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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 28%

The Game Plan (2007)

"This is your ordinary funny-to-treacly plot arc -- funny if you're 10 or younger, treacly if you're older."

Posted Sep 27, 2007

John Thomason

2 51%

The Kingdom (2007)

"The Kingdom doesn't think much of its audience; it's one of those movies that shows flashbacks of things that happened 30 minutes earlier, in case we forgot. It retains its patronizing tone for the drama as well as the comedy."

Posted Sep 27, 2007

John Thomason

3 80%

Anthem (1997)

"The great (and pleasant) surprise of Anthem is how satisfying a documentary it is and how the observations about America's direction in the new century are clairvoyant rather than stale."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Violet Glaze

4 36%

Sydney White (2007)

"It is, or claims to be, a revisionist take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, something you'll forget until the movie bluntly hits you with Snow White symbolism every 20 minutes or so."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

Cole Haddon

5 53%

The Hunting Party (2007)

"The movie, based on an Esquire article about a group of reporters who sneaked into Bosnia to catch the nation's most notorious war criminal, goes so overboard with printing the legend that barely a note of it is feasible."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

John Thomason

6 73%

In the Valley of Elah (2007)

"In the Valley of Elah is the first great movie about the stateside aftermath of the Iraq War and should be considered a companion piece to Hal Ashby's post-Vietnam opus Coming Home."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

Cole Haddon

7 53%

Across the Universe (2007)

"Here's an interesting failure: a collection of strung-together music videos -- scored with Beatles tunes -- that have plenty of Broadway pizzazz but no emotional resonance, a lot of visual distractions but nothing original to say."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

John Thomason

8 89%

Eastern Promises (2007)

"Eastern Promises proves two things: First, director David Cronenberg knows how to end a movie better than just about anybody else in the business and, second, Viggo Mortensen is the greatest American actor that nobody in America cares about."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

Cole Haddon

9 67%

The 11th Hour (2007)

"The arguments the movie presents are powerful, necessary and, most importantly, underexplored by an increasingly distracted mainstream media."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

John Thomason

10 70%

Molière (2007)

"The film illuminates little about Molière himself, but what do you expect from a movie that has the depth of a kiddie pool?"

Posted Sep 13, 2007

John Thomason

11 13%

Mr. Woodcock (2007)

"Mr. Woodcock is patently offensive trash, celebrating the humiliation and abuse -- mental and physical -- of children as an introduction into manhood, after exploiting that abuse for cheap comic effect."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

John Thomason

12 95%

No End in Sight (2007)

"You'll leave the picture shaken and stirred, knowing that if the right people were in charge, this whole Iraq thing could have worked. To call this film a "must-see" is an understatement."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

John Thomason

13 96%

House of Games (1987)

Posted Sep 13, 2007

Violet Glaze

14 85%

2 Days in Paris (2007)

"It's no Before Sunset, but this honest and sometimes uproarious film ultimately feels more like escargot than fried pork rinds."

Posted Sep 6, 2007

John Thomason

15 63%

Ladron Que Roba A Ladron (2007)

"Elegant, gentle and often quite hilarious."

Posted Aug 30, 2007

Jason Ferguson

16 ——

Mei li de xi yi ji (The Beautiful Washing Machine) (2004)

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Jason Ferguson

17 72%

Inland Empire (2006)

Posted Aug 23, 2007

John Thomason

18 30%

Goya's Ghosts (2007)

"Goya's Ghosts is less about the eponymous painter than it is a gripping two-part story of politics and faith during and after the Spanish Inquisition."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

John Thomason

19 ——

Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider (1994)

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Jason Ferguson

20 50%

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

"A painfully unfunny series of redundant and half-measured physical gags are strung together like distracting lights along an ugly clothesline of a 'plot' that really is hardly worth repeating."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Jason Ferguson

21 13%

September Dawn (2007)

"The jarring MTV-style filmmaking is so distracting and the 'messaging' so unsubtle that after two long hours you find yourself leaving the theater with a massive headache, wondering when you started to hate Mormons."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Brett Register

22 37%

The Ten (2007)

"As ridiculous as it is uproariously funny."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Jason Ferguson

23 66%

Snow Cake (2006)

"Snow Cake never entertains too much pathos nor does it become overly concerned with making Weaver's character even slightly sympathetic; her uncensored forthrightness is as refreshingly humane as it is hilarious."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Jason Ferguson

24 59%

Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

"Hartnett seems to be getting better with every performance, and it's stunning to watch Jackson slip so effortlessly into a character so far removed from his well-defined persona."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

John Thomason

25 57%

Interview (2007)

"Buscemi and Miller should be roundly praised for the acting chops they display in this thriller."

Posted Aug 18, 2007

Jason Ferguson

26 60%

Arctic Tale (2007)

" Child-pandering and overly anthropomorphized, Arctic Tale is a blatant cash-grab by National Geographic Films."

Posted Aug 18, 2007

Jason Ferguson

27 16%

The Last Legion (2007)

"The many faults of The Last Legion give way to guilt-free popcorn thrills."

Posted Aug 18, 2007

Jason Ferguson

28 19%

The Invasion (2007)

"Heartless, predictable and well worth avoiding."

Posted Aug 16, 2007

Jason Ferguson

29 88%

Superbad (2007)

"The best teen sex comedy ever made."

Posted Aug 16, 2007

John Thomason

30 61%

Death at a Funeral (2007)

"Screenwriter Dean Craig and director Frank Oz are not at all shy about possibly offending midgets, the elderly or the dead. From a hilariously insipid rambling eulogy to a naked man on the roof, this funeral turns into a demented upper-class riot."

Posted Aug 16, 2007

Adam Bregman

31 64%

Broken English (2007)

"Ultimately, the only wisdom you leave with is the implausibly wise pocket philosophy gleaned from romantic strangers on the streets of an idealized France."

Posted Aug 9, 2007

John Thomason

32 76%

Stardust (2007)

"A fantasy for people who wished their fantasies were more like Willow and The Princess Bride and less like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter."

Posted Aug 9, 2007

John Thomason

33 82%

Broken English (1998)

Posted Aug 9, 2007

John Thomason

34 18%

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

"Whatever magic between Chan and Tucker that [Ratner] was able to inadvertently capture the first two times around is finally swallowed up in the black hole that is his non-talent."

Posted Aug 9, 2007

Cole Haddon

35 57%

Becoming Jane (2007)

"The film's notion of Austen's great works being nothing loftier than the result of failed puppy love suggests the filmmakers perversely believe that gross oversimplification is a virtue."

Posted Aug 9, 2007

Ian Grey

36 25%

El Cantante (2007)

"Unfortunately, the movie suffers from what all musical biopics tend to: clichés."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Cole Haddon

37 94%

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

"The propulsive strength of Paul Greengrass' direction and the intensity of the non-stop chases usher you past any questions into a new reason to cheer."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Cole Haddon

38 40%

Hot Rod (2007)

"The absolute dregs of American comedy."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

John Thomason

39 9%

Bratz: The Movie (2007)

"Our heroines set out to prove to the school that it's just as important to pick your BFFs on the basis of shared shopping practices. Calling that a positive spin takes some serious ballz -- as does trapping Jon Voight in his most embarrassing role..."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Steve Schneider

40 82%

Talk to Me (2007)

"In Talk to Me, director Kasi Lemmons has expertly crafted an uplifting civil rights-era biopic free of false hope and cloying nostalgia."

Posted Jul 26, 2007

Ian Grey

41 90%

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

"The plot is as hilariously bombastic as the ones boob-tube producers used to spin off onto the big screen before they discovered the concept of the Very Special Episode."

Posted Jul 26, 2007

Steve Schneider

42 100%

Ivanovo detstvo (Ivan's Childhood)(My Name Is Ivan)(The Youngest Spy) (1962)

Posted Jul 26, 2007

John Thomason

43 54%

Eagle vs. Shark (2007)

"A revelation in the history of nerds on film, Eagle vs. Shark is a sincere work that treats nerds as human beings, rather than punching bags."

Posted Jul 26, 2007

Adam Bregman

44 96%

Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua) (1991)

Posted Jul 26, 2007

John Thomason

45 52%

Introducing the Dwights (2007)

"It understands that while we may do destructive things, we're all well-meaning at our core."

Posted Jul 26, 2007

John Thomason

46 41%

No Reservations (2007)

"A charming cast and an elegantly restrained Philip Glass score elevate the middling to the fairly sublime."

Posted Jul 26, 2007

John Thomason

47 74%

Sunshine (2000)

Posted Jul 26, 2007

Cole Haddon

48 ——

Islam: What the West Needs to Know (2006)

Posted Jul 19, 2007

Jason Ferguson

49 60%

Thunderpants (2001)

Posted Jul 19, 2007

John Thomason

50 91%

Hairspray (2007)

"This screen-to-stage-to-screen disaster spits in the face of John Waters' decade-defining pop pastiche of harmonious camp and progressive thinking, retaining the basic plotline and anti-segregationist morals but none of the authenticity."

Posted Jul 19, 2007

John Thomason

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