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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

In Search of Beethoven (2009)

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Posted Oct 30, 2009

2 77%

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

"Amy Adams is strawberry bubble gum and doesn't just chase after the performance, she boards it like a rocket and blasts off. It's equal parts adorability, cunning allure, and million-dollar charm."

Posted Mar 6, 2008

Brian Orndorf

3 76%

Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) (2007)

"For those like me, walking into a theater with only God in my back pocket, the experience might not be as sweet, but still remains artistically and emotionally rewarding."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Brian Orndorf

4 56%

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

"Clouded execution and miscasting neuters the intended objective the film has to brand the character a clear-thinking leader of the pack. Charlie Bartlett is not a hero; he deserves a spanking."

Posted Feb 21, 2008

Brian Orndorf

5 35%

Vantage Point (2008)

"It's a marginally successful attempt to flare up the senses through shocking repetition, but this is Moritz after all, so if you must go, leave your brain at home and sneak in a cocktail to help wash down the nonsense."

Posted Feb 21, 2008

Brian Orndorf

6 70%

Definitely, Maybe (2008)

"You're telling me that the script dreams up a main character who attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992, and he has no idea who Nirvana is? The screenwriter clearly wasn't doing his homework."

Posted Feb 13, 2008

Brian Orndorf

7 15%

Over Her Dead Body (2008)

"Rudd and Bell can only goes as far as the director allows, and their efforts are further neutered by an odious supporting performance from Jason Biggs and Longoria's grating turn as a vengeful, horrible actress. I mean spirit."

Posted Jan 31, 2008

Brian Orndorf

8 40%

The Bucket List (2007)

"Those looking for a romp in the daisies should be advised that Bucket List isn't going to provide much in the laugh department. If you've seen director Rob Reiner's work in recent years, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise."

Posted Jan 9, 2008

Brian Orndorf

9 81%

The Business of Being Born (2008)

"A wonderful piece of filmmaking and a top viewing priority for those even entertaining the idea of bringing a new life into the world."

Posted Jan 8, 2008

Brian Orndorf

10 75%

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

"Nothing can prepare the senses for Walk Hard, a parody feature that stumbles around like a maniac, ruthlessly ripping apart the conventions of the musical bio-pic but leaving plenty of breathing room to enjoy a little insanity of its own design."

Posted Dec 20, 2007

Brian Orndorf

11 65%

The Kite Runner (2007)

"Kite Runner remains an effective, deeply felt meditation on forgiveness, and when it stays near the characters, it's some of the best filmmaking Marc Forster has ever accomplished."

Posted Dec 14, 2007

Brian Orndorf

12 27%

Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)

"Alvin isn't nearly as bad as Fox's marketing has been threatening, but it isn't a delight either...a glorified direct-to-video release."

Posted Dec 14, 2007

Brian Orndorf

13 42%

The Golden Compass (2007)

"Golden Compass is one wordy endeavor, but it gallops to satisfaction, rising above significant adaptation odds to form a semi-coherent, lively fantasia of monsters and warriors."

Posted Dec 6, 2007

Brian Orndorf

14 80%

American Gangster (2007)

"Denzel Washington has become the John Wayne of his generation: perfecting his one acting face of mild displeasure and sticking to his guns the rest of his career."

Posted Nov 1, 2007

Brian Orndorf

15 64%

Dan in Real Life (2007)

"Dan is a delightful motion picture, especially when it combats the fatigue of formula, trying to smuggle in astute characterizations between moments of traditional Hollywood romantic comedy hoo-ha."

Posted Oct 25, 2007

Brian Orndorf

16 14%

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)

"The ultimate question is, was the movie purposefully made into a blur to play directly into the pockets of the fans, or do we chalk this up to standard-issue directorial incompetence? I vote the latter."

Posted Oct 4, 2007

Brian Orndorf

17 28%

The Game Plan (2007)

"I wish Dwayne Johnson well, and I respect Disney's tenacity when it comes to their dreadful formulas, so I look forward to next year's offering: 50 Cent in the Cub Scout comedy, Da Top Scout."

Posted Sep 27, 2007

Brian Orndorf

18 43%

The Brave One (2007)

"Brave One isn't Death Wish, but there are moments where I could see Jordan giving in to that impulse."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

Brian Orndorf

19 88%

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

"All too often the action will become a bewildering blur of staging rather than an enthralling construct of violence, increasing the already nagging chorus of logic gaps that do their best to undermine the film."

Posted Sep 6, 2007

Brian Orndorf

20 88%

Superbad (2007)

"Captures the mysterious pit of erection-led shame that lies deep inside every self-conscious young man...the most truthful portrayal of uncut teenage thinking put to the screen since Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

Posted Aug 16, 2007

Brian Orndorf

21 76%

Stardust (2007)

"I was blinded by a thunderstorm of mediocre special effects, a boisterous soundtrack that makes Transformers seem like a Miles Davis record, and slapped with frustration over the film's unbelievable inertia."

Posted Aug 9, 2007

Brian Orndorf

22 9%

Bratz: The Movie (2007)

"You see, when these barely legal billboards walk down the street in short skirts and porn star makeup, they're just expressing their creativity and livin' life to the fullest. Holla!"

Posted Aug 3, 2007

Brian Orndorf

23 40%

Hot Rod (2007)

"Hot Rod isn't so much a comedy as it is an exclusive clubhouse for those who define their existence by the articulation of their zany. It's a wild one, but not without its charms."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Brian Orndorf

24 94%

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

"An action-thriller that doesn't understand the meaning of pause. Pause has cooties as far as this production is concerned."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Brian Orndorf

25 79%

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

"Phoenix manages to top that potential in an immense way, compacting the longest "Potter" book into the shortest film yet, streamlining the urgency into a tasty pudding fan and non-fan should positively respond to."

Posted Jul 10, 2007

Brian Orndorf

26 96%

Ratatouille (2007)

"There's a brilliant 75-minute film here, and truthfully, I could watch the cooking scenes with Remy all day. But Pixar being Pixar, simplicity just isn't in the cards."

Posted Jun 28, 2007

Brian Orndorf

27 27%

Evening (2007)

"Evening is melodrama with the brake lines slashed -- a curiously dreary installment of the "Who Has More Psychological Baggage!" game show where every character is a winner."

Posted Jun 28, 2007

Brian Orndorf

28 78%

1408 (2007)

"Hafstrom can't balance the requirement of excitement with the necessity of depth without jerking the film's pace around like a bad carnival ride."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Brian Orndorf

29 79%

A Mighty Heart (2007)

"The story told here is one of lives shattered and hope restored, vividly encapsulating sacrifice and loss in a world gone mad."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Brian Orndorf

30 37%

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

"Surfing down the face of a building or opening bottomless holes in the Earth? Yes! Lamenting the loss of his loved one and trading therapy sessions with Sue? No!"

Posted Jun 14, 2007

Brian Orndorf

31 50%

Nancy Drew (2007)

"A majority of the film is in awe of Nancy's dynamic sleuthing skills and her confidence. It's a wonderful change of pace for tween cinema."

Posted Jun 14, 2007

Brian Orndorf

32 44%

Hostel: Part II (2007)

"Part II is vile, but it commits an even worse sin by being so aggressively boring and hilariously one-note."

Posted Jun 7, 2007

Brian Orndorf

33 70%

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

"Ocean's Thirteen plays to known quantities, but with a graceful sense of ease and a sparkly smile a mile wide...one of the best cinema experiences of the year."

Posted Jun 7, 2007

Brian Orndorf

34 78%

Surf's Up (2007)

"It's the first time in a long time where I felt like I was watching a story unfold instead of a commercial for future sequels and merchandising."

Posted Jun 7, 2007

Brian Orndorf

35 64%

Day Watch (2007)

"The picture is still a Russian-centric blob of overcooked genre pie filling, aiming high but barely able to keep up with itself; yet, Day Watch is a step in the right direction"

Posted May 31, 2007

Brian Orndorf

36 55%

Mr. Brooks (2007)

"It's an odd piece of entertainment, and requires a viewer flexible enough to journey into the belly of the beast and somehow enjoy it. Me? I found it irresistible at times."

Posted May 31, 2007

Brian Orndorf

37 61%

Bug (2006)

"Bug is unique in its priorities; a quality Lionsgate should've been eager to celebrate rather than keep away from online press and accurate promotion."

Posted May 25, 2007

Brian Orndorf

38 44%

Angel-A (2005)

"Angel-A is a dear, surprising film - one of the best Besson has put out into the world."

Posted May 23, 2007

Brian Orndorf

39 45%

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

"Perhaps on Jack's next adventure he could sail to the end of the world to locate a more judicious editor."

Posted May 23, 2007

Brian Orndorf

40 17%

Georgia Rule (2007)

"As the family tree in desperate need of psychological pruning, Fonda, Huffman, and Lohan are flawless in their execution of familial breakdown."

Posted May 11, 2007

Brian Orndorf

41 5%

Delta Farce (2007)

"While I could say the quality of Larry's feature film work has improved, that isn't exactly a ringing endorsement for the picture. It's like saying drowning is more welcome than being set on fire."

Posted May 11, 2007

Brian Orndorf

42 25%

Blind Dating (2007)

"I wouldn't even describe what Dating becomes as ambitious. It's just sloppy, and corrupts the comfortable level of mediocrity it made peace with early on."

Posted May 10, 2007

Brian Orndorf

43 71%

28 Weeks Later... (2007)

"The film isn't simply bad, it's a trainwreck."

Posted May 10, 2007

Brian Orndorf

44 89%

Waitress (2007)

"Waitress is finely tuned, assured, wonderfully silly, and every bit as lovely as Shelly was."

Posted May 3, 2007

Brian Orndorf

45 29%

Lucky You (2007)

"Hanson digs into the pain of losing, the shame of defeat, and the fingers-through-hair lust for the next potential win."

Posted May 3, 2007

Brian Orndorf

46 63%

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

"This is, for all intents and purposes, a fine movie that will do a very efficient job entertaining the pants off audiences. The creak, however, cannot be denied."

Posted May 1, 2007

Brian Orndorf

47 2%

Kickin' It Old Skool (2007)

"It's horrific to watch Kennedy and his cast not even care about what they're putting out into the world. People, we're getting closer to Ow! My Balls! every day."

Posted Apr 27, 2007

Brian Orndorf

48 28%

Next (2007)

"For better or worse, Next always has its eye on a perky pace and the occasional bubble-gum snap of amusement."

Posted Apr 27, 2007

Brian Orndorf

49 20%

The Invisible (2007)

"Without guidance behind the camera and raw talent in front, the film becomes quite a compelling tug of war between snores and unintentional laughs."

Posted Apr 27, 2007

Brian Orndorf

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