Mr. Showbiz

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

The Hurricane (1999)

"Like broccoli, The Hurricane is good for you."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

2 41%

The Ninth Gate (1999)

"Plenty of talent is wasted here."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Richard T. Jameson

3 50%

Any Given Sunday (1999)

"Stone never simply make a point when he can make it 50 times with a hammer to the forehead."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

4 97%

The Iron Giant (1999)

"Elements nowhere to be found are a few cutesy sidekicks and some showstopping song - and - dance numbers -- the most refreshing thing about The Iron Giant is that you won't miss them one whit!"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

5 38%

Mystery, Alaska (1999)

"More hockey and less quirky drama might have saved this yawner."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

6 16%

Idle Hands (1999)

"A lame-ass horror comedy!"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

7 87%

Girlfight (2000)

"Another mediocre Sundance winner that, thanks to an inordinate amount of hype and publicity, now seems far too big for its britches."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

8 80%

Fight Club (1999)

"A fabulously berserk runaway train of a movie, David Fincher's Fight Club is post-MTV filmmaking at its most assured and courageous."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

9 31%

Vatel (2000)

"Vatel is not only pâté and truffles to the eyes but a bracingly Olympian analysis of how history happens."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Richard T. Jameson

10 57%

Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)

"M:I-2 more than meets the challenge of summer sequeldom."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

11 0%

3 Strikes (2000)

"Pooh's 3 Strikes aims a good deal higher in concept than, say, your average booty movie - but the crude, witless jokes are on exactly that level."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

12 88%

Almost Famous (2000)

"Story threads weave tightly together without effort or artifice, and line after line of dialogue is naturalistic, clever, or perfectly timed."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

13 93%

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999)

"We may never grasp what it is about Princess Mononoke that made it a smash in Japan, but there's no denying that an enormous amount of something or other got lost in the translation."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

14 31%

28 Days (2000)

"With Sandra Bullock in the lead, writer Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) spinning the tale, and director Betty Thomas calling the shots, it's a reliably solid treat."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

F.X. Feeney

15 15%

Random Hearts (1999)

"There's a lot of satisfaction in seeing two stars given this much time and space to examine a complex relationship."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

16 50%

Summer of Sam (1999)

"Excruciatingly long and overdirected!"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

17 26%

Bait (2000)

"Fuqua draws from so many disparate genres to energize the film that fusion gives way to confusion."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Lawrence Terenzi

18 20%

Urban Legend (1998)

"Can we please declare a moratorium on Scream rip-offs?"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

19 51%

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

"It's like watching a basketball team take 100 shots -- dunks, hooks, lay-ups, jumpers, three-pointers -- and score 10 points."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

20 11%

Boys and Girls (2000)

"The larger motions [Boys and Girls] goes through are oh-so-tiresomely familiar."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

21 69%

Analyze This (1999)

"A killer comedy!"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

22 33%

Final Destination (2000)

"Horror fans everywhere should stay far away from this risibly bad entry."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

23 63%

Man on the Moon (1999)

"I figured that if anyone could make a flick about the even more objectionable Kaufman, these three were the guys for the job. I was wrong."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Edward Margulies

24 89%

Topsy-Turvy (1999)

"A consistently delightful, superbly timed, and impeccably staged wedge of British pop history."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

25 21%

Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000)

"Far from the head-banging alternative to teen movies the filmmakers intended -- it's more like a self-important Poison Ivy sequel."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

26 23%

I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

"It's all by-the-numbers stuff!" EDIT

Posted Jan 1, 2000

27 64%

Ride with the Devil (1999)

"Lee and his team bring the period and place to life brilliantly, in its every frontier main street, homely speech pattern, and burnt gunpowder fog."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

28 10%

Supernova (2000)

"A Frankenstein monster, with more obvious story patches, post-dubbed exposition, and missing money shots than most straight-to-video fare."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

29 9%

The Bachelor (1999)

"Desperately unfunny."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

30 62%

The Patriot (2000)

"It seems certain that whatever extraordinary ingredients are necessary to fashion a 1776 home run, this movie doesn't have them."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

31 100%

Toy Story 2 (1999)

"More emotionally engaging than most live-action films."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

32 63%

Wonderland (2000)

"The film gets a lot of emotional power and tension out of everyday occurrences."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

33 25%

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)

"Kids are certain to love The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, but Mom and Dad won't mind going along -- it's a yabba-dabba-delight."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

34 51%

Anna and the King (2000)

"What it really lacks is dramatic juice."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

35 20%

Duets (2000)

"A talented acting ensemble and some show-stopping musical numbers make the film an intermittently irresistible entertainment."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

36 7%

Lost Souls (2000)

"Sets a new standard for woebegone vacuousness in the millennial thriller subgenre."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

37 25%

In Dreams (1999)

"It's got little in the way of plausible plotting."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

38 88%

American Beauty (1999)

"One of the edgiest movies of the year."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Richard T. Jameson

39 36%

Scream 3 (2000)

"What began as mildly entertaining reflexivity has degenerated into a mindless barrage of illogical hooey, herrings as red as stop signs, cardboard characters, tepid jokes about movies as life, etc."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

40 72%

The Best Man (1999)

"Sleek and sexy."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

41 43%

The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

"For all the wood-paneled Southern opulence, manicured fairways, and glowingly golden sunsets on display, there's nary a whiff of anything that will stick to your ribs."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

42 49%

The Corruptor (1998)

"It's rote baloney, trotting out every dead-stupid cop-movie cliche in the book and doing it colorlessly."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

43 79%

The Thin Red Line (1998)

"There has been no American film in 1998 with larger ambitions!"

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Richard T. Jameson

44 54%

Scary Movie (2000)

"Don't be surprised if Scary Movie spawns itself."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

45 37%

Bicentennial Man (1999)

"So coldly calculated it could give you frostbite."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Cody Clark

46 57%

Dr. T & The Women (2000)

"If the film ultimately feels overindulgent and hardly among [Altman's] best work ... it's still a jauntily entertaining ride."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

47 25%

Simpatico (1999)

"Although the central offense of the past is certainly sordid enough, it's not terribly interesting, and no laborious montage can alter that."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Richard T. Jameson

48 28%

Three to Tango (1999)

"Inept, unfunny, and so brimming with bad ideas it's a wonder it wasn't manufactured by mandrills rather than adult humans."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson

49 50%

Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

"The producer- director- star- screenwriter is an unexpectedly charming musical lead, pleasantly reminiscent of Jimmy Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

50 63%

Man on the Moon (1999)

"A strange trip but a far from satisfying one."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Kevin Maynard

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