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Harvey's Movie Review

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 89%

Rushmore (1998)

"a fresh and funny antidote to the rash of high concept teen comedies based on literary classics which, in their own way, are as vacuous as the sex farces of the 1980s"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

2 37%

Psycho (1998)

"What can you say about Van Sant's Psycho that is not obvious before you see it?"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

3 45%

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

"an uncomfortable mix of Farrelly Brothers-type mayhem and Michael Ritchie's Smile which lacks the coherence of either"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

4 93%

Being John Malkovich (1999)

"refreshingly off-beat for about two thirds of the running time, but too melodramatic too often to quite escape the boundaries of convention"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

5 97%

Chicken Run (2000)

"It's meant to be fun and it is: it's just not quite as much fun as we had hoped it would be."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

6 100%

The Mark of Zorro (1940)

"It may not be the best version of the tale seen on screen, but is entertaining and maintains a square-jawed heroism"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

7 89%

Hilary and Jackie (1998)

"many thematic and visual ideas being borrowed from the hugely successful Oscar winner Shine"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

8 94%

Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned) (1952)

"convincingly sustains an atmosphere of social depravation"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

9 81%

Liar Liar (1997)

"Children may enjoy it more than adults, because the cliches may seem profound if you've never encountered them before"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

10 67%

The Wedding Singer (1998)

"nothing very surprising here, and the film relies heavily on the appealing performances of its leads"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

11 60%

Rush Hour (1998)

"Entertaining action comedy"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

12 100%

The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well) (1962)

"a searing inditement of Japanese corporate hierarchies which cannily links the contemporary economic and political culture with elements of the story of Hamlet"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

13 24%

Event Horizon (1997)

"something of a missed opportunity"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

14 95%

The Filth and the Fury (2000)

"It is ironic that in the climate of apathy affecting youth culture today, what was once the most hated and feared group in England now seem relatively benign"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

15 52%

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

"How much you accept its apologetic sign off will very much depend on how much affection you hold for this particular series and its aging heroes"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

16 38%

Entrapment (1999)

"As high-gloss, low-IQ summertime pulp, it rates somewhere in between fun and routine"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

17 65%

The Nutty Professor (1996)

"The film is entirely buoyed by Murphy's performance, which as Sherman Klump is winningly innocent and sympathetic and as Buddy Love is a parody of his own screen persona"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

18 47%

The Perfect Storm (2000)

"The audience finds itself surrounded by angry seas, stormy skies, and the water-whipped, haggard faces of the top-name cast"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

19 39%

Armageddon (1998)

"The dialogue is mouthed with straight-faced abandon by a cast of actors who appear to be having varying levels of fun"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

20 ——

Nightfall (1999)

"sincere enough in intention to avoid the taint of snigger-up-the-sleeve exploitation which mars so many genre films working with this level of budget"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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21 48%

Me, Myself & Irene (2000)

"There's something too painfully real at the centre of the over-the-top hysterics, and somehow you find the laughs trapped in your throat"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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22 78%

Space Cowboys (2000)

"there is a touch of the Howard Hawks about it, but it is not quite as polished and effective"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

23 57%

Never Been Kissed (1999)

"Thankfully Barrymore herself is there to keep things going in an infectious star turn perfectly tailored to her needs"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

24 3%

Battlefield Earth (2000)

"It is wildly overacted, ear-splittingly overscored, photographed through coloured handkerchiefs with a camera in serious need of a spirit level"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

25 82%

I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

"There is, in fact, a touch of the classic screwball farce to the film, at least on some level, although there is no real stable centre amid the anarchy"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

26 11%

End of Days (1999)

"an unexpected turnabout from its star, who seemed to have become so larger than life that there was nowhere else for him to go"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

27 71%

Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

"There is ultimately little enough genuine penetration of the character and his world, as events seem overdetermined by narrative contrivance"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

28 96%

Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua) (1991)

"may be read ambiguously as a damning portrait of capitalist excess and exploitation or the stresses on any human beings forced to conform to a system which represses them"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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29 72%

Limbo (1999)

"Characteristically thoughtful and thought-provoking film from writer, director, and editor John Sayles"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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30 29%

The Devil's Own (1997)

"works in spurts and fits"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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31 57%

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

"The vehemence with which the film goes after the media seems all the more curious given the level of advertising worked into it through the various brand-name gadgets"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

32 49%

The Kid (2000)

"the tone is still mostly broad farce rather than bittersweet drama and the dramatic content too easily reduced to simplistic aphorisms"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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33 92%

A Bug's Life (1998)

"Enjoyable computer animated fantasy aimed more squarely at younger audiences than the similarly themed Antz"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

34 55%

Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996)

"Characteristically frantic entertainment from Jackie Chan and Stanley Tong which lands Jackie in the midst of James-Bond style action in a series of exotic locales"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

35 81%

Elizabeth (1998)

"plays like a mediaeval Godfather; a study of the nature of power, the political machinations which bring it, and their human cost"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

36 71%

The Tingler (1959)

"The set up is incredibly strange and the inclusion of a sub-plot revolving around the owner of a silent movie theatre and his wife lends itself to some very unusual touches"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

37 80%

Fight Club (1999)

"the film is not always on target, and this particular brand of postmodern surrealism doesn't always succeed in clearly drawing the lines which it revels in crossing"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

38 88%

The Exorcist (1973)

"a powerful film with a powerful impact"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

39 83%

There's Something About Mary (1998)

"still best appreciated as a knockabout farce in the mould of the keystone cops, only with flatulence, penis jokes and cruelty to animals"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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40 77%

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

"it is difficult to shake off the impression that Kubrick's distance from reality was greater than ever during the production of his last film"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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41 54%

True Crime (1999)

"The character is nicely understated, which Eastwood has always preferred anyway, but he is neither sympathetic nor unsympathetic enough to be convincing"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

42 67%

Stir of Echoes (1999)

"Comparisons with The Sixth Sense will inevitably prove a bit of a chicken-and-egg debate"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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43 86%

As Good As It Gets (1997)

"contrived dramatic situations and the lack of real psychological insight"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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44 70%

Normal Life (1996)

"a vision of American society in which normalcy is not so much undesirable or unobtainable, as untenable in the face of irrational emotions like blind love"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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45 91%

Shall We Dance? (Shall We Dansu?) (1996)

"Highly recommended"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

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46 98%

Badlands (1974)

"the American nightmare par excellence"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

47 ——

Sweeney Todd ()

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

48 ——

2000 Year-in-Review ()

"International visitors will probably find the list confusing, as it features several films released elsewhere during 1999"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

49 84%

The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)

"attains both laughter and warmth without straining"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

50 67%

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

"it won't take long before audiences begin to associate Burton with expensive, silly, over-the-top dumbfests instead of off-beat and imaginative works of speculative fiction"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Harvey O'Brien

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