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Harvey's Movie Review

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Ivan the Terrible - Pt. 1 & 2 (1990)

Posted Dec 24, 2005

Harvey O'Brien

2 53%

Veronica Guerin (2003)

Posted Jul 16, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

3 44%

Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle (2003)

"It is just too hard to have fun with this movie, and it really shouldn't be."

Posted Jul 3, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

4 ——

Book That Wrote Itself ()

"Blurs the boundaries between vanity production and authorial tour-de-force."

Posted Jun 25, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

5 ——

Crooked Mile ()

"Unremarkable but entirely pleasant."

Posted Jun 25, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

6 ——

Puckoon (2003)

"Lacks many ineffable qualities including charm, irony, and subtlety, all of which were sorely needed to make the film work."

Posted Jun 25, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

7 71%

Phone Booth (2003)

"It is amazing that Phonebooth gets away with stretching a twenty minute short idea into a feature film without managing to feel stretched"

Posted Jun 25, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

8 69%

Red Dragon (2002)

"A terrific cast buoys a basic rendering of Thomas Harris' novel"

Posted Jun 25, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

9 69%

Max (2002)

"a thought-provoking film, and though not revolutionary, it is daring in tackling the subject it does, which makes it worthwhile"

Posted Jun 25, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

10 43%

City Hunter (Sing si lip yan) (1993)

"Frantic to a fault and including references to various popular cultural icons including the Street Fighter II video game, City Hunter manages to upstage its own exuberant star"

Posted Jun 22, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

11 75%

Game of Death (1978)

"disgusting, ghoulish"

Posted Jun 22, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

12 100%

Return of the Dragon (The Way of the Dragon) (1974)

"It's hard to really hate the film, perhaps precisely because Lee clearly tries so hard"

Posted Jun 22, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

13 ——

Last Days in Dublin ()

"Lance Daly's no-budget feature benefits from an ironic sense of humour about itself which helps to smooth over the lack of niceties."

Posted Jun 16, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

14 87%

X2: X-Men United (2003)

"The sequel to X-Men is an equally accomplished comic book film aimed at audiences above the age of seven"

Posted Jun 13, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

15 73%

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

"The faithful will receive the Word like Holy Scripture, but unbelievers will not be converted"

Posted Jun 6, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

16 92%

Champion (1949)

"a fairly uncompromising film with a strong polemical centre"

Posted Apr 9, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

17 78%

The Pledge (2001)

"a gripping adult drama which does not condescend to its audience"

Posted Apr 9, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

18 59%

The Sum of All Fears (2002)

"The patently absurd premise is unfortunately played with the sincerity due to it in a post 9/11 context, only with the added sanctimony of a self-satisfied neo-imperialist fantasy"

Posted Apr 3, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

19 80%

Posse (1975)

"a minor classic of the western from a period in which the genre was finding it difficult to survive"

Posted Apr 3, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

20 41%

The Core (2003)

"Oh, come on: what were you expecting?"

Posted Mar 30, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

21 73%

Frailty (2002)

"serious appreciation of schisms in the American moral conscience which brings visual weight to a solid script and keeps its audience riveted at almost every turn"

Posted Mar 29, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

22 81%

Road to Perdition (2002)

"seems to expect more of itself than was reasonable under the circumstances and invites the audience to share its anticipation"

Posted Mar 29, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

23 87%

Far From Heaven (2003)

"Self-conscious cinematic reconstruction of the 1950s melodrama as envisioned by Douglas Sirk. If that sentence has no meaning for you, then the film probably won't either."

Posted Mar 29, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

24 81%

The Hours (2002)

"not a crowd-pleaser, but those who do find a place in their hearts for it will probably love it beyond all reason"

Posted Mar 29, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

25 ——

Mapmaker (2001)

"Well-intentioned but heavy-handed low-budget political thriller set in the border counties of Northern Ireland."

Posted Mar 24, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

26 50%

The Heart of Me (2003)

"becomes increasingly intricate and well timed as it goes, and builds to a lovely climax"

Posted Mar 24, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

27 ——

Resurrection Man (1998)

"an effective genre piece which sustains an atmosphere of dark horror in spite of the absence of the supernatural"

Posted Mar 18, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

28 77%

The Good Thief (2003)

"an essentially modest and undemanding film which may be either too wildly praised or too indiscriminately condemned for it to find its feet at the box office"

Posted Mar 18, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

29 91%

Adaptation (2002)

"not so much a movie as it is a thesis on screenwriting"

Posted Mar 18, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

30 74%

Signs (2002)

"best thought of as a quiet counterpoint to the grand spectacles of the pre-millenium years."

Posted Feb 4, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

31 85%

About Schmidt (2002)

"not the multiplex muncher it has been marketed to be, though it is a worthwhile viewing experience"

Posted Feb 4, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

32 92%

Fail-Safe (1964)

Posted Jan 28, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

33 64%

Jacknife (1989)

Posted Jan 28, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

34 47%

The Banger Sisters (2002)

"you are left with the impression of a movie which is less sure about what it wants to be than its characters are, undermining whatever points the director wanted to make"

Posted Jan 28, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

35 87%

Chicago (2002)

"Not all spectacles are equal though, and the spectacle of a film flailing desperately to win love and admiration is not unlike the story at its centre -- cautionary"

Posted Jan 28, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

36 75%

Gangs of New York (2002)

"An epic drowned in blood..."

Posted Jan 15, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

37 96%

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

"Effective but occasionally manipulative documentary polemic"

Posted Jan 3, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

38 85%

Donnie Darko (2001)

"a film with many great qualities but which is less satisfying than it is promising"

Posted Jan 3, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

39 57%

Die Another Day (2002)

"the Bond people have responded to xXx by caving in: they are now trying to imitate their own imitations"

Posted Jan 3, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

40 81%

One Hour Photo (2002)

"a fairly rewarding little movie which should please genre fans with a little more patience than your average stalk 'n' slash fan"

Posted Jan 3, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

41 37%

Star Trek - Nemesis (2002)

"might have enough legs to take the franchise to yet another big screen outing before the whole thing gets put out to pasture"

Posted Jan 3, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

42 81%

The Good Girl (2002)

"If Aniston were not in it, would you bother?"

Posted Jan 3, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

43 96%

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

"The fragmented narrative leaves Jackson juggling too many characters and too many stories, sometimes to the detriment of each and all of them"

Posted Jan 2, 2003

Harvey O'Brien

44 92%

Bloody Sunday (2002)

"Greengrass has delivered an undoubted stylistic tour-de-force, and has managed elements such as sound and cinematography with skill"

Posted Nov 20, 2002

Harvey O'Brien

45 82%

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

"Long and plodding viewing like the first."

Posted Nov 15, 2002

Harvey O'Brien

46 49%

Unfaithful (2002)

"Handsome but superficial"

Posted Nov 14, 2002

Harvey O'Brien

47 ——

With Or Without You (1999)

"bland and generic to the point where there is little real reason to recommend it"

Posted Nov 13, 2002

Harvey O'Brien

48 ——

Wild About Harry (2000)

"pleasant enough, well acted, and generally entertaining, but not especially inspiring"

Posted Nov 13, 2002

Harvey O'Brien

49 86%

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

"a harmless and enjoyable little movie which, after quite a bright start, does eventually settle into the expected Disney stuff before picking up again for a sci-fi chase finale"

Posted Nov 8, 2002

Harvey O'Brien

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