Houston Chronicle

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 13%

The Ugly Truth (2009)

"The ugly truth about The Ugly Truth is the fact that -- funny though it is -- it could have been a whole lot funnier."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Amy Biancolli

2 22%

G-Force (2009)

"A lot of resources went into making G-Force -- a lot of talent, a lot of money, a lot of marketing -- and it doesn't have much to show for it, not even some half-way imaginative 3-D gimmickry."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Amy Biancolli

3 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"So many actors shine in so many ways: Carter hisses deliciously, Broadbent sucks up beautifully. Watson shudders with frustration and heartbreak, Felton shudders with anger and fear."

Posted Jul 13, 2009

Amy Biancolli

4 45%

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009)

"If the third Ice Age were a bit better, there would be little need to dwell on the inconsistencies."

Posted Jul 1, 2009

Peter Hartlaub

5 57%

The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009)

"The whole movie marches to that same, sad rhythm of unalterable horror, illuminated by Joel Ransom's brutal and beautiful cinematography. The sum is difficult to watch."

Posted Jun 26, 2009

Amy Biancolli

6 48%

My Sister's Keeper (2009)

"My Sister's Keeper has a gutsy premise, but no guts."

Posted Jun 26, 2009

Mick LaSalle

7 19%

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

"A well-oiled, loudly revving summer action vehicle that does all that's required, and then some."

Posted Jun 24, 2009

Amy Biancolli

8 44%

The Proposal (2009)

"It isn't a film with a lot of big guffaws, but I smiled through most of it."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Amy Biancolli

9 66%

Sleep Dealer (2009)

"Sleep Dealer is flawed, but still vibrant and inventive. Whether he finds larger budgets or keeps doing movie like this, Rivera is definitely a filmmaker to follow."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Hartlaub

10 14%

Year One (2009)

"Year One has one joke, but it's a good one, played for many variations over the course of an often very funny comedy."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Mick LaSalle

11 26%

Land of the Lost (2009)

"It all amounts to a certain brand of comedy -- something closer to long-form Dada than conventional humor."

Posted Jun 5, 2009

Amy Biancolli

12 66%

The Brothers Bloom (2009)

"Even if you don't quite comprehend the ending (there seem to be 12 of them), you'll still feel the wallop of its consequences."

Posted May 22, 2009

Amy Biancolli

13 18%

Dance Flick (2009)

"Dance Flick is a movie that will make you yearn for the subtle humor and profound character exploration of White Chicks."

Posted May 22, 2009

Peter Hartlaub

14 44%

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

"The film offers enough ingenious touches and playful humor that the less-inspired elements hit with a screech."

Posted May 22, 2009

Amy Biancolli

15 86%

Treeless Mountain (2009)

"So Yong Kim has made another minimalist masterpiece, a quiet movie of sharply observed details and two girls who will break your heart."

Posted May 15, 2009

G. Allen Johnson

16 37%

Angels & Demons (2009)

"It's too lurid, too long. Too much is telegraphed."

Posted May 14, 2009

Amy Biancolli

17 84%

Tyson (2009)

"Hypnotic and ultimately incomplete."

Posted May 8, 2009

Amy Biancolli

18 44%

The Limits of Control (2009)

"The Limits of Control contains all the wonderful things that only Jim Jarmusch can do but lacks some of the necessary things that Jarmusch either can't or won't do."

Posted May 8, 2009

Mick LaSalle

19 64%

The Merry Gentleman (2009)

"A movie that doesn't quite have enough romance, thriller or revenge-fantasy elements to qualify for any of those genres."

Posted May 8, 2009

Peter Hartlaub

20 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"Abrams' redo isn't just a blast from the past. It's a blast."

Posted May 7, 2009

Amy Biancolli

21 48%

Battle For Terra (2009)

"An earnest 3-D eco-sermon."

Posted May 1, 2009

Amy Biancolli

22 74%

American Violet (2009)

"A conventional but wholly gripping docudrama."

Posted May 1, 2009

Amy Biancolli

23 38%

X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

"Wolverine is supposedly a comic book movie, and yet it violates one of the tenets of comic books: It doesn't delineate and particularize Wolverine's special powers."

Posted May 1, 2009

Mick LaSalle

24 56%

Enlighten Up! (2009)

"The breezy title of this engaging documentary suggests that it isn't going to solve the big questions of life, but will at least treat its subject -- yoga in its many forms from the sublime to the utterly absurd -- with humor and an open spirit."

Posted May 1, 2009

Walter V. Addiego

25 56%

The Soloist (2009)

"It took guts. And I suspect there's no sense in making a cautious film about Nathaniel Ayers."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Amy Biancolli

26 62%

Lymelife (2008)

"Rory Culkin does more than hold his own in this high-powered cast. He shows the angst of a teenage boy, but also the resilience. There is a sweetness to this film that keeps the darkness at bay."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Reyhan Harmanci

27 84%

State of Play (2009)

"It's a film in a hurry. In the scant minutes between plot twists, we get treated to bite-size nuggets of character development and a few juicy nibbles of acting from a cast almost universally committed to going large."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Amy Biancolli

28 55%

17 Again (2009)

"I found him a sympathetic, and strangely believable, middle-aged dad."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Amy Biancolli

29 51%

Observe and Report (2009)

"A few of the less repeatable lines hit their marks, but the whole affair has the pasty-faced desperation of shoppers trapped in fluorescent light."

Posted Apr 10, 2009

Amy Biancolli

30 56%

Skills Like This (2007)

"Overall, it's less clever than [director] Miranda seems to think."

Posted Apr 10, 2009

Walter V. Addiego

31 62%

Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009)

"Somehow its value is never communicated to the audience in a felt way. Or maybe that's simply the crucial aspect of Paris 36 that didn't make it safely across the Atlantic."

Posted Apr 10, 2009

Mick LaSalle

32 71%

The Great Buck Howard (2009)

"A modest snapshot of a performer."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

Amy Biancolli

33 89%

Adventureland (2009)

"The youths of Superbad were a little bit younger, a little more likable, their dirty-virgin wit more hilarious [than in Adventureland]."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

Amy Biancolli

34 78%

12 (2007)

"Overwrought, overlong yet mesmerizing."

Posted Mar 27, 2009

Amy Biancolli

35 72%

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

"True, the story doesn't amount to much, but the plot tends to take a back seat when you've got a not-quite-50-foot version of Reese Witherspoon duking it out with a mighty alien robot alongside the Golden Gate Bridge."

Posted Mar 27, 2009

Amy Biancolli

36 72%

Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

"This one is scripted, directed and acted with grace and immaculate care."

Posted Mar 20, 2009

Amy Biancolli

37 64%

Duplicity (2009)

"A snazzy piece of work, tartly acted and cleverly made. Trust me."

Posted Mar 20, 2009

Amy Biancolli

38 84%

I Love You, Man (2009)

"In almost every major detail and minor plot hiccup, the sweet, vulgar, hilariously awkward I Love You, Man follows Ye Olde Formulae for standard romantic comedies."

Posted Mar 20, 2009

Amy Biancolli

39 89%

Sin Nombre (2009)

Posted Mar 20, 2009

Amy Biancolli

40 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

"There's nothing extraneous about it, nothing excessive in its violence or its art. It's as desolate as it needs to be and no more."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Amy Biancolli

41 71%

Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (2008)

"The Secrets twines coming-out, coming-of-age and coming-to-terms-with-Orthodoxy in a way that diminishes all three -- and dilutes its message with clichés."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Amy Biancolli

42 83%

As It Is in Heaven (Så som i himmelen) (2004)

"It tells its tale of love, community and redemption with soap-operatic mood swings and a true believer's faith in the transcendent powers of music."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Amy Biancolli

43 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"It should have remained what it was from the start: a masterpiece of vicious Cold War paranoia, completely and gut-churningly rendered on the printed page."

Posted Mar 4, 2009

Amy Biancolli

44 94%

2009 Academy-Award Nominated Short Films ()

"Smack in the middle is the best of the five (better than some of the nominees): Jérémy Clapin's Skhizein, a 14-minute study of a man who's existentially dislodged by a 150-ton meteorite."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Amy Biancolli

45 82%

Two Lovers (2008)

"[A] compact, compassionate portrait of a man struggling to define himself and his own understanding of happiness."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Amy Biancolli

46 96%

The Class (2008)

"By rough estimate, maybe 80 percent of the movie consists of these student-teacher slanging matches, but it's engrossing."

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Amy Biancolli

47 85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"Wendy and Lucy is a short, sweet film with a premise as plain as they come: A girl and her dog drift into town."

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Amy Biancolli

48 ——

Painters Painting - The New York Art Scene: 1940-70 ()

"If, like me, you get a jolt from the kinds of discussions that consumed New York painters and their circle during those years, Painters Painting is a must-see."

Posted Feb 13, 2009

Douglas Britt

49 59%

The International (2009)

"The International isn't top-form Tykwer, but it's handsome and adamant, and now's as good a time as any for some out-of-control greedy-banker-bashing."

Posted Feb 13, 2009

Amy Biancolli

50 88%

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (2008)

"The film stands alone as a remarkable achievement, as intimate a portrayal of a living artist as one could ask for. And a likeable one at that."

Posted Feb 6, 2009

Douglas Britt

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