South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 69%

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

"Despite its frequently maddening lapses in logic and time frame, Jacob`s Ladder transcends most script ills to become a haunting and truly chilling thriller-melodrama."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

2 94%

The Truman Show (1998)

"A disturbing, spooky but eventually uplifting drama/satire/horror film starring Jim Carrey."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Tom Sander

3 92%

Men in Black (1997)

"What makes this wildly imaginative setup so much fun is the contrast between the deadpan gruffness of Jones and Torn, and the spectacularly strange environment in which they work."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Rod Dreher

4 92%

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

"Cameron`s superb action direction and stunning visual effects -- plus Schwarzenegger`s ultimately endearing (yes, endearing) performance -- will blast every other summer film to kingdom come."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

5 21%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

"These fighting-intensive movies, a glorification of hurtful action, are strictly for children. While the corpse count is low, the mimicking turtles stand for nothing more important than the employment of physical force."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Candice Russell

6 31%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

"While Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Donatello are the spunky, upstaging stars of the film, they also have a better cast and story to work with."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

7 41%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990)

"Despite brisk direction by Steve Barron, plus unbridled energy and fine special effects, an overt glorification of violence is still at the crux of this stunt film."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

8 18%

Trippin (1999)

"The messages, in other words, are mixed -- which makes them pretty much consistent with the perspective of a hormone-driven 17-year-old boy. Viewed in that context, Trippin' doesn't fall quite so far."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Todd Anthony

9 10%

Woo (1998)

"Woo is proof that you can take a tired retread of a plot -- a blind date from hell -- and infuse it with just the right amount of freshness, style and vivacity to make it new again."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Laura Kelly

10 11%

Club Paradise (1986)

"This is a case where the actors are only as good as the script, which isn`t saying much. It`s not long into Club Paradise when you may feel the urge to get out."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Candice Russell

11 9%

Mom and Dad Save the World (1992)

"The zany, campy, creature-filled fantasy Mom and Dad Save the World makes for unexpected family fun at the movies."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

12 26%

Gordy (1995)

"Fortunately, Gordy turns to fun whenever it wallows in too much goofiness."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

13 6%

Son of the Pink Panther (1993)

"Each routine was done better -- and funnier -- long ago by Sellers. Gags about getting drunk, mispronouncing words, dressing up in disguises, executing pratfalls and other inane physical bits have become old and tired."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

14 6%

A Smile Like Yours (1997)

"A Smile Like Yours makes no one smile or cry, just wince. The script is unwieldy, and Kinnear and Holly stuggle in every frame to make characters likable."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

15 7%

Man Trouble (1992)

"Any comedy with Jack Nicholson has automatically got to be great, right? Think again."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Candice Russell

16 18%

Rustler's Rhapsody (1985)

"What this one lacks is broad-barreled fun, which is the essential element in a spoof."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Candice Russell

17 10%

My Boyfriend's Back (1993)

"My Boyfriend`s Back is the lamest of the lame so far."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Candice Russell

18 17%

Mannequin 2: On the Move (2008)

"Could somebody please tell me why four scriptwriters were needed for Mannequin Two: On the Move?"

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

19 16%

The Karate Kid, Part III (1986)

"A rather vicious melodrama and morality play that will bore most kids silly."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

20 15%

Dead Man on Campus (1998)

"This Dead Man is a stiff."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Todd Anthony

21 25%

Fathers' Day (1997)

"The plot is full of the kind of holes necessary to set up cream-puff moments where everybody turns huggy and learns Valuable Lessons. Ugh."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Rod Dreher

22 19%

Navy Seals (1990)

"Good, solid entertainment -- that`s what Navy SEALs provides in a winning package worth the price of admission."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Candice Russell

23 0%

Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)

"The lagoon is the locale to which this new movie disastrously returns."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Bill von Maurer

24 17%

Masters of the Universe (1987)

"If not for the superb villainy of Frank Langella, who plays the evil Skeletor, Masters of the Universe would be as barren as an asteroid."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

25 19%

Rude Awakening (1989)

"Released smack-dab in the middle of so-called Woodstock Week, the comedy Rude Awakening is an often well-intentioned, yet mostly misguided comedic flashback into the drug culture of the 1960s."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

26 14%

Howard the Duck (1986)

"The sad fact is that the duck gets lost in what becomes a special effects film suspiciously reminiscent of Ghostbusters."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Candice Russell

27 5%

The Avengers (1998)

"Thurman and Fiennes look great in the roles, but they don't generate a fraction of the kinky sexual chemistry that Macnee and Rigg exuded."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Todd Anthony

28 11%

Father Hood (1993)

"A story of mixed messages that focuses on contempt for the law, legal authority and public safety, it attempts to garner sympathy -- and, unfortunately, laughs -- during a violent cross-country pursuit."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

29 11%

Batman & Robin (1997)

"Batman & Robin is as bad as anything on screen this year."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Rod Dreher

30 12%

Striptease (1996)

"Moore, the most overrated star since Comet Kohoutek, is dreadful, dreadful in this thoroughly disappointing film version of Carl Hiaasen's hilarious novel."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Rod Dreher

31 20%

I Love Trouble (1994)

"There's a pervasive romanticism in I Love Trouble that depends on the chemistry generated by Roberts and Nolte."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Candice Russell

32 19%

Once Upon a Forest (1993)

"From the first moments of Once Upon a Forest, there is evidence of high artistic standards. The backgrounds are beautifully detailed, right down to the shading and contours of a tree trunk."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Candice Russell

33 0%

Only the Strong (1993)

"Dacascos and Prieto are fine athletes, to be sure. But that is not enough to make Only the Strong more than a passing fancy destined for cable TV."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

34 54%

The Doors (1991)

"The much-anticipated film is a psychedelic circus that turns into the worst nightmare of a bad trip. It`s an experience."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Candice Russell

35 17%

Wild Wild West (1999)

"The film aims low and still misses."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Todd Anthony

36 34%

Tango & Cash (1989)

"This form of self-conscious action filmmaking is smeared over both Stallone and Russell. They mug mercilessly (none too well) and, of course, they rely on plenty of bang and firepower to disguise a sour and often nasty script."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

37 79%

Pretty in Pink (1986)

"Pretty in Pink is an engaging movie about youthful concerns that never go out of fashion."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Candice Russell

38 39%

Armageddon (1998)

"If you've seen any of a dozen similar disaster movies, you know how it all turns out."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Todd Anthony

39 34%

She's Having a Baby (1988)

"As for Bacon and McGovern, it`s sad to see these usually energetic performers labor through a tired script, rarely getting a chance to deliver."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Juan Carlos Coto

40 71%

Léon: The Professional (1994)

"The Professional is intriguing, but misses the mark as a potential cult favorite."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

41 99%

L.A. Confidential (1997)

"Though their spirits may seem all but entombed by sin, these men are vividly human, this film savagely alive."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Rod Dreher

42 100%

Shoah (1985)

"Lanzmann`s monumental film bears significant witness to the Holocaust. Those who see it will never forget it."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Candice Russell

43 81%

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

"Van Sant proves again that he is masterful at charting the hearts and minds of young people adrift."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Candice Russell

44 73%

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

"The fine performances and worthy themes are sold short. There are two films here, neither one of which is as fully developed as it could be."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Candice Russell

45 78%

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

"The editing is relegated to a series of quick (often mercifully so) blackouts. Time shifts occur at random and often confuse."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

46 90%

Chungking Express (1996)

"Made in less than three months using a hand-held camera, director/writer Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express is a tale that only a diehard film buff might enjoy."

Posted May 28, 2014

Roger Hurlburt

47 66%

The Rock (1996)

"The camera is always too close, and the editing extremely choppy, dizzyingly so."

Posted May 27, 2014

Rod Dreher

48 76%

Licence To Kill (1989)

"Licence to Kill gets better as it unfolds for more than two hours. It just takes an insufferably long while to find the right pace."

Posted May 20, 2014

Candice Russell

49 39%

Days of Thunder (1990)

"Days of Thunder lives up to its title in one respect. It`s big-time noisy. It`s also as empty as the stands at the Daytona 500 an hour after the race."

Posted May 20, 2014

Candice Russell

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