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Philadelphia Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

"A model of unadorned precision--as plaintive, soulful and endlessly complicated in its direct simplicity as a Hemingway short story or a Springsteen song."

Posted Jan 7, 2005

Sean Burns

2 42%

Beyond the Sea (2004)

"Darin's life is just a jumping-off point for The Kevin Spacey Show, which would probably stink like hubris were Spacey not such a dazzling, enthusiastic performer."

Posted Jan 7, 2005

Sean Burns

3 38%

Meet The Fockers (2004)

"The awkward, uncomfortable charms of the previous picture have here been replaced with an aggressive vulgarity that bears not even a passing resemblance to human behavior."

Posted Jan 7, 2005

Sean Burns

4 56%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"Murray shines through Anderson's artificial half-movie -- always offering something sadder and deeper. Still, it's hard to get invested when the director won't stop winking."

Posted Dec 21, 2004

Sean Burns

5 87%

The Aviator (2004)

"Marty's most crowd-pleasing, well-behaved movie -- The Aviator is the first Scorsese picture that feels housebroken. "

Posted Dec 21, 2004

Sean Burns

6 30%

Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

"That faint scraping sound you hear coming from the floor is Robert Aldrich rolling in his grave."

Posted Dec 21, 2004

Sean Burns

7 84%

The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) (2004)

"The only sad thing in this alleged tearjerker is watching singular talents like Bardem and Amenábar sucking up to the middlebrow Motorcycle Diaries crowd."

Posted Dec 14, 2004

Sean Burns

8 78%

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

"The gifted, undisciplined Jeunet applies his trademark restless zigzagging to a story that's confoundingly complicated enough already. More fatiguing than exhilarating. "

Posted Dec 14, 2004

Sean Burns

9 55%

Ocean's Twelve (2004)

"Cluttered and chaotic. The cast coasts on cool, packed in like sardines and elbowing each other for screen time. It's an ice cream headache."

Posted Dec 7, 2004

Sean Burns

10 26%

Blade: Trinity (2004)

"It's sad to see Wesley Snipes standing around on the sidelines while his franchise is hijacked by a bunch of obnoxious, wisecracking white kids."

Posted Dec 7, 2004

Sean Burns

11 16%

Alexander (2004)

"Alexander is Oliver's most stupidly awesome (and awesomely stupid) movie since The Doors."

Posted Nov 23, 2004

Sean Burns

12 90%

Kinsey (2004)

"Tedious and 'respectable.' Condon never rolls up his sleeves and gets (for lack of a better word) dirty. You'd think he was making a film about gall wasps."

Posted Nov 16, 2004

Sean Burns

13 44%

National Treasure (2004)

"This goofy, good-natured dry run for The Da Vinci Code is almost well-meaning enough to compensate for its countless problems."

Posted Nov 16, 2004

Sean Burns

14 18%

After the Sunset (2004)

"Slack, ambitionless Elmore Leonard-lite. Brett Ratner has matured into one of the dullest young filmmakers working today."

Posted Nov 16, 2004

Sean Burns

15 27%

Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason (2004)

"The delightful first picture celebrated Bridget's imperfections. This smug, slapped-together sequel mocks them for cheap laughs."

Posted Nov 9, 2004

Sean Burns

16 97%

The Incredibles (2004)

"As in Spider-Man 2, crime-fighting and derring-do take a backseat to domestic drama and our connections with these larger-than-life yet down-to-earth characters."

Posted Nov 9, 2004

Sean Burns

17 49%

Alfie (2004)

"This funnier, glossier Alfie is a mite too watered down. In the end, we're having so much fun we don't feel his soul-sickness. It's lightweight desolation. "

Posted Nov 8, 2004

Sean Burns

18 81%

Ray (2004)

"...gives the Hallmark treatment to an unruly legend. Foxx is so superbly convincing, you can't help wishing the movie had trusted him more. He (and the cast) deserve better. "

Posted Nov 8, 2004

Sean Burns

19 96%

Sideways (2004)

"Payne is the only young filmmaker tackling the gloom of modern mediocrity, and his Sideways is the richest and most rewarding American comedy since Wonder Boys."

Posted Nov 8, 2004

Sean Burns

20 39%

Birth (2004)

"Hilariously pretentious, it's Nicole Kidman's funniest movie since The Hours and 2004's barmiest motion picture disaster area."

Posted Nov 8, 2004

Sean Burns

21 55%

Undertow (2004)

"A hostile negotiation between a lyrical filmmaker and genre requirements -- predictable plot points attached like a house-arrest ankle braclet. Lovely moments, though... "

Posted Nov 8, 2004

Sean Burns

22 7%

Surviving Christmas (2004)

"Affleck gives one of the clammiest, most panicked performances I've ever seen. The movie is drenched in his flop-sweat."

Posted Nov 8, 2004

Sean Burns

23 77%

Team America - World Police (2004)

"The marionettes run interference with our Hollywood-formula comfort zones -- forcing a fresh look at the hateful stupidity we take for granted every weekend at the multiplex."

Posted Nov 8, 2004

Sean Burns

24 64%

Stage Beauty (2004)

"Kudos for at least working Claire Danes' glaringly limited abilities into the storyline. Now if they could only do something about the sophomoric script and nasty mysogyny..."

Posted Nov 8, 2004

Sean Burns

25 72%

Primer (2004)

"A thrilling, eventually hollow intellectual exercise. Carruth's a major talent (particularly his editing-- which surfs the edge of incoherence without ever quite capsizing.)"

Posted Nov 8, 2004

Sean Burns

26 28%

Around the Bend (2004)

"...the kind of movie that gives sincerity a bad name."

Posted Nov 8, 2004

Sean Burns

27 37%

The Final Cut (2004)

"I'm frankly amazed the foolish, cheap-looking thing didn't go straight to the Sci-Fi Channel."

Posted Nov 8, 2004

Sean Burns

28 46%

Shall We Dance (2004)

"A sweet, well-meaning pass at a story that just doesn't translate --you're gonna get stuck watching it with your mom or your girlfriend every time it shows up on TNT. "

Posted Nov 8, 2004

Sean Burns

29 62%

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

"A manic, screwball battle of Being vs. Nothingness -- and yet Russell's sweet, almost revolutionary optimism and goodwill shine through the cacophonous proceedings."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Sean Burns

30 84%

The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta) (2004)

"Actors usually say the most thankless role in the canon is playing Jesus Christ--but after seeing Salles' Che Guevara by way of Johnny Appleseed, I beg to differ."

Posted Sep 30, 2004

Sean Burns

31 15%

Head in the Clouds (2004)

"You finish Stuart Townsend and Penelope Cruz's scenes feeling duller and stupider than before simply for having watched them."

Posted Sep 30, 2004

Sean Burns

32 40%

Ladder 49 (2004)

"A pleasant, sometimes stirring movie that's riddled with plaster saints --it's all backslapping and camaraderie, which is often agreeable but even more often dull. "

Posted Sep 30, 2004

Sean Burns

33 31%

The Forgotten (2004)

"...in this particular case I'm happy to value old-fashioned meat-and-potatoes genre craftsmanship over such pesky, trifling matters as logic or common sense."

Posted Sep 29, 2004

Sean Burns

34 91%

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

"...a film in which all the sad compromises of adulthood are symbolized by a pressing need to lop off your undead neighbor's rotting head with a cricket bat. Nicely done."

Posted Sep 22, 2004

Sean Burns

35 53%

A Dirty Shame (2004)

"All the dated satirical targets are hit during the first few minutes, and then the movie repeats the same joke ad nauseum -- it's like a record that won't stop skipping."

Posted Sep 22, 2004

Sean Burns

36 61%

The Last Shot (2004)

"Unremarkable, noisy and crude; but there is a low-key kick in watching Baldwin and Broderick enjoy each other so immensely."

Posted Sep 22, 2004

Sean Burns

37 72%

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

"The must-see summer blockbuster of 1939, it's the new Far From Heaven -- only this time for nerds instead of gay guys."

Posted Sep 15, 2004

Sean Burns

38 48%

Silver City (2004)

"Man, it's tough sitting through a satire made by somebody with no sense of humor -- welcome to Talking Points: The Movie."

Posted Sep 15, 2004

Sean Burns

39 55%

Cellular (2004)

"A nifty little flick--precisely the kind of well-done, unambitious genre piece I always find myself overpraising to friends."

Posted Sep 15, 2004

Sean Burns

40 43%

The Brown Bunny (2004)

"Gallo's haunting, evocative baby has an almost slow-motion, depression-in-action vibe. I don't think I could ever sit through it again--but I'm glad it exists."

Posted Sep 8, 2004

Sean Burns

41 66%

Bright Young Things (2003)

"Fry's too smart to oversell contemporary parallels, and also too generous not to find something endearing about all these doomed, stubbornly frivolous folks."

Posted Sep 8, 2004

Sean Burns

42 88%

THX 1138 (1971)

"The new digital meddling and a bunch of gratuitous, anachronistic effects shots only serve to make the movie even more annoying than it used to be."

Posted Sep 8, 2004

Sean Burns

43 69%

Criminal (2004)

"The cast comes off like a buncha cute, likable kids playing dress-up, which only intensifies the movie's pointless karaoke flavor."

Posted Sep 8, 2004

Sean Burns

44 90%

Mean Creek (2004)

"Worth seeing... but it breaks your heart to watch such a complicated, perceptive movie drift into hand-wringing Afterschool Special territory. "

Posted Sep 8, 2004

Sean Burns

45 51%

Vanity Fair (2004)

"...after a promising start, it eventually settles into repeating the same scene over and over again."

Posted Sep 8, 2004

Sean Burns

46 95%

Hero (2004)

"One of the most sumptuously photographed movies you'll ever see, every shot of Hero should be in a coffee-table book. Good thing, because the story sorta stinks."

Posted Aug 27, 2004

Sean Burns

47 11%

Exorcist - The Beginning (2004)

"Warner's late-game recruiting of a vulgarian like Renny Harlin to tack on some barf-bag moments is simply an insult to fans of the original."

Posted Aug 27, 2004

Sean Burns

48 19%

She Hate Me (2004)

"The kind of extravagantly bad movie only a genius could make, She Hate Me feels like an embarrassingly public nervous breakdown. "

Posted Aug 18, 2004

Sean Burns

49 65%

We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)

"...feels like a freshly unearthed treasure from a more sophisticated era. All lingering glances and electrically supercharged silences, it's a tiny film of enormous power."

Posted Aug 18, 2004

Sean Burns

50 51%

Code 46 (2004)

"...Winterbottom's main distinction is that he's able to be dull in a lot of different genres."

Posted Aug 17, 2004

Sean Burns

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