Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

Volver (2006)

"Almodóvar's generous vision isn't just unique, it's color-coordinated."

Posted Oct 31, 2006

David Ansen

2 75%

Catch a Fire (2006)

"Smoothly directed by Phillip Noyce, the movie relies heavily on well-staged action sequences and two gifted actors to keep its familiar tale from appearing stale."

Posted Oct 27, 2006

John Hartl

3 69%

Babel (2006)

"If Babel were a football game, I'd flag it 15 yards for piling on. Others may want to give it an Oscar. To each his own."

Posted Oct 24, 2006

David Ansen

4 76%

The Prestige (2006)

"Take the movie's first words to heart: watch closely. You'll be well rewarded."

Posted Oct 19, 2006

David Ansen

5 73%

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

"An epic both raw and contemplative."

Posted Oct 18, 2006

David Ansen

6 66%

Shortbus (2006)

"If the brush strokes are sometimes a bit sloppy, the grand design of Shortbus endears."

Posted Oct 5, 2006

David Ansen

7 92%

The Departed (2006)

"The Departed is Scorsese's most purely enjoyable movie in years."

Posted Oct 2, 2006

David Ansen

8 80%

Little Children (2006)

"Wilson's overgrown adolescent, Winslet's bored, discontented wife and Haley's creepy, self-loathing sex offender are complex, deeply flawed characters -- they're the 'little children.'"

Posted Oct 2, 2006

David Ansen

9 87%

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

"Forest Whitaker, uncorking the power that he usually holds in check, gives a chilling, bravura performance as Ugandan tyrant Idi Amin."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

David Ansen

10 11%

All The King's Men (2006)

"All the King's Men is grounded in Huey Long's Louisiana, but the issues the novel so lyrically explores are universal."

Posted Sep 20, 2006

Jon Meacham

11 68%

World Trade Center (2006)

"Piercingly moving and utterly unpolitical, World Trade Center holds us in a fierce grip."

Posted Aug 4, 2006

David Ansen

12 63%

The Ant Bully (2006)

"[T]he movie certainly means well, and its worthwhile message (teamwork is good, selfishness is bad) should penetrate the brains of kids old enough to stay in their seats and pay attention to it."

Posted Jul 28, 2006

Christy Lemire

13 47%

Miami Vice (2006)

"Miami Vice delivers the thrills, atmosphere and romance it promises, but it doesn't resonate like major Mann."

Posted Jul 24, 2006

David Ansen

14 91%

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

"This indie, a sweet, tart and smart satire about a family of losers in a world obsessed with winning, is an authentic crowd pleaser. There's been no more satisfying American comedy this year."

Posted Jul 17, 2006

David Ansen

15 21%

You, Me and Dupree (2006)

"Gifted though [the directors] may be in smaller doses, they're a long way from mastering the art of feature-length comedy."

Posted Jul 14, 2006

John Hartl

16 76%

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

"Dramatically anorexic."

Posted Jun 26, 2006

David Ansen

17 86%

The Road To Guantanamo (2006)

"...the film's urgency can tilt toward shrillness, but nobody else has made the disaster of Guantánamo so painfully vivid."

Posted Jun 26, 2006

David Ansen

18 76%

Superman Returns (2006)

"Next to Singer's champagne, most recent superhero adventure movies are barely sparkling cider."

Posted Jun 20, 2006

David Ansen

19 74%

Cars (2006)

"Cars inspires more admiration than elation. It dazzles even as it disappoints."

Posted Jun 5, 2006

David Ansen

20 25%

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

"Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman struggle mightily to cram as much as possible of Dan Brown's labyrinthine thriller into a 2-hour-28-minute running time, resulting in a movie both overstuffed and underwhelming."

Posted May 18, 2006

David Ansen

21 73%

V for Vendetta (2006)

"...a lackluster comic-book movie that thinks terrorist is a synonym for revolutionary."

Posted Mar 14, 2006

Jeff Giles

22 61%

Shopgirl (2005)

"A minimalist almost-love story told with epic flourishes."

Posted Nov 18, 2005

David Ansen

23 80%

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D (2005)

"Lucas manages to turn the audience's familiarity to his advantage: like a jigsaw puzzle whose final form has always been known, the fun is in discovering how the last pieces fit."

Posted May 9, 2005

David Ansen

24 68%

Closer (2004)

"[A] chilly, caustic, foul-mouthed anatomy of modern romance."

Posted Dec 11, 2004

David Ansen

25 97%

The Incredibles (2004)

"A funny and, at times, ingenious movie."

Posted Nov 3, 2004

Jeff Giles

26 49%

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

"Instead of being moved by Christ's suffering, or awed by his sacrifice, I felt abused by a filmmaker intent on punishing an audience, for who knows what sins."

Posted Feb 23, 2004

David Ansen

27 94%

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

"The second installment was better than the first, and this one is best of all."

Posted Dec 16, 2003

David Ansen

28 65%

The Last Samurai (2003)

"There are pleasures to be had in the handsome, heroic The Last Samurai. But they're all on the surface."

Posted Dec 16, 2003

David Ansen

29 71%

Cold Mountain (2003)

"Cold Mountain is a movie of episodes, and Minghella pulls off dazzling set pieces: he knows how to infuse violence with emotion, so it never seems gratuitous."

Posted Dec 16, 2003

David Ansen

30 73%

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

"Reloaded is more of a straight-ahead action movie than the original, and it's filled with spectacular mayhem."

Posted May 12, 2003

David Ansen

31 75%

Gangs of New York (2002)

"You have to honor its mad ambition. But sadly, it feels like a dream too long deferred."

Posted Jan 14, 2003

David Ansen

32 96%

The Pianist (2002)

"In going home to tell Szpilman's story Polanski seems reborn: once again he's become a filmmaker who matters."

Posted Jan 14, 2003

David Ansen

33 87%

Chicago (2002)

"Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones put on quite a show in Rob Marshall's dazzling cinematic rethinking of the 1975 Kander and Ebb musical directed by Bob Fosse."

Posted Jan 14, 2003

David Ansen

34 96%

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

"A delicious cat-and-mouse game flecked with intriguing Oedipal undertones."

Posted Jan 14, 2003

David Ansen

35 96%

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

"What's remarkable is how immediately, after a full year, The Two Towers seizes your attention, and how urgently it holds you through three seamless, action-packed hours."

Posted Jan 14, 2003

David Ansen

36 85%

About Schmidt (2002)

"This road movie gives you emotional whiplash, and you'll be glad you went along for the ride."

Posted Dec 9, 2002

David Ansen

37 74%

Signs (2002)

"A refreshing summer movie."

Posted Aug 12, 2002

David Ansen

38 67%

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D (2002)

"A decidedly mixed bag."

Posted May 13, 2002

David Ansen

39 91%

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

"It has real passion, real emotion, real terror, and a tactile sense of evil."

Posted Dec 3, 2001

David Ansen

40 93%

In the Bedroom (2001)

"Field exhibits a mastery of his craft many filmmakers never acquire in a lifetime."

Posted Dec 3, 2001

David Ansen

41 80%

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

"Gets most of the book's events in, but loses much of the lightness and charm of Rowling's vision."

Posted Nov 13, 2001

David Ansen

42 73%

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

"A.I. exhilarates, frustrates and provokes: it's the most ambitious Hollywood movie in sight."

Posted Jun 18, 2001

David Ansen

43 25%

Pearl Harbor (2001)

"Superbly marketed, Pearl Harbor is the very model of a modern blockbuster. Will it matter that almost nothing about its human drama rings true?"

Posted May 8, 2001

David Ansen

44 91%

High Fidelity (2000)

"Cusack is a master at playing smart, frazzled, self-flagellating hipsters, and the movie, propelled by his arias of angst, lets him strut his best stuff."

Posted Mar 6, 2001

David Ansen

45 49%

The Kid (2000)

"The journey itself is more charming, and less sentimental, than you might suspect."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

David Ansen

46 25%

Mission To Mars (2000)

"On so many levels, a risibly bad movie."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

David Ansen

47 67%

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

"Bold, exciting and full of visions."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Jeff Giles

48 77%

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

"From the already famous 'mirror' love scene, played with a carnal sweetness that's rare in the brittle, cynical sexuality of film today, to the anger, fear and pain of their final confrontation, Cruise and Kidman are open and touching."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Jack Kroll

49 54%

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

"They've managed to avoid the usual asylum-movie cliches."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

David Ansen

50 46%

What Lies Beneath (2000)

"Entertains in a way we are used to being entertained."

Posted Jan 1, 2000

Jeff Giles

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