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M Jackson
« on: 08-29-2003 05:18 »

There are some films that everyone regards as masterpieces. Films that nobody could possibly dispute as all time greats.
Eg...The Godfather, Schindlers List, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Citizen Kane, Jaws, The Shawshank Redemption....
You know the kind I mean.
But has anyone ever come across a bad review for films like this? Post them if you've found any.

And have you ever come across reviews praising a film that everyone knows is a huge heap of shit? eg Battlefield Earth.

The only example I can think of is a review of The Shawshank Redemption in a film guide I own, it got 1 star!!!
"The movie burns with a dubious ardor. No one is likely to disagree with its point of view. No one is likely to be much interested either".
I really should get around to throwing that guide away.  :hmpf:
Australian Guy

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #1 on: 08-29-2003 05:32 »
« Last Edit on: 08-29-2003 05:32 »

OH i am so upset to see BF:E bashed...again.
Popular movies tend to be good targets for critics, wether they are artistically good or not.
I havnt seen The Shawshank redemption. And judging by that review perhaps it had good production values and nice characters and a beutiful message, but didnt have much artistic merit.

DOOP Secretary
« Reply #2 on: 08-29-2003 05:33 »

*Send's the reviewer of the Shawshank Redemption to Prison for life*

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #3 on: 08-29-2003 05:53 »

Leonard Maltin gave Shawshank 2 1/2 stars, the same amount he gave Batman & Robin.  And he gave Taxi Driver 2 stars!  What's up with that?

Urban Legend
« Reply #4 on: 08-29-2003 08:54 »

Originally posted by Nurdbot:
*Send's the reviewer of the Shawshank Redemption to Prison for life*

* Reviewer digs tunnel on otherside of picture of supermodel and escpaes. Proceeds to live in mexico with black guy from prison

Honorary German
Urban Legend
« Reply #5 on: 08-29-2003 11:57 »

Two and a half stars from Leonard Maltin? The Shawshank Redemption is on par with Laserblast. I can't believe it.
Mr. Potter

« Reply #6 on: 08-29-2003 12:40 »

With critics you never know what you're gonna get. Ebert gave Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life 3 stars, the same amount of stars he gave to the two Lord of the Rings movies.

Space Pope
« Reply #7 on: 09-01-2003 19:41 »

ebert likes the boobies, it's a well known fact. That explains why tomb raider rated so high.

BF:E rocks and if you didn't like it you just didn't have the volume up loud enough to enjoy that great score.

I never really understood the big deal about "Shawshank". It was about as good as any made for TV hallmark movie, if you ask me.
Action Jacktion

« Reply #8 on: 09-01-2003 20:27 »
« Last Edit on: 09-01-2003 20:27 »

I think I posted this in another thread but I can't find it.  Anyway, here's a review of Battlefield Earth by San Francisco Chronicle writer Bob Graham.  And here is his review of The Matrix.

Urban Legend
« Reply #9 on: 09-01-2003 22:16 »

Originally posted by VelourFog:
I never really understood the big deal about "Shawshank".

That's because you're a girl.......and you have no uterus. And you've never escaped from prison.

DOOP Ubersecretary
« Reply #10 on: 09-02-2003 13:09 »
« Last Edit on: 09-02-2003 13:09 »

Jeremy, I think you're on to something there.

Shawshank is basically the only "drama only" film in my DVD collection.
And, it's Limited Edition is relesed (although I'm not exactly sure what the differences are, Play.com doesn't give enough info).   :(
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