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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
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
3
3/4
Showtime (2002)
It's definitely a hate-yourself-in- the-morning glut.
Posted Mar 15, 2002
4
3.5/4
Ice Age (2002)
... a lesson in prehistoric hilarity.
Posted Mar 15, 2002
5
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
6
3.5/4
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
3/4
John Q (2002)
A satisfying piece of Americana in the age of the gun.
Posted Feb 14, 2002
13
3/4
Iris (2001)
Demonstrates the catastrophe of disintegration by putting us first in the full thrall of the character's intellect.
Posted Feb 14, 2002
14
1.5/4
Rollerball (2002)
Not so much a redo of the 1975 sci-fi allegory of the same title as a denial of everything that made that film timely and interesting.
Posted Feb 8, 2002
15
Just as in real life, you don't see Collateral Damage, you suffer it.
Posted Feb 8, 2002
16
Storytelling (2002)
Brutally funny -- and not a little horrifying.
Posted Feb 7, 2002
17
An anemic little movie.
Posted Jan 31, 2002
18
Thoughtful and exhilarating.
Posted Jan 31, 2002
19
To regard The Mothman Prophecies merely as two hours of your life that you'll never get back is to miss the larger affront it poses.
Posted Jan 25, 2002
20
In [Berry's] remarkably animated performance, Thornton's deft laconic turn finds a fitting match.
Posted Jan 24, 2002
21
I Am Sam (2001)
Penn's mentally retarded Sam Dawson will melt your heart and leave you chanting, 'Oscar! Oscar! Get this guy an Oscar!!'
Posted Jan 24, 2002
22
Invokes a ferocious cinéma-vérité style to make us not only see, but also feel, the destructive power of modern warfare.
Posted Jan 17, 2002
23
An evocative, richly plotted, edge-of-the-seat war epic.
Posted Jan 10, 2002
24
When it finally stops being exasperating, Charlotte settles into a genuinely moving tale.
Posted Jan 10, 2002
25
A sporadically brilliant escape that at times stops to preen and pose, like that he-man lout Gaston.
Posted Jan 3, 2002
26
Ali (2001)
A joltin' powerhouse of a movie that deals more in fleeting impressions than pat answers.
Posted Dec 25, 2001
27
This is the kind of restrained, deeply human relationship picture that Hollywood -- in its rush to keep us from ourselves -- has forgotten how to make.
Posted Dec 25, 2001
28
You can practically feel director Ron Howard standing over your tear ducts, straining to extract every last salty drop.
Posted Dec 25, 2001
29
If I smiled at all during this colossal misfire, it was at Hackman, who knows how to do cheerfully thoughtless better than anyone around. The rest of the cast looks lost and miserable.
Posted Dec 21, 2001
30
The Majestic (2001)
At 2 1/2 hours, this movie is about an hour too long, and this makes an obvious story obnoxious in the extreme.
Posted Dec 21, 2001
31
Here, at long last, is an epic adventure that's worthy of its source.
Posted Dec 19, 2001
32
Vanilla Sky (2001)
One big mushy mess of a movie.
Posted Dec 13, 2001
33
Tuvalu (2002)
Still in the mood for something offbeat and phantasmagoric? Check out this charming German import by Veit Helmer.
Posted Dec 13, 2001
34
The kind of movie that makes you wish you were having as much fun watching it as they obviously had making it.
Posted Dec 6, 2001
35
Basically a well-played two-hander.
Posted Dec 6, 2001
36
[Jeremy's] articulate, funny and -- in a weird way -- almost endearing, like a libidinous Sancho Panza.
Posted Dec 6, 2001
37
Lakeboat (2000)
Where Mantegna succeeds is in providing a forum for some great acting.
Posted Dec 6, 2001
38
All those arguments about how desensitizing video games are certainly apply here.
Posted Nov 29, 2001
39
Yup, you guessed it -- a religious experience.
Posted Nov 21, 2001
40
Spy Game (2001)
Spy Game is an international thriller that actually thrills.
Posted Nov 20, 2001
41
Intimacy (2001)
What makes it worth seeing isn't the sin but the scintillating acting.
Posted Nov 16, 2001
42
The effects are special, but too often they're the only thing that is. They seem to drive the story, instead of the other way around.
Posted Nov 15, 2001
43
Novocaine (2001)
Proves initially intriguing in a junky sort of way, but in the end is just plain numbing.
Posted Nov 15, 2001
44
Lumumba (2001)
Ebouaney is easily the best thing about this import.
Posted Nov 9, 2001
45
Rather than a documentary, director Ted Bonnitt has fashioned a sort of 'This is Your Life, Dan and Dave!' testimonial.
Posted Nov 9, 2001
46
Heist (2001)
For fans of The Sting and other classic cons, this will sound like jackpot time. For others, who prefer their capers less tidy or self-consciously clever, this exercise may carry all the excitement of a drugged mouse in a maze.
Posted Nov 8, 2001
47
Shallow Hal (2001)
A message movie of such surpassing stupidity that the message doesn't seem to have gotten through to the people who made it.
Posted Nov 8, 2001
48
3.5/4
Amélie (2001)
Tautou provides Amélie with its beating heart.
Posted Nov 8, 2001
49
Despite its relatively brief running time, Monsters lets us get to know each of its characters well enough to miss them when they're gone.
Posted Nov 2, 2001
50
2.5/4
Just let the expressionistic, oddly charming images wash over you and enjoy the rush of a zero-budget indie that somehow fuses Buck Rogers and the theater of the absurd.
Posted Nov 1, 2001