Palo Alto Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 23%

Raising Helen (2004)

"Although Raising Helen boasts a charming cast with a cute factor that's off the cinematic Richter scale, typical Hollywood predictability rears its ugly head too often."

Posted Jun 5, 2004

Tyler Hanley

2 91%

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

"Alfonso Cuarón has fashioned J.K. Rowling's imaginative text into a visually and emotionally satisfying stunner."

Posted Jun 1, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

3 45%

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

"Hints at our fragile humanity and tries to put a familiar face to the misery."

Posted May 26, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

4 64%

Coffee and Cigarettes (2004)

" Brilliant when it's working and dull as dishwater when it's not."

Posted May 26, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

5 61%

Saved! (2004)

"At long last a religious satire that's as deliciously subversive as it is entertaining."

Posted May 25, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

6 31%

Breakin' All the Rules (2004)

Posted May 20, 2004

Jim Shelby

7 89%

Shrek 2 (2004)

"Fairytales like this can come true . . . for me and for you."

Posted May 20, 2004

Susan Tavernetti

8 69%

Carandiru (2004)

"Moody, provocative, and overtly compassionate."

Posted May 19, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

9 23%

Van Helsing (2004)

"Expect big box-office numbers and a merchandising blitz from Van Helsing -- just don't expect a story or any semblance of logic."

Posted May 13, 2004

Tyler Hanley

10 54%

Troy (2004)

"Cheerfully reminiscent of the classic old-school epics."

Posted May 11, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

11 83%

Mean Girls (2004)

"Saturday Night Live scribe Tina Fey can officially pat herself on the back."

Posted May 8, 2004

Tyler Hanley

12 76%

Bon Voyage (2004)

Posted May 8, 2004

Susan Tavernetti

13 90%

Io non ho paura (I'm Not Scared) (2003)

"A well-crafted cross-breed that utilizes cruel power-plays of both youngsters and adults to support the ominous mood of a first-rate thriller."

Posted May 5, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

14 93%

Super Size Me (2004)

"Morgan Spurlock has crafted the ultimate contemporary horror story."

Posted May 5, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

15 11%

New York Minute (2004)

"Shouts out a substantial sense of Girl Power to a large and loyal fan base that can officially count me as one of their number."

Posted May 4, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

16 39%

Man on Fire (2004)

Posted Apr 29, 2004

Jim Shelby

17 4%

Godsend (2003)

"A bargain basement thriller lacking both thrills and chills."

Posted Apr 28, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

18 94%

The Agronomist (2004)

"An uncompromising glimpse into a life and a land waging a two-hundred year battle for peace."

Posted Apr 27, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

19 17%

Laws of Attraction (2004)

" Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan appear to like one another, but their sizzle is a fizzle."

Posted Apr 27, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

20 29%

The Punisher (2004)

"Although the character's methods may not be admirable, Jane's execution is perfect."

Posted Apr 24, 2004

Tyler Hanley

21 64%

13 Going on 30 (2004)

"Doesn't have an original bone in its narrative body, but coasts through on a large dose of Jennifer Garner charm."

Posted Apr 21, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

22 84%

Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

"Treads emotional waters that barely rippled the surface of Volume 1."

Posted Apr 16, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

23 55%

The Girl Next Door (2004)

"More daring than Risky Business and sweeter than American Pie."

Posted Apr 15, 2004

Tyler Hanley

24 4%

The Whole Ten Yards (2003)

"The resources wasted on this violent and unfunny sequel could make a thousand budding filmmakers weep."

Posted Apr 15, 2004

Jim Shelby

25 30%

The Alamo (2004)

Posted Apr 15, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

26 44%

Connie And Carla (2004)

"The project has crowd-pleaser written all over it, but it's that brand of smirky, trying-too-hard entertainment that reeks of desperation."

Posted Apr 14, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

27 95%

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

"Lush and succinct images support the twists and turns of nature's natural terms and the rumination of man's evident shortcomings."

Posted Apr 14, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

28 25%

Walking Tall (2004)

Posted Apr 5, 2004

Susan Tavernetti

29 81%

Hellboy (2004)

"Writer/director Guillermo del Toro puts too much effort on image and not enough on background."

Posted Apr 5, 2004

Tyler Hanley

30 54%

Home on the Range (2004)

"Put a fork in Disney's 2-D animation empire -- it's officially overcooked."

Posted Apr 5, 2004

Tyler Hanley

31 70%

Dogville (2003)

"Shocks, galvanizes, and exhilarates."

Posted Apr 1, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

32 21%

Scooby-Doo 2 - Monsters Unleashed (2004)

"A handful of juvenile jokes and overblown computer effects push Doo 2 into strictly kid-cinema territory."

Posted Apr 1, 2004

Tyler Hanley

33 55%

The Ladykillers (2004)

"Each of the characters is occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, and if you can go into this comedy with low expectations, you may emerge refreshed. Considering what this movie might have been, though, makes me long for the old Coen Brothers magic."

Posted Apr 1, 2004

Jim Shelby

34 34%

The United States of Leland (2004)

"The narrative merely brushes up against the issues, surrounding them with stagy performances and melodramatic results."

Posted Mar 30, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

35 28%

The Prince and Me (2004)

"Fitful corny one-liners and an ambiguous climax can be overlooked due to fresh scripting and the vast appeal of Julia Stiles and newcomer Luke Mably."

Posted Mar 29, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

36 75%

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

"Dawn rises past 28 Days Later as the new millennium's best flesh-eating flick."

Posted Mar 25, 2004

Tyler Hanley

37 22%

Taking Lives (2004)

Posted Mar 25, 2004

Susan Tavernetti

38 73%

Intermission (2003)

"A quirky, Irish six-degrees-of-separation tale that chooses the roundabout route to happily ever after."

Posted Mar 24, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

39 25%

Never Die Alone (2004)

"What starts as a routine pimp film segues into an exercise in intrigue, thanks to some snappy editing and savvy performances."

Posted Mar 23, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

40 90%

Good Bye, Lenin (2004)

"Its social satire is tinged with affable humor and subtle sadnesses, even when the deception is too-lengthily drawn out."

Posted Mar 23, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

41 41%

Jersey Girl (2004)

"Lacks the edginess and desperation that personified Kevin Smith's earlier works."

Posted Mar 22, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

42 64%

Spartan (2004)

"The message may not be comforting, but it's a wake-up call to consider individual rights and responsibilities, political wrongdoing and spin-doctoring, and the role of the press."

Posted Mar 16, 2004

Susan Tavernetti

43 13%

Agent Cody Banks 2 - Destination London (2004)

"The longtime martial-arts enthusiast in me was officially disturbed by Muniz's phony kung-fu and silly stunt kicks."

Posted Mar 16, 2004

Tyler Hanley

44 93%

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

"Delightfully demented and edgy enough to sustain interest."

Posted Mar 16, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

45 47%

Secret Window (2004)

"Bravo for the revival of the smart thriller."

Posted Mar 10, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

46 81%

The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) (2003)

"Like an alchemist, Arcand has transformed a film of ideas into an emotional experience."

Posted Mar 7, 2004

Susan Tavernetti

47 63%

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

"The zany buddy-picture chemistry of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson works wonderfully..."

Posted Mar 7, 2004

Jim Shelby

48 49%

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

"The power of spectacle overrides spiritual insight."

Posted Mar 4, 2004

Susan Tavernetti

49 85%

Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (Monsieur Ibrahim) (2003)

"Could have played as a docile father-son buddy picture, but it's much more."

Posted Mar 3, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

50 96%

Osama (2004)

"Pregnant with emotion and bitterly realized."

Posted Mar 2, 2004

Jeanne Aufmuth

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