Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 49%

Whatever Works (2009)

"The movie was emblematic of his output of late -- slight plots, slighter characters, lackadaisical storytelling that recycles enough of the neuroses-fueled charm of his earlier films to keep the Woody Allen machine in business."

Posted Jun 17, 2009

David Germain

2 44%

The Proposal (2009)

"All the romantic comedy conventions are shamelessly on parade in The Proposal, trampling on our brains and turning them into mush."

Posted Jun 17, 2009

Christy Lemire

3 71%

Tetro (2009)

"The heavy symbolism of binding family ties becomes too much to bear."

Posted Jun 10, 2009

Christy Lemire

4 89%

Moon (2009)

"Moon does something extraordinary: It seems familiar and derivative, yet upends your expectations about science fiction and surprises you over and over."

Posted Jun 9, 2009

Christy Lemire

5 51%

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

"The prevalence of technology also makes the crime itself seem rather archaic. This is the way a criminal mastermind steals millions of dollars today, by hijacking a subway train?"

Posted Jun 9, 2009

Christy Lemire

6 40%

Imagine That (2009)

"It's based on a clever premise and it makes good use of Murphy's comic strengths."

Posted Jun 9, 2009

Christy Lemire

7 67%

Away We Go (2009)

"Away We Go rejects those cliches and instead takes an honest, humorous and ultimately moving look at the prospect of a family growing from two members to three."

Posted Jun 3, 2009

Christy Lemire

8 26%

Land of the Lost (2009)

"Director Brad Silberling can't seem to decide whether he's making fun of the show's cheesy visuals or seizing on its sense of roughhewn adventure."

Posted Jun 3, 2009

Christy Lemire

9 9%

My Life in Ruins (2009)

"It feels like an uncomfortable parade of Borscht belt gags and lame stereotypes."

Posted Jun 2, 2009

Christy Lemire

10 79%

The Hangover (2009)

"A comedy that stays weird and wild for the first two-thirds, only to disappoint in the final act."

Posted Jun 1, 2009

Christy Lemire

11 98%

Up (2009)

"The title is deceptively simple, which is fitting, because the latest achievement from Pixar Animation is deeper and more complex on every level than it would initially appear."

Posted May 27, 2009

Christy Lemire

12 44%

The Limits of Control (2009)

"Paint drying. Photosynthesis. Rush-hour traffic. All these activities would be more entertaining to watch -- and probably speedier -- than Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control."

Posted May 22, 2009

Christy Lemire

13 93%

L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009)

"Berling, Binoche and Renier all play off each other effortlessly, and Summer Hours makes you feel comfortable spending time with their family, too."

Posted May 21, 2009

Christy Lemire

14 44%

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

"So many new characters have been added to the ones who appeared in the original film, and director Shawn Levy flits between them at such a zippy pace, no one gets much of a chance to register. And that's a huge waste of the comic talents amassed [here]."

Posted May 20, 2009

Christy Lemire

15 33%

Terminator Salvation (2009)

"There's not much here in the way of way of humanity, even with the strong feminine presence of actresses including Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood and Jane Alexander. It seems the machines have already won."

Posted May 18, 2009

Christy Lemire

16 73%

Rudo y Cursi (2009)

"While it may seem obvious which brother is responsible and which is the flake, both Rudo and Cursi are equally flawed, one of the film's realistic charms."

Posted May 15, 2009

Christy Lemire

17 66%

The Brothers Bloom (2009)

"Ruffalo and Brody bring weight and a tinge of melancholy to the otherwise frivolous proceedings, though, by wisely underplaying their roles."

Posted May 14, 2009

Christy Lemire

18 37%

Angels & Demons (2009)

"Its twists, turns and revelations are just as ridiculous as those in the first film -- perhaps even more so -- and it breezes through arcane details with just as much dizzying speed."

Posted May 12, 2009

Christy Lemire

19 77%

The Garden (2008)

"Scott Hamilton Kennedy's plucky, powerful storytelling makes this a worthwhile experience."

Posted May 7, 2009

Christy Lemire

20 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"Either you'll go with it or you won't. Regardless, based on Abrams' ambition and scope in rejuvenating the franchise, it's clear it still has plenty of room to live long and prosper."

Posted May 5, 2009

Christy Lemire

21 26%

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

"You can count the jokes that work on one hand; the rest is pratfalls and predictability."

Posted Apr 29, 2009

Christy Lemire

22 38%

X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

"Sadly, Wolverine's journey is one long run-the-gauntlet scenario, with people pounding on him from all sides until he emerges at the other end as the lone-wolf amnesiac bound for membership in the X-Men gang."

Posted Apr 29, 2009

David Germain

23 56%

The Soloist (2009)

"The Soloist takes all those innately engaging details and turns them into what is essentially a made-for-Lifetime movie, albeit one populated by Oscar winners and nominees."

Posted Apr 22, 2009

Christy Lemire

24 89%

Sin Nombre (2009)

"Sin Nombre is at once subtle and intense, familiar but refreshing, intimate even as it tells a story untold numbers have endured."

Posted Apr 16, 2009

Christy Lemire

25 84%

State of Play (2009)

"Despite the quaint depiction of a packed newsroom bustling with activity, the debates about quick online hits vs. hard-hitting investigations, between selling papers with fluff vs. offering actual substance, feel relevant and real."

Posted Apr 14, 2009

Christy Lemire

26 55%

17 Again (2009)

"The idea of going back to high school is so overdone, there was even an entire episode of Family Guy that parodied it."

Posted Apr 14, 2009

Christy Lemire

27 44%

Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)

"Resistance is futile."

Posted Apr 8, 2009

Christy Lemire

28 51%

Observe and Report (2009)

"A series of hit-and-miss non sequiturs in which his characters mostly humiliate and injure themselves and others."

Posted Apr 7, 2009

Christy Lemire

29 27%

Fast & Furious (2009)

"Noise, noise, noise. Crunched metal and shattered glass. More noise. Revving engines. Vin Diesel's giant head. Hot chicks in tight miniskirts. Even more noise. The end."

Posted Mar 31, 2009

Christy Lemire

30 89%

Adventureland (2009)

"[Mottola] doesn't always find the right tone in trying to cover such varied terrain, but you have to admire him for trying inject some substance into what can be a predictably mindless genre."

Posted Mar 31, 2009

Christy Lemire

31 17%

The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

"Creaking floorboards, slamming doors, flickering lights -- you've seen it all before, and it's all here again."

Posted Mar 27, 2009

Christy Lemire

32 72%

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

"Classic creatures from the 1950s get a high-tech makeover, with a healthy amount of attitude, in the 3-D animated Monsters vs. Aliens."

Posted Mar 24, 2009

Christy Lemire

33 64%

Duplicity (2009)

"Roberts looks great in her return to leading-lady status after a few years off -- strong, curvy, formidable -- and Owen drops the steamy glower he's adopted of late and almost seems to have a twinkle in his eye this time around."

Posted Mar 18, 2009

Christy Lemire

34 84%

I Love You, Man (2009)

"The beauty of it lies both in the details of the relationship and the larger chemistry Rudd and Segel share."

Posted Mar 17, 2009

Christy Lemire

35 43%

Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

"All noise and action, overedited shootouts with blaring music."

Posted Mar 11, 2009

Christy Lemire

36 72%

Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

"The overall lack of sentimentality in first-timer Megan Holley's script and straightforward direction from Christine Jeffs keep the film from becoming too predictably feel-good; at the same time, the strong performances help elevate among similar fare."

Posted Mar 11, 2009

Christy Lemire

37 59%

Phoebe in Wonderland (2009)

"Writer-director Daniel Barnz manages to achieve a true and delicate balance for much of Phoebe in Wonderland, his first feature, but ultimately undermines himself with heavy-handed and rather hackneyed whimsy."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Christy Lemire

38 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

"It upends everything you think you know about the mob and mob movies."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Christy Lemire

39 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"Yes, I've read Watchmen... It moved me, too. And still -- or, rather, because of that -- I found director Snyder's adaptation hugely disappointing, faithful as it is to the 1986 graphic novel."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Christy Lemire

40 25%

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)

"We learn nothing about who they are or where they come from -- they may not even have parents, for all we know, since the adult accompanying them is usually their bodyguard."

Posted Feb 25, 2009

Christy Lemire

41 17%

Bats (1999)

"A movie that's too unintentionally funny to be scary."

Posted Feb 24, 2009

Christy Lemire

42 23%

Fired Up (2009)

"More tolerable than it ought to be."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Christy Lemire

43 92%

Under the Sea 3D (2009)

"Even about halfway in, even having settled into your seat with those plastic glasses nestled on your nose, you'll still find yourself dazzled again and again by the impossibly breathtaking beauty of the IMAX adventure Under the Sea 3D."

Posted Feb 13, 2009

Christy Lemire

44 25%

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

"There really is no appropriate moment for a shrill onslaught that perpetuates the worst stereotypes about female materialism."

Posted Feb 11, 2009

Christy Lemire

45 59%

The International (2009)

"The International is equal parts globe-trotting thriller and architecture porn, as perfectly crystallized by its mind-blowing central set piece: a seemingly endless shootout at the Guggenheim Museum."

Posted Feb 10, 2009

Christy Lemire

46 12%

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

"There are chuckles, maybe even a belly laugh or two if you're in a charitable mood. But the movie's mostly a waste of time and talent."

Posted Feb 4, 2009

David Germain

47 90%

Coraline (2009)

"Coraline, the first stop-motion animated film to be conceived and shot in 3-D, is visually dazzling, as you'd expect -- but strangely joyless."

Posted Feb 4, 2009

Christy Lemire

48 40%

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

"After more than two hours, what we're left with feels like a Robert Altman movie on Botox. It has some real substance and heft, but it also might be a bit too glossy."

Posted Feb 4, 2009

Christy Lemire

49 58%

Taken (2009)

"Pierre Morel's film moves with breathlessly incessant fluidity and speed."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

Christy Lemire

50 29%

New In Town (2009)

"Good people of Minnesota: Stand up! Fight back! Take back your state and your culture and your accent!"

Posted Jan 28, 2009

Christy Lemire

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