Screen International

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 75%

U ri Sunhi (Our Sunhi) ()

"Since neither the plot nor any of the characters are more than lightweight caricatures and as the long talkathons lack the wit of the aforementioned Rohmer, they inevitably tend to wear out their welcome long before Hong Sangsoo is done with them."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Dan Fainaru

2 74%

Enemy (2014)

"A slow-burning metaphysical thriller that stays one step ahead of its audience. "

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Anthony Kaufman

3 70%

What If (2014)

"The F Word offers a sweetly engaging 21st century variation on When Harry Met Sally, milking laughter and tears from the eternal dilemma of whether men and women can ever be just friends. "

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Allan Hunter

4 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

"How I Live Now may be too mild-mannered to stand up against the recent spate of post-Apocalyptic movies, but its relish for love in the face of adversity ultimately sets it apart and makes it something of a tender charmer of a film."

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Mark Adams

5 97%

The Selfish Giant (2013)

"A powerful and moving contemporary fable about friendship, greed and exploitation and likely to be compared with the compassionate drama of Ken Loach at his very best."

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Mark Adams

6 44%

Blind Detective (Man Tam) ()

"Although it serves up a few laughs and a couple of set-piece scenes that To completists will want to cut out and keep, Blind Detective is a decidedly minor offering."

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Lee Marshall

7 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"Japanese animation genius Hayao Miyazaki's first film for grown-ups - or perhaps that should read 'first film likely to bore the under-tens' - offers plenty of those moments of 2D cine-painting joy and ravishment that we have come to expect."

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Lee Marshall

8 87%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"Kore-Eda, who has a brilliant record working with children with films such as Nobody Knows or I Wish, both of which had some of the most amazing child performances, does it again here."

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Dan Fainaru

9 18%

Die Frau des Polizisten (The Police Officer's Wife) ()

"Extremely pretentious in its formal demeanor."

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Dan Fainaru

10 91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"The bedroom scenes are to be taken in the context of an emotionally and psychologically rich drama that touches more nerves, more satisfyingly, than most realist narrative manages."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Jonathan Romney

11 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Back on track after the misfiring ber-cool of The Limits Of Control, Jarmusch delivers a passionate and consummately chic essay on science, music, time and above all love."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Jonathan Romney

12 88%

Abuse of Weakness (2014)

"This is a considered, unsentimental attempt to understand the filmmaker's seemingly inexplicable entanglement with a convicted con man."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Allan Hunter

13 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"An enthralling and beautifully made action-drama driven by an absorbing lead performance from Tom Hanks ..."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Mark Adams

14 82%

Miss Violence ()

"It's impossible not to acknowledge second-time Greek director Avranas' directorial bravura in making his own firm, cold grasp of his material and story mirror the iron grip of his pater familias antagonist."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Lee Marshall

15 84%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"Engaging, punchy documentary."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Lee Marshall

16 81%

Tom la ferme (Tom at the Farm) ()

"In the end, for all the plot tension and genre tastiness -underlined by some acidic colour photography and lighting that plays up sickly yellows and purples - there's just something a little too mannered about the exercise."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Lee Marshall

17 36%

Child Of God (2014)

"While remaining pretty faithful to the story, Franco somehow manages to inject a note of humour into the story of a man who comes across more as maladroit misfit than evil sociopath."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Lee Marshall

18 92%

Philomena (2013)

"Philomena is a real delight. Funny, moving, beautifully performed and directed with restraint and a wonderfully delicate touch."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Mark Adams

19 86%

Joe (2014)

"oe is a strikingly well rounded story of a hot-tempered man trying to deal with his demons and whose attempt to help a down-on-his luck teenager turns into a tender-but-tough protector but also takes him on a course towards violence."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Mark Adams

20 82%

Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014)

"Sion Sono's rousing, freewheeling, scattershot and ultimately astonishingly bloodthirsty film is a classic cult title that will keep midnight movie fans entertained."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Mark Adams

21 79%

Bethlehem (2014)

"Looks like a politically correct, action-driven movie, which could efficiently portray the dramatic clashes inside any national security agency, wherever it may be, struggling to maintain law and order against rebellious factions fighting them."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Dan Fainaru

22 42%

The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014)

"There is a lot going on, but not a great deal happening."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Mark Adams

23 45%

And While We Were Here (2013)

"This elegant and beautifully staged Italy-set drama offers Kate Bosworth the perfect acting vehicle, playing a beautiful but emotionally troubled young woman who seeks to escape the mundanity of her marriage while on a trip to the Amalfi coast."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Mark Adams

24 91%

Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)

"Those looking for a nuts-and-bolts biography of Jimi Hendrix will be disappointed. Those wanting something richer and more challenging may well be rewarded."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Tim Grierson

25 29%

The Family (2013)

"Besson never finds a tone that really works, flitting from dark comedy to lightweight romance to unconvincing drama."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

John Hazelton

26 38%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"Insidious: Chapter 2 returns all of the major players in service of a story that feels at once convoluted and undernourished."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Brent Simon

27 31%

The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)

"The film has real compassion for its tabloid subjects but doesn't quite make the case for what was especially poignant or remarkable about this doomed love affair."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Tim Grierson

28 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"Turturro takes full credits as the author but Allen's touch is visible throughout, whether it is in sending up Brooklyn's Hassidic community, shooting one-liners by the dozen or in the soundtrack, which seems directly inspired by his films."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Dan Fainaru

29 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"On the whole the ensemble sticks close to Letts' vision of a family on the verge of imploding, letting the writer's language and ideas carry the day. "

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Tim Grierson

30 60%

GMO OMG (2013)

"Smart animation and a series of powerfully provocative statistics punctuate the film, and while familiar it is still a subject that needs to be focused on."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Mark Adams

31 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"Wadjda is a well-crafted, liberal and humane message film that will fascinate westerners with its glimpses into the lives of Saudi Arabian women behind closed domestic doors, and stir debate on womens' issues inside and outside the Middle East."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Lee Marshall

32 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"An enthralling and beautifully performed period drama ..."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Mark Adams

33 65%

Bad Words (2014)

"A tart, likable comedy that must have been pitched as "Spellbound meets Bad Santa"."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Allan Hunter

34 45%

Horns (2014)

"For the most part, Horns can't decide what it wants to be, whether genuine story of innocence lost, crude comedy or gory horror flick."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Anthony Kaufman

35 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"It is a powerful real-life story, brimming with terrific performances and also punctuated by delightful visual flourishes."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Mark Adams

36 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

37 59%

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

38 82%

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

39 50%

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

40 83%

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

41 89%

Locke (2014)

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

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Lee Marshall

42 76%

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

43 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

44 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

45 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

46 33%

Labor Day (2014)

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

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Tim Grierson

47 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

48 ——

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

49 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

50 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

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