Ottawa Citizen

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"If there is such a thing as too exciting, The Raid 2 is it."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jay Stone

2 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"The Amazing Spider-Man puts a new spin on an old tale: it's like seeing a new production of Hamlet, say, although with fewer soliloquies -- and fewer dead bodies, for that matter"

Posted Jul 2, 2012

Jay Stone

3 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"The symbols are all functional and Cronenberg's allegory for a civilization divorcing itself from its own humanity is entirely realized, but without a potent emotional angle, it's little more than an intellectual exercise."

Posted Jun 18, 2012

Katherine Monk

4 91%

Arthur Christmas (2011)

"Quite brilliant."

Posted Dec 5, 2011

Jay Stone

5 74%

The Whistleblower (2011)

"There are few surprises in its drama, and the relentless savagery of the wrongdoers wears you down. However, there is no denying the strength of its story and the commitment of its cast."

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Jay Stone

6 53%

The Mechanic (2011)

"People who think they don't make movies like they used to should check out The Mechanic, a persuasive replica of a 1970s B-film with much of the same genre splatter."

Posted Jan 27, 2011

Jay Stone

7 15%

I Spy (2002)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

Jay Stone

8 60%

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

"It's no Das Boot, Crimson Tide or The Enemy Below. But it's no embarrassment, either."

Posted Jul 19, 2002

Roger Moore

9 18%

Alaska (1996)

Posted Mar 9, 2002

Chris Cobb

10 7%

Dragonfly (2002)

"Becomes a bit of a mishmash: a tearjerker that doesn't and a thriller that won't."

Posted Mar 9, 2002

Jay Stone

11 17%

Queen of the Damned (2002)

"None of the characters is particularly likable, and the dialogue too often sounds like an endless string of overly dramatic Churchillian one-liners, most delivered in that gaudy thick accent."

Posted Mar 9, 2002

Bruce Deachman

12 14%

Black Knight (2001)

"The humour is 90 minutes of the same joke."

Posted Nov 24, 2001

Jay Stone

13 66%

Spy Game (2001)

"It needs twice the tradecraft and half the music."

Posted Nov 24, 2001

Jay Stone

14 19%

On the Line (2001)

"Things get more and more saccharine just about every time anyone opens their mouth."

Posted Nov 3, 2001

Bruce Deachman

15 14%

Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts) (2001)

"Beck ... is very good on volume but not much for tension, suspense or frightening anyone."

Posted Nov 2, 2001

Jay Stone

16 41%

K-PAX (2001)

"Becomes sappier and more obvious as it works towards its solutions."

Posted Nov 2, 2001

Jay Stone

17 92%

The Celebration (Festen) (1998)

Posted Nov 2, 2001

Jay Stone

18 88%

Shrek (2001)

"There is so much to enjoy all the way along that you'd have to be an ogre not to have a good time."

Posted Oct 15, 2001

Jay Stone

19 8%

Summer Catch (2001)

"This Freddie Prinze romance is much like other Freddie Prinze romances. Prinze bats his Bambi brown eyes and removes his shirt frequently, which is probably all that his young fans need to hear."

Posted Aug 24, 2001

Steven Mazey

20 82%

The Deep End (2001)

"An intensely focussed piece of work, told quietly and with great texture."

Posted Aug 24, 2001

Jay Stone

21 21%

Ghosts of Mars (2001)

"The whole planet looks like a WWF Halloween special. It's The Night of the Living Martians!"

Posted Aug 24, 2001

Jay Stone

22 53%

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

"Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is what happens when a smart filmmaker decides that it's all right to get really stupid."

Posted Aug 24, 2001

Jay Stone

23 44%

Rat Race (2001)

"A ragged, wildly uneven road comedy."

Posted Aug 17, 2001

Steven Mazey

24 86%

The Closet (Le Placard) (2001)

"It never forgoes the human moments for the farce, and the speed of the storytelling ensures that it is believable enough to work."

Posted Aug 17, 2001

Jay Stone

25 29%

Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

"We get surfaces wrapped around a hollow core. A composite cliche. A hodgepodge."

Posted Aug 17, 2001

Janice Kennedy

26 14%

American Outlaws (2001)

"Silly, insipid and, most tragically, dishonest and revisionist."

Posted Aug 17, 2001

Paul Gessell

27 55%

Osmosis Jones (2001)

"Maybe it would have worked better if it was all animated, all live-action or by turning Frank into a cartoon charter and the City of Frank into the live-action portion."

Posted Aug 10, 2001

Paul Gessell

28 52%

American Pie 2 (2001)

"Has an ear for adolescent humiliation and clunkiness."

Posted Aug 10, 2001

Jay Stone

29 87%

Calle 54 (2001)

"For much of its 105 minutes, it simply sizzles with sophisticated passion."

Posted Aug 3, 2001

Doug Fischer

30 12%

Original Sin (2001)

"Unless John Travolta has a sequel to Battlefield Earth up his sleeve, or Kevin Costner has a new project in the works, they might as well hand out the Golden Raspberry Awards right now."

Posted Aug 3, 2001

Steven Mazey

31 51%

Lost and Delirious (2001)

"Bogged down in a wearying tone of longing, intense heartbreak and mad symbolic flights of Shakespeare."

Posted Jul 27, 2001

Jay Stone

32 45%

Planet of the Apes (2001)

"Planet of the Apes isn't as badly miscalculated as Burton's Mars Attacks from a few years ago, but there's little here to admire beyond the design and some of the staging of the action scenes."

Posted Jul 27, 2001

Steven Mazey

33 31%

America's Sweethearts (2001)

"If you like a little surprise in your movies, don't bother lining up for America's Sweethearts."

Posted Jul 20, 2001

Janice Kennedy

34 49%

Jurassic Park III (2001)

"Anyone on a tight budget is advised to rent the first Jurassic Park and watch it again. In this one, there are no surprises left, and little of the sense of awe that the first film's special effects helped create."

Posted Jul 19, 2001

Steven Mazey

35 34%

The Center of the World (2001)

"Parker ... enters the role with a naked abandon that fulfils the promise she showed in Kissed and Wonderland."

Posted Jul 13, 2001

Jay Stone

36 60%

The Anniversary Party (2001)

"Contains the undeniable fascination of the movie star world that is compelling even if you like to pretend that you couldn't care less."

Posted Jul 13, 2001

Jay Stone

37 73%

The Score (2001)

"The film has a very long buildup for what turns out to be rather pedestrian robbery. It is the scenes among De Niro, Brando and Norton that are the most interesting."

Posted Jul 13, 2001

Jay Stone

38 68%

Legally Blonde (2001)

"A perfect little summer film, and it's exactly what is wrong with Hollywood."

Posted Jul 13, 2001

Jay Stone

39 62%

The Claim (2000)

"The emotional possibilities pretty well freeze to death in the snowbound landscapes."

Posted Jul 6, 2001

Jay Stone

40 51%

Kiss of the Dragon (2001)

"[Jet's] great to watch as an action hero, but Kiss of the Dragon ties him up with its silly plot and its ridiculous ultraviolence."

Posted Jul 6, 2001

Jay Stone

41 54%

Cats & Dogs (2001)

"A gross insult to any human being with the intelligence of a pound mutt."

Posted Jul 5, 2001

Chris Cobb

42 15%

Scary Movie 2 (2001)

"What exactly is being satirized when a priest has diarrhea?"

Posted Jul 5, 2001

Jay Stone

43 71%

Baby Boy (2001)

"For the most part, though, Baby Boy tells a provocative and original story."

Posted Jun 29, 2001

Jay Stone

44 73%

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

"A mixed bag of science-fiction contemplations."

Posted Jun 29, 2001

Jay Stone

45 53%

The Fast and the Furious (2001)

"It's all pretty dopey, but there are some exciting races, a great sequence involving a truck hijacking gone wrong, and the opportunity to watch Vin Diesel."

Posted Jun 22, 2001

Jay Stone

46 42%

Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)

"Messy and listless."

Posted Jun 22, 2001

Jay Stone

47 37%

Beautiful Creatures (2001)

"Always surprising and the performances are carefully calibrated."

Posted Jun 20, 2001

Jay Stone

48 23%

Baise-Moi (2000)

"Not all of the killings are related to sex: the movie is more a catalogue of heartless vengeance."

Posted Jun 20, 2001

Jay Stone

49 66%

Signs & Wonders (2000)

"You're beginning to understand why Unger seems to be in such a daze: she's read the script."

Posted Jun 15, 2001

Steven Mazey