"Has the capacity to inspire awe, but it's still a rough draft."
Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
"You, the average taxpaying citizen, need to see this movie like Bill Gates needs to win the lottery."
Everybody's Famous! (2001)
"Its arc is as easy to forecast as its soundtrack is tiresome."
"A sensual poem with its own beguiling rhythm."
Lost and Delirious (2001)
"Much of the time Pool seems lost herself, resorting to clichés, redundancy, and dead-end allegory."
Jump Tomorrow (2001)
"Endearingly wears its heart on its polyester sleeve."
Cats & Dogs (2001)
"Monotonous and mangy."
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
"The gags are fresh (so to speak), but the tone and execution are oh-so-exactly the same -- as McSequels go, this one's a pièce de résistance of satisfied expectations."
Pootie Tang (2001)
"The material it does pull off is daring and sharp."
The Crimson Rivers (2001)
"A lot of The Crimson Rivers is slick, quasi-menacing fun."
"A teenage movie that trusts its audience -- it sounds crazy, but it's actually quite beautiful."
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
"If you're up for something as dark as the Brothers Grimm can truly be, A.I.'s a trip worth taking."
The Closet (Le Placard) (2001)
"The Closet has a blithe tone and a capable cast, but Veber's script is 100 percent laugh-free."
Baby Boy (2001)
"A preachy, monotonous failure."
"Makes for compulsive viewing even though its noirish plot doesn't make a lick of sense."
"An uncertain and aimless effort that strives for a more character-centered drama while demonstrating very little facility with normal storytelling."
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
"If you're 14 and love Limp Bizkit, or 50 and yearn to lay down some rubber, chances are you'll think this honey corners like it's on rails."
Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)
"For an enterprise so soullessly commercial on its face, Murphy's second outing as the M.D. who talks to the animals is surprisingly engaging."
"By its close, Himalaya has granted us an intimacy with the Dolpo region of Nepal that is difficult to shake."
"It's refreshing to see some straight musical numbers, uninterrupted and unadorned."
Big Eden (2001)
"Yet, for all the film's slow spots, it's impossible not to be moved by Henry and Pike's blossoming romance, thanks especially to Gross and Schweig's charming lead performances."
Sexy Beast (2000)
"Confident, mature, deeply conceived, and convincingly inhabited, it's a surprisingly humane film."
Lara Croft - Tomb Raider (2001)
"Don't pack up your PC -- Tomb Raider the movie has nothing over its electronic counterpart."
The Anniversary Party (2001)
"The movie's loaded with funny scenes that mix and match its players to good effect."
"Evolution doesn't deserve to spawn sequels."
Our Song (2001)
"McKay captures their environment without condescension."
Divided We Fall (2001)
"Feels as if it's been engineered for the lowest IQ in the room."
Bride of the Wind (2001)
"Slow as a funeral dirge, the movie's all talk about art and passion and obsession without anything to show for it."
Atlantis - The Lost Empire (2001)
"It has a sense of wonder."
"The story is mostly about what happens to various objects (plate glass windows, SUVs, senators) when they are riddled with bullets or detonated by explosives."
The Animal (2001)
"Frequently it becomes boring."
"Answers its own question with botched gags, strained set-pieces, and a confused, upstaged star."
The Man Who Cried (2000)
"A pallid character drama that glosses over any interesting political or moral questions."
"The film is lovely, life-affirming, and guaranteed to make you cry."
Pearl Harbor (2001)
"After the first few minutes, it's just fireworks and bodies in motion."
Petits Frères (2001)
"Worth checking out -- especially for the naturalistic performances by the feisty Touly and the rest of the young cast."
"A convincing portrait of the intersection between creative genius and crazy, all-consuming love."
Pavilion of Women (2001)
"The backdrop of exotic pagodas and wartime woe isn't nearly potent enough to buoy the feeble drama that plays out in the foreground."
"A quiet, oblique, and finally mesmerizing work of psychological incision."
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
"A postmodern fantasia guaranteed to polarize its audience into believers and non-believers -- though it's impossible to come away feeling like you've ever seen anything quite like it."
"Shrek's self-reflexive silliness is in nearly perfect counterpoint to its giddy spirit of adventure, friendship, and romance."
Angel Eyes (2001)
"An emotionally honest effort."
The King Is Alive (2001)
About Adam (2000)
Bread and Roses (2001)
A Knight's Tale (2001)
"That A Knight's Tale aims only so high, and risks credibility in favor of laughing-gas intoxication every step of the way, should condemn it to mediocrity. But instead, the film emerges victorious."
"A nearly transcendental adventure."
The Low Down (2001)
"Has an aura of honest observation that engages even when almost nothing is happening on-screen."
The Mummy Returns (2001)
"The movie's a blast."