Spin (p.81) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Jones has always savored extremes, and here, she's alternately demonic and angelic."The Wire (p.72) - "Sly's drums and Sticky's percussion is spare, sometimes stark and sometimes entering with a shocking surge."Uncut (magazine) (p.89) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Guest breaks down these tracks, reassembles them, splices and splinters, magnifies and reduces them to granular dust as Jones' vocals rear up and reverberate, a hologram amid an intricate hall of mirrors."
"...The ideal sword and sorcery picture. Loaded with action and pitched just right for maximum tongue-in-cheek humor..." Variety
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] provocative collection featuring duets with a number of her long-time collaborators....it's a trawl through the French underworld in which disgust and desire sleep hand in hand..."
Rolling Stone (8/3/00, p.52) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A suprisingly upbeat party record....[She] still has an admirably tough and nasty mouth on her, and it's good to hear a Queen Bee sting."Q (9/00, p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Hip hop's reigning queen and this tough, funky, star-studded album...can consolidate her supremacy....hip hop has never been sexier."Mixmag (8/00, p.173) - 5 out of 5 - "...With explicit storytelling and roughneck sagas mingling with robotic beats that are heading for a dancefloor near you....Kim proves herself an on-point, hilarious MC; totally filthy and totally entertaining."CMJ (7/10/00, p.31) - "...The Queen Bee still knows how to get a rise out of the hip-hop nation with her XXX fantasy flow and sensually guttural voice..."The Source (8/00, pp.221-2) - 3.5 mics out of 5 - "...The Queen Bee is still incomparible when it comes to delivery, flow and near-comical filthy content..."Rap Pages (8-9/00, p.106) - "...[Her] second offering of sexually-driven content will not disappoint." - Rating: A-NME (Magazine) (6/24/00, p.42) - 8 out of 10 - "...Easily the best record to come out of the Junior MAFIA gang since Biggie's posthumous LIFE AFTER DEATH....proving she's still the queen of rap."
"...Franco's performance is solid..." Movieline's Hollywood Life "...It is loaded with rich, dark themes..."New York Times "...[De Niro is] raw and compelling....McDormand has a salt-of-the-earth quality that lends itself nicely to this role..." USA Today "...[De Niro] gives one of his gentlest, most quietly affecting performances....CITY BY THE SEA has combustible moments that wake you right up..." Entertainment Weekly "...[Dushku and Lupone] each effectively pulls out the stops when the moment calls for it..."Variety "...The old Method master hasn't lost his touch....DeNiro's final speech brings back the great-actor tingles..."Total Film "...Franco brings a tortured grace to his performance..." Sight and Sound "Franco's a find, and the rapport between De Niro and McDormand resonates effortlessly." Uncut
"Steven Soderbergh's great, despairing squall of a film [infuses] epic cinematic form with jittery new rhythms and a fresh, acid-washed palette....The performances, by an ensemble from which not a false note issues, have the clarity and force of pithy instrumental solos insistently piercing through a dense cacaphony..." New York Times "...[A] consistently credible drama..." -- 3 out of 4 stars USA Today Ranked #3 in Entertainment Weekly's "Owen Gleiberman's BEST MOVIES OF 2000" Entertainment Weekly "...Multi-layered plotting and plenty of pleasing technical flourishes....Douglas is superb..." -- 4 out of 5 stars Total Film "...Its vigorous, unjaded rush of imagery and story makes for an exciting visual experience..." Sight and Sound "...Soderbergh deftly weaves together four stories depicting the causes and effects of the illegal drug trade..." Box Office "...The whole thing feels remarkably fresh, vibrant and new....The movie is adult, intelligent, sweeping yet intimate, nail-bitingly suspenseful, buoyed by an impeccable, uniformly powerhouse cast, and it provides a real perspective on a real issue..." Premiere "...A mosaic of heightened reality....A picture fascinating in its complexit....The technical contributions are adroit and stylish..." Hollywood Reporter "...Complex and ambitious....Yet another indication of how accomplished a filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has become..." Los Angeles Times
Rolling Stone (12/9/99, p.82) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...he's a loverman who'd rather cajole his would-be paramours than steamroll them....the swirling acoustic guitar graces the best tracks....between-the-sheets beats....no-nonsense grooves..."Q (3/02, p.134) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Jones' vocals drip soul and his songs are memorable too, straying into funk at times..."Muzik (11/99, p.125) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Quality stuff and a worthy successor to Jones' acclaimed debut."Rap Pages (10/99, p.154) - "...versatile enough to chill to, but also funky enough to groove to....Without a doubt, WHERE I WANNA BE is appealing and phat work from an artist who has the substance and creativity to inspire audiences through his work." - Rating: BMojo (Publisher) (4/00, p.98) - "...Brilliant...this album does not disappoint and...really stands out when compared with a lot of the R&B blancmange that's on the radio these days."
Entertainment Weekly (11/17/95, p.79) - "Jones' `joint' is a big, clean house where bop begets rap begets soul, and all-stars like Bono, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles are bathed in swirly, studio-crafty splendor..." - Rating: BDown Beat (2/96, p.43) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...an entertaining pop album that abounds with joyous feeling....there are several dozen singers and musicians....Yet everyone finds his or her place, stomping the grooves, sweetening the harmonies, swinging hard or just coolin' out..."Musician (1/96, p.95) - "...What makes this album work isn't who Q puts on the guest list, but what he does when they turn up....he's hardly repeating himself, as the hyper-energized `Stomp' and the sultry `Is It Love That We're Missing' make plain."NME (Magazine) (12/16/95, p.37) - 7 (out of 10) - "...tailor-made for star-spotters, ever ready to strain an ear in search of their favourite zillionaire....you can't really have this much quality on board and not occasionally sound sublime."
Q (8/95, p.122) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...This poignant and affecting album is devoted to spirituals, hymns and folk songs, and Haden's booming sound and uncanny harmonic feel perfectly supports Jones's softly rolling chords, mixture of local-church artlessness and dignified funkiness..."JazzTimes (7-8/95, p.115) - "...all the material possesses a stately quality....The elegance brought to the reading by Jones and Haden is only overshadowed by the lustrousness of the material..."Village Voice (1/16/96) - Ranked #9 in the Village Voice's Best Jazz Discs of '95 - "...a critical and even miraculous work that says something new about the folk songs and spirituals at the foundation of African American music..."Jazziz (9/95, p.20) - "...their treatment of the material is reverant, with very little filigree. But it achieves an elegant depth, never maudlin or morose. And in Haden's wide bass tones, and Jone's clustered voicings, even darkness takes on new hues..."
"...The script contains an arresting mixture of uproarious, tender, and bitingly abrasive moments....This is a captivating film; superlative writing and acting make it soar..." Movieline's Hollywood Life "...A pleasurable experience..." Sight and Sound "...Thanks to the excellently adapted script, we are shown a group of characters with real emotional depth....The Weitzes have directed the film with great ability..." Hollywood Reporter "...[The directors] handle the sentimentality of the story with a light, sweet touch....You succumb to the movie's warmth and bonhomie..." New York Times "...ABOUT A BOY is that rare film that's as clever and moving as the book on which it was based....It's a well-written, witty film whose memorable characters grapple with the nature of family, love, friendship and despair..."USA Today "...[The directors] deliver a punchy, smirking script, laced with irreverence. Just as importantly, there's real chemistry between Grant and his young co-star..."Total Film "...Hugh Grant has grown up, holding on to his lightness and witty cynicism....Grant draws on, and deepens, his enjoyable performance as the seducer boss in Bridget Jones' Diary..." Entertainment Weekly "...Hugh Grant, who has a good line in charm, has never been more charming than in ABOUT A BOY....A comedy of confidence and grace..." Chicago Sun-Times "This is better than feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- affecting when you least expect it and funny from start to finish."Wall Street Journal
Uncut (p.89) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "This mesmerising set by several ANTHOLOGY figures, plus Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Maybelle Carter and others, brings the gravity of the moment home."Dirty Linen (p.67) - "The performances are inspiring, and the sound quality is superb....The first disc includes a genre-and color-line-busting banjo and vocal performance of 'The Country Blues' by Boggs."No Depression (p.77) - "As the collection's subtitle implies, the folk revival starts here. The people whose applause you hear were touched in many ways by hearing these performances."Mojo (Publisher) (p.105) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "The 55 tracks, each of them fabulous, together add up to a collection almost as powerful as the Harry Smith ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC box."