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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
76%

8 Mile (2002)

2
48%

Femme Fatale (2002)

"The film virtually chokes on its own self-consciousness."

Posted Nov 5, 2002
3
88%

Roger Dodger (2002)

4
83%
5
83%

"PC stability notwithstanding, the film suffers from a simplistic narrative and a pat, fairy-tale conclusion."

Posted Oct 22, 2002
6
72%

Auto Focus (2002)

"Only a supremely flexible talent like Kinnear could whittle away at Crane's nuances and come up with thespian gold."

Posted Oct 21, 2002
7
79%

"Invigorating, surreal, and resonant with a rainbow of emotion."

Posted Oct 17, 2002
8
16%

Abandon (2002)

"The second act dissolves into conventional psychological pabulum."

Posted Oct 16, 2002
9
84%

"Its captivating conundrum is as subtle as a jackhammer."

Posted Oct 15, 2002
10
96%

"One gets the sense that Moore is setting out to provoke, rather than seek out honest answers."

Posted Oct 14, 2002
11
92%

Bloody Sunday (2002)

"A violent collision that's unfortunately relevant to today's relentless stream of aggressive acts."

Posted Oct 9, 2002
12
5%

Swept Away (2002)

"Glazed with a tawdry B-movie scum."

Posted Oct 9, 2002
13
43%

"A misogynistic piece of filth that attempts to pass itself off as hip, young adult entertainment."

Posted Oct 7, 2002
14
61%

"Director Jay Russell weighs down his capricious fairy-tale with heavy sentiment and lightweight meaning."

Posted Oct 7, 2002
15
69%

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."

Posted Oct 2, 2002
16
63%

"More than makes up for its mawkish posing by offering rousing spates of genuine feeling."

Posted Sep 25, 2002
17
59%

Skins (2002)

"A genuine glimpse into an inscrutable culture that's virtually screaming for survival."

Posted Sep 24, 2002
18
38%

"Witherspoon deserves credit for turning a sow's ear into a silk purse with just a smile."

Posted Sep 24, 2002
19
41%

"Rhythm problems punctuate this battle-scarred romantic epic."

Posted Sep 18, 2002
20
97%

Spirited Away (2001)

21
76%

"Writer/director Burr Steers emphasizes the Q in Quirky, with mixed results."

Posted Sep 16, 2002
22
73%

"In spite of the adolescent behavior of its players, it manages to charm."

Posted Sep 4, 2002
23
99%

"A tranquil experience."

Posted Aug 27, 2002
24
92%

"The beautifully choreographed kitchen ballet is simple but absorbing."

Posted Aug 18, 2002
25
51%

Simone (2002)

"A sharp satire of desperation and cinematic deception."

Posted Aug 18, 2002
26
86%

"A graying fan's letdown."

Posted Aug 14, 2002
27
65%

Possession (2002)

"The tang of jealousy and obsession overshadows small, shallow plot contrivances."

Posted Aug 12, 2002
28
53%

Blood Work (2002)

"Thriller elements are present and accounted for, albeit blandly whitewashed for mainstream audiences."

Posted Aug 7, 2002
29
92%

"A virtual roller-coaster ride of glamour and sleaze."

Posted Aug 7, 2002
30
81%

The Good Girl (2002)

Posted Aug 7, 2002
31
74%

"There's no excuse for following up a delightful, well-crafted family film with a computer-generated cold fish."

Posted Aug 6, 2002
32
74%

Signs (2002)

"Artfully directed and well-conceived, but fails to locate and maintain a consistent tone."

Posted Jul 31, 2002
33
38%

Full Frontal (2002)

"Fraught with character confusion, but ultimately worth the effort."

Posted Jul 31, 2002
34
66%

"Nothing can detract from the affection of that moral favorite: friends will be friends through thick and thin."

Posted Jul 31, 2002
35
97%

Read My Lips (2002)

"Devos and Cassel give arresting performances as perpetual outsiders who absorb themselves in the ultimate struggle for power and position."

Posted Jul 30, 2002
36
66%

"This is snappy, frothy screwball comedy awash in French understatement."

Posted Jul 19, 2002
37
60%

"Message movie or an action-packed submarine spectacular? Alas, it's neither."

Posted Jul 18, 2002
38
86%

""Lovely's" strength lies in its ability to stress the unremarkable and make it interesting."

Posted Jul 15, 2002
39
40%

Reign of Fire (2002)

"Matthew McConaughey tries, and fails, to control the screen with swaggering machismo and over-the-top lunacy."

Posted Jul 10, 2002
40
73%

"A frustrating exercise in the hormonal detours of human nature."

Posted Jul 9, 2002
41
81%

"No sophomore slump for director Sam Mendes, who segues from Oscar winner to Oscar-winning potential with a smooth sleight of hand."

Posted Jul 9, 2002
42
63%

"For Powerpuff aficionados and virgins alike."

Posted Jul 3, 2002
43
90%

"Canada's arctic light shines bright on this frozen tundra soap opera that breathes extraordinary life into the private existence of the Inuit people."

Posted Jun 30, 2002
44
84%

Elling (2002)

"The subtle strength of "Elling" is that it never loses touch with the reality of the grim situation."

Posted Jun 26, 2002
45
73%

"Bravo for history rewritten, and for the uncompromising knowledge that the highest power of all is the power of love."

Posted Jun 24, 2002
46
80%

"Short on thrills but long on human commotion, "Sunshine" is vintage Sayles."

Posted Jun 24, 2002
47
86%

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."

Posted Jun 18, 2002
48
77%

"The animated subplot keenly depicts the inner struggles of our adolescent heroes - insecure, uncontrolled, and intense."

Posted Jun 18, 2002
49
83%

"Kudos to director Doug Liman for injecting textbook spy fare with slick intelligence and a truckload of tension."

Posted Jun 16, 2002
50
30%

Scooby-Doo (2002)

"Phony, computer-generated images packaged together with bad performances and distributed as joyless summer entertainment."

Posted Jun 12, 2002