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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95%

Apollo 13 (1995)

"Even if you know how it all turned out (and you should), this amazing journey is harrowing and exhilarating." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 77%

The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (2006)

"Affectionately observed, nimbly edited (and perhaps a mite overly reverent) documentary." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 14, 2006
3/4 55%

Adam & Steve (2005)

"Plays as urban farce, but thanks to first-time director Chester's light touch and affectionally observant eye and ear, it's also a genuinely affecting love story." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 7, 2006
3/4 63%

Fighting Tommy Riley (2005)

"If it fails to land its big final punch, it's still a contender." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 6, 2005
2/4 6%

Testosterone (Testosteroni) (2004)

"Heavy on the eye candy, light on plot and logic." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 22, 2004
2/4 53%

Bulgarian Lovers (2003)

"Well acted, and its Faustian dynamic of mutual exploitation would be absorbing enough, but as Kyril draws Daniel into ever shadier situations, the film loses its tone and devolves into absurd political farce." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 10, 2004
2/4 8%

Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer (2004)

"This documentary might have been better off as an audio book." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 20, 2004
2/4 36%

Neil Young - Greendale (2004)

"Sitting through Greendale in a Dolby-equipped theater, at high volume with bone-penetrating bass, is an ideal way for Young fans to experience the rustic grandeur of the master's latest album." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 12, 2004
2/4 30%

Confessions of a Burning Man (2003)

"It's like being trapped at a fascinating party with a boring guide." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 24, 2003
62%

Kika (1993)

"It doesn't matter that Kika doesn't make sense -- doesn't even try to make sense. It's just so much fun to watch." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
65%

Little Buddha (1994)

"Though uneven, the film is engagingly moving and often humorous." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88%

The Paper (1994)

"Thanks to a caffeinated cast and hyperactive script, director Ron Howard delivers The Paper with a bang." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
72%

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

"A quick check of the exiting audience found many smiling -- and still clutching tissues." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
26%

Threesome (1994)

"A tedious, toilet-talking, try-sexual tease." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
95%

Red Rock West (1993)

"Director John Dahl and his brother Rick Dahl co-wrote the intelligent and off-handedly witty script; they're like the Coen brothers, but with a sense of fun and a coherent, entertaining story to tell." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
81%

Grand Canyon (1991)

"It maps these dark, desperate, fearful times with comic and terrifying veracity, and holds out a glimmer of hope for the soul-searching survivors of the '90s." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
57%

The Underneath (1995)

"Downbeat, laconically funny, arty (maybe a touch too arty), it's simmering, smoldering lowlife fun, like a good episode of Twin Peaks without the self-conscious weirdness." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
41%

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)

"Screenwriter Douglas Carter Beane pilfers not just plot elements from "Priscilla," but also stirs in big chunks of "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Bagdad Cafe," "Auntie Mame," "The Music Man" and "Cinderella."" ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
83%

Orlando (1992)

"Orlando would be unimaginable without Swinton in the title role. Her radiant, androgynous beauty makes every scene look like an Old Master portrait, and her charismatic character is touched with grace, gravity and a nimble humor." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
49%

Flatliners (1990)

"Flatliners is a New Age Nightmare on Elm Street, with anti-drug propaganda and heavy-handed messages about atonement and reconciliation." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
15%

North (1994)

"North seldom raises more than a chuckle." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
32%

Hackers (1995)

"How do you make typing look exciting?" ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
23%

Dennis the Menace (1993)

"Beyond the booby traps and plentiful pranks, Dennis the Menace is truly a treat for all ages." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
67%

Prospero's Books (1991)

"Ravishing but incomprehensible." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
40%

Boomerang (1992)

"Murphy gives his most appealing performance to date, using his smug, self-satisfied, sly smile as a joke on his own well-known screen persona." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
83%

Darkman (1990)

"A frenetic funhouse ride that has you laughing and screaming at the same time." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
26%

Hudson Hawk (1991)

"To say this megamillion Bruce Willis vehicle doesn't fly is understatement in the extreme." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
86%

My Life's In Turnaround (1994)

"[An] endearingly lackadaisical, merrily aimless little movie." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
91%

Arachnophobia (1990)

"It's a one-joke movie, a funhouse ride, the cinematic equivalent of having a rubber spider thrown in your lap. But it doesn't matter if you reject the wispy script or the plot, which has as much substance as a spider's web; you'll jump every time." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
60%

Wayne's World 2 (1993)

"The sequel to last year's breakaway hit offers more of the same, but it's somehow fresher, funnier and more endearing than the airheaded original." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
56%

Three of Hearts (1993)

"A two-hour anticlimax, Three of Hearts manages to offend just about everyone -- women, men, lesbians, heterosexuals, prostitutes and, most of all, moviegoers." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
31%

Taking Care of Business (1990)

"It's also unexpectedly likeable, thanks to the high-spirited performances of stars James Belushi and Charles Grodin, under the relaxed direction by Arthur Hiller. " ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
60%

The Addams Family (1991)

"An otherwise very funny scene featuring Thing amounts to an extended ad for Federal Express, and the rap beats from Hammer's new album boom from passing cars in several scenes -- nothing will date this movie faster." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
19%

Navy Seals (1990)

"Like a real Navy SEAL, it does what it's supposed to do and gets out of there quickly, and doesn't remain in your memory for long." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
73%

New York Stories (1989)

"A novel and fascinating foray into highly stylized, highly personal filmmaking." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
54%

The Doors (1991)

"You get a buzz, all right, but you're left woozy and hung over, and probably won't remember much of what you've seen." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
81%

Clueless (1995)

"Parents are traditionally invisible and/or lame in teen flicks, but Dan Hedaya, as Silverstone's sharklike litigator dad, does a drop-dead Robert Shapiro, biting off some of the best lines in the movie." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
93%

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

"Brutally beautiful, darkly comic sci-fi" ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
75%

Class Action (1991)

"Apted gives this smarter-than-average script a slick look and expertly develops suspense." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
77%

The Mask (1994)

"Even without the state-of-the-art, boundary-busting computerized effects from Industrial Light & Magic, Carrey's a human cartoon, and his spontaneous, Avery-esque, anything-for-a-laugh outrageousness makes this otherwise blank Mask a must-see." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
19%

Boxing Helena (1993)

"Helena might have been salvageable as a so-bad-it's-good camp goof -- if only it weren't so boring." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
51%

Kindergarten Cop (1990)

"[Director Reitman's] got a way with kids, and found a remarkable ensemble of 30 antic urchins to work with, cashing in on kindergarten's comic terrain and the blurted brutal honesty of the kids." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
86%

Presumed Innocent (1990)

"Competent, resolutely unflashy." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
62%

The Rocketeer (1991)

"Based on a comic book, deliciously corny but not campy, "The Rocketeer" is the movie Dick Tracy and Batman wanted to be." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
50%

The Endless Summer II (1994)

"Pretty hard to sit through, because Brown's incessant beach boy prattle is endlessly irritating." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
82%

After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

"Foley has brought the novel subtly up to date, and does a good job of maintaining Thompson's artful ambiguity." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
93%

The Freshman (1990)

"A quirky sleeper with something truly unexpected around every corner." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
60%

Serial Mom (1994)

"Offensively tame and almost (gasp) tasteful." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
29%

The House of the Spirits (1994)

"Cinematographer Jorgen Persson gives The House of the Spirits plenty of picturesque moments, but August's stolid, straightforward direction isn't suited to Allende's magical-realist voice." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100%

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

"Harrowing and funny, a fine film on its own, Hearts leaves us with a new appreciation for the Vietnam War epic it documents." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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