Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 71%

Weeds: Season 1 (TV, 2005)

" Parker's conflicted, weary mother gives Weeds a solid center, but Perkins and Nealon merrily chomp every scene they're in. "

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Melanie McFarland

2 54%

Lies (Gojitmal) (1999)

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Posted Apr 4, 2011

3 62%

The Blue Tooth Virgin (2009)

"The film is low budget and uneven in spots, but the dialogue is biting, Russell Brown's direction is often razor-sharp and the action climaxes with a virtuoso cameo appearance by the great Karen Black as a wily and wise script consultant."

Posted Oct 30, 2009

William Arnold

4 41%

The Last House on the Left (2009)

"Iliadis is more visually sophisticated than Craven was in 1972 and works hard to sustain the mood and tension while still hitting the audience with blunt scenes of wincing violence."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Sean Axmaker

5 16%

Crossing Over (2009)

"... feels an awful lot like the multicultural Crash, complete with its crisscrossing stories, heavy ironies and even heavier moralizing."

Posted Mar 12, 2009

Sean Axmaker

6 52%

Shuttle (2009)

"Instead of suspense, we get frustration at the stupidity of the characters."

Posted Mar 12, 2009

Bill White

7 43%

Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

"Smarter than it trusts itself to be."

Posted Mar 12, 2009

Andy Spletzer

8 91%

Maria Larssons eviga ÷gonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009)

"Troell's profound insistence that life -- even in its most miserable chapters -- is an occasion for rejoicing, goes beyond gender politics to a place of transcendent sublimity."

Posted Mar 12, 2009

Bill White

9 59%

Phoebe in Wonderland (2009)

"... an involving and empathetic drama of mothers and daughters."

Posted Mar 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

10 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"Fans of the 1986 graphic novel Watchmen should be pleased with the eye-filling, slavishly faithful, long-time-coming film version that opens today and threatens to become the first true movie event of 2009."

Posted Mar 5, 2009

William Arnold

11 68%

Ben X (2007)

"There are lessons to be learned, but rarely have such lessons been transformed into such vivid and emotionally affecting drama."

Posted Feb 26, 2009

Sean Axmaker

12 82%

Two Lovers (2008)

"... a discomfortingly honest drama about the frustrations of love and desire."

Posted Feb 26, 2009

Sean Axmaker

13 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

"The sprawl makes it hard to follow... but it makes its point about the reach of the Camorra and the culture it has spawned."

Posted Feb 26, 2009

Sean Axmaker

14 81%

Prima Ballerina (2009)

"Anyone who knows about ballet will find much to recognize in the lives of these young women, but for those who do not, the film will be a revelation."

Posted Feb 26, 2009

R. M. Campbell

15 92%

Ballast (2008)

"... the cinematic equivalent of a miniature, a piece carved out of the stories of three troubled and damaged souls..."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

16 77%

▄š Maymun (Three Monkeys) (2008)

"[Nuri Bilge] Ceylan keeps the cascade of mistakes and mishaps... off-screen. His camera stays on the actions and reactions of his characters in the wake of the repercussions..."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

17 96%

The Class (2008)

"... filled with a world of real detail that blurs the line between documentary and fiction."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

18 92%

Under the Sea 3D (2009)

".. a visual pageant of strange undersea creatures hunting and scavenging and floating across the screen."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Sean Axmaker

19 59%

The International (2009)

"... for all its impressive set pieces and breathless momentum, it's neither passionate nor urgent."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Sean Axmaker

20 25%

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

"If cheesy, feel-good riches-to-reason romantic comedies are yours, this is your fix. It's a harmless indulgence that, like shopping, may make you feel good for the short term, but later you'll need more."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Athima Chansanchai

21 25%

Friday the 13th (2009)

"This new Friday the 13th is infinitely better than Jason X or Freddy vs. Jason, but it's still schlock."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Travis Nichols

22 12%

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

"They are joined by other typically good actors such as Jean Reno, Jeremy Irons, Lily Tomlin and Alfred Molina. Unfortunately, they're underused."

Posted Feb 6, 2009

Andy Spletzer

23 23%

Push (2009)

"... delivers the requisite spectacle... but skimps on character and story."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

24 40%

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

"This plodding, overlong film is like an awkward first date with an attractive setup whose heart isn't in it: polite, dull and seemingly unending."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

25 90%

Coraline (2009)

"This is fairy tale stuff right out of the Brothers Grimm .... Think Dr. Seuss by way of Edward Gorey."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

26 96%

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

"... you could call it an animated documentary by way of oral history, but it's best not to get caught up with labels concerning this film."

Posted Jan 29, 2009

Sean Axmaker

27 68%

Were the World Mine (2008)

"Were the World Mine is an independent film that succeeds through the excellent work of a cast and crew whose imagination compensates for budgetary constraints."

Posted Jan 29, 2009

Bill White

28 29%

New In Town (2009)

"Zellweger, despite her propensity to scrunch her face, has an easy chemistry with Connick that is unthreatening and enjoyable, and she's good at the physical comedy the role requires."

Posted Jan 29, 2009

Paula Nechak

29 58%

Taken (2009)

"Longtime action cinematographer Pierre Morrel proves adept at using the quick, claustrophobic cuts of the Bourne franchise and the Transporter flicks."

Posted Jan 29, 2009

Travis Nichols

30 37%

Outlander (2009)

"... a skimpy script with unimaginative characters, mundane dialogue and routine plot twists."

Posted Jan 22, 2009

Sean Axmaker

31 39%

Inkheart (2009)

"... focused on giving the film a palpable threat of potentially fatal consequences and the characters an emotional foundation."

Posted Jan 22, 2009

Sean Axmaker

32 85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"This is survival, revealed in all the blunt details of a documentary portrait and the simple power of [Michelle] Williams' unadorned, Oscar-worthy performance."

Posted Jan 22, 2009

Sean Axmaker

33 57%

Defiance (2009)

"An absorbing family saga, a thrilling combat movie and a backwoods epic that conveys the feel of a frontier-community-under-duress with the vividness of a John Ford classic."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

William Arnold

34 45%

Hotel for Dogs (2009)

"In the end, the message is what prevails. The movie's political and moral points -- and theme about creating family however you can find it -- elevate it above the average kids movie."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Paula Nechak

35 43%

Chandni Chowk To China (2009)

"Children and undiscriminating adults may enjoy the flurry of eye-catching activities that storm incessantly across the screen for its 2 1/2 hours, but the reigning stupidity of the enterprise is liable to tire anyone else in attendance."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Bill White

36 33%

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

"An inoffensive way to spend 90 minutes, unless of course you're on the husky end of the spectrum, in which case they're all going to laugh at you."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Travis Nichols

37 51%

Notorious (2009)

"For anyone looking for something as real or engaging as Biggie's music -- or a good introduction to it -- will be disappointed by this mediocre celluloid life-after-death."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Travis Nichols

38 71%

Last Chance Harvey (2009)

"... it's a pleasure to see mature portraits of adult characters who put their vulnerabilities on the line."

Posted Jan 15, 2009

Sean Axmaker

39 66%

Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

"... two films and a unified work with each half mirroring, complementing and informing the other."

Posted Jan 15, 2009

Sean Axmaker

40 81%

Azur et Asmar (Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest) (2006)

"It's a simple tale with magical imagery and a worthy message, but it's also alive with offbeat humor and witty observations of childhood behavior and adult suspicion."

Posted Jan 8, 2009

Sean Axmaker

41 33%

Not Easily Broken (2009)

"Director Bill Duke can't avoid the stereotypes... or the sermonizing of the lesson."

Posted Jan 8, 2009

Sean Axmaker

42 10%

Bride Wars (2009)

"All it takes is a bride scorned to turn a stock movie character into a raving caricature of emotional instability."

Posted Jan 8, 2009

Sean Axmaker

43 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"It's bleak, credulity straining and often stomach-turning, but it definitely works as a heart-tugging character study, and Rourke's performance as the has-been title character is golden."

Posted Jan 8, 2009

William Arnold

44 50%

The Feature (2008)

"In a rare moment of personal illumination, he admits that "sometimes there are artists who are just no good." If nothing else, The Feature proves this statement."

Posted Jan 5, 2009

Bill White

45 ——

20 Seconds of Joy ()

"Jens Hoffmann's perceptive portrait of Norwegian base jumper Karina Hollekim."

Posted Jan 5, 2009

Bill White

46 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"It is as fascinating as a train wreck, as well as the most sensitive, wryly compassionate, immaculately acted and uncannily real a movie portrait of a dysfunctional marriage as I can remember seeing since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Posted Jan 5, 2009

William Arnold

47 61%

The Reader (2008)

"With its probing script by David Hare, painterly camerawork by Chris Menges and Roger Deakins, confident direction by Stephen Daldry and impeccable supporting performances, every frame of the movie screams filmmaking excellence."

Posted Dec 29, 2008

William Arnold

48 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"An enjoyable movie hybrid that's part politically incorrect comedy, part vigilante action movie and part smiley-face parable of urban American multiculturalism."

Posted Dec 29, 2008

William Arnold

49 72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"It has been a while since mainstream Hollywood has come up with a big-budget, big-star vehicle as unique, audacious and rewarding as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Posted Dec 29, 2008

William Arnold

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