Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

  1. Stranger by the Lake 2014 A cautionary tale about finding love with an improper stranger. full review
  2. Blue Is The Warmest Color 2013 The film is like a tough exam that everybody aced. The director, the actresses, the moviegoer - we all deserve a tres bien. full review
  3. The Croods 2013 The family-dramedy genre that the film inhabits demands a bit more narrative ingenuity than is on display. full review
  4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2013 Retaliation is less a sequel than an antidote to the calcified mound of crap that ostensibly inspired it. full review
  5. The Last Stand 2013 Slapdash in its character portraits, the movie is slambang in its action scenes; it springs to life whenever it promises death. full review
  6. Side Effects 2013 Side Effects virtually demands a three-word review: Just see it. full review
  7. Upside Down 2013 Absent any emotional grounding, the film is a gorgeous, sterile construction, like a dream city unoccupied by humans. full review
  8. 360 2012 Like the fork that usually comes with your airplane meal, 360 is plastic. full review
  9. Alps 2012 It simply demands to be stared at, in awe or incomprehension. full review
  10. Deadfall 2012 [It has] enough plot contrivances and twisted, twinned destinies for any old movie, though not necessarily a good one. full review
  11. The Grey 2012 True to its grim prospectus, The Grey dwells in haunted machismo to the very end. full review
  12. The Intouchables 2012 Not a great film but a warm one that pushes the viewer's emotional buttons so deftly it feels like a massage. full review
  13. The Invisible War 2012 Dick's films often strut with a lilting impudence, but his new work is dead-serious, as suits the subject. full review
  14. Nobody Walks 2012 The acting ensemble is crucial. Everyone's really fine. full review
  15. Perfect Sense 2012 In staying together as their world evaporates into darkness and silence, they are displaying what anyone in love would recognize as quiet heroism - and perfect sense. full review
  16. The Raven 2012 Until The Raven almost literally loses itself during a chase in the city sewers, it nicely balances its literary gamesmanship with a R-rated thriller's mandatory gross-out tableaux. full review
  17. Red Hook Summer 2012 Peters brings a magical energy to the movie's most laggard moments, infusing a so-what drama with a must-see performance. full review
  18. Skyfall 2012 The cool accomplishment of Skyfall, 23rd in the Broccoli franchise, is that it seems a necessary, rather than mandatory, addition to the year's popular culture. full review
  19. Sleepwalk With Me 2012 Sleepwalk is oddly soothing, like a cup of camomile tea before bedtime. full review
  20. The Woman in the Fifth 2012 This pensive, seductive drama is full of devious strategies, which begin with its protagonist's name: T. Ricks. Tricks. full review
  21. Into The Abyss 2011 It provides intimate glimpses of people usually seen, and then only briefly, as faces on a post-office wall or numbers in a cemetery. full review
  22. The Other Woman 2011 It's a kind of unofficial sequel or sibling, three decades later, to Robert Benton's Oscar-winning Kramer vs. Kramer. full review
  23. Pina 2011 Pina is, in every way, a moving experience. full review
  24. Freakonomics 2010 When this freakumentary hooks up with Urail King, it gets an A. full review
  25. The Joneses 2010 In its amiable, ambling way, The Joneses is a zeitgeist film: it says as much as a Michael Moore screed about the American way of debt. full review
  26. Nowhere Boy 2010 The reason to see Nowhere Boy is the charismatic Johnson, who effortlessly nails Lennon's strut, anger and sensitivity. Anybody seeing the movie could surely spot a star in the making. full review
  27. The Fourth Kind 2009 You'd do better downloading an old Art Bell show -- say, the one about the guy who put an alien in his freezer -- than investigating this evidence of subnormal activity. full review
  28. Kill Bill: Volume 2 2004 A gargantuanly entertaining double feature. full review
  29. The Stepford Wives 2004 It has a wonderfully wounding malice directed at both the Stepford, Conn., contingent of Energizer Bunny wives and the New Yorkers who have just moved in. full review
  30. Anger Management 2003 Even a longtime Adamophobe has to admit that Sandler is an agreeable presence here, and that the film has some funny filigree work to offset the oppressive schematics. full review
  31. The Triplets of Belleville 2003 Vous guessed it by now: Triplettes is terrific. full review
  32. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2001 High art meets high spirits in a rapturously romantic epic that really kicks butt. full review
  33. The Emperor's New Groove 2000 Emperor doesn't aim too high or strain too hard; it is at ease inhabiting its pretty, miniature realm. full review
  34. Pi 1998 Aronofsky, who has parlayed this movie's Sundance success into two Hollywood deals, is that rare indie filmmaker who doesn't want to make hip romantic sitcoms. He's a genuine experimenter with a spooky visual style. full review
  35. The Prince of Egypt 1998 The film lacks creative exuberance, any side pockets of joy.
  36. Shakespeare in Love 1998 Let the kids toy with their Rugrats and hold their Sandler high. Shakespeare in Love is a movie to please the rest of us.
  37. Hercules 1997 This is a bright movie, in both senses of the word. full review
  38. The House of Yes 1997 Bujold has the frazzled hauteur of an aging, neglected star, and Spelling is nicely glazed, studiously artless. But the film is keyed to Posey's performance: perfectly brittle, faultlessly false. full review
  39. The English Patient 1996 The cast is superb: Binoche, with her thin, seraphic smile; Scott Thomas, aware of the spell she casts but not flaunting it; Fiennes, especially, radiating sexy mystery, threat shrouded in hauteur. Doom and drive rarely have so much stately star quality. full review
  40. Fargo 1996 All attitude and low aptitude. Its function is to italicize the Coens' giddy contempt toward people who talk and think Minnesotan.
  41. The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 The result is a grand cartoon cathedral, teeming with gargoyles and treachery, hopeless love and tortured lust. full review
  42. James and the Giant Peach 1996 We fully anticipate the wrath of several generations of possessive children when we declare that the new Disney film of James and the Giant Peach is an improvement on Roald Dahl's 1961 backyard fantasy. full review
  43. Pocahontas 1996 [A] handsome, deeply felt, even more deeply reverent animated musical. full review
  44. Clerks 1994 The film looks no more expensive than it was; some of the acting (by local nonprofessionals) is spectacularly amateurish; the story is a series of anecdotes about hockey, shopping and loving the one you're with. But it's worth loitering in this shop.
  45. Forrest Gump 1994 Like the best movie actors, Hanks is a superb reactor.
  46. Pulp Fiction 1994 Tarantino's guilty secret, which the international critics should have noticed, is that his films are cultural hybrids. full review
  47. The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 A fun house of funereal glamour. full review
  48. What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 Suggests that the true heroes are those people who day by day must tend to misfits, and do so with love, tenacity and a determination not to go terminally sour in the process. full review
  49. Enchanted April 1992 In a raucous movie summer, this is a film for those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine, and a recollection of a time when women and movies could be purveyors of enchantment. full review
  50. Wayne's World 1992 Hollywood surely accepts the movie's message: laughter is the least expensive therapy. And audiences may happily parrot another Wayneism to Myers: 'He shoots! He scores!' full review
  51. The Silence of the Lambs 1991 A pretty sharp new thriller. full review
  52. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 A humongous, visionary parable that intermittently enthralls and ultimately disappoints. T2 is half of a terrific movie -- the wrong half. full review
  53. Cry-Baby 1990 Waters' hole card is Johnny Depp, the winsome tough from TV's 21 Jump Street, who radiates big- screen grace and swagger as Cry-Baby -- no easy trick, since he is guying his own image. full review
  54. The Grifters 1990 Best to savor The Grifters for its handsome design -- the picture looks as clean as a Hockney landscape -- and its juicy performances. full review
  55. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1989 A lavish fairy tale for bright children of all ages. full review
  56. Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 The opening cartoon upstages the movie that emerges from it. full review
  57. Flashdance 1983 Unlike its grittily romantic predecessors, Flashdance is pure glitz. full review
  58. /titles/198372 Burton, once an animator at Disney, understands that to go deeper, you must fly higher, to liberation from plot into poetry. Here he's done it. This Batman soars. full review
  59. /titles/198217 This luscious film restores the creature's nobility and gives him peace. full review
  60. /titles/197808 Exactly the picker-upper this macho-movie summer needs. full review
  61. /titles/198066 It's a wakeup face slap for a medium that has spent too many warm-weather nights dreaming of superheroes and frat boys. full review
  62. /titles/197743 Ayoade's new film makes little attempt to ingratiate. Simon's ordeal is a spectacle, not a tragedy meant to sear the viewer's soul; it's less psychological than satirical. full review
  63. /titles/197470 This is a tale of redemption and transcendence, of the hunchback of London Hospital, of the noble phantom who wanted to go to the opera, of Beauty and the Beast. full review
  64. /titles/198237 [The film brings] horror home to a place where the grownup moviegoer actually lives. full review
  65. /titles/197456 DreamWorks' first reprehensible fiasco. full review
  66. /titles/197729 It's about three hours long. But it moves like Isiah, fast and smooth, and it's over in a heartbreak. full review
  67. /titles/197516 Bursting with earned emotion, Hugo is a mechanism that comes to life at the turn of a key in the shape of a heart. full review
  68. /titles/198263 It's amazing there haven't been a dozen movies like it. full review
  69. /titles/197293 Thurman is the one blast of the life force in this handsome, sometimes funny, oddly remote film. full review
  70. /titles/198406 On its own terms, Scre4m is pretty good. full review
  71. /titles/197207 Shooter is an honorable rather than exceptional addition to the canon. full review