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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2.5/4
PC stability notwithstanding, the film suffers from a simplistic narrative and a pat, fairy-tale conclusion.
Posted Oct 22, 2002
2
3.5/4
Auto Focus (2002)
Only a supremely flexible talent like Kinnear could whittle away at Crane's nuances and come up with thespian gold.
Posted Oct 21, 2002
3
4/4
Invigorating, surreal, and resonant with a rainbow of emotion.
Posted Oct 17, 2002
4
2/4
Abandon (2002)
The second act dissolves into conventional psychological pabulum.
Posted Oct 16, 2002
5
2.5/4
Its captivating conundrum is as subtle as a jackhammer.
Posted Oct 15, 2002
6
3/4
One gets the sense that Moore is setting out to provoke, rather than seek out honest answers.
Posted Oct 14, 2002
7
3.5/4
A violent collision that's unfortunately relevant to today's relentless stream of aggressive acts.
Posted Oct 9, 2002
8
1.5/4
Swept Away (2002)
Glazed with a tawdry B-movie scum.
Posted Oct 9, 2002
9
1/4
A misogynistic piece of filth that attempts to pass itself off as hip, young adult entertainment.
Posted Oct 7, 2002
10
2/4
Director Jay Russell weighs down his capricious fairy-tale with heavy sentiment and lightweight meaning.
Posted Oct 7, 2002
11
2.5/4
Red Dragon (2002)
I can think of no earthly reason to remake an excellent example of film noir other than the calculating ka-ching of box office dollars.
Posted Oct 2, 2002
12
3.5/4
More than makes up for its mawkish posing by offering rousing spates of genuine feeling.
Posted Sep 25, 2002
13
3/4
Skins (2002)
A genuine glimpse into an inscrutable culture that's virtually screaming for survival.
Posted Sep 24, 2002
14
3/4
Witherspoon deserves credit for turning a sow's ear into a silk purse with just a smile.
Posted Sep 24, 2002
15
2.5/4
Rhythm problems punctuate this battle-scarred romantic epic.
Posted Sep 18, 2002
16
4/4
17
2/4
Writer/director Burr Steers emphasizes the Q in Quirky, with mixed results.
Posted Sep 16, 2002
18
2.5/4
In spite of the adolescent behavior of its players, it manages to charm.
Posted Sep 4, 2002
19
3.5/4
A tranquil experience.
Posted Aug 27, 2002
20
2.5/4
The beautifully choreographed kitchen ballet is simple but absorbing.
Posted Aug 18, 2002
21
3/4
Simone (2002)
A sharp satire of desperation and cinematic deception.
Posted Aug 18, 2002
22
2/4
A graying fan's letdown.
Posted Aug 14, 2002
23
3/4
Possession (2002)
The tang of jealousy and obsession overshadows small, shallow plot contrivances.
Posted Aug 12, 2002
24
2.5/4
Blood Work (2002)
Thriller elements are present and accounted for, albeit blandly whitewashed for mainstream audiences.
Posted Aug 7, 2002
25
4/4
A virtual roller-coaster ride of glamour and sleaze.
Posted Aug 7, 2002
26
3/4
Quote not available.
Posted Aug 7, 2002
27
1.5/4
There's no excuse for following up a delightful, well-crafted family film with a computer-generated cold fish.
Posted Aug 6, 2002
28
2.5/4
Signs (2002)
Artfully directed and well-conceived, but fails to locate and maintain a consistent tone.
Posted Jul 31, 2002
29
3/4
Full Frontal (2002)
Fraught with character confusion, but ultimately worth the effort.
Posted Jul 31, 2002
30
2.5/4
Nothing can detract from the affection of that moral favorite: friends will be friends through thick and thin.
Posted Jul 31, 2002
31
3.5/4
Read My Lips (2002)
Devos and Cassel give arresting performances as perpetual outsiders who absorb themselves in the ultimate struggle for power and position.
Posted Jul 30, 2002
32
3/4
This is snappy, frothy screwball comedy awash in French understatement.
Posted Jul 19, 2002
33
2/4
Message movie or an action-packed submarine spectacular? Alas, it's neither.
Posted Jul 18, 2002
34
3/4
"Lovely's" strength lies in its ability to stress the unremarkable and make it interesting.
Posted Jul 15, 2002
35
2/4
Matthew McConaughey tries, and fails, to control the screen with swaggering machismo and over-the-top lunacy.
Posted Jul 10, 2002
36
3/4
A frustrating exercise in the hormonal detours of human nature.
Posted Jul 9, 2002
37
3/4
No sophomore slump for director Sam Mendes, who segues from Oscar winner to Oscar-winning potential with a smooth sleight of hand.
Posted Jul 9, 2002
38
2.5/4
For Powerpuff aficionados and virgins alike.
Posted Jul 3, 2002
39
3.5/4
Canada's arctic light shines bright on this frozen tundra soap opera that breathes extraordinary life into the private existence of the Inuit people.
Posted Jun 30, 2002
40
4/4
Elling (2002)
The subtle strength of "Elling" is that it never loses touch with the reality of the grim situation.
Posted Jun 26, 2002
41
3.5/4
Bravo for history rewritten, and for the uncompromising knowledge that the highest power of all is the power of love.
Posted Jun 24, 2002
42
3/4
Short on thrills but long on human commotion, "Sunshine" is vintage Sayles.
Posted Jun 24, 2002
43
3.5/4
Stitch's crazy antics are an edgy counterpart to Lilo's poignant social isolation; the engaging yin and yang of the narrative.
Posted Jun 18, 2002
44
3/4
The animated subplot keenly depicts the inner struggles of our adolescent heroes - insecure, uncontrolled, and intense.
Posted Jun 18, 2002
45
3.5/4
Kudos to director Doug Liman for injecting textbook spy fare with slick intelligence and a truckload of tension.
Posted Jun 16, 2002
46
1/4
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Phony, computer-generated images packaged together with bad performances and distributed as joyless summer entertainment.
Posted Jun 12, 2002
47
2/4
Unique filming technique can't compensate for the extensive running time and tedious period excesses.
Posted Jun 12, 2002
48
3.5/4
The Believer (2002)
The most compelling performance of the year adds substantial depth to this shocking testament to anti-Semitism and neo-fascism.
Posted Jun 10, 2002
49
3/4
Cherish (2002)
50
3/4
The tone errs on the shrill side, tempered by a soft southern gentility that speaks of beauty, grace and a closet full of skeletons.
Posted Jun 3, 2002