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Another 48 Hrs (1990)
Better than the first!
 Hill and his trio of screenwriters choose the stale and predictable route at almost every turn.
 Eight years to think about it and all we get is a virtual remake of the fun 48 Hrs, but without the wit, panache or style.
  (Simon Rose, Essential Film Guide, 1993)
 Walter Hill’s worst ever film. Yes, it’s even worse than Brewster’s Millions.
  (John Harkness, Film Yearbook)
 The boys are back in town, but they shouldn’t have bothered.
 (Chris Tookey, Sunday Telegraph)
Father's Day (1997)
The mother of all comedy events! Williams and Crystal are hilarious!
 A brainless feature-length sitcom with too much sit and no com.
 (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
 Stale and vulgar.
  (Alexander Walker, Evening Standard)
 Ivan Reitman’s cack-handed direction - cloyingly schmaltzy one moment, unconsciously brutal the next, visually and psychologically ugly throughout - removes any lingering traces of humour. In Robin Williams’s previous worst movies, Toys and Jack, he tried to get in touch with his inner child; here, he’s trying to get in touch with his outer child. The result is equally creepy.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
The Saint (1997)
Val Kilmer is a sexy, seductive, sinfully good saint.
 Top-heavy with "whimsy," so muddled it makes Mission: Impossible look like a model of narrative cohesion, The Saint is a glittering trash pile that, after a while, becomes a nearly unendurable disaster. It's the apotheosis of the new incoherence.
  (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly)
 A really big yawn and a sprawling mess to boot... As for Kilmer, well, his performance is so vaingloriously bad, it's almost fun.
  (People Weekly)
 The trick with multiple roles, as Alec Guinness proved in Kind Hearts and Coronets, and as Chevy Chase didn’t in Fletch, is not to show off. Kilmer has many qualities, but the wholesale abandonment of ego is not one of them.
  (Anthony Lane, New Yorker)
 Kilmer... looks as petulantly smug as ever, relishing his own gratuitous performance as if he deserved an Oscar. And I know just where he should put it.
  (Neil Norman, Evening Standard)
 The Saint is diabolical, the worst action-adventure turkey since Hudson Hawk.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Taxi (2004)
Taxi is the year's funniest movie!
 Dismal... wall-to-wall idiocy.
  (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
 Very nearly as entertaining as watching a potato bake... clueless.
  (Mark Savlov, Austin Chronicle)
 The most unwelcome remake ever... Jimmy Fallon gets zero laughs.
  (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
 Lazy, contemptible trash.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Big Momma's House 2 (2006)
Bigger, better, funnier than the first one!
 Lawrence is a comedian with talent who rarely uses it for anything worthwhile, and here he makes a halfhearted, paycheck-collecting effort that's actually in perfect keeping with the rest of the movie's tired, recycled tone.
 (Ken Fox, TV Guide)
 So episodic and flat it should be a letdown even to those amused by the original.
 (Brian Lowry, Variety)
 There's something depressing about seeing the low-energy, family-friendly Lawrence sleepwalk through the film's sappy plot points.
 (Nathan Rabin, The Onion)
 If you experience any laughter while in the presence of this movie, it's a credit to your imagination. But if you can tickle yourself, why spend the $10.75?
 (Kyle Smith, New York Post)
 Every so often, a minor character comes onscreen to point at Lawrence, laugh hysterically and yell “You’re funny!” They lie.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Shrek The Third (2007)
The best Shrek yet!
 A damped-down return to the Kingdom of Far Far Away, lacking the comic energy of the first brilliant film and not measuring up to the second.
 (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
 I doubt even rabid fans of the first two will consider Shrek the Third a worthy addition to the franchise.
 (Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune)
 Blinded by avarice and all out of ideas, once again, Hollywood can't tell when enough is way more than enough.
 (Ella Taylor, Village Voice)
 Reason to make Shrek the Third: Probable earnings of $400 million worldwide. Reasons not to make Shrek the Third: Played-out characters. Bland villain. Novice directors. Slipshod plotting. No compelling story or emotional depth.
 (Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer)
 A giant disappointment.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Batman Forever (1995)
The best Batman yet.

The Cutting Edge (2002)
Two medal-winning performances in a go-for-the-gold love story!
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
The best Weapon yet! A big winner.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
100% pure excitement. Visually stunning and refreshingly different.
The Pelican Brief (1993)
A heart-stopping, spine-chilling, adrenaline-pumping, run-for-your-life thriller!

Sommersby (1993)
The best romance since Gone With The Wind!

Volcano (1997)
This is the volcano movie to see!

Maid in Manhattan (2002)
The best romantic comedy since Pretty Woman!
Head of State (2003)
Uproariously funny. It brings down the house!

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Hilarious! Just when you think it can’t get any funnier…it does.

I Think I Love My Wife (2010)
A must-see laugh-out-loud comedy! Hilariously funny.
Twister (1996)
Truly amazing! You have never seen anything like it before!
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