Sydney Morning Herald

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 72%

Wish You Were Here (2013)

"Wish You Were Here may misjudge how to tell its story, but it remains a fascinating and highly relevant film. "

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Scott Murray

2 72%

Wish You Were Here (2013)

"It is tightly plotted with a scary denouement that nails its point about the deadliness of rogue circumstance in a very satisfying way. "

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Sandra Hall

3 15%

Ecstasy (2012)

"One gets the feeling this director doesn't think his target audience is all that smart."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Scott Murray

4 80%

Spud ()

"You and your kids will have seen it all before but, if you're looking for a less brutal take on the ordeals of adolescence than the one offered by The Hunger Games, this could work. "

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Sandra Hall

5 100%

Life In Movement ()

"In every sense, it's a moving story."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Sandra Hall

6 34%

Battleship (2012)

"There is just no way this should work. And yet, we have an adrenalin-packed winner."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Giles Hardie

7 95%

L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion) ()

"There are few French films about France's role in her colonies, almost none set in this part of the world. This one makes some trenchant claims, in a powerfully direct story. "

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Paul Byrnes

8 80%

Goodbye First Love (2012)

"The film is quiet and accumulative, staying with its subject through emotional outpourings and everyday transactions; the audience is embedded. "

Posted Apr 4, 2012

Craig Mathieson

9 67%

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)

"Hallstrom and Beaufoy have no great pretensions. They're out to deliver a feelgood film, but it's a very classy one."

Posted Apr 4, 2012

Sandra Hall

10 86%

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

"It has a very English kind of daffy humour, absurd but good-hearted, and it is pitched at adults as much as children."

Posted Apr 4, 2012

Paul Byrnes

11 88%

Titanic (1997)

"Turns out hubris and greed float, like sorrow. "

Posted Mar 28, 2012

Paul Byrnes

12 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"The whole thing should please kids from seven upwards, and their parents should appreciate Roberts's dirty laugh, which shows itself to be more versatile than I could ever have imagined. "

Posted Mar 28, 2012

Sandra Hall

13 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"Once we're in the arena, the bones of Collins's story ensure an enthralling time. "

Posted Mar 21, 2012

Sandra Hall

14 75%

In Search of Haydn (2012)

"Grabsky does have a great gift for showing how a piece is put together. The music is the thing."

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Sandra Hall

15 51%

John Carter (2012)

"Stanton should go back to making machines talk. He puts much more humanity into them than he manages to extract from Burroughs, even with all that nostalgia working for him. "

Posted Mar 9, 2012

Sandra Hall

16 59%

Any Questions for Ben? ()

"The whole thing made me nostalgic for Working Dog's sharper days when they would surely have perpetrated all sorts of wickedness at Ben's expense. "

Posted Feb 10, 2012

Sandra Hall

17 56%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"It's an affecting tale about sexual identity and people pretending to be other than they are, not only in their everyday dealings but also in ways that go to the very core of their being."

Posted Jan 5, 2012

Tom Ryan

18 3%

Jack and Jill (2011)

"Adam Sandler has succumbed to the Eddie Murphy syndrome. He's afflicted with the belief that we can't get enough of him. "

Posted Dec 1, 2011

Sandra Hall

19 24%

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

"Condon is directing Breaking Dawn -- Part 2. Let's hope he realises it is broken and that he does fix it."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Paul Byrnes

20 83%

The Tall Man ()

"The story that emerges is a tragedy with no end in sight, and which has its roots buried deep in the island's ugly past. "

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Sandra Hall

21 50%

Fighting Fear ()

"Putting to one side its rough edges, Fighting Fear is another compelling story of contemporary Sydney culture. "

Posted Nov 10, 2011

George Palathingal

22 78%

Santa's Apprentice (L'apprenti Pere Noel) (2008)

"So, an Australian gem? Not quite. It's more a feelgood diversion than an all-time classic. "

Posted Nov 9, 2011

Sacha Molitorisz

23 58%

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is horror by-the-numbers. Parts of it are effectively chilling, and the performances are fine, but there's no sense of reality."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Paul Byrnes

24 100%

Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard ()

"Lowenstein and Milburn are not just making a film about a guitarist but a whole movement and moments in time...The film is spectacularly successful at evoking those periods and at locating Howard in his times. "

Posted Oct 26, 2011

Paul Byrnes

25 83%

Warrior (2011)

"Its three leads certainly deserve consideration for their artfulness in being able to infuse it with intimations of quality. "

Posted Oct 26, 2011

Sandra Hall

26 84%

Contagion (2011)

"Contagion is what happens when a disaster movie gets sent to the headmaster for bad behaviour. "

Posted Oct 20, 2011

Paul Byrnes

27 92%

Take Shelter (2011)

"Shannon's performance is exceptional and the character is terribly moving. "

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Paul Byrnes

28 29%

The Cup (2012)

"It's a shamelessly old-fashioned picture but if you like horses and fancy cantering off into the land of wish-fulfilment for a couple of hours, why not? "

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Sandra Hall

29 35%

The Thing (2011)

"Watching this made me want to revisit both of the predecessors, which is a indeed a compliment. "

Posted Oct 12, 2011

Paul Byrnes

30 58%

Red State (2011)

"In its efforts to accommodate Smith's argument the storyline gets decidedly messy. The slacker has become didactic and it doesn't suit him one bit. "

Posted Oct 12, 2011

Sandra Hall

31 71%

Footloose (2011)

"Footloose is an anodyne example of Hollywood's fixation on remakes but it is slightly better than I expected. "

Posted Oct 6, 2011

Sandra Hall

32 60%

Real Steel (2011)

"Frankly, Real Steel is an appalling movie: cliched, corny, sentimental, hectoring and pitched so low that the term B-movie seems like praise. "

Posted Oct 5, 2011

Paul Byrnes

33 74%

The Whistleblower (2011)

"This is a truly depressing film, without any sense of release. You may even be tempted to give up on the human race while watching men casually trade and rape girls for a few measly dollars."

Posted Sep 29, 2011

Scott Murray

34 4%

Abduction (2011)

"The finale sets up a sequel but if Singleton is on board, I suspect they'll have to pay the supporting cast a mountain of money to make up for the embarrassment of taking part. "

Posted Sep 23, 2011

Sandra Hall

35 38%

Monte Carlo (2011)

"Its excess of spun sugar presents a distinct health hazard."

Posted Sep 21, 2011

Sandra Hall

36 96%

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

"This is what 3-D was made for, puncturing the proscenium and taking us somewhere ''not yet offended''. "

Posted Sep 21, 2011

Paul Byrnes

37 58%

The Eye of the Storm (2012)

"At times, I felt as if I were watching a series of splendidly realised set-pieces arranged like showcases for watching actors act."

Posted Sep 14, 2011

Sandra Hall

38 96%

13 Assassins (2011)

"13 Assassins looks at honour from many angles, without becoming simplistic. Ichii hasn't lost his edge after all."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Paul Byrnes

39 86%

Submarine (2011)

"All of this makes it sound as if Ayoade is trying much too hard but the gentleness of his touch succeeds in keeping pretentiousness safely out of the picture."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Sandra Hall

40 14%

Zookeeper (2011)

"To produce something as emphatically unfunny as this, the script's five-man team must have whipped themselves into a state of mutual delusion."

Posted Sep 7, 2011

Sandra Hall

41 91%

Face to Face (2013)

"Rymer's adaptation is a mixed bag. The film is well cast and played and it eventually achieves a compelling emotional power, but it's laborious."

Posted Sep 7, 2011

Paul Byrnes

42 25%

The Change-Up (2011)

"We may have seen this stuff before but it could have been so much worse."

Posted Sep 6, 2011

Ed Gibbs

43 80%

Life in a Day (2011)

"It's a feel-good movie in that sense, affirmative without being sentimental or exploitative. "

Posted Sep 2, 2011

Paul Byrnes

44 80%

Life in a Day (2011)

"Inevitably, the 90-minute film has a lot to live up to. And, by and large, it succeeds in its mandate. "

Posted Sep 1, 2011

Ed Gibbs

45 69%

Horrible Bosses (2011)

"he trio's hysteria mounts in a manner conspicuously designed to conjure up comparisons with the panic experienced by the boys in The Hangover. "

Posted Aug 31, 2011

Sandra Hall

46 79%

Chalet Girl (2011)

"It's an unassuming film but a surprisingly beguiling one. "

Posted Aug 31, 2011

Sandra Hall

47 24%

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

"A respectable (if unnecessary) reboot that's brutal, well acted and not overly serious."

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Ed Gibbs

48 16%

Priest (2011)

"Bettany is a great actor who does melancholy very well, he also has a sense of mischief. It would be nice to see it shine a bit before it, too, fades to grey."

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Sandra Hall

49 95%

The Guard (2011)

"The film is foul-mouthed and not without its flourishes of violence but it's irresistibly likeable (and unpredictable)."

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Ed Gibbs

50 95%

The Guard (2011)

"Boyle is probably the first screen hero in a long time whose heroism comes out of boredom and ennui. He gives nihilism a good name."

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Paul Byrnes

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