The Forsaken (2001)
"Uses its WB pretty boys as a lure -- but the only ones biting are the laughable bloodsuckers of the title."
One Night at McCool's (2001)
"Proceeds from a premise that's as simplistic as a seventh-grade gym class joke."
With a Friend like Harry... (2001)
"Rises instantly above its genre merely by taking the time to develop its characters and scenario."
Town & Country (2000)
"Every scene is designed to cram in a motley combination of stars and send them flailing about screaming in lieu of any plot or character development."
The Golden Bowl (2000)
"Uma Thurman bares her claws in a welcome return to form."
The Center of the World (2001)
The Girl (2001)
Brigham City (2001)
Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
Signs & Wonders (2000)
"Nossiter's claustrophobic digital video camerawork and an intelligent script he co-wrote with James Lasdun elevate the proceedings above standard psychodrama."
Joe Dirt (2001)
"To see it is to sit through scene after scene like the one in which a hulking oil rigger spattered with crude takes a leak on some smoldering ashes for no reason at all."
The Circle (Dayereh) (2001)
"More than a window on an oppressed society -- it's filmmaking on the sharp edge of a knife."
"The first film in 22 years by banned Iranian filmmaker Bahman Farmanara, Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine is something new for American movie gourmands."
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
"The script ... loses sight of the book's breezy wit and stacks up implausibilities as high as Bridget's half-eaten boxes of Cadbury's Milk Tray."
Kingdom Come (2001)
"It's all too easy to see through the movie to its plot gears, and all too evident where the grinding of those gears is taking us."
Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
"Dippy, funny, and fast-paced enough to be a guilty pleasure."
Along Came a Spider (2001)
"On some level, nearly every thriller asks viewers to suspend their disbelief. Along Came a Spider expects you to kick yours in the nuts, break both its legs, and not make hospital visits. You can't even send flowers."
Shadow Magic (2000)
"Plays like a Chinese Cinema Paradiso, full of feeling without succumbing to sentimentality."
Beautiful Creatures (2001)
"Both Simon Donald's script and Bill Eagles' direction lack humor and rhythm."
"So breathtakingly textural, so empathic in its images, that it transcends its context and achieves timelessness."
Just Visiting (2001)
"One more attempt to pass off chopped liver as foie gras."
"A watchable mediocrity at best, too unimaginative to find resonance anywhere in a huge and destructive cultural phenomenon, and too sloppy to care."
Amores Perros (2001)
"Though unflinching in its savagery, Amores Perros is always compulsive viewing."
The Tailor of Panama (2001)
"Those expecting a Bond-like thriller may be disappointed, but this deviously witty diversion deserves to be appreciated for what it is."
"This movie bites."
Spy Kids (2001)
"The kids' movie kids have been waiting for."
Someone Like You (2001)
"There's nothing else about Someone Like You to separate it from the herd."
Too Much Sleep (2001)
"For a modest film, however, Too Much Sleep is a modest surprise."
The Brothers (2001)
"The egomaniacal thrust behind The Brothers is the same drive that's fueled dozens of other low-watt bar-talk flicks."
Say It Isn't So (2001)
"Generically sloppy, half-conceived, and derivative."
"Fatally bogged down by a ridiculous caring parent scenario."
Exit Wounds (2001)
"In fairness, the movie is more or less competent for being what it is. Of course, I could say the same of most brick walls -- but I'd hardly recommend that you pay eight bucks to sit in front of one for two hours."
Company Man (2001)
"The rapid-fire gags are relentlessly cute and announce themselves with all the subtlety of a pounding headache."
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
"Marred by an unconvincing love triangle and an insincere dénouement, it's a story that nonetheless resonates as much as Saving Private Ryan does."
"With its capable cast, twisty plot, and gritty style, Memento is a real keepsake."
The Dish (2001)
"It is therefore something of a shame when the film's second half succumbs to dewy, baby-boomer nostalgia ... And yet, chances are that you'll be moved all the same."
Get Over It (2001)
"Deserves to be applauded for not casting Freddie Prinze Jr., but this sloppy, somnolent, strung-together flick pales when compared to such other teenage riffs on classic literature as Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You."
"Accomplished, middlebrow costume-drama entertainment."
When Brendan Met Trudy (2001)
"Doyle and director Kieron J. Walsh have such a fine old time with all this winky-wink business that they seem to only sporadically recall the plight of star-crossed lovers Brendan ... and Trudy."
15 Minutes (2001)
"Boasts a fine cast and makes enough cogent points that it rises above standard cop fare."
Blow Dry (2001)
"The film comes off as little more than a contrived composite, despite the best efforts of pros Rickman, Richardson, and Griffiths."
High Fidelity (2000)
"Created a doggedly faithful adaptation of Nick Hornby's cult-fave novel."
Yi Yi (2000)
"A five-course meal of a movie, with drinks, for mature moviegoers for whom most films have come to resemble brainless carnival rides, not works of art."
Hit and Runway (1999)
"Livingston and Cohen opt for mawkish formula in their third act."
Paragraph 175 (2000)
"The reason to watch is the firsthand testimonies themselves."
"Spliced in are some really cheap animation segments and monotonous techno analog music, along with, alas, only the merest flashes of Dick's self-deprecating wit."
Me You Them (2001)
"A peculiar masculine fantasy."