Long Island Press
"Reflected back through adolescent eyes, Jodie Foster's dreaded nun transforms through the devilish comic imagination of Francis' pen into a kind of motorcycle gang leader of a band of brutish cleric Heaven's Angels terrorizing earth's youth."
Rules of Engagement (2000)
"Feels more like the classroom component of boot camp. Hey, dazzle us with a movie, don't shove it down our throats."
Coyote Ugly (2000)
"The strangely appealing silliness of Coyote Ugly ain't over till the fat guy dirty dances."
Bruce Almighty (2003)
"Disturbia is meant to infuse the suburban veneer of tranquility with an undercurrent of lurking menace and dormant depravity, and well it does."
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
"The shadowy underworld of drug smuggling is brought into the light and given a radiant and vulnerable human face."
Arctic Tale (2007)
"The striking visuals that sweep across both the landscape and awesome natural world beneath, compete for center stage with the film's critical ecological cautionary warning pertaining to the careless harming of the planet."
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
"A delectable antidote to family values dictum ad nauseam imposed on contemporary audiences, the brash attitude movietoon slugs viewers with its devilishly rude mantra of family dysfunction twisted mystique."
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
"Bigelow, the only female action thriller director around is one tough chick with a camera, proving she can run a tight ship even if she is the only woman on board."
"If the director seems to show Sandra no mercy as she's instructed to run around breathlessly for two hours in circles through the past, present and future in no particular order, imagine the even greater toll this movie takes on the exasperated audience."
The Door in the Floor (2004)
"The audience may feel like taking a shower, just to wash this creepy movie away."
"Spotlights what definitely does not come with your Nokia cell phone: who assembled all those microscopic parts, in what country, and whether or not they were paid minimum wage."
The Jacket (2005)
"There's nothing wrong with a little vicarious experience when you go to the movies, but the director seems to think that his supernatural psycho thriller has to drive you crazy, just to get what it's like to be really insane."
"This toxic hate at first sight sly entrapment is a deliciously wicked concoction of mutual suspicion, contempt and above all fame game obsessive co-dependency that exists between the worlds of entertainment and the corporate media."
Reno 911!: Miami (2007)
"The biggest suspense in the movie, such as it is, involves an exploding beached whale amid nudie tourists, and mystery mammary tattoos conceived during a night of drunken abandon."
"A finely honed plot that effectively traps the audience in its convoluted suspense-laden web, but strains for credibility when it comes to basic logic."
"Jane Fonda, playing the title character, immerses herself in the aging dragon-lady stereotype."
"The movie suffers from a serious split personality, with an overly honey coated tale of a family that embraces and frets over this warped stranger, interspersed with exceedingly sordid close encounters teeming with blood and gore."
The Quiet American (2003)
"What is best about great movies: the multiplicity of social and political forces that symbolically layer and exquisitely complicate unforgettable characters."
The Last Mimzy (2007)
"The Last Mimzy teases with its intent to spook adults rather than the little ones with these found kid playthings."
The Last Mimzy (2007)
"Incidentally, forget the toys, which seem to be upstaged by Wilson's underwear, reportedly the most expensive drawers ever in a movie."
License to Wed (2007)
The Watcher (2000)
"The scenario involving a seductive predator obsessed with female loners is not coherent enough to seduce an audience."
What's Cooking? (2000)
"A feast for the eyes along with the appetite, What's Cooking is a tragi-comic culinary surprise."
Stolen Life (Sheng Si Jie) (2007)
"The filmmaker takes stock with brutal candor of the traumatic turn of events in new market economy China, as the national social support system in place is increasingly dismantled for the sake of foreign greed and profit."
Gray Matters (2007)
"Much too eager to please rather than dealing with the messier issues around sexual identity."
Lonely Hearts (2006)
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
"Though Ocean and the rest of the sexy squad have to act like they're desperately dedicated to what they do best to get the job done, the whole technically intricate production comes off as more play than work. "
"The story is propelled by the idea that we live in a world so desperate for heroes, that people can go to extreme measures to either imagine or create them."
The Upside of Anger (2005)
"Costner shines as the persecuted suitor who tries his best not to mind when being nagged and belittled by his regally shrewish object of desire, up to a point."
"A clinical but ominous approach, weighing the hunted against the hunters in a world where unhealthy obsessions rule."
"The stellar inter-generational cast can't breathe sufficient life into this airless female angst mood piece to resuscitate the story."
We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)
"Summons the exposed anatomy of adultery out of its awkward secrecy, casting an intriguing light that gently and intelligently intimates why infidelity can self-destruct one marriage, and repair another."
Without a Paddle (2004)
"Gets into the male bonding mode with a casual, instinctive flair that breathes more life into the Steven Brill comedy than it may actually merit."
The Woodsman (2004)
"A bold and poignantly told tale, nestling into its characters to draw out raw and candidly revealing performances."
"...a formula stirring in upscale sex, murder, holiday mutilation and lots of junior high school revenge fantasy."
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
"If only the film had stayed out of the bedroom and in the bowels of the boxing world, this small gem could have been an unqualified knockout."
Black Sheep (2006)
"Sheep are supposed to have a particular knack for putting you to sleep, at least when counted, but Jonathan King's cannibalistic farm animal horror satire Black Sheep could keep you awake nights instead."
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
"The delete button has never been so dangerous, and in such a delightfully daring doomsday software versus pistol packing hardware thriller."
Old School (2003)
"Not exactly a time-travel fantasy, but definitely inhabited by spaced-out, anachronistic characters, Old School is about a trio of 30-something buds who yearn to go back to the past in order to avoid the present. "
Batman Begins (2005)
"A fragmented tale with a disconnect between sulking mood pieces and hi-tech urban warfare, whose logic always seems to be beside the point."
Black Snake Moan (2007)
"Feels about as authentic as the radiator in that semi-tropical countryside, where the only steamy stuff one can imagine being generated, is from that temptress in heat chained up to it."
The Village (2004)
"If you're willing to follow Shyamalan wherever he goes in his inquiry into how the US got so terrorism-fixated, he leads you into provocative, if uneven, territory."
"Haunted houses aside, never were buildings such immense sources of creepiness and fright before 9/11."
Runaway Jury (2003)
"The kind of bracing psychological thriller that makes a case for the battle of ideas being every bit as thrilling as a great fight scene."
You Kill Me (2007)
"Director John Dahl, whose signature gems include Red Rock West and The Last Seduction, playfully and quite irresistibly adds quirky romance and comic mayhem here to his accomplished, devilishly noir laced resume."
"Potent and vibrant as far as the music goes, but reticent, self-conscious and pretty much stuck on unexplored surfaces when it comes to this creative giant's complex life and times."
"A gritty urban romance that touches on the various fascinating ways that music and psychological states of mind interact or clash in a dissonant and chaotic modern world."