San Jose Mercury News
City by the Sea (2002)
"Like a book you can't put down, this is one of the rare movies that simply keeps getting better and better."
"Anyone not into high-tech splatterfests is advised to take the warning literally, and log on to something more user-friendly."
One Hour Photo (2002)
"A dazzling feature debut for Romanek."
"A lean, mean, vastly entertaining fight movie."
"A high-concept idea in search of plot, a few new wrinkles and a more playful or perverse approach."
Revolution O.S. (2002)
"Must-see viewing for anyone involved in the high-tech industry. Others may find it migraine-inducing, despite Moore's attempts at whimsy and spoon feeding."
The Good Girl (2002)
"Think of a small-town cliche or a patronizing stereotype, and you'll find it here."
Blue Crush (2002)
"Blue Crush is like a pop song you can never understand the words to, but the tune is so irresistible you find yourself humming along."
Blood Work (2002)
"This is the Eastwood of old, and the fact that he can still pull off such heroics tells us how far he had to stretch to play nervous and frail."
"A movie that feels as if it has been assembled using census charts and market research conducted at Taco Bell."
Full Frontal (2002)
"If Soderbergh's name weren't attached to this project, I'd swear it was by some recent film-school grad who hadn't progressed beyond Navel Gazing 101."
"[Shyamalan's] Big Idea raises a Big Question: So what?"
Karmen Geï (Karmen Gei) (2001)
"[Gai] comes closer to any actress I can remember to personifying independence in its purest and, yes, most intimidating form."
Girls Can't Swim (2002)
"Compelling, beautifully photographed French import."
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
"A 14-carat stinker, delivered with little sense of fun and less inspiration."
"Seems precious when it means to be precocious, and pretentious when it can least afford to be."
Read My Lips (2002)
"Overall, it's the best French thriller since With a Friend Like Harry two years ago."
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
"Sleek and suspenseful."
Stuart Little 2 (2002)
"We're talking instant family classic here, folks."
My Wife Is an Actress (2002)
"Just keeping it all straight -- real-life filmmaker directing real-life wife in make-believe nude scene about same-named make-believe character's insecurities about same-named wife's make-believe nude scenes -- can leave you a little breathless."
Lovely & Amazing (2002)
"Some scenes are served up like haiku. Others seem like abstracts of notes [Holofcener] scribbled to herself after sessions at the 'I'm OK, You're OK' corral."
"Majidi is an unconventional storyteller, capable of finding beauty in the most depressing places."
Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
"Good for a quick adrenaline surge -- until the next horror fix comes along."
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
"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."
Reign of Fire (2002)
"Reign of Fire, like a lot of films these days, is a bunch of eye-popping effects in search of a plot."
Road to Perdition (2002)
"Newman gives a fierce, astonishing performance."
Like Mike (2002)
"A clean movie suitable for young children."
Men in Black II (2002)
"MIB II hits its marks reliably enough."
"Calls to mind the great screen pairings of dysfunctional buddy pictures of the past."
"The film takes us into the secret world of teenage boys as if first-time director Peter Care had been issued a special password."
Minority Report (2002)
"This one blends the best aspects of the mature Spielberg's often warring personality."
"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."
"The movie Scooby is a delight -- by turns lovable, charming, conspiratorial and snooty."
The Bourne Identity (2002)
"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."
The Believer (2002)
"See it. Debate it. Remember it."
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."
"A rich, thoroughly engaging drama that is by turns funny, wistful, phantasmagorical and disturbing."
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
"In terms of escapist fun, this one ranks right up there with a newsreel tour of ground zero in Hiroshima and Nagasaki."
"If you haven't sampled India's indigenous cinema, this is a great place to begin."
"At its most basic, this cartoon adventure is that wind-in-the-hair exhilarating."
"Proves the best (read: most unsettling) of its type since The Pledge."
"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."
"Apted and Stoppard have bitten off too much as they attempt to juggle an espionage plot and parallel past/present romances."
About a Boy (2002)
"Hoult is one of those amazing child actors whose faces serve as sheer membrane to their hearts."
"Clones is more star chores than Star Wars."
"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."
The Triumph of Love (2002)
"Proves a lovely trifle that, unfortunately, is a little too in love with its own cuteness."
Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)
Hollywood Ending (2002)
"Inspired in stretches and offers Allen the actor the best role he's had in ages."
"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."
- • Anita Amirrezvani
- • Mike Antonucci
- • David L. Beck
- • Daniel Brown
- • Mark Conley
- • Karen D'Souza
- • Jim Harrington
- • Ardua Harris
- • Tony Hicks
- • David Hiltbrand
- • Julie Hinds
- • Brad Kava
- • Christopher Kelly
- • Marian Liu
- • Glenn Lovell
- • Steve Marinucci
- • Charlie McCollum
- • Candace Murphy
- • Randy Myers
- • Bruce Newman
- • Shay Quillen
- • Mark de la Viña