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Vincent Canby, New York Times

  1. Eve of Destruction 2013 full review
  2. Last Action Hero 1993 full review
  3. Leprechaun 1993 full review
  4. The Piano 1993 Ms. Campion somehow suggests states of mind you've never before recognized on the screen. full review
  5. Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 full review
  6. Ethan Frome 1992 full review
  7. Hoffa 1992 full review
  8. A League of Their Own 1992 One of the year's most cheerful, most relaxed, most easily enjoyable comedies. It's a serious film that's lighter than air, a very funny movie that manages to score a few points for feminism in passing. full review
  9. Reservoir Dogs 1992 A small, modestly budgeted crime movie of sometimes dazzling cinematic pyrotechnics and over-the- top dramatic energy. full review
  10. Barton Fink 1991 It's an exhilarating original. full review
  11. The Hard Way 1991 full review
  12. The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear 1991 The enthusiastic Zucker, Zucker & Abrahams style of movie parody is too rarely seen to prompt much head-shaking about gags that don't work. full review
  13. Paris Is Burning 1991 full review
  14. The People Under The Stairs 1991 Though the new movie has its share of blood and gore, it is mostly creepy and, considering the bizarre circumstances, surprisingly funny. full review
  15. The Silence of the Lambs 1991 The Silence of the Lambs is pop film making of a high order. It could well be the first big hit of the year. full review
  16. Slacker 1991 full review
  17. Another 48 Hrs. 1990 full review
  18. The Grifters 1990 The Grifters is so good that one leaves the theater on a spellbound high. full review
  19. Hardware 1990 full review
  20. Ghostbusters 2 1989 Even the special effects are more to the point of the comedy than they were in the first film. For some reason, this appears to leave more room for the sort of random funny business that Mr. Murray and his friends do best. full review
  21. Harlem Nights 1989 full review
  22. Look Who's Talking 1989 Cute is the operative word for the movie, which stars some good actors doing material that is not super. full review
  23. My Left Foot 1989 An intelligent, beautifully acted adaptation of Christy Brown's first book. full review
  24. See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 full review
  25. Steel Magnolias 1989 full review
  26. The Accused 1988 full review
  27. Coming to America 1988 A screenplay that seems to have escaped its doctors before it was entirely well. full review
  28. A Fish Called Wanda 1988 It's not easy to describe the movie's accumulating dimness or to understand what went wrong. full review
  29. Scrooged 1988 In spite of the jokes at the expense of television-network censors, there's very little in the film, aside from naughty words, that wouldn't be perfectly acceptable on prime-time television. full review
  30. Angel Heart 1987 full review
  31. Broadcast News 1987 The movie is a sarcastic and carefully detailed picture of a world Mr. Brooks finds fascinating and also a little scary. full review
  32. Dirty Dancing 1987 Dirty Dancing works best when it's most direct and unpretentious. full review
  33. The Running Man 1987 It's not quite Network, but then it also doesn't take itself too seriously. full review
  34. The Untouchables 1987 It's vulgar, violent, funny and sometimes breathtakingly beautiful. full review
  35. About Last Night... 1986 You've a right to wonder why anyone would want to work so hard -- with such an expenditure of imagination -- to transform a play with such a distinctive voice into a movie that sounds like any number of others. full review
  36. Black Moon Rising 1986 Like a stolen car, it moves pretty fast, if erratically. full review
  37. Children of a Lesser God 1986 There's scarcely a single moment in it that seems to be spontaneous. full review
  38. The Manhattan Project 1986 full review
  39. A Room With A View 1986 A Room With a View is not only uncharacteristically benign for Forster, but also blithely, elegantly funny, which is a fit description of [this]first-rate film adaptation... full review
  40. Sherman's March 1986 full review
  41. The Boys Next Door 1985 full review
  42. Conan the Destroyer 1984 full review
  43. Lust in the Dust 1984 full review
  44. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life 1983 full review
  45. Nostalghia 1983 Nothing happens. full review
  46. Streamers 1983 It goes partway toward realizing the full effect of a stage play as a film, then botches the job by the overabundant use of film techniques, which dismember what should be an ensemble performance. full review
  47. To Be or Not to Be 1983 full review
  48. Death Wish 2 1982 Even more foolish, more tacky and more selfrighteously inhumane than the 1974 melodrama off which it has been spun by the none-too-nimble fingers of Michael Winner. full review
  49. Rocky III 1982 Mr. Stallone, the star of Rocky III as well as its writer and director, is hard put to find problems with which to freight his gold mine of a character, now that Rocky has everything. full review
  50. Visiting Hours 1982 An especially clumsy, overwrought example of slash-and-hack melodrama. full review
  51. Zapped! 1982 A half-baked, rather retarded parody of Carrie and a number of other films that, using the awesome power of their ignorance, drove telekinesis into the ground. full review
  52. The Fox and the Hound 1981 This is a pretty, relentlessly cheery, old-fashioned sort of Disney cartoon feature, chock-full of bouncy songs of an upbeatness that is stickier than Krazy-Glue and played by animals more anthropomorphic than the humans that occasionally appear. full review
  53. Modern Problems 1981 full review
  54. Reds 1981 Reds is an extremely fine film. full review
  55. Brubaker 1980 full review
  56. The Final Countdown 1980 The special effects are funnier than, I suspect, they were intended to be. full review
  57. Gregory's Girl 1980 It floats effortlessly over its landscape, seeing all from a marvelously cockeyed perspective all its own. full review
  58. Hopscotch 1980 full review
  59. Raging Bull 1980 Though Raging Bull has only three principal characters, it is a big film, its territory being the landscape of the soul. full review
  60. Slap Shot 1980 Slap Shot has a kind of vitality to it that overwhelms most of the questions relating to consistency of character and point of view. full review
  61. Stir Crazy 1980 full review
  62. Urban Cowboy 1980 full review
  63. Manhattan 1979 Mr. Allen's progress as one of our major filmmakers is proceeding so rapidly that we who watch him have to pause occasionally to catch our breath. full review
  64. Murder by Decree 1979 full review
  65. Star Trek: The Motion Picture 1979 [It's] like attending your high-school class's 10th reunion at Caesar's Palace. Most of the faces are familiar, but the decor has little relationship to anything you've ever seen before. full review
  66. The Tempest 1979 full review
  67. Convoy 1978 A bad joke that backfires on the director. full review
  68. Grease 1978 Its sensibility is not tied to the past but to a free-wheeling, well informed, high-spirited present. full review
  69. Paradise Alley 1978 full review
  70. 3 Women 1977 Like a dream, it is most mysterious and allusive when it appears to be most precise and direct, when its images are of the recognizable world unretouched (as happens in the film from time to time) by camera filters or lab technicians. full review
  71. Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 The best -- the most elaborate -- 1950's science fiction movie ever made, a work that borrows its narrative shape and its concerns from those earlier films, but enhances them with what looks like the latest developments in movie and space technology. full review
  72. The Rescuers 1977 Efficiently short, charming, mildly scary in unimportant ways, and occasionally very funny. full review
  73. Assault on Precinct 13 1976 Mr. Carpenter is an extremely resourceful director whose ability to construct films entirely out of action and movement suggests that he may one day be a director to rank with Don Siegel. full review
  74. The Bad News Bears 1976 [Ritchie] keeps the sentimentality in check most of the time and obtains first-rate performers from his miniature cast all of the time. full review
  75. King Kong 1976 full review
  76. Marathon Man 1976 full review
  77. Rocky 1976 The screenplay of Rocky is purest Hollywood make-believe of the 1930's, but there would be nothing wrong with that, had the film been executed with any verve. full review
  78. Swashbuckler 1976 full review
  79. Escape to Witch Mountain 1975 A Walt Disney production for children who will watch absolutely anything that moves. full review
  80. The French Connection II 1975 full review
  81. The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 full review
  82. Chinatown 1974 A new private-eye melodrama that celebrates not only a time and a place (Los Angeles) but also a kind of criminality that to us jaded souls today appears to be nothing worse than an eccentric form of legitimate private enterprise.
  83. Death Wish 1974 It's a despicable movie, one that raises complex questions in order to offer bigoted, frivolous, oversimplified answers. full review
  84. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry 1974 The film is so bereft of emotion and so full of physical movement that it's possible this is a point that John Hough, the director, and the screenwriters wanted to make. It's a very small point to be made by such a noisy picture. full review
  85. The Great Gatsby 1974 The movie can't see this through all its giant closeups of pretty knees and dancing feet. It's frivolous without being much fun. full review
  86. The Little Prince 1974 full review
  87. Thieves Like Us 1974 It is full of things to think about, that hang in the memory like the details of a banal crime story on page 32, which, though read quickly, won't go away. Somehow you know that this happened. full review
  88. Charley Varrick 1973 full review
  89. The Long Goodbye 1973 [Altman] attempts the impossible and pulls it off. full review
  90. The Paper Chase 1973 By the end it has melted into a blob of cliches. full review
  91. Robin Hood 1973 The visual style is charmingly conventional, as gently reassuring as that of a Donald Duck cartoon, sometimes as romantically pretty as an old Silly Symphony. full review
  92. Serpico 1973 A remarkable record of one man's rebellion against the sort of sleaziness and second-rateness that has affected so much American life, from the ingredients of its hamburgers to the ethics of its civil servants and politicians. full review
  93. Frogs 1972 full review
  94. Harold and Maude 1971 [Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon] both are so aggressive, so creepy and off-putting. full review
  95. Minnie and Moskowitz 1971 The fact is that although I admired specific things about the film, I never laughed very much and only felt slight, distant tremors of the joy that, I assume, rocked everyone connected with the movie during its production. full review
  96. Silent Running 1971 Silent Running is no jerry-built science fiction film, but it's a little too simple-minded to be consistently entertaining. full review
  97. They Might Be Giants 1971 full review
  98. Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970 full review
  99. Love Story 1970 The only really depressing thing about Love Story is the thought of all of the terrible imitations that will inevitably follow it. full review
  100. Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 As history, it seems a fairly accurate account of what happened, although it never much bothers its head about why. As film art, it is nothing less than a $25-million irrelevancy. full review
  101. Tristana 1970 Viridiana is his undoubted masterpiece, but Tristana is more pure and more consistent, less ambiguous and more complex. full review
  102. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 Very funny in a strictly contemporary way-the last exuberant word on movies about the men of the mythic American West who have outlived their day. full review
  103. Easy Rider 1969 Hopper, Fonda and their friends went out into America looking for a movie and found instead a small, pious statement (upper case) about our society (upper case), which is sick (upper case). It's pretty but lower case cinema. full review
  104. En Passion (A Passion) (The Passion of Anna) 1969 The Passion of Anna is one of Bergman's most beautiful films (it is his second in color), all tawny, wintry grays and browns, deep blacks, and dark greens, highlighted occasionally by splashes of red, sometimes blood. full review
  105. True Grit 1969 A marvelously rambling frontier fable packed with extraordinary incidents, amazing encounters, noble characters, and virtuous rewards. full review
  106. Night of the Living Dead 1968 The dialogue and background music sound hollow, as if they had been recorded in an empty swimming pool, and the wobbly camera seems to have a fetishist's interest in hands. full review

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