Gay Chicago Magazine
The Emperor's New Clothes (2002)
Man on the Moon (1999)
"Has all the emotional depth of a TV Movie of the Week."
"Rarely has a film gotten so deeply inside the internal workings of the business of theatre and the act of creation."
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
"Great performances, pretty locales, and smart plot twists makes this exciting character study almost as cunning as the titled character himself."
Any Given Sunday (1999)
"Any Given Sunday is director Oliver Stone's epic look at the world of professional football, and there is not one cliché, archetype or silly sports movie moment that he forgets to include."
Mansfield Park (1999)
"One of the most assured and inspired literary film adaptations all year."
"Stylistic flourishes amount to little more than an anachronistic jumble, with no rhyme or reason to their application."
"Giving two of the year's best performances, (McTeer and Brown) have astonishing authenticity and naturalness, which never seems like acting."
Erin Brockovich (2000)
High Fidelity (2000)
"A smart, adult comedy about the trials and tribulations of failed relationships."
Titan A.E. (2000)
"The film is certainly as exciting as any live-action sci-fi flick."
Battlefield Earth (2000)
"This third-rate B-movie is predictable and silly in the extreme."
Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
"John Woo takes over the director's reins this time, bringing his accomplished visual flair to the proceedings."
The Perfect Storm (2000)
"Little concern for plot or character."
Scary Movie (2000)
"This is the gross-out comedy of the year."
Chicken Run (2000)
"One of the funniest, best written movies of the year."
The Patriot (2000)
"Exciting and entertaining as any good summer blockbuster should be."
"Trixie is the kind of movie that makes you want to quit your job and become an irate stalker making some famous person very sorry for their sins."
The Kid (2000)
"You somehow never object to such shameless manipulation."
Space Cowboys (2000)
"Space Cowboys is a weirdly entertaining movie, mixing as it does Cold War intrigue, action flick and geezer buddy comedy."
The Replacements (2000)
"It is a giggle here at the testosterone posturing, and a chuckle there at the goofy cheerleader tryouts."
Nurse Betty (2000)
"Nurse Betty has the best ensemble cast and the most clever script so far this year."
The Way of the Gun (2000)
"The characters are such cardboard constructions that it hardly matters when they all start falling by the wayside in a furious hail of gunfire."
"The hackneyed script is filled with formulaic contrivances that continually strain credibility."
"The script never finds the right tone for its life lessons, opting for maudlin sentimentality and ludicrous plot twists as phony as a beauty contestant's hair color."
"Even today's CGI effects wizards would be envious of this over-the-top technical achievement."
Remember the Titans (2000)
"The movie manages to be moving and entertaining, and audiences will surely love it, but this is about as slick, predictable and manipulative as a movie can get."
"[Rodriguez] can be so real at times that it is almost painful to watch her."
"Satire requires a subtle touch, and Lee is so defiant and reactionary that he fairly bludgeons the material to death."
Meet the Parents (2000)
"The film is uproarious without ever becoming nasty or mean-spirited."
Dr. T and the Women (2000)
"Each actress in this nearly all-female cast brings something unique to her role."
Cotton Mary (2000)
"As fascinating as the central character is, the film has all the excitement of watching the glaze harden on a scone."
Center Stage (2000)
"The cast is all very young and pretty, but they play types rather than anything approaching the semblance of a real human being."
"The script probably got sucked into a black hole."