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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 57%

Group (2003)

"The surprising skill and compassion that Group's makers exhibit turns what could have been an uninvolving actor's exercise into a compelling and complicated emotional stew."

Posted Jul 4, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

2 78%

Faust (1994)

"His Faust is a bit too detached to be truly disturbing or emotionally affecting."

Posted Jul 4, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

3 90%

My Dinner with André (1981)

"It's difficult to criticize the experiments of a movie that so boldly disregards most cinematic convention."

Posted Jul 4, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

4 96%

3 Women (1977)

"It ranks in the pantheon of great films about dreams."

Posted Jul 3, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

5 95%

Suspiria (1977)

"Everything is baroque and overdone, including the obviously fake gore, but that gives the film a distinctive style that makes it exciting."

Posted Jul 1, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

6 86%

Seul Contre Tous (I Stand Alone) (One Against All) (1998)

"Certainly, there are aesthetic pleasures in I Stand Alone, but they don't redeem the depraved heart that beats at the center of the film."

Posted Jun 30, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

7 100%

La Belle Noiseuse (1991)

"By methodically examining the rigors and contemplation that go into creating great art, French New Wave master Jacques Rivette, has created something of a masterpiece himself."

Posted Jun 27, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

8 77%

Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit) (1997)

"Through its stunning imagery, it creates an intimate visual essay about the mood swings of a love affair."

Posted Jun 24, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

9 66%

Lan Yu (2002)

"Lan Yu is certainly a serviceable melodrama, but it doesn't even try for the greatness that Happy Together shoots for (and misses)."

Posted Jun 24, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

10 97%

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

"It earns the hell that it puts us through by never compromising its vision of it."

Posted Jun 24, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

11 67%

Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and The White) (1967)

"A war film unlike any other."

Posted Jun 24, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

12 33%

Angel Eyes (2001)

"Lopez has great lips for pouting, and this somber script gives her ample opportunity to flex those skills."

Posted Jun 24, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

13 91%

Minority Report (2002)

"Minority Report aspires to more than mere mindlessness, but fails miserably, and as a result crystallizes nearly everything that I dislike about Spielberg's films."

Posted Jun 21, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

14 75%

Gigi (1958)

"This time Hollywood's chastity beat out cultural accuracy."

Posted Jun 20, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

15 100%

Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux Sauvages) (1994)

"[Its] subdued tone becomes the movie's greatest strength, since it keeps the film's plot events from ever feeling melodramatic."

Posted Jun 19, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

16 65%

Cremaster 3 (2003)

"Cremaster 3 is at once a tough pill to swallow and a minor miracle of self-expression."

Posted Jun 19, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

17 80%

Skin of Man, Heart of Beast (1999)

"For a debut film, Skin of Man, Heart of Beast feels unusually assured."

Posted Jun 19, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

18 92%

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

"It's Miyazaki's finest work! It's the best film of 1988! It's the best animated feature ever made!"

Posted Jun 17, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

19 77%

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

"While it's true that there's little about Altar Boys that's inept, there's even less about it that's genuinely interesting."

Posted Jun 16, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

20 86%

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

"It's probably the best cartoon that the studio has released since Mulan."

Posted Jun 16, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

21 34%

The Weight of Water (2001)

"It overcomes its initial wobbliness and turns into an engaging and literate psychodrama."

Posted Jun 16, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

22 83%

The Bourne Identity (2002)

"It has the reeled-in pyrotechnics and the muted pacing of an intelligent spy film, but it doesn't have the smarts of one."

Posted Jun 12, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

23 97%

Hairspray (1988)

"Hairspray might be tame by the director's standards, but it loses none of its subversive energy in its quest for a PG-rating."

Posted Jun 11, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

24 ——

John Waters Collection Volume 1, The - Hairspray/ Pecker (2001)

"Hairspray might be tame by the director's standards, but it loses none of its subversive energy in its quest for a PG-rating."

Posted Jun 11, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

25 100%

Alice (Neco z Alenky) (1988)

"At once far more faithful to its source material than the popular Disney version, and farther from it in tone than one might ever imagine."

Posted Jun 11, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

26 63%

Begotten (1989)

"A passion play that wavers between amateur-hour incompetence and an undeniable directorial vision."

Posted Jun 10, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

27 84%

Macbeth (1999)

"Shakespeare wrote "the play's the thing," but it makes an argument that the setting and direction can play just as important a role in dramatizing an adaptation."

Posted Jun 10, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

28 86%

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

"It often seems endless in the possibilities of its human observation."

Posted Jun 9, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

29 96%

Klute (1971)

"Thanks to its complexities of character and morality, Klute creates a proposition for the audience in which there's no such thing as simple pleasure, even if we're paying."

Posted Jun 9, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

30 44%

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

"Everything about Divine reeks because of a haphazard hope that people won't question what they're seeing."

Posted Jun 6, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

31 80%

Il fiore delle mille e una notte (Flower of the Arabian Nights) (Arabian Nights) (1998)

"Pasolini's Arabian Nights succeeds mostly because it never assumes neither frank carnality nor flights of fancy are beneath us."

Posted Jun 6, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

32 10%

Bad Company (2002)

"There's surprisingly little awkward comic interplay between the two, and as a result "Bad Company" beats "Rush Hour" at its own game."

Posted Jun 4, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

33 69%

Travolti da un Insolito Destino nell'Azzurro Mare d'Agosto (Swept Away) (1974)

"At once too simple and too convoluted to truly take off."

Posted Jun 4, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

34 ——

Yeopgijeogin geunyeo (My Sassy Girl) (2001)

"Whatever small flaws might exist in My Sassy Girl, the charismatic leads make it more than worthwhile."

Posted Jun 3, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

35 77%

Ashes of Time (2000)

"Even those that can't quite follow its plot should enjoy the fleeting pleasure that Wong's gorgeous images and frenetic editing provide."

Posted Jun 3, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

36 100%

French Cancan (Only the French Can) (1956)

"Little can prepare us for the dazzling set piece that closes the film."

Posted Jun 3, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

37 100%

The Earrings of Madame De... (Diamond Earrings) (1954)

"Surely one of the most cruelly tragic, and sublimely funny, melodramas of all time."

Posted Jun 3, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

38 85%

Spellbound (1945)

"It sounds utterly schematic, but this top-notch production redeems the majority of the clichés."

Posted Jun 3, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

39 63%

Flesh (1998)

"By comparison to the aimless young adults of Flesh, the troubled teens in any given Larry Clark film seem downright motivated."

Posted Jun 2, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

40 80%

The Age of Innocence (1993)

"Thanks to Scorsese's directorial prowess, the film completely immerses the viewer."

Posted Jun 2, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

41 54%

The City of Lost Souls (Hyôryû-gai) (2001)

"It feels utterly hollow despite Miike's wizardry."

Posted May 29, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

42 67%

CQ (2002)

"A mimetic approximation of better films like Contempt and 8 1/2."

Posted May 26, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

43 91%

The Saragossa Manuscript (1999)

"Surely one of the most convolutedly plotted films ever to reach the silver screen."

Posted May 26, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

44 93%

The Story of Adele H (L'Histoire d'Adèle H.) (1975)

"Adjani is so uncommonly pretty and smart at the start of the film that her degeneration manages to catch us completely off guard."

Posted May 26, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

45 58%

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

"It would take a complete moron to foul up a screen adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic satire."

Posted May 26, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

46 93%

About a Boy (2002)

"You can't help but shake the feeling that you were having more fun with the old, sarcastic, lying Will."

Posted May 26, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

47 100%

My Voyage to Italy (2001)

"Its passion is contagious enough to allow you to ignore the film's omissions."

Posted May 25, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

48 97%

Insomnia (1998)

"It's centered by an accomplished performance by Stellan Skarsgård."

Posted May 24, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

49 92%

Insomnia (2002)

"The Hollywood remake feels oddly castrated when compared to the original."

Posted May 24, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

50 90%

The Firemen's Ball (1968)

"Works most impressively as a political artifact."

Posted May 24, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

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