Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 72%

Golden Door (2007)

"Painted onscreen in a hypnotic mix of hypercharged naturalism and magic realism, Golden Door is not about the destination but the journey."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Sean Axmaker

2 74%

La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007)

"Olivier Dahan's sprawling portrait of the life of Edith Piaf is the kind of grand, passionate historical drama that no one seems to be able to pull off any more."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Sean Axmaker

3 79%

A Mighty Heart (2007)

"As a documentarylike account of one woman's ordeal in the midst of an international media frenzy, the film is visceral, alive and very scary."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

William Arnold

4 78%

1408 (2007)

"Stephen King can be counted on to put the fun back into a ghost story. He did it with The Shining, and again in 1408, a short story that is the basis for this suspenseful chiller about a writer's hallucinogenic night in a haunted room."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Bill White

5 78%

Crazy Love (2007)

"[Director] Klores coyly omits key information only to wallop us with it later for a gleeful surprise."

Posted Jun 14, 2007

Gianni Truzzi

6 48%

Macbeth (2006)

"Successful on a visual level, but fails to fully import the play into the modern era."

Posted Jun 14, 2007

Bill White

7 50%

Nancy Drew (2007)

"[Director] Fleming is compelled to push for that contemporary upgrade and he fills the film with many airheaded moments that feel like outtakes from every other teen flick."

Posted Jun 14, 2007

Paula Nechak

8 96%

Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai) (2007)

"... exhibit A in the case for the Hong Kong gangster film as the new genre standard."

Posted Jun 14, 2007

Sean Axmaker

9 37%

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

"... (Director Tim) Story can't sustain anything resembling a mood, let alone a sense of gravity."

Posted Jun 13, 2007

Sean Axmaker

10 83%

Paprika (2006)

"Despite the jumble, Kon's eye-popping, surreal mastery of the Japanese dream is awakening."

Posted Jun 7, 2007

Gianni Truzzi

11 78%

Surf's Up (2007)

"This ride doesn't take you anywhere new, but the moves are cool and the waves are impressive."

Posted Jun 7, 2007

Sean Axmaker

12 70%

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

"All told, this thing has to be one of the dullest caper movies ever made."

Posted Jun 7, 2007

William Arnold

13 55%

Mr. Brooks (2007)

"In the lead, Costner (who financed the production out of his own pocket) is a long way from the boyish charmer of Dances With Wolves. But his easygoing star power is intact."

Posted May 31, 2007

William Arnold

14 97%

Once (2007)

"A television director and two musicians have made a miracle of a movie that is both fairy tale and slice of life."

Posted May 31, 2007

Bill White

15 60%

Gracie (2007)

"No matter how many times we've been through the ritual, it can still work when it's done well. And it's done quite well in Gracie, a familiar but rewarding little parable set in the world of small-town New Jersey soccer in the '70s."

Posted May 31, 2007

William Arnold

16 30%

The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai (2003)

"More entertaining for its impudence than its execution..."

Posted May 31, 2007

Sean Axmaker

17 83%

Steel City (2007)

"Brian Jun makes a strong feature debut with a blue-collar drama rooted in character and community and focused on the everyday over the dramatic flare-ups..."

Posted May 31, 2007

Sean Axmaker

18 91%

Knocked Up (2007)

"Apatow has an original wit and golden touch that seems to cry out for more sophisticated material: It will be very interesting to see what he does with the free rein that the enormous box-office success of this movie is likely to bring him."

Posted May 31, 2007

William Arnold

19 86%

Paris Je T'aime (2007)

"... modestly but richly sculpted pieces, a feeling carved out of a brief slice of time and place, the discreet suggestion of a relationship in just a couple of minutes."

Posted May 31, 2007

Sean Axmaker

20 85%

Army Wives: Season 1 (TV, 2007)

" Army Wives is evidence of the channel's good shopping sense as opposed to production savvy. "

Posted May 31, 2007

Melanie McFarland

21 61%

Bug (2006)

"It's an impressive piece of minimalist filmmaking for [director] Friedkin, who skillfully brings the somewhat theatrical situation to life and keeps us riveted to his characters' descent into hell."

Posted May 25, 2007

William Arnold

22 75%

Ping Pong (2002)

"There are no surprises in this match, but director Fumihiko Sori makes the games visually thrilling and communicates the athletic nirvana of high-level competition..."

Posted May 24, 2007

Sean Axmaker

23 44%

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

"An even more tedious storytelling mess, with a plot so muddled it's impossible to accurately describe, generating zero interest in its characters and grinding on for nearly three endless hours. The critics will hate it."

Posted May 24, 2007

William Arnold

24 85%

Air Guitar Nation (2006)

"[Some] may be taken aback by the exhibition of sheer ego in what is clearly a form of replacement therapy for those whose ambitions exceed their talents."

Posted May 22, 2007

Bill White

25 96%

Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004)

"Both a history lesson on the birth and death of an American city and a portrait of people who refuse to give up on a dream. It is also a grass-roots ecological tract made up of equal parts science, folklore and kitschy nostalgia."

Posted May 22, 2007

Bill White

26 78%

The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages) (2006)

"Director Denis Dercourt proves there are still unexpected twists to be found on the well-traveled road of the revenge mystery."

Posted May 22, 2007

Bill White

27 65%

Jindabyne (2006)

"A rich, unsettling film that gives us insight into all sides and forces us to wrestle with conscience and our own brand of right and wrong. It polarizes us to make us united."

Posted May 18, 2007

Paula Nechak

28 40%

Shrek the Third (2007)

"A fairly underwhelming experience for man or child -- not so much bad as just more of the same, with little of the original's novelty or freshness."

Posted May 18, 2007

William Arnold

29 45%

Fay Grim (2007)

"Too hip to play it straight and too cool to resort to an actual story, [director Hal] Hartley turns the whole rambling spy game into a puzzle box..."

Posted May 17, 2007

Sean Axmaker

30 89%

Waitress (2007)

"... a tartly enjoyable slice of romantic comedy served up with a dramatic bite."

Posted May 10, 2007

Sean Axmaker

31 19%

The Ex (2007)

"An off-key comedy that has all the hallmarks of a desperate makeover..."

Posted May 10, 2007

Sean Axmaker

32 94%

Away from Her (2007)

"... less a drama about Alzheimer's disease than a cinematic poem of love and loss."

Posted May 10, 2007

Sean Axmaker

33 17%

Georgia Rule (2007)

"[A] lively and occasionally funny but ultimately disappointing comedic drama."

Posted May 10, 2007

William Arnold

34 58%

Zoo (2007)

"The film's techniques are implicit, not explicit, its soothing images of rural highways and nighttime solitude conveying the social blankness its subjects report."

Posted May 10, 2007

Gianni Truzzi

35 95%

Offside (2006)

"As in his previous films, such as Crimson Gold, director Jafar Panahi does not embitter his story with acrimony, but lets the absurdity of its situations bear silent witness to the injustices portrayed."

Posted May 10, 2007

Bill White

36 89%

Rocky Road to Dublin (1968)

"At times the film is a bit random and rambling, but these vignettes are an invaluable record of life in Ireland during the '60s, with the final images of children running through the streets a symbol of hope for an unfettered future."

Posted May 10, 2007

Bill White

37 57%

The Hip Hop Project (2006)

"Scenes that should be revelatory, such as a lyric-writing session, are sketchy and fail to give a sense of the work being done."

Posted May 10, 2007

Bill White

38 71%

28 Weeks Later... (2007)

"Delivers enough chills to do its job. The mayhem is presented sparingly enough to be suspenseful, some of the sequences are genuinely terrifying."

Posted May 10, 2007

William Arnold

39 98%

Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (Esma's Secret - Grbavica) (2007)

"This is a slice of Bosnian life, a powerful peek at average people trying to live their average lives despite the extraordinary and unthinkable things that lie in their past."

Posted May 4, 2007

Winda Benedetti

40 41%

Dreaming Lhasa (2007)

"The script is undone by confusing romantic developments, a convoluted murder mystery and a facile and maudlin resolution."

Posted May 4, 2007

Bill White

41 70%

The Valet (La Doublure) (2007)

"The new film by Francis Veber is far from his best work, but even off-form Veber has its moments of inspiration and the movie is definitely worth seeing."

Posted May 4, 2007

William Arnold

42 73%

In the Pit (2007)

"Life on the freeway is hell, but what comes next for these workers might be worse."

Posted May 4, 2007

Bill White

43 83%

Madeinusa (2006)

"As roughly constructed as an earthenware jar, the meticulous pacing obstructs suspense, yet it offers an absorbing view of this cultural collision."

Posted May 4, 2007

Gianni Truzzi

44 29%

Lucky You (2007)

"The film is in no way a disaster: it has enjoyable moments and scenes that sparkle with the verve and professionalism of director Hanson."

Posted May 4, 2007

William Arnold

45 49%

The Flying Scotsman (2006)

"Obree's psychology is fascinating and, even though the competitive scenes mostly involve him racing against himself in a spectator-free indoor track, the movie manages to give its audience a suitable adrenaline rush here and there."

Posted May 4, 2007

William Arnold

46 67%

Everything's Gone Green (2007)

"It's more clever than smart, but Paul Fox directs with the same easygoing attitude of its slacker hero..."

Posted May 3, 2007

Sean Axmaker

47 56%

Civic Duty (2006)

"Civic Duty is ultimately less psychological thriller than polemic..."

Posted May 3, 2007

Sean Axmaker

48 63%

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

"There's plenty of action, and the bulk of it is immensely enjoyable."

Posted May 3, 2007

Thom Koschwanez

49 71%

Boy Culture (2007)

"These self-involved studs manage to make ready, anonymous sex look rather dull."

Posted Apr 27, 2007

Gianni Truzzi

50 70%

Diggers (2007)

"[Manny Lewis] and the rest of an endearing ensemble populate a film that, like their lives, progresses leisurely with a graceful balance of humor and melancholy."

Posted Apr 27, 2007

Manny Lewis

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