"[T]his stoner GHOSTBUSTERS, an altered state disguised as a movie, may also add up to a hot cult item....Go for the freaky fun of it..."Rolling Stone "Flaked with offbeat witticisms, cheese ball effects and fanboy splatter gore, the surreal JOHN DIES AT THE END has the vibe of a shaggy dog story."Los Angeles Times "Its a ridiculous, preposterous, sometimes maddening experience, but also kind of a blast."New York Times "[With] some deliciously deadpan performances, especially that of Chase Williamson....What he's actually doing, however, is metering out emotion with a precision that belies his lack of experience; remarkably, this is his first feature film."Wall Street Journal "[I]ts not every B-horror picture that combines demonic creatures and ultra-violence with musings about what it means to be alive in a world thats getting more unreal by the day."A.V. Club "[T]he comic horror extends in many directions....At its finest, JOHN glides on this charming fusion of ideas and goofy fun..."Chicago Sun-Times
"[O]ne of the first films Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed, and the only one Lee Strasberg ever helped write....It's a loony, enjoyably overwrought ride while it lasts."Entertainment Weekly
"[A]n intense, surprisingly serious study of a man making his way through a wilderness of catastrophic destruction and human cruelty like a latter-day prophet."Hollywood Reporter "A lean, stark, surprisingly effective headliner in Hollywood's ongoing apoc-a-pala-looza."Los Angeles Times "An attractively grizzled Denzel Washington plays the enigmatic Eli, a true believer with quasi-mystical fighting skills..."USA Today 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Directing team The Hughes Brothers have chosen ELI as their first film in nearly a decade and though it certainly delivers all the fireworks you might come to expect from their earlier work, its religious undertones separate it from the pack..."Box Office "The Hughes brothers have a vivid way with imagery here, as in their earlier films....The film looks and feels good, and Washington's performance is the more uncanny the more we think back over it."Chicago Sun-Times "One of the clever conceits of the script by first-time Gary Whitta is that there are only a handful of people still alive who remember how things were 'before'..."Variety "[A]n intense, surprisingly serious study of a man making his way through a wilderness of catastrophic destruction and human cruelty like a latter-day prophet."Hollywood Reporter "[Washington] beautifully inhabits the film's titular hero, a laconic, solitary gunslinger who's also a custodian of a mysterious tome..."Washington Post "THE BOOK OF ELI takes the form of an ultra-violent graphic novel, with Washington as a steely Man With No Name type who cuts a righteous path through the gullets of sinners and savages." -- Grade: BA.V. Club "[A]mong films about material scarcity, religion and power, it compares favourably with THERE WILL BE BLOOD."Sight and Sound "The real draw is the spaghetti western homages, Tom Waits bartering goods and hand grenades being 10-pin bowled under trucks."Total Film
Rolling Stone (5/25/72, p.64) - "...Ultimately, the Kinks are one of the most underdog groups of all time....That they've made some extraordinary music all along hardly hurts the case...the Kinks are one of the greatest groups of all time..."Goldmine - Very good compilation.
"...Seductive, engaging....[Lee is] terrific at ambience, at a real feeling for backstage talk..." Los Angeles Times
"...[Lone] steals the show....[The] production is a handsome one..." Variety
"...TRUE BELIEVER has made a powerful impression even before the opening credits are over....Woods's performance is crackling and passionate..." New York Times "...[The film] gives us one of those irresistible underdog situations out of THE VERDICT..." USA Today
Spin (1/99, p.92) - Ranked #2 in Spin's list of the "Ten Best Reissues Of 1998."Spin (11/98, pp.144-145) - 10 (out of 10) - "...this jumped-up hillbilly was the bridge between old and new. He links the pious, antebellum Roy Acuff to postwar, urban, roadhouse culture....the key to country's red-dirt past and sign of a rock world to come."Entertainment Weekly (9/25/98, pp.101-102) - "...Ultimately, THE COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS is less a document more than a documentary: the nonfiction story of a prodigiously gifted falling-down alcoholic, always at odds with his wife Audrey,...the industry he helped spawn,...and most crucially, himself..." - Rating: B+Mojo (Publisher) (7/02, p.120) - "...Follows him chronologically through 1946-1951 over 3 CDs - ragged folk-spiritual-singer on CD1; urban mountain-boy-going-on-rock star on CD3..."