New York Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 16%

Crossing Over (2009)

"This focus on uneasy spiritual and political transformation runs into thematic banality. Although more than a set of patchwork, Crash-like homilies, Crossing Over is almost as didactic."

Posted Feb 25, 2009

Armond White

2 61%

Eleven Minutes (2008)

"Eventually, the film stops being an entertaining look at what goes on behind-the-scenes at one designer's headquarters prior to Fashion Week and just becomes frustrating."

Posted Feb 18, 2009

Mark Peikert

3 25%

Friday the 13th (2009)

"Somewhere inside Jason Voorhees' latest escapade is a hilarious comedy yearning to break free from the stifling clutches of its over-serious guardians."

Posted Feb 18, 2009

Simon Abrams

4 59%

The International (2009)

"Though stylish, it lacks the aesthetic-moral force of such political thrillers as Francesco Rosi's Exquisite Corpses, Peckinpah's The Killer Elite, Spielberg's Munich or DePalma's Blow Out."

Posted Feb 18, 2009

Armond White

5 90%

Must Read After My Death (2007)

"As much as it is a peek behind the closed doors of a marriage, Must Read After My Death is a grotesque glimpse into how a medley of therapists operating from their own prejudices did more to hinder than help this unhappy family."

Posted Feb 18, 2009

Felicia Feaster

6 92%

Katyn (2009)

"It's a story of personal legends -- unknown soldiers and civilians. As Wajda deliberately unravels their various narrative strands, like a desperately ripped flag, a national tragedy doesn't cease; it haunts."

Posted Feb 18, 2009

Armond White

7 82%

Two Lovers (2008)

"For a movie with the word 'lovers" in the title, Two Lovers may be a dark and dreary affair, but one not without its rewards."

Posted Feb 11, 2009

Mark Peikert

8 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

"Drained of energy and vigor, Gomorrah confuses gangster fantasy for art."

Posted Feb 11, 2009

Armond White

9 25%

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

"Australian director P.J. Hogan is one of the most original contemporary comic filmmakers -- better than the chick-flick genre ever had."

Posted Feb 11, 2009

Armond White

10 8%

Memorial Day (2008)

"Fox's directorial debut is a strangely fascinating piece of misguided intentions, a crooked attempt to editorialize on the ugliest aspects of human nature gone awry."

Posted Feb 4, 2009

Eric Kohn

11 32%

Fanboys (2008)

"It's a ticklish footnote to the Star Wars phenomenon."

Posted Feb 4, 2009

Armond White

12 90%

Coraline (2009)

"An animated film that might be too good for children. It arrives in time to expose the atrocious Wall-E."

Posted Feb 4, 2009

Armond White

13 58%

Taken (2009)

"Action-movie aficionados know to look forward to Besson's spatially energized productions, and the new film Taken maintains his high standards."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

Armond White

14 60%

Senki (Shadows) (2007)

"Shadows presents the old superstition vs. rationality argument with sociological undercurrents and more than a few surrealistic touches."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

Armond White

15 82%

Serbis (Service) (2008)

"As a twitchily sensational series of interconnected images, it's an awesome nugget of faux-trash gold."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

Simon Abrams

16 70%

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2009)

"Her story has inspired millions, so why does she comes across as such a pill in the new documentary Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh?"

Posted Jan 28, 2009

Mark Peikert

17 29%

New In Town (2009)

"Rarely has Hollywood populism been so transparent."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

Armond White

18 43%

Chandni Chowk To China (2009)

"Chandni Chowk to China never captures our imagination the way those twin Tarantino films did, mostly thanks to a lead character who's too dumb to root for, much less believe in."

Posted Jan 21, 2009

Mark Peikert

19 93%

Of Time and the City (2009)

"Of Time and The City should inspire moviegoers to pursue full recognition of their cultural experience. Davies doesn't detach art from life; he knows it's the key to what makes us citizens and humans."

Posted Jan 21, 2009

Armond White

20 21%

The Lodger (2009)

"Unlike Terence Davies, whose use of the cinematic past becomes a felt element in his storytelling, writer-director David Ondaatje repeats the past so inexpertly that The Lodger (an update of Alfred Hitchcock's 1926 film) is almost comically schlocky."

Posted Jan 21, 2009

Armond White

21 49%

Donkey Punch (2008)

"Oliver Blackburn's British thriller Donkey Punch offers such a unique thrill: It indulges in juvenile scares by placing them in a larger canvas of sophisticated moods."

Posted Jan 21, 2009

Eric Kohn

22 83%

Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) (2008)

"Doris Dorrie's Cherry Blossoms translates a foreigner-in-Japan experience much better than Sofia Coppola could."

Posted Jan 14, 2009

Armond White

23 51%

Notorious (2009)

"Notorious is merely pop product."

Posted Jan 14, 2009

Armond White

24 89%

Made in U.S.A. (1966)

"Made in U.S.A. is a tonic experience; its style is both vibrant and severe like Godard's 1985 Detective. But it's also Godard's most soulful movie."

Posted Jan 7, 2009

Armond White

25 57%

Defiance (2009)

"As in The Siege, Courage Under Fire, The Last Samurai and Blood Diamond, Zwick compromises complexity with maudlin formula."

Posted Dec 31, 2008

Armond White

26 25%

Bedtime Stories (2008)

"That Skeeter benefits from what he does for his niece and nephew is an object lesson in responsibility and benevolence -- and it blesses the audience, too."

Posted Dec 29, 2008

Armond White

27 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"It's cynical dramedy for people who pride themselves on being smart -- that is, unsentimental."

Posted Dec 23, 2008

Armond White

28 72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"Indifferent to [F. Scott] Fitzgerald's ideas about society and ambition, Fincher falls back on Hollywood cliché -- reworking both Titanic and Forrest Gump."

Posted Dec 23, 2008

Armond White

29 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"Not only is Singer's filmmaking aesthetically frustrating (lacking coherent visual rhythm) but his juvenile regard of the July 20, 1944, plot to kill Hitler -- one of 15 documented attempts -- is intellectually insulting."

Posted Dec 23, 2008

Armond White

30 21%

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

"This film is a perfect illustration of how to screw-up a remake despite having a perfect example in front of you."

Posted Dec 17, 2008

Armond White

31 96%

The Class (2008)

"It's all designed to flatter the middle-class art-film audience's patronizing attitude toward the Third World."

Posted Dec 17, 2008

Armond White

32 45%

Yes Man (2008)

"Too bad Yes Man is directed by Peyton Reed, a tone-deaf, buzz-kill comedy specialist. You've never seen Carrey flail like he does under Reed's incompetence."

Posted Dec 17, 2008

Armond White

33 27%

Seven Pounds (2008)

"Throughout Seven Pounds, Smith looks tired and drawn but not half as weary as audiences who subject themselves to this, the year's least-enjoyable movie concept."

Posted Dec 17, 2008

Armond White

34 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"Aronofsky inflicts as much pain on the audience as self-flagellating Ram Jam does when brutalizing/mutilating himself in and outside the ring."

Posted Dec 17, 2008

Armond White

35 66%

Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

"Out-perversing Gus Van Sant's Milk, Soderbergh makes a four-hour-plus biopic about a historical figure without providing a glimmer of charm or narrative coherence."

Posted Dec 11, 2008

Armond White

36 34%

Adam Resurrected (2008)

"Watching an entire film revolving around Goldblum becomes an exercise in frustration."

Posted Dec 11, 2008

Mark Peikert

37 87%

Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes) (2007)

"By the end, details fall into place with a minimum amount of exposition or explicit explanation, making it the best kind of action movie -- the kind that's actually about action."

Posted Dec 10, 2008

Simon Abrams

38 78%

Doubt (2008)

"Streep in her black bonnet and Hoffman with his meticulously parted hair and long, clean fingernails are never quite believable."

Posted Dec 10, 2008

Armond White

39 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"This is pitiful, nostalgic fun for Dirty Harry fanatics. Yet it lacks the political edge that made the Dirty Harry movies provocative."

Posted Dec 10, 2008

Armond White

40 85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"Though a less satisfying effort than Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy exhibits Reichardt and co-writer Jonathan Raymond's deftly subtle touch and both writers' compassionate take on how deeply poverty settles into their characters' bones."

Posted Dec 10, 2008

Felicia Feaster

41 61%

The Reader (2008)

"By the time The Reader lays on Jewish guilt, the calculation of sex, morbidity and piety becomes risible if not offensive."

Posted Dec 10, 2008

Armond White

42 25%

Four Christmases (2008)

"Four Christmases is the kind of film that you should only watch if you're trapped on an airline and can't fall asleep, the kind of holiday film that makes Jingle All the Way look like a cinematic tour de force."

Posted Dec 3, 2008

Simon Abrams

43 50%

Antarctica (2008)

"Manages to combine sizzling sex scenes with an actual heart, putting all of the low-budget gay trash that American audiences must suffer through to shame."

Posted Dec 3, 2008

Mark Peikert

44 37%

Transporter 3 (2008)

"Forget the Oscar bait, Transporter 3 is the only movie you need to see this season."

Posted Dec 3, 2008

Armond White

45 94%

Milk (2008)

"A bizarre manipulation of the gay political impulse."

Posted Dec 3, 2008

Armond White

46 55%

Australia (2008)

"Baz Luhrmann's Australia isn't a history of the penal colony turned commonwealth, but Luhrmann's absurd, cliché-ridden filmmaking ought to be a jailable offense."

Posted Nov 26, 2008

Armond White

47 57%

Special (2006)

"A great genre film dissects authentic problems without attempting to supplant them. Reasonably enough, Special belongs to that category with the rest of Magnet's Six Shooter Series."

Posted Nov 20, 2008

Eric Kohn

48 11%

Lake City (2008)

"All of these movies uneasily coexist under the umbrella title of Lake City, which is a shame because Sissy Spacek can be found wasting a genuinely affecting performance in this mess."

Posted Nov 20, 2008

Mark Peikert

49 89%

Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (2008)

"That Nov. 23, 1968 contest throws filmmaker Kevin Rafferty a potentially great subject. Rafferty catches it, runs with it and then fumbles."

Posted Nov 20, 2008

Armond White

50 50%

We are Wizards (2008)

"A better approach would have been one that focused less on a child's home movies and performances and more on why he's on stage singing about an imaginary wizard."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Mark Peikert

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