Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Where the Money Is (2000)
"For its first half this plays like a character-driven, antiestablishment caper of the 1960s and '70s. As the story progresses, the characters turn rotten. When the establishment is more appealing than the maverick heroes, something has gone wrong."
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Drive Me Crazy (1999)
"Despite its terrible title "Drive Me Crazy" proves more substantial than bubble gum. The story is less comedy than drama, populated by teenage characters who are - you had better sit down for this - believable."
American Psycho (2000)
28 Days (2000)
Keeping the Faith (2000)
"A worst-case scenario of what happens when an actor turns director. Norton loves his fellow actors so much he cannot bear to reduce their scenes. So stuff that shouldn't make the cut of even the special edition DVD stays in the film."
Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
"This sounds like a disaster along the lines of "Dudley Do-Right," but writer-directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont pull off a surprisingly spry spoof of the very way pop culture - especially music - is marketed to teenagers."
Saving Grace (2000)
Space Cowboys (2000)
Hollow Man (2000)
Sexy Beast (2000)
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
"As directed by Chris Columbus and written by Steve Kloves, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is a film with no personality of its own, despite being filled with many unforgettable personalities."
Down to Earth (2001)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
The Believer (2002)
The Bourne Identity (2002)
"Damon does not look like a guy who could break your arm like a matchstick, and that's why "The Bourne Identity" works. Watching this second coming of Richie Cunningham suddenly unleash his fists and feet and elbows (and Bic pen) of fury is chilling."
"Woo has as much right to make a huge action sequence as any director, but how long will filmmakers copy the "Saving Private Ryan" battle scenes before realizing Steven Spielberg got it right the first time?"
Ultimate X: The Movie (2002)
"For every articulate player, such as skateboarder Tony Hawk or BMX rider Mat Hoffman, are about a half dozen young Turks angling to see how many times they can work the words "radical" or "suck" into a sentence."
Nine Queens (Nueve reinas) (2002)
"Someday rational thought will return and I will realize "Spider-Man" does not rank among the milestones of cinema. But someday is not today. Today "Spider-Man" may as well be "Lawrence of Arabia," so delirious has it made this longtime fan."
"Though "Earnest" is Wilde's most famous work, this film is not as rich as Parker's version of "An Ideal Husband." However, it remains light and entertaining as the bright cast has a wonderful time saying marvelously funny things."
The Salton Sea (2002)
"Aside from a few striking similarities, "The Salton Sea" maintains its own identity. Its structure may not be as tricky as "Memento's," but "Salton Sea" reveals its own surprises with fewer attention-grabbing devices."
About a Boy (2002)
Undercover Brother (2002)
Bad Company (2002)
"Bad Company" never knows what it wants to do. It tries to mix urban comedy with international espionage; it tries to mix the theme of individual redemption with the threat of mass destruction; it tries to mix Anthony Hopkins with Chris Rock."
The Sum of All Fears (2002)