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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 93%

Amour (2012)

"Amour has no substance, no style, no joy, no passion, no flavor at all. It's just quiet scenes one after another, presented in a way that will connect with some, but not all."

Posted May 20, 2012

Alex Billington

2 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"Rust & Bone has an interesting ebb and flow to its intensity and drama, its emotion and pacing, and while it does feel a bit overlong, that's not to say it's anything less than amazing."

Posted May 17, 2012

Alex Billington

3 63%

Contact (1997)

"a film that creates a genuine sense of awe."

Posted Apr 22, 2012

Barry Wurst

4 3%

Speed 2 - Cruise Control (1997)

"Speed 2, while a guilty pleasure at times, is mostly overblown."

Posted Apr 22, 2012

Barry Wurst

5 52%

The Lost World - Jurassic Park (1997)

"a joyless special effects reel with grade 'A' actors who appear to be waiting for some direction."

Posted Apr 22, 2012

Barry Wurst

6 71%

The Fifth Element (1997)

"Besson's bold strokes amount to a fearless and frequently overwrought vision."

Posted Apr 22, 2012

Barry Wurst

7 80%

Breakdown (1997)

"Russell's performance is to this movie what Harrison Ford's was for The Fugitive, namely the believable drive and heart of the picture."

Posted Apr 22, 2012

Barry Wurst

8 88%

Chasing Amy (1997)

"a love story for people who hate romantic comedies."

Posted Apr 22, 2012

Barry Wurst

9 29%

The Devil's Own (1997)

"dark, thought provoking and occasionally riveting."

Posted Apr 22, 2012

Barry Wurst

10 18%

Masters of the Universe (1987)

"Even though he's covered by a glorified Halloween mask, Langella's forceful, operatic performance is something to see."

Posted Apr 22, 2012

Barry Wurst

11 75%

The Lost Boys (1987)

"The Citizen Kane of vampire movies"

Posted Apr 22, 2012

Barry Wurst

12 81%

Innerspace (1987)

"the breakneck pace, Mad Magazine-style humor, energetic performances, full-throttle action sequences and stunning special effects make for a giddily exciting ride."

Posted Apr 22, 2012

Barry Wurst

13 74%

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 - Dream Warriors (1987)

"a wonderfully creative, surprising and even exciting film."

Posted Apr 22, 2012

Barry Wurst

14 41%

HappyThankYouMorePlease (2011)

"It's such a sweet, charming, wonderful movie that's so uplifting and and so fun to watch."

Posted Feb 1, 2011

Alex Billington

15 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"One of the very best movies of the year."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Alex Billington

16 59%

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

"I enjoyed it, maybe more than others, but that's because I found Keir Gilchrist to be a solid performer, and it's his story that is the most important."

Posted Oct 6, 2010

Alex Billington

17 62%

Frozen (2010)

Posted Feb 4, 2010

Alex Billington

18 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"Jason Reitman knocked this one out of the park, his best film yet."

Posted Sep 8, 2009

Alex Billington

19 53%

Agora (2010)

"Agora boasts some wonderful production design and presents a fascinating look at the religious feuds of the time, but otherwise struggles with some writing problems."

Posted May 18, 2009

Alex Billington

20 48%

Antichrist (2009)

"Antichrist is fucked up. In a good way? Or in a bad way? Even I don't know the answer to that question (or maybe that's something you'll decide for yourself), but I can tell you it's one hell of an exhilarating experience watching this."

Posted May 18, 2009

Alex Billington

21 97%

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"I was captivated from start to finish, never at all restless. From Tahar Rahim's stand out performance to Alexandre Desplat's amazing score to Stéphane Fontaine's wonderful cinematography, everything about Un Prophete is exceptional."

Posted May 17, 2009

Alex Billington

22 48%

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"Ang Lee's take on this story isn't all rock 'n roll, it's a lot more subtle, but it's still an intriguing story and I still enjoyed watching it play out."

Posted May 16, 2009

Alex Billington

23 81%

Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)

"I know that Chan-wook likes to take things to the extreme, to the point where the audience is either laughing or so shocked they don't know how to respond, but in Thirst he either never went far enough, or went so far it was way too wild for my tastes."

Posted May 15, 2009

Alex Billington

24 83%

JCVD (Van Dammage) (2008)

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Posted Nov 3, 2008

25 66%

What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

"First-time writer/director Brian Goodman pulls together quite a few great elements in the film, from the acting to the score, but it's in dire need of a script rewrite and editing overhaul before it can be called a true gem."

Posted Sep 30, 2008

Alex Billington

26 70%

American Teen (2008)

Posted Jul 22, 2008

Alex Billington

27 72%

Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

"The concept was great, but the film was not. Not only is director Christine Jeffs a bit rusty, but first-time writer Megan Holley's script was what really pulled this down even further."

Posted Jan 19, 2008

Alex Billington

28 69%

The Wackness (2008)

"It really reminds me of the days of Clerks and Reservoir Dogs at Sundance, where the movies are brave and energetic and yet still have that very independent feeling."

Posted Jan 19, 2008

Alex Billington

29 77%

Cloverfield (2008)

"J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves have created a new classic monster movie. It is everything you expect and it's also nothing you expect. This movie feels so real that it's not even a movie, it's an entire incredible experience."

Posted Jan 16, 2008

Alex Billington

30 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"It seems like Anderson is still a struggling seventeen year-old, angrily filming his defiance and shouting to the heavens that he 'doesn't have to explain his art to us.'"

Posted Oct 28, 2007

Jaq Greenspon

31 94%

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

"Gone Baby Gone is a film you'd expect from his former partner in crime Matt Damon, but instead, this quirky thriller is a surprise based on Affleck's penchant for high-impact action flicks and his direction shows it."

Posted Oct 28, 2007

Jaq Greenspon

32 82%

Into the Wild (2007)

"With all that said, Penn's visual style is remarkable. His use of extended metaphor (McCandless is often seen eating an apple and there is a proliferation of dual jet trails from passing planes) is nice and he really captures the beauty of what McCandless"

Posted Oct 28, 2007

Jaq Greenspon

33 90%

Michael Clayton (2007)

"As a first time director, I have to wonder if this film suffers from a too-many-cooks mentality %u2013 two of its stars and one of its producers are all themselves award-nominated directors."

Posted Oct 28, 2007

Jaq Greenspon

34 94%

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

"If that question were posed to Ben Affleck on whether he should jump ship from acting to directing, the answer is a resounding 'yes!'"

Posted Oct 9, 2007

Alex Billington

35 76%

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

"This is just one part of what makes it such a brilliant film - you get to explore the story, the characters, and the locations in great depth."

Posted Sep 29, 2007

Alex Billington

36 22%

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

"In the end though, all I can really say is that Resident Evil: Extinction is the cinematic equivalent of blue balls... and that's never good."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Jaq Greenspon

37 26%

Dragon Wars (2007)

"Sure the computer graphics are top notch, but in order to make Dragon Wars rise above the ranks of a Sci-Fi Original, we need better acting, a tighter script and, most importantly, warring dragons!"

Posted Sep 17, 2007

Jaq Greenspon

38 51%

The Kingdom (2007)

"It seems like the only real relationship is the one between Fluery and his Saudi counterpart, Colonel Al-Ghazi (Ashraf Barhom), but even that sincerity doesn't last long..."

Posted Sep 17, 2007

Jaq Greenspon

39 93%

Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2007)

"It's hard to consider laughing at such a sad story, but pulling that off as well as it did shows Julian Schnabel's immense capability as a filmmaker."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

Alex Billington

40 82%

Into the Wild (2007)

"As much as I really wanted to love the free-spirited Into the Wild, Sean Penn is a terrible director and the story suffers from his inexperience in great direction."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

Alex Billington

41 62%

Diary of the Dead (2007)

"Once you wade through those annoying elements, the point-of-view experience was quite thrilling but hardly scary."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

Alex Billington

42 25%

Halloween (2007)

"...Rob Zombie's version eliminates the moralizing over-tones and brings in a back story which tries to define, once and for all, how an American psychopath is made."

Posted Sep 12, 2007

Jaq Greenspon

43 20%

Death Sentence (2007)

"What started out as a grim, realistic portrayal, devolves, by the end of almost two hours into a film with unintentional laughter and a main character who has become a parody of Charles Bronson in Death Wish..."

Posted Sep 12, 2007

Jaq Greenspon

44 37%

Young People Fucking (Y.P.F.) (2007)

"The result is a genuinely laugh-out-loud funny film that hits perfectly on so many notes, whether you've personally experienced one of the situations or not."

Posted Sep 12, 2007

Alex Billington

45 72%

Lust, Caution (2007)

"Ang Lee is definitely a master of his craft and Lust, Caution truly shines with his brilliance in a few moments - at least for part of the film, not every last minute of its 157 minutes."

Posted Sep 12, 2007

Alex Billington

46 53%

Across the Universe (2007)

"While nearly each and every song sung on screen was exhilarating, there were scenes and moments that felt unnecessarily added and pointlessly featured."

Posted Sep 12, 2007

Alex Billington

47 76%

Stardust (2007)

"Overseeing this whole creation is Vaughn, whose sophomore outing as a feature film director is an overwhelming achievement. He leaves few moments for directorial criticism and handles the comedy with a deft hand."

Posted Aug 11, 2007

Jaq Greenspon

48 67%

Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

"This of course gives director Michael Davis the chance to have literally every scene in the movie be an over-the-top action scene that is as uniquely stylized as it is entertaining."

Posted Aug 1, 2007

Josh Green

49 75%

Sunshine (2007)

"In fact, not only is it quite beautiful to look at, for the first half it's very good. Like a lot of modern films though, it falls apart in the conclusion, mostly, I think because Boyle and Garland don't trust their audience."

Posted Jul 31, 2007

Jaq Greenspon

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