Susan Stark, Detroit News

  1. Loser 2003 Biggs, Suvari turn on their winning charm. full review
  2. Ararat 2002 Only the most patient, sensitive and sensible of viewers will cut through the film's affectations and indulgences to come to the point. full review
  3. Barbershop 2002 Entertains by providing good, lively company. full review
  4. The Believer 2002 Bean's film concentrates almost entirely on the externals -- the bluster, the swagger -- when the story he is treating just begs for full, detailed, potentially explosive emotional and psychological scrutiny. full review
  5. Below 2002 full review
  6. 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.
  7. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys 2002 A flawed but fascinating piece. full review
  8. The New Guy 2002 full review
  9. Paid in Full 2002 full review
  10. Panic Room 2002 It confirms Fincher's status as a film maker who artfully bends technical know-how to the service of psychological insight.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Tadpole 2002 Most folks with a real stake in the American sexual landscape will find it either moderately amusing or just plain irrelevant. full review
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. The Animal 2001 full review
  23. Apocalypse Now Redux 2001 As fabulously, boldly impressionistic and intelligent as it was when it was released, in shorter form, 22 years ago.
  24. Atlantis - The Lost Empire 2001 Certainly, the eye is busy throughout this movie. Verbally, however, it's an often-daunting affair. full review
  25. 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
  26. The Glass House 2001 full review
  27. Hannibal 2001 It fails to create the deeply threatening vacuum that is the original's claim to enduring fame and resonance. full review
  28. Heartbreakers 2001 Laugh out loud? You bet. full review
  29. The Shipping News 2001 A quiet, penetrating marvel of a movie. full review
  30. 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
  31. Waking Life 2001 full review
  32. Zoolander 2001
  33. 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
  34. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle 2000 A sweet treat for the family audience. full review
  35. 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
  36. Amores Perros 2000 [Inarritu] may well be the millennium's first new master film maker. full review
  37. Attraction 2000 full review
  38. Blow Dry 2000 full review
  39. Center Stage 2000 It's a bad joke. full review
  40. Croupier 2000 Gambling and gamblers are a movie staple, but Croupier comes at the sport and its population from a fresh and, finally, rewardingly wide perspective. full review
  41. The Emperor's New Groove 2000 An audience dominated by young children was disconcertingly quiet during a preview screening. full review
  42. 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
  43. The Golden Bowl 2000 coiled, nuanced, resonant tale. full review
  44. 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.
  45. Highlander - Endgame 2000 full review
  46. Malena 2000 Funny as it is sobering. full review
  47. The Man Who Cried 2000 full review
  48. Memento 2000 full review
  49. Merci Pour le Chocolat 2000 An elegant, exquisitely modulated psychological thriller.
  50. 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
  51. 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
  52. Our Song 2000 Confirms [McKay's] gift for catching ordinary folk in authentic terms on film. full review
  53. Reindeer Games (Deception) 2000 Reindeer Games is too tricky to let the audience join the fun. full review
  54. 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
  55. The Taste of Others 2000 full review
  56. The Tigger Movie 2000 An engaging romp. full review
  57. 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
  58. Urban Legends: Final Cut 2000 full review
  59. 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
  60. The Weight of Water 2000 full review
  61. With A Friend Like Harry 2000 full review
  62. The Yards 2000
  63. Better Than Chocolate 1999 full review
  64. Boys Don't Cry 1999 full review
  65. Brokedown Palace 1999 full review
  66. 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
  67. The Haunting 1999 The Haunting is a muddled mess that defies any rationality.
  68. An Ideal Husband 1999 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. Ravenous 1999 full review
  75. Runaway Bride 1999 full review
  76. She's All That 1999 full review
  77. Superstar 1999
  78. The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 Again, Minghella proves himself the most stylish and literate of film makers. full review
  79. Tarzan 1999 Disney's Tarzan is animation gold! 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. Antz 1998 Antz takes a huge step forward for computer animation! full review
  86. The Big Hit 1998 ...crude and bloody but effective action comedy... full review
  87. Can't Hardly Wait 1998 full review
  88. Clay Pigeons 1998
  89. Cousin Bette 1998 full review
  90. East Is East 1998 full review
  91. Ever After: A Cinderella Story 1998 Handsomely set in 15th-century France, it gracefully folds in all sorts of 20th-century values. full review
  92. Jack Frost 1998 full review
  93. Kurt & Courtney 1998 full review
  94. Little Voice 1998 full review
  95. Madeline 1998 full review
  96. The Parent Trap 1998 full review
  97. Paulie 1998 full review
  98. Phantoms 1998 full review
  99. Pi 1998
  100. 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
  101. The Replacement Killers 1998 full review
  102. 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
  103. Two Girls and a Guy 1998 full review
  104. Velvet Goldmine 1998 full review
  105. Waking Ned Devine 1998 full review
  106. Wide Awake 1998 full review
  107. Amistad 1997 full review
  108. The Apostle 1997 full review
  109. Breakdown 1997 A classic summer movie that has smarts plus sizzle. full review
  110. The Castle 1997 full review
  111. Chasing Amy 1997 Often funny but ultimately wrenching full review
  112. Cop Land 1997
  113. Donnie Brasco 1997 You get something far richer, if more unsettling, here than conventional crime drama's romanticism and easy analogies. full review
  114. The Frighteners 1997 full review
  115. Good Burger 1997 full review
  116. Hercules 1997 full review
  117. The Ice Storm 1997 Perceptively detailed in both the directing and acting, The Ice Storm commands strictest attention from start to finish. full review
  118. Inventing the Abbotts 1997 full review
  119. Jackie Brown 1997 [A] surprisingly sluggish Tarantino piece. full review
  120. Kiss The Girls 1997 full review
  121. A Life Less Ordinary 1997 full review
  122. McHale's Navy 1997 full review
  123. Mimic 1997 full review
  124. Mouse Hunt (Mousehunt) 1997 full review
  125. Mrs. Brown 1997 full review
  126. My Son the Fanatic 1997 full review
  127. The Peacemaker 1997 full review
  128. Picture Perfect 1997
  129. The Rainmaker 1997
  130. She's So Lovely 1997 full review
  131. A Smile Like Yours 1997 full review
  132. Smilla's Sense of Snow 1997 full review
  133. Welcome to Sarajevo 1997 full review
  134. The Wings of the Dove 1997 full review
  135. Michael Collins 1996
  136. 101 Dalmatians 1996 full review
  137. Albino Alligator 1996 full review
  138. Beautiful Girls 1996
  139. Bed of Roses 1996 full review
  140. Brassed Off 1996 full review
  141. The Craft 1996 full review
  142. Down Periscope 1996 full review
  143. The English Patient 1996 full review
  144. Fargo 1996 With Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen return to the glory days of 1987 and Raising Arizona. full review
  145. Flirting With Disaster 1996 full review
  146. The Ghost and the Darkness 1996 full review
  147. Happy Gilmore 1996 full review
  148. Harriet the Spy 1996 full review
  149. The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 full review
  150. James and the Giant Peach 1996 full review
  151. The Juror 1996 full review
  152. Love Serenade 1996 full review
  153. Muppet Treasure Island 1996 full review
  154. The Pallbearer 1996 full review
  155. Primal Fear 1996 full review
  156. Restoration 1996 full review
  157. Ridicule 1996 full review
  158. Scream 1996 full review
  159. Stealing Beauty 1996 full review
  160. Trainspotting 1996 full review
  161. Unhook the Stars 1996 full review
  162. Blue in the Face 1995 full review
  163. Cry, the Beloved Country 1995 full review
  164. Dead Man 1995 full review
  165. Dead Man Walking 1995 It will send you home with more than a few long thoughts. full review
  166. Devil in a Blue Dress 1995
  167. Jumanji 1995 full review
  168. A Month by the Lake 1995 full review
  169. Sense and Sensibility 1995 It's bliss. full review
  170. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 full review
  171. The Legend of Drunken Master (Jui kuen II) (Drunken Fist II) 1994
  172. Two Bits 1994 full review
  173. 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
  174. Apocalypse Now 1979
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