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1 81%

The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) (2003)

"Arcand's dialogue reverberates with wit and reflection, and is perfectly deployed by an ensemble that feels more like a family than the results of a casting call."

Posted Jul 5, 2004

John Larsen

2 ——

Porky's ()

Posted Apr 24, 2004

John Larsen

3 73%

Intermission (2003)

"It's a Gaelic "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.""

Posted Apr 19, 2004

John Larsen

4 84%

Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

"...a brilliant bit of showmanship on Tarantino's behalf."

Posted Apr 19, 2004

John Larsen

5 30%

The Alamo (2004)

""The Alamo" has everything in its arsenal to command the screen. Except for one small detail. "The Alamo" is, well, another movie about "The Alamo.""

Posted Apr 19, 2004

John Larsen

6 75%

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

"Snyder...has created a completely new vision that constantly catches you by surprise."

Posted Apr 19, 2004

John Larsen

7 93%

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

"...a brave and audacious dark comedy..."

Posted Apr 19, 2004

John Larsen

8 93%

Touching the Void (2004)

"Never have I felt so helpless than watching these men endure unfathomable hardship and not be able to do anything to help them."

Posted Apr 19, 2004

John Larsen

9 55%

The Ladykillers (2004)

"Ever wonder why filmmakers don't remake bad movies? Why do they always pick good movies? Is it conceit? The opportunity to fix something that isn't broken?"

Posted Apr 19, 2004

John Larsen

10 25%

Walking Tall (2004)

"Serviceable only as an exercise in make-believe mayhem, it's frightening that it took four writers to commit this anemic brainchild to paper."

Posted Apr 19, 2004

John Larsen

11 81%

Hellboy (2004)

"With more brimstone and less treacle, "Hellboy" could grow up to be "Hellman.""

Posted Apr 19, 2004

John Larsen

12 36%

Radio (2003)

"As large screen entertainment, this "Radio" is desperately in need of new batteries."

Posted Dec 11, 2003

John Larsen

13 87%

Mystic River (2003)

""Mystic River" is a rare cinematic experience where direction, performance, and writing merge to create something truly special...""

Posted Dec 11, 2003

John Larsen

14 12%

Cold Creek Manor (2003)

"Honestly, how long can people play dumb before you want to grab them by the collar and slap them around until they come to their senses?"

Posted Dec 11, 2003

John Larsen

15 36%

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

"How many more times can filmmakers send out a van load of appealing young men and women to be slaughtered and still expect us to care."

Posted Dec 11, 2003

John Larsen

16 36%

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

""...it now becomes apparent that creators Andy and Larry Wachowski, the Emperors of Gucci trench coats and bullet time, have no clothes."

Posted Dec 10, 2003

John Larsen

17 91%

Shattered Glass (2003)

"Writer-director Billy Ray does a splendid job of making "Shattered Glass" matter, a morality tale about stealing rather than earning one's dreams."

Posted Dec 10, 2003

John Larsen

18 85%

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

"You must make time for "Master and Commander," a sweeping human epic that proves they don't make them like they used to, they make them better."

Posted Dec 10, 2003

John Larsen

19 57%

Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

""Back in Action" is so fast and frenetic it feels like an extended Looney Tune rather than a feature length film."

Posted Dec 10, 2003

John Larsen

20 63%

Love Actually (2003)

"The film makes you feel good, and if you're willing to put up with its excess, what more could you want?"

Posted Dec 10, 2003

John Larsen

21 13%

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

"While not as stuffed as "The Country Bears," "The Haunted Mansion" fails to achieve the visceral swagger of "Pirates of the Caribbean.""

Posted Dec 10, 2003

John Larsen

22 84%

Elf (2003)

""Elf" may not be a modern classic holiday movie...but as my mother said when the doctor yanked me from her loins, "It's a keeper.""

Posted Dec 10, 2003

John Larsen

23 80%

21 Grams (2003)

"With its fractured, non-linear storylines, gripping, complex performances, and strong direction, "21 Grams" emerges as one of the best films of the year."

Posted Dec 10, 2003

John Larsen

24 77%

The Cooler (2003)

""The Cooler" is a small movie with a big heart and even bigger aspirations."

Posted Dec 10, 2003

John Larsen

25 73%

Ricochet (1991)

Posted Nov 8, 2003

John Larsen

26 ——

The Message (1976)

Posted Nov 8, 2003

John Larsen

27 50%

Phoenix (1998)

Posted Nov 8, 2003

John Larsen

28 ——

The Godson (1998)

Posted Nov 8, 2003

John Larsen

29 63%

Brainstorm (1983)

Posted Nov 8, 2003

John Larsen

30 36%

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Posted Nov 1, 2003

John Larsen

31 48%

S.W.A.T. (2003)

"Mindless, top heavy with good intentions and free-flowing testosterone, "S.W.A.T." is pretty much what you expect from a television show created to help marginally leading men recover lost airwaves from their female counterparts..."

Posted Sep 2, 2003

John Larsen

32 84%

Swimming Pool (2003)

""Swimming Pool" rushes over you like a wave of cool water, invigorating you with smartly drawn characters, strong performances, and tight direction. Take the dive."

Posted Sep 2, 2003

John Larsen

33 9%

Marci X (2003)

"Who let the dogs out?"

Posted Sep 2, 2003

John Larsen

34 23%

Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)

"The first film pretty much said all there was to be said."

Posted Sep 2, 2003

John Larsen

35 41%

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

""Freddy Versus Jason" isn't about acting but reaction, and the cast is more than up to the challenge."

Posted Sep 2, 2003

John Larsen

36 79%

Open Range (2003)

"Costner isn't making a movie, he's living up to a legend, one he helped create and now can't control."

Posted Sep 2, 2003

John Larsen

37 90%

The Magdalene Sisters (2003)

"The Catholic Church may not like the way they're portrayed in "The Magdalene Sisters," but if you're going to do the crime, you should be willing to do the time."

Posted Sep 2, 2003

John Larsen

38 88%

Freaky Friday (2003)

"a smart, sassy, hilarious family film that should appeal to a wide cross section of audiences."

Posted Sep 2, 2003

John Larsen

39 24%

Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003)

"Infinitely better than "Pac Man: Deadly Fruit of the Amazon," the latest "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" film "Cradle of Life" still feels like a souped-up version of the popular video game. This testosterone-heavy action-adventure is a big improvement over the"

Posted Jul 28, 2003

John Larsen

40 90%

Whale Rider (2003)

"You won't see a lot of television ads for "Whale Rider," an independent film that must rely on word of mouth. That word is excellent, one of the best films of the year, and the first film I have assigned a $10 rating. It's worth it."

Posted Jul 28, 2003

John Larsen

41 77%

Seabiscuit (2003)

"Underdogs and dreamers, compelled by adversity, hardship and heartbreak, race to the finish line in "Seabiscuit," a nostalgic tale of heroism, hope and history that emerges as a thoroughbred of summer movies."

Posted Jul 28, 2003

John Larsen

42 17%

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

"As bloated as Marlon Brando during the off-season..."

Posted Jul 14, 2003

John Larsen

43 79%

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

"I couldn't imagine a better way to beat the heat than setting sail with the "Pirates of the Caribbean.""

Posted Jul 14, 2003

John Larsen

44 70%

Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003)

"Kristanna Loken is both beautiful and deadly, not just a heartbreaker, but someone capable of ripping out your heart to become the ultimate backseat driver."

Posted Jul 4, 2003

John Larsen

45 44%

Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle (2003)

"I was thinking about undergoing a frontal lobotomy this weekend. Instead, I went to a matinee showing of "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Same thing."

Posted Jun 30, 2003

John Larsen

46 62%

Hulk (2003)

"For all its sturm und drang, "The Hulk" never becomes the beast that its makers want it to be."

Posted Jun 30, 2003

John Larsen

47 87%

28 Days Later (2003)

"What I appreciated most about "28 Days Later" were Boyle and Garfield's desire to make it something more than just a run of the mill horror film."

Posted Jun 30, 2003

John Larsen

48 10%

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)

"The plot is actually a thinly disguised excuse to toss as many lowbrow and gross-out jokes into the mix, none that hit the bulls-eye, and most that miss the target altogether."

Posted Jun 15, 2003

John Larsen

49 30%

Hollywood Homicide (2003)

""Hollywood Homicide" feels like it was assembled in a blender. Toss in a little of this, a little of that, whatever is popular at the moment, and voila, you get a half-baked film that never rises."

Posted Jun 15, 2003

John Larsen

50 57%

Die Another Day (2002)

Posted Jun 14, 2003

John Larsen

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