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Criticwatch 2009 - The Year In Quotes
by Erik Childress

And now a final recap of the year in quotes. This is your chance to go back to your days of Sesame Street and pick out the oddball quotes, the ones that aren't like the others and those that just don't match up to the movie they are promoting. None of these quotes are taken out-of-context though. This isn't a literal matching game. The quotes are what they are for the films they are attached to by the critic/reviewer/whore who spoke or wrote them. Not all of these quotes are meant to be demeaning. As we seemingly have to always remind readers quick to wonder why someone like A.O. Scott appears down here, it is there to show the contrast between recommendations of serious-minded critics and those who saw some pretty adjectives and decided to use them. Again and again.

THE WHORES OF THE YEAR FOR 2009 HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL LIST

'TIS THE SEASON
It’s a relief to find Away We Go nestled in theaters among the summer season blockbustery craziness. (Away We Go) – Sara Vilkomerson, The New York Observer
As brightly alive a movie as the season will offer. (Summer Hours) – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
This season’s Juno – the quirky indie hit with heart and brains. (Sunshine Cleaning) – Blender

The season's first genuine guilty pleasure. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - Lou Luminick
The best date movie of the season! (He’s Just Not That Into You) – Mark S. Allen
The best movie-movie of the season. (The International) – James Verniere, Boston Herald
The MVP of the holiday season! (The Blind Side) - Megan Basham, World Magazine
The first great summer movie of the season! (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) – Paul Fischer
The date movie of the holiday season (It's Complicated) - Pete Hammond



LIKE BARRY BONDS?
Moore is at the top of his game. (Capitalism: A Love Story) - Brian D. Johnson, Macleans.ca
Clive Owen is at the top of his game here giving a performance of Oscar stature. (The Boys Are Back) - Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail
Holbrook is at the absolute top of his game. (That Evening Sun) - Joe Leydon, Variety
Crowe is at the top of his game! (State of Play) – Scott Mantz
Julia Roberts is at the top of her game! (Duplicity) – Sandie Newton
Julia Roberts and Clive Owen are at the top of their game. (Duplicity) – Peter Travers
Zahn and Aniston are at the top of their game. (Management) – Paul Fischer
The all-star cast is at the top of their game. (He’s Just Not That Into You) – Jeanne Wolf



RANK 'EM UP
It ranks alongside the best of Scorsese and Coppola. (Il Divo) – Stephen Holden
It establishes mood with the precision and care of the early films of Roman Polanski. (The House of the Devil) - Jason Zinoman, Vanity Fair
A magnificent film that ranks among the year's very best. (Where the Wild Things Are) - Jake Hamilton
Woody's full-out emotional range here ranks as a career pinnacle. (The Messenger) - Peter Travers
Hilary Swank's depiction of aviator Amelia Earhart is of a high order. It ranks with recent real-life portrayals of Ray Charles by Jamie Foxx and Truman Capote by Philip Seymour Hoffman. (Amelia) - Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
A classic of the genre. Ranks up there with The Shawshank Redemption, Escape from Alcatraz, Papillon and The Great Escape. (The Escapist) - Rick Warner, Bloomberg News
In the vein of Broken Trail with the shoot em up action of 3:10 To Yuma (Come Hell or High Water) – Stuart Alson



NOT A JEWEL OR A NUGGET?
A gem. (Somers Town) – Time Out NY
A gem. (Management) – Karen Durbin
A gem of a movie! (Paris 36) - Kevin Lewin, LATimes.com
A gem of a movie. (American Violet) – Dr. Joy Browne, WOR Radio
A gem...classic Southern gothic. (That Evening Sun) - Roger Moore
I highly recommend this gem. (Me and Orson Welles) - Clint O'Connor
A gem with a terrific, remarkably funny script. (World’s Greatest Dad) – Ben Mankiewicz
An absolutely appealing little gem! (The Big Shot-Caller) – Kam Williams, News Blaze
A comic gem. (The Pink Panther 2) - Paul Fischer

A rare and sparkling gem of a movie. (Up In The Air) - Entertainment Weekly
One of those rare gems. (Moon) – Whitney Borup, Film Threat
A rare gem. (The Time Traveler’s Wife) – Maria Salas
A true gem of a film. (Is Anybody There?) – Pete Hammond
An undiscovered gem! (The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond) - Jeffrey Lyons
The film is absorbing and offbeat - a gem! (Looking for Paladin) - Jeffrey Lyons
This holiday gem delivers. (Everybody's Fine) - Mara Reinstein, US Weekly



MEDIUM...LITTLE PINK INSIDE
A rare film. (The Boys Are Back) - Rex Reed
A rare, strong film. (Lifelines) – Roger Ebert
Such a rare movie. (Disgrace) - Roger Ebert
Rare and wonderful. (The Brothers Bloom) – Rafer Guzman
Offers the kind of artistry rare in contemporary cinema. (Three Monkeys) – Chicago Tribune
That rare summer movie – one that matters. (Summer Hours) – Peter Travers

One of those rare gems. (Moon) – Whitney Borup, Film Threat
It's one of this year's rare treats. (Adventureland) – AICN
A rare treat! (Gotta Dance) - D.E. Levine, Cinefilm

A sprawling legal thriller with rare depth and power. (Crude) – Stephen Holden
One of those rare movies that manages to be both wickedly funny and incredibly poignant! (Away We Go) – Sara Vilkomerson, The New York Observer
Bandslam is the rare teenage movie that is smart and real. (Bandslam) – Kevin Steincross
The rare scary film that does not pander to its audience. (The House of the Devil) - Jason Zinoman, Vanity Fair
A rare romantic comedy that isn’t entirely predictable. (The Answer Man) – Marshall Fine
A rare romantic comedy…with its heart in the right place. (Management) – Betsy Sharkey

When an actor finds a perfect role, a rare sort of magic happens. (The Great Buck Howard) - Marshall Fine
Alter’s film is a rare pleasure. (The Perfect Sleep) – Time Out New York
Mike Judge has a rare talent. (Extract) – Peter Travers
Director Stephan Elliott uncorks a rare vintage of laughs! (Easy Virtue) – Peter Travers
Eastwood's achievement is something rare: He's made a film that actually is good for the soul. (Invictus) - Peter Travers


CAUSE YOU'RE EVERYTHING TO ME
Stunning! Enthralling! Exceptionally vibrant! Sin Nombre sums up everything Sundance has worked to champion and represent over the years. (Sin Nombre) – Todd McCarthy
Timely, thought-provoking, passionate, exciting. Everything you look for in a movie experience and more. (American Violet) – Dr. Joy Browne, WOR Radio
An immensely likable movie about almost everything…blithely experimental…completely beguiling! (Perestroika) – Ella Taylor
A summer movie that has everything – non-stop thrills, laughs, and top tier acting. (The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3) – Peter Travers

The Coen Brothers get everything right. (A Serious Man) - AICN
Enormously satisfying and astonishingly accomplished. It gets everything right. (2012) - Dan Kois, The Washington Post



YEAH, BUT HOW'S THE MIDDLE?
Stuffed with playful character actors and carpeted with wall-to-wall tunes. (Pirate Radio) - Manohla Dargis
Non-stop, wall-to-wall madcap action. (G-Force) – Roger Ebert
Wall-to-wall action! (12 Rounds) – Los Angeles Times

I would be lying if I didn't admit that this impossible movie kept me hooked from start to finish. (Antichrist) - Manohla Dargis
A spectacular film – raw, visually amazing and action-packed from start to finish. (Watchmen) - Bill Zwecker
A start-to-finish delight. (The Princess and the Frog) - Richard Corliss
Hilarious from start to finish. (Shorts) – Stuart Lee, WNYX-TV
A fever dream mash-up of sci-fi, horror and mystery that will keep you guessing till the action-packed finish. (Pandorum) - Tony Timpone
This is one fight to the finish you won't want to miss. (Law-Abiding Citizen) - Jeanne Wolf

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince enchants from beginning to end. (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) – JC Alvarez, HBO
A powerful, compelling and shocking drama that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. (The Burning Plain) – Pete Hammond
Rocks from beginning to end. (Push) – Carrie Keagan
The beginning, middle and end are all killer funny. (The Hangover) – Peter Travers



HOW DO YOU MEASURE A FILM'S WORTH...?
…a final act worthy of Verdi. (Tetro) – Roger Ebert
Nine years between star vehicles is an eternity in Hollywood, but in Julia Roberts’ case Duplicity is more than worth the wait. (Duplicity) – Lou Lumenick
Tilda Swinton makes any film worth seeing... (Julia) – Leonard Maltin
Tyson is worth seeing even if you have no particular interest in the sport of the man. (Tyson) – A.O. Scott

Well worth seeing. (Lemon Tree) – Andrew Sarris
An adventure worth taking! (Coraline) – Jim Ferguson
...a movie that’s well worth seeing. (Tennessee) – Pete Hammond

The experience is well worth relishing. (Julia & Julia) - Claudia Puig
Appealing family fare worth relishing. (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) - Claudia Puig

It's one wild ride worth taking. (Antichrist) - Richard Corliss
The humor may sting, but the pain is worth the pleasure. (Easy Virtue) – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times



...BY HOW MANY AWARDS IT WINS?
A leading contender for Academy Awards. (The Hurt Locker) – Roger Ebert
I would be surprised if it doesn’t wind up being nominated in next year’s Oscar race. (The Cove) – Martin Grove, The Hollywood Reporter
A certain Oscar nominee. (The Cove) – Roger Ebert

Clive Owen is at the top of his game here giving a performance of Oscar stature. (The Boys Are Back) - Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail
A powerful contemporary melodrama with a full-on, oscar-booking keystone performance by Charlize and a revelatory turn by young newcomer Jennifer Lawrence. (The Burning Plain) – Lee Marshal, Screen Daily
The performances by Theron and Basinger are strong enough to get noticed at Oscar time. (The Burning Plain) – Richard Corliss
Robin Wright gets an Oscar showcase. (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) - Lou Lumenick
Robin Wright gives her best performance to date in this acting tour-de-force and definitely deserves Oscar consideration this awards season. (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) - Jami Philbrick, Movieweb
Patton Oswalt deserves an Oscar nomination. (Big Fan) – Todd Hill, Newhouse Syndicate

Clive Owen gives an Oscar-worthy performance. (The Boys Are Back) - Claudia Puig
An Oscar worthy turn by Robin Wright. (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) - Claudia Puig
Oscar-worthy performances by Downey Jr. and Foxx. (The Soloist) – Andrew Sarris
Caine is flawless…Worthy of an Oscar nomination. (Is Anybody There?) – Ben Lyons
An Oscar-worthy must-see movie for our times. (Brothers) - Pete Hammond

Powerful! Oscar-worthy! (Skin) - Leonard Maltin
It's time to put The Road on the Oscar contender list! (The Road) - Patrick Goldstein
An Oscar contender for sure. (Motherland) - Jeffrey Lyons
Hugh Dancy is the first real Oscar contender of 2009. (Adam) – Frank J. Avella, Newyorkcool.com
Sandra Bullock is a surefire Oscar contender. (The Blind Side) - Rebecca Silverstein, Teen.com
Sandra Bullock's dazzling portrayal of one of the most outrageous spitfires since Erin Brockovich puts her on the must list for a shot at Oscar. (The Blind Side) - Jeanne Wolf



MORE LIKE NEW COKE?
A new classic. Strong words, indeed, and merited. (Still Walking) – Joshua Rothkopf
Classically well made. (The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond) - Steve Ramos, Boxoffice magazine
Is this the one, the long awaited new classic from the master? (Tetro) – Keith Uhlich
Coppola has delivered a classic (Tetro) – Nathan Lee, Film Comment
Director Greg Mottola has crafted another classic. (Adventureland) - AICN
Henry Selick has created a modern classic and tops even his brilliant Nightmare Before Christmas. (Coraline) – Pete Hammond
Bone-chilling serpentine terror ensues in this classic that outdoes the Anaconda series from the get-go. (Carnivorous) – Stuart Alson

A classic of the genre. Ranks up there with The Shawshank Redemption, Escape from Alcatraz, Papillon and The Great Escape. (The Escapist) - Rick Warner, Bloomberg News
...Fits squarely within the logic of classic film noir. (Three Monkeys) - A.O. Scott
…a classic espionage tale! (The Cove) – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
A gangster movie classic. (Public Enemies) - Shawn Edwards
...classic Southern gothic. (That Evening Sun) - Roger Moore
Destined to be another Disney classic. (Race To Witch Mountain) - Steve Oldfield
High Noon Meets Unforgiven in this soon to be classic tale of guns, revenge and redemption. (Redemption) – Stuart Alson
In the tradition of High Noon and Dances with Wolves comes another soon to be classic. (The Showdown) – Stuart Alson

...a classic in the making. (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) - Karen Durbin
It feels like a classic even as you are watching it for the first time. (The White Ribbon) - Scott Foundas
An instant classic. (Up) – Lou Lumenick
An instant classic. (Where the Wild Things Are) - Cindy Pearlman, Chicago Sun-Times
An instant classic. (Zombieland) - Mike Sargent
An instant classic. (Observe and Report) - Drew McWeeny
An instant classic. (He’s Just Not That Into You) – Mike Sargent
It’s an instant classic. (Adventureland) - Shawn Edwards
An instant classic! (Looking for Paladin) - Andre Pachter, China Confidential
...sure to be an instant classic. (The Hangover) - Glamour
...A classic in the making. (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) - Karen Durbin
A timeless classic. (The Time Traveler’s Wife) – Joe Mauceri, WBAI Radio



**********IT'S TIME FOR "WORDS TO RETIRE FOR 2010"**********
Here are five words that critics of all shapes and sizes are challenged not to use in 2010.

AMAZING
Amazing. (American Violet) – Clay Cane, BET.com
Amazing! (Irene In Time) – Tim Sika, KGO Radio/San Francisco

An amazing lead performance of Hiam Abbass. (Lemon Tree) – Andrew O’Hehir
Adam Sandler gives an amazing performance! (Funny People) – Neil Rosen
Audrey Tautou is amazing. (Coco Before Chanel) - Roger Ebert

...visually amazing... (Watchmen) - Bill Zwecker
An amazing 3-D experience with a good message for children! (Coraline) – Jim Ferguson
A rich, amazing creation. (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) – Lisa Schwarzbaum
An amazing work of dark, dark genius... (World’s Greatest Dad) – Devin Faraci

I hurt myself laughing at this amazingly inventive mockumentary. (Big Man Japan) – Aaron Hillis

Brilliant...Electrifying...Amazing. (Bronson) - Peter Travers
…dynamic…fantastic…amazing. … (Local Color) – VideoViews.org
One amazing race! (Race To Witch Mountain) – Manny the Movie Guy


COOL
The Limits of Control is calibrated for cool! (The Limits of Control]/b]) – J. Hoberman
Jim Jarmusch’s direction is Zen-like cool. (The Limits of Control
) – Dennis Dermody
A cool, sexy caper. (Duplicity) – Thelma Adams
A really smart, slick, cool espionage movie. (Duplicity) – Ben Lyons
Cool gadgets, excellent stunts, and clever kids. (Hotel for Dogs) – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Way Way cool (Star Trek) - Newsweek
The summer’s coolest movie… (District 9) - Richard Corliss
This year’s coolest comedy! (Monsters vs. Aliens) – Jeff Craig
The coolest 3D experience of the year! (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) - Shawn Edwards
Planet 51 is loaded with funky cool animation and off-the-wall comedy. (Planet 51) - Jeff Craig

A cool and unusual take on the classic romantic comedy. (Paper Heart) – Lisa Rosman
Darkly funny & twisty-cool. (Cold Souls) – Lisa Schwarzbaum
Strong, smart and cool. (Whip It) - Christy Lemire
Smart, funny and cool. (Bandslam) – Jake Hamilton



WICKED
One of those rare movies that manages to be both wickedly funny and incredibly poignant! (Away We Go) – Sara Vilkomerson, The New York Observer
This outlandish, wickedly funny, giant monsters-filled, Japanese superhero, faux-documentary surpasses any mockumentary you’ve ever seen. (Big Man Japan) – Cathleen Rountree, Boxoffice Magazine
Wickedly funny. (Extract) – Paul Fischer
Wickedly funny. (Whip It) - Karen Durbin
Wickedly funny. (Jennifer's Body) - Karen Durbin

Justin Long is wickedly funny. (Old Dogs) - Lisa Stanley
A sparkling, wickedly funny comedy. (The Answer Man) – Pete Hammond
It’s wicked fun. (The Ugly Truth) – Matt Sullivan, In Touch Weekly



PERFECT OR FLAWLESS
Flawless. (Valentino: The Last Emperor) – Richard Corliss
Caine is flawless… (Is Anybody There?) – Ben Lyons
The script for The Brothers Bloom is nothing short of flawless... (The Brothers Bloom) – AICN
Simply flawless. (The Soloist) – Jake Hamilton
…simply flawless. (An American Affair) – Socal.com

The perfect thriller for our times. (The International) - Stephen Rebello, Playboy
It's the perfect film for these times! (Paris 36) - Kevin Lewin, LATimes.com
A perfectly timed, slow-to-boil absurdist comedy. (Police, Adjective) - Manohla Dargis
Couldn’t be more perfectly timed! (Earth Days) – Owen Gleiberman

Michael Keaton’s directing is perfect. (The Merry Gentleman) – Jeffrey Lyons
It’s a perfect film! (Local Color) – Scott Birmingham, Las Vegas Film Critics Society
…dynamic…fantastic…amazing. …a perfect film. (Local Color) – VideoViews.org

A near-perfect movie.…This one’s the tops. (The Hurt Locker) – Richard Corliss
A near perfect blend of humor and heartbreak. (Summer Hours) – Peter Travers
Damn near perfect! (Eldorado) – Leslie Felperin, Variety
An almost perfect expression of Tarantino’s signature style. (Inglourious Basterds) – Patrick Goldstein
Outlander is nearly the perfect action movie. (Outlander) - Death Ray Magazine, Guy Haley

A perfect complement to Ballets Russes! (Ballerina) - Variety
Like a perfect piece of jazz. (The Limits of Control) – Dennis Dermody
Like that perfect outfit…Confessions fits your mood, fits you, you feel fabulous. (Confessions of a Shopaholic) – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Exquisite. Extraordinary. Pitch-perfect. (35 Shots of Rum) – David Fear
Pitch-perfect. (The Merry Gentleman) – Manohla Dargis
Pitch-perfect performances. (Tokyo Sonata) – Derek Elley, Variety
Kathy Bates is pitch-perfect. (Cheri) – Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
A perfectly pitched comedy. (Adventureland) – Kyle Smith
Pitch-perfect. Might make you choke laughing. (The Informers) – Joshua Rothkopf

Up is Disney-Pixar perfection at its best. (Up) – David Sheehan
Pure Harry Potter perfection. –(Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) Clay Smith
A perfect love story. (Gigantic) - AICN
The perfect movie for 3-D. (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) – Jacki Garfinkel, iVillage.com
A perfect storm of humor, heart and hot dogs. (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) - Michelle Tan, People
Inkheart is the perfect family fantasy film. (Inkheart) – Mark S. Allen
The perfect family film. Family animation comedy at its best. (Planet 51) - Jim Ferguson
The perfect family holiday comedy. (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel) - Francine Brokaw, Family Magazine Group
I loved this film. It’s just perfect. (Imagine That) – Janet Stokes
Perfect family entertainment. (Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins - Pete Hammond

The perfect way to start the summer! (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) – Mike Sargent
The perfect film (Star Trek) - Nancy Jay, EX-TV
An absolutely perfect horror film (Drag Me To Hell) - C. Robert Cargill, Film.com
Perfect summer entertainment... (Angels & Demons) – Pete Hammond
The perfect summer film! (Terminator: Salvation) - Zorianna Kit, Fandango
The perfect summer scare! (A Perfect Getaway) – Shireen Sandoval, FOX-TV

Rapturous and perfect. (The Last Station) - Rex Reed
Lush production values, a perfect cast and the nimble, cutting wordplay of Coward’s sensibility add up to a sparkling entertainment. (Easy Virtue) – Rex Reed
Unfailingly truthful, perfectly cast and kindhearted. (Humpday) – Stephen Holden
There isn’t a less-than-perfect performance. (Bright Star) – David Edelstein
When an actor finds a perfect role, a rare sort of magic happens. (The Great Buck Howard) - Marshall Fine
With Audrey Tautou perfectly in sync with director Anne Fontaine, Chanel comes alive in ways you've never imagined. Magnifique, indeed! (Coco Before Chanel) - Stephen Schaefer
Marion Cotillard is perfection! (Nine) - Peter Travers
Kristin Scott Thomas is perfection! (Easy Virtue) – Jeff Craig
Robin Wright is perfection. (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) - Jeff Craig
Thomas plays the imperious matriarch to perfection! (Easy Virtue) – Claudia Puig
Jason Bateman is perfect. (Extract) – Claudia Puig
It all works because Stiller, with his eager-to-please anxiety and his incredulous double takes, is the perfect addled straight man for a hellzapoppin history show. (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) – Owen Gleiberman
Gordon-Levitt and Collins are a perfect fit for McGehee and Siegel's exquisite mise-en-scene. (Uncertainty) - Howard Feinstein, Screen International
Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard are perfect! (Fighting) – Sandie Newton
McAdams and Bana are the perfect pairing. (The Time Traveler’s Wife) – Pete Hammond
McConaughey and Garner have perfect chemistry. (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) – Gerrad Hall, Reelzchannel
The perfect holiday couple. (Did You Hear About The Morgans?) - Maria Salas
Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker are a perfect combo. (Did You Hear About The Morgans?) - Shawn Edwards
Edward is the perfect hero: charming, cultured, dangerous. (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) - Evgenia Peretz, Vanity Fair



*****LET'S SEE WHO CAN LIVE UP TO THE CHALLENGE*****
And now, the quotes continue.


YEAH, THE ECONOMY, WE KNOW!
A furious and brilliant engagement with the times in which we live. (Gomorrah) – A.O. Scott
A must-see cinematic tonic for these confusing times! (Examined Life) – Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker
It's the perfect film for these times! (Paris 36) - Kevin Lewin, LATimes.com
The perfect thriller for our times. (The International) - Stephen Rebello, Playboy
An action thriller for our times. (The International) – Kelly Jane Torrance, The Washington Times
A romantic comedy for our time. (Management) – Karen Durbin
An Oscar-worthy must-see movie for our times. (Brothers) - Pete Hammond
Ideal movie for an ideal time. (American Violet) – San Francisco Chronicle

A timeless metaphor for our country. (The Way We Get By) – Erik Childress, WGN Radio (yep, that's me)
Poignant. Touching. Timeless. (Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg) – Susan Granger
Timely, thought-provoking, passionate, exciting. (American Violet) – Dr. Joy Browne, WOR Radio
Pertinent, hugely entertaining, and timely. (Capitalism: A Love Story) - Mark Salisbury, Premiere
Michael Moore has made the most important and urgent political film of our time. (Capitalism: A Love Story) - Dan Siegel, The Huffington Post
His timing couldn't be better. (Capitalism: A Love Story) - Manohla Dargis
Uncanny and timely. (Tokyo Sonata) – Manohla Dargis
Couldn’t be more perfectly timed! (Earth Days) – Owen Gleiberman
Director Ti West is out for something more timeless: To induce paralyzing fear. (The House of the Devil) - Keith Uhlich



YEAH - WHICH YEAR?
Sure to be one of the best films of the year. (An Education) - Kenneth Turan
High on the list of the year's best movies. (An Education) - Peter Travers
One of the best films of the year. (An Education) - Rex Reed
One of the best films of the year. (Up) – Paul Fischer
One of the best pictures of the year! (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) - Kenneth Turan
One of the best movies of the year! (A Single Man) - Richard Corliss
One of the best movies of the year. (Public Enemies) – Peter Travers
...one of the best movies of the year. (World’s Greatest Dad) – Paul Fischer
One of the best movies of the year. (A Christmas Carol) - Michael Medved
One of the best films of the year. (The Lovely Bones) - Harry Knowles
One of the best films of the year! (Brothers) - David Moss (FOX)
One of the best films of the year. (Sherlock Holmes) - Jake Hamilton
Easily one of the year's ten best films. (Me and Orson Welles) - Lawrence French, Wellesnet
...truly one of the best films of the year. (The Blind Side) - Phil Boatwright, Preview Online

One of the year's best. (Where the Wild Things Are) - Lisa Schwarzbaum
One of the year's best. (An Education) - Christy Lemire
One of the year’s best films. (The Informant) – Stephen Rebello
One of the year's best films. (Disgrace) - Roger Ebert
One of the year’s best films. (Forbidden Lie$) – Film Threat
One of the year's best pictures. (The Boys Are Back) - Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mai
One of the best films of the year. (Yonkers Joe) – Brian Hughes, eInsiders.com
One of the year’s very best! (Taking Woodstock) – Bryan Erdy
The best film I’ve seen so far this year! (Sin Nombre) – Ben Lyons & Ben Mankiewicz
So far, by far, the best movie of the year. (Hannah Montana: The Movie) – Sam Rubin, KTLA-TV/Los Angeles

The movie of the year, the movie of the moment. (Up In The Air) - GQ
The most entertaining movie of the year. (Inglourious Basterds) – Larry King
One of the most original movies of the year. (District 9) – Paul Fischer
The charmer of the year. (Bandslam) – Dean Richards
The most moving picture of the year. (My Sister's Keeper) - Naibe Reynoso, Reelzchannel
...the most moving film of the year. (The Soloist) - Shawn Edwards
The feel-good movie of the year! (Julia & Julia) – Kevin Steincross
The feel-good movie of the year. (17 Again) – Bonnie Laufer
No kidding: This is the feel-good movie of the year and a cinematic soul massage. (Whatever Works) – Richard Corliss
The first feel-great movie of the year. (Confessions of a Shopaholic) – Bryan Erdy

The best animated film of the year, and maybe the best film, period. (Fantastic Mr. Fox) - The Philadelphia Inquirer
The most purely entertaining and inventive animated comedy of the year. (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs) - Pete Hammond
The coolest 3D experience of the year! (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) - Shawn Edwards

One of the best family films of the year! (Shorts) – Shelli Sonstein, WAXQ-FM
One of the best family films of the year…as engaging as the original, and with one of the funniest screenplays of the year… (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) - Jeffrey Lyons

The year’s great rock movie. (Anvil: The Story of Anvil) – Peter Maiden, Rolling Stone
The smartest comedy of the year! (I Love You, Man) – Liam Mayclem
One of the best comedies of the year. (Black Dynamite) - Craigh Barboza, USA Weekend Magazine
One of the funniest movies of the year. (Extract) – Michael Phillips
One of the funniest comedies of the year. (The Men Who Stare At Goats) - Stuart Lee
The year’s funniest comedy (Monsters vs. Aliens) – Pete Hammond
The Proposal is without question the year’s best comedy. (The Proposal) – Pete Hammond
The funniest movie you’ll see all year! (The Hangover) – Bonnie Laufer
The funniest movie of the year! (Extract) – Bryan Erdy
The funniest movie of the year. (The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard) - Bryan Erdy

The best American drama of the year. (Two Lovers) – Steven Zeitchik, The Hollywood Reporter
The biggest, baddest surprise of the year! (Black Dynamite) - Craigh Barboza, USA Weekend Magazine
The sexiest, most shocking thriller of the year. (Donkey Punch) – Empire

Hands down the thriller of the year. (The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3) – Larry King
The best thriller of the year. (The Stepfather) - Ashley Williams, Mark @ The Movies
The most exciting film of the year! (2012) - Shawn Edwards
The most romantic movie of the year! (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) - Shawn Edwards
The year’s most romantic movie. (The Time Traveler’s Wife) – Dan Jewel
The best date movie of the year. (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) - Andy Taylor, Entertainers
The most winning date movie of the year. (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) – Jeanne Wolf, Parade.com
The funniest romantic comedy of the year. (The Accidental Husband) - Paul Christensen, Movieweb.com

One of the year’s juiciest films. (Julia) – Marshall Fine
One of the most satisfying movie experiences of the year. (Up) – Richard Corliss
One of the year's most satisfying and rewarding motion picture experiences. (The Boys Are Back) - Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine
One of the most beautiful and thought-provoking films of the year. (New York, I Love You) - Mali Elfman, ScreenCrave.com
...one of the year's happiest surprises. (Me and Orson Welles) - Rex Reed
...one of the year’s most memorable offerings. (Rudo y Cursi) – David Ansen
Sure to be one of the year’s most controversial films. (The Stoning of Soraya M.) – Pete Hammond
...one of the year’s strangest and most compelling narratives! (Perestroika) – Jay Antani, Filmcritic.com
The year’s best-made and most counter-romantic action thriller. (The Baader Meinhof Complex) – Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair
It’ll be one of my favorites of the year. (Paris 36) – Jeffrey Lyons
The most important movie of the year! (The Road) - Tom Chiarella, Esquire
The most exciting surprise of the year. (Race To Witch Mountain) - Bryan Erdy



EVER AND EVER AND EVER
One of the most visually stunning and thrilling movies I've ever seen in my life. (Avatar) - Richard Roeper
The best 3-D movie I’ve ever seen! (Coraline) – Leonard Maltin
My Bloody Valentine is every bit of bloody fun that you could ever want from a 3-D Slasher Date Flick! (My Bloody Valentine 3-D) – Harry Knowles
The most assured, devastating first film I’ve ever seen. (Hunger) – Melissa Anderson
One of the most candid, wrenching family portraits ever seen on film! (Must Read After My Death) – Rick Warner, Bloomberg News
One of the most unexpectedly touching documentaries I have ever seen. (In a Dream) – Scott Weinberg, Cinematical
Sublime…one of the most evocative films about an artist I’ve ever seen. (Seraphine) – David Edelstein
One of the most uncanny psychophysical transformations I've ever seen in a movie. (The Maid) - Scott Foundas
One of the best movies about the theatre I've ever seen. (Me and Orson Welles) - Roger Ebert
As affecting a movie as I've ever seen. (The Good Soldier) - Jason Albert, The Onion.com
Like nothing I've ever seen before. (A Christmas Carol) - Harry Knowles

Depp, one of the most exciting and original actors this country has ever produced, dazzles. (Public Enemies) – Peter Travers
Adam Sandler’s best performance ever. (Funny People) – Peter Travers
Jamie Foxx gives his most riveting performance ever. (The Soloist) - Lisa Johnson Mandel, Cincinnati 46
...one of the most credible couples ever to grace a movie screen. (Away We Go) – Karen Durbin
...some of the best acting I’ve ever seen from Adrien Brody or Mark Ruffalo. (The Brothers Bloom) – AICN
One of the best things Renee Zellweger has ever done. ***1/2. (My One and Only) – Rex Reed

Harry is better than ever... (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) – Peter Travers
Tony Jaa is as mesmerizing as ever. (Ong Bak 2) - Lisa Schwarzbaum
Like no other movie this year or ever... (Antichrist) - Andrew O'Hehir

You have never before seen anything like it. (Avatar) - Gene Shalit
You've never experienced anything like it, and neither has anyone else. (Avatar) - Kenneth Turan
This outlandish, wickedly funny, giant monsters-filled, Japanese superhero, faux-documentary surpasses any mockumentary you’ve ever seen. (Big Man Japan) – Cathleen Rountree, Boxoffice Magazine
One of the most remarkable movies you’ll ever lay eyes on. (The Stoning of Soraya M.) – Chip Hanlon, The Huffington Post
The most effective portrayal of a serial killer to ever be put to film! (Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas) - Stuart Alson
The astonishingly gonzoid fight scenes from Ong Bag 2 might be the best ever filmed. (Ong Bak 2) - K.J. Doughton, Film Threat
One of the scariest at-home viewing experiences ever... (Paranormal Activity) - Harry Knowles

Simply one of the best films about childhood ever made! (Treeless Mountain) – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
One of the most creative, original and visionary movies ever made. (Where the Wild Things Are) - Shawn Edwards
One of the finest dance films ever made! (La Danse) - A.O. Scott
One of the funniest movies ever made! (The Hangover) (The Hangover) – Mark S. Allen
One of the best ‘coming of age’ movies ever made. (The Mysteries of Pittsburgh) – Stuart Lee, WNYX-TV
Best war movie ever made. (Brothers at War) – Bill NEwcott, AARP / Movies for Grownups
It is the single most exhilarating, jaw-dropping action movie ever made. Period. (Ong Bak 2) - Filmschoolrejects.com

Best documentary ever! (Not Quite Hollywood) – Edgar Wright
The greatest mafia movie ever. (Gomorrah) – Stephen Schaefer
The most satisfying film experience...ever! (Drag Me To Hell) - Harry Knowles
The funniest, craziest and zaniest teen movie ever. (Fired Up) – Shawn Edwards



ALL-TIME AND ALL-TIME AND ALL-TIME
Up will enchant moviegoers around the world and remain a family favorite for decades to come. (Up) – Mike Goodridge, Screen Daily
My favorite film of the year! Possibly the decade! (Inglourious Basterds) - Diablo Cody
Among the boldest American movies of the past decade! (Tyson) – Armond White
One of the funniest movies of the decade. (I Love You, Man) – Steve Oldfield
One of the most charming American movies of the last decade. (Julie & Julia) -David Denby, The New Yorker
****! Not just one of the great films of this year, but of the decade! (The Road) - Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
It's a pleasure to watch Meg Ryan resurrect her trademark persona in her most characteristic role in a decade. (Serious Moonlight) - Joe Williams
The horror comeback of the decade. (Drag Me To Hell) – David Harley, Bloody-Disgusting.com

…A sleek conspiracy thriller…One of the best I’ve seen in some time. (The International) – Ben Mankiewicz
Will stand the test of time. (The Last House on the Left) – Brad Miska
A timeless classic. (The Time Traveler’s Wife) – Joe Mauceri, WBAI Radio

The funniest music documentary of all time... (Anvil: The Story of Anvil) – Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly
One of the greatest graphic novel adaptations of all time! (Watchmen) – Mark S. Allen
One of the scariest movies of all time. (Paranormal Activity) - Bloody-Disgusting
Hands down the greatest ninja movie of all time. (Ninja Assassin) - Scott Hutchison, WeAreMovieGeeks.com



MY GOD, HAS IT BEEN THAT LONG?
...the most elegantly pleasurable movie of its kind to come around in a very long time. (Duplicity) – A.O. Scott
It's been a long time since Meg Ryan has had a romantic comedy that gave her room to move. (Serious Moonlight) - Betsy Sharkey
The most fun I’ve had at a movie in a long time. (The Brothers Bloom) – Guy Farris
Some of the finest ensemble acting in a long time. (New York, I Love You) - Jeffrey Lyons
You'll be quoting it for a long, long time. (I Love You, Man) – Ben Lyons

How long has it been since a movie left you literally speechless? (Every Little Step) – Joe Morgenstern
Offers one of the most shrewdly perceptive portraits of military men to have appeared in American movies since such classics as From Here To Eternity and The Last Detail. (The Messenger) - David Denby
The best movie made about a painter since Maurice Pialat’s Van Gogh. (Seraphine) – Scott Foundas
This…tale of passion…looks to be Campion’s most popular film since The Piano. (Bright Star) – John Powers, Vogue
You can't watch a frame of it without feeling that it has been generations since Hollywood tackled anything on this scale. (Red Cliff) - Roger Moore
Michael Moore has made the most important and urgent political film of our time. In fact, he might have made the most American of films since the populist cinema of Frank Capra. (Capitalism: A Love Story) - Dan Siegel, The Huffington Post

Not since Dorothy's Kansas farmhouse landed in The Wizard of Oz - 70 years ago - and the screen transformed from black-and-white to color has there been such a magical, revelatory moment. (Avatar) - Susan Granger
Not since Michael Moore has a documentary caused such a stir across America. (Under Our Skin) – Susan Wertheim, Fox News
Not since Fatal Attraction has a movie delivered such surprising moments. (Orphan) – Mark S. Allen

Mr. Egoyan’s finest film since The Sweet Hereafter. (Adoration) – Stephen Holden
Director Sam Mendes’ best movie since American Beauty. (Away We Go) – Scott Mantz
Spacey’s best performance since Swimming with Sharks (Shrink) – Claudia Puig
...one of the most outrageous spitfires since Erin Brockovich... (The Blind Side) - Jeanne Wolf
Rachael Leigh Cook’s best film since She’s All That! (Bob Funk) – Stuart Alson, Independent Film Quarterly

…the funniest urban rampage since Bong’s The Host. (Tokyo!) – J. Hoberman
The funniest comedy since The Hangover. (Zombieland) - New York Post
The best action movie since The Bourne Ultimatum. (Taken) – Pete Hammond
The most romantic film since The Notebook. (The Time Traveler's Wife) - Shelli Sonstein, Clear Channel
The most honest romantic comedy since When Harry Met Sally. (He’s Just Not That Into You) – Patrick Stoner
The best Disney movie since The Lion King. (The Princess and the Frog) - Saint Bryan, NBC-TV Seattle
The best western since Tombstone (Shadowheart) – Peter Sherayo, Western Historian
The scariest movie since The Exorcist! (The Haunting in Connecticut) – Rick Florino, LAX Magazine



THE FIRST TIME
A first-class artistic achievement bridging two civilizations. (Lemon Tree) – Andrew Sarris
First class...Simply superb. (The Maid) - Pete Hammond
A first class film in every way from the script, acting and directing. (Star Trek) – FOX-TV
A first-rate thriller. (Knowing) – Earl Dittman
A first-rate thriller with heart! (Sin Nombre) – Karen Durbin
First-rate performances by Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell. (Everybody's Fine) - Karen Durbin
An engrossing, thoroughly entertaining movie with great performances from a first-rate ensemble cast. (Crossing Over) – Pete Hammond
Rich with first-rate performances. (Jennifer's Body) - Karen Durbin

Finally, the year’s first serious American movie. (Two Lovers) – Joshua Rothkopf
The first important cinematic statement about the recession. (The Girlfriend Experience) – Mick LaSalle
The first Star Trek for everyone! (Star Trek) - Scott Mantz
The first A+ movie of the summer. (Star Trek) – Film.com
The first great film of 2009. (The Great Buck Howard) – Sandy Kenyon
The first must-see film of the year. (American Violet) – Clay Cane, BET.com
The first gotta-see movie of 2009. (Notorious) – Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
The first real action film of 2009! (Push) – Heather Newgen, Comingsoon.net
The first great comedy of 2009. (Fanboys) – Robert Sanchez, IESB.com
The first genuinely funny movie of 2009. (New In Town) - Roger Moore
The season's first genuine guilty pleasure. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - Lou Luminick
The first great summer movie of the season! (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) – Paul Fischer
The first feel-great movie of the year. (Confessions of a Shopaholic) – Bryan Erdy



SCORCHER VI RULED
…as engaging as the original … (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) - Jeffrey Lyons
Better than the original. (The Last House On The Left) - Capone, AICN
Better than the original. (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) – Ben Mankiewicz
Better than the original. (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) - Shawn Edwards

Better than The Da Vinci Code. (Angels & Demons) - Maria Salas
It's better than the first one. (The Pink Panther 2) - Jeffrey Lyons
The best of the Fast & Furious movies. (Fast & Furious) - Maria Salas
The best of the three Underworld films. (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) – Mania.com
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is the best of the series! (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) – ShockTillYouDrop.com
The ending outdoes Inglourious Basterds. (Black Dynamite) - Fred Topel
Bone-chilling serpentine terror ensues in this classic that outdoes the Anaconda series from the get-go. (Carnivorous) – Stuart Alson

You won’t have a better time at the movies. (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) – Jeff Craig
...even better than March of the Penguins... (Earth) – Pete Hammond
Rivals last summer’s Sex and the City. (Bride Wars) – Thelma Adams
This phenomenally entertaining movie is better than front row seats! (Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience) – Dan Jewel
A Meryl, Alec, Steve package...is better than anything from Santa. (It's Complicated) - Entertainment Weekly
Remember the Meg Ryan from When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle? This Meg Ryan is better! (Serious Moonlight) - David Blaustein, ABC News Radio



LOOK OUT, IT'S GONNA BLOW!
A crazy, foul-mouthed dark comedy that blows up every rule of taste and common sense and somehow gets away with it. (World’s Greatest Dad) – Owen Gleiberman
…blows the roof off! (Passing Strange) – Peter Travers
Colorful director Stephan Elliott blows the cobwebs off Noel Coward. (Easy Virtue) – Caryn James, Marie Claire

Just when you thought you had a handle on just how bananas 1970's New York City was along comes American Swing to further blow your mind. (American Swing) - Sara Vikomerson, New York Observer
The sheer scale of the movie is mind-blowing. It’s the documentary equivalent of The Matrix. (Food, Inc.) – David Edelstein
Might just blow your mind. (Moon) – Sara Vilkomerson, New York Observer
It will blow your mind. (District 9) – Entertainment Weekly
A spectacular mind-blowing achievement. (A Christmas Carol) - Sandie Newton
Breathtaking and mind-blowing. (Watchmen) – Mark S. Allen
Mind-blowing! (Push) – Heather Newgen, Comingsoon.net
Mind-blowing 3-D animation. (Battle for Terra) – Pete Hammond
Mind blowingly beautiful. (Little Ashes) – Gabe Doppelt, W Magazine
The twist at the end will blow your mind. (Angels & Demons) – Larry King
...a jaw-dropping climax that will blow you away. (A Perfect Getaway) - Kyle Osborne
Will totally blow you away. (State of Play) – Jake Hamilton
It will blow you away. (Terminator: Salvation) - Kelli Gillespie

Channing Tatum’s raw star power blasts through the screen. (Fighting) – Pete Hammond
A blast in every sense of the word. (Star Trek) – People
It's a blast! (Me and Orson Welles) - Patrick Goldstein
It’s a blast! (Fanboys) – Pete Hammond
A bright, shiny blast. (Star Trek) – The New York Times
A blast of excitement. (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) – Lee Grant, The San Diego Union-Tribune
A total blast. (Astro Boy) - Shawn Edwards
Fired Up is a total blast. (Fired Up) – Pete Hammond

Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger deliver explosive performances. (The Burning Plain) – Pete Hammond
Julianne Moore is explosively good. (A Single Man) - Peter Travers
Explosive! (Public Enemies) – Peter Travers
…aesthetically explosive… (The Hurt Locker) – Michael Sragow
Explosively funny. (The Invention of Lying) - David Edelstein
Explosive, poignant, gorgeous (Tokyo Sonata) – Mike Harvey, Nylon Magazine
A twisted and explosive exploration of loyalty, love and espionage. (Flame & Citron) – Miranda Siegel, New York Magazine
This is a fully felt, morally alert, marvelously acted piece of work with moments of explosive humor.... (The Messenger) - David Denby
The laughs are as explosive as the screams. (Drag Me To Hell) – Peter Travers
It pops with such an explosive amount of color and creativity. (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) – Natasha Vargas-Cooper, E! Online
Emotionally explosive… (The Stoning of Soraya M.) – Claudia Puig
Explosive! (Terminator: Salvation) – Whitney Kennett, FOX-TV
Explosive. (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) – Mark Dubec, Comcast Cable
Explosive (Sherlock Holmes) - Paul Christensen
Lethal and explosive... (Next Day Air) - Maria Salas
Explosive, fully-loaded fun. (Armored) - Jami Philbrick, Movieweb



EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE
I don't think I breathed for the last half-out of shock, out of stress, out of disbelief. (Antichrist) - Wesley Morris
Images that take your breath away. (Tetro) – Peter Travers
Took my breath away… (Home) - Movie City News
It will have you gasping for breath. (Drag Me To Hell) - Chris Tilly, IGN.com

A simply stunning, edge-of-the-seat, adrenaline-charged sci-fi action thriller that will leave you breathless. (District 9) - Paul Fischer
The action is breathless and intense. (9) –A.O. Scott
This one will leave you breathless. (The Way We Get By) – Mike Riggs, Washington City Paper
Breathless. (Knowing) – Lisa Collins, Hollywood.com

Breathtaking. (Earth) – Claudia Puig
...a breathtaking motion picture achievement. (Earth) – Pete Hammond
You’ll find yourself dazzled by the impossibly breathtaking beauty in IMAX 3D. (Under the Sea 3-D) – Christy Lemire

Breathtakingly original 9 brings us someplace daring and new. (9) – Christy Lemire
Breathtakingly equal opportunity in its search for human poetry. (Pressure Cooker) – Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant
Critics’ pick…breathtaking! (Bliss) – Stephen Holden
Breathtaking. (The Beaches of Agnes) – Betsy Sharkey, LA Times
Breathtaking! (Sin Nombre) - Betsy Sharkey

Breathtaking and mind-blowing. (Watchmen) – Mark S. Allen
Breathtaking, beautiful and mind-bendingly imaginative. (Ponyo) – Marshall Fine
A breathtaking ride. (Up) – Peter Travers
A breathtaking thrill ride. (Law-Abiding Citizen) - Stuart Lee
A breathtaking and moving cinematic masterpiece. (Local Color) – Roger Tennis, CLIPS-TV



YOU GOT SOMETHING HANGING THERE
A jaw-dropping wonder. (Avatar) - Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
Powerful and jaw-dropping. (Food, Inc.) – Ben Mankiewicz
Jaw-dropping awesome. (Bronson) - Time Out New York
Jaw-dropping…impressively accredited… (The End of the Line) - Aaron Hillis
The incredible jaw-dropping story behind the songs we’ve been singing for a lifetime. (The Boys) – Pete Hammond
...a jaw-dropping climax that will blow you away. (A Perfect Getaway) - Kyle Osborne
Jaw-dropping, eye-popping - (Terminator: Salvation) - Zorianna Kit, Fandango
It is the single most exhilarating, jaw-dropping action movie ever made. Period. (Ong Bak 2) - Filmschoolrejects.com



SO SAYS SODA POPINSKI
Away We Go hits home! (Away We Go) – Tom Charity, CNN
Hard-hitting. (Capitalism: A Love Story) - Gina Doggett, AFP
A hard-hitting thriller! (Sin Nombre) – Krista Smith, Vanity Fair
A hard-hitting, action-packed thriller! (Armored) - Earl Dittman
It hits you in the gut. (Every Little Step) – David Ansen
Hits you like a punch in the eye. (Gomorrah) – Peter Travers
This power punch to the gut is one of the best movies of any kind so far this year! (Tyson) – Peter Travers
Hits you like a punch in the eye. (Gomorrah) – Peter Travers
A Tarantino power punch! (Inglourious Basterds) – Peter Travers
New Moon delivers a powerful and passionate punch. (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) - Sandie Newton

Jeremy Renner gives a knockout performance… (The Hurt Locker) - Lisa Schwarzbaum
Jessica Biel is a sassy knockout! (Easy Virtue) – Jeff Craig
The most provocative love story of 2009 with knock-out performances by Peter Sarsgaard, Sienna Miller and Nick Nolte. (The Mysteries of Pittsburgh) – Shelli Sonstein, Clear Channel
Great-looking actors, glossy locations and a knock-down, drag-out girlfight... (Obsessed) – Claudia Puig

Knocks the wind out of you. (Tyson) – David Edelstein
A two hour knockout punch. (Julia) – Marshall Fine
A knockout. (Gomorrah) – Lisa Schwarzbaum
A knockout! (The Baader Meinhof Complex) – Tom Carson, GQ
A knockout! (More Than A Game) - Kenneth Turan
A knockout in every way… (Passing Strange) – Peter Travers
A total knockout! (Fighting) – Pete Hammond



INCLUDING BUT LOOSE?
Writer-director Tony Gilroy’s effervescent, intricately plotted puzzler proves in every way superior to his 2007 success Michael Clayton. (Duplicity) – Todd McCarthy, Variety
An extraordinary film in every way... (Tetro) – Jeff Craig
A knockout in every way… (Passing Strange) – Peter Travers
Remarkable in every way... (Earth) – Pete Hammond
A first class film in every way from the script, acting and directing. (Star Trek) – FOX-TV
Tom Hanks and Ron Howard have topped The Da Vinci Code in every way imaginable. (Angels and Demons) - Pete Hammond



WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY HEART?
It’s the real deal – a hilarious, foul-mouthed, big-hearted surprise. (I Love You, Man) – Stephen Rebello, Playboy
Unfailingly truthful, perfectly cast and kindhearted. (Humpday) – Stephen Holden
Ben Gazzara gives a big-hearted, bravura performance. (Looking for Paladin) - Marshall Fine
A big-hearted movie! (Herb & Dorothy) – Carrie Rickey
Warm-hearted family fun for the holidays! (Old Dogs) - Guy Farris

Heartwarming. (Astro Boy) - Mose Persico
Heartwarming, poignant and absorbing. (New York, I Love You) - Jeffrey Lyons
Hilarious and heartwarming. (He’s Just Not That Into You) – Rachel Smith
Hilarious and heartwarming. (17 Again) – Pete Hammond
Hilarious and heartwarming. (Bride Wars) – Kelli Gillespie, CW-TV/San Diego
...this summer’s most heartwarming film! (My Sister’s Keeper) – Maria Salas
A crowd pleaser...heartwarming. (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel) - Betsy Sharkey

Proof that Pixar doesn't have a monopoly and heartfelt and funny animation. (Fantastic Mr. Fox) - Josh Horowitz
Funny and heartfelt! (Away We Go) – John Powers, Vogue
Heartfelt and very funny! (Taking Woodstock) – Scott Mantz
A lovely, heartfelt film. (Mammoth) - Roger Ebert
Clive Owen gives a heartfelt, award-caliber performance. (The Boys Are Back) - Peter Travers
Filmmaker George Gallo has reached into his soul to make this deeply heartfelt story. (Local Color) – Jami Bernard
Powerful, heartfelt and nostalgic.... (Local Color) –Jeffrey Lyons
My Sister’s Keeper is a film of heartfelt magic, wisdom and hope. (My Sister’s Keeper) – Rex Reed

In every sense of the word it’s an adult film that wears its heart on its sleeve. (Two Lovers) – Rex Reed
A rare romantic comedy…with its heart in the right place. (Management) – Betsy Sharkey
This season’s Juno – the quirky indie hit with heart and brains. (Sunshine Cleaning) – Blender
A first-rate thriller with heart! (Sin Nombre) – Karen Durbin
A visually dazzling adventure with great heart. (A Christmas Carol) - David Sheehan
Pure family fun: Action, laughs and heart. (G-Force) - Pete Hammond
A perfect storm of humor, heart and hot dogs. (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) - Michelle Tan, People
A family comedy with heart! (Aliens In The Attic) – Edwin Carpenter, The Dove Foundation
A funny comedy with a big heart. (17 Again) - Manny the Movie Guy
An exceptionally good comedy loaded with laughs, heart and wonderful performances. (My One and Only) – Pete Hammond
A delightful, feel-good film with heart and smarts. (The Answer Man) – Marshall Fine
Full of humor and heart! (Old Dogs) - Kelli Gillespie
A fun-filled, laugh-out-loud, joyous comedy with plenty of heart. (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) – Paul Fischer
A sweet and tidy neo-noir underworld thriller with a heart… (Yonkers Joe) - Monsters and Critic

...a story that stirs hearts and intrigues minds. (Invictus) - Claudia Puig
A humorous and heart-swelling adventure. (Ponyo) – Leah Rozen
It’s pulse-pounding, nerve-jangling, heart-wrenching. (The Hurt Locker) – Ryan Adams, AwardsDaily
Tom Hanks and Ron Howard deliver a heart-pounding, fast-paced thrill ride. (Angels & Demons) - Rachel Smith
A fun, heart-racing adventure… (Race To Witch Mountain) (Race To Witch Mountain) – Pete Hammond

The movie will have you busting out laughing – and it will also break your heart. ((500) Days of Summer) – Bradley Jacobs, US Weekly
A love letter to the magical power of movies to mend broken hearts. (Broken Embraces) - Lou Lumenick
Heartbreaking. (The Good Soldier) - Robert Butler, Kansas City Star
More compelling and heartbreaking than an entire season of Dancing with the Stars. (Every Little Step) – Richard Corliss
Smart…heartbreaking. (Lemon Tree) – Joshua Rothkopf
Haunting and heartbreaking! (Must Read After My Death) - AICN
Joyous & heartbreaking! (Irene In Time) – Jamey DuVall, Movie Geeks United!
John Malkovich’s performance is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking. (The Great Buck Howard) – Sara Vilkomerson, NY Observer
A near perfect blend of humor and heartbreak. (Summer Hours) – Peter Travers
Blending humor and heartbreak in a performance that makes Is Anybody There? (Is Anybody There?) – Peter Travers

Heart-stopping! (Every Little Step) (Every Little Step) – Joe Morgenstern
Heart-stopping. (Knowing) – Earl Dittman
Heart-stopping horror all the way. (Surveillance) – The Sun
...injects life back into the series with a creative edge, clever irony, ingenious twists and heart-stopping violence. (Saw VI) - Blake French, Filmcritic.com

Bloom’s best con: It steals your heart. (The Brothers Bloom) – Robert Wilonsky
Precious will steal your heart! (Precious) - David Germain
A movie that leads straight to your heart. (Everybody's Fine) - Marshall Fine
A spiritual fable that reaches into your heart. (The Song of Sparrows) – Stephen Holden
An outstanding film that touches and strokes the heart. (The Boys Are Back) - John H. Foote, Incontention.com
A visually stunning, controversial, heart-opening documentary. (Oh My God) - Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine
Director Judd Apatow has mixed humor and heart before, but never humor so raw or heart so bleeding. (Funny People) – Richard Corliss
Capitalism is a molotov cocktail thrown straight at the heart of the New York stock exchange. (Capitalism: A Love Story) - Colin Covert



UN...LIMIT...ED - POWWWWWEEEERRRRRR!!!!!
As powerful as anything Hollywood can throw at us! (The Most Dangerous Man In America) – VA. Musetto
Provocative, powerful cinema! (Disgrace) – Daily Telegraph
A powerful experience. (Watchmen) – Roger Ebert
A quiet but powerful drama. (The Caller) – Jeffrey Lyons
A powerful contemporary melodrama... (The Burning Plain) – Lee Marshal, Screen Daily
A powerhouse of a documentary! (Crude) – Peter Travers
A sprawling legal thriller with rare depth and power. (Crude) – Stephen Holden
It has an unexpected power. (The Boys Are Back) - Christy Lemire
It’s a powerful movie! (Not Easily Broken) – Tyler Perry

A love letter to the magical power of movies to mend broken hearts. (Broken Embraces) - Lou Lumenick
Movingly shows the transformative power of art. (Everlasting Moments) – Leah Rozen
Glorious testimony to the moral power of satire. (The Yes Men Fix the World) - David Edelstein
...beautiful...dazzling...a tribute of the power of Jackson's body and voice... (Michael Jackson's This Is It) - Ann Powers
Charlize Theron captures the power of Cormac McCarthy's words. (The Road) - Peter Travers
A powerful voice that brings perspective to an unusual life story. (Tyson) – Richard Corliss
A hymn to the human spirit played loud in power chords. (Anvil: The Story of Anvil) – James Rocchi, Cinematical

Fergie is powerful! (Nine) - Claudia Puig
This is star power acting with magnetism to spare. (Public Enemies) – Kenneth Turan
The acting is forceful and powerful. (Reunion) – Jeffrey Lyon
Powerful performance by newcomer Nicole Beharie…B+ (American Violet) - Entertainment Weekly
The all-star cast brings true power to these intertwining tales. (Fragments) – Eric Campos, FilmThreat.com
The power of The Soloist comes down to the two superb lead performances. (The Soloist) – Claudia Puig
Channing Tatum’s raw star power blasts through the screen. (Fighting) – Pete Hammond

Powerful! (Tyson) – Richard Corliss
Powerful. (Outrage) – Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
Powerful (Local Color) – Jeffrey Lyons
Powerful! (Skin) - Leonard Maltin
Very powerful. (Disgrace) – At the Movies
Incredibly powerful. (The Lovely Bones) - Harry Knowles

Searing! Powerful! (Katyn) – A.O. Scott
Vivid…powerful…pierces the senses. (Death In Love) – Hollywood Reporter
Funny and powerful. (Capitalism: A Love Story) - Owen Gleiberman
Powerful…Evocative! (Crude) – A.O. Scott
Powerful…honest... (Brothers at War) – Roger Ebert

Powerful, profound... (The Burning Plain) - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
Powerful and engrossing. (Fifty Dead Men Walking) – Jeffrey Lyons
Powerful and jaw-dropping. (Food, Inc.) – Ben Mankiewicz
Powerful and intimate. (The Wedding Song) - The Hollywood Reporter
Powerful and moving. (My Sister’s Keeper) - Jim Ferguson
Powerful and inspiring! (The Soloist) – Shawn Edwards

Provocative, persuasive and powerful. (Capitalism: A Love Story) - Joe Morgenstern
Riveting, glorious and powerful! (Inglourious Basterds) - Claudia Puig
A powerful, disturbing and significant film. (Outrage) – Kenneth Turan
Very powerful…indignant and forceful. (The Cove) – A.O. Scott
Powerful! Intelligent! Impressive! (A Woman In Berlin) – A.O. Scott
Sophisticated, intelligent, powerful. (State of Play) – Shawn Edwards
Powerful, heartfelt and nostalgic.... (Local Color) –Jeffrey Lyons
Powerful, joyous, inspiring... (Labor Day) - Michael Wilmington
A powerful, compelling and shocking drama... (The Burning Plain) – Pete Hammond



ROCK 'N' GRAB
…a pulse-pounding political thriller that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. (The Baader Meinhof Complex) – Mark Peikert, New York Press
The International grabs you from the get-go. (The International) – Kelly Jane Torrance, The Washington Times
Grab all your girlfriends and go see this movie! Hilarious and heartwarming. (Bride Wars) – Kelli Gillespie, CW-TV/San Diego
Grab your girlfriends and go see this summer’s most heartwarming film! (My Sister’s Keeper) – Maria Salas

The new rock-saturated comedy that proves life really is better when it's set to a '60s soundtrack, is, to borrow from the Stones, 'a gas! gas! gas! (Pirate Radio) - Betsy Sharkey
It rocks! Literally music to your ears! (It Might Get Loud) - James Verniere, Boston Herald
Rocking. (Bandslam) – Andy Webster, The New York Times
This movie rocks! (Bandslam) – Kevin Steincross
This movie rocks! (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) – Mose Persico
Rocks from beginning to end. (Push) – Carrie Keagan



YEAH, THAT'S A LITTLE TIGHT
Gripping! (Sin Nombre) – Karen Durbin
Gripping! (Collapse) - Owen Gleiberman
Gripping! (The Road) - Jessica Winter, Oprah Magazine

Gripping. Berlinger is a master of true-crime verite. (Crude) – Scott Foundas
Gripping! Almost seismic drama. (The Most Dangerous Man In America) – Owen Gleiberman
Gripping! A superb chronicle of the struggles and the giddy triumphs of the theater. (Every Little Step) – Michael Riedel, New York Post
Beautifully acted, consistently gripping, visually intoxicating…a landmark of Turkish cinema. (Bliss) – Stephen Holden

Gripping to the end. (Uncertainty) - David Denby
Gripping and beautiful! (Three Monkeys) – New York Magazine
Gripping and enthralling. (Tyson) – Kenneth Turan
Gripping and ridiculously entertaining. (The Informant) – Stephen Rebello
Smart and gripping! (State of Play) – Scott Mantz
Fast-paced, gripping and provocative (Law-Abiding Citizen) - Scott Mantz

An elegant and gripping romantic drama. (Two Lovers) – Joe Morgenstern
A gripping tale of redemption! (Sin Nombre) – John Powers
A gripping thriller. (State of Play) – Peter Travers
Erica Zonca comes roaring back with this gripping thriller. (Julia) – Stuart Klawans, Nation
Hypnotically gripping. (Endgame) - Hollywood Reporter
Stacked with honest, gripping performances and lots of heart. (Yonkers Joe) - Einsiders.com
Gripping action. (Terminator: Salvation) – Joe Neumeier, New York Daily News



ADULT GENIUSES
Ponyo is gorgeously animated by Japanese genius Hayao Miyazaki. (Ponyo) – Michael Sauter, Life & Style
A raw and endearing sketch of a genius at work. (Michael Jackson's This Is It) - Owen Gleiberman
Notorious captures the soul and spirit of this larger-than-life genius. (Notorious) – Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
Bill Hader is a comic genius. (Adventureland) – Ben Lyons
An ensemble of comedic geniuses. (Observe and Report) – David Edelstein
Comic genius. (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) – Lee Thomas, WJBK Fox 2, Detroit
Genius. (Police, Adjective) - David Fear, Time Out New York
Pure cinematic genius. (A Christmas Carol) - David Sheehan
Drew Barrymore has directed a work of pure genius. (Whip It) - AICN
An amazing work of dark, dark genius that makes Heathers look like a Disney movie. (World’s Greatest Dad) – Devin Faraci



HEAVEN AND HELL
Here Mr. Cage and Mr. Herzog take you into a hell that leads straight to movie heaven. (Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans) - Manohla Dargis
John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph are a match made in comedy heaven! The result is one of the most credible couples ever to grace a movie screen. (Away We Go) – Karen Durbin
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds are a match made in comedy heaven! (The Proposal) – Scott Mantz

Heaven on wheels. (Whip It) - Carrie Rickey
Uncompromising horror heaven. (Drag Me To Hell) - Chris Tilly, IGN.com
Drag Me To Hell is horror movie heaven! (Drag Me To Hell) – Peter Travers
This baby is popcorn movie heaven. (The Taking of Pelham 123) – Peter Travers
It's heaven. (Outlander) - Death Ray Magazine, Guy Haley

If you want a good horror film about a child from hell, you got one! (Orphan) – Roger Ebert
An unending spiral of sex, drugs, rock and hell. (Chelsea On The Rocks) - New York Post
Furiously entertaining and funny as hell. (Not Quite Hollywood) – Dennis Dermody
It's creepy as hell! (The House of the Devil) - Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
Funny as hell…. Observe and Report revels in creeping you out and making you laugh-hard. (Observe and Report) – Peter Travers
Bridges - a master of subtle brilliance - plays the hell out of it. (Crazy Heart) - Peter Travers
A bus ride to hell. (Shuttle) - Bloody-Disgusting.com
A compelling reminder that Hell still hath no fury like a woman scorned... (Obsessed) - Kam Williams, NewsBlaze



BUT I CAN WAIT TO RENT THEM, RIGHT?
The first must-see film of the year. (American Violet) – Clay Cane, BET.com
…this is a must-see for the New Year. (Not Easily Broken) – Dr. Phil McGraw
A must-see! (It Might Get Loud) – Joshua Rothkopf
A must see! (The Song of Sparrows) - Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
A must-see (Fuel) - Tom Keogh
...a must see. (Sherlock Holmes) - Kelli Gillespie
A must-see! (Push) – Heather Newgen, Comingsoon.net
A must-see movie! (Gotta Dance) – Tara-Ayesha Roberts, Cinema Without Borders
A must-see movie! (Jerichow) – Film Comment
A must-see movie! (Gotta Dance) – Tara-Ayesha Roberts, Cinema Without Borders
A must-see film! (From Mexico With Love) - Griselda Marina, Hollywood TV Stars
This one’s a must see! (Must Read After My Death) – John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
A definite must-see. (Extract) – Heather Newgen, Comingsoon.net
Be sure to buy this must-own film. (Local Color) – VideoViews.org

Scarier than Jaws…a must-see documentary. **** (The End of the Line) - Henry Fitzherbart, Sunday Express
A must see...A true, lacerating original. (Antichrist) - Michael Phillips
A must-see cinematic tonic for these confusing times! (Examined Life) – Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker
A must-see…features masterful storytelling and bravura performances. (The Baader Meinhof Complex) – Bonnie J. Gordon, Film Journal
This is one movie you can’t afford to miss…It simply must be seen…Riveting…Provocative. (The Stoning of Soraya M.) – Todd Hill
This is a movie that must be experienced. (The Soloist) – Jake Hamilton
Funny and charming…a must-see film! (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) – Stuart Lee
Sparks fly, swords flash…A must see. (Severed Ways) – LA Weekly
Moral ambiguity, corruption, double- and triple crosses…A must-see film! - Assassination of a High School President - Mel Valentin, Slashfim.com

You must remember to see it. As brightly alive a movie as the season will offer. (Summer Hours) – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
The must-see movie of the summer. (District 9) – Entertainment Weekly
The must-see horror film of the summer. (The Collector) - Sean Decker, Dreadcentral.com
A certain must-see this fall! (The Burning Plain) – Pete Hammond
An Oscar-worthy must-see movie for our times. (Brothers) - Pete Hammond

…a must-see in 3D for everyone! (Monsters vs. Aliens) - Scott Mantz
A must-see for Fashion Lovers and Pop-Culture Addicts. (Valentino: The Last Emperor) – The New York Times
The best comedy about being a mother in modern America today and a must-see for every father, too. (Motherhood) - Bill Zwecker
If you have even the slightest interest in action movies, this is a must-see. (Ong Bak 2) - Andrew Wright, The Stranger
A must-see event. (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) - Mark S. Allen



HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE?
Deeply absorbing. (Crossing Over) – Jeffrey Lyons
Deeply personal. (In a Dream) – Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Deeply touching. (The English Surgeon) – Variety
Deeply affectionate. (Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg) – Elizabeth Weitzman
Deeply satisfying! (Every Little Step) – Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine
Deeply moving. (Departures) – Karen Durbin
Deeply moving, immaculately acted. (Cloud 9) – Philip French, The Guardian (UK)
Inspirational, hilarious and deeply moving... (Not Easily Broken) – Dr. Phil McGraw
…Just deeply, deeply moving. (Still Walking) – Stephen Holden

One of the most deeply moving romantic films in memory (Bright Star) - Kenneth Turan
Exhilarating, and deeply pleasurable. (Bright Star) - Joe Morgenstern
Genuinely funny and filled with deeply insightful emotions. (World’s Greatest Dad) – Joseph J. Alrdo, Phoenix Examiner
A deeply personal piece of art. (Of Time and the City) – A.O. Scott
A deeply touching movie exploring an incredible range of emotions. (Departures) – Jeffrey Lyons
A deeply felt movie about pursuing your passion in life. (Local Color) – Leonard Maltin
Deeply involving, the work of a master. (Everlasting Moments) – Chuck Wilson, LA Weekly
The White Ribbon is the work of someone whose sesne of craft and sense of filmmaking self are bone-deep. (The White Ribbon) - Michael Phillips
A juicy, career-crowning role. Bridges - a master of subtle brilliance - plays the hell out of it. Not by showing off, but by going bone-deep into a character who only thinks he's running on empty. (Crazy Heart) - Peter Travers

With great style and editing, the film captures the deep-seated relationship of two men. (Valentino: The Last Emperor) – Andre Leon Talley, Vogue
Bursting with rich meaning and deep implication. (Summer Hours) – A.O. Scott
...has a deep, abiding joy. (Julia & Julia) – Wesley Morris
A deeply felt love letter to a great city. (Paris) - Ann Hornaday
An intelligent, deeply felt film. (The Burning Plain) – Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
Filmmaker George Gallo has reached into his soul to make this deeply heartfelt story. (Local Color) – Jami Bernard
Kevin Spacey heads an excellent cast, which thrusts the viewer deep in the lives of the well-drawn characters. (Shrink) – Jeffrey Lyons



YOUR LOVE IS LIFTING ME HIGHER
Highly entertaining. (Guest of Cindy Sherman) - Ella Taylor
Highly entertaining! (Alien Trespass) - Pete Hammond
Highly addictive! (The September Issue) – Andrew O’Hehir
Highly personal. (Perestroika) – Kevin Thomas
...highly charged, personal and captivating... (Michael Jackson's This Is It)
Highly entertaining & wildly unconvetional. (The Men Who Stare At Goats) - Chris Bumbray, Joblo.com
Unique and highly inventive! (Sleep Dealer) – Guillermo Del Toro
I highly recommend this gem. (Me and Orson Welles) - Clint O'Connor



JEFFREY LYONS' FAVORITE WORD
Transcendant…Completely absorbing... (Still Walking) – A.O. Scott
Entirely absorbing! (Must Read After My Death) – Lisa Schwarzbaum
An absorbing and visually mesmerizing new crime thriller! (The Limits of Control]/b]) – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
Absorbing & accomplished. (Flame & Citron
) – Todd McCarthy, Variety
Absorbing and provocative. (Fragments) – Frank J. Avella, Newyorkcool.com
Original, absorbing and moving! (The Merry Gentleman) – Roger Ebert

Deeply absorbing. (Crossing Over) – Jeffrey Lyons
Intense and absorbing! (Shrink) – Jeffrey Lyons
Compelling and absorbing. (The Burning Plain) – Jeffrey Lyons
The film is absorbing and offbeat... (Looking for Paladin) - Jeffrey Lyons
Poignant, absorbing and heartwarming. (New York, I Love You) - Jeffrey Lyons
Powerful, heartfelt and nostalgic, a very absorbing film. (Local Color) –Jeffrey Lyons



"I WOULD RATHER BE A SUPERB METEOR..." - Jack London
Superb! (Collapse) - Owen Gleiberman
First class...Simply superb. (The Maid) - Pete Hammond
Superb, utterly compelling. (Serbis) – Kevin Thomas
Superb! Deeply absorbing. (Crossing Over) – Jeffrey Lyons

Duncan Jones does a superb job of updating the 70’s science fiction aesthetic for a modern age. (Moon) – Harry Knowles, AICN
A superb chronicle of the struggles and the giddy triumphs of the theater. (Every Little Step) – Michael Riedel, New York Post
A superb comedy. (Duplicity) – Scott Foundas, The Village Voice
Superb entertainment for family members of all ages. (Under the Sea 3-D) – Jeffrey Lyons

Terrific performances and superb cinematography (Home) - Keith Uhlich
The cast is superb… (Paris) – Armond White
In a superb cast, Larry David is a sensation. (Whatever Works) – Gene Shalit
Superb acting and visual beauty! (Sugar) – Melissa Anderson
Juno's Ellen Page is superb (Whip It) - Pete Hammond
Robert Duvall is superb... (The Road) - Peter Travers
Damon is superb. (The Informant) - Claudia Puig
Sheen's performance is superb! (The Damned United) - Claudia Puig
Has it all: charming romance, jaunty adventure story, witty dialogue, gorgeous cinematography and superb performances. (The Brothers Bloom) – Claudia Puig
The power of The Soloist comes down to the two superb lead performances. (The Soloist) – Claudia Puig



TOO RICH FOR MY BLOOD
Marvelously rich... (Police, Adjective) - A.O. Scott
Bursting with rich meaning and deep implication. (Summer Hours) – A.O. Scott
Thrilling, moving and emotionally rich! (Every Little Step) – Lisa Schwarzbaum
A sweet-toned romantic drama (with) novelistic richness. (Beeswax) – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
A rich black comedy! (World’s Greatest Dad) – Eric Kohn, Indiewire.com
A rich, amazing creation. (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) – Lisa Schwarzbaum
Rich, sensuous, inspiring, dickensian... (Coco Before Chanel) - Thelma Adams
An exceptionally rich film! (Paris 36) – Kevin Thomas
A rich, vibrant film guaranteed to move everyone who sees it. (American Violet) – Rex Reed

An exceptionally fine, richly atmospheric film. (That Evening Sun) - Joe Leydon, Variety
Ambitious, richly satisfying. (Tetro) – Scott Foundas
A richly satisfying film... (Is Anybody There?) – Peter Travers
Richly imaginative. (9) – Peter Travers

Director Park Chan-Wook’s richest, craziest, most mature work yet! (Thirst) – Richard Corliss
Judd Apatow’s richest movie yet. (Funny People) – David Denby
A terrific film enriched by a stellar ensemble of British pros. (The Damned United) - Chuck Wilson, Village Voice
Tolstoy portrayed by Christopher Plummer is a richly human creation. (The Last Station) - Joe Morgenstern
Rich with first-rate performances. (Jennifer's Body) - Karen Durbin
The film, and its performances, are exceedingly rich. (Julia & Julia) - Betsy Sharkey
Wonderfully rich! (Easy Virtue) – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times



MY EYES...MY EYES!!!
A feast for the eyes. (Cheri) – Elizabeth Weitzman
It’s a feast for the eyes… (Local Color) - Michael Moore, Kitsap Sn
One of the most remarkable movies you’ll ever lay eyes on. (The Stoning of Soraya M.) – Chip Hanlon, The Huffington Post
You can't take your eyes off of it. (Brief Interviews with Hideous Men) - James Greenberg, Film Journal International
You can't take your eyes off of it. (Precious) - Scott Foundas

Eye-catching direction! (Skills Like This) - Jeannette Catsoulis
Eye-popping fun! (Monsters vs. Aliens) - Bill Bregoli
Eye-popping fun! (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) – The San Diego Union-Tribune
Smart, epic and eye-popping. (Star Trek) – New York Post
Jaw-dropping, eye-popping! (Terminator: Salvation) - Zorianna Kit, Fandango

Eye candy for teenagers and adults. (Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant) - Peter Hall, Cinematical.com
An orgy for the eyes and ears. (Fados) – Ed Gonzalez, Slant
So gorgeous to look at it almost damaged my eyes. (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) - Scott Weinberg, Cinematical
Hits you like a punch in the eye. (Gomorrah) – Peter Travers



...FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU?
Is this the one, the long awaited new classic from the master? (Tetro) – Keith Uhlich
Nine years between star vehicles is an eternity in Hollywood, but in Julia Roberts’ case Duplicity is more than worth the wait. (Duplicity) – Lou Lumenick
Powerful…honest…I’ve been waiting for this film. (Brothers at War) – Roger Ebert
The film I have always been waiting for. (Food, Inc.) – Alice Waters
Finally the Terminator film you’ve been waiting for. (Terminator: Salvation) – Devin Faraci
If you thought Damien was evil, wait until you meet Esther. (Orphan) – Bonnie Laufer



YOU WILL AND YOU'LL LIKE IT!
It will get to you. (Two Lovers) – Peter Travers
An electrifying thriller that will pin you to your seat. (The International) - Jeff Craig
This film is unlike any other you will see this summer. (My Sister’s Keeper) – Pete Hammond

You will have a fabulous time! (Julia & Julia) – Rex Reed
You’ll fall in love with it. (Sherman’s Way) – The New York Times
You will fall in love with Isla Fisher! (Confessions of a Shopaholic) – Bryan Erdy

You're meant to cheer. And you will. (Avatar) - Richard Corliss
See it and then start talking. You will. (Away We Go) – Peter Travers
You will laugh loud and often. (In the Loop) – Peter Travers
You will laugh out loud, VERY LOUD! (Fired Up) – Mark S. Allen



AS OPPOSED TO KEEPING THE LAUGHS INSIDE
You will laugh out loud, VERY LOUD! (Fired Up) – Mark S. Allen
You will laugh loud and often. (In the Loop) – Peter Travers
Laugh-out-loud! ((Untitled)) - Marshall Fine

Beautifully animated and laugh-out-loud hysterical. (Fantastic Mr. Fox) - Ethan Alter, Giant Magazine
Laugh-out-loud funny! (Up) – Ted Baehr
Laugh-out-loud funny! (Monsters vs. Aliens) - Scott Mantz
Laugh-out-loud funny! (The Invention of Lying) - Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay, Made In Hollywood
Laugh-out-loud funny! (Zombieland) - Christy Lemire
Laugh-out-loud funny. (It's Complicated) - Rex Reed
Laugh out loud funny. (17 Again) – Greg Ellson
Laugh-out-loud funny. (The Proposal) – Leonard Maltin
Laugh-out-loud funny! (Confessions of a Shopaholic) – Bryan Erdy
Laugh-out-loud funny and refreshingly smart. (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) – Mike Sargent
Laugh out loud hilarious. (The Hangover) – Ross King
Deliciously witty and laugh-out-loud funny. (He’s Just Not That Into You) – Stuart Lee
A laugh-out-loud good time. (It's Complicated) - Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg
A fun-filled, laugh-out-loud, joyous comedy with plenty of heart. (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) – Paul Fischer
Laugh-out-loud funny! (Transylmania) - Anthony Ferrante, IF Magazine
Bark out loud funny (Hotel For Dogs) - Mark S. Allen



I NEED MORE THAN JUST FUNNY
A sweet and funny film. (The Great Buck Howard) – Sara Vilkomerson, NY Observer
A sweet, funny and unabashedly sincere movie about love! (Away We Go) – Nathan Englander, Interview
...wickedly funny and incredibly poignant! (Away We Go) – Sara Vilkomerson, The New York Observer
Genuinely funny and filled with deeply insightful emotions. (World’s Greatest Dad) – Joseph J. Alrdo, Phoenix Examiner
More truthful and funny about friendship and sexuality than any rude boy comedy. (Humpday) – Dennis Dermody
Funny and perceptive. (The Great Buck Howard) – Roger Ebert
Funny and acutely observed. (Beeswax) – Scott Tobias
Fierce, funny and touching. (Where the Wild Things Are) - Karen Durbin
Funny and touching. (Sunshine Cleaning) – Peter Travers
Wonderfully funny and touching... (Up) – Peter Travers

Proof that Pixar doesn't have a monopoly and heartfelt and funny animation. (Fantastic Mr. Fox) - Josh Horowitz
Fun, funny and entertaining for everyone! (G-Force) – Mark S. Allen
Funny and imaginative! (Hotel for Dogs) – Connie Ogle, The Miami Herald
A funny and inventive comedy. (Planet 51) - Jeff Craig
A funny and tart drama! (Shrink) – Cinema Signals

Furiously entertaining and funny as hell. (Not Quite Hollywood) – Dennis Dermody
...consistently surprising and funny... ((Untitled)) - Marshall Fine
Funny and powerful. (Capitalism: A Love Story) - Owen Gleiberman
Funny and heartfelt! (Away We Go) – John Powers, Vogue
Funny and charming… (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) – Stuart Lee
Funny and romantic. (My Life In Ruins) – Larry King
Funny and visceral... (Serious Moonlight) - David Blaustein, ABC News Radio
Very funny and very moving! (Irene In Time) - Martin Grove, The Hollywood Reporter

Paul Rudd gives a funny and original performance. (I Love You, Man) - Owen Gleiberman
Fresh and funny. (The Princess and the Frog) - David Germain
Fresh and funny! (Motherhood) - Thelma Adams
Fresh, funny and altogether fascinating. (Good Hair) - Variety
Intriguing and funny. ($9.99) – Kyle Smith
A deft and funny film... (It's Complicated) - Gene Shalit
Smart and funny! ((Untitled)) - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
Smart, funny and cool. (Bandslam) – Jake Hamilton
Laugh-out-loud funny and refreshingly smart. (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) – Mike Sargent



CAN WE GET THESE CRITICS A SNACK?
Robert De Niro's performances is a treat. (Everybody's Fine) - Marshall Fine
A treat. (Bride Wars) – Thelma Adams
A family treat! (Coraline) – Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
Real treat. (Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs) – Marshall Fine
A dark treat… (Eden Log) - Eye for Film
This is a bitter treat for strong stomached, adventurous audiences tired of safe arthouse fare. (Cargo 200) – The Hollywood Reporter

Delectable… (Paris) - Kevin Maher, The Times of London
A sexy, quintessentially French delicacy. (Shall We Kiss?) – Stephen Holden
A decadent comedy of manners. A feather-light confection... (Cheri) – Claudia Puig
An irresistible, enchanting, airy trifle with a surprisingly sober twist. (Shall We Kiss?) – Caryn James, Marie Claire
A breezily existential cocktail of Milan Kundera and Federico Fellini… (Perestroika) – Andrew Barker, Variety

A delightful gumbo of music, comedy and great storytelling. (The Princess and the Frog) - Leonard Maltin
A crackerjack comedy. Just relax and savor the insults. (In The Loop) - Richard Corliss
Eye candy for teenagers and adults. (Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant) - Peter Hall, Cinematical.com
It’s a feast for the eyes, a tonic for the heart… (Local Color) - Michael Moore, Kitsap Sn
…real food for thought. (Spinning Into Butter) – Marshall Fine

One of the year’s juiciest films. (Julia) – Marshall Fine
A scrumptious war movie... (Red Cliff) - V.A. Musetto, New York Post
A ripe and pulpy melodrama... (Three Monkeys) - A.O. Scott
A funny and tart drama! (Shrink) – Cinema Signals
Full of tart dialogue... (Whatever Works) – Karen Durbin
Touching, tartly comic, and deliciously self-assured. (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) - Karen Durbin
A delicious fable... (Cold Souls) – Stephen Holden
Luminous and deliciously funny! (O’Horten) – Kenneth Turan
Deliciously funny. (Cheri) – Rafer Guzman
Deliciously cheeky! (Easy Virtue) – Ella Taylor, Village Voice
Deliciously demented. (Surveillance) – Aaron Hillis
Deliciously witty and seductive. (Cheri) – Jeff Craig
Deliciously witty... (He’s Just Not That Into You) – Stuart Lee

The summer’s first edible blockbuster! (Julia & Julia) – James Verniere
These are performances to feast on! (Julia & Julia) – Leonard Maltin
A scrumptious feast! Streep and Adams are delicious, simply delicious! (Julia & Julia) – Kevin Steincross
The film, and its performances, are exceedingly rich. Yum! (Julia & Julia) - Betsy Sharkey
Yum! (Julia & Julia) – Peter Travers
Nora Ephron serves up a mixture of talent, humor and grace in a delicious new comedy! (Julia & Julia) – Elle

Bon Appetit! (Julia & Julia) – A.O. Scott
Julie & Julia does it right. Nora Ephron whips up something wonderful! A consummate entertainment. Bon appétit, indeed! (Julia & Julia) - Kenneth Turan
It has all the ingredients for cult immortality! (Extract) - Tom Long
Julie & Julia is spiced with humor and affection. The experience is well worth relishing. (Julia & Julia) - Claudia Puig
When actors like these are cooking, it’s better than haute cuisine. (Julia & Julia) – David Edelstein
I could eat it up, I love it so. (Where the Wild Things Are) - Lisa Schwarzbaum



I'M NOT ONE FOR GOSSIP
Controversy that’s bound to get people talking. (Memorial Day) - Indiewire
If you talk about only one thing this week, talk about The Great Buck Howard. (The Great Buck Howard) – Denise Martin, Los Angeles Times
Now this is what I’m talking’ about. (The Hangover) – Roger Ebert
See it and then start talking. (Away We Go) – Peter Travers
See this gut-buster before your friends do because they’ll be talking about it for weeks. (The Hangover) – Peter Travers
You'll be talking about it for weeks. (Oh My God) - Avi Offer
Angels & Demons is the movie everybody will be talking about. (Angels & Demons) - Lori Wilson, WCAU Philadelphia



HEY GRIFFIN MILL, GOT A MOVIE FOR YA
...go with it and its irresistible one-line sales pitch: a priest becomes a vampire. (Thirst) – Richard Corliss
Think Rashomon meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in Twin Peaks... (Surveillance) – Richard Corliss
Described as Godzilla meets Katamari. (Big Man Japan) – Cinematical.com
Greg Mottola’s film is akin to Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused! (Adventureland) – A.O. Scott
...makes Heathers look like a Disney movie. (World’s Greatest Dad) – Devin Faraci
A loony High School Musical with posher accents and a lot more going on upstairs. (St. Trinian's) - Ella Taylor
Director Todd Graff’s Bandslam tips its hat to the late John Hughes and Rick Linklater’s School of Rock in telling a Twitter age teen tale with a hard-rock beat. (Bandslam) – John Anderson
...like Kill Bill with a vampire bite. (Blood: The Last Vampire) - Mark H. Harris, About.com

If you liked Office Space you’ll love Extract. (Extract) – Bryan Erdy
If you loved School of Rock, you’ll love Bandslam. (Bandslam) – Kelli Gillespie
A Parisian answer to Woody Allen's Manhattan. (Paris) - Stephen Holden
The anti-Harry Potter. (St. Trinian's) - Diva Velez, The Diva Review
David Carradine delivers in this post Civil war western reminiscent of The Outlaw Josey Wales. (All Hell Broke Loose) - Stuart Alson
Delivers gunslinging action in the vein of 3:10 To Yuma. (Angel and the Badman) – Stuart Alson

This year’s Iron Man (Star Trek) – Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
This season’s Juno... (Sunshine Cleaning) – Blender
A 2009 version of Hoop Dreams... (More Than A Game) - Clay Cane, BET.com
A modern day Rocky... (From Mexico With Love) - Juan Rodriguez Flores, E Latino Weekly
A Clockwork Orange for the 21st century. (Bronson) - Zoo
A contemporary version of a Preston Sturges comedy. (My One and Only) – Stephen Holden

The Godfather meets Nixon. (Il Divo) - Roger Ebert
Superbad meets Shaun of the Dead. (Zombieland) - Brad Miska, Bloody-Disgusting
A cross between Flipper and The Bourne Identity. (The Cove) - Peter Travers
Ordinary People meets Little Miss Sunshine… (Lymelife)– Pete Hammond
Legally Blonde meets Sweet Home Alabama. (New In Town) - Maria Salas
Bridget Jones moves to Fargo. (New In Town) - Renee Shapiro
Superbad meets Bring It On. (Fired Up) - Robin Milling, Milling About, WENN
Rushmore meets The Usual Suspects. (Assassination of a High School President) - Larry Carroll, MTV News
It’s I Know What You Did Last Summer mixed with Varsity Blues. (Homecoming) – Adam Bernard, Adam’s World
Waterworld meets Raiders of the Lost Ark. (Lost City Raiders) - Star Magazine.com

Goodfellas meets Chinatown... (The Perfect Sleep) – Stuart Alson
High Noon Meets Unforgiven... (Redemption) – Stuart Alson
High Plains Drifter meets Young Guns... (Bounty) – Stuart Alson
The Grudge meets Haunting In Connecticut... (Ghost Month) – Stuart Alson



WHICH WORLD?
...it brings two entirely dissimilar, even antagonistic worlds into a single, resonant whole. (Funny People) – David Denby
...so sure of its own scale and scope that while you’re watching it the rest of the world fades into irrelevance. (Still Walking) – A.O. Scott
…a stirring tribute to the invisible people in our world who might end up changing our lives. (Captain Abu Raed) – Stephen Farber
Has an uncanny ability to enlarge your perception of the world. (Goodbye Solo) - A.O. Scott
This story changed the world. (The Most Dangerous Man In America) – David Edelstein
In a just world, this would be the summer’s big hit. (Humpday) – New York Magazine

Up will enchant moviegoers around the world... (Up) – Mike Goodridge, Screen Daily
Sacha Baron Cohen is more than a comedian. He’s the world’s most famous performance artist, the inventor of a perfect hybrid of documentary and mockumentary, realtiy TV and psychodrama, Jackass and Andy Kaufman. (Bruno) – Richard Lacayo, Time
The world of martial arts never sleeps. Keeping everyone awake these days is Tony Jaa. (Ong Bak 2) - Kenneth Turan
Look out world - here comes Taylor Lautner. (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) - Steve Oldfield

A lovely excursion into another world. (Under the Sea 3-D) – Jeffrey Lyons
Opens up a world few of us have seen before. (Sugar) – Andrew O’Hehir
Out of this world action. (Terminator: Salvation) - Mitch English, The Daily Buzz
Exciting fun with an out-of-this-world cast! (Monsters vs. Aliens) – Matt Stevens, E! Online
Astro Boy is an out-of-this-world hit! (Astro Boy) - Greg Russell
A world-class action film! (Blood: The Last Vampire) – Mike Szymanski, Scifi.com



COME ON AND TAKE A FREE ONE
A breathtaking ride. (Up) – Peter Travers
It’s a great ride. (Duplicity) – Thelma Adams
A great, fun, action-packed ride. (The Taking of Pelham 123) – Neil Rosen
State of Play is a fun ride. (State of Play) – James Verniere
Exciting and entertaining, let go and enjoy the ride! (Law Abiding Citizen) - Ben Lyons

I Love You, Man is one bromantic joy ride. (I Love You, Man) - Claudia Puig
Inkheart is a joyride. (Inkheart) – Karen Durbin
A thrilling joy ride. (The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3) – Joe Neumeier, NY Daily News
It’s an exciting thrill ride! (Race To Witch Mountain) - Bryan Erdy
A breathtaking thrill ride. (Law-Abiding Citizen) - Stuart Lee
Tom Hanks and Ron Howard deliver a heart-pounding, fast-paced thrill ride. (Angels & Demons) - Rachel Smith
The summer’s biggest thrill ride! (Terminator: Salvation) – Mark S. Allen

A wild ride. (Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans) - Eric Kohn, Indiewire
A wild ride. (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) - Harry Knowles
A wildly funny ride. (The Men Who Stare At Goats) - Jeanne Wolf
It's one wild ride worth taking. (Antichrist) - Richard Corliss
Julia takes you on a wild ride you won’t soon forget. (Julia) – Leonard Maltin
A bus ride to hell. (Shuttle) - Bloody-Disgusting.com



THE BIG ZZ
Dazzling… (Inglourious Basterds) – Chris Hewitt, Empire
Dazzling! (Fantastic Mr. Fox) - New Yorker
Dazzling! (An Education) - Roger Moore
Dazzling! (Watchmen) – H. Scott Jolley, Vanity Fair
Dazzling! (Coraline) - Peter Travers
Dazzling! (Nine) - Peter Travers
Dazzling. (Sherlock Holmes) - Karen Durbin

Sophisticated, smart and dazzling. Writer-director Tony Gilroy’s effervescent, intricately plotted puzzler proves in every way superior to his 2007 success Michael Clayton. (Duplicity) – Todd McCarthy, Variety
A dazzling journey! (Sleep Dealer) – Steve Ramos, Indiewire
A visually dazzling adventure with great heart. (A Christmas Carol) - David Sheehan
Dazzling and magical. (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) – Cindy Pearlman, Chicago Sun-Times
...dazzling fun. (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) – Natasha Vargas-Cooper, E! Online
...beautiful...dazzling... (Michael Jackson's This Is It) - Ann Powers
Infused with heaps of sparkling humor and dazzling wit! (My One and Only) – Prairie Miller

Depp, one of the most exciting and original actors this country has ever produced, dazzles. (Public Enemies) – Peter Travers
Michael Sheen is dazzling! (The Damned United) - Joshua Rothkopf
A phantasmagoria motored by a dazzling performance by Tom Hardy. (Bronson) - Mark Olsen
Sandra Bullock's dazzling portrayal of one of the most outrageous spitfires since Erin Brockovich puts her on the must list for a shot at Oscar. (The Blind Side) - Jeanne Wolf

Magical, fun and dazzles in 3D. (A Christmas Carol) - Jeff Craig
You’ll find yourself dazzled by the impossibly breathtaking beauty in IMAX 3D. (Under the Sea 3-D) – Christy Lemire
A thrilling dazzler! (Every Little Step) – Peter Travers
Don’t let anyone spoil the secrets in this delicate dazzler. (Away We Go) – Peter Travers

A sizzingly sexy film noir. (Broken Embraces) - Lou Lumenick
A sizzling thriller. (State of Play) – Leah Rozen
Penelope Cruz is sizzling! (Nine) - Peter Travers
Gretchen Mol sizzles. (An American Affair) – Avi Offer

This jazzy and sharp espionage thriller echoes Mr. & Mrs. Smith. (Duplicity) – Thelma Adams
Like a perfect piece of jazz. (The Limits of Control) – Dennis Dermody
A buzzy fusion of Sergio Leone, Jack Kirby and G.W. Pabst. (Inglourious Basterds) – Elvis Mitchell
Sleek, dizzying entertainment. (Duplicity) – Kenneth Turan
A zazzy crowd pleaser. (Monsters vs. Aliens) – Richard Corliss



THAT'S SHOCKING!
Electric! (Julia) – Scott Foundas
Electric! (The Limits of Control]/b]) – Nathan Lee

Electrifying performances! (The Informers
) – Dennis Dermody
Mo'nique is downright electrifying! (Precious) - A.O. Scott
Hugh Jackman is electrifying, delivering a star-turning performance. (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) – Paul Fischer

An electrifying thriller that will pin you to your seat. (The International) - Jeff Craig
Electrifying! It hits you in the gut. (Every Little Step) – David Ansen
An electrifying movie, see it twice! (Orphan) – Mose Persico
Electrifying! (It Might Get Loud) – Peter Travers
Brilliant...Electrifying...Amazing. (Bronson) - Peter Travers
Director Rob Marshall's work is visionary and electric. (Nine) - Peter Travers



SOMEONE GET THESE CRITICS LAID!
Clive Owen and Julia Roberts’ whip-smart back-and-forth repartee and sexy chemistry bring to mind caper couplings of old. (Duplicity) – Mike Goodridge, Screen International
Nicole Kidman is spirited and sexy! (Nine) - Owen Gleiberman
Penelope Cruz with Almodovar makes Broken Embraces soar. She's never been more luminous, serious or sexy. (Broken Embraces) - Richard Corliss
...it works because Amy Adams, as Amelia Earhart, has the breathless, daffy-sexy vivacity of a ‘30s screwball heroine, her eyes lit with fire, her delivery as sharp as cut glass. (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) – Owen Gleiberman
The hilarious Louise Bourgain – as a barely dressed, sex-crazed weathergal – steals the show. (The Girl From Monaco) – Chris Hewitt

A toxic blend of sex and politics in this steamy, forbidden fruit JFK erotic conspiracy thriller. (An American Affair) – Prairie Miller
A twisty sex tale that moves mysteriously and takes you to places you never expect. (The Girl From Monaco) – Marshall Fine
An unending spiral of sex, drugs, rock and hell. (Chelsea On The Rocks) - New York Post
An orgy for the eyes and ears. (Fados) – Ed Gonzalez, Slant
Humpday is buoyed aloft by sex and laugh bubbles! (Humpday) – Lisa Schwarzbaum

More truthful and funny about friendship and sexuality than any rude boy comedy. (Humpday) – Dennis Dermody
A feather-light confection that flouts the rules, pushes sexual boundaries and stumbles onto something of substance under all the flirtation and fun. (Cheri) – Claudia Puig
The battle of the sexes is fought by two tough foes in this sassy, sexy screwball comedy! (The Ugly Truth) – Matt Sullivan, In Touch Weekly
This is what a funny, sexy romantic comedy should be! (He’s Just Not That Into You) – Clay Smith
A laugh riot that ignites the screen with sexiness! (Transylmania) - Jami Philbrick, Movieweb.com

A sizzingly sexy film noir. (Broken Embraces) - Lou Lumenick
A sexy, quintessentially French delicacy. (Shall We Kiss?) – Stephen Holden
It’s a sharp, sexy comedy. (Duplicity) – A.O. Scott
A very smart and sexy spy vs. spy caper! (Duplicity) – Sandie Newton
A whip-smart, sexy and delightfully twisty romantic thriller. (Duplicity) – Lou Lumenick
A hot-blooded musical fantasia full of song, dance and simmering sexuality. (Nine) - Peter Travers
The sexiest, most shocking thriller of the year. (Donkey Punch) – Empire

Sublimely smart, sexy and seriously funny. ((500) Days of Summer) – Peter Travers
Funny, sexy and poignant. (It's Complicated) - Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg
Sexy and hilarious. (It's Complicated) - Anne Thompson, Indiewire
Sexy, nasty, intelligent fun! (Just Another Love Story) – Marshall Fine
An intelligent, sexy high school movie (Assassination of a High School President) - Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
Smart, sexy, sensational. (Sherlock Holmes) - Mark S. Allen
Funny, sexy, and smart - a triple threat! (Fired Up) - Mark S. Allen / CBS/CW TV
Funny, touching, smart, desperate, sexy, amusing, sly, hopeful, with surprise after surprising surprise. (New York, I Love You) - Gene Shalit



THERE'S NO SUCH THING
There is a word to describe Ponyo and that word is magical. (Ponyo) – Roger Ebert
A love letter to the magical power of movies to mend broken hearts. (Broken Embraces) - Lou Lumenick
Not since Dorothy's Kansas farmhouse landed in The Wizard of Oz - 70 years ago - and the screen transformed from black-and-white to color has there been such a magical, revelatory moment. (Avatar) - Susan Granger
Avatar is magical. (Avatar)- Gene Shalit
Dazzling and magical. (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) – Cindy Pearlman, Chicago Sun-Times
Magical. (Where the Wild Things Are) - Cindy Pearlman, Chicago Sun-Times
Magical! (Passing Strange) – David Edelstein
Magical. (Fados) – Jeffrey M. Anderson
Magically alive. (Fantastic Mr. Fox) - New York Magazine
A magical tale! (Coraline) – Kenneth Turan
A magical film! (Irene In Time) – Joe Sutton, The Heart of Hollywood
It’s got such a wonderful, magical quality. (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) – Ben Lyons

Rian Johnson’s film is a playful piece of cinema that takes off like a magic carpet… (The Brothers Bloom) - James Christopher, The London Times
When an actor finds a perfect role, a rare sort of magic happens. (The Great Buck Howard) - Marshall Fine
Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg play off one another like magic. (Adventureland) – Michael Phillips
Caine truly is magic. (Is Anybody There?) – Peter Travers

500 Days of Summer is magic. ((500) Days of Summer) – Peter Travers
The magic works! (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) - Peter Travers
It’s magic! (It Might Get Loud) – Drew McWeeny, Hitfix
Pure magic. (Where the Wild Things Are) - Michael Phillips
Pure movie magic. (Valentino: The Last Emperor) – New York Post
Movie magic! (Julia & Julia) – Bill Zwecker
Full-blown movie magic! – (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) Clay Smith
Music, magic, light and laughter everywhere. (The Princess and the Frog) - Betsy Sharkey
My Sister’s Keeper is a film of heartfelt magic, wisdom and hope. (My Sister’s Keeper) – Rex Reed



STOP IN THE NAME OF SOMETHING
Non-stop. (Taken) – James Verniere
Non-stop action and laughs! (Zombieland) - Brad Miska, Bloody-Disgusting.com
Non-stop, wall-to-wall madcap action. (G-Force) – Roger Ebert
Confessions is a nonstop laughing spree. (Confessions of a Shopaholic) – Pete Hammond
Terrific. Intriguing. Non-stop. There’s no shortage of WOW moments. (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) – Lou Lumenick
Shorts has it all – non-stop fun, action and comedy for the whole family. (Shorts) – Naibe Reynoso, Reelzchannel
A summer movie that has everything – non-stop thrills, laughs, and top tier acting. (The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3) – Peter Travers

A stunning blaze of unstoppable action. (Ninja Assassin) - Capone
The movie never stops spewing scares at you. (Drag Me To Hell) – Peter Travers
I couldn’t stop laughing! (Fired Up) – AICN
McG pulls out all the stops. (Terminator: Salvation) – Peter Travers



FOR EVERYONE BUT RYAN BINGHAM
Up will enchant moviegoers around the world and remain a family favorite for decades to come. (Up) – Mike Goodridge, Screen Daily
A family treat! (Coraline) – Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
Appealing family fare worth relishing. (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) - Claudia Puig
It's family fun time at the movies. (The Pink Panther 2) - Janet Stokes

One of the best family films of the year… (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) - Jeffrey Lyons
One of the best family films of the year! (Shorts) – Shelli Sonstein, WAXQ-FM
A family comedy with heart! (Aliens In The Attic) – Edwin Carpenter, The Dove Foundation
Pure family fun: Action, laughs and heart. (G-Force) - Pete Hammond
Warm-hearted family fun for the holidays! (Old Dogs) - Guy Farris

A Wonderful and imaginative family adventure. (Shorts) – Jeanne Wolf
A wonderful, wonderful, engaging family film. (Imagine That) – Janet Stokes
An epic adventure for the entire family! (Inkheart) – Jake Hamilton
Terrific fun for the entire family. (Astro Boy) - Ben Lyons
A hit for the whole family. (Race To Witch Mountain) - Steve Oldfield
Fun for the whole family. (Hotel For Dogs) - Heather Newgant, Comingsoon.net
Fun for the whole family. (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) – Jeff Craig
Fun for the whole family! (Hannah Montana: The Movie) – Lisa Stanley, CBS Radio
Fun for the whole family. (Imagine That) – Rick Florino, Artist Direct
Shorts has it all – non-stop fun, action and comedy for the whole family. (Shorts) – Naibe Reynoso, Reelzchannel

Superb entertainment for family members of all ages. (Under the Sea 3-D) – Jeffrey Lyons
Excellent family entertainment. (Imagine That) – Mose Persico
Solid family entertainment. (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel) - Betsy Sharkey
Inkheart is the perfect family fantasy film. (Inkheart) – Mark S. Allen
The perfect family holiday comedy. (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel) - Francine Brokaw, Family Magazine Group
The perfect family film. Family animation comedy at its best. (Planet 51) - Jim Ferguson
Perfect family entertainment. (Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins (Straight-to-video)) - Pete Hammond



MASTER PIECE BAITERS
A story told by a master. (Tetro) – Bill Krohn, The Economist
Deeply involving, the work of a master. (Everlasting Moments) – Chuck Wilson, LA Weekly
Is this the one, the long awaited new classic from the master? (Tetro) – Keith Uhlich
The work of one of cinema’s most accomplished masters of mise-en-scene (Tetro) – Andrew Sarris
Bridges - a master of subtle brilliance - plays the hell out of it. (Crazy Heart) - Peter Travers
Berlinger is a master of true-crime verite. (Crude) – Scott Foundas
Director Michael Mann is inescapably one of the masters of modern American cinema. (Public Enemies) – Kenneth Turan
An astonishing collaboration of two uncompromising comic masters. (Whatever Works) – Sara Vilkomerson, New York Observer

Judd Apatow has matured into a masterful filmmaker. (Funny People) – Neil Rosen
Masterful! (The Sun) - Keith Uhlich, Time Out NY
A must-see…features masterful storytelling and bravura performances. (The Baader Meinhof Complex) – Bonnie J. Gordon, Film Journal
John Malkovich is masterful. (Disgrace) - Roger Ebert
Clive Owen is masterful. (The Boys Are Back) - Claudia Puig
A staggering symphony of physical mayhem, with Jaa its masterful conductor. (Ong Bak 2) - K.J. Doughton, Film Threat

A lyrical masterwork. (Summer Hours) – Peter Travers
An original, brilliantly funny masterwork. (World’s Greatest Dad) – Paul Fischer
Masterpiece. (The Beaches of Agnes) – Stuart Klawans, The Nation
Masterpiece. (The Beaches of Agnes) – Liza Bear, Interview
A masterpiece... (Summer Hours) – A.O. Scott
A masterpiece. (Summer Hours) – Peter Travers
A masterpiece. (Summer Hours) – David Edelstein
A masterpiece. (Anvil: The Story of Anvil) – Mark Kermode, BBC
A masterpiece. (Up) – Scott Mantz
A masterpiece. (Everlasting Moments) – Anne Thompson, Variety
A masterpiece. (35 Shots of Rum) – Armond White
A masterpiece! (Lorna’s Silence) – Roger Ebert
A masterpiece! (Looking for Paladin) - Andre Pachter, China Confidential
A masterpiece (Funny People) – C. Robert Cargill, AICN

Prepare yourself for another Tarantino masterpiece! (Inglourious Basterds) – Jake Hamilton
...a masterpiece from Pedro Almodovar. (Broken Embraces) - Jeffrey Lyons, KNBC's Weekend Today
A true masterpiece. (Where the Wild Things Are) - Shawn Edwards
This is truly a holiday masterpiece. (A Christmas Carol) - Ed Held, The St. Bernard Voice
An artistic masterpiece. (Hunger) – Ann Hornaday
A cinematic masterpiece. (Watchmen) – Jake Hamilton, CBS-TV
An imaginative, joyous masterpiece. (Up) – Paul Fischer
A stunningly original animated masterpiece! (9) – Bryan Erdy
A breathtaking and moving cinematic masterpiece. (Local Color) – Roger Tennis, CLIPS-TV
Goodfellas meets Chinatown in this modern gangster masterpiece. (The Perfect Sleep) – Stuart Alson, Independent Film Quarterly




MARVIN, VELMA AND PROVOCATIVE
A profound and provocative exploration of cultural inheritance... (Adoration) – Stephen Holden
Ridiculously funny & startlingly provocative. (Cold Souls) – Marshall Fine
An entertaining, amusing and provocative film. (No Impact Man) – David Edelstein
Expert, intricate, ineffably droll, ultimately provocative and entirely enchanting. (Shall We Kiss?) – Joe Morgenstern

Shocking, Provocative! (Disgrace) – New York Times
Provocative and ambitious. (Capitalism: A Love Story) - Richard Corliss, CNNMoney.com
Intelligent and provocative... ((Untitled)) - Marshall Fine
Provocative and thoughtful... (Reunion) – Marshall Fine
Absorbing and provocative. (Fragments) – Frank J. Avella, Newyorkcool.com
Provocative, powerful cinema! (Disgrace) – Daily Telegraph
Provocative, persuasive and powerful. (Capitalism: A Love Story) - Joe Morgenstern
Duly provocative, well-sourced and certain to go more viral than swine flu. (Outrage) – Scott Foundas
Topical, provocative and fearless. (Bruno) – Murray Whyte, Toronto Star
…Riveting…Provocative. ( The Stoning of Soraya M.) – Todd Hill, Newhouse News
A riveting and provocative thriller. (The Lodger) – Avi Offer
Provocative, captivating and profoundly illuminating. (Oh My God) - Avi Offer
Fast-paced, gripping and provocative (Law-Abiding Citizen) - Scott Mantz
The most provocative love story of 2009... (The Mysteries of Pittsburgh) – Shelli Sonstein, Clear Channel
Henry Jaglom is America's most daring, provocative and stubbornly individual director! (Irene In Time) - Jim Svejda



CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Holbrook is at the absolute top of his game. A career-highlight star turn. (That Evening Sun) - Joe Leydon, Variety
A high point in Nightmare Before Christmas filmmaker Henry Selick’s career of creating handcrafted wonderlands. (Coraline) – Lisa Schwarzbaum
This is Michael Moore's magnum opus: The grandest statement of his career. (Capitalism: A Love Story) - Mary Corliss, Time
Woody's full-out emotional range here ranks as a career pinnacle. (The Messenger) - Peter Travers
A juicy, career-crowning role. Bridges - a master of subtle brilliance - plays the hell out of it. (Crazy Heart) - Peter Travers
Poland’s greatest filmmaker caps his career with the story he has waited most of his life to tell. (Katyn) – J. Hoberman
Tom Hardy gives a dynamite performance in the kind of acting opportunity that transforms bodies and, let's hope, careers. (Bronson) - Joshua Rothkopf

One of the best movies of Herzog's career. (Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans) - Manohla Dargis
One of the best performances of Robin Williams’ career. (World’s Greatest Dad) – Joseph J. Alrdo, Phoenix Examiner
The marvelous Michael Caine gives one of the best performances of his career. (Is Anybody There?) – Stephen Farber, Hollywood Life

Jeff Bridges' performance is incredibly good, perhaps the best of his career. (Crazy Heart) - Claudia Puig
George Clooney gives the performance of his career. (Up In The Air) - New York Post
Colin Firth gives the performance of his career (A Single Man) - Peter Travers
Viggo Mortensen gives the performance of his career! (The Road) - Rex Reed
Adam Sandler delivers the best performance of his career. (Funny People) – Ramin Setoodeh, Newsweek
Tobey Maguire gives the performance of his career! (Brothers) - Richard Roeper
Tobey Maguire gives the performance of his career. (Brothers) - Sandie Newton
The finest, fullest work of Maggie Gyllenhaal's career. (Crazy Heart) - Joe Morgenstern
Jennifer Aniston gives the best performance of her career. (Management) – Ramasscreen.com
Jennifer Aniston gives the best performance of her career. (Management) – Dan Jewel
The finest performance of Clive Owen's career. (The Boys Are Back) - John H. Foote, Incontention.com
Cameron Diaz shines in the performance of her career. (My Sister’s Keeper) – Naibe Reynoso, Reelzchannel
This is the best performance of Sandra Bullock's career. (The Blind Side) - Pete Hammond



WHAT IF I WANT TO FORGET?
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Catherine O’Hara give unforgettable performances. (Away We Go) – Scott Mantz
Clive Owen delivers a moving and unforgettable portrayal. (The Boys Are Back) - Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine
Unforgettable... (The Stoning of Soraya M.) – Pete Hammond
Unforgettable. (Ponyo) – Alonso Duralde
Unforgettable. (Memorial Day) – Variety
Unforgettable. (Knowing) – Earl Dittman
Illuminating and unforgettable. (Michael Jackson's This Is It) - Peter Travers

A movie you’ll never forget. (The Stoning of Soraya M.) – Jeffrey Lyons
Unforgettable. (Departures) – Jeffrey Lyons
Julia takes you on a wild ride you won’t soon forget. (Julia) – Leonard Maltin
Altogether extraordinary...Unforgettable. (The Maid) - Leonard Maltin
Unforgettable! A once in a blue moon experience. (Precious) - Rex Reed
Passionate, profound and unforgettable. (The Last Station) - Rex Reed



CHARM OFFENSIVE
What’s not to like about The Great Buck Howard. It’s a charmer. (The Great Buck Howard) – Lou Lumenick
A charmer! (Sherman’s Way) – Rotten Tomatoes
The charmer of the year. (Bandslam) – Dean Richards

I was grateful for every unexpected moment of deadpan charm. (O’Horten) – Lisa Schwarzbaum
A movie of great spirit and considerable charm. (Me and Orson Welles) - David Denby
It startles, charms and delights. (Where the Wild Things Are) - Manohla Dargis
...the film exudes charm and humor. (Serious Moonlight) - David Blaustein, ABC News Radio
This will charm your pants off! (Easy Virtue) – Ella Taylor, Village Voice
What do you say about a movie that launches a charm assault that is damn near irresistible? I say see it! (Me and Orson Welles) - Peter Travers

This is only Louise Bourgoin’s first film, but she’s landed a role of unusual charm and complexity. (The Girl From Monaco) – Joshua Rothkopf
Cameron Diaz gives a brilliant performance – compelling, charming and uplifting. (My Sister’s Keeper) – Jeanne Wolf
Owen Wilson charms. (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) – Lisa Rosman, US Weekly
Zac Efron is a revelation at showing depth and charm you never have dreamed of. (Me and Orson Welles) - Catherine Shoard, The Guardian
Edward is the perfect hero: charming, cultured, dangerous. (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) - Evgenia Peretz, Vanity Fair

The most charming film I’ve seen this year! (Julia & Julia) – Bill Zwecker
One of the most charming American movies of the last decade. (Julie & Julia) - David Denby, The New Yorker
Julie & Julia proceeds with such ease and charm that its audacity is easy to miss. (Julia & Julia) – A.O. Scott
A lovely, charming film with a slow burn that sneaks up on you. (Peter and Vandy) - Kim Voynar
Has it all: charming romance, jaunty adventure story, witty dialogue, gorgeous cinematography and superb performances. (The Brothers Bloom) – Claudia Puig
Impossibly charming and beautifully acted. (Humpday) – New York Magazine
Endlessly charming. (Somers Town) – Village Voice
Charming, inventive and immensely enjoyable. (Paper Heart) – Ben Lyons
Charming! (Splinterheads) - New York Magazine
A charming comedy. (The Answer Man) – Thelma Adams
Funny and charming… (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) – Stuart Lee
Charming and fun! (Bride Wars) – Lori Parker, TV Guide Network
Charming, irresistible and a ton of fun! (Hannah Montana: The Movie) – Scott Mantz
Sweet, charming and frantically funny. (Motherhood) - Prairie Miller



AS RELATING TO FRANZ MESMER?
Why don’t we see movies this mesmerizing more often? (Moon) – Elizabeth Weitzman
Mesmerizing! (Collapse) - Scott Tobias
Mesmerizing! (Must Read After My Death) – Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
Mesmerizing! (Of Time and the City) – Lou Lumenick
Mesmerizing! (Irene In Time) - Tim Sika, KGO Radio/San Francisco
I’m mesmerized. (Valentino: The Last Emperor) – Jeffrey Lyons

Director Kathryn Bigelow displays a mesmerizing talent for capturing mood, emotion and atmosphere. (The Hurt Locker) – Michael Sragow
It’s a risky proposition that pays off handsomely, thanks in no small measure to Tyson’s mesmerizing candor. (Tyson) – Scott Foundas
Viggo Mortensen's performance is mesmerizing! (The Road) - Joe Neumeier
Tony Jaa is as mesmerizing as ever. (Ong Bak 2) - Lisa Schwarzbaum

Like no other movie this year or ever...Mesmerizing. (Antichrist) - Andrew O'Hehir
…Taut, unnerving…mesmerizing story of curdled idealism. (The Baader Meinhof Complex) – Manohla Dargis
A mesmerizing mindbender! (Moon) – Peter Travers
An absorbing and visually mesmerizing new crime thriller! (The Limits of Control]/b]) – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
Emotionally mesmerizing! (Skin
) - Chrissy Rey, The Sunday Times (UK)
Absolutely mesmerizing! (Brothers) - Pete Hammond



THE END OF THE WORLD?
Hailed as a revelation at Sundance! (Sin Nombre) – John Powers
A revelation! (Sin Nombre) - Joe Morgenstern
A revelation (Whip It) - Elizabeth Weitzman
Adam Sandler is a revelation. (Funny People) – David Denby
Zac Efron is a revelation at showing depth and charm you never have dreamed of. (Me and Orson Welles) - Catherine Shoard, The Guardian
The real revelation is Mariah Carey. She’s completely authentic and memorable in a movie that’s well worth seeing. (Tennessee) – Pete Hammond



GUESS THE TWIST
A twisty sex tale that moves mysteriously and takes you to places you never expect. (The Girl From Monaco) – Marshall Fine
A whip-smart, sexy and delightfully twisty romantic thriller. (Duplicity) – Lou Lumenick
Darkly funny & twisty-cool. (Cold Souls) – Lisa Schwarzbaum
This fanciful tale of a miraculous baby takes funny, strange, unexpected twists. (Ricky) - Dennis Dermody
Jennifer Lynch proves more of a chip off her father’s block with this twisty, twisted, psycho-killer mystery. (Surveillance) – Dennis Dermody
A sinister thriller with a real twist. (Surveillance) – Daily Star
The story is intriguing, with plenty of twists. (State of Play) – Ben Mankiewicz
...injects life back into the series with a creative edge, clever irony, ingenious twists and heart-stopping violence. (Saw VI) - Blake French, Filmcritic.com
The twist at the end will blow your mind. (Angels & Demons) – Larry King

Almodovar keeps us enthralled by keeping us guessing. (Broken Embraces) - Joe Morgenstern
Upends your expectations about science fiction and surprises you over and over. Equal parts mystery and character drama, it keeps you guessing until the end. (Moon) – Christy Lemire
A fever dream mash-up of sci-fi, horror and mystery that will keep you guessing till the action-packed finish. (Pandorum) - Tony Timpone
The twists and turns will keep you guessing until the very end. (A Perfect Getaway) – Shawn Edwards
Will keep you guessing right up until the end. (Whiteout) - Gerrad hall, Reelz Channel



SO ALL THE IDEAS HAVEN'T BEEN DONE?
Among the most daring, original and accomplished filmmakers...(Broken Embraces) - Richard Corliss
Mike Judge remains one of cinema’s original voices. (Extract) – Paul Fischer
Depp, one of the most exciting and original actors this country has ever produced, dazzles. (Public Enemies) – Peter Travers
Paul Rudd gives a funny and original performance. (I Love You, Man) - Owen Gleiberman

I doubt moviegoers will see a more original film in 2009. (World’s Greatest Dad) – Joseph J. Alrdo, Phoenix Examiner
One of the most original comedies this year. (The Invention of Lying) - Gerrad Hall, Reelz Channel
One of the most original movies of the year. (District 9) – Paul Fischer
One of the most original and entertaining movies in years. (The Brothers Bloom) – Rafer Guzman
One of the most creative, original and visionary movies ever made. (Where the Wild Things Are) - Shawn Edwards

Wonderfully fresh and original! (An Education) - Joe Morgenstern
Delightfully different and refreshingly original. (The Brothers Bloom) – Guy Farris
Breathtakingly original 9 brings us someplace daring and new. (9) – Christy Lemire
A stunningly original animated masterpiece! (9) – Bryan Erdy

Original, profound and stirring. (Goodbye Solo) - Roger Ebert
Original, absorbing and moving! (The Merry Gentleman) – Roger Ebert
...so interesting and original. (Jennifer's Body) - A.O. Scott
A true, lacerating original. (Antichrist) - Michael Phillips
Audaciously funny, original and resonant! (A Serious Man) - Owen Gleiberman
An original, brilliantly funny masterwork. (World’s Greatest Dad) – Paul Fischer
Clever, original and very funny. (The Informant) - Leonard Maltin
Clever, original and totally entertaining! (Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant) - Shawn Edwards



I'M STILL ALIVE!
With Audrey Tautou perfectly in sync with director Anne Fontaine, Chanel comes alive in ways you've never imagined. (Coco Before Chanel) - Stephen Schaefer
In Mira Nair's evocatively art-directed and sensationally costumed film, Earhart comes alive. (Amelia) - Carrie Rickey
A warm and witty comedy with characters that come alive... (The Answer Man) – Stephen Farber, Reeltalk
Magically alive. (Fantastic Mr. Fox) - New York Magazine
Thrillingly alive. (Brief Interviews with Hideous Men) - Peter Travers
You must remember to see it. As brightly alive a movie as the season will offer. (Summer Hours) – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
See it while you’re alive. (Must Read After My Death) – Michael Musto



CALL ME MR. POOPY PANTS
An action film that feels like an epic. A welcome adult alternative to summer’s sophomoric blockbusters. (Public Enemies) – Claudia Puig
In every sense of the word it’s an adult film that wears its heart on its sleeve. (Two Lovers) – Rex Reed
Mr. Fox manages to capture all the joy of childish delights with grown-up irony and humor, making it pure fun. (Fantastic Mr. Fox) - The New York Observer
Judd Apatow has matured into a masterful filmmaker. (Funny People) – Neil Rosen
Director Park Chan-Wook’s richest, craziest, most mature work yet! (Thirst) – Richard Corliss
An uncommonly mature movie romance. (Love Happens) - Steve Persall, St. Petersburg Times



UP IN THE AIR INDEED
Up soars. (Up) – USA Today
Up soars. (Up) – Richard Corliss
Cruz with Almodovar makes Broken Embraces soar. (Broken Embraces) - Richard Corliss
Soars on the imagination of its creators. (District 9) – Peter Travers
It has a spirit that soars! (Precious) - Peter Travers
Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. soar.. (The Soloist) - Shawn Edwards
Astro Boy soars! (Astro Boy) - Ed Carpenter, Dove Foundation
Amelia simply soars. (Amelia) - Pete Hammond



THE PUNSTERS
It’s about truths that are no longer so inconvenient. (Earth Days) – Owen Gleiberman
Pirate Radio makes for easy viewing and easier listening. (Pirate Radio) - Manohla Dargis
A side-splitting adventure you'll still be laughing about the morning after. (The Hangover) - Claudia Puig
Confessions is a nonstop laughing spree. (Confessions of a Shopaholic) – Pete Hammond
The comic force is with Fanboys. (Fanboys) – Pete Hammond
Action, comedy and excitement...all in one package. (Next Day Air) - Greg Russell
Next Day Air delivers. (Next Day Air) - TheSource.com
Yonkers Joe is a gamble that pays off. (Yonkers Joe) - The Star Ledger
Audiences will wig out. (Good Hair) - Variety

This power punch to the gut is one of the best movies of any kind so far this year! (Tyson) – Peter Travers
A movie that’s a contender. (Tyson) – Richard Corliss
A winner! (Fighting) – Shawn Edwards
A total knockout! The real deal. (Fighting) – Pete Hammond
The directors have scored a home run! (Sugar) – Roger Friedman
Scores a dramatic home run! (Sugar) – Leah Rozen
Dwayne Johnson scores again. (Race To Witch Mountain) - Bryan Erdy
Zac Efron shoots and scores! (17 Again) – Pete Hammond
You don't have to know soccer to get a kick out of this! (The Damned United) - Marshall Fine
Touchdown (Big Fan) - New York Observer

I could eat it up, I love it so. (Where the Wild Things Are) - Lisa Schwarzbaum
Appealing family fare worth relishing. (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) - Claudia Puig
A perfect storm of humor, heart and hot dogs. (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) - Michelle Tan, People
Astro Boy is an out-of-this-world hit! (Astro Boy) - Greg Russell
Exciting fun with an out-of-this-world cast! (Monsters vs. Aliens) – Matt Stevens, E! Online
Up soars... (Up) – Richard Corliss
Amelia simply soars. (Amelia) - Pete Hammond
...the ship is unsinkable. (Pirate Radio) - Peter Travers

500 cheers for the great story and script. Audiences across generations should have a summer of fun with this one. ((500) Days of Summer)
It’s the kind of adventure we could all use more of. (Adventureland) – Kenneth Turan
Utterly glorious... (Inglourious Basterds) - Robbie Collin, News of the World
Riveting, glorious and powerful! (Inglourious Basterds) – Claudia Puig
Seriously awesome! (A Serious Man) - Michael Hogan, Vanity Fair
A monster hit… (Monsters vs. Aliens) - Sandy Kenyon
Monstrous laughs! (Monsters vs. Aliens) - Pete Hammond
Hot-blooded, haunting and totally embraceable. (Broken Embraces) - Peter Travers
Kate Beckinsale is white hot (Whiteout) - Staci Layne Wilson
This cast is dy-no-mite! (Black Dynamite) - Keith Uhlich
A timeless classic. (The Time Traveler's Wife) - Joe Mauceri, WBAI Radio
One amazing race! (Race To Witch Mountain) – Manny the Movie Guy
What Jeff Bridges brings is crazy great. (Crazy Heart) - Joe Neumeier
Watch it! (Watchmen) – New York Post

Shorts is long on creativity! (Shorts) - USA Today
Electrifying! (It Might Get Loud) - Peter Travers
Turbo-Charged. (Fast & Furious) - Shawn Edwards
Four paws up! (Hotel for Dogs) – Jeffrey K. Howard
Ice cold thriller. (Whiteout) - Greg Russell



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