Detroit Free Press
The Illusionist (2006)
"Underneath its hocus-pocus is a compelling story, very well told."
"The script, cowritten by all the members, is too sloshy and bleary-eyed to throw any darts that hit anything but the wall."
"For a movie about following your dreams, this one is sorely lacking imagination."
"Those who do not succumb to the movie's fantasy will dismiss it as an extended music video. That's not an unfair criticism, but it doesn't make the film any less enjoyable."
How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)
Lower City (Cidade Baixa) (2006)
"A steamy love triangle that may earn our attention primarily on prurient interest, but ends up being honestly involving."
Material Girls (2006)
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
"Snakes was born dumb, but was then rendered ordinary."
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
"... a film of small and gratifying surprises."
Step Up (2006)
"An hour into the movie, I shut out the story and dialogue entirely and just focused on the visuals. That made the boring Bell and the cast of third-string teen movie supporting players somehow easier to bear. "
World Trade Center (2006)
"World Trade Center is beautifully acted down to the smallest role and exquisitely crafted -- it is all but impossible to tell the difference between the computer-generated imagery and live-action sequences shot in Manhattan."
The Oh in Ohio (2006)
"Unfortunately, writer Adam Wierzbianski, who seems more steeped in the rhythm method of sitcom than the less predictable peaks of screwball, allows the batteries to run down prematurely."
The Night Listener (2006)
"Director Patrick Stettner -- seems unable to settle on what The Night Listener actually wants to say."
The Descent (2006)
"A ridiculous movie that starts off completely cracked and just gets crazier and crazier."
Peaceful Warrior (2006)
"Once in a Lifetime would have benefited greatly from historical and outside perspective, but the story on screen is such a kick that even monotone narrator Matt Dillon gets caught up in the excitement."
The Ant Bully (2006)
"If the Ant Bully story is generic, it is never plodding. It zips along quite nicely, aided by the especially well-constructed action sequences."
John Tucker Must Die (2006)
"... a teen payback comedy that squanders any potential it might have had on the altar of that all-important teen desire: It wants us to think it's cute."
Miami Vice (2006)
"Perhaps had they been given a script, a purpose or a mission, Miami Vice the movie might have been something worthy of the talented Mann's attention."
"Anyone who assumed Match Point heralded a return to form or a renaissance for one the great American filmmakers should be sorely disappointed by Scoop."
Clerks II (2006)
"Clerks II is not a return to the roots. It's just a cartoonish trip in the way-back machine outfitted with a questionable moral."
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
"My Super Ex-Girlfriend dispels any doubt that the philosophy of high concept -- in which a film's entire content can be contained in the title or one brief phase, a la Snakes on a Plane -- is back in vogue."
Monster House (2006)
"Like the books of Roald Dahl and the Harry Potter novels, Monster House does not condescend to kids, but respects their intelligence, and their ability to separate fantasy from reality."
Lady in the Water (2006)
"Lady is not likely to convert critics who believe Shyamalan is only a one-trick pony. Those willing to risk a dip in this pool, on the other hand, may be refreshed, if not reborn."
Strangers with Candy (2005)
"Not surprisingly, the film version contains about 30 minutes of hilarity, and they're stretched out at least as far as Jerri's ill-fitting slacks."
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2006)
"A tribute concert with earnest but mostly average performances gussied up with fawning if passionate praise from admirers and occasional bits of self-deprecation from Cohen himself."
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
"Although the story is greatly enhanced by the mesmerizing visual design, it is also involving because of the duplicity and duality of the characters."
You, Me and Dupree (2006)
"If you've seen the trailer, you've seen only half the movie -- and all the jokes."
Little Man (2006)
"The sizable laughs in Little Man make it better than just about anyone expected."
The Heart of the Game (2005)
"[The Roughriders] persevere, as did director Serrill, who took his time to find the real heart of this game."
Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
"Runs efficiently on its own energy and sincerity, which makes it not unlike the car it mourns."
"It's like an amusement park excursion where the entry fee is so high you feel compelled to stay until you get a stomachache to get your money's worth."
"Manages to present lively and entertaining portraits of men and women who think in boxes while working outside of them."
Superman Returns (2006)
"Singer has succeeded beyond anyone's expectations -- and establishes himself as someone to whom any film aiming for taste and intelligence could be trusted."
"Everything about Click is so predictable that when it is released on home video, you will be able to watch it in a lot less than the 98 minutes it takes to see it in the theater."
Waist Deep (2006)
"[Director Hall] has proved he is as good with actors as he is at staging action sequences and creating tension."
Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006)
"It is a few meaningful glimpses into the mind and life of a man who resists being seen as complex and singular."
Roving Mars (2006)
"Think of the countless car chases you've seen at the movies. Then catch Tokyo Drift to understand how this movie, as silly as it is, offers something different and fresh. For fans of the genre, that's a stunt worth getting revved up for. "
The Lake House (2006)
"The list of inconsistencies is far too long and laborious to recount."
Nacho Libre (2006)
"The irony is that just about any actual Mexican wrestling movie is funnier than this would-be parody, which never gets off the mat."
The Lost City (2005)
"The movie has too many stories to tell and tells none of them very well."