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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 63%

Kurt & Courtney (1998)

"In the Kurt-and-Courtney relationship, Broomfield has gotten ahold of an engrossing subject. And he pretty much has what it takes to do it justice."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jay Boyar

2 50%

Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Turn does a deft job of making the time period come alive. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Hal Boedeker

3 56%

Legends of the Fall (1994)

"Just when it starts to seem as if Legends might just turn into a pretty good movie, along comes some tired, soap-opera plot device."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Jay Boyar

4 53%

D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

"There's an intrinsic emotional pull to this earnest tale of parents in search of a child."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Jay Boyar

5 76%

White Men Can't Jump (1992)

"White Man Can't Jump is most effective at the beginning -- when it's bouncing along with the exuberance that Shelton brought to such other sports-minded movies as Bull Durham and The Best of Times."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Jay Boyar

6 81%

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

"There's no mistaking Flight of the Navigator for a really first-rate children's picture like, say, The Black Stallion. But Flight of the Navigator is an enjoyable film that encourages kids to use their heads."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Jay Boyar

7 38%

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

"The Lawnmower Man has it all -- melodramatic plot, bad acting, special effects that will undoubtedly seem cheesy in about five minutes and even a concluding sequence in which the usual lofty moral is voiced."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Jay Boyar

8 92%

Memento (2000)

"You have to pay close attention to Memento, the most original thriller to come along in years -- and one of the best."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Jay Boyar

9 79%

Seven (Se7en) (1995)

"The odd thing about Seven, however, is that except for its facile, familiar and ridiculously gimmicky plot, it's a pretty involving murder mystery."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Jay Boyar

10 96%

GoodFellas (1990)

"Robert De Niro gives what has come to be a typical Robert De Niro performance -- understated, sly, ingratiating. Joe Pesci, as the hot-tempered Tommy, steals several scenes from his fellow performers."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Jay Boyar

11 58%

Blast from the Past (1999)

"Blast From the Past has a sweet, joyful spirit and some fun performances."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Jay Boyar

12 89%

Rushmore (1998)

"If happiness is finding something you love to do and doing it forever, one of my somethings might just be watching this oddly uproarious little flick."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Jay Boyar

13 85%

Bottle Rocket (1996)

"Even as you laugh at these guys, you feel an overwhelming sympathy for them. Sensing that they love each other, you want their dumb, dysfunctional lives to work out."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Jay Boyar

14 94%

In the Name of the Father (1993)

"The complicated relationship between the rebellious Gerry and the quietly tormented Giuseppe is one focus of the film. The obvious political implications of the dreadful situation are another."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Jay Boyar

15 88%

Titanic (1997)

"Titanic is indeed a ship of dreams. Climb aboard and bon voyage."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Jay Boyar

16 78%

Braveheart (1995)

"Mel Gibson throws his whole heart into a role. No one acts with more conviction, and his errors are honest ones."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Jay Boyar

17 92%

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

"Hilarious, sexy, clever, playful and as initially teasing as it is ultimately satisfying."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Jay Boyar

18 88%

RoboCop (1987)

"Like the tormented figure at its center, this movie combines the mechanical with the human. And though much of the film is made up of spare parts from cop shows, exploitation flicks and comic books, it nevertheless comes to life."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Jay Boyar

19 93%

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

"Hannah and Her Sisters is structured ingeniously so that seemingly separate stories eventually merge in satisfying ways."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Jay Boyar

20 93%

Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) (1994)

"But by the end, I felt that Lee had, so to speak, stuck a little too closely to the recipe: His movie is moderately enjoyable in a been-there, done-that sort of way."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Jay Boyar

21 88%

Chasing Amy (1997)

"As in Smith's debut film, Clerks, there's something about the scruffy Chasing Amy that breaks through the pretenses of more conventional movies."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Jay Boyar

22 92%

Moonstruck (1987)

"There's an old-fashioned romanticism about the picture, a sweet, gentle approach to love and family life. But this is kept from seeming sappy by the picture's tough-minded, almost abrasive sense of humor."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Jay Boyar

23 95%

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

"Hugh Grant's body English captures every nuance of his character's confusion precisely and hilariously."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Jay Boyar

24 81%

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1

" Detective series generally are not known for charm or sunniness. But The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency revels in both qualities, with often exhilarating results. "

Posted Jan 29, 2014

Hal Boedeker

25 88%

American Beauty (1999)

"[The filmmakers'] attacks on real-estate agents, corporate America and suburbia aren't so much shooting fish in a barrel as they are shooting fish in a shallow dish."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Jay Boyar

26 32%

Necessary Roughness (1991)

"As they say in football, pass."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Jay Boyar

27 95%

Veronica Mars: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005)

" If you miss new adventures from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, UPN has come up with a riveting alternative. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Hal Boedeker

28 75%

Ransom (1996)

"With a mechanical movie like this, filmmakers -- male or female -- can't take chances. Howard and company are hostages to their own conception."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Jay Boyar

29 75%

The Lost Boys (1987)

" The Lost Boys, which attempts to be funny while preserving the shock value of the vampire legend, aims somewhat higher... and misses."

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Jay Boyar

30 81%

Dances With Wolves (1990)

"A slow-moving but well-acted western."

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Jay Boyar

31 90%

Rain Man (1988)

"A fascinating, often very moving, frequently funny film."

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Jay Boyar

32 72%

Forrest Gump (1994)

"The movie's technical tricks are great fun, as is its musical soundtrack, which captures the essences of the eras it traverses. But when you come right down to it, it's the oddly magnetic personality of Forrest himself that is the biggest draw."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Jay Boyar

33 91%

The Last Emperor (1987)

"There's probably a truly great movie in the story of Pu Yi, but The Last Emperor is not that movie. Still, what director Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango in Paris) has accomplished here is both ambitious and impressive."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Jay Boyar

34 83%

The English Patient (1996)

"It's the sort of solemn production that is often mentioned as an Academy Award contender.This says less about the quality of the film than it does about its self-consciously lofty tone and its sense of self-importance."

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Jay Boyar

35 81%

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

"This is a story about people, not politics. And perhaps because we can see the actors in closeup on the screen, that is even truer of the movie than the play."

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Jay Boyar

36 52%

Out of Africa (1985)

"The relationship of Karen and Denys is a prickly and, despite the era in which it is set, curiously modern one. It's also at the heart of this understated movie."

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Jay Boyar

37 75%

The Santa Clause (1994)

"I was surprised to find The Santa Clause rather easier to take than anticipated."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Jay Boyar

38 86%

A Midnight Clear (1992)

"[Gordon] clearly relishes the story's many ironies, and he's often successful at sharing his enjoyment of them with us."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Jay Boyar

39 80%

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

"It's Bullock's first shot at a role in which she plays second fiddle neither to males nor special effects. And she turns out to be every bit as delightful as anyone might have expected."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Jay Boyar

40 94%

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

"Burton and his collaborators present a movie musical that's like nothing you've ever seen."

Posted Dec 3, 2013

Jay Boyar

41 69%

Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" Downton Abbey has certainly supplied some of the best TV memories of recent years. The new season continues that tradition. "

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Hal Boedeker

42 93%

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999)

"Watching this film is often like observing a group of people playing an elaborate game for which you don't know the rules. What they're doing obviously has enormous meaning for them, but that meaning is mostly lost on outsiders."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Jay Boyar

43 78%

The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) (1995)

"The City of Lost Children gets so caught up in its own weirdness that it all but shuts out the viewer."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Jay Boyar

44 94%

Aladdin (1992)

"This hilariously hip and thoroughly gorgeous motion picture is nothing less than the crowning achievement -- so far -- of Disney's revitalized animation department."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Jay Boyar

45 93%

James and the Giant Peach (1996)

"This movie remembers what fun is."

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Jay Boyar

46 94%

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1998)

"The king is completely out-of-control, and so was Gilliam in making this film. Neither has much of a sense of proportion, but both are hard to ignore."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Jay Boyar

47 92%

The Little Mermaid (1989)

"In adapting this animated film from Hans Christian Andersen's sad and beautiful fairy tale, writers/directors John Musker and Ron Clements came up with a bright and perky movie."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Jay Boyar

48 87%

River's Edge (1987)

"The triumph of this bleak, unsettling picture is that, no matter how grim it gets, it's far too involving for you to turn away."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Jay Boyar

49 91%

Nobody's Fool (1994)

"Nobody's Fool is funny at times and as cuddly as an old teddy bear. But this movie is being taken far too seriously in some circles."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Jay Boyar

50 47%

My Fellow Americans (1996)

"As political satire, My Fellow Americans makes a poor candidate."

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Jay Boyar

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