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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Island of Lost Souls (1933)

"While the action is not designed to appeal to other than the credulous, there are undoubtedly some horror sequences which are unrivaled." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2011

Le Beau Serge (1958)

"An important new French director, Claude Chabrol, is unveiled in this pic." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2011

Dazed and Confused (1993)

"The teenage wasteland, 1976-style, of Dazed and Confused is smack-dab between The Brady Bunch and Children of the Damned , and it's a scary, if sometimes giddily amusing, place to visit." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 8, 2011

Fail-Safe (1964)

"It faithfully translates on the screen the power and seething drama of the Eugene Burdick-Harvey Wheeler book." ‐Variety
Posted Jun 29, 2011
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The Black Bird (1926)

"It's a good melodrama, excellently produced. Chaney handles his two parts well and Waldemar Young's scenario has been so constructed that the rather unique dual role is plausible at all times." ‐Variety
Posted Jun 29, 2011

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)

"As the broadcasting tycoon, Fredric March is excellent, and the scenes between him and Peck lift the picture high above the ordinary." ‐Variety
Posted Jun 27, 2011

Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby) (1987)

"Film is a good showcase for the comic abilities of this threesome, all of whom seem to have their one-liner timing down pat." ‐Variety
Posted May 23, 2011

The Long Ships (1964)

"Any attempt to put this into the epic class falls down because of a hodge-podge of a storyline, a mixture of styles and insufficient development of characterization." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 23, 2011

Kes (1969)

"Simply, the filmmakers have brought the background of the boy's life vividly into reality." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 18, 2011

Secret Beyond the Door (1948)

"Mental complexities of the principals makes it sometimes hard to sort out the various motivations used to spin the tale." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 4, 2011

The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)

"Expert casting and splendid production are the points in the film's favor, primarily. Paul Muni in the title role is at his very top form." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 4, 2011

The Offence (1973)

"There's a powerful confrontation of authority and accused between police sergeant Sean Connery and suspected child molester Ian Bannen in Sidney Lumet's The Offence. A brilliant scene, however, does not in itself make for a brilliant overall feature." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 4, 2011

Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood (1973)

"Writer-director Andrew Sinclair has a wonderful feel for his material, and a happy hand in matching it to its setting." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2011

Quo Vadis? (1951)

"Quo Vadis is a super-spectacle in all its meaning." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2011
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Chu Chin Chow (1934)

"This lavish musical from the British studios is a colorful, extravagant costume film that makes its bid for attention purely on an extravaganza platform, and makes the grade." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 2, 2011

The Court Jester (1956)

"Costumed swashbucklers undergo a happy spoofing in The Court Jester with Danny Kaye heading the fun-poking." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2011

Boys (1996)

"As vague and unfocused as its title." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 14, 2011

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1993)

"Unlike famous bumbling sleuths such as Inspector Clouseau and Lt. Frank Drebin, there's no consistency to the "Ace" character, and the whole movie shifts in tone from social satire to sophomoric pranks and traditional copshow plotting." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 8, 2010
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Scent of Mystery (1960)

"The picture -- with or without the smells -- is a fun picture, expertly directed by Jack Cardiff." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 26, 2010

Flesh & Blood (Flesh+Blood) (The Rose and the Sword) (1985)

"A vivid and muscular, if less than fully startling, account of lust, savagery, revenge, betrayal and assorted other dark doings in the Middle Ages." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 22, 2010

The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)

"Unintentional comedy still seems the Airport series' forte, although excellent special effects work, and some decent dramatics help Concorde take off." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2010

Heathers (1988)

"A super-smart black comedy about high school politics and teenage suicide that showcases a host of promising young talents." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 31, 2010

Nickelodeon (1976)

"Peter Bogdanovich's film is an okay comedy-drama about the early days of motion pictures." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 17, 2010

Scarecrow (1973)

"Periodically interesting but ultimately unsatisfying." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 16, 2010

Victory (1981)

"A frankly oldfashioned World War II morality play, hinging on soccer as a civilized metaphor for the game of War." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 13, 2010

Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

"Sam Spiegel comes up with a rarity: the intimate epic, in telling the fascinating story of the downfall of the Romanovs." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

The House of Rothschild (2000)

"A fine picture on all counts in the acting, writing, and directing." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Apartment Zero (1989)

"Apartment Zero emerges as a genuinely creepy, disturbing and gripping psychological piece." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)

"Weir and his crew expertly recreate the squalor, poverty, noise, heat and emotion of the pressure cooker that was Indonesia in 1965." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

The Touch (1971)

"The Touch is both a romantic film of great poignancy and strength and an example of masterful cinema honed down to deceptively simple near-perfection." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

The Thin Man (1934)

"The Thin Man was an entertaining novel, and now it's an entertaining picture." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Top Gun (1986)

"Set in the world of naval fighter pilots, pic has strong visuals and pretty young people in stylish clothes and a non-stop soundtrack." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Zelig (1983)

"Lampooning documentary tradition by structuring the entire film as a meticulously crafted bogus docu, Woody Allen tackles some serious stuff en route" ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

The Bat Whispers (1930)

"A good picture in the class division, for shivers and smiles." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

"There's no cinematography credit, which suggests Cassavetes either added that hat to his writer-director wardrobe, or the real culprit left town ahead of the posse." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

"Heartbreak Ridge offers another vintage Clint Eastwood performance." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

The Lord of the Rings (1978)

"Quite simply, those who do not know the characters of Middle Earth going in will not know them coming out." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Sunrise at Campobello (1960)

"In the journey from stage to screen this chapter from the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt loses none of its poignant and inspirational qualities, none of its humor and pathos." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

"John Ford and the writers have somewhat overplayed their hands. They have taken a disarmingly simple and affecting premise, developed it with craft and skill to a natural point of conclusion, and then have proceeded to run it into the ground." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Lions Love (1969)

"The result is a pleasant, sometimes humorous blend of style and technique that ultimately is unsuccessful." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Wilson (1944)

"Through it all stalks a potent personality in Alexander Knox, a newborn star, supported by a flawless cast." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

"The Thief of Bagdad is a colorful, lavish and eye-appealing spectacle." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

"Sentimental in a theatrical way, romantic in the oldfashioned way, nostalgic of immigration days, affirmative of human decency, loyalty, bravery and folk humor." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946)

"Unduly slow pace and repetitious use of trick sets hurts chances of this film." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Howards End (1992)

"E. M. Forster's Howards End makes a most compelling drama, perhaps the best film made during the 30-year partnership of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Operation Petticoat (1959)

"Operation Petticoat has no more weight than a sackful of feathers, but it has a lot of laughs." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Married to the Mob (1988)

"The enormous cast is a total delight, starting with Pfeiffer, with hair dyed dark, a New York accent and a continuously nervous edge." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)

"Redford's 'presence' is magnificent, always suggesting the classically-structured, powerful-but-weak American." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010

The Blue Gardenia (1953)

"A stock story and handling keep The Blue Gardenia from being anything more than a regulation mystery melodrama." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010

Flatliners (1990)

"A cautionary tale that ends along fairly traditional horror-sci-fi lines, Flatliners is a strikingly original, often brilliantly visualized film from director Joel Schumacher and writer Peter Filardi." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
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