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Groucho Reviews

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
72%

Eight Below (2006)

"Marshall sort of gets away with murder by walking the line of pitiless Antarctic cold and family-film warmth."

Posted Feb 17, 2006
2
23%

Freedomland (2006)

"The uncommon flavor and unconventional rhythms of Price's writing make Freedomland compelling."

Posted Feb 17, 2006
3
43%

"Morgan and Wong's snarky iterations on their initial premise don't show much development...a fair diversion but, make no mistake, a waste of time."

Posted Feb 10, 2006
4
22%
5
69%

"The skillful 2D-CGI animation hybrid starts out charmingly enough, with cute sight gags and general monkeying around, but...even kids may lose interest in the labored story."

Posted Feb 10, 2006
6
19%

Firewall (2006)

"Play[s] it safe...to sit through this home-invasion scenario yet again, I think we're owed a dead kid. Or at least a contusion. Maybe lightly stun the dog? Toss us a bone here!"

Posted Feb 9, 2006
7
88%

Coachella (2006)

"Though the acts don't have the heft required for concert-film greatness, they do comprise a sort of screen capture of the decade's musical movement."

Posted Feb 7, 2006
8
37%

A Good Woman (2006)

"Strained of much of its Englishness...A Good Woman earns most of its good will from those Wildean epigrams."

Posted Feb 3, 2006
9
6%

"Is it too much to hope that the sequel will be "Nanny McPhee vs. Big Momma"? Just asking..."

Posted Jan 28, 2006
10
10%

Annapolis (2006)

"A corny, eighties throwback, with thematic mushiness, regressive sexual politics, and cheesy montages to match."

Posted Jan 27, 2006
11
73%

Nanny McPhee (2006)

"Thompson can't or won't diverge much from standard fairy-tale plotting, but enlivens the familiar situation comedy with some pleasingly tart lines."

Posted Jan 27, 2006
12
72%

Bubble (2006)

"Sincere performances--under the director's sympathetic eye--allow humanity to overshadow the machinery of plot."

Posted Jan 26, 2006
13
88%

"Too much of this self-congratulatory one-man-show in the guise of a documentary remains real...muddy."

Posted Jan 19, 2006
14
42%

"Albert Brooks has always spun gold from self-absorption and gulfs of misunderstanding."

Posted Jan 19, 2006
15
86%

"Without belaboring his narrative shaping, Arlyck asks big questions about life paths and philosophical drift."

Posted Jan 12, 2006
16
46%

Hoodwinked (2005)

"Too seldom clever, too often tiresomely busy, and wasteful of its voice cast, it's Hoodwinked that is the crime."

Posted Jan 12, 2006
17
55%

Last Holiday (2006)

"A better way to seize the day would be to do something other than sitting through the sitcomedic Last Holiday."

Posted Jan 12, 2006
18
55%

Glory Road (2006)

"When coach Don Haskins sent out five African-American starters to face off against an all-white Wildcat team, barriers were broken, but Glory Road just hits the wall."

Posted Jan 12, 2006
19
32%

"Bypasses the mythic tone of Richard Wagner's opera...without forsaking storybook romance. The inoffensive results get the job done, but sadly fail to excite."

Posted Jan 12, 2006
20
74%

The Matador (2006)

"Writer-director Richard Shepard speeds through the hairpin turns of a pure-comedy 'what if?' premise....as quirkily suspenseful as it is ticklish."

Posted Jan 6, 2006
21
93%

Duma (2005)

"Grabs for the gut by stoking primal understandings about our loving but tragically distant relationship with the wild."

Posted Jan 6, 2006
22
77%

Match Point (2005)

"Amounts to little more than an austere and extremely prolonged episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents."

Posted Jan 5, 2006
23
72%

Syriana (2005)

"A potent legend of modern international relations."

Posted Jan 2, 2006
24
No Score Yet

"A bit of a sprightly-tragic mess, but if one doesn't try to sum up its parts, it's plenty entertaining in a nostalgic, old-movie way."

Posted Jan 2, 2006
25
80%

"A next generation Eddie Haskell, Ferris Bueller redefined "cool" misbehavior for Generation X....Hughes has a knack for memorable set pieces. [new DVD review]"

Posted Jan 2, 2006
26
43%

Sueno (2005)

"So good-natured and well-intentioned (showcasing as it does up-and-coming Latino bands) that it's tempting to overlook its significant narrative flaws."

Posted Dec 29, 2005
27
No Score Yet
28
100%

"A startlingly relevant 'social problem film' (shakai-mono)--of its time and our own--and an existential melodrama by way of Hamlet."

Posted Dec 29, 2005
29
89%

Caché (2005)

"Haneke's exploration of willful ignorance, guilt, and history takes hold, and doesn't quite let go when the lights come up."

Posted Dec 24, 2005
30
62%

The New World (2005)

"Reveries and fever dreams of early America--Malick casts not for dry history but a psychic projection of spirit from beyond the centuries."

Posted Dec 24, 2005
31
44%

Casanova (2005)

"A modern romantic comedy movie transplanted to 18th Century Venice...Hallstrom's fleet-footed romp is impossible to take seriously, but that's largely the point."

Posted Dec 24, 2005
32
20%

Rumor Has It (2005)

"For a movie purportedly about the truth behind a movie, the mushy Rumor Has It... feels astoundingly false."

Posted Dec 23, 2005
33
78%

Munich (2005)

"The man's increasingly crazifying attempts to make serious films are still nothing more than good movies. Perhaps only Spielberg could fail so spectacularly well."

Posted Dec 22, 2005
34
50%

"[The] soft-glowing facade always seems more real to Ivory than harsh reality...represent[s] our own attempts to stave off reality with the romantic projections of cinema."

Posted Dec 22, 2005
35
68%

"The diminished return of the English striptease comedies...neither swanky nor funny enough to entertain, and Sherman's shallow script never earns its melodramatic turns."

Posted Dec 22, 2005
36
No Score Yet
37
29%

"Starts out as a nifty satire, then turns ghastly for most of its running time."

Posted Dec 20, 2005
38
6%

"Okay, everybody, back to your shopping--there's nothing to see here."

Posted Dec 20, 2005
39
97%

Airplane! (1980)

"Unprecedented nonsense that--fashions aside--will remain timeless comedy cinema. [new DVD review]"

Posted Dec 19, 2005
40
79%

"A brisk and consistently funny family entertainment. [new DVD review]"

Posted Dec 18, 2005
41
87%

"Few family films have the breadth of appeal of The Muppet Movie, the best screen evidence of the Muppeteers' dedication to magnificent illusion. [new DVD review]"

Posted Dec 17, 2005
42
No Score Yet
43
85%

"The essentially sanctified Melquiades...is the least developed character...Jones and Arriaga instead focus on the redemption of Estrada's white neighbors."

Posted Dec 16, 2005
44
51%

"[A] pleasingly off-kilter domestic comedy."

Posted Dec 16, 2005
45
51%

The Producers (2005)

"Not for the resolutely politically correct or the shtick-averse. For everyone else, it's the Christmas gift that keeps on giving."

Posted Dec 15, 2005
46
70%

"The humor is up to Muppet par, with physical comedy, puns, running jokes, and layered gags...Muppet Treasure Island is grand family entertainment. [new DVD review]"

Posted Dec 13, 2005
47
84%

King Kong (2005)

"Peter Jackson's King Kong is all things cinema, in the hands of a clever but overindulged filmmaker."

Posted Dec 13, 2005
48
87%

"With Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee paints...symbolist drama (is it coincidental that the film begins in Signal, Wyoming?)."

Posted Dec 9, 2005
49
35%

"A bloated melodrama more interested in poses than inner lives (according to some Japanese-culture-vultures, it gets the poses wrong, too)."

Posted Dec 8, 2005
50
76%

"Though Adamson lacks Lewis' storytelling confidence...The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe still comes across as a quirkily diverting children's entertainment."

Posted Dec 7, 2005

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