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Thursday
July 24, 2014

Movie Reviews

About the rating system:

Because I think of my readers as busy people whose lives, and even whose leisure time, are not organized around movies, I doubt the need for a finely calibrated, four- or five-star rating system, which could only accentuate the subjectivity of movie-reviewing anyway. Such readers, it seems to me, are likely to want instead to know the following:

  • Is the movie so good that I simply must see it?
  • Is it something that’s worth seeing if I haven’t got anything better to do on a Saturday night?
  • Is it a waste of time?

For those who trust me to answer such questions on their behalf, I give for an affirmative answer to the first question (two stars), to the second, (one star) and to the third, (no stars).

 
Index:       Year:       Rating:     
 
About a Boy (Reviewed May 16, 2002)
About Schmidt (Reviewed December 17, 2002)
Abrazo Partido, El (Lost Embrace) (Reviewed January 28, 2005)
Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) (Reviewed April 1, 1999)
Absolute Power (Reviewed February 1, 1997)
Act of Valor (Reviewed April 28, 2012)
Addicted to Love (Reviewed May 1, 1997)
Adventureland (Reviewed April 9, 2009)
Affair of the Necklace, The (Reviewed December 7, 2001)
Affair to Remember, An (Reviewed July 16, 2008)
Affliction (Reviewed December 1, 1998)
After Life (Reviewed June 1, 1999)
After Sex (Post Coitum Animal Triste) (Reviewed March 1, 1998)
Afterglow (Reviewed January 1, 1998)
Against the Ropes (Reviewed February 20, 2004)
Agronomist, The (Reviewed April 23, 2004)
Ai No Corrida (In the Realm of the Senses) (Reviewed January 1, 1997)
AI: Artificial Intelligence (Reviewed June 1, 2001)
Air de Famille, Un (Reviewed June 1, 1998)
Air Doll (Reviewed July 1, 2010)
Air Force One (Reviewed August 1, 1997)
Alan Smithee Film, An: Burn, Hollywood, Burn (Reviewed March 1, 1998)
Albert Nobbs (Reviewed February 27, 2012)
Albino Alligator (Reviewed January 1, 1997)
Alfie (Reviewed November 5, 2004)
Ali (Reviewed January 9, 2002)
Alice et Martin (Reviewed August 1, 2000)
Alien Resurrection (Reviewed December 1, 1997)
Alien Trespass (Reviewed April 17, 2009)
All the King's Men (Reviewed September 22, 2006)
All the Real Girls (Reviewed February 19, 2003)
Almost Famous (Reviewed September 1, 2000)
Along Came Polly (Reviewed January 16, 2004)
Alzheimer Case, The (De Zaak Alzheimer) (Reviewed August 26, 2005)
Amélie (Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain) (Reviewed November 16, 2001)
Amantes del Círculo Polar, Los (Lovers of the Arctic Circle) (Reviewed April 1, 1999)
Amazing Grace (Reviewed March 29, 2007)
Amazon (Reviewed July 1, 1998)
Amen (Der Stellvertreter) (Reviewed January 26, 2003)
America's Heart and Soul (Reviewed July 2, 2004)
America: From Freedom to Fascism (Reviewed July 28, 2006)
American Beauty (Reviewed September 1, 1999)
American Hustle (Reviewed January 15, 2014)
American Pie (Reviewed July 1, 1999)
American Psycho (Reviewed March 1, 2000)
American Teen (Reviewed August 7, 2008)
Ami du Défunt, Un (A Friend of the Deceased) (Reviewed May 1, 1998)
Amistad (Reviewed December 1, 1997)
Among Giants (Reviewed April 1, 1999)
Amores Perros (Love's a Bitch) (Reviewed April 1, 2001)
Amour (Reviewed February 14, 2013)
Anaconda (Reviewed April 1, 1997)
Analyze This (Reviewed February 1, 1999)
Anastasia (Reviewed December 1, 1997)
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Reviewed January 6, 2014)
Angel Baby (Reviewed April 1, 1997)
Angel-A (Reviewed May 25, 2007)
Angela’s Ashes (Reviewed November 1, 1999)
Anger Management (Reviewed April 13, 2003)
Anna and the King (Reviewed December 1, 1999)
Anna Karenina (Reviewed January 24, 2013)
Annapolis (Reviewed January 27, 2006)
Annie Hall (Reviewed July 30, 2008)
Anonymous (Reviewed November 21, 2011)
Another Year (Reviewed February 18, 2011)
Antichrist (Reviewed November 10, 2009)
Antz (Reviewed October 1, 1998)
Any Given Sunday (Reviewed December 1, 1999)
Anywhere But Here (Reviewed November 1, 1999)
Apartment, The (Reviewed July 23, 2008)
Apocalypse Now Redux (Reviewed September 1, 2001)
Apostle, The (Reviewed December 1, 1997)
Apple, The (Reviewed February 1, 1999)
Ararat (Reviewed November 18, 2002)
Arbitrage (Reviewed September 25, 2012)
Argo (Reviewed October 23, 2012)
Arguing the World (Reviewed January 1, 1998)
Aristocrats, The (Reviewed July 29, 2005)
Arlington Road (Reviewed December 1, 1998)
Armageddon (Reviewed July 1, 1998)
Around the World in 80 Days (Reviewed June 16, 2004)
Artist, The (Reviewed January 23, 2012)
As Good As It Gets (Reviewed December 1, 1997)
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The (Reviewed September 21, 2007)
Assassination of Richard Nixon, The (Reviewed December 29, 2004)
Assassination Tango (Reviewed April 1, 2003)
Assisted Living (Reviewed February 4, 2005)
Astronaut’s Wife, The (Reviewed September 1, 1999)
Atonement (Reviewed December 7, 2007)
Auberge Espagnole, L' (The Spanish Apartment) (Reviewed May 19, 2003)
August Rush (Reviewed November 21, 2007)
Aura, The (Reviewed November 17, 2006)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (Reviewed July 29, 2002)
Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery (Reviewed May 1, 1997)
Austin Powers, The Spy Who Shagged Me (Reviewed June 1, 1999)
Auto Focus (Reviewed October 23, 2002)
Autumn Tale (Conte d'Automne) (Reviewed May 1, 1999)
Avatar (Reviewed December 18, 2009)
Avengers, The (Reviewed August 1, 1998)
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (Reviewed February 1, 1998)
Baader Meinhof Complex, The (Reviewed September 29, 2009)
Baby Mama (Reviewed May 5, 2008)
Bad Santa (Reviewed November 26, 2003)
Badlands (1973) (Reviewed July 9, 2014)
Bagger Vance, The Legend of (Reviewed October 1, 2000)
Bait (Reviewed September 1, 2000)
Ballad of Jack and Rose, The (Reviewed March 25, 2005)
Band's Visit, The (Reviewed April 7, 2008)
Barbarian Invasions, The (Les Invasions Barbares) (Reviewed November 21, 2003)
Barbershop (Reviewed September 16, 2002)
Barbershop 2: Back in Business (Reviewed February 6, 2004)
Batman and Robin (Reviewed July 1, 1997)
Battle in Heaven (Reviewed February 17, 2006)
Battlefield Earth (Reviewed May 1, 2000)
Beach, The (Reviewed February 1, 2000)
Bean (Reviewed November 1, 1997)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Reviewed August 5, 2012)
Beat That My Heart Skipped, The (De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté) (Reviewed July 1, 2005)
Beaumarchais (Reviewed December 1, 1997)
Beautician and the Beast, The (Reviewed February 1, 1997)
Beautiful Country, The (Reviewed July 8, 2005)
Beautiful Mind, A (Reviewed January 18, 2002)
Beautiful People (Reviewed February 1, 2000)
Because I Said So (Reviewed February 9, 2007)
Becket (Reviewed January 26, 2007)
Becoming Jane (Reviewed August 3, 2007)
Bedazzled (Reviewed October 1, 2000)
Behind Enemy Lines (Reviewed November 29, 2001)
Behind the Lines (Regeneration) (Reviewed August 1, 1998)
Behind the Sun (Abril Despedaçado) (Reviewed December 20, 2001)
Beijing Bicycle (Shiqi sui de dan che) (Reviewed February 4, 2002)
Being John Malkovich (Reviewed October 1, 1999)
Bella (Reviewed October 26, 2007)
Beloved (Reviewed October 1, 1998)
Bend It Like Beckham (Reviewed March 14, 2003)
Beshkempir: The Adopted Son (Reviewed February 1, 1999)
Besieged (Reviewed May 1, 1999)
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (Reviewed May 22, 2012)
Best in Show (Reviewed October 1, 2000)
Best Laid Plans (Reviewed September 1, 1999)
Best Man, The (Reviewed August 1, 1998)
Between Two Worlds (Reviewed July 6, 2011)
Beverly Hills Ninja (Reviewed January 1, 1997)
Bewitched (Reviewed June 24, 2005)
Beyond Borders (Reviewed October 24, 2003)
Beyond Silence (Reviewed June 1, 1998)
Beyond the Hills (Reviewed March 28, 2013)
Beyond the Mat (Reviewed March 1, 2000)
Big Fish (Reviewed December 10, 2003)
Big Lebowski, The (Reviewed March 1, 1998)
Big One, The (Reviewed March 1, 1998)
Big Sleep, The (Reviewed July 18, 2007)
Biker Boyz (Reviewed February 3, 2003)
Billy Elliot (Reviewed October 1, 2000)
Birthday Girl (Reviewed January 31, 2002)
Black Hawk Down (Reviewed January 22, 2002)
Black Hawk Down (2001) (Reviewed July 17, 2013)
Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) (Reviewed February 24, 2006)
Black Swan (Reviewed January 21, 2011)
Blair Witch Project, The (Reviewed June 1, 1999)
Blast from the Past (Reviewed January 1, 1999)
Blindness (Reviewed November 7, 2008)
Blood and Wine (Reviewed February 1, 1997)
Blow (Reviewed March 1, 2001)
Blue is the Warmest Color (La vie d'Adèle) (Reviewed November 25, 2013)
Blue Jasmine (Reviewed August 19, 2013)
Blue Streak (Reviewed September 1, 1999)
Boat Trip (Reviewed March 26, 2003)
Body Heat (Reviewed July 30, 2009)
Body Shots (Reviewed October 1, 1999)
Boiler Room (Reviewed February 1, 2000)
Bon Voyage (Reviewed March 19, 2004)
Bonhoeffer (Reviewed July 18, 2003)
Bonnie and Clyde (Reviewed July 22, 2009)
Boogie Nights (Reviewed October 1, 1997)
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (Reviewed October 1, 2000)
Boot, Das (The Boat) (Reviewed March 1, 1997)
Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Reviewed January 29, 2007)
Borrowers, The (Reviewed February 1, 1998)
Bossa Nova (Reviewed May 1, 2000)
Bothersome Man, The (Den Brysomme Mannen) (Reviewed August 24, 2007)
Bounce (Reviewed November 1, 2000)
Bourne Supremacy, The (Reviewed July 30, 2004)
Bowfinger (Reviewed August 1, 1999)
Boxer, The (Reviewed January 1, 1998)
Boy (Reviewed April 12, 2012)
Brassed Off (Reviewed May 1, 1997)
Brave One, The (Reviewed October 16, 2007)
Breach (Reviewed February 23, 2007)
Breach (Reviewed July 26, 2012)
Breakdown (Reviewed May 1, 1997)
Breaking Away (1979) (Reviewed July 16, 2014)
Brick (Reviewed March 31, 2006)
Bride and Prejudice (Reviewed February 11, 2005)
Bride of the Wind (Reviewed June 1, 2001)
Bridesmaid, The (La Demoiselle d'Honneur) (Reviewed August 4, 2006)
Bridget Jones's Diary (Reviewed April 1, 2001)
Brief Encounter (Reviewed July 9, 2008)
Bright Star (Reviewed September 21, 2009)
Bring it On (Reviewed August 1, 2000)
Bringing Down the House (Reviewed March 11, 2003)
Bringing Out the Dead (Reviewed October 1, 1999)
Broken Flowers (Reviewed August 5, 2005)
Broken Wings (Knafayim Shvurot) (Reviewed March 12, 2004)
Brother (Reviewed July 1, 1998)
Brothers at War (Reviewed March 24, 2009)
Bruce Almighty (Reviewed May 27, 2003)
Bruno (Reviewed July 30, 2009)
Buddy (Reviewed July 1, 1997)
Buffalo Soldiers (Reviewed July 29, 2003)
Bug's Life, A (Reviewed December 1, 1998)
Bullitt (1968) (Reviewed August 1, 2007)
Bully (Reviewed April 20, 2012)
Bulworth (Reviewed June 1, 1998)
Burn After Reading (Reviewed September 29, 2008)
Bus 174 (Ônibus 174) (Reviewed October 8, 2003)
Bush's Brain (Reviewed August 27, 2004)
Business of Strangers, The (Reviewed December 6, 2001)
Butcher Boy, The (Reviewed April 1, 1998)
Butterfly Effect, The (Reviewed January 23, 2004)
Cérémonie, La (Reviewed January 1, 1997)
Calendar Girls (Reviewed December 19, 2003)
Campaign, The (Reviewed August 14, 2012)
Capitaine Conan (Reviewed April 1, 1998)
Capitalism: A Love Story (Reviewed October 4, 2009)
Captain Phillips (Reviewed October 17, 2013)
Career Girls (Reviewed August 1, 1997)
Carne Trémula (Live Flesh) (Reviewed February 1, 1998)
Cartel, The (Reviewed May 8, 2010)
Casa de Areia (House of Sand) (Reviewed August 11, 2006)
Cast Away (Reviewed December 1, 2000)
Castle, The (Reviewed April 1, 1999)
Cat's Meow, The (Reviewed April 11, 2002)
Caveman’s Valentine, The (Reviewed January 1, 2001)
Cedar Rapids (Reviewed March 9, 2011)
Celebration, The (Reviewed October 1, 1998)
Celebrity (Reviewed November 1, 1998)
Center of the World, The (Reviewed April 1, 2001)
Central Park Five, The (Reviewed December 28, 2012)
Central Station (Reviewed December 1, 1998)
Chacun Cherche Son Chat (When the Cat's Away. . .) (Reviewed July 1, 1997)
Character (Reviewed April 1, 1998)
Charlie Wilson's War (Reviewed December 21, 2007)
Charlie's Angels (Reviewed November 1, 2000)
Chasing Amy (Reviewed February 1, 1997)
Chasing Papi (Reviewed April 17, 2003)
Cheaper by the Dozen (Reviewed December 25, 2003)
Chef in Love, A (Les Mille et Une Recettes du Cuisinier Amoureaux) (Reviewed May 1, 1997)
Cherish (Reviewed June 7, 2002)
Chicago (Reviewed December 31, 2002)
Chicken Run (Reviewed June 1, 2000)
Children of Heaven (Reviewed January 1, 1999)
Children of Men (Reviewed May 21, 2007)
Children of the Revolution (Reviewed May 1, 1997)
Chile: Obstinate Memory and Battle of Chile Part 2: The Coup (Reviewed September 1, 1998)
Chill Factor (Reviewed August 1, 1999)
Chinese Box (Reviewed April 1, 1998)
Chocolat (Reviewed February 1, 2001)
Choke (Reviewed October 9, 2008)
Chopper (Reviewed April 1, 2001)
Christmas in July (Reviewed June 30, 2010)
Cider House Rules, The (Reviewed December 1, 1999)
Ciel Septième, Le (Seventh Heaven) (Reviewed August 1, 1998)
Cinderella Man (Reviewed June 3, 2005)
Circle, The (Reviewed February 1, 2001)
Citizen Ruth (Reviewed December 1, 1996)
City of Angels (Reviewed April 1, 1998)
City of Life and Death (Reviewed June 20, 2011)
Civil Action, A (Reviewed January 1, 1999)
Class, The (Entre les murs) (Reviewed March 26, 2009)
Clay Pigeons (Reviewed September 1, 1998)
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (Reviewed November 18, 2010)
Close to Home (Karov la bayit) (Reviewed February 16, 2007)
Closet, The (Le Placard) (Reviewed May 1, 2001)
Clubland (Reviewed July 6, 2007)
Coach Carter (Reviewed January 14, 2005)
Comedian Harmonists (Reviewed February 1, 1999)
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (Reviewed April 25, 2012)
Comme Une Image (Look at Me) (Reviewed April 1, 2005)
Commune (Reviewed November 3, 2006)
Company Man (Reviewed March 1, 2001)
Compliance (Reviewed August 29, 2012)
Con Air (Reviewed June 1, 1997)
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (Reviewed February 20, 2004)
Confidence (Reviewed April 28, 2003)
Conspiracy Theory (Reviewed August 1, 1997)
Contact (Reviewed July 1, 1997)
Conte d'Automne (A Tale of Autumn) (Reviewed May 1, 1999)
Contempt (Le Mépris) (Reviewed July 1, 1997)
Contender, The (Reviewed October 1, 2000)
Control Room, The (Reviewed May 21, 2004)
Cookie's Fortune (Reviewed April 1, 1999)
Cool It (Reviewed November 19, 2010)
Copland (Reviewed August 1, 1997)
Copperhead (Reviewed July 3, 2013)
Coriolanus (Reviewed March 7, 2012)
Corporation, The (Reviewed July 9, 2004)
Corruptor, The (Reviewed March 1, 1999)
Cosi (Reviewed January 1, 1997)
Count of Monte Cristo, The (Reviewed January 24, 2002)
Cradle Will Rock (Reviewed December 1, 1999)
Crash (Reviewed March 1, 1997)
Crazy Heart (Reviewed February 23, 2010)
Creation (Reviewed February 3, 2010)
Crew, The (Reviewed August 1, 2000)
Crimen del Padre Amaro, El (Reviewed November 20, 2002)
Cronicas (Reviewed July 8, 2005)
Crossing Fields (Reviewed November 1, 1998)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Reviewed November 1, 2000)
Cruel Intentions (Reviewed March 1, 1999)
Cruel World (Reviewed October 27, 2006)
Cruise, The (Reviewed October 1, 1998)
Crush (Reviewed April 2, 2002)
Cult of the Suicide Bomber, The (Reviewed June 2, 2006)
Cup, The (Phörpa) (Reviewed January 1, 2000)
Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The (Reviewed February 4, 2009)
Cyrus (Reviewed June 23, 2010)
 
 
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