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Movie Boeuf

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 95%

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005)

"The oddest bird here doesn't have wings."

Posted Apr 6, 2005

David N. Butterworth

2 85%

Gunner Palace (2005)

"Frank and fascinating, Gunner Palace brings the Iraqi War home, putting the dangerous and boring lives of U.S. soldiers into equally provocative perspective."

Posted Apr 6, 2005

David N. Butterworth

3 20%

The Ring Two (2005)

"Less is often more but in the case of The Ring Two, the lazily-titled sequel to the popular -- and enormously successful -- The Ring, more is less (more or less)."

Posted Apr 6, 2005

David N. Butterworth

4 91%

Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)

"Bruno Ganz dominates Downfall, a long but never dull look at Hitler's final days in his Berlin bunker."

Posted Apr 6, 2005

David N. Butterworth

5 81%

Dear Frankie (2005)

"Dear Frankie, with its strong casting and confident direction, is a lasting love letter worth experiencing."

Posted Apr 6, 2005

David N. Butterworth

6 30%

Be Cool (2005)

"Get 'Shorty out of your head for a couple of goofy, irreverent hours and there's a good chance you'll enjoy this inferior yet amiable sequel."

Posted Apr 6, 2005

David N. Butterworth

7 96%

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

"An unsentimental look at how beauty, artistry, and hope can emerge from the most unexpected of places."

Posted Apr 6, 2005

David N. Butterworth

8 46%

Constantine (2005)

"Devilishly more entertaining than it has any right to be."

Posted Feb 28, 2005

David N. Butterworth

9 69%

Hitch (2005)

"Reminds us, sweetly, charmingly, and humorously, what Will Smith used to be like before he became an overnight action sensation."

Posted Feb 28, 2005

David N. Butterworth

10 10%

The Wedding Date (2005)

"Laudably manages to avoid the inherent sordidness of Pretty Woman and the underlying sadness of My Best Friend's Wedding."

Posted Feb 14, 2005

David N. Butterworth

11 88%

Bad Education (La Mala educación) (2004)

"A rare disappointment from Almodóvar: perilously over-the-top gay chic coupled with an overly-familiar condemnation of the Holy Catholic Church's blind eye towards pedophilia."

Posted Feb 2, 2005

David N. Butterworth

12 43%

A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)

"Delights as often as it dulls the senses."

Posted Feb 2, 2005

David N. Butterworth

13 83%

In Good Company (2004)

"Topher Grace dominates this smart and funny film with a thing or two to say about how people are treated and treat each other in the workplace."

Posted Jan 25, 2005

David N. Butterworth

14 72%

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

"Nicely cast and technically adept, Lemony Snicket is the first film in a likely franchise I could fortunately tolerate."

Posted Jan 10, 2005

David N. Butterworth

15 78%

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

"The director and star of Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Audrey Tautou) reunite for this grimmer, grimier, but no less magnificent moviegoing experience."

Posted Dec 28, 2004

David N. Butterworth

16 53%

Spanglish (2004)

"Director James L. Brooks has given us some familial and cultural truths to think long and hard about, with ironic performances to savor."

Posted Dec 28, 2004

David N. Butterworth

17 68%

Closer (2004)

"Despite formidable performances by Roberts, Law, Portman, and Owen, Mike Nichols's Closer is weakened by both its source material and odd directorial decision making. "

Posted Dec 13, 2004

David N. Butterworth

18 18%

After the Sunset (2004)

"Spends so much time down Selma Hayek's shirt fronts that we come away suffocated."

Posted Nov 22, 2004

David N. Butterworth

19 97%

The Incredibles (2004)

"A masterfully crafted entertainment that devolves into an overlong, overly loud, and disappointingly stock shoot 'em up."

Posted Nov 22, 2004

David N. Butterworth

20 48%

Saw (2004)

"Saw's intriguing and genuinely creepy premise is quickly undone by the limitations of both the script and the performers."

Posted Nov 22, 2004

David N. Butterworth

21 96%

Sideways (2004)

"The wine metaphors flow like, er... wine in this bold, boisterous, and eminently quaffable road movie/buddy movie hybrid from director Alexander Payne."

Posted Nov 5, 2004

David N. Butterworth

22 92%

Vera Drake (2004)

"Another bleak, harrowingly realistic drama from Mike Leigh highlighted by a phenomenal star turn by Imelda Staunton in the title role."

Posted Nov 5, 2004

David N. Butterworth

23 77%

Team America - World Police (2004)

"Surprisingly good natured given its take-no-prisoners lampooning of ethnic and cultural stereotypes, the war in Iraq, homosexuality, AIDS... not to mention Hollywood's finest."

Posted Nov 5, 2004

David N. Butterworth

24 62%

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

"David O. Russell continues to prove just how wacky a filmmaker he truly is. In 'Huckabees the laughs are mixed, but the wackiness couldn't be more inspired."

Posted Nov 5, 2004

David N. Butterworth

25 61%

The Last Shot (2004)

"The Last Shot commits the cardinal sin of comedies: it isn't funny."

Posted Oct 11, 2004

David N. Butterworth

26 21%

Resident Evil - Apocalypse (2004)

"Makes Tomb Raider look like an epic."

Posted Oct 11, 2004

David N. Butterworth

27 60%

Wimbledon (2004)

"As predictable and impotent as a John McEnroe outburst."

Posted Oct 11, 2004

David N. Butterworth

28 26%

Anatomy of Hell (2004)

"Pretentious pornographic stuff and nonsense."

Posted Oct 11, 2004

David N. Butterworth

29 53%

A Dirty Shame (2004)

"What's shocking today is very different to what was shocking 20 years ago... but John Waters doesn't seem to have noticed."

Posted Oct 11, 2004

David N. Butterworth

30 72%

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

"An enjoyable and visually dashing computer-generated exercise."

Posted Oct 11, 2004

David N. Butterworth

31 46%

Rick (2004)

"Simply put, rrrrRick is grrrreat!"

Posted Sep 20, 2004

David N. Butterworth

32 69%

Criminal (2004)

"A competent Americanization of the Argentinian film Nine Queens, with John C. Reilly seemingly enjoying his atypical leading role."

Posted Sep 20, 2004

David N. Butterworth

33 51%

Vanity Fair (2004)

"Reese's piece certainly looks good, it's just not terribly engaging."

Posted Sep 20, 2004

David N. Butterworth

34 21%

AVP - Alien Vs. Predator (2004)

"I didn't hate it nearly as much as I ought to have, thought I would, and/or everyone else."

Posted Sep 20, 2004

David N. Butterworth

35 95%

Hero (2004)

"Zhang Yimou's Hero is another stirring example of how beautifully rendered films with subtitles stand a chance of hitting paydirt in the multiplexes."

Posted Sep 7, 2004

David N. Butterworth

36 65%

We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)

"This cautionary tale for adults might be a little close to the bone, perhaps, for some audience members, but it's a sincere and finely-wrought ensemble piece."

Posted Sep 7, 2004

David N. Butterworth

37 88%

The Five Obstructions (2003)

"A vain and vapid intellectual exercise that only serves to illustrate Lars von Trier's unswerving arrogance."

Posted Sep 7, 2004

David N. Butterworth

38 86%

Zatôichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) (2003)

"Part Three Stooges, part 'Seven Samurai, Zatôichi is the film Quentin Tarantino tried to realize with the one-two sucker punch of Kill Bill."

Posted Aug 30, 2004

David N. Butterworth

39 86%

Collateral (2004)

"Another winning Michael Mann character study (see: The Insider, Heat, Thief) with Jamie Foxx revelatory in the lead."

Posted Aug 30, 2004

David N. Butterworth

40 72%

Open Water (2004)

"Open Water muddies a compelling subject matter via shoddy and incompetent filmmaking. A shallow and frustrating exercise in treading water."

Posted Aug 30, 2004

David N. Butterworth

41 74%

Calendar Girls (2003)

"'They dropped everything for a good cause' would seem to refer more to the filmmakers than the gutsy, middle-aged women shedding their clothes for a hospital couch."

Posted Aug 30, 2004

David N. Butterworth

42 86%

Garden State (2004)

"A sublime and sophisticated debut from writer/director/star Zack Braff, this year's Lost in Translation with Newark, NJ standing in for Tokyo."

Posted Aug 18, 2004

David N. Butterworth

43 89%

Metallica - Some Kind of Monster (2004)

"Comparisons to This is Spinal Tap abound in this inside look at the heavy metal rock band Metallica, but This is Spinal Tap was a heck of a lot of fun also."

Posted Aug 18, 2004

David N. Butterworth

44 19%

Thunderbirds (2004)

"The filmmakers, clearly never having seen the original TV series, sideline the spacecraft and reduce this debacle to what essentially amounts to boys 'n' The Hood."

Posted Aug 18, 2004

David N. Butterworth

45 81%

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

"As remakes go Demme's film is one of the better ones, but why does Hollywood insist on remaking classics when there are so many bad ones out there needing improvement?"

Posted Aug 18, 2004

David N. Butterworth

46 48%

De-Lovely (2004)

"De-Lovely is missing the passion and brio it needs to function on a level that best befits its iconic subject -- clever, witty and seemingly effortless in its creation."

Posted Aug 18, 2004

David N. Butterworth

47 67%

The Door in the Floor (2004)

"An excellent rendering of the first third of A Widow for One Year, and one of the best John Irving adaptations to date thanks to the Oscar (R)-worthy Bridges and Basinger."

Posted Jul 29, 2004

David N. Butterworth

48 16%

Twist (2004)

"There's nothing here a handful of show-stopping production numbers -- or a good steam cleaning -- couldn't fix."

Posted Jul 16, 2004

David N. Butterworth

49 94%

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

"By focusing on his characters as much as his special effects, Sam Raimi has made that rare sequel, one that's every bit as good as the original."

Posted Jul 12, 2004

David N. Butterworth

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