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David Ansen

David Ansen
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Revolutionary Road (2008)

"Revolutionary Road is impressive, but it feels like a classic encased in amber." ‐Newsweek
Posted Dec 22, 2008

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"On Broadway, Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon made for a deliciously smart and dramatic mano a mano. The surprising news is that Frost/Nixon works even better on screen." ‐Newsweek
Posted Dec 1, 2008

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"Lyrical, original, misshapen and deeply felt, this is one flawed beauty of a movie." ‐Newsweek
Posted Dec 1, 2008

Doubt (2008)

"Doubt stirs up a lot of stormy theatrical weather, but the stolid transfer from stage to screen does Shanley's play no favors." ‐Newsweek
Posted Dec 1, 2008

The Reader (2008)

"The Reader asks tough questions, and, to its credit, provides no easy answers." ‐Newsweek
Posted Dec 1, 2008

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"Quantum of Solace isn't frivolous or cheesy, but it isn't all that much fun either. Craig is still the right guy for the job, but for his boiling-on-the-inside performance to work, he needs more to play with." ‐Newsweek
Posted Nov 13, 2008

Let the Right One In (2008)

"A vampire movie like no other." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 23, 2008

Changeling (2008)

"Eastwood tells his haunting, sorrowful saga with such a sure, steady hand, only a very hardened cynic could fail to be moved." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 20, 2008

Malcolm X (1992)

"Lee and company have performed a powerful service: they have brought Malcolm X very much to life again, both as man and myth." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

"It's about seduction, and either you succumb to its inky entrapments or you resist. When its mojo was working, I was happy to be had." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992)

"Peyton plays upon Claire's deepest anxieties -- her sexual insecurity, her fear of child molesters -- to vicious effect. Hanson and Silver manipulate our anxieties no less adeptly, but a good deal more playfully." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Husbands and Wives (1992)

"It doesn't suffer from the compulsive tidiness of some of Allen's later movies -- the juices are flowing, the hysteria is closer to the surface -- and in this looser, more volatile atmosphere his extraordinary cast gets to soar." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

"This is the grandest guignol Hollywood has produced in years." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Dying Young (1991)

"A movie like this has only one not-so-noble reason to exist: to make us sob. And it just doesn't deliver the goods." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Barton Fink (1991)

"Again the Coens take familiar movie tropes and twist them into something new. This may be their most haunting movie." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Rising Sun (1993)

"As the plot grows more intricate, strangely the tension dissipates, until finally the movie just seems to run out of breath." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

"My Own Private Idaho is a far cry from seamless, but I would gladly trade a dozen well-made studio movies for one of its vital parts." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008

W. (2008)

"W. might have had some impact had it been made four years ago. But it's both too late and too early for a movie about our sitting president." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 16, 2008

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

"Rachel Getting Married takes a familiar subject -- the raw nerves of American family life with -- and draws fresh blood." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 6, 2008

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

"[Director] Sollett is able to take familiar teen tropes and transform them into low-key magic." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 2, 2008

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

"Pellington knows, as did the 1940s master of horror Val Lewton, that what you don't see can raise far more goose bumps than what you do." ‐Newsweek
Posted Sep 29, 2008

The Duchess (2008)

"It's elegantly mounted and never dull -- and always easy on the eyes." ‐Newsweek
Posted Sep 22, 2008

The Wrestler (2008)

"To say this is a great comeback for an actor whose talent was exceeded only by his self-destructiveness is obvious." ‐Newsweek
Posted Sep 17, 2008

Burn After Reading (2008)

"Burn After Reading is a blackly comic illustration of Murphy's Law, set in the Washington world of CIA espionage, and populated with a cast of delusional dunces who are a wonder to behold." ‐Newsweek
Posted Sep 8, 2008

Kissing Jessica Stein (2002)

"Director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld's movie knows what it wants, what its limits are, and delivers its delights accordingly." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

"The violence in Boyz N the Hood is neither gratuitous nor melodramatic; its aftermath is shattering. Singleton's powerhouse movie has the impact of a stun gun." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008

American Splendor (2003)

"A glorious rebuke to all this summer's recycled, effects-ridden, laboriously "fun" Hollywood disappointments piled along the wayside like so many crashed cars." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008

Toy Story (1995)

"A winning animated feature that has something for everyone on the age spectrum." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008

Vertigo (1958)

"Why is this movie Hitchcock's masterpiece? Because no movie plunges us more deeply into the dizzying heart of erotic obsession." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008

Freaky Friday (2003)

"Maybe it's only adults who'll get teary-eyed -- kids just wanna have fun. And they will." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008

Monsoon Wedding (2002)

"Nair's stereotype-shattering movie -- like the polymorphous culture it illuminates -- borrows from Bollywood, Hollywood and cinema verite, and comes up with something exuberantly its own." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008

Tropic Thunder (2008)

"Tropic Thunder is the funniest movie of the summer -- so funny, in fact, that you start laughing before the film itself has begun." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 11, 2008

Step Brothers (2008)

"Though McKay and his cast make the most of the material, Step Brothers is constrained by its one-joke concept." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jul 24, 2008

Brideshead Revisited (2008)

"There's room for more than one Brideshead in this far less glamorous day and age." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jul 18, 2008

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Nolan wants to prove that a superhero movie needn't be disposable, effects-ridden junk food, and you have to admire his ambition." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jul 11, 2008

WALL-E (2008)

"You'd have to be a machine for your heart not to melt." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jul 8, 2008

Hancock (2008)

"The superhero genre screams for a makeover, or at least a smart deconstruction, but Hancock isn't that movie. It just ups the foolishness ante." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jul 1, 2008

The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

"A brave, spectacularly entertaining -- and unexpectedly stirring -- account of Flynt's life that asks us to regard the publisher of Hustler magazine as an invaluable champion of our First Amendment freedoms." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jun 30, 2008

Wanted (2008)

"As the body count rises, so does the portentous tone, and the relentlessness of Bekmambetov's overamped style becomes oppressive." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jun 24, 2008

Get Smart (2008)

"In this distressingly generic spy spoof, it's not Maxwell who's clueless, but the filmmakers." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jun 16, 2008

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"Its familiar genre pleasures are all on the surface." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jun 13, 2008

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008)

"It'll shake up your beliefs not just about steroids but about competition, hypocrisy, body obsession and American notions of masculinity." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jun 9, 2008

Forrest Gump (1994)

"For all its ambition, the movie ends up using great historical events in the service of a dubious sentimentality." ‐Newsweek
Posted May 12, 2008

Speed Racer (2008)

"Speed Racer creates a timeless, visually seductive world suspended somewhere between the pop '60s and the sci-fi future. Its biggest disappointment, strangely enough, is its raison d'ĂȘtre -- the races themselves." ‐Newsweek
Posted May 12, 2008

The Crow (1994)

"It succeeds in bringing O'Barr's comic-book vision to life, but there's little else going on behind the graphic razzle-dazzle and the moody, ominous soundtrack." ‐Newsweek
Posted May 12, 2008

Get Shorty (1995)

"Hollywood has been in love with mobsters since the beginning of movies. But the other side of the equation has seldom been considered. That is, until now." ‐Newsweek
Posted May 7, 2008

Iron Man (2008)

"Iron Man may not be distinguished enough to convert you to the cause. But Downey and Favreau give the movie a quirky flavor it can call its own. For that we can be grateful." ‐Newsweek
Posted May 1, 2008

Then She Found Me (2007)

"...Hunt, in her directorial debut, can't seem to decide whether she'd rather make a spicy ethnic dish or bland comfort food." ‐Newsweek
Posted Apr 27, 2008

Baby Mama (2008)

"Baby Mama is formulaic, but this broad odd-couple girl comedy has the advantage of knowing what it is." ‐Newsweek
Posted Apr 25, 2008

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

"It has a generosity toward all its characters that rescues it from predictability." ‐Newsweek
Posted Apr 14, 2008
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