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Mr Deeds (2002)
The funniest film of the summer. Adam Sandler is sweet, touching and very funny.
 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, a grand piece of Depression era populism from Frank Capra, is rousted from its grave and clumsily desecrated by Adam Sandler and friends.
  (Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel)
 People who just call 'em as they see 'em need only note that this remake of one of Frank Capra's most famous pictures is a perfectly dreadful film and leave it at that.
  (Todd McCarthy, Variety)
 Foul, putrid cesspool of a movie.
  (Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review)
 Lacks almost everything that made the 1936 movie an enduring classic: idealism, heart, social and political savvy, convincing romanticism, robust ensemble acting and humor.
  (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune)
 Please don't go to see it, even out of idle curiosity - it might encourage Sandler to re-make It's a Wonderful Life.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 The awful Adam Sandler is a bad Deeds in a naughty world, nearer to Alice Cooper than to Gary.
  (Philip French, Observer)
 Not even Sandler can sink below the level of the script, which is rigorously crass and insulting.
  (Catherine Shoard, Sunday Telegraph)
 Orphanage fires are funnier.
  (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
A thrilling adventure that will have your heart racing.
 As spent screen series go, Star Trek: Nemesis is even more suggestive of a 65th class reunion mixer where only eight surviving members show up - and there's nothing to drink.
  (Mike Clark, USA Today)
 An ordeal for all save the most ardent Treksters.
  (Stephen Hunter, Washington Post)
 The dialogue is inane, the plot insipid, and with the exception of some nifty special effects at the very beginning, this has nothing whatsoever to recommend it.
  (Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette)
 This isn't just a bad Trek movie, it's also bad science-fiction, riddled with psychobabble, inconsistencies and the hoariest of cliches.
  (Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City)
 If this is indeed the swan song for the Next Generation gang, the end can't come soon enough.
  (Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News)
 This sad old clone feebly goes where far too many Star Treks have gone before… The attempts at comic relief are woeful; and special effects that might have passed muster when the series began now look sad. John Logan's script lacks clarity, surprises or suspense. Stuart Baird's direction matches it for lack of inspiration… This is for die-hard Trekkers only - and even they may need strong coffee to keep them awake.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Sean Connery is in a league of his own! Extraordinary! Very, very cool! A fantastic adventure in the style of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
 Incomprehensible action, idiotic dialogue, inexplicable motivations, causes without effects, effects without causes, and general lunacy. What a mess.
  (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
 In a summer of high-octane action and testosterone-boosted thrills, this movie is out of its league.
  (James Berardinelli, Reelviews)
 Where’s the excitement, the thrills, the tension, the style?
  (Derek Adams, Time Out)
 An epic of silliness and ineptitude.
  (Anthony Quinn, Independent )
 A big, stupid mess.
  (Peter Whittle, Sunday Times)
Pearl Harbor (2001)
In the end Pearl Harbor hits its target with solid performances by Hartnett and Affleck and its incredible action sequences.
Serendipity (2001)
A funny, frantic romantic romp - don't miss it.
Two Can Play That Game (2001)
A great date film with some honest laughs.
We Were Soldiers (2002)
The First Oscar-Worthy Film of 2002…. not to be missed. In his best performance to date, Mel Gibson is superb.
Bad Company (2002)
Hopkins can run and fire guns with the best of them.
Daddy Day Care (2003)
#A3The perfect family film.
Bad Boys II (2003)
#A3Exactly what a summer sequel should be – bigger, better and badder than the original.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
#A3One of the best remakes I've seen.
The Terminal (2004)
#A3Truly heartwarming, humorous and touching film.
Ella Enchanted (2004)
#A3The best family film of the year!
Two Brothers (2004)
#A3One of the most rewarding films of the year.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
#A3The best time I've had at the theater all year!
The Last Shot (2004)
#A3The funniest film of the year!
Spanglish (2004)
#A3One of the best films of the year.
Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
#A3A joy from beginning to end.
Windtalkers (2001)
#A3The combination of Woo and Cage is pure magic.
Resident Evil (2002)
#A3It delivers action, comedy and intensity charged with jolts of terrifying scary fun.
Unfaithful (2002)
#A3Provocative. This film will have you talking about it for weeks.
High Crimes (2002)
#A3Riveting! High Crimes is a fast paced thriller that will keep you guessing to the end.
How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
#A3This film will charm your socks off.
Old School (2003)
#A3 A silly, naughty, childish and likeable film.
The Hot Chick (2003)
#A3Rob Schneider does an excellent job in this funny diversion film. Schneider is both hilarious and at times very touching as his character evolves from a spoiled cheerleader into an understanding and caring young woman. Also very much worth mentioning is the beautiful and innocent-looking Anna Faris as ‘the best friend.’ Faris’ sincere energy and comic timing give the film a real boost. Yes, the film does have its grosser moments but overall the film is Schneider’s best comedy to date.
Bringing Down the House (2003)
#A3Bringing Down the House is certainly worth the ticket in.
Agent Cody Banks (2003)
#A3The film is smartly done and suited for family viewing.
The Stepford Wives (2004)
#A3Wily and engaging.
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