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Movie Reviews: Don Jon

A film about a man who is addicted to pornography hardly sounds like your usual rom-com fare, but critics almost unanimously conclude that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the writer, director and star of Don Jon, pulls it...

Movie Reviews: Prisoners

Virtually every major critic has praised the script, direction, and performances of Prisoners. But some are suggesting that the problem with it may be that it's just too effective -- a film about kidnapped children...

Movie Reviews: Blue Jasmine

Opening in just 6 theaters, Woody Allen's latest film, Blue Jasmine, is receiving some of his best reviews ever, thanks mostly to the performance of Cate Blanchett. Her character, Jasmine French, writes Manohla Dargis in...

Pacific Rim: Another Megamillion-dollar Flop?

That cloud of dust kicked up last weekend by the great horse Silver may now cloud the opening of another megabudget film, Pacific Rim, which opens on Friday. With several analysts suggesting that audiences are...

I'm So Excited! Shines At Art Houses

On a per-theater basis, the top earner of the weekend was not any of the $100-million blockbusters. It was director Pedro Almodóvar's comedy I'm So Excited!, which debuted with $105,000 in five theaters -- or...

Movie Reviews: Man Of Steel

Man of Steel is another one of those movies that are often described as critic-proof. Good thing, too, because most critics are flinging kryptonite at it. Referring to the opening scenes, which describe the birth...

Melissa Mccarthy Shocked By Harsh Review

Melissa McCarthy has hit back at a critic for calling her ''tractor-sized'' earlier this year.The 'Identity Thief' star feels sorry for New York film reviewer Rex Reed but his harsh comments about her last February...

Movie Reviews: The Great Gatsby

Throughout the week, reports spread that initial reviews of The Great Gatsby were far from great. One website, TheBusinessInsider.com, even headlined, 'The Great Gatsby' Could Be The Biggest Disappointment Of The Year. But in fact,...

Movie Reviews: Side Effects

Nearly all of the reviews for Side Effects refer to director Steven Soderbergh's recent declaration that he intends to put filmmaking behind him -- and that this is his last film. Several use almost identical...

Movie Reviews: Lincoln

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln opens in just 11 theaters this weekend, testing whether a film so conceived and so dedicated can endure when it opens wide next weekend. If word of mouth is anywhere near as...

Movie Reviews: Cloud Atlas

Many of the early reviews for Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis' Cloud Atlas seemed downright lofty. The latest ones from the major critics are mixed -- often in the same reviews. Joe Morgenstern in the...

Movie Reviews: Cloud Atlas

Many of the early reviews for Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis' Cloud Atlas seemed downright lofty. The latest ones from the major critics are mixed -- often in the same reviews. Joe Morgenstern in the...

Movie Reviews: Trouble With The Curve

Trouble with the Curve isn't a great Clint Eastwood flick, critics agree, but he certainly gives a more effective performance in it than he did at the Republican National Convention earlier this month. Roger Ebert...

Movie Reviews Hope Springs

Hope Springs is as much about a marriage between two masterful acting talents as it is about the unraveling marriage of the principal characters. "The characters aren't fabulously dimensional, but the actors are," writes Michael...

Movie Reviews The Dark Knight Rises

Rex Reed of the New York Observer and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune have joined the exclusive clique of critics who have broken ranks with the overwhelming majority who are heaping praise on The...

Movie Reviews To Rome With Love

Critics seem to find little to dislike about Woody Allen's latest film, To Rome with Love . But, they suggest, like the title, it's more like an amiable postcard from afar than a substantive, homey...

Movie Reviews Rock Of Ages

Over rock and roll's "ages" since the 1950s -- and especially since the 1980s -- pop music lovers have split into separate in-groups, each one becoming a veritable religion unto itself, each one scorning the...

Movie Reviews Battle Ship

Stupid. That's the general consensus of critics reviewing the big-budget, board-game-based, sci-fi epic Battleship, about aliens bent on destroying the world . Take Amy Biancolli's review in the San Francisco Chronicle "It's loud, it's large,...

Movie Reviewsthe Cabin In The Woods

Horror films rarely find a receptive response from critics -- until the time they become classics. By and large, The Cabin in the Woods is no exception. But more than a few critics have something...

Movie Reviews Bully

The Weinstein Co.'s Bully is garnering some of the strongest reviews of the year, with several critics stepping out of their roles as appraisers and becoming advocates for it -- many of them condemning the...

Movie Reviews Haywire

Critics have by and large concluded that Steven Soderbergh's Haywire has put a new wrinkle on the action flick, thanks mainly to the performance of Gina Carano. "Watching Carano kick, spin, flip, choke, crack and...

Movie Reviews War Horse

Most film critics take a cold, analytical approach to what they see on the screen, and if the movie stirs deep emotions, they are likely to ascribe that reaction to "manipulation" by the director. Such...

Movie Reviews The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

As is the case with The Adventures of Tintin , which also opens over the Christmas holiday period, the critics are poles apart over The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Although he gives it 3...

Movie Reviews Shame

Steve McQueen's Shame will not get you into the holiday spirit. "Critics by and large regard the movie as a difficult go -- Michael Fassbender portrays Brandon Sullivan, a sex addict who no longer finds...

Movie Reviews My Week With Marilyn

As they were when reviewing movies that starred Marilyn Monroe, critics betray no consensus in appraising the performance of Michelle Williams, who portrays Monroe in My Week with Marilyn . The plot of the movie...

Movie Reviews J. Edgar

In an apparent effort to stir up word-of-mouth for a difficult film to market, Warner Bros. is releasing the controversial J. Edgar , starring Leonardo Di Caprio, today, in advance of the Veterans Day weekend....

Movie Reviews The Rum Diary

It has been more than three years since Johnny Depp appeared as gonzo writer Hunter Thompson in The Rum Diary. During that time, his Pirates of the Caribbean movies have raked in billions of dollars,...

Movie Reviews The Big Year

If you think you have seen a movie about every sport that has ever existed, think again. The Big Year is a movie about competitive bird watching and stars Owen Wilson as the champion --...

Movie Reviews 50/50

50/50 are the odds of surviving a rare form of cancer that the main character in the movie with those odds in the title is diagnosed with. It's loosely based on screenwriter Will Reiser's personal...

Movie Reviews Contagion

Critics can't seem to resist a pun or two when reviewing Contagion , despite their generally positive reactions to it. It's "nothing to sneeze at," remarks Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle . His...

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