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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
Sleek and suspenseful.
Posted Jul 18, 2002
2
4/4
We're talking instant family classic here, folks.
Posted Jul 18, 2002
3
3/4
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.
Posted Jul 18, 2002
4
2.5/4
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.
Posted Jul 18, 2002
5
3/4
Baran (2002)
Majidi is an unconventional storyteller, capable of finding beauty in the most depressing places.
Posted Jul 18, 2002
6
2.5/4
Good for a quick adrenaline surge -- until the next horror fix comes along.
Posted Jul 17, 2002
7
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
8
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
9
4/4
Newman gives a fierce, astonishing performance.
Posted Jul 11, 2002
10
3/4
Like Mike (2002)
A clean movie suitable for young children.
Posted Jul 2, 2002
11
2.5/4
MIB II hits its marks reliably enough.
Posted Jul 2, 2002
12
3/4
Elling (2002)
Calls to mind the great screen pairings of dysfunctional buddy pictures of the past.
Posted Jun 27, 2002
13
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
14
4/4
This one blends the best aspects of the mature Spielberg's often warring personality.
Posted Jun 20, 2002
15
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
16
3/4
Scooby-Doo (2002)
The movie Scooby is a delight -- by turns lovable, charming, conspiratorial and snooty.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
17
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
18
3.5/4
The Believer (2002)
See it. Debate it. Remember it.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
19
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
20
3/4
A rich, thoroughly engaging drama that is by turns funny, wistful, phantasmagorical and disturbing.
Posted Jun 6, 2002
21
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
22
3/4
If you haven't sampled India's indigenous cinema, this is a great place to begin.
Posted May 30, 2002
23
3.5/4
At its most basic, this cartoon adventure is that wind-in-the-hair exhilarating.
Posted May 23, 2002
24
3/4
Insomnia (2002)
Proves the best (read: most unsettling) of its type since The Pledge.
Posted May 23, 2002
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
2/4
Clones is more star chores than Star Wars.
Posted May 15, 2002
29
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
30
2/4
Proves a lovely trifle that, unfortunately, is a little too in love with its own cuteness.
Posted May 9, 2002
31
4/4
32
3/4
Inspired in stretches and offers Allen the actor the best role he's had in ages.
Posted May 2, 2002
33
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
34
1.5/4
Has all the scenic appeal of a cesspool.
Posted Apr 25, 2002
35
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
36
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
37
2/4
Crush (2002)
Even when Crush departs from the 4W formula ... it feels like a glossy rehash.
Posted Apr 18, 2002
38
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
39
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
40
2/4
A bunch of intermittently amusing sketches that collectively don't add up to much of a picture.
Posted Apr 12, 2002
41
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
42
3/4
High Crimes (2002)
Though glossy and formulaic, High Crimes ... proves highly entertaining.
Posted Apr 4, 2002
43
4/4
Amadeus (1984)
Still a work of consummate artistry and craftsmanship.
Posted Apr 4, 2002
44
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
45
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
46
3/4
Showtime (2002)
It's definitely a hate-yourself-in- the-morning glut.
Posted Mar 15, 2002
47
3.5/4
Ice Age (2002)
... a lesson in prehistoric hilarity.
Posted Mar 15, 2002
48
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
49
3.5/4
50
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