Funny People (2009)
"The film does a lot of things that Apatow's previous work did... but is almost ruined by a too-long running time and a third act that seems to drag on forever."
The Ugly Truth (2009)
"A truly wretched romcom, which combines tired battle-of-the-sexes cliches with a shocking amount of raunchiness. It's a romantic comedy that fails at both romance and comedy."
500 Days of Summer (2009)
"Probably the most honest thing in the film is the breakup scenes feel like REAL breakups, much more than they resemble the contrived obstacles to love in most romantic comedies."
The Hurt Locker (2009)
"The film's weakness is obvious: it has exactly one trick up its sleeve, and merely repeats that trick over and over for its entire 87-minute running time"
Public Enemies (2009)
"Mann doesn't let his movie breathe. It's a downright beautiful production... everything looks great- so why not show it?"
"The worst thing about the movie, out of many, is that it takes a $200 million budget and a two-and-a-half hour running time, and not a single memorable, impressive or fun thing happens."
The Proposal (2009)
"It breaks no new ground, is predictable at every turn, and no one will remember a thing about it a week after they see it. All that said, The Proposal is above-average."
The Hangover (2009)
"The best bachelor party movie since, well, "Bachelor Party""
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
"Drag Me to Hell can't quite live up to the Evil Dead movies, mostly because it never finds a consistent tone. Not to mention, its background mythology is both totally ridiculous and almost impossible to understand."
"A beautiful film in every sense of the word, UP belongs at or near the top of the list of Pixar's best movies."
Star Trek (2009)
"The film is a success because of beautiful visuals, swift storytelling that never loses its momentum, and the sheer joy of having these characters back in our lives again."
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)
"The film is very funny at times, especially in its use of early '80s archival footage; the comedy of Anvil's hair, outfits, and lyrics from the '80s are worth the price of admission alone."
The Soloist (2009)
"There's a lot the movie gets right, but fails completely when it tries, cinematically, to depict what schizophrenia is like"
State of Play (2009)
"The film is ultimately sunken by a shaky and ugly handheld visual style, as well as a contrived, convoluted plot with perhaps one twist too many."
Observe and Report (2009)
"This is a movie about damaged, deranged people, who you wouldn't want to be near if you met them in real life.You'll ask yourself if you should be laughing- until you shrug and laugh anyway."
Fast & Furious (2009)
""As silly as it is derivative, with quite a bit of unintentional comedy, but the action scenes deliver, and car fetishists will find much to love.""
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
"The 3-D effects look great, no doubt, but the film ultimately falls victim to a contrived, unoriginal plot that just shows once again how far behind Disney/Pixar, DreamWorks Animation is."
"It's a complex and at times hard-to-follow script, but it leaves no loose ends and makes perfect sense in the end. Even the ending is a legitimate surprise"
Sunshine Cleaning (2009)
"Formulaic, "gritty" indie films don't get much more cloying or pointless... it's as generic as generic indie gets."
Two Lovers (2008)
"A true gem, a fascinating character study that appears to actually live in the real world."
The International (2009)
"The film goes off to a sort of sluggish start, and its ending just goes on and on. But in the middle is one of the most astonishingly awesome action sequences in recent cinematic history."
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
"Shopaholic's biggest problem is that it wants to have it both ways. It wants to luxuriate in expensive clothes and shoes and other princess-fantasy accoutrements while at the same time posing as a heavy-handed brief against debt, shallowness and financial"
New In Town (2009)
"All it does is mine stereotypes about the small-town Upper Midwest that were starting to get cliched when "The Music Man" was first staged in 1957."
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
"It's far from a revolutionary film, but it's still quite enjoyable, thanks to an attractive cast and some funny moments."
"Even though it brings little that's new or innovative to the table, "Notorious" is a must for anyone even moderately interested in the history of hip-hop in the 1990s."
"More than any other movie I can think of in the past few years, 'Doubt' was conceived of, and produced, for the sole purpose of winning Oscars. That's why it exists, and no, that's not a compliment."
"It's an imperfect film - slow-moving and without much narrative momentum - but it tells an inspiring story, and when it gets going, it's quite rousing."
Revolutionary Road (2008)
"Except for a handful of misplaced laughs, "Revolutionary Road" is nothing but loud arguments, awkward silences and other bits of unpleasantness."
"Gets off to a slow start, but once it gets going, it's one of the more fascinating thrillers in recent memory, even though everyone who paid attention in history class will know exactly how it turns out."
Cadillac Records (2008)
"An entertaining but frustrating film. There are some good performances, and some great music, but the movie is too jumbled and confused to reach the heights to which it aspires."
"Luhrmann... apparently decided this time to make about five movies at once, as Australia fluctuates wildly among many genres and many more different tones. And it's long. So, so long."
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
"The film succeeds where [Margot at the Wedding] failed for several reasons, most notably a remarkably intimate spirit; a tone that rings true through comedy, tragedy and back again; great, great music from start to finish; and an amazing, career-best perf"
Soul Men (2008)
"Mostly, the film works, due largely to the bickering, grumpy-old-men dynamic between the two leads."
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
"It's not as groundbreaking or as true as 1997's Chasing Amy, but nails much of the same spirit."
"W breaks little new ground and cares little for historical accuracy, but it remains a must-see for anyone who has observed the ups and downs of 21st century American politics."
Body of Lies (2008)
"Body of Lies is the movie Syriana and The Kingdom wanted to be."
"There are many, many things to love about this movie, starting with the sweet love story, the charm and chemistry of the two stars, and the amazingly great photography of New York City. It's also full of fun little details, as well as memorable and affect"
Ghost Town (2008)
"Ghost Town stars one of the world's premier comedic talents in his first starring movie role, but misuses him to an alarming degree."
Righteous Kill (2008)
"Even if it were pretty good - which it's not - Righteous Kill would fall a distant third in the rankings of films in which Al Pacino and Robert De Niro both appeared."
Man on Wire (2008)
"Are these people inspiring, talented stars, pursuing a difficult and dangerous athletic feat, or are there they disturbed nuts with a death wish? The film doesn't judge and doesn't take sides."
Hamlet 2 (2008)
"Hamlet 2 has a lot on its mind, not all of it good. You can tell everyone involved here knows what they're doing... it's just that they have too many balls in the air and can't effectively juggle them at once."
"It's a dark, dark film, and not a fun night out at the movies by any means, but... the filmmakers have clearly done a good job with material from a major author whose work is difficult to adapt."
The Rocker (2008)
"The film gets credit for heart, and a certain amount of rock 'n' roll spirit, but that's about it."
Tropic Thunder (2008)
"There are whole subplots that just plain don't work, but when it's on, "Tropic Thunder" is as funny as any comedy this year."
Pineapple Express (2008)
"It's some of the most hilarious on-screen fight choreography this side of They Live, though in this case, the laughs are intentional."
Step Brothers (2008)
"While the movie in general is sloppy and unwieldy, the gags [Ferrell] pulls off with co-star John C. Reilly deliver lots of big laughs."
The Dark Knight (2008)
"Batman and Robin it ain't; it's hard to believe "The Dark Knight" and Joel Schumacher's infamous camp extravaganza even came from the same universe, let alone the same franchise."
The Wackness (2008)
"Whether it's blowing on Nintendo games to get them to work, the music, or the clothes, the production gets the city and the times exactly right."
"It's a pointless, plodding and just plain ugly effort which fails on just about every level."