Observer [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 89%

Doctor Who: Season 8 (TV, 2014)

" The excitement was over before Capaldi had the chance to stamp his personality on things. "

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Phil Hogan

2 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"Into the Storm sets forth as a found-footage thriller before losing its thread and then doubling back on itself in abject disarray."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Xan Brooks

3 65%

Lucy (2014)

"Rollickingly entertaining - up to a point."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Xan Brooks

4 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Rodriguez and Miller trade in disreputable teenage kicks and they lay the style on with a trowel."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Xan Brooks

5 74%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"God Help the Girl has a ramshackle charm and the naked sincerity of an earnest adolescent. It cuddles up; it wins you over."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Xan Brooks

6 18%

Die Frau des Polizisten (The Police Officer's Wife) ()

"Groening shows us the house; he never lets us inside."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Xan Brooks

7 70%

What If (2014)

"While Radcliffe and Kazan do their best with this skimpy material, their back-and-forth banter is, like, super-annoying?"

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Xan Brooks

8 94%

Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) ()

"A socialist epic in miniature, heartfelt and humane."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Xan Brooks

9 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"The special effects are impressive but not especially imaginative, and the film is unduly protracted."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Philip French

10 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"The Dark Knight is a clever, loud, technically brilliant film, superbly designed by Nathan Crowley and dramatically lit by Wally Pfister. Whether such a movie can bear the increasing moral weight imposed upon it is another matter."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Philip French

11 93%

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

"Spielberg is telling his fellow Americans to appreciate the sacrifices their forebears have made and to act accordingly."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Philip French

12 71%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"This is a bare-bones documentary, lacking in roar."

Posted Aug 17, 2014

Henry Barnes

13 25%

Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

"Hector keeps uncovering the exotic secrets of the developing world. His book bloats with cornball truisms."

Posted Aug 17, 2014

Henry Barnes

14 81%

The Congress (2014)

"Folman uses the live action half of his film to champion real acting over motion capture; it's almost fitting that The Congress loses our interest as soon as it drifts into the ethereal."

Posted Aug 17, 2014

Henry Barnes

15 88%

The Notorious Mr. Bout ()

"Gerber and Pozdorovkin introduce a garrulous, intelligent man who had transported arms for years and was eventually undone by a post-9/11 crackdown."

Posted Aug 17, 2014

Henry Barnes

16 75%

We Gotta Get Out of This Place (2013)

"The Hawkins brothers have style to spare, though they can't decide whether they've nabbed it from Richard Linklater or Sam Peckinpah."

Posted Aug 17, 2014

Henry Barnes

17 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"If they're expendable, why won't they die?"

Posted Aug 17, 2014

Jonathan Romney

18 66%

The Rover (2014)

"Overall, an honourable misfire for David Mich˘d - and another catastrophic blow for the Australian tourist board."

Posted Aug 17, 2014

Jonathan Romney

19 98%

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

"It's the greatest-ever comedy-thriller, the greatest film set on a train, a faultlessly cast mirror held up to the nation in the year of Munich."

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Philip French

20 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Like Cars, this is essentially funny-animal animation with chrome and aluminium instead of fur."

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Jonathan Romney

21 72%

The German Doctor (2014)

"Wakolda lies somewhere between a suspense thriller and a delicately atmospheric art film, but is properly effective as neither ..."

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Jonathan Romney

22 74%

The Inbetweeners Movie 2 ()

"Fountainous poo, pee and puke, rampant misogyny ..."

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Jonathan Romney

23 76%

Moebius (2014)

"There's mischievous humour here - and, oddly, grace, right up to the enigmatic Buddhist sign-off."

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Jonathan Romney

24 96%

Lilting (2014)

"An affecting, intelligent, unapologetically downbeat feature debut."

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Jonathan Romney

25 34%

God's Pocket (2014)

"The film skates unevenly between spit-and-sawdust realism, mean-streets crime anecdote and queasy black comedy, but it's never boring."

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Jonathan Romney

26 79%

Welcome To New York ()

"The film largely comes across as a scabrous, semi-improvised cinematic art event, with a brazen streak of tabloid sensationalism."

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Jonathan Romney

27 0%

The Sex Lives of the Potato Men ()

"A peculiarly dispiriting comedy."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Philip French

28 10%

The Nut Job (2014)

"Small, undemanding children might find this distracting; small, tree-hopping rodents may be mortally offended."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Jonathan Romney

29 33%

Blackwood ()

"So trad it could have been made in the 60s, Blackwood nevertheless has the courage of its old-school convictions."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Jonathan Romney

30 63%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"Mood Indigo is an excessive, borderline-unwatchable folly, but it's hard not to admire - and even at moments, revel in - Gondry's demented enthusiasm."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Jonathan Romney

31 13%

A Promise (2014)

"The main drawbacks are the grey decorousness of the pacing and visuals, and Richard Madden's unsympathetically flat playing as antihero Fritz."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Jonathan Romney

32 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Outre, cheerful, yes... but wake me up when the Doctor Strange movie is ready."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Jonathan Romney

33 82%

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"Expect Daniel Patrick Carbone to have an illustrious career. And even if he doesn't, he's given us one perfectly polished jewel here."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Jonathan Romney

34 89%

The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)

" Very stylish, very moreish. I think I like. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Phil Hogan

35 94%

Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Perhaps it will get better. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Phil Hogan

36 86%

Joe (2014)

"Generally as raw as the steaks that Cage manfully cuts from the carcass of an impaled deer, the high whiff of which seeps through every frame of the film."

Posted Jul 27, 2014

Mark Kermode

37 67%

The House of Magic (2014)

"The narrative nods its head towards Toy Story and ParaNorman, although there's nothing here to match the magic of either of those strange gems."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Mark Kermode

38 61%

Hercules (2014)

"While the end result is palpably stupid, it's not as terrible as one might expect."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Mark Kermode

39 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"A nasty little B-picture, unashamed of its exploitation roots."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Mark Kermode

40 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Worth seeing for those who haven't seen it all before."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Mark Kermode

41 100%

Branded to Kill (1967)

"An arresting cocktail of sex, violence and surrealism, shot in monochrome hues which accentuate the perversity of the entire twisted venture."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Mark Kermode

42 90%

Nordvest (Northwest) ()

"While the story itself may lack originality, the miserablist milieu is affectingly real."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Mark Kermode

43 5%

Vampires Suck (2010)

"A witless, slavish pastiche of the series of romantic dramas based on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels. It is a knowing film that knows nothing about comedy."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Philip French

44 72%

The Ring (2002)

"Though more expensive and less atmospheric than the Japanese picture, the film isn't at all bad."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Philip French

45 76%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"He's splendidly charismatic company, as his A-list roster attests en masse."

Posted Jul 20, 2014

Mark Kermode

46 96%

I Am Divine (2013)

"It's surprisingly moving stuff - dressed up with just enough archival outrage to remind you how scandalous Divine once seemed."

Posted Jul 20, 2014

Mark Kermode

47 95%

Grand Central ()

"Rahim and Seydoux keep things grounded in the familiar isotopes of human emotion, their passion less explosive than merely uncontained, progressing inexorably toward meltdown."

Posted Jul 20, 2014

Mark Kermode

48 91%

Norte, the End of History (2014)

"Moments are electrifying - the spaces between them challenging."

Posted Jul 20, 2014

Mark Kermode

49 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"A fascinating story which continues to raise more questions than it answers."

Posted Jul 20, 2014

Mark Kermode

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