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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. The Deep End 2001 Superbly acted, strangely moving.
  5. Monkeybone 2001 The result is a script so needlessly complicated that it defies comprehension. full review
  6. Not Another Teen Movie 2001 Save your time, save your money, save your soul. Stay at home.
  7. 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.
  8. The Score 2001
  9. The Shipping News 2001 It's worth seeing at the very least because it is so different from standard Hollywood fare.
  10. Zoolander 2001 It's a one-joke movie -- models are vain, bulimic morons -- and it wears out faster than a pair of paper panties.
  11. The Golden Bowl 2000 It suffers mightily from its deliberate pacing, pale characterizations, obvious plot and some woeful miscasting. full review
  12. 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
  13. The Taste of Others 2000 A worldly-wise, compassionate and charmingly acted Gallic comedy. full review
  14. With A Friend Like Harry 2000 All of the actors are persuasive. full review
  15. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut 1999 Although some will see this rude, crude comedy as the work of Satan himself, others will see the sharp, wildly funny social satire behind the profanity and potty jokes. full review
  16. 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
  17. Donnie Brasco 1997 Unfortunately, the story isn't inventive and Newell's methodical approach to it verges on monotony. full review
  18. Hercules 1997 Chock-full of celeb cameos, puns and contemporary camp, the movie is annoyingly hip. full review
  19. Private Parts 1997 A choppy amalgram of Revenge of the Nerds, Father Knows Best and Network. full review
  20. Beautiful Girls 1996 Hutton, understated but not bland for a change, gives his best performance in years. full review
  21. Big Night 1996 A scrumptious tale of great food and grand passions. full review
  22. The English Patient 1996 The result is completely intoxicating. full review
  23. Fargo 1996 Gunderson (Frances McDormand) [is] the most endearing, hilarious and wholly feminine heroine since Thelma or Louise.
  24. The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 The Hunchback's message -- that beauty is only skin deep -- goes only so far. 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. Desperado 1995 On the whole, watching the film is about as much fun as sitting on a cactus. full review
  32. Nick of Time 1995 full review
  33. Picture Bride 1995 full review
  34. Sense and Sensibility 1995 Demonstrates how little humankind has evolved in matters of the heart. full review
  35. Smoke 1995 full review
  36. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 full review
  37. Unzipped 1995 full review
  38. Intersection 1994 Should he as an incredibly wealthy architect go back to his wife, Sharon Stone, or stay with his mistress, Lolita Davidovich? It's a question that ranks up there on the suspense-o-meter with "Paper or plastic?" full review
  39. Monkey Trouble 1994 full review
  40. Nobody's Fool 1994 Whatever its faults, it is humble, adult fare and welcome in this age of grandiose children's games. full review
  41. 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
  42. Beethoven's 2nd 1993 full review
  43. 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
  44. Heart and Souls 1993 full review
  45. Indecent Proposal 1993 full review
  46. The Innocent 1993 full review
  47. Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 full review
  48. American Me 1992 full review
  49. Ethan Frome 1992 full review
  50. Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 full review
  51. Hoffa 1992 full review
  52. 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
  53. Passion Fish 1992 full review
  54. Rock-A-Doodle 1992 full review
  55. Sarafina 1992 full review
  56. Strictly Ballroom 1992 full review
  57. 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
  58. 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
  59. 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
  60. 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
  61. 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
  62. 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
  63. 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
  64. 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
  65. 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
  66. Berkeley in the Sixties 1990 full review
  67. 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
  68. Ghost 1990 The actors succeed quite nicely in unifying the movie's multiple personalities, its ricocheting screenplay. full review
  69. Look Who's Talking Now 1990 A crude and mawkish film in which dogs attempt to communicate with Kirstie Alley and John Travolta. full review
  70. The Rescuers Down Under 1990 A gorgeously drawn myth made for plucky children and very brave mice. full review
  71. Rocky V 1990 In Rock V, the underdog is officially diagnosed as 'brain damaged.' Yo. So what else is new? full review
  72. The Accused 1988 full review
  73. Cocoon: The Return 1988 full review
  74. A Fish Called Wanda 1988 It's a deliciously dishy comedy, but like sushi an acquired taste. full review
  75. 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
  76. Angel Heart 1987 full review
  77. Less Than Zero 1987 full review
  78. Project X 1987 It's as unabashedly political as "Silkwood" and unashamedly sentimental as "Lassie Come Home." Yet it remains taut and resists the temptation to paint the villains too broadly. full review
  79. The Running Man 1987 The message is irrelevant. It's still the Olympian myth, albeit in a Lycra leotard, that counts with the Arn Man. full review
  80. Brighton Beach Memoirs 1986 full review
  81. 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
  82. Over the Top 1986 full review