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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 80%

The Thing (1982)

"...reading this as a Cold War allegory is doing the movie a very big favor. In reality, this is a film about tentacles and teeth and eyes and orifices and goo, goo, goo."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Josh Larsen

2 60%

Real Steel (2011)

"Every moment is prettified as if this were some sort of prestige project; there isn't an image shot plainly if it couldn't be reflected in a puddle."

Posted Oct 6, 2011

Josh Larsen

3 80%

Higher Ground (2011)

"...skeptical and yearning at the same time."

Posted Sep 28, 2011

Josh Larsen

4 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"...has the snap and crackle of a timely behind-the-scenes documentary."

Posted Sep 21, 2011

Josh Larsen

5 93%

Drive (2011)

"...not the best film of 2011, but when all is said and done it will likely be the most alive."

Posted Sep 14, 2011

Josh Larsen

6 90%

The Lion King (2011)

"Disney does Shakespeare, and not too badly either. "

Posted Sep 13, 2011

Josh Larsen

7 76%

Bronson (2009)

"...an anthropological study in human viciousness, like a nature film done by Stanley Kubrick."

Posted Sep 8, 2011

Josh Larsen

8 83%

Warrior (2011)

"The scariest man in movies right now might be Tom Hardy. He somehow makes his sinews seethe."

Posted Sep 8, 2011

Josh Larsen

9 84%

Contagion (2011)

"...a paranoid disease thriller for our glocal age."

Posted Sep 8, 2011

Josh Larsen

10 76%

The Help (2011)

"A Civil Rights drama that artfully dramatizes the love for one's enemy espoused by Martin Luther King."

Posted Sep 4, 2011

Josh Larsen

11 14%

Seven Days In Utopia (2011)

"Who made caddies God?"

Posted Sep 1, 2011

Josh Larsen

12 67%

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

"Rudd makes Ned such a comic force of calamitous geniality that you don't mind the familiar narrative."

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Josh Larsen

13 58%

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)

"If Gollum and the Tooth Fairy got together and spawned a horde of young'uns, they might resemble the terrible little creatures here..."

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Josh Larsen

14 94%

The Town (2010)

"Because this all revolves around Affleck, The Town is a curiosity; directed by him under another name and it would be forgettable."

Posted Aug 18, 2011

Josh Larsen

15 81%

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

"Much of this is far too precious - it's mostly for adults who impulsively put socks on their ears, as a character does here."

Posted Aug 18, 2011

Josh Larsen

16 72%

Fright Night (2011)

"...the light, yet dangerous tone is due, mainly, to Colin Farrell."

Posted Aug 17, 2011

Josh Larsen

17 24%

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

"...a Conan for the torture porn age."

Posted Aug 17, 2011

Josh Larsen

18 77%

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

"...ironically undone by its star, a preening peacock eager to sow the seeds of self-parody with a well-placed camel punch. "

Posted Aug 11, 2011

Josh Larsen

19 45%

30 Minutes or Less (2011)

"McBride is yet another walking epithet you simply want to get away from."

Posted Aug 10, 2011

Josh Larsen

20 98%

King Kong (1933)

"...throbbing with metaphorical implications. The riveting, stop-motion battle between the great ape and a T. Rex is just a bonus."

Posted Aug 9, 2011

Josh Larsen

21 93%

The Lives of Others (2006)

"The scope is especially impressive given that the movie is about a society obsessively focused on the tiniest of details."

Posted Aug 5, 2011

Josh Larsen

22 82%

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

"...offers one of the richest character arcs I've seen in quite some time. And I'm talking about the chimpanzee."

Posted Aug 3, 2011

Josh Larsen

23 44%

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

"Call me silly, but I thought a movie titled Cowboys & Aliens might be fun."

Posted Jul 27, 2011

Josh Larsen

24 95%

The Station Agent (2003)

"There isn't a character, location or situation in The Station Agent that could exist anywhere other than in a screenplay."

Posted Jul 21, 2011

Josh Larsen

25 79%

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

"...sometimes feels like the kiddie version of Inglourious Basterds."

Posted Jul 21, 2011

Josh Larsen

26 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"...good enough, which is a succinct way of describing the eight-movie franchise as a whole."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Josh Larsen

27 69%

Horrible Bosses (2011)

"The troubling thing isn't that the rampant sexual humor is so crude, but that it's so angry."

Posted Jul 6, 2011

Josh Larsen

28 36%

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

"...like watching a chainsaw tear apart a toy box."

Posted Jun 27, 2011

Josh Larsen

29 97%

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

"...like watching a melodrama in a sauna. It's just too much."

Posted Jun 27, 2011

Josh Larsen

30 76%

Cold Weather (2011)

"It's as if the audience is being tested: can you appreciate such slow pacing and focus on character, or do you need your fix of Hollywood plot?"

Posted Jun 25, 2011

Josh Larsen

31 39%

Cars 2 (2011)

"Given Pixar's track record, it would be easy to forgive Cars 2 as a swing and a miss. Yet the movie is more disconcerting than that."

Posted Jun 22, 2011

Josh Larsen

32 98%

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

"Steven Spielberg at his most pure."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Josh Larsen

33 48%

Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

"...has so many CGI penguins that we might as well be watching the latest version of Angry Birds."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Josh Larsen

34 26%

Green Lantern (2011)

"...a comic-book movie that lets its nerd flag fly."

Posted Jun 15, 2011

Josh Larsen

35 82%

Super 8 (2011)

"To watch Super 8 is to witness the birth of our current geek culture."

Posted Jun 8, 2011

Josh Larsen

36 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"Based in Vegas, flashing mutant sideburns and mostly mustering an evil grin, Bacon is less of a super-villain and more of an atomic Wayne Newton."

Posted Jun 1, 2011

Josh Larsen

37 90%

The Trouble With Harry (1955)

"A spirited irreverence about the power of death pervades. Think of this as a relief valve compared to most of Hitchcock's other films."

Posted May 27, 2011

Josh Larsen

38 82%

X-Men (2000)

"These are superheroes who largely regret their powers because of the trouble that they bring."

Posted May 27, 2011

Josh Larsen

39 94%

Days of Heaven (1978)

"You can feel Terrence Malick drifting away in this follow-up to his acclaimed debut. "

Posted May 25, 2011

Josh Larsen

40 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"...mourns mankind's awakening to original sin - in nature, in our families, in ourselves."

Posted May 25, 2011

Josh Larsen

41 93%

Midnight in Paris (2011)

"...strikes a nice balance between starry-eyed romanticism and cynical detachment."

Posted May 20, 2011

Josh Larsen

42 96%

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

"...equally intrigued by the prehistoric painters of yesteryear and those who study their work today."

Posted May 19, 2011

Josh Larsen

43 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"...part action flick and part vaudeville act, On Stranger Tides suggests a pirate movie made by Buster Keaton."

Posted May 19, 2011

Josh Larsen

44 79%

The Thin Red Line (1998)

"...so gorgeous it feels as if it's being seen through heavenly eyes - at least until fresh hell rips across the screen."

Posted May 13, 2011

Josh Larsen

45 62%

The New World (2005)

"By now the familiar elements have begun to resemble a misguided perfume commercial. Call it Terrence Malick's Obsession."

Posted May 13, 2011

Josh Larsen

46 98%

Badlands (1974)

"...the first of Malick's many screen Edens, all of which inevitably come to a violent end. "

Posted May 13, 2011

Josh Larsen

47 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"...expresses a deep ambivalence toward marriage, one that runs counter to the fanatical, starry-eyed nature of most romantic comedies."

Posted May 12, 2011

Josh Larsen

48 60%

The Beaver (2011)

"The puppet works."

Posted May 6, 2011

Josh Larsen

49 77%

Thor (2011)

"This is twice now that Marvel Studios has made me care for a comic-book figure who initially struck me as dopey."

Posted May 4, 2011

Josh Larsen

50 37%

I Am (2011)

"I believe Shadyac had a meaningful epiphany. I'm not sure it's that meaningful for the rest of us."

Posted May 1, 2011

Josh Larsen

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