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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 62%

Anna M. (2007)

"Isabelle Carré is superb as Anna, but the problem is the tone. Caught between psychological study and thriller, it aims for both - but achieves neither."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Matthew Turner

2 56%

Weirdsville (2007)

"Chainmailed flail-wielding midgets chasing Satanists chasing druggies - Allan Moyle has gone for the grown-up panto approach."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Matthew Turner

3 65%

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

"These ladies have too much time on their hands if the only thing they worry about is finishing their reading assignment in time for their next bout of well-heeled lusting."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Matthew Turner

4 66%

Brick Lane (2008)

"Monica Ali's sensitive sprawling text about a Bangledeshi wife (Chatterjee) forced into an east London marriage gets a sanded-down blandification as it makes its lurch onto the big screen."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Matthew Turner

5 71%

Beowulf (2007)

"The film is surprisingly thoughtful about adult relationships and human fallibility, while the eerie animation of its stars, like it or not, seems to mark an important development for the future of film."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Matthew Turner

6 80%

American Gangster (2007)

"An intricately woven account of drug trafficking and police corruption in Harlem in the early 1970s."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Matthew Turner

7 94%

In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

"Inspiring."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Victoria Kettner

8 87%

The Lookout (2007)

"Full of memorable dialogue and sharp performances, it's let down only by its perfunctory climax."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Neil Smith

9 57%

Interview (2007)

"Sienna Miller as an airhead celeb more famous for her sex life than her movies? Quite a stretch for the British actress."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Neil Smith

10 61%

Death at a Funeral (2007)

"Take away the Four Weddings and you get this dismal Brit-com."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Neil Smith

11 89%

Eastern Promises (2007)

"An orgy of slit throats, lopped digits and a naked fight scene that will tattoo itself on to your brain."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Stuart McGurk

12 50%

No Smoking (2007)

"You'll be wishing this weirdly uneven tale came with its own government health warning - if only so you come prepared for an assortment of incongruous musical numbers and performances that couldn't be broader if they tried."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Neil Smith

13 43%

Lagerfeld Confidential (2007)

"Lagerfeld embodies the high fashion life - his every move would provide enough material to fill The Devil Wears Prada ten times over, but our view is dulled by Marconi's bland questioning."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Carrie Gorringe

14 47%

Rendition (2007)

"A pacy, twisting thriller."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Stuart McGurk

15 14%

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)

"The excessive strobe effects may trigger epileptic fits, but the movie itself will induce narcolepsy."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Jamie Russell

16 93%

Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel) (2006)

"A wry and observant film with plenty of understated humour."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Stuart McGurk

17 76%

Stardust (2007)

"Great family fun."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Stuart McGurk

18 96%

Ratatouille (2007)

"Sure, you may not love rats. You may hate them. But you really do have to love Pixar."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Stuart McGurk

19 86%

Control (2007)

"The grim black-and-white grain that director Anton Corbijn shoots in is both beautiful and intimate. And the performances are spot-on - none of the cast put a naturalistic foot wrong."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Stuart McGurk

20 51%

The Kingdom (2007)

"And that's the problem. The Kingdom isn't awful - the relentless pace, thumping soundtrack, twisting plot and shaky camera-work all see to that."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Stuart McGurk

21 64%

Day Watch (2007)

"Day Watch combines the action sequences of a John Woo blockbuster with wonderfully self-conscious humour and hardcore human interest."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Julia Buckley

22 72%

And When Did You Last See Your Father? (When Did You Last See Your Father?) (2008)

"A tender and moving Britflick that's sure to land a couple of Bafta noms next year."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Neil Smith

23 29%

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

"A misogynist tract masquerading as a cheeky sex romp."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Neil Smith

24 39%

Feast of Love (2007)

"Feast of Love is essentially a feel-good Hollywood romcom - but it's one with twists, proper characters, and sadness underscoring the cosy love scenes."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Jessica Holland

25 90%

Michael Clayton (2007)

"The real triumph is Clooney's, his award-worthy work confirming his status as this generation's most watchable leading man."

Posted Sep 29, 2007

Neil Smith

26 84%

Rocket Science (2007)

"A witty, touching and offbeat spin on the coming-of-age genre that also offers an amusing look into the surprisingly cut-throat world of high school debating."

Posted Sep 29, 2007

Neil Smith

27 43%

The Brave One (2007)

"Foster keeps us gripped with a convincing display of steely determination and moral ambiguity."

Posted Sep 29, 2007

Neil Smith

28 53%

Across the Universe (2007)

"It's too long, and the ambitious imagery (strawberries turning into bombs?) occasionally misses the mark. But it's a fun ride all the same."

Posted Sep 29, 2007

Neil Smith

29 79%

A Mighty Heart (2007)

"It will be a major injustice if Jolie doesn't receive an Oscar nod for channelling Mariane's heartbreak with such dignity and compassion."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Neil Smith

30 36%

As You Like It (2006)

"Kenneth Branagh directs this pedestrian spin on the Shakespearean comedy that proves stubbornly resistant to his boisterous brand of all-star panto."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Neil Smith

31 52%

Introducing the Dwights (2007)

"If you're making a film about a stand-up, it helps if she has at least one good gag in her routine."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Neil Smith

32 67%

Death Proof (2007)

"Next to Kill Bill, this is only 50 per cent proof, but the last car chase will have you hanging on for dear life."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Anthony Quinn

33 27%

Evening (2007)

"An old lady takes a long time to die in this po-faced literary effort as a bed-ridden Redgrave looks back to the golden summer when her young self (Danes) found love."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Neil Smith

34 81%

Yella (2008)

"A supernatural thriller with much to say on the greed and venality that underpins new Europe, Christian Petzold's German drama is spookily intriguing."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Neil Smith

35 67%

Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

"Thanks to its sneakily subversive tone (the plot, with heavy irony, involves gun control) and grandstand performances, the flashy result mostly hits the target."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Neil Smith

36 41%

December Boys (2007)

"Rather drab, revolving as it does around the boys' twin quests to get adopted and catch an oversized fish. Where's Voldemort when you need him?"

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Neil Smith

37 88%

Superbad (2007)

"Bawdy, demented and gloriously feel-good, Superbad is as super as comedies get."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Neil Smith

38 78%

1408 (2007)

""No one lasts more than an hour," goes the saying about the room. It's probably how long your attention lasts too. But it's one hell of an hour."

Posted Aug 31, 2007

Stuart McGurk

39 72%

Hallam Foe (Mister Foe) (2007)

"Thanks to bold performances, evocative cinematography and a trippy pop soundtrack, this richly entertaining tale of adolescent angst ends up being one of the most striking Brit flicks of 2007."

Posted Aug 31, 2007

Neil Smith

40 85%

2 Days in Paris (2007)

"Sharply written, neatly performed and frequently hilarious comedy that manages to be warm and witty."

Posted Aug 31, 2007

Neil Smith

41 41%

No Reservations (2007)

"Rarely likeable on screen, Zeta Jones has a hard time making us empathise with her Ramsay-style ballbreaker."

Posted Aug 31, 2007

Neil Smith

42 20%

Death Sentence (2007)

"Kevin Bacon fails to rescue this absurdly rickety plot as the film veers between a sentimental melodrama and violent thriller, resulting in a confused mess."

Posted Aug 31, 2007

Ed Andrews

43 29%

Sugarhouse (2007)

"Directed by Gary Love, early shots promise much but it never delivers. Essentially a Play For Today, with more crack and a syrupy ending you can see coming."

Posted Aug 24, 2007

Stuart McGurk

44 75%

Lady Chatterley (2007)

"About as arousing as Ann Widdecombe in a thong."

Posted Aug 24, 2007

Neil Smith

45 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"This is a rare thing - a comedy for both him and her."

Posted Aug 24, 2007

Stuart McGurk

46 ——

Flood (2007)

"Global warming meets B-movie histrionics in this made-for-TV style disaster flick about the drowning of London."

Posted Aug 24, 2007

Victoria Kettner

47 55%

Seraphim Falls (2007)

"Rob Roy pursues James Bond in an old-fashioned Western that's cripplingly short on action."

Posted Aug 24, 2007

Neil Smith

48 15%

Hannibal Rising (2007)

"There are some pretty sadistic torture scenes for the gore hounds -- but ultimately this pointless prequel is about as thrilling as a wet towel."

Posted Aug 20, 2007

Gareth Shaw

49 28%

Copying Beethoven, (Klang der Stille) (2006)

"As wooden as a piano stool."

Posted Aug 17, 2007

Neil Smith

50 94%

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

"Is there a better action lead than Matt Damon as Jason Bourne? Not on this evidence."

Posted Aug 17, 2007

Stuart McGurk

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