Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

  1. The Act Of Killing 2013 It is utterly chilling. full review
  2. The Angels' Share 2013 A lark, but it's a serious-minded lark, addressing issues of class and culture, the haves and have-nots. full review
  3. Blue Is The Warmest Color 2013 This three-hour portrait of a young French woman named Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) captures the dizzying, all-consuming ardor of first love, the joyous discovery of bringing your body and mind into union with another human being. full review
  4. Computer Chess 2013 A deadpan mock-documentary about an early-'80s gathering of programming nerds, arguing about AI and predictive algorithms and showing off questionable fashion choices and facial hair. full review
  5. Crystal Fairy 2013 Shot on the fly, while Silva, Cera & Co. were waiting to make another movie, Crystal Fairy ends up on a beach, and ends up resonating with a pesky charm. full review
  6. Cutie And The Boxer 2013 Directed with invention and insight by Zachary Heinzerling ... full review
  7. Dead Man Down 2013 The film has been directed in a murky, rhythmless fashion by Niels Arden Oplev, who directed Rapace in the original, and terrific, Swedish-language The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. full review
  8. Drinking Buddies 2013 Drinking Buddies walks a fine line between the mundane and the meaningful, but the actors walking it are top-notch. full review
  9. Frances Ha 2013 A black-and-white salute to the French New Wave (the score is borrowed from Georges Delerue, composer of many a Truffaut and Godard film) that manages to be very much of this moment ... full review
  10. Gimme The Loot 2013 A movie about teenage taggers in the Bronx should be fast and raw, scruffy and loose, and Adam Leon's Gimme the Loot is just that. full review
  11. The Grandmaster 2013 Wong Kar Wai is an expressionist master. A master of character - deep, rich, truthful character - especially in The Grandmaster, he is not. full review
  12. Haute Cuisine 2013 Haute Cuisine is an epicurean dream where the dishes conjured up by the characters are as essential to the experience as the characters themselves. full review
  13. How I Live Now 2013 How I Live Now manages to fuse a teen love story, steeped in alienation and hurt, with a near-future nightmare thriller. full review
  14. The Iceman 2013 A true-crime thriller directed with grit, gristle and punchy energy by Ariel Vromen, The Iceman is never less than fascinating, even if things get a little ham-fisted here and there. full review
  15. Inequality For All 2013 Reich is funny, poignant, passionate. full review
  16. Jobs 2013 It's an American success story of epic proportions, but Joshua Michael Stern's biopic of the Apple co-founder is hardly epic. full review
  17. John Dies at the End 2013 Salvador Dali meets George Romero. Say hello. full review
  18. The Last Stand 2013 Almost certainly, The Last Stand will not be Schwarzenegger's last. For better or for worse (and this is somewhere right in the middle), he is back. full review
  19. Let The Fire Burn 2013 Piecing the components together, and only sparingly deploying intertitle cards for clarity, Let the Fire Burn brings this 28-year-old tragedy front and center again - vividly, viscerally. full review
  20. Man of Tai Chi 2013 A glorious romp of a martial-arts thwack-fest ... full review
  21. Pandora's Promise 2013 Its marshaling of the facts is one-sided, leaving many questions, and considerable scientific evidence, unexplored. full review
  22. Paranoia 2013 What it lacks is even an iota of originality. full review
  23. Parker 2013 Take that, Nicholas Sparks. full review
  24. Peeples 2013 Tina Gordon Chism's debut feature does point out the hypocrisy grown-ups are capable of - hiding secrets, hiding their feelings, even hiding valuable property from one another. full review
  25. A Place at the Table 2013 A Place at the Table is advocacy journalism at its best, lining up its facts, illustrating the widespread problem with a few trenchant and compelling cases, and offering solutions. full review
  26. Populaire 2013 Even when there's tragedy around the turn, it doesn't matter. Populaire plays like a musical - you expect anyone, at any time, to break into song. full review
  27. Prince Avalanche 2013 If Laurel and Hardy, wearing matching baggy overalls and similarly dumbstruck expressions, had starred in a screen version of Waiting for Godot, the results wouldn't be far afield from Prince Avalanche. full review
  28. Salinger 2013 Salinger is fascinating because Salinger was fascinating. But the film is frustrating, maddeningly so, because it is bent on trumpeting its own importance over that of its subject. full review
  29. Shadow Dancer 2013 [Riseborough's] work is indrawn and riveting. It's hard to read the look in her eye, but we never stop trying. full review
  30. Short Term 12 2013 This is a film about hurt and healing, isolation and fear, need and rage - and it's not just the motley, messed-up crew of 14- and 15-year-olds who are trying to cope, trying to get better. full review
  31. Stand Up Guys 2013 Elegiac and corny and not really convincing on any level ... full review
  32. Starbuck 2013 Never mind high concept, this is high conception. full review
  33. The Summit 2013 At once repetitive and puzzling. There is a lot of finger-pointing. Assertions are made, theories offered, but not much in the way of certainty. full review
  34. Terraferma 2013 Terraferma offers a sun-splashed meditation on compassion, tradition, tolerance, and generational change. full review
  35. We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks 2013 A real-life cyber-thriller with real-life consequences, Alex Gibney's We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is a riveting and revelatory documentary ... full review
  36. 2 Days in New York 2012 Finds its comedy in the familiar annoyances of urban life (a contentious neighbor, random acts of vandalism), in the conflict between parents and siblings, but also in bigger, kookier, existential quandaries. full review
  37. 56 Up 2012 What ultimately is so compelling about 56 Up is the universality of the experiences. We were all once children. And we all will die. And in between, there is everything else. full review
  38. Marvel's The Avengers 2012 A slickly packaged, effects-driven smashup. full review
  39. Barbara 2012 Hoss, wearing her blond hair pulled back tight, and wearing an expression of inscrutable melancholy, gives a performance that doesn't feel like a performance at all. full review
  40. Bernie 2012 [A] weirdly funny, inspiring film. full review
  41. Casa de mi padre 2012 Ferrell, as he's done in Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, walks undaunted through the amiable absurdity, delivering his not-exactly-mellifluous espanol in earnest flurries, as the dialogue, and the bullets, fly. full review
  42. Deadfall 2012 Deadfall is fast and fatalistic ... full review
  43. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel 2012 Her life, and her work, transcended what we think of as "fashion." Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel celebrates a unique and uniquely determined woman. full review
  44. The Dictator 2012 Directed by Cohen's longtime collaborator Larry Charles, The Dictator mixes its high and low comedy with surprising success. full review
  45. End of Watch 2012 It's not a pretty job. But it's a pretty awesome film. full review
  46. The Forgiveness of Blood 2012 A satisfying, psychologically complex tale of a teenager caught in a blood feud in the craggy countryside of Albania. full review
  47. The Grey 2012 Devolves into a predictable man-against-nature, and man-against-fellow man, affair. full review
  48. The Guilt Trip 2012 Are we there yet? full review
  49. The Hunger Games 2012 [It] smells very much like a movie with money on its mind - not altogether successfully balancing its loftier ideas with a sense of superficial whimsy and Vegas-meets-Wizard of Oz production design. full review
  50. I Wish 2012 A wistful heartbreaker from the Japanese master of quiet observation, Hirokazu Kore-eda. full review
  51. The Innkeepers 2012 There's a lot to be said for horror that doesn't hit you over the head with shock and gore and special effects. But if you're going to go that route, you need to have more than The Innkeepers delivers. full review
  52. The Intouchables 2012 It's the classic odd-couple buddy movie setup, only it'll pull at your heartstrings, whether you want it to or not. full review
  53. Jiro Dreams of Sushi 2012 Jiro Dreams of Sushi isn't just a film for foodies, or Japanophiles. It's a meditation on work, on finding one's path in life, and then walking it with singular purpose. full review
  54. A Little Bit Of Heaven 2012 The film reaches into the pits of moviegoing hell when it finds Marley on a celestial white couch, ringed in billowing white curtains, communing with God. And God is embodied by Whoopi Goldberg. full review
  55. Little White Lies 2012 Little White Lies wants to capture something momentous and meaningful in these people's lives. But ultimately it's hard to care. full review
  56. Marley 2012 Marley celebrates the fact that its subject is still among us in the way that perhaps matters most: His music not only survives, it thrives. full review
  57. Mirror Mirror 2012 Everything looks, well, fantastic. full review
  58. Monsieur Lazhar 2012 A sad, reflective study of the possibilities, and the impossibilities, inherent in the teacher-student relationship. full review
  59. Not Fade Away 2012 Mostly, Not Fade Away is a hit. full review
  60. The Paperboy 2012 The Paperboy is over-the-top every which way you look. full review
  61. The Queen of Versailles 2012 The Queen of Versailles combines the voyeuristic thrills of reality TV with the soul-revealing artistry of great portraiture and the head-shaking revelations of solid investigative reporting. full review
  62. Red Dawn 2012 Hobbled by a laughably bad script and a uniformly uncharismatic cast. full review
  63. A Royal Affair 2012 A Royal Affair is historical drama of the highest order - teeming with big ideas, and anchored by the nicely nuanced performances of Vikander and Mikkelsen. full review
  64. Safety Not Guaranteed 2012 Expectedly funny but unexpectedly touching, too. full review
  65. The Sapphires 2012 Let's trivialize a legacy of cruelty and denigration, in a country where indigenous people suffered from centuries of human rights abuse! And let's make the carnage of Vietnam look like a paintball game! full review
  66. Skyfall 2012 Skyfall is certainly the most cultured Bond film to come along in some time. It's also the first of the three Craig endeavors to seriously (and wittily) acknowledge its pedigree. full review
  67. Sleepwalk With Me 2012 A smart, neurotic slice-of-life comedy about a stand-up comic with confidence issues, commitment issues, and career issues. full review
  68. Starlet 2012 Starlet sneaks up on you. full review
  69. Take This Waltz 2012 Williams lives and breathes her role, Kirby is charming and real, and you actually start to ache and empathize with Rogen - the emptiness and heartache he conveys when Lou and Margot finally thrash things out is crushing. full review
  70. Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie 2012 A lazy assemblage of sketch- comedy raunch, mock-schlock TV ads, and ideas that even the writers of Mall Cop and Observe and Report would have tossed. full review
  71. We Have a Pope 2012 We Have a Pope takes its shots at the institution of the Catholic Church, but this is by no means a scathing satire. It's more of a character study, insightful and nuanced, about a man grappling with a profound sense of inadequacy, questioning himself. full review
  72. The Adventures of Tintin 2011 It should win over the uninitiated, and work quite well for those who have already pitched their tents in the Tintin camp. full review
  73. Albert Nobbs 2011 Close's performance as this poor, wounded fellow resonates with depth and poignancy. full review
  74. The Artist 2011 Strangely, wonderfully, The Artist feels as bold and innovative a moviegoing experience as James Cameron's bells-and-whistles Avatar did a couple of years ago. full review
  75. Coriolanus 2011 Even in what is viewed as a minor work, the inevitable currents of ambition and violence, cruelty and competition, rivalry and rage run strong and truthfully. full review
  76. Footloose 2011 Every now and then, we need to be reminded that shaking your booty is something essential. Or, in the case of director Craig Brewer's Footloose update, shaking your rebooty. full review
  77. Hobo With a Shotgun 2011 Even connoisseurs of the genre (and I confess, I'm not one) will find the cheesy chopfests and gratuitous gore less than exciting as one urban prosthetics-strewn bloodbath begets the next. full review
  78. Hugo 2011 A state-of-the-art affair, an epic adaptation of Selznick's pretty-epic-itself tome, full of dazzling visuals and rapturous tributes to Melies and the magic of movies. full review
  79. Into The Abyss 2011 An inquiry into fundamental moral, philosophical, and religious issues, and an examination of humankind's capacity for violence - individual and institutional. full review
  80. The Iron Lady 2011 The portrait that Streep delivers in Phyllida Lloyd's impressionistic biopic is astonishing. full review
  81. Magic Trip 2011 To be sure, one gets a better sense of the personalities, and the passions stirring their souls, in Wolfe's book. But Magic Trip literally brings these characters to life. full review
  82. The Other F Word 2011 Blink-182's Mark Hoppus has an especially good line about the all-consuming nature of being a pop: "It's like red matter from Star Trek. It just sucks everything in." full review
  83. Page One: Inside the New York Times 2011 Page One centers around the Times' media desk, all these big, breaking stories - Iraq, WikiLeaks - come and go, offering drama and distraction, but little in the way of coherence and closure. full review
  84. Pearl Jam Twenty 2011 If Pearl Jam Twenty has its share of hyperbole, it's leavened with humor, self-deprecating commentary, and a deep-pockets budget's worth of great clips. full review
  85. Pina 2011 This meditation on movement and space, transportation and transcendence is not to be missed. full review
  86. Revenge of the Electric Car 2011 As filmmaking goes, Paine's follow-up is a dud. full review
  87. The Robber 2011 The Robber is powerful stuff. full review
  88. Seven Days In Utopia 2011 Until Seven Days in Utopia sucker punches you with a surfeit of faith-based platitudes, its upbeat brand of golf mysticism isn't altogether unappealing. full review
  89. Surviving Progress 2011 [A] remarkably cogent, albeit remarkably alarming, film. full review
  90. Undefeated 2011 Undefeated is undeniably inspirational stuff. full review
  91. Young Adult 2011 Theron is thrillingly nasty as Mavis. full review
  92. All Good Things 2010 It's a strange, thrilling tale begrimed by bad memories, by bad deeds. full review
  93. Bill Cunningham New York 2010 I love this man, I love this movie. full review
  94. Biutiful 2010 [Bardem] draws from a deep, deep well of love, pain, and who-knows-what-else. full review
  95. Casino Jack 2010 Casino Jack is all over the place: exaggerated comedy, cartoonish high jinks, then heavy-handed melodrama... full review
  96. Casino Jack And The United States Of Money 2010 Casino Jack is designed as an indictment of a whole culture of influence peddling, a Beltway way of life where a pat on the back often comes with a kickback. full review
  97. Cave of Forgotten Dreams 2010 We're never going to be allowed in this place, so thanks, Werner, for inviting us along. full review
  98. Cherry Tree Lane 2010 full review
  99. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 2010 Client 9 works like a good detective novel: Colorful and seemingly disparate characters are introduced, and then the strands that tie them together are revealed in a rich, sordid, thrilling tableau. full review
  100. Freakonomics 2010 Freakonomics examines social, cultural, and financial issues with an eye to getting people to think differently. full review
  101. Greenberg 2010 Stiller's portrayal is so acutely real, Baumbach's writing so cutting and specific, and the work of Gerwig so seemingly effortless that Greenberg makes you, if not happy to stick around, then at least agreeable to the idea. full review
  102. Heartbeats 2010 Alas, although Heartbeats is quite lovely to look at, there isn't much going on after all. full review
  103. The Joneses 2010 Almost everything about The Joneses, from the transparent plot twists to the winking irony of the golf-course patter, falls flat. full review
  104. Kaboom 2010 Araki has been making movies for more than 20 years now, and his ideas haven't evolved all that much. full review
  105. A Little Help 2010 This is one of the smarter, more honest scripts to be filmed in quite some time. And Jenna Fischer gives one of the smarter, more honest - and vulnerable, and tough - performances by an actress on the big screen in an even longer stretch. full review
  106. Marwencol 2010 Marwencol is about Hogancamp and his miniature alter-ego, about his photographs and his creative process. But it is also, on a deeper level, about how we process our experiences... full review
  107. Monsters 2010 Just remember, folks: If a NASA probe finds alien life forms in space, it's not a good idea to bring DNA samples back to Earth. full review
  108. Nowhere Boy 2010 Taylor-Wood stresses the universals rather than the specifics of John's youth. So don't go expecting a Fab Four origin story. The word Beatles is never uttered. But do go. full review
  109. Senna 2010 Senna is earnest, eloquent, and impossibly charismatic, and his rocketing ascension through the ranks of professional drivers - gunning his car at more than 200 m.p.h. down the straightaways - is something to behold. full review
  110. Somewhere 2010 Ultimately, Somewhere may be too static, too minimalist a tale. But there's grace here, in its aching assessment of loneliness, in its examination of connections and family... full review
  111. Tabloid 2010 A tale of obsession and abduction, self-delusion and sexual confusion, Errol Morris' Tabloid stands as an almost giddy affirmation of the old cliche: Truth is stranger than fiction. full review
  112. Tiny Furniture 2010 There's a fierce, self-lacerating wit on display in Lena Dunham's tiny indie Tiny Furniture: as big and bold as the production is modest and (literally) homemade. full review
  113. Waste Land 2010 It's not a very good title, Waste Land - this isn't a bleak film, at all - but just about everything else in Lucy Walker's documentary works, and illuminates. full review
  114. Agora 2009 Agora is entertaining, and even at times illuminating. full review
  115. Antichrist 2009 What is Von Trier trying to say? full review
  116. The Boys Are Back 2009 Relationships -- between men and women, fathers and sons -- are more complicated in real life, and The Boys Are Back deftly acknowledges that fact. full review
  117. Cairo Time 2009 Cairo Time: Take the time to see it. full review
  118. Crude 2009 Powerful and powerfully upsetting. full review
  119. Fish Tank 2009 Fish Tank digs around in its protagonist's psyche, unafraid to explore. It's oppressive and claustrophobic, confused and scary in there. But it's also compellingly real. full review
  120. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest 2009 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest comes close to self-parody at times ... [but] the final chapter has its satisfying turns. full review
  121. The Limits of Control 2009 For the impatient viewer, Jarmusch's pulpy, poetic exercise will probably feel hopelessly, unintentionally parodic, prompting disdain and derision. Consider yourself warned -- not everyone's going to go for this business. But I did. full review
  122. Ondine 2009 Full of melancholy and blarney... full review
  123. The Secret of Kells 2009 The Secret of Kells is gorgeous work, and its imagery and themes dovetail perfectly: a story about creating art, artfully created. full review
  124. Survival of the Dead 2009 Like the literary monster mash-ups that have invaded the best-seller lists, Survival of the Dead mixes genres and milieus with absurdist glee. full review
  125. World's Greatest Dad 2009 For a comedy about autoerotic asphyxiation, epic deception, and shameless exploitation, World's Greatest Dad is a surprisingly sweet and tender affair. full review
  126. Fly Me to the Moon 2008 As for the space stuff, well, George Lucas need not lose any sleep. full review
  127. Food, Inc. 2008 It's not a pretty picture. But Food, Inc. is an essential one. full review
  128. Happy-Go-Lucky 2008 Oddball and ingenious. full review
  129. In Bruges 2008 In the end, In Bruges is a bit arch and artificial, but it is more than redeemed by Farrell and Gleeson's presence, and by the bushwhacking wit of the film's writer/director. full review
  130. Let the Right One In 2008 Funny, fear-inducing, with periods of voyeuristic gore and an undercurrent of anxiety and dread, Let the Right One In is up there with the bloodsucking classics. full review
  131. Sex Drive 2008 The comedy is uniformly crude and lewd, some of it works and some of it's lame. full review
  132. The Tale of Despereaux 2008 Despereaux is a little too desperate to be loved. full review
  133. Before the Rains 2007 Before the Rains is never less than compelling, but never more than adequately realized. full review
  134. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) 2007 Shot in a gritty, kinetic style that captures the colorful squalor of a neighborhood dubbed Dead-End Hill, City of Men is in many ways a more satisfying piece of storytelling than City of God. full review
  135. Crazy Love 2007 A Bronx tale full of jaw-dropping behavior and jaw-dropping hairdos. full review
  136. Day Watch 2007 Day Watch deploys head-spinning cinematography and cool special effects. It's a trippy affair, even if it's just about impossible to track. full review
  137. Eagle vs. Shark 2007 The tone and tenor of Waititi's effort are quieter, gentler [than Napoleon Dynamite]. This is low-key stuff, but strangely, goofily endearing. full review
  138. The Hunting Party 2007 ...The Hunting Party derives much of its tension from watching seemingly 'normal' people doing seriously insane stuff. full review
  139. Mr. Untouchable 2007 Mr. Untouchable is never dull. full review
  140. Puccini for Beginners 2007 It may not be the real world of New York, or even of most relationships, but it's worth a visit.
  141. Surfwise 2007 Not just the story of one man's obsessive quest to find harmony on a plank of wood, Surfwise offers a cautionary tale about parenting, homeschooling (camper-schooling, actually), sibling rivalries and family sacrifice. full review
  142. Cashback 2006 A sleek little meditation on beauty, desire, love and time. Now and then, it's fairly sophisticated stuff. full review
  143. Click 2006 This rickety Sandler vehicle finds the comedy star steering through a charmless fantasy of self-discovery.
  144. Deep Water 2006 Remarkable. full review
  145. Failure to Launch 2006 Apart from its name (easily the front-runner for worst of the year), Failure to Launch represents a failure in every way: of ideas, of inspiration, of casting.
  146. Flyboys 2006 Flyboys has computer imaging and a fleet of vintage aircraft on its side, but it remains considerably less convincing than Wings (1927), and less exciting.
  147. Golden Door 2006 There's an old Zen saying, 'It's the journey, not the destination.' The Golden Door offers an extraordinary journey of its own. full review
  148. Nacho Libre 2006 The beautifully shot Nacho Libre presents its improbable hero -- doughy, boyish and speaking in a dubious accent -- as someone utterly confident of his abilities, and his place in the world.
  149. Penelope 2006 Aimed at tweenage girls and mushy romantics of all age and stripe, Penelope has a quick gait and a nice comic tone. full review
  150. United 93 2006 There's no way to watch United 93, Paul Greengrass' heartbreaking, pulse-pounding drama about the lone hijacked commercial airliner that failed to reach its target on Sept. 11, 2001, and not anticipate the dreadful outcome.
  151. The Wind That Shakes the Barley 2006 Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking. full review
  152. Taxidermia 2005 Visually dazzling and outlandishly obscene. full review
  153. The Constant Gardener 2005 The filmmaker's assurance and vision in reimagining the novel are downright inspiring.
  154. The Ice Harvest 2005 [A]s an antidote to the sugary confections of the season, its hung-over cynicism works wonders.
  155. Into Great Silence 2005 A transcendental piece of filmmaking. full review
  156. My Summer of Love 2005 An exquisite exploration into the realms of seduction, obsession, deception and disillusionment.
  157. Old Joy 2005 Old Joy's not-going- anywhere-ness is a big part of its charm.
  158. The Producers 2005 The jokes are in its tackiness, and gauchery, and raspberry-inducing send-up of Broadway traditions. On that level, the movie works fine -- and is a whole lot cheaper for the ticket buyer.
  159. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 2004 It's not an indictment, so much. It's more like a mirror.
  160. Me and You and Everyone We Know 2004 Although Me and You and Everyone We Know requires patience on the part of the viewer -- to get past the faux naivete of its grown-up characters, to get past its deadpan arty tone -- Miranda July's feature debut is worth the time.
  161. The Battle of Shaker Heights 2003 As putatively quirky coming-of-age movies go, this one feels factory-tooled -- and fake.
  162. Brother Bear 2003 A generally upbeat and engaging tale of friendship and understanding.
  163. Darkness Falls 2003 Stephen King without the snap, David Lynch without the kink, teen horror without the teen hormones, Darkness Falls falls apart in a crescendo of creepy-crawly hoo-ha.
  164. Party Monster 2003 It's the drunk-guy- at-the-party syndrome: The only one truly entertained by the clown with the lamp shade on his head is the clown with the lamp shade on his head -- or folks similarly inebriated.
  165. Saved! 2003 Isn't as funny, or as wicked, as it should be.
  166. Scary Movie 3 2003 Scary Movie 3 is a veritable time capsule of of-this-moment kitsch, schlock and bad taste. And it's funny, too.
  167. Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over 2003 Spy Kids 3-D is kind of exhausting, and the many-tiered virtual reality universe numbs the mind after a while. But Rodriguez manages to work in some nicely cornball messages.
  168. Swimming Pool 2003 Rampling and Sagnier are very good in roles that demand very different things of them, and Ozon's mix of peril and playfulness make for a seductive cinematic diversion.
  169. Tears of the Sun 2003 Tears of the Sun has a title that makes no sense whatsoever. The film's message, on the other hand, makes too much sense -- it's simplistic and reactionary and designed to get hearts pumping but not minds thinking.
  170. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 Maybe the title should have been Confusions of a Dangerous Mind, though the confusion, in this case, can be pretty sublime.
  171. The Dancer Upstairs 2002 An elegant and intelligent drama.
  172. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys 2002 A fine, inventive '70s period piece about friendship, first love, and growing up to face the hard lessons of life.
  173. Irreversible 2002 Excruciating exercise in voyeurism, provocation and pretentiousness.
  174. Lost in La Mancha 2002 One hopes that some day Gilliam gets to realize his dream, but in the meantime, in Lost In La Mancha, the shards of that dream offer tantalizing -- and tear-inducing -- glimpses of what might have been.
  175. The Master of Disguise 2002 Cruelly and brutally unfunny.
  176. The New Guy 2002 Every so often a movie comes along that confirms one's worse fears about civilization as we know it. The New Guy is one of them.
  177. Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002 An amazing story, amazingly told.
  178. Russian Ark 2002 Even with its deft parade of dressed-up actors, real human emotion is hard to find.
  179. The Sweetest Thing 2002 The ads for The Sweetest Thing promise that if you loved There's Something About Mary and My Best Friend's Wedding, then you can't miss this latest Cameron Diaz vehicle. Well, miss it.
  180. Treasure Planet 2002 Sci-fi meets sea-faring fantasy, and the mix isn't half bad.
  181. The United States of Leland 2002 The strengths of Leland ... come from its performances.
  182. The Deep End 2001 Remains rooted in the real world, which makes its story all the more satisfying -- and chilling.
  183. Novocaine 2001 Fun but wobbly stuff.
  184. The Shipping News 2001 Despite its haunting artistry and its winning eccentricities, The Shipping News is a vehicle that's still very much at sea.
  185. All the Pretty Horses 2000 Lacks an essential sense of purpose.
  186. The Gift 2000 At its best The Gift evokes some of the creepy chills of To Kill a Mockingbird. And at its heart, there's Blanchett, an actress whose instincts are unerring, and dead-on.
  187. The Golden Bowl 2000 If not for its high-cult pedigree -- from a Henry James novel, adapted by the tony Merchant-Ivory team -- The Golden Bowl would seem the stuff of raging soap opera.
  188. Traffic 2000 A huge canvas of a movie that nonetheless brings the various facets of drug trafficking -- and drug-taking -- down to human scale.
  189. Urban Legends: Final Cut 2000 It's a decidedly postmodern, self-referential sort of thing. And it's still not very good.
  190. The Weight of Water 2000 The Weight of Water uses water as a metaphor for subconscious desire, but this leaky script barely stays afloat.
  191. While You Were Sleeping 1995 Compared to While You Were Sleeping, even the half-baked scenario of the Marisa Tomei-Robert Downey Jr. romance Only You looks witty and inventive. full review
  192. True Grit 1969 full review

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