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  • "With nearly every scene granting him a wet-eyed close-up as the traumatic origins of Albert's stutter are unravelled, his performance registers at a pitch that Oscar voters are bound to respond to."

    Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, the screen's leading Englishmen at 50

  • Best of all is the progressive dissolution of one of the festival organizers, Artie Kornfeld, wet-eyed and helplessly grinning, whose head — by Sunday morning — appears to have been dunked in a bucket marked NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.

    Woodstock Nation

  • A wet-eyed Jorge Posada met Jeter at home plate with a bear hug, and every other teammate followed, as the game with Tampa Bay was put on hold for five minutes of celebration.

    Jeter Homers for His 3000th Hit

  • To conceive of them separated was unthinkable to every wet-eyed soul at the burial.

    Double Vision

  • From a “Why Boehner was crying” link on the washingtonpost.com homepage, readers were invited to submit photo "mashups," superimposing an image of a wet-eyed Boehner onto the image of something that might have prompted those tears.

    Are John Boehner's tears fair game for Post satire?

  • I find the hand-wringing, wet-eyed hysteria of the universalist “rights” crowd more tiresome than that of most 12 year old girls.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Declaration of Independence and the Case for Non-Ethnic Secession:

  • September 11, 2007 lildb said ... there's so much to get the wet-eyed syndrome over in this post.

    How Do I Spell Relief? A-l-l-G-o-o-d.

  • Instead, there were inevitable rumormongering, wild - and wet-eyed journalism, and irresponsible public officials, like Mayor Ray Nagin, who predicted that there'd be 10,000 New Orleans citizens dead from the hurricane.

    Richard Bradley: The Myths of Katrina

  • I hope you're napping and eating bad airline food and annoying the crap out of uptight people, and that no one is looking at you all wet-eyed telling you how brave and special you are and then talking about you to Linda as though you are an object.

    Goodbye! Let's hope I get there.....AND back.

  • The couple has an intuitive chemistry that Bogart would only match when playing opposite his real-life wife Lauren Bacall, who presented a very different kind of love interest from the mushy, wet-eyed Bergman.

    Casablanca

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