Screen International

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 46%

That Demon Within (Mo Jing) (2014)

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

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Fionnuala Halligan

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 49%

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

6 29%

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

7 29%

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

8 24%

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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 21%

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

14 100%

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter ()

"A delightfully mannered and eccentric delight."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Mark Adams

15 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

16 51%

Cuban Fury (2014)

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

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Mark Adams

17 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

18 76%

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

19 ——

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

20 95%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"A smoothly blended concoction of spry sensory pleasures and considerable heart ... a terrific family-friendly adventure with sincere verve and pop."

Posted Feb 3, 2014

Brent Simon

21 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"An action-packed animated romp that will attract - and maybe even educate - a young audience, and might even strike a chord with reluctant older adults who recall the original cartoons from the 1960s."

Posted Feb 2, 2014

Mark Adams

22 18%

The Wait (2014)

"Blash marshals considerable atmospheric forces, but his film collapses under the weight of oblique logic and plotting, lacking in either effective emotional payoff or the more skilled observational touch of a rumination on loss."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Brent Simon

23 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

""The Monuments Men" boasts a fine cast, which only makes the movie feel all the more like a lost opportunity as it curiously, stubbornly refuses to come to life."

Posted Jan 29, 2014

Tim Grierson

24 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"Though he tries to avoid romcom cliches, Gormican doesn't find much to replace them with and the film ends up with only its three-stranded story distinguishing it from standard examples of the genre."

Posted Jan 29, 2014

John Hazelton

25 47%

War Story (2014)

"A dense and taut drama, a study on post-traumatic stress disorder that at its best is strikingly tense and heavy with sadness."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Mark Adams

26 ——

Viktoria ()

"It is just far too long for its own good and at times lumbers under the weight of its ambitious structure."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Mark Adams

27 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"[A] tiresome burlesque of spoofs that is too coyly absurd for its own good."

Posted Jan 27, 2014

David D'Arcy

28 55%

Ping Pong Summer (2014)

"Ping Pong Summer may well feel rather familiar, but there is a lot of good-natured and very accessible fun to be had about its tale of one 13-year-old's dream of glory on the table tennis table."

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Mark Adams

29 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"Frankly quite silly, "I, Frankenstein" parades its grim atmosphere as a badge of coolness, apparently unaware how little fun there is in this dull corpse of a film."

Posted Jan 25, 2014

Tim Grierson

30 81%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"A sure-fire, tear-jerking, audience pleaser, the engaging and moving Belgian film The Broken Circle Breakdown wears it heart resolutely on its sleeve, blending love, friendship, grief and drama with some romping and rousing bluegrass tunes."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Mark Adams

31 80%

Little Accidents ()

"Sara Colangelo's sombre drama is a promising first feature."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

David D'Arcy

32 97%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"It's a mature and subtle piece of storytelling, and as delicate and lovely as the classical compositions by Frėdėric Chopin that play on the film's soundtrack."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Anthony Kaufman

33 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"That rare sequel that expands the scope of its predecessor to produce something grander, richer and far more rewarding, The Raid 2 elevates the franchise from a very enjoyable close-quarters action extravaganza into a full-blown crime epic."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Tim Grierson

34 99%

Gloria (2014)

"A delightfully astute and compassionate delve into the life of a 58 year-old divorcee looking for company, romance and perhaps even love."

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Mark Adams

35 94%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"Stranger By The Lake is by turns a commentary on risk-taking, sex, death and the gay community wrapped up in an art-house thriller with comic notes."

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Fionnuala Halligan

36 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Not just a coming-of-age movie, but the definitive coming-of-age movie ..."

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Anthony Kaufman

37 71%

White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

"An intermittently intriguing and haunting affair."

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Anthony Kaufman

38 ——

The Mice Room (Odet el feran) ()

"It impressively details six different people living their lives in the bustling city."

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Mark Adams

39 100%

Concerning Violence ()

"Makes for compulsive and at times disturbing viewing as it tackles colonial rule head on, benefiting from singer Lauryn Hill's striking narration ... taken from psychologist/philosopher Frantz Fanon's anticolonial text, The Wretched Of The Earth."

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Mark Adams

40 ——

Neposlusni (The Disobedient) ()

"A lush and lyrical tale, rich in its presentation of tantalising pastoral romance set against a beautiful sunbaked landscape."

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Mark Adams

41 86%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"The leads' tart comedic rapport remains exquisite as they once again play fictionalised versions of themselves, traveling, eating and riffing for our considerable amusement."

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Tim Grierson

42 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"Life Itself is not just an overview of the life and times of famous film critic Roger Ebert, but it's also, and more poignantly, an examination of death and how both its victims and survivors grapple with it."

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Anthony Kaufman

43 ——

Fishing Without Nets (2014)

"An ambitious yet unsatisfying Somali-language dramatic thriller."

Posted Jan 20, 2014

Anthony Kaufman

44 70%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"God Help The Girl has a soft whimsy that connects to a time before video clips put editing rhythms into overdrive."

Posted Jan 20, 2014

David D'Arcy

45 86%

The Voices ()

"A risky mix of tones pays off in The Voices, one of the more playful, compassionate portrayals of a serial killer you're likely to see."

Posted Jan 20, 2014

Tim Grierson

46 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Like the best works of le Carré, it takes you on a sly and acerbic trip, full of both triumph and failure."

Posted Jan 20, 2014

Anthony Kaufman

47 ——

Happy Valley ()

"Bar Lev's scenes of crowd melees are frightening, but his film contains intimate poignant testimony that is equally troubling."

Posted Jan 20, 2014

David D'Arcy

48 89%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"Caustically wry and cloyingly sentimental, The Skeleton Twins is a crowdpleaser."

Posted Jan 20, 2014

David D'Arcy

49 89%

Calvary (2014)

"A rich character drama that's equally eloquent and despairing, "Calvary" carries a weary resignation that feels lived-in and deeply considered."

Posted Jan 20, 2014

Tim Grierson

50 ——

Marmato ()

"Offers a fascinating glimpse into life in a tough and resilient community where they are struggling to protect their way of life."

Posted Jan 19, 2014

Mark Adams

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