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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 53%

The Walker (2007)

"A charismatic and charming film with lots of delightful turns of phrase but it also ends up feeling as frivolous and fleeting as its main protagonist."

Posted Aug 10, 2007

David Jenkins

2 18%

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

"Look, it's so dumb, I could easily give this one star - but I'm giving it two. It was entertaining, so sue me."

Posted Aug 10, 2007

Stuart McGurk

3 7%

License to Wed (2007)

"The biggest letdown, is Williams, whose manic improvisations now bear all the hallmarks of a pub bore."

Posted Aug 10, 2007

Neil Smith

4 78%

Surf's Up (2007)

"ntertainingly presented as a mockumentary a la Best in Show, this CG caper is ideal if you have time to krill."

Posted Aug 10, 2007

Neil Smith

5 89%

Waitress (2007)

"As Shelly's unintended epitaph, it's a warm-hearted charmer, filled with hope, served with love."

Posted Aug 10, 2007

Leigh Singer

6 89%

Zodiac (2007)

"You sense that inside this meaty, 157-minute opus there's a six-hour mini-series just itching to get out."

Posted Aug 8, 2007

Neil Smith

7 85%

The Hoax (2007)

"A fun and zesty frolic."

Posted Aug 3, 2007

Neil Smith

8 23%

Evan Almighty (2007)

"Even the finest of actors would require a miracle when working with gags centred, predominantly, on bird droppings."

Posted Aug 3, 2007

Dave Kopel

9 38%

Firehouse Dog (2007)

"Breezy, silly and energetic, this canine frolic won't win top prize at Crufts, but it should offer an alternative to Pottered-out parents with young pups to please."

Posted Jul 20, 2007

Stuart McGurk

10 94%

The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) (1957)

"A cinematic masterpiece no film fan should miss."

Posted Jul 20, 2007

Stuart McGurk

11 79%

Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs) (2007)

"While there's a quirky humour at work, the overall mood is of sadness, eloquently, if repetitively, expressed."

Posted Jul 20, 2007

Stuart McGurk

12 79%

Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006)

"Intimate and terrifying, at points almost expressionistic and surreal, this is never less than a nerve-shredding experience. It even includes an (improbable) love story."

Posted Jul 20, 2007

Stuart McGurk

13 79%

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

"It's magic, Harry, but not as we know it."

Posted Jul 13, 2007

Stuart McGurk

14 46%

Edmond (2005)

" Is this about the nihilistic plight of the alienated, or just nihilistic? A coal-dark satire, or just needlessly dark? The uncomfortable Edmond asks more questions than it answers."

Posted Jul 6, 2007

Stuart McGurk

15 56%

Shutter (They Are Around Us) (2004)

"Shunning random carnage, this horror carries you with it to the final twist."

Posted Jun 29, 2007

Julia Buckley

16 40%

Shrek the Third (2007)

"From beginning to end, it's very, very funny. Watch it. It's great."

Posted Jun 29, 2007

Stuart McGurk

17 49%

The Flying Scotsman (2006)

"Why pay to see someone cycling when they do it on the pavement for nothing?"

Posted Jun 29, 2007

Neil Smith

18 44%

Hostel: Part II (2007)

"Unlike the original's many imitators, this follow-up at least tempers its atrocities with satirical humour."

Posted Jun 29, 2007

Neil Smith

19 88%

Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing (2006)

"They do make a comeback of course - almost stronger than ever - in this, the best documentary of the year so far. Intelligent, honest, heartfelt and fascinating."

Posted Jun 29, 2007

Stuart McGurk

20 94%

Ne le Dis ŕ Personne (Tell No One) (2006)

"Shot-through with emotional intensity, a muscular, brooding direction, and a plot that (just) stays on the right side of ludicrous."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Stuart McGurk

21 37%

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

"In the universe of dark and gloomy superheroes, this foursome are still dipping into the lighter side of fantastic."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Will Lawrence

22 71%

28 Weeks Later... (2007)

"28 Weeks Later takes up where Danny Boyle left off, then continues where the weak-hearted pass out."

Posted May 11, 2007

Stuart McGurk

23 50%

Fast Food Nation (2006)

"Certainly food for thought then, just a shame the characters aren't as fully-fleshed."

Posted May 4, 2007

Stuart McGurk

24 30%

Goya's Ghosts (2007)

"It's as dull as the proverbial ditchwater."

Posted May 4, 2007

Neil Smith

25 74%

The Upside of Anger (2005)

"A grandstanding performance from Joan Allen is the main attraction in this suburban dramacom."

Posted May 4, 2007

Neil Smith

26 84%

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

"It's not a film that need unduly trouble grown-ups." EDIT

Posted May 4, 2007

27 63%

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

"Not an awful film by any means. But you don't need spidey sense to know this isn't a patch on its prequel."

Posted May 4, 2007

Stuart McGurk

28 82%

Days of Glory (Indigenes) (2007)

"It occasionally does drop into wartime cliches of love lost and friends fallen. But the chest-thwack poinancy of those who shed blood and were shamefully shunned drags you through."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Stuart McGurk

29 11%

The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007)

"Another depressing example of a cult 70s slasher being cynically retooled for MTV-reared thrill-seekers."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Neil Smith

30 50%

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

"Taking on a more European sensibility, Bean seems to have gone back to the drawing board, and come up with gags that were last funny when we were a couple of steps back in the Evolution of Man wallchart."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Stuart McGurk

31 34%

TMNT (2007)

"Younger viewers might be able to make sense its overly-complex plot - but I fear that everyone else, alas, will soon be suffering from a case of shell shock."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Neil Smith

32 75%

Catch a Fire (2006)

"Sadly, it's all a bit of a Boer about 20 years past its sell-by date and tells us little we didn't know already.Catch a Fire's sluggishly paced plot refuses to come"

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Neil Smith

33 60%

300 (2007)

"The hyper-real blue screen and the moral complexity of root veg remains faithful to Miller. But you can't help feeling this could have had more to say about war than "come join the party!"."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Stuart McGurk

34 70%

Amazing Grace (2007)

"Gruffudd's Wilberforce lacks charisma and the House of Commons scenes are interminable. Worthy shouldn't mean dull. What a waste."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Julia Buckley

35 ——

Namastey London (2007)

"Namastey London doesn't really have anything new to say on an over-worked issue. But it does (mostly) manage to keep away from cringe territory, and even explores some subtle immigration quandaries."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Stuart McGurk

36 19%

Factory Girl (2007)

"Spoilt, rich, posh, vacuous and fame-obsessed - who better to play Edie Sedgwick? If she's acting or not, Miller is brilliant. Just a shame the film is so shallow too."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Stuart McGurk

37 57%

Becoming Jane (2007)

"About 20 minutes in, you realise you're actually quite enjoying this; and, horror of horrors, Anne Hathaway's actually doing a rather good job at this Regency lark."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Julia Buckley

38 72%

Inland Empire (2006)

"It's very possibly a work of genius. It could also be the most pretentious pile of garbage ever to make the big screen. But one thing it isn't is unoriginal. If nothing else, the man should be applauded for that."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Stuart McGurk

39 33%

The Good German (2007)

"Buddies Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney started out so well. But The Good German is so painful that their recent decision to go their separate ways really merits a gospel choir."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Julia Buckley

40 26%

Ghost Rider (2007)

"Cage has to collect Satan's unpaid debts, meaning that he becomes a demon biker with a flaming skull for a head - and that's about it for this one-note film."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Stuart McGurk

41 ——

Middletown ()

"Convincing period detail provides scant consolation in a histrionic pot-boiler that is as entertaining as a sermon and as thrilling as tea with the vicar. It will be a miracle indeed if anyone goes to see it."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Neil Smith

42 69%

Freedom Writers (2007)

"The script won't win any stars for originality, it's all put across with enough sincerity to make the corn easy to swallow."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Neil Smith

43 74%

The Illusionist (2006)

"Just as two Truman Capote biopics came in subsequent Oscar seasons, so two period films about stage magicians appear with only winter to separate them. And, frankly, The Illusionist has missed a trick."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Stuart McGurk

44 76%

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

"The real star is Channing Tatum as the alpha-chimp leader of Dito's pack. The camera doesn't just love him, it wants to marry him, settle down, and have his babies."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Stuart McGurk

45 87%

Notes on a Scandal (2006)

"Dench's performance is the greatest pleasure in a hugely enjoyable, highly literate drama."

Posted Mar 28, 2007

Lottie Moggach

46 21%

Outlaw (2007)

"Leaves you wondering what it wants to say and whom it's supposed to be aimed at."

Posted Mar 11, 2007

Neil Smith

47 53%

Sheitan (Satan) (2006)

"Totally bonkers - but all the more gripping for it."

Posted Feb 23, 2007

Stuart McGurk

48 91%

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

"As every epic demands, there's gore aplenty, but apart from the obligatory floggings, ritual suicides and trigger-happy Americans, the human detail is deftly handled."

Posted Feb 23, 2007

Julia Buckley

49 85%

Bamako (2006)

"You can't help thinking that the only people who'd sit through this movie are those already aware of the issues involved."

Posted Feb 23, 2007

Stuart McGurk

50 54%

The Good Shepherd (2006)

"165 minutes of my life I will never get back, damn it. This is one shepherd that's lost control of its flock."

Posted Feb 23, 2007

Stuart McGurk

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