Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Who's Afraid Of Vagina Wolf? ()

"The only saving grace in this witless production is the charismatic Agnes Olech, who plays a lovely cinematographer. Being the only one on the set who could act must have been a trying experience for this young star-in-the-making."

Posted Sep 2, 2013

Brandon Judell

2 72%

Wish You Were Here (2013)

"Whatever sentiments the title 'Wish You Were Here' evokes in you, flush them. Here is no lighthearted vacation comedy but, instead, a well-acted "psychological thriller" with few thrills but much angst."

Posted Jun 8, 2013

Brandon Judell

3 ——

The Brasher Doubloon (The High Window) (1947)

"... something of a B+ movie, a low-budget treatment of Raymond Chandler's "The High Window" made with ambition and style, at least in key scenes."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Sean Axmaker

4 93%

No (2013)

"This battle and this triumph of an ad executive makes NO the first great film of 2013, and Bernal's performance the one that will be the hardest to outshine. "

Posted Jan 16, 2013

Brandon Judell

5 86%

Madrid, 1987 (2012)

"Seldom has a great film accomplished so much with so little. Well, that's if you consider an insanely quotable screenplay so little."

Posted Nov 12, 2012

Brandon Judell

6 80%

The Other Son (2012)

"An unbelievable situation becomes remarkably tangible here and oh so pertinent."

Posted Oct 31, 2012

Brandon Judell

7 ——

Going South (Plein sud) (2009)

"Worth viewing if you can enjoy a world populated by distraught people who all look like supermodels yet can act."

Posted Oct 31, 2012

Brandon Judell

8 ——

Crayfish (Raci) ()

"A slight Bulgarian comic tragedy in which two poor pals do each other in by accident after being hired by warring crime lords."

Posted Oct 31, 2012

Brandon Judell

9 85%

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

"The film often soars into the imaginary heavens of delight but then just as quickly sputters and crash lands due to Coppola's leaden helming."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Brandon Judell

10 72%

Klown (2012)

"Every seemingly happy resolution sets up the next catastrophe."

Posted Jul 23, 2012

Steve Dollar

11 97%

Paul Williams Still Alive (2012)

"Short and snappy, Paul Williams: Still Alive adroitly juxtaposes an archaic form of fame with one of its practitioners' present-day survival. "

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Vadim Rizov

12 71%

The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)

"A solid summer palate cleanser to savor between all those main courses of superhero wham-a-thons."

Posted May 8, 2012

Brandon Judell

13 ——

Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is) ()

"In '127 Hours,' James Franco hacked away at his arm. During 'Francophrenia,' you might just wish he did the same to his head. "

Posted May 6, 2012

Brandon Judell

14 89%

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

"It's Gene Wilder, at the top of his form, who makes this uneasy amalgam work, but [Mel] Stuart must surely deserve some of the credit..."

Posted May 4, 2012

Sean Axmaker

15 78%

Caroline And Jackie (2013)

"Marguerite Moreau (Caroline) and Bitsy Tulloch (Jackie) play their yin/yang roles with a gleaming intensity as the story veers increasingly stranger and darker."

Posted Apr 30, 2012

Steve Dollar

16 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"The basic problems stem from the lackluster direction and the witless, bare-bones screenplay. This is sort of a take on a classic. You get the characters and the plot basics, but the art is missing. "

Posted Mar 23, 2012

Brandon Judell

17 ——

A Life Ascending (2010)

"Stephen Grynberg might be the Rick Santorum of filmmakers, and like Santorum, Grynberg might actually believe that how he addresses an issue is a completely fair one. "

Posted Feb 18, 2012

Brandon Judell

18 72%

Hanna (2011)

"A sour, empty graphic novel of an escapade from the man who once helmed 'Atonement,' 'Hanna' gets intensely more godawful as it approaches its climax."

Posted Nov 27, 2011

Brandon Judell

19 81%

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

"What could up have amounted to a highly moving work of art is constantly diminished by low-grade TV sitcom humor such as can be found on any series starring Kevin James or James Belushi."

Posted Nov 27, 2011

Brandon Judell

20 ——

The Wrecking Crew (2008)

"This sing-along, joyful doc unearths a group of musicians who actually played all the music on the LPS by the Byrds, Cher, Nancy and Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, and Captain and Tennille. A must to see and listen to."

Posted Jul 29, 2011

Brandon Judell

21 75%

Elegy (2008)

"Your final affection for this literary treat of sorts is how well you accept the finale, which is touching, and intellectually potent, yet possibly one depressant too many. "

Posted Jul 29, 2011

Brandon Judell

22 92%

Ballast (2008)

"His brilliant "Ballast" was as much a hit in Seattle as it was at Sundance."

Posted Jul 29, 2011

Brandon Judell

23 ——

Epitaph (Gidam) (2009)

"A Japanese morgue-based horror film lacking in much horror"

Posted Jul 29, 2011

Brandon Judell

24 53%

Battle in Seattle (2008)

"This thriller will inspire any leftie cells you might possess to stand up and cheer. "

Posted Jul 29, 2011

Brandon Judell

25 73%

Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish (2011)

"If Shakespeare were alive today and in good health, as I'd wish him to be in, he'd probably be begging for a circumcision to honor this little film that gets the gist of his most famous tragedy down pretty well."

Posted Jun 25, 2011

Brandon Judell

26 22%

Angels Crest (2011)

"We watch as this open wound of a father slowly fragments. Thanks to Dekker's brave, nuanced performance, this vision is simultaneously thrilling and harrowing."

Posted Apr 28, 2011

Brandon Judell

27 ——

Mr. Scarface (I padroni della città) (1976)

"... a mix of caper, revenge and gang war movies rolled into a neat package ..."

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Sean Axmaker

28 ——

Tomorrow We Live ()

"... total propaganda cinema of triumph and tragedy, a very British drama of the French resistance in World War II."

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Sean Axmaker

29 97%

A Film Unfinished (2010)

"Painful, eye-opening, and extraordinarily necessary to view, especially by the young to whom the Holocaust is nowadays too abstract a notion to fully mentally envision in all of its grotesqueness"

Posted Mar 22, 2011

Brandon Judell

30 74%

Heartbeats (2011)

"The magic of Heartbeats is comprised not just of its subtle acting, but also of it colors, music, fashions, editing, and cinematography. If it isn't perfect, it promises that Dolan in coming years will constantly be closing in on perfection."

Posted Feb 15, 2011

Brandon Judell

31 59%

Kaboom (2011)

"Araki, who must be applauded at least for brazenly championing bisexuality, really should have saved the title of his 1994 effort for this one: Totally F***ed Up."

Posted Jan 3, 2011

Brandon Judell

32 ——

Blow Job (1963)

"When the film was screened for a bunch of Columbia University students, they started singing, 'We Shall Never Come!'"

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Brandon Judell

33 52%

The Next Three Days (2010)

"In the end, you get a thriller that's basically about nothing and not that thrilling. This is a product made to place in theaters like a can of Del Monte Sliced Peaches is manufactured for a grocery shelf. "

Posted Nov 20, 2010

Brandon Judell

34 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"According to Eastwood and Morgan (who had much better luck with his screenplays on Queen Elizabeth, Idi Amin, and David Frost), people die so two self-indulgent souls can finally find true love while dreadful music plays in the background. "

Posted Nov 19, 2010

Brandon Judell

35 ——

Frank Sinatra - The Main Event (1991)

"While this 1974 concert does not capture Sinatra at his prime, his tone improves over the course of the set and his phrasing remains as seemingly effortless as ever."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

36 37%

From Paris with Love (2010)

"Morel's underrated eye and knack for making kinetic movement rhythmic and easy to follow elevates Besson's run-of-the-mill, mismatched-buddy thriller into a propulsive, enjoyably Eurotrashy entertainment."

Posted Jun 15, 2010

Aaron Hillis

37 85%

Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 (A Married Woman) (1964)

"... effortlessly and damningly dissect[s] the ugliness of beauty culture."

Posted Nov 17, 2009

Aaron Hillis

38 83%

Nenette and Boni (Nénette et Boni) (1996)

"It's a melodramatic premise on paper that, in the wrong hands, might have succumbed to the sensationalism of its mildly incestuous undertones."

Posted Nov 17, 2009

Aaron Hillis

39 ——

Stingray Sam (2009)

"From rockabilly freakouts to an acoustic lullaby, the soundtrack here is diverse, catchy and easily the film's most exuberantly charming quality."

Posted Nov 17, 2009

Aaron Hillis

40 95%

L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) (1961)

"An incontestably iconic and beautiful curiosity that simply hasn't held up as the masterpiece it's gushed to be."

Posted Nov 17, 2009

Aaron Hillis

41 25%

Lookin' to Get Out (1982)

"As duplicitous as its rogue's gallery of lowlifes, the film situates the raw, loose stylings of '70s Hollywood ... in a glitzy, corny '80s vehicle."

Posted Nov 17, 2009

Aaron Hillis

42 82%

Absurdistan (2008)

"A simplistic, straightforward tale that's beautifully staged with the same wave of the magical-realism wand that powers Jeunet & Caro's Delicatessen."

Posted Nov 17, 2009

Aaron Hillis

43 21%

Next Day Air (2009)

"Updates the spirit of blaxploitation without feeling pressed to worship or satirize it."

Posted Nov 17, 2009

Aaron Hillis

44 89%

O' Horten (2007)

"If you can settle into [Baard Owe's] playful deadpan rhythms, a bittersweetly funny, existential mystery -- or call it a modest adventure, if that's not too oxymoronic -- awaits."

Posted Nov 17, 2009

Aaron Hillis

45 50%

Hardware (1990)

"Its psychedelic unease, heavy-metal textures, nihilistic humor, DIY artistry and ... frights are still gloriously entertaining after two decades of special-effects advancements."

Posted Nov 17, 2009

Aaron Hillis

46 ——

High School Record (2005)

"Naturalistic, semi-improvised series of awkward comic vignettes ... nails the liberating/frightening social moments of post-pubescence in all their riches of embarrassments."

Posted Nov 17, 2009

Aaron Hillis

47 21%

Spread (2009)

"Spread eventually reveals a gloomy raincloud of a moral meditation about unhealthy lifestyles and self-delusion."

Posted Nov 17, 2009

Aaron Hillis

48 29%

Provoked (2007)

"A melodrama dressed up just enough to hold interest, in the retelling of an undeniably important story."

Posted Jul 30, 2009

Craig Phillips

49 70%

I Am Legend (2007)

"I Am Legend is three film genres for the price of one: Science Fiction, Action, and Horror, and while it's no classic in any one arena it remains edgy fun."

Posted Jul 30, 2009

Craig Phillips

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