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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 40%

The Bucket List (2007)

"It's Grumpy Old Cancer Victims."

Posted Jan 24, 2008

Fred Topel

2 94%

Juno (2007)

""Well, here's how you make a comedy about teen pregnancy and abortion... By never settling on a tone, Juno has its fun with all sides of the equation.""

Posted Jan 24, 2008

Fred Topel

3 37%

Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008)

"Stallone is back. Rambo is back. It even ends with a nice bookend to First Blood. You might pick apart some of the plot or some of the mercenary dialogue, but that's not the point. The point is to give Rambo fans the ultimate Rambo movie."

Posted Jan 24, 2008

Fred Topel

4 27%

Punisher: War Zone (2008)

"When The Punisher kills people, he really kills them good. Head shots explode out of nowhere with comic timing. They get that action movie violence is a joke so they don't try to justify it."

Posted Jan 23, 2008

Fred Topel

5 22%

Mad Money (2008)

"Queen Latifah seems to be going through the whole movie with the attitude of 'Yeah, I know%u2026'"

Posted Jan 19, 2008

Fred Topel

6 41%

27 Dresses (2008)

"If you can appreciate how they packed every romantic comedy cliché into one story, and did it with a full commitment of sincerity, that's how you should appreciate 27 Dresses."

Posted Jan 19, 2008

Fred Topel

7 83%

Tropic Thunder (2008)

"Tropic Thunder is this summer's You Don't Mess with the Zohan. Oh wait..."

Posted Dec 28, 2007

Fred Topel

8 41%

Hancock (2008)

"No surprise to me, because I fully expected it to be awesome."

Posted Dec 28, 2007

Fred Topel

9 82%

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

"Charlie Wilson's War is interesting, but I want to see Charlie Murphy's War. Send Eddie's brother to Afghanistan to entertain them all with his true Hollywood stories."

Posted Dec 21, 2007

Fred Topel

10 24%

P.S. I Love You (2007)

"It's Million Dollar Cry Baby. P.S. I Love You is the most potent tear jerker since The Notebook. It's not as profound or skillful, but there certainly hasn't been anything that makes you so happy to cry since then."

Posted Dec 21, 2007

Fred Topel

11 30%

Youth Without Youth (2007)

"I could not even begin to tell you what Youth Without Youth is about. I know it's my job to, but I can't. It's one of those art films you have to watch sometimes and you can't believe somebody actually made it."

Posted Dec 16, 2007

Fred Topel

12 65%

The Kite Runner (2007)

"You've got to appreciate getting to live in a city or suburb. Things are totally run down in the good areas. The things that make these people happy would make the Super Sweet 16 kids kill themselves."

Posted Dec 16, 2007

Fred Topel

13 16%

The Perfect Holiday (2007)

"There's just no cynicism in this whole story. As if a woman knows how to take a compliment. But this movie allows you to suspend disbelief and buy into a woman who can say thank you."

Posted Dec 16, 2007

Fred Topel

14 70%

I Am Legend (2007)

"I love movies where survivors have to find supplies. You give me two hours of Will Smith alone gathering supplies, that's all I could ever hope for. I Am Legend gave me even more. It is the best survival movie ever made."

Posted Dec 16, 2007

Fred Topel

15 52%

Margot at the Wedding (2007)

"Everything feels very random, and not in an 'oh, that's the way life goes' collection of events. It's more in an 'I can't think of anything that would happen so I'll just throw something in there' kind of way."

Posted Nov 17, 2007

Fred Topel

16 26%

Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)

"The film is not boring, considering the simple, tried and true forbidden romance story. It doesn't languish in the period details. Stuff keeps happening and you can follow it, not like so many Jane Austen family courtship dramas."

Posted Nov 17, 2007

Fred Topel

17 37%

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

"The kind of movie that almost makes me want to cry for joy at the end because I feel like, 'Yeah, they did it.'"

Posted Nov 17, 2007

Fred Topel

18 36%

Southland Tales (2007)

"It's not hard to understand. It's just who would care about what this is about?"

Posted Nov 17, 2007

Fred Topel

19 71%

Beowulf (2007)

"Even the heaving bosom looks clunky."

Posted Nov 17, 2007

Fred Topel

20 94%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

"The Coen Brothers make the same old story exciting again by telling the entire story in action. Nobody explains their plans, they just see what they have to do and do it. It's all clear, and it's never slow."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Fred Topel

21 27%

Lions for Lambs (2007)

"The producers of Lions for Lambs are missing a tremendous marketing opportunity here. They should spell each L word with a Z instead of an L, and use the number 4 in between them. Lionz4lambz would be gangsta to the youth market."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Fred Topel

22 21%

Fred Claus (2007)

"I'm so glad there's another Fred movie. I've been getting Drop Dead Fred and Right Said Fred since I was in middle school."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Fred Topel

23 96%

WALL-E (2008)

"We've seen social commentary via future sci-fi before, but it's never been this astute or accurate. Hopefully it'll reach the kids before they're set in their text messaging, virtual ways."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Fred Topel

24 33%

Martian Child (2007)

"Cusack could do for parenting movies what he did for romantic comedies. This is a rocky start."

Posted Nov 3, 2007

Fred Topel

25 51%

Bee Movie (2007)

"It's still the Dreamworks model of big, recognizable voices playing their personas, but this time it's an actual movie too. They wait a while to unload all the major pop culture references."

Posted Nov 3, 2007

Fred Topel

26 80%

American Gangster (2007)

"Finally, after 12 years, a filmmaker was finally able to recapture the magic of Virtuosity."

Posted Nov 3, 2007

Fred Topel

27 33%

Music Within (2007)

"It would be nice if such an important issue got a better screen treatment, but hey, it's better than Blood Diamond. At least it's not wasting vast resources trying to show how important it is."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Fred Topel

28 64%

Dan in Real Life (2007)

"The film portrays how good will is much harder to handle than evil."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Fred Topel

29 51%

30 Days of Night (2007)

"It's the Bourne Ultimatum of horror movies... It is Ghost House Pictures' first great film. Actually, it's their first good film but it's a great one."

Posted Oct 18, 2007

Fred Topel

30 94%

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

"Ben Affleck's script achieves the feeling of a novel with its sprawling story, but it is achieved within the framework of a two hour movie. Take that, Dennis "448 pages" Lehane."

Posted Oct 18, 2007

Fred Topel

31 47%

Rendition (2007)

"This is the kind of movie I'm fine with. I don't seek out movies about political issues where horrible things happen so we can be aware of them. I don't mind seeing them either. They're just there and they do their thing."

Posted Oct 18, 2007

Fred Topel

32 35%

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

"Elizabeth is the coolest British monarch ever. She's totally bad***."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Fred Topel

33 45%

Why Did I Get Married? (2007)

"Could be the date movie of the year. Not a first date. Wait until they're already too invested to weasel out of it. Or maybe use it as a screening mechanism. Just, for God's sakes, talk about things and deal with it!"

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Fred Topel

34 36%

Sleuth (2007)

"Too updated and tries too hard."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Fred Topel

35 81%

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

"This movie is either a cautionary tale or my potential future biography. I'm just kidding, I'll never be able to afford one of those dolls."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Fred Topel

36 57%

We Own the Night (2007)

"Between the clubbers and the dealers, they only seem to be renting the night at best."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Fred Topel

37 35%

Finishing the Game (2007)

"You get the sense that Justin Lin has never even seen Game of Death... I've got to imagine there were some actual lines and scenes from Game of Death that would have been funny in this context."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Fred Topel

38 29%

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

"Lowers the bar set by Along Came Polly"

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Fred Topel

39 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"Here's another Wes Anderson movie. I say that with all due respect."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Fred Topel

40 28%

The Game Plan (2007)

"It's One Man and a Baby."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Fred Topel

41 51%

The Kingdom (2007)

"Like the best Tom Clancy movies, only you can understand it."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Fred Topel

42 82%

Into the Wild (2007)

"His initiative is really admirable. I wouldn't apply it towards breaking away from society, but he certainly was a go getter."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Fred Topel

43 76%

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

"When you watch The Assassination of Jesse James..., you've got to appreciate what Kevin Costner could do with three hours. It's an endurance test, not god awful but just not worth spending so much time on."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Fred Topel

44 89%

Eastern Promises (2007)

"I didn't make a whole lot of notes during Eastern Promises because there wasn't a whole lot to critique. It does what it does expertly."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Fred Topel

45 73%

In the Valley of Elah (2007)

"Oh, how I love movies where Tommy Lee Jones is looking for someone. I doesn't have to be a criminal, although that is preferred. There's just nobody who makes a procedural pursuit more compelling."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Fred Topel

46 13%

Mr. Woodcock (2007)

"I'll give them three big laughs, but those were just flukes."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Fred Topel

47 41%

December Boys (2007)

"A coming of age story for Dummies. It packs in the schmaltz and spells out all the life lessons in case you weren't paying attention. It's not unwatchable, but I certainly wasn't in the mood that day."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Fred Topel

48 53%

Across the Universe (2007)

"A monumental achievement that somehow snuck through the hit machine system... There won't be a better film come Oscar time... I'm just grateful that it exists."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Fred Topel

49 43%

The Brave One (2007)

"It's entertaining but it's certainly not the essay on violence it purports to be... At least it's not boring. Whenever you see a scumbag, at least you know she's going to shot him in the face."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Fred Topel

50 88%

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

"James Mangold probably won't like me calling his latest film a solid formula movie, but that's what 3:10 to Yuma is."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Fred Topel