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Jay Carr, Boston Globe

  1. Loser 2003 It's enjoyable.
  2. 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.
  3. Atlantis - The Lost Empire 2001 It should have been more daring, and gone for the grandeur and even poetic dimension its subject invites.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Lara Croft - Tomb Raider 2001 While Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is as cumbersome as most films in this subgenre, Angelina Jolie makes it watchable.
  9. Waking Life 2001 Often surreal, Waking Life transcends boundaries of technology, imagination.
  10. 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.
  11. All the Pretty Horses 2000 A string of gorgeous pictures whose visual impact doesn't nearly resonate with the potency of the book's.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. The Gift 2000 A solidly crafted, suspensefully written, powerfully acted little juggernaut.
  17. Gladiator 2000 With its conspicuous display of prefascist trappings, it says more about our time than about Rome.
  18. The Golden Bowl 2000 On the whole, though, it's easy to think of this Golden Bowl as half full rather than half empty.
  19. 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.
  20. The Man Who Cried 2000 The story is pretty cornball, with an ending that can only be called pure Hollywood.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Reindeer Games (Deception) 2000 The end is a long time coming in Reindeer Games and the dialogue is mostly slush.
  24. Scream 3 2000
  25. Shaft 2000 Finally, someone has remembered how to remake a slick, bang-bang action movie.
  26. The Taste of Others 2000 A civilized delight.
  27. 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.
  28. The Yards 2000 By the end, we're left with a feeling of depletion rather than resolution.
  29. Boys Don't Cry 1999 Boys Don't Cry not only revisits the crime, but convinces us we're being taken inside it.
  30. In Too Deep 1999 Rewardingly textured work.
  31. Mansfield Park 1999 Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park continues Jane Austen's winning streak on film.
  32. Music of the Heart 1999 I've always had a soft spot for teacher movies, and this one is high on my list.
  33. 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.
  34. The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999
  35. Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999 A screenful of nothingness!
  36. Antz 1998 It's fresh, exhilarating, funny, able to tell an old story in a beguiling new way!
  37. 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.
  38. Following 1998
  39. Paulie 1998
  40. 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.
  41. Two Girls and a Guy 1998
  42. The Apostle 1997
  43. Mouse Hunt (Mousehunt) 1997
  44. Harriet the Spy 1996 Fresh and charming, it never plays down to kids.
  45. 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.
  46. Iron Monkey 1993 It hasn't aged a bit.
  47. Grease 1978 Grease seems kickier now than it did 20 years ago.
  48. /titles/197463 A screenful of nonstop charm and credibility. full review
  49. /titles/197808 There's plenty to cluck about. full review
  50. /titles/197818 Wonderfully cast and slickly directed, but so crudely written as to make its espousing of progressive principles seem crassly exploitative to the point of self-parody. full review
  51. /titles/197833 Replacing suspense with formula, Domestic Disturbance doesn't make nearly the ripple it could have made. full review
  52. /titles/197819 A juicy and gratifying teacher movie. full review
  53. /titles/197807 full review
  54. /titles/197460 [Rodriguez] and this film that respects her by rendering her and her world in unadorned realistic terms, bypassing cheap prefab myths, are twin blasts of fresh air. full review
  55. /titles/197705 Never having decided whether it wants to be comedy or a sentimental hand-wringer, it tries to be both and winds up being neither. full review
  56. /titles/197817 On several levels, Shadow of the Vampire is entertainment you can't resist sinking your fangs into. full review
  57. /titles/197462 The whole film seems pretty plastic, as if written by a computer. full review
  58. /titles/197822 Begins brightly, then wears on too long and too predictably. full review

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