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Groucho Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

Cedar Rapids (2011)

"Detailed and consistently funny observation of small-town sincerity muddling through a dog-eat-dog world."

Posted Feb 18, 2011

Peter Canavese

2 71%

10 (1979)

"10's tossed-off quality keeps it from greatness, but it also distinguishes it from the great mass of contemporary comedies smoothed to a shiny, edgeless formula. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Peter Canavese

3 69%

You've Got Mail (1998)

"The well-honed dramedic performances by endearingly mock-cranky Hanks and quirky, cryin' Ryan add just enough weight to what might otherwise float away...[Blu-ray]"

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Peter Canavese

4 77%

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

"I'm not sure there's anyone alive that believes the 1951 film lives up to Lewis Carroll's deathless 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but the animated feature remains a perfectly decent slice of kid-friendly surrealism...[Blu-ray]"

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Peter Canavese

5 90%

The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010)

"Tati's masterful mime easily inspires an animated treatment, recapturing his graceful comic body language and 'no subtitles required' international appeal."

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Peter Canavese

6 19%

Just Go with It (2011)

"Adam Sandler movies are for everyone! Unless you're ugly, uncool, old, fat, gay, non-white or, heaven help you, all of the above. "

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Peter Canavese

7 93%

Another Year (2010)

"In achieving a credible realism, Leigh and his actors refreshingly avoid the tidy and obvious."

Posted Feb 4, 2011

Peter Canavese

8 78%

Red Hill (2010)

"Hughes shows chops in setting a mood and carrying out the grisly business of shotgun showdowns and torturous mano a mano sessions...[Blu-ray]"

Posted Jan 31, 2011

Peter Canavese

9 80%

Barney's Version (2011)

"Since Barney’s Version is nothing if not a character study, Giamatti is the surly, sarcastic selling point."

Posted Jan 21, 2011

Peter Canavese

10 67%

The Company Men (2011)

"The TV-bred Wells...has written and directed The Company Men without ever coloring outside the lines: it’s all a bit too neat and obvious and predictable."

Posted Jan 21, 2011

Peter Canavese

11 98%

Broadcast News (1987)

"By looking at the small-screen picture...[Brooks] provocatively suggests that America's socio-political problems are pretty much the same as the personal problems of its citizens. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jan 17, 2011

Peter Canavese

12 46%

Step Up 3 (2010)

"Incredibly stupid in just about every way. And yet, it had what may have been my favorite scene at the movies this year...[Blu-ray 3D]"

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Peter Canavese

13 64%

Biutiful (2010)

"Biutiful doesn’t seem to have much to say about all this sadness, except that death, like love, makes us want to be better people."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Peter Canavese

14 43%

The Green Hornet (2011)

"Spews noxious gas and obnoxious patter."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Peter Canavese

15 90%

Lebanon (Levanon) (2010)

"Blood, sweat and oil...the only thing worse than the dark, hellish, odorous claustrophobia of the tank's innards is the tunnel vision afforded by the gun-sight...[Blu-ray]"

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Peter Canavese

16 87%

Blue Valentine (2010)

"A postmodern tragedy of two people at odds who are both right and both wrong in their argument, sharing responsibility for the birth and death of love."

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Peter Canavese

17 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"Though the carpe diem theme comes as something of a surprise, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps makes its political points, with 'moral hazard'—the dark side of second chances—the film’s punny refrain."

Posted Dec 31, 2010

Peter Canavese

18 90%

True Grit (1969)

"The girl with the strength of a man, and the man with a sensitive heart (albeit under layers of crust). The calculated softening of Wayne's macho persona at long last won him the Oscar. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Dec 30, 2010

Peter Canavese

19 60%

Rush Hour (1998)

"Chan...can make something out of nothing, while Ratner's chief skills seem to be talking himself into the director's chair and hiring the right people. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Dec 29, 2010

Peter Canavese

20 80%

Made in Dagenham (2010)

"While the story of these striking seat-cover seamstresses is well worth telling (and sadly still relevant, given the need for last year’s Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act), screenwriter William Ivory and director Nigel Cole...do not tell it well."

Posted Dec 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

21 72%

Somewhere (2010)

"Somewhere feels like it’s made by the grandchild of Antonioni (and, in an artistic sense, perhaps it is). It’ll drive at least half the audience crazy, while the rest will walk out with a light buzz."

Posted Dec 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

22 86%

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"The film’s impeccable emotional truth and delicate touches of black humor owe in equal part to screenwriter, director and stars."

Posted Dec 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

23 96%

Restrepo (2010)

"Despite being a moving reminder to support our troops, Restrepo cannot help but be "Exhibit A" in the case against the unwinnable "War on Terror.""

Posted Dec 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

24 53%

Knight & Day (2010)

"As a pure popcorn, dreams-writ-large, kiss-kiss-bang-bang, globetrotting romp, Knight and Day delivers. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Dec 17, 2010

Peter Canavese

25 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"Doggedly obvious melodrama...But what makes the clichés palatable is a communal commitment to getting the story right."

Posted Dec 17, 2010

Peter Canavese

26 72%

I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)

"It's funny because it's true. That's the idea behind the mad-love story I Love You Phillip Morris, which gets its kicks by being much stranger than fiction."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Peter Canavese

27 20%

The Tourist (2010)

"Venice is pretty alright, but like its namesake (or, for that matter, like a kidney stone), The Tourist is just passing through."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Peter Canavese

28 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"Where Black Swan most succeeds is in Aronofsky's high-flying style, his approach to the story as a fever dream blurring the fine line between a performer playing a role and a psychotic succumbing to delusion."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Peter Canavese

29 82%

Fantasia 2000 (2000)

"A worthy successor to the original concept, allowing the next generation of animation talent to cut loose. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Peter Canavese

30 96%

Fantasia (1940)

"Though Fantasia didn't perform as well as Walt Disney had hoped, it remains a testament to his exceptional cinematic genius. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Peter Canavese

31 0%

Nutcracker in 3D (2010)

"Vienna. The 1920s. Albert Einstein sings...a world of proto-Nazi space-ranger rats led by a nasty, singing Andy Warhol rodent. But I don't have to tell you the beloved story of The Nutcracker..."

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

32 86%

Unstoppable (2010)

"With its one-track premise, Unstoppable derails thrills."

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

33 79%

Fair Game (2010)

"Respectable but rather soggy."

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

34 52%

The Next Three Days (2010)

"Audiences may roll an eye here or there, but they're unlikely to lose interest in John's efforts."

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

35 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"Like Ralston, Boyle is an adrenaline junkie, and the film's opening moments establish the searching energy of filmmaker and subject."

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

36 41%

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

"This PG-rated Jerry Bruckheimer production is slick as an oiled weasel: larded with fancy special effects, canned romance, corny humor and a general lack of sophistication. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

37 ——

The Pacific (2010)

"Succeeds in giving a vivid impression of the nature of this theater's combat, creating a venue for both powerful emotions and thoughtful consideration of provocative questions... [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 12, 2010

Peter Canavese

38 65%

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

"Ask yourself, would you rather show your kids Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Marmaduke? I don't want to live in a world where the answer is the latter. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 7, 2010

Peter Canavese

39 85%

The Sound of Music (1965)

"The Sound of Music is high-fructose corn-syrupy, built on simplistic psychology, unnaturalistic acting and historical inaccuracy. It's also well-nigh irresistible. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 7, 2010

Peter Canavese

40 100%

Modern Times (1936)

"There can be no better description for Modern Times-or indeed, Chaplin's career-than the film's initial title card: "A story of industry, of individual enterprise-humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness." [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 7, 2010

Peter Canavese

41 99%

Toy Story 3 (2010)

"A story with timeless, universal themes: family, coming of age (and leaving behind childish things), and the inevitable time when, past our prime, we will all face potential social obsolence. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 7, 2010

Peter Canavese

42 91%

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

"Cuarón filigrees his film with brilliantly outsized projections of Harry's fears and underlying realities. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 6, 2010

Peter Canavese

43 71%

Monsters (2010)

"Zigs where other monster movies zag...a trip worth taking."

Posted Nov 5, 2010

Peter Canavese

44 72%

Megamind (2010)

"The promise of extraordinary brain power isn't fulfilled."

Posted Nov 5, 2010

Peter Canavese

45 100%

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1954)

"Synthesizes the traditions of the samurai narrative and the American western to create an intimate epic with deeply felt ground-level consequences. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Peter Canavese

46 100%

The Magician (Ansiktet) (The Face) (1958)

"Both a rebuke to critics and a confession of charlatanism, The Magician puts forward a one-of-a-kind examination of the problem of truth in life and in art. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Peter Canavese

47 66%

Tamara Drewe (2010)

"Ever so charming...with some satirical snap to its characterizations."

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Peter Canavese

48 93%

Beauty and the Beast (2012)

"As far as "Classic Disney," Beauty and the Beast pretty much has it all. Y'know, for kids. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Oct 20, 2010

Peter Canavese

49 71%

Red (2010)

"Stars four Oscar-winning actors. It's not every day that you're able to use 'Helen Mirren' and 'heavy artillery' in the same sentence, but Red gives you the opportunity."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Peter Canavese

50 79%

Nowhere Boy (2010)

"As a broad-strokes account of Lennon's complicated family dynamic, trouble-making youth, and first tentative steps toward rock stardom...succeeds as both entertainment and a rumination on the roots of one man's nascent artistry."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Peter Canavese

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