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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 63%

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

"Watchable comedy with superb comic performances and a steady stream of decent gags, but it's also a good twenty minutes too long and is occasionally let down by some lazy plotting."

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Matthew Turner

2 19%

Lay the Favorite (2012)

"Watchable comedy drama that gets by thanks to a terrific central performance by Rebecca Hall and colourful supporting turns from the rest of the cast..."

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Matthew Turner

3 53%

Think Like a Man (2012)

"The script presents a reductive view of relationships that borders on insulting and it's hard to get emotionally involved in any of the storylines as a result."

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Matthew Turner

4 38%

Victim (2014)

"This British urban youth thriller isn't anything new, but is still an authentic and thought-provoking piece of gritty drama with energetic performances and a solid script."

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Jennifer Tate

5 78%

The Last Projectionist ()

"A celebration of cinematic magic, The Last Projectionist is an insightful cultural applause documenting the eclectic journey of Birmingham's Electric, Britain's oldest surviving cinema."

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Jennifer Tate

6 0%

Requiem for a Killer (Requiem pour une Tueuse) ()

"Ludicrous thriller that almost qualifies for so-bad-it's-good status, thanks to a nonsensical script, poor performances and dreadful direction."

Posted Jun 16, 2012

Matthew Turner

7 89%

A Royal Affair (2012)

"Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a gripping, powerfully moving and thought provoking Danish drama with a magnificent central performance from Mads Mikkelsen."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Matthew Turner

8 82%

Fast Girls (2013)

"Enjoyable, emotionally involving and timely feel-good sports drama that pushes all the right buttons..."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Matthew Turner

9 87%

Polisse (2012)

"Impressively directed, powerfully moving and frequently shocking fly-on-the-wall French police drama with a strong script and terrific performances from a fine ensemble cast."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Matthew Turner

10 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"Cronenberg's DeLillo adaptation has some interesting ideas, presents an intriguingly sealed-off view of the world and features a genuinely superb performance from Robert Pattinson..."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Matthew Turner

11 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

"The plot is paper-thin, the characters are underwritten, there's a painful lack of laughs and the whole thing just isn't as much fun as it could have been."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Matthew Turner

12 29%

Red Lights (2012)

"This dark and occasionally chilling thriller starts off well, but eventually lands itself in implausible territory, wasting its stellar cast and creditable performances."

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Jennifer Tate

13 70%

Late September ()

"A delicate study of complex relationships, Late September is a thought-provoking and insightful drama about the deep, underlying problems of a marriage, containing authentic performances from its unknown cast."

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Jennifer Tate

14 8%

A Thousand Kisses Deep (2013)

"A Thousand Kisses Deep certainly has ambitions, but the film struggles to lives up to the Leonard Cohen poem it's named after."

Posted Jun 12, 2012

Isabel Stevens

15 58%

Kosmos (2010)

"Kosmos is a bewildering and beautiful, if not entirely successful curiosity."

Posted Jun 12, 2012

Isabel Stevens

16 79%

Ill Manors ()

"Impressively directed and superbly acted, Ill Manors is an assured directorial debut from Ben Drew that marks him out as a talent to watch."

Posted Jun 6, 2012

Matthew Turner

17 43%

Casa de mi padre (2012)

"The script is disappointing and the film largely plays out like an extended comedy sketch that quickly wears out its welcome."

Posted Jun 6, 2012

Matthew Turner

18 79%

The Innkeepers (2012)

"Unmissable and one of the best films of the year."

Posted Jun 6, 2012

Matthew Turner

19 94%

Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012)

"An engaging and enjoyable film that's a treat for Woody Allen fans. Recommended."

Posted Jun 6, 2012

Matthew Turner

20 33%

The Harsh Light Of Day ()

"Requires patience, lacks sophistication and would be probably more suited for TV."

Posted Jun 6, 2012

Jennifer Tate

21 33%

Arirang ()

"Kim Ki-duk's self-made documentary about his three year, guilt induced solitude is incredibly self-absorbed, making it a suffocating and arduous watch."

Posted Jun 6, 2012

Jennifer Tate

22 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"An enjoyable, if flawed sci-fi thriller that's worth seeing for Fassbot and Noomi Rapace."

Posted May 31, 2012

Matthew Turner

23 40%

Red Tails (2012)

"This George Lucas-produced labour of love about the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America's all-black fighter pilot regiment, has superb technical effects but never manages to fully take flight."

Posted May 30, 2012

Jennifer Tate

24 94%

Himizu (2013)

"An uneven film brightened with the occasional flash of social comment."

Posted May 30, 2012

Isabel Stevens

25 88%

The Angels' Share (2013)

"Ken Loach goes full-on feel-good with this enjoyable, rough-edged and well acted comedy drama that's by turns moving, suspenseful and laugh-out-loud funny."

Posted May 30, 2012

Matthew Turner

26 48%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"Despite some stunning effects work, this is a disappointing and frequently dull fairy tale adaptation that flounders thanks to dodgy performances, leaden dialogue and a crucial lack of both humour and action."

Posted May 30, 2012

Matthew Turner

27 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Wes Anderson's seventh feature is a delight from start to finish, thanks to a wonderful script, a typically fabulous soundtrack, achingly stylish direction, gorgeous production design work and terrific performances from a superb cast."

Posted May 23, 2012

Matthew Turner

28 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

"Enjoyable sequel with an engaging plot and superb performances from Smith and Brolin, but it's not quite as funny as it should have been and certain scenes seem to have mysteriously gone missing."

Posted May 23, 2012

Matthew Turner

29 71%

Free Men (2012)

"Enjoyable French wartime drama that brings a new perspective to a familiar story and features a compelling central performance from Tahar Rahim, but the plot is occasionally frustrating and appears to lack direction."

Posted May 23, 2012

Matthew Turner

30 36%

Iron Sky (2012)

"Completely fails to deliver on its basic premise and is ultimately disappointing, thanks to a lazy script, poor performances and ham-fisted direction."

Posted May 23, 2012

Matthew Turner

31 22%

What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

"Largely predictable, by-the-numbers fare, but the likeable cast ensure that it remains just about watchable, even if the laughs and genuine emotional moments are thin on the ground."

Posted May 23, 2012

Matthew Turner

32 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"The Dictator has a flimsy plot and occasionally misfires but it also delivers several decent laughs (albeit highly offensive ones) and earns extra points for its ruthlessly short running time."

Posted May 17, 2012

Matthew Turner

33 ——

Backburner ()

Posted May 17, 2012

Matthew Turner

34 13%

Piranha 3DD (2012)

"If you've seen the trailer, you've seen all the good bits. Avoid like a piranha-infested swimming pool. "

Posted May 16, 2012

Matthew Turner

35 85%

The Raid: Redemption (2012)

"Superbly shot, fast paced and thrillingly staged, this is a pulse pounding, non-stop action fest that marks both writer-director Evans and ass-kicking star Uwais out as future talents to watch."

Posted May 16, 2012

Matthew Turner

36 88%

Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011)

"Sharply directed and superbly written, this is a thought provoking and emotionally engaging political drama with terrific performances from Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Tosar."

Posted May 16, 2012

Matthew Turner

37 64%

2 Days in New York (2012)

"Enjoyable comedy sequel with a decent script and superb comic performances from an excellent cast, though it lacks the bite of her previous film and occasionally falls back on easy stereotyping."

Posted May 16, 2012

Matthew Turner

38 65%

All In Good Time ()

Posted May 12, 2012

Matthew Turner

39 78%

Beloved (1998)

Posted May 10, 2012

Matthew Turner

40 78%

Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)

"Consistently amusing and surprisingly thoughtful, this is an enjoyable, emotionally engaging character comedy with a strong script and superb performances from Segel and Helms."

Posted May 10, 2012

Matthew Turner

41 81%

Get the Gringo (2012)

"Watchable, smartly directed thriller with an efficient, pared-down script and a strong performance from Gibson, though it's also a little too slick for its own good and the lack of character detail is occasionally frustrating."

Posted May 10, 2012

Matthew Turner

42 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"Becomes increasingly flawed and frustrating in equal measure, though it's still worth watching thanks to its striking production design and enjoyable performances from Depp and Green."

Posted May 10, 2012

Matthew Turner

43 63%

Café de Flore (2012)

"This is a superbly acted drama that packs a powerfully emotional punch, though a late-blooming plot development ultimately stretches credulity and threatens to undo the film's dramatic impact."

Posted May 10, 2012

Matthew Turner

44 55%

Beloved (2012)

"An emotionally engaging French drama with strong performances and catchy songs, though it occasionally dips too far into melodrama and its unnecessarily lengthy running time eventually takes its toll."

Posted May 10, 2012

Matthew Turner

45 97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

"Impressively directed and superbly written, this is an emotionally engaging, deservedly Oscar-nominated drama with a terrific central performance from Mohamed Saïd Fellag."

Posted May 5, 2012

Matthew Turner

46 ——

Cl.One (2005)

Posted May 5, 2012

Matthew Turner

47 79%

Juan of the Dead (2012)

Posted May 5, 2012

Matthew Turner

48 41%

Silent House (2012)

"Fails to improve on the original film thanks to a poorly paced middle section and an annoying tendency towards over-explaining things."

Posted May 2, 2012

Matthew Turner

49 57%

Safe (2012)

"Watchable, albeit fairly routine and laughably preposterous, thriller that succeeds thanks to pacey direction, some decent action sequences and a reliably solid, ass-kicking performance from Jason Statham."

Posted May 2, 2012

Matthew Turner

50 80%

Goodbye First Love (2012)

"Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a powerfully emotional and refreshingly unsentimental coming-of-age drama with a terrific central performance from Lola Creton."

Posted May 2, 2012

Matthew Turner

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