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MOVIE REVIEWS: CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.

July 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With a title like Crazy, Stupid, Love., the producers would appear to be making it easy for critics to bash it. The remarkable thing is that many are turning that title inside out. A. O. Scott in the New York Times, for example, begins his review by writing, “Crazy, Stupid, Love. is, on balance, remarkably […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

July 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Friends with Benefits may certainly benefit from a number of friends among the critics. Even the few who knock it don’t do so with much scorn. For example, Claudia Puig in USA Today concludes her review by writing, “When it’s good, Friends With Benefits is quite good — especially as it skewers rom-com clich├ęs. And […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BAD TEACHER

June 24, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Justin Timberlake may decide to reconsider his reported decision to switch careers from singing to acting after he reads the reviews for Bad Teacher, in which he stars with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal. Actually Timberlake himself is getting OK notices — critics particularly like a scene in which he sings an awful song off […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

June 3, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Critics have rarely had anything positive to say about installments of the X-Men franchise, but they’re fairly approving of the latest one. X-Men: First Class, writes Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post, “happily delivers on the escapism and rich narrative texture the best of its predecessors have promised. With action, atmosphere and mixed feelings to […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HOW DO YOU KNOW

December 17, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

There’s a lot of impressive talent on display in How Do You Know which returns James L. Brooks, famous for such movies as Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment and As Good as It Gets and the TV series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Simpsons, to his place behind the cameras again. It’s the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DUE DATE

November 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Virtually every critic is comparing Due Date with director Todd Phillips’s last movie, The Hangover. This one is funny, most of them conclude; it’s just not as funny. “The movie probably contains enough laughs to satisfy the weekend audience,” Roger Ebert writes unenthusiastically in the Chicago Sun-Times. “Shockingly, it’s funny. Often in shocking or at […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SECRETARIAT

October 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Roger Ebert is one of the critics cheering loudest in their reviews for Secretariat. In today’s Chicago Sun-Times, he recalls that his onetime TV colleague, the late Gene Siskel, once told him that his favorite movies were about what people do all day. “That’s what Secretariat is,” Ebert writes. “It pays us the compliment of […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE AMERICAN

September 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

On the Wednesday before Labor Day, the only major holiday that regularly produces lackluster box-office returns, Focus Features, Universal’s specialty division, has chosen to debut The American, starring George Clooney. The thriller is receiving widely disparate reviews. On the one hand is the Chicago Sun-Times‘s Roger Ebert, who remarks that it is “so rare to […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE SWITCH

August 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Reviews for The Switch are pretty much equally divided between the “bad” and the “not bad,” with a few glowing and a few derisive ones thrown in — also in equal measure. Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times warns viewers about what he calls “The Head Lice Montage.” Until that appears, he says, they are […]

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