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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 66%

Sleep Dealer (2009)

Posted Jan 19, 2009

Eric D. Snider

2 67%

The Killing Room (2009)

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Eric D. Snider

3 45%

Hotel for Dogs (2009)

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Eric D. Snider

4 33%

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

"This dim-bulb, family-oriented slapstick film benefits greatly from James' knack for physical comedy, but it's ultimately too bland and uninspired."

Posted Jan 15, 2009

Eric D. Snider

5 51%

Notorious (2009)

"A reasonably well-crafted drama made with some skill and a lot of tenacity."

Posted Jan 15, 2009

Eric D. Snider

6 11%

The Unborn (2009)

"At last we are making crappy horror films entirely on our own, without having to rip them off from Japan! U-S-A! U-S-A!"

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Eric D. Snider

7 10%

Bride Wars (2009)

"Hathaway should be embarrassed, and Hudson should ask Hathaway what it's like to still be capable of feeling embarrassment."

Posted Jan 8, 2009

Eric D. Snider

8 71%

Last Chance Harvey (2009)

"Hoffman and Thompson make it sublime, a genuinely pleasant 90 minutes spent with two thoroughly engaging characters."

Posted Jan 7, 2009

Eric D. Snider

9 64%

Marley & Me (2008)

"It's an anemic comic-drama about a dull couple searching for happiness, and they happen to have a dog."

Posted Jan 1, 2009

Eric D. Snider

10 78%

Doubt (2008)

"Most movies would jump right to the yelling. Doubt lets things simmer for a while, with electrifying results."

Posted Dec 30, 2008

Eric D. Snider

11 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"Walt Kowalski has many of Eastwood's iconic qualities, and even if the movie isn't perfect, the character just might be."

Posted Dec 29, 2008

Eric D. Snider

12 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"This is not the film to see if you're looking for light, frivolous entertainment, but it reflects humanity in a way that can be cathartic."

Posted Dec 29, 2008

Eric D. Snider

13 25%

Bedtime Stories (2008)

"It takes two bad genres -- live-action Disney dreck and lowest-common-denominator Sandler humor -- and blends them into one unfunny mess."

Posted Dec 23, 2008

Eric D. Snider

14 72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"It tells a grand, eloquent tale full of romance and melancholy."

Posted Dec 23, 2008

Eric D. Snider

15 14%

The Spirit (2008)

"This movie has a modern kind of badness to it, the kind that's only possible in an era of mind-boggling technological advancements and de-emphasized storytelling."

Posted Dec 23, 2008

Eric D. Snider

16 61%

The Reader (2008)

"Whatever legitimacy the story once had must have been lost in translation, because what appears on the screen is a cold, artless lump."

Posted Dec 21, 2008

Eric D. Snider

17 85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"Like Reichardt, Williams does a lot with very little, culminating in a bittersweet, quietly moving finale."

Posted Dec 21, 2008

Eric D. Snider

18 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"Has a lot to say about America's entertainment and celebrity culture, and it tells a poignant story in the process."

Posted Dec 20, 2008

Eric D. Snider

19 27%

Seven Pounds (2008)

"You know how people who go out of their way to seem mysterious or interesting are really just annoying? Turns out that applies to fictional people, too."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Eric D. Snider

20 56%

The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

"It takes a long time to find its way; even once it's on track, it has a hard time juggling the shifting story lines and characters."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Eric D. Snider

21 52%

Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

"It's a warm, friendly movie, and infinitely more human than, say, Four Christmases. It deserves credit for that."

Posted Dec 13, 2008

Eric D. Snider

22 19%

Dark Streets (2008)

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Eric D. Snider

23 21%

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

"The one thing Hollywood can usually be counted on to do when remaking old films, especially when dumbing them down, is to boost their action quotient, and these guys have failed to do even that."

Posted Dec 11, 2008

Eric D. Snider

24 12%

Delgo (2008)

"While it's not aggressively bad, it is vapid and unimaginative, the type of thing you'd let the kids watch on TV for free, not in theaters for an arm and a leg."

Posted Dec 10, 2008

Eric D. Snider

25 83%

JCVD (Van Dammage) (2008)

"A witty self-parody/comeback vehicle for Van Damme would have been easy enough to make; El Mechri goes the extra mile to make it a good film, too."

Posted Dec 10, 2008

Eric D. Snider

26 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"It's safe to say no one will ever play Nixon as effectively as Langella does here."

Posted Dec 10, 2008

Eric D. Snider

27 98%

Let the Right One In (2008)

"How can a movie be so tender, poignant, horrific, and gory all at once?"

Posted Dec 8, 2008

Eric D. Snider

28 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"Anyone who is not smiling by the time the Bollywood-style closing-credits dance number arrives is surely dead inside."

Posted Dec 4, 2008

Eric D. Snider

29 55%

Australia (2008)

"A lively, rollicking, overlong, overstuffed movie that tries my patience as much as it entertains me."

Posted Dec 4, 2008

Eric D. Snider

30 63%

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008)

"While I can't say the film had much emotional impact on me -- I get the point, but it's sloppily executed -- it's definitely an unusual attempt."

Posted Nov 27, 2008

Eric D. Snider

31 94%

Milk (2008)

"After a series of obtuse, difficult movies, it's great to see Van Sant making something that's accessible -- entertaining, emotional, and vibrant -- without forsaking depth and intelligence."

Posted Nov 25, 2008

Eric D. Snider

32 37%

Transporter 3 (2008)

"A stiflingly dull and useless caper that's all the more aggravating when you recall how giddy the original film was."

Posted Nov 25, 2008

Eric D. Snider

33 88%

Bolt (2008)

"The story is shamelessly derivative, but you won't mind much because it's so gentle and warm-hearted."

Posted Nov 20, 2008

Eric D. Snider

34 68%

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

"It's an utterly brilliant film in that it evokes its intended feelings with apparent effortlessness -- not like a staged, contrived snapshot but like a wholly unique piece of art."

Posted Nov 13, 2008

Eric D. Snider

35 64%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"This is a lesser Bond outing, squandering some of the potential suggested by its predecessor but still worth seeing for its energetic fight scenes and chase sequences."

Posted Nov 13, 2008

Eric D. Snider

36 77%

Role Models (2008)

"Manages to carve out a niche of its own: the formulaic, mildly post-modern, potty-mouthed After School Special."

Posted Nov 6, 2008

Eric D. Snider

37 93%

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

"She is charming and funny, and her blithe, carefree spirit actually comes across as a legitimate way of dealing with life -- or, at the very least, as being better than some of the alternatives."

Posted Oct 30, 2008

Eric D. Snider

38 65%

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

"The laughs are plentiful, the obscene observations witty and well delivered, for two-thirds of the running time. It gets soggy when the relationship becomes the focus."

Posted Oct 30, 2008

Eric D. Snider

39 12%

Saw V (2008)

"As rote and mechanical as one of Jigsaw's traps, though at least Jigsaw's traps are suspenseful and ingenious. The movie is neither of those things."

Posted Oct 24, 2008

Eric D. Snider

40 65%

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

"It's not bad. It's a lump, but it's a benign lump."

Posted Oct 24, 2008

Eric D. Snider

41 35%

Pride and Glory (2008)

"Grim, abrasive, and hard to watch, full of swaggering men shouting at each other like high school drama students who have just learned how to be vulgar."

Posted Oct 22, 2008

Eric D. Snider

42 59%

W. (2008)

"Works well enough as drama (and occasionally as comedy), but it's a missed opportunity to really explore some great American themes."

Posted Oct 22, 2008

Eric D. Snider

43 44%

Flawless (1999)

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Eric D. Snider

44 17%

Dirty Work (1998)

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Eric D. Snider

45 61%

The Express (2008)

"I suspect Ernie Davis really was an interesting person. He certainly led an interesting life. That's all the more reason for being disappointed in The Express, as it reduces him and his accomplishments to mere plot points."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Eric D. Snider

46 53%

City of Ember (2008)

"The Builders have done a fine job here, if only audiences will show up to appreciate it."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Eric D. Snider

47 36%

21 (2008)

"This is a prime example of a movie that isn't bad, per se, just unnecessary, a competently made but wholly unremarkable trifle."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Eric D. Snider

48 14%

Made of Honor (2008)

"No chemistry, no sparks, no laughs. A story that's recycled, inane, and unbelievable. A preposterously lazy finale. Yep, all the components are there for this to be the worst romantic comedy of the year."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Eric D. Snider

49 16%

Max Payne (2008)

"It's a one-dimensional detective noir rather than an exciting shoot-em-up."

Posted Oct 16, 2008

Eric D. Snider

50 58%

The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

"Did you know that beehives can be symbolic of other things, forming the basis of plainly spoken platitudes and folk wisdom? It's true!"

Posted Oct 16, 2008

Eric D. Snider

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