For 1,277 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

V.A. Musetto's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Tony Takitani
Lowest review score: 0 The Grudge 2
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    This black comedy is a small gem.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The story is good-natured, but Panahi's message is serious: That ludicrous rules turn Iranian women into third-class citizens. And what better way is there to get that point across than through sports and laughter?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The documentary takes no sides, but its bleak message is all too clear.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's expertly directed in a low-key, naturalistic way that brings to mind French auteur Robert Bresson. It's also emotionally forceful and contains heartbreaking performances.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Sparse of dialogue and plot (think Andrei Tarkovsky), the import - named best first film at Cannes 2005 - has to do with Sri Lanka's unending civil war and it's devastating effect on residents of a barren no man's land.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The intolerance and inflexibility that marked the Taliban's brutal rule takes a solid hit in this lovely import from Bangladesh.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Boasts dynamic performances by the two leads, as well as tight directing (a lot happens in just 82 minutes) and eye-pleasing cinematography (by Alain Marcoen, who also lenses for Belgium's acclaimed Dardenne brothers).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    By the time the final shot arrives -- a rooftop panorama in the falling snow -- we don't know much about any of the people we've just encountered. But we have been treated to a feast for the eyes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The effect is informative and moving, even if the film has an attack of the gooeys at the end.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The lazy story takes on a passion and urgency that peaks in an emotional finale.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The Chinese pleaser Electric Shadows belongs to a genre they don't teach in film school: Triple S, as in sweet, sappy and sentimental.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Gini Reticker's embracing documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell shows how Taylor got his comeuppance from a coalition of tenacious Christian and Muslim women armed only with matching T-shirts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The music is vibrant and the presentation is appealing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    When all is said and done, Lies is just good, dirty fun.
    • New York Post
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    What emerges is a portrait of a complex man - one who had no qualms about murder and drugs but who won a national poetry contest and read "Moby-Dick" while in jail. Go figure.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    XXY
    Ines Efron and Martin Piroyanski give strong performances as Alex and Alvaro, respectively. Debuting director Lucia Puenzo, who co-scripted, tackles a dicey subject with sensitivity and taste.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Probably the most definitive portrait of Johnson that we are likely to get.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Ai is his country's most celebrated avant-garde artist - he's had shows around the world, including in New York, where he lived as a student - and China's most outspoken dissident.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film flawlessly glides along as bodies start piling up. The finale brings to mind another Hitchcock film, "Psycho."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    [Refn] mixes jittery hand-held camerawork, improvised dialogue and available light to create a nightmarish world of sex, drugs and horrific brutality that will turn off many viewers while delighting others.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It might take a while to figure out what is happening, because Khoo provides no expository dialogue. But viewers' patience will be rewarded as the stories come together in a moving fashion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Dennis refuses to push a political agenda down viewers' throats. But the message of his film -- a breathlessly paced look at the realities of war -- is clear: War and its aftermath are indeed hell.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    No matter your take on Merritt's persona, there's no denying that he's a unique musician whose songs -- such as "Papa Was a Rodeo" and "Living in an Abandoned Firehouse With You" -- are worth discovering. As is this film.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The feature debut by hot, young Singapore director Royston Tan, 15, is a descent into hell -- a hell inhabited by five scuzzy 15-year-old boys whose world, as one puts it, "only consists of darkness."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Even if you've never ridden a skateboard or had any interest in people who do, you'll get a kick out of Stacy Peralta's documentary Bones Brigade: An Autography.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Fans of Hou know just what to expect from his slow, contemplative films - and they won't be disappointed.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    If the end of the world was just hours away, would New Yorkers still be able to get takeout? Yes, if Abel Ferrara's mind-bending 4:44 Last Day on Earth is any indication.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Savage yet spellbinding.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Michael Kang makes an impressive feature directorial debut with The Motel. But the person to keep an eye on is Jeffrey Chyau, a student at the Bronx High School of Science, who is a delight in the lead role.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    I cannot tell a lie. I derive great satisfaction watching John Malkovich act.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A poignant moment occurs in Election when a young boy sees his father brutally beat another mobster to death.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Gripping and thoughtful.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film has all the visual flourishes we expect of Doyle and Wong, and they're reason enough to see Ashes of Time Redux. Just don't expect to make sense of the plot.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Think of it as the rantings of a grouchy old man (he's 71) who for half a century has resisted all efforts to dumb down his movies, insisting instead on making them HIS way and no other.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A family getting evicted from its home is no laughing matter, except if you're watching Cirkus Columbia, a satiric comedy from, of all places, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Lush and poetic, Dolls proves once again that Kitano is one of the world's most original filmmakers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    More than just the portrait of a naive young woman. It's a frightening look at Putin's warped version of democracy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A gut-wrenching look at the human cost of war.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Haneke's images are so bold and riveting and the characters' emotions are so raw that the lack of a few details doesn't matter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    More popular today than during his lifetime (his music even made it into a Volkswagen commercial), Drake once complained, "Everybody tells me I'm great, but I'm broke. Why?"
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The director-producer, Nicole Opper, has known Avery's Brooklyn family for years, which no doubt accounts for the film's intimacy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Daring and unique, La Commune makes perfect viewing for the Fourth of July, which commemorates America's own revolution.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Compelling viewing, even for people who don't care a bit for the punk scene.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Heartbreaking.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Lewis, from the TV series "Band of Brothers," gives a super performance, but the revelation here is young Breslin, who was in Garry Marshall's "Raising Helen" and M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The scariest revelation in Ratliff's film is that the Texas Hell House has proved so popular that it's being copied all over the country. Heaven help us!
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's a sweet and light-hearted endeavor that shows Breillat isn't a one-trick pony.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Finzi's lovingly filmed movie draws viewers into the lives of its two young heroes. You don't have to be a ballet buff to be moved by Isabela's and Irlan's stories.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The laughs flow, but Zobel isn't content to rely solely on them. To his credit, he allows Martin and Clarence - and the film - to develop consciences.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The actors are charmingly low-key, and the lensing, by Jorgen Johansson, adds to the offbeat aura. Whatever you do, don't miss the booze-guzzling showdown.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The women are all beautiful; and the camerawork - by Emmanuel Lubezki, who shot Terrence Malick's spectacular "The New World" - is eye-pleasing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Call it the rape of Carnegie Hall.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film's leisurely pace and abstract format isn't meant for the multiplex crowd, but rather for adventurous moviegoers. It took guts to make Khadak and to give it a theatrical release. It might take even more guts to seek it out.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The story isn't exactly new, but Bollain, an actress in her own right, keeps Take My Eyes from sinking into clichés.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The plot of the indie feature Room is, shall we say, sketchy. But that's a minor annoyance thanks to a gutsy performance by Cyndi Williams and vibrating cinematography by P.J. Raval.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    More violent than anything Wood ever did, Automatons nevertheless has the kitschy feel and look of something he might have concocted. And I mean that as a compliment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Credit Sissako for entertainingly blending serious international issues with the daily comings and goings of village life. A bit more Glover wouldn't have hurt - but you can't have everything.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Tai Chi Zero is loads of fun to watch, especially a battle in which watermelons, bananas and other fruits and veggies serve as flying weapons.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Pablo Larraín and Alfredo Castro - the director and star, respectively, of the acclaimed Chilean black comedy "Tony Manero" (2008) - reunite in the chilling Post Mortem.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Holland has said that she wanted her harrowing and rewarding epic to run long so it would make viewers feel that they're in the sewers as well. In this, she succeeds.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    There are no talking heads, but lots of singing heads and sexy dancing bodies, many of them belonging to stars in Spain. In total, there are more than a dozen performance pieces, all stylishly lensed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A fluffy and fun coming-of-age-in-Rome comedy, with a sparkling turn by its 16-year-old star, Alice Teghil.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The 25-year-old filmmaker takes no sides himself. Wisely, he allows folks of all opinions to put their feet in their mouths all by themselves.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Fish Tank is grim, to be sure, but it leaves us with a feeling of hopefulness.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Marchand capably builds suspense, thanks to a twisty script and nervy performances by Lucas and Quinton.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The movie is stolen by 11-year-old Daniela Piepszyk as tomboy Hanna, one of Mauro's new friends. She has a face in a million.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    There's enough material here for a miniseries, but the directors keep the proceedings to 78 brisk minutes without making the viewer feel cheated.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The stylish flick harkens back to the work of old masters like Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director and co-writer Matteo Garrone infuses The Embalmer with a spooky eroticism. The film is dark, both in theme and visual composition.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Who says you need a big crew and tons of money to make an enjoyable movie?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An intelligent work that avoids exploitation and cheap laughs.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Mafioso starts out as a comedy of manners before turning into a mob thriller that brings Nino to Bergen County, N.J. When he gets there, look for a man reading The Post on a street corner.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Desert Wind will be of interest to men - and especially to women, who might learn much they didn't know about the opposite sex.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The newly found footage of Fellini and actor Marcello Mastroianni on the set of "La Dolce Vita" made me want to run out and see that wonderful film yet again.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Viewers not accustomed to Hong's style of leisurely paced filmmaking - long, static takes with lots of talking - might be tempted to leave early. If they stick around, however, they might find themselves becoming fans of the cerebral South Korean auteur.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director-co-writer Fabrice du Welz has taken a clichéd premise and infused it with a stylish perversity that should have horror fans squealing with delight.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You are unlikely to see a movie about incest made as sensitively and tastefully as Womb. And although the characters speak English, the film is firmly anchored in European sensibilities, thanks to its Hungarian director, Benedek Fliegauf.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    See it - if you dare.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Moves along its tranquil way until about five minutes before the closing credits, when it turns into a terrorist thriller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The sex, nudity and violence are nonstop, but that's what makes Headhunters exciting entertainment. See it before the Hollywood remake, possibly starring Mark Wahlberg, gets it all wrong.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Eleonore Faucher, first-time director (and co-writer) of the French charmer Sequins, is well aware of Neymark's allure and sees to it that the young woman is seldom out of the frame.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Depardieu's days as a leading man might be over, but he has a bright future in quirky roles like Germain.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Yes, The Secret Life of Words owes much to Lars von Trier's 1999 "Breaking the Waves." But Coixet's riff stands on its own thanks to thoughtful performances by Polley and Robbins.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is as enlightening for viewers as the journey was for Harris.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The subject is touchy, but Gund handles it with taste and compassion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Zalla constructs a suspenseful movie with no intention of sugarcoating the daily hardships of New York's underclass.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A fascinating front-row seat for what could be history's shortest-lived coup.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The finale - a shootout in a church - seems inspired by Hong Kong filmmakers like John Woo and Ringo Lam.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That about sums up the amazing story of Edith Hahn Beer, an Austrian Jew who survived the Holocaust by passing herself off as Aryan.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The main attraction is little-seen archival footage going back 50 years, including scenes from the 1960s "Parades and Changes," with artful nudity that was praised in Europe but brought threats of arrest in New York.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As one interviewee opines: "It's all about the money."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It would be easy to mock or patronize them. Cinemania does neither. They seem quite satisfied with their lives, which is more than can be said for a lot of people with more conventional lifestyles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Charming to the max.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Carlos is exciting entertainment, even if its subject's two-decade reign of terror is reprehensible.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Wirkola keeps the narrative taut, wasting not a frame; and he throws in funny moments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As Mark Twain didn't say, reports of the death of mumblecore are greatly exaggerated. As proof, I offer Andrew Bujalski's wise and wondrous Beeswax.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Plot? Who needs a plot? Certainly not neophyte director Matt Porterfield, whose Hamilton gets along just fine without one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Whistle is the feature debut of director-writer Florin Serban, who studied at Columbia University and lists among his influences Robert Bresson, Pedro Almodovar, Bruno Dumont and Ken Loach.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Has two especially memorable sequences: the eye-popping Mass Games and a visit by a group of schoolgirls to incredibly beautiful Mount Paekdu, which is revered by Koreans on both sides of the DMZ.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    So you had no idea what was happening in David Lynch's "Inland Empire." Take comfort in the fact that, judging from the documentary Lynch, the filmmaker was just as puzzled as you.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Special note should be made of real-life sister and brother Aoi and Masaru Miyazaki, who give beautiful performances as the children.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director-writer Pablo Tapero keeps the proceedings low-key and realistic. He doesn't hit you over the head with his ideas, yet he manages to say a lot about human nature.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An intelligent look at family dynamics set in a boring Washington State suburb where Bible-thumping Mormons come knocking on your door.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The complexity might require a second viewing, but there is compensation in the realistic acting by a cast of non-pros and the eye-grabbing, hand-held lensing by Boaz Yehonatan Yacov.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Veteran stage, screen and TV actor Moshe Ivgi gives a sturdy performance as Moshe, a supposed tough guy who sobs when confronted by bank robbers.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You don't have to be a fan of Daniel Johnston, an underground artist and singer-songwriter whose manic-depression has kept him from realizing his full potential, to appreciate director Jeff Feuerzeig's documentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It presents a reverential and loving portrait of Deren while remaining breezy, informative and entertaining.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is wholly original, sort of like "The Wizard of Oz" as filtered through the sensibilities of Emir Kusturica, the cult filmmaker and musician.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As usual with Majidi, the cinematography is super (best scene shows Karim, disguised as an ostrich, in pursuit of an escaped bird) and the acting is realistic and low-key.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A miracle of indie filmmaking. Shot for practically nothing by first-time director David Barker, it delivers more bang for its minimal bucks than many a Hollywood blockbuster does for its multimillions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A work of drama, it's more realistic than any TV reality show.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The director, 30-year-old Dalibor Matanic, allows himself a few weepy moments, but mostly the script stays on target, accompanied by strong acting and lensing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Long, talky and shot in black and white. In other words, it requires a commitment in time and brain power - a commitment worth making.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A devastating indictment of unbridled greed and materalism, made all the more relevant by the Enron and WorldCom scandals.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Dame Maggie is simply delightful (has she ever been less than wonderful?).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Weekend is a gay riff on "Before Sunrise" (1995), in which a man (Ethan Hawke) and woman (Julie Delpy) meet and fall in love in one night, before going their separate ways in the morning for what could be forever.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Reyadas' radical rejection of filmmaking conventions is at first off-putting, but he's able to elicit remarkable performances from the cast of non-professionals while building tension that will hold viewers' attention. Love it or loathe it, you won't soon forget Battle in Heaven.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Carax, who hadn't made a movie since "Pola X" in 1999 comes off best.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Directed by C. Scott Willis, this beautifully shot documentary blends Francesca's work -- photos, videos and passages from her diary -- with interviews.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Frankenstein’s Army is funny and original, with innovative costumes and set designs. It’s sure to please horror fans.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Quinceañera isn't a work of art, nor does it want to be. But it is a crowd-pleaser.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    A must for Jaglom fans. For other viewers, it will depend upon how much they can take of Jaglom's improvisational style and Frederick's over-the-top, tear-filled acting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Under writer-producer-director-editor Patrick Hughes, the suspense level is high and the action constant.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    The story doesn't break any new ground, but the movie has energy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Newcomer Akihiko Shiota shows talent as a director, but he allows Sasayaki to go on too long.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    By far the film's most interesting subject is the king's eldest daughter, 18-year-old Princess Sikhanyiso, who likes to be known as Pashu. She's a self-styled rapper who goes to a Catholic college in California and acts like the spoiled rich kid that she is.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Falters when it gets involved with supernatural gobbledygook.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    It takes a while to get used to the fractured narrative, but once done it is easy to put your mind on autopilot and go with the offbeat characters and events.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    China's public image suffers another blow with Up the Yangtze, a documentary by Chinese-Canadian Yung Chang.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Cinematographer Mohammad Davudi's nighttime shots of jammed Tehran highways help convey the society's dehumanization. Scenes of a vast forest outside the city, where Ali releases tension by hunting, are powerful in their own, sparse way.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Has a few too many coincidences and tends to be sugary, but it has an important precautionary message in this age of terror.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    The low-budget "Master" lacks the polish and romance that made "Crouching Tiger" so popular. But for old-fashioned raw energy, it's tough to beat.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Genre fans will definitely get off on I Sell the Dead, but outsiders might be less enthusiastic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    The Backyard will affect you. If you were depressed about the future of America before, you'll be doubly depressed after seeing this film. Pass the Prozac.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    You might be tempted to walk out. Don't.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    The script plays fast and loose with the facts and adds soap-operaish touches, but Thalbach is a feisty delight.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    As evident from The Brown Bunny and his directing debut, "Buffalo 66," Gallo is talented, although in an unconventional way. Call him an angry young man with a future.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Mesrine's gentler side is explored, too, as he gets caught up with women portrayed by two of France's leading actresses, Ludivine Sagnier and Cecile de France.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    The piéce de résistance is a "Rocky"-ish battle between bare-fisted Ip (Donnie Yen) and a racist Brit who uses boxing gloves and goes by the name Twister.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    The episodic film makes valid points about the depersonalization of modern life. But the characters tend to be clichés whose lives are never fully explored.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Scott's feature debut is beautifully filmed and offers an unexpectedly shocking ending.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    The plot is neither here nor there, but you have to see this for the luscious cinematography by Chi Xiaoning, who loves shades of blue and amber.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Shamelessly contrived and manipulative, Tae Guk Gi packs a visceral wallop.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    The movie is overwhelmingly positive. It would have helped if Araki's critics had more of a say.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Not one of Hartley's most successful efforts, but it's witty, daring, different and a welcome alternative to Hollywood pap.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Occasionally becomes melodramatic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    AKA
    Watching three frames at once is disconcerting at first, but eventually the experience gives the film a high-tech boost.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Bears more than a passing resemblance in story and form to "The Twilight Samurai," but stands on its own as a pleasant, if unremarkable, romance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Loving but overlong meditation on movies and the people who make them.
    • 71 Metascore
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    It isn't recommended for impressionable children, who might well experience nightmares. But for grown-ups looking for an alternative to the annual onslaught of ho-ho-ho Christmas tales, the visually pleasing oddity is just the thing, even if it does slow down in its middle portion before picking up again.
    • 41 Metascore
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    Only the French could or would make a movie like this. You'll enjoy it if you turn off your brain and concentrate on the eye candy.
    • 38 Metascore
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    The result is mystifying - intentionally so - and frustrating. But it's worth a look.
    • 64 Metascore
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    The story is nothing if not uplifting, but it unfolds in a conventional, uninspired documentary style better suited to the small screen, where it soon will reside. Wait.
    • 52 Metascore
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    The low-low budget ($50,000) coming-of-age drama, shot on high-def video, is nothing if not daring and innovative.
    • 58 Metascore
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    You need a scorecard to keep track of who's bedding whom in Happily Ever After, a tres French take on sex and love, in that order.
    • 59 Metascore
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    That is not an original idea, for sure. But the ensemble cast -- especially Tatou as a 24-year-old store clerk named Irene -- is personable and the Parisian ambiance is catching.
    • 52 Metascore
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    A well-written and -acted drama that's also unrelentingly grim.
    • 64 Metascore
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    Most troubling is just how easy it is to sell nuclear secrets with the help of large corporations and the acquiescence of governments.
    • 55 Metascore
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    Relying heavily on old network newscasts, Corben introduces a collection of colorful characters who just want to get stoned.
    • 69 Metascore
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    There's not enough here to justify the almost two hours.
    • 69 Metascore
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    There isn't a dud in the 10 shorts, although some are more dud-ish than others.
    • 54 Metascore
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    Musician Bones is believable as the luckless tourist in lime-green shades, and the musical soundtrack, including songs by Bones, is infectious.
    • 54 Metascore
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    The movie could have used more of the band's music and less talk.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Well-intended and often poignant film that, unfortunately, too often bogs down in too much talk by its participants.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Despite copious full-frontal female nudity, House of Pleasures isn't mere sexploitation. Rather, it's a gorgeously filmed portrait of a bygone era, with painstaking attention to period detail. On the downside, the movie is overlong.
    • 62 Metascore
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    Features abundant sex and nudity, yet it manages to tell its story (based on a real character) with great sensitivity.
    • 64 Metascore
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    I've seen Demonlover twice and still find the plot a challenge. I'd try again if I thought it would help.
    • 63 Metascore
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    The film is worth watching if only for Kim, who before this had never seen a movie, let alone acted in one.
    • 66 Metascore
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    The story unfolds as slowly as does life in Cayeux. There's minimal dialogue and even less action.
    • 73 Metascore
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    One of the most beautiful movies you're likely to see this year. And the cast members, all amateurs, are first-rate.
    • 76 Metascore
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    iIt is clear that it would have benefited from black-and-white cinematography. And the melodramatic musical soundtrack is annoying and unnecessary.
    • 68 Metascore
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    If you're looking for substance in a Hong Kong movie, stick with Wong Kar-wai ("In the Mood for Love"). But if brainless, predictable fun will do, check out Shaolin Soccer.
    • 75 Metascore
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    If you've seen either of the first two flicks in this outrageous series - "Oldboy" and "Sympathy for Mister Vengeance" - you know what's coming. Novices should prepare for mind-bending bloodshed and violence.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Has enough material to supply an entire year of a soap opera - in Inner Mongolia, that is.
    • 71 Metascore
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    A sobering, if exploitative, portrait of the real-life hitchhiking hooker portrayed so realistically by Charlize Theron in "Monster."
    • 68 Metascore
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    Kelemer doesn't offer anything that hasn't been done before in documentaries of this type. Still, Won't Anybody Listen makes for interesting viewing as a study of true-life underdogs.
    • 62 Metascore
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    Manages to entertain while saying something about loneliness and culture shock.
    • 21 Metascore
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    In his feature debut, Bormatov doesn't much bother with things like character development, relying instead on raw brutality, profanity and sex. It shouldn't be long before the Hollywood remake with Angelina Jolie.
    • 65 Metascore
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    Bate is to be congratulated for reminding the world of Leopold's wickedness, even if he does OD on re-enactments.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Jia's message is that globalization has failed to help the Chinese masses. We hear you, dude, but did you really need 143 minutes to get your point across?
    • 54 Metascore
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    A high school coming-of-age film that dares to push the envelope. It doesn't always succeed, but that's not for lack of trying.
    • 70 Metascore
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    The tedious film might have been worth watching if Burman had given reasons to care about Ariel or anyone else. He doesn't and we don't.
    • 68 Metascore
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    The collection is a mixed bag, although there are no clunkers.
    • 64 Metascore
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    Overall We Have a Pope should prove a crowd-pleaser. Sacred music by the great Estonian composer is a plus.
    • 74 Metascore
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    Bardem gives such a brilliant performance in The Sea Inside, it's a crime that the film itself drowns in tears.
    • 48 Metascore
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    What is missing is any sort of psychological insight. Just what made Renato run? You won't find out here.
    • 32 Metascore
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    Light on dialogue and heavy on creepy atmosphere. See this movie and a visit to the tailor's will never be the same.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Sensitive and sincere and has a talented ensemble cast.
    • 59 Metascore
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    The initial suspense of Cautiva gives way to sentimental clichés, but Lombardo's performance (including a daring nude scene) keeps us watching.
    • 46 Metascore
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    Viewers willing to accept the contrived plot at face value will find much to like.
    • 52 Metascore
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    You have to hand it to Huppert. She doesn't let the hokey plot and syrupy cinematography (what's with those repeated shots of flowers blowing in the wind?) keep her from giving a profound performance.
    • 68 Metascore
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    There are many funny lines and situations, accompanied by strong performances all around. Sadly, Good Bye Lenin! falters at the end, when it loses its edge and lapses into sentimentality.
    • 53 Metascore
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    In this season of self-important filmmaking, it's nice to watch a movie that entertains while refusing to take itself too seriously.
    • 62 Metascore
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    Overlong but telling look at three young misfits.
    • 47 Metascore
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    Lacks excitement, although its solid story makes for decent viewing.
    • 48 Metascore
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    Argento keeps the suspense level high while throwing in trademark cringe-inducing moments.
    • 58 Metascore
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    But exciting as La Scorta might be, it is at heart a conventional thriller that breaks no new genre ground.
    • 76 Metascore
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    A must for hip-hop heads. Others will either be won over or left wondering what all the fuss is about.
    • 45 Metascore
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    Makes about as much sense as most dreams. But that's to be expected, because the video feature is a series of successive dreams.
    • 42 Metascore
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    A vast improvement over Schenkman's previous effort, "The Pompatus of Love."
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    • 60 Metascore
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    Marred by sappy fantasy sequences and a sentimental finale that's out of step with most of the rest of the movie.
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    • 78 Metascore
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    Beautiful to look at, with scrumptious period detail and a knowing performance by Choi Min-sik as the portly, goatéed painter. At the same time, Chihwaseon is slow and stilted.
    • 73 Metascore
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    Kicks into high gear in its final 45 minutes, when the singer's fans descend on one of her concerts. It's worth the wait.
    • 63 Metascore
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    While it is interesting to witness the conflict from the Palestinian side, Longley's film lacks balance (there's nothing from the Israeli perspective) and fails to put the struggle into meaningful historical context.
    • 44 Metascore
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    A brutal shocker that is difficult to watch.
    • 69 Metascore
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    A dry but enlightening documentary.
    • 51 Metascore
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    Has funny moments, but it also has a lot of drag time.
    • 51 Metascore
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    Where else can you get to hear Otto sing "Crazy"?
    • 82 Metascore
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    The story becomes so convoluted and contrived that much of the tension dissipates.
    • 61 Metascore
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    Enjoyable if only to hear KarKar perform his mournful and personal songs, including a tender tribute to his late wife.
    • 68 Metascore
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    A stylish look and a fair amount of hot and heavy sex (mostly hetero), and the final shootout is pretty nifty.
    • 60 Metascore
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    Entertaining and informative, but it suffers from distracting voice-overs of what are supposed to be Madame Mao's thoughts. Too bad.
    • 57 Metascore
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    The screenplay also fails to put the unconventional relationship into context. It never lets on that Andrea helped Duras produce some of her best work, including the autobiographical "The Lovers."
    • 49 Metascore
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    An unassuming love comedy with plot problems.
    • 60 Metascore
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    Tabatabai delivers a strong performance and the script, although not always plausible, touches on important issues like bias against gays and Muslims.
    • 52 Metascore
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    Viewers are either going to walk out after 10 minutes or, like this tolerant critic, get caught up in the sordid lives of the three misfits and stick around for the ambiguous ending.
    • 48 Metascore
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    Isn't perfect, but it's light years ahead of "Ong-Bak."
    • 58 Metascore
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    Contains all the clichés of the post-prison genre -- but it has some redeeming qualities.
    • 70 Metascore
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    The result is, alas, competent but unexceptional.
    • 71 Metascore
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    While some of this white guy's humor is juvenile and in questionable taste, Hoch, for the most part, is able to pull it off and supply a frequent number of laughs.
    • 65 Metascore
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    Well-meaning but flawed drama.
    • 61 Metascore
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    The battlefield sequences unfold with surreal horror, while the human bonding in the foxholes emerges tenderly. On the downside, Bauer - who makes no pretense about where his heart lies - tacks on a melodramatic coda that lessens the momentum of an otherwise praiseworthy film.
    • 56 Metascore
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    It examines other crises faced by JFK - Cuba, the Berlin Wall, civil war in Laos, the insurgency in Vietnam - and finds that in each case Kennedy chose talk over tanks. (Often, he went against advice of aides and generals.)
    • 44 Metascore
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    Take "Thelma & Louise," throw in hot girl-girl sex and you have Gasoline, a flammable import from Italy directed by Monica Stambrini.
    • 49 Metascore
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    Lightweight but enjoyable entertainment.
    • 85 Metascore
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    So, should you see The Intruder? Yes -- but only if you're willing to ignore bothersome concerns about narrative and let the poetic images take over your mind.
    • 43 Metascore
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    A slight movie. But it has its share of charm and is a pleasant way to spend a little over an hour. It also is a sign that Burns might actually have talent.
    • 50 Metascore
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    A protegé of Gus Van Sant, Archer -- who also makes short films and music videos -- has a wild imagination he has trouble harnessing. He doesn't know the meaning of "too much." But Barkin, in short, blond hair, is superb, as usual, and Aaron Platt's cinematography is stunning. Here's hoping Archer gets his s - - t together in feature No. 3.
    • 63 Metascore
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    If you want an introduction to the director's work, you're better off with "La Belle Noiseuse" (1991) and his masterpiece, "Celine and Julie Go Boating" (1974).
    • 68 Metascore
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    The Inheritance has a promising start but soon becomes preachy and melodramatic.
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    A sweet comedy with a bright cast and few surprises, the film did well in China, where it was aimed at teenagers. Since Hilary Duff isn't in the cast, its success probably won't cross over to America.
    • 65 Metascore
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    Glosses over the depression and alcoholism that have bedeviled Walker as well as any relationships he might have had. But that doesn't make the film any less interesting.
    • 58 Metascore
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    It's a clever concept that should play well on TV and the Internet. But as a big-screen movie, Life in a Day -- which lists brothers Tony and Ridley Scott as producers -- elicits a shrug and a question: Who cares?
    • 61 Metascore
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    The film is loving but shallow.
    • 62 Metascore
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    At nearly two hours, Big Man Japan is clever (in a sick sort of way) but overlong. It needs judicious editing -- more mockumentary, fewer superhero antics.
    • 64 Metascore
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    Starts as a serious examination of the two women's lives, but it descends into a mushy melodrama complete with schmaltzy music and dewy cinematography.
    • 59 Metascore
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    Pleasant enough, with funny moments.
    • 53 Metascore
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    Brabbee, artistic director of the Nantucket Film Festival, is to be commended for her dedication to this project, but the film isn't hefty enough for a theatrical release. Public TV would be a better showcase.
    • 55 Metascore
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    Darkly funny (par for the course with Miike), visually stunning and full of references to other films.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Things move so swiftly and confusingly that there's little time to explore any of the people in depth. Less style and more substance is definitely called for.
    • 64 Metascore
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    It's always enjoyable watching Depardieu and Deneuve, but they deserve better material than they've been given by Techine.
    • 42 Metascore
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    Hugh Jackman appears briefly as Sophia's Aussie boyfriend, and gets to perform a lively song-and-dance number. But for some strange reason, his name isn't in the credits.
    • 59 Metascore
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    Delivers an important message, and its underwater photography is breathtaking. But Stewart lessens the impact by focusing much too much on himself. Did he really have to go into detail about his own health problems? This should be a movie about sharks, not Stewart.
    • 59 Metascore
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    The movie is no more than a TV sitcom stretched to feature length. All that's missing is the laugh track.
    • 65 Metascore
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    The film tends to be pretentious and melodramatic; and Grant, better suited to comic roles, gives a heavy-handed performance.
    • 65 Metascore
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    A downer that too often resorts to melodrama.
    • 68 Metascore
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    If you're going to make a documentary about Leonard Cohen, the singer-songwriter, you should have him perform some of his better-known melodies, like "Suzanne."
    • 36 Metascore
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    An old-fashioned soaper that will please or not, depending on a viewer's tolerance for schmaltz.
    • 34 Metascore
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    The director, Queens-born Adam Watstein, who also edited and co-produced, deserves credit for making a film with modest resources.
    • 60 Metascore
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    An affable comedy that, unfortunately, has too many characters and subplots for its own good. The film also could do without the stereotypical character of a gay wedding planner who is supposed to be funny -- but is just embarrassing and clichéd.
    • 58 Metascore
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    Despite some fancy editing, Forget Baghdad is forgettable.
    • 51 Metascore
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    PAGING Pedro Almodovar! We have a movie badly in need of your help.
    • 59 Metascore
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    An overdone sex comedy.
    • 55 Metascore
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    Young Goethe looks great, and the cast is appealing. But the story is riddled with clichés and fabrications.
    • 50 Metascore
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    You can't quarrel with the lensing and acting, but the overabundance of coincidences keeps Vivere from reaching its full potential.
    • 62 Metascore
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    The direction is never more than conventional, with a tear-inducing finale better suited to a TV soap opera.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Borderline clichéd, and it makes getting a US visa seem way too easy. But I can think of much worse ways to spend an hour and a half than watching this absurdist comedy.
    • 18 Metascore
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    For one thing, it goes on too long. But it looks good, the cast is perky.
    • 65 Metascore
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    Wavers between (sometimes) brilliant and (mostly) boring. But it would be wrong to call it a failure.
    • 73 Metascore
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    Johnny Depp puts in a cameo declaring that "most Americans believe the clichés about Gypsies." Unfortunately, the well-intentioned film never gets beyond clichés itself.
    • 73 Metascore
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    Riding Alone features a moving performance by Takakura (often called the Asian Clint Eastwood), as well as pretty cinematography. But the mushy script, co-written by Zhang, never rises above that of a TV soap opera.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Days of Glory has good intentions and a well-executed combat scene, but it could do with more originality.
    • 76 Metascore
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    There are moments of fun (an aphrodisiac-laced dessert, for example), but generally the humor seems warmed-over.
    • 66 Metascore
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    The script is cliché-ridden and ends on an overly sentimental note.
    • 68 Metascore
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    A slim story that becomes schmaltzy at the end.
    • 59 Metascore
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    An interesting but flawed look at the birth of the French New Wave.
    • 72 Metascore
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    The film has no ready answers, although it becomes abundantly clear that both those for and against charter schools are more concerned with covering their own asses than with helping students get a quality education.
    • 43 Metascore
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    Under writer-helmer Rehana Mirza, the acting and direction are workmanlike, but the plot is full of hackneyed characters and contrived events better suited to TV than the big screen.
    • 39 Metascore
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    Has some witty dialogue and sprightly performances by Karen Black, Andrea Marcovicci, Victoria Tennant and others.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Beautifully filmed and well-acted, "The Gift to Stalin," directed by Rustem Abdrashev, has its schmaltzy, cliched moments, including an unnecessary finale in Jerusalem.
    • 62 Metascore
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    It pains me to report that his Zebraman is a disappointment.
    • 64 Metascore
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    Carion, in his feature debut, means well, and his characters are lovable. But the plot is so predictable and sentimental that viewers are likely to lose interest before Sandrine and her goats walk off into the sunset.
    • 48 Metascore
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    Trouble is, the movie is only sporadically funny, and the concept soon grows tiresome. In fact, you could say that there's too much downtime in Autoerotic.
    • 59 Metascore
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    If you're looking for great action scenes, you've found them. But if you desire more than eye candy, such as character and plot development and historical accuracy, you'll have to look elsewhere.
    • 54 Metascore
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    You know exactly how this thing is going to turn out before it's even half over.
    • 52 Metascore
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    The biggest problem is Wong's decision to cast Norah Jones as Elizabeth, a New Yorker who hits the road after a love affair goes bad. Jones, in her first movie, can't act. (There, I said it!)
    • 47 Metascore
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    Loads of fun, especially if you use the site yourself. But it plays too much like a paid ad.
    • 75 Metascore
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    All this is loads of fun, but after a while sensory overload sets in, dulling the mind. Even in a kung-fu flick, more isn't always better.
    • 62 Metascore
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    The film opens with a disclaimer: "Although based on real events and people, this is a work of fiction." There should be another warning: Unless you're up to date on French politics, a lot of Googling is needed to follow the players.
    • 52 Metascore
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    Less an adventure yarn than a character study of two old guys with fading memories and improbable dreams.
    • 46 Metascore
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    Wolman gets his point across, but he does so in such a predictable, contrived and sappy manner that viewers aren't likely to care. And the final plot twist is a cop-out.
    • 53 Metascore
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    The film is one-sided and at times unfocused, but it makes a lot of sense politically.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Of historical interest, although a more experienced filmmaker would have made more of the sudden rush of events - and avoided the temptation to put himself or herself into nearly every frame, as Grappell does.
    • 64 Metascore
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    Call it "The Doom Generation II." Gregg Araki's Kaboom returns to the trippy ways of his 1995 erotic head trip.
    • 54 Metascore
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    Brisseau obviously aims to shock - and he does. Now shocking is A-OK with me - but only if it's part of a something bigger. Exterminating Angels is beautifully lensed and acted, but it lacks substance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Make a movie about depressed people, and what do you get? A depressing movie.
    • 51 Metascore
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    There are the makings of a funny movie here, but novice director-writer Anna Reeves isn't up to the job. While her cast is talented, Reeves doesn't concentrate long enough on any plotline or character to build viewer interest.
    • 60 Metascore
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    Go for Zucker was a smash back home, where it was hailed as the first German comedy about Jews since World War II. But it will take more than that to make American audiences laugh.
    • 65 Metascore
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    Kekilli delivers a perfectly tuned performance. Too bad the script is often clunky and melodramatic, as the first-time director, Vienna-born Feo Aladag, tries to manipulate viewers' emotions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Curse of the Golden Flower could also be called "Curse of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.' " In other words, it is yet another attempt to cash in on the success of Ang Lee's 2000 martial-arts epic, which will go down in the history books as one of the most overrated films of the decade.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Scenes of the probe are less successful. They feel contrived, and actress Lee Yeong-ae is not especially effective as Major Jang.
    • 59 Metascore
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    The acting by Seigner, Marina Hands, Karin Viard, Patrick Bruel and other French notables is first-rate, although their characters and what they have to say are trite.
    • 65 Metascore
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    Neil Jordan's Ondine has a split personality. It starts promisingly as a fantasy but ends disappointingly as a thriller.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Claiming that from Korea to Vietnam to Iraq, the US government has misled the public - and the media - on the reasons for going to war.
    • 69 Metascore
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    The actors can't escape the confines of the warmed-over, coming-of-age-in-suburbia script by Mills, from a novel by Walter Kirn.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Suffers from a lack of focus and a sitcom script.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Sadly, with the Soviet Union gone, the art faces a new enemy: Islamic extremists.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    An extraordinary woman like Eva Kor deserves a less ordinary biography.
    • 55 Metascore
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    Pleasing to the eye, with lavish sets, ravishing costumes and two great-looking stars. Unfortunately, there is little else to recommend this overwrought, melodramatic bodice-ripper.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Too-convenient coincidences hurt the movie's credibility. A melodramatic script best left to cable TV doesn't help, either.

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