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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 98%

Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)

"Searingly honest and ultimately deeply moving, this is a fascinating portrait of notoriously antisocial former Cream drummer Ginger Baker, now 73 and still raging."

Posted May 15, 2013

Matthew Turner

2 98%

Mud (2013)

"Impressively directed and beautifully shot, this is an emotionally engaging and powerfully evocative coming-of-age drama with a superb script and terrific performances from a note-perfect cast."

Posted May 9, 2013

Matthew Turner

3 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"Nail-bitingly intense, thanks to some powerful performances and Tobias Lindholm's strong direction and fantastic script."

Posted May 9, 2013

Jennifer Tate

4 33%

Deadfall (2012)

"Engaging thriller, enlivened by some snowy location work and strong performances from a superb cast, though the script struggles to find the right tone."

Posted May 9, 2013

Matthew Turner

5 54%

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013)

"Engaging, beautifully shot drama with a commendably balanced script and a terrific central performance from Riz Ahmed ..."

Posted May 9, 2013

Matthew Turner

6 58%

The Eye of the Storm (2012)

Posted May 9, 2013

Matthew Turner

7 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"Hugely enjoyable, pacily directed sequel with a witty script, superb special effects and terrific performances, though some of the nods to the previous films and TV shows badly backfire."

Posted May 8, 2013

Matthew Turner

8 35%

Touchy Feely (2013)

"Despite its superb cast, Lynn Shelton's Touchy Feely is a disappointing comedy-drama that raises some interesting ideas but fails to do anything interesting with them."

Posted May 2, 2013

Matthew Turner

9 81%

The Moo Man ()

"An uplifting and refreshing documentary about one farmer's dedication to his 55 cows, The Moo Man is an entertaining and sometimes emotional film that underlines a worrying issue about family farms in Britain."

Posted May 2, 2013

Jennifer Tate

10 36%

The Truth About Emanuel (2014)

"This dark and occasionally suspenseful drama is an enjoyable watch thanks to some strong performances and Francesca Gregorini's sharp script ..."

Posted May 2, 2013

Jennifer Tate

11 74%

Chimpanzee (2012)

"The chimpanzees play to their stereotype in this charming documentary that's beautiful to watch and often funny, however Tim Allen's jovial voiceover can be rather irritating after a while."

Posted May 2, 2013

Jennifer Tate

12 48%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"Energetic, outrageously camp and frequently funny, Pedro Almodovar's latest film is a welcome throwback to the raucous comedies the director made in the 1980s."

Posted May 2, 2013

Matthew Turner

13 100%

It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

"An original and amusing animation that demonstrates the undeniable talent of Don Hertzfeldt."

Posted May 2, 2013

Jennifer Tate

14 54%

All Stars ()

"Hugely enjoyable British let's-do-the-show-right-here comedy enlivened by strong performances, impressive dance sequences, likeable characters, breezy direction and a witty script."

Posted May 2, 2013

Matthew Turner

15 28%

21 And Over (2013)

"Enlivened by pacey direction and likeable comic performances, though there's a strong sense of having seen it all before and some of the jokes are a little misguided."

Posted May 2, 2013

Matthew Turner

16 37%

Dead Man Down (2013)

"Scrapes a pass thanks to offbeat performances and a couple of enjoyably preposterous action sequences."

Posted May 2, 2013

Matthew Turner

17 92%

Gimme The Loot (2013)

"Charming and engaging low-budget indie with a witty script, likeable characters, a strong sense of time and place and a pair of terrific performances from its two young leads."

Posted May 2, 2013

Matthew Turner

18 100%

White Elephant (2013)

"A harrowing but overall enjoyable watch."

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Jennifer Tate

19 45%

The Lords of Salem (2013)

"Despite being based on the fascinating events of the 1692 Salem witch trials, The Lords of Salem sadly fails to offer anything exciting, thanks to a weak script, lack of scares and dreadful sound quality."

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Jennifer Tate

20 55%

The Look of Love (2013)

"Paints a profoundly sad portrait of a fascinating Soho figure."

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Matthew Turner

21 86%

In the Fog (2013)

"Despite a string of impressive performances, there's little spark to this Russian-language slow burner and as a result, it can be rather dull and effortful to watch at times."

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Jennifer Tate

22 90%

Bernie (2012)

"Hugely entertaining, smartly directed and darkly funny black comedy with a superb script and a terrific central performance from Jack Black."

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Matthew Turner

23 36%

The ABCs of Death (2013)

"The overall execution of the project never quite lives up to the concept, with too many of the films feeling lazy and poorly thought out."

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Matthew Turner

24 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Delivers thrilling action, witty dialogue and genuine emotion, thanks to a cleverly crafted script, state-of-the-art special effects, strong, likeable characters and note-perfect performances."

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Matthew Turner

25 48%

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

"A charmless and occasionally laughably bad thriller that's let down by a trite script and a charmless lead performance from Gerard Butler."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Matthew Turner

26 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"Well made and delivers buckets of the red stuff, but it's hampered by poorly developed characters, a lack of humour and a tendency to substitute gore for actual scares."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Matthew Turner

27 47%

Bait (2012)

"Enormous fun, thanks to pacey direction, strong performances, a number of nicely handled gory bits and a script that pays close attention to the demands of the shark attack genre movie."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Matthew Turner

28 74%

Love Is All You Need (2013)

"Hugely enjoyable, utterly charming middle-aged romcom that delivers genuine laughs and powerful emotion, thanks to a warm-hearted script, superb performances and assured direction from Danish director Susanne Bier."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Matthew Turner

29 68%

Me and You (2014)

"An uplifting coming-of-age drama that marks Bernardo Bertolucci's return to filmmaking ..."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Jennifer Tate

30 52%

Promised Land (2013)

"The latest film from Gus Van Sant is a thought-provoking and emotionally engaging smalltown drama with a strong script and a terrific central performance from co-writer Matt Damon."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Matthew Turner

31 95%

L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion) ()

"Rebellion contains impressive cinematography and strong dialogue, and Mathieu Kassovitz shines as its director and star."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Jennifer Tate

32 93%

First Position (2012)

"Impressively directed and superbly edited, this is an emotionally engaging documentary with likeable subjects, stunning dance sequences and a suspenseful climax."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Matthew Turner

33 42%

Flying Blind ()

"Flying Blind is worth seeing for a terrific performance from Helen McCrory, but the central relationship lacks chemistry and the script's refusal to flesh out its characters is ultimately frustrating."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Matthew Turner

34 93%

The Gatekeepers (2013)

"Dror Moreh's Oscar-nominated documentary is riveting, haunting and depressing in equal measure, offering a sobering assessment of the Israel-Palestine conflict from a unique perspective."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Matthew Turner

35 80%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"A beautifully shot, emotionally engaging smalltown crime drama with a pair of terrific performances from Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper ..."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Matthew Turner

36 73%

Simon Killer (2013)

"Impressively directed and sharply written, this is a disturbing study in sociopathy with a compelling lead performance from Brady Corbet."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Matthew Turner

37 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"Oblivion is a visual feast with strong performances and an intriguing central mystery, but it's slightly let down by a nakedly derivative script and a general lack of warmth."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Matthew Turner

38 77%

Papadopoulos & Sons ()

"Likeable British recession comedy enlivened by a strong support cast and a topical, engagingly feelgood central theme, though it's slightly let down by an underwritten script and a frustrating central performance from Stephen Dillane."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Matthew Turner

39 81%

De jueves a domingo (Thursday Till Sunday) ()

"Impressively directed and superbly written, this is an emotionally engaging road-movie/coming-of-age-drama with stunning camerawork and a terrific central performance from young Santi Ahumada."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Matthew Turner

40 33%

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

"Relentlessly mawkish wish-fulfilment fantasy drama that fails to engage on any meaningful level, to the point where you end up feeling sorry for the actors."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Matthew Turner

41 65%

Spring Breakers (2013)

"A weird, day-glo fusion of trashy exploitation thriller and arthouse pretension, enlivened by game performances from a trio of former squeaky-clean TV stars and a deliriously brilliant turn from James Franco."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Matthew Turner

42 29%

All Things To All Men ()

"It's ultimately let down by a confusing script and a frustratingly distant approach to its characters."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Matthew Turner

43 78%

A Late Quartet (2012)

"Engaging drama, enlivened by a trio of terrific performances from Hoffman, Keener and Walken, though the script occasionally feels a little contrived."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Matthew Turner

44 26%

Erased (2013)

"Engaging and enjoyable thriller, enlivened by a sharp script, pacey direction, solid action sequences and strong performances from both Aaron Eckhart and Liana Liberato."

Posted Apr 3, 2013

Matthew Turner

45 39%

Dark Skies (2013)

"Dark Skies is a watchable supernatural thriller with a handful of effectively creepy moments, but it's let down by a clichéd script, a lack of imagination and a soporific lead performance from Keri Russell."

Posted Apr 3, 2013

Matthew Turner

46 100%

We Went To War ()

"A tender and poetic documentary, which revisits a group of veterans as they discuss their emotional scars left by the Vietnam War, We Went to War is extremely powerful, thanks to its personal interviews and strong and compassionate direction."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Jennifer Tate

47 30%

King Of The Travellers ()

"An Irish drama about feuding Travellers, King of the Travellers is watchable enough, but the poor script, sub-standard performances and unconvincing romantic subplot mean it's ultimately forgettable."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Jennifer Tate

48 89%

In the House (2013)

"Impressively directed and darkly funny, this is a hugely enjoyable French black comedy with a clever, thought-provoking script and terrific performances from a note-perfect cast."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Matthew Turner

49 95%

War Witch (2013)

"War Witch features a standout performance by Rachel Mwanza, but the supernatural visions don't really suit the film's tone and mood."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Jennifer Tate

50 68%

Trance (2013)

"An enjoyable brain-scrambler of a thriller with strong performances from all three leads, though the emotional impact is ultimately lost amidst all the twists and turns."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Matthew Turner

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