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Rating
Title/Year
Author
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1.5/4
Timeline (2003)
Whatever provocative notions this concept carried are smothered over by dissonance and contrivance.
Posted Nov 25, 2003
2
2.5/4
The banter ... is thick enough to rake -- and often way too thick to swallow, even for those who might not mind spending a couple hours with a bunch of baby boomers wasting their time by sorting through wasted time in the past.
Posted Nov 20, 2003
3
3/4
21 Grams (2003)
The three leads are superb, as are Melissa Leo and Charlotte Gainsbourg in supporting roles.
Posted Nov 20, 2003
4
2/4
Gothika (2003)
French actor-filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz has misdirected his first American production so clumsily you wonder if the script got lost in translation.
Posted Nov 20, 2003
5
.5/4
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is perhaps the worst holiday movie ever made.
Posted Nov 20, 2003
6
2.5/4
[Rose] isn't enough of a draw to make the formula worth recycling.
Posted Nov 13, 2003
7
2.5/4
My Architect (2004)
A worthy if flawed film.
Posted Nov 13, 2003
8
2.5/4
A well-wrought, if highly subjective, introduction to Shakur, especially for the curious.
Posted Nov 13, 2003
9
2.5/4
Director Joe Dante gets in touch with his inner 10-year-old and hectors ours into submission with this irrepressibly silly and borderline aimless match-up of Warner Bros.' venerated stable of cartoon stars.
Posted Nov 13, 2003
10
3.5/4
A splendid adaptation.
Posted Nov 13, 2003
11
3.5/4
Elf (2003)
It is very smart, consistently very funny and, like the elevator ridden by our awestruck title character -- who wants to stop at every floor -- if you've got buttons to push, this movie will push 'em.
Posted Nov 6, 2003
12
3/4
Not easy, but it is thoroughly cinematic and gripping.
Posted Nov 6, 2003
13
2.5/4
Love Actually is to the romantic-comedy genre what a Sherman tank is to sport- utility vehicles.
Posted Nov 6, 2003
14
4/4
What resonates in the end are the forces behind it, what it says about its time, and how, in fact, it ever happened at all.
Posted Nov 6, 2003
15
2/4
Confronting Matrix Revolutions, you need your own veil of unreality just to wade through the misappropriated metaphors.
Posted Nov 4, 2003
16
3.5/4
Christensen immerses himself completely and chillingly into the skin of Glass.
Posted Oct 30, 2003
17
2/4
What's shattering is the utterly graceless way the book has been adulterated, condensed, simplified and made rather pointless.
Posted Oct 30, 2003
18
1.5/4
If it accomplishes anything at all -- and it's dubious -- The Party's Over proves what a fragmentalized, incompetent and inarticulate thing the Left in this country has become.
Posted Oct 30, 2003
19
3.5/4
Girlhood (2003)
Filmed with levelheaded tenderness and often startling intimacy.
Posted Oct 29, 2003
20
3/4
Elephant (2003)
Gus Van Sant's Columbine-inspired tone poem shatters your nerves while stranding your heart somewhere in deep space.
Posted Oct 23, 2003
21
2/4
Brother Bear (2003)
A play- it-safe pastiche of familiar Disney tropes, from the senseless killing of a poor animal to the headstrong young adventurer to the ragtag comic relief to ... well, you can fill in the rest.
Posted Oct 23, 2003
22
2/4
Despite good performances and a warm ambience, this squishy story needed more time in the oven.
Posted Oct 23, 2003
23
Sister Helen (2002)
Sister Helen is a bona fide original, and her vitality crackles in every frame.
Posted Oct 23, 2003
24
1.5/4
Radio (2003)
Shameless inspirational pulp that does everything but hold a gun to your head to get you to stand up and cheer.
Posted Oct 23, 2003
25
2/4
Potent stuff for part of the way, then it nose-dives into a sublime kind of awfulness.
Posted Oct 23, 2003
26
2.5/4
Crass, crude and sledgehammer- subtle. Yet, you can't help giggling yourself stupid, even at the more obvious sight gags.
Posted Oct 23, 2003
27
2/4
In the Cut (2003)
A knotty mess, but not quite dismissable either.
Posted Oct 21, 2003
28
3/4
Funny-sober, high-brow situation comedy, about family, holidays and the perils of uncooked poultry, unpaid utility bills.
Posted Oct 16, 2003
29
2.5/4
Prey swaggers with attitude but can't help slipping on the suds.
Posted Oct 16, 2003
30
2.5/4
Returner (2002)
Returner goes on far longer than such a derivative movie has a right to, but it maintains enough of a balance between its human elements and its propulsive action sequences to keep us going.
Posted Oct 16, 2003
31
2.5/4
Runaway Jury (2003)
Provides just enough nutritional content and exudes enough of a homecoming familiarity to make the indulgence seem worth the empty calories.
Posted Oct 16, 2003
32
2/4
Sylvia (2003)
An aerial view, so to speak, of the 20th century's great literary soap.
Posted Oct 16, 2003
33
2/4
A good story, told with the usual Jerry Bruckheimer-Joel Schumacher glibness/pseudo-social concern.
Posted Oct 16, 2003
34
1.5/4
It's so caught up in concept and layout that it frequently forgets to push the jolt buttons.
Posted Oct 16, 2003
35
1.5/4
To appreciate Girls Will Be Girls to the max, it probably helps to have taken at least one semester of Screen Camp 101.
Posted Oct 10, 2003
36
3/4
With characteristic dispassion and Chardonnay-dry wit, Chabrol gleefully pries open another can of worms buried within the history of a well-to-do provincial family.
Posted Oct 10, 2003
37
2/4
Dopamine (2003)
One never ceases to be amazed at how emerging independent filmmakers are able to deploy state-of-the-art techniques on the same old slop.
Posted Oct 10, 2003
38
2/4
Good Boy! (2003)
You wish Good Boy! aspired to a less formulaic cleverness and sentimentality than shown here.
Posted Oct 10, 2003
39
An eye-popping, blood-soaked, ingeniously choreographed thriller and Hong Kong homage that ultimately adds up to ... not much.
Posted Oct 10, 2003
40
2.5/4
As Miles Massey, Clooney brings an absurdist charm -- and some Cary Grant-like gestural hilarity.
Posted Oct 9, 2003
41
4/4
Padilha is onto so many issues sparked by one relatively simple act of crime.
Posted Oct 9, 2003
42
3.5/4
Out of Time (2003)
Gripping crime thriller that reunites Devil in a Blue Dress star Denzel Washington with director Carl Franklin and, in many ways, reinvents the genre.
Posted Oct 2, 2003
43
2.5/4
The Event (2003)
It feels weirdly dated and disconnected, as it attempts to graft the events of recent years onto an '80s culture that has gone with the wind.
Posted Oct 2, 2003
44
4/4
Easily the funniest film of the year and one of those 'movies for all ages' (seriously).
Posted Oct 2, 2003
45
3/4
Mystic River (2003)
What you end up admiring about the film is its literacy, its authenticity ... and its refusal to let us down easily.
Posted Oct 2, 2003
46
2/4
Wonderland (2003)
Piles on the narrative devices, sonic distortions and gritty images to the point where all you want to do is reach out and wipe away some of the mess so you can decide if there's anything worth seeing.
Posted Oct 2, 2003
47
3/4
A movie with an intellectual existence both on and off the screen, as well as an emotional resonance that is difficult to shake.
Posted Oct 2, 2003
48
2.5/4
Luther (2003)
An informative immersion in the history of both Catholic and Protestant churches, and a rather refreshing take on medieval morality.
Posted Sep 26, 2003
49
2.5/4
Intelligent and affecting as the film is, it buckles under the weight of overexplicitness, a tendency to say more than it needs to.
Posted Sep 26, 2003
50
2.5/4
Bubba Ho-Tep (2003)
The movie deserves its advance cult status because of its antic humor and, of course, Campbell's Elvis.
Posted Sep 26, 2003