"(B- for Criterion version DVD) Kurosawa's debut is a short, efficient little piece. It has the blunt characterizations and minimalist narrative of a silent film and some impressive visuals for the day."
"(B) Often described as Deathwish w/Michael Caine, which is exactly right. Caine is very good makes it less ridiculous than it should be. The social decay message is not subtle, though no less than the typical leftist messages that are always praised as insightful and nuanced."
"(B-) Generally amusing, but I'd hoped for more with the Planet Terror/Sin City pedigree. Recycles most of the faux-trailer, which is half the point, but it also means we've seen most of the best punchlines. It's still definitely worth a watch for the exploitation film audience."
"(A-) I found this a little disappointing on first watch years back, but now the operatic intensity and grandiose visuals have a more direct impact on me. Excellent now, and it probably would've been quite stunning on the initial release."
"(B-) Pretty damn funny for the first half, but the latter portion is woefully uneven with some dreadful new characters. Most of the best stuff is just rehashed from the original, but it still provides enough amusement."
"(C) Soderbergh's neo-noir has the superficial elements but doesn't come together. None of the characters are either interesting or likable and the the affected mise en scene and chronological wrangling fail to save the unremarkable story. Finally, Gallagher's eyebrows are unbearable."
"(B-) Courtroom drama is quite bleak and mature for the era, too bad the Leopold/Loeb case wasn't more noteworthy beyond the killers' backgrounds. Welles' monologue at the end is impressively done, however, and helps end the film effectively."
"(B) Largely unseen neo-noir has a couple of terrific lead performances, including a surprisingly good Dorf, and an efficient, tightly-wound narrative. It won't change your life, but it deserved more of an audience."
"(C) It's generally wise to avoid "quirky crime" pics unless Tarantino is involved, and that rule applies here. Clooney is his usual smug self, Lopez is a blank and the film as a whole is short on wit and intrigue. Bleh."
"(D+) A masturbatory affair for self-styled "iconoclasts" who are far too complicated and sophisticated for anyone to like them. Nicholson's character is a petulant jerk, and, worse, he isn't interesting. The dearth of either humor or drama doesn't help."
"(B+) Though I doubt Kaufman's work would've amused me much at the time, condensed into a two hour film his career provides solid entertainment. Film offers little insight into Kaufman's life, but the recreation of his bits never fails to amuse, even if they aren't conventionally funny."
"(B) A rather cheesy b-movie, to be sure, but it's quite energetic and surprisingly well-acted. It displays a sort of over the top courage in its own convictions--it feels more sincere than lots of exploitation films."
"(B) Argentine Oscar-winner mixes cops 'n killer flick with romance and a twisted timeline. Has some impressive technical feats and is effectively performed. Some late revelations are quite lame, but they don't matter much."
"(B for "Pit" C for "Hellgate") "Pit" is a truly surreal, almost baffling forgotten movie. Good for cult film audiences. "Hellgate" is intriguingly odd too, but is massively flawed and never works dramatically."
"(C+) Modestly amusing most of the time, but too much of the material is flatly rehashed and the new material generally isn't very good. The absence of Nielsen obviously hurts, as does the new creative team."
"(F) Hipster cinema at its worst. Samantha Morton spends 90 minutes with a blank look on her face, then it ends. Critics love this kinda dreck, cause the absolute lack of content and meaning lets them extrapolate wildly. Not recommended for human consumption."