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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
Baran (2002)
Majidi is an unconventional storyteller, capable of finding beauty in the most depressing places.
Posted Jul 18, 2002
2
2.5/4
Good for a quick adrenaline surge -- until the next horror fix comes along.
Posted Jul 17, 2002
3
3/4
No, it's not as single-minded as John Carpenter's original, but it's sure a lot smarter and more unnerving than the sequels.
Posted Jul 15, 2002
4
2/4
Reign of Fire, like a lot of films these days, is a bunch of eye-popping effects in search of a plot.
Posted Jul 11, 2002
5
4/4
Newman gives a fierce, astonishing performance.
Posted Jul 11, 2002
6
3/4
Like Mike (2002)
A clean movie suitable for young children.
Posted Jul 2, 2002
7
2.5/4
MIB II hits its marks reliably enough.
Posted Jul 2, 2002
8
3/4
Elling (2002)
Calls to mind the great screen pairings of dysfunctional buddy pictures of the past.
Posted Jun 27, 2002
9
3/4
The film takes us into the secret world of teenage boys as if first-time director Peter Care had been issued a special password.
Posted Jun 20, 2002
10
4/4
This one blends the best aspects of the mature Spielberg's often warring personality.
Posted Jun 20, 2002
11
3/4
Windtalkers (2002)
Despite the movie's overly simplistic view of the bigotry the Navajos faced in the military ... Windtalkers speaks of a love between men who have come to a place willing to die together.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
12
3/4
Scooby-Doo (2002)
The movie Scooby is a delight -- by turns lovable, charming, conspiratorial and snooty.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
13
4/4
I've seen the best cloak-and-danger exercises, including The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and the original Day of the Jackal, and in terms of story and cold-sweat suspense, I'd rank this one right up there.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
14
3.5/4
The Believer (2002)
See it. Debate it. Remember it.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
15
1/4
Bad Company (2002)
This formulaic countdown-to-oblivion number is so sluggish and impersonal, it could very well have been directed from two states away by remote-controlled robot.
Posted Jun 6, 2002
16
3/4
A rich, thoroughly engaging drama that is by turns funny, wistful, phantasmagorical and disturbing.
Posted Jun 6, 2002
17
1.5/4
In terms of escapist fun, this one ranks right up there with a newsreel tour of ground zero in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Posted May 30, 2002
18
3/4
If you haven't sampled India's indigenous cinema, this is a great place to begin.
Posted May 30, 2002
19
3.5/4
At its most basic, this cartoon adventure is that wind-in-the-hair exhilarating.
Posted May 23, 2002
20
3/4
Insomnia (2002)
Proves the best (read: most unsettling) of its type since The Pledge.
Posted May 23, 2002
21
3/4
Enough (2002)
It's his brazenness -- and Campbell's utterly creepy performance -- that keeps the story revved up, even when you feel it's being spelled out for you in Crayola.
Posted May 23, 2002
22
2/4
Enigma (2002)
Apted and Stoppard have bitten off too much as they attempt to juggle an espionage plot and parallel past/present romances.
Posted May 23, 2002
23
3.5/4
About a Boy (2002)
Hoult is one of those amazing child actors whose faces serve as sheer membrane to their hearts.
Posted May 16, 2002
24
2/4
Clones is more star chores than Star Wars.
Posted May 15, 2002
25
2/4
Unfaithful (2002)
After posing a moral dilemma worthy of serious consideration, [Lyne] resorts to genre solutions. That worked in Fatal Attraction, which resolved itself as a horror film, but it doesn't work here.
Posted May 9, 2002
26
2/4
Proves a lovely trifle that, unfortunately, is a little too in love with its own cuteness.
Posted May 9, 2002
27
4/4
28
3/4
Inspired in stretches and offers Allen the actor the best role he's had in ages.
Posted May 2, 2002
29
3/4
Spider-Man (2002)
A good movie that would be a better one if it were 15 minutes shorter, and a great movie if it were a half-hour shorter.
Posted May 2, 2002
30
1.5/4
Has all the scenic appeal of a cesspool.
Posted Apr 25, 2002
31
2/4
You might think that people dumb enough to make a by-the-numbers movie about a murder would at least be smart enough not to call it Murder By Numbers.
Posted Apr 18, 2002
32
2.5/4
A fast-paced Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves adventure with enough cliffhanger escapes and peek-a-boo nudity to sate adolescent boys of all ages.
Posted Apr 18, 2002
33
2/4
Crush (2002)
Even when Crush departs from the 4W formula ... it feels like a glossy rehash.
Posted Apr 18, 2002
34
3.5/4
Salles ... has found the beauty not only in this terrible place, but in a story by novelist Ismail Kadaré that originally was set in Albania.
Posted Apr 18, 2002
35
3.5/4
Frailty (2002)
If you're in the mood to be seriously creeped out, this is the shocker for you.
Posted Apr 12, 2002
36
2/4
A bunch of intermittently amusing sketches that collectively don't add up to much of a picture.
Posted Apr 12, 2002
37
1.5/4
Big Trouble (2002)
Further proof that Sonnenfeld's career, brought to a screeching halt with the gaseous and pointless Wild Wild West, continues in the downward spiral.
Posted Apr 4, 2002
38
3/4
High Crimes (2002)
Though glossy and formulaic, High Crimes ... proves highly entertaining.
Posted Apr 4, 2002
39
4/4
Amadeus (1984)
Still a work of consummate artistry and craftsmanship.
Posted Apr 4, 2002
40
3/4
Panic Room (2002)
Fincher is a master of kinetic razzle-dazzle, goosing familiar or trite material to life with his high-tech bag of tricks.
Posted Mar 28, 2002
41
3/4
The Rookie (2002)
The film goes beyond being just another sappy, come-from-behind baseball yarn to score as an easygoing ode to modest, forestalled dreams.
Posted Mar 28, 2002
42
3/4
Showtime (2002)
It's definitely a hate-yourself-in- the-morning glut.
Posted Mar 15, 2002
43
3.5/4
Ice Age (2002)
... a lesson in prehistoric hilarity.
Posted Mar 15, 2002
44
2/4
MacDowell and Brody give emotionally galvanizing performances, but too often Flowers arranges itself on a bier that goes flat.
Posted Mar 14, 2002
45
3.5/4
46
2.5/4
... the movie's climax is so under-explained and conveniently resolved that it leaves you feeling as if you've missed a few hundred millennia.
Posted Mar 7, 2002
47
1.5/4
Indeed, while the battle scenes aspire to the grisly ferocity of Saving Private Ryan, this war saga often elicits as many howls of laughter as growls of anguish.
Posted Feb 28, 2002
48
2/4
Even [Hartnett] can't overcome the lameness of the movie's increasingly obvious attempts to make horniness seem funny.
Posted Feb 28, 2002
49
1/4
If legendary shlockmeister Ed Wood had ever made a movie about a vampire, it probably would look a lot like this alarming production, adapted from Anne Rice's novel The Vampire Chronicles.
Posted Feb 21, 2002
50
3/4
Hart's War (2002)
[S]olid, old-fashioned entertainment in which everything is much larger than life and the plot elements slide into place with clockwork precision.
Posted Feb 14, 2002