San Jose Mercury News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 67%

The 11th Hour (2007)

"No matter what time it is in the grand, cosmic scheme of things, The 11th Hour arrives about a day late and an eco-dollar short of An Inconvenient Truth"

Posted Aug 31, 2007

Bruce Newman

2 20%

Death Sentence (2007)

"As rancid as its title is lurid, an example of pulp fiction run amok."

Posted Aug 31, 2007

Bruce Newman

3 34%

The Nanny Diaries (2007)

"There's a heart-sinking moment early in The Nanny Diaries when it becomes apparent that every literary gimmick that seemed arch and clever in the bestselling novel of 2002 is going to fall horribly flat in the worst movie of 2007."

Posted Aug 24, 2007

Bruce Newman

4 50%

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

"The Wikipedia page on gurning lists Atkinson right behind Jim Carrey as one of the world's leading practitioners of grotesque face-making. And this is his ghastly masterpiece."

Posted Aug 24, 2007

Bruce Newman

5 63%

Californication: Season 1 (TV, 2007)

" A caustic, sharp-edged mix of humor and drama that tiptoes along the edge of disaster but never drops into the looming abyss. "

Posted Aug 13, 2007

Charlie McCollum

6 82%

Talk to Me (2007)

"The movie's occasional narrative shortcomings are offset by the performances, which are uniformly fine."

Posted Aug 3, 2007

Bruce Newman

7 94%

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

"From that first moment to the last of this peerlessly mounted action thriller, the chase never stops. Bourne's nerve never falters, or that of director Paul Greengrass, either."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Bruce Newman

8 41%

No Reservations (2007)

"You don't need to have been a fan of the terrific German film Mostly Martha that inspired this remake, or even to have seen the original, to recognize that her American cousin has a tendency to overcook things."

Posted Jul 27, 2007

Bruce Newman

9 90%

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

" The movie isn't a disaster, just a disappointment."

Posted Jul 25, 2007

Bruce Newman

10 91%

Hairspray (2007)

"The movie pulsates with so much energy and excitement that it sometimes seems it will come bouncing off the screen. But then someone applies another layer of lacquer to their 'do, and the whole boisterous bouffant of a show somehow sticks together."

Posted Jul 19, 2007

Bruce Newman

11 30%

Goya's Ghosts (2007)

" There's an unfortunate tendency in this movie for the forces of history to overtake scenes."

Posted Jul 19, 2007

Bruce Newman

12 62%

Joshua (2007)

"Sickeningly creepy."

Posted Jul 13, 2007

Bruce Newman

13 64%

Vitus (2007)

"We're supposed to be convinced that [Vitus has] proved himself a normal kid in spite of his virtuoso skills, not because of them. It's a bit of a stretch, but he's got the long fingers for it."

Posted Jul 13, 2007

Bruce Newman

14 79%

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

"For all its gloominess, Order of the Phoenix is, in several ways, the best Potter picture yet."

Posted Jul 9, 2007

Bruce Newman

15 70%

Black Sheep (2006)

"...Black Sheep never rises above sensation and splatter, or goes beyond the one thing it does best: It bites."

Posted Jul 6, 2007

Bruce Newman

16 57%

Transformers (2007)

"As a movie, Transformers is mostly muscle car, but it has enough of a brain under its hood to know how, and when, to be funny."

Posted Jul 2, 2007

Bruce Newman

17 96%

Ratatouille (2007)

"This is an animated movie that's been made for adults, although kids probably will enjoy it, too."

Posted Jun 29, 2007

Bruce Newman

18 92%

Sicko (2007)

"Sicko represents Moore's most mature work as a filmmaker."

Posted Jun 28, 2007

Bruce Newman

19 82%

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

"Willis has a firm grip on what has made his character popular for nearly two decades, and maintains a firm hand on the wheel. Like almost everything he drives, he keeps the movie airborne. Yippee-ki-yay."

Posted Jun 26, 2007

Bruce Newman

20 79%

A Mighty Heart (2007)

"Shooting in what often appears to be available light, and with a handheld camera that he has tamed sufficiently to prevent motion sickness, Winterbottom keeps the picture moving along like a thriller."

Posted Jun 22, 2007

Bruce Newman

21 23%

Evan Almighty (2007)

"Even the editing betrays a sense of desperation about the material. It's cut so tight that no one ever breathes, they just talk."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Bruce Newman

22 70%

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

"After the story's wheels are set in motion, you pretty much know everything that's going to happen, but director Steven Soderbergh makes it fun to watch your winning hand unfold."

Posted Jun 7, 2007

Bruce Newman

23 45%

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

"[Erupts] into a grand and glorious adventure at the final hour. After lying dead in the water during much of its three-part odyssey, Pirates of the Caribbean has saved the best for last. The third time is the charmer."

Posted May 24, 2007

Bruce Newman

24 45%

Fay Grim (2007)

"Fay Grim is a farce in which people die and lives are ruined. Which is to say, it's peculiarly funny, but you have to be an existentialist with lightning-fast reflexes to get all the jokes."

Posted May 18, 2007

Bruce Newman

25 89%

Waitress (2007)

" Russell is the magic ingredient that holds all this together."

Posted May 11, 2007

Bruce Newman

26 29%

Lucky You (2007)

"At 2 hours and 15 minutes, Lucky You does play a bit long. It's probably about two hours longer than it needs to be."

Posted May 4, 2007

Bruce Newman

27 63%

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

"There are so many super-villains buzzing around like flies in Spider-Man 3 that the web of plots, subplots, flashbacks and unnecessary character amplifications makes it feel more like Spider-Man."

Posted May 2, 2007

Bruce Newman

28 76%

Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007)

"Despite the picture's subtitles and its imposing 145-minute running time, Black Book maintains a breakneck pace, pausing only long enough to raise some very interesting questions."

Posted Apr 27, 2007

Bruce Newman

29 70%

The Valet (La Doublure) (2007)

"The story is farcical and falling-down funny, and yet the actors treat [director] Veber's material as if it were all serious. And entirely reasonable."

Posted Apr 26, 2007

Bruce Newman

30 69%

Year of the Dog (2007)

"There's a lot of truth and beauty in Year of the Dog, and most of it radiates from the performance of Molly Shannon."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Bruce Newman

31 72%

Fracture (2007)

"Sometimes movies that shouldn't work deliver an outcome that's as satisfying as Fracture."

Posted Apr 19, 2007

Bruce Newman

32 11%

Perfect Stranger (2007)

"People with access to vital information just show up when the movie needs them, then vanish again."

Posted Apr 13, 2007

Bruce Newman

33 8%

The Reaping (2007)

"The Reaping isn't quite bad enough, or even New Testament enough, to qualify as a sign of the impending apocalypse. But by the time it's over, you know you're getting close."

Posted Apr 9, 2007

Bruce Newman

34 83%

Grindhouse (2007)

"A weaponized adrenaline rush."

Posted Apr 9, 2007

Bruce Newman

35 58%

First Snow (2007)

"... this one foresees a bleak future for anyone fool enough to look into it."

Posted Apr 9, 2007

Bruce Newman

36 38%

Firehouse Dog (2007)

"It has one of the best -- if not always the most heartwarming -- dog-and-his-boy relationships since Lassie."

Posted Apr 4, 2007

Bruce Newman

37 69%

Blades of Glory (2007)

"They don't quite nail it."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Bruce Newman

38 48%

Shooter (2007)

"Shooter won't win any Oscars, but it has blood and brains, and even some heart. They're splattered all over the screen."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Bruce Newman

39 64%

Reign Over Me (2007)

"When Binder isn't stuck on message, the picture has a breezy, inconsequential charm. But in at least two unforgivably manipulative scenes the movie asks us for feelings that it has not yet earned."

Posted Mar 22, 2007

Bruce Newman

40 92%

An Unreasonable Man (2007)

"The first half of the movie is an absorbing study of this part of Nader's public life, and then it switches -- as he did -- to politics, where the results for both him and the picture are less cheerful."

Posted Mar 16, 2007

Bruce Newman

41 60%

300 (2007)

"Unless you like human shish kabob, don't spring forward. Fall back."

Posted Mar 8, 2007

Bruce Newman

42 ——

Trained in the Ways of Men (2007)

"Like an episode of Law and Order, the film lays out the facts of the case, allows us to get to know many of the principal characters and packs an emotional wallop."

Posted Mar 1, 2007

Bruce Newman

43 57%

Monster Camp (2008)

"At 82 minutes, this visit to a rarely seen world of gamers may begin to feel a little long, unless you're planning to get into the game yourself."

Posted Mar 1, 2007

Bruce Newman

44 63%

Blood Car (2007)

"[Director] Orr pulls out all the stops, even when he should leave them in, and the result is a joke that can't quite sustain the movie's running time."

Posted Mar 1, 2007

Bruce Newman

45 ——

Batad ()

"The movie's pacing sometimes reminds you why Ag-Ap wants out of his village, but the deeper it delves into his life, the more Batad picks up speed."

Posted Mar 1, 2007

Bruce Newman

46 33%

Sublime (2007)

"It's less a visual tour-de-force than force-fed pretentious shots meant to convey artistry."

Posted Mar 1, 2007

Bruce Newman

47 51%

Puccini for Beginners (2007)

"Proving that a movie called Puccini For Beginners actually can be as deeply pretentious as its title implies, Puccini For Beginners attempts to pick up the torch once carried by Woody Allen for the romantic comedy of ideas."

Posted Mar 1, 2007

Bruce Newman

48 89%

Zodiac (2007)

"The movie provides a crackling chase narrative that should please fans of the dozen or so police procedurals already on TV, but it can't deliver what it doesn't have."

Posted Mar 1, 2007

Bruce Newman

49 70%

Amazing Grace (2007)

"Like Steven Spielberg's glossy Amistad before it, Amazing Grace shies away from the texture and complexity of color, scurrying instead for the safer platitudes of black and white -- good and evil."

Posted Feb 22, 2007

Bruce Newman

50 93%

The Lives of Others (2006)

"Somber and watchful, like the people whose story it tells, The Lives of Others brilliantly abrades our perception of the 1980s as a time when the only history worth remembering was being made by Wham! and Duran Duran."

Posted Feb 15, 2007

Bruce Newman

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