New York Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 52%

The To Do List (2013)

"Carey's celebratory approach to bawdy one-liners marries form with content."

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Eric Kohn

2 100%

Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped) (1957)

"Coming from a director renowned as spartanly anti-dramatic, the film's escape is almost preternaturally gripping."

Posted Mar 5, 2013

Godfrey Cheshire

3 93%

The Central Park Five (2012)

"Exclusive interviews with former heads of Israel's counter terrorism agency reveal insiders' analysis about the country's policies. Fascinating. Frightening. "

Posted Dec 16, 2012

Jennifer Merin

4 99%

How to Survive a Plague (2012)

"What making a difference is really all about!"

Posted Dec 16, 2012

Jennifer Merin

5 88%

Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2012)

"An alarming look at the profitable industry that has grown up around nonprofit fund raising for breast cancer research. Must see!"

Posted May 28, 2012

Jennifer Merin

6 84%

The Forgiveness of Blood (2012)

"Marston examines the barriers of ritual and the passage from youth to adulthood in Albanian society with the perceptive detail of a grand literary feat. "

Posted Feb 24, 2012

Eric Kohn

7 73%

A Gifted Man: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" The result is a limp medical procedural with the dressings and cinematography of a spiritual conversion. "

Posted Sep 25, 2011

Mark Peikert

8 64%

Love Crime (2011)

"Corneau got his start directing simple, effective cop movies and Love Crime's second half is sort of a return to form."

Posted Sep 1, 2011

John Blahnik

9 10%

The Family Tree (2011)

"Like the body of a peeping tom high school student that hangs hidden in the Burnett's tree for the duration of the film, the direction of the movie remains dangling over audiences."

Posted Aug 26, 2011

Mark Peikert

10 41%

Special Treatment (2011)

"Huppert's performance is strong and Labrune's previous films show she's not without talent. You wish she hadn't so stubbornly adhered to one tiresome idea."

Posted Aug 25, 2011

John Blahnik

11 94%

Tales from the Golden Age (2011)

"Puiu's a skillful widescreen filmmaker, but he's also an urban snob who finds farm animals backward and funny."

Posted Aug 24, 2011

Armond White

12 73%

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011)

"Sfar rescues Gainsbourg from hipsters' self-satisfied claims."

Posted Aug 24, 2011

Armond White

13 67%

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

"Usually movies this slick and contrived have a shiny, Hollywood look, but Our Idiot Brother's unslick look is dreadful. It lacks the professionalism of mumblecore."

Posted Aug 24, 2011

Armond White

14 62%

Griff the Invisible (2011)

"What at first seemed to be a superhero film is actually a melancholy portrait of the maladjusted."

Posted Aug 18, 2011

John Blahnik

15 36%

One Day (2011)

"One Day is neither comedy nor satire; it uses numerous narrative gimmicks to avoid the fact of its humdrum banality."

Posted Aug 18, 2011

Armond White

16 45%

30 Minutes or Less (2011)

"Sexism may be inseparable from the imperatives of male aggression. 30 Minutes or Less ridicules this..."

Posted Aug 17, 2011

Armond White

17 76%

The Help (2011)

"The Help demonstrates the conned intelligence of the "post-racial" and "postblack" Obama era, where the anxieties of unequal yet mutually beneficial black-white relationships are conveniently, speciously, put behind us."

Posted Aug 10, 2011

Armond White

18 82%

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

"It is easily the best American movie of this corrupted summer."

Posted Aug 8, 2011

Armond White

19 74%

The Whistleblower (2011)

"The film is not good or bad, but utterly affecting and incredibly timely."

Posted Aug 5, 2011

Leslie Stonebraker

20 69%

Good Neighbors (2011)

"Thankfully Tierney saves the film from becoming a prosaic whodunit by casually revealing the murder's identity 40 minutes in, forcing Good Neighbors to succeed as all films should, through character and style."

Posted Aug 4, 2011

John Blahnik

21 44%

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

"Cowboys and Aliens is an uninspired, third-rate rehash of Western and monster movie lore. It turns genre into formula."

Posted Aug 3, 2011

Armond White

22 84%

Mysteries of Lisbon (2011)

"If the title suggests soap opera rather than political history, that's part of Ruiz's game -- but it's also why this art project feels overlong for its purpose."

Posted Aug 3, 2011

Armond White

23 52%

The Devil's Double (2011)

"The film disastrously focuses on Uday's outrages and does so without any moral perspective. "Rape, torture, disembowelment, killing, drinking, drugs and decadence" is practically the film's synopsis. Madness is its misjudged rationale."

Posted Aug 3, 2011

Armond White

24 95%

The Guard (2011)

"McDonaugh's reflective script and darker tone separates it from the usual pacing of the standard cop film."

Posted Aug 3, 2011

Emilia Barrosse

25 90%

Attack the Block (2011)

"It enhances a sense of the world rather than peddling distraction from it."

Posted Jul 27, 2011

Armond White

26 98%

Project Nim (2011)

"Project Nim provides the much needed backstory to modern scientific achievement unavoidably earned on the backs of innocent apes."

Posted Jul 26, 2011

Leslie Stonebraker

27 87%

Fire in Babylon (2011)

"Rather than explore the nuanced reality of playing a white man's game with white teammates, Riley simply plays the race card and tells the tale in monochrome."

Posted Jul 26, 2011

Leslie Stonebraker

28 ——

Me and My Gal (1932)

"Me and My Gal justifies the loftiest standards of realism and entertainment."

Posted Jul 22, 2011

Armond White

29 79%

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

"When all these bland Marvel Comics franchise movies blur together in memory, it won't prove that they amounted to one great epic master narrative, but that they're all indistinguishable."

Posted Jul 22, 2011

Armond White

30 54%

Farmageddon (2011)

"For a film about the benefits of natural food and raw milk, there is ironically nothing organic about Farmageddon."

Posted Jul 19, 2011

Mark Peikert

31 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"Now that the Harry Potter series is over, maybe the truth can be realized: This has been the dullest franchise in the history of movie franchises."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Armond White

32 90%

Winnie the Pooh (2011)

"Although this is an adaptation of the A.A. Milne tales first published in 1926, it unleashes an essential quality of dreaming -- and of cinema."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Armond White

33 91%

Tabloid (2011)

"Evading the issue of what used to be called "yellow journalism," Morris' depraved method prevents us from ever getting out of this swamp."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Armond White

34 90%

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (2011)

"Tribe's music takes a backseat to power struggle and personality conflict."

Posted Jul 11, 2011

Armond White

35 50%

Love Etc. (2011)

"Each of the six protagonists in Love Etc. are sweet and hopeful in a genuinely human way that fictional films simply cannot touch. "

Posted Jul 4, 2011

Leslie Stonebraker

36 36%

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

"By avoiding contemplation about the emotional nature of its clanging, morphing, warring creatures ... Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg accommodate the insensitivity that characterizes post-9/11 culture."

Posted Jun 30, 2011

Armond White

37 35%

Larry Crowne (2011)

"The humanist opposite to Hollywood's self-congratulatory snark."

Posted Jun 29, 2011

Armond White

38 45%

Bad Teacher (2011)

"Kasdan and company miss the opportunity to connect Elizabeth's venality to the greed and materialism that her pop consumer students absorb daily."

Posted Jun 27, 2011

Armond White

39 55%

General Orders No. 9 (2011)

"It's as exhausting as those never-ending camp songs about branches on trees in holes with green grass growing all around."

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Leslie Stonebraker

40 41%

The Catechism Cataclysm (2011)

"rather than use this premise as a set up for bible satire, the film relies on diarrhea jokes and uninspired buddy-bonding to carry us through an ill-plotted tale of damnation and redemption"

Posted Jun 20, 2011

Leslie Stonebraker

41 26%

Green Lantern (2011)

"The F/X of Hal creating objects out of his ring's green light are successfully, modestly fantastic. Such professionalism needn't resort to dumb stereotyping."

Posted Jun 19, 2011

Armond White

42 78%

Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)

"Rossi's own Times bias gives Page One a romantic, rather than journalistic, slant."

Posted Jun 15, 2011

Armond White

43 82%

Super 8 (2011)

"Pandering and illogical, Super 8's plot makes no demands on viewers' intelligence."

Posted Jun 10, 2011

Armond White

44 ——

Steam of Life (Miesten vuoro) (2010)

"In breathtaking, open country, men straddling all kinds of pot-bellies toss water on hot rocks as steam and sweat and tears intermingle because "sometimes it's good to talk.""

Posted Jun 9, 2011

Leslie Stonebraker

45 82%

Trollhunter (2011)

"Ovredal's man-to-monster compositions alternately recall Tiananmen Square or the destruction of New York's WTC, and then evoke the obligation of witnessing such deeds."

Posted Jun 8, 2011

Armond White

46 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"The entire film is a hackneyed exercise."

Posted Jun 6, 2011

Armond White

47 55%

Mr. Nice (2011)

"Thewlis' great talent has been MIA since Mike Leigh's 1993 Naked but here he delivers a caricature of British cultural audacity that is so outrageously vivid it deserves the term Dickensian."

Posted Jun 3, 2011

Armond White

48 84%

Beginners (2011)

"Beginners is not culturally astute."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

Armond White

49 76%

Rejoice & Shout (2011)

"Rejoice and Shout offers the most magnificent, heroic examples of art to be found in any movie so far this year."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

Armond White

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