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Steven Rosen, Denver Post

  1. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys 2002 Recalls The Virgin Suicides, Ghost World and Waking Life. If it's not as good as those, it isn't for lack of heart or ambition. full review
  2. The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 In trying to make Earnest more of a visual romp than it needs to be, [Parker] almost stomps the Wildeness out of its literary wit. But he doesn't. The good humor and lively acting survive. full review
  3. The Master of Disguise 2002 Neither [Carvey] nor semi-competent director Perry Andelin Blake have the ability to sustain a scene or idea. full review
  4. Panic Room 2002 Director David Fincher and writer David Koepp can't sustain it. full review
  5. Punch-Drunk Love 2002 Everything about Punch-Drunk Love works in a Being John Malkovich sort of way save one. Sandler. When your star doesn't work, it's hard to get us to buy into the rest of a movie as unusual as this. full review
  6. The Sum of All Fears 2002 The explosion essentially ruined -- or, rather, overpowered -- the fiction of the movie for me. full review
  7. Treasure Planet 2002 One wants good storytelling from animated films, and Treasure Planet is working with a good one. But, like pirates hoarding gold, it gets greedy trying to wow us with too much. full review
  8. XXX 2002 The pretensions -- and disposable story -- sink the movie. And Diesel isn't the actor to save it. full review
  9. Black Hawk Down 2001 Scott keeps bringing home the shocks, using light and sound to underscore the visual tumult. full review
  10. Ali 2001 It does connect solidly more often than not. full review
  11. America's Sweethearts 2001 Given its subject matter, it's too genial to cut deep. full review
  12. Atlantis - The Lost Empire 2001 A film without an artistic vision to match its commercial one. full review
  13. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2001 Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger makes up for the disappointment of Phantom Menace. full review
  14. The Deep End 2001 The Deep End is the year's best movie since Memento. full review
  15. Heartbreakers 2001 A two-hour marathon. full review
  16. Lara Croft - Tomb Raider 2001 It's yet another movie where you frequently have no idea what's going on or why. full review
  17. All the Pretty Horses 2000 Whether you're familiar with the story or not, you'll have trouble feeling connected to it. full review
  18. The Golden Bowl 2000 Ivory has been away from period literary adaptations, backbone of the Merchant Ivory reputation, for some time. It's good to have him back, but Golden Bowl shows he needs to do some work to reacquire his golden touch. full review
  19. Malena 2000 The film lacks a focused, compelling narrative -- perhaps because Tornatore is trying to manufacture a hit by juggling story elements more forced and manipulative than felt. full review
  20. Memento 2000 Destined to become a new noir classic. full review
  21. Scream 3 2000 Isn't that good. full review
  22. Traffic 2000 Traffic sometimes has the impact of a tense war film or a grittily modernist, post- Godfather crime epic such as Heat or Goodfellas. full review
  23. Vertical Limit 2000 But at its worst, Vertical Limit makes you weary with its stock characters and de rigueur explosions, avalanches, collapsing crevices and the like. full review
  24. Superstar 1999 Superstar will rank closer to Wayne's World than It's Pat or Roxbury. In Saturday Night Live terms, that constitutes a masterpiece.

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