Observer [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 28%

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

"It's like the childhood dream of the president of the National Rifle Association."

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Philip French

2 97%

Point Blank (1967)

"One of the four supreme masterworks in a major oeuvre ..."

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Philip French

3 30%

King Of The Travellers ()

"Bog standard is the word for this."

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Philip French

4 68%

Trance (2013)

"[An] enjoyable, labyrinthine neo-noir thriller."

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Philip French

5 91%

Good Vibrations ()

"Richard Dormer is immensely likable as Hooley, and Karl Johnson brings a dour conviction to his father, an elderly disillusioned communist who finds spiritual victory in electoral defeat."

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Philip French

6 73%

One Mile Away ()

"The picture covers familiar ground and tends to ramble somewhat repetitively."

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Philip French

7 89%

In the House (2013)

"The director and the audience are drawn together as voyeurs imposing our narratives on what we see on the screen as we do when organising the world around us."

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Philip French

8 19%

Identity Thief (2013)

"The film is painfully unfunny, almost literally so."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Philip French

9 79%

Reality (2013)

"It's a sad story, told at too great a length, but its final image is devastating."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Philip French

10 70%

The Croods (2013)

"The complacency and lack of imagination are painful."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Philip French

11 30%

Reincarnated (2013)

"Comic, pretentious and tedious."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Philip French

12 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"The family audience deserves better than this."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Philip French

13 55%

Post Tenebras Lux (2013)

"It's just one self-indulgence after (or before) another."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Philip French

14 0%

12 in a Box (2009)

"It's a clumsy affair with a running joke involving a man with a severe stammer that's about as funny as a running sore."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Philip French

15 89%

Compliance (2012)

"Compliance is a disturbing, exciting and instructive film about matters we should all be prepared to face."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Philip French

16 92%

O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012)

"With each scene, Kleber Mendonša Filho adds layers of meaning to his characters and the neighbourhood, many that no doubt can only be properly appreciated by Brazilian audiences."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Philip French

17 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"Wastes an exceptional cast on an incoherent tale ..."

Posted Mar 17, 2013

Philip French

18 50%

Welcome to the Punch (2013)

"The set pieces (most especially the opening robbery) are expertly, if self-consciously staged."

Posted Mar 17, 2013

Philip French

19 12%

Red Dawn (2012)

"It is a foolish, ill-considered undertaking, the unexpected topicality of which makes it all the sillier."

Posted Mar 17, 2013

Philip French

20 48%

Maniac (2013)

"I doubt if cult status is in the offing, but who predicted a future for Michael Powell's Peeping Tom?"

Posted Mar 17, 2013

Philip French

21 36%

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

"As lightweight as a ping-pong ball, this charming, slightly over-extended comedy sends up films about showbiz rivalries."

Posted Mar 17, 2013

Philip French

22 70%

The Spirit of '45 ()

"A thin, misleading and sentimental account of history, and how we got from there to here."

Posted Mar 17, 2013

Philip French

23 91%

Beyond The Hills (2013)

"I found it riveting to watch and fascinating to think about afterwards."

Posted Mar 17, 2013

Philip French

24 95%

Touch of Evil (1958)

"A baroque masterpiece -- dark, complex, perverse, riveting."

Posted Mar 12, 2013

Philip French

25 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"A story that plays subtle tricks with our moral allegiances."

Posted Mar 10, 2013

Philip French

26 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"The film has lots of computer-generated special effects but no magic."

Posted Mar 10, 2013

Philip French

27 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"The robot gives an ironic twist to Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics", and the movie is highly enjoyably for three quarters of the way."

Posted Mar 10, 2013

Philip French

28 38%

The Guilt Trip (2012)

"It's all kvetch this and kvetch that, with few jokes or amusing encounters ..."

Posted Mar 10, 2013

Philip French

29 83%

Babeldom ()

"Mostly predictable pessimistic stuff, lacking anything humane (in the manner of say Julien Temple's recent film London: The Modern Babylon) or informed by Dickensian gusto."

Posted Mar 10, 2013

Philip French

30 63%

Broken (2013)

"Erupts into unpersuasive, blood-drenched melodrama that is no doubt intended as a wake-up call to a troubled country."

Posted Mar 10, 2013

Philip French

31 91%

Caesar Must Die (2013)

"Profoundly moving."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Philip French

32 87%

Arbitrage (2012)

"This is a gleaming movie about a man with his back to the wall, facing disgrace on several fronts and the possibility of exchanging his Armani suit for prison garb."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Philip French

33 28%

Broken City (2013)

"It's moderately enjoyable, well acted and both complicated and simplistic."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Philip French

34 77%

The Bay (2012)

"The tension is well enough sustained, the horrors build steadily, the eco message is familiar."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Philip French

35 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"An almost unendurably sentimental tale ..."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Philip French

36 50%

Hi-so ()

"It's all rather familiar but well done."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Philip French

37 15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"One suspects that, seriously or tongue in cheek, it's really about the "war against terror" and that Hansel and Gretel are the CIA and the witches belong to al-Qaida."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Philip French

38 93%

Sleep Tight (2012)

"An unrelievedly nightmarish film."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Philip French

39 68%

Stoker (2013)

"[A] wild, watchable, relatively brief, deeply annoying thriller ..."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Philip French

40 94%

Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew) (1964)

"Cinema's most impressive biblical movie to date."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Philip French

41 99%

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

"To appreciate the film fully, Lawrence must be seen in a cinema, in 70mm on the widescreen and in stereophonic sound, and the present theatrical revival is not to be missed."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Philip French

42 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"It has a certain grandeur, if ultimately it's an inspiritingly ambitious folly."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Philip French

43 64%

Unfinished Song (2013)

"Everything that follows is as predictable, dreary and proverbial as the weather in Manchester."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Philip French

44 71%

Crawl (2011)

"There's little originality but a decent amount of suspense, a great deal of blood and some promise."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Philip French

45 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"The characters have little substance or development. The dialogue is minimal and deliberately semi-audible."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Philip French

46 83%

The Road: A Story of Life & Death ()

"[A] moving, deeply sad documentary about immigrants living at the London end of the A5."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Philip French

47 65%

Mama (2013)

"Becomes increasingly arbitrary and explicit."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Philip French

48 94%

Lore (2013)

"It isn't exactly a profound film, but Saskia Rosendahl's performance has considerable depth, and she interacts admirably with her siblings."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Philip French

49 92%

Fire In The Blood (2013)

"The film is a testament to human decency and a damning indictment of laissez-faire capitalism."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Philip French

50 87%

Gandhi (1982)

"Attenborough shows once again his skill in managing the big set-piece."

Posted Feb 20, 2013

Philip French

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