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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 48%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"This biopic of 'fashion's little prince' offers all the elegant precision of a fashion shoot - it's beautiful, and cold - but lacks a lot of necessary context."

Posted Jul 29, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

2 13%

Very Good Girls (2014)

"An almost complete waste of a talented cast, and all to, apparently, convince teenaged girls that sex isn't worth the hassle. Say what?"

Posted Jul 25, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

3 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"A hugely satisfying ode to entrepreneurial creativity, and a glorious love letter to New York City and the art it inspires. I love this movie so much."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

4 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"An inoffensive time-passer for youngsters, but adult genre fans who recall the 80s classics it draws on - E.T. and The Goonies - will be bored."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

5 82%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"Compulsively watchable. Joe Swanberg is a master of the subtlest of dramatic observation, and his films are unlike anything other filmmakers are giving us right now."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

6 61%

Hercules (2014)

"Grading on the Ratner Curve, this is a positive triumph. The cheesy clichés are at least passingly entertaining. You could do worse."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

7 53%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"Terry Gilliam descends into near self-parody with this mess of a would-be philosophical mind-frak about a mathematical formula for the meaning of life that has little to say."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

8 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"Doubles down on the first film's angry approach to class, inequality, and violence, and once again reflects an image of America that is ugly but only slightly distorted."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

9 95%

Grand Central ()

"French drama about decontamination workers in a nuclear power plant is riveting when it focuses on the details and dangers of the job, less so when it devolves into a sexy working-class soap opera."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

10 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"An extraordinary examination of a remarkable photographer, part portrait unraveled by meticulous detective work, part sharp criticism of the hidebound art establishment."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

11 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"A magnificent science fiction drama, and a beautiful one. Wonderfully radical for the simple fact that it is ruled by principled ideas."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

12 15%

Rage (2014)

"Sporadically hilariously awful, but mostly cheap, amateurish and so distasteful it borders on the vile. Poor Nicolas Cage and his foundering career."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

13 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"An audacious coming-of-age tale unique in the history of cinema; deeply moving and beautifully authentic."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

14 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Hauntingly grim, full of appalling ironies and awful truths. This is most definitely not the feel-good movie of the summer."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

15 ——

Falafel (2007)

"What could have been a diverting but ultimately throwaway movie experience becomes something you just can't shake."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

16 ——

The State Within (2007)

"A riveting BBC political thriller offering one of the most trenchant explorations yet of the sick symbiosis between big government and big business."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

17 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Arthouse martial-arts action that's incredibly dull even when it's being pornographic about its extreme bloody violence, and doesn't even bother with the nominally original one-location conceit of the first film."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

18 71%

Palo Alto (2014)

"A meditative contemplation of the boredom of overprivileged, under-aspiring, shallow, spoiled kids. As you've been dying to see."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

19 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"A touching biography, and an accidental look at the tremendous upheaval that journalism has weathered in the past half century."

Posted Jul 4, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

20 68%

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared ()

"An absurdist mock epic that is hilarious, outrageous, and completely insane. It's like a bonkers Swedish Forrest Gump."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

21 23%

Tammy (2014)

"Dumb, pointless, unentertaining crap. But at least it's about women. Yay? Nah."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

22 84%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"This documentary interview with Bush-era insider Donald Rumsfeld is like a horror movie with a calm sociopath at its center."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

23 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Rearranger of space and time Michael Bay has reached a level of aggressive self-actualization that perhaps no other human being has reached before."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

24 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"It's not as raunchy as the title suggests, but Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler pull off a hilarious sendup of every rom-com cliché with only a few (easily forgivable) missteps. I laughed a lot."

Posted Jun 29, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

25 22%

Radio Free Albemuth (2014)

"A too-literal adaptation of Philip K. Dick's paranoid science fiction fantasy about government conspiracies, hidden realities, and conversations with parallel universes lacks the atmosphere and human feeling it demands to work on any level."

Posted Jun 29, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

26 89%

Siddharth (2014)

"An achingly personal tale of grief and despair amidst the ironies of the modern world, where almost medieval levels of misery live alongside 21st-century horrors."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

27 88%

Chef (2014)

"Jon Favreau's midlife artistic crisis rendered as food porn. This is funny, poignant, and wise, though the wish-fulfillment romantic fantasy of it is a tad much to take."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

28 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"Confused suspense drama starts out gripping and descends into a moral muddle that a very good performance by Michael C. Hall cannot quite overcome."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

29 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"An absolute delight, even better than the first film; a gorgeously animated ode to peacemaking, nonconformity, and sticking to your principles in the face of ultimate adversity."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

30 74%

Enemy (2014)

"Jake Gyllenhaal meets his doppelgänger - or maybe it's also him - and mostly they argue over whether they are secretly [appropriating] each other's female property and so everyone gets extremely upset."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

31 57%

Pluto ()

"The murderous doings of a secret society of elite students at an ultracompetitive Korean high school brings a socially aware twist to the horror genre, but the film ultimately fizzles as a cultural cautionary tale."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

32 85%

Coherence (2014)

"Deploys twisty sci-fi concepts to warp the almost-clichéd dinner-party soap opera into a horror story of the human condition in the face of quantum philosophy."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

33 29%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"If it's meant to be a spy movie, it's not exciting. If it's meant to be a comedy, it's not funny. If it's meant to be dumb, absurd, and risible, it's a success."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

34 100%

Leave To Remain ()

"Compassionate, humane, and deeply touching interconnected stories about teenage asylum seekers in the UK, based on real stories and performed by young immigrant actors with similar experiences."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

35 82%

Miss Violence ()

"Deeply unnerving, yet it borders on a salacious exploitation of the everyday horrors it means to condemn."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

36 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Yes, it's a teenaged girl's romantic fantasy. And some of it might be in a secret code for young women. Imagine that."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

37 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Director Clint Eastwood's discomfort with his own material is enormous and obvious. Does he just not get pop music, or is he actively disdainful and suspicious of it?"

Posted Jun 18, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

38 66%

The German Doctor (2014)

"The subtle veil of horror draped over things we take for granted as good and wonderful aspects of humanity is deeply unsettling..."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

39 59%

Hellion (2014)

"Kat Candler's exploration of toxic male adolescence is handsome and haunting, with a star-making performance by young star Josh Wiggins, but we've seen this story many times before."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

40 83%

Belle (2014)

"Wonderful true story about a mixed-race woman raised in an aristocratic British family in the late 18th century; like the best Jane Austen romance with an angry social conscience."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

41 74%

Oculus (2014)

"The eerie atmosphere of psychological upset is intriguing and unusual, but it's not actually all that scary."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

42 77%

112 Weddings ()

"A startling and welcome breath of reality for an institution overladen by fantasy in our culture. Happily ever after is hard!"

Posted Jun 13, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

43 33%

A Perfect Plan (Un plan parfait) ()

"With rom-coms like this, who needs warcrimes? This is the most cruel, most contrived romantic comedy I have ever had the displeasure to endure."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

44 10%

Grace Of Monaco ()

"It's not exactly emotionally enthralling, but there's still much that's intriguing in this portrait of a woman who refused to let herself be pushed out of frame."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

45 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Funnier, cleverer, wittier, and snarkier, than the first film. It is nonstop self-deprecation that doles out well-deserved smacks to about 817 Hollywood things that desperately deserve it."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

46 74%

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

"Is she a virgin, or a whore? Surprise, she's both! This French drama about a teenager is infuriating in its reductive stereotypes."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

47 52%

Lucky Bastard (2014)

"Two contrived things, found-footage and porn, combine to create a flick that is distasteful and downright disgusting in so many ways."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

48 46%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"You'd think any movie that an all-powerful deity had a hand in would be awesome, right? Turns out, not so much. There's barely even a story here."

Posted May 30, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

49 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"A witty, clever, character-driven bit of science fiction wonderfulness, full of suspense, surprise, tension, and an unexpected poignancy."

Posted May 30, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

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