Film School Rejects

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

Daddy Longlegs (2010)

"The movie picks away at the standard, glamorized depictions of life in New York to arrive at a different, essential truth."

Posted May 19, 2010

Robert Levin

2 43%

Robin Hood (2010)

"An extravagantly hollow experience that feels disconnected from the original character, and can't survive the ferocious scowl of Russell Crowe."

Posted May 14, 2010

Neil Miller

3 40%

Letters to Juliet (2010)

"Love is a commodity in the world of Letters to Juliet, to be processed and marketed as another studio might a G.I. Joe or a Transformer."

Posted May 14, 2010

Robert Levin

4 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"Despite some imperfections, this film accelerates well into a spectacular final act, once again proving Iron Man invincible."

Posted May 7, 2010

Neil Miller

5 54%

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

"David Lynch might have made something subversive out of these off-putting elements. Winterbottom has no idea what to do."

Posted May 1, 2010

Robert Levin

6 15%

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

"Haley's Krueger doesn't just look like a deeply unhinged burn victim out for gruesome revenge, he is a complete embodiment of evil. And it's terrifying."

Posted Apr 30, 2010

Neil Miller

7 8%

Furry Vengeance (2010)

"Brendan Fraser should know better. Then again, his career choices continue to insist that he doesn't."

Posted Apr 30, 2010

Neil Miller

8 84%

Get Low (2010)

"A film rife with subtle humor and a certain joie de vivre borne out of the notion that it's never too late for even the most lost of souls to reenter the land of the living."

Posted Apr 29, 2010

Robert Levin

9 31%

Paper Man (2010)

"It's tough to watch such a glum progression through the familiar, with bits of quirk dissected and bandied about."

Posted Apr 24, 2010

Robert Levin

10 91%

Hot Fuzz (2007)

"From paying homage to Michael Bay's camera motions to kicking an old lady square in the kisser, this film holds nothing back and fires away with tons of laughs."

Posted Apr 18, 2010

Neil Miller

11 76%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"It is violent, it is vulgar and the story is off-the-walls at times. But in the end, Kick-Ass is a relentlessly fun, irreverent film that doesn't even care to take names."

Posted Apr 17, 2010

Neil Miller

12 62%

The Joneses (2010)

"It's out there but plausible, a logical extension of the steadfast drive toward invasive marketing that's a hallmark of an age in which everything and everyone has a price."

Posted Apr 16, 2010

Robert Levin

13 41%

Death at a Funeral (2010)

"By holding tight to the story of the original, it delivers laughs and is held up on the shoulders of a great performance from James Marsden."

Posted Apr 15, 2010

Neil Miller

14 83%

Avatar (2009)

"A spectacular visual experience unlike anything you've seen before."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

15 28%

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

"Poorly structured, poorly paced, poorly executed CGI in places and characters that are unlikeable, despite the fact that we should be rooting for them. An inaccessible mess."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

16 74%

Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009)

"Adrenaline-filled, high-flying and brutal. A truly impressive action film that will hit you in the chest with awesome."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

17 84%

Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2011)

"Take note, those of you in Hollywood making awful satire. There is a right way to send up a genre, and this is it."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

18 87%

Buried (2010)

"Make no mistake, you can make a movie about one character inside a box interesting for 94 minutes."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

19 63%

Howl (2010)

"A complex, multi-layered commentary on art and what it means to different people."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

20 80%

Cyrus (2010)

"The best we've seen from Jonah Hill and yet another in the long line of wonderful performances from John C. Reilly."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

21 69%

The Runaways (2010)

"What begins as a sexually charged, energetic rock love story featuring two actresses pouring their souls into two iconic characters grinds to a halt beyond act one."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

22 27%

High School (2012)

"A stoner comedy worthy of being mentioned in the same paragraph as both Dazed and Confused and the great John Hughes."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

23 87%

Blue Valentine (2010)

"Uses its duality of setting %u2014 young and old, vibrant and cold, optimistic and tragic %u2014 to unleash wave after wave of emotion."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

24 93%

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

"A sweet film that plays relatively fast and loose with sexuality, but never loses focus on it's core story."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

25 97%

Animal Kingdom (2010)

"A well-rounded, unrelenting thriller that holds tight and squeezes all the way to the final credits."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

26 37%

From Paris with Love (2010)

"A blistering pace, a certifiable performance from Travolta and a delicious body count."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

27 23%

Saint John of Las Vegas (2010)

"Buscemi playing Buscemi is still entertaining, even after all these years."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

28 43%

Brooklyn's Finest (2010)

"For fans of Fuqua's previous work, this is exactly what we would expect the director to deliver."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

29 96%

Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)

"An energetic, chaotic and thoroughly enjoyable look at a world of street art. And one hell of a prank, to boot."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

30 51%

Chloe (2010)

"Amanda Seyfried's performance is gripping and seductive, as is Julianne Moore's. Egoyan achieves great tension through methodical character development and unflinching style."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

31 28%

Clash of the Titans (2010)

"An otherwise passable adventure film that almost survives its many problems with energetic action sequences, but is ultimately damaged by the gimmick of 3D."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Neil Miller

32 48%

La MISSION (2010)

"This ripe subject for a sociological essay works less well as a feature film, as Peter Bratt fails to give it the complex shadings and three-dimensional depth it requires."

Posted Apr 9, 2010

Robert Levin

33 52%

The Greatest (2010)

"The film treads familiar thematic ground, but does so with urgency and genuine emotion."

Posted Apr 2, 2010

Robert Levin

34 53%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

"I'm not saying that Diary of a Wimpy Kid is going to be the grade school equivalent of the Twilight movies, but it is a film for those who enjoy the source material."

Posted Mar 21, 2010

Kevin Carr

35 22%

Repo Men (2010)

"The movie is far less ambitious than it thinks it is."

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Robert Levin

36 75%

Greenberg (2010)

"As played by Ben Stiller, the character of Greenberg fails to transcend his abhorrent exterior."

Posted Mar 18, 2010

Robert Levin

37 86%

Hubble 3D (2010)

"It's a short film, but a fascinating one that contains breathtaking imagery. It's as simple as that."

Posted Mar 16, 2010

Neil Miller

38 74%

The Exploding Girl (2010)

"It's a rare and wonderful thing to see a movie so attuned to the rhythms of daily life, to the ways a trauma builds and expands over time."

Posted Mar 12, 2010

Robert Levin

39 0%

Stolen (2010)

"Every bit the unpleasant slog one might expect, glum and murkily shot, wallowing in pedantic histrionics and badly lacking the breathing room it desperately needs."

Posted Mar 11, 2010

Robert Levin

40 85%

The Art Of The Steal (2010)

"With talking heads, helpful graphics and ample archival footage Argott clearly, concisely depicts the events that speed us to a struggle that's captured a city."

Posted Mar 5, 2010

Robert Levin

41 19%

Cop Out (2010)

"Kevin Smith is at his best on small, character driven films -- projects that let him be himself -- not as the interchangeable shepherd of standard studio fare."

Posted Feb 25, 2010

Robert Levin

42 100%

2010 Oscar Nominated Shorts ()

"possibly better movies than the big nominees"

Posted Feb 19, 2010

Kevin Carr

43 50%

Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)

"Compelling moments abound, but they're conveyed in such a faithful, grounded manner that the cinematic appeal is lost."

Posted Feb 19, 2010

Robert Levin

44 97%

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"Thanks to Audiard's instinct for casting and his willingness to get inside the head of his protagonist, the movie maintains a raw power."

Posted Feb 3, 2010

Robert Levin

45 94%

Winter's Bone (2010)

"Sadness radiates authentically from every scene, with the narrative's slow advance mirroring the glum conditions of Ozark life."

Posted Jan 29, 2010

Robert Levin

46 74%

Splice (2010)

"The film borrows liberally from horror/sci-fi predecessors and emerges with something weirdly original."

Posted Jan 27, 2010

Robert Levin

47 62%

Frozen (2010)

"Writer-director Adam Green effectively blends the acrophobic setup with the attendant psychological dimensions and the actors give credible performances."

Posted Jan 27, 2010

Robert Levin

48 85%

A Single Man (2009)

"It's a spruced up ode to unhappiness that remains rooted to the surface, an aesthete's dream."

Posted Dec 25, 2009

Robert Levin

49 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"The film aspires to such low-key minimalism that it leaves no more than a fleeting emotional effect."

Posted Dec 24, 2009

Robert Levin

50 84%

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"It's filled with clichés, but there's a certain storybook richness to their presentation."

Posted Dec 11, 2009

Robert Levin

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