For 1,367 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 21 Grams
Lowest review score: 0 Carpool
Score distribution:
1367 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Like Schwarzenegger himself, it looks tired, and a little bored.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    We Are Marshall is less a movie than a commemoration.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Deery's points are well-taken, but they would have been a lot better made if he hadn't taken so many easy shots at the church by demonizing its local authorities.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The movie is as unpleasant as its hero, and the film audience gets no more for its money than the customers at the Laughing Stock. Still, watching Whaley take Jimmy down his tortured path has some morbid appeal -- like a train wreck in progress.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Here’s a double-scoop for conspiracy theorists.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Tough, unsentimental British film.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The story of the victims on the road is harrowing, but the tale of the kind cop and the teenager with an attitude is a string of big brother clichés.
    • New York Daily News
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Underdeveloped and badly diluted by overlong -- and overly stylized -- forays into the drug use, street hustling and cultural alienation that mostly affects the boys' friends.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    From the beginning, Edmond is too self-absorbed for us to care much about his fate, but like the proverbial train wreck, you can't tear your eyes - or your ears - away from the spectacle.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Its noisily inappropriate pop-rock score overwhelms its meager subplots about British class conflict.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Tops Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" in anger and frustration.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The opening of writer-director Eric Schaeffer's sloppy, sporadically funny adult sex comedy Never Again shows how an undisciplined filmmaker can sabotage his best intentions.
    • New York Daily News
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    So what's the point of doing it a second time if you can't make it more realistic?
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Has sentimental goo oozing from its opening frame, and the gunk gets so thick so fast, it's a wonder the projector doesn't freeze before the molasses-strapped finale.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Ultimately about the indomitability of faith, and the Christian symbolism is laid on thick. But the story, adapted from a famous behind-the-Iron-Curtain novel, sheds light on a subject few people have known about.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The cruelty of the law has been better demonstrated with news stories, and unless you're a Californian with two strikes against you, I don't know why you'd want to do this movie to yourself.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Director Marcus Nispel, a rock video vet making his feature debut, knows how to ratchet up the tension. His remake is a far, far better-looking thing than the original. There's also more humor, especially in the over-the-top performance of drill sergeant-turned-actor R. Lee Ermey as the loudest of the inbreds.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Eisner is not remotely up to the challenge. Spending millions on action scenes does not mean you get them right.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Ultimately, Murder by Numbers has been reduced to a tease, giving us a hint -- mostly through the fine performances of Gosling, who creates a charismatic sociopath, and Pitt, who's character seems genuinely troubled -- of the kind of relevant social drama it might have been.
    • New York Daily News
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    It neither mocks nor satirizes, it doesn't touch any social issues, and though it is about an election, there are no losers. For all those reasons, there aren't many laughs, either. Political comedy plays against tension, and there just isn't any.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Nothing fails like bad horror. But it's not despicable. It is merely boring.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Its premise had me worn out by the second reel.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Notre Musique is a cry against war and man's inherent needs for tribalism and violence, a position that wouldn't start a good argument in a college cafeteria.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Almost corny enough to be hip.
    • New York Daily News
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Really bad movies can be fun, and the dialogue here often attains a level of joyful inanity.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Rent the original. It tells exactly the same story, with a better cast and with special effects that are as good or better.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    You know a comedy's in trouble when the only laughter the audience can hear is coming from the speakers. There are other problems with "Man," notably its abrupt shifts from farce to romantic comedy to suspense thriller, and the near absence of a political edge.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Though a stickler might ask what's at stake in a fight to the death between two guys who are already dead, the hard-core fans aren't likely to be disappointed.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A guy flick, but I can't imagine many male viewers actually identifying with Elliot or his friends. The depression would be unbearable.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Hawke, who is very good as the young man's estranged father, had best stick to what he does best.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The subtitle of this interview/documentary about the late, great French photojournalist should be "For Collectors Only." There is no theme, no point, no history, no illuminating insights - it's just Bresson talking about his individual photos and early sketches.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The setting and circumstances of the war overwhelm the personal story and diminish the dilemma of the title character's love life.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    My rule of thumb for manipulative movies: I don't mind playing the marionette as long as the strings aren't visible.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A predictable outcome is not bad if it's fun getting to it. But this story is so lamely conceived and presented that it's a grind.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The lone gem of the anthology takes place in the loft of a trendy L.A. restaurant where a snooty Steve Coogan learns from starstruck Alfred Molina that the actors are cousins...This is the longest of the shorts, and has a payoff ending that nearly makes the whole thing worthwhile.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Ali
    It was against all odds that Michael Mann ("The Insider") would make a boring movie focusing on the most eventful decade in the life of the most dynamic athlete in history. But that's what he has achieved with Ali.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Sometimes, movies would work better if you couldn't see them.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The result is a long night of confrontations that feel heavily rehearsed and unlikely. There are some good moments, but I didn't believe any of this.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The studio's fresh corps of CG animators may get up to speed before the current four-picture cycle is completed, but if they don't get better material to work with, the sky will be falling along Dopey Drive.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Some terrific characters and some of the year's punchiest comic dialogue.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Sillier than it is clever, and Toback's self-indulgence is tiresome. He's a genuine auteur, all right, but his life and the funky tastes that inspire him are just not as interesting as he thinks they are.
    • New York Daily News
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The Czech Republic and Russia, the respective homes of Emil and Oleg, should sue.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    As a movie on its own, it's simple monotony. Olyphant, affecting Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry voice, is about as menacing as Mr. Clean, and the action scenes - whether the weapons are fists, feet, swords or guns - fly past without any tension or suspense. Hitman is a miss.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    As urban gangster drama, Once in the Life is way below mundane, and Fishburne's direction exceeds the rookie jitters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Theirs is an affair not worth remembering.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Too often crosses the line between good melodrama and rank cliché.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The movie never really comes alive, and Crialese's coyness with Lucy's character is more frustrating than mysterious.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The Village is Shyamalan's weakest story, and its ending - whether or not you're surprised by it - is a genuine clinker.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Farrell plays all this as if he means it, but he seems slight in the role and without great physical presence. In a scene in which Alexander is roaring at his troops to rouse them to battle, he sounds like Mighty Mouse pretending to be Superman.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Zwart never gets the tone right in this very American comedy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    There's something deeper at play in the film, something psychologically foul, voyeuristic and personal.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    It's impossible to overstate the silliness of all this, but it would still be a decent Halloween trick - if it were Halloween.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Charles Shyer's update is a pointlessly tame romp.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    It's in French with French actors, but its film noir sensibilities have a filtered Hollywood vibe about them. In other words, it's pretty much a mess.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Why remake a horror film if you can't make it scarier?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A vanity project by a moderately talented artist that has moments of real brilliance in it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Don't like archetypes? Wait till you meet the cliches.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Something less than a gem. It has a brilliant lead performance from Yuliya Vysotskaya as Janna.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The result is a gorgeous, third-person version of an extended family-vacation movie that the Piersons, their friends and their former Fijian neighbors can enjoy for years to come.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The source for Jieho Lee's The Air I Breathe is an ancient Chinese proverb about the four cornerstones of emotion - love, pleasure, happiness and sorrow. But Lee and co-writer Bob DeRosa went 0-4 with their convoluted screenplay, making me thankful they didn't try to adapt the Seven Deadly Sins.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    To see Allen, now 70, trying to reclaim the persona he's been handing off is like watching Willie Mays fall down trying to hit a slow curve during his last season. Woody may go on to direct many great films, but it's time for him to retire Alvy Singer.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Offers a passably entertaining bridge between empty-headed summer fare and fall awards hunting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Horror fans will be appalled by the frivolity of the beheadings, amputations and blunt-force trauma. But when Tilly, complaining about all the good roles going to Julia Roberts, says she could have played Erin Brockovich and done it without the Wonderbra, you know you're into something almost inspired.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Among the creepiest adult monologues you'll hear in a regular theater this year comes from Karen Young in Heading South, a well-acted but misguided tale of displaced sexual longing on the beaches of Baby Doc Duvalier's 1970s Haiti.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    In the funniest and, coincidentally, most "Jackass"-like scene in Todd Phillips' School for Scoundrels, a planned game of paintball gets off to a bad start when the players begin shooting each other at point-blank range.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    It is both inside-baseball and self-parody, exposing a world that is just as ruthless and shallow as we've been shown it is in films like "The Player" and "Permanent Midnight."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The World has a pokey pace, but it presents a uniquely powerful look at the new big kid in the global economy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A ghetto horror movie that sets up some decent scares before becoming so amused with itself, it's a wonder we don't hear the crew laughing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    For all its spiritual angst, Constantine is about as silly as fantasies get.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Essentially a home movie, nicely shot but dull.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The three actors do their best to breathe life into their caricatured roles.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A bungled mess that spends an hour creating two characters whose lives are about as believable as a successful ambush set by Wile E. Coyote for the Roadrunner.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Clintonistas may want to look away when Carville and his colleagues lay out their political philosophy for Lozada, or, as he's affectionately known, "Gani." It's pragmatic in a way that defies the needs of the impoverished majority of Bolivians.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The special effects work fine for minor acts of magic, but the climactic aerial dragon fight is lame, and most of the performances are at the level of high school plays.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Truly weird and unworkable thriller.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    It irks the ink out of me to see Lane exalted as a hero for doing what any responsible editor would do, then being paid to consult on his own canonization.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    An intended throwback to the halcyon days of colorful studio cartoons, more in the Chuck Jones style than Disney, and the animation of its characters and Western motif is fine. But the writing of co-directors Will Finn and John Sanford and their characterizations are embarrassingly bad.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Wild West Show would have really been something if Vaughn had taken a few of his fellow Frat Packers with him - say, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Steve Carell - instead of the struggling unknowns.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Clearly, Caan's major influence is Quentin Tarantino, though he manages only a weak imitation. But give him credit for casting Kelly Lynch and Jeff Goldblum and letting them go.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Yukol has spread a huge canvas, gloriously costumed and photographed, but the staging and acting are often awkward and the saga is simply too dense for good drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Buscemi's latest, Lonesome Jim, written by James C. Strouse, asks you to spend 91 minutes with a 30-year-old slacker and would-be writer who has the DNA of a sloth. "Slowsome Jim" is more like it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Shyamalan has learned from his idol (Spielberg) how to manipulate audience emotion through the intimacy of an ordinary family that is "contacted." But he is even more shameless about it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Earnest but ambling drama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The changes are meant to make it easier for audiences to accept Vincent's loyalty to Angelo and Joey, but they blunt the genetic mystery that made McAlary's story so compelling in the first place.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    You have no idea how determined director Rich Cowan is to suck the last drop of sap out of this tree.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Though Brother Bear is as beautiful as any of Disney's hand-drawn features, the gang-written script is deadly flat.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Solondz's refusal to frame his dark, misanthropic impulses with an overriding point-of-view seems a cheap copout for a film whose title proposes that it's about the storytelling process.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Without the surprise, realism, audacity and upstart cheekiness -- pun intended -- that made "The Full Monty's" blue-collar strippers so irresistible.
    • New York Daily News
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Gets the proportions all wrong -- too much magic, not enough realism.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The 20 or so minutes we spend with the Albatross in the squall is high adventure, to be sure. Everything else is ballast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Some people will want to call it pornography. In one respect, it's the opposite.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The film is otherwise a self-indulgent lark.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Mexican soap opera star Bárbara Mori may be the most beautiful woman to grace an American screen this year, and female viewers may feel similarly about her male co-stars Christian Meier and Manolo Cardona. But a telenovela with three gorgeous actors is still a telenovela.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Dear Wendy is absurd to the point of comic parody. Bloody as it is, it has no access to viewers' emotions, and its message - play with fire and you get burned - is too obvious to be provocative.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    If you find a movie with a more annoying central performance than the one given by Brenda Blethyn in Cherie Nowlan's Introducing the Dwights, keep it to yourself.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Have Marc's friends tricked him with a conspiracy of silence, or was that mustache a growth only in his mind? The filmmaker has said there is no intended meaning to any of this, so search for it for your own amusement.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    This drama from Fox Faith Movies has a mercifully light hand in selling its Christian-values themes, but its plodding story about a spoiled young scion who must complete 12 tasks assigned him by his late grandfather is still a slog.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Given the grim events, the buoyantly goofy An Amazing Couple has the effect of laughing gas pumped through the vents in a funeral hall.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    This ponderous romantic melodrama...passes like a day behind bars.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The script and the performances are all fine, but it's very slow going.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The overall effect of Lucas' digital mania has been detrimental to the saga. Where the first trilogy was mythological fantasy, the second is pure cartoon. The sad truth is, the more three-dimensional they look, the more two-dimensional they are.
    • New York Daily News
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The results are often exciting and, except for occa­sional overacting by Calil, feels authentic. But the whole notion of exploiting a war and its victims to shoot a commercial feature is reprehensible.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A sad, almost morbid -- and cinematically inert -- eulogy to a complex man whose own genius was dampened by arrogance and politics.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    It all comes together at the end, logically and with a twist. But it's not a game that allows the audience to play along. When the story is controlled by whatever memories the writer and director choose to put in the characters' heads, you're always on the outside looking in.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    An improvement over "Jackpot," but not much. The best thing about it is Nolte, playing the grizzled priest as an angel in his own right. Everyone else- - save the young boy playing the orphan -- seems to be in on a joke we just don't get.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    It's the banal romantic triangle that inspired Sverak ("Kolya"), who obviously didn't see "Pearl Harbor" in time to stop himself.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    As dull and inert as the ink used to print the Gospels of Matthew and Luke that informed Mike Rich's script.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Filmmaker Steve Anderson stuffs an astonishing 800-plus mentions of the F-word into this 90-minute documentary. When the spectacle ends, the same question lingers: Why?
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Slight Canadian coming-of-age drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Wenham and Porter are appealing actors, and Teplitzky's depiction of their coupling has an unflinching realism.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Has so many ideas working in it that they all but suffocate its thin plot.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Makes you appreciate opera, or NoDoz.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The brutally ironic ending, I might add, won't make anybody very happy about having chosen The Mist for their evening's entertainment.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Ralph Fiennes has faced a lot of acting challenges in his career, but playing a New York Republican who could win an endorsement from Susan Sarandon might be the toughest. Mostly, he handles the task by simply smiling warmly throughout, and gets away with it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Undertow becomes unbearably imitative and predictable. It's a kids-in-peril B horror movie in the guise of an art film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Saga too arty for own good.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Unless you're seriously into the post-"Matrix" culture, which includes books, games, animation and interactive Web sites, or you believe the Wachowskis have a philosophy worth wading through, the two-part sequel adds nothing indispensable to the first story.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Paparazzi is for anyone who's ever wondered how good it would feel to knock down a photographer with his car and then back over him.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Failure to Launch sounds like really bad Oscar Wilde, but it's not that good. You are not supposed to dislike anybody here.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Despite some clever early fantasy scenes, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's adaptation of best seller The Nanny Diaries won't make Bridget Jones give up her writing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    You can't have as many twists and turns in a story as dot the i without testing the audience's patience, and losing it before delivering the punch line.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Surely, this bloodthirsty comic farce about a sadistic backwoods family being hunted by a sadistic backwoods sheriff is the "Citizen Kane" of hix-ploitation horror.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    D.O.A.P. would be more effective, and more entertaining, if it took a cue from "Dr. Strangelove" and used Sterling Hayden's paranoid, quick-triggered Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper as the model for Cheney to get more outlandish behavior from him.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Keaton is so over-the-top, so loud and so physically animated that when Daphne develops a case of laryngitis mid-way through the movie, it's as if a neighbor's car alarm has finally been shut down. However, in those silent moments, when Daphne is communicating with notes, you realize how much you like this actress.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    If this were a more serious film, its cynicism about the U.S. government would put it in a league with "The Manchurian Candidate." But it is simply an Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick with bantamweight Wahlberg doing the heavy lifting for the preoccupied Governator.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The film's overriding messages are of personal responsibility and redemption. If that is Villeneuve's objective, it's done as an insidious polemic. If not, it's guilty of an even greater sin: It's boring.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The tragedy that separates the Good Crush from the Bad Crush is a cleaver that severs the film's relationship with reality.
    • New York Daily News
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Night at the Museum takes a can't-miss comedy premise and misses by a country mile.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The author is not to blame. Published in 1999, "Be Cool" is hipper, cooler and better than "Get Shorty," but everything hipper, cooler and better about it is either missing from the film or camped-up beyond recognition.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Two hours of ludicrous action, forced humor and self-conscious romance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Features some of the year's most beautiful scenery and two of its most wooden characters.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Star-packed fiasco.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The hand-held camera work gives the film an effective documentary pulse, but it adds up to only half a movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    What might have read as a dense allegory comparing the rituals of the super-rich with the tribal customs of the violent Ishkanani tribe in the Amazon becomes a tedious, over-ripe soap opera on screen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Allen was out of his element in creating characters who feel like East Coast cousins of the Clampetts, and his dialogue has never been more banal or forced.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    There's only so much meaningful interplay you can get out of a beachful of slackers and some tanning oil.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    What they say, mostly over black-and-white stills from his early career and meandering footage of desolate Mali, could be said in 10 minutes. The good news is that much of the remaining documentary is devoted to Kar Kar's elegant voice and exquisite guitar playing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A by-the-numbers, let's-put-on-a-show quasi-musical that has absolutely nothing going for it, except Alba.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Jelski's dialogue is razor sharp and she got a terrific performance from the relatively inexperienced Gummersall, who runs a gamut of emotions and holds the screen like a seasoned star.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Pie 2's greatest asset is the rare, infectious amiability of its cast of characters and the actors playing them.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Though the film, adapted from a novel by Robert O'Connor, is obviously trying to reference "Catch-22," it is far too dark and violent to be funny.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Might as well have been titled "That Kentucky Fried Chicken Movie." That's how it will be referred to, anyway, though some people may insert an adjective such as "convoluted," "disappointing," or "anti-climactic" before the name of the fast-food franchise.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Rush has never played anyone this starkly unsympathetic, and he proves to be very good at playing very bad.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    CSA is a sophomoric film essay that would have barely rated a passing grade from a tougher teacher.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Miller takes Chekhov's themes and checks them off, but he never gets under his egocentric characters' thin skins.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Though some of the action cinematography is stunning, and practicing snowboarders will love the sense of camaraderie established, it's not riveting entertainment for the rest of us.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The only thing to be said for it is The Rock. I've never seen the guy wrestle, but as a movie action hero, he's the real deal.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    When 3 Needles premiered at Toronto last year, the stories were overlapping, in the style of "Babel" but without a unifying theme. It's less cumbersome as three separate stories, but they do not add up to much.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Queen Latifah, as the proprietor of the ­lady's salon next door to Calvin's, brightens things up in the brief appearances that serve as symbiotic promotion for the producers' coming spin-off movie, "Beauty­ Shop."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A strange creature, a narcissistic mock documentary.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Offers a dazzling showcase for Samuel L. Jackson.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    George Bush supporters may think this dissection of the President's narrow and decisive 2004 election victory in Ohio is better than sex. But Democrats and Bush voters who have come to rue the day are more likely to compare it to losing the World Series on a seventh-game walkoff home run.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Despite the audience pandering -- not just in its violence, but in its wall-to-wall sexual vulgarity -- there are terrific elements in Baby Boy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    If you have seen the play, especially if you've seen it with the original cast, treasure the memory and protect it. The movie will attack it like a virus.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The film itself is a tedious melodrama whose sole saving grace is the performance of Samuel L. Jackson as Tommy Kincaid.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The joke is that the salesmen believe they're actually trying to discover talent and - like the people they're encouraging - are victims.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The strength of Windtalkers is in its occasional, all-too-short respites from battle, when Enders is struggling with his demons and Yahzee is trying to understand his aloofness.
    • New York Daily News
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    This may be the best-looking film in the series; certainly, the Paris setting, with a climactic battle among the girders of the Eiffel Tower, keeps the visuals interesting. Better you buy a postcard.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    On my list of favorite sports, I rank sumo wrestling just ahead of the truck pull, so I'm not a prime candidate for a "Full Monty" wanna-be about female sumo wrestlers.
    • New York Daily News
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Ford, soon to be eligible for Medicare, gives his entire performance without losing his breath or changing his expression, and Bettany, a British actor whose pasty complexion won him the role of Silas the Albino in the coming "The Da Vinci Code," is an apt tormentor cum foil of his prey.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Beautifully shot, and graced with another winning performance from the lovely Beart, Strayed nevertheless fails because the relationship between Odile and Yvan never makes us feel the sexual passion it implies.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    To say Spike Lee is repeating himself is itself repetitious -- he is getting B-O-R-I-N-G!
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    But for that one bright, incongruous yuk-fest in the classroom, Luther is deadly material, full of self-righteousness and devoid of balance.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A long and uneventful snooze.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Hard to take stone-cold sober.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    It's as if two-thirds of the book have been reduced to one-word chapter headings.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    As with all ensemble horror movies, your first challenge is to guess which of the Carter kin will survive to destroy the creatures killing them, and in what order the family members (and their pets) will fall.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Beware of movies whose creators boast of the little effort involved. Little reward is what you're likely to get.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The occasionally amusing, generally fatuous romantic comedy about a dazzling divorcee, a smitten Jewish boy and a controlling Jewish mom who also happens to be the divorcee's psychotherapist, is a high-concept movie with a Yiddish accent.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    This plodding British revenge thriller has less energy than a pint of Bass that has sat out overnight.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Trapped does have a fine ensemble of actors and, except for what may be the most outrageously idiotic and improbable ending in a few years, is not that bad a movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Barely qualifies as a documentary. It's the personal journey of a man hoping to claim a million-dollar literary prize by proving that Marlowe wrote Shakespeare.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Lady, like all of Shyamalan's movies, is a slick production with consistently interesting visuals... But the story is so convoluted and ultimately preposterous that you're almost embarrassed by the earnestness of the actors trying to carry it off.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Every potentially worthwhile or amusing moment in writer-director Brad Silberling's 10 Items or Less could be told in 10 minutes or less, with credits included.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The jokes are so sketchy and silly it quickly passes the point of wretched excess.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The result is an angry, violent mess of a movie with a central character threatening to implode right on the screen.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Overwrought comedy-drama.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A brutally claustrophobic battle of wits and will, whose cruel nature ultimately seems to turn on the audience.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Judd has genuine movie star magnetism -- beauty, intelligence, presence and talent to spare. In the old studio days, she'd be Ingrid Bergman by now.
    • New York Daily News
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    I may be wrong, but I think Guy Pearce is wearing Nicole Kidman's false nose in The Hard Word. Whatever it is that's on his face, it looks like a dead cod and won't win him an Oscar.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    If I were in the sign business, I'd produce a bumper sticker that reads "Even smart people make dumb movies" -- and give the first one to David Mamet.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    On stage, the attractive 34-year-old Silverman is very funny. She's too blue for Comedy Central, and too slow-paced for an HBO hour, but she'd come off better in either of those formats than she does in this mishmash.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The intimate love story is overwhelmed by the carnage. It may be an accurate picture of life in Medellin, but it's not convincing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A grab bag of sitcom jokes that work about 20% of the time.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Feels like a college knockoff of Billy Wilder's "The Apartment."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    There aren't many better examples of how commercial intuition sabotages story integrity in today's Hollywood.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The laugh ratio in this run-on of skits is pretty low, at least to the unaltered mind of one who's seen enough of these films and eaten enough White Castle burgers to last a lifetime.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The movie feels like a rush job and at times its tactics are as suspect as those attributed to its subject. But when it comes to political strategy trumping policy in the Bush White House, it makes its case.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    In what is more a cry of regret than a coherent story, Shepard's character mopes his way through meetings with an old girlfriend (Jessica Lange) and the grown children he sired, the only apparent lesson being that bad behavior has a way of circling back on you.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Danes' smart, fun, radiant and very attractive Mirabelle actually undermines the premise of the book
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The play within the movie is much more entertaining.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Has all the appeal of a video game without the joystick. All you can do is watch. It's noisy and moves fast, but if you can't play, why pay?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    For a much better film about a similar story, rent "The World's Fastest Indian," with Anthony Hopkins on a motorcycle.
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    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Larry offers enough scatological humor to fertilize the wheat fields in the star's home state of Nebraska.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A record number of movie cliches are strung together for the otherwise forgettable boot-camp drama Annapolis.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Possibly the worst idea for a movie this century.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    September Dawn, written by an evangelical Christian, may be the worst historical drama ever made.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    More than a bad movie, it's an anti-movie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    This is a "What were they thinking?"-size disaster, with the wrong actors in the wrong roles in a project that had no reason to be remade in the USA.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A ponderously slow experience.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Typical of road comedies, it's a pastiche of sketches.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The result, at best, is a sweet failure.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Eric Steel's documentary has more than a whiff of exploitation about it.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Fonda's performance is a perfect storm of histrionics, and she leaves nothing and no one standing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Frankly, after watching writer-director Timur Bekmambetov's grim fantasy - the first leg of a trilogy adapted from the sci-fi novels of Sergei Lukyanenko - I'm still a little confused.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The worst performance in a film that diminishes even the talented Stockard Channing is given by Allen. He's never written a more unpleasant, vapid or irredeemable character for himself, and he makes it worse by overplaying.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Wells' vision of the distant future is cartoonishly simplistic without the subtext of British class consciousness that informed the novel.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The second half of Antoine de Caunes' Monsieur N., about the post-exile life and death of Napoleon, plays less like a movie than a suggestion for one. This is a great disappointment because the first half is very cinematic and very compelling.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The result is a performance that is neither funny nor empathetic, and the romance that develops between the dentist and the junkie patient is not strong enough to support the mystery.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Having these characters interact is both the joke and raison d'etre of "League." Its story is beyond banal.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Drifts from goofy situation comedy to pop culture parody to a last-act load of sentiment that would sink a trash barge.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Surely, Vinterberg was high on some inert gas when he embarked on it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It doesn't strike a single note of authentic emotion.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    If there is a casting agent in hell, ­Martin Lawrence and Tyler Perry will soon put on their fat suits as Big Momma and Madea Simmons and show up as a tag team in a big-screen ­Wrestlemania.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Neither can I imagine many sane adults wanting to put themselves through this movie.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    May be free of gay stereotypes, but it's absolutely riddled with romantic cliches. It's hard to see the progress in that.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Campion has made something that's almost unbearably pretentious.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Frenzied, gothic nonsense.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    If "The Sixth Sense" was a bad movie redeemed by its surprise ending, Marc Forster's Stay is a seemingly good movie leading to a devastating letdown.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Jovovich, Besson's 24-year-old ex-wife, hasn't a clue how to project shadings, interior emotions, character or personality. Everything's in a full screech.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    So riddled with plot holes and implausible actions, you can't help feeling insulted by it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The film is lovely to look at, but makes not a lick of sense.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Chevy Chase looks tired, Pam Grier looks embarrassed, and pop star Iggy Pop gives a performance that -- if you can believe it -- is even sillier than his name.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A lump of coal, sculpted from the kind of high-concept idea screenwriters find scribbled on bar napkins after nights of heavy drinking.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Really, women drag their husbands and boyfriends to films like writer-director Susannah Grant's emotionally bogus Catch and Release and I feel their pain. They should get a free Boys Night Out pass every time they make the sacrifice.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Not to be cruel, but the aspirations of the movie and its principals are so far beyond their reach" not to mention budget"that it arrives in theaters dependent on the kindness of strangers.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    As much as I love swing, all I got out of Martin Guigui's murky, incomprehensible grade B romantic fantasy was a few twitches of nostalgia for the music.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Toback is a smart guy with kinky tastes who has nothing left but to tempt actors into performing in his sex fantasies.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Creates a hellishly evil portrait of a police department in which every white cop is either a racist thug or an enabler, and every black cop a disgusted observer or crusading hero.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    First-time writer-director Hunter Richards? London is even worse torture than it sounds. It includes flashbacks that actually demonstrate just how miserable a jerk the main character is.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Drop Dead Ugly is more like it.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Dreadfully unfunny.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Stevens, an actor taking charge from the other side of the camera, and writer and co-star Breen are going for a romantic black farce, a darkly noble idea, but one that requires far more empathetic characters and funnier situations than they've created.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It's an interesting profile in self-destruction until the script becomes unhinged itself and has Laura doing things that are not so much outrageous as hilariously stupid.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The salvaging operations, and the scavenging of B-52 parts for retail recycling and junk art that seem to consume most of the film take it to tedium, and beyond.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    By the time the credits roll and a disclaimer informs us that there may, in fact, be a lost gospel of Jesus and that it is being suppressed by the Church, all we can think to say is, "Ah, shaudup!"
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Showcased in 3,000 Miles are two of the longest, noisiest, bloodiest and most ludicrous shootouts ever staged.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    "Quantum Bull-Bleep" would be a more apt title for the conclusions that the movie draws, but one concept was a revelation to me. One of the scientists said it's a fact that a single object can be in two places at the same time. I guess that explains O.J.'s alibi.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    This vapid '80 punk party reeks of 200 Cigarettes.
    • New York Daily News
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The Cave looks pretty cool - if you're into stalagmites, stalactites and that sort of thing -and the action is nonstop once they're in the hole. Unfortunately, there are no reference points in the dark to let us know where everyone is in relation to each other and to the monsters, and, therefore, there's little suspense.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    I hated it, but I grant that it does tap into a vein of technological horror - the fear of the VCR! - that will have young videophiles chatting it up for weeks
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    History as filtered through the faux-liberal prism of Hollywood's dream factory, and an insult, I believe, to the people who actually carried the fight and endured the pain for civil rights.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    One of the ugliest movies I've ever seen. Even though it occurs mostly in the dark, the open flesh wounds are both graphic and implausible.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The movie is dismally organized, his (Keys) interviews are shallow and uninformative, and the project has a whole lacks a strong point of view.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A bad Altman impression of the L.A. rock scene.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The confusing time line of Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr's bizarre tale of sibling romance, murder and obsession is just one of its problems. The others are the romance, the murder and the obsession.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    There's a reason filmmaking is considered a craft, and Hoge, a former teacher in a juvenile prison, cannot pull off what would be a tricky proposition for a skilled veteran.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Gere, who's credited with keeping the project alive for years, has never thrown himself quite so fully into a role, and Pellington tells the story without a hint of skepticism. I suppose he had no choice. If you're going to treat poppycock as history, you had better believe it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    With the exception of one masterfully choreographed - and improbably bloodless - martial-arts gang fight, the new version of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days is one of the lamest remakes of a classic film I've ever seen.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Del Toro ("Cronos") is a stylish horrormeister, and he has created an evocative, foreboding atmosphere. But only a fan of this kind of mayhem could find a way into the story.
    • New York Daily News
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It's a romantic comedy, though neither funny nor romantic. It's a ghost story, though not scary. It's a satire about publishing, but without teeth.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The upbeat brothers are full of sweetness and love, but the script is made of taffy, and if you can chew and laugh at the same time, you're welcome to it.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Ken Liotti's script barely earns a C+.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A fascinating contrast in lifestyles.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Ron Shelton's boxing pic is long on road work but strictly a flyweight.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Of this much I'm sure: It's an awful movie.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Takes the worst and most annoying elements of the first film and treats them like grand assets.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Dreamcatcher has no business being this bad.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    By the end of Francois Gerard's plodding, uninvolving melodrama, his boredom will have nothing on yours.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A tormented dramatization of the exact same events, and it's as bad as the earlier film ("Dogtown and Z-Boys") was good.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The characters are boring, the violence generic, the suspense nonexistent.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    On paper, the "rising stars" of Meiert Avis' low-flying romantic comedy Undiscovered are Steven Strait and Pell James, but the real star is Tyson the Skateboarding Dog.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Crowe was going for something magical in all this, but the film is so affected and mannered, so preciously in love with itself, that it's painful to watch. Scenes go on and on, and when you think the movie's over, it goes on and on some more.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Both a madcap comedy and a cautionary tale about the dangers of drug abuse. But it's not funny or smart enough to work as either one, let alone to strike a balance.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A Christmas headache looking for an audience.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Kline will break your heart, while the rest of the movie will just make you sick.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Trudy is really the only character with the "Barrytown" zest, and Montgomery throws herself into the role with unselfconscious abandon. She makes the screen crackle with energy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A ticket to this movie is a season's pass on that train - and you must complete every ride.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A weak documentary. There's very little here to demonstrate the personality and leadership qualities that made Massoud both a legend and a martyr. Raw, sloppily edited, unfocused and without any sense of scale, it's personal journalism with its heart in the right place, and that's about it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Unremittingly bleak and hopelessly outdated parable of American race relations.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Convoluted and unsatisfying psychological drama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Perhaps this is just a bad performance by Bana; he's not shown me anything yet. But there's a more basic problem. If money is just a way of keeping score, and Huck doesn't care whether he's flush or busted, why should we?
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Dark, grim, and cliched Orwellian satire.
    • New York Daily News
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Save your breath, and your money.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Stole so many details from the earlier film, "The Hustler," that you have to think of it as either a bad parody or an unfortunate homage.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    We wish other directors would keep Edward Burns busy acting so he wouldn't have time to make his own movies. This is his fourth since "The Brothers McMullen" and they get more tedious each time out.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It's an old maxim that you can't make a good movie from a bad script. But with the suspense thriller Twisted, Philip Kaufman shows that you can make one that looks like it should be good.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The low-tech film looks like a kid's crude drawing, plays like entry-level Game Boy, and is about as nourishing as a Tootsie Pop.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The real trouble is at its core, with an over-the-top performance from Sedgwick that borders on Baby Jane campiness.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A screamingly bad melodrama whose message seems to be that people who think they're talking to a deaf person admit things they wouldn't admit to themselves. Silence, please.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    There is just no tension built prior to the murders.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The movie - with some gamy sexual references, a one-night stand and a long look at a stud muffin's naked buns - targets an older female audience. They may see it as unbearably cute, filled with ridiculous coincidences and laced with performances that - like the obnoxious soundtrack music - overstate the mood.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    This is clearly the Worst Performance by an Actress in a Death Scene since Sofia Coppola took a bullet for her dad in "The Godfather: Part III."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Offers traditional cinematic gab about marital status, sexual orientation, nationality and degree of fulfillment.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Their (Murphy/Wilson) exchanges and interplay are so campy and over the top that I kept expecting them to pull out frying pans and start bopping each other over the head with them. I Spy is one just Stooge short of homage.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Though its PG-13 rating allows for much cruder sex humor, the movie version of "Dukes" is nearly identical to the TV series in its corniness, in its incessant car chases and in its ogling of the posterior of cousin Daisy Duke.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Gets too caught up in its escalating violence and strained-to-bursting moral subtexts. It's the blood of souls drenching the screen, and it's a hideous sight to behold.
    • New York Daily News
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Ill-timed "Hands" has a very limited grasp of comedy.
    • New York Daily News
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Desperate for a slice of Spanish soap opera? You might try this misguided romantic melodrama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    This is the kind of misfire that can take everyone down with it. It's not just bad, it's mean-bad.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    There's no story to speak of - three cohabiting bachelors are dragged into adulthood by the simultaneous pregnancies of their girlfriends - but Anderson, Imperioli and Eddie Griffin are amiable company and there's an earned laugh here and there.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A personal documentary on a family member. The question is, who -- outside of friends and family -- would want to watch it? The answer...is ... beyond me.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Clumsily merges fiction and reality, biography and musical fantasy, and breaks the fourth wall in a way that allows Spacey to lamely address his own miscasting.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Though there are giggles here and there, the film is inexcusably unfunny.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Wretch of a B movie.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Brody does have a mesmerizing presence and is the only reason to see a film that likely would have gone straight to video if he hadn't won that Oscar for "The Pianist."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Has a lot of nerve making fun of Olivia Newton-John's "I Honestly Love You," as the choice of newlyweds fated for divorce in 12 to 14 months. The Wedding Planner should have such a shelf life.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Sadly, a film about betrayal is ultimately betrayed by the film maker's own lack of conviction.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    For die-hard Ferrell fans, this could be the ultimate test. He has been playing variations of "Elf" for five years, and his antics have grown as stale as Jackie's socks.

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