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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 65%

Lucy (2014)

"It wants to be a thinking man's action movie, but it's really a by-the-numbers revenge movie for people who thought The Butterfly Effect was profound."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Eric Melin

2 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Maybe if it would have embraced the dark side of parenting, and really let Mac and Kelly go off the deep end like most parents sometimes wish they could, it would have been a more striking movie - and one with something to say."

Posted May 9, 2014

Eric Melin

3 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

" The crossroads between technology and art has always been troublesome. Without either, we might not have some of the art world's greatest treasures. Certainly without digital video, we wouldn't have this wonderfully entertaining movie either."

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Eric Melin

4 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"It steers away from any kind of sentimentality, so any time serious discussion of success or failure - either commercially or artistically - come up, they are torpedoed like some kind of sick joke. That itself carries a special kind of poignancy."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Eric Melin

5 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"There's not much time between fighting for the audience to contemplate the tricky ethical questions that surround the mission, so the film becomes a tale of courage, professionalism and persistence."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Eric Melin

6 69%

Stoker (2013)

"Park subverts standard framing rules when characters are speaking to one another, employs sweeping camera movement from weird angles, and stops key scenes just at their climax, only to return to them later for a fuller picture."

Posted Apr 15, 2013

Eric Melin

7 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"Alvarez adopts the film language of Raimi's films, adds more to the bag of tricks, and keeps the sardonic attitude without necessarily being slapstick."

Posted Apr 15, 2013

Eric Melin

8 43%

On the Road (2012)

"At just over two hours, its challenging to stay invested in the movie and its choppy, rambling storyline. As a filmic experience, however, it serves as an interesting companion piece to the similarly challenging 'The Master.'"

Posted Apr 15, 2013

Eric Melin

9 62%

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013)

"The film is mostly surface-value kicks, relaying the basic parts of the story (poor guy battling drug and alcohol addiction suddenly makes it big) without being particularly probing or revealing too many shades of gray. "

Posted Mar 11, 2013

Eric Melin

10 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"It has the wow factor that big, Hollywood event movies demand. Raimi was the right person to elevate some pretty standard material, though Franco and Kunis may not have been the right people for the job. "

Posted Mar 11, 2013

Eric Melin

11 98%

It Happened One Night (1934)

"Gable and Colbert have charm to spare, and even though the tropes are well-worn and have been mishandled poorly by every by-the-book chick flick of the last 15 years, it still isn't enough to keep this from working like gangbusters."

Posted Feb 12, 2013

Eric Melin

12 78%

A Late Quartet (2012)

"There may be some overly melodramatic notes hit along the way, but the sober and thoughtful performances from its four lead actors keep "A Late Quartet" from getting too out of hand."

Posted Feb 12, 2013

Eric Melin

13 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"Side Effects sports two very strong performances from Law and Mara, and Soderbergh's direction is lean and efficient. If only the final act were as muscular and sure-footed as the rest of the movie."

Posted Feb 12, 2013

Eric Melin

14 65%

Mama (2013)

"The visual effects and sound design are unique, and a pleasure to watch, even when the suspense isn't really working. Producer del Toro should have let more things stay ambiguous and encouraged first-time director Muschietti to concentrate on the mood. "

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Eric Melin

15 78%

Dreamgirls (2006)

"It is big and showy and loud, but director Bill Condon's attempts to make the movie more socially relevant than the theatrical production instead just highlight what little soul was there in the first place."

Posted Dec 25, 2006

Eric Melin

16 81%

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

"Flashes of color and streaks of movement can make for a striking picture, but only if you can see what's taking place, not to mention if you care about who is in jeopardy."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

17 29%

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

"Riddick is a loner, Dottie, a rebel. He's a simple man, like Pee-Wee Herman, who is not concerned with getting the girl. But, unlike Pee-Wee, poor Riddick doesn't even have a bicycle for companionship."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

18 18%

Soul Plane (2004)

"Soul Plane is like seeing an uncomfortably unfunny stand-up comedy routine acted out and stretched to a feature-length film."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

19 90%

Good Bye, Lenin (2004)

"The real story is how ideologies melt when it comes to affairs of the heart. In that way, the movie has an appeal that goes way beyond its country's borders."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

20 83%

Mean Girls (2004)

"Props to Tina Fey for being the first cast member since Mike Myers in Wayne's World to survive her movie being produced by Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels -- and not also have her movie completely suck."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

21 64%

13 Going on 30 (2004)

"While [it's] the Keystone Light of Vice Versa movies, it also annoyingly adds itself to the ever-growing list of movies that think being kitschy about the 1980s is funny."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

22 29%

The Punisher (2004)

"We are treated to John Travolta in yet another gloriously unconvincing evil guy role as...a cross between Hugh Hefner and his own Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

23 55%

The Girl Next Door (2004)

"It is a movie full of contradictions that plays like a bad The Sure Thing melded uncomfortably together with an exploitative Risky Business."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

24 55%

The Ladykillers (2004)

"The story, adapted by the Coens themselves, is reduced to a series of hoops the characters must jump through to prove just how strange they are."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

25 81%

Hellboy (2004)

"As expertly played by Perlman, even with tons of make-up and prostheteics, our hero is a good 'monster' whose origin haunts him to the bone."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

26 25%

Walking Tall (2004)

"It is not quite violent, drunken, or naked enough to be as trashily entertaining as the Patrick Swayze cult favorite Roadhouse."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

27 41%

Jersey Girl (2004)

"It takes more than a couple of dirty one-liners to retain your edge in light, predictable fare."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

28 98%

The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

"[It] raise[s] complex questions about man's role in that most awful and inherent of human characteristics: our penchant for war."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

29 54%

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

"...suffers from a sort of middle child syndrome."

Posted Jul 7, 2006

Eric Melin

30 50%

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

"...given its source material, there was much room for improvement. It's just too bad that the only things Aja could improve on were the makeup and gore."

Posted Mar 10, 2006

Eric Melin

31 82%

The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

"...basically this is Days of Thunder crossed with Pee-Wee's Big Adventure."

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Eric Melin

32 62%

The New World (2005)

"Malick's typically unhurried and measured pace is wholly appropriate for The New World, which expresses the awe of discovery and re-invents no less than the popular myth of our country's founding."

Posted Feb 3, 2006

Eric Melin

33 87%

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

"...you can't take the 'gay' out of the 'gay cowboy' movie. What gives Brokeback Mountain its punch is the (no pun intended) straight way in which its romance is told."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Eric Melin

34 35%

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

"Exotic locations and vibrant colors mask what is essentially a Japanese soap opera voiced in English..."

Posted Dec 10, 2005

Eric Melin

35 77%

Philadelphia (1993)

Posted Oct 8, 2005

Eric Melin

36 38%

The Skeleton Key (2005)

"A predictably tepid plate of bland rice, rather than the authentic jambalaya that its spicy ending would have you believe."

Posted Aug 17, 2005

Eric Melin

37 ——

The Last Of The Blue Devils (1979)

Posted Aug 5, 2005

Eric Melin

38 91%

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Posted Aug 5, 2005

Eric Melin

39 100%

Ugetsu monogatari (1954)

Posted Aug 5, 2005

Eric Melin

40 43%

Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981)

Posted Aug 5, 2005

Eric Melin

41 100%

Paris, Texas (1984)

Posted Aug 5, 2005

Eric Melin

42 72%

Pink Floyd - The Wall (1982)

Posted Aug 5, 2005

Eric Melin

43 92%

Time Bandits (1981)

Posted Aug 5, 2005

Eric Melin

44 100%

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

Posted Aug 5, 2005

Eric Melin

45 53%

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

"Lynyrd Skynyrds 'Freebird' will never be the same again."

Posted Aug 5, 2005

Eric Melin

46 62%

Vampire's Kiss (1989)

Posted Jul 30, 2005

Eric Melin

47 94%

March of the Penguins (2005)

"Contains not only all the stunning cinematography you would expect, but also more character and heart than half the movies you will see this summer."

Posted Jul 30, 2005

Eric Melin

48 40%

The Island (2005)

"...an over-simplification of the film's more heady implications and...a whole lot of excuses to blow s**t up."

Posted Jul 21, 2005

Eric Melin

49 41%

High Tension (Switchblade Romance) (2005)

"In a remarkable turnaround, the film suddenly lacks the courage to stick with what it does best."

Posted Jul 16, 2005

Eric Melin

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