Taking Woodstock (2009)
"It ends up being forgettable, when it could have taken a little piece of your heart."
Passing Strange (2009)
"Somewhere around the time a giant booger runs riot through the town, one wishes for a bit more adult supervision."
Post Grad (2009)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
"If only Quentin Tarantino the director weren't so completely in love with Quentin Tarantino the writer, Inglourious Basterds might have been a great movie rather than just a good movie with moments of greatness. "
"It's just repetitive, adolescent and lame."
"A children's film that's at once overly simplistic and needlessly nonsensical."
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
"We're left wondering afterward, how do these people feel about this extraordinary situation in which they've found themselves?"
District 9 (2009)
A Perfect Getaway (2009)
Paper Heart (2009)
Julie & Julia (2009)
"The Julia parts in Julie & Julia are a delight. The ones about Julie? More like an annoying distraction."
Funny People (2009)
"The last hour or so meanders interminably, its tone wavering all over the place, leading to a quickie conclusion that feels pat. And that is such a letdown when you consider the strength and ambition of the material that preceded it."
The Cove (2009)
"A documentary that mixes advocacy journalism with the suspenseful thrill of a caper."
The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) (2009)
"The debut from writer-director John Hindman features a premise that sounds an awful lot like As Good As It Gets, except the script isn't as sharp."
"Director Jaume Collet-Serra, working from a devilishly clever script by David Leslie Johnson, maintains steady suspense while mercifully mixing in some moments of dark humor."
The Ugly Truth (2009)
"Butler's regular-guyness makes the character more likable than he should be; but Heigl, for all her screen presence, looks great but seems stiff, as if she's uncomfortable with the wilder physical comedy of the character."
"The characters in Thomas Moffett's script are intriguing enough, and director Jonas Pate gets sufficiently lively work from his eclectic cast, that you end up caring about them anyway."
In the Loop (2009)
"A comedy that finally manages to satirize the war successfully."
500 Days of Summer (2009)
"Shelton shows great insight into the contradictory mind of the modern man."
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the franchise's best so far, blending rich drama and easy camaraderie among the actors with the visual spectacle that until now has been the real star of the series. "
Public Enemies (2009)
"The director shoots Depp in close-ups that accentuate the actor's handsome features -- those warm, brown eyes, sharp cheekbones and soft lips -- and verge on idolatry."
"The film itself, though, is all dressed up with nowhere to go."
My Sister's Keeper (2009)
"My Sister's Keeper is a shameless weepy, one of the most manipulative and fundamental of genres, but it also raises some surprisingly difficult and thought-provoking ethical questions."
The Hurt Locker (2009)
Year One (2009)
Food, Inc. (2009)
"Kenner presents an even-tempered but nonetheless horrifying dissection of the U.S. food industry."
Whatever Works (2009)
"The movie was emblematic of his output of late -- slight plots, slighter characters, lackadaisical storytelling that recycles enough of the neuroses-fueled charm of his earlier films to keep the Woody Allen machine in business."
The Proposal (2009)
"All the romantic comedy conventions are shamelessly on parade in The Proposal, trampling on our brains and turning them into mush."
"The heavy symbolism of binding family ties becomes too much to bear."
"Moon does something extraordinary: It seems familiar and derivative, yet upends your expectations about science fiction and surprises you over and over."
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
"The prevalence of technology also makes the crime itself seem rather archaic. This is the way a criminal mastermind steals millions of dollars today, by hijacking a subway train?"
Imagine That (2009)
"It's based on a clever premise and it makes good use of Murphy's comic strengths."
Away We Go (2009)
"Away We Go rejects those cliches and instead takes an honest, humorous and ultimately moving look at the prospect of a family growing from two members to three."
Land of the Lost (2009)
My Life in Ruins (2009)
"It feels like an uncomfortable parade of Borscht belt gags and lame stereotypes."
The Hangover (2009)
The Limits of Control (2009)
"Paint drying. Photosynthesis. Rush-hour traffic. All these activities would be more entertaining to watch -- and probably speedier -- than Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control."
L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009)
"Berling, Binoche and Renier all play off each other effortlessly, and Summer Hours makes you feel comfortable spending time with their family, too."
"So many new characters have been added to the ones who appeared in the original film, and director Shawn Levy flits between them at such a zippy pace, no one gets much of a chance to register. And that's a huge waste of the comic talents amassed [here]."
Terminator Salvation (2009)
"There's not much here in the way of way of humanity, even with the strong feminine presence of actresses including Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood and Jane Alexander. It seems the machines have already won. "
Rudo y Cursi (2009)
The Brothers Bloom (2009)
"Ruffalo and Brody bring weight and a tinge of melancholy to the otherwise frivolous proceedings, though, by wisely underplaying their roles."
Angels & Demons (2009)
"Its twists, turns and revelations are just as ridiculous as those in the first film -- perhaps even more so -- and it breezes through arcane details with just as much dizzying speed."
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