San Diego Union-Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 96%

Yi Yi (2000)

"Much of the grace of Yi Yi is in ripe stagings that place people in large, articulated fields of vision."

Posted Apr 20, 2001

David Elliott

2 11%

Freddy Got Fingered (2001)

"[Green] avoids structure, rhythm, shaped finesse and just pinballs from one 'surreal' idea to the next."

Posted Apr 20, 2001

David Elliott

3 37%

Beautiful Creatures (2001)

"It has about it a gratuitously brutal air."

Posted Apr 20, 2001

Arthur Salm

4 71%

Shadow Magic (2000)

"There is, alas, quite a lot of pidgin drama and comedy."

Posted Apr 19, 2001

David Elliott

5 81%

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

"Makes for deft (if weightless) entertainment."

Posted Apr 13, 2001

James Hebert

6 53%

Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

"Like the Pussycats, the movie seems designed for short fame and a fast fade."

Posted Apr 12, 2001

David Elliott

7 11%

Joe Dirt (2001)

"Very few movies can make you laugh, cringe and feel dirty, all at the same time."

Posted Apr 12, 2001

Jerry McCormick

8 96%

The Dish (2001)

"Long on wry humor, gentle whimsy and fond feeling for history."

Posted Apr 6, 2001

David Elliott

9 32%

Along Came a Spider (2001)

"The story never works on any level but the glossy, manipulative surface."

Posted Apr 6, 2001

David Elliott

10 33%

Just Visiting (2001)

"It isn't terrible, but it isn't terribly good, either."

Posted Apr 6, 2001

Karla Peterson

11 55%

Blow (2001)

"Even Depp can only get so much from a character defined by his smile, long hair and addiction to drugs."

Posted Apr 5, 2001

David Elliott

12 92%

Memento (2000)

"It seems less than the sum of its time-slicing moves."

Posted Mar 30, 2001

David Elliott

13 100%

The Taste of Others (2000)

"Good-hearted and deeply funny."

Posted Mar 30, 2001

David Elliott

14 77%

The Tailor of Panama (2001)

"I might have enjoyed The Tailor of Panama a bit more if it did not echo a much sharper and more amusing romp in the cane field of Latin American intrigue, Our Man in Havana."

Posted Mar 30, 2001

David Elliott

15 15%

Tomcats (2001)

"Poirier ... throws everything he can think of at the screen in this bawdy comedy ... in hopes that something will stick. Little of it does."

Posted Mar 30, 2001

David Elliott

16 63%

The Brothers (2001)

"As close as these men say they are, the film makes it very difficult to believe they are friends."

Posted Mar 22, 2001

Jerry McCormick

17 53%

Heartbreakers (2001)

"Crippled by tedious pacing and buckles under its more than two-hour length."

Posted Mar 22, 2001

Arthur Salm

18 54%

Enemy at the Gates (2001)

"The French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, using an $80 million budget, gives us some sense of the titanic destruction and chaos, but almost no sense of the battle plans."

Posted Mar 16, 2001

David Elliott

19 96%

Sound and Fury (2000)

"You might feel the nerves of your soul tightening."

Posted Mar 12, 2001

David Elliott

20 45%

The Caveman's Valentine (2001)

"Debut director Kasi Lemmons staged each scene with a fierce purity of excess, as if this elaborate joke is not only a career step but a vision."

Posted Mar 9, 2001

David Elliott

21 33%

15 Minutes (2001)

"This slick rampage is just the old Bronson grinder, extruding pulp -- mighty ripe for video."

Posted Mar 9, 2001

David Elliott

22 14%

Company Man (2001)

"One can't help but recall Bananas and long for the days when insipid wasn't taken to be inspired, and fatuous wasn't assumed to be funny."

Posted Mar 8, 2001

Arthur Salm

23 91%

High Fidelity (2000)

"In the face of maniacal opposition, the people behind the movie have done the near-impossible. They have turned a witty cult novel into a witty mainstream film."

Posted Mar 6, 2001

Karla Peterson

24 90%

In the Mood for Love (2001)

"In the Mood for Love is a lovely, almost handmade object that I find frustratingly coy, almost coquettish."

Posted Mar 2, 2001

David Elliott

25 56%

The Mexican (2001)

"This is too corny to be romantic, and the attempt at weight is a burden for a story that just needs to ramble and rollick."

Posted Mar 1, 2001

David Elliott

26 81%

Pollock (2000)

"You can believe that Ed Harris was born to play artist Jackson Pollock. You can almost believe that Pollock died so that some day he would be acted by Harris."

Posted Feb 23, 2001

David Elliott

27 20%

Monkeybone (2001)

"A 'live-action' fantasy increasingly trapped in a cluttered corner by cartoonish ideas."

Posted Feb 22, 2001

David Elliott

28 16%

Sweet November (2001)

"Watching [Theron], you can leave your heart in San Francisco for an IV injection of caramel."

Posted Feb 16, 2001

David Elliott

29 20%

Down to Earth (2001)

"Unimaginatively hits plodding plot point after plodding plot point after plodding plot point"

Posted Feb 16, 2001

Arthur Salm

30 61%

Recess: School's Out (2001)

"This is a cute show, no more, but we know how easy it is to get less."

Posted Feb 15, 2001

David Elliott

31 39%

Hannibal (2001)

"The first film was clammy and vile, the new one has more pedantic manipulations."

Posted Feb 8, 2001

David Elliott

32 18%

Saving Silverman (Evil Woman) (2001)

"About the best I can say for Saving Silverman is that it passes quickly."

Posted Feb 8, 2001

David Elliott

33 73%

Before Night Falls (2001)

"Julian Schnabel, in a love poem translated into living flesh by Javier Bardem, has complimented an artistic hero by adding to his legacy."

Posted Feb 2, 2001

David Elliott

34 21%

The Invisible Circus (2001)

"Mostly through Brewster's central, focusing performance, it brings back the time of youth gone mad with possibility."

Posted Feb 1, 2001

David Elliott

35 10%

Head Over Heels (2001)

"There is something especially embarrassing about a brainless film trying to be sophisticated and sophomoric at the same time, sort of like making souffles from mud pies."

Posted Feb 1, 2001

David Elliott

36 28%

Sugar & Spice (2001)

"The movie has a poorly improvised, amateur-night feel."

Posted Jan 29, 2001

Arthur Salm

37 17%

The Wedding Planner (2001)

"The movie is loaded with VCTs (very contrived touches)."

Posted Jan 25, 2001

David Elliott

38 81%

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

"This vampire doesn't suck your neck, but pulls your leg."

Posted Jan 25, 2001

David Elliott

39 57%

The Gift (2000)

"Moderately engrossing but taxingly teased pulp."

Posted Jan 19, 2001

David Elliott

40 78%

The Pledge (2001)

"It is right to give it your adult time, when those on rich display include Redgrave, Stanton, Wright Penn, Mirren, Del Toro, Eckhart, Smith and the greatest American male star of the last 30 years."

Posted Jan 19, 2001

David Elliott

41 73%

Snatch (2001)

"Snatch is loathsome in an unusually cheeky way. It's as if someone decided that black comedy needed to be put to death, using an electric saw that laughs."

Posted Jan 18, 2001

David Elliott

42 83%

Thirteen Days (2000)

"Thirteen Days is like TV writ large, but not large enough to freshly illuminate history."

Posted Jan 12, 2001

David Elliott

43 53%

Save the Last Dance (2001)

"A strikingly unsubtle film."

Posted Jan 12, 2001

Arthur Salm

44 24%

Antitrust (2001)

"Phillippe seems mainly concerned not to wrinkle his brow, Forlani becomes an empty enigma with a conveniently late case of morals, and Rachael Leigh Cook, as the cyber-fawn Lisa, might as well go outside and munch the grass."

Posted Jan 12, 2001

David Elliott

45 92%

Traffic (2000)

"Traffic has potent moments and that old reliable, a 'powerhouse cast,' but after about half of its 147 minutes the thought was nibbling on me: Why is this not cohering as a really major work?"

Posted Jan 4, 2001

David Elliott

46 77%

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

"[The Coen brothers] show fine streaks of vim and do great casting."

Posted Dec 29, 2000

David Elliott

47 63%

Chocolat (2000)

"Despite a certain patness build into the fabulist plot, Chocolat is succulent and fun, and its munchy heart has rich veins of chocolate."

Posted Dec 22, 2000

David Elliott

48 53%

The Family Man (2000)

"The movie is bogus, but weirdly involving."

Posted Dec 22, 2000

David Elliott

49 90%

Cast Away (2000)

"Zemeckis does a sturdy, absorbing job with the island and ocean scenes."

Posted Dec 22, 2000

David Elliott

50 97%

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001)

"Crouching Tiger is like an animated calligraphic scroll and Taoist painting. You can feel physically empowered, yet your spirit is seduced by something more subtle."

Posted Dec 21, 2000

David Elliott

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