Looking Closer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 77%

Noah (2014)

"There is so much here that is wonderful and strange, my problems with the film are not much more than quibbles. ... I think Noah is Darren Aronofsky's Take Shelter. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jeffrey Overstreet

2 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"I was so busy delighting in its breathtaking aesthetic complexity that I suspect the story will work magic on me in later viewings. That's what happened with The Life Aquatic."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Jeffrey Overstreet

3 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"I don't know that I've ever seen a film in which the visual glory on the screen was so at odds with the philosophy evident in the screenplay."

Posted Feb 22, 2014

Jeffrey Overstreet

4 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"A movie with more laughs-per-minute than any recent comedy I can remember ... and a thrilling summons to unleash our own creativity."

Posted Feb 8, 2014

Jeffrey Overstreet

5 94%

Her (2014)

"Jonze's sci-fi scenario glorifies relationships that are based on love, fidelity, honesty, close listening, and, above all, in-person intimacy. "

Posted Dec 25, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

6 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"The Coens ... rein in their wilder, wackier impulses here. Inside Llewyn Davis mopes its way through bogs of bitter irony and murky misfortune,"

Posted Dec 21, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

7 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"The lingering effect is, 'Yeah, these nightmares really happened. People can be horrible. God have mercy.' I just don't find that the movie has given me much to think about."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

8 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"Like David Fincher's Se7en, one of this movie's closest spiritual cousins, The Counselor ultimately delivers a diagnosis that tells the awful truth. "

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

9 97%

Gravity (2013)

"... a Worst-Space Scenario, in which everything that can go wrong does. It's basically 'Sandra Bullock and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Space Walk.'"

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

10 92%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"Above all, I recommend it for Shailene Woodley, who fulfills here the promise she showed in The Descendants. ... But alas, the film fumbles its turning-point crisis."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

11 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Blanchett is a scene-chewing velociraptor. ... By contrast, Sally Hawkins steals the movie with her endearingly casual turn as Ginger. "

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

12 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"One of those summer juice pops designed to make Vitamin C appealing. ... [But] worth seeing because its first-rate cast makes a decent script way, way better."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

13 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"Very, very late in these 106 minutes, we get a startling blast of meaningful Pixar storytelling that reminds us of what this team can do when they bring their A game."

Posted Jun 22, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

14 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"Whatever wins Best Picture for 2013 ... long after that film's glory fades, actors, writers, cinephiles, and lovers will still lavish Before Midnight with praise."

Posted Jun 15, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

15 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"As much fun as I had while I watched it, it's falling apart like Tony Stark's armor now that I'm putting it to the test of ... you know ... making sense. Or meaning anything."

Posted May 3, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

16 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"You can climb [Mont St. Michel] through tradition and religion ... and almost touch the heavens. Or walk the other way, into the the gray, where everything loses definition..."

Posted Apr 13, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

17 100%

Before Sunrise (1995)

"Linklater captures romance at the sunset of gadget-free existence ... holy moments when no gadget or lens comes between us and our immediate company and surroundings."

Posted Apr 8, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

18 81%

Like Someone in Love (2013)

"This is a movie about love - how much we need it, how we go wrong in the way we pursue it, and how one world's ideas about it are passing while another's are taking over."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

19 93%

Amour (2012)

"Amour will now rate highly on a list of my favorite horror movies. It's certainly upsetting. But that is its strength. "

Posted Feb 23, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

20 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"The surprises aren't much to get excited about. They come from the Magic 8 Ball of Hollywood Plot Twists, as arbitrary as they are implausible."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Jeffrey Overstreet

21 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"When a culture tells stories that excuse its own evils long enough, the pendulum is sure to swing the other direction to reveal, even exaggerate, what has been left out."

Posted Dec 26, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

22 70%

Les MisÚrables (2012)

"A perfect film for a Pez dispenser set: A gallery of big famous faces that deliver fleeting bursts of energy ... but these moments dissolve, giving us nothing much to chew on."

Posted Dec 22, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

23 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"I never anticipated that I'd come out of this film, which I expected would be heavy-handed and ponderous, saying, 'Wow, that may be the funniest movie of Spielberg's career.'"

Posted Nov 10, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

24 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"... the best-looking Bond movie ever made. Roger Deakins' cinematography is full of striking silhouettes, some stark and simple as woodcuts, others multi-layered and illusory."

Posted Nov 10, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

25 70%

The Loneliest Planet (2012)

"I wouldn't say that I find the movie satisfying, but I do find it powerfully haunting. That's a compliment. To be haunted by art is a better thing than to be satisfied by it."

Posted Nov 2, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

26 78%

Flight (2012)

"Adrenalin-rush thrills, sex appeal, a drug-rush zoom on retina dilation, courtroom sermonizing ... Oscar buzz, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away."

Posted Nov 2, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

27 96%

Argo (2012)

"The closer the film gets to its big finale, the more we can hear the hum of typical suspense-thriller machinery."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

28 63%

Sinister (2012)

"Sinister is not only director Scott Derrickson's most fully realized vision but also his most personal film. And as haunted houses go, this one is beautifully noisy."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

29 85%

The Master (2012)

"Anderson does not judge his monstrous characters. He finds sympathy for them even at the heights of their delusion. "

Posted Sep 21, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

30 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"The Bourne Legacy arrives at one of the most jarringly abrupt and anticlimactic conclusions I've ever seen."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

31 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"It gets lost in the labyrinth of its own ethical questions. ... That's not to say there aren't plenty of staggeringly awesome moments."

Posted Jul 20, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

32 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Where so many emerged feeling a kind of euphoria, I left discouraged. The music that those closing moments demand [should be] troubling and tragic, not a triumphant anthem."

Posted Jul 15, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

33 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"Dare I suggest that [this film] is better at exploring questions about our voyeuristic culture ... than The Hunger Games? Yes, I think so."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

34 97%

The Kid with a Bike (2012)

"[It] gives obvious homage to a variety of films. ... But one inspiration shines throughout the movie ... The Red Balloon."

Posted Apr 2, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

35 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"More satisfying than Twilight and a stronger kickoff than the first Harry Potter movie. But ... [it] fails to explore the ethical dilemmas it presents. "

Posted Mar 23, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

36 43%

Casa de mi padre (2012)

"It's not just boring ... it's frustrating, because we now how much better Ferrell can be when he's given creative material."

Posted Mar 17, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

37 51%

John Carter (2012)

"Playing the princess, whose name is Dejah Thoris, Lynn Collins is a revelation. I'm not just talking about those costumes (Dejah-view!) which she was clearly born to wear."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

38 95%

Pina (2011)

"Bring someone who doubts that movies can surprise us anymore. ... Bring somebody who isn't yet excited about stereoscopic cinema. They'll change their minds."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

39 ——

Lucky Life (2010)

"It was a poem before it was a movie. Thus it makes sense that the film works more like poetry than prose. And there is fear, mystery, and majesty burning in every scene."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jeffrey Overstreet

40 77%

War Horse (2011)

"Many who dismiss this film have forgotten: [Its source is] a children's story. ... Would you tell a child that The Black Stallion is an artificial, sentimental fantasy?"

Posted Dec 28, 2011

Jeffrey Overstreet

41 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"It's interesting that the villain's name is pronounced like 'saccharine' when the whole movie feels like it's made of frosting."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Jeffrey Overstreet

42 89%

The Muppet Movie (1979)

"This isn't about one sock puppet's search to be all that he can be. It's about a community combining their talents to bring joy to the world."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Jeffrey Overstreet

43 95%

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

"These images of what the world was increase my sense of awe at what the world is. "

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Jeffrey Overstreet

44 89%

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011)

"Uncle Boonmee is about ... the moments when our worlds expand; when our outlines turn out to be more porous than we thought."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Jeffrey Overstreet

45 84%

My Week with Marilyn (2011)

"Out of one side of the film's mouth, we hear, 'Isn't it a shame, what celebrity culture did to this girl?" and out of the other side, 'Good God, look at her! She's a goddess!'"

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Jeffrey Overstreet

46 39%

Cars 2 (2011)

"Cars dazzled my eyes and warmed my heart. Cars 2 ... inspired resistance instead of welcome."

Posted Nov 23, 2011

Jeffrey Overstreet

47 88%

The Five Obstructions (2003)

"Von Trier is rejuvenating his mentor's imagination. He's also reminding him that art can 'catch the conscience' of the audience and the artist."

Posted Nov 23, 2011

Jeffrey Overstreet

48 88%

Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011)

"I could assess the performances (Juliette Binoche is better than ever). ... But I can't treat Certified Copy with a critic's typical detachment. I'm in love with it. "

Posted Nov 23, 2011

Jeffrey Overstreet

49 92%

The Gleaners and I (2001)

"Varda is, herself, a gleaner. Her eyes are her tools, and her camera is her basket. Insatiably curious, she seeks, finds, redeems. ... When we pay attention, attention pays."

Posted Nov 23, 2011

Jeffrey Overstreet

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