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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 79%

The Informant! (2009)

"Playful adaptation from Steven Soderbergh features Matt Damon, 30 pounds heavier, whose beautifully nuanced take on wide-eyed naiveté saves this otherwise pointless goof."

Posted Sep 17, 2009

Joe Lozito

2 87%

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

"Delightfully witty, feature-length adaptation of the popular children's book doesn't have the emotional heft to take its place among the great animated classics, but when it rains it soars."

Posted Sep 16, 2009

Joe Lozito

3 7%

Whiteout (2009)

"An adequate thriller - complete with scares, red herrings and a nonsensical twist-ending %u2013 which exploits its Antarctic surroundings for all their worth."

Posted Sep 10, 2009

Joe Lozito

4 57%

9 (2009)

"Wondrously-imaginative, lightly-plotted fable about the stitch-work creations who outlive humanity in a post-apocalyptic wasteland."

Posted Sep 8, 2009

Joe Lozito

5 63%

Extract (2009)

"Mike Judge returns to form with this amusing, if oddly misogynistic, workplace comedy set in a flavor extract factory."

Posted Sep 3, 2009

Joe Lozito

6 89%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"Though he's no stranger to violence and retribution, Inglourious Basterds, with its Jews-Gone-Wild spin, just may be Quentin Tarantino's most badass movie yet."

Posted Aug 20, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

7 37%

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

"There's enough manipulative pap in The Time Traveler's Wife to make even Nicholas Sparks roll his eyes."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

8 90%

District 9 (2009)

"Inventive, intriguing sci-fi indie with mainstream polish is pure allegory - and isn't afraid of the questions it raises or the objections it may incur."

Posted Aug 12, 2009

Joe Lozito

9 74%

Cold Souls (2009)

"This is a movie about legume-resembling souls and transcendental storage, so it should be a laugh riot from start to finish. It's not."

Posted Aug 9, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

10 60%

A Perfect Getaway (2009)

"A Hawaiian honeymoon turns sinister in this effective but absurd thriller from writer-director David Twohy."

Posted Aug 6, 2009

Joe Lozito

11 68%

Funny People (2009)

"This isn't the type of comedy we've come to expect from Judd Apatow. And that's fine. But while this labor-of-love is at times bittersweet and raucously funny, it's also an over-long, meandering mess."

Posted Jul 30, 2009

Joe Lozito

12 64%

Adam (2009)

"Autism speaks and has plenty to say in Adam, the sweet-natured, atypical romance from writer/director Max Mayer."

Posted Jul 29, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

13 13%

The Ugly Truth (2009)

"The film relies entirely on the chemistry between Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, though he could likely have sparks with a lamp post."

Posted Jul 23, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

14 0%

Homecoming (2009)

"This lobotomized, CW version of Misery will leave you begging to be put out of yours."

Posted Jul 16, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

15 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"The sixth Harry Potter film is the most mature and fully-realized yet - which is great news for fans, but may hold little interest for the uninitiated."

Posted Jul 14, 2009

Joe Lozito

16 68%

Brüno (2009)

"Move over, Borat -- Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film is an exercise in flamboyant foolishness."

Posted Jul 9, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

17 68%

Public Enemies (2009)

"Though it provides no insight into its subject, Michael Mann's John Dillinger biopic is still an engrossing period piece, thanks largely to the director's sure hand and signature style."

Posted Jun 30, 2009

Joe Lozito

18 19%

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

"Even for a Michael Bay movie, this robot-on-robot sequel is a pointless, messy assault on the senses. The special effects, of course, are flawless. The rest is scrap metal."

Posted Jun 23, 2009

Joe Lozito

19 49%

Whatever Works (2009)

"In this return to Manhattan - and to his old tricks - Woody Allen finds a perfect representative in Larry David."

Posted Jun 18, 2009

Joe Lozito

20 67%

Away We Go (2009)

"John Krasinski eases into his role like a runner into his favorite pair of worn-in sneakers, embracing the hippie-like ways of Burt along with the unkempt facial hair."

Posted Jun 5, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

21 79%

The Hangover (2009)

"As forgettable as a night of hard drinking, this frat-level comedy is good for a few laughs but never quite gels."

Posted Jun 4, 2009

Joe Lozito

22 44%

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

"Along with the addition of Amy Adams as a spunky Amelia Earhart, moving the action to the Smithsonian (and ignoring any concerns about believability) brings this goofy sequel to life like a wax sculpture of Teddy Roosevelt."

Posted May 20, 2009

Joe Lozito

23 33%

Terminator Salvation (2009)

"This ambitious redefinition of a franchise is also loud, clumsy and, in the end, doesn't make much sense."

Posted May 20, 2009

Joe Lozito

24 93%

L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009)

"Olivier Assayas' artsy family drama Summer Hours is easy on the eyes, but good luck keeping them open."

Posted May 14, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

25 37%

Angels & Demons (2009)

"The team behind "The Da Vinci Code" returns to the ecclesiastic trough with this Vatican-based hooey that plays more like a Roman travelogue."

Posted May 14, 2009

Joe Lozito

26 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"J.J. Abrams boldly takes the "Trek" franchise where it hasn't gone in a long time: to box office gold."

Posted May 6, 2009

Joe Lozito

27 38%

X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

"Reliably action-packed first attempt at an X-Men origin story, succeeds largely based on having Hugh Jackman back behind the claws and facial hair."

Posted Apr 30, 2009

Joe Lozito

28 48%

Battle For Terra (2009)

"Tries really hard to put on a serious face but instead plays like a third-rate MADtv parody about careless humans in space."

Posted Apr 29, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

29 39%

Fighting (2009)

"As innocuous as its title, this modest indie about underground street fighting boasts a gritty tongue-in-cheek attitude but (sorry) packs little punch."

Posted Apr 23, 2009

Joe Lozito

30 66%

Sleep Dealer (2009)

"Modest sci-fi entry out of Mexico %u2013 about the ultimate offshore labor force - shows impressive vision but lacks the story to keep it going."

Posted Apr 16, 2009

Joe Lozito

31 84%

State of Play (2009)

"Solid political thriller follows all the precedents of a typical journalist-led whodunit. But with strong performances and a tight script, it still works."

Posted Apr 16, 2009

Joe Lozito

32 27%

Fast & Furious (2009)

"Following in the skid marks of its predecessors, this fourth installment of auto erotica reunites the original cast for one more go around the track."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

Joe Lozito

33 98%

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

"This mildly moving documentary - about the best Canadian metal band you've never heard of - is nearly undermined by its own similarity to countless music mockumentaries past."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

Joe Lozito

34 84%

I Love You, Man (2009)

"When it comes to the March movie slump, Love really is all you need."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

35 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"That director Zack Snyder's vehemently faithful adaptation of Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel is as entertaining as it is counts as a monumental achievement. But that doesn't make it a great movie."

Posted Mar 4, 2009

Joe Lozito

36 25%

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

"Grating comedy shows that racking up extreme credit card debt isn't cute or charming -- who knew?"

Posted Feb 13, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

37 59%

The International (2009)

"Taut conspiracy thriller is elevated above the ordinary thanks to Tom Tykwer's sharp direction and a typically rock solid performance by Clive Owen."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Joe Lozito

38 40%

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

"Fine for a night out with the gals but fails to revamp the running-on-empty romantic comedy genre."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

39 29%

New In Town (2009)

"Strained, lighter-than-air romantic comedy about a corporate executive who falls for the smalltown, snowbound locals she's sent to layoff. Like its heroine, it never warms up."

Posted Jan 29, 2009

Joe Lozito

40 29%

Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans (2009)

"Bad even for a movie about vampires and werewolves, this "Underworld" prequel should, at the very least, be the final nail in this franchise's (ahem) coffin."

Posted Jan 24, 2009

Joe Lozito

41 51%

Notorious (2009)

"In the first surprise of this short year, this little movie about a big rapper is a worthy testament to the man who would be B.I.G, and the first truly good Hip Hop biopic."

Posted Jan 14, 2009

Joe Lozito

42 93%

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

"Mike Leigh's ode to optimism revolves around Poppy, a London teacher who loves life almost as much as I love this movie."

Posted Jan 1, 2009

Lexi Feinberg

43 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"Talk about an impossible mission: Tom Cruise plays a German WWII Colonel with plans to assassinate Hitler in this distractingly anachronistic fact-based tale from Bryan Singer."

Posted Dec 30, 2008

Joe Lozito

44 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Christopher Nolan's gothic epic is heightened by the maniacal flair of Heath Ledger (R.I.P.) and the notable absence of Katie Holmes."

Posted Dec 28, 2008

Lexi Feinberg

45 71%

Last Chance Harvey (2009)

"It's Before Sunrise for the older, less intellectually-demanding crowd."

Posted Dec 28, 2008

Lexi Feinberg

46 64%

Marley & Me (2008)

"Relentlessly sentimental tearjerker succeeds solely on the charm of its stars on two and four legs."

Posted Dec 24, 2008

Joe Lozito

47 14%

The Spirit (2008)

"Frank Miller's stiff adaptation of the Will Eisner comic book character feels more like a pet project, full of gee-whiz visuals but lacking a certain, well, spirit."

Posted Dec 24, 2008

Joe Lozito

48 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"Affected, overwrought misstep from director Sam Mendes tracks the brutal disintegration of a 50s-era suburban couple in high style and higher melodrama."

Posted Dec 23, 2008

Joe Lozito

49 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"A commanding story that plays like the petulant love child of Mad Men and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Posted Dec 21, 2008

Lexi Feinberg

50 56%

The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

"Unusual animated fable - about a courageous mouse that saves a kingdom - suffers from an over-abundance of story but has its heart in the right place."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Joe Lozito

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