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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2.5/4
At the end of the day, Carrey is far more palatable and sincere under a devil's mask than a cardboard halo.
Posted May 23, 2003
2
3/4
Gigantic (2002)
As incessantly clever and coyly ironic as its subject's music.
Posted May 22, 2003
3
3.5/4
Respiro (2003)
A shimmering, mystical beauty emanates from every frame of Emanuele Crialese's Respiro.
Posted May 22, 2003
4
.5/4
The In-Laws (2003)
Watching The In-Laws is like listening to a drawn-out, gruesomely inappropriate toast made at a posh wedding reception by a dissolute best man.
Posted May 22, 2003
5
1.5/4
Both leads bounce and bubble. But they seem too often to be playing at being 1960s archetypes instead of rendering characters.
Posted May 16, 2003
6
3.5/4
The film snaps, crackles and pops with visual ingenuity.
Posted May 15, 2003
7
3/4
A film of a neo-classical design, embellished by director Baltasar Kormakur's blackly comedic inclinations.
Posted May 15, 2003
8
2/4
Grown-ups may have to scrub the sugar from their frontal lobes. But it's not about them, is it? Never was. Never will be.
Posted May 15, 2003
9
3/4
One more feather in the proudly proletarian cap of Ken Loach.
Posted May 15, 2003
10
2.5/4
Much-anticipated sequel to The Matrix is both phenomenally talky and loaded with action and effects. How can this be? It's long.
Posted May 14, 2003
11
4/4
Maddin, whose gift for gothic ornamentation couldn't have a better showcase, takes a hysterical tale and just makes it more so.
Posted May 14, 2003
12
3/4
Story is less than revelatory, but the filmmaking is energetic and convincing.
Posted May 9, 2003
13
2.5/4
[An] acrid chamber piece.
Posted May 8, 2003
14
1.5/4
Those wishing to contribute to the ongoing prosperity of a shamefully wasted natural resource will find a mortified movie badly in need of potty training and a star who has attained the American Dream of doing the least work for the most amount of money.
Posted May 8, 2003
15
2.5/4
Blue Car (2003)
Intimate, honest, if occasionally contrived.
Posted May 1, 2003
16
3/4
Javier Bardem is terrific, as usual, in a film that hovers between genres, albeit with considerable grace.
Posted May 1, 2003
17
2.5/4
Richard Kwietniowski's deliberately paced film attempts to externalize the very internalized agony of gambling addiction. The results are only partially successful, depending much on your propensity for watching Philip Seymour Hoffman perspire.
Posted May 1, 2003
18
2/4
As with most big-screen transfigurations of small-screen fare, Lizzie the movie inflates the franchise to the point where even the whimsical charms of Lizzie the TV series seem bloated.
Posted May 1, 2003
19
3/4
Manic (2003)
The young cast throw themselves (quite literally) into their demanding assignments with vigor.
Posted Apr 25, 2003
20
3/4
Often very funny and poignant.
Posted Apr 25, 2003
21
2.5/4
Onmyoji (2001)
Crazier than a rat in a can, but certainly fun.
Posted Apr 25, 2003
22
3.5/4
Al Pacino gives a career-crowning performance under Dan Algrant's perceptive direction.
Posted Apr 25, 2003
23
1.5/4
High shtick content: Enter these waters at your own risk.
Posted Apr 25, 2003
24
3/4
Christie speaks with passionate insight, Bogdanovich, Friedkin and Dennis Hopper say things you may not have heard before, and Dern is an unrelenting delight.
Posted Apr 25, 2003
25
2.5/4
Eventually, the plot chokes and stumbles on its atmospheric effects. But Dillon has an encouraging affinity for landscape, tension and eccentricity.
Posted Apr 25, 2003
26
2.5/4
Edgier and a lot less sappy than you'd expect, but there are way too many complications in the mix.
Posted Apr 25, 2003
27
2/4
Identity (2003)
It can make for an exasperating ride, since the filmmakers fudge the line between earnest manipulation and flip self-mockery.
Posted Apr 25, 2003
28
1/4
I don't want to say that The Real Cancun, is boring, but I fell asleep on my arm during the last 45 minutes and chewed it off rather than wake myself up.
Posted Apr 25, 2003
29
2.5/4
Confidence (2003)
How much you're willing to give Foley and company a pass for this depends on how much you dig this genre's familiar elements.
Posted Apr 25, 2003
30
3.5/4
Holes (2003)
A wayward charmer.
Posted Apr 17, 2003
31
1.5/4
Kennedy identifies with B-rad's ghetto-envy on some level, but his humor is too broad to be subversive, too bland to qualify as satire.
Posted Apr 17, 2003
32
3/4
Lilja 4-ever (2003)

33
1.5/4
Venus and Mars has nothing to do with the ubiquitous John Gray book. And is, essentially, about the inevitable redeeming power of love. Which, unfortunately, is not what one is feeling when the credits finally roll.
Posted Apr 17, 2003
34
3.5/4
Nature films are assumed to be plotless, but Winged Migration is full of major and minor narratives, from the basic struggle of a snow goose making its migratory trek from the Gulf to the Yukon, to sequences of decidedly high drama.
Posted Apr 17, 2003
35
2/4
Yet another sordid tale of single white Hollywood kids who get drugged, drunk and disorderly by their swimming pools.
Posted Apr 17, 2003
36
3/4
The sentimentality effectively undercuts the urban condescension that invariably seeps into Guest's spins on middle-American provincialism.
Posted Apr 15, 2003
37
2/4
Chasing Papi (2003)
Call it a strawberry-mango sundae for the parched mind. This is not a compliment.
Posted Apr 15, 2003
38
2/4
Director Hunter can't decide if he's making a comedy or an action film and seems to make the wrong decision every time.
Posted Apr 15, 2003
39
2.5/4
Despite giving in to melodrama's nagging demands, Lin displays an arch, nervy style that could serve him well in the future.
Posted Apr 11, 2003
40
3/4
Documentary dramatizations usually are awful, but in Ghosts of the Abyss, they work.
Posted Apr 11, 2003
41
3/4
Lumpy, bumpy and uneven, but often enjoyably nuts.
Posted Apr 10, 2003
42
1.5/4
An endless and endlessly pretentious expansion of the popular Japanese anime TV series.
Posted Apr 4, 2003
43
2/4
Cet Amour-La (2003)
Overwhelmed by maudlin, somewhat empty musings on Art and Life.
Posted Apr 4, 2003
44
1.5/4
The Guys (2003)
A movie like The Guys is why film criticism can be considered work.
Posted Apr 4, 2003
45
2.5/4
Levity (2003)
Well-intentioned, but solemn to the point of atrophy.
Posted Apr 4, 2003
46
3/4
An understated but weirdly grabbing portrait of a man who loses his memory after being mugged and cobbles together an alternative existence with minimal means.
Posted Apr 4, 2003
47
2/4
Phone Booth (2003)
Nothing about Stu, in the end, is really important enough to justify the Sturm und Drang of Phone Booth or its tempest in a telecommunications teapot.
Posted Apr 4, 2003
48
0/4
If Pryor, whose influence is so obvious here, was the big wheel, Griffin is something stuck between the treads.
Posted Apr 4, 2003
49
2.5/4
A Man Apart (2003)
If you take the picture at face value, it delivers the goods.
Posted Apr 4, 2003
50
.5/4
An execrable and witless nonstarter that makes a potent case for hanging the Cinderella myth out to dry till the end of time.
Posted Apr 4, 2003