Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 63%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"A handsomely-made film is ultimately undone by its own too-silly sci-fi storyline and script leaping off the screen and running madly off in all directions."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

James Rocchi

2 66%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"A termite-art thriller that burrows in and stays with you, A Walk Among the Tombstones is a story about murder that makes you truly think about life."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

James Rocchi

3 44%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"While the gathering of the family to mourn the father may be a familiar playbook, Levy's assembled a team who can run it with grace, style and good humor. "

Posted Sep 18, 2014

James Rocchi

4 89%

The Drop (2014)

"The most depressing thing about The Drop is how bland, boring and banal it is compared to Roskam's previous film Bullhead; it's essentially every other low-budget crime indie form the past 10 years at once. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

James Rocchi

5 18%

When The Game Stands Tall (2014)

"When the Game Stands Tall is an incomplete pass of a Sports-piration film."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

James Rocchi

6 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Brutal, boneheaded and boring, a glass-bottom boat ride through the sewer of writer-creator Frank Miller's fetishes, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For truly stands on its own clumsy, over-shot feet as potentially the worst film of 2014. "

Posted Aug 21, 2014

James Rocchi

7 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"The kind of filmmaking that makes you imagine a Red Bull can in an Ed Hardy shirt being struck by lightning and ascending to the director's chair."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

James Rocchi

8 76%

Moebius (2014)

"It's certainly not for everyone -- basically, the embodiment of "art house cinema" -- but those into the dark, the quirky and the risqué should find plenty to appreciate."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Mark H. Harris

9 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Hoffman immerses himself in the character the way he usually did, giving Gunther Bachmann a tragic streak of frustration and righteousness"

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Eric D. Snider

10 69%

They Came Together (2014)

"A spot-on takedown of rom-com cliches ... scathingly satirical ... one of the funniest movies of the year."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Eric D. Snider

11 51%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Haphazardly written, the frivolous film doesn't make satisfactory use of its excellent stars, and you'll forget the whole thing the minute it's over."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Eric D. Snider

12 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Captures the bittersweet, sublimely humdrum process of growing up in a way that no other single movie has done."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Eric D. Snider

13 3%

The Apparition (2012)

"It's frightening to think that a major studio like Warner Brothers would not only release a film this bad into theaters nationwide, but that it would even green light it in the first place. "

Posted Jul 27, 2014

Mark H. Harris

14 66%

Lucy (2014)

"In America, we call this kind of filmmaking -- designed for airplanes, with a slumming star -- 'cheese,' and just because they'd call it 'brie' in France doesn't make it any less smooth or sinfully satisfying."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

James Rocchi

15 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"Perhaps the best thing about Sex Tape is that it never gets icky or squicky or squeamish; it talks about sex as if it were something two consenting adults might enjoy as part of their relationship, not just a source of humiliation and 'comedy.'"

Posted Jul 17, 2014

James Rocchi

16 40%

Beneath (2014)

"The cast delivers believable performances throughout."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Mark H. Harris

17 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Smart, strong and as morally intriguing as it is physically propulsive, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes somehow turns what might have been a lazy reboot of yesterday's camp 'classics' into vital, exciting and resonant moviemaking. "

Posted Jul 9, 2014

James Rocchi

18 88%

Obvious Child (2014)

"The humor is balanced with small dramatic beats that lend authentic emotion to the proceedings. "

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Eric D. Snider

19 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Bong's top priority is to deliver a meaty, satisfying action adventure, and he succeeds there like the world-class filmmaker he is. "

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Eric D. Snider

20 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Transformers: Age of Extinction isn't a bad movie; it's the worst possible product of a big Hollywood system drunk on a cocktail of fermented nostalgia and rancid profiteering while driving moviegoing into the ground. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

James Rocchi

21 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"Relentlessly upbeat... Captures the peripatetic energy of youth."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Eric D. Snider

22 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Jersey Boys looks and feels like a Scorsese movie with a particularly brutal cold -- stuffed-up, slow, tired, muddy-looking, like it was shot through a new Instragram filter called "Diabetic Sunset.""

Posted Jun 20, 2014

James Rocchi

23 86%

Borgman (2014)

"It's a challenging but fascinating work that truly has be seen to be understoo -- er, appreciated."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Mark H. Harris

24 84%

Coherence (2014)

"With a small cast, largely one-location setting and virtually no special effects, it's a triumph of low-budget filmmaking that gets your heart racing -- and your brain, too."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Mark H. Harris

25 86%

Borgman (2014)

"This humorous, subtly nightmarish tale could be the vigorous brain-boink you've been craving. "

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Eric D. Snider

26 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be tough for your kids to watch, and some of it will require explaining and discussion -- which alone makes it mean and matter more than the majority of designed-to-be-forgotten animated films in theaters these days."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

James Rocchi

27 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"It's this summer's comedy sequel without equal -- but Tatum steals every scene here, like a walking Golden Retriever who's just happy to be so happy."

Posted Jun 7, 2014

James Rocchi

28 62%

The Sacrament (2014)

"It's an atmospheric film whose ominous score and straightforward plot -- channels the growing sense of dread."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Mark H. Harris

29 100%

Point and Shoot ()

"Curry stands out as a smart and subtly persuasive filmmaker. He's right on target in his handling of VanDyke's story and the film is a bull's eye."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Jennifer Merin

30 59%

Hellion (2014)

"Apart from a bit of improbable melodrama in the last act, it's a solid and affecting film with a positive message."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Eric D. Snider

31 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"A highly satisfying bit of pulp fiction that uses its ever-changing trajectory to its advantage. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Eric D. Snider

32 60%

The Grand Seduction (2014)

"The Grand Seduction is a thoroughly modern film that resembles nothing less than classic Hollywood comedies like Local Hero and Waking Ned Devine in both its comedy and its real, rich characters."

Posted May 30, 2014

James Rocchi

33 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"Shooting for satire and hilarity but landing limply in a no-laughs-land between sit-com and cartoon, A Million Ways to Die in the West offers you at least two times that many ways to disappoint in the theater. "

Posted May 30, 2014

James Rocchi

34 81%

Whitewash (2014)

"A bemusing semi-thriller full of low-key quirkiness that's elevated by Church's personable performance."

Posted May 30, 2014

Eric D. Snider

35 88%

The Discoverers (2014)

"A middling but upbeat entry in the canon of forgettable (but pleasant!) independent comedies. "

Posted May 26, 2014

Eric D. Snider

36 88%

Chef (2014)

"If, as it's said, the true test of quality for any movie about food is how hungry watching it ultimately makes you, well, Chef is a very good movie about food."

Posted May 16, 2014

James Rocchi

37 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"The good news is that with Neighbors, you get the movie you're promised, and it's funny; the better news is that Neighbors is also so much smarter than that ; its high points far outshine the low ones, "

Posted May 16, 2014

James Rocchi

38 62%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Million Dollar Arm is like taking a tour bus ride with a competent guide: You know exactly where it's going, but you like the company."

Posted May 16, 2014

James Rocchi

39 80%

Zero Motivation (2014)

"Bold Israeli comedy with a loose style and deadpan humor."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Eric D. Snider

40 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"Tightly focused and uncluttered suspense drama about a man on a tragic mission.... Jeremy Saulnier delivers a simple but gripping piece of somber entertainment. "

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Eric D. Snider

41 26%

Brick Mansions (2014)

"Someday, I hope, American moviegoers will stop fearing subtitles -- or, at least, fear subtitles less than they hate lame, American-ized re-makes that try to super-size the action but mostly just result in dim, diminished re-treads."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

James Rocchi

42 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"The Other Woman is actually at its worst when it tries to be a big, broad, stereotypical big-studio comedy ... and if the film has an MVP, it's Mann."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

James Rocchi

43 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"A uniquely surreal and understated film... Unnverving, unforgettable."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Eric D. Snider

44 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Transcendence's main problem is that it feels like a film made by a computer -- it knows where all the beats and breaks of an action film have to go, but doesn't know why, exactly ..."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

James Rocchi

45 82%

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"An evocative rumination on adolescence... honest, impressionistic portrayal of youthful summertime memories"

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Eric D. Snider

46 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"Draft Day is the cinema equivalent of a steak dinner at a red-banquette place -- a little hokey, a little retro, without a single surprise but not without a few high points. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

James Rocchi

47 48%

Rio 2 (2014)

"Rio had at least some life to it; Rio 2 feels like hollow, dusty dead-in-the-eyes taxidermy in the name of pure profit. "

Posted Apr 9, 2014

James Rocchi

48 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The best thing in the film is, in fact, its take on Captain America that makes it great, as Evans plays Cap as Jimmy Stewart on steroids..."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

James Rocchi

49 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Funny, if not gut-busting, and well-executed, if not a masterpiece. "

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Eric D. Snider

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