Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 39%

Inkheart (2009)

"Whimsy shouldn't be overwhelming."

Posted Jan 21, 2009

Christy Lemire

2 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

3 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

4 45%

Hotel for Dogs (2009)

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

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Christy Lemire

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 64%

Marley & Me (2008)

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

Posted Dec 22, 2008

Christy Lemire

11 25%

Bedtime Stories (2008)

"Harmless, sure -- but also needless."

Posted Dec 22, 2008

Christy Lemire

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 94%

Milk (2008)

"The film hits all the important marks but never feels like a typical biopic, a superficial, greatest-hits collection."

Posted Nov 25, 2008

Christy Lemire

23 55%

Australia (2008)

"Overlong and self-indulgent."

Posted Nov 24, 2008

Christy Lemire

24 25%

Four Christmases (2008)

"Vaughn makes the movie tolerable here and there, but this kind of slapsticky physical comedy doesn't suit Witherspoon at all."

Posted Nov 24, 2008

Christy Lemire

25 49%

Twilight (2008)

"There's nothing transporting about the visuals. Twilight was a famously low-budget production compared to most traditional blockbusters, but this is ridiculous."

Posted Nov 19, 2008

Christy Lemire

26 88%

Bolt (2008)

"Bolt certainly moves along at a lively clip that will satisfy both kids and adults, but the script (from Williams and Dan Fogelman) is a little too Hollywood-insider."

Posted Nov 18, 2008

Christy Lemire

27 64%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"Despite his innate intensity, Craig seems a bit... bored, maybe? Underutilized, despite appearing in nearly every frame of the film."

Posted Nov 10, 2008

Christy Lemire

28 44%

Soul Men (2008)

"The movie crams in myriad needless subplots -- ostensibly to provide padding, which only draws attention to how thin the original story really is."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Christy Lemire

29 64%

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

"With so many characters to cram in and not much for many of them to do, Escape 2 Africa ends up a choppy, episodic affair."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

David Germain

30 77%

Role Models (2008)

"The script's rampant wrongness would have been amusing enough on the page, but the delivery from the cast makes the material consistently laugh-out-loud funny."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Christy Lemire

31 59%

RocknRolla (2008)

"Ritchie is back on comfortable, familiar footing here with this story of British gangsters who are so busy trying to screw each other over, they don't realize that they're in over their heads."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Christy Lemire

32 65%

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

"Rogen and Banks make an extremely likable comic pair, even though they're an unlikely romantic match (or perhaps because of it)."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Christy Lemire

33 63%

Changeling (2008)

"It all just seems like window-dressing for Jolie's best-actress clip at the Oscars."

Posted Oct 24, 2008

David Germain

34 35%

Pride and Glory (2008)

"Everything about the dirty cop thriller Pride and Glory is formulaic and forgettable, even down to its generic title."

Posted Oct 23, 2008

Christy Lemire

35 65%

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

"For those kids in the target audience, this is movie nirvana."

Posted Oct 23, 2008

Christy Lemire

36 85%

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

"No doubt it was fun assembling so many close associates, but like Kym, Demme doesn't know when enough is enough for those who aren't part of the family circle."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

David Germain

37 51%

What Just Happened? (2008)

"Hollywood is full of liars, back-stabbers, sycophants, would-be power players and rampant egomaniacs. And your point is what?"

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Christy Lemire

38 16%

Max Payne (2008)

"A straight-up action picture, and a rather bombastic, familiar one at that."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Christy Lemire

39 59%

W. (2008)

"Brolin's so good, he almost makes us feel sorry for Bush. Almost."

Posted Oct 15, 2008

Christy Lemire

40 54%

Body of Lies (2008)

"Each character thinks that what he's doing is the right course for the greater good. But when you break down Body of Lies to its most fundamental elements, it's really about disagreeing with your boss."

Posted Oct 8, 2008

Christy Lemire

41 36%

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

"Unfortunately, it falls into incredibly predictable territory."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

Jake Coyle

42 61%

The Duchess (2008)

"Sure, The Duchess is a lavish exercise in style over substance, but it's a well-crafted, superbly acted one."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Christy Lemire

43 36%

The Lucky Ones (2008)

"[A] far-fetched take on Iraq War homecomings."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

David Germain

44 34%

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

"Miracle at St. Anna is wildly unfocused in terms of tone and, at two hours and 40 minutes, it is unjustifiably overlong."

Posted Sep 24, 2008

Christy Lemire

45 30%

Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

"You would pretty much have to be sentimental to tolerate such schlock, or at least be willing to check your cynicism at the multiplex door."

Posted Sep 24, 2008

Christy Lemire

46 45%

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

"Is this hell? Or a war zone? Maybe it's both, man. That's deep."

Posted Sep 18, 2008

Christy Lemire

47 85%

Ghost Town (2008)

"You can only wander down this comic road for so long. Once you've run through a few sight gags, you have to go somewhere else with this old-fashioned, high-concept premise."

Posted Sep 18, 2008

Christy Lemire

48 36%

Igor (2008)

"A potentially original premise and an eager voice cast led by John Cusack and Molly Shannon are left to decay amid a clunky story vaguely reminiscent of Monsters, Inc. and images often resembling visuals rejected from Tim Burton's Corpse Bride."

Posted Sep 17, 2008

David Germain

49 78%

Burn After Reading (2008)

"We are no longer in No Country, but we are assuredly in Coen Country."

Posted Sep 11, 2008

Christy Lemire

50 19%

Righteous Kill (2008)

"It's not that the crime thriller Righteous Kill is spectacularly awful. It's just thoroughly mediocre - a standard police procedural, a long episode of Law & Order, unremarkable but for the pairing of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino."

Posted Sep 11, 2008

Christy Lemire

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