Palo Alto Weekly
8 Mile (2002)
Femme Fatale (2002)
"The film virtually chokes on its own self-consciousness."
Roger Dodger (2002)
All or Nothing (2002)
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
"PC stability notwithstanding, the film suffers from a simplistic narrative and a pat, fairy-tale conclusion."
Auto Focus (2002)
"Only a supremely flexible talent like Kinnear could whittle away at Crane's nuances and come up with thespian gold."
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
"Invigorating, surreal, and resonant with a rainbow of emotion."
"The second act dissolves into conventional psychological pabulum."
Merci pour le chocolat (2000)
"Its captivating conundrum is as subtle as a jackhammer."
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
"One gets the sense that Moore is setting out to provoke, rather than seek out honest answers."
Bloody Sunday (2002)
"A violent collision that's unfortunately relevant to today's relentless stream of aggressive acts."
Swept Away (2002)
"Glazed with a tawdry B-movie scum."
The Rules of Attraction (2002)
"A misogynistic piece of filth that attempts to pass itself off as hip, young adult entertainment."
Tuck Everlasting (2002)
"Director Jay Russell weighs down his capricious fairy-tale with heavy sentiment and lightweight meaning."
Red Dragon (2002)
"I can think of no earthly reason to remake an excellent example of film noir other than the calculating ka-ching of box office dollars."
Moonlight Mile (2002)
"More than makes up for its mawkish posing by offering rousing spates of genuine feeling."
"A genuine glimpse into an inscrutable culture that's virtually screaming for survival."
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
"Witherspoon deserves credit for turning a sow's ear into a silk purse with just a smile."
The Four Feathers (2002)
"Rhythm problems punctuate this battle-scarred romantic epic."
Spirited Away (2001)
Igby Goes Down (2002)
"Writer/director Burr Steers emphasizes the Q in Quirky, with mixed results."
El Último Beso (2002)
"In spite of the adolescent behavior of its players, it manages to charm."
"A tranquil experience."
Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) (2001)
"The beautifully choreographed kitchen ballet is simple but absorbing."
"A sharp satire of desperation and cinematic deception."
24 Hour Party People (2002)
"A graying fan's letdown."
"The tang of jealousy and obsession overshadows small, shallow plot contrivances."
Blood Work (2002)
"Thriller elements are present and accounted for, albeit blandly whitewashed for mainstream audiences."
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
"A virtual roller-coaster ride of glamour and sleaze."
The Good Girl (2002)
"There's no excuse for following up a delightful, well-crafted family film with a computer-generated cold fish."
"Artfully directed and well-conceived, but fails to locate and maintain a consistent tone."
Full Frontal (2002)
"Fraught with character confusion, but ultimately worth the effort."
Me Without You (2002)
"Nothing can detract from the affection of that moral favorite: friends will be friends through thick and thin."
Read My Lips (2002)
"Devos and Cassel give arresting performances as perpetual outsiders who absorb themselves in the ultimate struggle for power and position."
My Wife Is an Actress (2002)
"This is snappy, frothy screwball comedy awash in French understatement."
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
"Message movie or an action-packed submarine spectacular? Alas, it's neither."
Lovely & Amazing (2002)
""Lovely's" strength lies in its ability to stress the unremarkable and make it interesting."
Reign of Fire (2002)
"Matthew McConaughey tries, and fails, to control the screen with swaggering machismo and over-the-top lunacy."
"A frustrating exercise in the hormonal detours of human nature."
Road to Perdition (2002)
"No sophomore slump for director Sam Mendes, who segues from Oscar winner to Oscar-winning potential with a smooth sleight of hand."
"For Powerpuff aficionados and virgins alike."
"Canada's arctic light shines bright on this frozen tundra soap opera that breathes extraordinary life into the private existence of the Inuit people."
"The subtle strength of "Elling" is that it never loses touch with the reality of the grim situation."
The Emperor's New Clothes (2002)
"Bravo for history rewritten, and for the uncompromising knowledge that the highest power of all is the power of love."
Sunshine State (2002)
"Short on thrills but long on human commotion, "Sunshine" is vintage Sayles."
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
"Stitch's crazy antics are an edgy counterpart to Lilo's poignant social isolation; the engaging yin and yang of the narrative."
"The animated subplot keenly depicts the inner struggles of our adolescent heroes - insecure, uncontrolled, and intense."
The Bourne Identity (2002)
"Kudos to director Doug Liman for injecting textbook spy fare with slick intelligence and a truckload of tension."
"Phony, computer-generated images packaged together with bad performances and distributed as joyless summer entertainment."
- • Jeanne Aufmuth
- • Cathy Beheler
- • Peter Canavese
- • Jennifer Deitz
- • Tyler Hanley
- • Jim Harrington
- • Monica Hayde
- • Elizabeth Howton
- • Shellie Iliff
- • Malcolm MacLachlan
- • Joe Mader
- • Kate Manning
- • Neil Martin
- • Scott McPherson
- • Rachel Metz
- • Laura Reiley
- • D. S.
- • Leonard Schwarz
- • Jim Shelby
- • Alan Sissenwein
- • Susan Tavernetti
- • Elisabeth Traugott
- • Jose Antonio Vargas
- • Nick Veronin
- • Marc Vincenti
- • Sarah Heim and David Weld
- • Christina Ziegler-McPherson