"Sad to say, however, the deep-revolving, witty Mankiewicz fails most where most he hoped to succeed. As drama and as cinema, Cleopatra is raddled with flaws. It lacks style both in image and in action."
National Velvet (1944)
"National Velvet is not merely sure to delight children and the child in most adults; it is also an interesting psychological study of hysterical obsession, conversion mania, preadolescent sexuality."
"This modest retrospective provides a fine occasion to salute an American original working in a medium that will never get its critical due, but continues to exercise a mighty claim on affectionate memory."
The Natural (1984)
"Levinson must have felt he had to swing for the fences. He can be forgiven for choking up with all The Natural's fans looking on dubiously. In fairness, the official scorer must credit him with a single. And Redford with an RBI."
"This is a messy movie, sometimes repetitive, sometimes too compressed and allusive. But that's like saying Ty Cobb was not a very good sport -- irrelevant in comparison to the horrific fascination of his story."
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
"The best thing about the movie is Jackie Robinson himself, playing the title role. Burdened with some lines and situations that would weigh heavily on a professional actor, he gives a remarkably natural performance."
Children of a Lesser God (1986)
Damn Yankees (1958)
Major League (1989)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Bull Durham (1988)
"Shelton locates the tension and the humor between pitches, between ball games, between the sheets. It helps too that he has written the wittiest, busiest screenplay since Moonstruck, and that his three stars do their very best screen work."
Red Riding Hood (2011)
The Conspirator (2011)
Top Gun (1986)
True Confessions (1981)
Fear Strikes Out (1957)
Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
The Godfather (1972)
I Am Number Four (2011)
"The movie version of I Am Number Four is a blatant, cynical pitch for an unearned franchise, made by people who seem to think the words "bestseller" and "young adult" are enough to guarantee a Harry Potter-like box office payout. It's not."
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
Just Go with It (2011)
Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)
The Roommate (2011)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Shanghai Express (1932)
"Shanghai Express is a picture of the new school, and when Marlene Dietrich promises Warner Oland to visit him at his castle if he will refrain from destroying Clive Brook's eyesight with a red hot poker, you will not find the situation banal."
The Act of the Heart (1970)
The Court Jester (1956)
The Mechanic (2011)
The Rite (2011)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
No Strings Attached (2011)
The Way Back (2011)
"The overall metaphor Weir was aiming for - this idea of enemies so powerful and a war so menacing and confusingly big that no place seems safe except a place absurdly far away - comes through clearly and stays with you."
The Company Men (2011)
"In its solid construction and resistance to the winds of fashion, The Company Men is one edifice that could outlast many an action blockbuster or standard inspirational drama, and maybe the Great Recession itself."
"the film's achievement is to show there are stories worth hearing, and ravaged, resilient faces that reward our scrutiny. The horror, the gallows humor, the shame and the heroism, the lessons of this holocaust -- and all others--have not been exhausted."
The Dilemma (2011)
Country Strong (2011)
"If the aim is to be unpredictable and to revel in cynicism, you run the risk -- realized here -- that the movie becomes more an authorial statement of purpose than a story the audience can believe in. "
True Grit (2010)
Little Fockers (2010)
Blue Valentine (2010)