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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 46%

Bullet to the Head (2013)

"All sorts of blockheaded action thrillers rolled into one, with occasional mentions of "flash drives" so you know it's not actually a script from 1986."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Adam Graham

2 79%

Quartet (2013)

"'Quartet" is a lovely little charm bracelet of a film, a fairy tale for the geriatric set blessed with a wonderful cast and a carry-on attitude."

Posted Jan 25, 2013

Tom Long

3 41%

Parker (2013)

""Parker" should have stayed parked."

Posted Jan 25, 2013

Adam Graham

4 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"By the time this film's over, you're shaken, intrigued and reminded that art doesn't need to add up to be entrancing."

Posted Jan 24, 2013

Tom Long

5 78%

A Late Quartet (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Roger Ebert

6 90%

Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

""Beauty Is Embarrassing" is an undeniably likable film, mainly because White is a likable guy who believes comedy is at least as important as tragedy."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Tom Long

7 65%

Mama (2013)

"There's something eerily effective about juxtaposing childhood innocence with the violent, the supernatural, the deranged. Evil shines all the more brightly when held up against the sweet promise of youth."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Tom Long

8 28%

Broken City (2013)

"Like the film's shady mayor, "Broken City" is a little too slick for its own good."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Adam Graham

9 36%

LUV (2013)

"Director-co-writer Sheldon Candis stretches a lot of the time, a romantic story seems to have been cut drastically, and the film's climax is far too typical."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Tom Long

10 95%

Sister (2012)

"What a beautiful and desperate film."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Tom Long

11 32%

Gangster Squad (2013)

""Gangster Squad" talks tough and hits hard, but it is a victim of its own brute force."

Posted Jan 11, 2013

Adam Graham

12 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

""Rust" has some lovely scenes - Alain carrying Stephanie out to the sea - but it seems to wander off in search of something it already has, and in wandering, it loses its way."

Posted Jan 11, 2013

Tom Long

13 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"While "Zero Dark Thirty" may offer political and moral arguing points aplenty, as well as vicarious thrills,as a film it's simply too much of a passable thing."

Posted Jan 11, 2013

Tom Long

14 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"This is a movie about the will to survive that physically acknowledges that will may not be enough."

Posted Jan 4, 2013

Tom Long

15 70%

Not Fade Away (2012)

"Yes, it's about rock and New Jersey, but it's also about getting a life going and dreaming, and that's timeless, classic stuff."

Posted Jan 4, 2013

Tom Long

16 52%

Promised Land (2013)

"This isn't a movie about easy fixes, be they personal or political; it's a film about long-term problems."

Posted Jan 4, 2013

Tom Long

17 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"There's plenty of fun here - Waltz alone is worth the price of admission - but you may leave "Django Unchained" wishing for both more and less."

Posted Dec 25, 2012

Tom Long

18 61%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"See Tom fight. See Tom shoot. See Tom in some other movie."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Tom Long

19 51%

This is 40 (2012)

""This Is 40" tends to be about the self-inflicted problems of spoiled upper-middle class white people. Which can be sort of funny, sure. Sort of."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Tom Long

20 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"It's never a bad movie, but it can't quite gel into a good one either."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Tom Long

21 38%

The Guilt Trip (2012)

"These two have the aging mother-son dynamic of kvetching, fawning and battling down so well the film is sold right from the beginning."

Posted Dec 19, 2012

Tom Long

22 79%

Any Day Now (2012)

"There's no denying the power of Cumming, Leyva and Dillahunt's performances, nor the tragedy and injustice of the situation."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Tom Long

23 93%

The Central Park Five (2012)

"As grim a portrait of the criminal justice system as can be imagined."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Tom Long

24 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"The last hour of this movie is pretty much nonstop, and it's a gas."

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Tom Long

25 96%

Chasing Ice (2012)

"The most important documentary of the year."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Tom Long

26 94%

The House I Live In (2012)

""The House I Live In" leaves you shaking your head in deadened wonder at the waste of it all."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Tom Long

27 4%

Playing for Keeps (2012)

"It appears to be an empty-headed piffle of a film about a dashing former professional soccer star coaching his son's team and having affairs with an assortment of randy soccer moms. And that's precisely what it is."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Tom Long

28 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

""Anna Karenina," lush as it is, fails to strike a fully human chord."

Posted Nov 30, 2012

Tom Long

29 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"Too much of the time "Hitchcock" plays cute and comfortable. It simply lacks weight."

Posted Nov 30, 2012

Tom Long

30 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"Let's just call it DOA."

Posted Nov 30, 2012

Tom Long

31 37%

The Collection (2012)

"People in Hollywood need to work and surely "The Collection" created a lot of jobs, but there must be a better way."

Posted Nov 30, 2012

Adam Graham

32 84%

The Flat (2012)

"Are things better left alone or is revealing all always the best path? "The Flat," to its credit, offers nothing like a definitive answer."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Tom Long

33 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

""Pi" is a wonder to see; too bad it's not wondrous to feel."

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Tom Long

34 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"It shouldn't work - there's just too much going on. But it does. Spectacularly. Go see it."

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Tom Long

35 89%

A Royal Affair (2012)

"A fascinating, stately thriller."

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Tom Long

36 74%

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

""Rise of the Guardians" seems a sure bet for kids who still believe - or wished they believed - in magic."

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Tom Long

37 12%

Red Dawn (2012)

"North Koreans? Falling from the sky? Seriously?"

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Tom Long

38 84%

Smashed (2012)

"Winstead and Paul make their characters feel like flesh and blood, not stereotypical Lost Weekenders. Their love is as real as their future is shaky. And that's the film's great tragedy."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Tom Long

39 49%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"Good riddance "Twilight," may it be an eternity before you're relaunched or rebooted."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Adam Graham

40 70%

The Loneliest Planet (2012)

"You hope for these characters, and that hope carries the film."

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Tom Long

41 53%

Simon and the Oaks (2012)

""Simon and the Oaks" branches out in ways unusual and interesting enough to hold your attention and then even shake it a bit."

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Tom Long

42 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Great heroes are often enhanced by the villains they face, and such is the situation here. To really work, Bond needs great bad guys. Silva is bad at its best."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Tom Long

43 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"An absolute delight."

Posted Nov 2, 2012

Tom Long

44 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"It's fun for awhile, but it's not a video game you'll come back to once you set down the controller."

Posted Nov 2, 2012

Adam Graham

45 47%

The Details (2012)

"It's hard to make a fine actress like Laura Linney look off-key and shrill, but "The Details" manages to do just that. It's hardly an accomplishment."

Posted Nov 2, 2012

Tom Long

46 78%

Flight (2012)

"It's a well-made movie. But after its opening, harrowing action sequence, the film turns into one of the most familiar stories of our time - a downward addiction and denial spiral."

Posted Nov 2, 2012

Tom Long

47 77%

The Bay (2012)

"Sometimes Levinson goes with a less-is-more approach, sometimes he pours on the buckets of blood, but he definitely is digging the creepiness."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Tom Long

48 88%

The Other Dream Team (2012)

"You don't have to give a hoot about basketball to enjoy this movie. This is a movie about identifying with, admiring and responding to achievement in any form."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Tom Long

49 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"Exciting, exhausting and energizing, a brazen film that leaves somber cinema seeming too passive for its own good. This is a movie as big as life itself."

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Tom Long

50 25%

Fun Size (2012)

"It feels like a project that was pitched for the CW but watered down for Nickelodeon audiences. In the end, everyone loses."

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Adam Graham

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