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Detroit Free Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

"... a film of small and gratifying surprises."

Posted Aug 13, 2006

Terry Lawson

2 3%

Zoom (2006)

"If Tim Allen really was a superhero, his name would be Blandman. His power: turn even the most innocuous kiddie movie into something nearly unwatchable."

Posted Aug 12, 2006

John Monaghan

3 19%

Step Up (2006)

"Dirty Dancing by way of 8 Mile might be the best way to describe Step Up, a likable, predictable musical drama."

Posted Aug 12, 2006

John Monaghan

4 10%

Pulse (2006)

"An hour into the movie, I shut out the story and dialogue entirely and just focused on the visuals. That made the boring Bell and the cast of third-string teen movie supporting players somehow easier to bear."

Posted Aug 12, 2006

John Monaghan

5 68%

World Trade Center (2006)

"World Trade Center is beautifully acted down to the smallest role and exquisitely crafted -- it is all but impossible to tell the difference between the computer-generated imagery and live-action sequences shot in Manhattan."

Posted Aug 9, 2006

Terry Lawson

6 22%

The Oh in Ohio (2006)

"Unfortunately, writer Adam Wierzbianski, who seems more steeped in the rhythm method of sitcom than the less predictable peaks of screwball, allows the batteries to run down prematurely."

Posted Aug 4, 2006

Terry Lawson

7 40%

The Night Listener (2006)

"Director Patrick Stettner -- seems unable to settle on what The Night Listener actually wants to say."

Posted Aug 4, 2006

Terry Lawson

8 72%

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

"NASCAR fans will likely love Talladega Nights, which may be a glowing endorsement or a warning sign, depending on the viewer."

Posted Aug 4, 2006

John Monaghan

9 85%

The Descent (2006)

"You genuinely care about the six women who enter a cave in the Appalachian mountains, only to discover it crawling with flesh-eating predators who have adapted to life in the dark."

Posted Aug 3, 2006

John Monaghan

10 22%

Barnyard (2006)

"Poorly animated and barely scripted, this is the worst in an endless line of computer-animated movies starring animals this year."

Posted Aug 3, 2006

John Monaghan

11 18%

Shadowboxer (2005)

"A ridiculous movie that starts off completely cracked and just gets crazier and crazier."

Posted Jul 28, 2006

Terry Lawson

12 25%

Peaceful Warrior (2006)

"A movie about spiritual awakening that plays like a spliced-together string of New Age fortune cookie messages."

Posted Jul 28, 2006

John Monaghan

13 82%

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

"Once in a Lifetime would have benefited greatly from historical and outside perspective, but the story on screen is such a kick that even monotone narrator Matt Dillon gets caught up in the excitement."

Posted Jul 28, 2006

Terry Lawson

14 63%

The Ant Bully (2006)

"If the Ant Bully story is generic, it is never plodding. It zips along quite nicely, aided by the especially well-constructed action sequences."

Posted Jul 28, 2006

Terry Lawson

15 26%

John Tucker Must Die (2006)

"... a teen payback comedy that squanders any potential it might have had on the altar of that all-important teen desire: It wants us to think it's cute."

Posted Jul 28, 2006

Terry Lawson

16 47%

Miami Vice (2006)

"Perhaps had they been given a script, a purpose or a mission, Miami Vice the movie might have been something worthy of the talented Mann's attention."

Posted Jul 28, 2006

Terry Lawson

17 40%

Scoop (2006)

"Anyone who assumed Match Point heralded a return to form or a renaissance for one the great American filmmakers should be sorely disappointed by Scoop."

Posted Jul 27, 2006

Terry Lawson

18 63%

Clerks II (2006)

"Clerks II is not a return to the roots. It's just a cartoonish trip in the way-back machine outfitted with a questionable moral."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Terry Lawson

19 40%

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

"My Super Ex-Girlfriend dispels any doubt that the philosophy of high concept -- in which a film's entire content can be contained in the title or one brief phase, a la Snakes on a Plane -- is back in vogue."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Terry Lawson

20 74%

Monster House (2006)

"Like the books of Roald Dahl and the Harry Potter novels, Monster House does not condescend to kids, but respects their intelligence, and their ability to separate fantasy from reality."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Terry Lawson

21 24%

Lady in the Water (2006)

"Lady is not likely to convert critics who believe Shyamalan is only a one-trick pony. Those willing to risk a dip in this pool, on the other hand, may be refreshed, if not reborn."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Terry Lawson

22 52%

Strangers with Candy (2005)

"Not surprisingly, the film version contains about 30 minutes of hilarity, and they're stretched out at least as far as Jerri's ill-fitting slacks."

Posted Jul 14, 2006

Terry Lawson

23 69%

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2006)

"A tribute concert with earnest but mostly average performances gussied up with fawning if passionate praise from admirers and occasional bits of self-deprecation from Cohen himself."

Posted Jul 14, 2006

Terry Lawson

24 69%

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

"Although the story is greatly enhanced by the mesmerizing visual design, it is also involving because of the duplicity and duality of the characters."

Posted Jul 14, 2006

Terry Lawson

25 21%

You, Me and Dupree (2006)

"If you've seen the trailer, you've seen only half the movie -- and all the jokes."

Posted Jul 14, 2006

Terry Lawson

26 12%

Little Man (2006)

"The sizable laughs in Little Man make it better than just about anyone expected."

Posted Jul 14, 2006

Julie Hinds

27 86%

The Heart of the Game (2005)

"[The Roughriders] persevere, as did director Serrill, who took his time to find the real heart of this game."

Posted Jul 7, 2006

Terry Lawson

28 88%

Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

"Runs efficiently on its own energy and sincerity, which makes it not unlike the car it mourns."

Posted Jul 7, 2006

Terry Lawson

29 54%

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

"It's like an amusement park excursion where the entry fee is so high you feel compelled to stay until you get a stomachache to get your money's worth."

Posted Jul 6, 2006

Terry Lawson

30 95%

Wordplay (2006)

"Manages to present lively and entertaining portraits of men and women who think in boxes while working outside of them."

Posted Jun 30, 2006

Terry Lawson

31 76%

Superman Returns (2006)

"Singer has succeeded beyond anyone's expectations -- and establishes himself as someone to whom any film aiming for taste and intelligence could be trusted."

Posted Jun 27, 2006

Terry Lawson

32 32%

Click (2006)

"Everything about Click is so predictable that when it is released on home video, you will be able to watch it in a lot less than the 98 minutes it takes to see it in the theater."

Posted Jun 23, 2006

Terry Lawson

33 27%

Waist Deep (2006)

"[Director Hall] has proved he is as good with actors as he is at staging action sequences and creating tension."

Posted Jun 23, 2006

Terry Lawson

34 81%

Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006)

"It is a few meaningful glimpses into the mind and life of a man who resists being seen as complex and singular."

Posted Jun 16, 2006

Terry Lawson

35 70%

Roving Mars (2006)

"Capably accomplishes its mission to Mars by blending solid science with sci-fi eye candy."

Posted Jun 16, 2006

John Monaghan

36 11%

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)

"There's nothing horribly wrong with Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties."

Posted Jun 16, 2006

John Monaghan

37 36%

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

"Think of the countless car chases you've seen at the movies. Then catch Tokyo Drift to understand how this movie, as silly as it is, offers something different and fresh. For fans of the genre, that's a stunt worth getting revved up for."

Posted Jun 16, 2006

John Monaghan

38 35%

The Lake House (2006)

"The list of inconsistencies is far too long and laborious to recount."

Posted Jun 16, 2006

Terry Lawson

39 40%

Nacho Libre (2006)

"The irony is that just about any actual Mexican wrestling movie is funnier than this would-be parody, which never gets off the mat."

Posted Jun 16, 2006

Terry Lawson

40 25%

The Lost City (2005)

"The movie has too many stories to tell and tells none of them very well."

Posted Jun 9, 2006

Terry Lawson

41 44%

Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream) (2005)

"Everything here is beyond predictable."

Posted Jun 9, 2006

John Monaghan

42 81%

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

"The movie is not just enormously entertaining, it is deeply moving, both in the way it celebrates storytelling and storytellers -- and in the unembarrassed way its creators and performers remind us how much we need them."

Posted Jun 9, 2006

Terry Lawson

43 93%

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

"Communicates the dangers of ignoring global warning with credible urgency in a way news coverage of conferences and TV news segments have never been able to do."

Posted Jun 9, 2006

Terry Lawson

44 74%

Cars (2006)

"Its characters may be made of steel, but this movie is made of sturdier stuff: heart and art."

Posted Jun 9, 2006

Terry Lawson

45 27%

The Omen (2006)

"In their religious fidelity to the original, director John Moore and writer David Seltzer don't attempt to paper over anachronisms from Seltzer's 1976 script."

Posted Jun 6, 2006

Terry Lawson

46 52%

Down in the Valley (2005)

"Even if this drama from David Jacobson can't quite cover all the territory the director-writer is looking to survey, it still's one of the most original movies in a long time."

Posted Jun 2, 2006

Terry Lawson

47 80%

District B13 (Banlieue 13) (2006)

"When a film is this entertaining, it doesn't have to be all that original."

Posted Jun 2, 2006

Terry Lawson

48 73%

Twelve and Holding (12 and Holding) (2006)

"The film is as oblivious as the adults."

Posted Jun 2, 2006

Terry Lawson

49 33%

The Break-Up (2006)

"If you really feel the need to be bullied and insulted, just call up your HMO provider or reserve a table at an expensive restaurant."

Posted Jun 2, 2006

Terry Lawson

50 37%

Keeping Up With The Steins (2006)

"We get the distinct feeling this film has been made by people who don't really want to offend their friends, who would rather spend a million dollars impressing others as opposed to throwing it away on hunger relief or American education."

Posted May 26, 2006

Terry Lawson

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