Washington Times

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 39%

Tusk (2014)

"This is a film that thrives on weirdness, but in the end, too much of it is not weird enough."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Peter Suderman

2 35%

The November Man (2014)

"A better title for The November Man would have been The August Movie because that's what this is: the sort of blander-than-bland cinematic misfire that Hollywood often drops into the end-of-summer doldrums."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Peter Suderman

3 46%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"It's an echo of an echo, an homage that pays tribute only to itself."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Peter Suderman

4 35%

The Giver (2014)

"Mr. Bridges centers the whole thing with gravitas and intelligence. We should thank him for helping bring this story to the screen -- it contains a lesson humanity should never forget."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Kelly Jane Torrance

5 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"Mr. Banderas, Mr. Grammer and Mr. Snipes acquit themselves well in what are essentially comic support roles. Mr. Stallone is stolid, and occasionally seems lost in the crowd, but fulfills his purpose of anchoring the show."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Peter Suderman

6 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"The story is a mess, but the characters are crafted with a care and sharpness increasingly rare in blockbuster productions."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Peter Suderman

7 66%

Lucy (2014)

"Lucy is ostensibly about a heroine who becomes dramatically smarter as the movie goes on. But the experience for the audience is exactly the reverse: As she gets smarter, the movie gets dumber."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Peter Suderman

8 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is both a great sequel and a great movie -- a film that expands brilliantly on its already strong source material, and makes a case for itself as the best movie of the summer."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Peter Suderman

9 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"This is one unnecessary sequel I'm glad to see."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Peter Suderman

10 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"The movie's rather sweet when it's not too busy being disgusting -- perhaps too much so."

Posted May 29, 2014

Peter Suderman

11 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"Miss Jolie is wonderful, and it's a good thing: She's forced to carry the entire weight of the film."

Posted May 29, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

12 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"[Singer] has an intuitive feel for the fundamentals of the comic-book movie and its flawed fantasy characters. Under his direction, these pulpy, larger-than-life creations become both tragic and relatable."

Posted May 23, 2014

Peter Suderman

13 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"It's louder, bigger, and more exquisitely crafted than its cheap-thrills predecessors, but at least in the old days, you knew that, underneath the rubber costume, there was a real human being inside."

Posted May 16, 2014

Peter Suderman

14 62%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"For a sports movie with no real action, Million Dollar Arm manages to be captivating, in a cornball kind of way. Not that sentimentality is a drawback in a baseball movie."

Posted May 16, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

15 50%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"Mr. Eastwood has raised the cranky-old-man cliche to an art form. As in Gran Torino, he's able to balance a hidebound exterior with a more nuanced inner life. It's not an easy trick to pull off, and Mr. Eastwood appears to do it effortlessly."

Posted May 12, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

16 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"Moneyball makes the case that deeper math made the game more exciting, not less, by giving clever underdogs a chance. In the end, it all adds up."

Posted May 6, 2014

Peter Suderman

17 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Their story is too jumbled and overstuffed to manage, and the dialogue has all the grace of Mr. Giamatti's giant metal rhinoceros suit. It takes any hint of subtext and literalizes it."

Posted May 2, 2014

Peter Suderman

18 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"The Other Woman has a bit of an identity crisis. Is it a life-affirming story of women bonding under adverse circumstances, or a gross-out revenge comedy about infidelity?"

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

19 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Instead of playing to Mr. Depp's talents, Transcendence lurches toward the kind of muddled techno-thriller bilge that invariably infects other movies that try to visualize the inner workings of computer networks."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

20 59%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"The experience of watching Dom Hemingway bears a surprising resemblance to the experience of being harangued by a madman for 90 minutes."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Peter Suderman

21 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"For a sports movie, there isn't that much to cheer for in Draft Day."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

22 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Mr. Evans does a wonderful job of integrating the performances of his more experienced actors with those of the trained martial artists."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

23 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"In tone and attitude The Winter Soldier often feels as much like a spy movie as a superhero film: It's grimmer and more intimate, more paranoid and conspiratorial."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Peter Suderman

24 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"This isn't the best Muppets movie ever. But, as usual, it's a lot of fun for young and oldish alike."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Kelly Jane Torrance

25 41%

Divergent (2014)

"There are more than a few predictable genre elements. Yet the acting is so engaging, they're easy to glide over."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Kelly Jane Torrance

26 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"For all the fancy and fun, this is one of Mr. Anderson's most serious and cerebral films."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Kelly Jane Torrance

27 21%

Son Of God (2014)

"This production seems too big for television but too small for movie theaters."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Meredith Somers

28 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Sure, it's still a silly, formulaic movie -- but it's a silly, formulaic movie starring Liam Neeson. And that makes all the difference in the world."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Peter Suderman

29 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"Spoiler alert: At the end of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius blows its top and wipes out the ancient title city. There's fire, and flooding, and lots of people die. The problem with the movie is that it doesn't happen fast enough."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Peter Suderman

30 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Writers like Mark Helprin give us comfort in our search. Mr. Goldsman's best quality might be his understanding of this subtle point -- even if his movie is, at times, rather less than subtle."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Kelly Jane Torrance

31 55%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"The screenplay by Adam Cozad and David Koepp repeatedly strains against its own logic to keep Ryan at the center of the action."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

32 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"Ridiculous, and ridiculously entertaining, is what the series has always strived for. But it's only now that Mr. Lin's confidence and execution have caught up with his ambitions. Looks like sixth time's a charm."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Peter Suderman

33 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Inside Llewyn Davis is probably the duo's most fully realized cinematic achievement to date, and Llewyn himself is the most fully human character they have yet contrived."

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

34 89%

The World's End (2013)

"The World's End" would be worth watching just to see some of the finest underrated British actors going through hijinks together."

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Kelly Jane Torrance

35 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"At this point, predictable but enjoyable superhero movies are something that Marvel Studios has pretty well nailed down."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Peter Suderman

36 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"He might know little about today's technology, but Woody Allen has made a funny and knowing film about the other ways we live now."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Kelly Jane Torrance

37 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"If you appreciate kinetic, intelligent commercial thrillers, then stop reading this review and make plans to see Side Effects."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

38 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"There's nothing new or original about it, but it's entertaining enough, and one can't help but respect the craft that went into making something catchy out of component parts stolen from others."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Sonny Bunch

39 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"The movie really belongs to Miss Thompson, who plays Travers with a mix of steel and fragility that lends emotional heft to the scenes from the past."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

40 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"The Desolation of Smaug often feels more like a video game than a movie, with digital elements that wouldn't look out of place on an Xbox."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Peter Suderman

41 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"These picturesque skies and haunting details imbue Nebraska with a sense of the eternal that lends significance to Woody's quest, binding it up with the struggles of his family, his town and his part of the country."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

42 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Lawrence stages the games with occasional bursts of visual flair, and the large cast of supporting players all do excellent work. But their efforts cannot overcome our nagging sense that, like all the game's players, we've been here before."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Peter Suderman

43 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

"Zombies really are everywhere, aren't they?"

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Peter Suderman

44 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"A star-studded comedy about childhood friends reconnecting as septuagenarians, Last Vegas makes for breezy, heartwarming viewing."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

45 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"That's the fundamental problem with Ender's Game: It tries to please both diehard fans and newcomers alike, but ends up failing both."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Peter Suderman

46 35%

Salinger (2013)

"In its compulsion to establish dramatic tension, the film stumbles, with tacky re-enactments, reductive visual juxtapositions and portentous music."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

47 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"The film is filled with finely composed shots that show both the beauty and the ugliness of Saudi Arabia, inside and out."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Kelly Jane Torrance

48 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"As a pasty nerd who spends most days typing on a computer, I can assure you it is just not all that interesting to watch."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Peter Suderman

49 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"12 Years a Slave is a punishing but essential movie about the power of the individual to persevere in soul-crushing circumstances. It's also the most compelling, well-wrought and well-acted filmed depiction of American slavery I've ever seen."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

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