A businessman blackmails his attractive young secretary into spending a weekend with him. Though he's a creep throughout, he gradually emerges as a sympathetic character.
“Quartet” assembles a posse of lovable geezers in a palatial residence for aged artistes and entangles them in the mildest imaginable comic and dramatic situations.
2013-01-10 | A. O. SCOTT | Read the New York Times Review of Quartet
The air is thick with paranoia in “Doubt,” but nowhere as thick, juicy, sustained or sustaining as Meryl Streep’s performance.
2008-12-11 | MANOHLA DARGIS | Read the New York Times Review of Doubt
In John Hoffman's "Good Boy!" all dogs came from outer space. They were supposed to rule earth but ended up as loving pets instead, which horrifies an extraterrestrial Border terrier sent to check on how things are going. But that terrier (with the voice of Matthew Broderick) is just in time to bring love and companionship to Owen (Liam Aiken), a lonely, bullied boy with parents who keep moving the family from town to town. The premise is cute but the execution goes nowhere, with attempts at humor about baby-talking pet lovers, canine flatulence and stereotypical breed behavior. Poodles should sue. — Anita Gates
2003-10-10 | Anita Gates | Read the New York Times Review of Good Boy!
It has quite a lot of it, most of it misplaced. Edward Burns is a con man who narrates, in long expository flashbacks, a convoluted tale of double-crosses and zig zags. The screenwriter Doug Jung's dialogue has flashes of pungency and wit, and James Foley's direction is smooth and lively, but their skill is applied to a lifeless, derivative exercise in attitude that plays like a desperate emulation of David Mamet or Elmore Leonard. Mr. Burns, as usual, is much too busy overestimating his cleverness and charm to do much acting, and Rachel Weisz does not even rise to the femme fatale ridiculousness of her part. Only Paul Giamati and Dustin Hoffman, indulging in egregious lowlife hamming, are any fun to watch. — A.O. Scott
2003-04-25 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Confidence