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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

Inequality For All (2013)

"The film makes no secret of its liberal political leanings and activist goals, which means it likely will only preach to the converted."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

2 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"It remains gripping because of the realistic grounding of its characters and the raw vulnerability in the performances."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

3 6%

Battle of the Year (2013)

"Like those it imitates, the film includes some energetic dance sequences and formulaic plotting that culminate in the obligatory final competition."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

4 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"The film settles into a more predictable pattern in the second half, when each of its three stories plays out an inevitable conflict that causes their demons to manifest themselves in melodramatic ways before allowing for a chance at redemption."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

5 48%

Zaytoun (2013)

"... never strikes the right balance of comedy and melodrama, and winds up trivializing the plight of his characters in the process."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

6 51%

A Single Shot (2013)

"A fascinating lead character can't overcome the familiarity of this atmospheric low-budget thriller."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

7 67%

+1 (2013)

"This bizarre attempt to mix elements of a teen sex comedy with a supernatural thriller really doesn't succeed at either one, despite some amusing moments."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

8 70%

C.O.G. (2013)

"The sardonic humor hits the mark more often than not, and Groff brings sympathy to an otherwise smug and pretentious character."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

9 38%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"It relies on cheap thrills and fails to generate consistent suspense, while lacking the sharp sense of humor that kept the first film from bogging down."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

10 83%

Blue Caprice (2013)

"It smartly avoids trying to make some grand political statement, while also not turning the perpetrators into victims. It's more concerned with the psychology leading up to the crime than the physical violence."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

11 86%

The Patience Stone (2013)

"Farahani's central performance radiates with authenticity."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

12 30%

Austenland (2013)

"It's generally lacking the wit and charm that Austen herself likely would have brought to the same material."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

13 79%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"The well-acted film is rich in visual texture and subtle details, and its deliberate pace rewards viewer patience."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

14 45%

And While We Were Here (2013)

"The scenery is more captivating than the drama."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

15 29%

The Family (2013)

"It runs out of gas before transitioning awkwardly into a revenge drama in the final act, brought about by a series of eye-rolling twists."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

16 93%

Sample This (2013)

"The film is nearly as fun as the song."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

17 68%

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013)

"It's generally compelling, even if the film seems to target the financially savvy more than the working-class folks who are most affected by the events it chronicles."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

18 35%

Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013)

"The inconsistent tone and melodramatic tendencies unfortunately cancel out strong portrayals."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

19 35%

Salinger (2013)

"Instead of providing answers about the author's influences and creative process, there is only speculation."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

20 15%

Winnie Mandela (2013)

"The audacity and determination of its subject doesn't find its way into this shallow and superficial biopic."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

21 35%

Touchy Feely (2013)

"A sharp ensemble cast cannot rescue this woefully contrived drama about a family struggling with connections and commitment."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

22 73%

Populaire (2013)

"There's a breezy throwback quality that adds a modest level of amusement and visual flair to this otherwise predictable French romantic comedy."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

23 92%

Our Nixon (2013)

"... offers an intimate behind-the-scenes glimpse into the White House during tumultuous times, especially the foolish chain of events that led to Nixon's downfall."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

24 2%

Getaway (2013)

"The main concern for viewers will be whether the car survives all the mayhem, or at least whether insurance will cover all the damages."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

25 35%

Passion (2013)

"... doesn't improve on its predecessor, and ultimately experiences some of the same pitfalls."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

26 13%

The Lifeguard (2013)

"The film strains to be hip and edgy in its exploration of catharsis through starting over, and its central relationship feels more contrived than authentic."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

27 56%

Instructions Not Included (2013)

"It doesn't transition smoothly between comedy and drama, and the constant mugging of Derbez becomes as tiresome as his character's lack of common sense."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

28 71%

I Declare War (2013)

"... feels more like a sociological experiment than compelling drama."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

29 67%

Afternoon Delight (2013)

"It's not exactly a manual on responsible parenting, but hardly the tribute to female empowerment it aspires to be, either."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

30 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"Provocative yet muddled, it's a character-driven thriller with more talk than action."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

31 89%

The World's End (2013)

"Pegg's character is obnoxious yet strangely charming, sort of like the movie, which ultimately provides more smiles than big laughs."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

32 75%

The Grandmaster (2013)

"The attention to period detail supplements the unique perspective, and should allow aficionados to gain a greater respect and appreciation for the origins of martial arts through the story of a legend."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

33 74%

You're Next (2013)

"... not especially original or complex, but it might deliver the goods for genre aficionados."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

34 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"... sidesteps cheap sentimentality to create a bittersweet yet heartwarming tale without any clear-cut heroes or villains."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

35 62%

Scenic Route (2013)

"Just because moviegoers begin to know these characters intimately doesn't mean they like them, or care whether they perish in the harsh conditions."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

36 8%

Savannah (2013)

"Despite some fine performances, the film has difficulty finding a consistent tone, and the well-intentioned script emphasizes melodrama and sentimentality."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

37 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"A capable cast helps bolster this otherwise slight drama about sexual tension and wandering eyes."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

38 12%

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

"Who cares about a life-or-death battle with evil spirits when there's angst-ridden teen relationship drama in the mix?"

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

39 72%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"It doesn't have enough confidence in its story without introducing various heavy-handed gimmicks to manipulate audience emotion."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

40 27%

Jobs (2013)

"Many of the creative details are embellished or reduced to montages in favor of a series of inspirational speeches."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

41 68%

Elysium (2013)

"The logic in the film's dystopian universe seems flimsy under moderate scrutiny. But at least it's ambitious in its attempt to mix sci-fi conventions with social commentary."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

42 83%

Prince Avalanche (2013)

"Both lead performances help give the film moments of eccentric charm, even if it's pretentious as a whole."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

43 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"Considering the subject matter, this watered-down biopic of porn star Linda Lovelace doesn't seem nearly edgy enough."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

44 92%

In a World... (2013)

"Bell makes a promising directorial debut with this quirky low-budget comedy."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

45 55%

I Give It a Year (2013)

"The big laughs compensate for the lack of a suitable emotional payoff."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

46 49%

Blood (2013)

"This bleak thriller about morality and guilt suffers from a muddled plot that lacks context for the troubled behavior of its characters."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

47 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"It's worth pondering whether the target audience will be able to grasp that the moral here - that crime does pay, as long as you're funny - isn't meant to be taken seriously."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

48 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"... wallows in formula, right down to a contrived finale that showcases a true Mexican standoff, along with a title that really undersells its weapon count."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

49 23%

The Canyons (2013)

"The low-budget film is loaded with conversations about nothing in particular, along with a collection of sex scenes that are neither especially shocking nor titillating."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

50 14%

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

"This follow-up is driven solely by financial motives, and available in 3D, of course."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Todd Jorgenson

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