What the Critics Say * about Movies

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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

Abandon (PG-13)                                              3   6   8
A cop investigates a college girl's connection to
the disappearance of her boyfriend

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

All or Nothing (R)                                           3   5   0
Story of three families living in working-class London

Auto Focus (R)                                              13   3   1
Biography of the downfall of
Hogan's Heroes TV show stat Bob Crane

Bowling for Columbine (R)                                    9   4   0
Documentary and political commentary
about America's love of guns

Brown Sugar (PG-13)                                          7  12   2
A record company executive's lifelong friend is jealous
when he decides to marry another woman

Die Another Day (PG-13)                                      6   6   3
Latest installment in the James Bond series

8 Mile (R)                                                  18   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)                                   4   9   1
Story about an ancient-civilization
teacher at an elite prep school

Far From Heaven (PG-13)                                      8   1   0
A 1950s suburban wile 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

Formula 51 (R)                                               1   4  14
Warring thugs battle for control of a new designer drug

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

Friday After Next (R)                                        4   5   4
Comedy in which cousins try to
stop a thief dressed up as Santa

Ghost Ship (R)                                               0   3   8
A salvage crew investigates an abandoned vessel
that turns out to be haunted

The Grey Zone (R)                                            6   5   0
Concentration camp Jews try to protect a girl who
survives the Auschwitz gas chamber

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)                12   5   0
Sequel about the adventures of a boy wizard

Spy (PG-13)                                                  1   3  10
Based on the 1960s TV show about a black and white spy duo

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 Veggie Tales Movie (G)                              3   4   1
Computer-animated feature in which talking vegetables
depict the Bible tale of Jonah and the whale

Knockaround Guys (R)                                         1   7   8
Young East Coast criminals lose a half-million dollars
in dirty money in a small Montana town

The Man From Elysian Fields (R)                              2   2   0
A failed novelist works as a male escort to make ends meet

Moonlight Mile (PG-13)                                      10  12   2
A husband-to-be moves in with the parents
of his murdered fiancee

Punch-Drunk Love (R)                                        16   2   0
A man buys thousands of dollars' worth of pudding
to win a million frequent flyer miles

Real Women Have Curves (PG-13)                               5   1   0
A recent high school graduate tries to reconcile her
Mexican-American heritage with her desire to be
independent

Red Dragon (R)                                              17   6   1
Third installment of the Hannibal Lecter series in
which an FBI agent tracks down a serial killer

The Ring (PG-13)                                            10  10   4
Horror feature in which a videotape leads to the death
of those who view it

The Rules of Attraction (R)                                  4  10   6
A dark satire about sex and drug use on a
New England college campus

The Santa Clause 2 (G)                                       6   4   6
Sequel in which Santa must find himself a Mrs. … 

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