Alternative Press (11/00, pp.104-6) - 5 out of 5 - "...Essential....the overlooked classic of psychedelic soul and outlandish improv....representing the high water mark of his experiments in the fusion of rock, funk, electronica and jazz..."JazzTimes (11/00, p.70) - "...Intensely spacious....rhythmic cross currents and textural landscapes serve as the focal point..."
"...Cate Blanchett has great fun with her outlandish role..." Movieline's Hollywood Life "...A series of sumptuous mounted tableaus....The film is beautifully recorded and scored..." New York Times "...Intriguing....Cate Blanchett is flamboyantly believable....[The] cinematography is exquisite..." USA Today "A thinking person's soap, a pocket-size ENGLISH PATIENT..." Uncut
Dirty Linen (2-3/96, p.75) - ""The True Lover's Farewell" takes a great collection of Appalachian folk ballads...and doesn't miss the prettiness of the melodies or the haunting quality of the stories. Larue is a fine soprano...the Consort [provide] just the right touch of lute, cittern and viol."Sing Out! (8-10/95, p.127) - "...Nearly all of the 16 [tracks] were taken from early field recordings by the Virgina folklorist Fletcher Collins, and every one is closely annotated with the kind of exhaustive notes that haven't been seen on a folk album in 15 years..."
"...A deliriously mean-spirited free-for-all....[Turner and Douglas are at their] comic best when being as awful as both are required to be here..." New York Times "...Biting and vicious....It's also thoughtful, laceratingly funny and bravely true to its own black-and-blue comic vision..." Los Angeles Times
CMJ (3/20/00, p.32) - "...Danu adheres to a more time-honored, traditional approach [to Irish music]....the youth of the group enables them to play their fiddles, accordions and pipes with an awful lot of zest and vigor."
"[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
"...A deliriously mean-spirited free-for-all....[Turner and Douglas are at their] comic best when being as awful as both are required to be here..."New York Times "...Biting and vicious....It's also thoughtful, laceratingly funny and bravely true to its own black-and-blue comic vision..."Los Angeles Times
"Ms. Bening's precise, pitiless tracing of her character's decline from feisty defiance to pathetic, over-medicated self-delusion gives the film an emotional weight..."New York Times "The experience is unusual -- zany, even....Bening is elegantly unvain in her ferocious performance..." Entertainment Weekly "Murphy's direction is impeccable, and the performances, particularly Bening's are uniformly excellent."Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "Bening excels as the movie's driving force, and as you watch her character go from doting to deranged you can see why there's Oscar buzz for her nuanced performance."Total Film "An intelligent adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' memoir....This is a film in which everything is heavily considered and nothing is accidental..."Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A} wonderfully dark and eccentric coming-of-age tale."Ultimate DVD
"...[BIG FISH] brims with storytelling sorcery and Burton makes it glitter....[A] marvel of a movie..." Rolling Stone "...BIG FISH turns into a wide-eyed Southern gothic picaresque in which each lunatic twist of a development is more enchanting than the last..." Entertainment Weekly "[Burton] is surely one of the most prodigiously imaginative filmmakers around....There are, true to form, some startling scenes in his new movie, BIG FISH." New York Times "Burton cranks up the visual comedy of the character's self-mythology and lets it rip, sometimes to joyously dizzy effect." Los Angeles Times "[T]he movie gets better as it goes, as Steve Buscemi and Helena Bonham Carter show up and the story works its way to a finale that can make grown men sniffle."USA Today "[A] great-looking film, with a fantastical visual style that could be called Felliniesque if Burton had not by now earned the right to the adjective Burtonesque."Chicago Sun-Times "The father-son confrontations are tart..." Movieline's Hollywood Life "[W]e get a rare Burton fantasia that evokes other American magic voyages." Sight and Sound "This one proves Tim Burton's an absolute master." Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "BIG FISH is a work in pictures -- and what dazzling pictures they are -- infused with a great big heart."Ultimate DVD
"...A comedy smash....You won't find anything funnier..." Rolling Stone "...[Extends] the string of heartfelt, stomach-turning comedies that began with KINGPIN....[Carrey performs] the most amazing one-man wrestling match since Steve Martin [in ALL OF ME]..." New York Times "...Zellweger [is] amiable....Nobody does Jekyll/Hyde better than [Carrey]..." Entertainment Weekly "...A hell-raising piece of comedy heaven....Carrey and the triplets are more than funny; they are fall-down, flat-out hilarious..." Rolling Stone "...The good cop/bad cop brain-split plays as great comedy material for Jim Carrey..."Total Film