Screen International

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"A wry ensemble comedy that takes a generous view of the failings and foibles of its characters."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Allan Hunter

2 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"This nearly two-and-a-half-hour biopic is largely too tasteful and conventional to offer much insight into the remarkable man it wishes to celebrate."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Tim Grierson

3 83%

The Double (2014)

"The Double does offer some dark amusement along the way but is more likely to baffle than beguile."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Allan Hunter

4 51%

Hateship Loveship (2014)

"Kristen Wiig is a revelation as a timid love-deprived victim who turns a tawdry prank into an opportunity."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

David D'Arcy

5 79%

Begin Again (2014)

"A warm-hearted pleasure with a whole lot of soul, and effortlessly propelled forward by charming and compassionate performances by Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Mark Adams

6 89%

Locke (2014)

"Locke is a gripping and deeply cinematic human and ethical drama."

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Lee Marshall

7 75%

Moebius (2014)

"Ultimately, if taken seriously, this is a cautionary tale about crimes coming back to haunt and punish the ones that committed them."

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Dan Fainaru

8 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"An engrossing, unsentimental odyssey that finds Steve McQueen moving away from the intimate approach of his first two films for a broader canvas and a more sweeping narrative."

Posted Sep 7, 2013

Tim Grierson

9 93%

Jiao you (Stray Dogs) ()

"Still a resonant film, a sort of recession-themed cinematic tone poem reminiscent of some of the more out-there cinematic forays of Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, that keeps on evolving once the pain of the viewing experience has subsided."

Posted Sep 7, 2013

Lee Marshall

10 63%

Sacro GRA ()

"Sacro Gra's charms have much to do with the director's spot-on selection of a brace of engaging or kooky characters from what must have been dozens of potential candidates."

Posted Sep 7, 2013

Lee Marshall

11 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"A mature and assured examination of an unusual but highly functional family unit."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Tim Grierson

12 8%

Diana (2013)

"Watts does give a very brave performance that should not be under-estimated given the poverty of the dialogue and the pressure of the part."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Fionnuala Halligan

13 ——

Sapi ()

"An intriguing genre experiment, "Sapi" conjures up plenty of unease but doesn't have much in the way of story or character to drive its message home."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Tim Grierson

14 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"The character work seems perfunctory, whether it's the mediocre exploration of Assange and Domscheit-Berg's dynamic or the shallow investigation into Assange's past to hint at what drew him to be so antiauthoritarian."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Tim Grierson

15 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"A potent mix of suspense, emotion and intrigue that draws intense performances from leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

John Hazelton

16 84%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"If documentaries slotted into feature film genres, this one would be close to horror."

Posted Sep 4, 2013

Lee Marshall

17 87%

Under the Skin (2014)

"This is a mysterious, eerie, experience, whose resistance to easy interpretation (and freewheeling approach to source material) has something of Tarkovsky about it."

Posted Sep 3, 2013

Lee Marshall

18 73%

Populaire (2013)

"Somehow managing to combine the peppiness of a Doris Day with the sulky intensity of a Noomi Rapace, Deborah Francois is a revelation."

Posted Sep 3, 2013

Lee Marshall

19 84%

Night Moves (2014)

"Spirals to an unconvincing climax that rather undoes the good work that has gone before."

Posted Sep 3, 2013

Mark Adams

20 58%

Riddick (2013)

"A dark and bloody genre film that delivers in terms of monsters, knives and a healthy bit of gore."

Posted Sep 3, 2013

Mark Adams

21 54%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"Most viewers will be either bemused or infuriated."

Posted Sep 3, 2013

Dan Fainaru

22 89%

Rush (2013)

"A thrilling film that is driven by energy, intelligence and conviction."

Posted Sep 3, 2013

Mark Adams

23 48%

Parkland (2013)

"Proves both melodramatic and undernourished, although this ensemble piece is grimly compelling throughout."

Posted Sep 1, 2013

Tim Grierson

24 2%

Getaway (2013)

""Getaway" has but one task -- deliver nonstop primo car chases -- and it can't even do that right."

Posted Aug 28, 2013

Tim Grierson

25 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Cuaron's exhilarating and often spectacular 3-D film is a real pleasure, driven by top-notch lead performance from Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as well as some seriously cool special effects."

Posted Aug 28, 2013

Mark Adams

26 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"You would expect a mostly British legal thriller to be somewhat reserved, but Closed Circuit, while predictably classy and intelligently topical, is a little too chilly for its own good."

Posted Aug 26, 2013

John Hazelton

27 12%

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

"Starts out strongly but loses steam after a half-hour, cycling through a catalogue of tween-stamped CGI mayhem en route to a conclusion less thrilling than shrug-inducing."

Posted Aug 21, 2013

Brent Simon

28 55%

Now, Forager (2012)

"Mushrooms, food and romance collide in Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin's modestly charming indie debut."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Mark Adams

29 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"What makes Drinking Buddies most likeable is its infectious sense of fun."

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Flossie Topping

30 75%

The Grandmaster (2013)

" It is at once loyal to the Hong Kong director's aesthetic sensibilities and the myriad of martial arts traditions that he's gone to exhaustive length to pay homage to."

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Edmund Lee

31 52%

Thérèse (2013)

"A thought-provoking drama."

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Dan Fainaru

32 71%

Paradise: Faith (2013)

"Seidl's lack of compassion through all this turns Anna Marie into a kind of sad clown (is that the reason Seidl dedicated the film to Max Linder?)."

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Dan Fainaru

33 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"Much like its main character, this comedy is good-hearted, a bit clumsy, endearing, and incredibly rough around the edges."

Posted Aug 13, 2013

Tim Grierson

34 86%

The Patience Stone (2013)

"Golshifteh Farahani gives a memorable and moving performance in Atiq Rahimi's poetic and politically charged allegory."

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Mark Adams

35 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"Ultimately feels rather scattershot and disjointed, perhaps quite simply because it lacks the sheer left-field originality of the original..."

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Mark Adams

36 73%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"Squeezing a miniseries' worth of drama into a feature-length film, this impassioned story simply doesn't have the time to really delve into the epochal periods it chronicles."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Tim Grierson

37 69%

About Time (2013)

"While it is easy to criticise, there is also something disarmingly honourable about Richard Curtis's good-hearted and positive worldview."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Mark Adams

38 26%

Planes (2013)

"All but the youngest viewers may leave feeling they've overpaid for this flight."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Brent Simon

39 41%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"This predictably plotted but nonetheless fun and engaging offering harks back to matinee serials of yore, where moderated, all-ages peril and derring-do were the name of the game."

Posted Aug 6, 2013

Brent Simon

40 83%

Prince Avalanche (2013)

""Prince Avalanche" boasts a genial, freewheeling spirit that has its charms but isn't quite substantial enough to carry a whole feature."

Posted Aug 6, 2013

Tim Grierson

41 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"More fun as a red band trailer than as a feature, We're The Millers scatters a handful of raucously funny scenes across nearly two hours of softer family themed comedy."

Posted Aug 6, 2013

John Hazelton

42 95%

Hero (2004)

"Intoxicatingly beautiful, structurally enigmatic and decidedly brief."

Posted Aug 5, 2013

Mike Goodridge

43 91%

Minority Report (2002)

"[Minority Report] takes themes from Blade Runner, Total Recall and especially the little seen Gary Fleder-directed Impostor and stirs them up into an absorbing thriller."

Posted Aug 5, 2013

Mike Goodridge

44 92%

Insomnia (2002)

"Christopher Nolan, the promising writer-director behind Following and Memento, makes an elegant and assured transfer to big-budget, star-driven film-making with Insomnia."

Posted Aug 5, 2013

Mike Goodridge

45 96%

Ratatouille (2007)

"The Academy might as well hand over the animated feature Oscar to Brad Bird right now, since it is hard to imagine any other film coming close to his glorious new film Ratatouille in this or any year."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Mike Goodridge

46 91%

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

"A genuinely delightful comedy about a family of misfits on a roadtrip to a beauty pageant."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Mike Goodridge

47 91%

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

"Cuaron delivers a genuinely spooky and emotionally involving adventure which gives the world of Potter much-needed character and atmosphere."

Posted Aug 3, 2013

Mike Goodridge

48 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"The jokes, which are in the absolute poorest taste, remain hilarious, while a newer, deeper humanism, sensed in momentary flashes in the earlier film, is now fully on display."

Posted Aug 3, 2013

Peter Brunette

49 68%

El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013)

"The film is never anything less than a pleasure to watch."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Fionnuala Halligan

50 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Elysium is best appreciated as an intense, brawny, effects-heavy spectacle that benefits from Matt Damon's sympathetic performance."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Tim Grierson

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