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Harvey's Movie Review

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Titanic (1997)

"a cynical eye can't help but notice that very few of those who fall to their deaths or freeze in the North Atlantic are singled out for individual sympathy"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

2 50%

The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

"a genuinely silly film which is almost impossible to take at face value"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

3 78%

Used Cars (1980)

"if this is the face of American satire a decade after MASH (five years after Smile) it is a sad lookout for the nineteen eighties"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

4 87%

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

"The Project is a combination of two films, a website and a publicity campaign calculated to induce uncertainty and discomfort about our fragile hold on reality as human beings"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

5 100%

Nóz w Wodzie (Knife in the Water) (1962)

"elevated by critical exaggeration to a point where it becomes impossible to appreciate its simpler pleasures"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

6 65%

Perfect Blue (1999)

"The story is involving and works hard to downplay the more traditional flourishes of Japanese animation in favour of exploring the psychology of its central character"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

7 93%

The Limey (1999)

"despite an earnest attempt to juggle narrative elements with the help of playful editing, has little to offer a very familiar story of revenge and redemption"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

8 100%

Smile (1975)

"Savage black comedy laced with bitter irony and a brutally unforgiving attitude towards the emptiness and hypocrisy of middle class American/Californian society"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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9 74%

Les Miserables (1998)

"its fractured structure tends to make what should be important details into colourful background"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

10 71%

The Fifth Element (1997)

"has a refreshingly direct sense of its own incomprehensibility, and matches pace and style to the overall zaniness of the material"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

11 91%

High Fidelity (2000)

"reasserts co-producer, co-writer and star John Cusack's status as one of the quirkier personalities in mainstream American film today"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

12 29%

Deep Rising (1998)

"It never takes itself seriously enough to become ponderous, but it works well enough on a generic level to satisfying undemanding punters"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

13 74%

Dark City (1998)

"The film lacks neither ideas nor imagination (though many of its elements are derived from familiar sources), and it usually has good reason for every twist and turn of plot"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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14 62%

The Patriot (2000)

"its recourse to generic cliché, exaggeration, and penchant for sweeping, decisive conclusions means that it is unlikely to stimulate debate"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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15 97%

Bullitt (1968)

"This slick, well directed thriller proves a perfect vehicle for the screen persona of its star"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

16 25%

Godzilla (1998)

"a firmly special-effects driven film and languishes in the doldrums for some time before the action gets frenetic"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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17 5%

The Avengers (1998)

"a desperate reaching towards something ineffable which it never seems able to reach and so compensates for by making as much of a noisy spectacle of itself as possible"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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18 53%

Escape from L.A. (1996)

"pretty aimless, and has neither the wit nor the darkness of its predecessor"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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19 88%

Chasing Amy (1997)

"a fresh and interesting take on contemporary lifestyles"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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20 73%

The Horse Whisperer (1998)

"might well result in male viewers being beaten about the head by enraged female companions whose appreciation has been ruined by outbursts of hysterical laughter"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

21 100%

Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994)

"a fitting conclusion to the trilogy, which is here revealed to have been centrally concerned with the unifying principle that every person's life has a story behind it"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

22 55%

Star Trek - Insurrection (1998)

"there is really no good reason why this particular story was told at all, and it seems a waste of time, talent and money that it was made as a film"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

23 ——

Countdown (1968)

"Though the film demonstrates evidence of prerelease cutting with several awkward transitions and occasional shifts in pace, it generally retains a strong grip"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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24 78%

East Is East (1999)

"builds on little details to deepen and contextualise the action, and O'Donnell never allows this to become indulgent or distracting"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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25 43%

Dr. Dolittle (1998)

"an unambitious formulaic film which is likely to work if you expect it to and will probably repel you if you don't"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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26 90%

Valmont (1989)

"Forman paints the world in such steadfastedly ordinary tones (with occasional comic/farcical asides), that it rarely enflames the kind of passion suggested by the basic story"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

27 ——

Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

"This is the kind of film which is 'old fashioned' by definition, but one which is made with skill"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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28 63%

Starship Troopers (1997)

"such a straight-faced old-fashioned super hyphenated Hollywood blockbuster that it is difficult to see where the gaps are for a sigh of relief"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

29 64%

Evita (1996)

"a disappointing result of great time, talent and expense"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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30 66%

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

"Smooth, entertaining horror drama"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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31 45%

Absolute Power (1997)

"Despite a stellar cast, meticulous direction and a generally serious approach to its subject, Absolute Power is a lifeless film"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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32 79%

Live Flesh (Carne trémula) (1998)

"Almodovar applies his grasp of the medium and his distinctive visual style to the telling of a tale with a strong plot with an easily identifiable emotional and moral base"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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33 27%

Lost in Space (1998)

"a little boy's movie"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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34 51%

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

"will happily slip into nostalgic memory as quickly as it takes them to make the next one"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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35 88%

Get on the Bus (1996)

"in Lee's careful hands the drama never becomes stilted or claustrophobic"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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36 78%

Muriel's Wedding (1995)

"It is far from what you might expect given the trailer, but not all that surprising considering the recent output of Australian cinema on the whole"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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37 77%

Michael Collins (1996)

"a dramatic interpretation of a moment in Irish history which has emotional and political resonances for both its creators and its intended audience"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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38 80%

The Big Lebowski (1998)

"Rich, witty, inventive and very entertaining, this is not so much a film as one of The Dude's acid flashbacks"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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39 85%

Wag the Dog (1997)

"has the audacity to presume that its jokes about post modernism and the death of a genuine political conscience in America somehow excuse its own lack of conviction"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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40 93%

Out of Sight (1998)

"framed by a mood of fantastical romance, as indeed is the unlikely boy meets girl story which provides the film with its core"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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41 67%

Dogma (1999)

"It is unfortunate that it isn't just a tad more effective as a religious satire and that events transpire on such a finally superficial level"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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42 60%

Behind the Lines (1999)

"It is a teleplay which derives all of its impact from words written and spoken, and not from images which give them form"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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43 85%

The War of the Worlds (1953)

"perhaps less engaging, and certainly less shocking, than it once was, but it helps to view the film within its original context"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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44 33%

Rogue Trader (1999)

"there are few pleasures to be had here, and almost no elucidation"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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45 17%

The Haunting (1999)

"it is the timelessness of the haunted house and the potential of the old-fashioned ghost story which is really interesting: the rest is sound and fury"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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46 82%

Dolores Claiborne (1995)

"riveting viewing from start to finish"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

47 55%

Con Air (1997)

"It's all pretty much an excuse to have plenty of muscled, sweaty men go hand to hand against each other in an enclosed space"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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48 45%

The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

"The film is no masterpiece, mind, but it is a satisfying concoction of satire, slapstick, and one-liners"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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49 34%

Suicide Kings (1997)

"Not bad thriller with slight comic elements benefits greatly from its tasty premise and the spot on casting of Christopher Walken"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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50 54%

Payback (1999)

"a dumb film which demands nothing other than the ability to keep your eyes open as men's bodies are beaten, bruised, cut, crushed, and violated just for the hell of it"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

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