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Assassins (1995)
A superb thriller. Stallone is on top of his game. Banderas is terrific. If I could give 5 stars, I'd give six.
 
 The kind of movie whose press kit lists seven producers, headed by the obnoxious Joel Silver, ahead of the three writers, who, however, prove to be equally obnoxious. And, further, the kind of movie whose plot you cannot really follow because it is a) convoluted beyond unscrambling by the ordinary brain, b) distasteful beyond endurance by a normal stomach, and c) stupid.
 
  (John Simon, National Review)
 
 This is implausibility on a nightmarish scale. It's comical.
 
  (William Leith, Mail on Sunday)
 
 Over-complex, mindless mayhem hokum with a performance of such awe-inspiring awfulness from Banderas that he makes Stallone resemble Olivier at his peak.
 
  (Alan Frank, Frank's 500)
 
 Quite a few action movies insult the intelligence, but this one is so idiotic, incomprehensible and interminable that it is clearly based on the assumption that its audience has no intelligence to insult. As a couple of risibly unconvincing rival hit-men, Sylvester Stallone is so inert that he seems to have been replaced by his Madam Tussaud's replica, while Antonio Banderas is so hyper-active that a waxwork replacement would be vastly preferable.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
Bringing Down the House (2003)
One of the funniest movies ever.
 
 I’m ashamed that this movie exists, that people got paid for it and that someone out there will eventually add it to their DVD collection.
 
  (Erik Childress, Efilmcritic.com)
 
 The rare film that manages to be simultaneously bland and offensive.
 
  (Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times)
 
 One of the most hateful and low-minded comedies I've ever seen.
 
  (Scott Weinberg, Efilmcritic.com)
 
 Lumberingly crass.
 
  (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
 
 Deeply, remorselessly offensive.
 
  (Catherine Shoard, Sunday Telegraph)
 
Cold Creek Manor (2003)
Wonderful performances. Top-notch fun. A terrific thriller!
 
 One of the worst films of the year.
 
  (David Levine, Filmcritic.com)
 
 A dopey thriller... gets swamped by its own inept genre conventions, they deliver moments to unnerve educated urbanites and hearten everyone else.
 
  (Ty Burr, Boston Globe)
 
 Egregiously silly and predictable.
 
  (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
 
 Cold Creek Manor is quite funny - though, unfortunately, it isn't intended to be… I amused myself by checking off the clichés. Murder of family pet? Check. Needlessly elaborate methods of killing principals? Check. Idiotic police force? Check. Consistently absurd behaviour by hero and heroine? Check. Climactic fall of villain from great height? Check.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
 
Basic (2003)
A thriller that will grab you from start to finish.
The Good Thief (2003)
A terrific crime caper with Nolte at the top of his game.
The Singing Detective (2003)
The best two-hour dream I've ever had! Robert Downey Jr. is fantastic! Mel Gibson is terrific!
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Ridley Scott at his masterful best!
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The most entertaining movie of the year. Tarantino has out-done himself. Brad Pitt is terrific.
Nine (2009)
Nine is a ten!
Poolhall Junkies (2003)
A top-notch treat.
The Last Samurai (2003)
Absolutely riveting. This is a must-see movie.
 
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