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Criticwatch - Haven't We Heard That Before? - The Jan-Jun 2004 Recap

Do YOU Trust These People?
by Erik Childress

Watching a trailer for The Chronicles of Riddick recently, a colleague gasped at a key line spoken by Dame Judi Dench, “He’s beginning to understand,” in reference to Vin Diesel’s titular anti-hero fighting for the side of good. “THAT’S FROM THE MATRIX!” I heard in the seat next to me. Of course the line from Laurence Fishburne is actually, “He’s beginning to believe.” But they sound the same, are used in the same context and are sold to an audience perhaps not completely subconsciously to recall your experience of that other action extravaganza. Still, the change in character motivation could be referred to as Han Solo-esque, which in turn was probably not uncommon in various forms of literature and storytelling for many years prior to that.

Critics await moments such as this, furrowing their brow and filling their pen with poison to stamp words like “ripoff” or its less egregious cousin, “derivative” into their reviews. These two words will likely pop-up, conservatively, in one out of every three write-ups of a title where the filmmakers have shamelessly lifted plot points, costumes, shots or Keyser Soze/”I’m really dead” climaxes. As for the other two, one of them may not care and the other may not be aware of the previous incarnations. And if it’s new to him, he’s thinking where’s the harm and where’s the foul?

"Rock solid action" (Walking Tall) - Thelma Adams (US Weekly)
"The Rock is rock solid in Walking Tall" (Walking Tall) - Joel Siegel (Good Morning America)

Not every critic is educated enough in their own field to identify every piece of nostalgic representation either homaged or outright stolen in modern screenplays. I know I’m certainly not worthy enough to go toe-to-toe with Jonathan Rosenbaum or Roger Ebert who have certainly forgotten more about film than I’ll have seen by the time I reach 30. It offers them a perspective on the experience and their ideas revolve around their knowledge of history. Rosenbaum may crankily dismiss a debut filmmaker because he’s seen it somewhere before. Ebert may concede his familiarity and still get wrapped up in his enjoyment of it.

“Perfectly written and paced!” (I'm Not Scared) - Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
“A perfectly paced work…” (I'm Not Scared) – Phoebe Flowers (Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)

Running Criticwatch for several years, follow-up articles have drawn humor from the blatant similarities between the way quote whores register their enthusiasm. How many times have you seen a comedy described as “laugh-out-loud funny” (as if laughter was an internal reaction) or the adjective “outrageously” placed at the forefront of anything? It’s an ongoing practice that baffles the more astute observers of the industry. Don’t these people have anything else they can say? Why do studios and publicists continue to utilize these phrases? When does Thelma Adams accuse Shawn Edwards of ripping off one of her bad puns? Will Clay Smith smackdown Earl Dittman because they both called a film “the best comedy of the year” in February?

“Funny and charming” (Win a Date with Tad Hamilton) - Thelma Adams (US Weekly)
“Charming and funny” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) – Ilene Abramson (Los Angeles Times)

This is naturally a lower form of the definition of plagiarism. It’s a word of warning you hear a lot of in school and even more in the media recently with the Jayson Blair scandal at the New York Times that resulted in the resignation of several top editors. Blair, in an article for Jane magazine, partially blamed his misdeeds on “junk food and eccentricity.” And we thought we were well removed from “The Twinkie Defense.” Although anyone who saw Earl Dittman in the flesh on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Feb. 15, 2004, could adopt Blair’s reasoning as “The Dittman Defense.”

"It's an enchanting modern-day Cinderella story that everyone will love" (The Prince and Me) - Jeffrey Lyons (WNBC-TV)
"A cool and hip modern-day Cinderella story thats enchanting and regally hilarious." (The Prince and Me) - Earl Dittman (Wireless Magazines)

Blair isn’t the only high-profile figure to come under question. Stephen Ambrose, author of several well-regarded WWII books including “Band of Brothers”, came under fire when about ten sentences in “The Wild Blue” bore similarity to passages in Thomas Childers’ “Wings of Morning,” published six years earlier. Childers reaction to the news was rather calm and level-headed, citing that he “doesn’t want to go after Stephen Ambrose.” He asked “What would I say? Shame on you? The man has done an awful lot of good work.”

“Mean Girls is not only funny but smart.” (Mean Girls) – Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
“Funny and smart” (Mean Girls) – Mike Wilbur (NBC News Channel)

Famous legal crusader Alan Dershowitz was charged last year with plagiarism in his book The Case for Israel. DePaul University Professor Norman G. Finkelstein accused Dershowitz of “wholesale lifting of source material” from a book by Joan Peters “From Time Immemorial”. According to the Professor, more than 20 quotes in Dershowitz’s text were cited to primary and secondary sources, mirrors of which were used in Peters’ book. Dershowitz and his defenders then forced many into a debate over what does and does not constitute plagiarism. If writers were to be held accountable for every single line, paragraphs would begin to look like binary code with the amount of numbered footnotes on display.

“Bewitching, funny and unexpectedly touching!” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) – Devin Gordon (Newsweek)
“Funny, human and unexpectedly touching” (Seeing Other People) – Robert K. Elder (Chicago Tribune)

In a New Yorker piece about the subject, James Kincaid refers to it as “a perfectly normal way or proceeding.” The Associated Press and the Reuters wire use the same paragraphs for explanatory purposes and Kincaid asserts that “newspaper writers and editors ‘boilerplate in’ paragraphs” lifted from these sources. There are only so many ways for the reader to get the same knowledge about the same event, whether it be a downtown fire or the synopsis on a DVD cover.

“Ben Affleck has never been better!” (Jersey Girl) – Bill Zwecker (FOX-TV)
“Ben Affleck has never been better.” (Jersey Girl) – Neil Rosen (NY-1)

Jason Kinney, a speechwriter for former California Governor Gray Davis, admitted to the “accidental homage” for his employer’s 2003 State of the State Address. Seems he was studying past speeches in preparation to write his latest and a connection existed to Bill Clinton’s 1993 State of the Union Address. Taken, inspired, soaked from his subconscious, whatever it is David Kusnet (one of Clinton’s writers) said "Virtually every combination of words has been spoken or written at some time." If such is the case, who wants to throw the first stone if such a harmful accusation can be thrown right back? As Kusnet added, "As it says in the Bible, there's nothing new under the sun." Ironically, this was reported by The New Republic who had to deal with the Stephen Glass situation, who invented complete stories for its magazine. But are they to be condemned forever?

“Astonishing, original and very funny...you have never seen anything like it!” (The Saddest Music in the World) – Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
“It's unlike anything you've seen before!” (Games People Play: New York) - Rex Reed (The New York Observer)
“Unlike anything movie goers have seen.” (Man On Fire) – Sam Rubin (KTLA-TV Los Angeles)

The point being that these people have respects within the industries that they work and no doubt achieved several hardships and busted their tails to obtain their status. And yet they can be reduced in stature and kicked around while the Jeff Craigs and the David Sheehans are allowed to endure; those who never achieved credibility in the first place but still somehow acquire it by free association with the same mindless quotes.

"Meg Ryan is a knockout." (Against the Ropes) – Michelle Solomon (NBC-TV, Detroit)
"Meg Ryan and Omar Epps will knock you out..." (Against the Ropes) – Greg Russell (WB-TV)
"...packs a winning punch. Meg Ryan and Omar Epps deliver knockout performances." (Against the Ropes) – Fred Saxon (FOX-TV)

Far be it from me to throw the first stone since even in my past, I was once culpable for similar actions. During the backend of one of my very first writing gigs, doing DVD reviews for a website, I succumbed to the expediency of meeting my deadlines. A plot synopsis here, common knowledge facts about the production there and another’s paraphrased thought back and again ended up littering several reviews of mine and cast a dark cloud over a collection of untarnished works that I could call my own. I later apologized and rewrote fresh reviews, since I quickly learned never to read other’s reviews before I wrote my own; the subconscious working in mysterious ways. I actually probably owe Funk & Wagnalis a thank-you card for getting me through high school science papers. (And up yours, Mr. Hall!) It’s a part of my past that I’m certainly not proud of and make no excuses for, but it is the past, an isolated few incidents that hopefully is overshadowed by all the work I’ve done for and in the name of online film criticism. Skeletons and stones may break our bones, but isn’t it all how you put everything back together and move on?

“Mandy Moore reveals her knack for comedy.” (Chasing Liberty) – Earl Dittman (Wireless Magazines)
“Scarlett Johansson reveals her brilliant comic abilities” (The Perfect Score) – Earl Dittman (Wireless Magazines)

If turnabout is fair play, years later one of my own articles about Criticwatch had several passages and research lifted for a similar-themed opinion piece at MoviePoopShoot.com. The author was confronted, we asked for credit which we received and the matter was closed. Looking at the current state of moviemaking and junket film criticism, it becomes clear what we do it for. The future. Plain and simple. The past will always have its blemishes and the present is an ambiguous place on the timeline that exists for a brief period before becoming the past itself. What can we do to make it all better for the future so that it becomes our present, if only for that brief period?

“Fun for the whole family” (Agent Cody Banks 2) – Deborah Hornblow (The Hartford Courant)
“Fun for the whole family!” (Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed) – Steve Oldfield (FOX-TV)
“Fun for the whole family” (Home on the Range) - Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)

Presidents get questioned about sex scandals and going AWOL, Vanessa Williams threw aside a defrocked Miss America crown (thanks to appearing in Playboy) to become an incredibly popular singer. Francis Ford Coppola wrote and directed a sexploitation film in the 60s involving lingerie models and hookers and went on to make The Godfather. Pete Rose gambled towards the latter part of his career. Oh, stupid man. (Of course, that’s a joke I lift from Eddie Izzard’s Dress To Kill HBO special as I hear it in my head.) Years pass and the majority of baseball fans and writers still want to see him in the Hall of Fame; contending that his past accomplishments are still worthy of recognition.

“Tender and touching!” (Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself) – Jeffrey Lyons (WNBC-TV)
“Tender and touching!” (Jersey Girl) – Jeffrey Lyons (WNBC-TV)

But many of these “critics” don’t have past accomplishments, except strutting around like Professor Gilderoy from Harry Potter and sucking off the studio tit for free flights, hotels and access in exchange for studio coverage. And until I see them take part in the charge for legitimacy, Criticwatch will continue to flourish and hunt down those who cast a dark cloud over all of us.

“Julia Stiles will steal your heart.” (The Prince and Me) – Chuck “The Movie Guy” Thomas (WGBN-TV (WB) & Comingsoon.net)
“Kate Hudson will steal your heart!” Raising HelenClay Smith (Access Hollywood)

Just last year, our “Whore of the Year” Clay Smith(ee) here also suffered a Mola Ram-like fate:

“Hilary Duff will steal your heart away!” (The Lizzie McGuire Movie)
“Will Ferrell doesn't just make you laugh... he will also steal your heart.” (Elf)

You’re an idiot, Clay, and you better get your checkbook out because you owe a lot of people money for the garbage you tell them to go see. How much are you getting from Buena Vista this year to pump Hidalgo, Home on the Range, The Alamo and Raising Helen? Got anything left in that fruit basket for the families that blew their moviegoing budget for the year on your recommendations?

True originality is in the eye of the beholder and even those knowing half of cinematic history will contend that all the good ideas have already been used. We praise twists on old ideas, fresh outlooks and such which honor us with their place in the present and hopefully inspire upcoming filmmakers (and ourselves) to push the bar further. We should expect the same from our critics; expanding their knowledge and recognizing how something like 13 Going On 30 is certainly not up to the same standards as Mean Girls. Neither can be described as wholly original, but the latter should be remembered while the former will be dismissed when Jennifer Garner or director Gary Winick does something better.

“Wickedly funny” (Mean Girls) – Mose Persico (CFCF-TQS, Canada/Entertainment Spotlight)
“Wickedly funny!” (Saved!) – Elle Magazine

Filmmakers snatch ideas, critics overuse expressions and journalists can rely too much on press releases. If a friend of theirs says something witty will it end up in their work under their by-line without a footnote to acknowledge Joe Blow? If other people’s words are all they currently have to offer back to this world, what good are they to their readers or to themselves? Can a high school kid not go on to greater success as a screenwriter or editor because they utilized passages from an encyclopedia for their essay on subzero water removal (a topic I heard in Beautiful Girls?) The past is only prologue to the future. How that future is used is what we should be discussing in the present. So let’s get to it.

“A feel good comedy that will keep you smiling” (13 Going On 30) – Jan Wahl (KRON-TV San Francisco)
“A feel good comedy not to be missed.” (13 Going On 30) – Tony Toscano (KJZZ-TV/Talking Pictures)
“The hilarious, feel-good comedy we've been waiting for all year.” (Raising Helen) – Lisa Stanley (Infinity Broadcasting)

Normally this article would debut at the end of June, part of the six-month recap that offers a progress report for the usual suspects on our watch. Only something very curious seems to be happening. Maybe it will prove to be less astounding on June 30, but at the present time, Criticwatch seems to be making a difference. Maybe.

“Don't leave before the final frame - if you're still breathing.” (Dawn of the Dead) - Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly)
“A thrilling adventure that will take your breath away!” (Hidalgo) - Clay Smith (Access Hollywood)
“A breathtaking thrill ride.” (Van Helsing) - Jeffrey Lyons (WNBC-TV)
"An exciting ride!" (Van Helsing) - Greg Russell (WB-TV)
"One awesome rollercoaster ride." (Van Helsing) - Bonnie Laufer (Tribute TV)
"Grab a seat, take a wild ride!" (Nascar 3-D (The IMAX Experience)) - The Charlotte Observer
"An ingenious ride!" (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
) - Owen Gleiberman(Entertainment Weekly)
"A fascinating ride..." (BAADASSSSS!) - Allison Samuels (Newsweek)
"What a ride!" (The Day After Tomorrow) - Mose Persico (CFCF-TQS, Canada/Entertainment Spotlight)

Every week, yours truly goes through the papers of Chicago, as well as a weekly edition of the New York Times and pausing movie commercials with the Tivo, trying to grab every quote associated with every movie. In a weird twist of fate, Friday’s LA Times was quite helpful in the search, but had recently removed the entertainment section from their online edition. You think Kevin Thomas was on to us? BTW Kevin, move aside because we actually have a legit critic with the same name writing for us here at the site. (And he’s only been writing since April.) Although that 5-star Day After Tomorrow is suspect. Perhaps I’ll have to watch you after all. ;)

(As this article goes to print, it turns out the LA Times website was just setting up a new online subscription service - $8.95 for monthly access to several national papers. And I’ll search every one if I have to!)

“I found this movie, and the two leads - Nia Verdalos and Toni Collette - irresistible. David Duchovny is absolutely charming as the love interest.” (Connie & Carla) – Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)
“Hilariously entertaining and irresistibly charming.” (13 Going On 30) – Earl Dittman (Wireless Magazines)

The quotes are always in abundance, statistically, when the year is filled outright with crappy movies. Peter Travers is littered on every (generally) positively-reviewed film, but the Dittmans and Smiths are out in full-force when the PR departments have nowhere else to turn to. Some of the critics are up in their quote quotas this year, but many more are down. David Sheehan, who was the recipient of Criticwatch’s 2003 Kevin Thomas Sloppy Seconds Award, just received his first quote of the year for Raising Helen, opening on May 28.

“The summer's first great comedy is here.” (Raising Helen) – David Sheehan (Hollywood Close-Ups)

Make no mistake, this is a very crappy year for movies if the general consensus means anything. There are some great film fest fare on their way to your multiplexes like Garden State, Napoleon Dynamite, Open Water and Saw, but as of the end of May, the major releases have been less than worthy of your hard-earned dollar and yet continued to be championed. At Rotten Tomatoes.com, which compiles the critical consensus from a top variety of print and online sources, registers the following films as receiving negative reviews from 70% or MORE of those who saw them:



Twisted, Godsend, Envy, My Baby's Daddy, The Whole Ten Yards, Johnson Family Vacation, Catch That Kid, Against the Ropes, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Welcome to Mooseport, New York Minute, The Perfect Score, The Big Bounce, You Got Served, Laws of Attraction, Chasing Liberty, Soul Plane, Torque, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Raising Helen, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Taking Lives, Van Helsing, Along Came Polly, Walking Tall

And another 9 registered at least 60% negative response: (Never Die Alone, The Prince and Me, The Punisher, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, The Alamo, Breakin' All the Rules, The Butterfly Effect, Broken Lizard’s Club Dread, Seeing Other People)

These 17 received a mixed response in the 40-59% range:

Jersey Girl, Man on Fire, 50 First Dates, Secret Window, Ella Enchanted, Eurotrip, The Day After Tomorrow, Connie and Carla, Hidalgo, The Passion of the Christ, Home on the Range, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, The Dreamers, The Girl Next Door, The Ladykillers, Troy, Saved!

If you leave out limited releases like (Dogville, Super Size Me, Intermission, Shaolin Soccer, Touching the Void, The Saddest Music in the World, Coffee and Cigarettes), we’re only left with 12 major studio titles in five months that have achieved a 60% positive response or greater (the last of which I believe to be easily one of the worst films of the year):

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shrek 2, Mean Girls, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Miracle, Teacher's Pet, Hellboy, Dawn of the Dead, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Spartan, Starsky and Hutch, 13 Going On 30


In the spirit of forgive-and-forget, everyone with the scarlet letter on Criticwatch is getting a second chance to straighten up and fly right. Prove to us that you’ve been given a bum rap. Come forward and defend yourself. Or better yet, let’s see some real effort out there. How many of you junketeers out there (other than Dittman) actually write? Not capsule reviews, but actual pieces of substance that prove you have a base knowledge of cinema history? Produce them and we’ll reconsider your status. No promises. Even better yet, let’s see some actual taste in the movies you’re pimpin’. Sure we all have the so-called “guilty pleasure” not and again. That’s why I’m going to allow you two pieces of crap to praise. Starting now, because you’re all way off the reservation at this point. From June-to-December you can praise two films that rank below the 30% line at Rotten Tomatoes.com. Three strikes and you’re gone faster than you can see “Seacrest OUT!” If you want some guidelines at the kind of reviewing to avoid, read on. First, take a gander at the scoreboard and see how hard we’re watchin’ you

THE SCOREBOARD (THROUGH MAY 2004)
LEONARD MALTIN (19) – OK, hold the phones people. Apparently Entertainment Tonight Leonard wasn’t happy that Access Hollywood Clay got the top award last year. In 2002, he only had 15 quotes. He’s got 19(!!!) just through May. He had 10 through June in 2003 and finished up with 31. Someone put a fresh-and-funny leash on this guy already!

KEVIN THOMAS (16) – A whopping 46 quotes in 2003; his Criticwatch best (or worst). At the end of June last year he had 18 quotes. He only needs 2 more with 33 films scheduled for release in June. Odds on matching last year’s pace: 2-1

JEFFREY LYONS (13) – He took a midyear tally of 10 and ballooned it into 31. He’s got 13 and it ain’t even June yet. Watch out everyone, Lyons is on a tear.

PETER TRAVERS (13) – Travers isn’t the most present of the critics early in the year, but he starts to show his legs beginning with the summer season. He had 14 after June last year. With 13 on the page in 2004, expect final numbers in the 50s for the third year in a row.

EARL DITTMAN (13) – Dittman made an embarrassing appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in February. Something like that should have hurt his career, but it’s flourishing being two quotes ahead of his 11 pace in June last year and 24 for 2003. This is almost as disturbing as him recommending the Olsen Twins movie and makes him an early favorite for whore of the year

THELMA ADAMS (12) – Speaking of early favorites, little Thelma is also ahead of last year’s 11 pace. She just missed out being a nominee last year with her 26 tally, but this may be her year.

SHAWN EDWARDS (10) – Shawn ‘ol boy formed his own film critics association last year. Now, he’s three off the pace from last year. His 33 quotes from last year still look reachable and would make him a two-time nominee for the top whore awards.

JIM FERGUSON (10) - Ferguson is halfway to last year’s total of 18. He was one of our “one-to-watch-in-2003” when he only had 10 quotes. (He has that through May in 2004.) We watched him and he ranked #8 on the top ten after only having 6 quotes through June. He looks to be aiming for over 20 this year and could easily gain him a higher ranking; especially with recommendations of Twisted and Scooby-Doo 2.

JOEL SIEGEL (10) - Siegel has a nice duck-and-dodge thing going on with the quotes. He only had 7 last year by June and went onto 27 quotes; down from his 33 in 2002. Joel didn’t have a single quote until March this year, but then whipped out 8 of them through April. He’s a consistent presence on the list and shall continue to be.

GENE SHALIT (10) – Why don’t him and Thelma Adams mate and just have little pun babies already?

CLAY SMITH (10) – Our 2003 Whore of the Year winner! 6 of his 10 quotes have come courtesy of Walt Disney/Touchstone product. He needs 4 quotes to match his 14 last year. Keep an eye out for Around the World in 80 Days. But someone may have taken notice of his award last year, cause his chances of a repeat at this stage look rather slim.

So those are your top guys and gals. But check out some of these lesser (or actually, more impressive) stats.

THE OVERACHIEVERS (Stop giving them more strength!)
(Name – Quotes THIS year – Quotes LAST year)
KAREN DURBIN (11 – 17)
JOYCE KULHAWIK (8 – 11)
CLAUDIA PUIG (10 – 18)
GREG RUSSELL (NEWBIE ALERT!!!) (6 - 0)
JEFF CRAIG (5 - 7)
JIM SVEJDA (6 - 10)
PAUL CLINTON (6 - 11)
FRED SAXON (4 – 9)

THE UNDERACHIEVERS (Someone took notice)
(Name – Quotes THIS year – Quotes LAST year)
DAVID SHEEHAN (1 – 24)
LEAH ROZEN (5 - 29)
MARK S. ALLEN (7 – 20)
JEFFREY K. HOWARD (0 - 11)
BILL BREGOLI (2 – 13)
TONY TOSCANO (5 - 15)
DEAN RICHARDS (5 – 15)
MOSE PERSICO (6 - 15)
BILL ZWECKER (6 - 15)
LARRY KING (2 – 10)
MIKE SARGENT (1 - 9)
MIKE CIDONI (0 - 8)
JEANNE WOLF (2 - 6)

Last year we had 9 on each list. This year we’ve got 8 on the overachievers with the usual top guys and 13 on the underachiever list; 4 of whom have a SINGLE quote or LESS.

For the complete list of Criticwatch – go straight to the source. But for an extensive preview at what’s already been said this year – read on.

BAD PUNS
“Blade is SHARP!”
“It had me hooked!” (Hook)
“There’s nothing bad or ugly about The Good, The Bad & The Ugly”

Yeah, those are freakin’ horrible. And I made them up. The following I did not:



"A hoot times two." (New York Minute) - Jeanne Wolf (Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood)
"…Viggo is still the king!" (Hidalgo) – Brooke Anderson (CNN Headline News)
"Bend It like Chow!" (Shaolin Soccer) - Ed Park (The Village Voice)
"The kids' silly antics generate genuine laughs. And that's something to write home about." (Eurotrip) - Claudia Puig (USA Today)
"13 Going On 30 is a winning number." (13 Going On 30) - Gene Shalit (The Today Show)
"...With one jarring twist after another" (Twisted) - Earl Dittman (Wireless Magazines)
"Udderly hilarious" (Home on the Range) - Jim Ferguson (FOX-TV/ KMSB-TV)
“I'll say it ogre and ogre again. I love Shrek 2” (Shrek 2) - Gene Shalit (The Today Show)
"This one’s a cut above." (Barbershop 2: Back In Business) –GQ
"A killer comedy!" (The Ladykillers) - Thelma Adams (US Weekly)
"Let the sunshine in!" (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) - Thelma Adams (US Weekly)
"This is The Alamo to remember!" (The Alamo) - Mark S. Allen (KMAX-TV/UPN-TV - Sacramento)
"I can't shake it from my memory!...a movie that's hard to forget." (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) - Gene Shalit (The Today Show)


"…make a date to catch it!" (Win a Date with Tad Hamilton) – Thelma Adams (US Weekly)
"A classic date movie...for a good time, make a date with Tad Hamilton." (Win a Date with Tad Hamilton) - Claudia Puig (USA Today)


"R-O-C-K spells action!" (Walking Tall) - Shawn Edwards (FOX-TV – Kansas City)
"Rock solid action" (Walking Tall) - Thelma Adams (US Weekly)
"The Rock is rock solid in Walking Tall" (Walking Tall) - Joel Siegel (Good Morning America)

"DYN-O-MITE!" (Starsky & Hutch) – Shawn Edwards (FOX-TV – Kansas City)
"Zoinks, this movie is awesome!" (Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed) - Mark S. Allen (KMAX-TV/UPN-TV - Sacramento)
"It's thrilling, it's chilling, it's spine-tingling! It's fang-tastic!" (Van Helsing) - Greg Russell (WB-TV)


"...It's hellzapoppin'" (Hellboy) - Leah Rozen (People)
"Hellboy is on fire with scares and laughs" (Hellboy) - Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)
“Hellboy is hot!” (Hellboy) – Earl Dittman (Wireless Magazines)


"A true action-packed contender." (Against the Ropes) – Earl Dittman (Wireless Magazines)
"Meg Ryan, in a Meg-a performance!" (Against the Ropes) – Gene Shalit (The Today Show)
"Meg Ryan is a knockout." (Against the Ropes) – Michelle Solomon (NBC-TV, Detroit)
"Meg Ryan and Omar Epps will knock you out..." (Against the Ropes) – Greg Russell (WB-TV)
"...packs a winning punch. Meg Ryan and Omar Epps deliver knockout performances." (Against the Ropes) – Fred Saxon (FOX-TV)


"A royal gem of a movie." (The Prince and Me) - Chuck “The Movie Guy” Thomas (WGBN-TV (WB) & Comingsoon.net)
"Julia Stiles is radiant and royal, a star to wish upon" (The Prince and Me) - Joel Siegel (Good Morning America)
"It's an enchanting modern-day Cinderella story that everyone will love" (The Prince and Me) - Jeffrey Lyons (WNBC-TV)
"A majestically entertaining date movie...A cool and hip modern-day Cinderella story thats enchanting and regally hilarious." (The Prince and Me) - Earl Dittman (Wireless Magazines)
"Samuel L. Jackson gives a regal performance." (Twisted)– Michael Sragow (The Baltimore Sun) ---------- WAIT, HUH???


KEEP WHO GUESSING?
Very few times is this true. With the exception of something like Basic Instinct or movies where the very last shot reveals the truth, don't MOST mysteries kinda tell you who the bad guy is with about 15 minutes left in the movie? If you are STILL guessing the identity after that, don't they have to take you away on the special bus?


“Stylish, with a shocking ending! Twisted keeps you guessing!” (Twisted) - Mose Persico (CFCF-TQS, Canada/Entertainment Spotlight)
“Twisted will keep you guessing” (Twisted) - Jim Ferguson (FOX-TV/ KMSB-TV)
“…it keeps you guessing.” (Twisted) – Michael Sragow (The Baltimore Sun)
“…had me guessing right to the end” (Secret Window) - Bill Diehl (ABC Radio Network)
“An unconventional thriller that keeps you guessing until the last frame.” (Twisted) – Jim McFarlin (WB-TV)
“You'll be guessing all the way till the end, and you'll still be wrong.” (Taking Lives) - Greg Russell (WB-TV)


FUNNY HOW?
When was the last time you laughed and it WASN'T out loud? At the movies, that is. I can understand if you're trying to prevent an embarrassing situation - but at the movies WHO would you be holding back for? If you tried NOT to laugh-out-loud at say, Airplane, wouldn't you potentially blow you sphincter out?



“A hip, fast-paced, funny movie!” (Teacher’s Pet) – Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)
“Funny…with real laughs” (Along Came Polly) – Mick LaSalle (The San Francisco Chronicle)
“An impressively daring romantic comedy.” (50 First Dates) – A.O. Scott (New York Times)
“A slick, lushly appointed romantic comedy” (Laws of Attraction) – Rex Reed (The New York Observer)
“At last, a romantic comedy that's funny and romantic.” (Laws of Attraction) – Ted Baehr (Movieguide)
“…funny and profound!” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) – Ann Hornaday (The Washington Post)
“Funny and charismatic.” (The Girl Next Door) – Mark S. Allen (KMAX-TV/UPN-TV - Sacramento)
“…just as sharply funny and as heartwarming.” (Barbershop 2: Back In Business) – Claudia Puig (USA Today)
“Funny and touching!” (Jersey Girl) – Bill Zwecker (FOX-TV)
“Bewitching, funny and unexpectedly touching!” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) – Devin Gordon (Newsweek)
“Funny, human and unexpectedly touching” (Seeing Other People) – Robert K. Elder (Chicago Tribune)
“Charming and funny” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) – Ilene Abramson (Los Angeles Times)
“Funny and charming” (Win a Date with Tad Hamilton) - Thelma Adams (US Weekly)
“Funny and exuberant!” (Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen) - Kevin Thomas (Los Angeles Times)
“…funny and unique” (Hellboy) – Mose Persico (CFCF-TQS, Canada/Entertainment Spotlight)
“Refreshingly funny” (Starsky & Hutch) - Shawn Edwards (FOX-TV – Kansas City)
“Bitingly funny and refreshingly clever” (Win a Date with Tad Hamilton) – Adam Rapoport (GQ Magazine)
“...truly funny.” (Seeing Other People) – Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
“…downright funny!“ (Raising Helen) - Phil Boatwright (The Movie Reporter)
“Very funny!” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) – Joel Siegel (Good Morning America)
“Very funny!” (Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself) – Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
“Hilariously funny” (Broken Lizard’s Club Dread) - Thelma Adams (US Weekly)
“Viciously funny!” (Mean Girls) – Neal Turitz (Star)
“Brilliantly funny.” (Mean Girls) – Anthony McLean (CBC's "The X")
“Irreverently funny…” (The Ladykillers) – Michael Wilmington (Chicago Tribune)
"Raucously funny and irreverent." (Frankie and Johnny Are Married) - Stephen Farber (Movieline)
“Riotously funny!” (The Ladykillers) – Joyce Kulhawik (Hot Ticket)
"Riotously funny!" (Frankie and Johnny Are Married) - Dennis Dermody (Paper Magazine)
“… uproariously funny!” (Intermission) – Irish Times
“Screamingly funny” (Eurotrip) – Jeffrey Lyons (WNBC-TV)
“Boy, is this funny...side-splittingly funny” (Broken Lizard’s Club Dread) – Glenn Kenny (Premiere)
“I loved it! I couldn't stop laughing!” (Johnson Family Vacation) – Sylvia Flanagan (Jet Magazine)
“You don't have to be a teen to enjoy 13 Going On 30” (13 Going On 30) – Claudia Puig (USA Today)
“It's a hoot...and you don't have to be a teenager to laugh out loud with this one.” (Mean Girls) – Sarah Zapp (CN8 Boston)
“Mean Girls is a laugh out loud fun movie from beginning to end.” (Mean Girls) – Joanna Lovenglick (Kids News Network)
“…a charming, imaginative, laugh-out-loud winner!” (Teacher’s Pet) – Jim Svejda (KNX/CBS Radio)
“A laugh-out-loud comedy!” (Along Came Polly) – Joyce Kulhawik (Hot Ticket)
“Laugh-out-loud funny.” (Starsky & Hutch) – Paul Clinton (CNN)
“Laugh-out-loud funny” (The Girl Next Door) - Thelma Adams (US Weekly)
"Laugh-out-loud, absurdly funny... " (The Saddest Music in the World) - Manohla Dargis (Los Angeles Times)
“I laughed out loud - a lot! Wickedly funny!” (Mean Girls) – Steve Oldfield (FOX-TV)
“Wickedly funny!” (Saved!) – Elle Magazine
“Wickedly funny” (Mean Girls) – Mose Persico (CFCF-TQS, Canada/Entertainment Spotlight)
“Wickedly funny and action-packed” (Hellboy) – Tony Toscano (KJZZ-TV/Talking Pictures)
“More action. More laughs.” (The Whole Ten Yards) – Fred Topel (About.com)
“It's scary and it's funny.” (Dawn of the Dead) – Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
“Clever and funny” (Ella Enchanted) – Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)
“Mean Girls is not only funny but smart.” (Mean Girls) – Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
“Funny and smart” (Mean Girls) – Mike Wilbur (NBC News Channel)
“Smartly written, very hip and truly funny!” (Breakin’ All The Rules) – Guy Farris (Northwest Cable News)
“A smart, sexy and seriously funny comedy!” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) - Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)
“It’s a smart, funny, thrilling comic book.” (Torque) – (Ain’t It Cool News)
“A smart, funny film” (Mean Girls) – Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)
“Smart, fresh and funny!...” (Seeing Other People) – Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)
“Ferocious, fresh, & funny” (Intermission) – Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)
"Fresh and funny. I thoroughly enjoyed it." (Frankie and Johnny Are Married) - Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)
“It's wildly funny and over-the-top...I was on the floor!” (Eurotrip) – Joyce Kulhawik (Hot Ticket)
“Fall on the floor funny” (Mean Girls) – Mark S. Allen (KMAX-TV/UPN-TV - Sacramento)



DON’T YOU THINK I’M SEXY?
“A sexy, clever black-comic romance.” (Love Me If You Dare) – Shawn Levy (Oregonian)
“A smart, sexy and seriously funny comedy!” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) – Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)
“Lovable, sexy and full of charisma” (Chasing Liberty) – Earl Dittman (Wireless Magazines)
“A sexy crime story” (The Big Bounce) – Jami Bernard[/size]
“A snappy, sexy thriller…” (Twisted) – Michael Sragow (The Baltimore Sun)
“A Sexy and smart thriller” (Twisted) – Liam Mayclem (KRON-IND - San Francisco)
“Its sexy and smart!” (The Girl Next Door) – Chuck “The Movie Guy” Thomas (WGBN-TV (WB) & Comingsoon.net)
“Sexy and engaging” (The Girl Next Door) – A.O. Scott (New York Times)
“… wickedly sexy” (The Girl Next Door) – Clay Smith (Access Hollywood)
“Wickedly delicious!” (Love Me If You Dare) - Aaron Gell (W Magazine)



FAMILY FRIENDLY
“Will make millions of children happy for a very long time.” (Clifford's Really Big Movie) – Michael Clark (Gwinnett Daily Post)
“Young children will snuggle up in the movie's cozy good cheer” (Clifford's Really Big Movie) - A.O. Scott (New York Times)
“Something for everyone” (New York Minute) – Corey Moss (MTV News)
“This is one family film that has appeal for adults as well as children.” (Teacher's Pet) - Kevin Thomas (Los Angeles Times)
“Take your family and enjoy!” (Van Helsing) – Toni Senecal (WB-TV)
“A family treat!” (Home on the Range) - Mose Persico (CFCF-TQS, Canada/Entertainment Spotlight)
“First-rate family fun” (Home on the Range) - Clay Smith (Access Hollywood)


“A film for all ages that holds you spellbound.” (Ella Enchanted) – Family Film Advisory Board
“The best family film so far this year! A great, magical, enchanting film for all ages.” (Ella Enchanted) - Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
“The best family film of the year!” (Ella Enchanted) - Tony Toscano (KJZZ-TV/Talking Pictures)
“This is my definition of family entertainment! It's a movie parents and kids can enjoy together.” (Ella Enchanted) - Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)
“Ella Enchanted is one family film that will make the whole family feel happily ever after.” (Ella Enchanted) - Joel Siegel (Good Morning America)

“Fun for the whole family” (Home on the Range) - Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)
“Fun for the whole family” (Agent Cody Banks 2) – Deborah Hornblow (The Hartford Courant)
“Fun for the whole family!” (Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed) – Steve Oldfield (FOX-TV)
“A big-hearted, joke-filled movie treat for the whole family.” (New York Minute) - Earl Dittman (Wireless Magazines)
“It's great to see a movie the whole family can enjoy.” (New York Minute) – Lisa Breckenridge (FOX-11 LA)
“If ever there was a summer movie for the whole family, this is it.” (Shrek 2) - Clay Smith (Access Hollywood)


“YOU MUST-SEE THE BEST MOST PERFECT MASTERPIECE THAT YOU’VE NEVER SEEN YET!!!”
“The year's first must-see movie!” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) – Lou Lumenick (New York Post)
“Don't miss it” (The Agronomist) – Time Out New York
“Don't miss this film!” (Home on the Range) – Guy Farris (Northwest Cable News)
“You won't want to miss a second of this incredibly fearless motion picture...” (Hellboy) – Earl Dittman (Wireless Magazines)
“Not to be missed!” (Touching the Void) - Karen Durbin (Elle)
“A feel good comedy not to be missed.” (13 Going On 30) - Tony Toscano (KJZZ-TV/Talking Pictures)
“You must see this film!” (Shaolin Soccer) - [size=16]Ain’t It Cool News[/size]
“A must-see” (This Old Cub) - Dean Richards (WGN-TV/WGN Radio, Chicago)
“A must-see!” (Taking Lives) – Bill Zwecker (FOX-TV)
“A must-see!” (Against the Ropes) – Peter Palmiere (Boxing Inside TV)
“A fantastic must-see film!” (The Alamo) – Leslie Bohl Jones (WOAI-TV)

“One of the most intense experiences I’ve ever had at the movies.” (Touching the Void) – Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
"One of the most heartfelt depictions of young love in a long time." (Stateside) - Juan Morales (Interview)
“The most voluptuous comic-book movie ever made!” (Kill Bill Vol. 2) – Elvis Mitchell (New York Times)
“One of the most captivating rock-related movies ever made.” (Mayor of the Sunset Strip) – Austin Chronicle
“One of the best and most important documentaries about the media ever made.” (Control Room
) – Shawn Levy (Oregonian)
“Director Gabriele Salvatores' best film yet!” (I'm Not Scared) – Lee Marshall (Screen International)
“The best re-envisioning of a horror classic in memory.” (Dawn of the Dead) - Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly)
“…the best proof in ages that cannibalizing old material sometimes works fiendishly well...” (Dawn of the Dead) – Manohla Dargis (Los Angeles Times)
"One of Val Kilmer's best performances" (Stateside) - Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
“Mamet at his best.” (Spartan) - Mike Sargent (WBAI Radio / “Niteshift”)
“Kevin Smith's best movie ever!” (Jersey Girl) – Steve Chupnick (FOX-TV)
“Mystery Inc does it again. This time better than ever” (Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed) – Jim Ferguson (FOX-TV/ KMSB-TV)
“Hollywood's best epic in years.” (Troy) – Dan DiNicola (CBS-TV)
“The best romantic comedy pairing since Tracy and Hepburn” (Laws of Attraction) - Earl Dittman (Wireless Magazines)
“It's the best romantic comedy of the year” (13 Going On 30) - Clay Smith (Access Hollywood)
“...one of the best movies of this summer.” (Shrek 2) - Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)
“This season’s best comedy.” (The Girl Next Door) - Mark S. Allen (KMAX-TV/UPN-TV - Sacramento)
“This year’s best comedy!” (Starsky & Hutch) – Paul Clinton (CNN)
“The best comedy of the year!” (Barbershop 2: Back In Business) - Shawn Edwards (FOX-TV – Kansas City)
“Early candidate for best picture of the year” (The Ladykillers) - Jim Svejda (KNX/CBS Radio)
“The best time I’ve had at the movies this year. Coming out of the movie, I was exhilarated, on top pf the world.” (Against the Ropes) - Gene Shalit (The Today Show)
“One of the best movies I’ve seen this year.” (Hidalgo) - Joyce Kulhawik (Hot Ticket)
"Easily one of the best movies of the year!" (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) - Jim Svejda (KNX/CBS Radio)
“By far the best movie of the year” (Man On Fire) – Sam Rubin (KTLA-TV Los Angeles)
“The best film in a decade!” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) - David Edelstein (Slate.com)
“One of the Best films of this, or any, year!” (My Architect) - Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)
"One of the best films of all time" (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) - Ryan Sucher (Showtime)

“Tom Hanks' best performance since Forrest Gump” (The Ladykillers) - Jim Svejda (KNX/CBS Radio)
“Tom Hanks Is Funnier Than Ever!” (The Ladykillers) – Lou Lumenick (New York Post)
“Jim Carrey has never done anything this deeply felt.” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) – Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)
“This may be the best work Jim Carrey has ever done.” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) – Caryn James (The NY Times)
“Ben Affleck has never been better!” (Jersey Girl) – Bill Zwecker (FOX-TV)
“Ben Affleck has never been better.” (Jersey Girl) – Neil Rosen (NY-1)

“The best family film so far this year!” (Ella Enchanted) - Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
“The best family film of the year!” (Ella Enchanted) - Tony Toscano (KJZZ-TV/Talking Pictures)
“One of the best big screen comic-book adaptations of recent years” (Hellboy) – Ty Burr (The Boston Globe)
“The best comic book movie ever made.” (Hellboy) – Michael Clark (Gwinnett Daily Post - Atlanta)
“By far the best comic book based movie I have ever seen!” (The Punisher) – Jason Feinberg (E!)
“The best thriller I've seen in ages” (Taking Lives) - Bill Zwecker (FOX-TV)
“The best time I've had at the movies in ages!” (Kill Bill Vol. 2) - Ty Burr (The Boston Globe)
“A movie for the ages!” (The Passion of the Christ) – Claudia Puig (USA Today)

“Santo documentary a perfect 10!” (This Old Cub) – Carrie Muskat, MLB.com
“A perfect **** gem!” (The Girl Next Door) – Steve Rhodes (Internet Reviews)
“Absolutely perfect!” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) - Harry Knowles (Ain’t It Cool News)
“Perfectly written and paced!” (I'm Not Scared) - Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
“A perfectly paced work…” (I'm Not Scared) – Phoebe Flowers (Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)
“A perfect meshing of non-stop action with super use of top-drawer computer animation.” (Van Helsing) - Jeffrey Lyons (WNBC-TV)
“…a gallery of perfect performances.” (Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself) – Joe Morgenstern (Wall Street Journal)
“Johnny Depp gives another perfect performance” (Secret Window) - Tony Toscano (KJZZ-TV/Talking Pictures)
“Washington gets our juices running. He's a perfect edgy leading man” (Man On Fire) - Michael Wilmington (Chicago Tribune)
“Liv Tyler is perfectly cast.” (Jersey Girl) – Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
“The parts fit Romano and Hackman perfectly” (Welcome To Mooseport) - Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)
“Stiller and Wilson are perfectly cast!” (Starsky & Hutch) - Richard Schickel (Time)
“Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are pure perfection.” (Starsky & Hutch) - Paul Clinton (CNN)
“Close to Comedy Perfection!” (The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra) - Michael O’Sullivan (Washington Post)

“****! A masterpiece!” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) – Glenn Kenny (Premiere)
“****! A masterpiece!” (Dogville) – Glenn Kenny (Premiere)
“Troy is a masterpiece.” (Troy) – Jim Ferguson (FOX-TV/ KMSB-TV)
“A hilarious masterpiece!” (The Ladykillers) – Dean Richards (WGN-TV/WGN Radio, Chicago)
“A comedic masterpiece that touches the heart.” (Barbershop 2: Back In Business) – Mark S. Allen (KMAX-TV/UPN-TV - Sacramento)
“An unbridled, mad-love masterpiece!” (Love Me If You Dare) - Aaron Gell (W Magazine)
“A heartfelt little masterpiece” Kitchen StoriesBruce Feld (Film Journal)
“A film with the look, sweep and heart of a masterpiece.” (Hidalgo) – Jim Svejda (KNX/CBS Radio)

“A wildly original comedy! So intricate and so inventive” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) – Karen Durbin (Elle)
“A gripping, original thriller” (Close Your Eyes) – Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)
“Completely original!” (Noi) – Kevin Thomas (Los Angeles Times)
“A true original” (Intermission) – Irish Times
“...a genuine original” (Intermission) – Leonard Maltin (Hot Ticket)
“A romantic comedy unlike any other!” (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) - Joe Morgenstern (Wall Street Journal)
“Astonishing, original and very funny...you have never seen anything like it!” (The Saddest Music in the World) – Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper)
“It's unlike anything you've seen before!” (Games People Play: New York) - Rex Reed (The New York Observer)
“Unlike anything movie goers have seen.” (Man On Fire) – Sam Rubin (KTLA-TV Los Angeles)

“Mr. Bertolucci has not pushed the envelope of explicit sexuality this forcefully since his internationally scandalous Last Tango In Paris more than 30 years ago.” (The Dreamers) – Andrew Sarris (The New York Observer)
“Not since Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise has one actor’s debut been so auspicious. Matthew Goode is the next big thing.” (Chasing Liberty) – Anderson “Andy” Jones (E! Online)
“DMX is the most charismatically evil anti-hero since Scarface” (Never Die Alone) – Daniel Schweiger (Venice)
“The best romantic comedy pairing since Tracy and Hepburn” (Laws of Attraction) – Earl Dittman (Wireless Magazines)
“…the most honest slice of high school since Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (Mean Girls) – Mark S. Allen (KMAX-TV/UPN-TV - Sacramento)
"Its Risky Business for a new generation" (The Girl Next Door) - Chuck “The Movie Guy” Thomas (WGBN-TV (WB) & Comingsoon.net)
“The most exciting, genre-bending action film since the original Matrix” (HellboyJoel Siegel (Good Morning America)
“The best film of its type since The Silence of the Lambs” (Taking Lives) – Neil Rosen (NY-1)
“It's the best movie of its kind since the first American Pie” (The Girl Next Door) – Todd Gilchrist (IGN.com)
Risky Business Meets American Pie” - The Girl Next DoorMark S. Allen (KMAX-TV/UPN-TV - Sacramento)
“Its American Pie goes to Europe” (Eurotrip) – Jeffrey Lyons (WNBC-TV)
"A cross between Seabiscuit and Raiders of the Lost Ark" (Hidalgo) - James Verniere (Boston Herald(
"...it's the excitement of Raiders of the Lost Ark with a twist of film's most classic creatures." (Van Helsing) - Dean Richards (WGN-TV/WGN Radio, Chicago)
"It's a combination of Clueless meets Heathers" (Mean Girls) - Andrea Cansler (AOL)
"A musical version of Forrest Gump and Being There" (Mayor of the Sunset Strip) - NY Daily News
"Love Actually meets Trainspotting" (Intermission) -
Lou Lumenick (New York Post)
"Funny Girl Meets I Love Lucy." (Connie & Carla) - Jeanne Wolf (Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood)
"Breakfast Club meets Ocean’s Eleven" (The Perfect Score) –
Tony Toscano (KJZZ-TV/Talking Pictures)
"Three Men and a Baby meets Boyz In The Hood!" (My Baby’s Daddy) – Tom Maurstad (Dallas Morning News)
"Sweet Home Alabama revisited…" (Win a Date with Tad Hamilton) – Stephen Holden (New York Times)
"Like In The Bedroom!" (The United States of Leland) - Laurie Sandell (Glamour)
"Has a hard-punching style that makes Kill Bill look like In The Bedroom!" (The Punisher) - A.O. Scott (New York Times)

"Belongs to the same school as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Amelie!" (Love Me If You Dare) - Stephen Holden (New York Times)
"It brings to mind films like Diva and Run Lola Run!" (Love Me If You Dare) - Ruthe Stein (San Francisco Chronicle)

"Original!" (Love Me If You Dare) - Kevin Thomas (Los Angeles Times)

Your Honor - The Defense Rests!


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