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Stephen Holden, New York Times

  1. Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq 2014 It offers hardheaded commentary about the rigors of a dancer's life and how everyone who chooses a dance career is aware of its brevity. full review
  2. Devil's Knot 2014 The real-life characters, as shown in the documentaries, are far more colorful and quirky than they appear in these well-acted but comparatively safe performances. full review
  3. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me 2014 On a deeper level, "Shoot Me" is an unflinchingly honest examination of a woman who is aware that the end is approaching. full review
  4. G.B.F. 2014 "G.B.F" works its concept to death as its silly story builds to a prom scene that revolves around a tepid, underwhelming homage to "Carrie." full review
  5. Two Lives 2014 "Two Lives" is an absorbing, well-acted, moderately suspenseful mystery, although its time line of events is fuzzy to the point of impenetrability. full review
  6. And Now A Word From Our Sponsor 2013 To describe "And Now a Word From Our Sponsor" as a one-joke skit stretched well beyond the breaking point isn't entirely fair, because when used ingeniously, which is very seldom, the joke lands. full review
  7. And While We Were Here 2013 The marital crisis at the movie's heart has lost its allegorical weight. Jane and Leonard are just another unhappy couple with problems that have nothing to do with the direction of Western civilization. full review
  8. The Angels' Share 2013 Watching it is like receiving a hard slap in the face from someone who expects you to laugh it off, even though the sting lingers. full review
  9. Antiviral 2013 Eventually the clammy spell of this handsomely designed but solemnly paced movie begins to wear off, and you long for a little action or at least some fresh air. full review
  10. Arthur Newman 2013 The film equivalent of a dysfunctional computer sloppily assembled from discarded parts of other machines. full review
  11. Big Sur 2013 "Big Sur" cracks the code of how to adapt Jack Kerouac for the screen. full review
  12. The Big Wedding 2013 The screenplay is chopped up into smutty sound bites constructed around the notion that casual obscenity delivered by respected actors of a certain age is hilarious. But it's just embarrassing. full review
  13. Broken 2013 At a certain point, Mr. Norris forsakes realism for theatricalized fantasy, and "Broken" ultimately loses its stylistic cohesion, if not its humanity. full review
  14. Call Me Kuchu 2013 A scary but inspiring film with real heroes and villains. full review
  15. Camille Claudel, 1915 2013 Ms. Binoche's portrayal of Camille is one of the most wrenching performances she has given. full review
  16. Charlie Countryman 2013 This catastrophe of a movie zigzags drunkenly between action-adventure and surreal comedy with some magical realism slopped over it like ketchup. full review
  17. Crystal Fairy 2013 [A] small, lovely road movie ... full review
  18. Dirty Wars 2013 Pessimistic, grimly outraged and utterly riveting ... full review
  19. Electrick Children 2013 "Electrick Children" is well acted and refreshingly nonjudgmental, but its narrative continuity is tenuous at best. full review
  20. Emperor 2013 Mr. Jones's performance is the only spark within this otherwise dull, well-mannered exercise. full review
  21. The English Teacher 2013 Perversely determined to make you laugh. You're more likely to squirm, though ... full review
  22. Everyday 2013 Moment by moment, it all adds up. The scenes of the family huddling and hugging, greeting and parting, and reaffirming primal bonds are quietly moving. full review
  23. The Family 2013 It doesn't even try for basic credibility. But buoyed by hot performances, it sustains a zapping electrical energy. full review
  24. The Frozen Ground 2013 The movie's only fresh element is the wintry setting, which shrouds everything in a mood of weary fatalism. Otherwise, it's the same old, same old, efficiently discharged and utterly disposable. full review
  25. Future Weather 2013 [A] tiny, beautifully acted movie ... full review
  26. Gideon's Army 2013 "Gideon's Army" is a bare film with no narrator and a minimal soundtrack. That's all it needs to grab you by the throat. full review
  27. The Hot Flashes 2013 In critical ways, the movie is a mess. The basketball scenes are so sloppy and haphazard that the would-be slapstick registers as confusion. But away from the court, the actors bring their caricatures to folksy comic life. full review
  28. The Iceman 2013 Michael Shannon's mesmerizing portrayal of Richard Kuklinski, a notorious contract killer, has the paradoxical quality, peculiar to many great screen performances, of being unreadable and transparent. full review
  29. If I Were You 2013 Buried in the bloat of Joan Carr-Wiggin's interminable "If I Were You" are the seeds of what might have been a lean, snappy farce about duplicitous, adulterous games. full review
  30. The Last Days On Mars 2013 Once it turns into a horror movie, "The Last Days on Mars" loses its originality and becomes the usual us-against-them battle between the dead and the undead. full review
  31. Last Love 2013 This dull, dawdling film, adapted from Francoise Dorner's novel "La Douceur Assassine," eventually succumbs to sentimentality. full review
  32. Love Sick Love 2013 "Love Sick Love" deteriorates into a series of pranks that are not funny enough to register as comedy or brutal enough to qualify as horror. full review
  33. Machete Kills 2013 Until your eyes glaze over after about a half-hour, "Machete Kills" might put a twisted smirk of guilty amusement on your face. full review
  34. Movie 43 2013 Once you're attuned to the movie's desperation to shock, you begin to have that jaded, ho-hum feeling. full review
  35. Narco Cultura 2013 There is nothing here that hasn't been more thoroughly documented in other studies of the drug-related crime that grips Juarez. full review
  36. Newlyweeds 2013 "Newlyweeds," for all its freshness, never really lands. It remains suspended in a haze of secondhand smoke. full review
  37. Night Train To Lisbon 2013 After barely stirring to life, "Night Train to Lisbon" mercifully expires. full review
  38. Only God Forgives 2013 What is on Mr. Refn's mind? Here is what he says in a director's note: "The original concept for the film was to make a movie about a man who wants to fight God." All right. Whatever. full review
  39. Paradise: Faith 2013 Like it or not, "Paradise: Faith" sticks in your head. full review
  40. Paradise: Hope 2013 Instead of being contemptuous and sardonic, the portrait of inchoate adolescent longing in "Paradise: Hope" is poignant. full review
  41. Paranoia 2013 In critical ways the movie feels both out of date and out of touch. full review
  42. The Playroom 2013 "The Playroom" captures the malaise of mid-'70s suburbia with a merciless accuracy not seen since Ang Lee's 1997 film, "The Ice Storm." full review
  43. Populaire 2013 "Populaire" tells the kind of transcendentally silly fairy tale that has long been a French cinematic specialty. full review
  44. Renoir 2013 The movie, like its subject, refuses to stir up unnecessary melodrama. full review
  45. Shadow Dancer 2013 "Shadow Dancer" is ominously subdued and grimly taciturn. The dialogue is minimal. Only what has to be said is said, and the tone of most of it is one of quiet urgency. full review
  46. Starbuck 2013 "Starbuck" is up to its eyeballs in mush. You may want to regurgitate. full review
  47. Stuck in Love 2013 Although "Stuck in Love" is an indie film, it hews slavishly to Hollywood formulas right down to its comfy Thanksgiving Day ending. It's all so easy, isn't it? full review
  48. Supporting Characters 2013 This well-acted film captures a generational and occupational sliver of New York life that rings true. full review
  49. Touchy Feely 2013 "Touchy Feely" becomes disoriented and doesn't recover its direction. full review
  50. Unfinished Song 2013 It may be hokum, but it gets to you. full review
  51. Upside Down 2013 The novelty of the idea, which suggests a less elegant offshoot of M. C. Escher drawings, quickly wears thin. The production design is too busy, and the film's desaturated palette is forbiddingly austere. full review
  52. War Witch 2013 The movie is committed to revealing the world through Komona's eyes, and you never feel a taint of voyeurism or condescension. It stays true to her. full review
  53. Winnie Mandela 2013 Ms. Hudson's frequent and distracting costume changes are a sign of deeper problems in a movie that wants to be all things to all people, especially women. full review
  54. Wish You Were Here 2013 The time you spend trying to piece together a mystery that is presented as a teasing puzzle inevitably diverts you from deeper identification with characters who are not particularly sympathetic to begin with. full review
  55. You Will Be My Son 2013 The parallel dramas underline the universal theme of primal jealousy, as fathers confront the prospect of their sons superseding them. full review
  56. 17 Girls 2012 The movie takes you inside the dreamy collective mentality of bored, mildly rebellious girls who look with horror at the lives of their mostly working-class parents. full review
  57. 28 Hotel Rooms 2012 "28 Hotel Rooms" slowly expires for lack of air. full review
  58. 30 Beats 2012 This wisp of a movie, inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's play "La Ronde," offers only hints of the complicated personalities behind the characters' sleek, well-toned surfaces. full review
  59. All Together 2012 A dour Gallic comedy about five septuagenarian friends living comfortably in the outskirts of Paris who decide to share a house rather than move into retirement homes. full review
  60. Any Day Now 2012 An outraged, unblinking depiction of institutionalized homophobia three decades ago, when the prevailing court opinion in adoption cases was that exposing a child to a homosexual environment was harmful. full review
  61. The Awakening 2012 For all of its airs of refinement, "The Awakening" is pretty stale stuff. full review
  62. Bachelorette 2012 "Bachelorette" comes at you with the crackling intensity of machine-gun fire. Maybe the safest way to watch it is by peeking out from a behind a sandbag. full review
  63. The Big Picture 2012 If some of the plot details defy credibility, Romain Duris's electrifying performance makes you overlook any inconsistencies, as his likable character becomes a man on the run barely able to stifle his panic. full review
  64. Brake 2012 "Brake" is a full-scale paranoid nightmare with back-to-back double-whammy endings. full review
  65. Burn 2012 The film makes you thankful for members of this macho breed, who relish risking their lives to save others. full review
  66. Cafe de Flore 2012 Feels less like a movie than like a cinematic jigsaw puzzle whose agitation undermines the very continuity it wants to portray. full review
  67. Carol Channing: Larger Than Life 2012 Carol Channing is 91 going on 7. That is meant as a compliment. full review
  68. Cheerful Weather For The Wedding 2012 The glossy appearance and trappings may evoke standard Anglophile nostalgia, but below the veneer is a cynical portrait of bored, shallow Britons halfheartedly going through the motions of a celebration. full review
  69. Collaborator 2012 An exceedingly earnest, high-minded hostage drama in which any visceral tension is secondary to topical debates by a captor and his prisoner. full review
  70. Dark Tide 2012 It is often impossible to figure out what's going on. full review
  71. Detachment 2012 Even at its most ludicrous - when it is shouting into your ear - its sheer audacity grabs your attention. full review
  72. The Details 2012 Instead of turning soft and squishy, this examination of karma gets tougher as it goes along. Its refusal to settle into a cozy niche may be commercially disastrous, but I take it as a sign of integrity. full review
  73. Elles 2012 In case you have forgotten, all women are prostitutes, and all men are johns. full review
  74. First Winter 2012 It haunted me the first time I saw it and even more so the second time. full review
  75. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 Manages the considerable feat of interweaving the personal dramas of nine members of a boisterous Irish-American clan into a coherent mosaic with a streamlined narrative drive. full review
  76. Fred Won't Move Out 2012 Except for a subplot about a missing cat that suggests that Fred may be considerably dottier than he appears, the movie gets almost everything right about the uncomfortable moment when grown children are forced to be their parents' parents. full review
  77. The Front Line 2012 A movie that reserves its final sickening wallop for a grueling half-hour that leaves you as emotionally battered as the soldiers are forced to return to hell for one last senseless round. full review
  78. Generation Um... 2012 What does it add up to? Um ... I have no idea and don't really care. full review
  79. Goats 2012 If Mr. Neil had the tonal mastery of Wes Anderson, "Goats" could have been so much more than an episodic sequence of whimsical little psychodramas. full review
  80. God Bless America 2012 Mr. Goldthwait's screenplay is essentially a comedy act fleshed out with a story he doesn't try to make convincing. full review
  81. The Good Doctor 2012 If "The Good Doctor" isn't a bad movie, it tells only half the story. full review
  82. Grassroots 2012 Although it only glosses the mechanics of local politics, it exudes an endearingly scruffy charm. full review
  83. House at the End of the Street 2012 A choppily edited, poorly timed mess with little continuity, overloaded with aural shocks in a desperate attempt to compensate for its minimal suspense. full review
  84. How to Survive a Plague 2012 If the movie expresses equal measures of sadness and outrage, it is charged with the exhilarating excitement felt by soldiers on the front lines of battle. full review
  85. In Our Nature 2012 The confessions and conflicts that bubble up feel real and lived, if overly familiar to connoisseurs of that dreaded genre known as the dysfunctional-family drama. full review
  86. Jesus Henry Christ 2012 So what is "Jesus Henry Christ" about? full review
  87. King Kelly 2012 If social satire that elicits scornful laughter is your kind of humor, "King Kelly" will have you doubled over with guilty guffaws. full review
  88. Little White Lies 2012 Although these friends have some fun horsing around in the water, their conflicts and rivalries make for a tense, joyless holiday that is anything but relaxing. full review
  89. Lore 2012 The film sustains an air of overarching mystery in which the viewer, like the title character, is in the position of a sheltered child plunked into an alien environment and required to fend for herself without a map or compass. full review
  90. The Magic of Belle Isle 2012 The magic of this new movie's title emanates from the beautiful, measured performances of its stars. full review
  91. Marley 2012 A riveting two-and-a-half-hour documentary biography... full review
  92. More Than Honey 2012 A fascinating but rambling documentary about the decimation of the world's bee population through the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. full review
  93. Nobody Else But You 2012 If "Nobody Else but You" is smart and entertaining, it is a little too clever for its own good. full review
  94. Nobody Walks 2012 You feel the characters' pangs as they spin out of control, and you are reminded of how easy it is for a careless sexual adventurer to destroy relationships and families on a whim, without even fully realizing it. full review
  95. Not Fade Away 2012 By focusing on musicians who are talented but finally not good or persistent enough to succeed in the big time, "Not Fade Away" offers a poignant, alternative, antiheroic history of the big beat. full review
  96. Nuit #1 2012 They invest so much humanity in their miserable characters that despite your dislike, you empathize enough to think, there but for the grace of God. full review
  97. Perfect Sense 2012 A solemn sci-fi parable set in present-day Glasgow, whose deepening sense of foreboding is sustained by the enigmatic, pseudo-biblical reflections of an unseen narrator. full review
  98. Price Check 2012 Parker Posey cuts a ferociously funny swath through Michael Walker's "Price Check," a corporate comedy that tells you more than you ever wanted to know about the hypercompetitive world of retail marketing. full review
  99. Red Hook Summer 2012 Spike Lee's messy, meandering, bluntly polemical "Red Hook Summer" has one crucial ingredient: a raw vitality. full review
  100. Safety Not Guaranteed 2012 "Safety Not Guaranteed" won the Waldo Salt screenwriting award at the Sundance Film Festival, and it is a small-scale winner. full review
  101. Sassy Pants 2012 Until "Sassy Pants" loses its nerve and turns somewhat warm and fuzzy, Ms. Sohn maintains tight control of the story of Bethany's liberation from her domestic prison to pursue fashion. full review
  102. Sleepwalk With Me 2012 More than just a glorified stand-up act. full review
  103. Struck by Lightning 2012 Except for Ms. Janney's monstrous mother and an Alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother (Polly Bergen), "Struck by Lightning" gives its characters no dimension. full review
  104. The Waiting Room 2012 By removing any editorial screen, it confronts you head-on with human suffering that a more humane and equitable system might help alleviate. full review
  105. Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale 2012 As the war drags on, "Warriors of the Rainbow" outstays its welcome. I've never seen more severed heads in a film and cared less. full review
  106. Whores' Glory 2012 [A] quietly powerful but dispiriting documentary, which compares the world's oldest profession as practiced from place to place. full review
  107. The Wise Kids 2012 "The Wise Kids" is a guileless exploration of the growing pains of sheltered innocents whose reticence and sincerity evoke 1950s small-town values. full review
  108. The Zen Of Bennett 2012 The way Mr. Bennett talks is the way he sings. There is no subtext, only the song conveyed with knowledge, heart, a sophisticated sense of swing and a positive attitude. full review
  109. Angels Crest 2011 Despite several solid performances, the characters are too hazily sketched and too loosely linked to form a meaningful chain. full review
  110. Beautiful Darling 2011 A sad, lyrical reflection on the foolish worship of movie stars. full review
  111. The Big Fix 2011 If the film's conspiratorial viewpoint makes sense and is probably accurate, its final judgment is so gloomy that your impulse is to throw up your hands and despair. full review
  112. Brighton Rock 2011 Mr. Joffe has turned "Brighton Rock" into a full-scale film noir with the stylistic undertow of a more modern British gangster movie. full review
  113. Cat Run 2011 An incoherent hybrid of buddy movie, "Girls Gone Wild" episode and James Bond spoof that employs cheap cinematic tricks like multiple split screens for no apparent purpose. full review
  114. Cracks 2011 In many ways "Cracks" is lurid and rickety. But its gripping ensemble performances lend it an emotional intensity that outweighs its shortcomings. full review
  115. House of Pleasures 2011 The heavy candlelit chiaroscuro paints the women as mobile Renoirs, Degases and Manets. full review
  116. I Don't Know How She Does It 2011 "I Don't Know How She Does It" seems stuck in the past. full review
  117. I Melt with You 2011 By the end, you feel nothing, not even contempt. full review
  118. Khodorkovsky 2011 The visually snazzy film has stark, ominous, mostly black-and-white computer-animated sequences depicting Mr. Khodorkovsky's initial arrest. full review
  119. The Ledge 2011 What undoes it is its mechanical structure: a stale dramatic formula of the sort taught in elementary playwriting classes. full review
  120. Magic Trip 2011 "Magic Trip" is the cinematic equivalent of a yellowed scrapbook whose pictures are accompanied by sketchy captions created after the fact. full review
  121. My Piece of the Pie 2011 Paints an alluring picture of a pan-European cosmopolitan culture whose characters hopscotch from one country to another with hardly a second thought in a lighthearted floating party. full review
  122. The Perfect Host 2011 Not even Mr. Pierce's best efforts can make sense of a character who by the end of the film seems to be a completely different person with the same name. full review
  123. Seven Days In Utopia 2011 [A] humorless, mystically fortified golfing movie... full review
  124. Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness 2011 It is a rich, beautifully organized and illustrated modern history of Eastern European Jewry examined through the life and work of the author, born Sholem Rabinovich in Pereyaslav (near Kiev) in 1859. full review
  125. Sympathy for Delicious 2011 These characters may serve an obscure metaphorical agenda, but they make no psychological sense. And as the movie contemplates the rewards and perils of giving and receiving, it winds itself into stomach-turning knots. full review
  126. Tales from the Golden Age 2011 There are moments, especially in the first two tales, that conjure a maniacal Chaplinesque verve. full review
  127. That's What I Am 2011 Mr. Harris's depiction of a saintly, soft-spoken, bow-tie-wearing middle-school teacher lends the movie a moral weight it probably couldn't have summoned had another actor played the role. full review
  128. We Were Here 2011 An extraordinarily moving, beautifully edited documentary... full review
  129. You've Been Trumped 2011 Mr. Trump comes across as an insensitive, lying bully who will do whatever it takes to realize his dream of creating what he promises will be the world's greatest golf resort. full review
  130. 3 Backyards 2010 Little is left to chance, and every detail contributes to a tightly schematic, microcosmic poetic concept. full review
  131. Centurion 2010 For all its analogies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, or wherever, the underlying thrust of Centurion is its celebration of bloodlust. full review
  132. Freakonomics 2010 Amiably passes the time. full review
  133. Heartbeats 2010 The new movie confirms Mr. Dolan as a wildly talented, carelessly extravagant filmmaker nakedly in thrall to idols like Wong Kar-wai, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Bernardo Bertolucci and Pedro Almodovar. full review
  134. Inhale 2010 Filmed in a semi-documentary style, it fitfully aspires to moral seriousness. full review
  135. Legendary 2010 Follows a straight narrative line to its cliched ending without a deviation from formula. full review
  136. Love Ranch 2010 Gives you only a superficial, cliched picture of brothel life.
  137. A Marine Story 2010 Ms. Weber (Mr. Farr's wife) anchors the movie with a gritty, honest performance that has the same to-the-bone quality as Melissa Leo's in Frozen River. full review
  138. Severe Clear 2010 Puts you in the boots of a Marine fighting in Iraq in 2003.
  139. The Switch 2010 The first third of The Switch, directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, is so bizarre that it leads you to wonder if, through some miraculous lack of oversight, the movie will blaze an unpredictable path. No such luck. full review
  140. Waiting for Forever 2010 More often than not, I felt suffocated by the gaseous sentimentality and lightheadedness of a story that drops in subplots that it can't begin to develop. full review
  141. Waste Land 2010 [An] inspiring documentary. full review
  142. The Woodmans 2010 If its message can be boiled down to one sentence, it is George's stoic observation: "There is a psychic risk in being an artist." full review
  143. An American Affair 2009 Subscribes wholeheartedly to the history-as-pornography school of thinking, in which all will be revealed if you can figure out who is sleeping with whom, when and where and what they do in bed.
  144. The Fourth Kind 2009 May be humorless, paranoid nonsense, but its biggest failure is its inability to scare.
  145. I Hate Valentine's Day 2009 You might blame Nora Ephron, whose screenplay for When Harry Met Sally established the formula that I Hate Valentine's Day runs into the ground. Compared with this, Ms. Ephron is Chekhov.
  146. Objectified 2009 As sleek and handsome as any of the new and improved household items it exhibits.
  147. Serious Moonlight 2009 Serious Moonlight suggests an unholy, watered-down hybrid of The Ref and Funny Games, played as a chirpy screwball comedy.
  148. The Business of Being Born 2008 The Business of Being Born is not overtly political. Its feminism is palpable but unspoken. full review
  149. Constantine's Sword 2008 At once enthralling and troubling...does about as good a job as you could hope of distilling a 750-page historical examination of religious zealotry and power into 95 swift minutes. full review
  150. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father 2008 It is impossible not to be fired up by Kurt Kuenne's incendiary cri de coeur, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.
  151. Eldorado 2008 A road movie that poignantly juggles absurdism and melancholy.
  152. Gardens of the Night 2008 Gardens of the Night is a harrowing story of kidnapping and forced child prostitution that conjures a world entirely populated by predators and prey.
  153. Humboldt County 2008 So much pot is smoked in the agreeable drama Humboldt County that you may come away from it with a contact high.
  154. Management 2008 If it isn't half as good -- or as funny -- as its forerunners, it maintains its integrity as a small, sweet-natured comedy that refuses to obey the commercial dictates of Hollywood by allowing its characters to determine their own zany destinies.
  155. Tony Manero 2008 More than an indelible portrait of a sociopath with the soul of a zombie, Tony Manero is an extremely dark meditation on borrowed cultural identity. full review
  156. Were the World Mine 2008 Were the World Mine, an indie alternative to Disney's High School Musical franchise, is a small, endearing film.
  157. The Babysitters 2007 Until it crosses a shadowy line dividing serious comedy from distasteful exploitation, The Babysitters has the makings of an incisive satire of greed and lust in suburbia. full review
  158. Before the Rains 2007 The ingredients of the Indian director Santosh Sivan's period piece Before the Rains may be awfully familiar, but the film lends them the force of tragedy.
  159. Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe 2007 A potent exercise in art-world mythography. full review
  160. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) 2007 City of Men is a rootin'-tootin' gangster movie shot in the notoriously lawless shantytowns overlooking the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.
  161. Day Zero 2007 If the abysmal reception so far for films about the war in Iraq is any indication, Day Zero is the last thing movie audiences will want to consume. full review
  162. Flawless 2007 Flawless is a mildly diverting period heist movie in which an odd couple conspire to loot an evil London diamond company, for which they both work.
  163. How About You 2007 A good scolding and a toke on a joint: that's all it takes to turn the curmudgeonly old folks in How About You into goofy pussycats. full review
  164. Phoebe in Wonderland 2007 It leaves you frustrated and annoyed. full review
  165. The Pool 2007 The Pool takes a look at the lives of the haves and the someday might haves in Goa.
  166. Puccini for Beginners 2007 Snappy repartee with the ring of real conversation is sustained through enough of Puccini for Beginners to make it a rarity.
  167. Sangre De Mi Sangre 2007 Although it exhibits a heartfelt connection with the city's half-invisible population of illegal immigrants, its myriad inconsistencies and strained plotting are increasingly frustrating.
  168. Trumbo 2007 Peter Askin's stirring documentary Trumbo gives you reasons to cheer but also to weep.
  169. Harsh Times 2006 The film builds to a melodramatic finale that would like to make you weep, but by then it has worn out your patience.
  170. Klimt 2006 John Malkovich has virtually cornered the market on portraying aesthetes in the thrall of demonic visions. Klimt adds to his gallery of elegant monsters.
  171. Lonely Hearts 2006 A beautifully photographed remake of 1970 cult B-movie The Honeymoon Killers succeeds better than many in balancing the philosophical with the visceral, although its villains' dirty deeds still trump its deeper strain of melancholy.
  172. Maxed Out 2006 This scattershot exposé of usurious banking practices examines why the most vulnerable segment of society is victimized by the lending industry and finds a simple answer: It's obscenely profitable.
  173. Penelope 2006 Cinderella meets The Ugly Duckling in Penelope, a muddled, charm-free fairy tale whose title character is a rich girl born with the snout of a pig.
  174. Saint of 9/11 2006 Saint of 9/11 is a touching elegy for the Rev. Mychal Judge, the much-loved New York City Fire Department chaplain who died at the World Trade Center.
  175. Taxidermia 2005 Produces nightmarish horror and formal beauty in a surreal, Central European blend.
  176. Commune 2005 Commune, a breezy, informal history of a long-running California commune begun in the summer of 1968 and still in existence, offers the fascinating spectacle of observing people then and now.
  177. Free Zone 2005 Amos Gitai's long-winded essay revolves around the interaction of three women, an American, an Israeli and a Palestinian, on a car trip from Israel to Jordan.
  178. Stoned 2005 Stoned, Stephen Woolley's convoluted docudrama examining the final weeks in the life of the guitarist Brian Jones ... stalls in its own laborious accumulation of detail.
  179. After Innocence 2004 Calm, deliberate and devastating, Jessica Sanders's documentary confirms many of the worst fears about weaknesses in the American criminal-justice system. full review
  180. Agnes and His Brothers 2004 The feverish libidos wreaking emotional havoc in Oskar Roehler's infantile sex comedy are a quintessentially Germanic mixture of kinky, obsessive and sentimental.
  181. Fond Kiss..., Ae, (Just a Kiss) 2004 English-language East-West domestic dramas usually tip the scales in favor of modernity... But A Fond Kiss is equally sympathetic to each side. full review
  182. People I Know 2003 The movie's stock 60's nostalgia is annoyingly facile. In glibly evoking heroes like Kennedy and King, the movie succumbs to the same mindless name-dropping it purports to decry. full review
  183. Stander 2003 This true story is an unsettling character study of a man self-destructively addicted to flouting authority. full review
  184. Timeline 2003 Suggests a particularly wretched episode of Star Trek tricked out with fancy fireworks and weighed down with a score that grinds away like a cement mixer. full review
  185. Blackwoods 2002 It turns out to be smarter and more diabolical than you could have guessed at the beginning. full review
  186. Bukowski: Born into This 2002 Without straining, this definitive, deeply engrossing film biography makes a strong case for Charles Bukowski as a major American poet. full review
  187. The Deserted Station 2002 A bluntly heart-tugging city-mouse, country-mouse fable from Iran. full review
  188. Paid in Full 2002 Instead of a hyperbolic beat-charged urban western, it's an unpretentious, sociologically pointed slice of life. full review
  189. Children Underground 2001 A singularly depressing film. full review
  190. Love the Hard Way 2001 Loses tension (and ultimately credibility) as it wanders through three possible endings before grinding to a halt. full review
  191. New York in the Fifties 2001 full review
  192. Gossip 2000 Although Gossip comes with a heavy dose of moralism about dating etiquette and truth-telling, the movie's vision of contemporary youth is as corrupt and prurient as that of Cruel Intentions. full review
  193. 28 Days 2000 full review
  194. About Adam 2000 About Adam rests almost entirely on the shoulders of Stuart Townsend, who brings to the movie's duplicitous title character a winningly light touch. full review
  195. Butterfly 2000 full review
  196. Presque rien (Come Undone) 2000 It captures the uncertainty and emotional turbulence of late adolescence with a poignancy that a more clinically articulate movie never could. full review
  197. Croupier 2000 Clive Owen conveys a sharp, cynical intelligence that rolls off the screen in waves whenever he widens his glittering blue eyes. full review
  198. Malena 2000 Flushed with emotion and a buoyant earthy humor, Malena is a yarn that sticks with you. full review
  199. Better Than Chocolate 1999 full review
  200. Brokedown Palace 1999 full review
  201. An Ideal Husband 1999 In adapting the play, Mr. Parker has streamlined and rewritten Wilde's dialogue, keeping some (but not all) of Wilde's biting epigrams and scraping off a lot (perhaps too much) of the Victorian crust. full review
  202. Kadosh 1999 full review
  203. Mansfield Park 1999 Ms. Rozema has made a film whose satiric bite is sharper than that of the usual high-toned romantic costume drama. full review
  204. My Life so Far 1999 full review
  205. She's All That 1999 She's All That is essentially a formulaic comedy, but it has enough glimmerings of originality and wit to make you wish it were much bolder and funnier than it turns out to be. full review
  206. The Wood 1999 A savvy, good-natured comedy! full review
  207. Clay Pigeons 1998 A film that delights by confounding expectations. full review
  208. Cousin Bette 1998 full review
  209. Ever After: A Cinderella Story 1998 Veering wildly between farce and suds, the movie never makes up its mind whether it's a spoof, a soap opera or a feminist pep talk. full review
  210. Funny Games 1998 This beautifully acted and paced German variant of Cape Fear ... is tricked out with a number of Brechtian devices to catch audiences in a voyeuristic trance. full review
  211. Nightwatch 1998 full review
  212. Phantoms 1998 full review
  213. Pi 1998 As smart as it is, 'Pi' is awfully hard to watch. Filmed with hand-held cameras in splotchy black-and-white and crudely edited, it has the style and attitude of a no-budget midnight movie. full review
  214. The Replacement Killers 1998 full review
  215. Talk of Angels 1998 full review
  216. Wide Awake 1998 Beneath its suffocating, smug sentimentality, you have to look hard to uncover a single moment of truth and genuine feeling. full review
  217. The Castle 1997 full review
  218. The House of Yes 1997 There are many gaping holes between the funny moments. full review
  219. Kiss The Girls 1997 full review
  220. McHale's Navy 1997 Leaky PT-boat of a comedy. full review
  221. Meet Wally Sparks 1997 full review
  222. Office Killer 1997 It doesn't offer a single moment of visceral or emotional electricity. full review
  223. The Wings of the Dove 1997 full review
  224. Adrenalin: Fear the Rush 1996 full review
  225. Boyfriends 1996 full review
  226. Brassed Off 1996 Shamelessly manipulative and sentimental, but in an agreeably familiar way. full review
  227. The Craft 1996 full review
  228. The Crow: City of Angels 1996 Utterly devoid of energy and shock value. full review
  229. Down Periscope 1996 The tone of the acting, which is set by Mr. Grammer's blandly laid-back performance, is all wrong for a genre that demands over-the-top hamming. full review
  230. Happy Gilmore 1996 Happy's tantrums, which the movie pretends are liberating explosions of self-expression, aren't nearly maniacal enough to reach comic delirium. full review
  231. Harriet the Spy 1996 full review
  232. Muppet Treasure Island 1996 full review
  233. My Girl 2 1996 full review
  234. Unhook the Stars 1996 full review
  235. The Big Green 1995 full review
  236. Cry, the Beloved Country 1995 full review
  237. Dead Man 1995
  238. Fallen Angels 1995 A densely packed suite of zany vignettes that have the autonomy of pop songs or stand-up comic riffs. full review
  239. Lord of Illusions 1995 full review
  240. A Month by the Lake 1995 full review
  241. The Prophecy 1995 full review
  242. Double Dragon 1994 An incoherent children's adventure based on a popular video game. full review
  243. Forrest Gump 1994 Forrest Gump has the elements of an emotionally gripping story. Yet it feels less like a romance than like a coffee-table book celebrating the magic of special effects. full review
  244. Mother's Boys 1994 full review
  245. The Next Karate Kid 1994 [It] may be the silliest episode yet in the popular Karate Kid series. full review
  246. Two Bits 1994 full review
  247. Rudy 1993 For all its patness, the movie also has a gritty realism that is not found in many higher-priced versions of the same thing, and its happy ending is not the typical Hollywood leap into fantasy. full review
  248. Rock-A-Doodle 1992 full review
  249. No Holds Barred 1989 As cartoonish as its star. full review
  250. Red Scorpion 1989 The movie's reflective moments belong to Mr. Lundgren's sweaty chest. full review
  251. The Bride 1985 full review
  252. Switchblade Sisters 1975 To watch Switchblade Sisters is to visit a never-never land of shopworn media images colliding in a tabloid high school of the mind. full review
  253. /titles/197113 full review
  254. /titles/197052 Divine expanded the concept of the drag queen from brash female impersonator into something much larger, more subversive and less gender specific. full review
  255. /titles/197118 Every plot turn is groaningly predictable. But at least the lead performances set off sparks. full review

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