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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 ——

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

3 84%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

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

Posted Sep 16, 2012

Brian Tallerico

4 94%

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

5 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

6 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

7 100%

Wallander: Series 3 (TV, 2012)

" Branagh is simply perfect here. "

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Brian Tallerico

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 ——

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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 4%

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

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"A film with extreme situations that never register on a personal level because they feel more like arthouse cinema exercises than truth. "

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Brian Tallerico

38 82%

The Closer: Season 7 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Tonight's return is strong enough that I won't miss the final six. "

Posted Jul 9, 2012

Brian Tallerico

39 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

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Posted Jul 7, 2012

40 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Working with a cast of unknown, inexperienced actors, Zeitlin presents viewers with a poetic journey to a corner of the country that's not often seen on film, certainly not with this degree of artistic integrity."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Brian Tallerico

41 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"Isn't awful enough to be truly memorable but it certainly doesn't offer anything new, trudging through most of the same plot details that Sam Raimi covered with personality and style in his trilogy."

Posted Jul 3, 2012

Brian Tallerico

42 56%

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

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Posted Jun 30, 2012

43 55%

People Like Us (2012)

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Posted Jun 30, 2012

44 68%

Ted (2012)

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Posted Jun 30, 2012

45 78%

Brave (2012)

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Posted Jun 30, 2012

46 98%

The Invisible War (2012)

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Posted Jun 30, 2012

47 28%

Bel Ami (2012)

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Posted Jun 30, 2012

48 70%

Dark Horse (2012)

EDIT

Posted Jun 30, 2012

49 55%

People Like Us (2012)

"It's undeniably manipulative and sentimental but it's also somewhat refreshing to see a drama that isn't laced with irony, cynicism, or some form of postmodern commentary on the genre."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Brian Tallerico

50 68%

Ted (2012)

"This is not a comedy for anyone who might be turned off by humor that plays a little loose with race, sex, and any other subjects that may be considered taboo. Honestly, if you use the word "taboo," don't see Ted."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Brian Tallerico

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