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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 95%

On the Bowery (1957)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Nick Pinkerton

2 70%

Les MisÚrables (2012)

"As Fantine, a gaunt Anne Hathaway plunges into her character's suffering with such unseemly relish that she practically licks her chops with self-indulgent woe. "

Posted Dec 27, 2012

Dan Callahan

3 83%

Empire of the Sun (1987)

"Arguably Spielberg's strangest object."

Posted Apr 5, 2012

Keith Uhlich

4 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

"Everything else we're meant to care about is an afterthought compared to the sketch of a relationship at the fringe of the film which somehow benefits from not being at the center."

Posted Dec 28, 2011

Michael Nordine

5 74%

Bellflower (2011)

"At first appearing youthfully na´ve, Bellflower would, by film's end, be more accurately described as almost hopelessly disenchanted."

Posted Oct 25, 2011

Michael Nordine

6 63%

Another Earth (2011)

"A study in what two fractured spirits hide from one another, and what they reveal."

Posted Oct 25, 2011

Michael Nordine

7 41%

Vanilla Sky (2001)

"Crowe asks the viewer to absorb this more viscerally than intellectually; how much one enjoys (or even accepts) the experience will likely depend on the extent to which one is willing to do so. "

Posted Oct 25, 2011

Michael Nordine

8 68%

Black Death (2011)

"Smith isn't presenting a peace offering so much as a reminder of the ease with which we slip into violence."

Posted Oct 25, 2011

Michael Nordine

9 85%

A Somewhat Gentle Man (2011)

"Hans Petter Moland's film is either a jack of all trades, master of none -- well-rounded but unclear in its overall intentions -- or an experiment in balance whose results are difficult to ascertain."

Posted Oct 25, 2011

Michael Nordine

10 31%

The Keep (1983)

"Mann must share the blame for the movie's failures. But nor should its beauties be denied."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Keith Uhlich

11 No Score Yet

└ double tour (Web of Passion) (Leda) (1959)

"Chabrol was a hedonist who made no bones about how much he relished food and sex, usually in that order."

Posted Aug 1, 2011

Dan Callahan

12 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"A movie of infinite moments ... placed side-by-side in a free-floating mosaic."

Posted May 26, 2011

Keith Uhlich

13 95%

A Woman Under the Influence (1975)

"By discreetly dismantling our familiar frame of reference rather than alienatingly flying in the face of it, A Woman Under the Influence is singularly effective in its radical intent. "

Posted Mar 29, 2011

Eric Hynes

14 82%

After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

"Patric plays one of those sweet and totally limited ex-boxers that only seem to exist in the movies and in pulp novels."

Posted Feb 23, 2011

Dan Callahan

15 73%

V for Vendetta (2006)

"Alan Moore may be greatest victim of Hollywood's comic book adaptation craze."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Eric Kohn

16 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Flawed and overrated."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Adam Nayman

17 93%

Iron Man (2008)

"Clever and cogent beats idiotic and incoherent, and Iron Man is spryer than the overwhelming majority of films in its budget range."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Adam Nayman

18 76%

Superman Returns (2006)

"The movie runs nearly half an hour longer than it should, with a new plot strand introduced in the third act that has questionable vitality in the presumed sequel."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Eric Kohn

19 100%

Ghost Town (2010)

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Andrew Chan

20 81%

Taxidermia (2006)

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Elbert Ventura

21 79%

Chasing a Dream (Miles from Nowhere) (2009)

"A grand gesture, an exercise in epic biography that explodes the intimate details of Isaiah's life and its effects on his family onto the screen."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

22 82%

Akasen chitai (Street of Shame) (1956)

"The film's cinematography utilizes an unusual technique for a Mizoguchi film, the close-up, whereby the camera gets steadily closer to each protagonist as the various causes of their downfall to prostitution are revealed."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

23 73%

Tokyo! (2008)

"Sandwiched between Gondry and Bong's variously euphoric entries, Carax's contribution seems either a work of deep cynicism from an inveterate party-pooper or a welcome satirical sour note from one of the great talents of 80s and 90s French cinema."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

24 70%

Stuff and Dough (Marfa si banii) (2008)

"Ultimately, like Lazarescu, Ovidiu becomes a mere cog in a social and economic system that would chew him up without a moment's consideration, and it's Puiu's goal to elevate this and other such stories above their banality and into the realm of myth."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

25 93%

Bigger Than Life (1956) (1956)

"Always a shrewd melodramatist, with a particular eye for the domestic space, Ray builds this sense of conflict into the Avery home itself, with its frequently competing horizontal and vertical patterns."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

26 48%

The Ruins (2008)

"So bereft of creativity that it fails even to deliver to its base--teenage boys--the ghouls and boobs they so desperately want to see."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

27 No Score Yet

Dongdong de jiaqi (A Summer at Grandpa's) (1984)

"Hou's film places demands on our powers of observation, insisting that we, like Tung-tung, attend to the minutiae, ironies, and deeper meanings it offers us."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

28 91%

Hairspray (2007)

"Shankman's crassly theatrical attenuation of Hairspray only draws gay culture away from a moment of American history with which it ought to have a great deal in common"

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

29 97%

Hairspray (1988)

"The shock Waters's cinema offers, then, is not transcendent, but almost reflexive, implicating the viewer in the awkward complexities of his own humanity and forcing him to either celebrate it or run screaming away."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

30 78%

Lou Reed's Berlin (2008)

"Schnabel's set design, onstage projections, and postproduction add a good deal of visual noise to Reed & company's aural variety, which reproduces the album with a mixture of professional exactitude and unpredictable cacophony."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

31 93%

This Is England (2007)

"It is the war within him--and by extension, within the minds of many embittered, working class young men left behind in Thatcher's England--that Meadows's film most strikingly portrays."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

32 96%

Somers Town (2009)

"As in all of Meadows's films, Somers Town emphasizes the importance of character and particularly of camaraderie amongst male characters--here, teenagers who nick clothes from the local laundry, get drunk in the park, and furtively investigate masculinity"

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

33 No Score Yet

Shuga (Chouga) (2007)

"Ramps down Tolstoy's soap-opera grandiosity, while still managing to elevate the banalities of a high-society dalliance to the level of a cosmic psychodrama"

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

34 19%

Obsessed (2009)

""I knew it would come to this," hisses Sharon when finding Lisa lurking around her beautiful Brentwood home--at which point I exclaimed, "Me too!"--and then the fun (and, for many, the entire purpose of the film) starts."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

35 51%

The Kingdom (2007)

"A good deal more Transformers than Syriana, a movie that drapes a crisp, lightly browsed copy of The Economist over an enormous pubescent boner for grinding metal, busted glass, and crackling gunfire."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

36 96%

Tulpan (2009)

"With this harsh and beautiful backdrop so attentively rendered, at once otherworldly and palpable, the desires of Tulpan's characters become almost metaphysical imperatives."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

37 75%

The Killing of Sister George (1968)

"Melodrama, slapstick, romance, exploitation, and psychological horror all vie for dominance throughout the film, giving it an air of fickle, feminine hysteria, which the graphic sex scene at the end of the film makes still more difficult to pin down."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

38 83%

Mang Shan (Blind Mountain) (2007)

"With its complex (and, at times, deeply problematic) intersection of an educated outsider with the stubborn realities of rural life, Blind Mountain explicitly harkens back to those classic works from the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, like Yellow"

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

39 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"Though Eastwood is not above self-deprecation and, here, downright silliness, Gran Torino is no orangutan movie."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

40 0%

Tiro en la cabeza (Bullet in the Head) (2008)

"A painfully old-fashioned trick, a game played many times before, by far more thoughtful filmmakers with greater commands of and ideas about their medium."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

41 67%

Cztery Noce z Anna (Four Nights with Anna) (2008)

"Grey and waterlogged, Jerzy Skolimowski's Four Nights with Anna is something like the Eastern European answer to Rear Window and Chungking Express, a deeply gothic, but no less romantic tale of voyeurism, breaking and entering, and secret love."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

42 74%

Cold Souls (2009)

"Giamatti's usual character%u2014at least, the one that Cold Souls wishes to exploit%u2014is paper-thin, working better on the periphery than in the center of the narrative."

Posted Aug 8, 2009

Leo Goldsmith

43 66%

The Brothers Bloom (2009)

Posted May 18, 2009

Michael Joshua Rowin

44 91%

Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)

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Posted Mar 17, 2007

45 87%

Into Great Silence (2007)

"The film's "great silence" is, like much of monastic life, an ascetic ideal to be pursued, but never attained."

Posted Mar 5, 2007

Leo Goldsmith

46 91%

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

"A force of political provocation less on the level of the cuddly Archie Bunker and more on that of Pasolini's libertines in Sal˛ and Pink Flamingos' "filthiest people alive.""

Posted Dec 8, 2006

Leo Goldsmith

47 44%

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (2006)

"Exquisitely detailed, difficult to grasp hold of, and always obscured by molds and corrosions. The Quay Brothers are distinct oddities in the landscape of contemporary cinema."

Posted Dec 8, 2006

Leo Goldsmith

48 32%

The Black Dahlia (2006)

"Ghost World: Keith Uhlich on The Black Dahlia for Reverse Shot's Brian de Palma symposium."

Posted Nov 11, 2006

Keith Uhlich

49 89%

Brothers (Br°dre) (2004)

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Posted Oct 17, 2006