Spin (12/96, p.147) - "...relies on cameos from Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and a reunited Shalamar. Plus Kenny G, which works in this upside-down, fascinating pop sphere..."Entertainment Weekly (11/1/96, p.68) - "...All the Babyface trademarks--the crisp, unobtrusive percussion, the silky guitars, the harmonies that blanket the melodies like a quilt--are laid out like a three-piece suit. But more so than any previous album he's made, THE DAY is chockful of luscious, gently persuasive songs..." - Rating: A-Vibe (3/01, p.192) - 3.5 discs out of 5 - "...Inthe hurly-burly of today's music scene, it's getting a lot easier to appreciate the charms of this quiet man..."
"...DAY FOR NIGHT, Francois Truffaut's heartfelt homage to the joy and pain of making movies, is just as bracing yet touching as it was when it was first released..." Los Angeles Times "...A poem in praise of making movies....Truffaut's film is like a little anthology of anecdotes from movie sets..." Chicago Sun-Times "...Ranking with SUNSET BOULEVARD as one of the greatest movies ever made about the movie industry, Truffaut's loving portrait captures the entire filmmaking process..." USA Today
"...The large cast of characters is beautifully delineated....The movie's humor and rambunctiousness save the day..." Movieline's Hollywood Life "Culture and sports have never clashed as winningly as in BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM....A rare amalgam of funny, sweet, action-packed and inspiring..." USA Today "...Writer-director Gurinder Chadha juggles all the angles with flair and fairness. Like Nagra and Knightley, the movie is a sweetheart... Rolling Stone "BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM is the most exhilarating movie so far this year.....Made with a craftsmanship and pizzazz that restores your appreciation for honest commercial moviemaking..." Entertainment Weekly "...A terrifically charming and energetic film about pursuing your dream..."Premiere "...Purely enjoyable...What makes is special is the bubbling energy of the cast and the warm joy with which Gurinder Chadha tells the story..." Chicago Sun-Times "...[The film] plays like a combo of LOVE AND BASKETBALL and a much better MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING..." Film Comment
Q (1/93, p.73) - Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.Record Collector (magazine) (p.95) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Catchy tunes again dominate....Great stuff...with Danny Bowes' vocals particularly impressive."
"...Uncommonly provocative for its day..." USA Today "[A] gutsy social melodrama....[Mankiewicz] unleashes a burst of expressionist brilliance like the complex tracking shot that begins just after the one-hour mark and draws a hellish portrait of a race riot in the making." New York Times
"...[Daniel Day-Lewis] is riveting..." Rolling Stone "...Handsome, swashbuckling, peculiarly prescient....[Day-Lewis's] fierce and graceful body language speaks much louder than words..."New York Times "...[Mann's] best movie....A pleasant reminder that you don't need coherence when you've got iconic stars like [Day-Lewis and Stowe]..." -- Rating: A- Entertainment Weekly "...Undeniably exciting....Filled from the opening shot with spectacular natural vistas..." Los Angeles Times "...There are just enough historical and political details....Entertaining..." Chicago Sun-Times "...One of the decade's best action extravaganzas..."USA Today
Q (Magazine) (p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Today it sounds utterly wonderful, like the unexpectedly beautiful end to the most incredible dream."
"...A mesmerizing family memoir fueled by sense of place, force of memory and love of nature....[Pitt] makes himself so like the young Robert Redford that the effect is astonishing..."New York Times "...It's the best movie ever whose raison d'etre is the spiritual glorification of fly-fishing..." USA Today "...Poetic, elegiac....The movie was shot on locations that suggest the bounty of the Western states in those days..." Chicago Sun-Times
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.50) - "Reading like a who's who of modern rock music...if they aren't on this double-disc they quite simply aren't relevant to today's mainstream metal world."
Q (9/00, p.131) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[The] gems proliferate....A record collection without Scott Walker is like one without The Beatles, The Clash or The Smiths - incomplete."Mojo (Publisher) (8/00, p.97) - "...Resonates with the riches of the last great days of the pop narrative. The pop song rarely aspired to such literacy after this....forged in the white-hot glare of the pop process....[with] superb orchestrations..."NME (Magazine) (8/12/00, p.29) - Ranked #16 in The NME "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums" - "...Rarely has existentialism sounded so empathetic. SCOTT 3 is truly depressed, deeply sad and utterly moving."
"...This role gives Ms. Roberts a lovely opportunity to poke fun at her own situation..." New York Times "...NOTTING HILL doesn't just refresh. It's deadpan wit, ingenious fairy-tale premise and superbly accomplished cast will leave you feeling positively oxygenated..." USA Today "...NOTTING HILL is a smartly cast and consistently amusing romantic comedy..." Los Angeles Times "...The movie is bright, the dialogue has wit and intelligence, and Roberts and Grant are very easy to like..." Chicago Sun-Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "A warm, romantic film for a rainy day, as Grant and Roberts play mismatched lovers....Their star quality here never waivers."Total Film
"[Shelly] blends familiar elements into something both satisfying and surprising. Part feminist fable, part romantic fairy tale, it is by turns tart and sweet, charming and tough, rather like its heroine..."New York Times "[A] bittersweet little comedy....[With] wonderfully black humour....Quite delectable."Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "WAITRESS is a lovely film...funny and affecting with a gentle eye for foibles big and small."Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "Russell blends steel, smarts and sexiness into a career-lifting turn....A funny and touching testament to Shelly's multi-talent..."Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Shelley's script and direction sing with wit and emotion....Every character is given a respectful, affectionate arc..."Empire "A sweet comic romance....A bright and uplifting film....[Russell has] moved beyond her FELICITY days to become a poised actress..." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] movie to stir one's better instincts...[on] a comic/whimsical level and with a dash of melancholy..."USA Today
"...Beaming star wattage out of ever pore, not to mention her hair, Witherspoon once again proves herself a comedienne worthy of comparison to such golden era greats as Carole Lombard and Ginger Rogers..." Variety "...[Witherspoon is] a sharp, quick-witted Doris Day....Witherspoon has the reflexes to make Elle both appealing and ridiculous..."New York Times "...The film bubbles along like a whirlpool tub full of bath gel....Witherspoon is the main course, and she serves justice in delicious fashion..." USA Today "...Reese Witherspoon reveals interesting dark roots even as she plays golden girls..." Entertainment Weekly "...[Witherspoon] stays one sharp cookie..."Rolling Stone "...Witherspoon projects an astute mix of genuine affability and game over-exaggeration..." Sight and Sound "...Witherspoon effortlessly animated this material with sunshine and quick wit..." Chicago Sun-Times
"...A wonderful comedy of manners..." -- 4 out of 5 Stars Total Film "...[Bancroft] is a great beauty....To watch it today is like opening a time capsule..." Chicago Sun-Times "...[A] mellowed-out great movie..." USA Today "[T]hanks to the perfectly cast Bancroft, Mrs. Robinson not only became the archetype for the older woman as seductress, but also the source of distraction for many an adolescent male." Premiere "Mike Nichols' classic is as fresh, perceptive and witty as it was in 1967." Uncut "The hit ages like wine and should speak just as eloquently to disaffected grads in the 21st century." -- Grade: A- Entertainment Weekly 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] breakthrough....Nichols's stylishly constructed film still feels fresh today..."Ultimate DVD
"[With] a crush of very cool '80s references, Cusack chief among them' some gross-out moments that are genius...Oh, and about a billion laughs..."Los Angeles Times "[T]here is a brilliant send-up of the prom scene where Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly invented rock 'n' roll."New York Times "[A] good-natured raunchfest....With Glover on hand and Chevy Chase as a time-portal repairman in a modified Christopher Lloyd role, all that's missing is the DeLorean."USA Today "With sharp riffs on the intersection of '80s pop culture and 21st-century culture, this TIME MACHINE is a fun dip into a pool of memories..." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly "MACHINE succeeds largely on the chemistry of its leads: '80s icon of uber sensitivity Cusack's puppy-dog earnestness contrasts nicely with Robinson's dispirited deadpan understatement and Corddry's relentless, needling comic aggression."A.V. Club 3 stars out of 4 -- "Corddry here achieves a level of comic confidence that seems almost uncanny....HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, which wants nothing more than to be a screwball farce, succeeds beyond any expectations suggested by the title..."Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Picture a randy teen comedy clad in day-glo, but consistent with today's improved hindsight and looser decency standards."Premiere "It's a kick to watch Corddry go nuts and Robinson wow a 1980s crowd by singing the Black Eyed Peas..."Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "HOT TUB TIME MACHINE simmers right along like so many Jacuzzi bubbles popping with a carefully calibrated mix of sight gags, sex jokes and baby boomer references..."Washington Post 3 stars out of 5 -- "HOT TUB's writers keep things simple, transporting its four loser heroes back to one weekend in 1986....[With a] playful, HANGOVER-like rapport..."Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "Crispin Glover's limb-jeopardizing skits are a highlight..."Empire
Living Blues (9-10/01, pp.60,62) - "...Solidifies her reputation as a triple threat singer, songwriter and guitarist....Music fans interested in one of today's most syncretistic and introspective artists will appreciate this..."Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.113) - "...Maintains the sleekness of her last outing..."
"...A wonderful comedy of manners..." -- 4 out of 5 StarsTotal Film "...[Bancroft] is a great beauty....To watch it today is like opening a time capsule..."Chicago Sun-Times "...[A] mellowed-out great movie..."USA Today "[T]hanks to the perfectly cast Bancroft, Mrs. Robinson not only became the archetype for the older woman as seductress, but also the source of distraction for many an adolescent male."Premiere "Mike Nichols' classic is as fresh, perceptive and witty as it was in 1967."Uncut "The hit ages like wine and should speak just as eloquently to disaffected grads in the 21st century." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] breakthrough....Nichols's stylishly constructed film still feels fresh today..."Ultimate DVD "The high point of Mike Nichols's landmark comedy is the seduction scene in which Anne Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson brings Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin Braddock into the adult world."Wall Street Journal
Q (7/97, p.156) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...Ridiculously thrilling in parts...They really don't make 'em like this anymore..."
Entertainment Weekly (5/3/02, p.86) - "...[Verve shows] how much DJ-jazz vocal fusion can offer..."Q (May 2002, p.125) - 4 out of 5 stars - "The jazz label's first modern makeover works surprisingly well....potent voices, lush setting."CMJ (5/13/02, p.4) - "...Breezy grooves that pay homage to some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of the 20th century..."JazzTimes (7-8/02, p.119) - "...The appeal of this CD has less to do with the music - though some of these reinterpretations are musically excellent - and more to do with the surprise of hearing timless voices like Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington...and especially, Billie Holiday in modern-day contexts..."Vibe (June 2002, p.155) - 4 out of 5 - "...The label opened its storied vault to today's hippest knob-twirlers, whose reinterpretations soar above bargain-basement expectations..."Mojo (Publisher) (5/02, p.110) - "...Extraordinary..."
Rolling Stone (7/8/93, p.112) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a veritable house-warming party, celebrating the Private Revolutionary's move from his ascetic garret to the shag-carpeted, patchouli-scented pad recently vacated by Lenny Kravitz...sometimes even fundamentalist eco-maniacs just wanna have fun..."Q (1/94, p.87) - Included in Q's list of `The 50 Best Albums Of 1993.'Q (5/93, p.100) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - "...feels so all-embracing and just plain big, it's practically an environment in itself. If they built cities out of Karl Wallinger's music, we'd all live happily ever after..."
3 stars out of 4 -- "It's killer funny. Cheers to Paul Rudd...who takes just the right wry comic tone as Danny....Ripe, rowdy fun."Rolling Stone "[ROLE MODELS] amuses throughout. That's in large part due to the stars, whose roles very much play to their familiar comic strengths..."Variety 3 stars out of 4 -- "Misfits and misanthropes are the heroes of ROLE MODELS, a surprisingly clever comedy....It is consistently funny, largely because of the sharp dialogue..."USA Today "ROLE MODELS wouldn't be anything without Mintz-Plasse....[His] camera presence is at once unfailingly modest and distinctive."Los Angeles Times "ROLE MODELS is the kind of movie you don't see every day, a comedy that is funny....There are nicely drawn supporting characters..."Chicago Sun-Times "The fun of ROLE MODELS is that it's a high-concept movie executed with speed and finesse and the kind of brusquely tossed-off scene banter that can get you laughing before you know what hit you." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t transcends its high concept through strong performances, filthy-smart patter, a winning affection for all its core characters and ability to hit its emotional targets without descending into slush."Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "The cast is good enough to make it all seem like snarky improv, especially Paul Rudd....ROLE MODELS is positively grinchy -- and all the funnier for it."Total Film "[I]t's a self-improvement comedy that hits every beat on time....Rudd and Scott hail from different universes of movie comedy, but manage together here just fine..."Hollywood Reporter
"...The grand musical swirl lends TOGETHER the feel of a historical epic..." New York Times "Lovely and unabashedly sentimental....The story's simple grace and humanity, poignantly directed by Kaige are its greatest assets..." USA Today "...Chen Kaige certainly knows how to draw out the very best from his cast, and Wang offers a delightful portrait of an unassertive man who has lost out on a lot in life..." Los Angeles Times "...Here is a movie not embarrassed by strong, basic emotions like love and ambition. It has the courage to face them head-on....TOGETHER is powerful in an old-fashioned, big-studio kind of way..."Chicago Sun-Times
Rolling Stone (5/10/01, p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[They] outshine most recent radio-friendly pop-punk, with instantly welcoming songwriting and ferocious instrumental skills that match their good taste..."Q (8/01, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...For a first album, this sounds fantastic...an album of weight and volume...energetically played songs crafted the traditional way..."Alternative Press (4/01, p.64) - 3 out of 5 - "...The pop prescription is here: happy hooks and wildly infectious grooves...Stacy Jones leads the group into musical rants, escaping the trappings of mindless pop while deriving some well-deserved rock-cred..."Alternative Press (4/01, p.64) - 3 out of 5 - "...The pop prescription is here; happy hooks and wildly infectious grooves...Stacy Jones leads the group into musical rants, escaping the trappings of mindless pop while deriving some well-deserved rock-cred..."NME (Magazine) (9/22/01, p.39) - 7 out of 10 - "...Like being handed a masterpiece of fiction by David Baddiel or watching a funny Eddie Murphy movie..."
"[A] sweet comedy for the crowd that has outgrown THE LITTLE MERMAID..." New York Times "[A] likable tale of friendship and charming performances."USA Today 3 stars out of 5 -- "Cute, charming....It's essentially SPLASH for 13-year-olds." Total Film "It strives, with some success, to be both whimsical and hip. It is aimed squarely at little girls, who may thrill to its fascination..." Sight and Sound
"[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
"[S]pectacularly gripping and unsettling...A grave and haunted film....A movie that has the vision to dramatize a startling reality..." -- Grade: A Entertainment Weekly "This is a smart and often tense work....It's definitely powerful enough to make you wish he'd head in this direction more often."USA Today "MUNICH is no small thing. No film by Steven Spielberg ever is, but even for this avatar of Hollywood filmmaking this is something apart, the most questioning, provocative film he's ever made."Los Angeles Times Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "Steven Spielberg's brilliant political thriller is a work of spectacular and unsettling excitement..." Entertainment Weekly "[Spielberg] has completed the process begun with simpler SCHINDLER'S LIST to become a truly adult director, with this, his bravest film." Uncut "[T]here's something deeper at play here....[A] brave and timely new film....MUNICH works as a secret-agent thriller in the mould of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, THE BOURNE IDENTITY and, in particular...THE DAY OF THE JACKAL..." Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 4 -- "Eric Bana's performance of understated anger and torment, as a Mossad agent leading a team of assassins in Europe, is worthy of a true movie star." Premiere 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] tense, vigorous, thought-sparking thriller that applies the spare efficiency of great Hollywood storytelling to the prosaic, ethical examinings favoured by master political filmmakers like Costas-Gavras..." Total Film "[A] timely rumination on the moral implications of responding to terrorism with equally bloody vengeance." Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone (5/24/01, p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A strong collection of Wilco-like ballads and pop-ish midtempo musings on love, loss and life lessons....a nice farewell from a band that was at the forefront of today's alt-country scene..."Spin (6/01, p.152) - 8 out of 10 - "...A great Saturday-morning record. Its woozy fiddles, grainy acoustic-electric guitars, and pop-strong harmonies give you the courage to face the day armed with roots-rock fortune cookery..."Entertainment Weekly (5/25/01, pp.80-1) - "...Raspy, elegant, sleepy...Strings, horns, and even a stray loop, up the lonesome ante....They exited with a gem..." - Rating: B+Q (7/01, p.125) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Songs that breathe the same rarefied air as Ryan Adams solo material....bringing to mind such disparate references as The Band, Cole Porter, and even a Deep South take on the breezy Prefab Sprout. Underpinning everything is [his] honey-and-smoke voice..."CMJ (5/14/01, p.4) - "...Offers insight into the artistoc progression of Adams and violinist/vocalist Caitlin Cary...Unyielding in its variety, from AM-radio/late Fleetwood Mac...to smooth, Martin Denny castanets and classic Hollywood symphonies..."No Depression (5-6/01, pp.122-3) - "...A masterfully assembled and brilliantly played collection of songs that jumps genres gleefully..."
Rolling Stone (7/10-7/24/97, p.120) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Song titles like 'Love Makes You Do Thangs' and 'You're All I Need' sum up the gist of these gracefully produced pop-funk confections, which singers Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and Maxine Jones render with their usual creamy elegance..."Spin (8/97, p.114) - 7 (out of 10) - "...En Vogue bring it all back to the basics of gorgeous harmonies and mind-boggling vocal riffs. If Ellis, Braggs, and Jones seem interchangeable (and Dawn Robinson, who went solo, expendable), that's simply further evidence of the group's incredible teamwork..."The Source (8/97, p.176) - "...the advantage these sisters have over the rest of the R&B girlie collectives is that they utilize that element foreign to today's music known as harmony..."
"[A] movie experience that's undeniably agonizing -- but also unexpectedly bracing....The movie is tightly built, but Greengrass is patient, letting events unfold at the pace of reality." -- Grade: A- Entertainment Weekly "A persuasively narrated, scrupulously tasteful re-creation of the downing of the fourth and final plane hijacked by Islamist terrorists on Sept. 11..." New York Times 4 stars out of 4 -- "[The director] imagines a sea of arms reaching into the cockpit in a way that redefines heroism. Far from being exploitive, the effect is inspiring: This is the best of us." Rolling Stone "This unflinching, powerfully visceral portrait of the events aboard one of the terrorist-commandeered flights on Sept. 11, 2001, is the most gut-wrenching and captivating film this year."USA Today 4 stars out of 5 -- "A ferocious requiem, squinting for truth through tears of rage....UNITED 93 is an eloquent tribute to their fear and fury." Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n emotional mosaic so forceful, so credible, that viewers will feel as though they are watching the fateful day unfolding, once again, before their very eyes." Box Office "Greengrass treats his subject matter with serious-minded sensitivity....UNITED 93 terrifyingly conveys the nature of the threat facing the world today and poignantly conveys onscreen the decision by a few brave individuals to fight back." Sight and Sound 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s riveting as it is morally confounding....The movie eschews facile judgments and false heroism..."Premiere "[A] realistic piece, and the impact is shattering beyond anything American movies have offered up this year, or last."Movieline's Hollywood Life 5 stars out of 5 -- "Greengrass's picture unfolds with grim authenticity....Sobering, enlightening, important."Ultimate DVD Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "The gifted director Paul Greengrass has crafted a humane tribute to the power of resistance."Rolling Stone Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "In its scary and lacerating way, a revelation..."Entertainment Weekly Ranked #8 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006."Film Comment "[A] meticulously if not agonizingly scrupulous film..."Film Comment
"This unflinching, powerfully visceral portrait of the events aboard one of the terrorist-commandeered flights on Sept. 11, 2001, is the most gut-wrenching and captivating film this year."USA Today "A persuasively narrated, scrupulously tasteful re-creation of the downing of the fourth and final plane hijacked by Islamist terrorists on Sept. 11..."New York Times "Greengrass treats his subject matter with serious-minded sensitivity....UNITED 93 terrifyingly conveys the nature of the threat facing the world today and poignantly conveys onscreen the decision by a few brave individuals to fight back."Sight and Sound 5 stars out of 5 -- "Greengrass's picture unfolds with grim authenticity....Sobering, enlightening, important."Ultimate DVD Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "The gifted director Paul Greengrass has crafted a humane tribute to the power of resistance."Rolling Stone Ranked #8 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006."Film Comment "[A] meticulously if not agonizingly scrupulous film..."Film Comment "[A] movie experience that's undeniably agonizing -- but also unexpectedly bracing....The movie is tightly built, but Greengrass is patient, letting events unfold at the pace of reality." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly 4 stars out of 4 -- "[The director] imagines a sea of arms reaching into the cockpit in a way that redefines heroism. Far from being exploitive, the effect is inspiring: This is the best of us."Rolling Stone 4 stars out of 5 -- "A ferocious requiem, squinting for truth through tears of rage....UNITED 93 is an eloquent tribute to their fear and fury."Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n emotional mosaic so forceful, so credible, that viewers will feel as though they are watching the fateful day unfolding, once again, before their very eyes."Box Office 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s riveting as it is morally confounding....The movie eschews facile judgments and false heroism..."Premiere "[A] realistic piece, and the impact is shattering beyond anything American movies have offered up this year, or last."Movieline's Hollywood Life Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "In its scary and lacerating way, a revelation..."Entertainment Weekly
Rolling Stone (3/1/01, p.54) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...In a way that hadn't been done in popular music since the Who...BOY explored male adolescence...as a state of desperate searching....fashioning dense, dusky atmospheres in which unabashed yearning and insistent conviction collide and intertwine..."Q (7/95, p.148) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a culmination of modern ideas amid a sea of confused contemporary directions..."CMJ (1/5/04, p.8) - Ranked #10 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1981"Melody Maker (6/3/95, p.36) - "...they've made three great albums, of which BOY, their eulogy to the twilight of innocence is one. It's dated badly, but that doesn't matter...I hear gobstoppers and ghost stories, magic and mischief, the sunnier moments of my childhood..."Q (Magazine) (p.151) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "BOY impresses with its adolescent energy, its gauche charm, and sounds like a band already too big for the record they've just made."Mojo (Publisher) (p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Heard today, there' still a palpable ardency to U2's debut, an unselfconscious clawing for excellence..."
Option (11-12/96, pp.92-93) - "...'Roman Candle' could easily be mistaken for the work of...Luna....mesmeric and serene, like those fleeting moments of acute awareness of your own body....rivaling the lugubrious pacing of yet another VU offspring, Minneapolis' Low..."Melody Maker (8/17/96, p.49) - "...Simple songs simply sung. Lyrics that flirt with banality the way all good lyrics do. Simile-free. Metaphor-proof. `I can hear the dust collecting on the fridge that doesn't work'....An album for long-shadowed summer evenings under the jasmine with a gin sling. An album for today."RIP (9/96, p.73) - 5 (out of 5) - "...Masterband Bedhead take a musically prodigious baby, tuck the nipper in with a glass of warm milk spiked with brandy, a guitar as a blanket, and, upon awakening, the kid delivers BEHEADED....the record is well worth seeking out."NME (Magazine) (8/31/96, p.54) - 6 (out of 10) - "...Rough-edged and daydreaming rather than polished and gleaming....[they] toy with sonic isolation...building into ponderous crescendos and lounging about with some deliciously swooning guitars..."
"...Most of the film's allure comes from the sensual, butter-voiced Thandie Newton; with her, Mr. Demme has found the 21st-century corollary to Audrey Hepburn..." New York Times "...Smart and easy on the eye..."USA Today "...The production has an absolute sheen....Romantic, dangerous and fun to visit..."Hollywood Reporter "...A spirited, joyful homage; mainstream film doesn't get much more playful than this..." Sight and Sound