Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 64%

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

"A sufficiently entertaining diversion."

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Christy Lemire

2 37%

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)

"As he jets from place to place, he provides glib, oversimplified tidbits about Mideast history along the way."

Posted Apr 16, 2008

Christy Lemire

3 84%

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

"It has just the right balance of the salty and the sweet. It also signals an introduction of sorts to a couple of engaging talents."

Posted Apr 16, 2008

Christy Lemire

4 5%

88 Minutes (2008)

"A stronger word than preposterous is needed to describe the, well, preposterous lengths director Jon Avnet and company go to engorge this movie with idiotic action, incomprehensible twists and loads of other nonsense."

Posted Apr 16, 2008

David Germain

5 50%

Smart People (2008)

"Novelist-turned-screenwriter Mark Poirier gives the capable, eclectic cast some real zingers to play with, but he also loads his script with some plot contrivances that are simply too hard to accept."

Posted Apr 9, 2008

Christy Lemire

6 36%

Street Kings (2008)

"The cliches and laughably hammy dialogue are scattered about just as liberally as the spent bullet casings in Street Kings."

Posted Apr 9, 2008

Christy Lemire

7 51%

Nim's Island (2008)

"Nim's Island is a movie for kids who like to think and read and use their imagination, and for parents who may be tired of family fare that's nothing but a litany of cutesy pop-culture references."

Posted Apr 3, 2008

Christy Lemire

8 52%

Leatherheads (2008)

"The film leaves you longing for a few Hail Mary end-zone passes, while the filmmakers stick to a story that tries to pound it out with a safe, tedious ground game."

Posted Apr 3, 2008

David Germain

9 86%

Shine a Light (2008)

"There is no such thing as a blank slate with such cultural icons -- too much informs our viewing experience -- and that's both one of the film's biggest strengths and weaknesses."

Posted Apr 2, 2008

Christy Lemire

10 ——

Operation Inchon ()

"The film leaves you longing for a few Hail Mary end-zone passes, while the filmmakers stick to a story that tries to pound it out with a safe, tedious ground game."

Posted Apr 2, 2008

David Germain

11 47%

Run Fatboy Run (2007)

"[Director] Schwimmer shows some skill by keeping the mood light and making no notable missteps, but he still comes away looking like someone trying, and failing, to play Judd Apatow, the reigning champion of realistic, emotional comedy."

Posted Mar 27, 2008

Jake Coyle

12 65%

Stop-Loss (2008)

"Peirce (with co-writer Mark Richard) also vacillates between earnestness and superficiality, making Stop-Loss too often feel like eye candy with a message."

Posted Mar 27, 2008

Christy Lemire

13 36%

21 (2008)

"Lack of originality is where 21 really deals a losing hand."

Posted Mar 27, 2008

David Germain

14 57%

Like Mike (2002)

"Director John Schultz's movie is as lame and predictable as you'd imagine, and it's chock full of orphanage cliches."

Posted Mar 25, 2008

Christy Lemire

15 25%

Drillbit Taylor (2008)

"Do you hear that? That shrill, shrieking sound coming from your local multiplex? That would be the Judd Apatow machine slowly, steadily winding down after humming along so brilliantly for so long."

Posted Mar 19, 2008

Christy Lemire

16 82%

Barbershop (2002)

"Barbershop is a cozy place to hang out for a while, even if you don't need a little off the sides."

Posted Mar 18, 2008

David Germain

17 79%

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

"Horton may hear a Who, but the rest of us may hear a lot of hoopla, and it's not all the charming sort you expect from a benign Seussian world."

Posted Mar 12, 2008

David Germain

18 77%

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

"After a slow and tiresome start, Miss Pettigrew forges ahead with true British fortitude and class, an endearing bond forming between McDormand and Adams, who are ably backed by a top-notch supporting cast led by Ciaran Hinds and Shirley Henderson."

Posted Mar 7, 2008

Christy Lemire

19 8%

10,000 B.C. (2008)

"A mix of vast CGI spectacle and small, silly moments, the prehistoric saga 10,000 BC is an epic in name only."

Posted Mar 6, 2008

Christy Lemire

20 79%

The Bank Job (2008)

"It's all sufficiently brisk and engaging as it's going on, and afterward you certainly won't feel ripped off. But you won't feel any differently, either."

Posted Mar 4, 2008

Christy Lemire

21 76%

Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) (2007)

"Though the histrionics of City of Men are a bit obvious, and it lacks the bravado of City of God, it's ultimately a more rewarding film."

Posted Feb 29, 2008

Jake Coyle

22 42%

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

"Your eyes will probably roll before anyone's head does."

Posted Feb 27, 2008

Christy Lemire

23 53%

Penelope (2006)

"No offense intended, but a pig snout is very becoming on Christina Ricci."

Posted Feb 27, 2008

David Germain

24 66%

Be Kind Rewind (2008)

"Unlike Eternal Sunshine, in which Gondry achieved real poignancy about a different kind of erasing, Be Kind Rewind falls into the same category as his The Science of Sleep: It's too silly, and straining too hard to be weird."

Posted Feb 20, 2008

Christy Lemire

25 35%

Vantage Point (2008)

"The assassination thriller Vantage Point might have been a triumph of form over content, technique over substance, if only there were anything worthy about its form or technique."

Posted Feb 20, 2008

David Germain

26 56%

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

"[Sitting through] Charlie Bartlett makes you feel as if you've just watched three episodes of a new TV series you can't wait to see more of -- one that's so funny and smart and unpredictable, it would probably only survive one season on the air."

Posted Feb 20, 2008

Christy Lemire

27 62%

Diary of the Dead (2007)

"The message is muddled, but the zombie master still knows how to make a gripping, graphic, grossly funny horror flick."

Posted Feb 15, 2008

Christy Lemire

28 16%

Jumper (2008)

"Jumper had potential, though. It's got a clever premise. And at its best, in the beginning, it almost feels like the pilot for a prime-time series you'd like to see more of. But now we're jumping ahead of ourselves."

Posted Feb 13, 2008

Christy Lemire

29 80%

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

"The Spiderwick Chronicles may not be in the same fantasy league as the tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling. Yet the family flick based on the books of Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black is an all-around class act."

Posted Feb 13, 2008

David Germain

30 70%

Definitely, Maybe (2008)

"A surprisingly clever romantic comedy that starts brightly but unfortunately loses its spark at the end."

Posted Feb 13, 2008

Christy Lemire

31 14%

Swimfan (2002)

" It would be so easy for an actress to overplay this role, to morph into high camp, but Christensen stays icy cool."

Posted Feb 8, 2008

Sheila Norman-Culp

32 22%

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

"Truth be told, everyone and everything about Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins is pretty unlikable."

Posted Feb 8, 2008

David Germain

33 58%

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2008)

"Only sporadically wild, but it does indeed go through some Western states. It also ends up feeling about as long and draggy as the title itself."

Posted Feb 7, 2008

Christy Lemire

34 11%

Fool's Gold (2008)

"The tone of Fool's Gold often feels as if Tennant & Co. were straining to create a live-action version of a Bugs Bunny cartoon, from the slapsticky physical humor to the constantly jaunty score."

Posted Feb 5, 2008

Christy Lemire

35 4%

The Hottie and the Nottie (2008)

"Working from Heidi Ferrer's wholly uninspired script, Putnam runs through all the gross-out gags you'd expect."

Posted Feb 5, 2008

Christy Lemire

36 96%

Persepolis (2007)

"Persepolis is a true original in the eclectic world of animation, one that's full of fascinating contradictions."

Posted Feb 1, 2008

Christy Lemire

37 72%

Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (2008)

"Once the movie (and the ringing in your ears) stop, though, it's obvious why Cyrus has become such a phenomenon. She's pretty and stylish but never a mean girl, energetic and popular but not conceited."

Posted Jan 31, 2008

Christy Lemire

38 15%

Over Her Dead Body (2008)

"Everything about the movie is as clunky and unimaginative as the title."

Posted Jan 29, 2008

David Germain

39 37%

Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008)

"The movie might satisfy bloodthirsty action fans, but for most people, this is one Stallone do-over we could have done without."

Posted Jan 24, 2008

David Germain

40 16%

Untraceable (2008)

"Untraceable is one of those deplorably gratuitous movies that wants to have it both ways, but gets nothing right."

Posted Jan 23, 2008

Christy Lemire

41 92%

U2 3D (2007)

"The technique works best when it makes you feel as if you're immersed in the audience."

Posted Jan 22, 2008

Christy Lemire

42 91%

There Will Be Blood (2007)

"Someday, we're probably going to look back at There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson's epic about greed, lies, manipulation and insanity, and call it his masterpiece."

Posted Jan 18, 2008

Christy Lemire

43 22%

Mad Money (2008)

"Mad Money strains desperately for laughs."

Posted Jan 17, 2008

Christy Lemire

44 77%

Cloverfield (2008)

"This monster mash-up is a lot of fun, creating some intense gross-out moments and maintaining suspense throughout its speedy running time."

Posted Jan 16, 2008

Christy Lemire

45 41%

27 Dresses (2008)

"27 Dresses is so chock full of romantic-comedy clichés, it almost plays like a parody."

Posted Jan 15, 2008

Christy Lemire

46 40%

The Bucket List (2007)

" Nicholson and Freeman are so lovably companionable, they almost make you forget the glaring contrivances screenwriter Justin Zackham concocts."

Posted Jan 9, 2008

David Germain

47 86%

El Orfanato (The Orphanage) (2007)

"The Orphanage may take a couple of twists too many toward the end, but where it goes is effectively frightening."

Posted Jan 9, 2008

Christy Lemire

48 75%

My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami) (2007)

"Patrice Leconte has taken a story about male friendship, in all its posturing and potential vulnerability, and turned it into a light, smart, crowd-pleasing comedy."

Posted Jan 4, 2008

Christy Lemire

49 67%

Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

"After about an hour, though, it all becomes a mind-numbing barrage."

Posted Jan 3, 2008

Christy Lemire

50 72%

Lust, Caution (2007)

"Overwrought and overlong, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution nevertheless has some moments of exquisite beauty and a potentially star-making performance from newcomer Tang Wei."

Posted Jan 3, 2008

Christy Lemire

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