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. 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
  7. Curious George 2006 It's pretty elementary. full review
  8. Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 [Zakarin] keeps things clearly flat and primary, and the characters never become more than stereotype. full review
  9. Last Holiday 2006 Latifah proves once again the weird parallels between rap stardom and movie stardom. Both formats seem to be about a magical something called presence, and Latifah, even in a dialed-down, quiet role like this one, has it. 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 Producers 2005 So how good is the movie of the musical of the movie? The answer is: It's pretty good. full review
  15. 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
  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. Downfall (Der Untergang) 2004 Ganz seems to find exactly the right pitch: His Hitler feels real and human, yet there's nothing particularly ingratiating or sentimentalized about him. We never forget who he is. full review
  18. A Good Woman 2004 A clever rearranging of Oscar Wilde's first great play, Lady Windermere's Fan. full review
  19. 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
  20. Spanglish 2004 So rancid is Brooks's fury that it's clouded his judgment, so that each of his main characters is a stereotype of the most broad-brush, malodorous nature. full review
  21. White Chicks 2004 It's not what the Wayans brothers do, it's how they do it. They do it funny. full review
  22. The Battle of Shaker Heights 2003 It's an insufferable piffle.
  23. Bulletproof Monk 2003 A movie chockablock with too many elements. full review
  24. 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
  25. 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.
  26. Something's Gotta Give 2003 The film Meyers has fashioned is generally quite amusing, with a brilliant cast.
  27. Tears of the Sun 2003 The film is a strictly no-bull proposition.
  28. Assassination Tango 2002 Generally delivers in none of the areas it penetrates, not as a thriller, not as an encomium to the tango, not as a tribute to a passionate relationship. full review
  29. Below 2002 It's not original enough.
  30. 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
  31. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 A picture that is surely one of the oddest ever made. full review
  32. 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.
  33. Equilibrium 2002 Equilibrium the movie, as opposed to the manifesto, is really, really stupid. full review
  34. The Hard Word 2002 A wannabe gritty Australian crime drama.
  35. The Hours 2002 It would be all too precious to watch except for the brilliant performances, which make it too wonderful not to watch.
  36. Irreversible 2002 A genuine outlaw work of art. full review
  37. Lost in La Mancha 2002 A fascinating chronicle of bad luck, bad faith and bad weather all striking on the same day. full review
  38. Narc 2002 It's a stunner that sadly grows tiresome at the end.
  39. Panic Room 2002 The movie is powerfully manipulative, quite clever and full of evil ambition.
  40. The Pianist 2002 Really not a movie that can be missed.
  41. 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.
  42. Spider-Man 2002 An exuberance, a celebration, a hoot, a kick and a half. full review
  43. Star Trek - Nemesis 2002 An ordeal for all save the most ardent Treksters.
  44. The Sweetest Thing 2002 Clever packaging of boy fantasy and girl fantasy.
  45. Treasure Planet 2002 It's all quite vividly imagined, down to the tiniest details.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. Black Hawk Down 2001 The next worst thing to being there. That's how real it feels. full review
  49. The Glass House 2001
  50. 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
  51. The Mothman Prophecies 2001 Watching The Mothman Prophecies is like getting mugged in an alley by an especially thuggish crew of Method actors.
  52. Novocaine 2001 A coarse, witless and stunningly violent black comedy.
  53. Scary Movie 2 2001 A pocket of infection on the skin of the American body cultural. full review
  54. 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
  55. Vanilla Sky 2001 A case of the vain leading the bland.
  56. Blow Dry 2000 It's fun. full review
  57. 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
  58. Our Song 2000 It's an astonishing movie, with a real-life feel.
  59. In Too Deep 1999 LL Cool J with his natural charisma is the key to the movie's edge. full review
  60. 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
  61. Wild Things 1998 The movie is as tawdry as someone else's lingerie, yet not without a certain prurient watchability. full review
  62. Breakdown 1997 [Kurt Russell's] lack of energy afflicts the film as much as its director's lack of ideas. full review
  63. 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
  64. Event Horizon 1997 full review
  65. Fairy Tale - A True Story 1997 full review
  66. Good Burger 1997 Anyone who doesn't smile is probably either too adult to count or too dead to care. full review
  67. A Life Less Ordinary 1997 full review
  68. 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.
  69. 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

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