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"Like the character he plays, Allen's shtick has worn out its welcome."
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
"A movie with characters you like being allowed to like (despite their imperfections). "
Lady in the Water (2006)
"Stunningly self-indulgent claptrap"
Monster House (2006)
"This follows in the grand tradition of adventure stories with middle-school-aged heroes (and heroines), the big, scary world of the story standing in as a metaphor for the big, scary world of adolescence and adulthood."
Little Man (2006)
"Little man, little effort, little result."
You, Me and Dupree (2006)
"Remember the classic comedy The Odd Couple? This is sort of the same movie, only it's the odd triple and it isn't funny."
"A perfect popcorn pleasure, one of the most sensationally entertaining movies of the year."
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
"Streep creates panic with gestures measured in millimeters -- a lifted eyebrow, a pursed lip, just removing her sunglasses or tilting her head with the white meringue of a hairstyle that wouldn't dare get mussed. She is terrifying, mesmerizing, hilarious,"
Superman Returns (2006)
"Director Bryan Singer nimbly navigates the tricky balance between the old-school purists and 21st century sensibility, with existential questions: does the world need Superman? Does he need us? "
"There were times when I wanted a universal remote to fast-forward through repeated jokes about a dog having sex with a stuffed animal or children using four-letter words."
Waist Deep (2006)
"It plays like an urban western: a strong, quiet loner takes on a corrupt man who runs the town with the help of a girl gone wrong with a heart of gold."
The Lake House (2006)
"Don't try to think it through too thoroughly. Just go with it. The tenderness of the story just might make it worthwhile. "
Nacho Libre (2006)
"Black does everything humanly possibly to try to make this movie work, even spending a good deal of time wearing silly blue tights and getting beat up many, many, many, many times but the script pile-drives him into the mat."
"This is lowest common denominator movie-making. It's all obvious and synthetic, derivative to the point of plagiarism."
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
"Keillor may be the only one in history to keep happy both the sentimentalists who love Kinkade and the cynics who love po-mo happy, each thinking they're the only ones who really get him."
"As far as the script goes, "Cars" is a little bit pedestrian."
The Omen (2006)
"This child's supposedly feral stares just seem petulant. "
The Break-Up (2006)
"The whole movie is a game of one-upsmanship, as each one tries to make the other more miserable. It gets increasingly ugly and painful. Then it ends."
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
"A story that is as absorbing as the special effects and stunts."
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
"Gore's somewhat stiff but clearly deeply felt delivery turns out to be just right for this material. Anything else would sound shrill and shriek-y."
Over the Hedge (2006)
"The script is fast and funny, keeping the focus on the story and avoiding the stream of pop-culture wisecracks that these days pass for humor in most animated films."
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
"The book was more cinematic than its on-screen version so that the very act of adapting it throws it out of balance. What is left to the imagination in the book comes across as heavy-handed and over the top on screen."
"But other than a flicker of something interesting in the performance of Alessandro Nivola as a hard-partying star player there is always something distant and antiseptic about it all."
"I forsee a college drinking game that will require everyone to take a swig every time someone says something like, "Do it or we DIE!" "
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
"Interfering with what would otherwise suffice as popcorn pleasures, a jolt of "Law and Order"-style ripped-from-the-headlines electricity throws the movie fatally off-kilter. "
"the superficial approach to the issues and casual attitude toward dangerous and illegal behavior by the kids undermines the story's credibility."
Stick It (2006)
"All the sizzling attitude of a great floor routine, and all of the discipline and heart as well."
"Jokes that don't work the first time are dragged out interminably and then repeated. And the syrupy little lessons about the importance of family values are forced and synthetic."
United 93 (2006)
" I cannot tell you whether you are ready to see this movie. I can only tell you that when you are ready, this respectful, heart-wrenching, quietly devastating movie will be the one you want to see."
The Sentinel (2006)
"The characters are underwritten but the stars' natural charisma holds our attention and keeps us on their side, the action scenes are crisply filmed, and the location shots provide an authentic feel."
American Dreamz (2006)
"The Roman rulers used to distract the populace from the problems of corruption and decadence with "bread and circuses." Today's equivalent might be junk food and television, especially "reality" television."
The Wild (2006)
"Most important, the story, even without the been-there-with-penguins feeling, is not very strong, leaving us wishing it was all a bit more...wild. "
Phat Girlz (2006)
"even though this movie is a bit of a mess, it turns out to be unexpectedly sweet and funny. Its very amateurishness gives it freshness and authenticity."
The Benchwarmers (2006)
"These guys should have stayed on the bench."
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
"There's more style than substance here, but the style takes us pretty far, with some wicked wisecracks, some nicely twisty plot turns, and some very twisted characters."
Take the Lead (2006)
"The dance steps are less predictable than the plotline here: gradual building of trust, setbacks, growth experiences, tenderness, the big event. But we, too, find it hard to resist the invitation to the dance."
"We hear Ray Charles' sentimental tribute "Georgia" turned into a hiccuping stuck record mixed with something harsher. This mash-up sets the stage for the conflicts the characters face between where they've been and where they want to go. "
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006)
"There are brightly funny individual scenes, especially the "Fire King" encounter (though it seems to have been taken straight from one of the Hope and Crosby "Road" movies), but it doesn't have the power or imagination of the first."
Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
"Stone, whose portrayal of mature sexiness was breathtaking in last year's Broken Flowers, is so over-the-top here that Tramell appears to be channeling Cruella De Vil. Or maybe Carol Burnett vamping as "Nora Desmond.""
Inside Man (2006)
"Spike Lee's brilliant direction and a clever and surprising script from first-timer Russell Gewirtz provide an ideal setting for four of the most watchable actors in the business in a heist film that transcends and tweaks its genre."
V for Vendetta (2006)
"Keeps the source's gnarly moral issues, amps up the explosions and thins out the subplots to delight audiences looking for two-plus hours of solid entertainment and willing to do some mental work to get there. "
Thank You for Smoking (2006)
"The screenplay crackles with intelligence and insight, not just about the workings of Washington, but also about friends, parenting, work, tough choices, paying the mortgage, and, of course freedom and personal responsibility."
She's the Man (2006)
"The opening credit sequence, a soccer game on the beach, sets a bright and brashly kinetic tone that keeps things bouncy as all of the characters and plot points come together for a happily ever after ending."
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
"If these hills only had eyes, it would be one thing but parents should know that they also have mutants wielding pickaxes which results in a disturbingly graphic movie not suitable for sensitive audiences of any age or species."
The Shaggy Dog (2006)
" The lab experiments include CGI genetic cross-breeds like a dog-frog combo that exemplify this movie's own uneasy mixture of slapstick and sentiment."
Failure to Launch (2006)
"This is a bright and bouncy date movie with some sharp lines and even sharper performances, especially from Bates and Bradshaw."
"The bad guys stride through spotless corriders in buildings where weirdly calm disembodied female voices say things like "Switching to emergency backup lighting system." If only I could have found the button for the emergency back-up better movie system."
16 Blocks (2006)
"Sure direction of a well-constructed script by Richard Donner, balancing tension, thrills, and a few well-placed laughs, with sharp, clever performances by Willis, Def, and Morse. "
Unknown White Male (2006)
"Not just the story of Doug's journey to finding himself but a meditation on the nature of identity, memory, and connection."
"The animation has the low-budget CGI look of meticulous textures but movement as jerky and unpersuasive as Davey and Goliath."