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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 30%

Last Love (2013)

"Ultimately something of a disappointment thanks to a frustrating script that lacks focus and isn't sure which story to tell."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Matthew Turner

2 18%

Jolene: The Indie Folk Star Movie (Benny & Jolene) ()

"Ultimately a frustrating experience, let down by an over-reliance on improvisation, an irritating story structure, poor direction and a baffling lack of actual singing."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Matthew Turner

3 83%

Tracks (2014)

"Captivating real-life drama enriched by stunning cinematography, a contemplative, inspirational script, a superb central performance by Mia Wasiskowska and three adorable camels."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Matthew Turner

4 80%

You & Me Forever ()

"Sharply observed and superbly directed, this is an emotionally engaging Danish coming-of-age drama with terrific performances from all three young leads."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Matthew Turner

5 89%

Locke (2014)

"An intensely gripping and powerfully emotional drama, all of which is pretty remarkable, considering that the entire movie consists of Tom Hardy talking on his phone while driving to Croydon."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Matthew Turner

6 93%

Calvary (2014)

"A superbly written, darkly funny and powerfully moving mystery with a terrific supporting cast and a magnificent central performance from Brendan Gleeson."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Matthew Turner

7 48%

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

"Sexual fantasies and the stuff of nightmares come together in this disorientating, provocative and exquisitely crafted journey through 1970s Euro-horror and sexploitation."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Katherine McLaughlin

8 83%

The Double (2014)

"Stylishly directed and sharply written, this is a jet black comedy with a nightmarishly dark atmosphere, stunning sound design work and a pair of terrific central performances from Jesse Eisenberg."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Matthew Turner

9 81%

Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) ()

"Plays some intriguingly dark games and exerts an increasingly tight grip, thanks to strong performances, a clever script and Dolan's assured direction."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Matthew Turner

10 67%

Afternoon Delight (2013)

"An enjoyable romantic drama with refreshingly interesting female characters and a duo of impressive performances from Kathryn Hahn and Juno Temple."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Jennifer Tate

11 94%

The Past (2013)

"Writer-director Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to the Oscar-winning A Separation is an intensely gripping emotional drama with a superb script and a trio of terrific central performances from Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim and Ali Mossaffa."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Matthew Turner

12 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"An emotionally engaging and suspenseful blend of thriller, romance and coming-of-age story with a strong script and a trio of terrific performances from Winslet, Brolin and newcomer Gattlin Griffith."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Matthew Turner

13 22%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"A painfully unfunny comedy that should have been put out of its misery at the scripting stage, since neither the characters, the performances, the situations or the dialogue ring true."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Matthew Turner

14 53%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"With strong echoes of Brazil and some nice ideas, The Zero Theorem is a return to at least mid-level form for Terry Gilliam, thanks to a witty script, some delightful production design work and superb performances from Christoph Waltz and Melanie Thierry."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Matthew Turner

15 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Extraordinary sci-fi thriller, at once haunting, hypnotic and deeply disturbing, thanks to stunning cinematography, a chilling soundtrack and an instantly iconic performance from Scarlett Johansson that is nothing less than astonishing."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Matthew Turner

16 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"An absolute treat from start to finish ..."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Matthew Turner

17 81%

The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014)

"John Butler's debut feature is an enjoyable, light-hearted comedy with strong characters and engaging performances, but the script is largely formulaic and there's a nagging lack of chemistry in the bride and groom relationship."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Matthew Turner

18 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"Delightful, uplifting Swedish comedy that marks a long-awaited return to the form ... for writer-director Lukas Moodysson, thanks to a warm-hearted, witty script and a trio of terrific performances from its three young leads."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Matthew Turner

19 85%

We Are What We Are (2013)

"An atmospheric cannibalism horror featuring an impressive performance by Julia Garner, but it's let down by a slow first act, weak dialogue and an unsuitable score."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Jennifer Tate

20 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"The plot is weak, the characterisation is inconsistent and it's nowhere near as funny as it thinks it is."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Matthew Turner

21 79%

Lamb Of God's As The Palaces Burn (2014)

"An entertaining and insightful rockumentary that quickly turns into a nail-biting legal thriller after the lead vocalist is arrested and accused of manslaughter during filming."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Jennifer Tate

22 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"Ultimately something of a disappointment, thanks to sluggish direction, a curiously uneventful screenplay, a general lack of suspense and a surfeit of forced sentimentality."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Matthew Turner

23 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Thanks to a high dose of action and some plot surprises, Non-Stop is a watchable and fairly entertaining thriller, but its corny dialogue and two-dimensional characters ultimately let it down."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Matthew Turner

24 60%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"A sprawling tale of sexual obsession with strong performances and a jet black streak of humour lurking just under the surface, though there isn't quite enough story to justify its epic running time."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Matthew Turner

25 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"A sprawling tale of sexual obsession with strong performances and a jet black streak of humour lurking just under the surface, though there isn't quite enough story to justify its epic running time."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Matthew Turner

26 94%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"A gripping and superbly directed picture with something to say about the nature of infatuation and obsession."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Matthew Turner

27 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"A gloriously terrible and unintentionally hilarious fantasy drama ..."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Matthew Turner

28 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Enjoyably Jarmuschian take on the vampire movie, enlivened by a literate, drily witty script, a superb soundtrack and a pair of delightful performances from Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Matthew Turner

29 47%

Stalingrad (2014)

"An engaging war thriller with spectacular special effects, exciting action sequences and strong performances, though the story-telling is a little heavy-handed in places and the characters are frustratingly under-developed."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Matthew Turner

30 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Tells a fascinating and important true story and remains watchable thanks to likeable turns from its impressively starry cast ..."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Matthew Turner

31 70%

Love Is In The Air (2014)

"Love is in the Air is a likeable and uplifting romantic comedy with charming and convincing performances at its heart, but the central story is somewhat predictable and rather implausible."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Jennifer Tate

32 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"Deliriously inventive and frequently hilarious, this is a hugely entertaining family adventure with an inspired script, gleefully imaginative animation, superb 3D effects and a note-perfect voice cast."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Matthew Turner

33 94%

Her (2013)

"Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated drama is a beautifully written, superbly acted and emotionally engaging drama that explores the nature of love and relationships in an increasingly digital world."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Matthew Turner

34 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"Painfully clichéd and utterly predictable, this is a truly dismal romantic drama that's scuppered by flat direction, dreadful dialogue and chemistry-free performances from the two leads. Come back Nicholas Sparks, all is forgiven."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Matthew Turner

35 52%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"Enjoyable British comedy that succeeds thanks to strong comic performances, likeable characters, a charming script and a lightness of touch."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Matthew Turner

36 78%

An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013)

"Writer-director-actor Terence Nance's feature debut is a stylistically bold, original and deeply introspective drama-slash documentary that puts an intriguing arthouse spin on the standard romcom template."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Matthew Turner

37 49%

RoboCop (2014)

"Remains watchable thanks to strong performances and pacey direction but it fails to improve on the original film in any significant way ..."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Matthew Turner

38 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"Charming, inventive and very funny, this is a hugely entertaining adventure that should appeal to both adults and children, thanks to a witty script, a superb voice cast, lively animation and some impressive 3D effects."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Matthew Turner

39 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"Impressively directed, emotionally engaging British costume drama with a sensitive script, stunning production design work and terrific performances from a fine ensemble cast."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Matthew Turner

40 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"An inspiring and powerfully emotional drama that would make an excellent double bill with recent AIDS doc How To Survive A Plague."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Matthew Turner

41 67%

Magic Magic (2013)

"A disturbing, Polanski-esque psychological horror with stunning sound design and a pair of terrific performances from Juno Temple and Michael Cera."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Matthew Turner

42 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Lone Survivor is well made and well acted but its refusal to pass comment on the central mission means that it ultimately feels like a gung ho fantasy that lacks emotional impact."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Matthew Turner

43 84%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"A fascinating portrait of both Armstrong himself and the mechanics of the lie he maintained throughout his seven Tour de France victories ..."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Matthew Turner

44 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"Enjoyable romantic comedy with likeable performances, a snappy, sharply observed script and central relationships that feel a bit more real than the usual formulaic nonsense ..."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Matthew Turner

45 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Scott Cooper's intense, downbeat thriller is superbly acted and strongly atmospheric, but the pacing frequently drags and the script feels predictable and over-familiar."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Matthew Turner

46 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"Dreadful fantasy thriller that's let down by a derivative, badly written script, dodgy special effects, poor pacing, dismal dialogue and a dull central performance from Eckhart."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Matthew Turner

47 79%

Teenage (2014)

"It's slightly undermined by its directorial approach, since you end up questioning the veracity of what you're actually watching."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Matthew Turner

48 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"Serviceable, well acted and nicely paced thriller that delivers the requisite amount of explosions, car chases and suspense moments, though it's also a predictably by-the-book affair ..."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Matthew Turner

49 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Brilliantly directed, superbly written and featuring both a wonderful soundtrack and a terrific lead performance from Oscar Isaac, this is a bittersweet, melancholy-tinged drama from the Coen Brothers that plays like a folk music version of Barton Fink."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Matthew Turner

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