Authors

Let's Not Listen

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 26%

Nobel Son (2008)

"An undignified mess that should embarrass Rickman and everyone else involved."

Posted Dec 6, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

2 54%

Choke (2008)

"This being a Palahniuk story, Victor is not his peccadillos. That's the (loose) moral that serves as redemption in a film with situations so seedy and humor so dark you'll feel a little ashamed after laughing."

Posted Sep 25, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

3 61%

The Duchess (2008)

"Georgiana seems to get dumber as the years go on instead of learning how to play the game. Blame the hats and rent Atonement."

Posted Sep 25, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

4 96%

Trouble the Water (2008)

"The Roberts family, constantly helping others, maintains both a realistic and positive perspective on their situation, with Kimberly in particular showing remarkable resilience."

Posted Sep 25, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

5 74%

La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008)

"Chabrol's fluid camera and less-is-more storytelling is thrillingly Hitchcockian, and his lack of judgment regarding the sexuality of his characters is refreshingly French."

Posted Sep 23, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

6 48%

Towelhead (2007)

"Apparently, characters are supposed to be so racist, controlling, and narrow-minded, it's funny."

Posted Sep 23, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

7 53%

Battle in Seattle (2008)

"An unremarkable and often dull writing and directorial debut."

Posted Sep 23, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

8 81%

I Served the King of England (2008)

"Barnev gives a deftly Chaplinesque performance...but Díte never really finds any meaning or lessons in the choices he made, and neither will the audience."

Posted Sep 11, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

9 90%

Le fils de l'épicier (The Grocer's Son) (2008)

"Ignore the boorish main character, and The Grocer's Son is salvageable as a celebration of rustic pleasures."

Posted Sep 11, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

10 76%

A Jihad for Love (2008)

"With each familiar story, you wish Sharma dug a little deeper into the issue. Still, his message conveys."

Posted Sep 4, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

11 63%

Traitor (2008)

"Even viewers burned out on talk about politics and war will be queasily engrossed by conversations inside Samir's cell."

Posted Sep 4, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

12 85%

In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2008)

"With a different cast -- and fewer saccharine-cutting jokes -- the film might be completely dismissible. But all the actors have a charm."

Posted Aug 28, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

13 87%

Frozen River (2008)

"You shouldn't want to cheer when a criminal uses dirty money to save the family flat-screen from repo."

Posted Aug 28, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

14 43%

What We Do Is Secret (2007)

"High School Musical with needles and dye jobs."

Posted Aug 28, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

15 41%

The Rocker (2008)

"When the humor doesn't involve sweaty armpits or vomit, it's alternately dry, silly, and profane -- a mixed bag that will serve as a nice antidote to viewers maxed out on Apatow blue."

Posted Aug 20, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

16 62%

Hamlet 2 (2008)

"Hamlet 2's laughs and inventiveness are as spotty as the ability of its drama teacher to recognize brilliance. But the music is a knockout, and Coogan is consistently the best part of the film."

Posted Aug 20, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

17 78%

Baghead (2008)

"Compared to films such as Tropic Thunder and The Blair Witch Project, Baghead's poke at the film industry and attempt at verite horror are a little like making vroom-vroom noises next to a Porsche."

Posted Aug 20, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

18 39%

Henry Poole Is Here (2008)

"You can feel the filmmakers' manipulation at every turn, yet there's a melancholy and life-is-a-gift spirit that still conveys."

Posted Aug 20, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

19 83%

Tropic Thunder (2008)

"Downey's racial transformation is a mere launching point for a performance so brilliant, it's fair to regard Lazaurs as August's Joker."

Posted Aug 13, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

20 94%

The Counterfeiters (2007)

"What would you do if your only chance of survival involved aiding the Nazi regime?"

Posted Aug 12, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

21 84%

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

"Breaking up is hard to do when you're wearing nothing but a pout and were just regaling your soon-to-be-ex with a celebratory wang-flapping to welcome her home."

Posted Aug 12, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

22 ——

In the Family (2008)

"Rudnick maintains a deft balance between personal journal and objective examination of the issue."

Posted Aug 12, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

23 86%

I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

"Creadon's managed to turn dry material into engaging cinema before with the nerderiffic Wordplay, and though I.O.U.S.A. lacks that film's narrative tension -- this time, we know who loses -- it still sugars its medicine."

Posted Aug 12, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

24 81%

Under Our Skin (2008)

"You might want to cancel that camping trip after watching Andy Abrahams Wilson's candid and frightening look at Lyme disease."

Posted Aug 12, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

25 88%

Boy A (2007)

"The film Gus Van Sant wanted Paranoid Park to be."

Posted Aug 6, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

26 10%

Hell Ride (2008)

"The Zombie Strippers of biker movies."

Posted Aug 6, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

27 68%

Pineapple Express (2008)

"The rapport between Rogen and Franco is immediately charming...more important, it's pretty funny when they're high together."

Posted Aug 6, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

28 75%

Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies) (2008)

"It'd all be tres dull if it weren't for the magnificent faces of Pauline Acquart and Adele Haenel. Actually, it still gets dull, even if at times the film skirts kiddie-porn territory."

Posted Aug 1, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

29 70%

American Teen (2008)

"You feel the students' relief when they graduate -- and breathe easier remembering that that chapter of your life is over as well."

Posted Aug 1, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

30 38%

Swing Vote (2008)

"Does anyone really want to sit through the campaigning, scheming, and dissecting of fictional candidates when we're drowning in the minutiae of real ones? Especially with Costner?"

Posted Aug 1, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

31 55%

Step Brothers (2008)

"Step Brothers immediately dirties its sitcom-ready path with humor that's largely filthy and occasionally flat-out weird."

Posted Jul 24, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

32 92%

Chris & Don: A Love Story (2007)

"Regardless of whether you recognize the names of Christopher Isherwood or Don Bachardy, this masterful documentary draws you into the men's lives like a star-studded bedtime tale."

Posted Jul 24, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

33 68%

CSNY Déjà Vu (2008)

"Even if the opening riff of "Teach Your Children" makes you want to stab an incense stick in your eardrum, there are enough detours to make the doc surprisingly compelling to anyone with an interest in the state of the union."

Posted Jul 24, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

34 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Walking out to your own city's streets afterward, you'll likely have a "Hey, this isn't Gotham!" moment. It's a level of transportation that no cackling, Kool Aid-colored villain could achieve, but it's what every comic book fan truly wants."

Posted Jul 16, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

35 54%

Mamma Mia! (2008)

"You could listen to a greatest-hits CD with nearly the same result."

Posted Jul 16, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

36 77%

Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) (2007)

"Damned if it doesn't suck you in like a late-night rerun of Rock of Love."

Posted Jul 16, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

37 69%

The Wackness (2008)

"The Wackness is a nostalgia piece, but ultimately explores the more universal question of how to deal."

Posted Jul 11, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

38 39%

The Stone Angel (2007)

"Overacted, underwritten, and with flashback cues so lazy the characters may as well just say, "I remember when...," the film feels like The Notebook II."

Posted Jul 11, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

39 94%

Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

"The film is most absorbing when Herzog stays out of the way."

Posted Jul 10, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

40 86%

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

"A dense but enthralling biography that manages to keep its focus on the Rolling Stone journalist while exploring Gibney's political obsession at the same time."

Posted Jul 2, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

41 89%

Aleksandra (Alexandra) (2007)

"Alexandra washes over you like a gentle slice-of-life movie rather than polemic, with Vishnevskaya demanding your attention every moment she's onscreen."

Posted Jul 2, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

42 41%

Hancock (2008)

"This antihero merely spreads his suckage filmwide."

Posted Jul 1, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

43 96%

WALL-E (2008)

"Another Pixar triumph in storytelling...you'll recognize in the wee machine a version of yourself."

Posted Jun 26, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

44 39%

Finding Amanda (2008)

"The interplay between Broderick and Snow ultimately make Finding Amanda more enjoyable than it should be."

Posted Jun 26, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

45 30%

War, Inc. (2008)

"An Iraq satire being released past the point when discussing the occupation has become wearying and parodying it a slow-target yawn."

Posted Jun 26, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

46 ——

Song Sung Blue ()

"Eventually, you stop snickering at the Sardinas' trailer-trashiness and empathize with the humanity beneath their glitter."

Posted Jun 24, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

47 100%

Man on Wire (2008)

"Even if what the very idea of such a stunt gives you is a knot in your stomach rather than a lump in your throat, Man on Wire is pure delight."

Posted Jun 24, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

48 67%

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"Marvel's second production leaves you with an unmistakable impression: The geeks have finally inherited their universe, and they're going to have as much fun with it as superhumanly possible."

Posted Jun 11, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

49 38%

Savage Grace (2007)

"It's easier to appreciate the craftsmanship of Savage Grace than enjoy it as entertainment."

Posted Jun 11, 2008

Tricia Olszewski

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