Movie Ratings & Reviews
Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).
- Adaptation. (2002) 10
A screenwriter writes himself into the screenplay he's trying to adapt from a nonfiction book.
- Amazing Screw-On Head, The (2006) 10
A TV pilot featuring Emperor Zombie and Lincoln. Any last words before I spark it?
- Before Sunset (2004) 10
Richard Linklater directs the sequel to Before Sunrise, set nine years later, in Paris.
- Big Fish (2003) 10
A son learns about his dying storyteller father by piecing together his legends and myths.
- Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer, The (2005) 10
An excellent retrospective of surreal, unsettling films from the Czech animator, dating 1965 to 1992.
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 10
Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories.
- In the Realms of the Unreal (2004) 10
Visionary artist Henry Darger was a hospital janitor who privately authored a 15,000-page fantasy novel.
- Inland Empire (2006) 10
Lynch examines Hollywood and its artistic constraints in a bizarre/long jumble of movies within movies.
- Junebug (2005) 10
Childlike, awestruck Amy Adams is fantastic. Where would I be if I was a screwdriver?
- Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 10
Quentin Tarantino directs Uma Thurman as the Bride in a martial-arts quest of revenge.
- Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) 10
Quentin Tarantino directs Uma Thurman as the murderous Bride bent on exacting vengeance against Bill.
- Lost in Translation (2003) 10
Unhappily married movie star Bill Murray meets neglected newlywed Scarlett Johansson in Tokyo.
- Pan's Labyrinth (2006) 10
Guillermo del Toro presents a young girl's fantastic alternate reality, set in 1944 fascist Spain.
- Planet Earth (2006) 10
Spectacular 11-part BBC documentary of the diversity of Earth's life, from the poles to deserts.
- Punch-Drunk Love (2002) 10
Businessman Adam Sandler begins a romantic journey with a curious woman amidst personal chaos.
- Scanner Darkly, A (2006) 10
Richard Linklater, Philip K. Dick, Keanu Reeves, Radiohead and interpolated rotoscoping animation. Brilliant.
- Short Films of David Lynch, The (2002) 10
A detailed DVD collection of Lynch's six short films, dating 1966 to 1996. Horrifically odd.
- Sin City (2005) 10
Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez create a brilliant piece of ultra-violent, stylized noir. Visually stunning.
- Son, The (2002) 10
The Dardennes' build emotional and moral complexity around a vocational training center for troubled boys.
- Stay (2005) 10
The desperate psychological nightmare of a dying man. A visually rich, ghost-inhabited alternate reality.
- Triplets of Belleville, The (2003) 10
Visually unique animation about a Tour de France kidnapping and the bizarre rescue effort.
- V for Vendetta (2006) 10
The Wachowski Brothers present the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, starring Natalie Portman.
- 2046 (2004) 9
Kar-Wai Wong presents a futuristic recapturing of a womanizing writer's memory of six past lovers.
- About Schmidt (2002) 9
Jack Nicholson is entering retirement and doesn't know what to do. Warning: Kathy Bates nudity.
- All the Real Girls (2003) 9
This believable natural drama about love and anger stars Zooey Deschanel.
- American Splendor (2003) 9
Welcome to the life of Harvey Pekar, a hospital clerk, music collector and comic-book writer.
- Animation Show, The (2003) 9
A collection of short films (mostly comedy) put together by Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt.
- Animation Show 2005, The (2005) 9
Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Plympton and other animators return in this second collection of excellent shorts.
- Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glo... (2006) 9
A most gloriously comical moviefilm for make advertise American prejudices and cultural intolerance. High-five!
- Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters (2006) 9
Guy Maddin's homage to silent film. A return to an abandoned island home. Orphanage memories.
- Brokeback Mountain (2005) 9
Two sheepherders in the summer of 1963. I wish I knew how to quit you.
- Broken Flowers (2005) 9
Bill Murray receives a mysterious pink letter that causes him to reflect on his past.
- Caché (2005) 9
A French couple are terrorized by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch.
- Capote (2005) 9
A profile of writer Truman Capote, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, set during the early 1960s.
- Child, The (2006) 9
An uncompromising morality tale by the Dardenne Brothers. Stark but hopeful portrayal of youth poverty.
- City of God (2003) 9
A boy growing up in a violent Rio de Janeiro neighborhood finds redemption through photography.
- Departed, The (2006) 9
Martin Scorsese's gritty crime drama is centered on two cops, the Irish mob and rats.
- Dirty Pretty Things (2002) 9
Turkish chambermaid Audrey Tautou works at a London hotel where drug dealing and prostitution abound.
- Dreamers, The (2004) 9
Outside, the Paris student riots of 1968 are happening. Inside, Eva Green is mesmerizing.
- Finding Nemo (2003) 9
Pixar Animation presents a father-son underwater adventure featuring Nemo, an adventurous boy clownfish.
- Finding Neverland (2004) 9
Marc Forster presents Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.
- Grizzly Man (2005) 9
Director Werner Herzog explores the life, death and values of grizzly bear activist Timothy Treadwell.
- Head-On (2005) 9
The adorable Sibel Kekilli marries to satisfy her Turkish family. Drugs, brutality and emotional intensity.
- Heaven (2002) 9
The first of the Kieslowski trilogy, starring Cate Blanchett. Tom Tykwer directs this philosophical escape.
- Hero (2002) 9
A Rashômonesque martial-arts epic about the attempted assassination of a Chinese warlord, starring Jet Li.
- Howl's Moving Castle (2005) 9
The visual wonderment of Miyazaki reveals a magical world of witches, wizards and fire demons.
- Inconvenient Truth, An (2006) 9
Al Gore's lecture about global warming and environmental responsibility is Carl Saganesque. It's PowerPoint cinema!
- Incredibles, The (2004) 9
Pixar Animation presents a family of undercover superheroes forced into action to save the world.
- Jacket, The (2005) 9
Military veteran Adrien Brody can foresee his own death and possibly change Keira Knightley's future.
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) 9
Hilarious. An ironic, smartass tribute to detective fiction, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer.
- Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003) 9
I don't think there's going to be a return journey, Mr. Frodo.
- Machinist, The (2004) 9
Insomniac industrial worker Christian Bale is a walking skeleton in this paranoid schizophrenic thriller.
- Maria Full of Grace (2004) 9
The journey of a Columbian teenager who agrees to smuggle cocaine pellets into New York.
- Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) 9
Miranda July's exploration of people struggling to connect with one another in this modern world.
- Million Dollar Baby (2004) 9
Clint Eastwood works with a determined Hilary Swank in her attempt to become a boxer.
- Minority Report (2002) 9
An excellent futuristic thriller with irrelevant distractions, including vomit, snot and anthropomorphic plants.
- Monster (2003) 9
Charlize Theron is nearly unrecognizable in her moving portrayal of serial-killer prostitute Aileen Wuornos.
- Mystic River (2003) 9
A childhood tragedy overshadows the lives of three Boston men, who are reunited as adults.
- Pianist, The (2002) 9
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of WWII.
- Prestige, The (2006) 9
A rivalry of deadly stage illusions escalates between Victorian-era magicians. David Bowie is Nikola Tesla!
- Primer (2004) 9
This puzzle film of time-travel paradoxes and loopholes begins with four inventors in a garage.
- Prisoner - Complete Series Megaset, The (2006) 9
Resigned secret agent McGoohan becomes trapped in an idyllic village. A 1967-68 TV cult classic.
- Science of Sleep, The (2006) 9
A charming hyperactive blur of cellophane-animated fantasy and reality. Surreal and inventive, but not profound.
- Sex and Lucía (2002) 9
Julio Medem directs a convoluted dreamlike narrative, starring a novelist, an island and Paz Vega.
- Squid and the Whale, The (2005) 9
Based on director Noah Baumbach's adolescence in Brooklyn. Two brothers deal with divorce during 1986.
- Station Agent, The (2003) 9
A solitary man with dwarfism inherits an abandoned train depot and moves in. Understated magic.
- Stranger Than Fiction (2006) 9
Will Ferrell tries to figure out who's narrating his unraveling life. Maggie Gyllenhaal is adorable.
- Talk to Her (2002) 9
Pedro Almodóvar's story of friendship between two men whose girlfriends are both in deep comas.
- Turtles Can Fly (2005) 9
A grim and heartbreaking portrait of Iraq. Refugee children survive by collecting and selling mines.
- Twilight Samurai, The (2004) 9
Somber, affecting tale of a low-ranking samurai in the 1800s who gently perseveres through hardship.
- Vera Drake (2004) 9
Set in 1950s London, this film portrays a modest working-class woman who also performs abortions.
- Very Long Engagement, A (2004) 9
Jean-Pierre Jeunet presents Audrey Tautou, whimsical and hopeful, awaiting her fiancée's return from WWI.
- Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) 9
Aardman Animation's full-length feature of the claymation duo. Giant vegetables are protected by security systems.
- Wonderfalls - The Complete Viewer Collection (2004) 9
Arguably the best cancelled television series ever. Only 4 of the 13 episodes actually aired.
- 11:14 (2005) 8
An account of five seemingly random storylines that dreadfully converge one night at 11:14.
- 21 Grams (2003) 8
Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, and Naomi Watts star. How much does your soul weigh?
- 25th Hour (2002) 8
Edward Norton revaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before a seven-year jail term.
- Abel Raises Cain (2005) 8
A documentary about world-class hoaxer Alan Abel, who exposes the media's obsession with the salacious.
- Aura, The (2006) 8
An epileptic taxidermist imagines executing the perfect robbery, then gets his chance. A psychological thriller.
- Batman Begins (2005) 8
The prequel to the Batman series, directed by Christopher Nolan, includes an awesome Batmobile.
- Birth (2004) 8
Jonathan Glazer references Kubrick in this film about the possibility of reincarnation, starring Nicole Kidman.
- Bourne Supremacy, The (2004) 8
A sequel that tops the original. Matt Damon resumes his life as a trained assassin.
- Bowling for Columbine (2002) 8
Michael Moore explores the roots of America's propensity for gun violence and the fear-mongering media.
- Brick (2006) 8
A memorable noir mystery set at a modern-day Southern California high school, using 1940s slang.
- Bubble (2006) 8
Soderbergh's haunting, low-budget film featuring a doll factory in a decaying Midwest town, and murder.
- Catch Me If You Can (2002) 8
Successful con-artist and millionaire Leonardo DiCaprio holds multiple identities. FBI agent Tom Hanks gives chase.
- Cars (2006) 8
Pixar presents hotshot rookie racecar Lightning McQueen, who crashes through Radiator Springs on Route 66.
- Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrob... (2005) 8
Four British children travel through a magical wardrobe into C.S. Lewis's mythical land of Narnia.
- Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon (2006) 8
A documentary about political conflict in an Oregon logging town, directed by Peter Richardson.
- Closer (2004) 8
Natalie Portman plays a cheeky pink-haired stripper in this film about relationships, attraction, and betrayal.
- Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) 8
Jim Jarmusch directs this series of black & white vignettes, centered around coffee and cigarettes.
- Constant Gardener, The (2005) 8
A story of corruption in the pharmaceutical industry and how AIDS-ravaged Africa is being exploited.
- Corpse Bride (2005) 8
Tim Burton presents a shy groom whisked into the underworld after inadvertently marrying the dead.
- Crash (2005) 8
The lives of a multiethnic collection of Los Angeles characters grippingly interweave over two days.
- Cremaster 3 (2002) 8
Matthew Barney's art installation epic where he plays the Entered Apprentice and faces bizarre adversaries.
- Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) 8
A searing indictment of the Bush monarchy. The huddled masses bring forth their moral indignation.
- Fast Food Nation (2006) 8
A humanistic, fictionalized behind-the-scenes portrait of America's fast food and meat packing industries.
- Fountain, The (2006) 8
Three stories of love/mortality that weave in the legendary quest for the Fountain of Youth.
- Freedom on the Fence (2005) 8
A documentary project about the culturally iconic art of Polish posters under the USSR regime.
- Garden State (2004) 8
Zach Braff returns to his hometown. There he meets Natalie Portman, who changes his life.
- Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) 8
Simplifies historical conflict (1950s McCarthyism) to illustrate TV journalism's responsibility to question authority.
- Goodbye Lenin! (2004) 8
A young man tries to prevent his mother from learning that Germany has been reunified.
- Half Nelson (2006) 8
Inner-city junior high history teacher Gosling forms an unlikely friendship with a student. Complex, absorbing.
- History of Violence, A (2005) 8
A Cronenberg art film that's also an accessible crime drama. Based on a graphic novel.
- Igby Goes Down (2002) 8
A sarcastic 17-year-old boy rebels against the money and privilege he was born into.
- Illusionist, The (2006) 8
In 1900 Vienna, Edward Norton is Eisenheim the Illusionist. This lush production inspires supernatural reflection.
- Insomnia (2002) 8
Two L.A. homicide detectives are dispatched to Alaska to investigate the murder of a teen.
- Kinamand (2006) 8
A Danish plumber begins eating at a family-run Chinese diner and makes unexpected emotional connections.
- King Kong (2005) 8
Naomi Watts is amazing and the special effects are over-the-top fantastic, but it's excessively long.
- Layer Cake (2004) 8
A clever British crime film about a successful cocaine dealer planning an early retirement.
- Lila Says (2005) 8
A well-acted story of seduction and self-realization, revolving around the beautiful and alluring Vahina Giocante.
- Little Miss Sunshine (2006) 8
An entertaining comedy about a dysfunctional family's California roadtrip. Everyone just pretend to be normal.
- Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002) 8
We needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses.
- Lucky Number Slevin (2006) 8
A clever Pulp Fictionesque story of violent revenge featuring rival crime bosses Kingsley and Freeman.
- Matchstick Men (2003) 8
Con-artist Nicolas Cage is an obsessive-compulsive agoraphobe whose life changes drastically when Alison Lohman appears.
- Mindscape of Alan Moore, The (2003) 8
Creative philosophies from the brilliant comic writer of Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell.
- Motorcycle Diaries, The (2004) 8
Dramatization of an epic motorcycle road trip a young Che Guevara took through South America.
- Napoleon Dynamite (2004) 8
It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed.
- Nói albínói (2004) 8
A teenager drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland.
- Nothing (2005) 8
Vincenzo Natali, the director of Cube, presents a film about nothing with his two friends.
- Oldboy (2005) 8
A man who was kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years exacts his brutal revenge. Stunning.
- Osama (2004) 8
Attempting to survive beneath the Taliban, a 12-year-old Afghan girl disguises herself as a boy.
- Palindromes (2005) 8
Todd Solondz's provocative fable about a 13-year-old girl who is played by eight different actresses.
- Paranoia Agent: Complete Collection (2004) 8
Satoshi Kon's dark, paranormal 13-episode Japanese TV series. The spectral, enigmatic assailant Lil' Slugger fascinates.
- Persuaders, The (2004) 8
The cultures of marketing and advertising influence what Americans buy and how they view themselves.
- Proposition, The (2005) 8
Violent and mythological. Nick Cave wrote the screenplay and scored this Australian Western about retribution.
- Rabbits (2002) 8
David Lynch's nine-episode sitcom starring people in rabbit suits, accompanied by laugh tracks. Plotless, eerie.
- Road to Perdition (2002) 8
The result of hitman Tom Hanks's son witnessing what his father does for a living.
- Russian Ark (2002) 8
300 years of Russian history displayed in a single continuous shot at the Hermitage Museum.
- School of Rock, The (2003) 8
Richard Linklater directs rocker Jack Black as a fourth-grade substitute teacher in a private school.
- Shaun of the Dead (2004) 8
Romantic comedy set during a weekend zombie invasion of North London. A brilliantly aloof parody.
- Shopgirl (2005) 8
A love triangle of Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman and Steve Martin. Elegant examination of love.
- Shrek 2 (2004) 8
Well, folks, it looks like we're up chocolate creek without a Popsicle stick.
- Sideways (2004) 8
Two middle-aged men embark on a weeklong road-trip through California's wine country. American life-affirming.
- Solaris (2002) 8
Soderbergh's remake is quite good, with much credit due to George Clooney and Natascha McElhone.
- Spider-Man 2 (2004) 8
Tobey Maguire continues his demanding double life as student and superhero. Enter supervillain Dr. Octopus.
- Swimming Pool (2003) 8
An English mystery writer finds murder and intrigue in Paris, with Ludivine Sagnier. Rich symbolism.
- Syriana (2005) 8
A thriller of corruption and power related to the oil industry, with four parallel stories.
- Team America: World Police (2004) 8
Subversive political satire, with explicit puppet sex. You are worthress, Arec Barrwin. America! Fuck, yeah!
- THX 1138: The George Lucas Director's Cut (2004) 8
Lucas restored his influential 1971 film, enhancing it with CGI magic (including lame shell dwellers).
- Tokyo Godfathers (2003) 8
An animated Christmas story set in Tokyo featuring an unlikely trio of homeless friends.
- Venture Bros. - Seasons One and Two, The (2006) 8
The warped misadventures of a middle-aged mad scientist, his teenage sons, and their maniac bodyguard.
- We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004) 8
An emotionally complex character drama that explores human weakness, starring Mark Ruffalo and Naomi Watts.
- X-Files: The Complete Collector's Edition, The (2002) 8
FBI agents Mulder and Scully investigate paranormal cases and discover alien conspiracies within our government.
- 28 Days Later (2002) 7
Four weeks after a deadly virus spreads throughout the UK, a few survivors seek sanctuary.
- 40-Year-Old Virgin, The (2005) 7
Steve Carell stars as a lovable, middle-aged virgin with misguided coworkers. Catherine Keener is perfect.
- 8 Mile (2002) 7
Eminem is a young struggling rapper in Detroit. Co-stars Kim Basinger and Brittany Murphy.
- About a Boy (2002) 7
A little boy teaches cynical, immature Hugh Grant how to act like a grownup.
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) 7
Do you really love lamp, or are you just saying it because you saw it?
- Animatrix, The (2003) 7
An anthology of nine short anime films detailing the backstory of the Matrix.
- Apocalypto (2006) 7
Mel Gibson's sadistic take on the Maya civilization's decline and practice of human sacrifice. Bloody.
- Ballad of Jack and Rose, The (2005) 7
Symbolic Oedipal story explores losses of innocence and the death of a 1960s counterculture movement.
- Berserk - The Complete Collection (2002) 7
Anime about young warrior Guts and the mercenary company called the Band of the Hawk.
- Best of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The (2005) 7
My childhood memories, now on DVD. A first-rate reMASTERing of this moralizing homoerotic 1980s toy-advert.
- Bon Voyage (2004) 7
A farcical portrait of 1940 France nearly surrendering to zee Germans. Virginie Ledoyen is adorable.
- Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003) 7
A school principal in Israel discovers that a quiet 16-year-old underachiever is a genius. Sweet.
- Book of the Dead, The (2006) 7
Intricate stop-motion animation set in feudal Japan. A mysterious Buddhist parable involving a ghost prince.
- Bourne Identity, The (2002) 7
In Paris, Matt Damon tries to remember his identity and why he is wanted dead.
- Brothers Grimm, The (2005) 7
A cartoonish big-budget spectacle based on German folktales. Terry Gilliam directs and Matt Damon stars.
- Chicago (2002) 7
A musical about celebrity worship, set in 1920s Chicago, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger.
- Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, The (2004) 7
Peter Chung's animated short film bridges the Riddick story between 'Pitch Black' and 'The Chronicles'.
- Clerks II (2006) 7
The sequel to Kevin Smith's breakthrough comedy. Dante and Randal are back in New Jersey.
- Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films, A (2006) 7
Death abounds. I enjoyed Six Shooter and Jasper Morello. Hated the Moon and the Son.
- Dawn of the Dead (2004) 7
Zack Snyder's witty remake of the 1979 horror classic, starring Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames.
- Dead Like Me - The Complete First Season (2003) 7
Showtime TV series about the lives of undead grim reapers trying to make ends meet.
- Elf (2003) 7
Will Ferrell, raised as an elf at the North Pole, just arrived in the U.S.
- Elizabethtown (2005) 7
Cameron Crowe's good-hearted romantic comedy featuring Kirsten Dunst. It hit really close to home.
- Everything Is Illuminated (2005) 7
A Jewish-American man endeavors to find the Ukrainian woman who saved his grandfather in WWII.
- Good Shepherd, The (2006) 7
The early history of the CIA, viewed through a fictional man's life. Serious and tedious.
- Hellboy (2004) 7
A good-hearted demon is produced in a black-magic Nazi ceremony. This is his story.
- History Boys, The (2006) 7
A class of bright, funny history students pursue acceptance into Oxford or Cambridge. Highly literate.
- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The (2005) 7
So long, and thanks for all the fish, Douglas Adams. And thanks for Zooey Deschanel.
- House of Sand and Fog (2003) 7
Should the house belong to emotionally unstable Jennifer Connelly or Iranian immigrant Ben Kingsley? Tragic.
- I, Robot (2004) 7
In 2035, detective Will Smith investigates a murder. Based on Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics.
- Ice Age (2002) 7
An animated saber-toothed tiger, sloth, wooly mammoth, and saber-toothed squirrel discover a lost human infant.
- In Good Company (2004) 7
Magazine ad executive Dennis Quaid's new young boss begins dating his teenage daughter Scarlett Johansson.
- Intacto (2003) 7
A man has the supernatural ability to acquire luck. He gambles it in deadly games.
- Intolerable Cruelty (2003) 7
Renowned LA divorce attorney George Clooney is fascinated by revenge-seeking gold-digger Catherine Zeta-Jones.
- Iris (2002) 7
True story of novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from youth to Alzheimer's.
- Irreversible (2002) 7
Interesting narrative concept, but vicious. Be prepared for traumatic rape and murder. Stars Monica Bellucci.
- Island, The (2005) 7
It's Logan's Run utopia meets Philip K. Dick paranoia, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson.
- Italian Job, The (2003) 7
This remake stars Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron in an Italian gold bullion heist.
- Jarhead (2005) 7
Explores the psychological effects of being a soldier in Desert Storm, guarding oil, fighting no-one.
- Last Samurai, The (2003) 7
American military advisor Tom Cruise embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy.
- Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The (2004) 7
Oceanographer Bill Murray leads a surreal voyage in search of a mythical jaguar shark.
- Lilo & Stitch (2002) 7
A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extraterrestrial fugitive.
- Little Fish (2005) 7
In an Australian Little Saigon district, Cate Blanchett is trying to escape her drug-addicted past.
- Live from Baghdad (2002) 7
Robert Wiener's memoirs of CNN reporters in Iraq during the Gulf War bombing in 1991.
- Look Around You - Series 1 and 2 (2005) 7
A BBC TV comedy series that satirizes 1970s educational science programs. A nonsensical, faithful homage.
- Match Point (2006) 7
Woody Allen's ugly story of infidelity amidst British wealth. Tennis, opera, investments, horses and murder.
- Matrix Reloaded, The (2003) 7
Part two of the Matrix trilogy. Agent Smith returns as a destructive computer virus.
- Matrix Revolutions, The (2003) 7
Part three of the Matrix trilogy. The machine army reaches the human city of Zion.
- Ocean's Twelve (2004) 7
Second verse, same as the first. This heist movie is a likable but self-serving celebrity-fest.
- Old School (2003) 7
Disillusioned friends Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson, and Vince Vaughn try to recapture their college days.
- Or, My Treasure (2005) 7
A young Israeli girl does anything to support her sick, aging prostitute mother. Raw, non-judgmental.
- Panic Room (2002) 7
This David Fincher thriller presents three burglars searching Jodie Foster's brownstone mansion for hidden fortune.
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) 7
Tom Tykwer's memorable film about an 18th century Parisian murderer, with a profoundly flawed climax.
- Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, The (2006) 7
The Brothers Quay present a dark fairytale about a diabolical doctor and beautiful opera singer.
- Pieces of April (2003) 7
Katie Holmes invites her dying mother and estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 7
A well-made Disney/Bruckheimer swashbuckling blockbuster, starring pirate Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley.
- Pompeii: The Last Day (2003) 7
A dramatized recreation of the destruction of Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
- Renegade (2004) 7
Psychedelic French Western that feels like a Jodorowsky film. Sacred mountains, gunfights, peyote and shaman.
- Ringu (2003) 7
A mysterious video kills all who watch it, unless the viewer can solve its mystery.
- Robot Stories (2004) 7
Four stories about a futuristic society grappling with its relationship to the growing robot population.
- Saddest Music in the World, The (2004) 7
Guy Maddin oddity. A Canadian beer baroness organizes a saddest-music contest during the Great Depression.
- Secretary (2002) 7
James Spader is involved in a sexual, sadomasochistic story? You're kidding! Maggie Gyllenhaal is great.
- Serenity (2005) 7
Finale to the cancelled Firefly TV series. Features space-age weaponry, martial arts, and witty dialogue.
- Sherrybaby (2006) 7
Former drug addict Maggie Gyllenhaal is out of prison, seeking her daughter and emotional recovery.
- Silent Hill (2006) 7
Fantastic atmosphere and set design. A grotesque purgatory of undead meat-creatures, cults, and zombie nurses.
- Spider-Man (2002) 7
Tobey Maguire is bitten by a genetically engineered spider and subsequently wins Kirsten Dunst's love.
- Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) 7
Anakin becomes Darth Vader. Woodenly acted, but better than the first two episodes it is.
- Steamboy (2005) 7
In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor becomes involved in a revolution of steam power technology.
- Super Size Me (2004) 7
Spurlock only eats McDonald's food for one month to see what happens to his body.
- Superman Returns (2006) 7
Bryan Singer's reverent reboot of the Superman franchise. Good, but lacks surprises and new ideas.
- Thumbsucker (2005) 7
A quirky 17-year-old who still sucks his thumb grapples with the anxiety of impending adulthood.
- Wedding Crashers (2005) 7
Divorce mediators Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson make a lifestyle out of sneaking into weddings.
- Winter Passing (2006) 7
Zooey Deschanel visits her novelist father, now rooming with a young woman and Christian rocker.
- World's Fastest Indian, The (2005) 7
Burt Munro sets the land-speed world record on his home-built 950cc Indian motorcycle in 1967.
- X2: X-Men United (2003) 7
Mutants continue to struggle against fearful human society and are attacked by military forces.
- XX/XY (2002) 7
A three-way relationship during college still haunts and complicates Mark Ruffalo's life 10 years later.
- 50 First Dates (2004) 6
Sandler repeatedly attempts to woo Barrymore, who can't make new memories since her accident. Silly.
- 9 Songs (2005) 6
Over 69 minutes, a young couple's intense sexual encounters are interspersed with nine rock concerts.
- Anger Management (2003) 6
Adam Sandler is sentenced to an anger-management program led by aggressive instructor Jack Nicholson.
- Austin Powers 3: Goldmember (2002) 6
Have you got any idea how many anonymous henchmen I've killed over the years?
- Blood Work (2002) 6
Retired FBI profiler Clint Eastwood returns to service following clues from his own heart transplant.
- Blue Crush (2002) 6
Blonde surfer girl Kate Bosworth prepares for a surf competition while looking extremely attractive.
- Brown Bunny, The (2004) 6
An aimless, gut-wrenching film of loneliness, sexual obsession and guilt. Vincent Gallo is fearlessly narcissistic.
- Butterfly Effect, The (2004) 6
An excellent concept. Did you really think Ashton Kutcher and friends could pull it off?
- Changing Lanes (2002) 6
A fender-bender between lawyer Ben Affleck and businessman Samuel L. Jackson escalates into a feud.
- Close Your Eyes (2002) 6
A hypnotherapist receives visions from the inside of his patients' minds. A key to immortality?
- Coyote Waits (2003) 6
A murder mystery set on a Navajo reservation. Part of PBS's American Mystery! series.
- CQ (2002) 6
The story of a young sci-fi filmmaker in Paris. Model Angela Lindvall serves as eye-candy.
- Crank (2006) 6
An entertaining movie because it is so intentionally ridiculous. Chock full of contrived adrenaline rushes.
- Death to Smoochy (2002) 6
When children's television show host Robin Williams is fired, he plots revenge against Edward Norton.
- Déjà Vu (2006) 6
Are you ready for the space-time continuum to get Bruckheimered? Explosions! Insulted intelligence! More explosions!
- Equilibrium (2002) 6
In a super-serious fascist future, Christian Bale has mastered the technique of the gun kata.
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) 6
Beautifully rendered CGI could not hold my interest. For Final Fantasy video game fans only.
- Forest for the Trees, The (2005) 6
An awkward German schoolteacher is basically unprepared for life. Her alienation is painful to watch.
- Forgotten, The (2004) 6
Julianne Moore is told that her nine-year-old son never existed. Who is fabricating reality?
- Frailty (2002) 6
Bill Paxton's chilling study of a family's disintegration. The plot twists and payoff underwhelmed me.
- Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) 6
A fictionalized, metaphorical account of the formation of artist Diane Arbus. Nicole Kidman is brilliant.
- Havoc (2005) 6
Two affluent suburban girls clash with Latino gang culture. Stars Anne Hathaway and Bijou Phillips.
- Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006) 6
A samurai sword sends Hellboy into a dangerous realm of Japanese legends, ghosts and monsters.
- Hidalgo (2004) 6
American Viggo Mortensen and his horse enter a 3,000 mile survival race across Arabia.
- Ice Harvest, The (2005) 6
Mob lawyer Cusack and strip-club owner Thornton attempt to embezzle $2 million on Christmas Eve.
- Ju-on: The Grudge (2004) 6
Japanese horror movie features a vengeful spirit that marks and pursues anybody entering its house.
- Laurel Canyon (2002) 6
An uptight young man moves in with Frances McDormand and experiences a clash of lifestyles.
- Limbo (2005) 6
A bullet sends a man into a repeating time loop. Afterlife as low-budget film noir.
- Night at the Museum (2006) 6
New night security guard Ben Stiller discovers that museum exhibits come to life at night.
- Night Watch (2006) 6
First chapter of a derivative Russian fantasy epic featuring warring forces of daytime and nighttime.
- New World, The (2005) 6
Malick depicts Pocahontas's life in 1600s Virginia. It's epic, sluggish, and burdened by disjointed voiceovers.
- Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) 6
The finale of Robert Rodriguez's Mariachi trilogy. Johnny Depp redeems this overstuffed spaghetti Western.
- One Hour Photo (2002) 6
Robin Williams is a one-hour photo lab employee who becomes obsessed with a suburban family.
- Orange County (2002) 6
Jack Black tries to help smart highschooler Colin Hanks get admitted into Stanford.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) 6
An overlong cartoonish setup to the third movie in the Disney franchise. Johnny Depp shines.
- Pumpkin (2002) 6
College sorority girl Christina Ricci is drawn into a relationship with a young disabled man.
- Rules of Attraction, The (2002) 6
Mean-spirited film about shallow, spoiled kids at Camden College. Artful rewinds, vulgarity and Shannyn Sossamon.
- Rundown, The (2003) 6
Mob thug The Rock is sent to the Amazon to retrieve treasure-hunting Seann William Scott.
- Salton Sea, The (2002) 6
After his wife is murdered, Val Kilmer drifts into a world of speed junkies.
- Saw (2004) 6
Cary Elwes wakes up in the secure lair of a serial killer nicknamed Jigsaw. Grisly.
- Secret Window (2004) 6
You stole my story! This combination of Johnny Depp and Stephen King should've been better.
- Snakes on a Plane (2006) 6
A cheesy Samuel L. Jackson horror-comedy that knows it's ridiculous and plays it refreshingly well.
- Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) 6
Jar Jar is muzzled, Yoda breaks out his light-saber, and Natalie Portman bares her midriff.
- Tideland (2006) 6
A young girl with drug-addicted parents creates a half-fantasy world with doll heads, deranged neighbors.
- Tulse Luper Suitcases: The Moab Story, The (2003) 6
This Peter Greenaway multimedia project is too ambitious, difficult, and intertextual. Caroline Dhavernas still shines.
- Veronica Guerin (2003) 6
Irish journalist Cate Blanchett is murdered by drug dealers she exposed in her newspaper articles.
- We Were Soldiers (2002) 6
Details a major battle in the Vietnam War, starring Mel Gibson and trout-lipped Madeleine Stowe.
- Weather Man, The (2005) 6
Successful Chicago weatherman Nicolas Cage's personal life is a failure. So he takes up archery.
- What the Bleep Do We Know!? (2004) 6
Life is a quantum world of possibility. It's spoiled by less-than-credible talking heads and soundbites.
- Wild Blue Yonder, The (2005) 6
Werner Herzog fashions a boring sci-fi documentary from beautiful undersea Antarctica footage and NASA video.
- Zathura (2005) 6
A fairly charming family movie that explores childhood adventure. It's basically Jumanji in outer space.
- Æon Flux (2005) 5
Charlize Theron is a stunning, athletic heroine. But they've destroyed the meaning of the series.
- Amityville Horror, The (2005) 5
While overproduced and derivative, this horror remake starring Ryan Reynolds exceeded my expectations.
- Bad Company (2002) 5
Cliché-ridden but mildly amusing Chris Rock action movie, courtesy of Jerry Bruckheimer.
- Be Cool (2005) 5
The entire premise involves having John Travolta and Uma Thurman reprise their Pulp Fiction dance.
- Birthday Girl (2002) 5
Nicole Kidman arrives in a small town as a bank clerk's Russian mail-order bride.
- Bruce Almighty (2003) 5
Reporter Jim Carrey is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult God's job is.
- Chronicles of Riddick, The (2004) 5
Five years after Pitch Black, wanted criminal Riddick arrives on a new planet. Weak script.
- Cube 2: Hypercube (2002) 5
Bizarre, nonsensical sequel packed with bad dialogue/acting. Devoid of Cube's existentialism and simplicity.
- Daredevil (2003) 5
Ben Affleck, who can't act, zipped into a maroon bodysuit. Enough said.
- Fantastic Four (2005) 5
Exposure to cosmic radiation creates superhero scientists: Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch, Thing, and Jessica Alba.
- Feed (2006) 5
An Internet sex crimes expert investigates feeder-gainer relationships (sexual fetish of the grotesquely obese).
- Final Destination 2 (2003) 5
Ali Larter is back on Death's path of destruction. Features gruesome accidents galore.
- Final Destination 3 (2006) 5
Better than the first two. I watched the Rube-Goldberg deaths with amusement. The nudity helped.
- Girl from Monday, The (2005) 5
Citizens have become property traded on the stock exchange, but aliens are supporting the resistance.
- Hellevator: The Bottled Fools (2005) 5
Had me with the underground dystopia and telepaths, lost me with the overdone elevator bloodbath.
- Hostel (2005) 5
Hedonism and bare breasts mixed with horrific gore, grisly torture, and the slandering of Slovakia.
- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) 5
Kate Hudson is completely insane. Our love fern! You let it die!
- John Q (2002) 5
Denzel Washington takes the emergency room hostage until doctors agree to perform his son's transplant.
- Just Married (2003) 5
Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy are on their honeymoon in Europe. Things go really badly.
- K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) 5
Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson star in this dull tale of a malfunctioning nuclear submarine.
- Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002) 5
It is an honor having you beat up random people in our city.
- League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The (2003) 5
In an alternate Victorian Age world, Captain Nemo, Tom Sawyer, and Dr. Jekyll join forces.
- Malibu's Most Wanted (2003) 5
A white Senator's son wants to live the hip-hop lifestyle. Don't be hatin'.
- Men in Black II (2002) 5
A semi-amusing replica of the original popcorn flick. The train-station locker creatures steal the show.
- National Treasure (2004) 5
Diane Heidkrueger has been able to capture my attention since her mid-1990s modeling days.
- Resident Evil (2002) 5
That scene where Milla Jovovich kicks the crap out of undead Dobermans is pretty cool.
- Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) 5
Skinny white chicks with guns brazenly kick zombie ass while trying to escape Raccoon City.
- Saiyûki Vol. 1: The Journey Begins (2003) 5
A Dragonball Z-like anime adventure of four heroes traveling West to confront a powerful demon.
- Saw II (2005) 5
Jigsaw forces another round of kidnapped people to play survival games in medieval torture chambers.
- Sleeping Dogs Lie (2005) 5
A short, low-budget film. Maynard James Keenan was charming, but Audioslave's Brad Wilk can't act.
- Stay Alive (2006) 5
A videogame kills players in the real world. It's gory CGI fun featuring Samaire Armstrong.
- Trauma (2004) 5
Colin Firth's fragmented reality is haunted by death, apparitions, blood, ants, and Mena Suvari's vacuity.
- Underworld (2003) 5
Aristocratic vampire warrior Kate Beckinsale battles werewolf street-thugs in some gothic city. Silly as hell.
- xXx (2002) 5
Extreme-sports athlete Vin Diesel blows a lot of shit up. Stunts and gadgets replace plot.
- 13 Seconds (2004) CRAP
I was cost-effectively bored by this cliché-ridden indie splatter film. Unbearably amateurish and uncreepy.
- Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle (2003) CRAP
Bimbo agents Cameron, Drew and Lucy Liu are back! With sparkly dirtbikes and eye-glitter!
- Date Movie (2006) CRAP
Two Scary Movie screenwriters spoof the romantic comedy genre to death. Alyson Hannigan stars. Lame.
- Day Without a Mexican, A (2004) CRAP
California's entire Hispanic population vanishes into pink fog. Satirical premise is thoroughly beaten to death.
- Eragon (2006) CRAP
A bad movie about dragons, dragon riders, a Shade's dark magic and evil King Galbatorix.
- Failure to Launch (2006) CRAP
Matthew McConaughey's parents set him up with Sarah Jessica Parker so he'll finally move out.
- FearDotCom (2002) CRAP
People are dying after logging on to a website. Natascha McElhone's talent is wasted.
- Freddy vs. Jason (2003) CRAP
Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize teenagers, and each other. Boring and stupid.
- Hot Chick, The (2002) CRAP
An attractive but mean-spirited girl becomes trapped in Rob Schneider's body. Stupid but mildly amusing.
- Impostor (2002) CRAP
A Philip K. Dick adaptation gone wrong. Is engineer Gary Sinise actually an alien android?
- Just Like Heaven (2005) CRAP
Reese Witherspoon, in spirit form, inhabits architect Mark Ruffalo's apartment in this formulaic romantic comedy.
- Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) CRAP
Angelina Jolie is searching for Pandora's box. Alas, beauty and special effects don't equal quality.
- Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) CRAP
Soul-crushingly shallow materialism mixed with plucky good-heartedness. I will now light myself on fire.
- Ma Mère (2005) CRAP
Dark, French exercise of reckless, unlikable characters finding pleasure in incest and depravity. Rotten, pointless.
- New Guy, The (2002) CRAP
A crude high-school movie about reinventing yourself. Zooey Deschanel could not redeem its incoherence.
- National Lampoon's Barely Legal (2003) CRAP
Three high school guys attempt to make a porno movie. Vic Ramalot takes it personally.
- Return, The (2006) CRAP
Sarah Michelle Gellar is supernaturally drawn to an old farmhouse where a murder took place.
- Scooby-Doo (2002) CRAP
Matthew Lillard's Shaggy impression is great, but the rest of this live-action adaptation is useless.
- Signs (2002) CRAP
M. Night Shyamalan and Mel Gibson really crapped the bed with this lame alien-invasion movie.
- Slackers (2002) CRAP
Not even Jason Schwartzman can save this utterly detestable gross-out comedy. Painfully unfunny.
- Stranded (2003) CRAP
Astronauts crash onto the surface of Mars. Intriguing concept, but bad science and idiotic script.
- Sweet Home Alabama (2002) CRAP
I'm sorry, but Reese Witherspoon made me want to skewer my temples.
- Sweetest Thing, The (2002) CRAP
A disposable saccharine comedy about searching for love, starring Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate.
- Swimfan (2002) CRAP
My dislike for Erika Christensen didn't help me enjoy this Fatal Attraction rip-off.
- Tuxedo, The (2002) CRAP
Chauffer Jackie Chan wears a special gadget-laden tuxedo. Jennifer Love Hewitt is also present.
- Underworld: Evolution (2006) CRAP
Acting-challenged vampire Kate Beckinsale is still battling werewolves, but now with extra CGI incoherence.
- Van Wilder (2002) CRAP
Tara Reid and Ryan Reynolds are incapable of intelligent conversation, but let's not fault Ryan.
- White Noise (2005) CRAP
A crummy paranormal movie, but watch the DVD's cool special features about Electronic Voice Phenomena.
2002-2006 ReleasesSearch returned all films from 2002-2006 out of 1603 total rated films.
FROM BAD TO WORSE
Statistical ratings distribution of these 333 films (20.8% of total rated films):
With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
(especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
Average rating for these 333 films: 7.
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