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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 82%

The Double (2014)

"Despite its pleasures, the film proves ultimately little more than an echo, forgoing a thorough exploration of its themes for a more literal approach that treads close to lip service."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Rob Humanick

2 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"There's a purely visual element to the storytelling that escapes many films of the genre - or, at least, everything but their action scenes."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Rob Humanick

3 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"A prismatically efficient thriller."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Rob Humanick

4 89%

Locke (2014)

"Hardy's introspective intensity helps to achieve and sustain and level of intimacy that's more thrilling than many films with 100 times the budget."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Rob Humanick

5 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"For all of its contained and implied profundities, Boyhood succeeds in large part thanks to a virtually unnoticeable sleight of hand."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Rob Humanick

6 14%

Rage (2014)

"It's sobering conclusions are heartfelt, but ultimately unearned."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Rob Humanick

7 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"It isn't too soon to add Only Lovers Left Alive to the list of the greatest vampire films."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Rob Humanick

8 86%

The Immigrant (2014)

"As haunting, and haunted, as any of [James Gray's] prior achievements."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Rob Humanick

9 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Merits near-hyperbolic praise."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Rob Humanick

10 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"Emotionally raw, visually spare, and poetic, even in its imperfections."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Rob Humanick

11 84%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"It is, by definition, nonfiction, but at times suggests a horror movie."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Rob Humanick

12 94%

Ida (2014)

"A painterly act of contemplation and one to compare with any of the greatest films made about the nature of faith."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Rob Humanick

13 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (2014)

"Were the film made 30 years ago, it would be the kind many families would have worn thin from endless VHS repeats. I can't wait to watch it again."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Rob Humanick

14 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"This film would have been well-made regardless of its casting, but the pairing of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt is an inspired one."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Rob Humanick

15 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"If [the film] ultimately resolves without quite plumbing its own depths as much as I'd have preferred, I'm still more than impressed with where it opts to go in the first place."

Posted May 4, 2014

Rob Humanick

16 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Under the Skin doesn't just affirm the movies' ability to draw us out of our worldview: it raises the bar. I can't wait to watch it five or six more times, at least."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Rob Humanick

17 52%

Clear History (2013)

"Clear History's shorthanded characterizations and ethical vacuum prove so flaccid that it fails even if one views it as a nihilistic statement."

Posted Aug 10, 2013

Rob Humanick

18 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"Suggests someone painting by numbers with Herculian intensity, and the effect is hollow and dispassionate."

Posted Jul 7, 2013

Rob Humanick

19 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Eschews camp and lends Superman a genuinely fantastic, spiritual heft, one that grounds the ruthless destruction to come and elevates it above mere popcorn spectacle."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Rob Humanick

20 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"Luhrmann makes the most out of what might be considered the text's music video counterpart."

Posted May 22, 2013

Rob Humanick

21 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"A superhero movie with enough intelligence and personality that it should appeal to plenty outside its intended comic book demographic."

Posted May 7, 2013

Rob Humanick

22 87%

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"If the first Hellboy was about the loss of our fathers and the mystery of where we come from, Hellboy II centers on where we are going, and what we do when the mantle passes."

Posted Feb 6, 2013

Rob Humanick

23 64%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"This time around, Bond's biggest adversaries are those behind the camera."

Posted Feb 4, 2013

Rob Humanick

24 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"Its flaws are more so of the executional than the conceptual kind, the whole more than the sum of its parts."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Rob Humanick

25 83%

Avatar (2009)

"This sci-fi epic would be a masterpiece if judged solely on its technical merits."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Rob Humanick

26 83%

Avatar (2009)

"Cameron is flexing his creative muscles, but the film never overcomes the nagging feeling that he's also simply going through the motions."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Rob Humanick

27 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"The creative production design and earnest script go a long way in elevating so modest a work."

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Rob Humanick

28 65%

Mama (2013)

"No mere shocker, but a thoughtful rumination on what it means to love, lose, and move on from life's cruel blows."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Rob Humanick

29 32%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"All style and pose devoid of soul."

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Rob Humanick

30 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

"If the sequences removed from Sommerton held a little more presence [...] I'd be less hesitant to call The Last Stand anything less than great."

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Rob Humanick

31 15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"It would be different if Hansel & Gretel were only stupid; that it's also boring is unforgivable."

Posted Jan 30, 2013

Rob Humanick

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Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)

"Among the most efficient and exciting of the series since the 1954 original"

Posted Jan 27, 2013

Rob Humanick

33 98%

Up (2009)

"Quintessential Pixar."

Posted Jan 27, 2013

Rob Humanick

34 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Were films judged entirely by the emotive impact of their opening and closing images, The Dark Knight would be a masterpiece."

Posted Jan 24, 2013

Rob Humanick

35 37%

Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008)

"Stallone uses his iconic character here to explore the necessary evils of violence through a brutal pop lens."

Posted Jan 24, 2013

Rob Humanick

36 96%

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

"Subjects us to the kind of unrelenting nightmare we only wish we could wake up from."

Posted Jan 23, 2013

Rob Humanick

37 77%

Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror) (2007)

"A first-rate homage to the schlocky, sleazy B-movies of decades past."

Posted Jan 23, 2013

Rob Humanick

38 67%

Death Proof (2007)

"Death Proof doesn't simply comment on its genre inspirations - it adds to their very legacy."

Posted Jan 20, 2013

Rob Humanick

39 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"The end result remains quixotically affecting, and more than the sum of its many delirious parts."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Rob Humanick

40 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"Martel's novel could have yielded a greater film in different hands, but Lee's work remains one to be grateful for."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Rob Humanick

41 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"Succeeds less on the merits of aesthetics than its willingness to give in to crowd-pleasing effervescence."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Rob Humanick

42 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Yearns to find eternal truths under impossible circumstances, and succeeds with flying colors by my watch."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Rob Humanick

43 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"What reeks most about The Impossible is that it mistakes adventurous titillation for humanitarian mourning."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Rob Humanick

44 19%

Texas Chainsaw (2013)

"Pardon me while I reassess my stance on the death penalty."

Posted Jan 7, 2013

Rob Humanick

45 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"As essential an entry in Spielberg's catalog as his most popular blockbusters and heralded epics."

Posted Jan 5, 2013

Rob Humanick

46 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"What propels this grisly chapter is the characters' keen sense of agency."

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Rob Humanick

47 70%

Les MisÚrables (2012)

"Fosse wept."

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Rob Humanick

48 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while."

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Rob Humanick

49 78%

Flight (2012)

"One would be foolish to expect anything less from one of our great humanitarian mainstream artists."

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Rob Humanick

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