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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 56%

Stealing America: Vote by Vote (2008)

"Amateurish but thorough with the tone of an ominous filmstrip. Right-wingers will cry "Paranoid!" but should we demand more neutrality from a film than we do of our elections?"

Posted Aug 16, 2008

Amy Nicholson

2 70%

Red (2008)

"A final quarter sentimental streak clashes with the masochistic pleasure of watching middle America close ranks against a victim who can't even bark in his own defense."

Posted Aug 16, 2008

Amy Nicholson

3 32%

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008)

"The film's best scene is when Scully announces she'll perform a stem cell transplant that afternoon and immediately rushes to Google it."

Posted Jul 31, 2008

Amy Nicholson

4 100%

Man on Wire (2008)

"Much of Marsh's focus is on the practical details and build up of the caper, but the last third stretches out for poetic resonance."

Posted Jul 31, 2008

Amy Nicholson

5 63%

Sixty Six (2006)

"Like Running with Scissors or an exceptionally cruel episode of The Wonder Years, Paul Weiland's whimsical and eye-poppingly bright comedy is shot through with cringe-inducing misery."

Posted Jul 31, 2008

Amy Nicholson

6 13%

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

"Technically, Jet Li's Emperor Han is pottery not putrification -- he's such stuff as Pier 1's are made of -- but that doesn't stop this franchise from resurrecting a third sequel."

Posted Jul 31, 2008

Amy Nicholson

7 45%

Take (2008)

"This melodrama about capital punishment has no shades of gray, only beige."

Posted Jul 24, 2008

Amy Nicholson

8 70%

American Teen (2008)

"Our appetite for watching young people do silly, overly sincere, and sometimes brave things has been slaked by the glut of junk-food TV shows on the subject."

Posted Jul 24, 2008

Amy Nicholson

9 55%

Step Brothers (2008)

"Ferrell is the third best teenage boy I've ever seen but John C. Reilly may be the greatest comic actor of our generation -- he's fearlessly earnest and incapable of mugging."

Posted Jul 24, 2008

Amy Nicholson

10 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"I'm betraying my childhood to concede this, but Nolan has finally topped Tim Burton's two twisted spectaculars."

Posted Jul 18, 2008

Amy Nicholson

11 44%

Death Defying Acts (2008)

"Director Gilliam Anderson doesn't distinguish this generic romance from a thousand other costumed bodice rippers -- is a kinky handcuff scene too much to ask?"

Posted Jul 18, 2008

Amy Nicholson

12 61%

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

"Director Eric Brevig knows he's not really shooting a Jules Verne mind-blower; this is pure blockbuster, and it's a fine specimen."

Posted Jul 11, 2008

Amy Nicholson

13 87%

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"Del Toro creates great machines, but besides the fluke of the first Hellboy, his characters leave me cold."

Posted Jul 11, 2008

Amy Nicholson

14 41%

Hancock (2008)

"The dynamic between the sullen Smith and sincere Bateman may be the best thing in the Peter Berg's movie, but it's a tough call because the whole popcorn fest is flat-out fantastic."

Posted Jul 4, 2008

Amy Nicholson

15 69%

The Wackness (2008)

"Though he has a shorthand approach to capturing 1994, Levine nails the swirling energy of first heartbreak as his teen stoner rehearses his first Big Moment"

Posted Jul 4, 2008

Amy Nicholson

16 78%

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)

"It's hard to dislike a tween picture that opens with Eleanor Roosevelt, but if explaining mortgage meltdowns to their tots doesn't sent parents screaming, the performances will."

Posted Jul 4, 2008

Amy Nicholson

17 86%

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

"Alex Gibney's documentary can't decide if it's a eulogy for fans or a primer for acquaintances."

Posted Jul 4, 2008

Amy Nicholson

18 96%

WALL-E (2008)

"A beautiful film that makes us proud of the species that created it, even as we root for the robot who inadvertently saves us from ourselves"

Posted Jun 27, 2008

Amy Nicholson

19 82%

Trumbo (2007)

"The best way to learn about Trumbo is through his writing, which is spirited, dry, and utterly convinced of its truth"

Posted Jun 27, 2008

Amy Nicholson

20 94%

Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

"This mystical, cynical, hypocritical elegy is his return to the deep after his somnolent The Wild Blue Yonder, and like it, plunges into the unique territory of Herzog's mind"

Posted Jun 19, 2008

Amy Nicholson

21 51%

Get Smart (2008)

"Steve Carell is still searching for the knockout role that fits, but Smart's suits come yards closer than Bruce's almighty robes."

Posted Jun 19, 2008

Amy Nicholson

22 14%

The Love Guru (2008)

"Mike Myers' catastrophe is a paramount test of enlightenment. Smiling beatifically during each painfully unfunny gag demands more inner-strength than jogging through lava."

Posted Jun 19, 2008

Amy Nicholson

23 67%

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"When the Hulk turns back, he often finds himself naked, aching, and disoriented in Guatemala, the fate of many a Spring Breaker"

Posted Jun 13, 2008

Amy Nicholson

24 38%

Savage Grace (2007)

"While the Baekelands would be flattered to rank with Clytemnestra and Oedipus, they and the film are as shallow as martinis"

Posted Jun 13, 2008

Amy Nicholson

25 86%

Mongol (2008)

"Lacking great themes and inner depth, Mongol is just another galloping wondershow of ice blue skies and rocky plains, a light diversion with delusions of grandeur"

Posted Jun 6, 2008

Amy Nicholson

26 37%

You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)

"Zohan's a shallow character even by Sandler's standards, a bunch of crotch thrusts in search of a laugh."

Posted Jun 6, 2008

Amy Nicholson

27 53%

The Promotion (2008)

"Steve Conrad's wry debut takes place in an urban Chicago grocery store, in which an intimate epic of manhood unfolds."

Posted Jun 6, 2008

Amy Nicholson

28 96%

Chop Shop (2008)

"Ramin Bahrani's patient, perfectly-scripted vérité drama doesn't have many plot points, but we're so absorbed in their world that each upset leaves us frustrated and furious."

Posted May 29, 2008

Amy Nicholson

29 96%

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008)

"Steroids as demonized innocents is a tough pill to swallow, and while Bell isn't out to build a clear case, he succeeds in muddying the waters."

Posted May 29, 2008

Amy Nicholson

30 50%

Sex and the City (2008)

"time ticks by easily like a lazy TV marathon, a humbler achievement than demanded by a diva flick that's as self-congratulatory as Indy across the multiplex"

Posted May 29, 2008

Amy Nicholson

31 76%

Sangre De Mi Sangre (2007)

"Zalla wants to know the point where boys become cynics, men become vultures, and the hardened become vulnerable."

Posted May 23, 2008

Amy Nicholson

32 78%

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

"Indy isn't boning up on Babylonian texts; he's leafing through the Weekly World News."

Posted May 23, 2008

Amy Nicholson

33 7%

Postal (2007)

"Twice as violent and half as funny as anything resembling a good movie, it's still a hell of a ride"

Posted May 23, 2008

Amy Nicholson

34 67%

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

"If we have to learn life lessons from a God Cat, do they have to side with Bill O'Reilly?"

Posted May 15, 2008

Amy Nicholson

35 88%

Reprise (2006)

"Like his subjects, Norwegian writer-director Joachim Trier is young and bursting with ambition"

Posted May 15, 2008

Amy Nicholson

36 57%

Turn the River (2008)

"We're left after this terse and anxious film knowing nothing more about the world than that Janssen looks cool bending over and glaring at the eight-ball"

Posted May 15, 2008

Amy Nicholson

37 72%

And When Did You Last See Your Father? (When Did You Last See Your Father?) (2008)

"Even bedridden, Broadbent walks away with the film; his son's never outshone him and Firth can't do much besides sulk."

Posted May 15, 2008

Amy Nicholson

38 30%

A Previous Engagement (2008)

"There are worse movies, but most restrain themselves to only one scene of Daniel Stern learning to salsa."

Posted May 15, 2008

Amy Nicholson

39 33%

The Babysitters (2008)

"Their customers are awkward enough that we're able to believe the girls are in control, or at least aware that they're the highlight of the men's week."

Posted May 15, 2008

Amy Nicholson

40 69%

Fugitive Pieces (2008)

"Sliding from past to present without an overt purpose, Jakob's story has the grand and aimless sweep of a mini-series"

Posted May 15, 2008

Amy Nicholson

41 46%

Mister Lonely (2007)

"Harmony Korine's films thrive on uncertain ground. Exiting the theater, you're never more aware that ten people can sit next to each other but see ten different films."

Posted May 15, 2008

Amy Nicholson

42 67%

Redbelt (2008)

"David Mamet must have gotten roundhouse kicked in the head to think there was a story worth telling in his latest macho faceoff."

Posted May 15, 2008

Amy Nicholson

43 91%

Shotgun Stories (2007)

"Jeff Nichols modern Western is laconic and lazily captivating, its silence slowly building to rage."

Posted May 15, 2008

Amy Nicholson

44 79%

Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

"What's epic in Morris' still and haunting assembly of talking heads is an indictment of photography, and by extension, history."

Posted May 15, 2008

Amy Nicholson

45 64%

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

"Silly and satisfying, The Forbidden Kingdom is a juggernaut of beloved movie tropes complete with pumping-up montage of knuckle pushups."

Posted Apr 17, 2008

Amy Nicholson

46 37%

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)

"The Osama his film captures is similar to the one foisted upon us by the media: a 2-D villain straight from a kill 'em all video game."

Posted Apr 17, 2008

Amy Nicholson

47 36%

Street Kings (2008)

"By the gripping finale, it's clear that Street Kings is implausible in its practicalities, if not in its grand concept"

Posted Apr 11, 2008

Amy Nicholson

48 47%

My Blueberry Nights (2007)

"Wai fills the void with pointless slow-mo shots while pushing his real talent to commit over-acting hara-kiri with syrupy drawls and nonsense perspectives"

Posted Apr 11, 2008

Amy Nicholson

49 86%

Shine a Light (2008)

"After the 14th song, casual fans feel guilty that their energy is flagging while then-63 Mick's still huffing on"

Posted Apr 3, 2008

Amy Nicholson

50 25%

Sex and Death 101 (2007)

"Despite two necrophilia gags, Sex and Death 101 feels like its feigning its misogyny, cynicism, and philosophical depth (though "karma sutra" is a great pun)."

Posted Apr 3, 2008

Amy Nicholson

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