What the Critics Say about Movies

Consumers' Research Magazine, January 2003 | Go to article overview

What the Critics Say about Movies


* Consumers' Research does not judge films. The judgments and comments given here come from a sampling of movie reviews in newspapers and magazines, and on television. They are compiled by the editors of Consumers' Research.

Adult Entertainment Values

Number of Critics Saying --                                Go   ??   No

About Schmidt (R)                                          17    2    1
A newly widowed, retired insurance actuary tries to
stop his daughter from marrying a water-bed salesman

Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights (PG-13)                       1    0    8
Animated features in which a party animal is sentenced
by a judge to be a youth-basketball referee over the
holidays

Adaptation (R)                                             10    1    0
A screenwriter struggles to convert a difficult book
into a movie

Analyze That (R)                                            0   13    6
Sequel to the comedy about a mob boss who seeks
psychological counseling

Antwone Fisher (PG-13)                                      8    5    1
A young black man overcomes a terrible youth to succeed

Catch Me If You Can (PG-13)                                12    3    0
An FBI agent chases a 1960s con man

Chicago (PG-13)                                            10    0    0
A Chicago chorus girl shoots her unfaithful lover

Die Another Day (PG-13)                                    12   13    3
Latest installment in the James Bond series

Drumline (PG-13)                                           12    4    0
A Harlem kid wins a full music scholarship to join
the drum line of an Atlanta university

8 Mile (R)                                                 23    2    1
A white assembly-line worker tries to make it big
in the mostly black Detroit rap scene

The Emperor's Club (PG-13)                                  6   16    1
About an ancient-civilization teacher at an elite prep
school

Empire (R)                                                  3    5   10
A drug dealer has a chance to go legit when offered
a piece of the action on Wall Street

Equilibrium (R)                                             0    1    1
Sci-fi story about a futuristic utopia in which war and
hate are eradicated by a drug

Evelyn (PG)                                                 1    1    1
A poor, jobless man fights to win back custody of his
children

Far From Heaven (PG-13)                                    15    1    0
A 1950s suburban wife discovers that her husband is
having an affair with another man

Femme Fatale (R)                                            6    9    5
A sultry jewel thief tries to leave her life of crime
behind her

Frida (R)                                                   4    6    0
Biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo

Friday After Next (R)                                       5    9    6
Comedy in which cousins try to stop a thief dressed up
as Santa

Gangs of New York (R)                                      15    5    2
Irish immigrant gangs baffle in Civil War-era New York

Half Past Dead (R)                                          0    0   12
An undercover FBI agent tries to quell an extortion plot
involving prisoners at Alcatraz

Harry Potter and the Chamber
of Secrets (PG)                                            18    8    0
Sequel about the adventures of a boy wizard

The Hot Chick (PG-13)                                       2    4    6
Magic earrings cause a cheerleader and a petty criminal
to switch bodies

The Hours (PG-13)                                           4    1    0
The lives of writer Virginia Woolf, a book editor, and a
young mother are woven together

Interviews with the Assassin (unrated)                      1    1    0
Pseudo-documentary in which an out-of-work
cameraman interviews an alleged JFK assassin

Jackass the Movie (R)                                       1    1    1
Young people perform a series of inane and dangerous
stunts

Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (G)                              3    4    1
Animated feature in which talking vegetables depict the
Biblical tale of Jonah and the whale

The Lord of the Rings:
The Two Towers (PG-13)                                     19    3    0
Second part of the fantasy based on the J. … 

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