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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 40%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"A few inspired moments make up for a lot of missteps along the way."

Posted Jul 20, 2014

Nell Minow

2 45%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"The visuals are stunning, the details are witty...but the storyline feels like an episode of "Thomas the Tank Engine.""

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Nell Minow

3 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"It is the details that are the story here, giving it a unhurried yet mesmerizingly enthralling feel and an unexpected power. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Nell Minow

4 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"All hail Caesar!"

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Nell Minow

5 81%

Begin Again (2014)

"Carney is wonderful at evoking the joy of music, its healing powers, and the way it connects us to each other and the universe. "

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Nell Minow

6 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"The likeable kids, cute alien, and novelty of the found footage approach makes this heartwarming story of four friends on a thrilling adventure a good film for families. "

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Nell Minow

7 23%

Tammy (2014)

"I can't help thinking that the over-the-top antics were the trade-off to get financing for the film, and the quieter moments were what interested them. "

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Nell Minow

8 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"The special effects are better than the non-special effects moments, which come down to 1. Exposition 2. Banter 3. In-jokes about sequels and product placement."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Nell Minow

9 85%

Coherence (2014)

"This less you know, the more you will enjoy this this nifty thriller, which craftily makes the most of its micro-budget to maximize a deliciously mind-bending story. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Nell Minow

10 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Excellent performances by all four of the Jersey Boys, but uneven, with too much about the relationships and not enough music."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Nell Minow

11 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"The cast is clearly just here to have a good time, and the audience will, too."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Nell Minow

12 63%

The Grand Seduction (2014)

"The cast is superbly chosen and the specificity of the sense of place lends weight to the storyline, its exquisite, pristine beauty and its precariousness. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Nell Minow

13 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"More money, less funny."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Nell Minow

14 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"The visuals are stunning, with thrillingly vertiginous 3D swoops and soars, and there's a love scene as tender as you will see on screen this year. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Nell Minow

15 31%

Lullaby (2014)

"An outstanding cast, a weighty subject, and the sincerest of intentions are almost enough to make up for an undercooked, stuntish, and stagey script."

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Nell Minow

16 43%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"A witty, grown-up love story."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Nell Minow

17 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"This exquisite adaptation is that rare film based on a beloved novel that does full justice to the source material without being static or talky."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Nell Minow

18 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Liman deftly plays the rinse-and-repeat familiarity for both us and Cage as comedy and as thriller as needed. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Nell Minow

19 53%

Citizen Koch (2014)

"The inescapable conclusion from the film is that there is something even more distressing than the impact of near-unfathomable individual wealth on politics: the impact on public understanding of the issues."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Nell Minow

20 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"It is too long, too dumb, and too gross. But sometimes funny."

Posted May 29, 2014

Nell Minow

21 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"The real enchantment here is not the story but the star."

Posted May 29, 2014

Nell Minow

22 14%

Blended (2014)

"Sandler should keep working with Drew Barrymore, and next time he should also try a script with a second draft. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Nell Minow

23 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"The powerhouse knock-you-socks-off what-did-I-just-see moments come from Quicksilver (Evan Peters) in the most dull and domestic of settings, a kitchen."

Posted May 22, 2014

Nell Minow

24 88%

Chef (2014)

"The food is so lusciously photographed you can almost smell it. And the music perfectly matches the food, sensual and spicy. "

Posted May 16, 2014

Nell Minow

25 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"What we don't have is a very good story. And for a movie with a lot of destruction, not enough of a sense of real investment in the outcome."

Posted May 16, 2014

Nell Minow

26 82%

Fed Up (2014)

"Here's another inconvenient truth. Our food is killing us. And that's because of something even more poisonous, the corruption of our political system through diversion of corporate money to politicians through campaign contributions and lobbying."

Posted May 9, 2014

Nell Minow

27 83%

Belle (2014)

"A beautiful, thoughtful performance in a film that has all of the trappings of the best sumptuous costume dramas but has a story with unexpected contemporary meaning."

Posted May 8, 2014

Nell Minow

28 16%

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

"The best one can hope for from this movie is that it will be a potent deterrent to those who want to try to make more Oz movies."

Posted May 8, 2014

Nell Minow

29 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Some funny moments, especially a Robert DeNiro-themed frat party, get lost in a tidal wave of stupid humor assuming way too much inherent humor in being a man-boy. "

Posted May 8, 2014

Nell Minow

30 ——

Focus On The Family Presents: Irreplaceable (2014)

"Uses the rhetoric of support for family as a thin and increasingly cynical and specious cover for a pernicious agenda disguised as a "conversation." "

Posted May 5, 2014

Nell Minow

31 18%

Moms' Night Out (2014)

"A very funny movie with an exceptionally likeable cast and a warm-hearted, surprisingly touching tribute to moms and their families. "

Posted May 4, 2014

Nell Minow

32 52%

Decoding Annie Parker (2014)

"An outstanding cast, a likeable narrator, and a thoughtful script take this out of the easy tears of the disease-of-the-week TV movie category. "

Posted May 1, 2014

Nell Minow

33 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Those big, swoopy, vertiginous swings through the skyscrapers and terrific performances by Garfield and Stone make this a great way to start the summer movie season."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Nell Minow

34 23%

The Other Woman (2014)

"Soggy, haphazard, poorly paced slapstick mansplained by director Nick Cassavetes from a script by Melissa Stack. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Nell Minow

35 44%

Walking With The Enemy (2014)

"The first-time director wisely worked with experienced filmmakers, like cinematographer Dean Cundey ("Apollo 13," "Jurassic Park") and a capable cast of top British actors. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Nell Minow

36 91%

Bears (2014)

"The devotion and persistence of these animals is a powerful reminder that family connections link all species. With this peek into their world, we are more aware of our own."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Nell Minow

37 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Samantha infected by Heartbleed."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Nell Minow

38 46%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"Believers in this particular idea of heaven will find what they are looking for. Everyone else is unlikely to be enlightened or inspired."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Nell Minow

39 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"This haunting, provocative film is the essence of what it means to call a work of art "adult,"because of the way it presents and engages with the material. "

Posted Apr 12, 2014

Nell Minow

40 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"the mechanics of the arcane (to non-fans) system are fascinatingly put in place and then played like a musical instrument by director Ivan Reitman. "

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Nell Minow

41 47%

Rio 2 (2014)

"Although at times over-plotted and slow to get going, this sequel is bright and entertaining, with musical numbers that rock the rainforest."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Nell Minow

42 84%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"Like Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men" he does not think we can handle the truth. He may be right. "

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Nell Minow

43 75%

Anita (2014)

"Not just the story of a woman objecting to demeaning treatment from her employer, but the story of a woman who told the truth with "honesty, dignity, and courage.""

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Nell Minow

44 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Funny where it should be, exciting where it should be, smarter than it needs to be, and just plain fun. "

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Nell Minow

45 77%

Noah (2014)

"It should satisfy believers, seekers, and those who just want an exciting story, well told. "

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Nell Minow

46 20%

Sabotage (2014)

""Sabotage" begins with two painful images. A woman is being horribly tortured. And Arnold Schwarzenegger, as the man watching it happen on video, is trying to act. "

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Nell Minow

47 90%

A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014)

"The people who made this film brought the same loving attention to the characters that the characters do to the small feathered creatures they care for so deeply."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Nell Minow

48 41%

Divergent (2014)

"It is fun to see Tris come into her own. She knows you do not have to be harsh to be strong, or weak to be kind."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Nell Minow

49 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"A giddy mixture of sharp wit, delirious silliness, pop culture references, random guest stars, and a self-deprecating but irrepressibly sunny sensibility."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Nell Minow

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