Susan Stark, Detroit News

  1. Below 2002 full review
  2. Changing Lanes 2002 Directed with purpose and finesse by England's Roger Mitchell, who handily makes the move from pleasing, relatively lightweight commercial fare such as Notting Hill to commercial fare with real thematic heft.
  3. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys 2002 A flawed but fascinating piece. full review
  4. Men in Black II 2002 The picture's definitely entertaining, in fits and starts. It's also joyless. full review
  5. The New Guy 2002 full review
  6. Paid in Full 2002 full review
  7. Panic Room 2002 It confirms Fincher's status as a film maker who artfully bends technical know-how to the service of psychological insight.
  8. Punch-Drunk Love 2002 It's wacky. It's unpredictable. It's sure to give pause to Sandler fans and, smaller in number but every bit as dedicated, to Watson admirers too. full review
  9. Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002 Noyce creates a film of near-hypnotic physical beauty even as he tells a story as horrifying as any in the heart-breakingly extensive annals of white-on-black racism. full review
  10. Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 A fantastical fun house of a film, one that freely, joyfully, considerately expands upon themes set forth in last summer's sleeper family audience hit. full review
  11. Star Trek - Nemesis 2002 Star Trek: Nemesis spins a fascinating and, finally, quite moving variation on an old saw: You're your own worst enemy.
  12. The Sum of All Fears 2002 Bold, imaginative, rational and persuasive an account of the lethally dangerous world we live in, The Sum of All Fears is an international spy drama with visceral impact.
  13. Super Troopers 2002 full review
  14. Treasure Planet 2002 Moody, involving and endlessly inventive, Treasure Planet lacks only the element of delight, of joyfulness that marks the very best animation has to offer.
  15. Black Hawk Down 2001 Black Hawk Down sends you away impressed, properly horrified and then thoughtful about the lessons ignored from the battle it exhaustively describes. full review
  16. Ali 2001 Clearly a triumphant labor of love for its star, Will Smith. Credit director Mann, above all, for recognizing the performance for what it is: A knockout.
  17. Along Came a Spider 2001 No matter how average the script, the direction or the company, any movie that stars Freeman is worth two hours and nearly 10 bucks. full review
  18. America's Sweethearts 2001 You go to America's Sweethearts anticipating a prime flossy, glossy entertainment. You come away better by a few laughs but with expectations sadly deflated. full review
  19. The Animal 2001 full review
  20. Atlantis - The Lost Empire 2001 Certainly, the eye is busy throughout this movie. Verbally, however, it's an often-daunting affair. full review
  21. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2001 One of those wonders of imagination and craft that confirm your wildest dreams about the magic of movies. full review
  22. The Glass House 2001 full review
  23. Hannibal 2001 It fails to create the deeply threatening vacuum that is the original's claim to enduring fame and resonance. full review
  24. Heartbreakers 2001 Laugh out loud? You bet. full review
  25. Lost and Delirious 2001 full review
  26. Monkeybone 2001 The showy visuals rest on nothing firmer than a marshmallow bed of chaos and confusion. full review
  27. The Mothman Prophecies 2001 full review
  28. The Shipping News 2001 A quiet, penetrating marvel of a movie. full review
  29. Lara Croft - Tomb Raider 2001 Its heavily mined narrative throws all sorts of ridiculous twists into the mix in order to put Croft through her punishing paces. full review
  30. Tomcats 2001 An inept, gross variation on Farrelly brothers' themes.
  31. Zoolander 2001
  32. 28 Days 2000 Eminently likable Sandra Bullock has lately shown a bizarre knack for choosing hard-to-like movies. 28 Days continues her unenviable streak . full review
  33. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle 2000 A sweet treat for the family audience. full review
  34. All the Pretty Horses 2000 Working from Ted Tally's casually artful script, director Billy Bob Thornton guides Matt Damon, Henry Thomas and Penelope Cruz to their most impressive performances in a major movie yet. full review
  35. Amores Perros 2000 [Inarritu] may well be the millennium's first new master film maker. full review
  36. Attraction 2000 full review
  37. Blow Dry 2000 full review
  38. Center Stage 2000 It's a bad joke. full review
  39. The Emperor's New Groove 2000 An audience dominated by young children was disconcertingly quiet during a preview screening. full review
  40. The Gift 2000 A glorious textbook example of a gifted film maker's ability to transform a familiar genre and, thrillingly, to confound our expectations in the process. full review
  41. The Golden Bowl 2000 coiled, nuanced, resonant tale. full review
  42. Hamlet 2000 Icy-cold in its palette and unwaveringly cool in its application of modern settings and gizmos to a text that stands up to endless reinvention, this is a Hamlet that brings imagination matched by thoughtfulness to its appeal to both eye and ear.
  43. Happy Accidents 2000 full review
  44. Malena 2000 Funny as it is sobering. full review
  45. The Man Who Cried 2000 full review
  46. Memento 2000 full review
  47. Merci Pour le Chocolat 2000 An elegant, exquisitely modulated psychological thriller.
  48. Mission: Impossible 2 2000 Bottom line, M:I-2 seems destined to create the kind of excitement and box-office punch that insiders have been predicting since the turn of the century. full review
  49. The Original Kings of Comedy 2000 You can almost feel the electric charge between the huge, packed auditorium in Charlotte, N.C., where the film was shot, and the four comic originals on stage. full review
  50. Our Song 2000 Confirms [McKay's] gift for catching ordinary folk in authentic terms on film. full review
  51. Reindeer Games (Deception) 2000 Reindeer Games is too tricky to let the audience join the fun. full review
  52. Shaft 2000 Sleek, urgent, knowing, gleefully profane and above all ultra-cool, Shaft blows into the summer movie season like a breath of fresh air. full review
  53. The Taste of Others 2000 full review
  54. The Tigger Movie 2000 An engaging romp. full review
  55. Traffic 2000 In compelling terms, it puts bitter economic, social and racial truth before our eyes. Continue to blink or see. Your choice. full review
  56. Urban Legends: Final Cut 2000 full review
  57. Vertical Limit 2000 This is a movie that means to keep you involved and, preferably, gasping from start to finish . At that, it certainly does succeed. full review
  58. The Weight of Water 2000 full review
  59. With A Friend Like Harry 2000 full review
  60. The Yards 2000
  61. Brokedown Palace 1999 full review
  62. But I'm A Cheerleader 1999 full review
  63. Double Jeopardy 1999 Piles one loony twist on another with dizzying abandon when it's not bogged down drinking up scenery that has been exploited to a fare-thee-well on the big screen. full review
  64. The General's Daughter 1999 The General's Daughter is an overheated thriller populated by actors who far outclass the material. full review
  65. Girl, Interrupted 1999 It has neither the clarity nor strength of purpose to engage an audience much beyond the converted. full review
  66. The Haunting 1999 The Haunting is a muddled mess that defies any rationality.
  67. An Ideal Husband 1999 full review
  68. In Dreams 1999 This routine fright factory employs the usual horror movie tactics. full review
  69. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999 full review
  70. Mansfield Park 1999 full review
  71. Music of the Heart 1999 A movie that tells a story not from some Hollywood swifty's febrile imagination, but rather from life. full review
  72. My Life so Far 1999 full review
  73. The Ninth Gate 1999 full review
  74. Runaway Bride 1999 full review
  75. She's All That 1999 full review
  76. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut 1999 Raunchy, riotously irreverent and thrillingly rangy! full review
  77. Stuart Little 1999 Doesn't even get close to the spirit of White's wonder - filled but hilariously matter - of - fact story. full review
  78. Superstar 1999
  79. The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 Again, Minghella proves himself the most stylish and literate of film makers. full review
  80. Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999 As a routinely cruel, often vicious, miserably unhappy teacher, Mirren offers a complex, brilliantly disciplined performance! full review
  81. The Thomas Crown Affair 1999 Sleek and slick in equal measure, The Thomas Crown Affair confirms that it's well worth hearing a good story twice. full review
  82. A Walk on the Moon 1999 full review
  83. The War Zone 1999 full review
  84. The Wood 1999 Since positive images of middle-class black friendships and romance remain rare while gangster tales, drugs and gang gunfire dominate the screen, The Wood gets bonus points. full review
  85. Another Day In Paradise 1998 Woods creates another of his patented high-voltage characters. full review
  86. Antz 1998 Antz takes a huge step forward for computer animation! full review
  87. Can't Hardly Wait 1998 full review
  88. Caught Up 1998 full review
  89. Clay Pigeons 1998
  90. East Is East 1998 full review
  91. Gods and Monsters 1998 full review
  92. Jack Frost 1998 full review
  93. Kurt & Courtney 1998 full review
  94. Little Voice 1998 full review
  95. Paulie 1998 full review
  96. Pi 1998
  97. The Prince of Egypt 1998 The Prince of Egypt goes beyond fanciful and magical. It is the first spiritual animated film ever, as deep and resonant as it is soaringly inventive! full review
  98. Shakespeare in Love 1998 With glittering shows of erudition and playfulness, Shakespeare in Love mixes history, fiction, comedy and romance to create a pure joy of a movie! full review
  99. Star Kid 1998 full review
  100. Velvet Goldmine 1998 full review
  101. Waking Ned Devine 1998 full review
  102. Wide Awake 1998 full review
  103. Wild Things 1998 Director John McNaughton has some sly fun with the noir genre in this sex-drenched tale of two young vixens (Neve Campbell and Denise Richards) who accuse their high school guidance counselor (Matt Dillon) of rape and begin unwinding plots within plots. full review
  104. Amistad 1997 full review
  105. The Apostle 1997 full review
  106. As Good As It Gets 1997 Urbane, alert, funny, compassionate. full review
  107. Breakdown 1997 A classic summer movie that has smarts plus sizzle. full review
  108. Chasing Amy 1997 Often funny but ultimately wrenching full review
  109. Cop Land 1997
  110. Donnie Brasco 1997 You get something far richer, if more unsettling, here than conventional crime drama's romanticism and easy analogies. full review
  111. Event Horizon 1997 full review
  112. Fairy Tale - A True Story 1997 full review
  113. The Frighteners 1997 full review
  114. Good Burger 1997 full review
  115. Hercules 1997 full review
  116. The Ice Storm 1997 Perceptively detailed in both the directing and acting, The Ice Storm commands strictest attention from start to finish. full review
  117. Inventing the Abbotts 1997 full review
  118. Jackie Brown 1997 [A] surprisingly sluggish Tarantino piece. full review
  119. A Life Less Ordinary 1997 full review
  120. McHale's Navy 1997 full review
  121. Mimic 1997 full review
  122. Mouse Hunt (Mousehunt) 1997 full review
  123. Mrs. Brown 1997 full review
  124. The Peacemaker 1997 full review
  125. Private Parts 1997 This is Sterno, not heat, but still plenty rude, crude and lewd. full review
  126. The Rainmaker 1997
  127. She's So Lovely 1997 full review
  128. Welcome to Sarajevo 1997 full review
  129. The Wings of the Dove 1997 full review
  130. Michael Collins 1996
  131. 101 Dalmatians 1996 full review
  132. Albino Alligator 1996 full review
  133. Beautiful Girls 1996
  134. Beavis and Butt-Head Do America 1996 full review
  135. Brassed Off 1996 full review
  136. Down Periscope 1996 full review
  137. The English Patient 1996 full review
  138. Escape from L.A. 1996 John Carpenter's vision of a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles is a go-for-broke action extravaganza that satirizes the genre at the same time it's exploiting it. full review
  139. Fargo 1996 With Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen return to the glory days of 1987 and Raising Arizona. full review
  140. Flirting With Disaster 1996 full review
  141. The Ghost and the Darkness 1996 full review
  142. Happy Gilmore 1996 full review
  143. The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 full review
  144. James and the Giant Peach 1996 full review
  145. Looking for Richard 1996 full review
  146. Love Serenade 1996 full review
  147. The Pallbearer 1996 full review
  148. Restoration 1996 full review
  149. Ridicule 1996 full review
  150. Scream 1996 full review
  151. Stealing Beauty 1996 full review
  152. Trainspotting 1996 full review
  153. Unhook the Stars 1996 full review
  154. A Very Brady Sequel 1996 full review
  155. Blue in the Face 1995 full review
  156. Cry, the Beloved Country 1995 full review
  157. Dead Man 1995 full review
  158. Devil in a Blue Dress 1995
  159. Jumanji 1995 full review
  160. A Month by the Lake 1995 full review
  161. Nick of Time 1995 full review
  162. Sense and Sensibility 1995 It's bliss. full review
  163. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 full review
  164. Two Bits 1994 full review
  165. Supercop (Police Story 3) (Ging chaat goo si 3: Chiu kap ging chaat) 1992 A wild and free-wheeling action film, vastly superior to this year's Rumble in the Bronx in both plot and action. full review

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