O. Henry's Full House (1952)
Harper (The Moving Target) (1966)
Room Service (1938)
Coogan's Bluff (1968)
Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
"The characters' motives are base enough, and there's an odd combination of petty incidents having walloping consequences, but the ironies are as delicately layered and "delicious" as they could possibly be without a hint of preciosity."
L'Amour Fou (1969)
Strangers with Candy (2005)
The Queen (2006)
"To give the narrative depth, bite, or oomph, as naturalism, irony, or romance, or some combination ... Morgan would have to have invented more (as Shakespeare and Schiller did with their historical royalty)...."
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
"[T]he movie's emphasis on Nicholas's misadventures, as if the audience couldn't get into the story of Uganda without an educated, white, middle-class European as a protagonist, is a huge let-down in its own terms."
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
The Departed (2006)
Ask the Dust (2006)
"Towne has a perhaps unique ability to make this ill-fated movie romance classically seductive while doing full justice to its authentic subject. [His] canniness as a writer and casual sophistication do wonders for the actors."
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
"[Marge is] a good cop because everything abnormal stands out like a stain against her white-on-white sanity.... [H]er incomprehension [of criminality] is not only her strength as a detective, it justifies the deadpan style of the movie."
"[A]s in soap opera, drama is synonymous with the torments of love. Hayek is a brave, tireless performer, ... but given the script she can only play Kahlo the "beguiling personality" she liked to think of herself as ... rather than Kahlo the artist."
About Schmidt (2002)
The Loved One (1965)
"Perhaps the only way to enjoy it is to accept that saying something offensive is better than saying nothing at all. The Evelyn Waugh who wrote The Loved One might have agreed with that, at any rate."
World Trade Center (2006)
Friends With Money (2006)
The Break-Up (2006)
Nacho Libre (2006)
The Great New Wonderful (2006)
Mikey and Nicky (1976)
"Considering the gross overextension of the shoot and the indulgence of the actors, ... it makes perfect sense that the movie feels like the result of a game of 52 pick-up rather than the realization of a design."
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
The Proposition (2005)
"The Proposition depicts male brutality, both within and without the confines of the law, in a beautifully measured way that doesn't kill the intensity of the narrative--wild contrasts, ironic similarities, and all."
The Graduate (1967)
"Nichols takes an ad hoc approach to comic irony and the movie seems to have been enshrined by American audiences because each moment in isolation "works," no matter that they tend to cancel each other out."
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
"Sometimes it seems that nobody ever has any idea what it is he's chasing after, and so the chase never ends.... It's a good day when you can laugh about it, which is what The Heartbreak Kid lets you do."
Bloody Sunday (2002)
United 93 (2006)
Guilty of Treason (1950)
The Prisoner (1955)
"Pontecorvo is not the visionary firebrand of The Battle of Algiers here. He cares about the subject passionately--as a Jew, and as a Communist leader in the Italian Resistance--but he turns it into pap."
16 Blocks (2006)
Naked Among Wolves (1963)
The Pianist (2002)
"[I]t takes six or seven people to keep one half-dead Jew alive.... Wladyslaw's situation is extraordinary but what's happening on screen doesn't really feel so extraordinary. There's almost no emphasis, no point of view."