TIME Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 33%

Good (2008)

"Morally speaking, everything about Good is tidily correct. But it is more a predictable parable than a full-fledged narrative."

Posted Dec 31, 2008

Richard Schickel

2 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"It is a well-made film that raises timeless questions about the demands of military duty when they are placed in conflict with higher principles."

Posted Dec 30, 2008

Richard Schickel

3 25%

Bedtime Stories (2008)

"After sitting through this fractious fairy tale, we feel as plucked as a Christmas goose."

Posted Dec 29, 2008

Richard Corliss

4 81%

A Few Good Men (1992)

"An extraordinarily well-made movie, which wastes no words or images in telling a conventional but compelling story."

Posted Dec 21, 2008

Richard Schickel

5 90%

Rain Man (1988)

"Rain Man's restraint is, finally, rather like Raymond's gabble. It discourages connections, keeping you out instead of drawing you in."

Posted Dec 21, 2008

Richard Schickel

6 27%

Seven Pounds (2008)

"It's a lovely performance [by Dawson], in part because her character throws every charm she's got at the one man who seems doomed to deflect it."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Richard Corliss

7 85%

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

"This prom-night balloon of a movie floats easily above the year's other exercises in '50s nostalgia. If you dare reach for it, it will land smartly in your heart."

Posted Dec 14, 2008

Richard Corliss

8 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"Langella is not a natural Nixon; he has a voluptuary's face and a self-assurance the president only dreamed of. So he burrows into Nixon and comes out with a figure who is less a simulacrum than the definitive interpretation."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Richard Corliss

9 61%

The Reader (2008)

"There's something gripping about the relationship between this ill-assorted pair, and something touching about the way events beyond their control or understanding reach out to blight their lives."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Richard Schickel

10 21%

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

"... must be the worst major release in what may be the most disastrous year in recent Hollywood history."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Richard Schickel

11 79%

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

"The Merry Christmas catalogue of atrocities finally becomes numbing, even ludicrous."

Posted Dec 10, 2008

Richard Corliss

12 85%

My Favorite Wife (1940)

"Ninety minutes of delightfully irrational comedy." EDIT

Posted Dec 8, 2008

13 80%

The Bishop's Wife (1948)

"It is a big, slick production. The only thing it lacks is taste." EDIT

Posted Dec 8, 2008

14 86%

Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) (1951)

"Though Dickens' frank sentimentality calls for broad treatment, Brian Desmond Hurst's direction is too often heavy as well." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

15 86%

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

"A triumph of willed optimism (or perhaps more accurately, of grudging good nature) over unhappy experiences..."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Richard Schickel

16 94%

The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

"As Sister Benedict, Ingrid Bergman manages to combine beauty, great good humor and saintly dignity even while swinging a baseball bat." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

17 94%

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

"It's a Wonderful Life is a pretty wonderful movie." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

18 94%

Christmas in July (1940)

"Produced for a paltry $325,000, it once again gives the lie to the arbitrary Hollywood assumption that a film's quality is in direct proportion to its cost." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

19 88%

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

"Thoroughly moth-eaten." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

20 97%

Stalag 17 (1953)

"As rowdily entertaining on the screen as it was on the stage." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

21 92%

Die Hard (1988)

"In the first half of Director John McTiernan's movie, Willis wears an undershirt. In the second half he gets rid of it. And that's pretty much it for his performance."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Richard Schickel

22 94%

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

"A fun house of funereal glamour."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Richard Corliss

23 100%

Heidi (1937)

"Like all Shirley Temple stories, Heidi traces the reaction of human wickedness to the Temple dimples; unlike many of them, it has a craftsmanlike dramatic structure." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

24 100%

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

"A sober and reasonably truthful story of life among the lowly." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

25 100%

Holiday Inn (1942)

"Crosby's easy, casual banter is just the right foil for Astaire's precision acrobatics, his wry, offbeat humor." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

26 100%

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

"As the plot has as many complications as characters, much of the fun comes in watching Scripter Samson Raphaelson neatly tangle and untangle them without tying himself in a hard knot." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

27 55%

Australia (2008)

"Australia delivers with real panache."

Posted Nov 26, 2008

Richard Schickel

28 94%

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

"It is, of course, always a pleasure to watch Martin's steam-gauge face register his rising internal pressures and to witness his exquisitely expressed blowoffs. But Candy offers even more insinuating delights."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Richard Schickel

29 64%

The House of Yes (1997)

"Bujold has the frazzled hauteur of an aging, neglected star, and Spelling is nicely glazed, studiously artless. But the film is keyed to Posey's performance: perfectly brittle, faultlessly false."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Richard Corliss

30 88%

Bolt (2008)

"In the pre-Thanksgiving lull, parents can take their young'uns to Bolt, drop their 10-to-14-year-olds off at Twilight, and the whole family will have survived the weekend."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Richard Corliss

31 54%

The Doors (1991)

"The film really proves only that Jim was a bad drunk and a worse friend, and that in no way was his life exemplary."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Richard Schickel

32 78%

Addams Family Values (1993)

"Like the first of the Addams chronicles, this is an essentially lazy movie, too often settling for easy gags and special effects that don't come to any really funny point."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Richard Schickel

33 67%

Alice's Restaurant (1969)

"[Penn] has transformed a charming shaggy-dog story into a melancholy epitaph for an entire era." EDIT

Posted Nov 21, 2008

34 93%

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

"Its plot has the elegant geometry of a Philip Barry play."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Richard Corliss

35 49%

Twilight (2008)

"It rekindles the warmth of great Hollywood romances, where foreplay was the climax and a kiss was never just a kiss."

Posted Nov 20, 2008

Richard Corliss

36 64%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"Director Marc Forster turns out to be a natural as the helmer of a high-energy, high-gloss action film."

Posted Nov 10, 2008

Richard Corliss

37 35%

Rising Sun (1993)

"It would be nice to see Connery doing something intrinsically interesting instead of trying to make something inherently dull entertaining. And it would be good to see Snipes cut loose more than he is able to here."

Posted Nov 5, 2008

Richard Schickel

38 58%

Twister (1996)

"You know a movie is in trouble when a cow provides its only moment of authentic human interest."

Posted Nov 5, 2008

Richard Schickel

39 65%

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

"At 38, the grand old man of raunch talk has figured out how to make a movie that's sweet, funny and (a little) sexy."

Posted Oct 30, 2008

Richard Corliss

40 89%

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

"Madison County is Eastwood's gift to women: to Francesca, to all the girls he's loved before -- and to Streep, who alchemizes literary mawkishness into intelligent movie passion."

Posted Oct 27, 2008

Richard Corliss

41 85%

White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

"Especially for those who have pegged Clint Eastwood too quickly as a masculine traditionalist, White Hunter, Black Heart is a movie to conjure with."

Posted Oct 27, 2008

Richard Schickel

42 92%

Pale Rider (1985)

"Pale Rider does nothing to disprove the wisdom that this genre is best left to the revival houses. A double feature of Shane and Eastwood's High Plains Drifter will do just fine, thanks."

Posted Oct 26, 2008

Richard Corliss

43 95%

Unforgiven (1992)

"Eastwood's meditation on age, repute, courage, heroism -- on all those burdens he has been carrying with such good grace for decades."

Posted Oct 26, 2008

Richard Corliss

44 94%

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1999)

"[Eastwood] gets to the heart of the matter briskly, orchestrates his confrontations intelligently and gets off without lingering unduly over the resultant ugliness."

Posted Oct 26, 2008

Richard Schickel

45 93%

Honkytonk Man (1982)

"It is a guileless tribute not only to plain values of plain people in Depression America, but also to the sweet spirit of country-and-western music before it got all duded up for the urban cowboys." EDIT

Posted Oct 26, 2008

46 96%

High Plains Drifter (1973)

"As a director, Eastwood is not as good as he seems to think he is. As an actor, he is probably better than he allows himself to be."

Posted Oct 26, 2008

Richard Schickel

47 86%

The Haunting (1963)

"People stare about in terror and squeak: 'The house, it's alive!' The picture, it's dead." EDIT

Posted Oct 19, 2008

48 88%

Targets (1968)

"The endlessly repetitive fusillades suggest that Writer-Director Peter Bogdanovich, in his first film, was really intent on creating the most prolific murderer in Hollywood's long history of violence. Unfortunately, it is a record made to be broken." EDIT

Posted Oct 19, 2008

49 86%

The Black Cat (1992)

"A dismal hocus-pocus which seems to confuse its actors as much as it fails to frighten its audience." EDIT

Posted Oct 19, 2008

50 90%

Phantom Of The Opera (1925)

"Though Mr. Chaney wears a more grotesque make-up than ever, the film play seems only pretty good." EDIT

Posted Oct 19, 2008

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