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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Salaam Bombay! (1988)

"Like Hector Babenco's Pixote the film is unsparingly gritty, but with a woman's tenderness it also grants the characters an occasional moment of grace." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 29, 2015

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

"Sheer enchantment." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 8, 2014

Insomnia (2002)

"Nolan uses visual pyrotechnics to pump up the tension and add to Pacino's sense of disorientation, but the feeling he evokes isn't as forlorn, creepy, or ambiguous as in the original (though the mountain wilderness is just as forbidding)." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 5, 2013

Marketa Lazarov√° (1967)

"Episodic in structure, the film proceeds like a folk saga, but its flashbacks, flash-forwards, and abrupt cuts give it a hallucinatory quality." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 17, 2013

Stuart Little 2 (2002)

"The film is fairly formulaic, though some of its puns and wisecracks are hilarious, especially those delivered by the Littles' lazy and cynical Persian cat. " ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 14, 2012

Spirited Away (2001)

"Enchanting and impressively crafted." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 25, 2011

Beautiful (2000)

"ally Field's direction is pedestrian, though she does manage to get shamelessly winning performances out of Driver and Eisenberg." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 12, 2010
No Score Yet

Yeshou xingjing (Beast Cops) (1998)

"Unfortunately, the acting is wildly uneven, from Michael Wong's irremediably wooden performance as the clean cop to Anthony Wong's insightful portrayal of the dirty one, a man who treats the mobsters on his watch like blood brothers." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 7, 2010

Barbershop (2002)

"Some of the verbal jousts are hot, and a Laurel and Hardy routine involving a stolen ATM is fitfully hilarious, but this reminds me of a pilot for a cable sitcom." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 23, 2010

The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) (2003)

"Despite an uneven cast, Arcand finds a tonal balance between sentimental and cynical that keeps the conversations real and heart wrenching." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 23, 2010

Baran (2002)

"The film is remarkable for the naturalistic acting of its cast, particularly the tender performances of the two leads, Hossein Abedini and Zahra Bahrami." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 23, 2010
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Backroads (1997)

"Director Shirley Cheechoo (who also plays one of the sisters) captures the dead-end existence of the insular community as well as the humor, the anxieties, and the resilience of her protagonists." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 5, 2010

Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

"This hour-long feature, edited down from 900 hours of footage, is both a technical marvel and a heartfelt memorial to those who died when the ship sank in 1912." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 11, 2009

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

"Smart, poignant, and utterly beguiling." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 16, 2009

The Women (1939)

"The catty banter and Wildean aphorisms (some of them contributed by Anita Loos) are delivered with impeccable timing by a cast only MGM could have mustered." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 11, 2008

Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)

"The simplistic drawing is closer to Peanuts than The Lion King, and the dialogue is strangely anachronistic." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted May 20, 2008

Like Mike (2002)

"[A] summer-weight but winsome basketball fantasy." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 25, 2008

Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

"A marvel for eye and ear." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 10, 2008

Finding Nemo (2003)

"[An] aquatic joyride." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 5, 2008

Freaky Friday (2003)

"The premise provides a fine showcase for the two appealing actresses, who appropriate each other's vocal and physical mannerisms with dead-on accuracy." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 19, 2007

Blade II (2002)

"Everything gets bogged down in one spectacularly gory action sequence after another." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 18, 2007

Black God, White Devil (Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol) (1964)

"The fusion of European and Afro-Brazilian elements -- dialogue, exquisite black-and-white images, and music by Villa-Lobos -- is startlingly original and poetical in conveying the hope and despair of the oppressed." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 11, 2007

Juwanna Mann (2002)

"The idea of transposing the story to the macho, greedy world of big-time sports is promising, but director Jesse Vaughan delivers only flat dialogue and predictable situations." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 27, 2007

Fulltime Killer (2003)

"Full of visual and verbal references to action and noir favorites, but burdened by a knotty story line and existential dialogue about fateful coincidences, it has trouble locating its own emotional core." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 9, 2007

Blossoms of Fire (2006)

"Gosling's schoolmarmish narration betrays the filmmakers' awestruck naivete toward the culture, which they seem to consider some sort of matriarchal utopia." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 6, 2005

Quality of Life (Against The Wall) (2006)

"A middling program of aggressively self-indulgent videos that focus on the sleazy side of life." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 22, 2005

God's Sandbox (Tahara) (2005)

"The lovers' seduction in the sand borders on laughable soft porn." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 14, 2005

Callas Forever (2004)

"Despite a faintly campy script by Martin Sherman, Zeffirelli captures the artistic imperative that drives both characters -- and deepens their loneliness." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 3, 2004

Scumrock (2004)

"The characters in this video, denizens of the San Francisco art fringe, seem like they're heavily sedated." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 17, 2004
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Los Zafiros---Music from the Edge of Time (2003)

"The songs, exuberant or sad, speak for themselves, none of them more poignant than the one Cancio croons for Galban in a studio session, paying tribute to their time together." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 16, 2004

Robot Stories (2004)

"Accomplished 2002 quartet of vignettes about artificial human life." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 10, 2004

Krzysztof Kieslowski: I'm So-So... (1998)

"He comes across as a modest, wryly funny, and intensely intellectual man, and his comments on both the ethics of filmmaking and his own work, from Camera Buff to the Three Colors trilogy, are fascinating." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 10, 2004

Cremaster 2 (1999)

"A tantalizing melange of dreamlike riffs on the desolation of the American west, the empty poses of male ritual, and the blood lust of macho fetishism." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 12, 2003

By Hook or by Crook (2002)

"Remarkable debut feature." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 2, 2002

American Experience (2004)

"Poignant if familiar story of a young person suspended between two cultures." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 2, 2002

Rockers (1980)

"Sounds from the golden age of reggae pulse through this breezy 1978 drama." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 28, 2002

Intacto (2002)

"Far-fetched premise, convoluted plot, and thematic mumbo jumbo about destiny and redemptive love." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 23, 2002

Ocean Oasis (2001)

"The narration, although provided by an ecologist and a naturalist, is a redundant gush of New Age wonderment at sights better left to speak for themselves." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 10, 2002

Manito (2003)

"Eason captures with graphic realism the male rivalry, manic tensions, and social aspirations of a New York ethnic enclave." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 25, 2002

Under the Skin of the City (Zir-e Poust-e Shahr) (2003)

"Bani-Etemad's depiction of poverty and despair, approximating the tone and look of Italian neorealism, is stark and wrenching." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 22, 2002

Wild Style (2013)

"The pacing is slow -- inexcusable in a film about music -- except when hip-hop takes over, and Ahearn wisely gives plenty of screen time to the likes of Busy Bee, Rock Steady Crew, and Fab Five Freddy." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted May 11, 2001

La Ley de Herodes (Herod's Law) (2000)

"The actors are uniformly excellent, embracing their arch roles without succumbing to caricature." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 11, 2001
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Entranced Earth (Terra em Transe) (1967)

"Rocha's frenzied mise-en-scene, which borrows from Fellini, Antonioni, and European avant-garde theater, is so stylized and self-referential that it probably appealed less to the masses than to the left-wing intelligentsia it scrutinizes." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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Fakin' Da Funk (1997)

"Chey shows a keen ear for black English, a well-honed comic imagination, and an upbeat humanism; Zoltan David's camera work is outstanding, especially the bravura Steadicam opening shot." ‐Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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