Houston Chronicle

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 32%

Fanboys (2008)

"Even geeks enjoy poking fun at geeks. And they really know how."

Posted Feb 6, 2009

Louis B. Parks

2 12%

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

"For all the obvious cribbing, the filmmakers still seem ill-at-ease with Clouseau's simplistic world view and frank buffoonery."

Posted Feb 6, 2009

Amy Biancolli

3 90%

Coraline (2009)

"It is a sumptuous visual feast and a perfectly enchanting story."

Posted Feb 6, 2009

Amy Biancolli

4 58%

Taken (2009)

"If it's unrepentant violence you're after, you're better off renting [director] Morel's 2004 collaboration syndicate with Besson, District B13."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Amy Biancolli

5 96%

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

"The film looks ripped straight from Folman's psyche and placed in a theater near you."

Posted Jan 23, 2009

Amy Biancolli

6 39%

Inkheart (2009)

"The film's storybook Alpine vistas are lovely to behold, and bits of humor pop out in welcome moments. Other than that, it never quite springs to life as intended -- not in your kitchen, and not on screen."

Posted Jan 23, 2009

Amy Biancolli

7 66%

Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

"The film's last chapter is arid yet breathtaking cinema, marked by despairing visuals and a climax that withers, not winds, to a close."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Amy Biancolli

8 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"Predictable as it is, this sad, strong beast of a film keeps us pinned to the mat with the strength of its compassion and the overpowering force of its central performance."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Amy Biancolli

9 57%

Defiance (2009)

"It is, all in all, a film as square-shouldered as its leads -- tough-minded, forcibly acted and conventionally spun by Zwick and co-writer Clayton Frohman."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Amy Biancolli

10 51%

Notorious (2009)

"A vivid biopic of the larger-than-life rap star that doesn't require you be a big fan of the genre."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Joey Guerra

11 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"Viewers in the mood for rip-snorting marital combat should go ahead and partake, but they must prepare to leave the theatre in a state of profound depression."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Amy Biancolli

12 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"Gran Torino is the most obvious and least interesting of the four movies [Eastwood's] directed in the last two years."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Amy Biancolli

13 72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"Director David Fincher has turned out an overlong, Forrest Gumpian exercise in mannered whimsy. It's sentimental; it's episodic; it dawdles. Brad Pitt spends a good length of screen time drinking tea with Tilda Swinton. But it's also bewitching."

Posted Dec 24, 2008

Amy Biancolli

14 78%

Doubt (2008)

"Doubt asks hard questions, and we dutifully squirm in reply."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Amy Biancolli

15 27%

Seven Pounds (2008)

"The film closes on a meeting between two characters that's now wayyyy high on my list of weirdest moments in cinema. It is, I think, supposed to be touching."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Amy Biancolli

16 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"When the movie sticks to its central dramatic conflict, it can be spellbinding."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Amy Biancolli

17 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"Slumdog Millionaire is not the cure for all the world's ills, but it comes close. It solves, for instance, such endemic global problems as: a) sadness, b) lovelessness, c) cynicism, and d) the waning cultural relevance of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Amy Biancolli

18 21%

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

"Arguably the worst reconstitution of a '50s sci-fi classic since the ghastly Godzilla remake, The Day the Earth Stood Still is a stunningly misconceived folly that is bearable only for as long as it remains a fair-to-middling chase movie."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Joe Leydon

19 26%

Nobel Son (2008)

"Only when Nobel Son stops trying so hard does it have any appeal at all."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Joe Leydon

20 67%

Cadillac Records (2008)

"Martin could have made a much more compelling film by focusing on just a few characters instead of trying to deconstruct an entire record label."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Joey Guerra

21 94%

Milk (2008)

"Somehow, Milk implants hope in those who've lost it. Somehow, Penn plays him as a feisty charmer so winning and lifelike that you'll regard him as a friend before it's over."

Posted Nov 26, 2008

Amy Biancolli

22 55%

Australia (2008)

"Comedy and tragedy, action and melodrama, full measures of quirk and swoon: It's just a plain good time at the movies."

Posted Nov 26, 2008

Amy Biancolli

23 25%

Four Christmases (2008)

"Ho, ho, ho? No, no, no."

Posted Nov 26, 2008

Joe Leydon

24 88%

I've Loved You So Long (2008)

"Thomas gives it her all, uncorking every ounce of emotion she'd held in check, with Herculean restraint, over the better part of two hours."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Amy Biancolli

25 49%

Twilight (2008)

"Gothic wooziness stifles many of Hardwicke's lighter impulses, such as her knack for jiving humor in scenes among friends and family. And some of the more cartoonishly gymnastic CG stunts look plain silly."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Amy Biancolli

26 88%

Bolt (2008)

"This computer-animated (but non-Pixar) adventure flick doesn't do much of anything innovative, but it sports a disarming furball of a lead and enough jaunty comic turns to carry the day."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Amy Biancolli

27 64%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"If you held up your thumb over Daniel Craig's face and took in the mayhem around him, you'd think you were watching The Bourne Simulation rather than the 22nd (and shortest-ever) ode to Ian Fleming's suave government killer."

Posted Nov 14, 2008

Amy Biancolli

28 63%

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008)

"It tosses over all that finely drawn narrative caution and goes straight for the sensational, swinging its attention on Bruno's distraught mother and the breakdown of a single German family."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Amy Biancolli

29 68%

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

"I was struck by the peculiar magic of this film, even moved by it, once I gave up all attempts to understand it as a straightforward linear narrative."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Amy Biancolli

30 77%

Role Models (2008)

"Role Models crosses plenty of familiar territory, but Wain and his merry band of mischief-makers offer a likeable, laughable mix of testosterone and heart."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Amy Biancolli

31 93%

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

"I've never used this cliché in a review before, and God forbid I ever use it again, so pay close attention: Happy-Go-Lucky is the feel-good movie of the year."

Posted Oct 31, 2008

Amy Biancolli

32 96%

Trouble the Water (2008)

"You can't help wanting -- and maybe needing -- to read into her indomitable spiritedness something like a reason for hope. For her, for other Katrina survivors, for all of us."

Posted Oct 31, 2008

Joe Leydon

33 51%

What Just Happened? (2008)

"The sharpest Hollywood satire since The Player."

Posted Oct 31, 2008

Amy Biancolli

34 65%

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

"Despite all the waggish raunch-talk, it's just not especially funny. And despite all the agile intercourse (originally rated NC-17), it's frankly kind of a bore."

Posted Oct 31, 2008

Amy Biancolli

35 98%

Let the Right One In (2008)

"Eli's and Oskar's story is literally one of a lonely boy saved by love, but the movie's title sounds an alarm."

Posted Oct 24, 2008

Carina Chocano

36 35%

Pride and Glory (2008)

"Granted, the opening scenes are a shaky-cam chaos. Mawkishness and bleating illogic plague the endgame. But I might have forgiven even that had the remainder of the movie not been ruined in the trailer."

Posted Oct 24, 2008

Amy Biancolli

37 ——

Ocean Men: Extreme Dive (2001)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

38 88%

Get on the Bus (1996)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

39 33%

Girl 6 (1996)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

40 19%

Collateral Damage (2002)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

41 55%

Con Air (1997)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

42 98%

When We Were Kings (1996)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

43 17%

Restless (2009)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

44 100%

Man on Wire (2008)

"Though we know how it ends, it unfolds with suspense. And though it lacks any discussion of the towers' destruction, it succeeds as a tribute to their birth."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Amy Biancolli

45 18%

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

"It moves fast, conquers armies, kicks into hyperspace and spits out idiotic quips with unapologetic cartoon brio."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Amy Biancolli

46 68%

Othello (1995)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

47 66%

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

48 46%

Orange County (2002)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

49 85%

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

"[Demme] brings a hand-held non-fiction sensibility that transforms what might have been yet another train-wreck bridal melodrama... into an abrasive but impossibly moving document of loss."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Amy Biancolli

50 59%

W. (2008)

"Instead of satire, W. works best as a filmmaking allegory. That going into a production unprepared is a lot like doing so with military conflict. The execution was off before the first camera started rolling."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Andrew Dansby

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