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Chris Hewitt

 
 

St Paul Pioneer Press, USA

 
 
   
 

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Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
[Tom] Green knows how to pace a joke so that it builds, and he has a sense of style.
 
 
 Has it come to this? Yes, it has. If ever a movie testified to the utter creative bankruptcy of the Hollywood film industry, it is the abomination known as Freddy Got Fingered.
 
  (Stephen Hunter, Washington Post )
 
 Quite simply the worst movie ever released by a major studio in Hollywood history. Co-written, directed by and starring Green, this train wreck disguised as a movie is a case study of an annoyingly vibrant attack of arrested adolescent development. There is not one single moment in the entire 86 minutes of this film that is the least bit redeemable on any level.
 
  (Paul Clinton, CNN)
 
 Green's ever-upped ante of shock speaks of a desperation that borders on mental illness.
 
  (Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel)
 
 You watch aghast at how gruesomely awful it is.
 
  (Glenn Whipp, Daily News Los Angeles)
 
 A vomitorium consisting of 93 minutes of Tom Green doing things that a geek in a carnival sideshow would turn down.
 
  (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
 
 I'm not easily offended, but its nonstop assault of crude and sub-cretinous humor moved me to annoyance, then profound boredom.
 
  (Lou Lumenick, New York Post)
 
 Tragically awful.
 
  (Wesley Morris, San Francisco Chronicle)
 
 In the US, this has been hailed as the 21st century's worst movie; I think it is the 21st century's worst cultural artefact. Watching it was among the worst experiences of my life, up there with having a quarter of millimetre shaved off my upper molar without anaesthetic by an eccentric dentist when I was 15.
 
 (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
 
 Green has absolutely nothing to say, and nothing in his mind beyond self-promotion. It is this polluting combination of individualism, greed and mindlessness that makes his movie a lasting emblem of how the American Dream can, without any sense of values or personal - let alone global - responsibility, become everyone else's nightmare. And so debased has a section of American society become that it actually found this new low in comedy entertaining.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)
An entertainingly heartless movie, made with style, energy and a modicum of humor.
 
 A mean-spirited, completely worthless film that can never give back the two hours it seizes from you.
 
  (Washington Post)
 
 Remarkably bad, burdened with atone of self-congratulatory stupidity and the rancid smell of middle-aged star vanity.
 
  (Toronto Globe and Mail)
 
 3000 Miles to Graceland shouldn't be reviewed in an arts section but rather in that portion of the newspaper dedicated to atrocities, environmental disasters and hate crimes.
 
  (Shawn Levy, Oregonian)
 
 A catastrophic debacle of the highest order.
 
  (Wade Major, Box Office Magazine)
 
 Unremittingly vulgar, violent, vile and bitter.
 
  (Dave Kehr, Citysearch)
 
 A grimy, ultra-violent, long and stupidly plotted Quentin Tarantino wanna-be.
 
  (Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
 
 A bloody, tedious mess.
 
  (Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
 
Town & Country (2001)
A well-acted, sophisticated farce of a type that never gets made anymore.
 
 
 So much nuttiness, so few laughs.
 
  (Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News)
 
 An unfunny, unfocused mess.
 
  (Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle)
 
 It should have quietly skulked off to the Hamptons, where it couldn't annoy the nonprivileged with its pointlessness and irrelevancy.
 
  (Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press)
 
 Stilted, inaccessible, undernourished, surprisingly vulgar and curiously creepy.
 
  (Donald Munro, Fresno Bee)
 
 Most of the time, it seems to be wishing it were a Woody Allen movie. But then, most of the time, I was wishing that too.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
The Truth About Charlie (2003)
[Jonathan] Demme whips together lots of fun stuff ... in a successful effort to keep the movie diverting and light.
 
 Just one bad idea after another.
 
  (Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee)
 
 If you love film, you've got to see this movie once, even if only to shake your head at the screen and wonder how this script ever got made.
 
  (Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide)
 
 The plot is ludicrous, the dialogue inane, the acting mediocre and the directing sub-par.
 
  (Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette)
 
 
 I canít figure out how a studio decided to take Charade, one of the worldís most delectable movies, and remake it without a single one of the ingredients that made it great.
 
  (Nell Minow, Movie Mom)
 
 Unforgivably botched.
 
  (Alexander Walker, Evening Standard)
 
 Wahlberg, playing the Cary Grant role, is totally miscast and displays the cosmopolitan charm of a wombat.
 
  (Edward Porter, Sunday Times)
 
 No matter how many snazzy camera angles Demme shoves in your face, he canít hide the fact that his leading man has zero acting ability and even less charisma. Forget [Cary] Grant, Wahlberg isnít even the new George Peppard.
 
  (Catherine Shoard, Sunday Telegraph)
 
 
 
Gerry (2002)
It's riveting. Honestly.
Hollywood Homicide (2003)
It's one of those movies that is what you expect it to be, but better.
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blue (2003)
It's an ice cream soda of a movie, frothy and fun.
Dance Flick (2009)
Amy Sedaris alone is worth the price of admission.
The Limits of Control (2009)
It is an elusive, beautifully shot movie, and the more I pondered it, the more I was fascinated by the questions it left in its puzzling, mysterious wake.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
An effective piece of entertainment.
American Pie 2 (2001)
The new movie is just as funny as the first one.
Saving Silverman (2001)
Cheesily enjoyable.
Resident Evil (2002)
An energetic, violent movie with a momentum that never lets up.
The Sweetest Thing (2002)
None of this is meaningful or memorable, but frosting isn't, either, and you wouldn't turn down a big bowl of that, would you?
Van Wilder: Party Liaison (2002)
Surprisingly entertaining.
Slackers (2002)
Nicks sustains the level of exaggerated, stylized humor throughout by taking your expectations and twisting them just a bit.
The Rules of Attraction (2002)
The Rules of Attraction is a movie about waste - wasted minds and worse - and a smart, stylish one at that.
The Jungle Book 2 (2003)
What it lacks in story, it makes up for with distinctive characterizations and high spirits.
Old School (2003)
Old School is liable to please anyone who, like me, thinks the idea of Ferrell performing a rhythm gymnastics routine is sheer genius.
Bringing Down The House (2003)
The heart of the movie is the perfect chemistry between Latifah and Martin.
Big Fish (2003)
Bold colors and weird twists create a sense that wondrous things can happen in an instant.
Tupac: Resurrection (2004)
As engaging and complete a portrait as we are ever likely to get.
The Family Stone (2005)
The Family Stone shows us the world through several different sets of eyes, and, by the end, we see exactly what they see.
 
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