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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 10%

Taxi (2004)

"It was raining hard in 'Frisco. Jimmy Fallon needed one more fare to make his night. Queen Latifah, up ahead, waved to flag him down... Alas, that's not what 'Taxi' is... "

Posted Oct 7, 2004

James Sanford

2 71%

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

"Warped fun with memorably weird ideas, effects and costumes"

Posted Oct 1, 2004

James Sanford

3 36%

Shark Tale (2004)

"...all shiny surfaces, bright colors and corny jokes, backed up by a percolating, vaguely irritating soundtrack of pop-rap... "

Posted Oct 1, 2004

James Sanford

4 65%

We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)

"held together by the remarkably vivid and varied performances of Ruffalo, Dern, Watts and Krause, each of whom gets his or her share of juicy moments and sharp dialogue."

Posted Sep 24, 2004

James Sanford

5 8%

First Daughter (2004)

"remains reasonably pleasant, since Holmes turns Sam into something more than the run-of-the-mill poor little rich girl."

Posted Sep 24, 2004

James Sanford

6 31%

The Forgotten (2004)

"...draws you in with the promise of a mind-blowing payoff and instead offers nothing more than hysterical hooey."

Posted Sep 24, 2004

James Sanford

7 53%

A Dirty Shame (2004)

"an old-school Waters creation that wears its NC-17 rating proudly. ... a resounding return to form after the mostly muddled 'Cecil B. Demented.'"

Posted Sep 24, 2004

James Sanford

8 91%

Baadasssss! (2003)

"both as an atmospheric, often funny look at the wild world of independent moviemaking and as a surprisingly touching story of father/son bonding."

Posted Sep 9, 2004

James Sanford

9 5%

The Cookout (2004)

"This is one more entry in the long list of 'urban comedies' that dish out the kind of humor that would probably spark protests if the filmmakers weren't African-American."

Posted Sep 9, 2004

James Sanford

10 18%

Paparazzi (2004)

"Hairdresser-turned-director Paul Abascal does a perfectly awful job... if his perms and finger waves were as unruly as his work here, he would have been exiled from the salon."

Posted Sep 9, 2004

James Sanford

11 25%

Wicker Park (2004)

"For some, this will be an enjoyable mystery to sort out; for others it's a headache waiting to happen."

Posted Sep 3, 2004

James Sanford

12 51%

Vanity Fair (2004)

"not a picture that will satisfy Thackeray fanatics... but it does serve as an admirable showcase for Witherspoon. ...The sparkle fades in the second hour, however..."

Posted Sep 3, 2004

James Sanford

13 0%

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)

"director Bob Clark and screenwriter Gregory Poppen don't shoehorn in nearly as much innuendo or smarminess this time around; they're equally stingy with charm and imagination."

Posted Aug 31, 2004

James Sanford

14 29%

Three Men and a Little Lady (1990)

"Lame sequel, but what did you expect?"

Posted Aug 26, 2004

James Sanford

15 91%

Mother (1996)

"Good, not great Brooks, but Reynolds is a riot"

Posted Aug 26, 2004

James Sanford

16 82%

Jagged Edge (1985)

"Slick, unsatisfying silliness"

Posted Aug 26, 2004

James Sanford

17 100%

Paperhouse ()

"A real sleeper: charming, scary, enthralling"

Posted Aug 26, 2004

James Sanford

18 80%

Romance on the High Seas (It's Magic) (1948)

"Goofy and good-humored debut for Doris Day"

Posted Aug 26, 2004

James Sanford

19 95%

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

"it's a movie rich in Buddhist philosophies, yet full of incidents and observations that are easy to grasp, regardless of your beliefs."

Posted Aug 26, 2004

James Sanford

20 95%

Hero (2004)

"The images in 'Hero' are often so magnetic you might find yourself forgetting to read the subtitles, but then this is definitely a movie that deserves a second viewing anyhow."

Posted Aug 26, 2004

James Sanford

21 26%

Anacondas - The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)

"the cast is full of no-name no-talents, the script might have been spit out by a screenwriting program on autopilot and the visual effects all but scream 'direct-to-video.'"

Posted Aug 26, 2004

James Sanford

22 86%

Garden State (2004)

"succeeds as both a solid sentimental comedy and as a serious statement about the dangers of letting life pass you by."

Posted Aug 20, 2004

James Sanford

23 14%

Without A Paddle (2004)

"The only thing that's remotely impressive about this waste of 99 minutes is that it somehow took five writers to put it together, proving that too many cooks spoil the s'mores"

Posted Aug 20, 2004

James Sanford

24 54%

Less Than Zero (1987)

"Has style to spare, but none of the novel's shock value"

Posted Aug 15, 2004

James Sanford

25 94%

Last Seduction (1994)

"Clever thriller with excellent work from Fiorentino and a surprisingly sinister Pullman"

Posted Aug 15, 2004

James Sanford

26 97%

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

"Mediocre as a musical, but a good showcase for Monroe"

Posted Aug 15, 2004

James Sanford

27 72%

Open Water (2004)

"Instead of... hurling buckets of blood onto the screen, the film effectively exploits perhaps the most basic phobia in our subconscious: the terror of being abandoned."

Posted Aug 15, 2004

James Sanford

28 29%

Greedy (1994)

"Forgettable farce"

Posted Aug 13, 2004

James Sanford

29 21%

Baby's Day Out (1994)

"OK slapstick in the "Home Alone" vein"

Posted Aug 13, 2004

James Sanford

30 70%

The Last American Virgin (1982)

"Surprise: It's a soppy tearjerker, not a hot sex farce"

Posted Aug 13, 2004

James Sanford

31 21%

AVP - Alien Vs. Predator (2004)

"...(there's) a battle between young Predator warriors and baby Aliens that apparently happens once every 100 years. It's 'Brigadoon' with a body count. "

Posted Aug 13, 2004

James Sanford

32 38%

Family Business (1989)

"Utterly forgettable, even with its great cast"

Posted Aug 12, 2004

James Sanford

33 100%

The Miracle Woman (1931)

"Effective melodrama, with a strong performance from Stanwyck"

Posted Aug 12, 2004

James Sanford

34 95%

Before Sunset (2004)

"an immensely satisfying sequel that carefully treads the line between the comic and the tragic while detailing the pros and cons of maturity. "

Posted Aug 12, 2004

James Sanford

35 25%

The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement (2004)

"'Runaway Bride' moved from rural Maryland to the mock-European setting of Genovia... It's a triple-deluxe marshmallow sundae of a movie, and that's exactly as it should be."

Posted Aug 10, 2004

James Sanford

36 21%

Little Black Book (2004)

"What are Oscar winners like Hunter and Bates doing in a Brittany Murphy movie? That's like hiring Barbra Streisand and Beyonce Knowles to sing back-up for Ashlee Simpson. "

Posted Aug 5, 2004

James Sanford

37 86%

Collateral (2004)

"the West Coast answer to Scorsese's ('After Hours'): Both movies are soaked in urban moodiness and disillusionment... rough-edged, often jarring and emotionally elusive..."

Posted Aug 5, 2004

James Sanford

38 43%

The Village (2004)

"what will moviegoers think when they realize they've actually bought a ticket to an atmospheric but mostly mellow romance that delivers only a few jolts?"

Posted Jul 30, 2004

James Sanford

39 ——

The Unforgiven (1960)

"Terrific Western with a strong message"

Posted Jul 30, 2004

James Sanford

40 71%

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

"It's easy to envision 'Napoleon' eventually becoming a staple of college DVD parties, in the same way that 'Office Space,' 'High Fidelity' and 'Bottle Rocket' have."

Posted Jul 30, 2004

James Sanford

41 81%

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

"a taut, up-to-the-minute reimagining of the original... Demme, in his best film since 'The Silence of the Lambs,' superbly builds the mystery..."

Posted Jul 30, 2004

James Sanford

42 9%

Catwoman (2004)

"The haphazardly cut-together action scenes have been 'enhanced' with laughably bad digital effects; you could find screen savers with better animation."

Posted Jul 23, 2004

James Sanford

43 81%

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

"a sequel that actually trumps the original... establishes a tense atmosphere almost immediately... and barely lets up for the next two hours."

Posted Jul 23, 2004

James Sanford

44 98%

Lolita (1962)

"Fascinating pitch-black comedy with many memorable moments"

Posted Jul 16, 2004

James Sanford

45 43%

The Clearing (2004)

"Unfortunately, suffering in silence -- even when you're doing it as marvelously as Mirren does -- doesn't make for terribly exciting cinema. "

Posted Jul 16, 2004

James Sanford

46 80%

Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) (1993)

"Crazy it may be, but interesting? Well..."

Posted Jul 16, 2004

James Sanford

47 0%

All I Want for Christmas (1991)

"...is a break from trash like this. Just awful!"

Posted Jul 14, 2004

James Sanford

48 15%

Striking Distance (1993)

"A mess, although the stars do what they can with the scattershot screenplay"

Posted Jul 14, 2004

James Sanford

49 96%

The King and I (1956)

"Lovely filming of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein show"

Posted Jul 14, 2004

James Sanford

50 ——

Ay, Carmela! (1990)

"Not Maura's best, but OK"

Posted Jul 14, 2004

James Sanford

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