marksmanship, their long braids that literally mind-meld with other creatures and the spirits of their ancestors, their abs and buns of steel, their cheekbones so h"

Posted Dec 26, 2009

Jill Cozzi

3 75%

Sunshine (2007)

"Like the films it grandly and unabashedly pays homage to, Sunshine is serious science fiction for those who prefer to think of space's real possibilities rather than escape into fantasy."

Posted Jul 8, 2007

Gabriel Shanks

4 94%

Three Kings (1999)

"With characters you can root for and a story that is both engaging and honest, Three Kings goes for the gold and comes out a winner."

Posted May 11, 2007

Gabriel Shanks

5 83%

Grindhouse (2007)

"As a glimpse into the minds of two iconoclastic directors -- both of whom came of age watching the films they now pay homage to -- this retro-electric trip is sheer bliss."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Gabriel Shanks

6 66%

Miss Potter (2007)

"A perky style reminiscent of second-rate Jane Austen....a parable of female empowerment and class strife swathed in bustles and British witticisms."

Posted Dec 13, 2006

Gabriel Shanks

7 56%

Keeping Mum (2006)

"Maggie Smith is like Mary Poppins...with a meat ax. Serial Grandmom strikes again."

Posted Oct 7, 2006

Martin Scribbs

8 25%

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

"There is a natural limit as to how deeply any film, but especially a would-be summer blockbuster, can dig into radical ideas of faith and history. To his credit, Ron Howard hits that limit."

Posted May 21, 2006

Martin Scribbs

9 44%

Casanova (2005)

Posted Jan 3, 2006

Jill Cozzi and Gabriel Shanks

10 87%

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

"The Marlboro Man has reawakened as an archetype fully realized, brimming with ambivalence and complexity."

Posted Nov 28, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

11 92%

Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

"Gabriel Over the White House encourages its viewers to live the fantasy of the philosopher-king, but never counts the costs of such a regime."

Posted Nov 19, 2005

Martin Scribbs

12 67%

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

"If you guessed, 'a wheezy social problem drama,' you're right."

Posted Nov 19, 2005

Martin Scribbs

13 76%

Transamerica (2006)

"Issues of gender differrence are employed only to reinforce less original dilemmas -- family dysfunction, dating woes and (eek) meeting the grandparents."

Posted Oct 30, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

14 49%

The Dying Gaul (2005)

"Rarely has a film exposed the tender, brutal line between love and cruelty so magnificently."

Posted Oct 30, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

15 89%

Paradise Now (2005)

"Essential cinema not because it answers questions about terrorist ideology, but because it discovers those questions are disturbingly similar to those about ourselves."

Posted Oct 30, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

16 84%

Mysterious Skin (2005)

"A raw and unadorned look at child abuse and its idiosyncratic repercussions."

Posted Oct 30, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

17 57%

Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

"Effortlessly nailing coquettish mannerisms and employing a hilarious come-hither vocal quality, Murphy is magnetizing, fascinating, and eminently likeable."

Posted Oct 30, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

18 93%

Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)

Posted Oct 29, 2005

Ned Depew

19 ——

Last of the First ()

Posted Oct 22, 2005

Jill Cozzi

20 68%

North Country (2005)

"An unusually taut film about misogyny that, for the most part, escapes the clichés that often bog down the battle of the sexes."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

21 69%

The Adventures of Felix (Drôle de Félix) (2001)

Posted Sep 28, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

22 62%

Proof (2005)

Posted Sep 28, 2005

Ned Depew

23 94%

Proof (1991)

Posted Sep 24, 2005

Ned Depew

24 65%

Dorian Blues (2005)

"Ultimately has little insight into the experience it chronicles. News flash: growing up gay is rough. Who did not know this already?"

Posted Sep 19, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

25 88%

Broken Flowers (2005)

Posted Aug 23, 2005

Ned Depew

26 84%

Mysterious Skin (2005)

Posted Aug 7, 2005

Ned Depew

27 43%

Three Dancing Slaves (Le Clan) (2005)

"Darkly rich in character and mood, provocative in intent...but ultimately foiled by inattention to its own story."

Posted Aug 6, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

28 32%

The Baxter (2005)

"It argues, ironically, that pretty people should only end up with pretty people, and the best we can do is hope that the temp with bad hair will find us equally nerd-hot."

Posted Aug 1, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

29 38%

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

"Bombastic, whimsical, and delicious, The Brothers Grimm is really a comic ghost story wrapped in the postmodern folds of Shakespeare In Love."

Posted Aug 1, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

30 27%

Fantastic Four (2005)

"You can feel the flopsweat of the screenwriters, laboring to make their jokes work and their scenes interesting."

Posted Jul 7, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

31 63%

Ladies in Lavender (2005)

Posted Jul 5, 2005

Ned Depew

32 60%

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Posted Jul 5, 2005

Ned Depew

33 82%

Hustle & Flow (2005)

"Meditative and fierce, quiet and pounding, HUSTLE AND FLOW runs the board in a way that few films even attempt."

Posted Jul 1, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

34 74%

War of the Worlds (2005)

"The man who gave human dimension to the effects of holocaust in Schindler's List has now prostituted human extermination for entertainment. Bread and circuses, indeed."

Posted Jul 1, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

35 70%

Off the Map (2003)

Posted Jun 7, 2005

Ned Depew

36 55%

Lords of Dogtown (2005)

"Reaches beyond the cinematic frame as far as it can to catch big air, giving its audience a you-are-there viscerality."

Posted Jun 4, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

37 87%

Howl's Moving Castle (2005)

"The straightforward narrative constantly seems at odds with Miyazaki's dreamy landscapes and fanciful flourishes."

Posted Jun 3, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

38 64%

Heights (2005)

"At times the film seems to have nothing more on its mind than the predictable rhythms of soap opera."

Posted Jun 3, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

39 80%

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D (2005)

"there's a highly complex character in Anakin screaming to get out, and neither writer/director Lucas nor actor Christensen has the chops to set him free. "

Posted May 22, 2005

Jill Cozzi

40 65%

Unleashed (Danny the Dog) (2005)

"...inside this particular piece of hard celluloid candy is a soft, sweet, gooey center."

Posted May 16, 2005

Jill Cozzi

41 97%

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

"While Smartest Guys sometimes veers into C-Span2: The Movie territory, just then another shocking tidbit will drop to keep the fires stoked."

Posted May 15, 2005

Martin Scribbs

42 39%

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

"Ultimately, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN can't change actual history. So instead, everyone has to grow a conscience...even the Crusaders have to feel bad about the Crusading."

Posted May 8, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

43 39%

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

"It's clear that Ridley Scott set out here to make as uncontroversial a film about the Crusades as it's possible to do. "

Posted May 8, 2005

Jill Cozzi

44 75%

Crash (2004)

"CRASH is about the racism we all carry within us, a fact of which Haggis feels he must remind us in almost every scene, lest we forget without his wise counsel. "

Posted May 7, 2005

Jill Cozzi

45 80%

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D (2005)

"An unexpectedly sweet pleasure... a dark and gripping slice of space opera, it successfully avoids the pitfalls of its predecessors."

Posted May 5, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

46 91%

After Innocence (2005)

Posted Apr 30, 2005

Jill Cozzi

47 78%

Sin City (2005)

"As close to a museum-quality work of visual art as Hollywood as ever seen."

Posted Apr 5, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

48 90%

Kung Fu Hustle (2005)

"With everything bigger and grander in Chow's singular universe, it's easy to overlook one small detail...that Kung Fu Hustle is less satisfying than its predecessors."

Posted Mar 20, 2005

Gabriel Shanks

49 93%

Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004)

"Nothing more can be done to lay the concrete reality of poverty out for persons of conscience. Take and read."

Posted Mar 14, 2005

Martin Scribbs

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