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Jay Carr, Boston Globe

  1. Loser 2003 It's enjoyable.
  2. Panic Room 2002 Foster usually makes intelligent choices, but, time and again, one wonders what she could have seen in David Koepp's script, which ranges from flimsy to nonexistent. full review
  3. Black Hawk Down 2001 Despite all the hard work by an army of craftsmen working on location in Morocco, the film takes the easy way out, subsiding into a thing of technical challenges met rather than attempting to probe the events at a deeper level.
  4. Ali 2001 Smith makes contact with enough of Ali's swagger, sweetness, wit, and pride to convince us that justice is being done to the boxing champion.
  5. Atlantis - The Lost Empire 2001 It should have been more daring, and gone for the grandeur and even poetic dimension its subject invites.
  6. Baran 2001 It reminds us of what a film can be when it's drawn from the heart of an artist who believes in the medium as something more than a product or commodity.
  7. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a magical dream of a martial arts epic. It surpasses any you've ever seen.
  8. Novocaine 2001 [Atkins] brings to his direction of Martin a finesse shared by only a few of the directors who have worked with the comedian-actor.
  9. The Shipping News 2001 Too muted to be counted as a fully successful big-screen translation of Annie Proulx's enormously popular novel, but there's a lot to like in it all the same.
  10. Lara Croft - Tomb Raider 2001 While Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is as cumbersome as most films in this subgenre, Angelina Jolie makes it watchable.
  11. Waking Life 2001 Often surreal, Waking Life transcends boundaries of technology, imagination.
  12. 28 Days 2000 It's going to take more than 28 Days to jump-start Sandra Bullock's stalled career.
  13. About Adam 2000 Stembridge keeps things bustling along at a lively enough pace to deflect any introspective focus on the matchups that are never presented as relationships, only flings.
  14. All the Pretty Horses 2000 A string of gorgeous pictures whose visual impact doesn't nearly resonate with the potency of the book's.
  15. American Psycho 2000 The book seems a case of the prurient condemning the prurient. It's cynical junk masquerading as social comment. The film is, finally, only a slicker packaging of it.
  16. Amores Perros 2000 The raw, propulsive vigor of Inarritu's dances of death on the streets of Mexico City mark him as a director who's suddenly very much on the cinematic map.
  17. Blow Dry 2000 What Blow Dry needs, though, is less connect-the-dots and a little more of the waywardness that Warren Clarke's mayor-turned-emcee manages to wring from his limited assignment.
  18. Center Stage 2000 Anybody who's ever laced on toe shoes, or wanted to, will find something to take away from Center Stage.
  19. Diamond Men 2000 The kind of keenly observed, artfully crafted, warmly humane movie that keeps us going through the weekly helping of big-screen duds.
  20. The Gift 2000 A solidly crafted, suspensefully written, powerfully acted little juggernaut.
  21. Gladiator 2000 With its conspicuous display of prefascist trappings, it says more about our time than about Rome.
  22. The Golden Bowl 2000 On the whole, though, it's easy to think of this Golden Bowl as half full rather than half empty.
  23. Love's Labour's Lost 2000 It's so eager to please, so caught up in its own sunny energies, so seductive to look at, that what might be your resistance never gets off the ground -- or wants to.
  24. The Man Who Cried 2000 The story is pretty cornball, with an ending that can only be called pure Hollywood.
  25. The Original Kings of Comedy 2000 Time and again, we're transported by the outpouring of liberating humor from four men who know the territory.
  26. Our Song 2000 Our Song has no illusions about easy fixes. But neither does it traffic in facile despair as its three Graces saunter along the cracked pavement and into our hearts.
  27. Reindeer Games (Deception) 2000 The end is a long time coming in Reindeer Games and the dialogue is mostly slush.
  28. Scream 3 2000
  29. Shaft 2000 Finally, someone has remembered how to remake a slick, bang-bang action movie.
  30. The Taste of Others 2000 A civilized delight.
  31. Traffic 2000 Traffic looks like the Oscar best-picture front-runner, and so does Soderbergh, for best director. But long after everyone has forgotten who won the statues, it will be remembered as one of film's most stylish and electrifying wake-up calls.
  32. Urban Legends: Final Cut 2000 How Jennifer Morrison and Matthew Davis keep straight faces through it all is beyond me.
  33. Vertical Limit 2000 For all the pains that have been taken to plunk us vicariously alongside the frozen peril, Vertical Limit is mostly a joke that keeps getting unfunnier.
  34. With A Friend Like Harry 2000 A sleek little poison pill of a movie that throws a psychopath into the midst of a frazzled family and artfully tightens the screws.
  35. The Yards 2000 By the end, we're left with a feeling of depletion rather than resolution.
  36. Boys Don't Cry 1999 Boys Don't Cry not only revisits the crime, but convinces us we're being taken inside it.
  37. Double Jeopardy 1999 A lukewarm outing that mostly just bops from plot point to plot point.
  38. The Haunting 1999 If you crave horror, you're better off seeing The Blair Witch Project a second or third.
  39. In Too Deep 1999 Rewardingly textured work.
  40. Mansfield Park 1999 Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park continues Jane Austen's winning streak on film.
  41. Music of the Heart 1999 I've always had a soft spot for teacher movies, and this one is high on my list.
  42. The Ninth Gate 1999 The self-immolating and oblivion-bound Ninth Gate is the kind of film that's going to give satanic cults a bad name.
  43. Superstar 1999 The secret of Mary Katherine's success is that she isn't afraid to risk looking foolish by trying too hard. The secret of Shannon's success is that she knows just how hard to try.
  44. The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999
  45. Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999 A screenful of nothingness!
  46. The Thomas Crown Affair 1999 Elaborate and inventive!
  47. Antz 1998 It's fresh, exhilarating, funny, able to tell an old story in a beguiling new way!
  48. The Big Hit 1998 In its non-A-list way, The Big Hit is the most successful attempt yet to transfer the Hong Kong action movie to Hollywood.
  49. Following 1998
  50. Paulie 1998
  51. The Prince of Egypt 1998 I wish DreamWorks had been more truly daring instead of merely competitive and worked a little longer at evolving a drawing style that departed more radically from the Disney house style than this film does.
  52. Two Girls and a Guy 1998
  53. The Apostle 1997
  54. Mouse Hunt (Mousehunt) 1997
  55. Harriet the Spy 1996 Fresh and charming, it never plays down to kids.
  56. The Legend of Drunken Master (Jui kuen II) (Drunken Fist II) 1994 [Chan's] as close as film gets to guaranteed entertainment, and he's on top of his game in The Legend of Drunken Master.
  57. Iron Monkey 1993 It hasn't aged a bit.
  58. Grease 1978 Grease seems kickier now than it did 20 years ago.

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