Newsweek

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 62%

Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)

Posted Mar 31, 2008

David Ansen

2 86%

Sexy Beast (2000)

"The talented Glazer keeps things crisp, clean and purposeful. The only flab on this film is around the waist of its sybaritic hero, a working-class crook who has finally gotten a taste of the good life, and doesn't want to lose it."

Posted Mar 31, 2008

David Ansen

3 100%

Our Hospitality (1923)

Posted Mar 31, 2008

David Ansen

4 64%

O (2001)

"This arty melodrama is not likely to make teenage America get down with Shakespeare."

Posted Mar 31, 2008

David Ansen

5 96%

A Bronx Tale (1993)

Posted Mar 31, 2008

David Ansen

6 89%

Kandahar (2001)

Posted Mar 31, 2008

David Ansen

7 81%

Three Seasons (1999)

Posted Mar 31, 2008

David Ansen

8 40%

Pay It Forward (2000)

Posted Mar 31, 2008

David Ansen

9 48%

Pushing Tin (1999)

Posted Mar 31, 2008

David Ansen

10 76%

Poison (1991)

"Boldly self conscious, Poison switches channels among its three stylistically varied but thematically linked tales with cumulative, claustrophobic power."

Posted Mar 31, 2008

David Ansen

11 96%

Big Night (1996)

Posted Mar 31, 2008

David Ansen

12 ——

Story ()

Posted Mar 31, 2008

David Ansen

13 88%

Nikita (La Femme Nikita) (1990)

Posted Mar 31, 2008

David Ansen

14 42%

BASEketball (1998)

"Jenny McCarthy and Ernest Borgnine -- together at last."

Posted Mar 25, 2008

Jeff Giles

15 52%

Funny Games (2008)

"That this relentless barrage of psychological and physical torture is extremely well made and powerfully performed -- Watts hurls herself into her physically demanding role with heroic conviction -- somehow makes it worse."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

David Ansen

16 60%

Independence Day (1996)

"If I were a 10-year-old boy, I'd probably think it was the coolest movie going."

Posted Mar 5, 2008

David Ansen

17 87%

To Die For (1995)

"A smart and wicked delight"

Posted Feb 12, 2008

David Ansen

18 89%

In the Company of Men (1997)

"LaBute, a playwright and former drama teacher, has succeeded in creating a study of banal, everyday evil."

Posted Feb 11, 2008

Jeff Giles

19 49%

Cruel Intentions (1999)

"You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism. Kids these days!"

Posted Feb 8, 2008

B.J. Sigesmund

20 83%

The English Patient (1996)

"Out of each of these uprooted characters are spun stories of love, loyalty and betrayal."

Posted Jan 29, 2008

David Ansen

21 88%

Titanic (2012)

"Titanic is big, bold, touchingly uncynical filmmaking."

Posted Jan 29, 2008

David Ansen

22 78%

Braveheart (1995)

"Braveheart looks like a true epic -- even if it is both bloody and bloody long."

Posted Jan 28, 2008

Jack Kroll

23 73%

The Dinner Game (Le Dīner de cons) (1999)

"Despite the stagey set-up (it was originally conceived as a play and it shows), the film manages to maintain its humor and energy until the final scene in which Veber suddenly casts aside his delightful meanspiritedness and gets soft-hearted and preachy."

Posted Jan 14, 2008

Andrea C. Basora

24 86%

El Orfanato (The Orphanage) (2007)

"Sergio Sanchez's richly ambiguous screenplay allows you to interpret what you are watching on both a supernatural and a psychological level, and either way is equally unnerving."

Posted Jan 4, 2008

David Ansen

25 86%

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

"The performances are pitched at just the right scale: theatrically exaggerated but untainted by "Broadway" bombast. Who knew Burton would have such an uncanny feel for how to film a musical?"

Posted Dec 11, 2007

David Ansen

26 65%

The Kite Runner (2007)

"Forster's solid, unpretentious movie hits its marks squarely, and isn't afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve."

Posted Dec 10, 2007

David Ansen

27 91%

There Will Be Blood (2007)

"[A] work [of] blistering intensity -- and filmmaking that can make your jaw drop."

Posted Dec 10, 2007

David Ansen

28 82%

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

"Hoffman brings out the best in Hanks -- they riff off each other with delicious comic teamwork."

Posted Dec 10, 2007

David Ansen

29 96%

Persepolis (2007)

"Not to be missed in any language. In a year that has given us such marvelous animated movies as Ratatouille and Paprika, this vibrant, sly and moving personal odyssey takes pride of place."

Posted Dec 10, 2007

David Ansen

30 78%

The Great Debaters (2007)

"Stirring, likable and unashamedly formulaic."

Posted Dec 10, 2007

David Ansen

31 83%

Atonement (2007)

"No two-hour film could ever capture all the riches of McEwan's masterly novel. But Wright and Hampton's Atonement comes tantalizingly close, while adding sensual delights all its own."

Posted Dec 3, 2007

David Ansen

32 93%

Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2007)

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly keeps opening up, its structure mimicking the awakening of its extraordinary protagonist's mind."

Posted Nov 28, 2007

David Ansen

33 89%

The Savages (2007)

"This bittersweet X-ray of American family dynamics may not be a Hallmark-card notion of a holiday movie, but it's one any son or daughter can take to heart."

Posted Nov 26, 2007

David Ansen

34 86%

Starting Out in the Evening (2007)

"Refreshingly subtle."

Posted Nov 26, 2007

David Ansen

35 77%

I'm Not There (2007)

"When it was over, I couldn't move. Despite a couple of slow stretches -- and Dylan has them, too -- I'm Not There turns out to be worthy of its subject. This isn't faint praise. It's a full-on rave."

Posted Nov 20, 2007

David Gates

36 52%

Margot at the Wedding (2007)

"Baumbach's closely observed tale of dysfunctional family relationships has the microscopic texture of a New Yorker short story and the darting, spontaneous style of a French New Wave movie."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

David Ansen

37 71%

Beowulf (2007)

"Zemeckis has been seduced by the siren call of motion capture... Memo to Zemeckis: come back to earth!"

Posted Nov 16, 2007

David Ansen

38 27%

Lions for Lambs (2007)

"Carnahan's script is thoughtful, but its ideal venue may be a college debate class, not your local multiplex."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Christy Lemire

39 25%

Bewitched (2005)

"By the tepid ending, the movie appears to have been sedated."

Posted Nov 5, 2007

David Ansen

40 46%

Constantine (2005)

"Peaks early, then descends into portentous nonsense."

Posted Nov 5, 2007

David Ansen

41 80%

American Gangster (2007)

"For all its grit, style and atmosphere, Gangster never sweeps you away. It has neither the lurid bravado of De Palma's "Scarface" nor the intimate grasp of the criminal lifestyle you find in Scorsese or Coppola."

Posted Nov 5, 2007

David Ansen

42 96%

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Posted Nov 5, 2007

David Ansen

43 51%

Bee Movie (2007)

"What I like about Bee Movie is its comfy, off-the-cuff charm: unlike a lot of animated family entertainment, it's not all Thwack Smash Kaboom."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

David Botti

44 77%

Seabiscuit (2003)

"[It] may be too airbrushed for its own good, but in the end nothing can stop this story from putting a lump in your throat."

Posted Nov 1, 2007

David Ansen

45 40%

Anything Else (2003)

Posted Nov 1, 2007

David Ansen

46 82%

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Posted Nov 1, 2007

David Ansen

47 33%

The Spitfire Grill (1996)

Posted Nov 1, 2007

David Ansen

48 77%

A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

Posted Nov 1, 2007

David Ansen

49 76%

Frida (2002)

Posted Nov 1, 2007

David Ansen

50 64%

Stage Beauty (2004)

Posted Nov 1, 2007

David Ansen

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