Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 61%

Crank (2006)

"Writer-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's previous work lies mainly in making commercials -- the quick-cutting aesthetic employed here." EDIT

Posted Sep 1, 2006

2 15%

The Wicker Man (2006)

"It's never as scary or suspenseful as it aspires to be, but it might just be the greatest bad movie of the year, with its clunky writing resulting in some surprisingly entertaining kooky moments."

Posted Sep 1, 2006

Christy Lemire

3 93%

Lassie (2006)

"No, it's not exactly realistic. But there is a sense of moral balance in Lassie's world that's enviable. People are cruel to the dog and bad things happen to them. Those who are good to her end up being rewarded."

Posted Aug 30, 2006

Christy Lemire

4 2%

Crossover (2006)

"A couple of dramatic plot points come and go with the speed of a buzzer-beating shot. And like the style of play the film glorifies, it's all flash and no fundamentals."

Posted Aug 30, 2006

Christy Lemire

5 71%

Invincible (2006)

"It's a great story. And it has the added benefit of being (mostly) true."

Posted Aug 23, 2006

Christy Lemire

6 41%

Beerfest (2006)

"Beerfest unfolds like a decent college kegger, the best moments coming late in the carousal, as more suds are quaffed, inhibitions loosen up and everything starts seeming funnier."

Posted Aug 23, 2006

David Germain

7 59%

How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)

"How to Eat Fried Worms is a lot tastier than its title implies."

Posted Aug 22, 2006

David Germain

8 4%

Material Girls (2006)

"Paris and Nicky Hilton exhibit more character nuance. And they're vaguely more entertaining to watch."

Posted Aug 18, 2006

Christy Lemire

9 76%

Factotum (2006)

"Bukowski deserves better than this dismal, wearisome adaptation of his novel, and so do Bukowski's fans. Director Bent Hamer's movie is ugly, depressing and persistently off-putting."

Posted Aug 16, 2006

David Germain

10 36%

Accepted (2006)

"None of them will teach you anything you didn't already know -- but at least you'll have a good time until class is dismissed."

Posted Aug 16, 2006

Christy Lemire

11 27%

Trust the Man (2006)

"For all the promise of a cast led by Julianne Moore and David Duchovny in an urbane, adult chronicle of love and marriage, the movie just strings viewers along through phony contrivance, like any other romantic comedy."

Posted Aug 16, 2006

David Germain

12 74%

The Illusionist (2006)

"Burger crafts a movie with a sumptuous visual palette but little heart, the characters detached and cold-blooded."

Posted Aug 16, 2006

David Germain

13 3%

Zoom (2006)

"It has plenty of energy and visual effects but not a single original idea in its spandex-clad head."

Posted Aug 12, 2006

Christy Lemire

14 10%

Pulse (2006)

"It's intended as an indictment of our overdependence on communications devices, but the premise is out-of-this-world unbelievable."

Posted Aug 12, 2006

Christy Lemire

15 19%

Step Up (2006)

"You can sort of see the appeal of Step Up, especially during the dead of summer. It's totally mindless eye candy."

Posted Aug 10, 2006

Christy Lemire

16 68%

World Trade Center (2006)

"A life-affirming celebration of humanity -- of the possibility of kindness, teamwork, selflessness and love under the most horrific circumstances."

Posted Aug 8, 2006

Christy Lemire

17 22%

Barnyard (2006)

"Barnyard: The Original Party Animals actually has a clever concept (the animals walk upright and hang out like humans when the farmer isn't looking) and it handles such sensitive topics as birth and death with unexpected grace."

Posted Aug 4, 2006

Christy Lemire

18 72%

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

"Like the sport it spoofs, the movie has its thrilling moments but mostly feels repetitive -- it's constantly moving but never really goes anywhere."

Posted Aug 4, 2006

Christy Lemire

19 85%

The Descent (2006)

"The movie's thrill-and-chill sequences are nasty and suspenseful, though once the creatures start to attack, the scenes get repetitive."

Posted Aug 3, 2006

David Germain

20 40%

The Night Listener (2006)

"Ultimately, The Night Listener is more admirable for what it tries to be than for what it actually achieves."

Posted Aug 3, 2006

Christy Lemire

21 68%

Brothers of the Head (2006)

"Pepe, Fulton and screenwriter Tony Grisoni, who had worked on Gilliam's Quixote picture, inject great detail into the Howes' story, yet the siblings feel distant and disconnected, a couple of ciphers you never really get to know."

Posted Jul 27, 2006

David Germain

22 26%

John Tucker Must Die (2006)

"Though the movie strays deep and often into saccharine country, the filmmakers treat the characters with more respect than teen protagonists normally get in Hollywood."

Posted Jul 27, 2006

David Germain

23 63%

The Ant Bully (2006)

"The Ant Bully is never less than colorful and high-energy. But it's hard to shake the feeling that we've all gone up this hill before."

Posted Jul 26, 2006

Christy Lemire

24 47%

Miami Vice (2006)

"It's so self-serious at times, it'll prompt you to laugh out loud at moments that aren't supposed to be funny. Which is a total letdown because, theoretically, this is Michael Mann's pure, true vision."

Posted Jul 26, 2006

Christy Lemire

25 91%

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

"[Little Miss Sunshine] offers a surprising mix of dark humor and heart, with rich performances from a strong cast."

Posted Jul 24, 2006

Christy Lemire

26 74%

Monster House (2006)

"The difference between Monster House and most other animated movies is a little thing called story. It actually has one, and doesn't just trot out cheeky characters spewing gratuitous pop-culture references."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Christy Lemire

27 63%

Clerks II (2006)

"Smith won't win any new converts with Clerks II, but he'll satisfy the devoted core audience."

Posted Jul 20, 2006

Christy Lemire

28 40%

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

"This comedy is so unfunny, it's like director Ivan Reitman and company had their senses of humor tranquilized from guzzling kryptonite lattes."

Posted Jul 20, 2006

David Germain

29 24%

Lady in the Water (2006)

"The premise -- a mystical water nymph living under the swimming pool of a drab apartment complex -- is intriguing, yet the mythology Shyamalan builds around his main characters is forced, pretentious and outright silly at times."

Posted Jul 18, 2006

David Germain

30 52%

The Groomsmen (2006)

"You have to suffer through a lot of down time in The Groomsmen to get to the good stuff."

Posted Jul 14, 2006

David Germain

31 88%

Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

"It's a lively, informative whodunit about an energy-efficient vehicle that debuted with fanfare and died with a whimper."

Posted Jul 13, 2006

David Germain

32 12%

Little Man (2006)

"All the adults are complete idiots, of course, because no one seems to notice or care about how freakish baby Calvin is - the fact that he has a full set of teeth, for example -- not even the doctor who examines him."

Posted Jul 13, 2006

Christy Lemire

33 21%

You, Me and Dupree (2006)

"After several false endings, this overlong comedy finally comes to a close. But for everyone involved, the honeymoon was over before it even began."

Posted Jul 12, 2006

Christy Lemire

34 22%

The Oh in Ohio (2006)

"A farce executed by characters who feel more like pawns than fully realized people."

Posted Jul 11, 2006

Christy Lemire

35 54%

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

"Even more cartoonish than the original film from 2003 -- a difficult feat to achieve -- this second installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, often feels like a live-action version of a Road Runner-Wile E. Coyote extravaganza."

Posted Jul 6, 2006

Christy Lemire

36 76%

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

"Fun, flirty, spirited, sexy, you can't take your eyes off it. You've gotta have it. And then just as powerfully as it bursts onto the scene and commands your attention, it dies."

Posted Jun 29, 2006

Christy Lemire

37 76%

Superman Returns (2006)

"Does the world really need Superman? Maybe not everyone. But people who love movies do."

Posted Jun 26, 2006

Christy Lemire

38 25%

The Lost City (2005)

"Garcia needed better guiding hands and eyes in the editing room to jettison the many parts that bog down the story."

Posted Jun 23, 2006

David Germain

39 95%

Wordplay (2006)

"A light, breezy documentary that introduces us to a genial gang of crossword puzzle fans whose passion for the pastime is gleefully infectious."

Posted Jun 23, 2006

David Germain

40 32%

Click (2006)

"The result is an Adam Sandler movie that works -- to a degree -- for just about everyone."

Posted Jun 22, 2006

David Germain

41 27%

Waist Deep (2006)

"It seemed impossible that Vondie Curtis Hall could direct a movie that's as bad as Glitter, but he has: Waist Deep. And Mariah Carey is nowhere in sight."

Posted Jun 21, 2006

Christy Lemire

42 69%

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2006)

"Thorough it's not, but the concert documentary Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man gathers solid interviews, anecdotes, recitations and tribute performances that present a fairly engaging portrait of the wry, dark poet who became a distinct voice."

Posted Jun 21, 2006

David Germain

43 36%

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

"The thin story and thinner characters are just setups for the race sequences, which are punctuated by lavish parties where lithe women seem to outnumber the guys by a 5-to-1 ratio."

Posted Jun 15, 2006

David Germain

44 35%

The Lake House (2006)

"Kleenex won't be necessary for watching the wannabe weepy The Lake House, but some sort of pain reliever is essential - because trying to determine whether this time-travel romance functions logically will seriously make your head hurt."

Posted Jun 15, 2006

Christy Lemire

45 11%

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)

"It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. Sorry, couldn't help it. With a title like Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, the bad Dickens puns are irresistible."

Posted Jun 15, 2006

Christy Lemire

46 40%

Nacho Libre (2006)

"Nacho Libre can be giddily hilarious and has many solid, silly laughs, but it runs out of flips and tricks -- and steam -- about halfway through."

Posted Jun 15, 2006

Christy Lemire

47 81%

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

"It's a suitable companion piece to past Altman forays into the arts such as Nashville and The Player, though lightweight by comparison."

Posted Jun 9, 2006

David Germain

48 74%

Cars (2006)

"The makers of Doc Hollywood called. They want their movie back."

Posted Jun 8, 2006

Christy Lemire

49 27%

The Omen (2006)

"It's so similar to the original that we already know what's coming. And because it adheres so closely, it only serves as a reminder of the superiority of Richard Donner's original."

Posted Jun 6, 2006

Christy Lemire

50 73%

Twelve and Holding (12 and Holding) (2006)

"The trio of youths at the heart of first-time screenwriter Anthony S. Cipriano's script do shocking, outrageous things, events seemingly arising not so much from genuine character motivations as from desire for the film to shock and be outrageous."

Posted Jun 2, 2006

David Germain

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