Jay Carr, Boston Globe

  1. 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.
  2. Atlantis - The Lost Empire 2001 It should have been more daring, and gone for the grandeur and even poetic dimension its subject invites.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Lara Croft - Tomb Raider 2001 While Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is as cumbersome as most films in this subgenre, Angelina Jolie makes it watchable.
  7. Waking Life 2001 Often surreal, Waking Life transcends boundaries of technology, imagination.
  8. 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.
  9. All the Pretty Horses 2000 A string of gorgeous pictures whose visual impact doesn't nearly resonate with the potency of the book's.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The Gift 2000 A solidly crafted, suspensefully written, powerfully acted little juggernaut.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Reindeer Games (Deception) 2000 The end is a long time coming in Reindeer Games and the dialogue is mostly slush.
  17. Scream 3 2000
  18. Shaft 2000 Finally, someone has remembered how to remake a slick, bang-bang action movie.
  19. The Taste of Others 2000 A civilized delight.
  20. 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.
  21. The Yards 2000 By the end, we're left with a feeling of depletion rather than resolution.
  22. Boys Don't Cry 1999 Boys Don't Cry not only revisits the crime, but convinces us we're being taken inside it.
  23. In Too Deep 1999 Rewardingly textured work.
  24. Mansfield Park 1999 Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park continues Jane Austen's winning streak on film.
  25. Music of the Heart 1999 I've always had a soft spot for teacher movies, and this one is high on my list.
  26. Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999 A screenful of nothingness!
  27. Antz 1998 It's fresh, exhilarating, funny, able to tell an old story in a beguiling new way!
  28. Following 1998
  29. Paulie 1998
  30. 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.
  31. Two Girls and a Guy 1998
  32. Mouse Hunt (Mousehunt) 1997
  33. Harriet the Spy 1996 Fresh and charming, it never plays down to kids.
  34. 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.
  35. Iron Monkey 1993 It hasn't aged a bit.
  36. Grease 1978 Grease seems kickier now than it did 20 years ago.
  37. /titles/198372 Batman Returns is the rarest of Hollywood beasts -- a sequel that's better than the original full review
  38. /titles/199771 The deflatingly ordinary Bless the Child causes one to wish ... that movies about the supernatural could make contact with supernatural script doctors. full review
  39. /titles/197463 A screenful of nonstop charm and credibility. full review
  40. /titles/197808 There's plenty to cluck about. full review
  41. /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
  42. /titles/197833 Replacing suspense with formula, Domestic Disturbance doesn't make nearly the ripple it could have made. full review
  43. /titles/199769 You've got to laugh at Witherspoon's tightly wound Little Miss Perfect, rising at dawn to do her hair and encase herself in a preppy look before baking cupcakes to pass out at school as vote-getters in her campaign for student council president. full review
  44. /titles/197819 A juicy and gratifying teacher movie. full review
  45. /titles/197807 full review
  46. /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
  47. /titles/198225 Even rarer than a breath of fresh air is a breath of fresh Hollywood film. Brainy and heartfelt and right on target, Good Will Hunting is such a film. full review
  48. /titles/198228 If you crave horror, you're better off seeing The Blair Witch Project a second or third. full review
  49. /titles/198236 While Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back can't be called hard-hitting, it's both freeform enough and free-swinging enough to make contact with the series' original anarchic impulses. full review
  50. /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
  51. /titles/199770 The winning romantic comedy every summer not only awaits, but counts on! full review
  52. /titles/199768 The Road to El Dorado is a bit too standard-issue to climb out from under its nouveau Disney house style look and supply much in the way of innovative glitter. full review
  53. /titles/197817 On several levels, Shadow of the Vampire is entertainment you can't resist sinking your fangs into. full review
  54. /titles/199961 Deft enough to keep you wondering whether it's going to end on Track A or Track B. full review
  55. /titles/199794 Just wacky enough and gadget-driven enough to appeal to bored kids looking for fresh energies. full review
  56. /titles/199766 The Whole Nine Yards a bright crowd-pleaser with a clever script. full review

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