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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Four Seasons Lodge (2008)

"A tender, heartfelt documentary that's ultimately underwhelming and incomplete because it fails to pack a much-needed intellectual punch."

Posted Nov 11, 2009

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2 27%

Splinterheads (2009)

"Amusing, lively and imaginative with terrific, crisp cinematography, but it's often too cartoonish, convoluted, juvenile and low on laughs."

Posted Nov 8, 2009

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3 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"An inspirational, emotionally devastating drama that occasionally veers toward contrived melodrama , but remains captivating thanks to the raw, heartfelt performances by Mo'Nique and Gabourey 'Gabby" Sidibe."

Posted Nov 7, 2009

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4 45%

The Box (2009)

"Has stylish production values and a somewhat creepy performance by the talented Frank Langella, but it's often too lazily constructed, unimaginative and lacking much-needed suspense."

Posted Nov 7, 2009

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5 51%

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

"An outrageously funny, tongue-in-cheek satire filled with lively, amusing performances, but its comedic momentum gradually loses steam and leaves you wishing that it had more consistent cleverness and bite."

Posted Nov 7, 2009

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6 19%

The Fourth Kind (2009)

"Mostly engaging with fleeting scares, stylish cinematography and an initially intriguing premise, but the suspense and chills wane as its script grows increasingly silly, unfocused and dull."

Posted Nov 6, 2009

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7 54%

Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

"Boasts dazzling CGI effects and important moral lessons, but it suffers from excessive style over substance while lacking the genuine, unadulturated warmth, emotional resonance and soul of the Dickens classic."

Posted Nov 6, 2009

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8 0%

Eulogy for a Vampire (2009)

"Often drags and suffers from a painfully lazy, bland and contrived screenplay. It's a poorly-directed, lifeless mess with wooden performances and pretentious cinematography."

Posted Nov 6, 2009

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9 67%

Act of God (2009)

"A mildly engaging documentary that feels somewhat incomplete without enough insight, revelations and thorough analysis. Ultimately, it doesn't quite find the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them intellectually."

Posted Nov 5, 2009

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10 22%

Looking for Palladin (2008)

"Suffers from an unfunny, unmoving, stilted and often meandering screenplay which can't be saved by Ben Gazzara's engaging and charismatic performance."

Posted Nov 1, 2009

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11 82%

Storm (Sturm) (2009)

"A mostly riveting, well-acted and compelling drama that slightly fizzles out during its rushed third act."

Posted Nov 1, 2009

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12 13%

Labor Day (2009)

"Mildly engaging, but lacks sufficient insight, intrigue and provocativeness to rise above the kind of footage you'd typically find in an infomercial or, worse, in propaganda."

Posted Oct 31, 2009

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13 14%

How to Seduce Difficult Women (2009)

"A vapid, sophomoric and toothless comedy that's low on insight and filled with distasteful, unfunny humor and contrived situations that often fall flat."

Posted Oct 31, 2009

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14 27%

The Canyon (2009)

"A taut, unpredictable and intense thriller. You'll never look at the Grand Canyon the same way again."

Posted Oct 31, 2009

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15 23%

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)

"Mindlessly entertaining on occasion, but lacks the refreshing pizzazz and clever surprises found in the original. Its pretentious editing style and wooden performances get frustrating rather quickly."

Posted Oct 30, 2009

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16 19%

Gentlemen Broncos (2009)

"A juvenile, crass and silly mess that's occasionally irritating to watch, intermittingly funny and over-the-top, but nonetheless amusing and wildly imaginative. It's best enjoyed with a group of friends late at night while checking your brain at the door."

Posted Oct 30, 2009

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17 81%

Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)

"A thoroughly captivating, well-edited and heartfelt documentary that must be experienced on the big screen. Avid Michael Jackson fans will cherish it forever."

Posted Oct 29, 2009

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18 37%

Saw VI (2009)

"Intense, relentlessly horrifying, disgusting and often implausible, but surprisingly intriguing at times."

Posted Oct 28, 2009

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19 94%

Le Chant des Mariées (The Wedding Song) (2008)

"An engrossing, tender and captivating drama with heartfelt, raw performances."

Posted Oct 26, 2009

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20 76%

Killing Kasztner (2009)

"A well-balanced and provocative documentary that's equally engaging, poignant and illuminating."

Posted Oct 25, 2009

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21 49%

Antichrist (2009)

"A psychologically horrifying, fascinating and emotionally devastating experience that should be studied, analyzed and discussed scene-for-scene by film buffs for its brilliant, stylish production values, allegories and allusions."

Posted Oct 24, 2009

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22 38%

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

"Initially fun and imaginative, but it quickly turns into a thrill-less, uneven, lazy and painfully bland mess."

Posted Oct 24, 2009

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23 49%

Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)

"A visually stunning sci-fi movie that occasionally drags and could have used more imagination as well as some exploration of its provocative themes, but nonetheless manages to be a mostly thrilling adventure."

Posted Oct 23, 2009

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All the Best: Fun Begins (2009)

"[All the Best] can't be saved by its fleetingly stylish musical numbers and car chase sequence. It ultimately overstays its welcome and falls flat as a comedy with often annoying and cartoonish characters and too much repetitive, forced humor."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

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25 35%

New York, I Love You (2009)

"Marginally engaging and sporadically clever, but often rather slight, unimaginative and lacking an authentic vibe of New York City."

Posted Oct 18, 2009

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26 25%

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

"Increasingly preposterous and asinine, but nonetheless mindlessly entertaining thanks to Gerard Butler's oddly invigorating and captivating performance."

Posted Oct 17, 2009

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27 72%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"Has brilliant production values and inspiring messages, but it's ultimately too uneven, contrived and unimaginative while failing to thoroughly entertain adults and children simultaneously."

Posted Oct 16, 2009

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28 76%

Bronson (2009)

"An invigorating, refreshingly stylish biopic brimming with dark humor, surrealism and an unforgettable, brave performance by Tom Hardy."

Posted Oct 12, 2009

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29 94%

The Damned United (2009)

"A compelling, sprightly and heartfelt drama. Michael Sheen deserves an Oscar."

Posted Oct 12, 2009

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30 94%

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (2009)

"A thoroughly compelling, well-edited and illuminating documentary that rarely has a dull moment."

Posted Oct 12, 2009

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31 94%

Good Hair (2009)

"A stylishly-edited, often amusing and funny documentary that's too euphemistic and poorly synthesized to be truly enlightening or revelatory."

Posted Oct 11, 2009

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32 94%

An Education (2009)

"An engrossing, beautifully shot romantic drama that slightly rushed and contrived toward the end, but boasts a radiant, Oscar-worthy performance by Carey Mulligan."

Posted Oct 10, 2009

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33 83%

Paranormal Activity (2009)

"A clever, psychologically terrifying and suspenseful low-budget film with a lot of mainstream appeal. It will frighten the bejesus out of you."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

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34 79%

The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)

"Intermittently funny and provocative, but it ultimately lacks enough bite, surprises and insight."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

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35 11%

Couples Retreat (2009)

"Has nothing to offer but a lively ensemble cast and beautiful scenery while falling flat as a comedy that's painfully low on laughs and high on juvenile, asinine and uninspired attempts at humor."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

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36 87%

Araya (1959)

"A quietly powerful, lyrical and visually striking documentary."

Posted Oct 8, 2009

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37 0%

A Beautiful Life (2009)

"An amateurish, contrived drama that's neither captivating, insightful nor engrossing."

Posted Oct 5, 2009

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38 71%

More Than a Game (2009)

"Somewhat engaging and well-edited with stylish cinematography and great music, but it ultimately falls short in terms of offering insightful and provocative revelations."

Posted Oct 3, 2009

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39 70%

Chelsea on the Rocks (2009)

"Often drags with poor editing and lack of sufficient insight while leaving you feeling unengaged and underwhelmed."

Posted Oct 3, 2009

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Do Knot Disturb (2009)

"A silly, contrived and often nauseating comedy with mildly engaging, visual stylish musical numbers. It often drags while the desperate attempts at humor fall flat on their face."

Posted Oct 3, 2009

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41 58%

The Invention of Lying (2009)

"An initially funny comedy with an intriguing, amusing premise that quickly runs of out steam and ends up banal, unimaginative, silly and forgettable."

Posted Oct 2, 2009

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42 84%

Whip It (2009)

"Thoroughly delightful, invigorating and captivating with just the right balance of drama and comedy."

Posted Oct 2, 2009

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43 50%

American Journey (2009)

"A mildly engaging documentary that's occasionally insightful, but not quite thorough and illuminating enough to make a truly strong impression."

Posted Oct 2, 2009

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44 76%

The Horse Boy (2009)

"A well-edited, profoundly engrossing, inspirational and thoroughly captivating documentary."

Posted Sep 30, 2009

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45 71%

The Boys Are Back (2009)

"A somewhat unfocused and convoluted drama that's buoyed by beautiful scenery and, most effectively, by Clive Owen's well-nuanced, charismatic and endearing performance."

Posted Sep 29, 2009

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46 38%

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009)

"Too awkward, disjointed and bland while lacking dramatic momentum and true insight."

Posted Sep 27, 2009

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47 33%

Blind Date (2009)

"Boasts natural, well-nuanced performances by Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson, but it's often an awkward blend of romance, drama, comedy and tragedy that eventually becomes tedious and dull while leaving you underwhelmed and unmoved."

Posted Sep 26, 2009

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48 47%

The Providence Effect (2009)

"Marginally compelling and well-edited while deficient when it comes to insight and provocativeness. You'll find a lot of potatoes here, but not enough meat."

Posted Sep 26, 2009

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49 75%

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"Mildly entertaining and occasionally funny, but often poorly researched, repetitive, parochial, and unenlightening."

Posted Sep 26, 2009

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50 39%

Surrogates (2009)

"Has an initially intriguing premise and plenty of slick production values, but it suffers from style over substance, diminishing suspense, and a plot that feels too bland, inane and ultimately underwhelming."

Posted Sep 26, 2009

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