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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 16%

Eragon (2006)

"The strength comes from the 15-year-old author's conviction and enthusiasm for the story but the weakeness comes from its key elements being renamed rather then re-imagined."

Posted Dec 15, 2006

Nell Minow

2 31%

Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

"It's The Breakfast Club for middle schoolers with slightly lower-grade angst and a less memorable soundtrack."

Posted Dec 7, 2006

Nell Minow

3 62%

Blood Diamond (2006)

"A stirring and powerful story."

Posted Dec 7, 2006

Nell Minow

4 47%

The Holiday (2006)

"It's hard to say whether the movie is being meta in its movie references or just unimaginative and derivative. Probably a little bit of both."

Posted Dec 7, 2006

Nell Minow

5 17%

Turistas (Paradise Lost) (2006)

"more sick than scary, more revolting than revealing, more twisted than tantalizing."

Posted Nov 30, 2006

Nell Minow

6 38%

The Nativity Story (2006)

"Newcomer Oliver Isaac effectively conveys tenderness, doubt, courage, and transcendence as Joseph."

Posted Nov 30, 2006

Nell Minow

7 6%

Deck the Halls (2006)

"Another year, another cheesy, hypocritical movie about how the true meaning of Christmas gets lost in the madness of Christmas. Except that this movie is, in itself, Exhibit A in the Christmas Madness category."

Posted Nov 21, 2006

Nell Minow

8 55%

Déjà Vu (2006)

"A heart-pounding thriller with a time-travel twist, "Deja Vu" will not leave you thinking you've seen it all before."

Posted Nov 21, 2006

Nell Minow

9 54%

Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (2006)

"A script as saggy as the duo's bare tushes."

Posted Nov 21, 2006

Nell Minow

10 75%

Happy Feet (2006)

"It's official. The cutest thing on the planet is penguins singing "Boogie Wonderland.""

Posted Nov 16, 2006

Nell Minow

11 95%

Casino Royale (2006)

" They got a lot right with this new rebooted Bond, but -- let me get this straight -- when Bond and the Bad Guy have their big confrontation, it's...a poker game?"

Posted Nov 16, 2006

Nell Minow

12 69%

Babel (2006)

"The film's sympathy for all of its characters is in itself the answer, or at least the beginning of one, to the questions it raises."

Posted Nov 9, 2006

Nell Minow

13 25%

A Good Year (2006)

" Plonk is a Britishism for cheap, low-quality wine -- not undrinkable, by any means, just nothing special. As much could be said for this film, lightly based on the helium-weight plonk of a best-seller by Peter Mayle."

Posted Nov 9, 2006

Nell Minow

14 48%

Harsh Times (2006)

"If you took out every swear word and all of the "homeys" and "dawgs," the rest of the dialogue would fit on a page or two."

Posted Nov 9, 2006

Nell Minow

15 72%

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

"the star, fittingly, for this meditation on the power of stories, is the script -- exceptionally clever, knowledgeable about literature and narrative structure, filled with sly humor but also as warmly delectable as one of Pascal's cookies."

Posted Nov 9, 2006

Nell Minow

16 15%

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

"It's all as genuine as tinsel and as stale as last year's candy cane, but there are a few very mild pleasures, including Alan Arkin and Ann-Margret as Scott's in-laws and a loony dance number with Short backed by elves."

Posted Nov 3, 2006

Nell Minow

17 72%

Flushed Away (2006)

"It has Aardman's trademark intricacy of design, thrilling, hair's-breadth-timing of action sequences, mastery of physical properties and spaces, delightful characters, fresh and funny moments and adorable singing slugs."

Posted Nov 3, 2006

Nell Minow

18 91%

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

"The most extensive and subversive practical joke ever played by a Hollywood studio. America's been punk'd."

Posted Nov 3, 2006

Nell Minow

19 31%

Running With Scissors (2006)

"Brilliant performances are not enough to make up for a story that is no deeper than the perky 70's hits on the soundtrack. The actors fill the characters with life and conflict. But they can't fill the movie, which feels hollow."

Posted Oct 27, 2006

Nell Minow

20 75%

Catch a Fire (2006)

" A sizzling performance by Derek Luke ignites this story about Patrick Chamusso, a South African oil refinery worker who became caught up in the fight against apartheid."

Posted Oct 26, 2006

Nell Minow

21 54%

Flicka (2006)

" "No one's riding that loco thing!" Well, of course as soon as we hear that line we know someone's going to have to ride it."

Posted Oct 19, 2006

Nell Minow

22 55%

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"A sort of John Hughes movie, "The Breakfast Club Part 2: A Semester at Versailles.""

Posted Oct 19, 2006

Nell Minow

23 76%

The Prestige (2006)

"The plot is, likes its characters, a master of misdirection"

Posted Oct 19, 2006

Nell Minow

24 73%

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

"Sincere, competent, and respectful."

Posted Oct 19, 2006

Nell Minow

25 10%

The Grudge 2 (2006)

"The horrific child with huge eyes and the pale waif with a curtain of black hair continue to torment the innocent by appearing unpleasantly under desks and in reflections."

Posted Oct 13, 2006

Nell Minow

26 33%

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker) (2006)

"There's a lot of chasing around and some cool stunts, but it has a flat, draggy feel to it, some creepy moments of oddly insensitive interactions, and no sense of genuine enthusiasm or adventure."

Posted Oct 12, 2006

Nell Minow

27 21%

Man of the Year (2006)

"I think I recall a few of the jokes from the Ford administration. Which makes sense because as irreverent and subversive as it wants to be, it is just bland."

Posted Oct 12, 2006

Nell Minow

28 92%

The Departed (2006)

"Brilliantly acted, enthrallingly told, this vast, operatic saga centers on two men caught between the fear of having their true selves revealed and the fear of hiding themselves so completely they can never come back."

Posted Oct 8, 2006

Nell Minow

29 48%

Open Season (2006)

"One of the great pleasures of this movie is the way it takes the physical properties of the real world as a starting point for a wildly, hilarious and fantastically silly extravaganza."

Posted Sep 28, 2006

Nell Minow

30 25%

School for Scoundrels (2006)

"Better at set-up than delivery, this is an underwritten movie with a lot of lags between laughs."

Posted Sep 28, 2006

Nell Minow

31 37%

The Guardian (2006)

"For every grizzled veteran, there has to be a cocky hotshot, and this movie's is high school swim champion Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher)."

Posted Sep 28, 2006

Nell Minow

32 63%

Jackass: Number Two (2006)

"The Jackass crew uses their stunts to test their immunity -- to skull fractures, to deadly infections, to permanent damage, and, most importantly, to growing up."

Posted Sep 22, 2006

Nell Minow

33 33%

Flyboys (2006)

"Has this script been in a drawer somewhere since 1942?"

Posted Sep 21, 2006

Nell Minow

34 73%

Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) (2006)

"The middle section sags as Huo takes on a bigger entourage than MC Hammer and then goes off and learns about the Meaning of Life from Simple Country Folk."

Posted Sep 21, 2006

Nell Minow

35 11%

All The King's Men (2006)

"Penn is convincing as a man of complicated fury whose sense of thwarted entitlement on behalf of his community metastasizes through his administration."

Posted Sep 21, 2006

Nell Minow

36 46%

The Last Kiss (2006)

"Braff creates a likeable character who makes some unlikeable choices. But none of the ultimate resolutions feel as satsifying as they are intended to, and Kim is as imaginary as the Bo Derek character in the similarly-themed "10.""

Posted Sep 14, 2006

Nell Minow

37 42%

Gridiron Gang (2006)

"It's about as subtle as a tackle by a 300-pound tight end, but is is a pleasantly heartwarming journey."

Posted Sep 14, 2006

Nell Minow

38 41%

Everyone's Hero (2006)

"The indomitable spirit of Christopher Reeve shines through this little story."

Posted Sep 14, 2006

Nell Minow

39 32%

The Black Dahlia (2006)

"De Plama losses control of the tone as the story and its characters spin wildly over the top."

Posted Sep 14, 2006

Nell Minow

40 69%

Hollywoodland (2006)

"The brief scene with Affleck as Reeves as Superman as Kent is so true to the original that viewers old enough to remember watching it in its original broadcast will expect it to be followed by commercials for Maypo and Pepsodent. "

Posted Sep 7, 2006

Nell Minow

41 54%

The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) (2005)

"The premise is both absurd and intricate."

Posted Sep 7, 2006

Nell Minow

42 61%

Crank (2006)

"But as the body count mounts up, the story runs out of ideas, and it goes from crank to crummy. "

Posted Sep 3, 2006

Nell Minow

43 91%

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

"Heart-stoppingly tender and outrageously hilarious."

Posted Sep 2, 2006

Nell Minow

44 15%

The Wicker Man (2006)

"The gimmicky horror-flick conventions ultimately drag the film to a screeching halt."

Posted Sep 1, 2006

Nell Minow

45 2%

Crossover (2006)

"It shoots. And it shoots and shoots and shoots, but it never scores."

Posted Aug 31, 2006

Nell Minow

46 41%

Beerfest (2006)

"The boys of Broken Lizard have no shame. That's what their fans like about them."

Posted Aug 24, 2006

Nell Minow

47 71%

Invincible (2006)

"Wahlberg brings sincerity and an easy athleticism to the role of Papale, and Elizabeth Banks has a lovely centered quality and genuine sparkle as his love interest."

Posted Aug 24, 2006

Nell Minow

48 48%

Idlewild (2006)

"The evident affection for this romanticized vision of the era saturates the film like the warm sepia tones of its palette."

Posted Aug 24, 2006

Nell Minow

49 59%

How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)

"This is a delightfully snips and snails and puppy-dog tails-style movie, based on the book that has happily grossed out kids since 1973."

Posted Aug 24, 2006

Nell Minow

50 4%

Material Girls (2006)

"There's a happily ever after ending complete with cute new boyfriends. But on the way there, the movie has a surprising number of inapprpriate and ugly choices considering the target audience and the PG rating. "

Posted Aug 19, 2006

Nell Minow

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