The Interpreter (2005)
"The problem with all this sneaking around is that it is rarely ever all that suspenseful."
Inside Man (2006)
In Her Shoes (2005)
"A Hollywood movie that feels real; one that engages the tear ducts and the mind."
In Good Company (2004)
"It's got a 'Father Knows Best' sensibility about it that exalts character over profit margins. But in my opinion, the story's execution falls short of its potential."
"This may be the definitive portrait of a man who, examining his life, discovers that it may not be worth living."
I, Robot (2004)
"Smith's occasional sullenness suggests he is itching for another Ali-like chance to prove his acting chops even as he slums his way through another high-tech shoot-'em-up."
I Am David (2004)
"While some parents might wish the film had more emotional depth, they will probably appreciate the gentle humor. Then they can introduce their children to the book."
Howl's Moving Castle (2005)
"It revels in a sort of operatic vulgarity. And once the story exhausts its over-the-top cheesiness, there are still a few loose ends to tie up, and so the film drags on."
"In its simplicity, this film is to Pixar what the old hand-drawn Charlie Brown cartoons were to Disney."
The Honeymooners (2005)
"Fans of the original series probably won't care for it, and the rest of us could probably get the same kind of entertainment in our living rooms, for free."
"A lot of fun and something different, poised to reach a broader audience with its silly and spirited tour of space -- which is vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big, by the way."
Hide and Seek (2005)
"This movie has more red herrings than an Agatha Christie novel combined with the aquarium downtown. The real question is, 'How did this stinker attract such a big name cast?'"
"Even if the story were true, the film's events have been fictionalized beyond belief."
"Cuarón has produced the most terrifying and darkly humorous movie adaptation of Rowling's stories to date, giving it a visual flair sorely missing in the previous installments."
Hangman's Curse (2003)
The Grudge (2004)
"As a pure, light, PG-13 thrill machine, The Grudge is fairly successful. But it is not especially memorable."
The Great Raid (2005)
"While the historical events depicted were unusual and cause for genuine celebration, the film that depicts these events is a dull, by-the-numbers set of war-movie clichés."
"Greatest Game succeeds because it has enough history and authenticity to please golf enthusiasts while maintaining enough heart and human drama to appeal to the rest."
A Good Woman (2006)
"If you enjoy the charming wit of films such as An Ideal Husband or Enchanted April, you'll probably be Wilde about A Good Woman."
"The script is long on the Big Issues, but comes up short in compelling dialogue. It needed a couple more drafts."
Garfield - The Movie (2004)
"People who love cats will see their own felines in Garfield. Parents who love neither Garfield nor cats will have a good time nonetheless."
Fun With Dick and Jane (2005)
"In a strange way, it's fitting that a movie about people out of work should itself barely work."
Friends With Money (2006)
Friday Night Lights (2004)
"You'll leave the theater somewhat emotionally spent -- feeling like you've been tackled by a 220-pound linebacker -- but it's worth the ride. One of the best sports movies ever."
The Forgotten (2004)
"The climax is a disappointment, lacking the quick visual thrills earlier in the movie and failing to answer many key questions raised throughout."
"While I do think that Foster and the movies she makes need to lighten up, that isn't quite what I have in mind."
Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
"This is one flight that never quite gets off the ground."
"There is an air of desperation about Firewall, a sense that Ford needed to make this movie just to keep his face in the public eye, lest we think he had fallen off the planet altogether."
The Final Cut (2004)
"Most significantly, the film underscores the fact that the meaning of our lives ultimately comes from somewhere outside of ourselves."
Fantastic Four (2005)
"Not all comic-book films have to be as weighty and angst-filled as a graphic novel. Fantastic Four is neither fantastic nor incredible, but it's entertaining nonetheless."
The Family Stone (2005)
"The movie feels a lot like slacker brother Ben: a little sloppy, mostly predictable, some flashes of poignancy and wisdom, but ultimately doesn't live up to its potential."
Failure to Launch (2006)
Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
"Some things are better left mysterious, and some movies better left unmade."
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
"The film's challenge to the viewer -- to doubt his or her own doubts about the supernatural -- is commendable."
Everything is Illuminated (2005)
"It is a film that doesn't want us to forget. Or perhaps it is a film that wants a new generation to remember a past which profoundly shapes its present."
End of the Spear (2006)
"Through the harrowing experience of two men as told in End of the Spear -- Steve Saint and Mincaye -- moviegoers can learn the power of forgiveness and reconciliation."
Ella Enchanted (2004)
"The Narrator begins and ends the story talking about how fairy tales transport us to another place, but the sad fact is that Ella lets us stay right where we are."
"The performances are solid . . . but it's Kentucky that really steals the show. Crowe paints the eccentricity of the locals with an affectionate brush."
"During a fight, a character declared "Enough! It ends now." And I thought It's about time! Now there's a sure sign of an action movie falling short of its potential."
Eight Below (2006)
"Dreamer is loaded with enough clichés and formulas to choke a horse. But truly, it works."
Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)
"Downfall is an admirably matter-of-fact history lesson of a movie, but next to real footage of real people with real memories of those days, it pales by comparison."
"After 32 years, two sequels, and two prequels, The Exorcist remains an impossible act to follow."
"No doubt an interesting story could be told about her life, but this standard-issue assault on the senses isn't it."
"White Goodman is one of Stiller's craziest creations, a hilariously dim-witted and mean-spirited jock that doesn't realize how pathetic he really is."
"What finally derails the movie is that it thinks it's a lot smarter than it is."
"Performances crackling with an enthusiasm that indicates how much Porter's work continues to be loved and respected."
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