Palo Alto Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

"Big salute to rookie director Judd Apatow and funnyman Steve Carell for reinvigorating the R-rated comedy."

Posted Aug 19, 2005

Tyler Hanley

2 85%

2046 (2005)

"An oblique ode to the enduring intrigues of unrequited love."

Posted Aug 18, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

3 36%

Asylum (2005)

"Ventures to the bleak side relentlessly and without apology."

Posted Aug 17, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

4 79%

Red Eye (2005)

"Establishes a mood and manages to keep it edgy and claustrophobic throughout."

Posted Aug 16, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

5 52%

Four Brothers (2005)

"Four Brothers begins with four-star potential, but director John Singleton's latest bullet ballet quickly degrades from taut family drama to sloppy action overdose."

Posted Aug 12, 2005

Tyler Hanley

6 38%

The Skeleton Key (2005)

"Southern-fried mumbo-jumbo has its gothic moments but the abysmal finale is unforgivable."

Posted Aug 10, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

7 93%

Grizzly Man (2005)

"A story of astonishing beauty and dark turmoil."

Posted Aug 9, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

8 79%

The Aristocrats (2005)

"One of a kind cinema; an epic roller-coaster ride of tawdry, pond-scumming filth guaranteed to offend."

Posted Aug 9, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

9 88%

Broken Flowers (2005)

"A wholly and ingeniously realized joy."

Posted Aug 9, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

10 86%

Junebug (2005)

"Southern living feels indescribably delicious in this languorous ode to small-town dysfunction."

Posted Aug 8, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

11 37%

The Great Raid (2005)

"A sturdy yet stagnant depiction of courage under fire."

Posted Aug 8, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

12 13%

Stealth (2005)

"The blueprints for Stealth called for long-forgotten spare parts, and the end result will likely cause a box-office crash."

Posted Aug 4, 2005

Tyler Hanley

13 32%

November (2005)

"Abstract in the extreme but strangely satisfying."

Posted Aug 3, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

14 69%

The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei) (2005)

"A mixed bag of style and ethics fluidly formed into an entertaining and thought-provoking whole."

Posted Aug 3, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

15 13%

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)

"B-movie pabulum within an A-level marketing plan."

Posted Aug 3, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

16 40%

The Island (2005)

"Viewers will be contemplating the commentary on life, death and humanity -- after they pop Advils for their pounding headaches."

Posted Jul 28, 2005

Tyler Hanley

17 98%

Murderball (2005)

"Its energy is unmistakable, born of a fiery determination and single-minded spirit rarely witnessed onscreen or off."

Posted Jul 27, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

18 35%

Must Love Dogs (2005)

"Its flaws are patently obvious and they aren't pretty."

Posted Jul 26, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

19 82%

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

"The Everlasting Gobstopper of Dahl adaptations."

Posted Jul 21, 2005

Susan Tavernetti

20 77%

The Beautiful Country (2005)

"A melting pot of concepts and cultures comes together in this muddled but occasionally effective drama."

Posted Jul 20, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

21 82%

Hustle & Flow (2005)

"A stark street savvy jockeys for screen time with an overwhelming aura of futility and funk."

Posted Jul 19, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

22 54%

Happy Endings (2005)

"Satisfying dramedy with an artery blocked heart."

Posted Jul 14, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

23 89%

Machuca (2004)

"Dense and well-crafted."

Posted Jul 13, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

24 75%

Wedding Crashers (2005)

"There's no denying the rough-hewn charm of Wilson and Vaughn who chew it up rude and crude on the bumpy road to true love."

Posted Jul 13, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

25 81%

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

"Establishes a fragile tension that's both disquieting and hopeful but its poetic nature is abstract in the extreme."

Posted Jul 9, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

26 27%

Fantastic Four (2005)

"(Chiklis and Evans) play the roles as though they had read the Fantastic Four their entire lives."

Posted Jul 8, 2005

Tyler Hanley

27 85%

De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) (2005)

"Never skips a beat in its desire to dig deep into emotional vulnerability."

Posted Jul 6, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

28 46%

Dark Water (2005)

"Conventions aside the film establishes a palpable sense of suspicion and dread and manages to retain it throughout."

Posted Jul 6, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

29 25%

Bewitched (2005)

"This comedy might make you smile but won't leave you spellbound."

Posted Jul 5, 2005

Susan Tavernetti

30 74%

War of the Worlds (2005)

"War is a blast."

Posted Jun 29, 2005

Tyler Hanley

31 41%

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

"Any responsible person should be wary of a vehicle that accelerates on its own, winks with its headlights and sprays hot oil at hostile onlookers."

Posted Jun 27, 2005

Tyler Hanley

32 74%

Land of the Dead (2005)

"Despite being too bloody for its own good, Land is a different breed of walking-dead movie -- one with soul."

Posted Jun 27, 2005

Tyler Hanley

33 59%

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

"Failing to make a commitment to character development or genre, Mr. & Mrs. Smith feels like a bad relationship that goes on way too long."

Posted Jun 25, 2005

Susan Tavernetti

34 6%

The Perfect Man (2005)

"Despite a charismatic turn by Heather Locklear and comic relief from Carson Kressley, The Perfect Man is far from the perfect movie."

Posted Jun 17, 2005

Tyler Hanley

35 41%

High Tension (Switchblade Romance) (2005)

Posted Jun 14, 2005

Susan Tavernetti

36 85%

Batman Begins (2005)

"The boy in the bestial batsuit is bigger and better than ever thanks to a dark veil of secrecy and the menacing genesis of family skeletons."

Posted Jun 13, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

37 90%

My Summer of Love (2004)

"Pawel Pawlikowski has crafted a moody and disturbing love story of manipulation and betrayal with a smattering of spare parts."

Posted Jun 12, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

38 94%

March of the Penguins (2005)

"An enthralling documentary of uncompromising charm and splendor."

Posted Jun 12, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

39 64%

Heights (2005)

"A smart day-in-the-life-of charmer."

Posted Jun 12, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

40 87%

Howl's Moving Castle (2005)

"Absurdly engaging narrative and surreal visuals."

Posted Jun 12, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

41 57%

Après vous (After You) (2003)

"When it's good it's very very good; sharp, quirky and joyful."

Posted Jun 8, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

42 20%

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005)

"A jumble of concepts and half-baked imaginings."

Posted Jun 6, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

43 55%

Lords of Dogtown (2005)

"The trailers for this emotionally charged skateboarding picture are more misleading than a politician's pre-election promises."

Posted Jun 3, 2005

Tyler Hanley

44 82%

Rock School (2005)

" I dislike the tyrannical tirades and profanity-laced psychology Paul Green uses to inspire his prodigal talent."

Posted Jun 1, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

45 77%

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

"A profoundly sweet take on girls growing into women."

Posted May 31, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

46 80%

Cinderella Man (2005)

"Rings of formula but has moxie to spare."

Posted May 31, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

47 31%

The Longest Yard (2005)

Posted May 27, 2005

Tyler Hanley

48 84%

Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

"A precocious documentary that speaks the universal language of rhythm and soul."

Posted May 25, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

49 55%

Madagascar (2005)

"The cuddly factor ultimately wears thin..."

Posted May 24, 2005

Jeanne Aufmuth

50 65%

Unleashed (Danny the Dog) (2005)

"They didn't use much imagination -- or paper -- on this script."

Posted May 19, 2005

Susan Tavernetti

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