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Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

  1. Bottle Shock 2008 Whatta movie: booze, unhappy French people, Alan Rickman and really cool pickup trucks. full review
  2. Beaufort 2007 The camera never leaves the beleaguered compound, and Beaufort itself becomes a character in the story, a surrealistic zone of tunnels, bunkers and sandbags, about as far from the possibility of heroism as possible. full review
  3. Eagle vs. Shark 2007 You believe in it, because you believe in the small but decent lives of its characters, a rare experience for a hot weekend in June. full review
  4. For the Bible Tells Me So 2007 A brisk, entertaining and even moving exploration of the sometimes frayed intersection where Christianity meets homosexuality. full review
  5. Mr. Untouchable 2007 It's fast and furious, and it proves that crime doesn't pay, unless you know how to do it right. full review
  6. Nanking 2007 full review
  7. 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama 2006 A nicely crafted, economic (it's only 85 minutes) introduction to that most eminent of men, the spiritual leader and deposed head of state of Tibet. full review
  8. Curious George 2006 It's pretty elementary. full review
  9. Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 [Zakarin] keeps things clearly flat and primary, and the characters never become more than stereotype. full review
  10. The Wind That Shakes the Barley 2006 Director Ken Loach is full of astonishments. In this film, he stages raid and counter-raid, big gunfight and small, with stunning dynamism. full review
  11. Capote 2005 The genius of the film, besides Hoffman's stunning performance, is that it knows exactly how much is enough. It never overplays, lingers or punches up. full review
  12. My Summer of Love 2005 A remarkable if brief entrance into real psychologies. full review
  13. Old Joy 2005 It feels so real it hurts, and it's the perfect antidote to all those movies where all sorts of stuff blows up. full review
  14. The World's Fastest Indian 2005 As the movie's tag line has it, it's based on a hell of a story. Too bad they didn't just tell it. full review
  15. xXx: State of the Union 2005 So primitive, it must have been written in lizard blood on animal skin. full review
  16. After Innocence 2004 The moral purity of After Innocence is so overwhelming that it simply leaves you with nothing to say or do. It's kind of beyond criticism. full review
  17. Danny Deckchair 2004 A (literally) lighter-than-air story, full of goofs and creeps and fools and silliness, it manages to delight without simpering, make points without lecturing and break hearts and mend them again without turning you weepy. full review
  18. Little Black Book 2004 If you think it's worth it to sit there for 97 minutes for three or possibly four laughs, then you are beyond help. full review
  19. The Manchurian Candidate 2004 It shunts through the material, doing some interesting synthesizing, some genetic recombining, but it all adds up to something less powerful and interesting than the original. full review
  20. Oldboy 2004 Its magnificence is that it takes itself dead serious. It's not entertainment, but it's sure a piece of toughness. full review
  21. The Stepford Wives 2004 None of it appears to be well thought out, or thought through, and it's consequently never remotely believable. full review
  22. White Chicks 2004 It's not what the Wayans brothers do, it's how they do it. They do it funny. full review
  23. Wicker Park 2004 This is a smart movie, full of astonishing reverses and switchbacks, and it adroitly walks the thin line between too clever by half and not clever enough by three-quarters. full review
  24. Without A Paddle 2004 You can say of Without a Paddle that at least it cares enough to steal from the very best. Unfortunately, that's about all it cares about. full review
  25. Bad Santa 2003 The movie is -- how can I say this? -- funny as hell. full review
  26. The Battle of Shaker Heights 2003 It's an insufferable piffle.
  27. Bulletproof Monk 2003 A movie chockablock with too many elements. full review
  28. Cold Mountain 2003 It's a great old-fashioned wallow of a time at the movies. full review
  29. Daddy Day Care 2003 If you attend the movie with your expectations lowered by Murphy's recent films, you'll be reasonably amused. full review
  30. The Human Stain 2003 The problem is that neither Kidman nor Hopkins seems to know what movie they are in.
  31. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead 2003 It has great mood and a sense of the toughness of the London underworld, but it never really gets into gear. full review
  32. Kill Bill: Volume 1 2003 Delivered with such high panache and brio, it's mesmerizing. full review
  33. Mona Lisa Smile 2003 Anyone who's ever been moved by a teacher to dream a slightly bigger dream than his parents thought he or she was capable of achieving ought to love the film, for it gets at a truer model of teacher's inspiration.
  34. The Recruit 2003 It's nothing but style and noise, threadbare of content, empty of ideas.
  35. Something's Gotta Give 2003 The film Meyers has fashioned is generally quite amusing, with a brilliant cast.
  36. Tears of the Sun 2003 The film is a strictly no-bull proposition.
  37. Under the Tuscan Sun 2003 It's like a music video of Helen Reddy's 'I Am Woman' filmed in the Chevy Chase Pottery Barn.
  38. Barbershop 2002 It's funny as hell. full review
  39. Below 2002 It's not original enough.
  40. Bukowski: Born into This 2002 It is wide-ranging, it is fair, it is thorough, and although it admires, it is also tough enough to condemn. full review
  41. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 A picture that is surely one of the oddest ever made. full review
  42. The Dancer Upstairs 2002 It's not a great film, but in its reckless audacity ... it's reassuring. Someone's still willing to take a big chance.
  43. Equilibrium 2002 Equilibrium the movie, as opposed to the manifesto, is really, really stupid. full review
  44. The Hard Word 2002 A wannabe gritty Australian crime drama.
  45. The Hours 2002 It would be all too precious to watch except for the brilliant performances, which make it too wonderful not to watch.
  46. Irreversible 2002 A genuine outlaw work of art. full review
  47. Lost in La Mancha 2002 A fascinating chronicle of bad luck, bad faith and bad weather all striking on the same day. full review
  48. Narc 2002 It's a stunner that sadly grows tiresome at the end.
  49. Panic Room 2002 The movie is powerfully manipulative, quite clever and full of evil ambition.
  50. Russian Ark 2002 For the truth is, given the audacity, the organization, the seriousness of purpose, the movie isn't nearly as provocative as you think it might be.
  51. Star Trek - Nemesis 2002 An ordeal for all save the most ardent Treksters.
  52. The Sweetest Thing 2002 Clever packaging of boy fantasy and girl fantasy.
  53. Treasure Planet 2002 It's all quite vividly imagined, down to the tiniest details.
  54. View from the Top 2002 It's meant to be funny. It's not, or not particularly. It's meant to be cute. Maybe it is, but I hate cute. It's meant to be harmless fluff. It is. All of this isn't terribly interesting.
  55. We Were Soldiers 2002 The story it tells is both forgotten and relevant, a neat trick.
  56. XXX 2002 Watching [Diesel] ... is a lot more fun than staying with the ever-feebler Pierce Brosnan in his decrepit adventures as MGM tries desperately to keep the creaking Bond franchise upright.
  57. Black Hawk Down 2001 The next worst thing to being there. That's how real it feels. full review
  58. The Glass House 2001
  59. Hannibal 2001 It is not bad on its own terms, and it is certainly engrossing, but it comes nowhere near the power and sordid glory of the original. full review
  60. Novocaine 2001 A coarse, witless and stunningly violent black comedy.
  61. Scary Movie 2 2001 A pocket of infection on the skin of the American body cultural. full review
  62. Lara Croft - Tomb Raider 2001 Loud, banal, empty, frenzied, plasticized, flavorless, drab, violent in a bloodless way and sexy in a sexless way. full review
  63. Vanilla Sky 2001 A case of the vain leading the bland.
  64. Waking Life 2001 Minute 69 evolves several geological epochs later into Minute 70 -- and then there are 27 minutes left to go!
  65. Blow Dry 2000 It's fun. full review
  66. Croupier 2000 It's very cool. It's only kind of good. full review
  67. The Gift 2000 It's not wise to build a story around a psychic. If you don't believe in this stuff, the story simply will not work, ever, anyhow, any way, any time, any place. full review
  68. Our Song 2000 It's an astonishing movie, with a real-life feel.
  69. In Too Deep 1999 LL Cool J with his natural charisma is the key to the movie's edge. full review
  70. The Prince of Egypt 1998 The movie's proudest accomplishment is that it revises our version of Moses toward something more immediate and believable, more humanly knowable. full review
  71. Cop Land 1997 At its heart, the movie has a good story to tell: the lumbering oaf who's not nearly as stupid and not nearly as gutless as all the hot dogs from the big city think. full review
  72. Good Burger 1997 Anyone who doesn't smile is probably either too adult to count or too dead to care. full review
  73. A Life Less Ordinary 1997 full review
  74. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo.) 1966 This is a great movie, whatever strange estuary of the western river it occupies.
  75. Gojira 1954 Its images of the destruction of the cities is far more powerful than in American films, where the cities are trashed for the pure pleasure of destruction, without any real sense of human loss. full review
  76. /titles/197134 A leaden whimsy so heavy it threatens to crash through the multiplex floor. full review
  77. /titles/197164 Almost indefensibly violent, the film is one of those whirligigs of wit, barbaric energy, blood spatters and firepower that will be adored by the morally retarded among us -- like me -- and loathed by the morally superior. full review
  78. /titles/197167 It's a movie of character and milieu, both of which it evokes brilliantly. full review