ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

This Sporting Life (1963)

"Leagues above the sanitized picture of organized professional athletics exemplified by '42,' 'This Sporting Life' wallows in the mud of the moral dirt that surrounds and runs the whole."

Posted Nov 10, 2013

Donald J. Levit

2 61%

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

"This Golden Razzie Award-winner for Worst Screen Couple arrives dead and unmoving. And, mortal sin for the genre, it is not scary or campy. "

Posted Nov 10, 2013

Donald J. Levit

3 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"Not a single character in 'Now You See Me' holds a definable personality trait. However, director Louis Leterrier succeeds in holding our interest with an array of dazzling red herrings."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

4 84%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"'The Armstrong Lie' gives a good enough summary of the sport and its shenanigans (and by implication those of others."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Donald J. Levit

5 21%

Paradise (2013)

"To me, a film about Las Vegas should never be boring. And that's what disappoints me most about 'Paradise.' "

Posted Nov 2, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

6 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"I hope people see 'Before Midnight' for its emotional honesty. "

Posted Nov 2, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

7 100%

The Square (2013)

"It is her and our good luck that Jehane Noujaim happened to be on the spot, on familiar home turf, and to her credit in so well taking advantage."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Donald J. Levit

8 91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"Pretentiously half-justified by a quotation from Sartre, facial close-ups are incessant and unwittingly humorous in this overlong dramatic love story. "

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Donald J. Levit

9 30%

Last Love (2013)

"A poignant drama about loss, friendship, family and true love. It's a slow-moving -- but beautiful -- film with performances that go straight to your heart. "

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

10 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Apart from caricatures-as-characters reasons, the cinematography in '12 Years a Slave' is over-prettified and distracting. "

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Donald J. Levit

11 27%

Sweetwater (2013)

"An excellent cast and the film's authentic period look help transport us back to 1880s New Mexico while watching a very angry woman out for revenge. "

Posted Oct 20, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

12 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"Offers a fine cast in period costume and setting, a quiet subtle score, and careful Victorian cultural references though not the broader lit-crit jokes of, say, colorful 'Shakespeare in Love.' "

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Donald J. Levit

13 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"In the tradition of Crane, London and Hemingway, 'All Is Lost' is unsermonized Man against Nature at the same time as Man against Himself."

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Donald J. Levit

14 69%

Disconnect (2013)

"This film works exceedingly well during the build-ups, riding a similar wave to ensemble offerings such as 'Crash' and 'Syriana.' "

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

15 49%

Redemption (2013)

"With 'Redemption,' Jason Statham has arrived at a fresh place in his career where the possibilities for entertainment and innovation are boundless. "

Posted Oct 12, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

16 ——

The Chase (1946)

"Not so ingenious and engaging as other, Chandler-esque convolutions. "

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Donald J. Levit

17 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"Some of the film scenes fall flat, but, after all, the American Dream is of a future in which one never loses hope. "

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Donald J. Levit

18 97%

Gravity (2013)

"The cliché 'edge of your seat' seems too mild for this exciting outer space thriller that combines technical magic with strong emotional pull. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

19 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Llewyn springs full blown and neither changes nor reaches self-awareness. He's a poor face in the crowd whose story's seldom told, has its moments, but seems no more engrossing than most. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Donald J. Levit

20 11%

Argento's Dracula 3D (2013)

"Through 3D glasses too darkly, the extra dimension is not taken advantage of -- and in fact appears detrimental."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Donald J. Levit

21 61%

The Summit (2013)

"Homage to 37-year-old McDonnell and the others who perished or were seriously injured in that worst day on the world's most dangerous mountain. "

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Donald J. Levit

22 53%

Jimmy P. (2014)

"Focuses on the playing off of two actors in the developing of rapport and empathy between two very different human beings. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Donald J. Levit

23 57%

Lion Ark (2013)

"This incredible documentary about rescuing 25 abused African lions and transporting them from Bolivia to Colorado is the feel-good movie of the year for me! "

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

24 16%

The Colony (2013)

"This sci-fi thriller makes us almost feel the frosty cold in our bones, thanks to cinematographer Pierce Gill's magic touch."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

25 67%

Mr. Nobody (2013)

"'Mr. Nobody' jumps around in a rather haphazard way, so it seems too chaotic most of the time. It's creative, but quite perplexing. "

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

26 50%

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

"As the Sheriff of Nottingham, Alan Rickman lights up the screen with villainous charm."

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

27 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"Although the ending of 'Prisoners' may leave some viewers cold, I think it's a clever way to make us keep talking about this thriller for a long time to come. "

Posted Sep 21, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

28 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"Overall, 'Oblivion' steals from the very heart of science-fiction, becoming a betrayal of everything the genre stands for, including suspension of disbelief and the relevant mythologies. "

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

29 84%

Good Ol' Freda (2013)

"At first glance hinting maybe condescension in the title, ' Good Ol' Freda' really does anything but, those three little words being the lads' fond reference to her."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Donald J. Levit

30 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"Things tend to plod a bit in the middle and the father/son bond sinks into an unforgiving quicksand."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

31 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"These things run on faith, not reason, like the silly amateur exorcism that will have to be intoned when a priest is too far away and the silly scientific paraphernalia carted around. "

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Donald J. Levit

32 83%

Blue Caprice (2013)

"'Blue Caprice' sidesteps the easy path of sensational splatter, does not rest its case on video-game violence, and does not cheapen that case by playing any race, ethnicity or religion card."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Donald J. Levit

33 73%

Cop Land (1997)

"'Cop Land' has its mind in the right place, only its emotional core feels out of sync. "

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

34 35%

Touchy Feely (2013)

"The chemistry between Josh Pais and Allison Janney is something wonderful to behold in each of their scenes together here. Too bad they had so few of them. "

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

35 35%

Passion (2013)

"Although both lead actresses deserve praise for their stunning performances in 'Passion,' the film itself doesn't do them justice."

Posted Aug 31, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

36 75%

The Grandmaster (2013)

"The cinema confusion that persists here would be acceptable, for this is after all chop-socky with pretentions, but the deadpan solemnity makes for too weighty a load. "

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Donald J. Levit

37 98%

Blackfish (2013)

"Although emotionally wrenching and not recommend for young children, 'Blackfish' helps us re-think our relationship with nature. "

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Diana Saenger

38 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"The only one delivering any kind of intrigue here is Jim Broadbent. But one interesting character does not make a movie, and this one is a real yawner. "

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Diana Saenger

39 92%

Our Nixon (2013)

"In its refusal to cram a point of view or crucify an easy target,'Our Nixon' is a variation from the tired current non-fiction format. "

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Donald J. Levit

40 59%

The Frozen Ground (2013)

"A chilling thriller with first-rate performances by John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens. "

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

41 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"The characters may seem real, yet they're not very interesting. And worst of all, the beer flows but the movie doesn't. "

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

42 6%

The Last Airbender (2010)

"This film has been dumbed down for a young audience. I believe that youngsters could be offended by the manner in which Shyamalan's screenplay treats their intelligence with disdain. "

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

43 49%

Blood (2013)

"Paul Bettany turns in a stellar performance as a modern day Raskolnikov in this gritty psychological drama about the downfall of a British police family."

Posted Aug 11, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

44 68%

Elysium (2013)

"'Elysium' goes overboard with loud, jerky, repetitive action sequences. "

Posted Aug 10, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

45 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"'Lovelace' is significant for its portrayal of a battered, exploited woman and of the macho social attitudes which foster such situations. "

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Donald J. Levit

46 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"'The Act of Killing' is unsettling in drawing in the viewer, in almost humanizing its unrepentant vile inhuman men who in theory did not act for personal motives."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Donald J. Levit

47 63%

Tremors 2: Aftershocks (1996)

"The one consistent through-line in the first two 'Tremors' movies has to be Michael Gross' uncanny ability to transform even the silliest dialogue into moments of genuine comic inspiration."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

48 71%

Forrest Gump (2014)

"Overall, there's hardly a dull moment to be found as well as quite a few transcendent themes in 'Forrest Gump.' "

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

49 98%

Vertigo (1958)

"'Vertigo' teases, befuddles and opens up the highway for Alfred Hitchcock's most expressive and imaginative storytelling."

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

50 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"This Wolverine outing includes one of the most exciting sequences of the year -- a villain and Wolverine fighting on top of Japan's high-speed bullet train. How cool is that!"

Posted Jul 27, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

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