Film School Rejects

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 3%

Zoom (2006)

"Half-baked and poorly executed."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Chris Beaumont

2 60%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"A jubilant and delightful trifle that - much like many of his other 44 films - ponders the rhyme and reason of our existence, however futile or fruitful that may be."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Sam Fragoso

3 ——

The Foxy Merkins ()

"It feels like a filthy, extended episode of The Simpsons or similarly absurdity-minded prime time cartoon."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Dan Schindel

4 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"Ford gives it the old college try and it's decently paced but it's not enough to elevate it from the muck and mire of a boring script made by an unimaginative director."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Luke Mullen

5 56%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"All of this may sound negative, but I was able to dig a lot of Mood Indigo. It wisely front-loads its weirdness so that you know what you're in for, then it keeps varying rather than intensifying it."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Dan Schindel

6 87%

The Kill Team (2014)

"Our ideas about war need to be cracked open, and The Kill Team does exactly that."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Daniel Walber

7 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"Director Jake Kasdan struggles to mine the panicky high-concept premise for three acts' worth of story, let alone 90 minutes of laughs."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

William Goss

8 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Like many sequels we see these days, it's a lot of the same only bigger and louder."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Neil Miller

9 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Seemingly written by a thirteen-year old boy and directed by his walking erection, this one is nothing but a booming pile of rubble."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Neil Miller

10 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"As with much of Singer's filmography, the intrigue of the idea ultimately overshadows the execution."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Neil Miller

11 38%

Beneath (2014)

"Beneath shakes off its generic trappings early on to deliver a fantastic blend of chills and thrills, and the script keeps viewers guessing in a way that never feels manipulative or cheap."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Rob Hunter

12 100%

Tristana (1970)

"Both leads give strong performances, and even though they don't engender an emotional response from viewers for most of the film their characters remain powerfully heartfelt creations."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Rob Hunter

13 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes isn't just a great time at the theater, but a genuinely great movie without a single dull moment."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Jack Giroux

14 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Leftovers pushed me to a visceral reaction, the likes of which I haven't felt - at least, in this apparently negative way - in years. Yet, that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy my watching or that I'm not looking forward to more "

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Kate Erbland

15 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Full of heart and framed around a fun adventure with a lovable little alien, Earth to Echo should appeal to adults and kids alike."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Allison Loring

16 79%

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

"An informative yet unfocused study of murder and corruption...'Whitey' never quite coheres or fully expresses what exactly it wants to illuminate about any of these subjects."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Landon Palmer

17 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"A story about pop that doesn't boast any of its own."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

William Goss

18 97%

A Summer's Tale (2014)

"It's a complex character study that reveals how little we can know of someone through conversation, as conversation often changes the way we both perceive and portray our sense of who we are."

Posted Jun 21, 2014

Landon Palmer

19 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"While the highly stylized set pieces are certainly eye catching, they start to feel disjointed and nonsensical."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Allison Loring

20 55%

The Signal (2014)

"There are moments of levity in The Signal too, but it's for the most part direly po-faced."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Dan Schindel

21 ——

Remembering The Artist Robert De Niro, Sr. (2014)

"The film excels beyond a mere home-video replete with nostalgia and admiration, instead morphing into a living testament of De Niro Sr's profound work - an art galley so big and beautiful not even a Peggy Guggenheim exhibit could compete."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Sam Fragoso

22 83%

Witching and Bitching (2014)

"Full of weird and wonderful insanity, Witching and Bitching is the kind of wild ride you don't look away from. The insanity is magnetic."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Neil Miller

23 82%

The Congress (2014)

"As a performance piece, spectacle, drama, comedy, heady sci-fi, and cautionary tale, it's an across the board success."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Jack Giroux

24 ——

Wild in the Streets (2012)

"Ultimately, much like the 2-day game itself, that makes for a fun, yet forgettable diversion."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Scott Beggs

25 83%

Intramural (2014)

"Intramural is probably destined to become something of a cult classic, thanks to both its charming cast and a series of highly quotable lines."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Kate Erbland

26 63%

The Big Ask (2014)

"The Big Ask begins with a loose cannon of a premise, but the resulting damage is precise in its effect and power."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Rob Hunter

27 77%

The Robber (2011)

"The strange relationship between compulsive personalities and physical fitness is at the heart of [this] engrossing and complex yet economically straightforward character-driven thriller."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

28 69%

Joueuse (Queen to Play) (2011)

"'Queen to Play' is a humble achievement."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

29 100%

Poetry (2011)

"But what's so surprising about Poetry is Lee's unassuming mastery over the elements therein."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

30 76%

Cold Weather (2011)

"'Cold Weather' is an engaging and inventive act of genre-tweaking with no bells and whistles attached, and it represents a huge leap forward for an increasingly promising filmmaker."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

31 33%

Every Day (2011)

"The problem with Every Day is that it doesn't take a third major element into account in the film/audience relationship equation: complete apathy."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

32 86%

Bhutto (2010)

"...the subjects of this documentary are incredibly complex and the film covers them at a hurried pace..."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

33 78%

Tiny Furniture (2010)

"As Aura is unable to see past the immediate moment, the plot is structured in a way that provides no foreseeable linear direction to an inevitable destination."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

34 87%

Tabu (2012)

"'Tabu' is a strange and hypnotizing moving image poem with no comprehensive or unifying point of comparison."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

35 74%

Hello I Must Be Going (2012)

"...a sincerely personal take on its subject matter, opting for three-dimensional leads and earned pathos over quirky character traits, cynical humor, or an invasively stylized visual approach."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

36 78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"The tone in Killer Joe feels so expertly and delicately crafted that we only laugh at the film's absurd scenarios if and when the filmmaker permits it so."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

37 72%

Klown (2012)

"Situational comedies need some believability to be effective, and too many gags in Klown feel like punchlines whose set-ups were engineered in reverse..."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

38 76%

Alps (2012)

"In fact, you probably shouldn't be reading this review if you have an interest in seeing the film."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

39 81%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"I wish the patience and grace of the director's techniques in the film's strongest non-musical moments were matched in his depictions of the amazing music on display."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

40 84%

Good Ol' Freda (2013)

"...the film captures a woman who lives daily with the knowledge that she bears part of history."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

41 86%

Computer Chess (2013)

"It's the type of film that introduces a type of funny that you didn't know existed, that isn't based in popular culture or punchlines or pratfalls or virtually anything that we've seen before."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

42 83%

Laurence Anyways (2013)

"...a symphony of sound and image, an epic account of a dynamic and complicated relationship, and one of the most powerful and affecting love stories I've seen on film in quite some time."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

43 83%

Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

"Berberian Sound Studio follows Hitchcock's doctrine fully: what information audiences fill in with their imagination is always more horrifying than anything that can be filmed"

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

44 83%

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013)

"Beautiful, difficult, frustrating, and engrossing, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet is an undeniable accomplishment of form and experimentation."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

45 88%

Hannah Arendt (2013)

"...actors in supporting roles telegraph the controversies surrounding Arendt's personality as if they were attempting to literally touch the viewer's nose."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

46 94%

Blancanieves (2013)

"Far from an arthouse gimmick, Blancanieves marries style and story in a way that seems so obvious and fitting that it's a wonder why this film hadn't been made before."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

47 93%

Room 237 (2013)

"Room 237 is about bringing a text to life through an active, prolonged, playful, or even tortured relationship to it. It's a document of immersive obsession."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

48 82%

The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2) (2013)

"How do you properly "restore" a site dedicated to preserving and displaying centuries of culture and history? [The film] details this impossible task, and it's thrilling."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

49 94%

Ida (2014)

"I was drawn in by the incredible beauty of Ida's photography to the point of alienation from the complex story through which such images unfolded in front of me."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Landon Palmer

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