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Jonathan Foreman, New York Post

  1. 13 Going on 30 2004 It's a surprisingly charming and fresh comedy that only becomes painfully saccharine in its last 20 minutes.
  2. Darkness Falls 2003 Could just as well have been titled Dumb Then Dumber for the way its plot makes decreasing sense even by the low standards of B horror flicks.
  3. Gigli 2003 An inept attempt to do Elmore Leonard by Martin Brest, a filmmaker whose coarse sensibility makes him catastrophically unqualified to the task.
  4. Love Actually 2003 Slick but uneven romantic comedy.
  5. Mona Lisa Smile 2003 Sanctimonious, relentlessly predictable and willfully ignorant of the period it's set in.
  6. Scary Movie 3 2003 Mediocre spoof.
  7. Timeline 2003 This is not just a 'B-movie' -- it's a B-movie that fails to entertain on any level.
  8. Equilibrium 2002 Illiterate, often inert sci-fi action thriller.
  9. The Master of Disguise 2002 No one but a convict guilty of some truly heinous crime should have to sit through The Master of Disguise.
  10. The New Guy 2002 Uneven, with long sections that are completely unfunny.
  11. The Sweetest Thing 2002 An awkward hybrid of genres that just doesn't work.
  12. XXX 2002 Unfortunately, its efforts to pander to this pubescent demographic are often laughable.
  13. Along Came a Spider 2001 From the very beginning of the movie, irritating implausibilities speckle Mark Moss' script.
  14. The Animal 2001 OK lowbrow comedy about a man given superpowers by animal organ transplants.
  15. Baran 2001 A far more impressive and affecting piece of filmmaking and storytelling than most movies put out by Hollywood this year, and offers, as a bonus, a glimpse into a fascinating, contradictory society.
  16. The Glass House 2001 Just another thriller that feels mass-produced.
  17. Hannibal 2001 Of the three films made from Thomas Harris' novels featuring the murderous psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Ridley Scott's Hannibal is the least compelling or frightening.
  18. Heartbreakers 2001 Despite its talented and/or attractive cast, Heartbreakers is an ugly movie: The kind that makes you feel slightly soiled afterwards, not to mention conned out the price of admission as efficiently as the victims of the movie's two heroines.
  19. The Mothman Prophecies 2001 Creepy but ultimately unsatisfying thriller.
  20. Not Another Teen Movie 2001 Many of the movie's targets are just too big and too obvious to elicit more than a smile of recognition, and the movie quickly degenerates into little more than a game of spot the (generally unfunny) reference for fans of the teen genre.
  21. Riding in Cars with Boys 2001 It strains for bittersweetness, but a heavy directorial hand (wielding a ladle of schmaltz) tends to overwhelm both the humor and the pathos.
  22. Tomcats 2001 Much of Tomcats is actually boisterously, crudely entertaining.
  23. Vanilla Sky 2001 The end isn't satisfying enough to justify their efforts and your time.
  24. Zoolander 2001 Works better than most movie comedies adapted from TV sketches.
  25. 28 Days 2000 Sandra Bullock's best film in years -- perhaps even the best work she has ever done.
  26. Committed 2000 In Committed [Graham] finally gets the chance to carry a movie, and she does so admirably.
  27. The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick 2000 Anyone with less than an encyclopedic knowledge of Dick's work will leave this film clueless as to what the Gospel According to Philip K. Dick might actually be.
  28. Hamlet 2000 Embarrassingly sophomoric.
  29. The Original Kings of Comedy 2000 While that vulgarity eventually gets wearing, parts of their acts are so funny your cheeks hurt.
  30. Our Song 2000 A languid but refreshingly real depiction of female adolescence in the inner city.
  31. Vatel 2000 Cold and uninvolving.
  32. Vertical Limit 2000 One of the most thrilling - and authentic - mountain-climbing films in recent memory.
  33. The Yards 2000 Remarkable for the way in which every character has more than one side.
  34. Double Jeopardy 1999 Visual lushness is almost the only indication that the movie was directed by the same Bruce Beresford who made Breaker Morant and Driving Miss Daisy.
  35. Girl, Interrupted 1999 It's an odd mixture of an unsentimental, darkly humorous take on mental illness with the usual Hollywood loony-bin cliches.
  36. In Too Deep 1999 Slow and predictable!
  37. The Ninth Gate 1999 The worst occult film to star big-name actors in many years, and a startlingly inept and unsatisfying piece of storytelling.
  38. Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle an ugly, failed attempt to pull off a Heathers - style, teen - oriented black comedy.
  39. The Virgin Suicides 1999 It's hard to remember a film that mixes disparate, delicate ingredients with the subtlety and virtuosity of Sofia Coppola's brilliant The Virgin Suicides.
  40. The Wood 1999 Artificial, tension-free.

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