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Review: Paul Blart: Mall Cop

An early contender for worst of the year
If you find the sight of a grown man rolling around the mall on a Segway hilarious, this is the movie for you.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  January 20, 2009


Tyler Perry’s The Family that Preys

The filmic equivalent of Velveeta
The prolific Tyler Perry is at it again, offering subpar entertainment to audiences so starved for sustenance they’ll eat his cheese.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  September 17, 2008


The Rocker

The set-up is adequate, but the jokes fall flat
Rainn Wilson of The Office gets promoted to the big screen with this anemic comedy directed by The Full Monty helmer Peter Cattaneo.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  August 20, 2008


Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

As much depth as a glassy-eyed doll
Although her film has as much visual flair as an after-school special, director Patricia Rozema gives an appealing attention to period detail, and Breslin is sweet in her first starring role.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  July 01, 2008



Accomplished, with grace and accuracy
Trier captures the moment when the recklessness of youth gives way to adult responsibilities, and the way childhood friendships can fall apart when different paths are taken.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  May 21, 2008



Total cheese for the CW set
Pathology is totally ludicrous, and too self-serious to be any fun.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  April 23, 2008



Dutifully soporific
Charlize Theron likes to ugly herself up for roles, hiding her beauty behind dishwater hair and puffy eyes.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  March 19, 2008


The Spiderwick Chronicles

Poignant enough
The film version of The Spiderwick Chronicles centers on the three Grace siblings and their interactions — some friendly, some potentially deadly — with fairies and goblins.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  February 13, 2008


Definitely, Maybe

Agonizingly boring
You’d have to be a pretty dumb kid not to recognize your own mother, but this is a pretty dumb movie.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  February 15, 2008


The Bucket List

Doesn't kick it soon enough
Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman do a lot of mugging in Rob Reiner’s new comedy.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  January 09, 2008


Alvin and the Chipmunks

All funked up
Depending on when you were born and how much affection you have for a trio of singing rodents, Alvin and the Chipmunks may be a tough sell.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  December 12, 2007



Better than generic holiday fare
Wicked (cartoon) witch sends adorable fairy-tale princess down a rabbit hole and she’s deposited, suddenly human, in present-day Times Square.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  November 20, 2007


Feel the Noise

Introducing reggaetón
Argentine director Alejandro Chomski wastes little time setting up this generic exercise.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  October 10, 2007


Good Luck Chuck

Crass and crude and mostly annoying humor
The only plausible scenario in this movie is the idea that a woman would be so annoyed by Dane Cook, she’d be willing to put a curse on him.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  September 19, 2007



The legendary playwright is better
There is a burgeoning trend whereby the work of a legendary writer is attributed to some spurious personal experience.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  August 07, 2007


Daddy Day Camp

Predictability ensues
Because even Eddie Murphy had better things to do, Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in this mess of a sequel.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  August 07, 2007



Oh my god, this movie totally sucks
Bratz is based on those slutty dolls people inexplicably buy for their kids.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  August 07, 2007


Introducing the Dwights

A miserable family to watch
Into this mess wanders Jill (Emma Booth), cute and self-assured, so you know she’s in for it.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  July 11, 2007



 A familiar girl-power tale
Gracie treads territory familiar to anyone who’s seen a sports movie in the past 10 years.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  May 30, 2007


Lucky You

Hanson puts his money on Hollywood clichés
Curtis Hanson’s latest directorial effort sat on a shelf for two years, emitting a whiff of failure.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  May 03, 2007
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