Journal News (Westchester, NY)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 33%

The Truth About Charlie (2002)

"Cary Grant has somehow become Mark Wahlberg. Talk about diminished expectations."

Posted Oct 26, 2002

Marshall Fine

2 44%

Mama Africa (2002)

"Well-intentioned though it may be, its soap-opera morality tales have the antiseptic, preprogrammed feel of an after-school special."

Posted Oct 26, 2002

Marshall Fine

3 7%

All The Queen's Men (2001)

"There is more than one joke about putting the toilet seat down. And that should tell you everything you need to know about All the Queen's Men."

Posted Oct 26, 2002

Marshall Fine

4 14%

Ghost Ship (2002)

"When it comes time to explain things, Ghost Ship founders hopelessly and runs aground on irrational thinking and rampant implausibility."

Posted Oct 25, 2002

Jack Garner

5 51%

Paid in Full (2002)

Posted Oct 24, 2002

Desson Thomson

6 48%

Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) (2002)

"Stands as one of the year's most intriguing movie experiences, letting its imagery speak for it while it forces you to ponder anew what a movie can be."

Posted Oct 19, 2002

Marshall Fine

7 68%

The Grey Zone (2002)

"This is a subject that must never be forgotten or glossed over. A film such as The Grey Zone serves both art and history in helping to ensure that will never happen."

Posted Oct 19, 2002

Marshall Fine

8 17%

Abandon (2002)

"A thriller with a twist that can't redeem its pokey pacing and meager thrills."

Posted Oct 19, 2002

Marshall Fine

9 72%

The Ring (2002)

"You might not buy all of it, but you still enjoy getting tweaked by every twist of its goose-flesh-inducing storytelling."

Posted Oct 19, 2002

Marshall Fine

10 25%

Formula 51 (The 51st State) (2002)

"The script by Stel Pavlou, while containing a couple of breath-taking moments of comic violence, is distinctly short on either sense or wit."

Posted Oct 19, 2002

Marshall Fine

11 72%

Auto Focus (2002)

"At once hilarious and chilling, a character study of a self-absorbed man that manages to look beyond its central figure at the landscape around him."

Posted Oct 19, 2002

Marshall Fine

12 61%

Tuck Everlasting (2002)

Posted Oct 15, 2002

Jocelyn Noveck

13 79%

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

"Working with a real writer in Anderson, Sandler turns his familiar man-child demeanor to advantage."

Posted Oct 12, 2002

Marshall Fine

14 96%

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

"The most thought-provoking film of the year, one that whipsaws you from laughs to tears to outrage."

Posted Oct 12, 2002

Marshall Fine

15 66%

Brown Sugar (2002)

Posted Oct 12, 2002

David Germain

16 5%

Swept Away (2002)

"It feels like a community theater production of a great Broadway play: Even at its best, it will never hold a candle to the original."

Posted Oct 12, 2002

Marshall Fine

17 70%

White Oleander (2002)

"There is soap opera afoot here, but at least it's well-acted."

Posted Oct 12, 2002

Marshall Fine

18 76%

Comedian (2002)

"Seinfeld fans will come out with a better understanding of why Seinfeld does what he does -- but they'll receive no hint of how he does it."

Posted Oct 12, 2002

Marshall Fine

19 53%

The Transporter (2002)

"Thankfully, it doesn't run out of action and, in British actor Jason Statham, has found an intriguing new action hero."

Posted Oct 12, 2002

Marshall Fine

20 20%

Knockaround Guys (2002)

"It doesn't know where to go with all of this attitude and so it winds up going exactly where you'd expect."

Posted Oct 12, 2002

Marshall Fine

21 43%

The Rules of Attraction (2002)

Posted Oct 11, 2002

Forrest Hartman

22 43%

Wasabi (2001)

"May lack the pungent bite of its title, but it's an enjoyable trifle nonetheless."

Posted Oct 5, 2002

Marshall Fine

23 51%

The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)

"Offers a terrific role for Garcia, as a desperate man who keeps erasing and redrawing the boundaries of his conscience."

Posted Oct 5, 2002

Marshall Fine

24 69%

Red Dragon (2002)

"Rather than sensationalize already sensational material, Ratner lets it speak for itself, creating serious thrills and scares along the way."

Posted Oct 5, 2002

Marshall Fine

25 92%

Bloody Sunday (2002)

"A film that brings tears and anger at the futility and waste of this officially sanctioned act of murder."

Posted Oct 5, 2002

Marshall Fine

26 54%

Welcome to Collinwood (2002)

"You can tell almost immediately that Welcome to Collinwood isn't going to jell."

Posted Oct 5, 2002

Marshall Fine

27 72%

Pipe Dream (2001)

"That rara avis: the intelligent romantic comedy with actual ideas on its mind."

Posted Oct 5, 2002

Marshall Fine

28 63%

Moonlight Mile (2002)

"Starts out as though it's going to be funny, sad and smart, but ends up merely as soggy."

Posted Oct 2, 2002

Marshall Fine

29 50%

Crazy As Hell (2002)

"A great ending doesn't make up for a weak movie, and Crazy as Hell doesn't even have a great ending."

Posted Oct 2, 2002

Marshall Fine

30 59%

Skins (2002)

"There are so few films about the plight of American Indians in modern America that Skins comes as a welcome, if downbeat, missive from a forgotten front."

Posted Oct 2, 2002

Marshall Fine

31 22%

The Tuxedo (2002)

"Jackie Chan is probably too old and too westernized at this point to make a pure Jackie Chan film (as if Hollywood would let him) -- but he still knows how to entertain."

Posted Oct 2, 2002

Marshall Fine

32 38%

Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

"A disappointingly flat city mouse/country mouse comedy that can't seem to shovel on enough stale redneck gags."

Posted Oct 2, 2002

Marshall Fine

33 18%

Just a Kiss (2002)

"Witty and often surprising, a dark little morality tale disguised as a romantic comedy."

Posted Oct 2, 2002

Marshall Fine

34 97%

Spirited Away (2001)

"For all its slapstick and even the occasional gross-out gag, Spirited Away is an animated film whose major delights are also its subtlest."

Posted Sep 26, 2002

Marshall Fine

35 79%

8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002)

"The film winds up as a cutesy vanity project, though it makes none of the participants look good."

Posted Sep 26, 2002

Marshall Fine

36 82%

Barbershop (2002)

"The notion of taking responsibility for one's community, of contributing instead of only receiving, gives Barber Shop a substance too few movies achieve."

Posted Sep 26, 2002

Marshall Fine

37 47%

The Banger Sisters (2002)

"A giggle-inducing comedy with snappy dialogue and winning performances by an unlikely team of Oscar-winners: Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn."

Posted Sep 21, 2002

Marshall Fine

38 41%

The Four Feathers (2002)

"A solidly entertaining tale that runs out of steam in its final half-hour, before rousing itself for an emotional finale."

Posted Sep 21, 2002

Marshall Fine

39 0%

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

"It's hard to imagine a more generic action film or a movie so wholly devoid of personality."

Posted Sep 21, 2002

Marshall Fine

40 75%

Secretary (2002)

"If you like your comedy dark and slightly freaky, then Steve Shainberg's film deserves your attention."

Posted Sep 21, 2002

Marshall Fine

41 74%

Swimming (2000)

Posted Sep 19, 2002

Kevin Thomas

42 14%

Swimfan (2002)

Posted Sep 18, 2002

Roger Moore

43 22%

Mr. Deeds (2002)

Posted Sep 18, 2002

Roger Moore

44 30%

The Country Bears (2002)

Posted Sep 18, 2002

Gary Dowell

45 49%

Harrison's Flowers (2002)

Posted Sep 18, 2002

Desson Thomson

46 76%

Igby Goes Down (2002)

"A strikingly intelligent and rueful comedy of disaffected youth."

Posted Sep 14, 2002

Marshall Fine

47 4%

Serving Sara (2002)

"Though Perry and Hurley make inspiring efforts to breathe life into the disjointed, haphazard script by Jay Scherick and David Ronn, neither the actors nor director Reginald Hudlin can make it more than fitfully entertaining."

Posted Aug 22, 2002

Marshall Fine

48 48%

Undisputed (2002)

"While [Hill] has learned new tricks, the tricks alone are not enough to salvage this lifeless boxing film."

Posted Aug 22, 2002

Marshall Fine

49 81%

One Hour Photo (2002)

"One Hour Photo wins the prize for being the summer's creepiest film, as well as one of its more intriguing."

Posted Aug 22, 2002

Marshall Fine

50 51%

Simone (2002)

"While Simone takes amusing jabs at the state of celebrity and the infotainment industry, one wishes the things its characters say were funnier."

Posted Aug 22, 2002

Marshall Fine

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