Kansas City Star

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 72%

I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)

"An amusing and weirdly affectionate ride. Anyone want to sign up for the Free Steven Russell movement?"

Posted Dec 23, 2010

Robert W. Butler

2 10%

Little Fockers (2010)

"The law of diminishing returns catches up with yet another creaky franchise."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Jason Heck

3 96%

True Grit (2010)

"It's great."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Robert W. Butler

4 ——

Works In Progress (2011)

"A technical triumph, a little jewel produced on a backyard budget. "

Posted Dec 20, 2010

Robert W. Butler

5 89%

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

"Here's a cheery lump of coal for your stocking."

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Robert W. Butler

6 13%

Yogi Bear (2010)

"For what audience was this cynical, crushingly witless film made, exactly?"

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Jason Heck

7 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"A mind-twisting meld of the grand and the goofy, Black Swan is a long way from great... despite a great-ish performance by Natalie Portman."

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Robert W. Butler

8 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"Don't like boxing movies? No problem. The Fighter isn't like any other boxing movie you've seen."

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Robert W. Butler

9 51%

Tron Legacy (2010)

"An eye-catching 3-D roller coaster ride propelled by a plot and characters of not even passing interest."

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Robert W. Butler

10 91%

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)

"Much better are the interviews Gibney conducts with the big players, including Spitzer himself. Although he never apologizes for his aggressive style, Spitzer comes across as relatively subdued and doesn't make excuses for his personal behavior."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Loey Lockerby

11 97%

A Film Unfinished (2010)

"A Film Unfinished is a sort of ghost story. It's guaranteed to haunt you."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Robert W. Butler

12 55%

Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

"The film works because its stars make up a trifecta of terrific performers who overcome the clichés inherent in their characters."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Robert W. Butler

13 20%

The Tourist (2010)

"The Tourist is memorable for one thing, at least. It's the first movie to make Venice look boring."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Robert W. Butler

14 49%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

"The film feels impersonal and obligatory. Not even a last-reel appearance by the lion Aslan (possibly the greatest computer-generated animal character of all time) can make this one a keeper."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Robert W. Butler

15 4%

Hemingway's Garden of Eden (2010)

"A borderline terrible movie that plays like a parody of a Hemingway story."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Robert W. Butler

16 66%

Tamara Drewe (2010)

"Diverting but not terribly compelling."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Robert W. Butler

17 37%

Burlesque (2010)

"No finesse. Just plot and dialogue that land with audible thuds."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Robert W. Butler

18 49%

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

"Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway put on such a display of star power and acting that they almost make us ignore the film's shortcomings."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Robert W. Butler

19 89%

Tangled (2010)

"This tongue-in-cheek retelling of Rapunzel gradually picks up steam until we're firmly in the grasp of its hip hilarity and sincere romance."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Robert W. Butler

20 67%

Jews And Baseball: An American Love Story (2010)

"Good info. But Jews and Baseball is too genteel, too reverential and not nearly exciting enough."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Robert W. Butler

21 79%

Fair Game (2010)

"Moral: If you're going to defy the White House, be prepared to have your life taken apart brick by brick."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Robert W. Butler

22 52%

The Next Three Days (2010)

"It's fun to watch the methodical way this novice plans and executes his daring scheme ... fun enough that most of us will put our reservations on hold."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Robert W. Butler

23 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"The upside of this, one supposes, is that when Part 2 comes out next year it will be nonstop excitement. We've already endured the iffy parts."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Robert W. Butler

24 83%

100 Voices: A Journey Home (2010)

"The film has been built around the live performances, which become an aural backdrop for beautifully edited archival footage and photos of pre-war Jewish life."

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Robert W. Butler

25 98%

Inside Job (2010)

"There's no way that Inside Job can be described as an enjoyable night at the movies... not unless unbridled greed, rampant arrogance and eager malfeasance leading to the collapse of the republic is your idea of a good time."

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Robert W. Butler

26 54%

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010)

"Whatever its failings, Hornet's Nest allows us to say goodbye to beloved characters. That is, unless those rumors of a fourth Millennium book prove true."

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Robert W. Butler

27 86%

Unstoppable (2010)

"Don't go to Unstoppable looking for subtext or subtlety or any of that other fancy-schmancy stuff. Go for 100 minutes of nonstop thrills. "

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Robert W. Butler

28 55%

Morning Glory (2010)

"McAdams goes beyond the cute-young-thing and makes Becky a workaholic who's a bit challenged in the love department. It's not much, but it's enough to keep our interest."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

Robert W. Butler

29 80%

True North (2006)

"A sobering and sad story of the terrible cost of a lack of moral fiber. Not a happy yarn, but it's been well-acted, and afterward you'll feel as if you've been at sea for a week."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Robert W. Butler

30 91%

Alamar (To the Sea) (2010)

"A remarkably pure cinema experience, not just because it's about selfless parental devotion but because the film itself has been stripped down to the basics."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Robert W. Butler

31 100%

Last Train Home (2010)

"Heartbreaking and humanistic in the best sense."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Robert W. Butler

32 79%

Nowhere Boy (2010)

"The real subjects -- and strengths -- in this narrowly focused biopic are the two women who, more than any one else, were responsible for molding the future star's psyche."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Robert W. Butler

33 32%

For Colored Girls (2010)

"For Colored Girls raises the question of whether Perry, having made more money than he could possibly spend, will now turn his attention to ever more challenging, if not so popular, stories and themes. If so, this film is a good first step."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Robert W. Butler

34 72%

Megamind (2010)

"Megamind is full of good ideas. But they never coalesce into a satisfying whole."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Robert W. Butler

35 40%

Due Date (2010)

"Ultimately it's a collection of gags that don't add up to much."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Robert W. Butler

36 72%

Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010)

"Work of art or huge practical joke? Can't say, but you've never seen anything remotely like Enter the Void."

Posted Oct 29, 2010

Robert W. Butler

37 93%

The Tillman Story (2010)

"Leaving The Tillman Story you won't know whether to weep or put your fist through a wall. This documentary from director Amir Bar-Lev is that powerful."

Posted Oct 29, 2010

Robert W. Butler

38 67%

Conviction (2010)

"Despite the long haul that the siblings endure, Goldwyn and screenwriter Pamela Gray give the story an immediacy and dramatic tension."

Posted Oct 29, 2010

Robert W. Butler

39 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"Here a mature filmmaker at the top of his game muses on life after death. But this is no starry-eyed, gullible wallow in the bathos of eternal bliss."

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Robert W. Butler

40 63%

Howl (2010)

"As an evocation of a time, a place and especially a state of mind, Howl is fascinating."

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Robert W. Butler

41 51%

Stone (2010)

"There are momentary flashes of dramatic power here, but ultimately "Stone" runs aground on its unfulfilled ambitions, which are both lofty and maddeningly vague."

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Robert W. Butler

42 83%

Mademoiselle Chambon (2010)

"Stephane Brizi's "Mademoiselle Chambon" is a remarkably moving effort, thanks to two superbly down-to-earth performances."

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Robert W. Butler

43 69%

Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) (2010)

""Heartbreaker" has some amusing moments and gorgeous settings (the Riviera), but it never achieves the smooth slickness director Pascal Chaumeil aims for."

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Robert W. Butler

44 89%

Waiting for Superman (2010)

"Waiting for 'Superman' isn't just a well-made, persuasive documentary. It's a turning point. At least you come out of the theater hoping so. "

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Robert W. Butler

45 71%

Red (2010)

"Director Robert Schwentke does as much as he can with the cartoonish story and stunts but after a while can no longer maintain the illusion that RED is actually about anything."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Robert W. Butler

46 91%

Kings of Pastry (2010)

"I know, I know ... how exciting can a cooking movie be? As it turns out, really exciting."

Posted Oct 8, 2010

Robert W. Butler

47 68%

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

"There's no arguing with the performances."

Posted Oct 8, 2010

Robert W. Butler

48 71%

Never Let Me Go (2010)

"Never Let Me Go offers a potent blend of intriguing premise, fine acting and quiet poignancy. Usually this would leave me an emotional wreck. Yet it didn't."

Posted Oct 8, 2010

Robert W. Butler

49 65%

Freakonomics (2010)

"It's intellectual snack food, satisfying for a little while but always leaving you hungry for more."

Posted Oct 8, 2010

Loey Lockerby

50 58%

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

"Graced by appealing newcomer Keir Gilchrist and augmented by a heartbreaking serio-comic Zach Galifianakis, this junior-level Cuckoo's Nest is smart and sensitive."

Posted Oct 7, 2010

Robert W. Butler

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