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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 40%

The Goodwin Games: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The Goodwin Games is bad, bad, bad. "

Posted May 20, 2013

Brian Tallerico

2 26%

Erased (2013)

"If you're a spy thriller fan or love the perpetually underrated (and in need of a better agent) Eckhart, you may be surprised. Everyone else has a better alternative this weekend. "

Posted May 16, 2013

Brian Tallerico

3 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"Where Polley's work goes from mere family movie to something much greater is in how she uses her own quest for answers to illuminate why & how we tell stories in the first place, especially in the form of film."

Posted May 16, 2013

Brian Tallerico

4 48%

Black Rock (2013)

"The what-if scenario that incites the action of "Black Rock" is captivating but Aselton and co-writer/husband Mark Duplass don't build on that scenario enough to make the venture successful overall."

Posted May 16, 2013

Brian Tallerico

5 66%

The Iceman (2013)

"A misguided, clichéd hitman flick that careens tonally and doesn't really justify its existence. It doesn't work as thriller or as drama, serving as little more than a performance piece for its talented star."

Posted May 16, 2013

Brian Tallerico

6 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"It leaves fans wondering what's next in the franchise, which will surely make Paramount happy, but doesn't stand on its own like the truly great part twos. "

Posted May 16, 2013

Brian Tallerico

7 75%

Pieta (2013)

"There is no denying Kim's ability to drag the viewer into those dark places of humanity that we don't want to go. It's not an easy film but it's a worthwhile one. "

Posted May 15, 2013

Brian Tallerico

8 98%

Mud (2013)

"A brilliant metaphor for how a child deals with divorce. "

Posted May 10, 2013

Brian Tallerico

9 49%

No One Lives (2013)

"Starts off with enough grit and style that a good horror fan is likely to get their hopes up at the potential fun to come. And so the crash is even greater when that same horror fan realizes that "No One Lives" is going absolutely nowhere interesting."

Posted May 9, 2013

Brian Tallerico

10 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"This isn't overkill in the way the term is typically used. It's just a repetitive kill, kill, kill, until the effect becomes numbing. Like being buried in a cavalcade of colorful fabric."

Posted May 9, 2013

Brian Tallerico

11 35%

Aftershock (2013)

"The elements all seem to be there but they're not compiled in a way that creates atmosphere or dread as much as they do confusion and laughter."

Posted May 8, 2013

Brian Tallerico

12 51%

At Any Price (2013)

"Dennis Quaid nearly makes it worth seeing on his own and I have no doubt that the multi-talented Bahrani can bounce back but this modern farmer's tale is a melodrama that I simply didn't buy."

Posted May 3, 2013

Brian Tallerico

13 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"The best in this series and one of the best Marvel films overall. "

Posted May 2, 2013

Brian Tallerico

14 13%

Family Tools: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" It's one of the best new comedy ensembles of the entire season. Maybe THE best. "

Posted May 1, 2013

Brian Tallerico

15 88%

The Angels' Share (2013)

"While it has some likable characters, particularly its charismatic lead, it's impossible to shake the feeling that we've seen this movie before."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Brian Tallerico

16 56%

Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2013)

"Boris Rodriguez's movie sadly ends up being neither an effective horror movie nor a memorable satire. It just kind of, pardon me for going there, sleepwalks through its clever set-up."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Brian Tallerico

17 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"Bay treats the people involved in this true story like CGI creations from one of his Transformers films and the lack of human touch on his part plays tug of war with the charisma of the cast. Bay wins. We lose. "

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Brian Tallerico

18 29%

The Numbers Station (2013)

"Cusack looks visibly bored. If someone had a camera on you while you were watching it, you would look the same way."

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Brian Tallerico

19 94%

Sun Don't Shine (2013)

"Like seemingly everything that Seimetz touches lately, it's great. Confident, stylish, and with a remarkable sense of place, Sun Don't Shine truly works. "

Posted Apr 23, 2013

Brian Tallerico

20 90%

Rectify: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Rectify is at once familiar and unlike anything else on TV right now. Yes, it's great. "

Posted Apr 22, 2013

Brian Tallerico

21 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"An ostentatious steak dinner in the special effects department never makes up for a story that tastes more like cheap ramen noodles."

Posted Apr 20, 2013

Adam Fendelman

22 27%

Hemlock Grove: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" It's not scary, it's not smart, it's not good. "

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Brian Tallerico

23 88%

Veep: Season 2 (TV, 2013)

" Veep is one of the best comedies on TV. "

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Brian Tallerico

24 93%

This Is Martin Bonner (2013)

"It's a very low-key, slowly paced piece that has a cumulative power through its honesty and realism."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Brian Tallerico

25 93%

The Central Park Five (2012)

"The Central Park Five," the second best documentary of 2013, examines the case, placing in perfect context of what was happening in 1989 in NYC and how it led to evil both in Central Park and in the offices of the people trying to keep us safe."

Posted Apr 16, 2013

Brian Tallerico

26 68%

Trance (2013)

"An undeniably well-made thriller that works back in on itself a few too many times for disbelief to stay suspended but delivers enough escapist entertainment to be considered a success."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Brian Tallerico

27 97%

Mad Men: Season 6 (TV, 2013)

" This is still riveting drama with one of the best ensembles on TV and undeniably high production values. It's good to have them back. "

Posted Apr 8, 2013

Brian Tallerico

28 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"That hope for a creative spark has allowed audiences to overlook the notable flaws of Alvarez's film. I get it. I want to love it too. But there are times where it's so hard to do so."

Posted Apr 5, 2013

Brian Tallerico

29 80%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"More thematically dense and ambitious than any crime film you'll see this year and with an incredible ensemble, The Place Beyond the Pines is the kind of daring, adult drama that critics bemoan doesn't get made nearly enough. "

Posted Apr 5, 2013

Brian Tallerico

30 68%

Hannibal: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Hannibal is the best new network drama of the 2012-13 season. "

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Brian Tallerico

31 18%

How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life): Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) almost plays like a spoof of a comedy within a smarter show. It's that cliched. "

Posted Apr 3, 2013

Brian Tallerico

32 100%

Game of Thrones: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" No one watches Game of Thrones and thinks they're watching a program that cuts corners in any way. And fans admire that commitment to creativity. "

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Brian Tallerico

33 92%

Orphan Black: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Maslany makes this incredibly complex character engaging enough to keep me interested in what happens to her next week. "

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Brian Tallerico

34 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"A full awareness that it's kind of a cheap melodrama (one of the characters even says so) doesn't change the fact that it is but the young Miyazaki's visual palette is notably beautiful and the voice work is strong throughout."

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Brian Tallerico

35 28%

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

"When I say, "dumb fun," do you focus on the first word or the second one? That will determine whether or not you should see G.I. Joe: Retaliation."

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Brian Tallerico

36 40%

Mental (2013)

"It's a bewilderingly strange movie, the kind of thing that one might write off as being lost in translation from its Australian origin before realizing it wasn't that funny there either."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Brian Tallerico

37 80%

Reality (2013)

"It's a step down from his previous work as it's less ambitious and doesn't quite come together but it features enough interesting ideas about our fame-obsessed culture to see why it connected with the French fest jury."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Brian Tallerico

38 68%

Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)

"The film never quite comes together enough to get over the sense that it's a comedy made by people who think they're too cool to laugh but it comes close."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Brian Tallerico

39 53%

The Girl (2013)

"There's a heartfelt tenderness for this troubled character on Riker & Cornish's part but it comes at the expense of realism or any serious answers to the questions raised by the film."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Brian Tallerico

40 65%

Spring Breakers (2013)

"With a pumping, brilliant score, an outstanding supporting performance from James Franco, and some of the most ridiculous behavior you'll see on screen all year, Spring Breakers is thoroughly entertaining and kinda brilliant. "

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Brian Tallerico

41 48%

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

"There are moments of goofy, B-movie fun (certainly more of them than in the much-worse A Good Day to Die Hard) but not enough to get over the brutal nonsense that makes up most of this action flick."

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Brian Tallerico

42 93%

Top of the Lake (2013)

"There's not a single weak performance in the ensemble."

Posted Mar 18, 2013

Brian Tallerico

43 81%

Bates Motel: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Very well-cast, clever, and fun. "

Posted Mar 18, 2013

Brian Tallerico

44 94%

The Bitter Buddha (2013)

"Few comics with this degree of rage have been this self-aware and comical about it. He's a fascinating blend of NYC anger and L.A. trends. He's a wannabe vegan with road rage. 'Nuff said."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Brian Tallerico

45 36%

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

"There are a few laughs here and there and some of the supporting cast works but the leads are woefully miscast and most of the jokes hit with all the awkward silence of a Bennigan's tableside magician who guesses the wrong card."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Brian Tallerico

46 88%

The Silence (2013)

"With echoes of "The Vanishing" and "Memories of Murder," Baran bo Odar's dread-filled "The Silence" is a character-based thriller that focuses more on the people wrapped up in its web of perversion and murder than the crimes themselves. "

Posted Mar 14, 2013

Brian Tallerico

47 36%

The ABCs of Death (2013)

"If you're gonna bother with this alphabetic orgy of gore and carnage, do it On Demand so you can fast forward through the unbearably bad ones."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Brian Tallerico

48 28%

21 And Over (2013)

"We feel manipulated into giving "The Hangover" masterminds our 10 bucks again while getting an immature regression back to what appears like a college film made by college film students."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Adam Fendelman

49 20%

Red Widow: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" This new thriller has a great cast and strong production values but no reason to expect that it will turn this season around. "

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Brian Tallerico

50 56%

Golden Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The concept is clever and some of the cast is well above average but the writing, always the most important element of a TV show, is subpar with cliched dialogue that betrays any possible character development. "

Posted Mar 1, 2013

Brian Tallerico

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