Screen International

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 52%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"Heaven Is For Real uses the likability of lead Greg Kinnear to spin out some well crafted if sentimental family drama about the good Christian folks of a small Nebraska town."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

John Hazelton

2 20%

Transcendence (2014)

"For all its chilly, overdone paranoia about the dangers of unchecked technological advancement, "Transcendence" works better as a subtly mournful love story."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Tim Grierson

3 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"It's hard to begrudge director Ivan Reitman and his star: Like veteran athletes, they go out there and get the job done, even if their best days are behind them."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Tim Grierson

4 100%

The King of Escape (2014)

"[The film is] infused with unexpected streaks of whimsy and fantasy."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Mike Goodridge

5 89%

Bears (2014)

"Co-directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey's stirringly captured movie unlocks a sincere sense of awe and reverence within viewers' hearts, even as it frustrates an audience looking for a bit more."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Brent Simon

6 71%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"An enjoyable - if rather unwieldy at times - adventure romp."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Mark Adams

7 50%

The Quiet Ones (2014)

"Perhaps too low-key to really draw the hard-core horror crowd, The Quiet Ones prefers a slow-burn sense of dread rather than hard-core blood-and-guts, and to a certain extent is all the better for it."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Mark Adams

8 ——

Flex Is Kings (2014)

"An enjoyably breezy documentary that offers real insight into the body-moving routines."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Mark Adams

9 50%

Khumba (2013)

"This bright and frothy animated animal romp may well be rather familiar, but it still offers plenty of fun and enjoyment for the young ones."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Mark Adams

10 87%

Far From Heaven (2003)

"[Haynes'] discomfiting ability to get under the puritanical skin of the US is hampered here by the confines of imitative homage."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Mike Goodridge

11 100%

Ilo Ilo (2014)

"A delicate comedy-drama that contains four nicely realized and empathetic characters."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Grierson

12 76%

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014)

"The film... may be rather too padded with tangentially linked contemporary interviews, but at its heart there is some wonderful material and a gripping real-life story."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Mark Adams

13 45%

In the Blood (2014)

"While dialogue is still not yet her strong point, the trademark Carano fighting moves, muscular sexuality and her graceful ease show that she is becoming better and better."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Mark Adams

14 47%

Rio 2 (2014)

"As a delightfully bright and breezy bit of 3D animated entertainment Rio 2 hits the sweet spot, and will no doubt be a box office hit with its blend of good-natured jungle adventure, songs and gags."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Mark Adams

15 40%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"This is an important chapter in US labour history, which only adds to the disappointment of its telling, which is chronological, apparently sticks rigidly to the record, and edited without vigour."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Demetrios Matheou

16 93%

Mistaken for Strangers (2014)

"An engagingly left-field variation of the 'rock band on tour' film."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Mark Adams

17 100%

Animals ()

"It is a grippingly gritty and bleak film."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Mark Adams

18 77%

Noah (2014)

""Noah" aspires to be a love story, a family drama, a war movie and a disaster film, but the different tones and genres aren't successfully integrated."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Tim Grierson

19 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier delivers big-time in terms of thrills and entertainment and should deliver hefty returns as one of the first genuine tent-pole releases of the year."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Mark Adams

20 ——

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"A pacy, funny romp through a very individual life."

Posted Mar 16, 2014

Mark Adams

21 83%

Rob the Mob (2014)

"A naïve but rather ambitious Bonnie and Clyde couple takes on the New York mob in Raymond De Felitta's impressively sustained and well performed drama."

Posted Mar 16, 2014

Mark Adams

22 41%

Divergent (2014)

"Burger has surrounded Woodley with a sharp cast, including her "Spectacular Now" co-star Miles Teller, but everyone appears hemmed in by the recycled, humorless material."

Posted Mar 16, 2014

Tim Grierson

23 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"The story this time feels small and miscalculated ... and minus the mooring presence of Jason Segel and Amy Adams, there isn't an engaging enough connection between the Muppets and the human actors."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brent Simon

24 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"A technically polished but narratively bloated and muddled adaptation of the bestselling videogame racing series of the same name."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Brent Simon

25 21%

Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

"Even the primary characters - Rockwell and Wilde get most of the screen time - are pretty two-dimensional and the film itself never finds another dramatic or comedic gear to get into for its second half."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

John Hazelton

26 ——

The Legend Of Shorty ()

"An absorbing delve into the life and times of one Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera (aka El Chapo...meaning 'shorty') ..."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Mark Adams

27 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

""Veronica Mars" doesn't so much expand the show's universe as recycle it, but without the lively mysteries and poignant undercurrents that were its hallmarks."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Tim Grierson

28 100%

The Overnighters (2014)

"This despairing, terrific documentary presents a world where distrust thrives and fresh starts are in short supply."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Tim Grierson

29 34%

Odd Thomas (2014)

"The film never really veers enough away from Buffy The Vampire Slayer territory to mark it as a serious groundbreaking genre contender."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Mark Adams

30 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Rise of an Empire peddles a very particular, fetishized form of masculine hero worship, but all in service of little more than a state-of-the-art showcase for unremitting violence."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Brent Simon

31 42%

That Demon Within (Mo Jing) (2014)

"A dark twisted trip through one Hong Kong cop's explosive meltdown."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Fionnuala Halligan

32 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Initially, Non-Stop promises to be a fun, slick paranoid thriller, but eventually it becomes clear that there's not enough ingenuity to go along with all the ludicrousness."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Tim Grierson

33 83%

Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014)

"The newly capitalised PATRICK is as spookily Gothic and look-out-behind-you! crazy as the original."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Frank Hatherley

34 13%

McCanick (2014)

"This thriller badly overestimates its ability to wring compelling drama from threadbare genre elements and an unsatisfying third act twist."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Tim Grierson

35 61%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"With very little plot to worry about, audiences can revel in the guaranteed mayhem, the slurping stabbings and the boneheaded goofiness of our invincible, redneck sociopath ..."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Frank Hatherley

36 33%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

""3 Days" feels interminable, both too generic in its execution and too pleased with its irreverent attitude."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Tim Grierson

37 24%

Pompeii (2014)

"The eruption itself makes for some pyrotechnic thrills but the action and romance don't produce many sparks ..."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

John Hazelton

38 25%

Goodbye World (2014)

"Director Denis Henry Hennelly's film... trades on its self-aware glibness and strong young cast to come up with a film that may be easy to snipe at, but wears its heart on its sleeve, is engagingly performed, beautifully shot and always absorbing."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Mark Adams

39 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Wears its fuzzy good intentions as a badge of honour but gets weighed down by the sheer sweep of its epic tale and its decision to resort to special effects when acting (and a trimmed down script) might well have carried the story."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Mark Adams

40 87%

Chicago (2002)

"Despite the hype and an expected bonanza at the box office, the film is actually a disappointment. Quite simply, it is edited to death."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Jean Oppenheimer

41 93%

About a Boy (2002)

"Grant, seeming to get better the further he's allowed to extend his range, delivers a terrific central performance, as acerbic but more complex than his sexy snake in Bridget Jones."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Sheila Johnston

42 91%

High Fidelity (2000)

"Speaking to camera for much of the running time, Cusack creates an engaging portrait in male insecurity and selfishness as flawed record shop owner Rob Gordon."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Mike Goodridge

43 27%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"A charmingly played film about how life can offer up a second chance at the most unlikely of moments and how unexpected friendships can offer fresh perspectives."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Mark Adams

44 100%

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter ()

"A delightfully mannered and eccentric delight."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Mark Adams

45 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Wes Anderson's beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable The Grand Budapest Hotel sees the director deliver his best film."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Mark Adams

46 53%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"[An] amiable and rather enjoyable dance comedy ..."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Mark Adams

47 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"Despite a few classy effects-driven moments it spirals to a rather flat and forgettable ending."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Mark Adams

48 73%

The Pirate Fairy (2014)

"The film is impressively animated 3-D fun, and while never ground-breaking and overly reliant on a saccharine-sweet sensibility, this edition in the series smartly racks up the action ..."

Posted Feb 4, 2014

Mark Adams

49 ——

Minuscule - La vallée des fourmis perdues (Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants) ()

"A dialogue-free bug saga carried along by brilliant sound effects, an epic score and delightful animation in the service of an incredibly basic yet endlessly inventive story."

Posted Feb 4, 2014

Lisa Nesselson

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