Oscar Winners' Bad Reviews

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‘Like all other slasher movies from Psycho on, this one “works” insofar as it plays on the desire to see victims, preferably women, get torn to pieces.'
‘It's both fascinating and appalling…the story of a man about whom only the Establishment could become genuinely sentimental.’
‘The theme is racism. Let me say that again: The theme is racism. I could say it 500 more times because that's how many times the movie says it, in every single scene.’
‘Attenborough's work lacks even the undercurrent of personality that David Lean brought to his films: the film has no flavor but that of the standard Hollywood hagiography.’
‘The end result resembles one of Neil Simon's middlebrow romps more than it does 'As You Like It.'’
‘The triumph of mediocrity over genius. It’s the Salieri of movies.’
'[Title character]'s a crotchety and naive man that merits little of our attention aside from the fact that he had a knack for making musicals.’
‘Unhappily, the film shares a serious flaw in the essential conception of the show; both are founded on a phony literary analogy and on some potentially vicious pseudo-sociology.
‘This is Hollywood musical as its most calculating, with something for everyone: corny anti-Nazi politics, melodic tunes, schmaltzy romance, old-fashioned values.'
‘There are intervals when the two hours which it lasts seem as interminable as Bligh's voyage in the open boat must have seemed to its occupants.’
‘Is Scorsese desperate? This screenplay has the scent of it, as if he is scraping for material to feed his basic filmic interests.’
‘The movie would appear to share Pu Yi's severely limited experience of--and curiosity about--the world.’
‘…suffers slightly from [Olivier’s] pop-Freud approach to the character and from some excessively flashy, wrongheaded camera work.’
‘While scores of people plummet to their deaths…Rose point[s] out: 'Jack, this is where we first met.' I expected her, amid the shrieks, to add, 'And they're playing our song.'
‘Three hours in...I found that my arse was sore and numb. There was another twenty minutes to go as we are made to sit through one endless coda after the other.'
‘...classic soap opera in which good old British understatement has a field day, everybody is frightfully nice, and sentimentality is wrapped up in yards of tasteful gloss.’
‘…suggests what would happen if someone made a movie of the imminent extreme-football league and shot it as if it were a Chanel commercial.’
‘Eastwood...directs as if it would hurt him to throw in a little lightness, a little color, one scene that didn't look like it was shot in a gas station bathroom.'
‘Newman and Redford pass a few facial expressions between them and try to cool each other out. If there ever was much of a script, it can be said to have gone to waste.’
‘The physical exuberance of the production flusters the pensive sensuality of Colette's mood like a poodle in a cage of lovebirds.’
'We are asked to believe that [title character] is compassionate, interesting, even heroic, though the character we see is simply an unconvincing actor imitating a lug.’
‘…a racist melodrama that uses real misery and human degradation as the backdrop for a fairytale of how everything works out in the end.’
‘Judging by the movie's enduring popularity, the message that stupidity is redemption is clearly what a lot of Americans want to hear.’
‘An interminable travelogue interspersed with sketches in which star-spotting affords some relief.’

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