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Pineapple Express (2008)
This is like if Superbad met Midnight Run and they had a baby, and then Pulp Fiction and True Romance met Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared and they had a baby, and by some miracle those babies met Ė this would be the funny movie they birthed. It slaps a big, fat, goofy smile on your face that lasts for days. Youíll go limp from laughing!
 
 This is the kind of film that relies on its audience to find four letter words funny. I guess being stoned would help.
 
 (Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile, Australia)
 
 A fundamentally heartless and unlovable minor work from Team Apatow.
 
 (Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph)
 
 Watching this without having got stoned first is like watching a 3D movie without the special glasses... The full-on gory violence is disconcerting and unfunny.
 
 (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
 
 Too familiar and an over-extended and surprisingly violent denouement leaves it a good 20 minutes too long.
 
 (Matthew Bond, Mail on Sunday)
 
 Come back Cheech and Chong, all is forgiven!
 
  (Cosmo Landesman, Sunday Times)
 
 Yet another gross American comedy.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
MacGruber (2010)
Maybe watching [Will] Forte run around with a stalk of celery up his ass isn't your idea of fun. So be it. As our hero says, "One person's problem is another person's no problem at all." I'd call it classic MacGruber.
 
 MacGruber joins a too long list of horrible Saturday Night Live adaptations of sketch characters into feature length films.
 
 (Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com)
 
 Although the most obvious flaw with MacGruber is the disappointingly low laugh quotient, that's not the sole problem. As is the case with many poor action/comedies, this one spends too much time on exposition for a plot that no one in the audience cares about. It's boring and tedious, but incorporating this extraneous material is how the five-minute skit becomes bloated to elephantine proportions.
 
 (James Berardinelli, Reelviews)
 
 Leading man Will Forte will make you pine for the graceful savoir faire of a Jack Black or an Adam Sandler.
 
 (Catherine Bray, Film4)
 
 Will Forte, who hasnít starred in a movie before and looks extremely unlikely to do so again, lacks the slightest vestige of credibility or charm as MacGruber. He also co-wrote the script. Letís just say that comedy is not Forteís forte.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
Fun! Steve Carell is a comic wonder. Paul Rudd is terrific!
 
 More than just sour and mean-spirited; it's lurching, desperate and borderline incomprehensible Ė a movie whose characters act according to no known precept of recognizable human behavior.
 
 (Christopher Kelly, Dallas Morning News)
 
 At times unbearable to watch, Dinner for Schmucks is disguised as a movie with profound life lessons about friendship and acceptance. If you really get swindled into believing this comedy has heart, please raise your hand. Thereís this dinner Iíd like to invite you to.
 
 (Kiko Martinez, San Antonio News)
 
 Roach's remake manages both mean-spiritedness and timidity the same time. That's some feat ó moviemaking for boneheads.
 
 (Tom Shone, Slate)
 
 There's not a trace of actual COMEDY in it whatsoever. Laugh? Reader, I barely flexed a tonsil... Has it been beamed to earth from a parallel universe? Or is it just rubbish? Frankly, it doesn't matter.
 
 (Robbie Collin, News of the World)
 
 A movie of zero emotional intelligence.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
Hereafter (2010)
It's exhilarating to watch, Hereafter is truly haunting.
 
 I sincerely cannot help but worry, with no snarkiness intended whatsoever, whether Clint Eastwood has gone senileÖ Thereís no story, thereís no philosophy, thereís just an endless void.
 
 (MaryAnn Johanson, The Flick Filosopher)
 
 When an 80-year-old director turns his attention to death, you hope for some insight, or gravitas, or even whimsy or anger. Hereafter has none of that.
 
 (Kyle Smith, New York Post)
 
 Hereafter occupies some muzzy twilight zone, too woo-woo sentimental to be real, too limp to make for even a halfway decent ghost story.
 
 (David Edelstein, New York Magazine)
 
 How did this inert piece of silliness see the light of day?
 
 (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
 
 A fate only slightly preferable to death. The whole thingís presumably intended to be profound and spiritual. Iím afraid the reality is that itís depressing, pretentious dopiness on an epic scale, as though 80 year-old Clint has suddenly become possessed by the befuddled spirit of M. Night Shyamalan.
 
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
Hereafter (2010)
It's exhilarating to watch, Hereafter is truly haunting.
 
 I sincerely cannot help but worry, with no snarkiness intended whatsoever, whether Clint Eastwood has gone senileÖ Thereís no story, thereís no philosophy, thereís just an endless void.
 
 (MaryAnn Johanson, The Flick Filosopher)
 
 When an 80-year-old director turns his attention to death, you hope for some insight, or gravitas, or even whimsy or anger. Hereafter has none of that.
 
 (Kyle Smith, New York Post)
 
 Hereafter occupies some muzzy twilight zone, too woo-woo sentimental to be real, too limp to make for even a halfway decent ghost story.
 
 (David Edelstein, New York Magazine)
 
 How did this inert piece of silliness see the light of day?
 
 (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
 
 A fate only slightly preferable to death. The whole thingís presumably intended to be profound and spiritual. Iím afraid the reality is that itís depressing, pretentious dopiness on an epic scale, as though 80 year-old Clint has suddenly become possessed by the befuddled spirit of M. Night Shyamalan.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
 
 
The Human Stain (2003)
Exhilarating! Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman are mesmerizing!
The Dreamers (2003)
The Dreamers seduces with eroticism and resonates with ideas.
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Hilarious!
Melinda and Melinda (2005)
Woody Allen is back in fighting form... Will Ferrell is a hoot and Radha Mitchell works wonders. Melinda and Melinda is a bracing ride. You'll laugh till it hurts.
Monster-in-Law (2005)
Snobs be damned. It's a hoot to watch Fonda cut loose and mix it up with J. Lo, even when the laughs turn mean-spirited. Broadway legend Elaine Stritch is killer funny as Viola's own monster-in-law. Fonda, be it as Hanoi Jane or workout queen, keeps springing surprises. Knockabout comic is just the latest incarnation in Fonda's life so far. Let her rip.
The Appaloosa (2008)
Appaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises... Thunderous action and nail-biting suspense.
Pride and Glory (2008)
Its value is unquestionable as drama and moral provocation... Dynamite.
Che: Part One (2008)
An experience you wonít forgetÖ Benicio Del Toro gives a magnificent performance. No one who cares about organic film acting will want to miss it. He keeps you riveted.
Role Models (2008)
Role Models is killer funny.
Public Enemies (2009)
Public Enemies comes at you like Dillinger did: all of a sudden. It's movie dynamite.
Duplicity (2009)
Julia Roberts and Clive Owen are at the top of their game.
Jennifer's Body (2009)
Hot! Hot! Hot!
Morning Glory (2010)
A tart, terrific comedy that gives Harrison Ford his best and funniest role in years.
Unknown (2011)
A mesmerizing mind-bender.
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Crowe's tantalizing film sticks with you.
Waking Life (2001)
Linklater's cerebral provocations allow for tickling visuals - check out that car-boat - and lively humor.
Birthday Girl (2001)
A sexy ride! Nicole Kidman brings erotic heat to her role.
24 Hour Party People (2001)
A blast! Roaringly funny, defiantly sexual and relentlessly in your face. Here's the real deal in a rock movie. I couldn't have liked it more.
The Rules of Attraction (2002)
Ellis' satire, filtered through Avary's harsh lens, is hard to stomach, harder to ignore.
Hollywood Homicide (2003)
Action movies that show a real interest in characters and their quirks are so rare that you might be ready to forgive this one its sins of cliche and poky pacing.
Camp (2003)
A blast of exuberant fun that stays rooted in humanity.
Big Fish (2003)
Director Tim Burton finally hooks the one that got away: a script that challenges and deepens his visionary talent.
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2003)
Darkly funny. Artful and surprising!
13 Conversations About One Thing (2003)
A haunting and hypnotic film. Funny and touching. Alan Arkin is flat out perfection!
Comedian (2003)
Funny as hell! It's gold, Jerry, gold.
The Last Kiss (2003)
An exuberantly unleashed comedy. Keeps the surprises coming!
The Man From Elysian Films (2003)
A seductive morality tale. Jagger is terrific!
A Mighty Wind (2003)
A gift from comedy heaven... had me begging for more.
Le Divorce (2003)
A tart, terrific social comedy about the cultural rift between America and France... a bonbon spiked with delicious wit and malice.
Kill Bill, Vol 1 (2003)
Wildy funny and inventive! Director Quentin Tarantino brings delicious sin back to movies!
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
A triumph! You'll thrill to the action, savor the tasty dialogue and laugh like hell! It keeps popping with surprises! A blast of pure movie oxygen. Uma Thurman is sizzling in an electrifying performance!
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Sometimes a movie comedy just clicks. Welcome to one of those times... The comedy of the summer... and maybe the year. Donít forget we told you so.
The Longest Yard (2005)
What links the two films in fun and ferocity is the big game, a ripsnorter that is irresistibly entertaining.
Four Brothers (2005)
What holds us are the actors, including Terrence Howard as a cop who grew up with the brothers.
The Family Stone (2005)
Keaton, a sorceress at blending humor and heartbreak, honors the film with a grace that makes it stick in the memory.
Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)
Moralists, beware. Hobo looks like a garish cartoon puked up by a filmmaker overstuffed with cheap thrills and celluloid scuzz. What's not to like?
 
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