Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 85% The Apple (1999) Mixing documentary observation with unforced re-enactments, The Apple offhandedly exposes the deepest rifts in [Iranian] society and, despite digressions and imperfections, marks a fine debut. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
4/4 86% The Joy Luck Club (1993) Every few years, an American movie comes along so full of life and so rich in honest emotion that it sweeps away everything in its path. The Joy Luck Club is one of those rare, irresistible film experiences. It's almost unbelievably good. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
13% Shadow Hours (2000) Isaac Eaton's mucky morality play slips steadily from interesting to obvious to awful. Only Weller's spectral authority enlivens this ludicrous crawl through Los Angeles' lower depths. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
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
81% 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
35% 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
64% 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
93% 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
42% 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
66% 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
24% 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
39% 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
48% 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
41% 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