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Rita Kempley, Washington Post

  1. Amelie 2001 A delectable French confection ... sure to please America's sweet tooth.
  2. America's Sweethearts 2001 The premise falters along with much of the shtick.
  3. Atlantis - The Lost Empire 2001 A new-fashioned but old-fangled hash. full review
  4. Not Another Teen Movie 2001 Save your time, save your money, save your soul. Stay at home.
  5. Riding in Cars with Boys 2001 The movie may be based on Beverly Donofrio's memoir of the '60s, but it misses the honesty and grit of the source.
  6. The Score 2001
  7. The Shipping News 2001 It's worth seeing at the very least because it is so different from standard Hollywood fare.
  8. Zoolander 2001 It's a one-joke movie -- models are vain, bulimic morons -- and it wears out faster than a pair of paper panties.
  9. The Golden Bowl 2000 It suffers mightily from its deliberate pacing, pale characterizations, obvious plot and some woeful miscasting. full review
  10. Memento 2000 Challenge all viewers and gives them plenty to ponder after the credits roll, the lights go out and they reach the parking lot. full review
  11. The Taste of Others 2000 A worldly-wise, compassionate and charmingly acted Gallic comedy. full review
  12. With A Friend Like Harry 2000 All of the actors are persuasive. full review
  13. Two Girls and a Guy 1998 An edgy, gabby, salaciously subversive sex farce. full review
  14. Cop Land 1997 Written and directed by James Mangold, the drama is dense but misses the moral complexities and grit, not to mention the oomph, of its urban predecessors. full review
  15. Donnie Brasco 1997 Unfortunately, the story isn't inventive and Newell's methodical approach to it verges on monotony. full review
  16. Hercules 1997 Chock-full of celeb cameos, puns and contemporary camp, the movie is annoyingly hip. full review
  17. Beautiful Girls 1996 Hutton, understated but not bland for a change, gives his best performance in years. full review
  18. Big Night 1996 A scrumptious tale of great food and grand passions. full review
  19. The Craft 1996 full review
  20. The English Patient 1996 The result is completely intoxicating. full review
  21. Fargo 1996 Gunderson (Frances McDormand) [is] the most endearing, hilarious and wholly feminine heroine since Thelma or Louise.
  22. Harriet the Spy 1996 ...a tedious adaptation... full review
  23. The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 The Hunchback's message -- that beauty is only skin deep -- goes only so far. full review
  24. The Juror 1996 full review
  25. Pocahontas 1996 All Disney has really done in its disappointing 33rd animated feature is revive the stereotype of the Noble Savage.
  26. Restoration 1996 A garishly gilded, gloriously overstuffed costume drama. full review
  27. Unhook the Stars 1996 full review
  28. Walking and Talking 1996 full review
  29. Bad Boys 1995 Bad Boys is relentless formulaic fodder for the explosion-starved; it's loud, shallow, sexist and a complete waste of time. full review
  30. Bushwhacked 1995 With a little effort from viewers, Daniel Stern's dumb comedy, Bushwhacked, might bring on a smile. But don't expect anything so grand as a chuckle. full review
  31. Crimson Tide 1995 full review
  32. Desperado 1995 On the whole, watching the film is about as much fun as sitting on a cactus. full review
  33. First Knight 1995 Pillaged of such mainstays as Merlin and Morgan le Fay-as well as magic, majesty and depth-'Camelot' has become 'Camelite.' full review
  34. Johnny Mnemonic 1995 full review
  35. The Journey of August King 1995 full review
  36. Picture Bride 1995 full review
  37. Priest 1995 full review
  38. Sense and Sensibility 1995 Demonstrates how little humankind has evolved in matters of the heart. full review
  39. Smoke 1995 full review
  40. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 full review
  41. Unzipped 1995 full review
  42. Clear and Present Danger 1994 An absorbing, if overlong adaptation of Tom Clancy's bestseller. full review
  43. Double Dragon 1994 While clumsily paced by first-time director Jim Yukich and amateurishly acted, the picture does take place against the imaginative backdrop of New Angeles, the urban archipelago formed when the Big One crumpled Southern California. full review
  44. Forrest Gump 1994 Skillfully adapted by screenwriter Eric Roth, the story belongs in the company of such sweet classics as Rain Man and Harvey. full review
  45. Legends of the Fall 1994 As directed by Edward Zwick, the yarn doesn't so much sweep as sprawl across the screen in all its panoramic idiocy. full review
  46. Monkey Trouble 1994 full review
  47. The Next Karate Kid 1994 What is the sound of one hand clapping? The audience giving it up for The Next Karate Kid. full review
  48. Pulp Fiction 1994 The experience overall is like laughing down a gun barrel, a little bit tiring, a lot sick and maybe far too perverse for less jaded moviegoers. full review
  49. Beethoven's 2nd 1993 full review
  50. Coneheads 1993 Curtin and Aykroyd rely on old standbys... When that doesn't work, which mostly it doesn't, they try grossing us out with a series of revolting Remulakian childbirth jokes. full review
  51. Heart and Souls 1993 full review
  52. Indecent Proposal 1993 full review
  53. The Innocent 1993 full review
  54. Iron Monkey 1993 A crackling Cantonese action caper in the tradition of Robin Hood, Zorro, Batman et al.
  55. Philadelphia 1993 It's less like a film by Demme than the best of Frank Capra. It is not just canny, corny and blatantly patriotic, but compassionate, compelling and emotionally devastating. full review
  56. Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 full review
  57. American Me 1992 full review
  58. Basic Instinct 1992 These actors seem driven less by real emotions than Eveready bunny batteries. full review
  59. Beethoven 1992 A waggish tale of canine chicanery, an uproarious if impawsible symphony of drool, doggy fidelity and chewed shoes. full review
  60. Body of Evidence 1992 A bland, utterly silly, curiously provincial courtroom drama. full review
  61. Ethan Frome 1992 full review
  62. Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 full review
  63. A League of Their Own 1992 Graced by Davis and enlivened by Lovitz and the ensemble cast, it sends us home feeling a little higher, with visions of peanuts and Cracker Jack floating in our heads. full review
  64. Passion Fish 1992 full review
  65. Rock-A-Doodle 1992 full review
  66. Sarafina 1992 full review
  67. Sneakers 1992 It's a Twinkie for techies, an enormously entertaining time-waster. full review
  68. Strictly Ballroom 1992 full review
  69. Supercop (Police Story 3) (Ging chaat goo si 3: Chiu kap ging chaat) 1992 With martial arts superstar Jackie Chan, older may be better. full review
  70. The Addams Family 1991 More than merely a sequel of the TV series, the film is a compendium of paterfamilias Charles Addams's macabre drawings, a resurrection of the cartoonist's body of work. For family friends, it would seem a viewing is de rigueur mortis. full review
  71. All I Want for Christmas 1991 When it comes to yuletide cheer, All I Want for Christmas ranks just under dead reindeer on the roof. full review
  72. Backdraft 1991 Backdraft is sure to do for fire what The Poseidon Adventure did for water. full review
  73. Barton Fink 1991 A triumph for the offbeat, grimly funny brothers, it reveals in its mythic fashion the vagaries of the creative process that plague every artist. full review
  74. Boyz n the Hood 1991 Boyz N the Hood is a rude, insistent rap, an unflinching, often funny, always compassionate look at coming of age in South Central Los Angeles. full review
  75. Dutch 1991 The acting is only a little more uninspired than the screenplay, which is directed without shame or flair by Peter Faiman of Crocodile Dundee. full review
  76. Grand Canyon 1991 Even when he wasn't trying, Kasdan's camera found tragedy, as with the opening footage of Magic Johnson, filmed before anybody knew he had the AIDS virus. The filmmaker and his team have truly caught society on the verge. full review
  77. The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear 1991 In the limbo of comedy, few can go lower than Zucker without visibly straining. full review
  78. The Prince of Tides 1991 When her good sense doesn't yield to hubris, Streisand shows the polish of a veteran director in handling this complicated form. full review
  79. The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Adroitly directed by Jonathan Demme, it lurks about the exquisite edge of horror, before finally leaping into an unholy maw of bloody bones and self-awareness. full review
  80. Soapdish 1991 Soapdish is pure joy, a lemon-fresh spoof of daytime drama that does the dishing and may even soften your hands. full review
  81. What About Bob? 1991 Above all else, What About Bob? addresses the way many a patient feels when his psychiatrist has the nerve to go away without giving a thought to his problems. Perhaps it is just one desperate cosmic cry for help. Then again, maybe it's a threat. full review
  82. Berkeley in the Sixties 1990 full review
  83. Cry-Baby 1990 Basically the filmmaker reminds us of his affection for social misfits, but without much conviction. He's simply too hip to commit himself to his beliefs, and a relentless frivolity prevails. full review
  84. Ghost 1990 The actors succeed quite nicely in unifying the movie's multiple personalities, its ricocheting screenplay. full review
  85. The Rescuers Down Under 1990 A gorgeously drawn myth made for plucky children and very brave mice. full review
  86. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 1989 Though it relies on special effects, this cutie-pie caper never loses sight of the protagonists amid the bigger-than-life Cheerios and 40-foot blades of grass. full review
  87. The Accused 1988 full review
  88. Cocoon: The Return 1988 full review
  89. Eight Men Out 1988 If John Sayles were a ballplayer, they'd call him Lefty -- not for his pitching arm but for his politics. The devoutly liberal filmmaker's political point of view is certain. It's his dramatic focus that sometimes gets fuzzy. full review
  90. School Daze 1988 School Daze, with its pompous patchwork plot, is an arrogant, humorless, sexist mess. full review
  91. Short Circuit 2 1988 full review
  92. Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 A mix of live action and animation, the $45 million movie is as cunning as Wile E. Coyote and chipper as a flock of cartoon bluebirds. full review
  93. Adventures in Babysitting 1987 A sweet-natured, adolescent variation on the big-city black comedy After Hours. full review
  94. Can't Buy Me Love 1987 As written by Michael Swerdlick and guided by Rash, the theme dissolves into a bland parody of pubescent pain. full review
  95. Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby) 1987 As long as the script tracks the men's relationship with the baby, the picture is lively froth. full review
  96. Brighton Beach Memoirs 1986 full review
  97. Children of a Lesser God 1986 The polemic drama of deaf rights translates into a heart-pounding love story -- the most passionately performed since Officer and a Gentleman. full review

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