Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 44%

Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)

"Resistance is futile."

Posted Apr 8, 2009

Christy Lemire

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 43%

Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

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

Posted Mar 11, 2009

Christy Lemire

15 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

16 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

17 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

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

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Christy Lemire

18 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

19 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

20 17%

Bats (1999)

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

Posted Feb 24, 2009

Christy Lemire

21 23%

Fired Up (2009)

"More tolerable than it ought to be."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Christy Lemire

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 58%

Taken (2009)

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

Posted Jan 28, 2009

Christy Lemire

29 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

30 39%

Inkheart (2009)

"Whimsy shouldn't be overwhelming."

Posted Jan 21, 2009

Christy Lemire

31 33%

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

"[James] plays yet another misfit, but one who's so two-dimensional, needy (and frankly annoying) that it's difficult to root for him."

Posted Jan 14, 2009

Christy Lemire

32 51%

Notorious (2009)

"Notorious, a biography of the rapper Notorious B.I.G., transcends gangster-flick cliches because of the outsized talents of the artist and the actor who portrays him."

Posted Jan 14, 2009

Jesse Washington

33 45%

Hotel for Dogs (2009)

"A clever concept that quickly runs out of room to roam."

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Christy Lemire

34 11%

The Unborn (2009)

"Well, there are some effective scares here, and you'll laugh at yourself afterward just for jumping and squealing like a little girl. But other images and pieces of dialogue are just as hilarious -- and that probably wasn't their intention."

Posted Jan 7, 2009

Christy Lemire

35 10%

Bride Wars (2009)

"Bride Wars tosses out stereotypes about female materialism and cattiness with all the giddy gusto of a newly married woman flinging the bouquet at her single girlfriends."

Posted Jan 7, 2009

Christy Lemire

36 96%

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

"Unlike anything you've ever seen before, Waltz With Bashir will change your ideas about the possibility of film."

Posted Dec 24, 2008

Christy Lemire

37 71%

Last Chance Harvey (2009)

"Almost inevitably, Hoffman and Thompson are charming. Even they can't turn Hopkins' thin story into a credible tale, though."

Posted Dec 24, 2008

David Germain

38 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"Since Mendes has kept us emotionally at arm's length with his structured, hermetically sealed production, it's hard to care about whether they'll ever find that elusive something."

Posted Dec 23, 2008

Christy Lemire

39 64%

Marley & Me (2008)

"Here, there's no great momentum, just a long, flat arc toward the inevitable."

Posted Dec 22, 2008

Christy Lemire

40 25%

Bedtime Stories (2008)

"Harmless, sure -- but also needless."

Posted Dec 22, 2008

Christy Lemire

41 72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"Fincher's film, based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story about a man who ages in reverse, is rambling and gorgeous -- perhaps a bit overlong and gooey in the midsection -- but one that leaves you with a lingering wistfulness."

Posted Dec 22, 2008

Christy Lemire

42 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"[Cruise is] distractingly bad in this, the iconography of his celebrity so strongly overshadowing his performance. He's just too powerfully contemporary."

Posted Dec 22, 2008

Christy Lemire

43 45%

Yes Man (2008)

"Deschanel and Carrey make for indifferent romantic partners. Both are pleasant enough, but no one's going to look at the two together and think, what a great couple they make."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

David Germain

44 56%

The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

"Whereas the gorgeous, sophisticated Ratatouille was both a crowd-pleaser and a critical favorite, duly winning the Academy Award for best animated feature, Despereaux feels obvious, preachy and heavy-handed."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Christy Lemire

45 27%

Seven Pounds (2008)

"Seven Pounds is a clever one, all right, but it might actually be too clever for its own good."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Christy Lemire

46 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"Gran Torino becomes more intriguing as the journey its takes us on evolves and grows darker, albeit with Eastwood's trademark, no-nonsense aesthetic."

Posted Dec 10, 2008

Christy Lemire

47 52%

Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

"The roles are paper thin, which is too bad considering the talent of the cast. They have all been better. Molina and Leguizamo, in particular, deserve better material."

Posted Dec 10, 2008

Jake Coyle

48 21%

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

"While Robert Wise's science-fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still" was a simple story of deep ideas, the remake is an overblown, puny-minded tale featuring extraterrestrials too stupid or lazy to do a background check on the species they condemn."

Posted Dec 10, 2008

David Germain

49 61%

The Reader (2008)

"Thankfully, Kate Winslet bares not just her body but her soul with a performance that pierces the genteel polish of this high-minded awards-season drama."

Posted Dec 9, 2008

Christy Lemire

50 67%

Cadillac Records (2008)

"The result feels even more cursory and rushed than the average music biopic, a genre that's already difficult to depict without lapsing into self-parody."

Posted Dec 3, 2008

Christy Lemire

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