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  1. Daddy Day Care 2003 The most astonishing thing about Daddy Day Care, a comedy that would have to work harder even to justify the appellation uninspired, is that a kick in the groin is now a joke for toddlers. full review
  2. DysFunKtional Family 2003 When he isn't checking himself -- or falling back on material that Mr. Pryor should receive royalties for because unimaginative comics have traded on it so often -- Mr. Griffin's journeyman efforts prove rock solid. full review
  3. My Boss's Daughter 2003 This muddled comedy of confusion feels as if it were a Farrelly brothers' comedy that has sat exposed to the elements long past its expiration date. full review
  4. Under the Tuscan Sun 2003 Eminently superficial, although Ms. Wells keeps the movie going with a steady, commanding hand and casts it with an actress who can deftly downshift from serene to sodden. full review
  5. Equilibrium 2002 A movie that could be stupider only if it were longer. full review
  6. The New Guy 2002 The New Guy does have a heart. Now, if it only had a brain. full review
  7. Ram Dass: Fierce Grace 2002 Following Ram Dass down from his pedestal gives Mr. Lemle a way into his subject that will compel the viewer. full review
  8. XXX 2002 This is perhaps the silliest movie ever to certify the arrival of a major star since, well, The Fast and the Furious, the last Cohen-Diesel collaboration. full review
  9. Along Came a Spider 2001 Impersonal, barely ept. full review
  10. Donnie Darko 2001 Kelly is unable to give the movie the kind of pacing that would make us laugh and shock us simultaneously, because he's too infatuated with an aura of hand-me-down gloom. full review
  11. Hannibal 2001 Silly though handsomely staged. full review
  12. Pootie Tang 2001 Succeeds as a laugh getter because of the spot-on satirical notes. full review
  13. The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick 2000 The documentary doesn't get near the prowess of its subject; it passes through your life like a minor daydream. full review
  14. Hamlet 2000 Vital and sharply intelligent. full review
  15. Highlander - Endgame 2000 When Highlander sticks to the hand-to-hand battles and doesn't try to offer deeper thoughts on the life of an immortal, it works on its own terms. full review
  16. Merci Pour le Chocolat 2000 The picture belongs to Ms. Mouglalis, whose adorable warmth doesn't lessen her instinct to exploit. full review
  17. The Original Kings of Comedy 2000 What comes out of these comedians' hearts hits the most powerful chord, and the audience wants more of it. full review
  18. Scream 3 2000 Funny and brisk. full review
  19. Vatel 2000 A costume drama with far more costumes than drama. full review
  20. The Ninth Gate 1999 About as scary as a sock-puppet re-enactment of The Blair Witch Project, and not nearly as funny. full review
  21. The Legend of Drunken Master (Jui kuen II) (Drunken Fist II) 1994 If you have a taste for Hong Kong action (and I do) then The Legend of Drunken Master has enough going on to make it a classic. full review

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