Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
32% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) It is going to make a ton of money, but you never feel that's the only reason it was made. It respects itself and it respects us, and there's no reason to begrudge its success. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
54% The Hi-Lo Country (1998) Mammas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys. And while you're at it, don't let them grow up to make movies about cowboys either. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
55% Mighty Joe Young (1998) This Christmas you could do worse than introduce the kids to the big Furby, one who carries a certain moral weight very lightly. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
82% The General (1998) Neither film nor actor tries to resolve Cahill's contradictions or anyone's feelings for him. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
61% A Civil Action (1998) A richly acted - see especially Robert Duvall's dreamy-fox opposition lawyer - subtly suspenseful, blessedly unmoralizing morality play. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
80% The Thin Red Line (1998) The film is a gorgeous garland on an unknown soldier's grave. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
45% Stepmom (1998) Under Chris Columbus' direction, they make a pretty but utterly misleading picture in which cheap sentiment is used to supply easy, false resolutions to agonizing issues. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
21% Harlem Nights (1989) Harlem Nights offers a depressing answer to that not entirely pressing question, "Will success spoil Eddie Murphy?" It looks as if it has. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
7% Orca - The Killer Whale (1977) The moviemakers have thumbed heavily through the literature of the sea in their search for dramatic cliches. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
41% Young Guns (1988) A grownup could die in this wasteland. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
54% Cruel Intentions (1999) Our fascination with this tale has always derived from its cool portrayal of utter amorality, which Kumble and his cast nicely energize with their heedless, youthful intensity. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
38% Ishtar (1987) Reasonably genial and diverting. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
44% Twins (1988) The whole movie has a warmth about it that never slops over into sentiment: there is much more here than tall-guy, short-guy jokes. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
50% Mommie Dearest (1981) Lacking psychological intelligence or, for that matter, awareness of Hollywood sociology, Mommie Dearest is just a collection of screechy scenes further distanced by convictionless direction. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
100% ...And the Fifth Horseman is Fear (...a paty jezdec je Strach) (1968) Director Brynych's stark, symbolic explorations of human despair lift The Fifth Horseman to a high level of creative cinema. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
43% Bye Bye, Braverman (1968) The result, called Bye Bye Braverman, has a lot to talk about, and nothing much to say. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
22% The Flintstones (1994) Once again, prehistory has been good to the film's producer, billed here as Steven Spielrock. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
53% King Kong (1976) The special effects are marvelous, the good-humored script is comic-bookish without being excessively campy, and there are two excellent performances - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
76% Buffalo '66 (1998) Gallo, who also wrote, directed and scored Buffalo '66 , is a smart young filmmaker, not least in his casting. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
88% Semi-Tough (1977) Semi-Tough may or may not turn out to be the year's best comedy -- there's Annie Hall to remember and Mel Brooks yet to be heard from -- but it is without a doubt the year's most socially useful film. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
94% Moneyball (2011) It is, in fact, quite a good movie. I don't think it is entirely subversive to suggest that it might have been a little bit better. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
95% The Artist (2011) Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist is not for a nanosecond fun-though it works hard to be so. Basically, it is A Star Is Born knockoff. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
83% My Week with Marilyn (2011) It would be easy to overpraise this very slight little picture. But its heart is in the right place. Marilyn was now and then, here and there, kind of fun to be with. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
95% The King's Speech (2010) It is a film that knows its limits -- and then transcends them almost casually, but with resonant and powerful effect. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
58% The Laughing Policeman (1973) It loses a great deal in the translation from Stockholm to San Francisco's Dirty Harry country. Gloomy authenticity, for one thing; pace and a genuine sense of puzzlement, for others. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2015
83% Papillon (1973) McQueen works hard and al most manages to triumph over his star presence, while Hoffman submerges himself eccentrically and amusingly in his coward's role. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2015
92% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) [This] eerily beautiful film constantly reminds us that there is an irresistible fascination, an absurd and terrible beauty, in the violence of our times. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2015
51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Magic is an enjoyable film in its minor way. You will not leave it disappointed or feeling in some way cheated. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
33% Telefon (1977) Instead of winding tighter and tighter, as a suspense story should, Telefon just winds down, rather like -- come to think of it -- a phone call between two people who don't really have much to say to each other. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2015
No Score Yet Inchon (1981) Inchon is, as military spectacles go, one of the sorriest in movie history. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2015
65% Back to the Future Part II (1989) Satirically acute, intricately structured and deftly paced, it is at heart stout, good and untainted by easy sentiment. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2015
97% Airplane! (1980) Airplane! is a splendidly tacky, totally tasteless, completely insignificant flight, a gooney bird of a movie that looks as if it could never get off the ground and then surprises and delights with its free-spirited aerobatics. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2015
40% Rocky IV (1985) Padded with clips from earlier Rocky pictures, adding nothing to his mythic, let alone human dimensions, it lacks even the primitive suspense and crude capacity to release underdog emotions that permitted its predecessors to conquer one's better judgment. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2015
71% The Offence (1973) Lumet's direction strives to give to material that is neither edifying nor suspenseful a fake profundity, stretching it to unconscionable lengths. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2015
35% The Woman in Red (1984) Writer-Director Wilder has fashioned an ironic, worldly, yet sternly moral comedy that gives an energizing twist to every farcical convention and finds the perfect timing for every rubber-faced reaction to calamity. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2015
89% The Stunt Man (1980) The fun lies in the journey. It is a trip of constantly shifting perceptions and sharply etched satirical sketches of movie types. It is also a carnival of bang-up stunt scenes. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
88% Naked (1993) Thewlis, who won the best-actor prize at Cannes for a performance so perfectly perverse that much as you want to, you cannot turn away. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
88% The Hunt for Red October (1990) [McTiernan's] alternation of menace and human interest, technological wizardry and action sequences is subtly calibrated, ultimately hypnotic in its effect. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2015
55% Valmont (1989) Milos Forman and Jean-Claude Carriere, while fiddling with the plot of this deliciously nasty tale, have studiously embalmed its spirit. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
75% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) There is in Cruise a kind of passionate watchfulness and in Kidman a desperate and touching candor, and they keep drawing us past the narrative's improbabilities to its human heart. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2014
86% Dragonslayer (1981) This movie has two big things going for it -- the dragon and the man who masterminds its slaying. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2014
83% Experience Preferred... But Not Essential (1982) Guess what Annie did on her summer vacation the year before she started college? Yes, of course, you're right. And on the first try too. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2014
85% Bugsy (1991) The picture belongs, in every sense of the word, to Beatty. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2014
66% Maverick (1994) [Gibson and Garner] can make you smile contentedly even when the script is wandering and they're just sort of standing around waiting for its next good part to develop. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
97% Babe (1995) He's brave and bright, good-natured and ambitious, naive and vulnerable. All in all, he's probably the most winsome orphan to appear on the screen since Freddie Bartholomew impersonated David Copperfield 60 years ago. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2014
71% The Ring (2002) An edgy, watchable film, but one that makes you feel more squeamish than screamish. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2014
10% I Dreamed of Africa (2000) This film, based on a true story, transcends its handsomeness to present a subtle portrait of a woman's growing consciousness. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2014
12% Striptease (1996) Writer-director Andrew Bergman presents [Moore] as a rather abstract object of desire. He wants us to know that his mind, at least, is not in the gutter--can't afford to waste time there, given the amount of busy work he has to. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2014
17% Wild Wild West (1999) Wild, Wild West poses this not very pressing question: Can a comedy costing something north of $100 million hope to succeed solely on the basis of special effects, cross-dressing and a vertically challenged villain? - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2014
81% My Own Private Idaho (1991) [Van Sant] disdain[s] narrative. He got away with Drugstore Cowboy because its band of drugged-out dodoes were engaged in a petty crime spree that almost passed for a plot. But My Own Private Idaho is a different story. Or rather nonstory. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2014