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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
0/4
Purports to be reality TV's first major incursion into the movie world, but this isn't just loathsome cinema; it would be terrible television, too.
Posted Apr 24, 2003
2
2/4
As with most movies that start as comic sketches -- much of the Saturday Night Live franchise, for example -- the funny ideas and characters are rarely fleshed out enough to justify 90 minutes.
Posted Apr 17, 2003
3
2/4
Holes (2003)
The movie is all over the place, jumping around in time, place and tone.
Posted Apr 17, 2003
4
1/4
5
3.5/4
6
3.5/4
Japon (2003)
7
2/4
Chasing Papi (2003)
8
2/4
9
2.5/4
The laughs come early and often, then dry up like the characters' post-'60s careers.
Posted Apr 15, 2003
10
2/4
11
2/4
12
3.5/4
Ten (2003)
A film made by a master, with a simplicity that is really revolutionary.
Posted Apr 10, 2003
13
3.5/4
It's vibrant, tremendously exciting, and done with a wit, feeling and panache that keep your mind and senses in constant overdrive.
Posted Apr 10, 2003
14
3/4
Punch-Drunk Love for the masses.
Posted Apr 10, 2003
15
1.5/4
16
1.5/4
A Man Apart (2003)
Diesel is moodier and more morose than he was in his big, star-making movies. In a way, you can see why. There's not much joy or exhilaration in A Man Apart.
Posted Apr 3, 2003
17
3/4
Phone Booth (2003)
A lean, mean tension machine, setting up its premise, executing it with smarts, throwing in enough twists to keep things interesting, and wrapping it up before anyone can get fatigued or reflective.
Posted Apr 3, 2003
18
2/4
Griffin isn't untalented, but he seems unpolished, not quite ready to carry the weight of a 90-minute concert film.
Posted Apr 3, 2003
19
3/4
This is magnetic, beautiful stuff.
Posted Apr 3, 2003
20
2.5/4
Spun (2003)
[Akerlund] has effectively created a head-spinning, flesh-crawling milieu all his own, but Spun is ultimately short on substance and long on style.
Posted Apr 3, 2003
21
3/4
The Guys (2003)
So honest and heartfelt is Nelson's writing that the movie, while never surprising, never becomes tedious.
Posted Apr 3, 2003
22
3/4
It's a film whose pleasures creep up on you.
Posted Apr 3, 2003
23
2.5/4
Basic (2003)
When you get to the last Basic twist, I doubt you'll feel the movie played very fair with you, or that the situation makes much sense.
Posted Mar 27, 2003
24
1.5/4
Lacks zip, both in terms of its execution and conception.
Posted Mar 27, 2003
25
3/4
The jokes are witty and universal enough for everyone.
Posted Mar 27, 2003
26
3.5/4
Stevie (2003)
Deeply human, consummate reportage.
Posted Mar 27, 2003
27
3/4
An engaging, entertaining glimpse into the lives of musicians nestled in the titular Hollywood Hills enclave.
Posted Mar 27, 2003
28
2/4
The Core (2003)
Good science fiction awakens a sense of awe, and even mediocre sci-fi sometimes manages wonder. But The Core does neither.
Posted Mar 27, 2003
29
2/4
30
1/4
Boat Trip (2003)
The movie's offenses are too numerous to catalog.
Posted Mar 20, 2003
31
3/4
Not only appropriate for preschoolers, but it also has enough sophistication for older kids.
Posted Mar 20, 2003
32
3/4
33
2/4
View From the Top is an apt title for this sorta-comedy, which always seems to be looking down on its characters.
Posted Mar 20, 2003
34
3.5/4
A lovely film with a deeply humane perspective.
Posted Mar 20, 2003
35
3/4
The movie belongs to the women, and they perform with attitude and power.
Posted Mar 20, 2003
36
2.5/4
Dreamcatcher (2003)
It's the kind of story that probably would have worked better as a four-hour miniseries.
Posted Mar 20, 2003
37
3/4
The Hunted (2003)
An enjoyable movie that keeps hinting at something deeper that it doesn't deliver.
Posted Mar 13, 2003
38
3/4
Willard (2003)
A twisted gem in its own right.
Posted Mar 13, 2003
39
3/4
I know of no documentary on a contemporary artist that conveys so much about the artist's work so lyrically and directly.
Posted Mar 13, 2003
40
3.5/4
Spider (2002)
Cold as the film may seem, Cronenberg's nightmare talent has rarely been at such a high, terrifying boil.
Posted Mar 13, 2003
41
2/4
Had the movie chosen to go the campy route, Muniz probably would have shined, using his face and vacant delivery to their fullest potential. But most of the time, everything is played ridiculously straight.
Posted Mar 13, 2003
42
2.5/4
The hard, lurid images catch you in a vise. But dramatically, with few exceptions, it's a mess.
Posted Mar 13, 2003
43
2.5/4
At least its big-hearted earnestness seems honest, with the girls' friendship carrying more spark than the obligatory love subplot.
Posted Mar 13, 2003
44
1.5/4
Viewers may be more likely to ride with Martin's and Latifah's good vibes than to analyze the lunkheaded racial politics, but very little is fresh here.
Posted Mar 6, 2003
45
2.5/4
Amen (2003)
On its own terms, Amen is a memorably prickly film.
Posted Mar 6, 2003
46
3/4
47
2.5/4
Flashy on the surface, Tears of the Sun is shallow at the heart.
Posted Mar 6, 2003
48
2/4
Pearce and Bonham Carter are remarkably photogenic, but the movie is fitful and mannered to a fault, full of watery allusions and stormy scares.
Posted Feb 27, 2003
49
4/4
A great documentary that makes your heart leap with joy.
Posted Feb 27, 2003
50
2/4