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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Striptease (1996)

"Striptease is not a disaster like that other expensive ecdysiast extravaganza, Showgirls, though if it were, it might at least have some redeeming camp awfulness to enliven its otherwise dull mediocrity." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3/4 85%

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"For all its gorgeous freakishness, the movie is even more about love and friendship than the first one was." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 15, 2013
2.5/4 62%

Salt (2010)

"If there's not much suspense in the plotting, at least there's plenty in wondering how Lara Croft -- oops, Evelyn Salt -- will get out of one impossibly tight scrape after another." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 21, 2010

Boogie Nights (1997)

"Comparisons are invidious, but inescapable: Boogie Nights is the most stunningly accomplished, attention-grabbing movie by a sophomore director since Pulp Fiction." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 6, 2010
3/4 95%

Casino Royale (2006)

"Every era gets the James Bond it deserves. Ours gets a Bond who's strong and forceful but also reckless and arrogant, who blunders into tricky situations in Third World countries and makes a bloody mess of things." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
3/4 58%

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

"Yes, Ratner's music-video attention span and inability to linger on a shot ... blunts the impact of some of [the] big emotional moments. Nonetheless, he liked Singer's films as much as you did, and he hasn't tried to fix what ain't broke." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009

Night Watch (2006)

"Night Watch is a completely synthetic yet thoroughly original movie." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
B- 40%

The Ringer (2005)

"Knoxville's willingness to go to any length to humiliate himself for a laugh actually serves his guilt-ridden character, but the movie's real stars are the Special Olympians, who aren't trying to be inspirational or even likable, just funny." ‐Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 27, 2005
2.5/4 74%

War of the Worlds (2005)

"War of the Worlds ends too abruptly, running out of juice just as the aliens do. Even on summer popcorn terms, it's a tepid finish to a movie that, for its first hour or so, taps so expertly into our fears." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 5, 2005

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

"The Coens are setting themselves up again for the charge of misanthropy, but their cynicism here is so pure that, at least as embodied by Clooney and Zeta-Jones, it comes off as a kind of romantic ideal." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 11, 2003

Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003)

"The preposterous plot line does give De Bont an excuse to send Jolie flying in a handful of heartstopping stunt sequences. But she's her own special effect, as protean, mercurial, and dangerous as any piece of wirework or CGI." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 9, 2003

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

"The Matrix was, hands down, the best cyberpunk/kung fu/techno-pagan/Christian-allegory action film ever made. The Matrix Reloaded is the second best." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 2, 2003

Bruce Almighty (2003)

"This is the rubber-faced, rubber-limbed Carrey of old, and it's a treat to watch his brilliant clowning, no matter how juvenile it is." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 2, 2003

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

"You'll be charmed and entertained for a couple hours, but then you'll realize you're out 10 bucks." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 23, 2002

Die Another Day (2002)

"Director Lee Tamahori, who made his mark as a director of substance with Once Were Warriors, is now completely substance-free." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Nov 23, 2002

Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)

"Everything has fallen into place for an action megathriller that should please everyone except those still smarting over the Jim Phelps betrayal." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 11, 2002

Spider-Man (2002)

"The movie artfully nails the comics' take on adolescent helplessness, but its sense of comic-book fun is in too short supply." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 1, 2002

Godzilla (1998)

"Emmerich's hype-driven Godzilla appears unstoppable. Matinee audiences will surely be screaming, "We're off to see the lizard!"" ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

"Generic heist movies with high-caliber casts are trendy this year (see The Score and Heist). And for sheer extravagance and superfluousness, Ocean's Eleven tops them all." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

Charlie's Angels (2000)

"The rookie director, an advertising and MTV vet (of course) who calls himself McG, scores every key moment with a memory-jogging tune from a decade or two ago, turning the movie into a commercial for itself. Now that's entertainment." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

Pleasantville (1998)

"A film that's visually brilliant and gorgeous but whose premise is more inspired than its execution." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

The Boxer (1997)

"What makes the film work, despite its familiar trappings, are the performances of Day-Lewis and Watson." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

"This is an epic dreamed up and set in Coenland, where familiar film genres get twisted into balloon animals, and where anything might happen to the characters because, hey, why not?" ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

Antz (1998)

"Allen is certainly more lovable here than he has been in any of his own films for years, and he has delicious chemistry with the unlikely Stone and Stallone." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

The Tailor of Panama (2001)

"A curiously flat and unthrilling thriller." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

Les Miserables (1998)

"August's film won't make you forget the musical or the many previous movie versions, but an entertaining, stirring version of Hugo's tale of social justice is always welcome." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

The Cell (2000)

"The film's visuals are stunning, even lovely at times, as long as you can ignore their depravity." Anchorage Press
Posted Mar 24, 2002

U-Turn (1997)

"U-Turn is just your basic film noir, only with all the walloping, bravura technique that Stone brings to the similarly far-fetched premises of his overtly political films." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

Kundun (1997)

"Scorsese's celebrated eye for composition and camera placement has never been more evident." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

Rollerball (2002)

"I'd say Klein was out of his depth, if he had any depth to be out of." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (1998)

"The Imax 3-D format continues to evolve toward narrative maturity, without bothering to ask whether viewers want it to." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 30, 2001

Hi-Life (1998)

"Most of the performances feel both spontaneous and lived-in, particularly Scott's exasperated romantic." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 24, 2001

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

"An odd mix of old and new, realism and fantasy, craft and amateurism that shouldn't work but is inventive and hilarious anyway." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 1, 2000

Jude (1996)

"The elemental power of Hardy's tragedy remains, and the performers, particularly Winslet, are strong and moving as characters who struggle mightily against the blind implacability of destiny." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 1, 2000

Spice World (1998)

"Resistance is futile." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 1, 2000

The Crucible (1996)

"Hytner's adaptation (scripted by Miller) makes 1692 Salem palpably real, liberating the text from its overt parallels to the anti-Communist witch hunts of the 1950s and making the story seem a more universal indictment of conformist paranoia." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 1, 2000

The Big Lebowski (1998)

"It's best just to accept The Big Lebowski on its own anything-goes terms." ‐Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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