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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:28 am    Post subject: ROGER EBERT Reply with quote


ROGER EBERT
(Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
Ebert’s Weekly Reviews
(2003 – 68 Quotes)
(2004 – 71 Quotes)
(2005 – 67 Quotes)
(2006 – 43 Quotes)

QUOTES
Last Holiday - If you’re looking for a movie that will make you laugh, and make you feel warm inside, Last Holiday is that movie.
Manderlay - Genuinely powerful. The film uses language and description few American films would dare to use.
The Real Dirt on Family John - ***1/2! This is a loving, moving, inspiring, quirky documentary, visionaries like Peterson are finding a way back to the land.
Something New - Delivers all the usual pleasures of a love story, and something more! You’ll laugh and maybe have a few tears! The movie truly is something new.
Firewall - Thumbs up. A thriller that works.
Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story - ****!
Running Scared - I am in awe.
Unknown White Male - It's amazing...and you're right, it's fascinating.
16 Blocks - Thumbs up
She’s the Man - Bynes is sunny and plucky…as Shakespeare might say, she achieves greatness.
Thank You For Smoking - Broad satirical strokes and big laughs.
Lonesome Jim - A mini masterpiece of mood!
American Gun - Avelino shows an almost tender restraint in his story-telling, not pounding us with a message but simply looking steadily at how guns have made these lives difficult.
Brick - Noir to its very bones!
Brooklyn Lobster - ***. A sweet and touching film.
Take the Lead - Antonio Banderas is reason enough to see the movie.
Water - Luminous! The film is lovely…it sees poverty and deprivation as a condition of life, not an exception to it, and finds beauty in the souls of its characters.
Three Times - Wise and heartbreaking. One of the best films of the year.
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu - ****
The Sentinel - A well-crafted thriller.
American Dreamz - Daring. Thumbs up
United 93 - This is an extraordinary film. It shows people living in the moment and trying to rise to the occasion. I thought it would be impossible for United 93 to depict such a heartbreaking event without exploiting it, but the movie left me shaken, moved, and filled with respect. This is a great act of filmmaking.
Akeelah and the Bee - Akeelah and the Bee is for everyone – for kids, for their parents. ****! An uncommonly good movie. Entertaining and inspirational, and with a few years along the way.
Hoot - Hoot has its heart in the right place… (New Line again quotes Ebert on a film he gave a negative review to. 1.5 stars.)
Keeping Up with the Steins - A fresh & lovable comedy.
12 and Holding - A treasure.
Saving Shiloh - ***1/2. Exciting, entertaining and fun. Thumbs up.
X-Men: The Last Stand - A sensational special effects extravaganza.
The Heart of the Game - A remarkable film…A sleeper hit. Academy Awards for sure.
A Prairie Home Companion - ****! A lovely film! Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin are hilarious. I felt good during this movie from the beginning to the end. So funny and sweet.
Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties - Funny. Charming.
Wassup Rockers - Thumbs up.
Monster House - …It’s inventive and exciting and visually effective…Thumbs way up…I love this movie.
Little Miss Sunshine - The funniest laugh-out-loud audience pleaser at the Sundance Film Festival.
Quinceanera - A rich human comedy. A film that is serious, joyful, and filled with heart.
The Night Listener - An eerie, Hitchcockian thriller. It takes turns no one can anticipate.
The Queen - **** The Queen is a spellbinding story of opposed passions.
Shortbus - A sensation!
Marie Antoinette - Kirsten Dunst in pitch perfect in the title role.
Come Early Morning - Ashley Judd gives one of the best performances of her career.
Flannel Pajamas - One of the wisest films I can remember about love and human intimacy. It is a film of integrity and truth, acted fearlessly written and directed with quiet, implacable skill. I will not forget it.
Stranger Than Fiction - …Uncommonly intelligent… - Ebert

EBERT’S 2006 RECAP
2004 - (173 positive, 91 negative) (65.5% Positive)
(****-26 ***1/2-47 ***-100 **1/2-22 **-44 *1/2-11 *-12 ½*-2 ZERO-0)
2005 - (182 positive, 88 negative) (67.4% Positive)
(****-31 ***1/2-50 ***-101 **1/2-25 **-30 *1/2-19 *-10 ½*-0 ZERO-4)
2006 - (98 positive, 44 negative) (69.0% Positive)

**** (--20--)
Match Point, Caché, The New World, Bubble, The Three Burials of Melquaides Estrada, Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story, Tsotsi, L'Enfant, United 93, Akeelah and the Bee, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The Proposition, Army of Shadows (1969), An Inconvenient Truth, Overlord (1975), A Prairie Home Companion, Three Times, The Queen, Marie Antoinette, Man Push Cart

***1/2 – (--21--)
The Matador, The Real Dirt On Farmer John, Something New, Isn't That a Time!, Unknown White Male, Winter Passing, Thank You For Smoking, Game 6, Americanese, The Notorious Bettie Page, Take My Eyes, Hard Candy, Look Both Ways, Mountain Patrol: Kekexili, Saving Shiloh, Twelve and Holding, The King, The Heart of the Game, The Lake House, Clean, Shortbus

*** (--57--)
Classe Tous Risques, Cape Of Good Hope, Tristan & Isolde, Glory Road, Last Holiday, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World, Transamerica, Nanny Mcphee, The World's Fastest Indian, Curious George, Firewall, Eight Below, Manderlay, Running Scared, 16 Blocks, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, The Boys of Baraka, Joyeux Noel, The Libertine, V For Vendetta, She's the Man, Ask the Dust, Find Me Guilty, Duck Season, Sorry Haters, Brooklyn Lobster, ATL, Sophie Scroll: The Final Days, Lonesome Jim, Take the Lead, Brick, American Gun, The Syrian Bride, The Wild, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, The Sentinel, American Dreamz, Kinky Boots, Water, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, Art School Confidential, Goal!: The Dream Begins, Keeping Up with the Steins, The Lost City, The Da Vinci Code, Over the Hedge, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Omen, Sir! No Sir!, Sketches of Frank Gehry, Cars, Wah-Wah, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Wordplay, Wassup Rockers

**1/2 (--9--)
Dirty Work, Inside Man, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Don't Come Knocking, Mission: Impossible 3, Hate Crime, Down in the Valley, Peaceful Warrior, Infamous

** (--24--)
Imagine Me & You, Final Destination 3, Freedomland, Why We Fight, Night Watch, Aquamarine, The Shaggy Dog, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, Slither, Adam & Steve, Lucky Number Slevin, Friends with Money, Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School, On a Clear Day, Subject Two, RV, Stick It, Poseidon, Just My Luck, The Sisters, The Break-Up, Click, Superman Returns, The Devil Wears Prada

*1/2 (--8--)
Annapolis, The Pink Panther, The Hills Have Eyes, Basic Instinct 2, Silent Hill, The Promise, Hoot, Nacho Libre

* (--3--)
London, Failure To Launch, La Mujer de Mi Hermano

1/2* (--0--)


ZERO STARS (--0--)


NOT REVIEWED (--0--)
Hostel, Underworld: Evolution, When a Stranger Calls, Date Movie, Ultraviolet


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 12:50 pm    Post subject: RICHARD ROEPER Reply with quote


RICHARD ROEPER
(Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
Roeper’s Daily Columns
(2003 – 40 Quotes)
(2004 – 45 Quotes)
(2005 – 31 Quotes)
(2006 – 25 Quotes)

QUOTES
Tsotsi - Deeply moving.
Unknown White Male - Unknown White Male is an incredible piece of work...it is astonishing...it''s fascinating...one of the most thought-provoking documentaries I've ever seen.
Game 6 - Michael Keaton in the first nomination-worthy performance of 2006.
United 93 - The best movie so far this year. This is a great film. In the last couple weeks there’s been all this talk, ‘Is it too soon for a movie about 9/11?’ No! The time is right and Paul Greengrass is the right filmmaker. He pulls this off with such respect and such care, this is the best movie so far this year, I think it’s the most important film.
The King - Hurt in one of the best pieces of acting you’ll ever see. An Oscar-level supporting performance.
The Omen - Terrific. Haunting. A top-notch scary movie.
Cars - A home run. I loved it! A great story…the animation is beautiful!
The Lake House - One of my favorite movies so far this year.
The Devil Wears Prada - A fun, entertaining date movie.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - …Fall-down funny. Thank you, Ricky Bobby!
The Night Listener - A haunting little gem.
World Trade Center - One of the best films of the year. It’s about family, friendship, and heroes who love their country.
Half Nelson - A masterpiece! It’s just perfect!
Lassie - …just one of the best family films of the year.
Looking for Kitty - A solid, well-crafted film.
The Last Kiss - Very smart…It just really rings true…you’re rooting for these characters…This is smart and good and honest and true and I hope people check it out.
The Departed - The best movie I’ve seen so far this year.
The Queen - **** A masterpiece. Stephen Frears does a superb job. I love this film. It’s beautifully written and the acting is just pinpoint perfect. Oscar-level work by Helen Mirren.
Flags of our Fathers - An American masterpiece. Flags of our Fathers stands with Eastwood’s Oscar-winning Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby.
Little Children - Funny and immensely satisfying. You won’t find a better collection of performances. Kate Winslet is just amazing.
Babel - Babel deserves an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
Shut Up & Sing - One of the most thought-provoking and powerful films of the year.
10 Items or Less - A romance of life and ideas. I had great affection for it, so thumbs up.
Blood Diamond - One of the best movies of the year! This is an important and deeply moving story that also manges to be one of the most intensely entertaining films of the year.
Rocky Balboa - A triumphant final chapter for one of the most iconic movie characters in the history of motion pictures! I love this movie.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 12:51 pm    Post subject: MICHAEL WILMINGTON Reply with quote

MICHAEL WILMINGTON
(Chicago Tribune)
Weekly Reviews
(2003 – 27 Quotes)
(2004 – 31 Quotes)
(2005 – 23 Quotes)
(2006 - 15 Quotes)

QUOTES
Ask the Dust - …Two full-hearted, full-bodied, beautiful performances! Almost stops your breath and tears at your heart…
Brooklyn Lobster - ***. Full of life…a smart realistic family drama.
l’enfant - Extremely powerful.
Lucky Number Slevin - Fast & slick. Just when you think you have everything figured out (it) keeps springing more surprises.
The Wild - Spectacular animation.
The Lost City - A rich cinematic portrayal of the cataclysms, social and personal, that overtook Cuba. Throbbing with music, seething with anger and romance.
The Proposition - Irresistibly recalls the great Peckinpah movies of the 1960s and ‘70s. Smoldering.
X-Men: The Last Stand - Amazing.
Take My Eyes - An extraordinarily truthful and piercing drama.
Who Killed the Electric Car? - Fascinating! A wondrous tale with an infuriating ending!
Lassie - Bow WOW! Lassie’s back and better than ever. Lassie is something special; it’s easily the best Lassie movie since the classic first film, 1943’s Lassie Come Home.
Jet Li’s Fearless - A real old-fashioned movie epic! Thrill-packed action! Keeps roaring right along. Laced with spectacular fights. Jet Li raises our spirits.
The Nativity Story - Fresh and vital.
Curse of the Golden Flower - ****! It really is like almost nothing you’ve seen before…
Venus - ***1/2 Peter O’Toole makes something witty, moving and beautiful out of the juiciest movie part he has had in decades.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 12:53 pm    Post subject: A.O. SCOTT Reply with quote


A.O. SCOTT

(2003 – 24 Quotes)
(2004 – 41 Quotes)
(2005 – 35 Quotes)
(2006 - 41 Quotes)

QUOTES
Bubble - Abosrbing and unnerving. It represents an admirable attempt to shake off standard Hollywood clichés about provincial American life. Steven Soderbergh proves himself once again to be among the most restless and inventive American filmmakers working today.
Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story - A sly and sophisticated tour-de-force. In the tradition of State and Main, Day For Night and The Larry Sanders Show.
l’enfant - A rich, almost literary work of art.
Somersault - An impressive feature debut.
Three Times - A masterpiece. This is why cinema exists.
Sketches of Frank Gehry - Absorbing.
An Inconvenient Truth - …Intellectually exhilarating. An Inconvenient Truth is a necessary film. Very entertaining…engaging and even exciting.
A Prairie Home Companion - It’s just wonderful. A treasure.
The War Tapes - Powerful…Movingh! Whatever your opinion of the war – This movie will challenge your thinking.
The Lake House - Effortlessly entertaining.
Lower City - Alice Braga is one of the most powerfully sexual screen actresses in the world.
Strangers with Candy - Count me in!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest - Fun for everyone!
Clerks II - Winning and moving! A romantic comedy camouflaged by gleefully and abrasively obscene humor. Clerks II has a dirty mind, but its heart is pure.
Monster House - Monster House is the best child-friendly movie of the summer so far…smartly written and a lot of fun.
The House of Sand - A lovely film…A surprisingly lush and colorful romance.
World Trade Center - (1) Genuinely stirring…There is really no other American director who can move so swiftly and emphatically from intimate to epic scale, saturating even quiet moments with fierce emotion. Mr. Stone edits like a maestro conducting Beethoven. (2) Astonishingly faithful. Mr. Stone has taken a public tragedy and turned it into something genuinely stirring…the delicacy and insight of the performances in World Trade Center complement the director’s bold brushstrokes.
Factotum - Captures the kind of soulful, pickled spirit of Bukowski the best!
Sherrybaby - Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance is quite extraordinary. Keeps you watching and keeps you caring.
Al Franken: God Spoke - Hero to partisans…anathema to foes.
Solo Con Tu Pareja - Lively! A rambunctious sex comedy!
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints - Breathes fresh life into the ‘Mean Streets’ tradition. Madly, defiantly, uncontrollably alive. A raw, authentic work of art. So full of life and feeling that the screen can hardly contain it. One of the more remarkable American directing debuts. Channing Tatum, who has the bullish physicality of a young Brando, is an electrifying actor.
Shortbus - Humorous, compassionate! A comedy of manners layered with social satire.
Little Children - (1) Mr. Field proves to be among the most literary of American filmmakers. The result is a movie that is challenging, accessible and hard to stop thinking about. (2) A superb film adaptation…The result is a movie that is challenging, accessible and hard to stop thinking about. Ms. Winslet is amazing, as fine an actress as any working in movies today.
Infamous - Well worth your attention…quick-witted, stylish and well-acted.
Deliver Us From Evil - Clear-sighted and tough-minded…A study in the betrayal of trust and the irresponsibility of authority.
Marie Antoinette - Go see this movie.
The Prestige - A triumph. Diabolically clever.
51 Birch Street - A work of art. One of the most moving and fascinating documentaries I’ve seen this year.
Flags of our Fathers - Flags of our Fathers is a big, sweeping spectacle. A rare feat of moviemaking.
Babel - Sheer sensory exuberance.
Volver - Full of surprises and reversals, unfolding with breathtaking ease and confidence. Volver draws you in, invites you to linger and makes you eager to return.
Flushed Away - Exuberant and infectious silliness…complete comic chaos.
The Aura - A gripping crime story…with a dark, brooding, intense sense of place and of human fatality. A powerful film noir…demonstrates a mastery of the form that is downright scary.
Fast Food Nation - A mirror and a portrait, and a movie as necessary and nourishing as your next meal.
Days of Glory - A chronicle of courage and sacrifice of danger and solidarity of heroism and futility, told with power and grace brought alive by first-rate acting.
10 Items or Less - A lovely antidote to the bloated, self-important movies that tend to dominate the season. Its modesty and good humor make it hard to resist.
Apocalypto - An epic in the manner of Gladiator or Braveheart.
Charlotte’s Web - A delight. Charlotte’s Web is humble and also terrific!
Letters from Iwo Jima - The best American movie of the year. It’s close to perfect.
Venus - Peter O’Toole still has it…He shows the younger guys out there…How the thing is done properly. Seeing a picture of the young Maurice – the young Peter O’Toole – in a newspaper, someone exclaims, ‘He were gorgeous.’ Indeed he were, and so he is.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:56 pm    Post subject: STEPHEN HOLDEN Reply with quote

STEPHEN HOLDEN

Movie Reviews (Rotten Tomatoes)
(2003 – 31 Quotes)
(2004 – 19 Quotes)
(2005 – 32 Quotes)
(2006 - 43 Quotes)

QUOTES
Manderlay - Provocative. A wonderful cast. An important film.
After Innocence - Chilling! Leaves you feeling that a new civil rights movement is urgently needed.
Nightwatch - Snazzy and original…an innovative fusion of science-fiction horror and nourish urban realism.
Joyeux Noel - Visually sweeping!
Failure To Launch - Witty! McConaughey and Parker are well matched sparring partners…true to screwball tradition…the movie is witty and romantically charged.
Find Me Guilty - Director Sidney Lumet’s film catches him near the top of his game. Vin Diesel gives a sensational performance!
Don’t Come Knocking - Filled with haunting visual panoramas…Such powerful images make Don’t Come Knocking well worth contemplating.
Take My Eyes - A beautifully observed story of a couple’s attempts to save their marriage. A fine film without a false note.
Drawing Restraint 9 - Visually spellbinding!
I Am A Sex Addict - A deadpan sense of humor that wins you over!
The Lost City - A vivid, intoxicating dream drenched in wonderful Cuban music. The Lost City aspires to be a Caribbean Doctor Zhivago.
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu - A thorny masterpiece! A sustained triumph of ensemble acting.
Keeping Up with the Steins - A rollicking bar mitzvah comedy.
Clean - Recommended!
12 and Holding - Impassioned! A truthful, disturbing portrait of puberty and its discontents.
La Moustache - Recalls Hitchcock’s cat-and-mouse romantic thrillers.
The War Tapes - Riveting! Compelling.
The Hidden Blade - An old-fashioned Hollywood western…loyalty, honor and virtue carry the day.
Wassup Rockers - A decade after Kids scandalized the movie world…Wassup Rockers recalls such antic frolics as A Hard Day’s Night…completely alive!
Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man - A wonderful portrait.
Heading South - Great…Beautifully written, seamlessly directed, with award-worthy performances by Ms. Rampling and Ms. Young. None of the other films this year touch the depths of Heading South.
Changing Times - Visually alive and full of heart…It thrills you with its energy!
Shadowboxer - Smashes boundaries and blurs the line between comedy and melodrama.
Brothers of the Head - Haunting & phantasmagoric…with a wild, thrashing immediacy!
13 Tzameti - As cold and sharp as razor blades stored in a subzero freezer. It’s extreme sports times 10, realized with the ruthless, smirking sang-froid of early Roman Polanski
Edmond - You may love Edmond or hate it, but you will never forget it.
Quinceanera - Smart and warmhearted! A serious comedy. It has a wonderfully organic feel.
Boynton Beach Club - Relax and enjoy.
The Illusionist - Rouses your belief in the miraculous! Teases you until the very end!
Saint of 9/11 - Touching and resonant! A tender memorial.
le petit lieutenant - An impeccably wrought contemporary police story.
Renaissance - Strikingly original.
Jesus Camp - Riveting.
Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner - An entertaining, intimate personal profile! (Kushner) has a gift for being very funny & serious at the same time.
Shut Up & Sing - A revealing look at the relationship between politics, celebrity and the media in today’s polarized social climate.
Come Early Morning - Ashley Judd deliver’s her most natural performance since her first screen triumph, Ruby In Paradise. (NY Times misprint 11/11/06)
Who the #*&% is Jackson Pollock? - Entertaining.
Flannel Pajamas - One of the most intimate screen portraits of a relationship ever attempted. Hyper-articulate.
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny - A jolly rock ‘n’ roll comedy!
The History Boys - Ferociously engaging.
The Secret Life of Words - As powerful as anything I can remember feeling in a recent film…Glows with humanity.
Rocky Balboa - Rocky Balboa goes the distance.
Pan’s Labyrinth - Stunning

New York Times Article (10/12/04)
By Lloyd Grove

Ever wonder just how powerful The New York Times is?
Apparently powerful enough to abort a screening for two dozen movie reviewers from other outlets yesterday to accommodate the tight schedule of Times critic Stephen Holden.
Yesterday my esteemed colleague, Daily News film critic Jack Mathews, was in the crowd at the Broadway Screening Room in midtown - watching the Lions Gate release "Eulogy," which opens Friday - when the projectionist summarily halted the movie.
Critics' screenings, once begun, are almost never stopped. "It's never happened to me in 20 years of screenings," said Hollywood Reporter critic Frank Sheck, who was in the theater. "It's highly unusual."
Why this unprecedented step?
An apologetic publicist explained to the annoyed critics that because the announced 10:30 a.m. screening had started 20 minutes behind schedule, they couldn't show the final reel, because it would prevent a noon screening of Miramax's "Shall We Dance" from starting on time.
"There were about 25 to 30 people in the room, all of us equally bewildered," Mathews told me, noting that screenings seldom if ever start on time. "I said to the publicist, 'Whose fault is it?' She said something about Miramax, whose movie I assume was coming up. But when I pressed her to tell me who's sitting out there who can't wait, she said it was The New York Times' Stephen Holden."
Mathews continued: "I walked out and asked Holden, 'You can't wait 15 minutes?' He said, 'I can't, I have something at 2.' I said, 'Why can't you be inconvenienced instead of all these people?' He didn't answer, and I left."
Yesterday Holden didn't return my phone call and publicists for Lions Gate and Miramax argued that the Timesman shouldn't be fingered because a dozen others were waiting to see "Shall We Dance." But unofficially, a studio publicist told Mathews that the trouble occurred because "another journalist," namely Holden, "had another screening to see."
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:07 pm    Post subject: OWEN GLEIBERMAN Reply with quote

OWEN GLEIBERMAN
(Entertainment Weekly)
(2003 – 20 Quotes)
(2004 – 18 Quotes)
(2005 – 22 Quotes)
(2006 - 27 Quotes)

Hollywood Elsewhere 2/4/03 (Movie Poop Shoot)
"Owen Gleiberman, hands down, is the biggest nutter. He strikes me as someone who feels he needs to be contrarian to have any street cred; I don't trust that he reacts authentically to a film."New York magazine editor.

"Owen Gleiberman's taste worries me. I often use it as a reverse litmus test!"Manhattan-based writer/filmmaker

QUOTES
Hoodwinked - Fast & furious!
Why We Fight - I defy anyone not to be staggered by it.
Bubble – Grade A! A devious and fascinating feature. Bubble seems to have emerged from an America that the movies usually leave out. The acting is powerful enough to shame many of the performances in Hollywood movies. Every last one of them is terrific.
Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story - Delightful.
On the Outs - The movie wounds as much as it heals, and that’s its true power.
CSA: The Confederate States of America - Grade A-! Fearless…Briliant…Audacious…Hilarious! Ingeniously undermines your disbelief.
Dave Chappelle's Block Party - Grade: A! Gives you a blissful buzz! An event that can restore your faith!
The Notorious Bettie Page - …Sizziling…The infamous 50’s sex kitten purrs to life.
American Dreamz - A funny and engaging movie.
Russian Dolls - Grade A! Terrific!
The War Tapes - The first indispensable Iraq documentary!
Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man - Has moments so gorgeous they brought me to tears.
Superman Returns - A sleek marvel of fun! Singer is now a commanding orchestrator of pop spectacle and he does his grandest work to date with Superman Returns.
Another Gay Movie - Low down funny!
This Film Is Not Yet Rated - …Irresistible muckraking documentary that might just shake up the world of movies.
Sherrybaby - Grade A! Maggie Gyllenhaal is such a miracle of an actress! One of the most authentic, and moving, journeys the movies have offered this year! Brilliant! …Your heart opens up and bleeds for her. Emotionally arresting!
American Hardcore - Takes a sharp look at the crash-and-burn noise bands that pioneered U.S. punk in the shadow of Reagan.
Deliver Us From Evil - Brilliant and psychologically transfixing.
Sweet Land - I want to be absolutely clear about what an independent triumph this is. A visually indelible movie that’s a grand dream of the American past. Sweet Land is a movie of extraordinary tenderness.
Death of a President - Ingenious! Hits the zeitgeist jackpot!
Cocaine Cowboys - The Godmother, no lie. Makes Tony Montana look like Mother Teresa.
Come Early Morning - Ashley Judd returns to her roots as a radiant and supple actress.
Flushed Away - Hits its own sweet spot of demented delight.
Casino Royale - Casino Royale has everything you want in pop entertainment. Grade: A
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny - Jack Black drinks deep from the well of classic rock ‘n’ roll style.
The Pursuit of Happyness - A touching movie, with a beautiful and understated performance from Will Smith.
The Good Shepherd - One of the year’s ten best. It transcends the espionage thriller in much the same way that The Godfather transcended the gangster genre.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:39 pm    Post subject: LISA SCHWARZBAUM Reply with quote


LISA SCHWARZBAUM
(Entertainment Weekly)
(2003 – 15 Quotes)
(2004 – 20 Quotes)
(2005 – 22 Quotes)
(2006 – 22 Quotes)

QUOTES
Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story - Perfection…the first great, mind-tickling treat of the new movie year.
16 Blocks - A thick, juicy steak of a thriller!
Thank You For Smoking - Excellent cast headed by a pitch-perfect Aaron Eckhart.
Inside Man - A blend of Dog Day Afternoon and a Jodie Foster tough-lady thriller…a Clive Owen caper and a Denzel Washington out-for-justice pic. The mood is right, the twists are new.
Brick - Clever and confident!
Slither - Hilarious and smart. Like the good ol’ days when horror films were fun and scary.
Look Both Ways - A lovely feature debut…
United 93 - Riveting. Common passengers showed uncommon valor on 9/11 – this riveting film honors their sacrifice. Unexpectedly bracing in ways I couldn’t have prepared for.
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu - Grade A. Extraordinary! Rich & riveting!
Sketches of Frank Gehry - Seductive.
Cars - Fun! Witty! Pixar does it again! Don’t leave before the end credits or you’ll miss some of the best and funniest roadside sights.
Once in a Lifetime - Infectiously energetic.
The Ant Bully - A secret clubhouse for cool kids this summer.
Half Nelson - Stunning! One of the best movies of the year! A tour de force by the brilliant Gosling, the most exciting actor of his generation!
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints - Electric.
Old Joy - A shimmering…treasure of a film…with perfect emotional pitch. Grade: A
The Queen - Superb. An engrossing and unexpectedly penetrating drama. The season’s most unlikely grand entertainment.
Little Children - Artfully made.
Borat - The most politically influential, culturally important, shockingly tasteless, and gaspingly hilarious moive of the year.
Harsh Times - Christian Bale tears up the screen.
For Your Consideration - Mercilessly funny…Guest’s incredible troupe of improve performers deflate the self-important better than anyone.
The Aura - Grade A-!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:40 pm    Post subject: RICHARD CORLISS Reply with quote


RICHARD CORLISS
(Time)
Bio
Columns (Time Magazine)

(2004 – 19 Quotes)
(2005 – 24 Quotes)
(2006 - 16 Quotes)

QUOTES
Bubble - This is a fascinating drama for right now. Soderbergh’s most radical and invigorating experiment yet. Bubble marks a grand beginning to his 6 planned HDNet films.
Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story - Terrific…a blithe, brazen adaptation.
V For Vendetta - Bold and thoughtful. V for Vendetta is a terrific movie. It will challenge and trouble you the way a good piece of speculative fiction should.
Ask the Dust - Elegiac…Colin Farrell is roguish and sexy…Salma Hayek smolders.
United 93 - Unmissable
Cars - The first great movie of the summer. An instant classic!
Wordplay - Delightful!
Superman Returns - It’s beyond super. It’s superb!
Gabrielle - I love Gabrielle! Don’t miss this suave summer treat!
The Queen - Director Stephen Frears pirouettes effortlessly between satire of the Windsors’ blinkered complacency and sympathy for it.
Shortbus - Unmissable! An engaging study of love and lust.
Death of a President - Incendiary…some viewers may have to gives themselves a reality check.
Borat - Assaultive. wildly raucous. Deeply sick. Utterly irresistible.
Volver - The work of a master at the peak of his form.
Dreamgirls - A fabulous movie with plenty of pizzazz!
Curse of the Golden Flower - A thrilling spectacle! Chow Yun Fat parades a magnificent malevolence.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 7:23 pm    Post subject: KENNETH TURAN Reply with quote

KENNETH TURAN
(Los Angeles Times)
(2003 – 33 Quotes)
(2004 – 31 Quotes)
(2005 – 27 Quotes)
(2006 - 26 Quotes)

QUOTES
Tristan & Isolde - An epic romance. Dashing and romantic.
Neil Young: Heart of Gold - Jonathan Demme’s masterful concert film is moving and deeply emotional!
Unknown White Male - The strangest, most disturbing film of the entire Sundance film festival!
Nightwatch - A popcorn movie with a vodka chaser. A really strong vodka chaser.
CSA Confederate States of America - A ferocious satire!
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party - Dave Chappelle can make you laugh at anything.
Thank You For Smoking - Very smart and funny…that rare film that actually has a sense of humor.
Inside Man - Pulsating excitement. The suspense crackles, the acting sizzles and the script keeps tossing surprises like grenades.
Duck Season - Sometimes a film about nothing can be a film about everything. The sly and disarming Duck Season is such a film.
Sophie Scroll: The Final Days - A quiet knockout!
Friends with Money - Terrific! A knockout punch!
l’enfant - Uncompromising and unforgettable.
Look Both Ways - Smart, playful and perceptive…A fearless movie about a fearful subject…
Factotum - A dead-on evocation of the world of Charles Bukowski.
Hollywoodland - Bob Hoskins does a splendid job!
Jesus Camp - One of the most unnerving films of the year.
The Queen - …Intelligent, moving and thoughtful. A strong script by Peter Morgan about a particularly poignant and significant moment in recent British history…
Marie Antoinette - …Accomplished, impressive filmmaking…
The Prestige - Passionate, provocative, no matter how hard you try, you can’t be watching this twisty tale closely enough to avoid its elegant traps and snares. Nolan’s filmmaking is of such a high order it is hard not to be impressed and entertained.
Volver - Almodovar’s most accessible film. Penelope Cruz in the performance of her career!
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus - Remarkable acting…its two stars pull you back in and keep you watching. Kidman is exceptionally convincing…Downey creates a man no one could resist. Seperately and together, they make us believe the unbelievable. Too feelingly done to be ignored. (NY Times Misprint 11/11/06)
Days of Glory - Remarkable, powerfully entertaining…This is a film done the way they used to make them, yet energized with the intensity only the issues of today can provide.
Blood Diamond - Movies like this have become as rare and potentially valuable as the stone that sets its plot in motion.
Dreamgirls - Bill Condon’s Dreamgirls is a triumph! It’s smartly entertaining, fresh and alive.
Letters from Iwo Jima - Daring and significant. A remarkable accomplishment.
Venus - Venus is told with wit, genuine poignancy and all kinds of humor…It touches on what matters most in life: love, friendship, connection. And it is done with such surpassing skill on both sides of the camera that we can’t help but marvel at it all. One of the best pictures of the year.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 7:24 pm    Post subject: KYLE SMITH Reply with quote

KYLE SMITH
(New York Post )
(2006 - 10 Quotes)

QUOTES
Hostel - A screaming good time!
Tamara - Tamara tops Final Destination…will make even horror buffs flinch!
Nightwatch - Sin City, Moscow-style.
Unknown White Male - ***1/2 Unforgettable! A gripping story!
Failure To Launch - ***1/2 Failure To Launch has it all! Fresh and funny.
R.V. - RV has laughs spilling out of its overhead bins.
The War Tapes - ***1/2…Gripping!
The Heart of the Game - ***1/2. A breathless adventure.
Driving Lessons - A pleasant cup of tea!
The Good Shepherd - The Godfather of CIA movies. A tense epic of business and family. It sets a new standard for cloak-and-dagger. A masterpiece.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 7:36 pm    Post subject: LOU LUMENICK Reply with quote


LOU LUMENICK
(New York Post)
Movie Reviews (Rotten Tomatoes)
(2004 – 18 Quotes)
(2005 – 25 Quotes)
(2006 - 29 Quotes)

QUOTES
Hoodwinked - More with & laughs than Chicken Little & Madagascar combined.
On the Outs - Outs is on the money.
Curious George - George is as irresistible as ever.
16 Blocks - 16 Blocks is arguably the most entertaining studio release this year!
Inside Man - A crackling, twisty thriller. Denzel Washington is at the top of his game and is well matched against Clive Owen, who commands the screen.
Ice Age: The Meltdown - The rare sequel that is better than the original.
Friends with Money - Acutely funny! Briskly paced, smartly written! Aniston’s best on-screen performance since The Good Girl.
Brick - A hard-boiled treat!
United 93 - Remarkable. For me, Paul Greengrass’ meticulously researched movie was a deeply cathartic experience. It’s a long, brutal and honest look at a shattering event – but also a respectful, inspiring one that’s in no way exploitative or emotionally manipulative.
The Da Vinci Code - Ron Howard’s splendid The Da Vinci Code is the holy grail of blockbusters…A crackling, fast-mvoing thriller…**** Irresistible…A rare summer movie that you won’t forget.
Wordplay - Crowd-pleasing! Nail-biting suspense! More fun than the influential spelling-bee documentary Spellbound! Compulsively watchable and playful!
Once in a Lifetime - So entertaining! The quintessential only-in-New York story.
Boynton Beach Club - A lively and poignant comedy with lots of laughs.
The Illusionist - ****! A masterpiece!
Factotum - Matt Dillon gives his best performance yet…
Lassie - Lassie is a movie even non-dog lovers will lap up.
Sherrybaby - An eye-opener! Bravo!
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints - Recalls early Scorsese. The best performances in years from Palminteri and Wiest.
The Queen - ****. One of the best pictures of the year! Witty, touching and engrossing.
Shortbus - Adventurous, big-hearted!
…So Goes the Nation - Stands out in the crowded field of political documentaries.
Running with Scissors - Annette Bening does her best work since American Beauty.
Cocaine Cowboys - The definitive documentary about how Miami became the drug capital of the United States.
Catch a Fire - Ratchets up the suspense! Derek Luke is fiercely good. An Oscar-caliber role. He receives excellent support from Tim Robbins.
Babel - ****…A heavyweight contender for Best Picture honors.
Borat - **** Uproarious. I can’t wait to see Borat for a fourth time.
Volver - Almodovar is arguably the world’s greatest director.
Happy Feet - Not only the year’s best animated movie, it’s one of the year’s best movies, period.
Come Early Morning - Come Early Morning is the kind of small gem that’s becoming increasingly rare in American films. Ashley Judd gives the performance of her career.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 10:25 am    Post subject: JOE MORGENSTERN Reply with quote


JOE MORGENSTERN
(Wall Street Journal)
(2003 – 22 Quotes)
(2004 – 23 Quotes)
(2005 – 22 Quotes)
(2006 - 25 Quotes)

CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Morgenstern for his 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism

QUOTES
Nanny McPhee - Funny, hugely energetic and skillfully performed.
Roving Mars - Genuinely awesome.
Winter Passing - Compelling.
l’enfant - Astonishing in its clarity and shattering in its power. Magnificent!
Ice Age: The Meltdown - Irresistible. Wonderfully funny.
Hard Candy - The performances are extraordinary!
United 93 - A spellbinding vision. United 93 is more than a movie. Its clear-eyed view leaves us with love of country and an appreciation of life’s preciousness and fragility.
Iron Island - Brilliant
Only Human - Winningly human, and wonderfully funny.
Sketches of Frank Gehry - Superb! Gorgeously photographed…A stirring portrait of a singular artist.
X-Men: The Last Stand - Spectacular!
A Prairie Home Companion - Magical and consistantly joyous!(actual wording NY Times June 10, 2006)
Wordplay - What’s an eight letter word for a non-fiction feature that is witty, wise and wonderful?
Miami Vice - Terrifically entertaining. The spectacle is quintessential Michael Mann – dazzling craftsmanship, seductive surfaces…and smart performances.
The U.S. vs. John Lennon - Fascinating!
The Last King of Scotland - Forest Whitaker’s portrait of Idi Amin is enormous, mercurial, terrifying and endlessly seductive. It’s one of the great performances of modern movie history.
The Guardian - Inspirational!
Little Children - Memorable, serious and perceptive. Mr. Field is a filmmaker with an exceptional gift.
The Queen - Marvelously smart, funny and entertaining.
Babel - Stylistic elegance…Explosive action.
Borat - Stunningly funny.
Volver - Cruz is dazzling, passionate and witty.
Happy Feet - Eye-popping
Apocalypto - A visionary work. Brilliant…Spectacular…Stunning…Mel Gibson is a singular presence in contemporary American films.
Blood Diamond - Leonardo DiCaprio is the beating heart and soul of Blood Diamond.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 10:28 am    Post subject: CLAUDIA PUIG Reply with quote

CLAUDIA PUIG
(USA Today)
Movie Reviews (Rotten Tomatoes)
(2003 – 18 Quotes)
(2004 – 25 Quotes)
(2005 – 25 Quotes)
(2006 – 46 Quotes)

QUOTES
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World - Hilarious…Classic Brooks.
Tristan & Isolde - Gorgeous, smoldering.
Eight Below - An engaging adventure along the lines of March of the Penguins
Neil Young: Heart of Gold - ****! Mesmerizing and heart-tugging!
16 Blocks - Mos Def mesmerizes.
V For Vendetta - Provocative and captivatingly original.
She’s the Man - Likable and funny – think a youthful Tootsie with a dash of Freaky Friday.
Thank You For Smoking - A quirky and intelligent rarity that elicits wry smiles and hearty laughs alike.
Inside Man - An unorthodox heist movie, engaging the mind as well as pumping the adrenaline. Exceptionally well written with clever twists and witty dialogue. Unusually clever, visually captivating and unfailingly entertaining.
Lucky Number Slevin - Riveting. A dynamic and ingenious thriller.
Brick - A clever, twist-filled whodunit!
Hard Candy - Riveting and terrifying.
United 93 - **** United 93 is an unflinching, powerfully visceral and haunting portrait of the tragic events…it is undeniably the most gut-wrenching and captivating film released this year.
Water - Water is life-affirming, poignant, captivating and will remind you of the power of film.
Mission: Impossible 3 - M:i:III delivers. It’s tense and gripping. Your pulse will race
Over the Hedge - Raucous, funny and fresh…Has an appealing balance of comic bits and exhilarating action sequences.
An Inconvenient Truth - …Resonant, haunting and inspiring.
X-Men: The Last Stand - Astonishing.
Cars - A classic American tale firing on all cylinders.
Wordplay - (1) Sheer joy, immensely entertaining! (2) Wordplay captures the exhilaration that comes from navigating the ins and outs of complex puzzles. It also celebrates the English language in a way that is stimulating and immensely entertaining.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest - Action, dazzling effects and raucous humor!
A Scanner Darkly - Visually riveting.
Little Miss Sunshine - A surefire crowd pleaser.
The Ant Bully - Entertaining and energetic.
The Night Listener - ***1/2 Finally, a gripping psychological thriller intended for discerning adult minds. Robin Williams gives a fine, understated performance. The cinematic equivalent of the page-turning novel…throwing new curves and twists just as we think we’ve got it all figured out.
Half Nelson - Ryan Gosling gives a career-making performance! Don’t be surprised if his name surfaces come Oscar-nomination time.
World Trade Center - A celebration of the human spirit…Undeniably uplifting.
The Illusionist - Stunning! Powerful! Paul Giamatti is superb!
Invincible - Invincible, like its hero, has heart.
Idlewild - Riveting. One of the most inventive of any movie this year.
The Black Dahlia - The Black Dahlia captivates with its dark style. Stunning cinematography and set design.
The Last King of Scotland - Forest Whitaker gives the first performance of the fall film season worthy of a Best-Actor Oscar nomination.
The Queen - ****. The Queen is majestically captivating. Emotionally affecting and profoundly compelling.
Little Children - An evocative film that affirms the directorial talents of Todd Field…The performances are all strong and multifaceted. – Claudia Puig
The Prestige - Wonderfully engrossing, darkly mysterious and entertaining from start to finish. Stylishly directed by Christopher Nolan, Prestige is one of the most innovative, twisting, turning art films of the past decade.
Flags of our Fathers - **** Clint Wastwood has made one of the year’s best films. Superbly acted, hauntingly powerful and deeply insightful.
Catch a Fire - A potent political thriller.
Babel - Brad Pitt’s…best film performance.
Volver - ****
Flushed Away - This year’s wittiest animated adventure.
Stranger Than Fiction - Original and thought-provoking.
The Fountain - Inventive.
The History Boys - The dialogue is among the best of any film this year.
The Holiday - Jude Law proves himself as adept at romantic comedy as he is in drama. Not since Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral has a romantic leading man seemed so irresistible.
The Pursuit of Happyness - Heartfelt and compelling.
Venus - Peter O’Toole’s tour-de-force performance makes Venus a movie not to be missed.
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LEAH ROZEN
(People)
Bio
(2003 Whore Ranking – #15)
(2004 – 22 Quotes)
(2005 – 18 Quotes)
(2006 – 29 Quotes)

QUOTES
CSA: The Confederate States of America - Biting! A fast-paced, clever satire that plays a wicked game of ‘What If?’ CSA makes you laugh – and then it makes you squirm.
16 Blocks - Critic's choice. The kind of movie for which Saturday nights were made.
Aquamarine - *** Irresistible! A delightful comedy.
Inside Man - Inside Man has a tricky plot that’ll keep a viewer guessing, and a star performance from Denzel Washington. Clive Owen makes for a charismatic criminal. Jodie Foster oozes superiority and smarts while Christopher Plummer, as the bank’s chairman, puts the charm in the smarm.
Thank You For Smoking - A clever comedy.
Friends with Money - A sharply observed comedy.
On a Clear Day - Earns both laughs and a tear of two.
American Dreamz - Wickedly funny. Dreamz brims with zippy performances.
The Proposition - It’s savage and bloody. Makes for compelling viewing.
Over the Hedge - An irresistible comedy…This summer’s real action heroes are to be found in Over the Hedge.
The Heart of the Game - ***1/2 I love this movie. You will too. It tells a compelling, complicated story, introduces vibrant, real-life characters and touches on issues of race and class. Coach Resler, his players and Game are all winners.
Superman Returns - The first big film this summer to live up to its hype.
Strangers with Candy - A goofball goodie!
The Devil Wears Prada - A snazzy treat.
Little Miss Sunshine - A hilarious script and splendid acting. This dark comedy leaves you feeling sunny and satisfied.
Half Nelson - Gosling gives a mesmerizing performance. He just keeps getting better!
The Descent - The Descent opens with a bloody bang and never lets up…
The Queen - ****. A spellbinding drama. Astutely directed by Stephen Frears.
The Departed - **** A tremendously satisfying film that will have you leaving the theater saying, ‘Now THAT was a movie.
Little Children - **** Kate Winslet is brilliant.
Flags of our Fathers - **** A masterful story. A powerful movie.
Catch a Fire - Critic’s Choice! Inspiring! You’re reflecting even as you’re cheering.
Borat - **** Brilliant. Fabulously outrageous comedy.
Come Early Morning - Ashley Judd is sensational.
Copying Beethoven - Harris is splendid – as is the music.
For Your Consideration - Hilarious!
Casino Royale - Casino Royale delivers exactly what you want in a Bond movie: stylish fun and thrills.
The Holiday - Delightful comedy. A welcome Holiday gift.
The Pursuit of Happyness - A feel-good movie…Raise a glass of holiday cheer to salute Will Smith…He emerges a winner.
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REX REED
(The New York Observer)
(2003 – 20 Quotes)
(2004 – 26 Quotes)
(2005 – 19 Quotes)
(2006 – 31 Quotes)

QUOTES
Firewall - Royally entertaining! Firewall seizes and holds your attention.
Eight Below - Exhilarating, gripping and positively inspiring. This is a movie you will cheer and cherish.
Joyeux Noel - A film of stunning visual power and poignant emotion.
Find Me Guilty - Sidney Lumet is a filmmaking genius! He’s a wunderkind! Vin Diesel is positively miraculous! Excellent, polished and entirely galvanizing!
Sophie Scroll: The Final Days - Jentsch is riveting!
Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School - Ballroom bliss! An extraordinary story…rich and colorful.
Kinky Boots - Hilarious! It’s a cause for celebration. An unexpected feel-good surprise.
Water - The work of a humanitarian, made with incredible tenderness and real concern for the plight of her female characters.
Clean - Maggie Cheung is riveting, her every move, statement and facial expression is suffused with a fragile complex grace! Clean is a stunning visual treat!
The Lost City - A passionate valentine to the glamour, sensuality and decadence of Havana in 1958. It grabs you.
Crazy Like A Fox - There is much to savor here…Enjoyment to spare…I promise a hardy, zestful time.
The Omen - Riveting and bone-chilling.
The Great New Wonderful - An impressive new film. A rewarding big-time experience.
The Devil Wears Prada - The first classy, elegant and really entertaining film of 2006.
Scoop - Guaranteed to keep you smiling! Men, women, small children and all their dogs and cats will love this movie. It’s supersonic star-power memorable. Inspired. It’s the funniest film this year!
The Illusionist - Richly textured and very entertaining!
Hollywoodland - A perfect crime thriller! Fascinating and intelligent! Hollywoodland sizzles. A terrific cast pumps suspense into the nervous system of this movie like adrenalin. No one is what he seems. Diane Lane is luscious. Ben Affleck’s performance is nothing less t han astonishingly real.
Flyboys - It keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Keeping Mum - For pure perverse pleasure, don’t miss it! I positively adored it! Dame Maggie is relentlessly delectable!
The Guardian - A bit of everything that a movie needs to please any audience. Great special effects and terrific performances.
The Queen - Wonderful. The Queen gets it right. A stunning and perceptive work of integrity that is rare for a film of any kind.
Little Children - (1) One of the most delicately written, sensitively observed and unsettling of films. Rare and intelligent. From start to finish – artistic, viable, wry and wrenching. (2) From start to finish – stunning, rare and intelligent. Little Children, written and directed by the enormously gifted Todd Field, is one of the best films of the year.
Deliver Us From Evil - Riveting, shocking and heartbreaking.
Infamous - They gave the Oscar to the wrong Truman Capote. Mr. Jones moves into Truman’s skin, heart and brains. Infamous shows you the man’s soul…It proves that there’s more than one way to tell a story and view a life. It is one hell of a beautiful movie to see and savor.
Flags of our Fathers - A triumph! Breathtaking action. Brilliantly conceived.
Babel - A genuine masterpiece. A rich, ensemble piece with an impeccable cast. I never see anything twice, but I was so electrified by Babel that I went to see it again.
Bobby - Exciting, involving and riveting. A sprawling epic.
The History Boys - Literate, intelligent, profound, brilliantly acted by a perfect cast, and hugely entertaining. Any way you slice it, The History Boys is a blooming miracle. I absolutely loved it. Dear Alan Bennett: I hope you are already working on a sequel.
The Holiday - The Holiday is so romantic and full of optimism that it makes me think there’s hope for us all.
The Painted Veil - A brilliantly written, superbly directed and impeccably acted film that tells a mesmerizing story while honoring all of the classic traditions of great filmmaking…a magnificent accomplishment that will haunt you long after it ends.
Notes on a Scandal - A cinematic triumph of scalding intensity with a hypnotic, detailed, three-dimensional performance by Judi Dench that is positively historic. Yes, everyone knows she is the greatest actress alive today, but nothing she has ever done will prepare you for this.

Quote From Rex Reed:
“And so I Heart Huckabees may not be the worst movie ever made, depending on how you feel about such hollow, juvenile and superficial trash as Brewster McCloud, Hudson Hawk, Punch-Drunk Love, Mulholland Drive, The Royal Tenenbaums, Lost Highway, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses and … well, as they said in Hollywood during the McCarthy witch hunts, "the list goes on."

The egomaniacal young director-producer-writer David O. Russell is a member of the new group of anarchists that includes Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, freaky Todd Solondz and the dismally overrated non-writer Charlie Kaufman, who wins critical praise for writing incoherent movies about why he can’t write coherent movies.”
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JESS CAGLE
(People Magazine / WCBS-TV)
Bio
(2005 – 7 Quotes)
(2006 - 13 Quotes)

QUOTES
Hoodwinked - Good family fun! A clever, deliciously twisted take on little red riding hood.
Eight Below - An exciting, heartwarming adventure.
Tsotsi - Breathtaking. You don't want to miss it.
Failure To Launch - McConaughey and Parker make a beautiful couple. He’s brawny, she’s brainy – these opposites are very attractive.
The Hills Have Eyes - The most shocking horror film in a long time.
Inside Man - Hollywood’s most enjoyable movie so far this year, and one of the most entertaining films Spike Lee has ever made.
Ice Age: The Meltdown - Funny and charming.
When Do We Eat? - An original, engaging comedy!
The Sentinel - Engrossing. Thoroughly entertaining.
Akeelah and the Bee - Completely irresistible and heartfelt, a terrifically uplifting movie...
The Devil Wears Prada - Irresistible. Funny. The best comedy of the summer.
Monster House - Full of sassy surprises and crazy-fun.
The Ant Bully - A funny and touching family film.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 11:05 am    Post subject: MANOHLA DARGIS Reply with quote

MANOHLA DARGIS
(New York Times)
(2003 – 9 Quotes)
(2004 – 15 Quotes)
(2005 – 20 Quotes)
(2006 - 31 Quotes)

QUOTES
Something New - A store-bought Valentine with real heart.
Unknown White Male - Thought-stirring...Worthy of Oliver Sacks.
Woman is the Future of Man - I urge you to see it!
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party - An exhilarating new film. A tantalizing sketch-portrait of the artist amid an outpouring of hard beats and soul.
16 Blocks - Richard Donner brings back the 1980’s in high-concept style.
Inside Man - Inside Man is a jolt…Mr. Lee’s most polished and satisfying work in years…
Slither - What makes it work is how nimbly it slaloms from yucks to yuks, slip-siding from horror to comedy and back again on its gore-slicked foundation.
Duck Season - Sly, droll fun. An unexpectedly fine first feature.
Friends with Money - A bittersweet comedy about the drama of being alive…unfolds as a succession of vignettes organized around meals, shopping trips and lonely nights, and is punctuated by some laugh-out-loud bursts and a few punches to the gut.
Free Zone - Hanna Laslo…Gives one of the juiciest performances at this year’s festival (Cannes)!
Mountain Patrol: Kekexili - A work of creative imagination…Filled with astonishing vistas…The kind of film that invites you in with beauty, only to surprise and even shock you.
The Notorious Bettie Page - …Exuberant…Ms. Harron manages to have her pleasure, visual and otherwise, and her politics, too…She receives terrific support from her obviously enthusiastic star…When she strips, Bettie soars.
Sir! No Sir! - Smart [and] timely.
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu - …Biting humor…
Three Times - Hypnotically beautiful!
Army of Shadows - A masterpiece! Thrills the senses and the mind!
The Proposition - More desperate than even Peckinpah’s most colorful desperadoes. There’s a primal, almost biblical tint. The cast is reason enough to see the film.
Nacho Libre - Jack Black knows how to coax out the laugh that begins by tickling your belly before it starts shaking you silly!
The Cult of the Suicide Bomber - Engrossing.
Gabrielle - A surprising, intensely engrossing period drama. A film of eccentric beauty and wild feeing. Isabelle Huppert and Pascal Greggory keep you riveted.
Who Killed the Electric Car? - A murder mystery, a call to arms and an effective inducement to rage…From the polar ice caps to Los Angeles, where many cars truly are to die for, it is a story as big as life, and just as urgent.
Little Miss Sunshine - Across-the-board terrific performances.
The Descent - …A full-throttle horror freakout!
Half Nelson - Powerful! Exceptional! Gosling dazzles!
Factotum - Boozy, beautiful… Mr. Dillon’s phrasing carries the weight of feeling!
Old Joy - A must-see…One of the most persuasive portraits of generational malaise – and tentative hope – to come from an American director in recent memory.
Shortbus - An ode to the joy and sweet release of sex. A carnivalesque romp!
Climates - Exquisitely observed…breathtaking…
Fast Food Nation - The most essential political film from an American director since Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11
Copying Beethoven - …A rapturous ode to joy.
Inland Empire - Extraordinary, savagely uncompromised…One of the few films I’ve seen this year that deserves to be called art.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:52 am    Post subject: KAREN DURBIN Reply with quote

KAREN DURBIN
(Elle)
(2003 – 17 Quotes)
(2004 – 24 Quotes)
(2005 – 14 Quotes)
(2006 - 24 Quotes)

QUOTES
Why We Fight - For anyone worried about what we’re up to in Iraq, this is a must see. More precise and measured than Fahrenheit 9/11
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party - Dave Chappelle is wickedly funny! Makes you groove in your seat, laugh yourself silly, and feel ridiculously hopeful for the whole human race!
V For Vendetta - A double-barred triumph from the creators of the Matrix.
Thank You For Smoking - A sassy, take-no-prisoners comedy.
The Notorious Bettie Page - Visually luscious and witty, this is Harron’s most virtuoso film yet.
Look Both Ways - Witty…Wrenching…Wonderfully smart.
Akeelah and the Bee - One feel-good movie you can enjoy without apology.
Down in the Valley - Excellent performances! This artful indie lingers in the mind for days.
The King - Smart and suspenseful.
12 and Holding - A youthful cast remarkable for its talent. Zoe Weizenbaum is the standout. Her witty, unsentimental work here is a revelation.
The Heart of the Game - It’s a revelation. A gripping film.
Wordplay - Engaging and unexpectedly poignant!
Who Killed the Electric Car? - A quietly shocking indictment of our gas-guzzling auto companies and the petro-politicians who love them.
Strangers with Candy - Deeply tasteless, enjoyably silly!
Half Nelson - Thrillingly good! Gosling astonishes. Epps steals your heart.
The Illusionist - Thrilling and ingenious! Edward Norton casts an intoxicating spell in this thriller that is as moving – and sexy – as it is suspenseful. Jessica Biel brings such grace and intelligence.
The U.S. vs. John Lennon - Loaded…Revelatory…and fascinating!
The Last King of Scotland - Forest Whitaker gives the performance of his life.
Babel - Inspired performances, immersing us in every sensuous, revelatory scene.
Absolute Wilson - Not to be missed! Enthralling. Full of astonishing beauty, wit, and such dazzling, disorienting strangeness that it leaves even his most passionate fans wondering where (Robert Wilson’s) ideas come from.
Stranger Than Fiction - Delightfully clever...
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus - A boundary-breaking act of artistry. Like the woman it celebrates, it has the nerve to be original. It’s an enchantment – strange, beautiful, and a little frightening. A gleaming jewel of a movie about desire.
Candy - Darkly compelling. A poignant journey.
Venus - Peter O’Toole gives a sly, charming performance.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:53 am    Post subject: DAVID ANSEN Reply with quote


DAVID ANSEN
(Newsweek)
(2003 – 29 Quotes)
(2004 – 32 Quotes)
(2005 – 25 Quotes)
(2006 - 27 Quotes)

QUOTES
Why We Fight - Ambitious, scary, eye-opening! Looks back from a post-9/11 vantage point to see how Ike’s prophecy has come horribly true, with the collusion of congress, corporations and the rise of unelected think tanks.
Inside Man - Downright fun. The three stars are in top form. A bank-heist thriller with a tricky, nothing-is-as-it-seems playfulness.
Friends with Money - Delicious! Holofcener gets the milieu beguilingly right.
Army of Shadows - Extraordinary! My greatest movie treat and surprise this year!
United 93 - This is first-rate visceral filmmaking, no question: taut, watchful, free of false histrionics…and smart enough to know this material doesn’t need to be sensationalized or sentimentalized.
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu - A gem! A mysteriously mesmerizing voyage.
Cars - Eye-popping! So packed with shiny goodies that it could have been made only by the folks at Pixar.
The Heart of the Game - Sheer edge-of-your-seat entertainment.
Superman Returns - Superman soars. Its imagery is breathtaking.
The Devil Wears Prada - Malicious fun. Meryl Streep is scarily sensational.
Little Miss Sunshine - An absolute winner. A sweet, tart and smart satire…The sterling cast meshes into a wonderfully eccentric ensemble. The filmmakers bring the Hoover family to life with swift, psychologically astute strokes and precise comic timing. There’s been no more satisfying American comedy this year.
World Trade Center - An act of commemoration, an edge-of-your-seat rescue movie about hope and selflessness, a moving tribute…World Trade Center celebrates the ties that bind us, the bonds that keep us going.
Half Nelson - Ryan Gosling gives an astonishing performance!
The Last King of Scotland - An intelligent thriller that keeps the audience on the edge of their seat.
The Departed - Profanely funny and savagely entertaining, the entire cast is firing on all cylinders.
Flags of our Fathers - An epic. Tough, smart, raw and contemplative.
The Prestige - Watch closely. You’ll be well rewarded.
Catch a Fire - Derek Luke has real movie-star power.
Flushed Away - Mile-a-minute inventiveness
Casino Royale - Daniel Craig has given 007 a new license to kill.,,a radical-and welcome-reinvention.
Volver - Penelope Cruz is a revelation.
Apocalypto - Let no one deny that Mel Gibson is a true auteur, an artist whose films are deeply personal, intransigently independent of movie-industry fashion and possessed of a singular vision.
Dreamgirls - A knockout! One of the top ten films of the year.
The Good Shepherd - The Good Shepherd is spellbinding. Mesmerizing. It demands you watch it like a spy: alert, paranoid, never knowing whom you can trust, or who will stab you in the back.
Notes on a Scandal - Notes on a Scandal is a wicked delight. You’ll hang on every twist and turn. Judi Dench’s scheming spinster is a viper for the ages. Cate Blanchett has never been more intriguingly life-size than in this wonderfully complex role.
Venus - One of the best pictures of the year. Venus works on every level. Peter O’Toole dazzles in this funny, heartbreaking May-December almost-love story.
Children of Men - Dazzling. Gripping. Alfonso Cuaron is one of the most exciting filmmakers around. He stages breathtaking action sequences unlike anything you’ve seen.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:53 am    Post subject: DENNIS DERMODY Reply with quote


DENNIS DERMODY
(Paper Magazine)
(2005 – 9 Quotes)
(2006 - 15 Quotes)

QUOTES
The Hills Have Eyes - Ferociously frightening.
V For Vendetta - Daring, radical and remarkable.
Lonesome Jim - Deadpan funny! A Beautifully bittersweet comedy expertly directed by Steve Buscemi. This is a loser comedy with great heart!
Friends with Money - Brutally funny! Witty and hilarious.
Hard Candy - A fiendish, scalpel-sharp thriller…Ellen Page is inspired and incandescent.
The King - A spellbinding American Gothic tale. Superbly directed. A sharply written screenplay. Propels forward with sinister grace.
Lemming - Sublimely sinister, deliciously weird!
A Prairie Home Companion - A cause for celebration. And a whole lot of fun.
Strangers with Candy - A cracked comic marvel!
The Descent - Spectacularly scary. This film is great, grisly fun.
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles - Director Zhang Yimou is unparalleled at masterful storytelling. Achingly poignant.
The Science of Sleep - Another wild, surreal and endlessly fascinating film from Gondry.
Sleeping Dogs Lie - Perversely funny and remarkably perceptive.
Absolute Wilson - Fascinating…Humorous. A remarkable portrait of a unique visionary.
The Fountain - Wildly imaginative. The Fountain weaves a haunting spell. Hugh Jackman is such a compelling force on screen.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:53 am    Post subject: JOHN ANDERSON Reply with quote

JOHN ANDERSON
(Newsday)
(2006 - 11 Quotes)

QUOTES
CSA Confederate States of America - Offensive? Yes and creatively so. A satirical parody of what didn't happen and might have.
Three Times - ****! Hou Hsiao Hsien is arguably the world’s greatest living filmmaker.
The Notorious Bettie Page - ****!
I Am A Sex Addict - ***1/2 Sophisticated and erotic!
One Last Thing… - ***1/2 An irresistible mix of pathos, adolescent anarchy and occasionally raunchy laughs.
Mission: Impossible 3 - ***1/2 The perfect summer movie.
12 and Holding - A rare film! Wildy entertaining, funny, believable and meaningful.
La Moustache - Enigmatic and fascinating!
Changing Times - ***1/2
51 Birch Street - The kind of film audiences leave the theatre talking about.
Shut Up & Sing - ****!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:53 am    Post subject: KEVIN CRUST Reply with quote

KEVIN CRUST
(Los Angeles Times)
(2006 - 6 Quotes)

QUOTES
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World - It possesses Brooks’ trademark wry humor and is slyly observant.
16 Blocks - A terrific performance by Bruce Willis.
Slither - An uproariously hybrid horror-comedy! A gross, disgusting, but undeniably amusing treat.
Wah-Wah - Tremendously engaging! A tender memoir both funny and very moving.
An Inconvenient Truth - Highly persuasive…rousing.
The Heart of the Game - …A terrific documentary. An exhilarating story of loyalty and perseverance, it succeeds as both inspiration and social commentary.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:54 am    Post subject: MARSHALL FINE Reply with quote

MARSHALL FINE
(Star Magazine)
(2006 - 15 Quotes)

QUOTES
Friends with Money - ****! Wise and funny!
Dead Man’s Shoes - Totally absorbing and surprisingly moving.
12 and Holding - ****! Exceptional!
X-Men: The Last Stand - **** Thrilling in every way. The summer’s first real hit. The best yet: Big, splashy, a story that builds to a massive mutant-v.-mutant battle. This film does what comics do best: Tell a fantastic story grounded in real human emotions.
District B13 - Mind-blowingly exciting! Wild, non-stop action with a series of jaw-dropping moments. If you’ve never seen parkour before, you’re in for a treat.
Monster House - …Easily the year’s best animated film so far, a CG wonder that looks as though it were photographed, rather than created in a computer…A make-believe world that feels utterly real…An outstanding script, with a compelling story…Enough humor to entertain adults as well as children…A treat for youngsters and their parents. ****.
Clerks II - **** The summer’s first laugh-out-loud comedy.
Quinceanera - ****! A beautifully told story of universal appeal.
Sherrybaby - She’s on a fast track to an Oscar nomination!
The Prestige - Jaw-dropping entertainment! A movie that will have viewers’ heads spinning!
Babel - ****…A stunning film experience.
Shut Up & Sing - ****!
Volver - ****
Flushed Away - **** Hilarious…
Curse of the Golden Flower - ****! A visual masterpiece!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:54 am    Post subject: NATHAN LEE Reply with quote

NATHAN LEE
(The New York Times)
(2006 - 4 Quotes)

QUOTES
Roving Mars - Out of this world.
Tamara - A sorceress of great evil and total foxiness!
The Hills Have Eyes - Run for the hills! But keep your eyes open.
The Oh In Ohio - Nicely naughty…Full of unexpected pleasures.
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