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Sleuth (2007)
Caine and Law at the top of their game... masterclass performances.
 The results will be received with a large, loud yawn by all but the most loyal fans of Pinter and hard-working co-stars Michael Caine and Jude Law.
 (Robert Koehler, Variety)
 Dreadful. All style and empty, over-the-top emoting.
  (Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer)
 Sleuth has to be the worst prestige movie of the year.
 (Richard Corliss, Time)
 What were they thinking?
 (Trevor Johnson, Time Out)
 Maladroitly directed from a dismal Harold Pinter script.
 (Philip French, Observer)
 This is a Dead Film Walking, a zombie of a film, a shuffling Frankensteinís monster of a film, leaking electricity from its badly-fitted neck bolts, tragically whimpering at the pointless agony of its own brief existence. Whose idea was it to zap this raddled corpse with electrodes and make it jolt and reel and stagger around for 88 impossibly painful minutes?... A perfect storm of rubbishness... unendurably boring, stagey, boring, arthritic, misconceived - and did I mention boring.
 (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
 Strewth. Perhaps the most charitable view is to suspect that the whole film is some kind of sadistic mind-game, in which Branagh and Pinter are hell-bent on humiliating their actors. If thatís the case, theyíve succeeded magnificently.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Nine (2009)
Nine is a sparkling ten... I predict Nine will be garlanded with multiple Oscar and Bafta nominations. Bellissimo!
 The movie Guido is trying to dream doesn't look like much fun, and neither is Nine.
 (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly)
 Someone call Geneva. Torture has a new name, and itís called Nine. For there are few more agonising experiences this holiday season than squirming through the painfully misfired ambitions of this star-studded Rob Marshall musical.
 (Kevin Maher, Times)
 Nine proudly luxuriates in its perfumed idea of Cinema Italiano, but it would be a lot easier to recommend if there were any decent tunes to whistle on the way home.
 (Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph)
 A musical that is hideously naff, shallow, creepingly misogynistic, badly acted and as phoney as a three-lira bill.
 (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
 A third-rate musicalÖ Even more so than in Chicago, Marshall does his best to disguise the castís lack of terpsichorean talent with fast editing, but doesnít entirely succeed.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Beautiful Creatures (2001)
Outrageously wonderful black comedy.
Confetti (2006)
A wonderfully wicked wedding comedy.
Easy Virtue (2008)
A glorious delight... had me doubling up with laughter.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
The film looks great and Delbonnel gives the picture a modern real-world sensibility in a fantasy setting. The dark intensity and romantic yearning on display in Half-Blood Prince compel me to await the two Deathly Hallows films with an eagerness I hadn't realised I possessed. I must be under a spell.
The Boat That Rocked (2009)
Get on board and rock on!
Dorian Gray (2009)
A terrific Gothic thriller.
Glorious 39 (2009)
Glorious 39 is of scorching relevance, with its focus on civil liberties in a time of war, and I think it's going to spark some controversy.
The Boys Are Back (2009)
Clive Owen is at the top of his game here giving a performance of Oscar stature.
28 Days Later (2002)
Breathtaking! Danny Boyle reinvents the horror film and it's scary as hell.
The Life of David Gale (2003)
In My Father's Den (2005)
Macfadyen commands the screen... an astonishing and beautifully observed film.
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