"...Many of the sequences are thrilling....The visual environment is beautifully conceived and skillfully rendered..." New York Times "...CHAMBER OF SECRETS, the movie weaves a powerful spell over its audience..." USA Today "...[The film has] new characters, marvelously played by fresh king-and-queen hams who conjure the old-fashioned art of well-placed acting..." Entertainment Weekly "...The young actors -- Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Rupert Grint as Ron, and Emma Watson as Hermione -- exude a new ease..." Rolling Stone "...It affords an opportunity for such character actors as Kenneth Branagh and Shirley Henderson to let rip....[The] monsters from the first film are smoother and more nuanced here..." Sight and Sound "...CHAMBER OF SECRETS, like its predecessor, is intelligently cast and makes good use of behind-the-camera talent..." Los Angeles Times "...Enchanting....We see even more of the exquisitely realized Harry Potter universe in this outing..." Box Office "...It possesses a confidence and intermittent flair that begin to give it a life of its own....[The] film features a commanding turn by Christian Coulson..." Variety
"...[Branagh] has done it again....Triumphantly romantic, comic and, most surprising of all, emotionally alive..." New York Times "...Invigorating fun....[Thompson] is an actress of unflagging elegance..." Rolling Stone "...A spirited, winningly acted rendition of one of the Bard's most popular comedies....Richard Briers and Brian Blessed are rock solid..." Variety "...A delectable golden glow practically radiates from the screen....MUCH ADO shimmers..." Entertainment Weekly "...Branagh is nothing if not a film director of high spirits and great energy....It is cheerful from beginning to end..." Chicago Sun-Times
"IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY is kind of a perfect coming-of-age comedy....Fleck and Boden break the fourth wall brilliantly and frequently, and that inventiveness is one of the film's great charms."Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "There is both poignancy and humor -- sometimes at the same time -- in this tale of an emotionally stressed teen who checks himself into a mental hospital."USA Today "[E]ngaging and sweet, with a nice feel for the purgatory-like blankness of mental hospital life..."A.V. Club "Galifianakis funnels all of his quirks...into the service of rounding out the character. It's less a selfless performance than one that's full of self; it's haphazardly but effectively Methodlike."Movieline "[With] some lovely visual and aural grace notes, including bits of sweet animation, music by Broken Social Scene, and the wacky sight of Galifianakis disguised in doctor scrubs." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 4 -- "Galifianakis is a comic force of nature, but he digs down here and delivers a beautifully nuanced performance that gets under your skin. Just like the movie."Rolling Stone
"...This provocative film touches a nerve. It's so funny it hurts..." Rolling Stone "...Travolta is a wonderful Clinton/Stanton....[Bates is] a fierce, funny force of nature..." Entertainment Weekly "...An array of vivid caricatures whose real-life role models aren't easy acts to follow..." New York Times "...For Tennessee-born Kathy Bates, this gleeful, high-energy part is a lifesaver, her best performance since winning an Oscar in MISERY and good enough to practically steal the entire picture..." Los Angeles Times "...It's a superb film -- funny, insightful and very wise about the realities of political life....The movie is endlessly inventive and involving..."Chicago Sun-Times "...PRIMARY COLORS rewards where other political dramas merely bore..." Total Film
Rolling Stone (11/25/71, p.60) - "...a fine introduction and well worth your attention..."
"...Style and subject are ideally matched....[Rush] is increasingly superb..."Sight and Sound "...A romance of exuberant theatricality and wit....Infused with the lifeblood of Shakespeare's passion..." -- Rating: AEntertainment Weekly "...An inspired re-imagining of history and deft look at the relationship between art and life..."Box Office "You can't miss with a movie that speaks the language of love with such hot-blooded delight....[SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE] spins delicious magic..." Rolling Stone "...One of the year's smartest and funniest comedies..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars USA Today "...It soars freely into the realm of invention, wittily weaving Shakespearean language and emotion into an intoxicatingly glamorous romance..."New York Times "...Smoothly executed....[Fiennes] has the burning eyes and brooding demeanor appropriate for a lover, and he and Paltrow, flourishing once again under a British accent and doing her best work since EMMA, have a winning chemistry..."Los Angeles Times
Rolling Stone (3/4/04, pp.62-3) - 3 stars out of 5 - "On their fourth album, these metalheads sound restless....[The band's] newfound experimentation ends up being a strength."
Rolling Stone (11/26/92, p.74) - 3 Stars - Good - "..a winning comeback...11 songs that have deep thematic resonance and that are among her most appealing work.."Q (5/92, p.84) - 3 Stars - Good - "..fans won't be disappointed.." Spin (5/92, p.76) - Highly Recommended - "..[this release] marks the welcome return of an authentic angry voice...her righteous fury delivers the big thrills.."Musician (8/25, p.88) - "..not since Tina Turner has a nearly forgotten veteran reinvented herself to such stunning effect...Saint-Marie has somehow discovered a sound that's leaner, scarier and more spontaneous than anything to which she's previously put her name.."New York Times (Publisher) (9/11/92, p.C24) - "..a devastating litany of continuing corporate and governmental injury to indians. The outrage is bolstered by lean, catchy folk-pop melodies.."
Rolling Stone (5/29/03, p.62) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There's enough murder and mayhem to satisfy any SCARFACE groupie..."Spin (6/03, pp.99-100) - "...Their best by a mile..." - Grade: A-rEntertainment Weekly (6/20/03, p.73) - "...At a time when most emo-core blandly follows a mall-rat-shallow blueprint, Alkaline Trio provide some much-needed counterpoint. Black humor never sounded so sweet..." - Rating: B+CMJ (5/26/03, p.6) - "...The self-deprecating humor and Warped Tour cynicism that helped solidify the Alkaline Trio's entree into poppy melodicism intermingle for another 12 bleak odes, distinguished by reverberating guitar lines and, yes, even chimes..."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.53) - "Blood-soaked poetry, relationship trauma and delicious melodies all set alongside each other..."Mojo (Publisher) (7/03, p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The Alkaline Trio have delivered an album offering far more than the pink blush of awkward adolescence..."
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Hamilton Leithauser's sore-throated vocals can be surprisingly moving, as on the impressionistic street-life tale 'Lost in Boston'..."Uncut (p.133) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he five-piece have developed an urgent, clanging hybrid of post-punk and new wave....Its vibrancy and colour shine through."Alternative Press (p.204) - "[With] 50's-style guitar reverb...and occasional dives into the Ramones' punk pool..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The real beauty...lies in the cacophony of noise: chiming guitar, purring organs and hymnal piano, all drizzled with off-kilter vocals."
Rolling Stone (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "BUBBLE & SCRAPE was a last gasp of wild, often disquieting abandon....17 blasts of beautiful bedlam."Rolling Stone (9/2/93, p.61) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...while their sound may be obviously rock--and [BUBBLE AND SCRAPE] is nothin' but--it's still not obvious rock....Sebadoh don't believe in merely recycling their sources. Instead, they reinvent them..."Spin (5/93, p.83) - Highly Recommended - "...primitive guitar strums glide along slow-throbbing basslines, with icy jams, occasional roars, and frequent moments of space and tranquility filling out the soundscape..."Entertainment Weekly (4/16/93, p.55) - "...[Lou Barlow's] anguish is so palpable you just wanna give the songs a hug. Pass the lithium, but don't pass on a listen..." - Rating: B+Q (7/93, p.100) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...wanders through Dinosaur-styled emotive pleas to discordant punkiness and twee melodies....a fine, very personal collection with a tub full of hooks which you'll find hard to explain the potent beauty of to disapproving musicologists..."Uncut (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t sounds richly classicist, with Lou Barlow's songs the very model of lovelorn orthodoxy..."CMJ - "Songs like 'Two Years Two Days' and 'Sister' still hold within their destructive heads some tender hooks."Q (Magazine) (p.157) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Lou Barlow] had begun to write moving songs of love and loss....Bassist Jason Loewenstein started to prove his worth, too, with the melodically astute 'Sixteen'."NME (Magazine) (8/12/00, p.28) - Ranked #9 in The NME "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums".NME (Magazine) (5/1/93, p.34) - 8 (out of 10) - "...BUBBLE AND SCRAPE is alive with the possibility of love and the mournful conviction that love is doomed...."Clash (magazine) (p.116) - "[S]ound collages and elegiac acoustic laments....BUBBLE AND SCRAPE was perhaps their greatest artistic achievement."
"...Sheridan's movie has just enough charm to pull it all off with a flourish. A sparkling effort, full of tears and smiles..."Total Film "...Poignant....Sheridan gets wonderful performances from all of the actors, particularly from the two young girls, who act with assurance and spontaneity..." Movieline's Hollywood Life "...[A] modest, touching film....What lingers in the mind after you have seen his movie is the rough, radiant individuality of his characters..." New York Times "...IN AMERICA is going to shake you up and hang you out to dry if you give it the chance....Luminously photographed..." Los Angeles Times "...There are moments that speak emotional volumes..." Entertainment Weekly "...Forceful, funny and impassioned....It gets to you..." Rolling Stone
"...Courageous and uncompromising..." Variety "...Keaton is nothing less than splendid....REDS is an extremely fine film." New York Times "A rabble-rousing tour de force....The movie is political, educational, provocative...It is also intellectually stirring..." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly "REDS remains a superior history lesson, thanks to Mr. Beatty's thorough command of the material and to his inclusion of real-life 'witnesses' to the life and times of Reed."New York Times "Beatty's passion is indisputable."Rolling Stone Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 DVDs Of The Year" -- "[T]he movie has only increased in power and relevance."Entertainment Weekly 4 stars out of 5 -- "Beatty and Keaton give career-best performances and Jack Nicholson, as ever, steals all his scenes..."Total Film "There is plenty to admire here....It takes a certain gumption to make a three-hour Hollywood epic centered on the Russian revolution."Sight and Sound