Mr. Showbiz

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 76%

Gladiator (2000)

"The movie's production values are peerless."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

2 88%

Tarzan (1999)

"Tarzan is the cinematic equivalent of a Cajun McChicken sandwich - it's a little bit bold, a little bit spicy, and a whole lot of McMovie."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

3 28%

Snow Day (2000)

"A zippy, irreverent time-filler."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

4 45%

Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)

"Grant's a delight!"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Richard T. Jameson

5 95%

You Can Count On Me (2000)

"What's most important to Lonergan is that we care what happens to his characters -- and we do, very much."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

6 82%

Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai (2000)

"Ghost Dog is muddled and aimless."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

7 80%

Bowfinger (1999)

"Bowfinger succeeds as both a sweet, sometimes hilarious fable and as an indictment of everything that's wrong with modern moviemaking, skewering the absurdity and speciousness of Hollywood along the way."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Eleonore Snow

8 45%

Holy Smoke! (2000)

"Aimless and unfocused."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

9 64%

Soft Fruit (1999)

"Refreshing!"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

10 33%

Loving Jezebel (1999)

"Captures the embarrassment of foreplay, but it could use a few lessons in the art of seduction."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

11 35%

Where the Heart Is (2000)

"A swamp of clichés, contrivances, and cheap ham-and-cheese hero sentimentality."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

12 88%

Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen (2000)

"Catholic propaganda? Perhaps. But it's one hell of a movie."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Lawrence Terenzi

13 9%

Virus (1999)

"There isn't much about Virus that you won't know by guessing."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

14 52%

Cecil B. Demented (2000)

"Appears to have been written and directed by a grade-school dropout snorting airplane glue."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

15 57%

Mad About Mambo (2000)

"Mad About Mambo's steps may be as familiar as the hokeypokey, but there's just enough gusto in the execution to make it a guilty pleasure."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

16 73%

My Dog Skip (2000)

"It may make you cry, but not because you've seen something worthy of your tears."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

17 28%

200 Cigarettes (1999)

"A frequently hilarious, exuberant ensemble comedy!"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

18 22%

Lucky Numbers (2000)

"The characters are generally too repulsive even for our toleration, much less our affection, and the comedy is too mild to transcend that lack of involvement."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

19 11%

Highlander - Endgame (2000)

"Thinking (logically or otherwise) about this movie is a waste of your brain cells."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

20 65%

Dinosaur (2000)

"Pure Disney formula."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

21 67%

Dogma (1999)

"Uproariously hilarious."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Richard T. Jameson

22 20%

The Crew (2000)

"Some movies (The Tao of Steve, say) are like Pepto for your summer blockbuster heartburn. This one is like a half-pound Macho Loco burrito. With fire salsa and extra onions."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

23 52%

What's Cooking? (2000)

"It's nothing if not well-intentioned, but

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

24 40%

The Replacements (2000)

"An agreeably and unapologetically lightweight late-summer blockbuster."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Lawrence Terenzi

25 13%

Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2 (2000)

"A peerless indignity, a club-footed vomit launch of teen-horror clichés, overproduced self-importance, and scareless gore."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

26 82%

Love and Basketball (2000)

"Love and Basketball offers a rare gimpse into the life of female athletes, and Lathan's got all the right moves."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

27 57%

Never Been Kissed (1999)

"The film succeeds on the astonishing merits of its leading lady and her superior supporting cast."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Eleonore Snow

28 40%

Lake Placid (1999)

"Dull, jokey, and insubstantial!"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

29 64%

Anywhere But Here (2000)

"It's a relief to see Portman giving a realistic, moving performance."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

30 54%

Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998)

"Totally entertaining!" EDIT

Posted Jan 1, 2000

31 82%

X-Men (2000)

"If you're a fan of those Marvel Comics mainstays -- Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey -- this is your lucky day."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

32 62%

Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

"So distressingly dark, grim, and cynical it's likely to make kids cry!"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

33 44%

Stepmom (1998)

"It's a film that takes valid, complex family dynamics regarding divorce, remarriage, and parenting and reduces it all to bitchy catfighting, obvious button-pushing, and tawdry clichés."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Eleonore Snow

34 52%

Angela's Ashes (1999)

"If Parker had aimed more at capturing the author's unique voice, and worried less about getting the details right, his movie might have been extraordinary."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

35 12%

Hanging Up (2000)

"Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow, and Keaton ... each is naturally funny and has superb timing."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

F.X. Feeney

36 61%

The Wood (1999)

"Quaint and refreshing!"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

37 28%

Once In The Life (2001)

"While this cautionary tale of brotherhood gone wrong doesn't exactly break new ground, it certainly shows off its writer-director-star's triple-threat filmmaking potency."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

38 21%

Inspector Gadget (1999)

"Inspector Gadget is the longest 80-minute movie ever made!"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

39 26%

Breakfast of Champions (1999)

"Breakfast of Champions is a spectacular failure."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

40 3%

Bless the Child (2000)

"Planning to lighten your wallet to gawk at this train wreck for a couple of hours? Here's a better idea: Shred up a few handfuls of fives and ones and use them to line the cage of your child's pet gerbil."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

41 22%

Little Nicky (2000)

"Heaven knows how many years in purgatory I may rack up for admitting this, but the movie is actually pretty funny."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

42 25%

Reindeer Games (Deception) (2000)

"A mechanical exercise from the get-go."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Richard T. Jameson

43 68%

U-571 (2000)

"The movie just keeps grinding along, pushing its way through a barrage of boom-boom and a sea of tight-lipped clichés."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Richard T. Jameson

44 83%

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

"A beautifully executed Hollywood all-you-can-eat salad bar of glamour, plot twists, breathtaking Mediterranean vistas, and jazz."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

45 92%

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

"A smart, rollicking romantic comedy that strikes a rare pitch comprising witty wordplay, bawdy fun, and passionate romance."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Eleonore Snow

46 84%

Meet the Parents (2000)

"It's funny. Really funny."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

47 20%

Next Friday (2000)

"Next Friday's a chronic snore."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

48 11%

Chill Factor (1999)

"After winning a well-deserved Oscar for his role as a high-strung football player in Jerry Maguire, this talented actor has become an intolerable screen presence."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

49 76%

The Virgin Suicides (2000)

"Coppola has created a detective story without a solution and a coming-of-ager without discernable characters."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

50 75%

Rugrats in Paris - The Movie (2000)

"For grown-ups, the jokes are often flat tires, largely thanks to their context."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

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