"Shallower, or less resonant, than its predecessors; it has none of those "whoa" moments that draw back the curtain and make you think the world and its institutions might be stranger and more mysterious than you ever imagined."
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
"If the film had shown the full scale of Turner's violence, it could have painted a more ambiguous, complex portrait of the cycle of violence, and how scripture was used to justify atrocities on both sides."
"Worst of all, it tries to cram everything into a two-hour running time, which forces the filmmakers to make some odd narrative shortcuts and leaves no time for the audience to feel properly engaged by any of the characters."
The Land (2016)
David And Goliath (2015)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
"Alas, while the first half-hour or so gives us reason to believe that it just might be the most awesome superhero movie of the year, things start to go wobbly once the story comes together, and by the end it's all just one big dull mess."
Last Days In The Desert (2016)
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
"The film toys with a Crimson Tide-style mutiny subplot, but without much conviction; director Kathryn Bigelow is more interested in how the crew steel their nerves and find the courage to put their lives at risk for each other."
The New World (2005)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Last Days of Pompeii (1935)
God's Not Dead 2 (2016)
"Competently made on a technical level, but on a creative level it represents the worst kind of storytelling - not just because it is full of plot holes and thinly-written characters, but because it espouses a harmful message."
Miracles from Heaven (2016)
The Young Messiah (2016)
"The Young Messiah isn't flawless, but it captures several aspects of the Jesus story that have rarely ever been developed - and developed this well - in other films about Jesus, and for that, it is a worthy addition to the genre's canon."
A Child Called Jesus (1987)
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
"As an absurdist romp through Hollywood history and a provocative, deeply ironic riff on politics and religion and the things that give us meaning, Hail, Caesar! is a delight. As Mannix himself might say, the picture has worth."
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
"To be fair, if trivial, the special effects are very good, but the film as a whole is bleak and depressing, except when it's just laughable, as when one character's death scene goes on for what seems like forever."
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Minority Report (2002)
"Memento proved director Christopher Nolan could work wonders with an original idea and a decent gimmick. Now Insomnia shows he can be just as compelling when he's reworking more conventional material."
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
"The resulting film may be Crowe's most adventurous yet; the punchlines don't cheapen the drama, the way they did in Almost Famous, and the music, much of which sounds like it is played backwards, augments the film's time-tripping, mind-bending narrative."
Kate & Leopold (2001)
Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)
"A film so posh, so exquisite in look and sound, that it would hardly seem like a sequel at all if it weren't for the return of Hopkins to the role that made him famous. Goodbye, subterranean rock and roll; hello, opera."
The Exorcist (1973)
"The film became famous for its gross-out effects, but what makes it work is the foreboding atmosphere, rooted in the characters, which director William Friedkin creates right from the film's opening frames."
The Patriot (2000)
Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)
"While the gimmick brought a satisfying sense of closure to The Sixth Sense, here it just feels muddled. It's as though Shyamalan had a sequel or two in mind but, sensing something was amiss, abruptly called them off."
Almost Famous (2000)