New York Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 22%

Repo Men (2010)

"Just before it's over, Repo Man goes so far into bad taste that director Miguel Sapochnik finally seems to get his hipster/surrealist rhythm."

Posted Mar 24, 2010

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2 69%

The Runaways (2010)

"Sigismondi's script captures the mixed-motives of songs like the ingenious "Cherry Bomb," flirting with delinquency and culture shock."

Posted Mar 17, 2010

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3 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

"Can we please have a moratorium on serial killer, Holocaust and child-abuse combos?"

Posted Mar 17, 2010

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4 92%

Vincere (2010)

"Vincere (which translates as "win" or "vanquish") is a triumphant combination of personal and political filmmaking."

Posted Mar 17, 2010

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5 0%

Stolen (2010)

"Hamm himself is too smart a performer for movies like these, but let's write it off as a canny career move to take a vacation from Don Draper and his glumness."

Posted Mar 10, 2010

Mark Peikert

6 95%

Mother (Madeo) (2010)

"As in his overrated sci-fi monster movie The Host, Bong uses outrageous, over-scaled violence to offset his superficial look at family dynamics."

Posted Mar 10, 2010

Armond White

7 53%

Green Zone (2010)

"Damon has perfected looking down his nose at his superiors, fellow grunts, shifty-swarthy Iraqis -- and us. It is an insidious, racist, fascist characterization."

Posted Mar 10, 2010

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8 43%

Brooklyn's Finest (2010)

"By stepping up his game, Fuqua's gone from his usual bullcrap to horsehockey."

Posted Mar 3, 2010

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9 91%

The Secret of Kells (2010)

"Its saving grace is directors Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey's decision to follow the style of lluminated manuscripts.The movie glows."

Posted Mar 3, 2010

Armond White

10 51%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"Burton's film feels no different than the formulaic The Golden Compass or The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

Posted Mar 3, 2010

Armond White

11 71%

The Crazies (2010)

"True, director Eisner's reboot of Romero's 1973 original has absolutely no political resonance. But it's better that way."

Posted Mar 3, 2010

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12 67%

The Yellow Handkerchief (2010)

"No movie nominated for an Oscar this year boasts acting as fine as The Yellow Handkerchief."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

Armond White

13 19%

Cop Out (2010)

"Smith's staging, composition, editing and humor mark him as utterly incompetent."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

Armond White

14 91%

Easier with Practice (2009)

"Alvarez's sincere, probing look at male inexperience creates a modest but bold contrast to the age of snark. His shock of recognition is a humanist landmark."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

Armond White

15 97%

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"Audiard's fancy camera and music mannerisms are as trashy and superfluous as a Michael Mann movie: using "Mack the Knife" as a theme doesn't match Brecht but reveals Audiard's essential lack of interest in Malik's culture."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

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16 69%

Shutter Island (2010)

"Shutter Island is a perfect example of Hollywood excess: It demonstrates a once significant filmmaker decaying into a big budget, poorly-motivated hack."

Posted Feb 17, 2010

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17 93%

Lourdes (2010)

"Hausner's schematic approach to debunking religion is predictable and unfunny."

Posted Feb 17, 2010

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18 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"By pandering to the Avatar market's debased taste and indifference to storytelling details, this technically polished, emotionally crude remake sets back the advances that once had been made in horror movies."

Posted Feb 10, 2010

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19 28%

Dear John (2010)

"Dear John pushes Tatum too far into ... interiorized sensitivity; he needs to be as beautifully expressive as Paul Walker was in the last really good romance movie, Noel."

Posted Feb 10, 2010

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20 74%

Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009)

"Raffaeli and Belle still lack the charm that would make their tight-lipped line deliveries memorable, but they still run, kick and hop around like nobody's business."

Posted Feb 10, 2010

Simon Abrams

21 37%

From Paris with Love (2010)

"Giddily succinct in ways literal-minded folk will not appreciate, From Paris With Love is an object lesson in the realities of what the Obama administration once euphemized as "man-made disaster.""

Posted Feb 3, 2010

Armond White

22 86%

Red Riding Trilogy ()

"The Red Riding Trilogy mixes cynicism and sarcasm, pandering to the naiveté market no differently than Brick and Zodiac..."

Posted Feb 3, 2010

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23 89%

Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig) (2010)

"Een the story's sudden swerve into melodrama has the nightmare reality of film noir at its best."

Posted Feb 3, 2010

Mark Peikert

24 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"Gibson roots Craven in credible middle-aged fatigue as if to prove he's a truer artist than his haters claim."

Posted Jan 28, 2010

Armond White

25 28%

Extraordinary Measures (2010)

"A better movie would have made an elevated perspective part of its aesthetic -- that's one of the elating aspects of Kurosawa's Red Beard: Its view of the human condition is, by necessity, large and vibrant."

Posted Jan 28, 2010

Armond White

26 45%

Creation (2010)

"Amiel commits the cardinal sin of biopics and confuses unenlightening biographical speculation with cutting insight into how a work of such complexity and sheer intelligence was created."

Posted Jan 27, 2010

Simon Abrams

27 100%

The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well) (1962)

"The Bad Sleep Well's ground-breaking concept shows Kurosawa's uncompromised ambition."

Posted Jan 20, 2010

Armond White

28 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"This knee-jerk pathos is a reflex from both America's Reagan-era hip-hop and England's Thatcher-era miserabilist pop. Call it Automatic Pity."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Armond White

29 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"The Book of Eli, yet another apocalyptic fantasy, suggests that Denzel Washington has become America's dullest actor."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Armond White

30 71%

The Last Station (2010)

"Plummer and Mirren find theatrical sparks; they enliven Hoffman's thesis about Tolstoy's beliefs and his contradictory, actual love life."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

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31 67%

Daybreakers (2010)

"Daybreakers was unceremoniously dumped into theaters by unadventurous studio heads in the first week of January, [but] one shouldn't take their cluelessness seriously: Daybreakers is so much better than they would have you believe."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Simon Abrams

32 25%

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2009)

"Director Jodie Markell's fidelity to Williams simply isn't enough to make his tropes sing."

Posted Jan 6, 2010

Armond White

33 85%

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009)

"Think Children of the Damned, Children of the Corn, Children of Men. Think childishly in order to believe that Haneke's ripoffs of Carl Dreyer atmosphere and Ingmar Bergman sexual hysteria are at all original."

Posted Dec 30, 2009

Armond White

34 78%

Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) (2009)

"Godard and Makavejev used to do this kind of thing as a subversive joke, but here itâ(TM)s literal-minded didacticism, impressive only to those who donâ(TM)t know how exciting good political cinema can be."

Posted Dec 30, 2009

Armond White

35 57%

It's Complicated (2009)

"Each "adorable" yet unreal scene is more offensive than the last."

Posted Dec 22, 2009

Armond White

36 70%

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

"So grim and unappealing it sours the movie-watching experience."

Posted Dec 22, 2009

Armond White

37 60%

Ricky (2009)

"In Ozon's distinctively eccentric style, Ricky applies modern skepticism to the prospect of parthenogenesis (based on an American short story by Rose Tremain), then deepens the concept."

Posted Dec 22, 2009

Armond White

38 83%

Avatar (2009)

"The corniest movie ever made about the white man's need to lose his identity and assuage racial, political, sexual and historical guilt."

Posted Dec 15, 2009

Armond White

39 53%

Mystery Team (2009)

"If this is the future of comedy in Hollywood, then there's little to fear -- as long as everyone remembers that brevity is the soul of wit."

Posted Dec 9, 2009

Mark Peikert

40 32%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"Slipping past Sebold's quondam feminist protest (briefly glimpsing Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch, for example), Jackson goes to the edge of lurid sentimentality."

Posted Dec 9, 2009

Armond White

41 76%

Invictus (2009)

"Eastwood bungles his subject."

Posted Dec 9, 2009

Armond White

42 85%

A Single Man (2009)

"It is the year's most subtle movie acting and the finest performance of Firth's career."

Posted Dec 9, 2009

Armond White

43 63%

Brothers (2009)

"Sheridan declines the dissociative artiness and blame that hipster filmmakers use to exempt themselves from today's wars."

Posted Dec 9, 2009

Armond White

44 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"Only seriously deluded people could enjoy Reitman's funny-sad whiplash. He's playing that same Hollywood game: keeping people ignorant of political economy."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

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45 46%

Everybody's Fine (2009)

"De Niro brings jolts of depth and feeling to a treacly premise. An amazing flashback scene pits a recalcitrant De Niro against a group of needy child actors who cannot match his profundity."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Armond White

46 75%

The Road (2009)

"Great junk like Resident Evil and passable schlock like 28 Weeks Later have more skill and integrity. Why would anyone want to make -- or watch -- this Hillcoat/McCarthy desolation except to feel fashionably cynical?"

Posted Nov 29, 2009

Armond White

47 84%

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"Its hypocrisy is hidden inside a disingenuous promotional campaign that suggests change has come to Disney's animated white house."

Posted Nov 29, 2009

Armond White

48 28%

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

"Bella's confusion about the mystery of boys, adrenaline and testosterone matches her confusion about her soul. For Weitz, it's all just F/X."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Armond White

49 64%

The Missing Person (2009)

"Why has The Missing Person persisted in staying with me, even though I started craving The Big Sleep halfway through?"

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Mark Peikert

50 82%

Broken Embraces (2009)

"Almodóvar lost his nerve when he acquired expensive technique. Inspired by Buñuel and De Palma, he used to match them. Now, his once underground satires are just expensive tearjerkers."

Posted Nov 19, 2009

Armond White

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