Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 53%

Across the Universe (2007)

"For die-hard fans of the Fab Four -- and anyone who was touched by the magic of the '60s -- the film is a strange, nostalgic, suitably outrageous ode to a very real revolution in consciousness."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

William Arnold

2 13%

Mr. Woodcock (2007)

"Certainly, it's mediocre, but no more so than half the comedies that are wildly promoted by their studios these days."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

William Arnold

3 43%

The Brave One (2007)

"Jodie Foster and director Neil Jordan shift the genre to the murky left, where right and wrong are not so black and white."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Andy Spletzer

4 80%

Czech Dream (Ceský sen) (2003)

"Somewhere in the realm between performance art, political theater and cinematic prank lies this documentary about the branding and marketing of a non-existent hypermarket..."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

Sean Axmaker

5 79%

Chalk (2007)

"[The filmmakers'] best intentions are better realized than their filmmaking ambitions."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

Sean Axmaker

6 81%

Fong juk (Exiled) (2006)

"It's a fantasy of a crime epic, to be sure, but it's a glorious fantasy in which the unspoken bonds of brotherhood bathe every shootout and sacrifice in the light of myth."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

Sean Axmaker

7 73%

In the Valley of Elah (2007)

"... it doesn't hurt to have Tommy Lee Jones driving the film with a beautifully realized performance."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

Sean Axmaker

8 31%

The Hottest State (2007)

"It's nothing new, but [writer/director Ethan] Hawke captures some evocative textures and honest moments."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

Sean Axmaker

9 89%

Eastern Promises (2007)

"The restraint of both director and actor makes this steely gangster drama reverberate long after it ends."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

Sean Axmaker

10 80%

My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski) (1999)

EDIT

Posted Sep 8, 2007

11 93%

This Is England (2007)

"Powerful and wrenching."

Posted Sep 6, 2007

Gianni Truzzi

12 95%

Le Doulos (1962)

"The movie is a tough, stylish, deliciously complex labyrinth of underworld double-crosses that, like most of the other Melville noirs, ultimately celebrates honor among thieves."

Posted Sep 6, 2007

William Arnold

13 67%

Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

"In the end, you care about the characters on screen as much as you do for those in video games, which is not at all."

Posted Sep 6, 2007

Andy Spletzer

14 88%

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

"If you don't know that first and infinitely better movie, you likely will find this an OK but instantly forgettable retro-Western, with few dull moments, carried by Crowe's charisma in his role of sly bandit king."

Posted Sep 6, 2007

William Arnold

15 85%

Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969)

"Provencal scenery is pretty, the movie-star chemistry is potent and Karina (then Mrs. Godard) has never looked more stunning."

Posted Aug 30, 2007

William Arnold

16 33%

Self Medicated (2006)

"While it is unfortunate that Monty Lapica had to live through the events portrayed in Self Medicated, it is even more unfortunate that he felt compelled not only to write and direct a film based on those events but to star in it as well."

Posted Aug 30, 2007

Bill White

17 23%

Balls of Fury (2007)

"The reason Balls of Fury works as well as it does, aside from its low aspirations, is because of the charm of Fogler in the lead."

Posted Aug 29, 2007

Andy Spletzer

18 50%

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

"It's mercifully short (87 minutes), the French scenery is pleasant, a handful of the routines are hilarious and -- with its G rating -- you can definitely bring the kids."

Posted Aug 24, 2007

William Arnold

19 68%

The Treatment (2006)

"Oren Rudavsky's adaptation of Daniel Menaker's novel is a quietly enjoyable romantic comedy for adults who like to see characters acting like adults."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Sean Axmaker

20 67%

The 11th Hour (2007)

"... a compelling and sobering lesson in the devastating effect of human industry on the planet. But a lesson nonetheless."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Sean Axmaker

21 60%

Them (Ils) (2007)

"That it is based on a true story does not compensate for the absence of either suspense or horror."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Bill White

22 85%

2 Days in Paris (2007)

"Vanity project? Maybe. Anybody who writes, directs, edits and stars is called auteur or vain, sometimes depending upon their sex, but Julie Delpy's directorial debut, if derivative, is gutsy enough too."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Paula Nechak

23 13%

September Dawn (2007)

"The cruel simplicity of the atrocity is made needlessly chaotic by artless camerawork that swishes rapidly back and forth across the action, to the accompaniment of a syrupy soundtrack."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Bill White

24 59%

Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

"It's more intelligent than most Hollywood movies you'll find in the heat of summer, and its saving grace is the quality of its acting."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

William Arnold

25 34%

The Nanny Diaries (2007)

"While the budding relationship between Annie and Grayer is sometimes heartwarming, the interactions between Mrs. X and her employee are frustrating."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Meghan Peters

26 74%

Awesome: I...Shot That! (2006)

EDIT

Posted Aug 18, 2007

27 74%

The Boss of it All (Direktřren for det hele) (2007)

"What begins as an elaborate theater game turns into a screwball parody of sentimental comedies..."

Posted Aug 17, 2007

Sean Axmaker

28 68%

Belle Toujours (2007)

"The pace is leisurely and patient but there is a spry wit and sly sensibility behind the quietly elegant direction..."

Posted Aug 17, 2007

Sean Axmaker

29 96%

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

"Seth Gordon's portrait of obsessive classic arcade game players finds high drama and murky intrigue in the competition for the Donkey Kong world record."

Posted Aug 17, 2007

Sean Axmaker

30 61%

Death at a Funeral (2007)

"Although set in England with a predominantly British cast, Death at a Funeral is no stiff-upper-lipped comedy, but a lean, mean, and often crude, farce."

Posted Aug 16, 2007

Bill White

31 88%

Superbad (2007)

"... a smart evocation of teenage insecurity and the irrational acts raging hormones can inspire."

Posted Aug 16, 2007

Sean Axmaker

32 19%

The Invasion (2007)

"This is the first alien invasion I can remember in which I actually found myself rooting for the aliens."

Posted Aug 16, 2007

William Arnold

33 72%

Fracture (2007)

"It's occasionally quite witty, it's able to tell us a great deal about its characters and their back stories in an economic fashion and its plot swings are surprising and compelling."

Posted Aug 11, 2007

William Arnold

34 64%

Severance (2006)

"The result is a cathartic hoot, relishing its own carefully doled out carnage."

Posted Aug 11, 2007

Gianni Truzzi

35 52%

Disappearances (2007)

EDIT

Posted Aug 11, 2007

36 87%

Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) (2006)

"Every scene is kissed with irony, the characters all seem believably flawed, the narrative unfolds with just the right storytelling panache and everything else about the production seems right."

Posted Aug 11, 2007

William Arnold

37 76%

Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007)

"It's an outrageous idea, but Verhoeven carries it off, largely on the charisma of his actors' performances."

Posted Aug 11, 2007

William Arnold

38 82%

Broken English (1998)

EDIT

Posted Aug 11, 2007

39 18%

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

"After a six-year hiatus, the Rush Hour brand has lost its drive."

Posted Aug 10, 2007

Sean Axmaker

40 100%

Live-in Maid (Cama adentro) (2007)

"Gaggero keeps his focus on the two women who, in order to survive, discover they must drop the facade of class and act upon their 30-year relationship."

Posted Aug 9, 2007

Bill White

41 85%

Bamako (2006)

"Free of the indignant self-righteousness of Michael Moore's lowbrow sloganeering, Abderrahmane Sissako's poetic drama offers a clear-sighted examination of Third World economic collapse."

Posted Aug 9, 2007

Bill White

42 79%

Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006)

"Dutch director Leth is so enamored of the ugliness of it all that he doesn't even try to penetrate the noisy bravado that obscures the patches of truth that lie beneath the surface."

Posted Aug 9, 2007

Bill White

43 70%

Moličre (2007)

"The two lead actors are a sight to behold: Romain Duris (Moliere), with his long chin, crooked mouth, asymmetrical moustache, and bewildered eyes, plays off the thin lips and boneless cheeks of Fabrice Luchini's Jourdain."

Posted Aug 9, 2007

Bill White

44 84%

Rocket Science (2007)

"With the grace of a young Edward Norton, Thompson is a real find."

Posted Aug 9, 2007

Paula Nechak

45 95%

No End in Sight (2007)

"First-time writer-producer director Charles Ferguson is a noted think-tank scholar who is less interested in casting partisan blame than figuring out just exactly how such a colossal debacle came about."

Posted Aug 9, 2007

William Arnold

46 76%

Stardust (2007)

"While Cox does well as the young hero, the rest of the casting is weak."

Posted Aug 9, 2007

William Arnold

47 1%

Daddy Day Camp (2007)

"The film exercises some restraint (by today's low standards, anyway) in its deployment of poop and fart jokes. I counted only two crotch wallops (the new pratfall) and just a single incident of projectile vomiting."

Posted Aug 8, 2007

Gianni Truzzi

48 60%

Arctic Tale (2007)

"The film does not preach; rather, it confronts us with the question: Now what are we going to do?"

Posted Aug 3, 2007

William Arnold

49 64%

Vitus (2007)

"... inconsequential fun that sells out the human story with an abrupt third-act turn from childhood rebellion to junior con game."

Posted Aug 3, 2007

Sean Axmaker

50 25%

El Cantante (2007)

"El Cantante is a special film, one that refuses to package a person's life into a comfortably familiar genre."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Bill White

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