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Groucho Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 52%

Yes (2005)

"Few filmmakers could be consciously redolent of Moliere, Dylan Thomas, and James Joyce and pull it off, but apparently writer-director Sally Potter is first in that class."

Posted Apr 10, 2005

Peter Canavese

2 87%

Saving Face (2005)

"The affectionate ribbing of the cultural milieu and Joan Chen's sly performance raise this a cut above the...[formulaic] lesbian romances and "my crazy family" comedies."

Posted Apr 10, 2005

Peter Canavese

3 10%

House of D (2004)

"Duchovny shows signs of wit and wisdom [but this] feels much more written than lived...for every funny or gut-wrenching moment, three head-scratching ones are sure to follow."

Posted Apr 10, 2005

Peter Canavese

4 81%

Voices in Wartime (2005)

"Making poetry cinematic requires greater imagination than King evinces...If the medium isn't always as sturdy as the message, that's a fault that can be readily overlooked."

Posted Apr 10, 2005

Peter Canavese

5 78%

Schizo (2004)

"Guka Omarova's assured first feature Schizo is a noir forced out into the sunlight."

Posted Apr 8, 2005

Peter Canavese

6 34%

Eros (2004)

"I'd say that this mixed bag is better toted home from a video store, but Wong Kar-Wai's just not as swoony on a picture tube...cineastes, proceed with caution."

Posted Apr 7, 2005

Peter Canavese

7 65%

Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch) (2005)

"Fever Pitch may be something short of miraculous, but perhaps it isn't how you play the game that matters after all, as long as you have a "winning" personality."

Posted Apr 7, 2005

Peter Canavese

8 77%

It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)

"It's the risks that pay off most handsomely in It's All Gone Pete Tong, a curious mash-up of dance-culture mockumentary and searing biopic."

Posted Apr 7, 2005

Peter Canavese

9 39%

Sahara (2005)

"As Hollywood actioners go these days, this one's quite tolerable in its guilty-pleasure way. Feel free to saddle up."

Posted Apr 1, 2005

Peter Canavese

10 87%

Comme une Image (Look at Me) (Like an Image) (2005)

"Look at Me...states the film's theme: the difficulty of getting...attention and the horrible realization that, when it comes, it usually comes for the wrong reasons."

Posted Apr 1, 2005

Peter Canavese

11 60%

Steamboy (2005)

"Masculine brooding [fuels] Steamboy, with its monolithic, steam-spewing tower, powered by balls, constantly rumbling out of control."

Posted Mar 28, 2005

Peter Canavese

12 80%

Oldboy (2005)

"The director's Fincher-esque style may finally beat out intellectual substance, but it's a fair fight, grounded in the existential horror of essential emotional truths."

Posted Mar 28, 2005

Peter Canavese

13 37%

Beauty Shop (2005)

"You may not "get krunked" with Beauty Shop, but you know what you're getting into. It's sitcom-ready material that delivers on its promise."

Posted Mar 28, 2005

Peter Canavese

14 72%

Mondovino (2005)

"Here among the grapes is the flow of history, draining aging old-world tradition to its dregs as speed-oriented mass production tops it off."

Posted Mar 25, 2005

Peter Canavese

15 47%

The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

"Miller freely uses the unusual as an allegory for the most usual of subjects: parentage and the rocky path from childhood to adulthood."

Posted Mar 25, 2005

Peter Canavese

16 43%

Guess Who (2005)

"A warm movie that's well cast and funny enough as it works through passive-aggressiveness to aggressive-aggressiveness and finally the acceptance of family."

Posted Mar 25, 2005

Peter Canavese

17 78%

Sin City (2005)

"Retrograde, sexist, and gleefully sadistic... pitiable and fearful in the language we go to the movies to learn. The old cop line "There's nothing to see here" hardly applies."

Posted Mar 24, 2005

Peter Canavese

18 15%

Miss Congeniality 2 - Armed and Fabulous (2005)

"Bullock's quippy snippiness isn't enough...If Miss Congeniality is a consolation prize, let's hope Miss Congenialty 2 is a parting 'gift.'"

Posted Mar 23, 2005

Peter Canavese

19 53%

Melinda and Melinda (2005)

"For all its failings...[has] enough thoughtfulness, creative energy, and comedic idiosyncracy to outpace any five modern comedies, much less two."

Posted Mar 23, 2005

Peter Canavese

20 60%

After Midnight (Dopo Mezzanotte) (2004)

"A beautiful and beguiling film about love, cinema, and love of cinema...has the quirky, breezy quality of a bicycle ride by night."

Posted Mar 20, 2005

Peter Canavese

21 91%

Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)

"A somber accounting crafted with impressive verisimilitude and anchored by Bruno Ganz's rock-solid performance as the Führer...perhaps the definitive film on its subject."

Posted Mar 20, 2005

Peter Canavese

22 20%

The Ring Two (2005)

"A sketchy horror plot slips from episode to episode with no particular momentum. As far as I can tell, Kruger made a list of scares, and Nakata ticked them off."

Posted Mar 18, 2005

Peter Canavese

23 52%

Ice Princess (2005)

"Personally, I hope the press notes for Ice Princess will be the only ones this year to include the phrase "hunky zamboni driver," but you just never know."

Posted Mar 17, 2005

Peter Canavese

24 72%

Paper Clips (2004)

"Has powerful moments, mostly courtesy of the Holocaust survivors, but the interviews and narration sound overly coached, and...the film is given to repetitive overstatement."

Posted Mar 13, 2005

Peter Canavese

25 72%

Walk on Water (2005)

"Interest never wanes as this story unfolds, though [screenwriter] Uchovsky starts a lot more than he can finish satisfactorily in 104 minutes."

Posted Mar 12, 2005

Peter Canavese

26 70%

Off the Map (2003)

"The Land of Enchantment lives up to its name in this unusual and surprisingly affecting comedy-drama."

Posted Mar 12, 2005

Peter Canavese

27 83%

Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop) (2004)

"Weaves the politics of borders into the comedy of human frailty...seasoned with the everyday absurdities of artificial social boundaries."

Posted Mar 11, 2005

Peter Canavese

28 74%

The Upside of Anger (2005)

"A pleasant surprise, a sprightly comedy with a dramatic aftertaste."

Posted Mar 11, 2005

Peter Canavese

29 35%

Hostage (2005)

"Holding back tears, Willis actually delivers the soon to be immortal line "Yeah, Tommy, Captain Wubba's gonna save Planet Xenon." Now, that sounds like a movie."

Posted Mar 10, 2005

Peter Canavese

30 64%

Robots (2005)

"I'm hard-pressed not to recommend Robots as an energetic family-movie distraction...[but] plotting is...mechanical."

Posted Mar 10, 2005

Peter Canavese

31 22%

In My Country (2005)

"A wasted opportunity to tell in filmic terms two important histories: the crimes of apartheid and the love with which they were answered."

Posted Mar 10, 2005

Peter Canavese

32 79%

Batman: The Movie (1966)

"The delirious idiosyncracies of the '60s Batman are all on display...a pleasant-enough romp that's just a little too-distracted with its new toys. [Blu-Ray]"

Posted Mar 9, 2005

Peter Canavese

33 87%

Millions (2005)

"Boyle's energetic pace and typically creative visuals suit the film's fanciful brushes with magic realism."

Posted Mar 9, 2005

Peter Canavese

34 81%

Dear Frankie (2005)

"Dear Frankie isn't a good film, but it is a nice little movie...[about] what can happen when people become the conscious artists of their own lives."

Posted Mar 4, 2005

Peter Canavese

35 44%

The Jacket (2005)

"That Maybury's film avoids easy categorization (and the increasingly cheap twistiness of today's psychological horror thrillers) is one of its finest points."

Posted Mar 4, 2005

Peter Canavese

36 20%

The Pacifier (2005)

"To those who think critics are too hard on movies...I ask, can you tell the difference between a Pacifier and a School of Rock? Family films don't have to suck."

Posted Mar 3, 2005

Peter Canavese

37 85%

Gunner Palace (2005)

"A valuable if understandably haphazard record of the American occupation of Iraq."

Posted Mar 3, 2005

Peter Canavese

38 30%

Be Cool (2005)

"As loosely adapted from Elmore Leonard's Get Shorty sequel novel, the sequel movie Be Cool tastes like a watered-down drink."

Posted Mar 3, 2005

Peter Canavese

39 ——

Batman and Robin - The Serial Collection (1997)

"Though rudimentary by ordinary film standards...diverting entertainment for innocent youngsters."

Posted Mar 3, 2005

Peter Canavese

40 16%

Cursed (2005)

"Like Scream remade with butter knives...takes a lazily superficial tack on the old werewolf yarn."

Posted Feb 26, 2005

Peter Canavese

41 93%

Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004)

"Emotional truth and delicate visual cues distinguish a story so patiently naturalistic that the viewer will feel a part of this dysfunctional family."

Posted Feb 25, 2005

Peter Canavese

42 83%

Inside Deep Throat (2005)

"The disconcerting examples of Damiano, Reems, and Lovelace-each, in his or her way, regretful-are the hardest pills to, um, swallow."

Posted Feb 24, 2005

Peter Canavese

43 16%

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

"I'm not sure if Diary of a Mad Black Woman is heartfelt or cynical, but if anyone can write a movie that's both, it's probably Tyler Perry."

Posted Feb 24, 2005

Peter Canavese

44 54%

Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

"Because of Winn-Dixie-based on the beloved novel by Kate DiCamillo-turns out to be a modest success for the family crowd."

Posted Feb 18, 2005

Peter Canavese

45 55%

Wonderful Days (Sky Blue) (2004)

"From [its] tone-poem opening to an operatic finale, Sky Blue is a visual marvel that deserves to be seen if not believed."

Posted Feb 17, 2005

Peter Canavese

46 55%

Her Majesty (2001)

"Her Majesty has worse problems than a lack of realism, namely mediocre direction and acting that's at the level of bad community theatre."

Posted Feb 17, 2005

Peter Canavese

47 71%

Schultze Gets the Blues (2005)

"Defiantly slow-paced, Schultze gets the blues embraces a neglected subject: the wanderlust of the retiree."

Posted Feb 17, 2005

Peter Canavese

48 35%

Imaginary Heroes (2005)

"Comes across as patently false...are there really any suburbs in America like this one, with its family's cute, tragicomic disintegration in the wake of a son's suicide?"

Posted Feb 17, 2005

Peter Canavese

49 46%

Constantine (2005)

"Reasonably satisfying cinematic junk food...enough crackerjack sequences and admirably trippy rhythms for a recommendation."

Posted Feb 17, 2005

Peter Canavese

50 ——

Batman - Mystery of the Batwoman (2003)

"Over a decade after the premiere of Batman: The Animated Series, the extended Batman animation family hasn't quite worn out its welcome."

Posted Feb 16, 2005

Peter Canavese

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