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Decent Films Guide

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

Once (2007)

"At once delicate and gritty, wistful and deeply satisfying."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

2 95%

Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) (1957)

"With unyielding moral precision no less austere for the lack of any religious conviction behind it, Bergman subjects his protagonist to judgment for the crimes of indifference and selfishness, and pronounces a verdict of "the usual" sentence: loneliness."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

3 91%

Sabrina (1954)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

4 92%

A Bug's Life (1998)

"Entertaining computer-animated fantasy epic."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

5 89%

What's Up, Doc? (1972)

"Never less than entertaining and is sometimes side-splittingly hilarious."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

6 15%

The Wicker Man (2006)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

7 96%

The Insider (1999)

"A sobering examination of corruption, courage, cowardice, and the sometimes catastrophic costs of telling the truth."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

8 63%

Brideshead Revisited (2008)

"It's as if Waugh's story has been filtered through the spiritual blindness of young Charles. The movie sees, but it doesn't understand."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

9 57%

Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

10 83%

Mean Girls (2004)

"Though better written, better acted and with more wit and subtlety than your average teen flick, the atmosphere in Mean Girls with its promiscuous sex and well, meanness, make it almost as nasty to sit through as these girls are to each other."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

11 91%

Biruma no Tategoto (The Burmese Harp) (1956)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

12 83%

Narc (2002)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

13 84%

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

"The film, though, takes us to a world in which imagination comes to life, with lavish CGI special effects giving the magic of Terabithia a palpable presence it never had in the book, even in Jess and Leslie's imaginations."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

14 99%

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

"One of the cinema's grandest spectacles, Lawrence of Arabia is at turns exhilarating, devastating, and puzzling as it ponders the mystery of a man who was a mystery to himself."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

15 94%

Juno (2007)

"Ellen Page's performance is the key to Juno's journey, and she unerringly nuances her character's blithe self-assuredness with just the right notes of uncertainty and innocence."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

16 57%

The Astronaut Farmer (2006)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

17 93%

Children of Men (2006)

"Children of Men succeeds as a downbeat dystopian thriller with some intriguing themes."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

18 69%

Hollywoodland (2006)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

19 75%

The Mighty (1998)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

20 71%

The Game (1997)

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Posted Oct 29, 2008

21 83%

The Mask of Zorro (1998)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

22 84%

Beyond the Gates (2005)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

23 ——

Grandma's Boy (1922)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

24 97%

Schindler's List (1993)

"In a film that is mostly black and white, small touches of color -- a candle flame; a child's coat, bright red -- bring the enormity of the tragedy into excruciating focus."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

25 41%

Rugrats Go Wild (2003)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

26 96%

Shadowlands (1993)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

27 80%

Green for Danger (1946) (1946)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

28 75%

The Wind in the Willows (Mr. Toad's Wild Ride) (1997)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

29 59%

The Rugrats Movie (1998)

"The result is several steps above the clunky, offputting animation of the series' early episodes."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

30 74%

Cars (2006)

"Cars is Pixar's most improbable success to date, a film that could easily have misfired, but somehow does not."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

31 8%

Gods and Generals (2003)

"Everybody is so good and decent that it's hard to tell where the generals leave off and the gods start."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

32 61%

Mission: Impossible (1996)

"De Palma has a choppy, episodic sense of story, and he crafts individual scenes rather than telling a single unified story."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

33 80%

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2006)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

34 92%

L' Homme du Train (The Man on the Train) (2003)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

35 50%

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

36 68%

Treasure Planet (2002)

"By following its story as closely as they have, the filmmakers have retained much of what made the novel a classic."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

37 84%

Elf (2003)

"Delivers a warm, feel-good Christmas ending that will inspire the hope that even New York City can have Christmas spirit -- at least of the Hollywood kind."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

38 94%

In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

39 90%

The Wicker Man (1973)

"The gothic ambiance and mood synonymous with the era's familiar tales of unholy menace is wholly absent. If there is evil here, it doesn't know it's evil."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

40 ——

Mother Teresa (1986)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

41 100%

Fires of the Plain (Nobi) (1959)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

42 72%

Rob Roy (1995)

"Where Braveheart was a guts-and-glory battlefield hymn to fortitude, Rob Roy is a more personal, more intelligent, and more wrenching exploration of honor, honesty, and loyalty."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

43 30%

The Alamo (2004)

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

44 39%

Henry Poole Is Here (2008)

"It never even gestures at the philosophical heavy lifting of exploring alternate interpretations of ambiguous events."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

45 96%

The Fugitive (1993)

"Taut, effective serial-chase story."

Posted Oct 29, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

46 91%

Stranded: I Have Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains (2008)

"Arguably the definitive retelling of the disaster … What the survivors reveal about their experiences offers unique light on what it means to be human."

Posted Oct 22, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

47 61%

The Express (2008)

"As a sports non-fan, my definition of a good sports film is one that my dad and I both enjoy. The Express has the goods."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

48 34%

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

"As is often the case, Lee seems to relish biting off more than he can chew, and the ambition and scope of this effort is worth the bits that don't quite fit."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

49 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"It's a wrenching fairy tale, a yarn rife with desperate want, loyalty and love, a fable of the vagaries of life that are often cruel but sometimes unexpectedly, sublimely kind."

Posted Aug 30, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

50 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Delves so deeply into the darkness that lurks in the hearts of men that it comes almost as a shock, bordering on euphoria, to find that it maintains a tenacious grip onto hope in the human potential for good."

Posted Jul 18, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

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