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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
On a strictly mechanical level, even skateboard fanatics likely will find it embarrassingly self-congratulatory.
Posted Aug 21, 2003
2
2/4
A Project Greenlight winner, which probably says mouthfuls.
Posted Aug 21, 2003
3
3/4
Blithely bittersweet comedy is a paean to personal freedom, and to the glories of '60s Czech cinema.
Posted Aug 21, 2003
4
2/4
As the Chan subgenre goes, Medallion is threadbare stuff, providing just enough kicking and screaming to make it watchable on a Saturday night.
Posted Aug 21, 2003
5
1.5/4
Grind (2003)
A jaw-dropping exercise in futility.
Posted Aug 14, 2003
6
4/4
Funny, clever, tender and wry, while always holding true to its ongoing identity crisis.
Posted Aug 14, 2003
7
2.5/4
Uptown Girls (2003)
Uptown Girls lacks the urban specificity that helped to make The World of Henry Orient such an uptown-girl classic, but it works up a sentimental tug that should moisten the eyes of many a moppet and mom.
Posted Aug 14, 2003
8
2/4
Fans of the two series will laugh, because the genre is so squarely skewered. Others will wonder what the big deal is, having seen King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Rodan and any number of sitcom weddings.
Posted Aug 14, 2003
9
2.5/4
Open Range (2003)
The actors are so good that you could almost live with the man's- gotta -do-what -a-man's -gotta-do excesses of Craig Storper's script.
Posted Aug 14, 2003
10
2/4
Because Brown comes off as propagandizing for surfing, it actually undermines his argument (if you can call it that).
Posted Aug 7, 2003
11
1.5/4
Le Divorce (2003)
The script by Ivory and Jhabvala ... has removed all sense of nuance, which was what the original story was all about -- language, manners and the subtle degrees of attitude that mark one as French or American.
Posted Aug 7, 2003
12
2/4
S.W.A.T. (2003)
A throbbing dose of high-testosterone schlock in which logic, credibility and characterization also are dispensable in the name of that all-consuming end: keeping things moving.
Posted Aug 7, 2003
13
2.5/4
Seaside (2002)
Effective, if less than urgent.
Posted Aug 6, 2003
14
3/4
A showcase for the buoyant, antic spirit of Jamie Lee Curtis.
Posted Aug 6, 2003
15
1.5/4
Gigli (2003)
Brest freights his actors with leaden pacing and a theatrical gangster-speak somewhere to the left of Damon Runyon and the right of Elmore Leonard.
Posted Jul 31, 2003
16
3/4
After an erratic run of screen appearances, Irons delivers a full-blooded star turn, riding on vast reserves of charm and riddled with question marks.
Posted Jul 31, 2003
17
2/4
Mixed bag.
Posted Jul 31, 2003
18
4/4
McEwan nails the degenerate blend of humanity and hypocrisy that can coexist when people become slavemasters of moral rectitude.
Posted Jul 31, 2003
19
2.5/4
The Secret Lives of Dentists may be a hard movie to like and a harder movie to love, but it knows itself so well that it's an impossible one to dismiss.
Posted Jul 31, 2003
20
2.5/4
[Dylan's] bare-bones approach may trip up along the way, but it keeps the funny stuff in the foreground.
Posted Jul 31, 2003
21
2.5/4
A cannily observant but withholding film in which nothing happens, over and again.
Posted Jul 24, 2003
22
4/4
Balseros (2003)
Technically astounding, the emotional equivalent of a raft on high seas, Balseros ultimately feels perfectly true, precisely because it ended up the opposite of what it started out to be.
Posted Jul 24, 2003
23
2/4
Lucia, Lucia (2003)
Cumbersome mix of magical realism, soap opera and suspense thriller.
Posted Jul 24, 2003
24
3/4
Camp (2003)
Theater lovers will be in hog heaven.
Posted Jul 24, 2003
25
3/4
Film has satirical sting.
Posted Jul 24, 2003
26
2.5/4
No one can say Spy Kids 3-D isn't clever in its usual gnomic fashion. But one gets the feeling that this time around, Rodriguez lets the gimmicks do most, if not all, of the work.
Posted Jul 24, 2003
27
2/4
Seabiscuit (2003)
Despite the mugging from Macy and sparks of genuine turmoil generated by the ever-surprising Maguire, there isn't a spontaneous moment in the whole picture.
Posted Jul 24, 2003
28
2/4
After a while, you stop speculating how Croft will wriggle out of each fine mess and start checking your watch.
Posted Jul 24, 2003
29
2.5/4
The results are as mixed as your own reactions will be. Some will provoke contemplation, while others will provoke renewed grief. Others will just provoke.
Posted Jul 17, 2003
30
3/4
Garage Days (2003)
For all its libidinous, chemically suggestive bombast, it's essentially a sweet-natured, modestly likable little film.
Posted Jul 17, 2003
31
3/4
Perverse and chilling, but also novel, smart.
Posted Jul 17, 2003
32
3.5/4
A suspenseful, entertaining movie.
Posted Jul 17, 2003
33
2.5/4
[A] lazily ingratiating spy spoof.
Posted Jul 17, 2003
34
.5/4
How to Deal (2003)
A movie which you will find almost unbearable unless you are 1. already a huge Mandy Moore fan, 2. 12 years old and 3. clinically dead.
Posted Jul 17, 2003
35
2/4
Bad Boys II (2003)
Somewhere deep beneath the layers of broken glass, twisted chrome, mutilated flesh and burnt gunpowder clogging Bad Boys II, there are faint signs of a cunning little crime comedy straining to breathe free.
Posted Jul 17, 2003
36
3.5/4
The Cuckoo (2003)
Tender, often a bit confusing in its history, but a powerful statement about war as a massive misunderstanding.
Posted Jul 10, 2003
37
2.5/4
It may be best to think of I Capture the Castle as a kind of comfy chair with a few frayed edges and telltale leaks in its upholstery. Perfect furniture, in other words, for a lazy summer afternoon.
Posted Jul 10, 2003
38
3/4
The actors and the flavorful Holy Land settings lend oomph and a level of exoticism to an oft-told tale of youthful disillusionment.
Posted Jul 10, 2003
39
3.5/4
A gentle, bittersweet romantic comedy.
Posted Jul 10, 2003
40
2/4
KM.0 (2001)
If Km.0 is long on logistics, it's short on logic.
Posted Jul 10, 2003
41
2/4
Northfork (2003)
The movie is as much a triumph of production design as any popcorn blockbuster -- and just as shallow on the inside.
Posted Jul 10, 2003
42
2.5/4
Madame Satã (2002)
Madame Satã is an admirably uncompromising journey, but one you wouldn't want to have to make more than once.
Posted Jul 10, 2003
43
2.5/4
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen may end up being the film that defined the season: underwritten and overwritten, effects-driven, inspired by a comic book and unlikely to drive those on- the-fence audiences back into theaters anytime soon.
Posted Jul 10, 2003
44
3/4
Pirates of the Caribbean has a smart script, an attractive cast, some very creative violence and romance to boot.
Posted Jul 8, 2003
45
3.5/4
Swimming Pool smolders with held-back eroticism and brain-teasing enigmas.
Posted Jul 1, 2003
46
1.5/4
Clever banter and eye-popping set pieces raise it above most other DreamWorks' non-Shrek fare. Still, it's pretty standard-issue.
Posted Jul 1, 2003
47
2/4
Some very funny moments, but sequel to the 2001 comedy is mostly an uninspired exercise in recycling.
Posted Jul 1, 2003
48
2/4
T3 is so petrified by its predecessors' conventions that it moves a little like the Terminator himself, with monstrous rigidity and stiff-legged deliberation.
Posted Jul 1, 2003
49
2.5/4
On_Line (2003)
Take away the computers and DSL lines and it's the 1950s of Jules Feiffer and Mike Nichols and Elaine May all over again, without the shrewdness and bite.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
50
3/4
Patrice Leconte's fanciful odd-couple drama oozes flavorful, provincial atmosphere.
Posted Jun 27, 2003