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David Edelstein, Slate

  1. Rent 2005 It's real -- and, on screen, it's really cringe-worthy. Not quite Phantom of the Opera cringe-worthy, but not as much fun to blow raspberries at, either. full review
  2. The Manchurian Candidate 2004 Beautifully made and unsurpassingly creepy, it's the rare remake with something contemporary to add. full review
  3. The Stepford Wives 2004 A great Provincetown drag show of The Stepford Wives. full review
  4. Anger Management 2003 Strenuous, spottily amusing. full review
  5. Bad Santa 2003 Thornton's performance is -- there's no other word -- beautiful. full review
  6. Cold Mountain 2003 Good, sometimes thrilling, but it's less a war epic than an evocative romantic melodrama with a patchy first hour. full review
  7. Gigli 2003 The movie is bafflingly boring and ridiculous. full review
  8. Hollywood Homicide 2003 It's a great piece of mindful escapism. full review
  9. The Human Stain 2003 One of those films that makes you say, 'That was powerful. Now what the hell was it about?' full review
  10. The Italian Job 2003 A pandering, debased, generic little nothing of a movie. And I'm still trying to figure out why I loved it so inordinately. full review
  11. A League of Ordinary Gentlemen 2003 You're left with a haunting vision -- of a go-for-it, romantic, fame-and-fortune template featuring quasi-athletes who can't seem to climb out of the lower middle class. full review
  12. The Station Agent 2003 [A] blessedly serene comedy. full review
  13. Tears of the Sun 2003 full review
  14. Irreversible 2002 There is nothing moral about Irreversible -- only sneeringly superior and nihilistic, like Johnny Rotten at his most fatuous. full review
  15. Lost in La Mancha 2002 A fascinating glimpse at the fragile ecosystem of a movie shoot, but I'm bound to say that I don't share its view of Gilliam. full review
  16. Star Trek - Nemesis 2002 This tenth feature is a big deal, indeed -- at least the third-best, and maybe even a notch above the previous runner-up, Nicholas Meyer's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. full review
  17. We Were Soldiers 2002 Makes you cry for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who died so pointlessly with Geoghegan. And their orphans. full review
  18. America's Sweethearts 2001 The movie is a polished muddle, fitfully amusing but with no spine. full review
  19. The Animal 2001 Next to Joe Dirt, The Animal is tolerably amusing. full review
  20. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2001 You need a roadmap to find the hidden masterpiece. full review
  21. Riding in Cars with Boys 2001 The way that the screenwriter, Morgan Upton Ward, has shaped the material, Donofrio seems a bystander in her own life, a passive (if seething and resentful) victim of forces beyond her control. full review
  22. The Score 2001 A droning, high-toned little heist picture with no dash and no raison d'etre. full review
  23. Shaolin Soccer 2001 It's the sort of movie that leaves you smiling like an idiot. full review
  24. Lara Croft - Tomb Raider 2001 [Jolie's] glittering, libidinous impudence gives this packaged piece of corporate schlock a strange integrity -- perhaps even a soul. full review
  25. Amores Perros 2000 Just keeps coming at you, switching characters, tones, and rhythms to keep you off-guard. full review
  26. Diamond Men 2000 Cohen doesn't fall into the Mamet trap of equating crafty salesmanship with macho flim-flam. full review
  27. Gladiator 2000 Gladiator's combination of grim sanctimony and drenching, Dolby-ized dismemberings left me appalled. full review
  28. The Blair Witch Project 1999 I could tell you the story -- give away every detail -- and The Blair Witch Project would still freeze your blood. full review
  29. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999 Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels is the laborious title of an even more laborious Cockney action movie. full review
  30. The Prince of Egypt 1998 This is sensational cinema: crowds swarming among pyramids in eye-popping 3-D, camerawork that's distinctly Spielbergian in its fluidity. full review
  31. Two Girls and a Guy 1998 You gotta admire a director who can come up with a way to hang out in such luxurious digs for two weeks, acting out sexual situations with three of the dishiest young actors in the business. full review
  32. Cop Land 1997 Cop Land shares its leading man's slow-wittedness, but also his likability. full review
  33. Jackie Brown 1997 The film is more Jarmusch than Peckinpah -- its soul is in the minutiae. full review
  34. Iron Monkey 1993 A rollicking, comic-book Robin Hood plot and more furiously entertaining fight scenes than the ones in Ang Lee's solemn martial-arts art movie. full review
  35. Gojira 1954 The most emotionally authentic fake monster movie ever made. full review
  36. /titles/197738 This is an ugly, blue-tinged movie that telegraphs every plot turn. full review
  37. /titles/197186 Pungently funny and heartfelt. full review
  38. /titles/197845 It's like a third-rate Austin Powers picture cut to the whacking, attention-deficit-disorder tempo of Moulin Rouge. full review
  39. /titles/197808 This first feature by Nick Park and Peter Lord, the team that brought you Wallace and Gromit, is a diabolically witty piece of work, a haymaker. full review
  40. /titles/197461 Chuck & Buck might be the most perversely agreeable stalker picture ever made. full review
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  42. /titles/197487 One of the most unnerving slapstick extravaganzas I've ever seen. full review
  43. /titles/197164 A knockout new thriller by John Woo. full review
  44. /titles/197768 full review
  45. /titles/198236 I admit to enjoying -- in a drunken, half-asleep kind of way -- parts of this ramshackle road movie with its running Miramax guest stars and its endless homo jokes. full review
  46. /titles/198252 It's terrific fun for an hour, but by the last of its 129 minutes you might find yourself going into insulin shock. full review
  47. /titles/197085 Manhunter ushered in the age of empathy for the devil. full review
  48. /titles/198425 At, say, 85 minutes, this would have been a jolly little swashbuckler, but at 143 it turns into an unholy trial. full review
  49. /titles/197826 The stage performances haven't been scaled down: Everything is pitched to the second balcony. And Mel Brooks' material -- especially the retro queeny stereotypes -- is excruciatingly dated. full review
  50. /titles/197490 School of Rock is uncut bliss. full review
  51. /titles/197817 The screenplay, by Steven Katz, suffers from arch, almost unspeakably theatrical dialogue, and, as Murnau, John Malkovich recites his lines as if monomania were synonymous with monotonic: He drains the drama of blood. full review
  52. /titles/197854 I laughed all the way through Team America. full review