Hal Hinson, Washington Post

  1. Bed of Roses 1996 full review
  2. Down Periscope 1996 More laid-back here than he is on television, Grammer seems to barely break a sweat. full review
  3. From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 A tired, humorless pastiche of various exploitation genres that is not the least bit imaginative in its campy deconstruction of conventions.
  4. James and the Giant Peach 1996 The latest in an impressive string of first-rate movies for kids.
  5. Stealing Beauty 1996 It may not be epic in scale; in artistic terms, though, it's huge.
  6. Blue in the Face 1995 full review
  7. Clockers 1995 What we get mostly in the film is a sense of Lee flailing, struggling to get a handle on his material. full review
  8. Clueless 1995 While Cher and the other characters here may seem vacuous and spoiled, Heckerling -- who wrote the script as well -- is a gentle satirist. full review
  9. Congo 1995 In every frame, it aspires to be a theme park. full review
  10. The Crossing Guard 1995 full review
  11. Dead Man Walking 1995 An intelligent, balanced, devastating movie.
  12. Devil in a Blue Dress 1995 First-rate American pulp -- fast, absorbing and substantive. full review
  13. Four Rooms 1995 Four Rooms asserts itself as a goof so laboriously and aggressively that you almost feel pinned back in your seat. full review
  14. A Month by the Lake 1995 full review
  15. The Prophecy 1995 full review
  16. The Usual Suspects 1995 The twist at the end is a corker, but crucial questions remain unanswered. What's interesting, though, is how little this intrudes on our enjoyment. full review
  17. While You Were Sleeping 1995 A sappy, negligible, thoroughly innocuous romantic comedy vehicle for Sandra Bullock. full review
  18. Black Beauty 1994 full review
  19. The Scout 1994 A genuine -- and immensely enjoyable -- curiosity. full review
  20. Blue Chips 1994 The filmmakers don't get the ball into the Shaq-man's hands enough -- both literally and figuratively -- to make this personable giant's screen debut memorable. full review
  21. Clerks 1994 Amateurishly acted, clumsily edited and slapped together out of what looks like surveillance camera footage, the thing bumps along not so much on talent as on audacity. full review
  22. Country Life 1994 full review
  23. Fresh 1994 full review
  24. Heavenly Creatures 1994 Powerful, evocative movie. full review
  25. Hoop Dreams 1994 The most powerful movie about sports ever made. full review
  26. I.Q. 1994 full review
  27. It Could Happen to You 1994 Simply and without pandering or insults to your intelligence, the movie delivers more of the old-style pleasures of moviegoing than any other picture in a long while. full review
  28. Sirens 1994 full review
  29. Stargate 1994 [A] loopy, mostly entertaining sci-fi adventure. full review
  30. El Mariachi 1993 Watching his film, you can feel the sheer joy that went into its creation. full review
  31. The Good Son 1993 Where were the responsible adults when this thing was made? full review
  32. Last Action Hero 1993 Feels like a farewell, of sorts, to Arnold. full review
  33. Map of the Human Heart 1993 A film of incantatory intensity and moment by a prodigiously gifted young filmmaker. full review
  34. What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 There is a good idea for a movie hiding here, but Halstrom has buried it beneath a load of charmless shtick. full review
  35. Boomerang 1992 Boomerang is the funniest, most sophisticated movie of Eddie Murphy's career. full review
  36. Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 It is Coppola's most lavish and, certainly, his most flamboyant film; never before has he allowed himself this kind of mad experimentation. full review
  37. Diggstown 1992 full review
  38. Enchanted April 1992 Is it fair to ask why usually sophisticated Americans turn to mush over this particular variety of moribund ersatz art? full review
  39. Far and Away 1992 full review
  40. Incident at Oglala 1992 full review
  41. Juice 1992 I'm sure Dickerson has strong feelings about inner-city problems, but if he does he can't convey them. full review
  42. Patriot Games 1992 The film holds too few surprises to sustain our interest. All too often, we're ahead of the game. full review
  43. Reservoir Dogs 1992 It's brutal, it's funny and you won't forget it. full review
  44. A River Runs Through It 1992 In its determination to emphasize character and thoughtful content over formulas and facile sensationalism, it's a movie that's proudly out of step with Hollywood trends. full review
  45. Single White Female 1992 The tension between its content and its trashy form is precisely the key to its vitality. If it were any less cheap, it wouldn't have the same edgy, gut-twisting jolt. full review
  46. Bugsy 1991 full review
  47. For the Boys 1991 full review
  48. The Hard Way 1991 full review
  49. Hook 1991 Big, splashy, energetic, one-size-fits-all Hollywood entertainment. full review
  50. My Girl 1991 full review
  51. Paris Is Burning 1991 full review
  52. Return to the Blue Lagoon 1991 Up until now, I thought it was pretty near impossible to feel nostalgia for The Blue Lagoon. But darned if life isn't full of surprises. full review
  53. Slacker 1991 This is a work of scatterbrained originality, funny, unexpected and ceaselessly engaging. full review
  54. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 It's a tank of a movie, big, powerful and hard to resist. full review
  55. Another 48 Hrs. 1990 Hill and his stars are merely going through the motions, but the motions are immensely familiar. full review
  56. Days of Thunder 1990 The flash is still there, but Towne has added a layer of substance underneath, and in generous enough helpings that you can let the picture vamp you, ravage you, without hating yourself afterward. full review
  57. The Grifters 1990 It seduces you into believing it's merely a cheeky trifle, and then, when you least expect it, lowers the boom. full review
  58. The Hunt for Red October 1990 A leviathan bore, big, clunky and ponderously overplotted. full review
  59. King of New York 1990 A hepped-up film about drugs that plays as if the filmmakers themselves kept a healthy supply of the stuff at hand. full review
  60. The Krays 1990 full review
  61. Revenge 1990 full review
  62. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1989 A wondrous feat of imagination. full review
  63. Ghostbusters 2 1989 Hammered together out of the junkiest of elements, the movie rattles along with a pleasing rambunctiousness, tossing off its quips and one-liners and scoring on a remarkably high percentage of them. full review
  64. Harlem Nights 1989 Once there was Freddy. Once there was Chuckie and Jason and Howard the Duck. Now there is the scariest of them all. Now there is Harlem Nights. full review
  65. Major League 1989 Shamelessly formulaic. full review
  66. My Left Foot 1989 Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot must be the most passionately empathetic film about a physical affliction ever made. full review
  67. Say Anything... 1989 The cast is irresistibly charming, down to the bit parts by Lili Taylor and Amy Brooks as Lloyd's best friends. full review
  68. See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 full review
  69. Steel Magnolias 1989 full review
  70. Coming to America 1988 In Landis' hands, the film doesn't live up to even the meagerest of expectations. full review
  71. The Great Outdoors 1988 full review
  72. The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 In spite of all [Scorsese] accomplishes, he is unable to bring Jesus close to us, to realize his stated goal of creating a universal figure who symbolizes the spiritual anguish of all men. full review
  73. License to Drive 1988 About all that's worth noting is that the Caddy gets demolished and that the stars remain intact (though practically everyone will wish that it were the other way around). full review
  74. Scrooged 1988 If Donner and his team had any interest in the story's message, they've picked a puzzling way to show it. full review
  75. The Thin Blue Line 1988 full review
  76. Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 full review
  77. Broadcast News 1987 The film is so ingratiatingly high-spirited, and the performances so full of sass and vigor, that in the long run it doesn't really matter much. full review
  78. Fatal Attraction 1987 Fatal Attraction has an inescapable pull to it; it's suffocatingly exciting. full review
  79. Ishtar 1987 full review
  80. La Bamba 1987 full review
  81. Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 A riotously springy holiday knockabout. full review
  82. The Untouchables 1987 ...only marginally entertaining. full review
  83. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 1986 The emptiness in Henry seems like an artistic convenience or, worse, an evasion. What we suspect, finally, is that the deficiencies belong more to the artist than to his subject. full review

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