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Murphy's Movie Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 68%

Flying: Confessions of A Free Woman (2007)

"What keeps the film interesting, though, is not Fox's "torn between two lovers" shtick, but her encounters with various other women."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

2 45%

Fay Grim (2007)

"FAY GRIM turns out to be something of a disappointment."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

3 50%

Fast Food Nation (2006)

"The large cast is uniformly excellent and the film has been designed to stir the pot ... Unfortunately, audiences don't seem to be responding. Global warming is the hot button issue but our food supply and its contamination is just as important."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

4 27%

Fallen (Falling) (2006)

"If it weren't for the fine performances, FALLING might have proven sleep-inducing."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

5 48%

Exterminating Angels (Les Anges Exterminateurs) (2007)

"... the film is passably entertaining but dramatically inert."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

6 27%

Evening (2007)

"While overall EVENING doesn't quite reach the heights it should, it is well worth while, if for no other reason than to see a bevy of marvelous actresses ..."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

7 100%

Encounter Point (2007)

"Perhaps it may have something to do with its nternational -- and predominantly female -- crew, but ENCOUNTER POINT actually posits a glimmer of hope for a nonviolent solution to a problem that has existed for generations."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

8 92%

The Departed (2006)

"Scorsese is clearly a master filmmaker but in my opinion, he's only phoning it in here. THE DEPARTED is a matter of been there, done that. Second tier Scorsese is still good, it just doesn't rank up there with his best work."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

9 25%

The Conrad Boys (2006)

"For a first feature, THE CONRAD BOYS is well-made andengrossing."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

10 64%

Broken English (2007)

"BROKEN ENGLISH isn't a complete washout and Cassavetes does show potential. I had the feeling that like her heroine, she was struggling to find her own voice."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

11 84%

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

"I was alternately charmed and disappointed ... The movie is certainly light years ahead of the mediocre television adaptation but it is not quite the definitive version of the story, despite the strong screenplay and fine lead actors."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

12 68%

Belle Toujours (2007)

"BELLE TOUJOURS is a minor key companion piece to the original film and would make a great double feature evening either in theaters or at home on DVD."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

13 86%

The Road To Guantanamo (2006)

"While THE ROAD TO GUANTÁNAMO treats the men's tales with respect, astute viewers will question the nature of the youths' visits."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

14 90%

Rescue Dawn (2007)

"RESCUE DAWN, despite some flaws, is a damn near great movie."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

15 50%

Hula Girls (Hula garu) (2007)

"While the outline of the film's plot is fairly standard and predictable, director Lee Sang-il and his co-screenwriter Daisuke Habara have concocted enough obstacles ... to keep the audience's interest. When the film reaches its climax ... it arrives there"

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

16 57%

Interview (2007)

" I frankly could not care about either of the people on screen. She comes off as a spoiled, manipulative and nasty woman and he is equally repellent."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

17 75%

My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami) (2007)

"MY BEST FRIEND is an enjoyable soufflé that may get you to stop and ask yourself the question: do you have a best friend?"

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

18 82%

Talk to Me (2007)

"Veering from comedy to moving tragedy to a bittersweet ending, TALK TO ME captures the spirit of a man and the times in which he lived. It may not be a masterpiece, but it's pretty damned close."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

19 78%

Shi gan (Time) (2007)

"For some, the film will be a tedious experience, while for others it will raise disquieting questions."

Posted Jul 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

20 54%

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

"I had a ball watching the film as it careened from set piece to set piece, whether it be a chase scene, a sword fight or a battle on the seas."

Posted May 31, 2007

Ted Murphy

21 79%

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

" The whole feature film is one giant ride -- which considering its origins is perhaps to be expected. ... Depp gives his loosest and looniest performance yet -- and it is spectacular."

Posted May 31, 2007

Ted Murphy

22 89%

Waitress (2007)

"Even with its flaws, WAITRESS is a fitting tribute to the quirky independent spirit that Shelly brought to so many projects. It also hints at what might have been and that makes it all the more heartbreaking."

Posted May 31, 2007

Ted Murphy

23 45%

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

"I enjoyed this ride the least of the three, but I did have fun."

Posted May 31, 2007

Ted Murphy

24 60%

Gracie (2007)

"GRACIE clearly was made with affection and was meant to serve as an inspirational story, but the reliance on trite and overused images undercuts its message."

Posted May 31, 2007

Ted Murphy

25 55%

Mr. Brooks (2007)

"Overall, this is an enjoyable romp -- with some pitch black comic moments and a fascinating figure at its center."

Posted May 31, 2007

Ted Murphy

26 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"KNOCKED UP mines a vein that has been tapped before by filmmakers, but which has rarely been presented with as much warmth and genuine humor. I just wish that a more judicious editor (or a stronger producer) had tightened it up."

Posted May 31, 2007

Ted Murphy

27 45%

Brooklyn Rules (2007)

"This is an enjoyable, well-written, finely acted and strongly directed movie."

Posted May 14, 2007

Ted Murphy

28 29%

Provoked (2007)

" PROVOKED: A TRUE STORY sets out to tell an important story in the history of the British judicial system. Unfortunately, the project was undertaken by filmmakers who seemingly didn't know how to handle the implications of the story they wanted to tell."

Posted May 11, 2007

Ted Murphy

29 88%

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007)

"This is a film that will appeal to anyone who is an aficionado of the theater or of show music."

Posted May 10, 2007

Ted Murphy

30 50%

Duck (2005)

"Buried somewhere in this messy, strange and occasionally affecting film is an interesting idea -- perhaps even a good one. But what's on screen in DUCK also veers into territory that is precious and even boring."

Posted May 10, 2007

Ted Murphy

31 71%

28 Weeks Later... (2007)

"Ultimately, 28 WEEKS LATER works on its own merits as a scary and enjoyable thrill ride."

Posted May 10, 2007

Ted Murphy

32 65%

Jindabyne (2006)

"There are no easy answers in the film and it provides a welcome relief from the horror and action films that are filling the multiplexes. Jindabyne tackles adult topics in a subtle and intriguing manner."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

33 43%

In the Land of Women (2007)

"The script is problematic. Much of it feels half-formed; there are some potentially interesting ideas but they are not really developed well. The audience is supposed to take certain things on face value -- and there are many missed opportunities, particu"

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

34 69%

L'Iceberg (2005)

"Admittedly, some of the humor doesn't translate well, and the performers tend to carry on too long in some scenes. Once the action shifts to the boat, there's only so much that can be done, given the confines of space. L'ICEBERG delivers laughs, though, a"

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

35 93%

Gwoemul (The Host) (2007)

"a terrific popcorn movie that ... contains equal parts humor, horror and drama and turns out to be a thoroughly enjoyable "creature" movie that also contains an underlying environmental message."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

36 85%

The Hoax (2007)

"THE HOAX is an enjoyable romp that features one of Richard Gere's best screen performances. Not everything on screen may be true -- but then look at the title. Maybe this is really a case of truth in advertising."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

37 81%

Great World of Sound (2007)

"This is a small film that was clearly made on a shoestring budget, but in many ways that works in its favor. The screenplay does bog down a little into a somewhat repetitive manner in the middle section. Still, Zobel and his actors try to find variations"

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

38 78%

The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages) (2006)

"this taut little film is a psychological thriller about revenge. If the Japanese horror adaptation hadn't already used the title THE GRUDGE, that might have served as a more appropriate title for this drama."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

39 47%

The Man of my Life (L'homme de sa vie) (2007)

"Although the actors try gamely, they cannot fully rescue THE MAN OF MY LIFE from its flaws. There's a germ of a very good idea in the screenplay, but I just don't feel that the writers fully grasped what they were undertaking."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

40 93%

Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel) (2006)

"The film beautifully captures the interplay between self-involved parents who expect their children to embrace their beliefs and the free-thinking young girl with a mind of her own."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

41 68%

Flanders (Flandres) (2007)

"I wish I could say that I liked Flanders, but it is almost as if Dumont has a checklist of what to include in his movies. For me, this film was more of the same."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

42 74%

La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007)

"If there is any justice in the world, audiences will flock to see Marion Cotillard offer one of the greatest female screen performances ever seen in the uneven biopic LA VIE EN ROSE."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

43 62%

Dans Paris (Inside Paris) (2007)

"a pleasant surprise and a major leap forward for Honoré as a filmmaker."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

44 70%

Diggers (2007)

"A sweet and charming throwback to the ensemble dramas that fueled the cinema of the 1970s and 80s"

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

45 75%

The Dead Girl (2006)

"THE DEAD GIRL provides several of terrific actresses with meaty roles and for that reason alone (let alone Moncrieff's fluid direction and solid, if uneven, scripting) it deserves to find an audience."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

46 ——

Comeback Season (2007)

"The film is a gentle comedy -- there aren't that many laugh outloud moments, but there are a few nicely observed details. Unfortunately,the plotting is fairly obvious -- one can easily predict where the movieis going to wind up."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

47 56%

Civic Duty (2006)

"Andrew Joiner's clever and layered screenplay just may be one of the best of the year, particularly as it requires thought and may even spark debate."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

48 93%

Children of Men (2006)

"What makes CHILDREN OF MEN so exciting and such a wonder is Cuarón's strong direction and the expert cinematography of Emmanuel Luzbecki."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

49 71%

Boy Culture (2007)

"BOY CULTURE is a well-made, engrossing and well acted comedy-drama. [The main character] X can easily reside alongside Jon Voight's Joe Buck in MIDNIGHT COWBOY as one of the screen's more memorable hustlers."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

50 71%

Black Sun (2005)

"De Montalembert's achievements are inspiring and Tarn,who also composed the score, has found a terrific filmic correlation.I'm not certain this documentary will be for everyone, but it doespresent a compelling tale in an unusual manner."

Posted May 7, 2007

Ted Murphy

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