Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Hukkle (2001) It's bracingly funny to see the glorious human species redefined as just another set of moving parts in a huge machine lacking any evident purpose. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2003
91% El bonaerense (2002) Credit El Bonaerense with journalistic single-mindedness and, given recent Argentine history, sheer guts. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2003
21% Honey (2003) Honey is a whole festival of bad movies, from Flashdance through Glitter. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2003
94% The Triplets of Belleville (2003) It's all très charming. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2003
29% Mail Order Bride (2003) This harmless nickels-and-kopecks comedy goes by the theory that if one Mafia is funny, two must be hilarious. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2003
82% The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) (2003) If secular humanism were an actual religion, The Barbarian Invasions would be recognized as a religious masterpiece. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2003
9% Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003) Flashy but flat. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2003
78% Tupac: Resurrection (2003) Intriguing but ultimately frustrating. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2003
85% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) It's an adventure movie by an artist. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2003
93% My Architect (2004) Locates the human dimension the architect never grasped. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2003
39% The Singing Detective (2003) Virtuoso work by Robert Downey Jr. and an unrecognizable Mel Gibson (who also produced) can't keep The Singing Detective from degenerating into sheer noise. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2003
36% Radio (2003) The game plan is Inspiration or Death. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2003
73% Runaway Jury (2003) Grossly inauthentic but authentically engrossing entertainment. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2003
37% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) Does convey the sense of being caught in a nightmare. A stupid person's nightmare. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2003
3% House of the Dead (2003) Takes out a moviegoer's limbic brain and cerebral cortex. All that's left functioning is the reptilian brain, droning: Kill The Things. Kill The Things... - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2003
65% The Flower of Evil (2003) The 73-year-old Chabrol has dashed off a near-abstract but infinitely intriguing formulation on guilt, recurrence and the perpetual present. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2003
16% Civil Brand (2003) It's guilty of gross B-movie meltdown, but mitigating circumstances include honest anger and a scattering of vivid scenes. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2003
43% The Event (2003) Fails equally as lament and celebration. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2003
64% Out of Time (2003) Out of Time is probably Hollywood's most seamless suspense trap since The Fugitive. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2003
2.5/4 62% Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Alternately helped, hindered and (best) left alone by first-time director Wells, Lane fills the screen with her perceptive presence and lifts the undramatic story as high as gravity allows. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2003
92% Millennium Actress (Sennen joyû) (2001) This is a screen trip that actually takes you someplace -- out of the world, around the world and straight to the heart of the world. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2003
43% The Fighting Temptations (2003) When Gooding and Knowles appear together, they drain off energy like batteries hooked in reverse. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2003
95% Lost In Translation (2003) The old adage says that poetry is what's lost in translation, but the poetry is all that survives in Sofia Coppola's wispy art film. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2003
71% Dummy (2003) Pritikin's shrewd comedy-drama catches a fine flock of family emotions on the wing, and not the over-exposed ones. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2003
62% Cabin Fever (2002) Like much of Cabin Fever, the performances are competent and uninteresting. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2003
67% Once upon a Time in Mexico (2003) Rodriguez's movie aspires to trashy grandeur, and achieves it. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2003
73% Taking Sides: Le cas Furtwängler (2003) Taking Sides is a symphony played on two instruments, both somewhat out of tune. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2003
69% Dude, Where's the Party? (2003) An amiable city mouse/country mouse story. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2003
23% Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) David Spade has two-thirds of a comic idea, and the jokes occasionally hit one of their hundred moving targets. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2003
51% Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2003) Should Blighty stake its screen future on action-adventure? Family fun? Sex satire? Modernized music hall? Post-modern movie-movie? Meadows' answer is 'All of the above.' - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2003
23% Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) The new JC is more consistent and efficient than the first, with classier monster effects, but less compellingly weird. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2003
8% My Boss's Daughter (2003) Even after sitting through it you can't swear you've seen it. It vanishes while you watch, like disappearing ink. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2003
8% Marci X (2003) This is the kind of movie that would leave a hopeful crowd feeling let down, but might sparkle like a tiara in a trash can for someone who discovers it by chance. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2003
38% Sin noticias de Dios (Don't Tempt Me) (2003) Consistently clever and inventive on a level a little below the inspired. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2003
2.5/4 17% The Medallion (2003) A B-movie worthy of the term. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2003
40% The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003) The half an idea in Erica Beeney's script is reduced by another half through the disjointed directing of Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2003
81% Step Into Liquid (2003) With neo-rock replacing beach boyisms and new optical technology permitting crisp Steadicam close-ups of ballet-like aquabatics, Step into Liquid is state-of-the-art non-art. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2003
75% Koi... Mil Gaya (I Found Someone) (2003) Even for Bollywood, this is broad, corny stuff. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2003
13% Uptown Girls (2003) Yakin shuns caricature. His affection for all his feckless characters, even Fanning's narcissistic mom (Heather Locklear), is evident. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2003
41% Freddy vs. Jason (2003) Will satisfy the hordes who've awaited this heavyweight matchup for a decade. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2003
8% Grind (2003) Among those rare films that starts at the bottom and burrows downward. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2003
47% S.W.A.T. (2003) Schlocky, slam-bang fun. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2003
75% Seaside (2002) Touching, amusing, sometimes compelling, Seaside is ultimately little more revealing than a weekend visit. It's a sheaf of captivating postcards. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2003
54% American Wedding (2003) Even suckers for the first two American Pie courses will find this third helping indigestible. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2003
80% Mondays in the Sun (Los Lunes al sol) (2003) Shot in lustrous, muted color with a sure sensitivity to emotional states and mood swings, it's an elegy on wasted time and waning energies. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2003
38% Hotel (2003) It's a love-it-or- hate-it proposition. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2003
45% Lucia, Lucia (2003) A comedy-mystery that's neither funny nor mysterious. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2003
77% Seabiscuit (2003) Seabiscuit is resoundingly well made and emotionally satisfying. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2003
27% How to Deal (2003) Promising to serve up life's complexity, Clare Kilner's movie doles it out in bite-sized, predigested portions. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2003
22% Bad Boys II (2003) The perverse feat of Bad Boys II is that it's formulaic enough to serve as a format-compatible sequel to half the cop buddy capers ever made. - Newark Star-Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2003