New York Magazine/Vulture

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 80%

Brick (2006)

"It's great to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Mysterious Skin) in the juicy role of a high-school gumshoe on the trail of his estranged girlfriend's killers."

Posted May 12, 2006

David Edelstein

2 89%

Cache (Hidden) (2005)

Posted May 12, 2006

Ken Tucker

3 86%

L'Enfant (The Child) (2006)

"Every act in the film has a mythic resonance."

Posted May 12, 2006

David Edelstein

4 85%

Gunner Palace (2005)

Posted May 12, 2006

Ken Tucker

5 42%

Palindromes (2004)

Posted May 12, 2006

Ken Tucker

6 90%

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)

"Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story is a hall of mirrors that doesn't tease the brain (it's easier to watch than to read about) so much as goose it into submission."

Posted May 12, 2006

David Edelstein

7 81%

The President's Last Bang (2005)

Posted May 12, 2006

Ken Tucker

8 90%

Duck Season (Temporada de patos) (2006)

"The fullness of Duck Season is in direct proportion to its smallness; its modesty makes it bloom."

Posted May 12, 2006

David Edelstein

9 53%

Melinda and Melinda (2005)

"Neither version of Melinda, despite Mitchell‚(TM)s game try at making them distinctive beyond their different hairdos, is funny or tragic enough to fully engage us; there‚(TM)s no opportunity for an audience to be moved."

Posted May 12, 2006

Ken Tucker

10 56%

The Interpreter (2005)

"Penn is terrific in his low-key doggedness."

Posted May 12, 2006

Ken Tucker

11 35%

Ask the Dust (2006)

"Something is missing, though. The themes are all there, but the movie doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier and rev you up."

Posted May 12, 2006

David Edelstein

12 85%

Batman Begins (2005)

"A nonstarter."

Posted May 12, 2006

Ken Tucker

13 89%

The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2006)

"I found the documentary surprisingly diverting as a case study."

Posted May 12, 2006

David Edelstein

14 86%

Thank You For Smoking (2006)

"Even the good lines here last a self-congratulatory beat too long."

Posted May 12, 2006

David Edelstein

15 78%

Sin City (2005)

"If Raymond Chandler and Daffy Duck could have produced a child, Sin City would be their baby."

Posted May 12, 2006

Ken Tucker

16 51%

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

"It shrinks your perception of what movies can do."

Posted May 12, 2006

David Edelstein

17 82%

Serenity (2005)

"Go out and see Joss Whedon's witty whizbang of an action movie, or we will kill a kitten."

Posted May 12, 2006

Ken Tucker

18 87%

A History of Violence (2005)

"A remarkably convincing examination of heroism, hero worship, and the seductive allure of villainy."

Posted May 12, 2006

Ken Tucker

19 82%

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

"As the star who's framed in the center of nearly every shot he's in, Depp is a constantly surprising Willy Wonka."

Posted May 12, 2006

Ken Tucker

20 55%

16 Blocks (2006)

"A happier surprise is the smart work of director Richard Donner: 16 Blocks is all jumble and jangle-crowds, snarled traffic, and discordant car horns."

Posted May 12, 2006

David Edelstein

21 70%

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

"There are no flourishes to savor. Instead, there are big-deal stunts."

Posted May 9, 2006

David Edelstein

22 52%

Down in the Valley (2005)

"The purity of Norton's madness is a wonder."

Posted May 9, 2006

David Edelstein

23 74%

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)

"South Korean director Park Chan-wook's tremendous conclusion to his Vengeance trilogy is a modern classic."

Posted May 5, 2006

Ken Tucker

24 93%

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Moartea domnului Lazarescu) (2006)

"This Romanian movie defies categorization -- it's halfway between a black comedy and a Fred Wiseman documentary. And it haunts you like the ghost of any dead person you've ever ignored."

Posted May 5, 2006

David Edelstein

25 31%

The Promise (Master of Crimson Armor) (Wu ji) (2005)

"A heady blend of swordplay, somersaults, fairy-tale romance, and computer-generated whoosh."

Posted May 2, 2006

David Edelstein

26 36%

Art School Confidential (2006)

"Possibly there has never been a movie about the art world that's as much of an eyesore as the coming-of-age oddity Art School Confidential."

Posted May 2, 2006

David Edelstein

27 91%

United 93 (2006)

"With events as well known as these, Greengrass doesn't need to sensationalize. The film is more powerful when he un -sensationalizes."

Posted Apr 24, 2006

David Edelstein

28 7%

Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

"Stupefyingly lackluster."

Posted Apr 21, 2006

David Edelstein

29 72%

Friends With Money (2006)

"Holofcener builds scenes around motifs that resonate marvelously."

Posted Apr 21, 2006

David Edelstein

30 67%

Stolen (2006)

"A haunting and expansive documentary about the search for the precious paintings stolen in 1990 from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner museum."

Posted Apr 18, 2006

David Edelstein

31 41%

American Dreamz (2006)

"Its shallow cynicism combined with its faith that everything will turn out okay can even be said to breed complacency -- the opposite of what satire needs to do in these increasingly dark days."

Posted Apr 18, 2006

David Edelstein

32 86%

Inside Man (2006)

"The normally subversive Spike Lee takes a rare genial tack."

Posted Mar 23, 2006

David Edelstein

33 75%

Big Love: Season 1 (TV, 2006)

" But what we also get-praise the Lord and pass the remote-is hour after hour of actors as spellbinding as Sevigny. "

Posted Mar 12, 2006

John Leonard

34 92%

Our Brand is Crisis (2005)

"Only a naÔf would be surprised by Our Brand Is Crisis, but only a nihilist would not be alarmed by the endless reverberations of Boynton's case study-and by its suggestion of a systemic separation of modern politics and the national good."

Posted Mar 1, 2006

David Edelstein

35 ——

Point of Order (1964)

Posted Jan 14, 2006

David Denby

36 88%

Broken Flowers (2005)

"Murray manages, almost impossibly, to come up with still another rich variation on his Depleted Man persona, and his performance is at once enormously generous and fiercely, concisely witty."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

37 94%

Paths of Glory (1957)

"Paths of Glory is all about that greatest of all movie subjects: power."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

38 85%

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

"Keira's cat-smile suggests such supernal all-knowingness that, with Austen's adapted dialogue (via Deborah Moggach) tripping off her tongue, she comes off as an eighteenth-century Maureen Dowd."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

39 72%

Syriana (2005)

"As he did in Traffic, Gaghan intertwines his disparate subplots with impeccable pacing -- his screenplay is a model of how to arrange scenes so that each one ends leaving you wanting to know more."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

40 77%

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

"The film is filled with positive messages ..."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

41 75%

In Her Shoes (2005)

"I think one reason this movie is so appealing is that it's the anti-Sex and the City-its earnestness and relative lack of rank bawdiness or cynicism seem novel in the present pop-culture atmosphere."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

42 87%

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

"Ang Lee conveys maddening delirium rendered in the way one man's eyes gaze at another's, and then look away, and the looking-away amounts to the murder of two souls as surely as if they'd drawn guns and hit each other in the heart."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

43 93%

Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)

"... it telescopes -- with no loss of accuracy -- Murrow's last few fifties hurrahs as the hardest diamond in Bill Paley's 'Tiffany network.'"

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

44 71%

Thumbsucker (2005)

"Unlike so many movies in which a character changes in order to propel the plot forward, this one stops to follow up on the consequences of those changes."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

45 84%

The Constant Gardener (2005)

"... Ralph Fiennes gives one of the year's subtlest, yet most exciting, screen performances ..."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

46 87%

Howl's Moving Castle (2005)

"There is giggling, belly-laughing, and gasping to be done watching Howl's Moving Castle."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

47 75%

Crash (2004)

"It's smart, therefore, that Haggis has written such novel, precisely observed, often unpleasant characters as the ones Bullock, Dillon, and Cheadle inhabit."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

48 61%

Jarhead (2005)

"Jarhead is utterly predictable (boys endure tough training; boys encounter another culture and are baffled), studded with first-rate performances."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

49 79%

The Aristocrats (2005)

"... The Aristocrats proves that sometimes you don't have to be a great filmmaker to make a great documentary."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

50 89%

Paradise Now (2005)

"... remarkable ..."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Ken Tucker

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