Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 46%

Bobby (2006)

"The former Brat Packer turned writer-director makes a quantum leap with this mature, well-balanced and deeply felt film. He expertly juggles the many storylines, making sure they all reflect some aspect of American life and culture at this watershed time."

Posted Nov 22, 2006

Jack Garner

2 56%

Keeping Mum (2006)

"The warped fun is enhanced by two performances - one that is expected and one that's a delightful surprise."

Posted Nov 17, 2006

Jack Garner

3 75%

Happy Feet (2006)

"All in all, Happy Feet is a happy feat."

Posted Nov 17, 2006

Jack Garner

4 50%

Fast Food Nation (2006)

"By taking a fictional approach, and drastically easing out of the attack mode, Fast Food Nation offers about as much bite as a day-old french fry."

Posted Nov 17, 2006

Jack Garner

5 95%

Casino Royale (2006)

"Craig is marvelous, showing a depth and grit of character that easily makes him the most realistic Bond since Sean Connery."

Posted Nov 17, 2006

Jack Garner

6 25%

A Good Year (2006)

"Intentions are good in A Good Year, but the sweat is too obvious on the brows of all involved."

Posted Nov 10, 2006

Jack Garner

7 69%

Babel (2006)

"Babel expresses a great yearning for an understanding that straddles all our borders. It's among the best films of the year."

Posted Nov 10, 2006

Jack Garner

8 72%

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

"This movie is to Ferrell what The Truman Show was to Jim Carrey, the film that allows the comic to put both feet on the ground -- and to stimulate a full range of emotions."

Posted Nov 10, 2006

Jack Garner

9 97%

The Queen (2006)

"Frears, who's tended toward edgier, more rebellious fare through his career, brings a remarkably even hand to The Queen. He lifts the story out of the realm of political debate and puts a human face on the monarchy."

Posted Nov 3, 2006

Jack Garner

10 91%

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

"I have seldom laughed as hard and as consistently as I did while watching the much-ballyhooed new comedy, Borat."

Posted Nov 3, 2006

Jack Garner

11 72%

Flushed Away (2006)

"Once again, droll British sensibility dominates the dialogue, along with their penchant for background detail and multi-layered humor. If you share my affection for Wallace & Gromit, you'll enjoy Flushed Away."

Posted Nov 3, 2006

Jack Garner

12 75%

Catch a Fire (2006)

"Noyce's film rises on the undeniable aura of authenticity, because his story is based on real events and people. (And actors Tim Robbins and Derek Luke create vivid characters on opposite sides of South Africa's brutal struggle.)"

Posted Nov 1, 2006

Jack Garner

13 65%

Wondrous Oblivion (2006)

"Don't worry, knowledge of the game isn't required. Thanks to a wonderful Lindo and an impressive Smith, teacher and pupil are far more intriguing than the game they play."

Posted Oct 27, 2006

Jack Garner

14 66%

Shortbus (2006)

"A movie that's not quite porn enough for the skin-flick fans and not substantial enough for filmgoers who seek a film that somehow combines sex, heart and intelligence."

Posted Oct 27, 2006

Jack Garner

15 31%

Running With Scissors (2006)

"The gang in this oddly entertaining film makes The Royal Tenenbaums and The Addams Family appear as normal as Ozzie and Harriet."

Posted Oct 27, 2006

Jack Garner

16 76%

The Prestige (2006)

"Christopher Nolan brings a shadowy, gas-lit aura to The Prestige, and gets strongly diverse performances from Jackman and Bale."

Posted Oct 20, 2006

Jack Garner

17 73%

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

"It's another example of the admirable and ever-growing complexity of Eastwood's storytelling, and his continuing eagerness to be honest and enlightening in his movie-making."

Posted Oct 20, 2006

Jack Garner

18 55%

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"Coppola fails to define what made Marie Antoinette especially unique or deserving of such a lasting reputation."

Posted Oct 20, 2006

Jack Garner

19 87%

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

"It's Whitaker who grabs your attention and sends chills down your spine, as he twists seductive charm into depraved power. He's electrifying, a classic example of a performer who takes a moderately intriguing movie and elevates it to must-see status."

Posted Oct 13, 2006

Jack Garner

20 60%

The Boynton Beach Club (2006)

"Ultimately, the film comes off as a sexed-up cable episode of The Golden Girls, but it still offers amusing scenarios and likeable older characters of a sort too seldom seen on modern movie screens."

Posted Oct 13, 2006

Jack Garner

21 21%

Man of the Year (2006)

"Man of the Year jerks unexpectedly from laughs to suspense to drama to satire. More to the point, the film doesn't really seem to have a point; it offers a parade of mixed messages."

Posted Oct 13, 2006

Jack Garner

22 73%

Infamous (2006)

"Bullock offers impressive, restrained support that gives the sometimes flighty film a necessary emotional anchor."

Posted Oct 13, 2006

Jack Garner

23 77%

The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

"Offers a stark reminder of a time when a rock musician could be considered subversive enough to warrant wiretaps and surveillance."

Posted Oct 6, 2006

Jack Garner

24 95%

49 Up (2006)

"Apted deserves much credit for the patience he's demonstrated in documenting more than a dozen seemingly normal lives through the end of the 20th century and into the 21st."

Posted Oct 6, 2006

Jack Garner

25 92%

The Departed (2006)

"The Departed is riveting, in-your-face entertainment, with a visceral energy, intelligence, dark wit and several first-rate actors doing their best work ever."

Posted Oct 6, 2006

Jack Garner

26 20%

Employee of the Month (2006)

"In one of the dumbest plot hooks I've ever seen, it's rumored that Amy always gets the hots for whoever wins employee of the month at the stores where she works. (Yes, it's sad, but true.)"

Posted Oct 6, 2006

Jack Garner

27 71%

The Science of Sleep (2006)

"Comes off as frustratingly surreal and even a bit pretentious."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Jack Garner

28 37%

The Guardian (2006)

"[An] action-packed, water-drenched, crowd-pleasing film."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Jack Garner

29 25%

School for Scoundrels (2006)

"We've seen both lead actors play these roles before, and the laughs here are only intermittent, at best."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Jack Garner

30 48%

Open Season (2006)

"The tale, is very familiar but is freshened by amusing dialogue, with laughs for both the youngsters and the adults who accompany them."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Jack Garner

31 57%

Confetti (2006)

"A few laughs are right on target; others go over or under it; and most are fairly predictable."

Posted Sep 22, 2006

Jack Garner

32 33%

Flyboys (2006)

"Tony Bill's Flyboys is an entertaining, old-fashioned adventure saga, employing new digital filmmaking to bring to life action-packed dogfights and the reckless derring-do of the earliest days of wartime flight."

Posted Sep 22, 2006

Jack Garner

33 73%

Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) (2006)

"It also seems fitting that Li, one of the world's great martial arts stars, wraps up his career by playing one of the founding fathers of modern martial arts."

Posted Sep 22, 2006

Jack Garner

34 11%

All The King's Men (2006)

"Zaillian's script fails to build narrative power or delve deeply enough into character motivation to astonish or move filmgoers, at least to the degree that it should."

Posted Sep 22, 2006

Jack Garner

35 46%

The Last Kiss (2006)

"... predictable, unremarkable and overly familiar."

Posted Sep 15, 2006

Jack Garner

36 42%

Gridiron Gang (2006)

"We are drawn into Gridiron Gang to the degree that we come to recognize team members and generally appreciate their struggles toward self-respect and responsibility."

Posted Sep 15, 2006

Jack Garner

37 72%

Only Human (2006)

"A fresh and funny Spanish take on the classic family screwball comedy."

Posted Sep 8, 2006

Jack Garner

38 69%

Hollywoodland (2006)

"Hollywoodland might be frustrating. But if you welcome the chance to make up your own mind, then you'll enjoy this stylish turn from novice director Allen Coulter."

Posted Sep 8, 2006

Jack Garner

39 54%

The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) (2005)

"The Protector (aka Tom yum goong) is on a par with most Jackie Chan films, but without the off-the-cuff humor that makes Chan's films so appealing."

Posted Sep 8, 2006

Jack Garner

40 86%

Quinceañera (Echo Park, L.A.) (2006)

"Quinceañera is an engrossing look at modern Mexican-American life in Los Angeles, as well as universal family themes, and buoyed by superb acting, especially from Rios, Garcia and a particularly beatific Gonzalez."

Posted Sep 1, 2006

Jack Garner

41 27%

Trust the Man (2006)

"I got more questions than laughs from the Manhattan romantic comedy from Bart Freundlich, who is clearly a Woody Allen wannabe."

Posted Sep 1, 2006

Jack Garner

42 74%

The Illusionist (2006)

"A darkly fascinating drama bolstered by the acting magic of its talented stars, Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti."

Posted Sep 1, 2006

Jack Garner

43 21%

The Quiet (2006)

"Since it's too bad to be good, but not bad enough to be campy, you'll wish they would have just kept quiet."

Posted Sep 1, 2006

Jack Garner

44 86%

The Heart of the Game (2005)

"The result is nothin' but net."

Posted Aug 25, 2006

Jack Garner

45 75%

Gabrielle (2006)

"A little less flash, and Gabrielle could have been a subtle classic. As is, it's still a powerful exploration of human nature."

Posted Aug 25, 2006

Jack Garner

46 70%

Heading South (2006)

"Laurent Cantet is less successfu ... with his obvious intention to use the women as a metaphor for the colonial meddling of the West in Third World nations, where exploitation is a rule of thumb."

Posted Aug 25, 2006

Jack Garner

47 71%

Invincible (2006)

"Invincible will have you cheering for a working-class guy with no college football experience who gets a chance to make the roster of his beloved Philadelphia Eagles."

Posted Aug 25, 2006

Jack Garner

48 48%

Idlewild (2006)

"A jam-packed gumbo that offers some tasty bites and bits of spice, but also quite a few mouthfuls that are impossible to swallow."

Posted Aug 25, 2006

Jack Garner

49 72%

Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes) (2006)

"If you saw and enjoyed the previous film, you'll know what to expect, and you'll enjoy it."

Posted Aug 18, 2006

Jack Garner

50 22%

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2006)

"I could believe almost nothing of this under-written, over-emoted saga."

Posted Aug 18, 2006

Jack Garner

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