Palo Alto Weekly
In the Bedroom (2001)
"Todd Field has constructed a remarkable first feature, directing with patient, effective pacing and a good eye for detail."
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
"Nothing like a vulgar teen comedy to whet a dry holiday whistle, but I'll take mine with splash of humor."
The Business of Strangers (2001)
"Smart, subtle, and deliciously vindictive, this is taut theater with a current of nerve-wracking tension."
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
"A simple plan with a straightforward execution."
"Snippets of intrigue reveal themselves too late to salvage the listless storyline."
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
"A stylistic ping-pong match that nonetheless gives off great energy."
Sidewalks of New York (2001)
"Burns needs to break into something new that doesn't revolve around love and lust."
"A sharp, unsettling black comedy about dentistry is long overdue."
"Great verbiage aside, the red herrings and manipulations boil down to too much of a good thing."
Shallow Hal (2001)
"This is a wildly uneven farce."
"A dark morality tale about fear, about acceptance, and about non-conformity."
The One (2001)
"Eighty minutes of dreck for seven snappy minutes of Jet Li going mano-a-mano with himself? I want more."
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
"Every bit as constructively clever as it is technologically brilliant."
"It's high time for a reminder - love and lust are NOT sole ownership of the young."
Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts) (2001)
"A stylish, mean-spirited, and surprisingly scary horror film."
Life as a House (2001)
"One half-step shy of schmaltzy, but relentlessly heartbreaking."
Waking Life (2001)
"Not fond of abstract observation in its rawest form, I found myself on the verge of discourse-induced slumber."
Riding in Cars With Boys (2001)
"A cautionary tale of heartwarming, and irritating, proportions."
Grateful Dawg (2000)
"A warm, insightful documentary, directed with palpable affection by Grisman's eldest daughter Gillian"
From Hell (2001)
"An artsy slasher film that makes good use of its large budget for costumes, production design, and surgically graphic corpses"
My First Mister (2002)
"Tilts too steeply into movie-disease-of-the-week territory."
Iron Monkey (2001)
"An engaging action film that sports some of the most impressive onscreen martial arts of the last decade."
"I confess to the blahs when it comes to Irish/English on-the-dole stories."
Joy Ride (2001)
"Film is infused with John Dahl's terrific sense of the macabre."
"...sheer romantic entertainment."
Training Day (2001)
"Denzel Washington tears up the screen as the personification of corrupt evil..."
"Humor occasionally dips low, but let's face it - dumb is fun."
Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
"In the battle of style versus substance, it's style by a head."
Don't Say a Word (2001)
"It's the Douglas formula and it works."
Rock Star (2001)
"A predictable but engaging romp through the planet of crotch-tight leather pants, big hair, and roadie bus orgies."
"Supremely stylish and uncomfortably threatening."
Tortilla Soup (2001)
"A delicious testament to love, living, and the art of eating well."
"Smith's filthy dialogue is guaranteed to offend, while inspiring surreptitious giggles."
American Outlaws (2001)
"From A to Z, this is a poor man's imitation of that legendary classic, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
The Deep End (2001)
"An unremitting nightmare of comfortable domesticity gone frighteningly awry."
American Pie 2 (2001)
"A wickedly humorous pastiche emphasizing the angst of teenage maleness."
The Others (2001)
"What it lacks in slick computer graphics is more than made up for in creepy dramatic cliches."
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
"A bit of Zeus' myth, a tad of Freud, everything but the kitchen sink."
The Princess Diaries (2001)
"It's easy to suspend, or at least relax, critical capacties in the name of good, wholesome fun."
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
"Chan and Tucker's relationship is an unfortunate chemistry based on racial insults."
Planet of the Apes (2001)
"Perhaps most disappointing is the lack of psychological subtleties..."
Jurassic Park III (2001)
"A smart script by Alexander Payne (of "Election" fame) is the saving grace of this been-there, done-that monster mash."
Divided We Fall (2001)
"Unbearable tension is coupled with wit and the consistent element of surprise."
"Evocative and resonating with pain and hope"
The Anniversary Party (2001)
"Clever concept, made uniquely personal..."
- • 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