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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

""Bridesmaids" is a great first step for Apatow in finding his feminine voice, and an even better launching pad for the hilarious Kristin Wiig. "

Posted May 14, 2011

Christopher Smith

2 16%

Priest (2011)

"If you have an action movie that doesn't have enough loud, wham-bam, explosive fun to wake a sleeping baby, which was the case at my screening, then you, my friend, have an action movie not worth seeing. "

Posted May 14, 2011

Christopher Smith

3 15%

Something Borrowed (2011)

"The film relies on a singular idea-deciding whether to hurt a friend for the sake of true happiness. It's a premise that runs out of steam halfway through, but not before repeating its point over and over. More like "Something to Throw Away.""

Posted May 7, 2011

Christopher Smith

4 77%

Thor (2011)

"With a director this interested in making every shot exciting, it should come as no surprise that his film is just that. "

Posted May 7, 2011

Christopher Smith

5 11%

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil (2011)

"The very nature of animation is to appear lively, and if that's the case, "Hoodwinked Too" fails at almost every turn."

Posted Apr 29, 2011

Christopher Smith

6 77%

Fast Five (2011)

"The film's plot rarely makes sense and the script is lackluster, but who cares when each chase is composed of the right amount of speed and clarity? Lin never puts his foot on the break until the last possible second."

Posted Apr 29, 2011

Christopher Smith

7 48%

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2011)

"There is a scene in the movie that is so visceral, it will make you forget about the high-flying silliness. That's the Donnie Yen I was waiting to see."

Posted Apr 23, 2011

Christopher Smith

8 38%

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)

""Madea's Big Happy Family" is an assault on the senses. I'm still trying to figure out how "Afternoont" and a pancreatic tumor equate in humor, but, hey, maybe Perry's a pioneer of comedy, too."

Posted Apr 22, 2011

Christopher Smith

9 60%

Water for Elephants (2011)

"The director puts on a beautiful spectacle. However, while the film looks fantastic, its stars lack the connection needed to make this circus a true marvel. "

Posted Apr 22, 2011

Christopher Smith

10 66%

Insidious (2011)

"For scares alone, "Insidious" deserves an "A." It may not be very original, but for a fun trip through a haunted house, it works exceedingly well. "

Posted Apr 2, 2011

Christopher Smith

11 25%

Hop (2011)

"Like the colorful candies of Easter, "Hop" is a pastel distraction lacking any kind nutritional value. Inside its foil wrapping exists an endless array of predictable jokes, aimless subplots and obnoxious characters. It's a disaster."

Posted Apr 2, 2011

Christopher Smith

12 92%

Source Code (2011)

"A well-paced and structured sci-fi thriller that's as complex as it is clear-headed. "

Posted Apr 2, 2011

Christopher Smith

13 21%

Beastly (2011)

""Beastly" is a poor representation of its source material and creates a monster out of it its inherent themes. "

Posted Mar 19, 2011

Christopher Smith

14 37%

Mars Needs Moms (2011)

""Mars Needs Moms" is only consistent in that it's a mess."

Posted Mar 19, 2011

Christopher Smith

15 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"Damon and Blunt are great--it's just a shame they don't have a stronger adversary for their love."

Posted Mar 19, 2011

Christopher Smith

16 10%

Red Riding Hood (2011)

"Against the phony sets and effects, Valerie's world seems more like a cheap stage rather than a realistic fantasy world, making the film's own flaws and missed opportunities clear as day even in the dark of night. "

Posted Mar 19, 2011

Christopher Smith

17 88%

Rango (2011)

""Rango" has everything going for it -- strong characters, complex plotting, and a knowledge of the genre it parodies without excluding newcomers to it. It's smart without being alienating and exciting without being mindless. "

Posted Mar 19, 2011

Christopher Smith

18 35%

Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

"If the recent slew of apocalyptic invasion pictures teaches us one thing, it's that they make better trailers than movies. This is a case in point."

Posted Mar 19, 2011

Christopher Smith

19 83%

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

"McConaughey's confidence fits like a glove--it's the role he's been waiting for, and coupled against Philippe's easy-to-hate playboy and a great supporting cast, the film turns out to be one of this season's better movies. "

Posted Mar 19, 2011

Christopher Smith

20 70%

Limitless (2011)

""Limitless" delivers the goods in terms of fun, suspense, and an above-average story. The twists and turns never appear without reason, and Cooper delivers an assured, charismatic performance that lifts the film."

Posted Mar 19, 2011

Christopher Smith

21 71%

Paul (2011)

""Paul" might not connect with everyone, but it's certainly funny and heartfelt enough to please those brave enough to see it. It seems destined for a cult following rather than a legion of converted geeks. "

Posted Mar 19, 2011

Christopher Smith

22 37%

The Resident (2012)

"If all is right in the universe, the only good that will come out of "The Resident" is the murder of its director's career before it even starts."

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Christopher Smith

23 30%

Sanctum (2011)

"James Cameron produced "Sanctum" to create a similar experience to "Avatar." But where as the world of Pandora benefitted from the immersive qualities of Imax 3-D, "Sanctum" only occasionally uses the screen's size properly."

Posted Feb 5, 2011

Christopher Smith

24 4%

The Roommate (2011)

"It explores that roommates can be, you know, like a total drag sometimes."

Posted Feb 5, 2011

Christopher Smith

25 49%

No Strings Attached (2011)

"The hilarious supporting players keep things moving when the director stumbles, but "No Strings Attached" lacks the emotional core that would have made it memorable. "

Posted Jan 30, 2011

Christopher Smith

26 67%

The Company Men (2011)

"In the wrong hands, "The Company Men" could have slipped into a slop of sentiment, but the movie doesn't go there. This is, first and foremost, a movie about "men," and what, in Wells' eyes, it means to be a man in these difficult times."

Posted Jan 30, 2011

Christopher Smith

27 75%

The Way Back (2011)

"Rife with uncertainty and realism, Weir's film is a stunning testament to human fortitude and to the power of Mother Nature."

Posted Jan 30, 2011

Christopher Smith

28 53%

The Mechanic (2011)

"Check your brain at the door and enjoy."

Posted Jan 30, 2011

Christopher Smith

29 21%

The Rite (2011)

" "The Rite" aims for authenticity but is nothing more than a cartoon. The film is rife with poorly executed genre clichés and bad acting, alienating the viewer from the picture--and putting them into a coma. "

Posted Jan 30, 2011

Christopher Smith

30 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"You've never seen a movie quite like "Black Swan" before. It's brazen, it's ridiculous, it's magnificent, it's human, it's unique, it's the world at its worst, it's the worst at its best - and this is why it's so weirdly compelling."

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Christopher Smith

31 49%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

"Their joyous return to Narnia washes away as their comfort in the face of the fantastic sets in. Nothing appears new to them, and likewise, nothing enchants us. "

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Christopher Smith

32 13%

Yogi Bear (2010)

"Yogi's picnic gag is funny in small doses but, much like his Chipmunk brethren, inflating these simple pleasures into a feature-length movie is disastrous."

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Christopher Smith

33 32%

How Do You Know (2010)

"This neurotic comedy tiptoes from one boring setback to the next, bottling its issues in schmaltz, and thus, costing the film its heart. "

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Christopher Smith

34 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"Most of the drama takes place outside of the ring, where lives are on the line, a family is divided and one of the year's best movies is found."

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Christopher Smith

35 10%

Little Fockers (2010)

"A mapped minefield of bad jokes."

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Christopher Smith

36 21%

Gulliver's Travels (2010)

"Jack Black's abridged version of Jonathan Swift's famed epic fairs slightly better than other recent family adaptations. It's silly and occasionally funny -- not bad for a movie starring a guy who saves an entire city with his urine. "

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Christopher Smith

37 86%

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"With so many tricky undercurrents to manage, "Rabbit Hole" could have caved beneath their weight and gone into safe, predictable directions that would have been easier to navigate. But it doesn't. It's more complex than that."

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Christopher Smith

38 10%

Season of the Witch (2011)

"Because this is the first release of 2011, it would too be easy to crown "Season of the Witch" the worst film of the year, but I'm sure it will live up to that title for weeks to come. "

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Christopher Smith

39 51%

Tron Legacy (2010)

"Like the original movie, "Tron: Legacy" was made to push the boundaries of technology in cinema. It succeeds. The film is a special effects spectacle to behold."

Posted Dec 17, 2010

Christopher Smith

40 49%

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

"If distilled, there are enough stories here to make for at least one interesting movie. "Love & Other Drugs" just needs a dose of Ritalin to figure out what that movie is. "

Posted Nov 27, 2010

Christopher Smith

41 89%

Tangled (2010)

"This is a testament to the power of 3D when mastered--and not rushed. "Tangled" is animation at its best and it's this season's biggest surprise--it treats its audience with intelligence while giving them a jolt of fun. "

Posted Nov 27, 2010

Christopher Smith

42 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"The actors possess their best chemistry yet (as well they should--they've practically shared each other's Pablum), and the chemistry shows. You now can fully feel just how high the stakes have become. "

Posted Nov 27, 2010

Christopher Smith

43 72%

Megamind (2010)

"What begins as one witty, unstoppable blast eventually succumbs to a flat story elevated by its consistently terrific animation."

Posted Nov 6, 2010

Christopher Smith

44 32%

For Colored Girls (2010)

"Once again, favoring melodrama over reality, Perry overextends his bounds and delivers a poorly filmed series of worst-case scenarios elevated to tolerable heights by a fantastic cast. "

Posted Nov 6, 2010

Christopher Smith

45 40%

Due Date (2010)

"Good performances, but where the film falters is in its inability to deliver the laughs."

Posted Nov 6, 2010

Christopher Smith

46 28%

Life as We Know It (2010)

"The film should end a half-hour earlier than it does, but I guess we needed another film in which someone brings their disruptive kid to work or another scene where a desperate lover rushes through an airport. "

Posted Oct 30, 2010

Christopher Smith

47 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"In the film's far-reaching goals, "Hereafter" fails to connect its meticulous plotting together, leaving the second hour unnecessarily tedious and overtly detached from the audience. "

Posted Oct 30, 2010

Christopher Smith

48 58%

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

"This excellent prequel once again proves that in a horror movie, often the less you see, the more intense the story."

Posted Oct 30, 2010

Christopher Smith

49 9%

Saw 3D (2010)

"With all the money this series has behind it, couldn't the studio have hired a director and writers who had the ability to set a little mood? Make at least something of an effort? Obviously, not."

Posted Oct 30, 2010

Christopher Smith

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