BEFORE SUNSET: A- "The follow-up to writer and director Richard Linklater's 1995 film 'Before Sunrise.' However, 'Sunset' stands alone in its identity and brilliance. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy play to perfection the highest truths of the unbearable reality of beautiful emotional purpose." - Ahmed Nzibo
THE BROWN BUNNY: B+ "For a movie that esteemed movie critic Robert Ebert claimed was less entertaining than his colonoscopy and 'the worst film in the history of Cannes,' 'The Brown Bunny' really is a movie that does little to disappoint a prepared audience." - Matt Rajput
FAHRENHEIT 9/11 : B+ Michael Moore the movie-maker has lost none of his zeal to provide what educates and entertains and, more importantly, induces audiences to shape their own perceptions. 'Fahrenheit 9/11' excels because, like any good political stand-up comic, it entertains over all, and the education is a nice bonus." - A.N.
GARDEN STATE : A "'Garden State' is visually breathtaking with its carefully crafted shots that contain the same form of isolated perfection seen in 'American Beauty.' It is impossible to find fault in Braff's film. Every piece of the filmmaking puzzle fits together so neatly that the resulting picture is almost flawless." - Emily Zemler
HERO : B+ "Filmmaker Yimou Zhang masterfully crafts a universe with beauty and precision. While there are moments throughout 'Hero' that scream masterpiece, the overall picture doesn't leave viewers incredibly touched." - Daniel Longino
MARIA FULL OF GRACE : B+ "At the very least, 'Maria Full of Grace' is educational. At its best, the film is like its main character -fresh, riveting and strong." - Anne Godlasky
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE : A "Without a doubt the most quotable film of the past few years, 'Napoleon Dynamite' is destined for cult status with the likes of 'The Big Lebowski' and 'Wet Hot American Summer.' It's an endlessly pleasing experience that demands several views to soak up all of its creative genius." - D.L.