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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 24%

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

3 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

4 89%

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

5 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Samantha infected by Heartbleed."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Nell Minow

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 48%

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

10 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

11 76%

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

12 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

13 77%

Noah (2014)

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

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Nell Minow

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Anderson is the master of "saudade," the nostalgia for something you never had or that never existed."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Nell Minow

19 78%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"The mystery is absorbing, but it is the depth of characters and richness of the relationships that makes this movie so effective. Fifteen minutes in, I was a marshmallow."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Nell Minow

20 22%

Need For Speed (2014)

"The cars are fast and pretty and the stunts are impressive. But when it comes to the script, it just spins its wheels. "

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Nell Minow

21 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"The only thing that stands out from the carnage is Green, whose Artemisia is one of the most outright cray-cray villains since Cruella De Vil. "

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Nell Minow

22 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"Smarmy, overblown, dumbed down, and off-kilter. "

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Nell Minow

23 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Sinks to a level of ridiculousness that harshes the buzz from even a top-notch cast and engaging set-up. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Nell Minow

24 21%

Son Of God (2014)

"Thoughtful, reverent, and dignified, made by believers for believers. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Nell Minow

25 81%

If You Build It (2014)

"This is a compelling narrative both in its own terms and as a metaphor of many of the core themes and conflicts in America today. "

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Nell Minow

26 29%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"Costner reminds us why he is a movie star with ease and likability that is a perfect match for Besson's trademark mash-up: intense action, gooey sentiment, and goofy comedy. "

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Nell Minow

27 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"The special effects, especially in 3D, are impressive. But the movie is dragged down by its cheesy storyline."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Nell Minow

28 68%

About Last Night (2014)

"Hart appears opposite someone who is every bit his match, the fabulously talented Regina Hall, one of the best comic pairings since Mae West and W.C. Fields."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Nell Minow

29 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Deeply romantic but pretty daffy."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Nell Minow

30 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"The humility and devotion of the heroes cannot help but move us and, I hope, inspire us to treasure the masterworks they saved and the heroes who saved them."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Nell Minow

31 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"This movie is itself the best possible antidote to the tendency to settle for lowest-common-denominator formula storytelling."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Nell Minow

32 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"A cast of exceptionally appealing performers and some very funny lines are not enough to make this raunchy comedy overcome its essential charmlessness."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Nell Minow

33 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"The entire last third of the film involves so many bad decisions-no, not just bad, catastrophically imbecilic-that we lose our sympathy for just about everyone involved."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Nell Minow

34 22%

Gimme Shelter (2014)

"An affecting drama that shows us the resilience and courage of girls who have to learn very quickly to be the loving parents they never had."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Nell Minow

35 10%

The Nut Job (2014)

"As we see so often in sub-par animation, the focus (literally) seems to be on making every hair distinct rather than in finding a visual way to move the story. "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Nell Minow

36 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"Will they try to get laughs out of pointless destruction and reckless shooting injuries? Yep. How about from being doped up on morphine? Sure, why not? "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Nell Minow

37 55%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"Director Kenneth Branagh's biggest mistake was in the casting of the villain: Kenneth Branagh. "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Nell Minow

38 82%

G.B.F. (2014)

"Writer George Northy and director Darren Stein manage to subvert and salute the traditions of the high school comedy."

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Nell Minow

39 3%

The Legend of Hercules (2014)

"Drab, washed-out cinematography, poorly staged action scenes, incompetent acting, bad hair, terrible computer effects, and dialogue that lands more heavily than Herc's punch."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Nell Minow

40 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Their courage, dedication, and skill were unparalleled and the tragic stupidity of war presented them with a series of awful choices and unthinkable danger."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Nell Minow

41 94%

Her (2013)

"Jonze tells the ancient story here with great sensitivity and lyricism, the kind of artistry that machinery can never replace."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Nell Minow

42 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"Not just bad -- it is sad that it is so bad."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Nell Minow

43 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"There are some bracingly robust images, befitting a story about the man who goes places and the man who looks at the pictures of places."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Nell Minow

44 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"The cocaine and ludes are not nearly as powerful as the most intoxicating substances of all: greed mixed with testosterone and pure id."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Nell Minow

45 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Oscar Isaac gives the best performance of the year as the title character in the most intimate and profound movie yet from the Coen brothers."

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Nell Minow

46 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"So many layers of double-cross, lies, betrayal, grandiosity, and sheer insanity that the audience may feel they are getting lost, but in a way, that is the point. "

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Nell Minow

47 24%

Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

"The beauty and majesty of the great creatures is marred a bit by too much focus on poop and barf jokes, silly winks at the audience," and distracting anthropomorphism."

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Nell Minow

48 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"Beats the sophomore slump with just the right mix of stuff we want to see again and some surprisingly sharp satire about the current state of the news business."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Nell Minow

49 ——

Contest (2013)

""Contest" more than makes up for some first-time-filmmaker shortcomings with its sincerity and unexpected strengths in the storyline and cinematography. "

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Nell Minow

50 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Thompson gives one of the best performances of the year, showing us the insecurity and humanity and wit of a woman who is far more complex than she wishes to appear. "

Posted Dec 14, 2013

Nell Minow

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