Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

  1. Diminished Capacity 2008 Diminished Capacity is blessed with a blue-ribbon cast. full review
  2. Happy-Go-Lucky 2008 Mr. Leigh has executed a richly exuberant entertainment for our troubled times, and deserves still another of my honorary Oscars for his astoundingly skillful effort. full review
  3. Crazy Love 2007 It's too easy to feel superior to these two people and their marriage in hell for the sake of some easy (or even uneasy) laughter. full review
  4. Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) 2007 The Edge of Heaven is a film to be seen, savored and thoughtfully appreciated. full review
  5. Lars and the Real Girl 2007 Under Mr. Gillespie's admirably directed seriousness of tone, the performers, particularly Mr. Gosling, Ms. Mortimer, Mr. Schneider, Ms. Clarkson, Ms. Gardner and Mr. Reid, never miss a beat. full review
  6. Puccini for Beginners 2007 A number of scenes in the film are charming and engaging, with a genuinely unforced lightheartedness, and that takes more than a little expertise on the part of Ms. Maggenti, as well as her cast and other collaborators.
  7. Sangre De Mi Sangre 2007 Sangre de Mi Sangre stacks up as an original achievement in its own chosen genre, that of the troubled immigrant in a land of advertised promise, who too often is inflicted with pain and exploitation. full review
  8. Trumbo 2007 Trumbo is well worth seeing for what it tells us about the age in which this irrepressible individualist lived, loved, suffered and finally triumphed. full review
  9. You Kill Me 2007 Along with the splendid principals, [the secondary cast] round out an extraordinarily accomplished ensemble. full review
  10. Day Night Day Night 2006 All in all, it's a creepy subject for a movie -- especially when there is no payoff at the end. full review
  11. Maxed Out 2006 James Scurlock's Maxed Out takes a long-overdue swipe at the shamelessly predatory tactics of the credit-card and home-mortgage industries, which are feeding on the most economically vulnerable members of our society.
  12. Scoop 2006 Woody -- enough with the one-liners. full review
  13. Sherrybaby 2006 As an actress, Ms. Gyllenhaal seems to steer clear of any parts that seek to exploit an audience's weakness for conventionally happy endings. Her films are therefore always worth seeing. full review
  14. The Treatment 2006 Oren Rudavsky's The Treatment features a gifted acting ensemble down to the smallest parts, a good mix of whimsy and intelligent discourse, with just a touch of fantasy that never engulfs the narrative. full review
  15. United 93 2006 Even the undeniable heroism of the passengers on United 93 doesn't edify as it should. full review
  16. Brokeback Mountain 2005 I was never moved or even overly excited by what I finally witnessed on the screen, though I have no quarrel with the superlatives heaped upon the film by most of my colleagues. full review
  17. Broken Flowers 2005 It kept me absorbed all the way through, especially the collaboration between acting auteur Bill Murray and Mr. Jarmusch in virtually every frame of the film. full review
  18. Casanova 2005 Overall, Casanova is silly but amusing.
  19. Cowboy Del Amor 2005 Michele Ohayon's Cowboy del Amor turns out to be one of the sweetest, funniest and most enjoyable nonfiction films you are likely to see this year. full review
  20. Factotum 2005 Factotum is right up there with Barfly as a distillation of Bukowskian badinage, despite the current film's sketchier provenance. full review
  21. The Ice Harvest 2005 Nielsen's Renata is icy cold in her calculations, and an object lesson in how to play a lethal charmer plausibly without losing any of her erotic appeal. She alone is worth the price of admission. full review
  22. My Summer of Love 2005 Turns out to be a triumph of unexpectedness in its slimmed-down story of two teenage girls, one middle-to-lower-class, and the other upper-class. full review
  23. Old Joy 2005 Let us say simply that Ms. Reichardt's brand of minimalism leaves me truly joyless.
  24. Mean Girls 2004 A teen movie I enjoyed enormously, much to my surprise. full review
  25. The Passion of the Christ 2004 Whereas the words say love, love, love, the sounds and images say hate, hate, hate. full review
  26. Spanglish 2004 The film gets better as it goes along ... and all the characters, including Deborah, become more interesting and appealing as we get to know them better. full review
  27. Hollywood Homicide 2003 The trouble is that Mr. Shelton and Mr. Souza don't do enough with the material to make it dramatically compelling. full review
  28. The Italian Job 2003 A strangely satisfying though completely preposterous caper movie. full review
  29. Love Actually 2003 All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie until, in the end, it went somewhat bonkers with what amounted to a communal love fest on Christmas Eve. full review
  30. The Missing 2003 Mr. Howard keeps the emotional temperature of the family reunion as chilly as possible, but it's clear that the father-daughter relationship is the core of the drama, and the rest is all time-consuming digressions. full review
  31. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Pirates reminds me of a vintage MGM musical, a movie that is more choreographed than directed, and one that serves up good clean fun of the PG-13 variety. full review
  32. Saved! 2003 After two comically inventive scenes, it quickly turns soft and flat. full review
  33. Something's Gotta Give 2003 Ms. Keaton projects her wondrously warm personality, and the erstwhile Jake Gittes keeps us entertained with a sense of irony that keeps things from getting too sticky. full review
  34. The Station Agent 2003 Mr. Dinklage projects both size and intelligence in the fascinating reticence of his face. full review
  35. Swimming Pool 2003 Swimming Pool is more an exquisite art object than an involving movie. So be it. full review
  36. Tears of the Sun 2003 Deserves the bad reviews and the lackluster earnings it has accumulated thus far. full review
  37. Tokyo Godfathers 2003 Social indifference and injustice plague the protagonists, as well as our own consciences. This may very well be the point of the whole exercise. full review
  38. Uptown Girls 2003 Though I found Mr. Yakin's direction unexpectedly imaginative, and the script often incongruously subtle, I couldn't get into the spirit of all the whimsy, the reason being the surprising lack of charm in the two leads. full review
  39. American Dreamz 2002 [A] satirically unbalanced in its attempted fusion of such varied targets as George Bush, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Muslim suicide bombers, and the hosts and contestants on American Idol.
  40. The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 Though Mr. Parker's The Importance of Being Earnest is pleasant enough in its casting and performances, it doesn't work as it should. full review
  41. Punch-Drunk Love 2002 It is already apparent that Punch-Drunk Love will not be everyone's cup of tea, but nonetheless Mr. Anderson has found a way to fashion a passionate romance out of the materials of postmodern chaos. full review
  42. Ram Dass: Fierce Grace 2002 full review
  43. America's Sweethearts 2001 Too cynically slick and emotionally shallow. full review
  44. The Score 2001 Manages to waste a prestigious cast on a tediously long-winded caper plot. full review
  45. The Shipping News 2001 I am baffled by all the negativity surrounding it, and I am prepared to designate it as the most underrated film of 2001. full review
  46. Amores Perros 2000 One of the most honored and most expertly articulated Mexican films of recent years. full review
  47. Diamond Men 2000 A gem of a movie. full review
  48. The Golden Bowl 2000 full review
  49. Hamlet 2000 The lines are read for the most part with more feeling for the angry-stepchild plot than for the iambic pentameter. full review
  50. Happy Accidents 2000 A cleverly resourceful mixture of romantic comedy and sci-fi time travel. full review
  51. The Man Who Cried 2000 full review
  52. Memento 2000 I am neither upset nor disturbed by Memento , only vaguely dissatisfied. I simply don't buy Jonathan Nolan's thesis that audiences know all the tropes and tricks of crime thrillers backward and forward. full review
  53. Merci Pour le Chocolat 2000 This is one of Mr. Chabrol's subtlest works, but also one of his most uncanny. full review
  54. Mission: Impossible 2 2000 For all my profound reservations about the whole project, I wound up liking it more, or, at least disliking it less, than I had anticipated. Thandie Newton is the biggest reason. full review
  55. Traffic 2000 The promise of Sex, Lies, and Videotape has been fulfilled. full review
  56. The Weight of Water 2000 In old-fashioned screenwriting parlance, Ms. Shreve's novel proved too difficult a text to 'lick,' despite the efforts of a first-rate cast. full review
  57. The Yards 2000 I can't remember when a film so well-acted and so well-rendered visually was also so oppressive to sit through. full review
  58. The Blair Witch Project 1999 Where is the suspense? Where is the involvement? Where is the identification? full review
  59. eXistenZ 1999 I just don't happen to like puzzle films of any kind, but I must credit Mr. Cronenberg with more intellectual depth than most of his fellow pessimistic movie pranksters. full review
  60. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999 I was thoroughly entertained while I was watching it, and I haven't hated myself since. And that is something, though I don't know exactly what. full review
  61. Mansfield Park 1999 full review
  62. The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 On balance, The Talented Mr. Ripley is worth seeing more for its undeniably delightful journey than its final destination. full review
  63. Another Day In Paradise 1998 full review
  64. Don't Let Me Die On A Sunday 1998 full review
  65. God Said, Ha! 1998 full review
  66. Amistad 1997 full review
  67. Jackie Brown 1997 full review
  68. The Wings of the Dove 1997 full review
  69. Walking and Talking 1996 full review
  70. Rosemary's Baby 1968 Having escaped the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust in Poland by the skin of his teeth, Mr. Polanski was well equipped psychologically to re-imagine what was, before Rosemary's Baby, a B-picture genre into an A-picture genre. full review

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