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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 68%

Legally Blonde (2001)

"Bombshell discovers her brainy side in fun romp for teens ."

Posted May 25, 2010

Nell Minow

2 100%

The Work of Director Michel Gondry (2003)

"[Gondry's] ingenuity and technical acumen raise these works from mere promotional tools to cinematic art."

Posted Jan 21, 2010

Dawn Taylor

3 76%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)

"Timeless classic faithfully rendered."

Posted Jul 10, 2008

Cynthia Fuchs

4 45%

The Wasp Woman (Insect Woman) (The Bee Girl) (1959)

"It's poorly written, cheesily acted, low-budget, and completely camp, but because it's Corman it's a touch ahead of its ilk thanks to some clever lines and flavorful directing. Utterly ridiculous but lovable."

Posted Sep 18, 2007

Mark Bourne

5 22%

The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

"Camp value is provided by a truckload of 1950s B-movie cliches and dreadful song breaks -- "The Gila Monster Crawl" among other "rock & roll hits" -- by its lead, Don Sullivan, who through this movie rose from nothing to complete obscurity."

Posted Sep 18, 2007

Mark Bourne

6 100%

Alfie (1966)

"What makes it work is charismatic Caine and the witty, intelligent script. Both work together to keep this remorseless bastard who uses and hurts women from being completely unlikable or unsympathetic."

Posted Jul 25, 2007

Mark Bourne

7 35%

Reno 911!: Miami (2007)

"As always, the most impressive thing about Reno is the cast's stellar improvisational skills. All of them are completely committed to their characters."

Posted Jun 17, 2007

Betsy Bozdech

8 93%

Fantastic Voyage (1966)

"...our own human interior was revealed, like a Jacques Cousteau travelogue, in screen-filling vistas of surreal canals and chambers filled with floating psychedelia and the amorphous Jell-O colors of a Jimi Hendrix concert."

Posted Jun 3, 2007

Mark Bourne

9 100%

The Third Man (1949)

"It's a suspense-thriller-romance steeped in Hollywood's best influences and 'gimmicks,' yet it's crafted with enough looming European 'art-house' style to topple Fritz Lang into an existential funk."

Posted May 29, 2007

Mark Bourne

10 2%

Epic Movie (2007)

"More a string of already-past-their-expiration-date gags based on big popcorn flicks than an actual film."

Posted May 21, 2007

Betsy Bozdech

11 97%

Big (1988)

"Hanks has since aced plenty of other parts ... but he's rarely been as beguilingly charming -- and utterly convincing -- as he was playing a 12-year-old trapped in a grown man's body."

Posted May 6, 2007

Betsy Bozdech

12 44%

Night at the Museum (2006)

"Kids who don't care about the finer points of cinematic storytelling (in other words, most of them) will certainly enjoy the film, as will older viewers with a taste for the fantastic."

Posted Apr 22, 2007

Betsy Bozdech

13 87%

Notes on a Scandal (2006)

"An absorbing character study that successfully deals with the shades of gray that are part and parcel of real, messy, everyday life."

Posted Apr 15, 2007

Betsy Bozdech

14 100%

Koko, le gorille qui parle (Koko, a Talking Gorilla) (1978)

"... suffers a bit from that lack of documentary intent and often feels directionless. But it's still fascinating."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

15 64%

Putney Swope (1969)

"... an interesting archival document %u2014 but it's also painfully self-indulgent, with terrible acting and humor that's often too surreal to make any sense."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

16 88%

Bugsy (1991)

"Big, opulent, glitzy, and glamorous, Bugsy serves Warren Beatty well."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

17 76%

Factotum (2006)

"... a marvelous ode to Bukowski, as well as a brilliant examination of one sort of writing life."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

18 71%

Tempest (1982)

"... a beautiful, and curious, piece of filmmaking, long and meandering with moments of brilliance"

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

19 90%

Half Nelson (2006)

"... a well-crafted script by director Ryan Fleck and co-writer Anna Boden that eschews any obvious good guy/bad guy simplifications."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

20 88%

Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing (2006)

"Rare is the opportunity to see such a detailed document on the way that the media can create a controversy almost wholly unconnected to the original event."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

21 76%

Rocky Balboa (2006)

"It's another Rocky-as-underdog scenario and, written baldly, it sounds like screenplay hell -- but damned if Stallone doesn't make it work."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

22 100%

The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

"Hope's tale of identical cousins, treachery, and adventure touches something in the cultural consciousness in the same manner as Shakespeare's plays."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

23 86%

The Naked City (1948)

"... a seminal work that's not to be missed."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

24 69%

Hollywoodland (2006)

"A well-crafted piece of entertainment, and a surprising showcase for the usually underwhelming Affleck."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

25 25%

A Good Year (2006)

"A sort of alternate-universe chick flick, like a romance novel told from the point of view of the cold-but-handsome love interest rather than the plucky heroine."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

26 100%

Gentleman Jim (1942)

"As with any biopic, it's inaccurate as all get-out -- but it's a delightful film nonetheless, with Flynn at the top of his game."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

27 50%

Fast Food Nation (2006)

"Linklater's Fast Food movie covers all of Schlosser's bases, but is surprisingly anemic in its execution."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

28 No Score Yet

Extras - The Complete First Season (2007)

"... wrings the same sort of squirm-inducing comedy from the world of filmmaking that "The Office" gleaned from 9-to-5 pencil pushing."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

29 66%

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

"It's an overabundant visual feast, but a satisfying one."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

30 No Score Yet

Border Radio (1987)

"An oddball faux documentary-cum-punk Western."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

31 No Score Yet

Adventures of Don Juan (1948)

"Here we have Errol Flynn as most of us remember him -- suave, witty and wearing tights."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

32 91%

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

"Cohen uses his characters to point out our sacred cows, whatever they may be, and then shoot them with a well-placed dart."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

33 81%

Bedazzled (1967)

"...the duo's best film, Bedazzled brought the spirit of Swinging London plus impudent pokes at religion, politics, and pop culture itself to their new audiences."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Mark Bourne

34 92%

Volver (2006)

"Unlike so many of the characters Cruz has played [in Hollywood], Volver's Raimunda -- earthy, sensuous, confident, and capable -- feels like a real, lived-in woman."

Posted Apr 8, 2007

Betsy Bozdech

35 75%

Happy Feet (2006)

"Happy Feet is a perfect example of a good concept that never quite figured out where it was going -- the story is uneven at best and virtually falls apart near the end."

Posted Mar 25, 2007

Betsy Bozdech

36 75%

Peter Pan (1953)

"Plenty of charming moments and iconic characters ... but the story isn't anchored firmly enough in the land of fairy tale to avoid feeling dated a few decades down the line."

Posted Mar 18, 2007

Betsy Bozdech

37 100%

Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

"...holds its own against Russell Crowe's CGI expeditions from topsail to yardarm, and this one has more plot."

Posted Mar 5, 2007

Mark Bourne

38 71%

The Three Musketeers (1948)

"...enjoyable corn in the 'Classics Illustrated' tradition. You can't believe a minute of it, but neither can you ignore its rollicking bygone Hollywood charms."

Posted Mar 5, 2007

Mark Bourne

39 No Score Yet

Monsters And Madmen (2007)

"There's not a masterpiece among them, but each is sufficiently enjoyable to the suitably minded.... upholds Criterion's reputation for well-made and authoritative extras supporting the main attraction."

Posted Mar 5, 2007

Mark Bourne

40 No Score Yet

Corridors of Blood (1963)

"...a musty but good-looking production, with Karloff splendid as the devoted surgeon pulled asunder by his own experiments and exploited by the underworld gang of tavern low-lifes who trick him into officializing their corpses-for-profit scheme."

Posted Mar 5, 2007

Mark Bourne

41 No Score Yet

Grip of the Strangler (The Haunted Strangler) (1958)

"[Boris Karloff is] again near the top of his game as the best thing about this slow but effective Victorian who-actually-done-it."

Posted Mar 5, 2007

Mark Bourne

42 No Score Yet

The Atomic Submarine (1959)

"Even for a meager exploitation film, The Atomic Submarine isn't anything to brag about."

Posted Mar 5, 2007

Mark Bourne

43 No Score Yet

First Man Into Space (1959)

"Space Age hardware footage (including cockpit shots of Chuck Yeager) meets rampaging space-mutant theatrics."

Posted Mar 5, 2007

Mark Bourne

44 56%

Keeping Mum (2006)

"The plot twists aren't exactly hard to ferret out, and the characters aren't particularly deep, but the actors give the movie enough charm to coast by on."

Posted Feb 26, 2007

Betsy Bozdech

45 31%

Running With Scissors (2006)

"Heavy-handed soundtrack cues, vintage costumes, and rooms overflowing with props can't disguise the fact that the characters, for all their bizarre quirks, don't have much depth."

Posted Feb 11, 2007

Betsy Bozdech

46 48%

Open Season (2006)

"Picks up enough once Boog and Elliot are actually in the wild that folks who are just looking for a little light entertainment will probably be amused enough."

Posted Feb 4, 2007

Betsy Bozdech

47 73%

Idiocracy (2006)

"It's a pointed -- if cynical and somewhat bitter -- commentary on the state of society, but the story is thin and meandering at best."

Posted Jan 7, 2007

Betsy Bozdech

48 46%

The Last Kiss (2006)

"Like the darker, more unsettling Closer, The Last Kiss ... gives its audience -- particularly those in relationships of their own -- plenty to think about."

Posted Jan 1, 2007

Betsy Bozdech

49 90%

Pandora's Box (1929)

"Give all due credit to Pabst, but Brooks pretty much single-handedly raises Pandora's Box above being just another doomed-bad-girl melodrama.... She makes Lulu unfathomable, a well that always has more to give. Therefore, so is the film."

Posted Dec 11, 2006

Mark Bourne