"It's funny ha-ha but firmly in touch with its downer side, which means it's also funny in a kind of existential way."New York Times "The amazing, translucent Shannon is fearless in exposing Peggy's naked sadness." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly "[A] charming film that is neither saccharin nor sanctimonious."Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "White invites us to chuckle at his protagonist's perversities before slowly winning us round to her warped point of view...The writer-director's real talent is in showing that we're all freaks and geeks in one way or another..."Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "As a character study, it's compelling, and there are fantastic supporting turns from John C. Reilly and an excellent Laura Dern..."Empire "[A] bright palette and tinkling music add to the absurdist tone....Sharp dialogue and some spot-on performances keep the irony subtle enough to work.."Sight and Sound
"...Witty and touching....Joan Cusack is pinpoint funny..." Entertainment Weekly "...Hail! Hail! Jack Black: He's the clown king of rock & roll....Enroll in his class and you won't stop laughing..." Rolling Stone "...A very funny for-kids-of-all-ages delight that should catapult Mr. Black straight to the top of the A-list of Hollywood funnymen..." New York Times "...ROCK takes a clever premise and Black's unflagging manic energy and comes up with a pleasing mainstream comedy..." Los Angeles Times "...The whole show is basically Black's....He really can riff and shriek like every bedroom Led Zep fantasist dreams of doing..." Variety "Jack Black is a living, breathing, sweating advertisement for the transformative power of rock 'n' roll..." Chicago Sun-Times "[A] joyous farce....The star is Jack Black, whose anarchic musician is a monster of antic id..."Wall Street Journal
"A sweet bliss-out from the writers Mike White, Jerusha Hess and Jared Hess..." New York Times 3 stars out of 5 -- "There's sweetness in the slapstick, while the director mines his missionary past to present a Mexico as eccentric and off-beat as the small-town America lovingly mocked in his first film." Total Film "Director Jared Hess employs an offbeat aesthetic in keeping with his previous offering....Black's infectious, slapstick energy is also a great asset..."Sight and Sound
"...Jennifer Aniston gives a revelatory performance..." Movieline's Hollywood Life "...This is smart, well-crafted stuff..." Premiere "...One of the year's best films....The extraordinary quality of White's script and Arteta's direction lifts the meticulously cast actors to the heights of their abilities..."Los Angeles Times "...A sharp-tongued, subtly nuanced tragicomedy....Aniston effectively exudes emptiness and ennui....Viewers will be grateful to have stumbled on this darkly comic and well-told story..." USA Today "...It's a winner....Ms. Aniston provides a gentle, thoughtful performance....A ripe, daffy comedy about the turbulent mixture of depression and jealousy..." New York Times "...THE GOOD GIRL ferrets out subtle comedy in the bleakest of set-ups. While the tone of the movie is sincere and socially aware....An appealing film..." Sight and Sound "Jennifer Aniston gives an austere, impeccable performance....Every character is drawn sharply, yet never uncharitably."Wall Street Journal
Rolling Stone (10/3/96, p.71) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...With Social Distortion's music now distilled beyond any point of derivation, the band clears its own path like an unstoppable earthmover, pushing dense walls of electric rhythm guitar through the night..."Entertainment Weekly (10/18/96, p.82) - "...Social Distortion have made their first truly transcendent album. That it's constructed of such rock & roll staples as a driving backbeat, gritty vocals, steamroller guitar riffs, and an underdog's worldview makes it all the more impressive..." - Rating: A-Q (12/96, p.143) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...more akin with Husker Du and the post-punk, pre-grunge US guitar school than they do latterday spiky-topped revivalists. Social Distortion write incredibly catchy riffs..."Musician (11/96, p.88) - "...Without being overly earnest, they infuse their songs with drama and demand to be taken seriously....Under all that growl and gravel, it's easy to miss the considerable melody that Mike Ness squeezes out of his five-note range."
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"[R]eliably agreeable....The film is good news....It's a store-bought valentine with real heart." New York Times "There's an easygoing authenticity to Kenya and her world....Out of genre stereotype rut, SOMETHING NEW finds a way to exhale..." Entertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 5 -- "[R]efreshing....Smarter than your average date movie."Total Film
Entertainment Weekly (6/7/02, p.76) - "...Documents the return of the guitar and the ongoing decline of the sensitive white chick..." - Rating: B-
Rolling Stone (12/12/02, p.92) - "...Something of a hip-hop WHITE ALBUM: two discs worth of party anthems and serious songwriting..."Spin (1/03, p.71) - Ranked #13 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...This may be hip-hop's first consistently great double album--funny, sonically dense, blessedly free of wacky skits..."Q (01/03, p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...He's aflame, energy sparking from every laser-sharp line, every supercharged beat, every lunging string sweep..."
3 stars out of 4 -- "You don't expect a remake to spring surprises. This one does." Rolling Stone "[I]t's a buoyant, old-wave disaster pic for a generation of well-conditioned thrill seekers....[Dreyfuss] holds the center of every scene he's in." -- Grade: B+ Entertainment Weekly "POSEIDON's action sequences are efficiently handled, conjuring a genuine sense of lung-busting tension..." Sight and Sound 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he movie's excellent visuals, set-pieces and breathtaking scale ensure it's an enjoyable piece of H20 hokum that makes for a solid (mari)time-filler."Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] technically excellent white knuckle ride....The thrilling set pieces work rather well..."Ultimate DVD
Uncut (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Snider is a fiery throwback to the dashing young Nashville breed that spawned the 'Outlaw' movement of the early '70s."Mojo (Publisher) (p.64) - Ranked #9 in Mojo's "2005 Americana Albums Of The Year."Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Spare, witty, atmospheric country stylings....Excellent stuff."
Sing Out! (5-6-7/96, p.156) - "...Patrick Street's signature is the mirroring fiddle-accordion duets of Kevin Burke and Jackie Daly, as made manifest in an exciting opening set of jigs that are as good as any you're likely to hear....Patrick Street earns its exalted billings."
Living Blues (1-2/95, p.68) - "...Malaco's production is professional and consistent, and the booklet even includes session photos and brief tributes from each of the artists. The greatest tribute, though, is this album's proof of how strongly Hill's music continues to influence the Malaco label and some great blues performers."
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he mix of witty rhymes and hooky beats makes for hip-hop with a highly developed pleasure principle."Q (p.134) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he sheer energy means it bears repeated listening."The Wire (p.55) - "[A] thrilling testament to the Bay's weirdness....MY GHETTO REPORT CARD shows flashes of E-40's considerable brilliance."XXL (Magazine) (p.137) - "Always loyal to his soil, E-Feezy makes it clear from jump that he's ready to carry his hometown on his back and introduce hyphy to the masses."Mojo (Publisher) (p.120) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] relentless, profane and insistently exciting record."
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"[The film] delivers the history of American snowboarding....Visually, MD Films offers up a sugar rush." -- Grade: B+ Entertainment Weekly "Their enthusiasm is infectious....[With] enough hair-raising thrills and spills on view to satisfy the expectations of the movie's true genre..." New York Times
NAPRA Review (09-10/02, p.74) - "...Characteristic vocal harmonies, intricate string embellishments, and steady, cyclical arrangements. All tracks offer timeless examples of how song documents culture..."
Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.52) - "The epitome of the label's achievement, SUGAR HILL...is a bluegrass and alt-country musical feast."
Uncut (p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Mindless teen pop, some of the era's very best....Early rockers and late flukes sit either side of the golden era....Fitfully fascinating."Uncut (p.109) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he Philadelphia label colluded with American Bandstand, burning up the charts with assorted limbos, watusis and twists, along with street-corner R&B, faux Motown and novelty songs."Mojo (Publisher) (p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The label] achieved massive success with acts that ranged from rockabilly singer Charlie Gracie and '50s teen idol, Bobby Rydell, to dance-craze doyen Chubby Checker..."
Vibe (4/99, p.186) - "...the last real source for home-style blues and soul....Malaco's influence echoes through the gold-and-platinum-gilded hallways of southern hip hop..."