Cinematical

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 26%

Hoot (2006)

"A safe, slight film that doesn't possess the chaotic hilarity I associate with Carl Hiaasen's best writing."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

2 40%

Running Scared (2006)

"The action throughout Running Scared is involving and fast-paced enough that you don't notice the number of cliches being invoked in this film."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

3 55%

Glory Road (2006)

"It isn't meant to be a movie that makes us think, or that makes us uneasy in any way. It's meant to make us feel good."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

4 74%

Cars (2006)

"It's never a good sign when the funniest, most entertaining part of a movie are the closing credits."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

5 90%

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)

"If you go into this movie expecting a traditional narrative tale, you may get discouraged. You have to throw away your expectations and sit back and wait to see what happens ... if anything."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

6 69%

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

"I don't think the movie will appeal to a wide audience, but I could see it becoming a perennial cult classic, right up there with Repo Man."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

7 44%

Take the Lead (2006)

"Feels like a product, with decisions made for audience appeal rather than creativity."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

8 67%

Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006)

"One of those "prestige" pictures that you can watch with your dear old Mom ... provided your Mom won't be offended by the unclothed young ladies."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

9 49%

The Dying Gaul (2005)

"An absorbing, fascinating film, but disturbing and a little grim."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

10 75%

Zathura (2005)

"At times it seemed like events were occurring just so the kids, or the kids in the audience, could learn their lesson a little bit more."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

11 19%

Domino (2005)

"A well-paced action movie, if a little long, with an unusual feeling of surrealism behind the action."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

12 50%

Nobelity (2006)

"It is difficult to sustain an audience's interest with talking heads, and a few of the Nobel Laureates have trouble explaining concepts in terms that are easy to digest during a documentary."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

13 19%

Step Up (2006)

"Tatum and Dewan have none of the chemistry of Astaire and Rogers, but with help from a good supporting cast and talented choreography, the movie rises slightly above the usual cookie-cutter dance-movie fare."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

14 71%

Invincible (2006)

"As far as sports films go, Invincible doesn't offer anything original or notable ... except Mark Wahlberg's performance."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

15 97%

51 Birch Street (2006)

"Doug Block delves effectively into family mysteries without offending or showing disrespect to any of the parties involved."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

16 83%

Gretchen (2009)

"A beautiful, delicate look at the nasty pains of teenage relationships. And Gretchen could totally kick Napoleon Dynamite's butt."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

17 55%

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"For two hours, we are treated to a display of prettiness. It's like one big elaborate meringue, delicate and intricately decorated, but without much past the surface."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

18 12%

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

"A garden-variety horror movie that provides no innovation on the old "kids stranded in the woods with a scary monster" plot."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

19 69%

The Woods (2006)

"Not a groundbreaking or innovative horror film, but contains many elements that make horror movies appealing: screaming schoolgirls, spooky forces of nature, stylish camerawork, a good sense of humor throughout ... and the presence of Bruce Campbell."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

20 68%

Brothers of the Head (2006)

"The edgy humor and oddly compelling lead characters make it well worth seeing."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

21 29%

Tideland (2006)

"Gilliam appears to be trying to throw us all off-guard, to make the theatergoing experience unpleasant. But in its own unlovable way, the movie is an unforgettable experience."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

22 61%

Bug (2006)

"Blends paranoia, trust and love into a riveting story, driven by intense characters."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

23 100%

GamerZ: One Game to Rule Them All (2005)

"An old-fashioned coming-of-age relationship comedy wrapped in the universe of role-playing gamers."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Jette Kernion

24 83%

Grindhouse (2007)

"Tarantino's feature Death Proof is the better homage to grindhouse, while Rodriguez's feature Planet Terror is more a contemporary update of the old drive-in movie genre."

Posted Apr 6, 2007

Jette Kernion

25 83%

Grindhouse (2007)

"Rodriguez goes for full-blooded faithfulness, Tarantino goes for genre analysis and reconfiguration, and the results are, ultimately, about as coherent and fulfilling as a typical grindhouse double-feature."

Posted Apr 5, 2007

Nick Schager

26 8%

The Reaping (2007)

"When a movie can't even make something like "biblical plagues" worth watching, you just know you're in the hands of filmmakers as lazy as they are lost."

Posted Apr 5, 2007

Scott Weinberg

27 72%

American Zombie (2007)

"Doesn't add much to the contemporary zombie genre or even the horror comedy genre but does provide light entertainment, especially if you like jokes about filmmaking."

Posted Apr 4, 2007

Jette Kernion

28 54%

Manufacturing Dissent (2007)

"A Michael Moore-style documentary about Moore himself."

Posted Apr 4, 2007

Jette Kernion

29 66%

Smiley Face (2007)

"The storyline is slight and the film succeeds only because of Faris's performance."

Posted Apr 4, 2007

Jette Kernion

30 59%

Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)

"A low-key and enjoyable film with a cast consisting mostly of other indie filmmakers and writers."

Posted Apr 4, 2007

Jette Kernion

31 57%

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006)

"You don't have to be Canadian or a fan of the TV show to get a kick out of this movie. However, you do have to enjoy drug, alcohol and strip-club humor."

Posted Apr 4, 2007

Jette Kernion

32 83%

The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (2007)

"I would have preferred a clearer narrative that was easier to understand, without all the comic-book gimmicks. Despite those faults, the documentary is worth seeing."

Posted Apr 4, 2007

Jette Kernion

33 64%

Reign Over Me (2007)

"To enjoy this movie, you have to look past the small difficulties and inconsistencies (and gender stereotyping) in character and story, soak in the images and the music, and focus on the delicate and interesting friendship between the two main characters."

Posted Apr 4, 2007

Jette Kernion

34 8%

Are We Done Yet? (2007)

"It lies there like the housewarming gifts of dead sturgeon that are another lame attempt at humor in the film, smelling slightly fishy but not yet starting to stink."

Posted Apr 4, 2007

Jette Kernion

35 19%

Two Weeks (2006)

"An awkward hybrid of earnest weepiness and bouncy lightheartedness."

Posted Apr 3, 2007

Nick Schager

36 58%

First Snow (2007)

"The burden of keeping this schematically plotted tale's pulse lively falls on Pearce, who instills Jimmy with a brand of cheery, motormouthed deceitfulness and egotism that even a mother would loathe."

Posted Apr 2, 2007

Nick Schager

37 ——

Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes (2007)

"Truth be told, the only entertainment value to be found here is strictly of the "accidental" variety."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Scott Weinberg

38 66%

Meet the Robinsons (2007)

"A rock-solid piece of animated sci-fi comedy that'll tickle the kids, amuse the parents, and leave everyone walking out of the theater on a sweet little flick-buzz."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Scott Weinberg

39 40%

Wicked Little Things (2006)

"Feels like something that was written, shot and glued together over the course of one drab and uneventful weekend."

Posted Mar 28, 2007

Scott Weinberg

40 48%

Shooter (2007)

"A perfectly watchable time-killer that delivers on its promises but also kind of wears out its welcome."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Scott Weinberg

41 34%

TMNT (2007)

"Clearly we're not talking Shakespeare here, but taken at face value, the new-fangled TMNT is quite a lot better than what I'd expected."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Scott Weinberg

42 ——

The Devil Dared Me To ()

"Very short, very nutty, and quite a bit funnier than most Hollywood comedies I've seen in recent years."

Posted Mar 21, 2007

Scott Weinberg

43 ——

Suffering Man's Charity ()

"Wavers between broad comedy, dark humor and mild thriller territory, never once settling on an approach -- and suffering mightily because of it."

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Scott Weinberg

44 ——

Murder Party (2007)

"Surprisingly well-acted, fast-paced, frequently amusing and packed with some really crazy kills near the end."

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Scott Weinberg

45 90%

Trigger Man (2007)

"The flick's got just just as much first-half "filler" as it does second-half intensity, so if you're a patient genre fan, I've no problem recommending the movie."

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Scott Weinberg

46 100%

Borderland (2007)

"Berman balances the weight of the actual events with the desire to mount a simply effective horror story, and I think he pulls it off quite well."

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Scott Weinberg

47 96%

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

"I'm amazed at how a few filmmakers can take a story so slight and trivial, and turn it into a 90-minute documentary that's as fascinating as something that Ken Burns put together."

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Scott Weinberg

48 21%

Flakes (2007)

"I hate to be so down on a comedy that comes from so many filmmakers and actors I admire, but this flick's about as satisfying as a bowl of soggy Corn Flakes."

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Scott Weinberg

49 ——

The Lather Effect ()

"Equal parts witty, warm and almost painfully nostalgic."

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Scott Weinberg

50 60%

Them (Ils) (2007)

"It breezes by and slaps you with some ice water and then scurries right out of the room."

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Scott Weinberg

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