Observer [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

Omar (2014)

"This is a subtle political film: one that fully dramatises a situation and lets us think out its contradictions for ourselves."

Posted Jun 1, 2014

Jonathan Romney

2 68%

Jimmy's Hall ()

"Something sparks thanks to Jim Norton's robust but nuanced performance as the cantankerous, obsessive hardliner Father Sheridan, whom he brings to life with terrifying fire and not a little caustic humour."

Posted Jun 1, 2014

Jonathan Romney

3 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"Polanski has given Seigner a gift of a part: she's brazen, energetic and extremely funny in an ultimately scary way."

Posted Jun 1, 2014

Jonathan Romney

4 64%

For No Good Reason (2014)

"Even if we don't quite get to know the man, the visionary violence of Steadman's acid pen emerges to vivid effect, partly though Kevin Richards's animations, and despite Depp's sometimes over-eager respect."

Posted Jun 1, 2014

Jonathan Romney

5 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"It's an icky affair: more Perry (Katy) than Perrault (Charles)."

Posted Jun 1, 2014

Jonathan Romney

6 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Because Edge of Tomorrow is effectively about the infinite refloggability of cinematic horses, it manages to break the chain of formulaic repetition and come out surprisingly fresh."

Posted Jun 1, 2014

Jonathan Romney

7 25%

Pearl Harbor (2001)

"This is so bad, it's good. This is a real disaster."

Posted May 27, 2014

Peter Preston

8 79%

Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" A winner. Expect a cult following soon. "

Posted May 27, 2014

Euan Ferguson

9 88%

The Punk Singer (2013)

"[A] terrifically watchable and impressively empowering documentary ..."

Posted May 26, 2014

Mark Kermode

10 52%

Postman Pat: The Movie (2014)

"Despite the smattering of knowing nods to the parents (jokes about James M Cain and Lost in Space) this has little to entice the over-sixes and plenty to scare the under-fives ..."

Posted May 26, 2014

Mark Kermode

11 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"If you can get beyond the implausibility of Sharon Stone paying John Turturro to join her in a ménage à trois - and, frankly, I couldn't - then there are lightweight pleasures to be had amid the wry, angsty middle-aged male fantasy."

Posted May 26, 2014

Mark Kermode

12 14%

Blended (2014)

"[A] vomit-inducing blend of mawkish sentimentality and dead-on-arrival humour, all bundled up in a putrid package of festering family-friendly fun."

Posted May 26, 2014

Mark Kermode

13 63%

Heli (2014)

"Heli paints a harrowing and often unbearably grim picture of a lawless bandit country, the indignities of which are made all the more powerful by Escalante's evident compassion for the struggling characters at the sharp end of all this escalating chaos."

Posted May 26, 2014

Mark Kermode

14 86%

Memories of Underdevelopment (1973)

"Though inevitably committed to Castro and the revolution, it's the most valuable account we have of this crucial period of Cuban history."

Posted May 20, 2014

Philip French

15 35%

Touchy Feely (2013)

"Innocuous then, but sadly lacking the wit and insight of Shelton's far superior Your Sister's Sister."

Posted May 18, 2014

Mark Kermode

16 40%

In Secret (2014)

"Notable largely for the anguished, nuanced performance of Jessica Lange ..."

Posted May 18, 2014

Mark Kermode

17 81%

Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist (2014)

"You're left with the impression that the charismatic Pantani was more sinned against than sinning."

Posted May 18, 2014

Mark Kermode

18 84%

The Two Faces of January (2014)

"A handsomely mounted if somewhat slight affair, beautifully photographed by Marcel Zyskind, gorgeously dressed by Steven Noble, and well played by the central trio ..."

Posted May 18, 2014

Mark Kermode

19 76%

Concussion (2013)

"Much of the narrative may not ring true, but Weigert's performance is warm and engaging, lending not just heart, but much needed credibility."

Posted May 18, 2014

Mark Kermode

20 93%

A Touch of Sin (2013)

"Teases together four disparate stories of people driven to violence by the purgatorial pain of their modern existence."

Posted May 18, 2014

Mark Kermode

21 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"My advice would be to seek out the biggest, loudest Imax auditorium available and allow the movie to roar majestically right in your face, peeling away any niggling uncertainties with the icy fire of its thunderous breath."

Posted May 18, 2014

Mark Kermode

22 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"A rich treat for the eye and soul alike."

Posted May 11, 2014

Mark Kermode

23 24%

The Canyons (2013)

"Merely confirms Schrader as an all-but spent force (it's been largely downhill since the dismal Dominion) and nails Bret Easton Ellis as a one-trick pony."

Posted May 11, 2014

Mark Kermode

24 100%

Next Goal Wins (2014)

"Watching this was the first time I have ever punched the air because a football sailed into the back of a net. And very probably the last."

Posted May 11, 2014

Mark Kermode

25 58%

Before the Winter Chill (2014)

"With its chilly visual sheen and sharp bourgeois satire, this handsomely mounted and consistently well-played yarn offers disposable pleasures and rewarding intrigue."

Posted May 11, 2014

Mark Kermode

26 100%

Advanced Style (2014)

"Although the doc doesn't dig very deep, it allows plenty of space for each of its divas to flaunt their unique style, which ranges from classic elegance to colourful adventure."

Posted May 11, 2014

Mark Kermode

27 20%

Sabotage (2014)

"Scenes of people kicking doors down and shooting each other in the head are efficiently handled - it's everything else that's a problem."

Posted May 11, 2014

Mark Kermode

28 91%

Frank (2014)

"Frank manages to get beneath the mask and the skin of its eponymous antihero in a manner that bridges the gap between absurdist laughter and all-too-tender tears."

Posted May 11, 2014

Mark Kermode

29 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Lacks the discipline necessary to make it anything more than a war of improv attrition."

Posted May 4, 2014

Mark Kermode

30 95%

Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014)

"This terrifically engaging work raises important questions about universal experience and cultural context - in this case, the search for independent female identity in a society all but suffocated by the threat of violence."

Posted May 4, 2014

Mark Kermode

31 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"Rubbish, then, but laughable rubbish - often more "with it" than "at it"."

Posted May 4, 2014

Mark Kermode

32 65%

1,000 Times Good Night (2014)

"Although the ideas and performances are strong, the drama itself feels oddly disjointed ..."

Posted May 4, 2014

Mark Kermode

33 100%

Ilo Ilo (2014)

"This sympathetic and engaging drama is deceptively gentle in its insight - compassionate yet unsentimental."

Posted May 4, 2014

Mark Kermode

34 26%

Brick Mansions (2014)

"It's solidly unsurprising (and often quite boring) generic fare, spiced up with steroidal pectorals and fetishy catfights."

Posted May 4, 2014

Mark Kermode

35 18%

Tarzan (2014)

"While the motion-captured 3D CG has an uncanny photorealist quality, the wisdom of attempting to turn Tarzan into an Avatar-lite fantasy remains, at best, questionable."

Posted May 4, 2014

Mark Kermode

36 7%

Plastic (2014)

"Starts with a whimper and ends with several bangs, passing umpteen snores en route."

Posted May 4, 2014

Mark Kermode

37 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"A stripped-down tale of revenge with bloodied hands and a blackened heart, this viscerally intelligent thriller takes a new stab at an old genre with refreshingly distressing results."

Posted May 4, 2014

Mark Kermode

38 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's a perfect joy, and it's a good while since I set my digibox thing to "record whole series", but this promises phenomenally much. "

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Euan Ferguson

39 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"It would nice to be able to declare that this women-on-top revenge comedy presents a sparky gender-role inversion, but instead it just trots out the usual cliches in tired and increasingly tiresome fashion."

Posted Apr 27, 2014

Mark Kermode

40 ——

Short Peace (2014)

"It's a beautiful exhibition of animation as an art form."

Posted Apr 27, 2014

Matt Kamen

41 87%

Exhibition (2014)

"Exhibition reaffirms Hogg's status as a distinctive, singular and challenging voice of British cinema."

Posted Apr 27, 2014

Mark Kermode

42 83%

Tracks (2014)

"John Curran's scenic yet intimate recreation of Davidson's epic journey makes for an engrossing watch, albeit one that unfolds at a walking pace."

Posted Apr 27, 2014

Mark Kermode

43 100%

Looking for Light: Jane Bown ()

"[An] affectionate and somewhat wistful account of her rise to prominence as a portrait photographer of legend and renown."

Posted Apr 27, 2014

Mark Kermode

44 40%

After the Night (Até ver a luz) ()

"A vérité thriller rich with a sense of location and cultural authenticity."

Posted Apr 27, 2014

Mark Kermode

45 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Anyone with a fondness for broad canvas, ideas-heavy sci-fi should ignore the negative scuttle and give Transcendence the benefit of the doubt."

Posted Apr 27, 2014

Mark Kermode

46 27%

The Love Punch (2014)

"Utterly joyless - although you can somehow imagine Nigel Farage enjoying it immensely."

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Jonathan Romney

47 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"Brisk, authentically snotty stuff, with nice barbs at the expense of self-indulgent ex-hippy parents, lumbering heavy metallists and pompous youth workers."

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Jonathan Romney

48 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Does anyone need these films, apart from the most addicted comics obsessives, and Stan Lee's financial advisers?"

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Jonathan Romney

49 96%

Wrinkles (2014)

"A surprising thing indeed - an intelligent, entertaining, altogether unsentimental evocation of the experience of old age."

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Jonathan Romney

50 67%

Magic Magic (2013)

"A shapeless mess."

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Jonathan Romney

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