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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 78%

Flight (2012)

"An adult-oriented drama that is so consistently entertaining and fascinating that it plays like a thriller even if the thrills aren't produced from traditional devices but from the sense that you're watching masters at work."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Brian Tallerico

2 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Not only one of the best James Bond movies in the five-decade history of the beloved character but it's one of the best action movies of the last decade. "

Posted Oct 30, 2012

Brian Tallerico

3 90%

Keep the Lights On (2012)

"It is a film in which we see snapshots of a long-term love affair that seems doomed from the start. The raw truth of much of it is strong enough to make the sometimes frustrating structure forgivable."

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Brian Tallerico

4 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"Hawkes' work here is that good that it carries one away on a wave of emotion that dismisses critical thought. The film around him could have been better but you're unlikely to realize that while you're watching it."

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Brian Tallerico

5 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"Too much of what unspools in this epic experience is technically remarkable and thematically engaging to dismiss the film entirely but it's an undeniable disappointment in comparison to the work that inspired it."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Brian Tallerico

6 75%

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23: Season 2 (TV, 2012-2013)

" I'm still not convinced this show can maintain its high degree of snark every single week but it's off to a more promising start than it was a year ago. "

Posted Oct 23, 2012

Brian Tallerico

7 45%

The Girl ()

"It's well-written and well-directed in terms of historical accuracy and the performances certainly aren't bad but the film never finds a strong creative justification to exist."

Posted Oct 22, 2012

Brian Tallerico

8 24%

Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

""Paranormal Activity 4" plays to people who are unwilling to think, don't want to or actually can't engage a well-constructed and deep plot that delves beyond surface-level door slams and quick "boo!" scare-and-jump scenes."

Posted Oct 20, 2012

Adam Fendelman

9 12%

Alex Cross (2012)

"You may be expecting just a standard mystery/thriller. You'll get a mess that's so poorly constructed that if it were a pilot for a cop show, no network would pick it up. "

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Brian Tallerico

10 88%

Middle of Nowhere (2012)

"Tells a relatively simple story but does so with enough artistic intent and truth of character that the common story that it tells becomes uncommonly good in its telling. "

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Brian Tallerico

11 77%

American Horror Story: Asylum (TV, 2012-2013)

" I simply love the idea of a troupe of actors like this taking different roles and telling different stories every year with one singular focus -- to show you something horrifying that you won't soon forget. "

Posted Oct 17, 2012

Brian Tallerico

12 26%

Emily Owens, M.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Someone find a better show for Mamie Gummer, stat! "

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Brian Tallerico

13 93%

The Walking Dead: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Gory, intense, edgy, and incredibly risk-taking, this is some of the strongest television you'll see this Fall and I have every reason to believe that this will be the best season of The Walking Dead to date. "

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Brian Tallerico

14 63%

Sinister (2012)

"I never look at Rotten Tomatoes until after I publish my review. My reviews agree with the Tomatometer 77% of the time. While "Sinister" is fresh here based on 100+ reviews, it's only barely so at 63%. That's wrong. This is the best horror film of 2012."

Posted Oct 13, 2012

Adam Fendelman

15 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"How do we suppress our need for moral and even physical justice if we believe that violence leads to damnation? Is there a chance to...oh, never mind. Let's just blow someone's brains out. "

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Brian Tallerico

16 96%

Argo (2012)

"Affleck has made a film that features multiple locations, dozens of speaking roles, and the kind of tonal shifting that veterans routinely screw up and he's not only dodged the many potential pitfalls but made a modern classic by doing so."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Brian Tallerico

17 100%

The League: Season 4 (TV, 2012)

" What's happened with The League is that the already-talented cast has gelled even more as an ensemble over the show's four seasons. "

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Brian Tallerico

18 18%

Smiley (2012)

"A modest, low-budget horror movie with some effective ideas and an engaging lead performance but it clutters itself down with too much dialogue about its title character and the very concept of evil being potentially brought to physical life. "

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Brian Tallerico

19 20%

Beauty and the Beast: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" It's the kind of show one can barely remember watching by the time the opening credits are done on what follows it. "

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Brian Tallerico

20 100%

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 8 (TV, 2012)

" Yes, Sunny is just as dark and crazy as ever. I just wish it was a little more focused in its wit and a little less familiar. "

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Brian Tallerico

21 92%

Nashville: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Nashville works largely for the same reason country music works - strong personalities and timeless narratives. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Brian Tallerico

22 86%

Arrow: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" It's undeniably cheesy and cliched but it also has a charismatic leading man, strong plotting, and high production values. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Brian Tallerico

23 47%

Chicago Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" It just doesn't connect on a realistic level like we need shows like this to do. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Brian Tallerico

24 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"Utter nonsense, a film that plays like a cross between Seth MacFarlane spoofing the first film on Family Guy and MacGyver fan fiction (although nowhere NEAR as much fun as that might make it sound). "

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Brian Tallerico

25 10%

About Cherry (2012)

"So much of About Cherry is meant to titillate and dramatize but never humanize. "

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Brian Tallerico

26 33%

The Oranges (2012)

"Plays more like a Showtime sitcom pilot that never got picked up because it was too boring to maintain week to week. "

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Brian Tallerico

27 55%

V/H/S (2012)

"Enough smart ideas and chilling moments to recommend it to fans of any of its multiple genres, but I would never suggest it to a general audience. "

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Brian Tallerico

28 58%

666 Park Avenue: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Betrayal, fantasy, and the supernatural -- 666 Park Avenue could make for a great way to start your week. "

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Brian Tallerico

29 ——

American Dad!: Season 9 (TV, 2012-2013)

" For now, it just feels like FOX is spinning its animated wheels. "

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Brian Tallerico

30 ——

Bob's Burgers: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2013)

" It's a modest, smile-inducing affair that just doesn't take enough creative risks and doesn't have the creative spark of the best animated TV. "

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Brian Tallerico

31 97%

Homeland: Season 2 (TV, 2012)

" One of the best hours of TV of the year to date. "

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Brian Tallerico

32 80%

Dexter: Season 7 (TV, 2012)

" The first few episodes of the new season do little to alleviate this longtime fan's feelings that the show should have ended its run before now. "

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Brian Tallerico

33 ——

The Simpsons: Season 24 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Maybe there's a second wind for this show yet. Or should that be third, fourth, or fifth wind? "

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Brian Tallerico

34 100%

Family Guy: Season 11 (TV, 2012-2013)

" I'm never going to count Family Guy out entirely and there are still more laughs here than any of the other programs this evening. "

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Brian Tallerico

35 31%

Made in Jersey: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Sometimes a strong cast can save weak writing but such is not the case with CBS's Made in Jersey. "

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Brian Tallerico

36 88%

Head Games (2012)

"I have two young boys, and when they express interest in playing sports, it will be impossible not to remember what I learned from this film."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Brian Tallerico

37 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"The most pleasant and accomplished surprise of the year, a delightful, sweet, funny, and moving examination of teenage life that merits comparison to John Hughes and Cameron Crowe. "

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Brian Tallerico

38 77%

Last Resort: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" I can't wait to see where the journey goes on Last Resort. "

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Brian Tallerico

39 83%

Elementary: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Will I watch it every week? Probably not. But I bet I'll be entertained when I do tune in. "

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Brian Tallerico

40 32%

The Neighbors: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" This dated, cliched, unfunny, grating, horrendous program is so bad that it makes one assume that blackmail must have been involved in its scheduling. "

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Brian Tallerico

41 88%

New Girl: Season 2 (TV, 2012-2013)

" All in all, it's funny, funny stuff, as much so as anything I've seen so far in the new 2012 season. "

Posted Sep 25, 2012

Brian Tallerico

42 74%

Ben and Kate: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" It helps significantly that Johnson is INCREDIBLY likable. Even as the writing dips into cliche, she makes it easy to root for Kate. "

Posted Sep 25, 2012

Brian Tallerico

43 18%

Partners: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Generally pretty horrendous. "

Posted Sep 24, 2012

Brian Tallerico

44 60%

Castle: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Now that the lead characters have turned their cool flirting into hot sex, can the show survive the switch in tone? "

Posted Sep 24, 2012

Brian Tallerico

45 60%

10 Years (2012)

""10 Years," which should have abandoned its attempted comedy and focused on its somewhat effective drama, unintentionally backfires by proving that a real-life Hollywood couple has less on-screen chemistry than two actors who've practically never met."

Posted Sep 22, 2012

Adam Fendelman

46 99%

How to Survive a Plague (2012)

"The film puts us right in the moment of the height of the crisis better than any documentary ever has."

Posted Sep 21, 2012

Brian Tallerico

47 10%

House at the End of the Street (2012)

"The kind of bland, mediocre thriller that's tough to review in the sense that it's difficult to put a shoulder shrug into words. How can I turn "meh" into a full review? "

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Brian Tallerico

48 0%

You May Not Kiss the Bride (2012)

"The charisma and comic timing of the film's female leads make up for some of the screenwriting rough patches but not enough to justify a trip to the theater."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Brian Tallerico

49 45%

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

"Monsters are hip. Hotel Transylvania does its best to put a nail in that coffin."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Brian Tallerico

50 60%

Revolution: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" With this charismatic of a cast, this engaging of a premise, and this talented a production team, I'm pretty confident that people will be talking about Revolution well into next year. "

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Brian Tallerico

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