Film School Rejects

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Action scenes shouldn't be dull, especially large-scale ones devastating half of a city, but that's exactly what threatens to happen here."

Posted Dec 21, 2013

Rob Hunter

2 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"Even the most seemingly benign scenes posses a low level of fear, and the final hour is heavy enough to leave audiences shaking (and shaken)."

Posted Dec 21, 2013

Kate Erbland

3 97%

Gravity (2013)

"An absolute technical marvel in every way possible -- from cinematography to special effects to sound design to score, all of Gravity's technical parts work together in perfect harmony for maximum effectiveness."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Kate Erbland

4 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"It's sad to say, but Thor: The Dark World marks Marvel's first serious misfire."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Jack Giroux

5 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Iron Man 3 is an decent movie that really should have been far better with this pedigree."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Rob Hunter

6 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"You have to work a bit harder to put the pieces together and you're responsible for the answers, but the effort is paid back with an exhalation, a single expression on Kris' face and the recognition of it in your own."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Rob Hunter

7 95%

War Witch (2013)

"Rachel Mwanza's performance is extraordinary and shows great depth for such a young actress."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Daniel Walber

8 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"Side Effects is a more than worthy film for anyone to end their career (well, maybe) on."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Kate Erbland

9 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"Suspense here is not created through pomp and explosions, but through watching a fishing crew caught at gunpoint. Through an incoming fax. Through exponentially growing beads of sweat."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Caitlin Hughes

10 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"[The film explores] what happens when you give those who have done something terrible (in this case, killing thousands) a forum through which to tell their story to see if a new perspective changes their attitude."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Allison Loring

11 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"The infectiously delightful exuberance of Frances that nearly vibrates off the screen is clearly tailor-made for the actress."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Kate Erbland

12 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"Films like Wadjda do not come around very often."

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Daniel Walber

13 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"Short Term 12 will having you laughing one minute and tearing up in the next."

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Allison Loring

14 ——

The Burning ()

"Frears has nothing to be ashamed of ... The Burning is a remarkable achievement for a first film."

Posted Nov 24, 2013

Christopher Campbell

15 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"As the middle film in a trilogy, albeit a four-film one, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire mostly succeeds where it counts."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Rob Hunter

16 63%

Dear Mr. Watterson (2013)

"An affectionate and personable look at the effect of one man's work on others that doesn't say much beyond that."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Rob Hunter

17 68%

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

"The cast is the film's biggest asset as just about everyone brings their A-game."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Rob Hunter

18 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"Story gaps aside, the film works better during the handful of pure action sequences, and it's here where director Gavin Hood takes the lead over screenwriter Gavin Hood."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Rob Hunter

19 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Wahlberg heightens the already considerable amount of immediacy Berg brings to the film. Lone Survivor is a visceral movie, with every punch, shot, and explosion conveyed with great technical skill."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Jack Giroux

20 53%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Bale and Affleck have an easy relationship and chemistry that makes them seem like real brothers, with Bale yet again proving he is the master at conveying a monologue's worth of emotion in a single brooding look."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Allison Loring

21 81%

Lenny Cooke (2013)

"The brothers Safdie did a rather remarkable job at showing what went wrong in Cooke's trajectory."

Posted Nov 5, 2013

Caitlin Hughes

22 41%

A Case Of You (2013)

"Long and Wood are delightful to watch and have great chemistry, and on the whole, the film is, despite my better judgement, quite enjoyable."

Posted Nov 5, 2013

Caitlin Hughes

23 ——

What Now? Remind Me (2014)

"What Now? Remind Me is, despite its name, an extraordinarily lucid, moving portrait of illness, artistry, and, rarest of all, time."

Posted Nov 4, 2013

Mark James

24 80%

Peaches Does Herself (2013)

"The simplicity with which Peaches Does Herself presents the still rather fraught categories of sexual and gender identity, and the pleasure with which she casts them to the wind, could be of real help to young people who struggle with these things daily."

Posted Nov 4, 2013

Mark James

25 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"This is all completely ridiculous and sensationally entertaining. "

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Robert Levin

26 96%

I Am Divine (2013)

"It shows what you can do with your anger at outsider status: Turn it inside-out, and then you're the star."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Mark James

27 60%

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

"Worth seeing just for Nicoll, whose deadpan delivery is priceless."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Christopher Campbell

28 98%

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

"You can't take your eyes off of her."

Posted Oct 23, 2013

Caitlin Hughes

29 28%

Ass Backwards (2013)

"Wilson and Raphael do not hold back in their performances, fully committing to their roles and making Chloe and Kate both lovable and laughable."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Allison Loring

30 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"This is as plain-faced a film about slavery could possibly be, and the effect of its evenness is, oddly enough, more emotion."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Kate Erbland

31 73%

Zero Charisma (2013)

"Zero Charisma succeeds in delivering a raw look at an unappreciated idiot who would be king."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Scott Beggs

32 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"What truly sets Captain Phillips apart from other high seas, high stakes adventures is a career-best performance from Hanks as Richard Phillips."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Kate Erbland

33 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"The Conjuring is a well-crafted throwback to old school horror films, and the scares are unrelenting, but fans of the genre may find themselves guessing what is coming next."

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Allison Loring

34 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"Easily one of the best horror films I've seen in years."

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Luke Mullen

35 62%

The Sacrament (2014)

"The Sacrament is worth a watch for fans of the director and cast, but its lack of purpose or anything to say limits its staying power dramatically."

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Rob Hunter

36 ——

Nae-ga sal-in-beom-i-da (Confession of Murder) (2014)

"The film also fills the screen with spectacular stunt work, set pieces that thrill with both insanity and absurdity, and a generous helping of tension-releasing humor."

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Rob Hunter

37 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"Blue Ruin is tragedy on an intimate scale, but don't let its tiny budget fool you. It looks far more costly, which is fitting as its emotional toll is higher than the norm too."

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Rob Hunter

38 71%

Marlowe (1969)

"enjoyable as a period piece, letting us see an older character in a then-modern setting"

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Kevin Carr

39 98%

Call Me Kuchu (2013)

"The result is an at times harrowing, heartbreaking and hopeful look at the best and worst humanity has to offer."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Rob Hunter

40 70%

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

"If you demand a strong narrative instead of simply preferring it then go ahead and cross this one off your list right now, but if you watch fight films primarily for the fights then Man of Tai Chi will not disappoint."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Rob Hunter

41 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"A movie so lumbering and unnecessarily stupid that it has rid this reviewer of the desire to see Rodriguez continue the Machete saga."

Posted Sep 21, 2013

Neil Miller

42 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"Never really hits or finds its footing, making it a decent and at times inspiring film, but one that leaves you wanting to dive more fully into either Carr or Ginsberg's lives."

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Allison Loring

43 81%

Tracks (2014)

"A restrained and well-tuned performance from Wasikowska; trademark levity from Driver that works to tremendous effect; beautiful scenery; stellar score; a richly rewarding final act."

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Kate Erbland

44 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"An unexpectedly funny and entertaining story, an engaging main character to follow, explores a seemingly dry subject with pizzazz and pop."

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Kate Erbland

45 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"Labor Day is Reitman's most accomplished, mature, and emotional work yet."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Kate Erbland

46 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"Three Days of the Condor showed us why we shouldn't trust the government nearly forty years ago, and it still feels fresher and more relevant than this film."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Rob Hunter

47 2%

Getaway (2013)

"Apparently paid by the word, Gomez infuses her never-ending word bubbles with all the emotion and gravitas of a tweet declaring her disdain for pumpkin-flavored lattes."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Rob Hunter

48 78%

Big Bad Wolves (2014)

"It's dark, wonderfully twisted and laugh out loud funny... but it might just leave you questioning exactly why you enjoyed it so much. And you will enjoy it."

Posted Aug 28, 2013

Rob Hunter

49 32%

A Teacher (2013)

"Fidell still surprises with the direction of her film, and as honest as it is, as true as it feels, A Teacher still packs a punch."

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Kate Erbland

50 56%

Inch'Allah (2013)

"Inch'Allah is a powerful tale that loses its way in the final act, but while it damages the movie it can't lessen all that came before. It also can't lessen our awareness of the very sad reality."

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Rob Hunter

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