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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

Standing In The Shadows of Motown (2002)

"Sheds light on a subject few are familiar with, and makes you care about music you may not have heard before."

Posted Nov 14, 2002

Michael Phillips

2 82%

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

"HP2 is the first movie's equal, but is somehow the lesser because of it."

Posted Nov 14, 2002

Dan Fazio

3 48%

Femme Fatale (2002)

"The plot snakes and forks like a mountain road, because it doesn't have anywhere important to go."

Posted Nov 7, 2002

Bill Pearis

4 87%

Far From Heaven (2003)

"The performances here are impeccable ... and Haynes has created a beautiful world that seems eternally stuck in autumn, but the plodding, hesitant story feels as artificial as the Whitaker's love life."

Posted Nov 7, 2002

Justin Hartung

5 76%

8 Mile (2002)

"Backed by a smart story that avoids easy answers and pat endings, the rapper may be in line for some real acting recognition."

Posted Nov 7, 2002

Dan Fazio

6 18%

Love in the Time of Money (2002)

"The riveting performances by the incredibly flexible cast make Love a joy to behold."

Posted Nov 1, 2002

Erich Scholz

7 15%

I Spy (2002)

"A thinly veiled excuse for Wilson to play his self-deprecating act against Murphy's well-honed prima donna shtick."

Posted Oct 31, 2002

Dan Fazio

8 81%

Tully (2002)

"Top-notch action powers this romantic drama."

Posted Oct 31, 2002

Michael Phillips

9 55%

The Santa Clause 2 - The Mrs. Clause (2002)

"Any holiday movie that pokes fun at Charlie Sheen rebounding to the naughty list ('I thought he cleaned up his act!' Allen exclaims) deserves a little yuletide cheer."

Posted Oct 31, 2002

J. C. Farrow

10 48%

Jackass - The Movie (2002)

"Despite the stitches, bruises and gashes, the group actually appears to be having fun, and it rubs off on the audience. At least, those of us who can stomach stupidity by the boatload."

Posted Oct 25, 2002

Jeff Berson

11 46%

Food of Love (2003)

"The film may venture into melodrama at times but it remains a moving portrait of the fragility of love and the cost of emotional closeness."

Posted Oct 24, 2002

Michael Phillips

12 7%

All The Queen's Men (2001)

"This ludicrous film is predictable at every turn."

Posted Oct 24, 2002

Michael Phillips

13 76%

Frida (2002)

"A magical-realist biopic full of real-life pain, passion and love."

Posted Oct 24, 2002

Ephraim Mallery

14 83%

All or Nothing (2002)

"Mostly the movie's just a cascade of depressing moments."

Posted Oct 24, 2002

Jordana Brown

15 88%

Roger Dodger (2002)

"Scott's riveting performance makes good use of the well-crafted dialogue, drawing you irresistibly into Roger's cynical, misogynistic world."

Posted Oct 24, 2002

Ephraim Mallery

16 51%

Paid in Full (2002)

"Suffers from a flat script and a low budget."

Posted Oct 24, 2002

Erich Scholz

17 33%

The Truth About Charlie (2002)

"Despite myriad plot twists, it's a little dull."

Posted Oct 24, 2002

Bill Pearis

18 14%

Ghost Ship (2002)

"It could have been a fun Twilight Zone-type thriller, but instead of genuine scares, it settles for spooky sets, good special effects and cardboard characters that are predictably killed off one by one."

Posted Oct 24, 2002

Bill Pearis

19 72%

The Ring (2002)

"A good scary movie will make you want to cover your eyes, and The Ring succeeds almost too well."

Posted Oct 18, 2002

Dan Fazio

20 87%

Le Bossu (On Guard) (1997)

"Wonderful fencing scenes and an exciting plot make this an eminently engrossing film."

Posted Oct 17, 2002

Michael Phillips

21 68%

The Grey Zone (2002)

"Painful, horrifying and oppressively tragic, this film should not be missed."

Posted Oct 17, 2002

Michael Phillips

22 48%

Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) (2002)

"Much of the digitally altered footage appears jagged, as if filmed directly from a television monitor, while the extensive use of stock footage quickly becomes a tiresome cliché."

Posted Oct 17, 2002

Erich Scholz

23 72%

Auto Focus (2002)

"The strong performances do make it worth a look."

Posted Oct 17, 2002

Justin Hartung

24 83%

Real Women Have Curves (2002)

"The film is hampered by its predictable plot and paper-thin supporting characters."

Posted Oct 17, 2002

Justin Hartung

25 17%

Abandon (2002)

"It's just plain boring."

Posted Oct 17, 2002

Erich Scholz

26 66%

Brown Sugar (2002)

"Stereotypes are eschewed in favor of well-drawn characters, and the hip-hop backdrop is integral to the story rather than a marketing scheme to sell the soundtrack."

Posted Oct 11, 2002

Bill Pearis

27 43%

The Rules of Attraction (2002)

"Captures the tortured illogic of physical attraction perfectly, while exploding the Hollywood myth that college is just like Van Wilder or American Pie."

Posted Oct 10, 2002

Dan Fazio

28 76%

Comedian (2002)

"At times funny and at other times candidly revealing, it's an intriguing look at two performers who put themselves out there because they love what they do."

Posted Oct 10, 2002

Michael Phillips

29 64%

Below (2002)

"The movie stays afloat thanks to its hallucinatory production design."

Posted Oct 10, 2002

Justin Hartung

30 79%

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

"We're going to go out on a limb and say that Punch-Drunk Love will probably be the best movie ever to star Adam Sandler."

Posted Oct 10, 2002

Bill Pearis

31 96%

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

"While there's obviously no single easy answer to the questions his film raises, Moore jumps from topic to topic without ever really digging below the surface or looking for counterpoints. That said, his questions are crucial ones."

Posted Oct 10, 2002

Justin Hartung

32 61%

Tuck Everlasting (2002)

"The plot meanders from gripping to plodding and back."

Posted Oct 10, 2002

Jordana Brown

33 70%

White Oleander (2002)

"Kudos go to newcomer Alison Lohman's unforgettable, star-making performance as Astrid."

Posted Oct 10, 2002

Bill Pearis

34 20%

Knockaround Guys (2002)

"A promising story that's been sloppily put to film."

Posted Oct 10, 2002

Dan Fazio

35 92%

Bloody Sunday (2002)

"The result is solemn and horrifying, yet strangely detached."

Posted Oct 4, 2002

Jackie Potts

36 65%

Jonah - A VeggieTales Movie (2002)

"How anyone over the age of 2 can stomach the touchy-feely message this preachy produce promotes is beyond us."

Posted Oct 4, 2002

Jordana Brown

37 69%

Red Dragon (2002)

"[Fiennes'] hypnotic portrayal of the tortured Francis Dolarhyde is so threateningly sympathetic, you may fear for the actor's own sanity." EDIT

Posted Oct 3, 2002

38 81%

Biggie and Tupac (2002)

"While Broomfield's film doesn't capture the effect of these tragic deaths on hip-hop culture, it succeeds as a powerful look at a failure of our justice system."

Posted Oct 2, 2002

Justin Hartung

39 63%

Moonlight Mile (2002)

"Sarandon, Hoffman and the still-emerging Gyllenhall all deliver great performances, but this sad-sack flick falls short of its potential."

Posted Oct 1, 2002

Dan Fazio

40 97%

Spirited Away (2001)

"The closest American counterpart to Spirited Away is Alice in Wonderland, but no analogy will fully prepare you."

Posted Oct 1, 2002

Dan Fazio

41 22%

The Tuxedo (2002)

"The techno tux is good for a few laughs, as are Chan and Hewitt, but when such a good design turns out to be a cheap knockoff, we can't recommend anything but a rental for The Tuxedo."

Posted Sep 26, 2002

Ross Brooks

42 38%

Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

"Watching this romantic comedy is like biting into a much-anticipated homemade pie ... and finding a fingernail."

Posted Sep 26, 2002

J. C. Farrow

43 18%

Trapped (2002)

"Plays better than your standard kidnapping thriller, thanks to Luis Mandoki's taut direction and writer Greg Iles' compelling twists and turns."

Posted Sep 23, 2002

Bryan Reesman

44 75%

Secretary (2002)

"With its rushed pace and isn't-this-wacky soundtrack, the film exudes TV shallowness, and by the time it arrives at its absurdly happy ending, it has all the impact of a pinch."

Posted Sep 20, 2002

Justin Hartung

45 74%

His Secret Life (Le Fate ignoranti) (2001)

"It treats us to beautiful insights and tragic struggles that swell the heart and make us feel genuine empathy for two people embracing the truth amidst a pack of lies."

Posted Sep 20, 2002

Michael Phillips

46 79%

8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002)

"This film would be worth watching for no other reason than to see so many stars of French (and international) cinema on one screen."

Posted Sep 20, 2002

Jordana Brown

47 47%

The Banger Sisters (2002)

"Though it doesn't quite rock, The Banger Sisters rolls along well enough."

Posted Sep 20, 2002

Bill Pearis

48 41%

The Four Feathers (2002)

"Although the story dates back to A.E.W. Mason's 1865 novel, Kapur does a stellar job of adapting it to reflect current events."

Posted Sep 20, 2002

J. C. Farrow

49 0%

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

"There are two good things about Ballistic ... The rest of the movie, unfortunately, is all gaping narrative holes, uninspiring action scenes and repetitive slow-motion camerawork."

Posted Sep 19, 2002

Jordana Brown

50 76%

Igby Goes Down (2002)

"Culkin, who's in virtually every scene, shines as a young man who uses sarcastic lies like a shield."

Posted Sep 13, 2002

Ross Brooks

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