3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The explosive V FOR VENDETTA is powered by ideas that are not computer-generated. It's something rare in Teflon Hollywood: a movie that sticks with you." Rolling Stone "[M]any of Moore's concerns remain intact....It shares the stylistic panache of the MATRIX movies..." Uncut 4 stars out of 4 -- "[A] compelling, rousing and at times strangely moving entertainment." Premiere "As the revolutionary V, Weaving is mostly marvelous..." Sight and Sound "This dark and stylized movie is visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing. Set in a slightly futuristic world, V FOR VENDETTA is an action thriller that also stimulates thought."USA Today 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he best adaptation of an Alan Moore graphic novel yet to hit the screen..." Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "A bravura action romp with all the flair you might expect from a film produced by Matrix creators the Wachowski brothers....Excellent." Ultimate DVD "[T]his grandiose popcorn movie is slathered with ideas, theories, and intricate proclamations about he nature of freedom, government, and individual will..." -- Grade: B+ Entertainment Weekly
"...The Hughes Brothers' goal here is to make an epic of savagery, and they are brilliant at ambience and details....A conspiracy-theory thriller with brains and a heart..." New York Times "...Sensational and accomplished....A horror film of genuine artistry and excitement. The Hughes brothers work with commanding restraint..." Entertainment Weekly "...Impressively realized, confirming the Brothers as formidable visual stylists....The shadow-drenched Prague studio sets help sustain a sense of claustrophobia well suited to a tale of endemic corruption..." Sight and Sound "...It's a true auteur movie, perfectly in sync with the brothers' previous output and delivered with a dry, subliminal message..." Total Film "...A rich, atmospheric film....The movie feels dark, clammy and exhilarating -- it's like belonging to a secret club where you can have a lot of fun but might get into trouble..." Chicago Sun-Times
"..This highly elaborate venture offers some appealing elements..." Variety "...Naseeruddin Shah makes a splendidly bearded Captain Nemo..."Sight and Sound "[W]hat's new is a complex BEING JOHN MALKOVICH-style plot which sees fictional Royston Vasey characters enter our world through a portal and torment their real-life creators.APOCALYPSE still manages plenty of hilarious moments." Uncut
Rolling Stone (5/15/03, p.137) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC, which mixes rare commercial releases with Alan Lomax field recordings, tells a deeper tale of the breadth and intricacies of mountain song and the colorful virtuosos who put it on record..."Dirty Linen (8/03, pp.57-8) - "...In all, the box is a remarkable achievement....[With] outstanding songs and tunes..."
"THE HANGOVER is surprisingly clever as well as R-rated rowdy....Helmoer Todd Phillips grabs attention right from the get-go with an edgy-funny prologue that triggers an extended flashback."Variety "[A] piercingly funny, twisted 'whatever-happens-in-Vegas' caper....It's the deadpan comic timing of director Phillips and his terrific cast that's ultimately responsible for THE HANGOVER's lasting effect."Hollywood Reporter 4 stars out of 5 -- "Todd Phillips has directed a nasty, brutish and brilliant comedy for louts..."Box Office "Zach Galifianakis makes blinkered idiocy a cartoon rush..." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 4 -- "THE HANGOVER proves that high concept, done right, can work deliriously well. Its simple premise, executed via an off-kilter narrative structure, is made even more absurdly funny by an offbeat cast."USA Today "[T]here is a sort of perverse brilliance or brilliant perverseness to be found in this story of a bachelor party gone terribly wrong."Los Angeles Times "[O]ften very funny. This is partly thanks to the three principal actors, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, who incarnate familiar masculine stereotypes in ways that manage to be moderately fresh as well as soothingly familiar."New York Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "THE HANGOVER is a funny movie, flat out, all the way through....Here is a movie that deserves every letter of its R rating."Chicago Sun-Times "What makes HANGOVER so funny is watching these hapless fools trying to piece together a lost night, forensic clue by forensic clueWashington Post "There's definite chemistry there between Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. The script is a dream for a comedic actor, filled with opportunities for all three leads to shine, and all three do."Movieline 4 stars out of 4 -- "[A] very funny and fast-paced detective story."Premiere 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's oodles of verbal humour...Jon Lucas and Scott Moore's inventively profane script missing few opportunities to tickle the funny bone as it charts the deranged aftermath of the ultimate Sin City stag night.Total Film
"...The cast is a pleasure....A seamless whole that goes down like the sweetest, slickest video you ever saw..." Rolling Stone "....[Angela Bassett] turns in quite a powerful performance..." Sight and Sound "...An exhilarating blast...[with a] strong cast..." -- Rating: B+ Entertainment Weekly "...An appealing cast and skilled and imaginative direction by Forest Whitaker....Bassett again proves her gifts with a performance at once fiery and delicate..." Variety "...Pleasant....Grounded in a smooth, wall-to-wall soundtrack written by Kenneth 'Babyface" Edmonds....WAITING TO EXHALE is easy listening for the eyes..."Los Angeles Times "...This is a debut directing job by Forest Whitaker, and somehow the tone of the film resembles his own acting: measured, serene, confident..." Chicago Sun-Times