Screen International

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 52%

Postman Pat: The Movie (2014)

"Basic, slightly garish computer animation."

Posted May 14, 2014

Fionnuala Halligan

2 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"This overstuffed, action-packed sequel has grandeur and elegance. But it's also sufficiently funny and emotional, capably interweaving big themes into the mix as well."

Posted May 12, 2014

Tim Grierson

3 88%

The Discoverers (2014)

"A ragtag re-enactment of the Lewis and Clark expedition is the backdrop for The Discoverers, the sweetly amusing tale of a dysfunctional modern family trying to work out its issues."

Posted May 12, 2014

John Hazelton

4 16%

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

"Wasting a voice cast populated with recognisable names, this attempt to cash in on nostalgia for its source material evokes more bewilderment and boredom than excitement or wistful reminiscence."

Posted May 11, 2014

Brent Simon

5 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"[An] exciting and entertaining romp that has enough twists and turns - and astute back-story - to keep film lovers happy, and enough city smashing devastation to impress genre fans."

Posted May 11, 2014

Mark Adams

6 62%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Though "Million Dollar Arm" has an undeniable sweetness, there's a persistent phoniness to the script that leaves its twists and turns feeling manufactured rather than earned."

Posted May 6, 2014

Tim Grierson

7 18%

Moms' Night Out (2014)

"A frenetic but none too original comedy with a vaguely religious theme and a cast of mostly TV names."

Posted May 4, 2014

John Hazelton

8 12%

Walk Of Shame (2014)

"[Brill] gets a few enjoyable sequences out of the unlikely culture clashes and a couple of the supporting performances produce funny moments. But it's mostly Banks who keeps the film going ..."

Posted May 4, 2014

John Hazelton

9 9%

Catwoman (2004)

"A flashy but uninvolving Batman spin-off (of sorts) with Halle Berry starring andone-named French talent Pitof directing."

Posted May 2, 2014

John Hazelton

10 100%

Next Goal Wins (2014)

"Proves to be a charming and intoxicating sports documentary as it follows the brave and stoical attempt by American Samoa's national team to break the worst losing record in the history of the international game."

Posted May 2, 2014

Mark Adams

11 93%

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013)

"Tanovic paints a desolate but sadly authentic portrait of stagnant poverty that doesn't even consider the option of rising up in protest."

Posted May 2, 2014

Dan Fainaru

12 7%

Plastic (2014)

"A rather plodding and simplistic crime film that despite its slick locations and action-moments lacks the charm and energy to help it stand out."

Posted May 2, 2014

Mark Adams

13 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Contains just the right amount of insight into the ways that people of all ages try to deny the inevitable changes that come with getting older."

Posted May 1, 2014

Tim Grierson

14 100%

1971 ()

"A salute to civil disobedience, told in the voices of ordinary people who broke the law on ethical grounds."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

David D'Arcy

15 52%

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014)

"Aimed fair and square at those who saw production, or who wished they had ..."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Mark Adams

16 83%

Belle (2014)

"It is almost ten years since Amma Asante made an award-winning directorial debut with A Way Of Life. The long wait for her second feature is amply rewarded with Belle."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Allan Hunter

17 95%

Ida (2014)

"Director Pawel Pawlikowski returns to his roots, both geographically and cinematically, with this exquisitely photographed and precisely told story."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Anthony Kaufman

18 88%

Chef (2014)

"Chef is harmless fun with a likeable cast, and enough suggestibility in the food on the screen to boost sales at the concessions stand."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

David D'Arcy

19 100%

Gabriel ()

"Rory Culkin is mesmeric in writer/director Lou Howe's striking film about a mentally disturbed young man, an while the film may tread familiar downbeat territory at times it is hard to forget Culkin's impressive lead performance."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Mark Adams

20 26%

Brick Mansions (2014)

"This English-language remake of the fitfully gripping District B13 feels perfunctory in its tale of unlikely partners trying to take down a criminal mastermind."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Tim Grierson

21 97%

Spirited Away (2001)

"Spirited Away is a masterwork, the latest and best in a long line from Japan's premieranimator."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Mark Schilling

22 63%

In Your Eyes ()

"It has the perfect balance of humour and tenderness, with just a dash of danger and even melodrama on the side."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Mark Adams

23 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"Connecting slightly more often than not, this film works best as a showcase for the talents of Leslie Mann, who can wring rueful laughter of identification out of humiliation and angst unlike few actresses working today."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Brent Simon

24 46%

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

25 19%

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

26 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

27 100%

The King of Escape (2014)

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

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Mike Goodridge

28 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

29 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Mark Adams

30 36%

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

31 67%

Flex Is Kings (2014)

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

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Mark Adams

32 44%

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

33 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

34 100%

Ilo Ilo (2014)

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

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Grierson

35 82%

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

36 43%

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

37 48%

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

38 41%

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

39 91%

Mistaken for Strangers (2014)

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

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Mark Adams

40 100%

Animals ()

"It is a grippingly gritty and bleak film."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Mark Adams

41 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

42 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

43 76%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

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

Posted Mar 16, 2014

Mark Adams

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 22%

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

48 20%

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

49 ——

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

50 78%

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

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