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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3.5/4
Large in scope and swelling with sentiment.
Posted Apr 7, 2003
2
1.5/4
A Man Apart (2003)
Clunky pacing, poorly lit action sequences and bad scripting do nothing to impress.
Posted Apr 2, 2003
3
3/4
A warm and fuzzy crowd-pleaser that holds its cliches close to its heart.
Posted Apr 1, 2003
4
3/4
Phone Booth (2003)
Eighty-one minutes of sheer anxiety.
Posted Apr 1, 2003
5
3.5/4
6
2/4
Basic (2003)
A clumsy military thriller that will undoubtedly benefit from its perfectly-timed release date.
Posted Mar 24, 2003
7
3.5/4
Stone Reader (2003)
Readers and non-readers alike will thrill to the spare elegance of this stirring documentary.
Posted Mar 19, 2003
8
2.5/4
Willard (2003)
Subtle Hitchcockian tension keeps the energy level in moderate gear while the killer rats dance their rodent cha-cha-cha over hill and dale.
Posted Mar 12, 2003
9
3/4
Spider (2002)
David Cronenberg doing what he does best - disturbing, challenging, commendable work.
Posted Mar 11, 2003
10
3.5/4
A project of vast extremes, a flagrant affirmation of absolute darkness and light.
Posted Mar 11, 2003
11
1.5/4
Strives to be a James Bond spoof but fails to find its niche.
Posted Mar 10, 2003
12
3.5/4
Not my life, not yours, but lives worth living and looking in on.
Posted Mar 5, 2003
13
1/4
An abysmal, hyper-propagandized testosterone peddler.
Posted Mar 4, 2003
14
3.5/4
Gerry (2003)
Patience is a virtue in the context of this risky, experimental work.
Posted Mar 3, 2003
15
2/4
Wallows in high-fallutin' indie-ness while catering to self-indulgent reality.
Posted Feb 26, 2003
16
3/4
Russian Ark (2002)
The genius of the work speaks volumes, offering up a hallucinatory dreamscape that frustrates and captivates.
Posted Feb 20, 2003
17
3/4
Dark Blue (2003)
Rife with the kind of tension and betrayal that complements Kurt Russell's craggy good looks and simmering rage.
Posted Feb 17, 2003
18
2/4
This Valentine to Civil War brigades of yore doesn't come close to illustrating the genuine passion and suffering behind the scenes.
Posted Feb 17, 2003
19
3.5/4
A taut, spare picture that captures the hurt, betrayal, and moral ambiguity of the times, swaddled in the elegance of French-controlled Saigon.
Posted Feb 12, 2003
20
1.5/4
The question is why? The answer is...Ka-ching!
Posted Feb 10, 2003
21
4/4
Visually stunning, socially relevant, and simply unforgettable.
Posted Feb 4, 2003
22
3/4
A tasty romantic comedy, featuring the battle of the sexes in its most fanciful light.
Posted Feb 2, 2003
23
2.5/4
The Recruit (2003)
The grizzled veteran and gullible trainee routine has been done before, and done better.
Posted Jan 28, 2003
24
2.5/4
Max (2002)
Engagingly prepossessing but slightly rough around the edges.
Posted Jan 22, 2003
25
3/4
Peddles skepticism while offering up narrative absurdities so fanciful that they must be true.
Posted Jan 21, 2003
26
2/4
Quote not available.
Posted Jan 17, 2003
27
4/4
Narc (2002)
Joe Carnahan and his players manage to synchronize their story to the primal drumbeat of cruelty, keeping it tense and edgy to the last frame.
Posted Jan 8, 2003
28
3.5/4
25th Hour (2003)
An honest and aggressive valentine to the American way, bolstered by an astounding cast and a virtuoso performance by Edward Norton.
Posted Jan 7, 2003
29
2.5/4
Just Married (2003)
Spared a straight-to-video burial by virtue of a charming performance by Ashton Kutcher.
Posted Jan 6, 2003
30
3.5/4
Revenge, romance, exploitation and the unyielding search for happiness are molded into a perfect plum pudding of a film.
Posted Dec 31, 2002
31
4/4
The Pianist (2002)
Quote not available.
Posted Dec 27, 2002
32
3.5/4
Chicago (2002)
33
3.5/4
Noyce utilizes simple, stylish camerawork and spare dialogue to delivery pregnantly poignant anguish.
Posted Dec 22, 2002
34
4/4
Talk to Her (2002)
Passions, obsessions, and loneliest dark spots are pushed to their most virtuous limits, lending the narrative an unusually surreal tone.
Posted Dec 20, 2002
35
3/4
Evelyn (2002)
Chock full of folksy predictability and transient emotion.
Posted Dec 18, 2002
36
1.5/4
Trivial where it should be profound, and hyper-cliched where it should be sincere.
Posted Dec 17, 2002
37
3.5/4
The beauty of Alexander Payne's ode to the Everyman is in the details.
Posted Dec 16, 2002
38
2/4
The script is a dim-witted pairing of teen-speak and animal gibberish.
Posted Dec 15, 2002
39
3/4
40
3/4
Lightweight montages and fairy-tale platitudes fit the narrative like a glass slipper.
Posted Dec 10, 2002
41
2.5/4
Analyze That (2002)
Full of sharps and flats, the gags range from distinctly unfunny to richly side-splitting.
Posted Dec 4, 2002
42
1/4
Extreme Ops (2002)
Poor editing, bad bluescreen, and ultra-cheesy dialogue highlight the radical action.
Posted Nov 26, 2002
43
3/4
44
3/4
A delicate balance of nostalgia and contemporary themes win out over scripting pregnant with cinematic schmaltz.
Posted Nov 20, 2002
45
2/4
46
2/4
Has difficulty choosing, and maintaining, an even pitch.
Posted Nov 11, 2002
47
2.5/4
8 Mile (2002)
48
2/4
Femme Fatale (2002)
The film virtually chokes on its own self-consciousness.
Posted Nov 5, 2002
49
3.5/4
Roger Dodger (2002)
50
4/4