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Philadelphia Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 68%

North Country (2005)

"There's no polite way to say it: North Country goes bonkers -- inadvertently trivializing its own admirable agenda."

Posted Oct 19, 2005

Sean Burns

2 64%

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)

"...a well-acted chunk of Velveeta."

Posted Oct 19, 2005

Sean Burns

3 28%

Elizabethtown (2005)

"This isn't drama; it's asking people to fork over nine bucks to hear what's on your iPod."

Posted Oct 13, 2005

Sean Burns

4 93%

Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)

"It's the kind of movie you admire, but can't quite force yourself to love. Good thing there's so much here to admire. "

Posted Oct 13, 2005

Sean Burns

5 19%

Domino (2005)

"Not a lot of movies can ruin a Tom Waits cameo. Domino is like staring into a strobe light, only louder. "

Posted Oct 13, 2005

Sean Burns

6 57%

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

"A lot of the time it feels like Angela's Ashes have been scattered in Pleasantville."

Posted Oct 13, 2005

Sean Burns

7 75%

In Her Shoes (2005)

"Boys, you're missing out. Hanson is one of our most unobtrusive directors, and his work is exactly the kind of rock-steady craftsmanship movies are missing these days. "

Posted Oct 13, 2005

Sean Burns

8 24%

9 songs (2005)

"There's not much to take away from 9 Songs unless you're watching it at home... alone... preferably with some lotion."

Posted Oct 13, 2005

Sean Burns

9 72%

Separate Lies (2005)

"If movies have taught us anything, it's that adultery is never more dreary than when the British are doing it. Especially when they're rich."

Posted Oct 13, 2005

Sean Burns

10 60%

Oliver Twist (2005)

"...one of Polanski's safest, least distinctive pictures -- just another tasteful run through a story that's already too familiar. Oh well, at least in this one nobody sings."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Sean Burns

11 82%

Serenity (2005)

"Although watching the movie feels like tuning into a TV program just in time for the series finale --which, um, it sort of is-- this Serenity is decent stuff. "

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Sean Burns

12 62%

The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

"...as doofy, mawkish and unsubtle as the title makes it sound. "

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Sean Burns

13 83%

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)

"Tim Burton hasn't just forgotten how to tell a story-- he seems to have forgotten why he even started telling them in the first place."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Sean Burns

14 38%

Flightplan (2005)

"What a wonderful movie star this woman is! Clearly, the lady has no concept of 'slumming.'"

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Sean Burns

15 87%

A History of Violence (2005)

"...a pulpy, brilliant little neo-noir packed with disquieting sociological insights. Sure, it's an action movie -- but it's also an indictment. "

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Sean Burns

16 62%

Proof (2005)

"Resolutely uncinematic, Auburn's tale of a maybe mathematics prodigy feels thin and underpopulated. Some plays are better left on the stage."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Sean Burns

17 61%

Lord of War (2005)

"It's one of this year's most ambitious movies, and also one of the angriest. "

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Sean Burns

18 45%

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

"...this insidious movie has it both ways by back-dooring the entire U.S. criminal code -- for the sake of some boogeyman-based lesson in intelligently designed fake morality."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Sean Burns

19 88%

Tony Takitani (2005)

"It's a graceful, odd experiment... I'm still not sure if it works, but I'm glad it exists."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Sean Burns

20 6%

A Sound of Thunder (2005)

"Lobotomized from a Ray Bradbury short story, A Sound of Thunder stars Edward Burns as a scientist (insert raucous laughter here)..."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Sean Burns

21 85%

2046 (2005)

"It's a gorgeous abstraction-- an epically sustained 129-minute sigh of heartache and regret."

Posted Aug 31, 2005

Sean Burns

22 84%

The Constant Gardener (2005)

"Noble intentions and some lovely performances... too bad the director keeps getting in their way."

Posted Aug 31, 2005

Sean Burns

23 38%

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

"...a ragged, sloppy patchwork quilt --but there's magic in it. The movie is a compromised, semi-mangled visit to a very special place."

Posted Aug 24, 2005

Sean Burns

24 86%

Junebug (2005)

"Sort of a Meet the Parents for the Sundance set, director Phil Morrison's bizarrely overpraised Junebug is one of this year's vaguest, most listless oddities."

Posted Aug 24, 2005

Sean Burns

25 85%

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

"Like Wedding Crashers, the movie has a cheerfully lewd energy... and also like Wedding Crashers, it's at least half-an-hour longer than it has any right to be."

Posted Aug 16, 2005

Sean Burns

26 79%

Red Eye (2005)

"... slick and unpretentious, it wants nothing more than to be this year's Cellular -- and for maybe an hour or so it succeeds."

Posted Aug 16, 2005

Sean Burns

27 69%

The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei) (2005)

"A kinder, gentler Fight Club..."

Posted Aug 16, 2005

Sean Burns

28 79%

The Aristocrats (2005)

"The movie is a scandal. It is an outrage. It is a joy."

Posted Aug 9, 2005

Sean Burns

29 52%

Four Brothers (2005)

"Endearingly crummy. When it works, the movie has the loose, slightly screwy vibe of an early-'80s exploitation picture (something from Cannon Pictures, perhaps.)"

Posted Aug 9, 2005

Sean Burns

30 37%

The Great Raid (2005)

"Dullest. Cast. Ever. Everybody in this movie comes off like they're playing dress-up. Here's one that should've stayed in the vault."

Posted Aug 9, 2005

Sean Burns

31 32%

November (2005)

"A profoundly irritating and meaningless experience... can we please stop making this same movie over and over again, already?"

Posted Aug 9, 2005

Sean Burns

32 88%

Broken Flowers (2005)

"I doubt there's any other living actor who could turn a simple bit of business like eating sliced carrots into the summer's most exciting and cathartic action sequence."

Posted Aug 4, 2005

Sean Burns

33 13%

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)

"Big dumb fun. You can actually feel yourself getting stupider while watching it- but it's such a sunny, upbeat, eager-to-please movie, the silliness becomes infectious."

Posted Aug 4, 2005

Sean Burns

34 92%

Saraband (2003)

"Worth watching, even if it feels a bit musty and mothballed. Consider Saraband a footnote to Bergman's brilliant career."

Posted Aug 4, 2005

Sean Burns

35 71%

My Date with Drew (2004)

"A cute home video, but there's simply not enough material here to justify an hour and a half -- and certainly not enough to ask folks to shell out for a full-price ticket."

Posted Aug 4, 2005

Sean Burns

36 40%

The Island (2005)

"Is Michael Bay the world's worst living filmmaker? Evidence continues to mount..."

Posted Jul 26, 2005

Sean Burns

37 48%

Bad News Bears (2005)

"...as far as movie karaoke goes, it kind of works."

Posted Jul 26, 2005

Sean Burns

38 53%

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

"Every theater showing this film should be contractually obligated to smell bad. It's a toxic little picture -- and also something of a masterpiece. See you in Hell."

Posted Jul 20, 2005

Sean Burns

39 84%

Mysterious Skin (2005)

"Araki's discovered a mellower mood, and who'da thunk it? Silence suits him."

Posted Jul 20, 2005

Sean Burns

40 54%

Happy Endings (2005)

"It's a shallow, cruddy-looking film that these fine actors have granted a depth it frankly doesn't deserve."

Posted Jul 20, 2005

Sean Burns

41 82%

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

"Speaking as a diehard fan of Depp's strangest work, it breaks my heart that this one just doesn't come off. We're always stubbornly aware it's just Johnny being weird again."

Posted Jul 12, 2005

Sean Burns

42 75%

Wedding Crashers (2005)

"...starts strong and finishes soft, but for a while there we're watching a refreshingly old-fashioned R-rated comedy. It's a happy, horny movie."

Posted Jul 12, 2005

Sean Burns

43 52%

Yes (2005)

"So bad in such naive and silly ways, stick with 'There once was a man from Nantucket...'"

Posted Jul 12, 2005

Sean Burns

44 27%

Fantastic Four (2005)

"If I were to put the same amount of effort into my review that the folks behind Fantastic Four expended trying to entertain you, the rest of this page would be blank."

Posted Jul 12, 2005

Sean Burns

45 94%

March of the Penguins (2005)

"Yes kids, we're talking penguin sex. How awesome is that?"

Posted Jul 6, 2005

Sean Burns

46 64%

Heights (2005)

"...as stilted, symbolically loaded and dreary as any of Merchant-Ivory's E.M. Forster or Henry James adaptations -- this time without classic prose or great actors for backup."

Posted Jul 6, 2005

Sean Burns

47 32%

UNDEAD (2005)

"...so amateurish and unimaginative, the big mystery is why anybody bothered to put it in theaters. It's the first horror film that's shot like a sitcom. "

Posted Jul 6, 2005

Sean Burns

48 74%

War of the Worlds (2005)

"War of the Worlds makes A.I. look like it ends well. "

Posted Jun 28, 2005

Sean Burns

49 74%

Land of the Dead (2005)

"...a broad, very amusing sociological polemic with a couple decent scares thrown in as an afterthought. "

Posted Jun 28, 2005

Sean Burns

50 41%

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

"They're the only two reasons to see the movie."

Posted Jun 21, 2005

Sean Burns

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