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Little White Lies

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 87%

What Maisie Knew (2013)

"McGehee and Siegel never find a way to really get inside Maisie's head."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Oliver Lyttelton

2 75%

The Kings of Summer (2013)

"Like a summer fling, forgotten as soon as you re-enter the real world."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Adam Woodward

3 ——

El Sheita Elli Fat (Winter of Discontent) ()

"Admirable, but nothing you couldn't get from scouring a news website for a few hours."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

David Jenkins

4 12%

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

"This tired mulch of fantasy clichés is hampered by its regressive attitude towards its plucky heroine."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Joseph Walsh

5 53%

Devil's Pass (2013)

"The awe-inspiring mountain vistas serve to ratchet up the claustrophobic intensity against the characters' blithe, even foolish, attitudes."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Martyn Conterio

6 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"A fairly indistinct Tex-Mex time-filler that soon gets lost amid memories of cooler, dustier, sweatier tear-ups."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Adam Lee Davies

7 80%

Call Girl ()

"A convoluted 134 minutes but impressive for a debut feature. Watch this space."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Tabi Jackson Gee

8 89%

Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City) (1967)

"Incredibly rich and satisfying. Would easily stand up to multiple viewings."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

David Jenkins

9 35%

Aftershock (2013)

"Very, very ordinary."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

David Jenkins

10 56%

Bachelorette (2012)

"Not good."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

David Jenkins

11 93%

Kuma ()

"Lacks a structure that serves the narrative to the level it deserves, but Dag is certainly one to watch."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Joseph Walsh

12 50%

When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun (2012)

"Good access, good heart, bad craft."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

13 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"We wish this left a sour taste in the mouth, instead it leaves nothing."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

David Jenkins

14 90%

Silence (2014)

"The best cinematic portrayal of a man recording silence since that scene in 24 Hour Party People."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Mark Asch

15 71%

Foxfire ()

"A big miss. Cantet can and should do better than this."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

David Jenkins

16 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"Flying as high as an eagle or scampering across the tracks like a lizard, Verbinski's camerawork is off the-chain and the visual-effects are first class."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Jonathan Crocker

17 88%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"A slightly unsatisfying experience, and unlikely to match the re-watch value of Partridge's sublime TV excursions."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Adam Lee Davies

18 50%

Looking for Hortense (Cherchez Hortense) ()

"Forget Hortense, we're still looking for the plot."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Rebecca Ellis

19 41%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"There is a better film about gods and monsters: it's called Gods and Monsters."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

20 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"Not up there with the Ghibli masterworks of yore, but still a bounty of ideas and emotions."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

David Jenkins

21 90%

Paradise: Hope (2013)

"With this sublime trilogy under his belt, Seidl must surely be considered one of Austrian cinema's great auteurs."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Adam Woodward

22 56%

Heaven's Gate (1980)

"Emotionally stings like few other westerns."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Glenn Heath Jr.

23 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"Retired, extremely dull."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

24 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"Conjures up expertly timed scares and very little else."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Martyn Conterio

25 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"A psychoanalyst's wet dream. When can we see it again?"

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Adam Woodward

26 14%

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

"No fun whatsoever."

Posted Jul 31, 2013

David Jenkins

27 65%

The Heat (2013)

"The bland visuals and point-and-shoot directorial style mean that not much sticks in the mind, but 'The Heat II' would be an entirely welcome proposition."

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Adam Lee Davies

28 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"If the makers had had the courage of their convictions and gone full-Bond on this one, they might have had something. As it is... no, not really."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

David Jenkins

29 98%

Blackfish (2013)

"Important, informative, imperfect."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Ashley Clark

30 88%

Dial M for Murder (1954)

"Second tier Hitch perhaps, but no less enjoyable for it, and still a marvel of cinematic technique."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Matthew Thrift

31 58%

Viramundo ()

"Hard to know what the film says. Or what it even wanted to say."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

David Jenkins

32 69%

Días de gracia (Days of Grace) (2011)

"So we think Mexico is an extremely violent place, but are a bit confused to be frank."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

David Jenkins

33 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"Frances Ha both acknowledges and earns its place in the tradition of the New York bourgeois comedy, encoding the angst of social mores in witty dialogue. Make no mistake: the cinematic slacker has come of age."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Anton Bitel

34 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"The film never struggles under the strain of its weighty subject matter, delivering an enjoyable and heartfelt tale which combines elements of exhilarating comedy and tense drama that never detract from its bravely articulated subtext."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Rebecca Ellis

35 55%

Breathe In (2014)

"Doremus is aware of the evocative power of light, capturing the sensuousness of a warm summer night or the intimacy of a pale, misty rain that wraps around the house like a blanket."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Jessica Lambert

36 58%

The Frozen Ground (2013)

"Nicolas Cage sleepwalks through another macho, tediously formulaic b-movie."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Chris Blohm

37 98%

Roman Holiday (1953)

"Hepburn represents all western cinema, finally allowed out to play on the cobbled streets of postwar Europe."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

David Jenkins

38 88%

Springsteen And I (2013)

"As much as this is a film about extreme fandom and joys of getting close and personal with a music legend, Walsh's film also offers a neat examination into the art of stage banter."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

David Jenkins

39 87%

Akira (2001)

"While its typically convoluted sci-fi plotting and sprawling ensemble of characters occasionally lead it to border on the incoherent, it's hard not to be in awe of the giant hand-drawn cityscapes that make up the backdrop for the eye-popping action."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

David Jenkins

40 14%

Suspension Of Disbelief ()

"This noir-referencing drama from Brit digi-alchemist Mike Figgis is a didactic and haughty bore."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

David Jenkins

41 82%

Eden (2013)

"Props to Griffiths for proving that it only takes a very slight shift in tone and focus to give a gory old bike a set of shiny new wheels."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

David Jenkins

42 89%

The World's End (2013)

"Even though some of the jokes are starting to wear a little thin, it's testament to the enduring popularity of the series' central trio that this third installment ticks so many boxes without bringing anything new to the table."

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Adam Woodward

43 100%

The Deep (Djúpið) (2013)

"Like its hero, the film still manages against the odds to hold the attention."

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

44 100%

Les Invisibles ()

"Passionate people speaking openly about their lives and loves, it's stirring stuff."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

David Jenkins

45 96%

The Deep (2013)

"Shows pervading and wise humility in the face of nature."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

46 46%

Cleopatra (1963)

"Melodramatic, and camp as Christmas, but nothing like the disaster its reputation suggests."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Matthew Thrift

47 81%

The Moo Man ()

"A lovely little film which amounts to much more than its director perhaps intended it to."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

David Jenkins

48 94%

Blancanieves (2013)

"Blancanieves is a makeweight project, but its modest pleasures linger in the mind."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Andrew Schenker

49 93%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"This is saying something important. Check your Facebook settings."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

D'Arcy Doran

50 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"It's not that Monsters University lacks any of the heart or wit of Pixar's finest achievements - the attention to detail and sight gags are as impressive as ever - but narratively speaking this is derivative in the extreme."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Adam Woodward

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