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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 74%

Les Miserables (1998)

"A beautiful testament to the strength of the human spirit. This version of Les Miserables is a triumph for everyone involved."

Posted Jan 26, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

2 67%

Cobb (1994)

"Completely enthralling from first frame to last, Cobb is a fascinating, uncompromising portrait of a rage-filled, contradictory man fighting his own private war with the world."

Posted Jan 26, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

3 43%

Timecop (1994)

"Thanks to Hyams' professionalism, Timecop is a slickly-made, fast-paced and mildly-diverting B movie."

Posted Jan 26, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

4 87%

Q & A (1990)

"Sidney Lumet's third film about corruption in the NYC police department is a gritty, gripping and profane thriller with a powerhouse performance by an intimidating Nick Nolte."

Posted Jan 26, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

5 58%

Narrow Margin (1990)

"This remake is a terrific suspense-thriller in its own right. Ranks with other underrated Peter Hyams films such as Capricorn One, Outland and The Star Chamber as one his best."

Posted Jan 26, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

6 53%

Geronimo - An American Legend (1993)

"A gorgeously shot, fair-minded Western that honors Geronimo and the Apaches, but doesn't demonize the U.S. Cavalry. Vastly underrated and far superior to Dances With Wolves."

Posted Jan 26, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

7 61%

Capricorn One (1978)

"A sharp, cynical and exciting post-Watergate paranoid thriller that established Peter Hyams as a top-notch action filmmaker."

Posted Jan 25, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

8 62%

Johnny Handsome (1989)

"A stylish and tough crime-thriller with that underlying mournfulness which characterizes Hill's best work."

Posted Jan 25, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

9 59%

Red Heat (1988)

"Hill's muscular, energetic direction makes what might have been just another buddy-cop thriller into an electrifying piece of escapism. One of Arnold's most underrated flicks."

Posted Jan 25, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

10 15%

The Jackal (1997)

"A fast-paced, underrated reworking of the often-sluggish Day of the Jackal. Willis is good as the villainous title character. More enjoyable than anyone wanted to admit."

Posted Jan 25, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

11 60%

The Edge (1997)

"A riveting story of survival, and the most rousing and gripping outdoor adventure since the original Jaws. One of 1997's very best films."

Posted Jan 25, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

12 94%

Pulp Fiction (1994)

"A devilishly lurid blast of great entertainment. Ultra-violent and wickedly funny."

Posted Jan 25, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

13 47%

Natural Born Killers (1994)

"An incoherent, experimental acid trip so unbearably pretentious that it gave me newfound respect for the Warren Commission. A real torture test."

Posted Jan 25, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

14 91%

Nobody's Fool (1994)

"A low-key but very affecting character-comedy with Paul Newman playing the kind of charismatic rebel that made him a star in the first place."

Posted Jan 25, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

15 90%

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

"The Shawshank Redemption works not only as an excellent prison drama, but as a metaphor for overcoming our own private prisons."

Posted Jan 25, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

16 42%

Wyatt Earp (1994)

"A great Western that was unfairly disparaged back in 1994. The authentic Wyatt Earp is actually a much-better film than the pulpier, more-popular Tombstone."

Posted Jan 25, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

17 15%

Striking Distance (1993)

"A troubled production (reshoots, release-date postponements) that turned out to be surprisingly watchable."

Posted Jan 25, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

18 44%

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

"A slick, big-budget exploitation movie that's preposterous, foul-mouthed and gratuitously violent, but also a great deal of fun."

Posted Jan 25, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

19 50%

The Rookie (1990)

"An entertaining buddy-cop movie with some exciting action sequences and some great lines. Eastwood and Sheen are an amusing odd couple."

Posted Jan 24, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

20 16%

The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

"An interesting failure that's not as bad as its reputation. Speaks a lot of truth, but the tone is too broad."

Posted Jan 24, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

21 40%

Snake Eyes (1998)

"A moderately suspenseful thriller that seems somewhat conventional compared to De Palma's earlier envelope-pushing efforts. Intriguing, but the mystery villain is rather obvious from the start."

Posted Jan 24, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

22 52%

Raising Cain (1992)

"A respectable if overly campy De Palma thriller. Like the director's Body Double, this plays better the second time you watch it."

Posted Jan 24, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

23 90%

Blow Out (1981)

"A well-crafted Hitchcockian-style thriller with De Palma again in top form. It's a mystery why this fizzled at the box office in the summer of 1981."

Posted Jan 24, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

24 79%

Obsession (1976)

"In spite of Vilmos Zsigmond's overrrated, overly diffuse photography, this is a surprisingly poignant mystery about love, loss and, well, obsession."

Posted Jan 24, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

25 92%

Carrie (1976)

"A total knockout. Piper Laurie gives a bravura performance as Carrie's religious fanatic mother, one of the creepiest movie characters ever."

Posted Jan 24, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

26 53%

Escape from L.A. (1996)

"A dreadful belated sequel to the entertaining Escape From New York. Perfectly epitomizes how Carpenter's skills have eroded since his late '70s, early '80s heyday."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

27 74%

Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

"A touching, uplifting and life-affirming winner that makes it hard to avoid leaving the theater teary-eyed, with a lump in your throat."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

28 77%

Michael Collins (1996)

"A bold and rousing historical epic."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

29 88%

The Usual Suspects (1995)

"If ever a movie got extra points for a strong, unexpected conclusion it's The Usual Suspects."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

30 75%

Ransom (1996)

"A tough, gripping thriller."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

31 16%

Thinner (1996)

"A constantly absorbing little chiller directed by the underrated Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play)."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

32 92%

Bound (1996)

"Stylish, nicely written and filled with tension. An exceptional piece of filmmaking."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

33 15%

The Juror (1996)

"A tightly-wound thriller that succeeds to the degree it does because of Alec Baldwin's sinister performance, which somehow captures the pathos of his monstrous character."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

34 37%

Cutthroat Island (1995)

"A fun popcorn movie."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

35 89%

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

"An uncompromising, surprisingly poignant skid-row love story."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

36 89%

Trainspotting (1996)

"Full of repugnant junkies so unpleasant that I was hoping they'd all OD just so I could escape this torture test."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

37 75%

The Crossing Guard (1995)

"Moving, unpredictable and psychologically complex."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

38 54%

The Cable Guy (1996)

"A hilarious black comedy that proved too dark and too smart for its star's fan base."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

39 64%

The Frighteners (1996)

"Despite being awful in almost every respect, The Frighteners does offer one small pleasure: R. Lee Ermey parodying his Full Metal Jacket drill sergeant character."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

40 14%

Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood (1996)

"This very guilty pleasure never produces much suspense, but I couldn't stop laughing at Dennis Miller's sardonic asides."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

41 75%

Nixon (1995)

"The combination of Oliver Stone and Richard Nixon, two paranoids from opposite ends of the political spectrum, is a match made in cinematic heaven."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

42 11%

Striptease (1996)

"A rambunctious Reynolds makes a potentially terrible movie watchable."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

43 80%

Casino (1995)

"Martin Scorsese's Casino is an absolutely brilliant film that's an enthralling equal to his masterful GoodFellas. Demands to be seen at least twice."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

44 62%

White Squall (1996)

"An old-fashioned, white-knuckle adventure with the excellent Bridges adding another great characterization to his increasingly impressive resume."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

45 86%

Heat (1995)

"With De Niro and Pacino in excellent form, Mann's Heat ignites the screen."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

46 29%

Up Close & Personal (1996)

"A perfectly respectable effort, but with all the talent involved it could have been better."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

47 33%

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)

"A terrifically off-beat underworld thriller."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

48 36%

Eraser (1996)

"James Caan is good as the heavy, but the movie degenerates into routine comic-book mayhem."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

49 58%

Twister (1996)

"Special-effects highlight this Jan DeBont-directed blockbuster that's ruined by cliched plotting and irritating characters."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

50 67%

The Rock (1996)

"Extremely far-fetched, but undeniably exciting."

Posted Jan 23, 2006

Chuck O'Leary

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