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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 79%

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

"Easily the best film of the franchise so far, thanks to a witty script, colourful new characters, lively animation, inspired direction and some impressive 3D work, not to mention some exceptional comic timing."

Posted Oct 17, 2012

Matthew Turner

2 80%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"Beautifully shot and superbly acted, this is an engaging and evocative coming-of-age drama ..."

Posted Oct 17, 2012

Matthew Turner

3 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"Beautifully animated and brilliantly written, this is a joyous return to form for Tim Burton that's a treat for both adults and children alike."

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Matthew Turner

4 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"Enjoyable, fast-paced comedy-thriller with well written characters, decent chase sequences, a frequently funny script and superb performances from Shepard, Bell and Bradley Cooper."

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Matthew Turner

5 45%

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

"Monstrously entertaining, frequently hilarious comedy with lively, fast-paced animation, appealing characters, a witty script and terrific voice performances from a superb comic cast."

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Matthew Turner

6 43%

On the Road (2012)

"Beautifully shot and boasts both strong performances and a superb soundtrack ..."

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Matthew Turner

7 50%

Pusher (2012)

"Ultimately a pointless remake and a disappointing thriller to boot, thanks to a lack of energy and an over-familiar plot."

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Matthew Turner

8 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"A hugely enjoyable, superbly written and brilliantly acted fantasy relationship comedy that eventually reveals a much darker undercurrent and is ultimately both thought-provoking and powerfully emotional."

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Matthew Turner

9 86%

Ballroom Dancer ()

"Offers fascinating insights into the former World Latin Dance champion and his relationship with new dance partner, Anna Melnikova."

Posted Oct 3, 2012

Jennifer Tate

10 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"Enjoyable and emotionally engaging coming-of-age teen drama with a superb soundtrack, a sensitive, sharply written script and a trio of terrific performances from Lerman, Miller and Watson."

Posted Oct 3, 2012

Matthew Turner

11 63%

Sinister (2012)

"Some nice ideas and a superb central performance from Ethan Hawke, though the film is a little over-reliant on screechy soundtrack noises and clichéd shock moments for its scares."

Posted Oct 3, 2012

Matthew Turner

12 0%

The Knot (2014)

"Relies too heavily on gross-out gags and laddish humour and fails to provide either likeable characters or believeable relationships."

Posted Oct 3, 2012

Matthew Turner

13 ——

Sal ()

"This light-hearted Chilean Western drama has some strong performances and amusing dialogue, but it unfortunately develops a clunky pace and loses its way in the second act."

Posted Oct 3, 2012

Jennifer Tate

14 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"This is a massively disappointing and ultimately pointless sequel that completely ignores the (albeit extremely violent) guilty pleasure appeal of the first film."

Posted Oct 3, 2012

Matthew Turner

15 93%

Barbara (2012)

"This stylish, but rather dull, German drama has good intentions and some strong performances but unfortunately Barbara fails to entice, enchant and entertain, thanks to its unlikeable lead character and discouraging slow pace."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Jennifer Tate

16 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"Entertaining comedy with a handful of big laughs and great performances from a strong comic cast, but the tone is a little uneven and the film is slightly hamstrung by the desire to keep its characters likeable."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Matthew Turner

17 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"This is an astonishing and audacious film that is quite simply unlike anything else you'll see all year, thanks to stylish direction, a wilfully strange script and a glorious central performance from Denis Lavant."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Matthew Turner

18 93%

Looper (2012)

"A stylish, intelligent and superbly acted Sci-Fi thriller with some intriguing ideas and great dialogue ..."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Matthew Turner

19 58%

Now Is Good (2013)

"Watchable, emotionally engaging British weepie with strong performances from a talented cast, though the script cops out on several occasions and often loses sight of its central premise."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Matthew Turner

20 94%

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012)

"This eye-opening and visually enchanting documentary pays a worthy tribute to Diana Vreeland, the legendary spirit who had a profound and long-lasting influence on the face of fashion."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Jennifer Tate

21 58%

Hysteria (2012)

"Hysteria is nicely played and has its fair share of decent moments, but the script struggles to find the right tone and it's hard to escape the feeling that the actual true story might have been a bit more interesting."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Matthew Turner

22 13%

Inbred (2013)

"Daft, disturbing and defective but thankfully, it doesn't take itself too seriously."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Jennifer Tate

23 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a highly entertaining, pleasingly literate thriller with terrific performances from a note-perfect cast."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Matthew Turner

24 51%

Savages (2012)

"The dialogue is excruciatingly bad, the lead performances never quite gel and it eventually becomes clear that the flashy direction is masking a lack of substance."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Matthew Turner

25 50%

Tower Block (2013)

"Entertaining, well written thriller enlivened by strong performances from a superb cast and a decent amount of shocks, though it's slightly let down by a disappointing finale."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Jennifer Tate

26 46%

The Sweeney (2013)

"The Sweeney is pacily directed, superbly acted and delivers some exciting action sequences, but the only elements that remain from the TV show are the names of the characters and the central catchphrase."

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Matthew Turner

27 100%

About Elly (2009)

"Incredibly gripping and brilliantly directed, About Elly is a truly memorable and emotionally engaging Iranian drama with an outstanding lead performance by Golshifteh Farahani."

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Jennifer Tate

28 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"Emotionally engaging and brilliantly acted, this is a sharply observed relationship comedy-drama that deserves credit for sensitively tackling a subject that's surprisingly taboo in mainstream movies."

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Matthew Turner

29 70%

Keyhole (2012)

"This rousing and tormented monochrome tale of a deadbeat gangster making an unusual odyssey through his haunted home is sordid, sinister and bafflingly brilliant."

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Jennifer Tate

30 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"Gorgeously animated and beautifully designed, this is an entertaining adventure with strong characters, a handful of very funny gags and an important central message ..."

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Matthew Turner

31 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"Enjoyable, fast-paced thriller that makes up for its plot deficiencies with sheer adrenaline and a pair of superb performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon."

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Matthew Turner

32 100%

The Snows of Kilimanjaro ()

"This heart-warming and socially conscious French drama is poignantly beautiful with a standout lead performance from director Robert Guediguian's muse, Ariane Ascaride."

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Jennifer Tate

33 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"Ultimately a disappointment, thanks to uninvolving stories, lazily recycled ideas and a script that feels underdeveloped."

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Matthew Turner

34 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"A thoroughly engaging, powerfully emotional period drama with a superb script and a terrific central performance from Keira Knightley."

Posted Sep 5, 2012

Matthew Turner

35 67%

Lawless (2012)

"A well made, beautifully shot and superbly acted bootlegging drama with a terrific score by screenwriter/composer Nick Cave."

Posted Sep 5, 2012

Matthew Turner

36 57%

Love (2011)

"A fine example of budget filmmaking with this beautifully shot and thought provoking Sci-Fi tale of loss, isolation and loneliness ..."

Posted Sep 5, 2012

Jennifer Tate

37 87%

Tabu (2012)

"Beautifully shot, brilliantly directed and superbly written, this is a hugely rewarding, achingly emotional Portuguese drama that's unlike anything else you'll see this year. Unmissable."

Posted Sep 5, 2012

Matthew Turner

38 78%

Dredd (2012)

"Commendably faithful, stylishly directed reboot of the 2000AD character with impressive special effects, striking production design work, a suitably gritty, stripped down script and a trio of terrific performances from Urban, Thirlby and Headey."

Posted Sep 5, 2012

Matthew Turner

39 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"An entirely pointless remake thanks to a messy script, a lack of chemistry between the three leads and a failure to grasp what made the original film so enjoyable in the first place."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Matthew Turner

40 17%

A Few Best Men ()

"Tries painfully hard to be funny but fails in the attempt, thanks to an over-indulgent script, lacklustre romantic leads and unlikeable main characters ..."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Matthew Turner

41 83%

Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

"Brilliantly directed, cleverly written and beautifully designed drama that plays like a disturbing Lynchian loveletter to the art of horror filmmaking and features a terrific performance from Toby Jones."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Matthew Turner

42 70%

Cockneys vs Zombies (2013)

"Enjoyable, frequently hilarious zombie comedy (zomcom) with a witty script, strong comic performances and a perfectly pitched balance between gore and gags ..."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Matthew Turner

43 80%

The Myth Of The American Sleepover (2011)

"Beautifully shot, nostalgia-fuelled teen drama that plays out in dreamlike fashion and is content to unfold at its own unhurried pace ..."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Matthew Turner

44 77%

Samsara (2012)

"This authentic and enlightening documentary is visually breathtaking, presenting awe-inspiring and juxtaposed shots of the Earth's many different cultures."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Jennifer Tate

45 ——

Yuma ()

"This Polish action/crime drama has some strong performances from its supporting cast and leading man Jakub Gierszal ..."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Jennifer Tate

46 17%

The Watch (2012)

"Lazily written, poorly directed and dismally unfunny comedy with unlikeable characters, lacklustre performances and a mean spirited script that completely wastes its central idea."

Posted Aug 22, 2012

Matthew Turner

47 86%

Circumstance (2011)

"Has some strong performances, a thumping soundtrack and some eye opening themes but its occasional brashness tries too hard to shock."

Posted Aug 22, 2012

Jennifer Tate

48 51%

The Three Stooges (2012)

"An extremely faithful reboot that delivers some huge laughs, thanks to a witty script, pacy direction, some inspired comic set-pieces and a trio of terrific performances from Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso."

Posted Aug 22, 2012

Matthew Turner

49 64%

In Your Hands (Contre Toi) (2010)

"In Your Hands is an intriguing, emotionally complex drama with a terrific central performance from Kristin Scott Thomas, but it's also frustratingly slow in the middle section and it's difficult to engage with the characters."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Matthew Turner

50 71%

The Wedding Video (2014)

"Low on big laughs but remains enjoyable thanks to a consistently amusing script and strong comic performances from a talented cast, though it's also a little too predictable in places."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Matthew Turner

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