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Sight and Sound

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 81%

Happy, Texas (1999)

"...although it reverts to slapstick for its set-piece chase finale, for most of its length Mark Illsley's debut film offers an unexpectedly gentle, even sentimental comedy of sexual identities..."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Philip Kemp

2 10%

Supernova (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

John Wrathall

3 61%

The Wood (1999)

"Never delves much deeper into the three friends' psychology than a sitcom pilot would, though the cast try their best."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Leslie Felperin

4 79%

Shanghai Noon (2000)

"Shanghai Noon is an accomplished follow-up to Jackie Chan's first big-budget US film Rush Hour."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Andy Richards

5 60%

Wild Side (All The Way) (1995)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Mark Kermode

6 20%

When the Sky Falls (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Kevin Maher

7 ——

Julian Po (1997)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Edward Lawrenson

8 85%

Chuck & Buck (2000)

"Chuck & Buck is a film which you can't quite get a fix on: it's a movie about child sex which is also as airy and sweetly likeable as anything you'll see this year."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Edward Lawrenson

9 54%

The Legend of 1900 (La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano) (1999)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Mark Sinker

10 46%

Cherry Falls (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Danny Leigh

11 ——

Siberia (1998)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Andy Richards

12 78%

Twin Falls Idaho (1999)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Philip Kemp

13 ——

Xiao Wu (The Pickpocket) (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Tony Rayns

14 25%

Isn't She Great (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Charles Taylor

15 73%

The Five Senses (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Liese Spencer

16 3%

Battlefield Earth (2000)

"It doesn't help that the film's premise, which sees stoneage cavemen turn into ace fighter pilots with only a week's training, is as naive as that of the 1939 serial Buck Rogers."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Kim Newman

17 100%

Toy Story 2 (1999)

"A full measure of Toy Story 2's success can be gauged by its undeniable appeal for children who have never seen a Western television show or played with a cowboy toy."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Kim Newman

18 83%

The Hurricane (1999)

"The drama is hung on a vendetta between a flawed-but-honourable man and a doggedly bad cop. Yes, it's Valjean and Javert, together again."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Richard Kelly

19 40%

Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Geoffrey Macnab

20 95%

Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao) (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Philip Kemp

21 32%

The Closer You Get (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Kevin Maher

22 54%

Goya in Bordeaux (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Paul Julian Smith

23 83%

The Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Los Amantes del Círculo Polar) (The Lovers from the North Pole) (1998)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Jonathan Romney

24 46%

Up at the Villa (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

John Mount

25 57%

Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)

"By any reasonable measure Mission: Impossible II is a successful action-adventure film."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Andrew O'Hehir

26 68%

Titus (1999)

"Eager to allow Shakespeare's words to shine through as clearly as possible, Taymor shoots the dialogue scenes fairly straight, with a minimum of background action."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

John Wrathall

27 40%

Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (2001)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Mark Sinker

28 45%

The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Xan Brooks

29 63%

Man on the Moon (1999)

"The problem is that while Kaufman's life story has its required quota of bizarre-yet-true events, it's doomed to failure as mainstream entertainment because Kaufman wasn't terribly likeable as a person."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Leslie Felperin

30 83%

Tumbleweeds (1999)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Demetrios Matheou

31 68%

Dancer in the Dark (2000)

"The situations that writer-director Lars von Trier serves up here might be embarrassingly florid, but the coupling of his manipulative skills and Björk's showy intensity results in a movie with the force of an emotional bulldozer."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Peter Matthews

32 52%

The Muse (1999)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Mike Higgins

33 48%

Me, Myself & Irene (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Leslie Felperin

34 18%

Grey Owl (1999)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Richard Falcon

35 90%

Girl on the Bridge (La Fille sur le Pont) (1999)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Ginette Vincendeau

36 19%

The Beach (2000)

"In pitching for the mass market, Boyle's film has allowed itself to be rebranded as a Hollywood star vehicle, a cynical assemblage that is never more than the sum of its market-researched parts."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Xan Brooks

37 36%

Cotton Mary (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Claire Monk

38 93%

The Limey (1999)

"The film is subtly stolen by Amelia Heinle, joining such actresses as Andie MacDowell, Elisabeth Shue, Betsy Brantley and Jennifer Lopez as the latest in a line of Soderbergh's saving graces."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Philip Strick

39 20%

Flamenco (1995)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

José Arroyo

40 85%

Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (Permanent Midnight) (1999)

"Amenábar's virtuoso style and connection to the youth audience, both of which are resented by the Spanish film establishment, make him a plausible model outside Spain for a European cinema that bridges the gap between arthouse and mainstream."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Paul Julian Smith

41 63%

Simon Magus (2001)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Ken Hollings

42 46%

Where the Money Is (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Kim Newman

43 19%

The Next Best Thing (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Kevin Maher

44 25%

Reindeer Games (Deception) (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Geoffrey Macnab

45 21%

Inspector Gadget (1999)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Jamie Graham

46 25%

Claire Dolan (1998)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Ken Hollings

47 11%

End of Days (1999)

"Idiotic beyond the point of redemption, this sinfully stupid farrago manages to insult audiences and critics, Christians and Satanists alike, reducing 2000 years of fertile mythology to the level of an incoherent pop video."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Mark Kermode

48 54%

Scary Movie (2000)

"The air of desperation is emphasised by the insistence on padding out horror-movie gags with crude Farrelly-style humour."

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Kim Newman

49 73%

My Dog Skip (2000)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Amanda Lipman

50 ——

Guest House Paradiso (2001)

Posted Dec 2, 2002

Andy Medhurst

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