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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 18%

Partners: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Generally pretty horrendous. "

Posted Sep 24, 2012

Brian Tallerico

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 23%

The Mob Doctor: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" When the cliches of one genre aren't enough, try two. "

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Brian Tallerico

16 ——

Bones: Season 8 (TV, 2012-2013)

" The show's incredibly charismatic ensemble still seems vital enough to justify the program's longevity. "

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Brian Tallerico

17 87%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" The show feels more dangerous and more dramatically sound than ever. "

Posted Sep 16, 2012

Brian Tallerico

18 92%

Side by Side (2012)

"Side by Side doesn't give too much weight to either half of the debate, correctly noting that the move to digital has both pros and cons while offering a rather detailed history of how we got here. "

Posted Sep 13, 2012

Brian Tallerico

19 93%

Parenthood: Season 4 (TV, 2012-2013)

" The team behind this beloved series clearly has reached a point where they know these characters down to their cores. "

Posted Sep 11, 2012

Brian Tallerico

20 85%

Sons of Anarchy: Season 5 (TV, 2012)

" The Shakespearian tragedy that is Sons of Anarchy ascends to a new level of drama. "

Posted Sep 11, 2012

Brian Tallerico

21 100%

Wallander: Series 3 (TV, 2012)

" Branagh is simply perfect here. "

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Brian Tallerico

22 22%

The Words (2012)

"It is cinematic Ambien, the kind of limp affair that mistakes overheated dialogue for character or action."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Brian Tallerico

23 93%

Looper (2012)

"It is personal, dark, daring, weird, and refreshingly unique. It is also one of the best sci-fi films of the last several years. "

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Brian Tallerico

24 56%

Bachelorette (2012)

"It feels haphazard and unrefined like so many awful comedies but an extremely talented cast saves it from total disaster. "

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Brian Tallerico

25 39%

[REC] 3 Genesis (2012)

"This thing has a pulse. It may be pushing blood through a gushing jugular but it's beating."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Brian Tallerico

26 50%

Coma: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" It's truly maddening to see so many talented people sucked into a morass of bad writing, lazy direction, and personality-free filmmaking as they are in Coma. "

Posted Sep 3, 2012

Brian Tallerico

27 ——

Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story (2012)

"If the greatest accomplishment of "Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story" is merely that it reminds viewers of the pure genius of Morphine then it's done some good. "

Posted Sep 3, 2012

Brian Tallerico

28 40%

The Possession (2012)

"Just a nugget of truth doesn't amount to a true gold rush. Whether or not you believe in the "true story" on which this film is "based," that real-life backstory is more titillating than its cinematic dybbuk dramatization."

Posted Sep 2, 2012

Adam Fendelman

29 90%

Doctor Who: Series 7, Part 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" The good doctor is back in the TV office . "

Posted Sep 1, 2012

Brian Tallerico

30 89%

Compliance (2012)

"We think we're more world-wise than these people and that this could never happen and then Zobel brilliantly forces us to come to terms with those judgments."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Brian Tallerico

31 67%

Lawless (2012)

"Who would have ever guessed that a movie with so many charismatic actors and actresses could ever be so shockingly dull? It's nearly an accomplishment."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Brian Tallerico

32 59%

Red Hook Summer (2012)

"Features Lee playing with fascinating concepts and working well with setting even if the final result isn't quite the sum of its parts. "

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Brian Tallerico

33 95%

The Imposter (2012)

"Incredibly well-made and with a story you won't forget, "The Imposter" is one of the better docs of the season."

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Brian Tallerico

34 3%

The Apparition (2012)

"At one point in the film, a cute neighbor dog wanders into the house, looks creepily into a corner of the laundry room, and dies. With the poor mutt's ridiculous death, we've lost the most likable character in the story. "

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Brian Tallerico

35 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"A purposefully disjointed, pretentious, philosophical, and deeply stylized journey through an exaggerated commentary on the haves, the have-nots, and those stuck in the middle. "

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Brian Tallerico

36 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"It doesn't just blow a flat tire. Think of all the Shalit-esque puns you can about a disastrous experience in a car and apply them to this lurching mess of five or six movies that aspires to be Tarantino-esque but completely misses its mark."

Posted Aug 22, 2012

Brian Tallerico

37 85%

The Master (2012)

"The recurring theme in my many thoughts and conversations about one of the most remarkable film-going events of my life has been this - Paul Thomas Anderson may be the most ambitious filmmaker working today. "

Posted Aug 20, 2012

Brian Tallerico

38 64%

2 Days in New York (2012)

"It's just a likable little movie without pretension to be anything more. "

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Brian Tallerico

39 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"Not only the best animated film of 2012 by a large margin but it's better than anything that came out last year as well. "

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Brian Tallerico

40 33%

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

"The lack of focus in the narrative and the rather grating performance from the young man playing its title character causes it to annoy more than entertain."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Brian Tallerico

41 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"This primarily predictable film is nonetheless a deliciously side-splitting meal that mostly maintains its delicacy throughout while only infrequently pausing to chew on some unwanted fat."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Adam Fendelman

42 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"There are some elements of The Bourne Legacy that feel a bit too much like the less-accomplished sibling of a successful older brother but not enough to offset what truly does work about this smart, engaging thriller. "

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Brian Tallerico

43 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"A sci-fi adventure that first seems rather harmless and mediocre until one realizes that it completely fails one of the most important tests of a remake - it never justifies its existence. "

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Brian Tallerico

44 29%

Red Lights (2012)

"It's nonsense on a plot level but played seriously without nearly enough personality or edge. Even the film's undeniably talented cast can't save it."

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Brian Tallerico

45 78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"With what is arguably Matthew McConaughey's best performance to date, Killer Joe is easily one of the most memorable films of the year. You won't soon forget it. Even if you want to. "

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Brian Tallerico

46 96%

Sleepless Night (2012)

"The majority of this accomplished action flick takes place in one location on one crazy night and the result is a more intense, visceral experience than a vast majority of the Hollywood blockbusters you could see this Summer movie season."

Posted Jul 27, 2012

Brian Tallerico

47 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"Buoyed by one of the best screenplays of the year courtesy of one of our most interesting young actresses, Ruby Sparks is a clever romantic fantasy that works on nearly every level. "

Posted Jul 24, 2012

Brian Tallerico

48 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"Pour one part Michael Bay (eye candy) plus another part Quentin Tarantino (rich writing) and the resulting mutation is Christopher Nolan and his near-perfect Batman conclusion to one of the greatest trilogies of all time."

Posted Jul 20, 2012

Adam Fendelman

49 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"While this level of artistic integrity is rare in Hollywood blockbusters, it doesn't always lead to a perfect final product. There is a fine line between epic majesty and self-indulgent bloat and The Dark Knight Rises crosses it at times. "

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Brian Tallerico

50 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"The writers of this stale franchise hit the same tired beats over and over again and the bored voice talent can practically be heard endorsing their checks as they lackadaisically read their lines. "

Posted Jul 13, 2012

Brian Tallerico

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