Film School Rejects

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 41%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"If nothing else his film stands out for its quaint scale in a summer of gigantic blockbusters, but that lack of size isn't enough to warrant a watch."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Rob Hunter

2 68%

Elysium (2013)

"It turns out Elysium isn't the summer's savior that some may have hoped, and worse, it's actually a lesser film than some of this season's other big movies that underwhelmed."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Rob Hunter

3 93%

Casting By (2013)

"All movie fans need to watch Casting By ... a brisk, breezy, enjoyable and often endearing educational experience."

Posted Aug 5, 2013

Christopher Campbell

4 ——

Deliver Us From Evil (Fri os fra det onde) (2009)

"Deliver Us From Evil makes no excuses for the actions of its antagonists, but it's still interested in exploring the motivations of all involved."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Rob Hunter

5 93%

Our Children (2013)

"A quietly violent film that will both assault and deeply move its audience."

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Daniel Walber

6 14%

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

"For movies that don't aspire to the pedigree of age-spanning animated tales, it's harmless and above-average."

Posted Jul 30, 2013

Neil Miller

7 93%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"The honest way all the actors approach their relationships with one another make The Spectacular Now not only a good time but a story worth viewing."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Allison Loring

8 52%

The To Do List (2013)

"It's refreshing to see a movie aspire to a little more than just raiding the cliche bin."

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Neil Miller

9 62%

Scenic Route (2013)

"This script, by Kyle Killen, and direction from brothers Kevin and Michael Goetz have resulted in a very powerful film that you should see with your best friend. Then take a road trip together. You both might need it."

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Kevin Kelly

10 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"After the outright creative failure that was the last Wolverine movie, this kind of Adamantium-solid effort is something to be appreciated by fans."

Posted Jul 24, 2013

Neil Miller

11 7%

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

"All I can say is I didn't DISlike it. It astounded me too much with its nonsense, and it's not nearly as offensive as I'd anticipated. So I have no real issue with it. "

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Christopher Campbell

12 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Del Toro brings no pretense to Pacific Rim. He's simply making the most massive, relentlessly cool movie he can make until a studio accountant brings him to a full-stop."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Neil Miller

13 55%

The Look of Love (2013)

"A character study that offers some of Steve Coogan's most interesting work and another testament to Michael Winterbottom's knack for period naturalism."

Posted Jul 8, 2013

Robert Levin

14 25%

A Girl And A Gun (2013)

"There is little to this film that isn't very obvious and sometimes even oblivious."

Posted Jul 6, 2013

Christopher Campbell

15 50%

Best Friends Forever ()

"an honest, down-to-earth look at what might happen when everything around you crumbles, yet it manages to have its heart in the right place"

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Kevin Carr

16 94%

A Band Called Death (2013)

"Thanks to the new revelatory and inspiring documentary A Band Called Death, the truth behind the band's nearly simultaneous birth and death may yet find them their proper place in music history."

Posted Jul 1, 2013

Rob Hunter

17 50%

White House Down (2013)

"It's fun to see Tatum and Foxx fire rocket launchers and make jokes about sneakers, but it's also compelling to care about their kids and their ladies and keeping all those people safe."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Kate Erbland

18 77%

How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013)

"There's no denying that How to Make Money Selling Drugs is a clever work of nonfiction, but we're left thinking about the structure more than the film's point. "

Posted Jun 26, 2013

Christopher Campbell

19 97%

Ernest & Célestine (2014)

"Directors Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, and Benjamin Renner keep Ernest and Celestine visually stimulating, which should entertain both children and adults alike."

Posted Jun 24, 2013

Allison Loring

20 80%

Europa Report (2013)

"The movie is filled with impressive visuals, especially for an independent film, that bring you into a world rooted in enough reality to make every moment seem possible."

Posted Jun 24, 2013

Allison Loring

21 84%

100 Bloody Acres (2013)

"100 Bloody Acres is extremely funny comedy for viewers who can handle bloodshed, death and yappy little dogs being kicked across the room. (No dogs were harmed in the making of this film.)"

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Rob Hunter

22 22%

Violet & Daisy (2013)

"Hardly a follow-up that will have [Fletcher] garnering more awards. Not because it's bad; it's just really cartoony, as in artificial, two-dimensional and rather childish."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Christopher Campbell

23 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"The Way, Way Back is a funny and wonderfully-told tale about the beginning of one teen's autonomy at a time where everything remains out of his control."

Posted Jun 5, 2013

Rob Hunter

24 7%

I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

"Lost yet? Director Chris Sivertson does not offer much direction."

Posted Jun 5, 2013

Chris Beaumont

25 74%

The East (2013)

"As a thriller, the movie begins with a taught pace but then begins to lose that discipline as the film dwindles along."

Posted Jun 4, 2013

Jack Giroux

26 50%

Age of the Uprising (2014)

"A brutally tedious, interminably long costume drama that errantly wastes a fleet of talented actors."

Posted May 29, 2013

Shaun Munro

27 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"It's just a shame that Cotillard's impressive performance isn't hung on a more vibrant story."

Posted May 29, 2013

Shaun Munro

28 70%

Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014)

"Cinema of the angriest kind from a hungry new filmmaker keen to provoke."

Posted May 28, 2013

Shaun Munro

29 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Payne's latest considers the notion of legacy with quietly heart-wrenching attention to detail, and is one of his sweetest yet most unsentimental films to date."

Posted May 28, 2013

Shaun Munro

30 91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"Kechiche captures the ecstatic highs and punishing lows of matters of the heart with piercing proficiency."

Posted May 26, 2013

Shaun Munro

31 89%

The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) ()

"What the director has crafted here is charmless misery porn sorely in need of a personality transplant."

Posted May 25, 2013

Shaun Munro

32 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"Redford's fiercely committed and quite brilliant performance is the reason to see this daringly minimalist, slightly overlong curio."

Posted May 25, 2013

Shaun Munro

33 62%

Grigris (2014)

"Ultimately too spare to completely satisfy, the pronounced feeling coming out of this film is that it needs more dancing."

Posted May 25, 2013

Shaun Munro

34 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"Simply, without a brand name like Refn's at the helm, there's no way this project would be In Competition at Cannes, nor would it have attracted its talented stars, nor even found its way out of your local bargain bin."

Posted May 25, 2013

Shaun Munro

35 73%

The German Doctor (2014)

"An ominous premise gains little traction by way of Puenzo's plodding approach."

Posted May 25, 2013

Shaun Munro

36 ——

Sarah préfère la course (Sarah Would Rather Run) ()

"A heartfelt, understated and sublimely-acted drama about late-blossoming sexuality."

Posted May 25, 2013

Shaun Munro

37 64%

Bastards (2013)

"An ill-organized revenge tale that unfolds in needlessly incoherent fashion, and despite a rather salacious, sexy premise, fails to get the pulse racing."

Posted May 25, 2013

Shaun Munro

38 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"Sorrentino's direction is as crisp as it has ever been, telling one of his more relatable tales."

Posted May 25, 2013

Shaun Munro

39 41%

As I Lay Dying (2013)

"It is not so much that Franco has butchered Faulkner's novel as he has inflicted a garish blight upon the art of cinema."

Posted May 25, 2013

Shaun Munro

40 95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"If this really is the end of the road for Soderbergh, then what a class act to finish on."

Posted May 25, 2013

Shaun Munro

41 57%

Un château en Italie (A Castle in Italy) ()

"Bruni Tedeschi's performance is the gemstone of the piece, elevating it considerably."

Posted May 25, 2013

Shaun Munro

42 44%

Blind Detective (Man Tam) ()

"A daring if totally misguided hybrid of two very different films that may suffice for the director's fans, though will likely be remembered as a sloppy curio farce above all else."

Posted May 25, 2013

Shaun Munro

43 93%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"Smartly transforms the WikiLeaks story into a character study, filtering the events through the unpacking of Julian Assange and Bradley Manning."

Posted May 23, 2013

Robert Levin

44 53%

Blood Ties (2014)

"The busload-full of skilled actors Canet has brought with him damn-near ensures a compelling sit, even if the film's ponderous pacing and resulting length do detract somewhat from its finer qualities."

Posted May 21, 2013

Shaun Munro

45 44%

Wara no tate (Shield of Straw) ()

"An absurd yet entertaining thriller that dispenses with the preciousness of the Cannes Film Festival's In Competition banner."

Posted May 21, 2013

Shaun Munro

46 ——

Monsoon Shootout ()

"It amounts to little more than a fecklessly bloodless gimmick thriller."

Posted May 21, 2013

Shaun Munro

47 ——

Bends ()

"This slight, deliberate tale of strained families keeps the audience at a distance, making it a curiously uninvolving sit that rarely engages on even the most basic level."

Posted May 21, 2013

Shaun Munro

48 ——

Bite The Dust ()

"The movie equivalent of a noisy, hyperactive child screaming in your face."

Posted May 21, 2013

Shaun Munro

49 86%

Borgman (2014)

"Damn-near destined to endure as a cult classic and high-point of contemporary Dutch cinema."

Posted May 21, 2013

Shaun Munro

50 85%

Seduced And Abandoned ()

"A rousing documentary that will affirm your love for both cinema and life."

Posted May 21, 2013

Shaun Munro

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