Authors

Decent Films Guide

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 80%

Cinderella Man (2005)

"A rousing picture and a genuinely inspiring one… one Cinderella story that goes the distance without turning into a pumpkin, and fully earns its happily ever after."

Posted Jun 2, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

2 80%

The Ninth Day (Der neunte Tag) (2005)

"Digs beyond rote charges of ecclesiastical complicity and counter-arguments to explore various levels of resistance and protest — and their consequences."

Posted May 27, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

3 78%

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

"Among the cinema's most iconic villains — the Wicked Witch of the West; Hannibal Lecter; Nosferatu… — Vader's story arc stands strikingly alone in its climax."

Posted May 16, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

4 96%

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

"The backbone of the Star Wars saga… takes the story and themes of the first film into deeper waters."

Posted May 16, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

5 80%

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D (2005)

"Crippled as he is by the decisions of the first two films, Lucas manages to invest the final chapter of his space opera with the grand operatic spirit of the original trilogy."

Posted May 16, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

6 39%

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

"Could largely be synopsized as the failure of moderate Christians to restrain fanatical Christians from oppressing innocent Muslims, provoking justifiable Muslim retaliation."

Posted May 6, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

7 97%

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

"The famed "Lubitsch touch," whatever it really was, was never put to a more formidable test… the last hour is satiric perfection."

Posted May 2, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

8 96%

Spartacus (1960)

"The comparative frankness of the politics, sexuality, and violence, and especially the downbeat third act and memorable finale give it a dramatic heft beyond its predecessors."

Posted May 2, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

9 90%

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

"Here, now, is the true face of human barbarity, and the true face of human heroism. Not in the now-distant mythology of World War II…"

Posted May 2, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

10 71%

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

"A Roschach test of viewer empathy… while I respect the concerns of those who find the movie cruel, I have to side with those who find it ultimately endearing."

Posted May 2, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

11 60%

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

"What should have been a bitingly Gilliamesque Men in Black comes off as a hit-and-miss Britcom Galaxy Quest."

Posted Apr 29, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

12 100%

My Darling Clementine (1946)

"That the title mentions neither Earp nor the O.K. Corral is an indication of the lightness with which Clementine carries the legendary baggage of its subject matter."

Posted Apr 4, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

13 79%

Ivanhoe (1952)

"In a way the next best thing to the real Arthurian classic that Hollywood never made, with the added plus of Robin Hood and his Merry Men (if only Warrender weren't so stiff)."

Posted Apr 4, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

14 ——

Ivanhoe (1982)

"To date, the best screen version of Ivanhoe… the whole cast is excellent."

Posted Apr 4, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

15 100%

King Solomon's Mines (1937)

"Dated [but] still of interest… production values and special effects are impressive for the period… makes good use of authentic African locations and performers."

Posted Apr 4, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

16 96%

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

"Briski doesn't merely document the children's milieu. Instead, she does something revolutionary: She empowers them to document it for themselves."

Posted Apr 4, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

17 92%

King Solomon's Mines (1950)

"Doesn't quite fulfill its promise, in part because the title destination is too obviously a MacGuffin in which the film ultimately doesn't even feign mild interest."

Posted Mar 24, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

18 40%

Ladder 49 (2004)

"Heartfelt, predictable, and finally surprisingly poignant."

Posted Mar 24, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

19 ——

Bernadette (1990)

"Straightforward, unembellished account that eschews the Hollywood sentiment of Song of Bernadette and speculative psychology of Cavalier's Thérèse."

Posted Mar 24, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

20 64%

Bride and Prejudice (2005)

"As Monsoon Wedding was to Crouching Tiger, Bride and Prejudice is in a measure to, say, Rumble in the Bronx or Jackie Chan's First Strike."

Posted Mar 24, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

21 64%

Robots (2005)

"Clever rather than heartfelt. Still, it's a high grade of clever, and I enjoyed it a lot."

Posted Mar 11, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

22 87%

Millions (2005)

"A rare, special family film: a parable rather than a morality tale; a film that combines high ideals and hard realities; a story of faith in something more than Santa Claus."

Posted Mar 11, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

23 46%

Constantine (2005)

"Muddled to say the least… although at least it's more interesting than anything in Hellboy or Van Helsing."

Posted Feb 18, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

24 54%

Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

"Quite a bit better than the dog-movie cliches the trailer suggests… Like Miss Franny's semi-magical candies, it is both sweet and sad, a blend that does the heart good."

Posted Feb 17, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

25 99%

The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) (2004)

"Deeply humane... a bittersweet, eloquent tribute to a man who is bent but not crushed beneath the weight of his various competing duties."

Posted Feb 17, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

26 95%

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

"Though made for a fraction of [Moulin Rouge]'s budget and with no big stars,Strictly Ballroom is the better film in every way."

Posted Feb 17, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

27 97%

To Have and Have Not (1944)

"[Bogey & Bacall's] onscreen chemistry is palpable, all but overshadowing the fictional back story that made Rick and Ilsa's dance in Casablanca so memorable."

Posted Feb 17, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

28 97%

Stalag 17 (1953)

"Grimly hilarious, subversive and defiant, rough around the edges, and more than a little sad."

Posted Feb 17, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

29 87%

The Aviator (2004)

"You can almost feel Scorsese exorcising the specter of Gangs of New York in the first act."

Posted Feb 17, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

30 91%

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

"Deeply troubling and potentially gravely harmful artifact of the culture of death."

Posted Feb 17, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

31 31%

The Forgotten (2004)

"What the father-son bond was to Frequency… mother love is to The Forgotten, a "Twilight Zone" / "X-Files"-esque thriller with a pro-life twist."

Posted Feb 3, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

32 91%

Witness (1985)

"A compelling thriller, a smoldering love story, a thoughtful study in comparative cultures, and a respectful exploration of religious community and nonviolence."

Posted Feb 3, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

33 84%

Chariots of Fire (1981)

"A period piece that explores timeless themes of temporal ambitions and higher purposes, of commitment and sacrifice, of ability and spirit."

Posted Feb 3, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

34 94%

The Story of the Weeping Camel (2004)

"As unique as the title animal: unrushed as a donkey, shaggy as a llama, sturdy as a horse — and, it turns out, with a sensitive soft spot for music. Who'd'a thunk?"

Posted Jan 21, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

35 90%

Kinsey (2004)

"Sheer dishonesty."

Posted Jan 21, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

36 83%

In Good Company (2004)

"Not as sharp or quirky as About a Boy, but it has a stronger moral center, and the same humane, thoughtful approach to characters and ideas is at work."

Posted Jan 14, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

37 82%

Nazarín (1958)

"The most breathtaking cinematic cross-examination of faith I have ever seen… not content to ignore religion as a non-issue, or to take cheap shots at its practitioners."

Posted Jan 7, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

38 98%

Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (Bicycle Thieves) (1949)

"A defining landmark of Italian neorealism and a haunting fable of want and desperation… an ideal marriage of form and meaning. Even the title is indispensable."

Posted Jan 7, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

39 100%

Ordet (The Word) (1954)

"Dreyer is digging deeper than these slogans ["institutional religion" versus "personalized faith"], to the regions of mystery where Johannes's mind was lost."

Posted Jan 7, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

40 97%

The Princess Bride (1987)

"One of those rare satiric gems, like The Court Jester and Galaxy Quest, that doesn't just send up a genre, but honors it at the same time."

Posted Jan 7, 2005

Steven D. Greydanus

41 ——

Francesco (1994)

"How has this vibrant human firebrand, this unpredictable, leaping, shouting zealot, been transformed into the sheepish, subdued, self-deprecating cypher played by Rourke?"

Posted Dec 30, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

42 30%

Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

"Mirrors the plot of the original point for point. All that's missing is little things like subtlety, nuance, characterization, and human interest."

Posted Dec 17, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

43 72%

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

"If you prefer movie reviews about pleasant films in which children are not placed in excessive peril or disagreeable circumstances, you may wish to read some other review."

Posted Dec 17, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

44 44%

National Treasure (2004)

"Works fairly well as slick, enjoyable hooey… in its general approach if not all particulars, this could represent a promising new approach in family entertainment."

Posted Dec 8, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

45 5%

Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

"Makes the colossal mistake of making Luther's obsession seem almost a valid protest against conformity -- then lets the neighbors not only win but claim the moral high ground."

Posted Dec 8, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

46 100%

The Flowers of St Francis (Francesco, giullare di Dio) (Francis, God's Jester) (1950)

"A delightfully simple film, as much a tribute to the spirit of humane curiosity in which the film was made as to the heritage of spirituality that is its transcendent theme."

Posted Dec 7, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

47 100%

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

"Boasts the most astonishing and indelible images in Keaton's body of work, and some of the best moments in movie history… wildly inventive, increasingly audacious stunts."

Posted Dec 7, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

48 69%

The King of Kings (1927)

"In a genre that deserves the best artists can offer but is plagued by mediocrity, DeMille's flawed but powerful film remains one of Hollywood's most remarkable achievements."

Posted Dec 7, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

49 38%

I Am David (2004)

"At its best in the taut opening and in the third act, when the pieces finally come together. In between, the episodic story sags a bit."

Posted Dec 3, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

50 88%

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

"Third art-house wuxia in a row with Zhang Ziyi the subject of violent sexual advances -- but the first that seems to take an unhealthy interest in the whole business."

Posted Dec 3, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile