Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

The Iron Giant (1999)

"This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

David Ansen

2 92%

The Sopranos: Season 2 (TV, 2000)

" If you're among those who can afford a subscription to HBO, The Sopranos may well be the most fascinating clan -- and the best television -- to come along in years. "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

3 11%

Batman & Robin (1997)

"Noisy, campy, overproduced, it's abdicated all solemnity in pursuit of a boom-kaboom videogame esthetic."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

David Ansen

4 12%

Striptease (1996)

"This may sound like a suspense movie, but it's not. There's no mystery (we know who the bad guys are) and the damsel-in-distress angle generates zero tension."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

David Ansen

5 6%

Gigli (2003)

"After the schadenfreudian thrill of watching beautiful people humiliate themselves wears off, it has the same annihilating effect on your will to live."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Jeff Giles

6 86%

Heat (1995)

"Just when it seemed that the only hope for crime movies lay in the postmodernist artifice of films like Pulp Fiction, Mann reinvests the genre with brooding, modernist conviction. This one sticks to your gut."

Posted Apr 29, 2014

David Ansen

7 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"Wes Anderson transports his arch, pristine, melancholic sensibility to India, where three estranged brothers meet after their father's death and hop a train in a quixotic attempt to heal their spiritual wounds."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

David Ansen

8 81%

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"Tenenbaums doesn't quite jell, but it's a beautiful near miss."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

David Ansen

9 76%

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

"Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's clever solution is to turn the story of a troubled academic into a Hollywood thriller. How? He makes things up."

Posted Feb 4, 2014

David Ansen

10 75%

Ransom (1996)

"Slick and violent and reasonably tense, Ransom holds your attention without being the least bit interesting."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

David Ansen

11 91%

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

"As an actor, Eastwood has rarely taken on a character as complex as Frankie Dunn."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

David Ansen

12 86%

Un Conte de NoŽl (A Christmas Tale) (2008)

"Desplechin is an inspired impurist. His Christmas Tale is untidy, overstuffed and delicious: a genuine holiday feast."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

David Ansen

13 84%

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

"Jumpy and ironic, Downey is a quicksilver delight and Kilmer is funny as the gay Perry."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

David Ansen

14 93%

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999)

"You'll see why, in animation circles, Miyazaki himself is considered one of the gods."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

David Ansen

15 71%

Weeds: Season 1 (TV, 2005)

" In a world where most sitcoms feel forced and artificial, Weeds manages to be both real and really funny. "

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Marc Peyser

16 100%

Arrested Development: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2004)

" In a TV season littered with dysfunctional-family sitcoms, Arrested Development is the most dysfunctional of the bunch - and it's funnier than all the others combined. "

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Marc Peyser

17 92%

Insomnia (2002)

"Scene by scene, screenwriter Hillary Seitz follows director Erik Skjoldbjaerg's original closely, but this remake deepens and improves upon the Norwegian film by giving Dormer a more complex relationship with Eckhart."

Posted Aug 5, 2013

David Ansen

18 68%

The Crucible (1996)

"I recommend Hytner's movie highly, but a part of me resists a work that makes the audience feel as noble in our moral certainty as the characters it invites us to deplore. Some part of its power seems borrowed from the thing it hates."

Posted May 17, 2013

David Ansen

19 91%

Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

David Ansen

20 22%

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994)

"There are just too many half-cooked ingredients in this utopian stew of a movie."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Jack Kroll

21 59%

Disclosure (1994)

"In this world of Information Highway sophistication and virtual-reality marvels, the pivotal plot points are all rickety coincidences: an overheard conversation, a fortuitous phone call."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Jack Kroll

22 88%

The Usual Suspects (1995)

"For many true movie fiends, noir is the key American movie type, and the most fun when it's done right. The Usual Suspects is done right."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Jack Kroll

23 67%

Night and the City (1992)

"Relish the movie's snappy, low-life high spirits."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

David Ansen

24 64%

The Public Eye (1992)

"In its moody, daffy way, The Public Eye gives off an authentic reek of artistic compulsion."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

David Ansen

25 52%

Shadows and Fog (1992)

"Shadows and Fog is Woody Allen's first mystery movie. The mystery: what caused this total breakdown of a unique artist?"

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Jack Kroll

26 63%

Strange Days (1995)

"Director Kathryn Bigelow comes closer than any other filmmaker to turning movies into a virtual reality trip."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Jack Kroll

27 54%

City Hall (1996)

"Its chief pleasure is the acting of the big cast, notably Pacino. At 55, he has a haggard, life-wrestling beauty and a street eloquence that has more innocence than De Niro and more sincerity than Nicholson."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Jack Kroll

28 63%

Kansas City (1996)

"Altman loves to explode movie genres, and his script, co-written with Frank Barhydt, fuses the classic '30s screwball comedy and crime film."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Jack Kroll

29 94%

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

"This cautionary fable (Be True to Your Ghoulish Self) may be a little too twisted for little kids but anyone 8 or older will spot the friendly glint behind jack's empty eye sockets."

Posted Nov 2, 2011

David Ansen

30 24%

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Posted Apr 4, 2011

David Ansen

31 63%

Contact (1997)

"When it's good, it's very good. And when it's not, it can be as silly and self-important as a bad '50s sci-fi movie." EDIT

Posted Feb 16, 2011

32 67%

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

"The Long Kiss Goodnight is the fall's best summer movie."

Posted Feb 16, 2011

David Ansen

33 72%

Somewhere (2010)

"Casting the less-than-charismatic Dorff may bolster Coppola's thesis, but it's dramatically self-defeating. How can we feel for Johnny, when there's no there there?"

Posted Jan 5, 2011

David Ansen

34 18%

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)

Posted Jan 5, 2011

David Ansen

35 86%

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"How do you patch together a relationship that has been sundered by grief? The answers it gives, tentative and hard-won, may not be surprising, but they feel right."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

David Ansen

36 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"The suspense isn't just about who's going to win the big fight, but who's going to emerge from Ward's big, fierce jungle of a family with their lives intact."

Posted Dec 9, 2010

David Ansen

37 94%

The Town (2010)

"The Town is part of a career turnaround so amazing that he looks like the new Clint Eastwood. Seriously."

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Caryn James

38 66%

The American (2010)

"Even on its own artsy terms, the film falls apart long before the end."

Posted Sep 3, 2010

Caryn James

39 42%

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

"Though the premise of Dinner for Schmucks is deeply cruel, we are supposed to laugh, because we trust that by the closing credits the characters will have matured into upstanding men."

Posted Jul 28, 2010

Jennie Yabroff

40 58%

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

"Sillier than the Singer versions, Ratner's movie is also -- for this less-than-reverent X-Men fan -- more satisfying."

Posted Jul 7, 2010

David Ansen

41 45%

Daredevil (2003)

"Torn between moody grandiosity and cartoonish mayhem, Daredevil tries to have it both ways, and succeeds at neither."

Posted Jul 7, 2010

David Ansen

42 81%

Batman Returns (1992)

"Something about the filmmaker's eccentric, surreal, childlike images seems to strike a deep chord in the mass psyche: he makes nightmares that taste like candy."

Posted Jul 7, 2010

David Ansen

43 90%

Minority Report (2002)

"Ferociously intense, furiously kinetic, it's expressionist film noir science fiction that, like all good sci-fi, peers into the future to shed light on the present."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

David Ansen

44 96%

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

"These depictions of the dementia of war have a hallucinatory power that can stand alongside those of Apocalypse Now."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

David Ansen

45 94%

Pulp Fiction (1994)

"Just when you thought the last thing the world needed was another violent, self-conscious, hipster homage to film noir, along comes Tarantino to blow away your deja vu."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

David Ansen

46 63%

8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)

"It seems impossible that anyone will have their minds changed or even piqued by watching this film. No one will really listen to The Mormon Proposition because we've heard it all before."

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Marc Peyser

47 80%

Cyrus (2010)

"Cyrus successfully walks the line between dark comedy and scary movie, thanks to the performances by Hill, Reilly, and Tomei, which are uniformly great."

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Jennie Yabroff

48 15%

Sex and the City 2 (2010)

"Remember the old, boundary-breaking, taboo-toppling Sex and the City? Forget it. Neither sex nor the city plays any role in this film."

Posted May 27, 2010

Jessica Bennett

49 83%

Daddy Longlegs (2010)

"Daddy Longlegs may shock you, but it will also make you reexamine your ideas about parenthood, and what it means to be a father."

Posted May 20, 2010

Jennie Yabroff

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