Los Angeles Daily News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 96%

Ratatouille (2007)

"A breathlessly scampering slapstick delight."

Posted Jun 29, 2007

Bob Strauss

2 27%

Evening (2007)

"Woman on deathbed dredges up regrets, as does everyone around her in a turgid weeper that will engender regret in its paying audience as well."

Posted Jun 29, 2007

Glenn Whipp

3 92%

Sicko (2007)

"If Sicko, like all of Moore's movies, raises more questions than it answers, you do have to hand it to the guy for starting the conversation (at least in pop culture) in the first place."

Posted Jun 29, 2007

Glenn Whipp

4 78%

You Kill Me (2007)

"Dahl's strengths are rock-bottom irony, sleazy suspense and deadly surprises."

Posted Jun 22, 2007

Bob Strauss

5 64%

Broken English (2007)

"Single Manhattan career gal finds self, not shoes, in this bittersweet romantic-comedy that's a showcase for Posey."

Posted Jun 22, 2007

Glenn Whipp

6 70%

Black Sheep (2006)

"Marvelously droll and frighteningly grotesque New Zealand horror comedy about, yes, killer sheep."

Posted Jun 22, 2007

Bob Strauss

7 78%

1408 (2007)

"The dread is palpable in this chilling suspense thriller about a hotel room that more than lives up to its evil reputation."

Posted Jun 22, 2007

Glenn Whipp

8 79%

A Mighty Heart (2007)

"Powerful dramatization told with admirable, realistic rigor."

Posted Jun 22, 2007

Bob Strauss

9 23%

Evan Almighty (2007)

"The movie's message about changing the world by practicing 'acts of random kindness' would feel a lot more genuine if Evan had cost, say a 10th of its final budget and had those involved plowed the rest of the money into various charitable causes."

Posted Jun 22, 2007

Glenn Whipp

10 68%

The Treatment (2006)

"Having an affair of the heart...and mind." EDIT

Posted Jun 16, 2007

11 71%

Fido (2007)

"This Technicolor goof on parallel-universe nostalgia has a serious timing problem. It plays like a '50s sitcom, and not the good, I Love Lucy kind."

Posted Jun 16, 2007

Bob Strauss

12 63%

Casting About (2007)

"Casting doesn't couch its message." EDIT

Posted Jun 16, 2007

13 74%

The Boss of it All (DirektÝren for det hele) (2007)

"Von Trier comes onto the soundtrack a few times to ironically justify making a trifling entertainment, when actually the movie is a merciless dissection of greed, deception, self-delusion and similar dark human traits."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Bob Strauss

14 78%

Amu (2006)

"A work of evident passion and outrage, Amu is also remarkable for its humanism and persuasive, natural presentation."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Bob Strauss

15 54%

Eagle vs. Shark (2007)

"A movie that, in its static presentation and gangly, geek characters, bears such a resemblance to Jared Hess' [Napoleon Dynamite] that -- gosh! -- you'd think that Hess might need to have his attorneys go after a royalty check or two."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Glenn Whipp

16 50%

Nancy Drew (2007)

"The threadbare, uninteresting plot could be overlooked were it not for the lifelessness surrounding it. The filmmakers mix tones and eras without purpose or effect. The appealing Roberts struggles to carry the burden. Wholesomeness shouldn't be so hard."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Glenn Whipp

17 37%

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

"While it's a little bit better than the first FF movie, this one trivializes the epic sci-fi stature of the story with the same bad acting, witless "witty" dialogue and drama-leeching tone."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Bob Strauss

18 85%

Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku) (2007)

"Tear jerking comes with the territory, but the filmmakers generally rise above formula, particularly in its depiction of the central marriage."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

Glenn Whipp

19 68%

Flanders (Flandres) (2007)

"Flanders is an affecting slice of French miserabilism."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

Bob Strauss

20 78%

Crazy Love (2007)

"Thanks to Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens' immersive documentary Crazy Love, we can all share the can't-believe-this, judgmental thrill of following the tormented passion of ambulance-chasing attorney Burt Pugach and lovely Linda Riss."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

Bob Strauss

21 74%

La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007)

"A movie that delves into an icon's life and comes out with something unexpected -- the essence of the woman's art and soul."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

Glenn Whipp

22 70%

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

"Thirteen goes back to the basics of slick, empty entertainment. And it leaves you feeling amused yet unfulfilled, so I guess all involved should be congratulated for a job well done. Or, depending how you look at it, slapped."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

Bob Strauss

23 44%

Hostel: Part II (2007)

"Roth theoretically ups the prurient ante by making the ugly American tourists in a Slovakian death factory girls instead of horny guys. But Part II is oddly less engaging, and likely will be even for all of those cinematic sadists."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

Bob Strauss

24 78%

Surf's Up (2007)

"The gentle lesson it imparts is similar to last summer's Cars, but it's delivered with less fuss and more cool. And those beautiful, blue waves ... you could lose yourself and hang 10 on them in an endless summer."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

Glenn Whipp

25 72%

Golden Door (2007)

"Tired, poor journey to Golden Door."

Posted Jun 2, 2007

Bob Strauss

26 88%

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007)

"Anyone should be fascinated by the thoroughness and all-around intelligence this documentary applies to a multilayered and very entertaining subject."

Posted Jun 1, 2007

Bob Strauss

27 85%

Bamako (2006)

"Bamako is challenging without a doubt, but Sissako's righteous anger never loses its ability to connect to the heart, even in the film's densest thickets of symbolism."

Posted Jun 1, 2007

Glenn Whipp

28 75%

Pierrepoint - The Last Hangman (2007)

"The filmmakers fall through their own trapdoor, using the hangman's story to fashion a preachy anti-capital punishment message movie that seems at odds with the man himself."

Posted Jun 1, 2007

Glenn Whipp

29 60%

Gracie (2007)

"There's a tough-minded authenticity at the center of the family movie Gracie that keeps it from being just another run-of-the-mill, inspirational sports flick."

Posted Jun 1, 2007

Glenn Whipp

30 55%

Mr. Brooks (2007)

"Preposterous as Mr. Brooks can get, it's such a well-crafted, intricately devised thriller that its flaws are easy to forgive."

Posted Jun 1, 2007

Bob Strauss

31 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"It's the Sideways of the Something About Mary subgenre, a raunchy cartoon laughfest that takes its emotional issues dead seriously."

Posted Jun 1, 2007

Bob Strauss

32 45%

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

"It's really not all that hard to follow the complicated story's basic outline; but it just becomes wearying."

Posted May 30, 2007

Bob Strauss

33 64%

Severance (2006)

"It does possess an enjoyably English gallows humor along with a strong visual style and a knack for making its bloody mayhem both creepy and droll."

Posted May 29, 2007

Glenn Whipp

34 61%

Bug (2006)

"Ew, Bug."

Posted May 29, 2007

Bob Strauss

35 58%

Zoo (2007)

EDIT

Posted May 26, 2007

36 78%

The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages) (2006)

EDIT

Posted May 26, 2007

37 97%

Once (2007)

"Pragmatically recognizing life's hardships while romantically yearning for something more gives Once a quintessentially Irish flavor, as well as a poignancy that's both hard-edged and heartfelt."

Posted May 19, 2007

Glenn Whipp

38 70%

Day Night Day Night (2006)

EDIT

Posted May 19, 2007

39 98%

Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (Esma's Secret - Grbavica) (2007)

EDIT

Posted May 19, 2007

40 87%

Into Great Silence (2007)

"This Silence is truly golden." EDIT

Posted May 19, 2007

41 36%

Hollywood Dreams (2007)

"This might play funnier and less off-putting were if Frederick's Margie was not so disquietingly desperate."

Posted May 18, 2007

Evan Henerson

42 24%

Even Money (2006)

"Director Mark Rydell is often good at evoking the desperation and superstitious hope that's a big part of the gaming spirit. This is nothing new, either, but it's enough to keep the movie intriguing enough to watch."

Posted May 18, 2007

Bob Strauss

43 86%

Paris Je T'aime (2007)

"Suspended rather delightfully between art film and touristy bonbon, Paris, Je T'aime is, unsurprisingly, a tribute to a city that everybody loves."

Posted May 18, 2007

Bob Strauss

44 45%

Brooklyn Rules (2007)

"The friends, the neighborhood, the loyalty, the bloodshed, Alec Baldwin playing a bad-ass wise guy... feel free to stop me when all this stops sounding familiar."

Posted May 18, 2007

Evan Henerson

45 40%

The Wendell Baker Story (2005)

"Wendell Baker doesn't particularly cotton to outsized ambitions. Check your expectations at the door, and you might enjoy yourself."

Posted May 18, 2007

Glenn Whipp

46 45%

Fay Grim (2007)

"Too eruditely loquacious for its own good."

Posted May 18, 2007

Bob Strauss

47 40%

Shrek the Third (2007)

"Invention has given way to formula -- and babies. Shrek has jumped the shark."

Posted May 18, 2007

Glenn Whipp

48 14%

Wild Hogs (2007)

"There are a couple of genuinely funny sight gags, but most of the roadside attractions of Wild Hogs are either boring or outright annoying."

Posted May 12, 2007

David Germain

49 27%

Downtown: A Street Tale (2007)

"[Director] Zielinski's attempts at serving up grunge and grittiness largely fall flat. Scenes of sex and drug use are typically accompanied by a swooning and intrusive soundtrack."

Posted May 11, 2007

Evan Henerson

50 79%

Chalk (2007)

"[The actors'] on-the-job experience certainly instills Chalk with a detailed insight that is funny and, at times, heartbreaking."

Posted May 11, 2007

Glenn Whipp

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