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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Rango (2011)

"Admirably ambitious animated ode to Spaghetti Westerns featuring a Johnny Depp-voiced lizard as the unlikely hero."

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Joe Lozito

2 34%

Hall Pass (2011)

"It's hard to tell what's fallen farther: the Farrelly Brothers' career or the institution of marriage."

Posted Feb 24, 2011

Joe Lozito

3 55%

Unknown (2011)

"Despite its Herculean plot contortions, this latest entry in the American-caught-in-a-foreign-city formula fails to live up to its stolen-identity premise."

Posted Feb 18, 2011

Joe Lozito

4 83%

Potiche (2011)

Posted Jan 30, 2011

David Kempler

5 73%

The Housemaid (2011)

"The problem is that the plot never quite catches up to the imagery."

Posted Jan 30, 2011

David Kempler

6 43%

The Green Hornet (2011)

"Pointless goof of a film, can't decide if it wants to be a superhero movie or a parody of one."

Posted Jan 13, 2011

Joe Lozito

7 90%

True Grit (1969)

Posted Dec 26, 2010

Joe Lozito

8 96%

True Grit (2010)

"This disappointing Coen Brothers foray into the Western genre has little of the Brothers' trademark quality and barely improves on the John Wayne original."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Joe Lozito

9 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"If the thought of watching a film about the Duke of York overcoming his speech impediment already has you clicking elsewhere, then director Tom Hooper's masterfully-crafted biopic may not be for you. You'll be missing out."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Joe Lozito

10 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"Biopic about former welterweight champ Micky Ward has neither the subtle heart of "Rocky" nor the brutality of "Raging Bull", but it does possess an achingly real performance from Amy Adams that's a complete knockout."

Posted Dec 8, 2010

Joe Lozito

11 32%

All Good Things (2010)

"Considering the facts of the still-unsolved Robert Durst case, this underwhelming docudrama from Andrew Jarecki should leave more of an impression."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Joe Lozito

12 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"Darren Aronofsky continues his obsession with, well, obsession with this story of a New York ballerina who gets the dance of a lifetime."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Joe Lozito

13 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"The King's Speech is first-class all the way, and it's well worth a trip to the theatre, so get off your duff and see it."

Posted Nov 30, 2010

David Kempler

14 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"The seventh "Harry Potter" movie asks the most of its audience thus far, and returns the least. If you're not a fan and know nothing of the characters, the film will be a difficult slog. Those bought into the franchise will be appropriately enthralled."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Joe Lozito

15 86%

Unstoppable (2010)

"Popcorn-movie that it is, this straightforward actioner from director Tony Scott - about a runaway train carrying tons of toxic chemicals - delivers exactly what you'd expect and nothing more."

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Joe Lozito

16 100%

Waste Land (2010)

"From this stinking mass of rotting garbage comes a very sweetly surprising aroma."

Posted Nov 7, 2010

David Kempler

17 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"You're not going to do much better than Danny Boyle."

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Joe Lozito

18 71%

Monsters (2010)

"A great exercise in low budget filmmaking but not much of a monster movie."

Posted Oct 28, 2010

Joe Lozito

19 58%

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

"New house, new family, same problems, in this rare sequel that is not only a worthy follow-up to the original but also improves upon it by adding extra depth to the story."

Posted Oct 23, 2010

Joe Lozito

20 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"Clint Eastwood's somber meditation on life after death is every bit as ponderous as you'd expect. In the hands of this superlative director, it's also very watchable."

Posted Oct 14, 2010

Joe Lozito

21 71%

Red (2010)

"A pitch-perfect parody of over-the-hill action heroes nails and sustains the right tone throughout. Of course, when you've got Helen Mirren stationed behind a mounted machine gun, how can you fail?"

Posted Oct 14, 2010

Joe Lozito

22 79%

Nowhere Boy (2010)

"Kristin Scott Thomas does a great job, as is her norm, and Duff holds up her end of the bargain."

Posted Oct 10, 2010

David Kempler

23 64%

Secretariat (2010)

Posted Oct 10, 2010

David Kempler

24 88%

Let Me In (2010)

"This American remake of 2008's small Swedish gem is a valiant effort but rarely evokes the eerie essence of the original."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Joe Lozito

25 72%

Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010)

"Even the opening credits were unbearable."

Posted Sep 26, 2010

David Kempler

26 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"This sequel -- like its iconic character -- is every bit as slick, relevant and, yes, mature as you'd want it to be."

Posted Sep 26, 2010

Joe Lozito

27 100%

Last Train Home (2010)

"If you want a glimpse inside a world very foreign to the American way of life, you'll be rewarded, but the entertainment meter doesn't generate all that much movement."

Posted Sep 21, 2010

David Kempler

28 81%

Catfish (2010)

"What unfolds is at times frustrating, yet ultimately rewarding and heart-warming."

Posted Sep 19, 2010

David Kempler

29 85%

Easy A (2010)

"This overly self-aware teen comedy strives to be a "Clueless" or "Mean Girls" but, like its heroine, it just doesn't quite fit in."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Joe Lozito

30 23%

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

"Like one of its lumbering undead, this video game franchise is hard to kill. The fourth entry is less about zombie mayhem than about progressing a larger story arc - if anyone still cares."

Posted Sep 10, 2010

Joe Lozito

31 72%

Machete (2010)

"Robert Rodriguez finally delivers on the promise of 2007's "Grindhouse" with this gleefully campy Mex-ploitation flick about a knife-wielding anti-hero doling out bloody slices of justice."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Joe Lozito

32 97%

A Film Unfinished (2010)

"It is hard to relate just how powerful these scenes really are."

Posted Aug 29, 2010

David Kempler

33 72%

The Last Exorcism (2010)

"If you ignore the marketing, this is actually a clever and creepy (if ultimately pointless) little thriller possessed by the soul of a horror movie."

Posted Aug 26, 2010

Joe Lozito

34 60%

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2010)

"The grand old man of American nudity is still going strong at the age of 83."

Posted Aug 23, 2010

David Kempler

35 34%

Lottery Ticket (2010)

"Sweet, and very noisy, ensemble comedy lives up to its premise when it sticks closely to its neighborhood and its characters."

Posted Aug 19, 2010

Joe Lozito

36 41%

The Expendables (2010)

"There's a lot in this nostalgic Sylvester Stallone actioner that lives up to its title - the recycled plot, the forgettable characters, the monotonous violence - but it's an undeniable kick to see these vets in action."

Posted Aug 15, 2010

Joe Lozito

37 93%

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

"How refreshing to see lesbian marriage treated as a normal, unremarkable event rather than something worthy of voting bans. Imagine that."

Posted Aug 5, 2010

Lexi Feinberg

38 79%

The Other Guys (2010)

"The humor in this big budget action-comedy is a lot like one of its many chase scenes: the jokes fly like bullets, some hit the target and some don't, but in the end they get the job done."

Posted Aug 5, 2010

Joe Lozito

39 46%

Step Up 3 (2010)

"The 3D, as well as the rehashed plot, do little to enhance the frequently phenomenal dancing in this third "Step Up" film."

Posted Aug 5, 2010

Joe Lozito

40 96%

Restrepo (2010)

"Sebastian Junger's chronicle of a fourteen-month mission in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley isn't much of a documentary, but the undeniably harrowing footage should be required viewing."

Posted Jul 29, 2010

Joe Lozito

41 42%

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

"A perfectly stupid and ultimately forgettable comedy from director Jay Roach that will, nonetheless, have you laughing even as the film dissolves from your memory."

Posted Jul 29, 2010

Joe Lozito

42 62%

Salt (2010)

"Angelina Jolie's half-baked actioner feels like it was unearthed from some pre-Iron Curtain time capsule. Maybe back then we would've bought the wildly improbable plot."

Posted Jul 22, 2010

Joe Lozito

43 64%

Predators (2010)

"It's no "Aliens", but it does have an intriguing setup, good pace and a surprisingly action-ready Adrien Brody."

Posted Jul 13, 2010

Joe Lozito

44 87%

X2: X-Men United (2003)

"'X' hits the spot."

Posted Jul 7, 2010

Joe Lozito

45 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"A surprisingly sincere look at male-female Mars-Venusness in these 00s. It's funny alright, but not in the way you might think."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Joe Lozito

46 29%

The Punisher (2004)

"Standard, styleless revenge fantasy."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Joe Lozito

47 66%

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)

"Relentlessly silly but not quite funny parody of 70s network news never quite lives up to its promise."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Joe Lozito

48 10%

Grown Ups (2010)

"A bunch of funny guys goof their way through the thinnest of plots in a bucolic setting. It plays like watching someone else's vacation footage."

Posted Jun 24, 2010

Joe Lozito

49 53%

Knight & Day (2010)

"The aliens made him do it: Tom Cruise should never have signed up for this asinine, action-adventure dud."

Posted Jun 22, 2010

Lexi Feinberg

50 80%

Cyrus (2010)

"There are plenty of movies about sons with inappropriate feelings for their mothers -- thank you, Freud -- but seeing that unfold between Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei feels like a whole new adventure."

Posted Jun 20, 2010

Lexi Feinberg

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