MSNBC

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 27%

Lions for Lambs (2007)

"The absence of activists in the streets protesting the war in Iraq continues to confound; the empty seats at theaters showing Lions for Lambs will be somewhat easier to explain."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

2 5%

88 Minutes (2008)

"Given that 88 Minutes actually runs 108 minutes, it's tempting to make the joke that the movie is 20 minutes too long. In actuality, it's 108 minutes too long."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

3 84%

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

"[D]eftly mixes raunchy, R-rated comedy with an intelligent, humane look at the foibles of the heart that's almost like something out of an Eric Rohmer movie."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

4 36%

21 (2008)

"The only element in 21 that saves the film from being a dreary coming-of-age story grafted onto a two-hour commercial for the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Bureau is Spacey."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

5 47%

Run Fatboy Run (2007)

"Run, Fatboy, Run winds up being as immature and exhausting as its protagonist."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

6 80%

American Gangster (2007)

"Telling a true story doesn't excuse a filmmaker from making his movie stand out from the many others that have traversed similar ground."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

7 67%

Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

"Say what you will about Bugs Bunny, at least he never needed a backstory."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

8 88%

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

"Before the Devil Knows You're Dead won't do much for anyone's feelings about human nature, but it will definitely restore your faith in gritty crime movies."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

9 91%

There Will Be Blood (2007)

"[I]t's a movie that people who love movies will discuss, argue over, and rewatch for years to come."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

10 52%

Funny Games (2008)

"What's terrible and irritating about the film is that Haneke isn't doing it to tell a story. He just wants to punish us for wanting to see this movie in the first place."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

11 36%

Reservation Road (2007)

"Would-be screenwriters are advised to catch Reservation Road on cable as it provides an object lesson of three awful script clichés that are to be avoided at all costs."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

12 88%

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

"[I]f you're looking for an Unforgiven-style reinvention of the Western, prepare for disappointment."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

13 42%

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

"If the late Aaron Spelling had lived long enough to produce Showtime's The Tudors, the result might have been something like The Other Boleyn Girl..."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

14 37%

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

"The trailers make the movie look like the ickiest kind of whimsy, accompanied by obstreperous special effects, but the film itself is gasp-worthy."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

15 71%

Beowulf (2007)

"Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf is so rousingly entertaining that you'll feel guilty for not reading the epic poem all the way through when you were in ninth grade."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

16 64%

Dan in Real Life (2007)

"Alas, [Hedges'] forays behind the camera with Pieces of April and now Dan in Real Life indicate he's got Sundance intentions but a Hallmark Channel soul."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

17 36%

Sleuth (2007)

"Pinter's pauses, and the dour air of so much of the interplay, just don't fit on a story that's this slight."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

18 22%

Mad Money (2008)

"[T]he gap between [Thelma & Louise] and Mad Money resembles the abyss that Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis drove into in Khouri's earlier hit."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

19 39%

Feast of Love (2007)

"Feast of Love is the kind of movie that gets conveniently omitted from résumés."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

20 13%

First Sunday (2008)

"The missing-church-funds subplot will be easily figured out by any four year old, but it winds up being a McGuffin anyway."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

21 86%

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

"Sweeney Todd ranks among this year's most intense, haunting, and startling films; the fact that it also features great songs by Stephen Sondheim is just gravy on the meat pie."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

22 89%

Eastern Promises (2007)

"Eastern Promises has a lot going for it, which makes it all the more disappointing when the story takes a fatal turn towards the end."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

23 94%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

"No Country for Old Men is the kind of film that will only cement the opinion you already have about its uniquely eccentric makers. Approach the ticket booth accordingly."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

24 46%

Cassandra's Dream (2007)

"While Allen's Match Point was an interesting switching of gears ... his new mantle of Patricia Highsmith-esque crime chronicler is wearing thin as well."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

25 51%

Bee Movie (2007)

"[T]his comedy provides sporadic chuckles but, you'll pardon the expression, drones on for much of its running time."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

26 64%

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

"Where the film's ambitions crumble is in its avowed refusal to make its audience too uncomfortable."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

27 82%

In Bruges (2008)

"There's a Mametian rat-a-tat to McDonagh's dialogue, but the offbeat humor and the characters' genuine pain and regret feels unique."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

28 43%

The Brave One (2007)

"[A] dopey action movie featuring the contributions of people too talented to waste their time on something this risible."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

29 75%

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

"... starts out brilliantly playing with the tired tropes of musical biopics before utterly losing its way."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

30 77%

Cloverfield (2008)

"... exciting, terrifying and breathlessly entertaining."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

31 77%

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

"[I]f you get bored with the plot, just look at the purses and the shoes."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

32 90%

Michael Clayton (2007)

"Michael Clayton definitely has its heart in the '70s."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

33 77%

Paranoid Park (2007)

"Van Sant's ... adoration of uncommunicative kids with limited vocabularies and awesome hair is beginning to wear a little thin."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

34 76%

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

"Jesse James is that rarest of birds -- an art film with mass appeal."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

35 35%

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

"But saddled with this dopey script, [Blanchett] is stuck pulling a series of poses and wearing one ornate gown after another."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

36 96%

Persepolis (2007)

"[I]t's that balance of quotidian personal struggles taking place alongside the larger scope of political upheaval and repression that makes Persepolis such a riveting film."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

37 83%

Atonement (2007)

"[U]ltimately, the movie amounts to rolling lawns, lovely costumes, and characters that simply fail to resonate."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

38 41%

27 Dresses (2008)

"Writer Aline Brosh McKenna's latest effort instructs women to be doormats for men who treat them like crap, because heaven forbid they wind up never getting married."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

39 34%

The Nanny Diaries (2007)

"Here's hoping that the very talented [Shari] Springer [Berman] and [Robert] Pulcini get a crack at a script that's worthy of their talents for their third time at bat."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

40 24%

The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

"[J]ust when you think you're getting an interesting movie about women and their travails and triumphs, the whiffs of a Shocking! Twist! Ending! begin to appear.""

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

41 37%

August Rush (2007)

"While many films require a suspension of disbelief, August Rush asks viewers to terminate their disbelief without severance and have security escort it from the building."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

42 65%

Stop-Loss (2008)

"But whatever you think about the Iraq war and the people who are fighting in it, you'll be shaken up and moved by Stop-Loss."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

43 89%

The Savages (2007)

"While writer-director Tamara Jenkins (Slums of Beverly Hills) lets things get a little mushy towards the end, the film brilliantly portrays a difficult family moment made even more complicated by her characters' overweening narcissism."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

44 47%

My Blueberry Nights (2007)

"But it's not the English that seems to trip up the writer-director; it's the language. Wong's script, co-written with Lawrence Block, tosses out the filmmaker's genius for non-verbal characterization and replaces it with talk, talk, talk."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

45 47%

Rendition (2007)

"But Rendition, in the end, is a Lifetime movie with pretensions toward being a political thriller. (They could even call it YOU HAVE MY HUSBAND! since Witherspoon shrieks that at Streep in a ludicrous scene.)"

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

46 14%

Made of Honor (2008)

"It remains a mystery why viewers -- particularly female ones -- continue to flock to wedding movies, particularly ones that paint all women as despicable, pathetic and/or man-hungry."

Posted May 1, 2008

Alonso Duralde

47 93%

Iron Man (2008)

"While the big-screen debut of the armor-plated Marvel Comics hero may feature technology that's way ahead of reality, a very human heart beats within this souped-up action machine."

Posted Apr 30, 2008

Alonso Duralde

48 64%

Baby Mama (2008)

"Things get soft where they should be sharp and cozy instead of crazy."

Posted Apr 23, 2008

Alonso Duralde

49 8%

Prom Night (2008)

"For the talent behind the 2008 remake to have created a movie that's completely different and yet even stupider than the original has to represent some kind of achievement."

Posted Apr 11, 2008

Alonso Duralde

50 36%

Street Kings (2008)

"The film is mainly a showcase for shouting."

Posted Apr 9, 2008

Alonso Duralde

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