The Australian

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 45%

The Other Woman (2014)

"The director's lack of subtlety extends to the selection of music used on the soundtrack; [like] the theme from Mission: Impossible and that's only one of the blindingly obvious uses of music cues."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

David Stratton

2 100%

Chinese Puzzle (2014)

"Klapisch packs a lot into the film and though there are a few missteps, the film as a whole is a very satisfactory conclusion to the trilogy - if, indeed, it is a conclusion. "

Posted Apr 18, 2014

David Stratton

3 ——

L'Úpreuve d'une vie (The Finishers) ()

"The film strives to be inspirational and ends up being sentimental, but despite its flaws it conveys a sense of exhilaration and personal triumph."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

David Stratton

4 86%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"The performances seem to me impeccable. Kore-eda is one of a host of Japanese filmmakers who never cease to enchant me. "

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Evan Williams

5 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"The Invisible Woman , overall, is a film of intelligence and subtlety, and Jones's performance as Nelly reflects exactly those qualities - she brings Nelly, with all her complexities, doubts and conflicted loyalties, vividly to life."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

David Stratton

6 80%

Any Day Now (2012)

"Young Leyva has a smile that lights up the screen, but the film makes the mistake of depicting several of the characters as though they were villains from some lesser movie. That the film overcomes this approach is testament to its essential spirit."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

David Stratton

7 41%

Divergent (2014)

"If I had to join a faction, I'd be looking for one called Bafflement or Exasperation. After spending the best part of five hours watching Divergent and Only Lovers Left Alive, I understand why audiences are flocking to see the Muppets and The Lego Movie."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Evan Williams

8 86%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Jarmusch's screenplay may lack sense and cohesion, but it's full of throw-away cultural references and vaguely intellectual in-jokes."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Evan Williams

9 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"The magic is largely missing this time. It starts promisingly enough with a rather good song about the pitfalls involved in doing a sequel but, after that, invention seems to flag and many opportunities are missed."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

David Stratton

10 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The fans won't be disappointed by the lavish visual effects, the explosions and gun battles, all of which are the essential elements in this kind of super-cinema experience."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

David Stratton

11 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"The result is a deliciously rich and, dare I say, old-fashioned entertainment, filled with affectionate jokes and cinematic references. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

David Stratton

12 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"The Lego Movie is a brilliant technical achievement. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Evan Williams

13 77%

Noah (2014)

"Noah is a disappointment, despite generally strong performances, some well-imagined sequences and spectacular backdrops filmed in Iceland. It seems that caution has won out over imagination."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

David Stratton

14 80%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Yes, there's a story of sorts - rival kingdoms, a young man's quest for revenge, a study in brotherly guilt and a doomed father-son relationship. Now I'm making it sound like Hamlet. Enough is enough."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Evan Williams

15 78%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"Everything moves at a brisk pace, the voice cast has plenty of talent, and there's no shortage of witty lines."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Evan Williams

16 22%

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

"Carlei's film is beautiful but sterile, and seems nervous its audience will be bored to the extent that there seem to be more sword fights than usual. Only Paul Giamatti's touching turn as the Friar stays in the mind when this passionless film is over."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

David Stratton

17 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"I, Frankenstein, with its monster reinvented as a superhero, is a fairly predictable action movie. Shelley would not have approved."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Evan Williams

18 76%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"It has some accomplished performances and very fine sequences - not enough to make a four-hour film completely bearable, but better than I'd feared."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

David Stratton

19 58%

Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

"This epic approach to a terrible conflict incorporates newsreels and maps to make things clearer for the uninitiated. It's an impressive film on many levels, and a significant achievement for the embryonic Nigerian film industry."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

David Stratton

20 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"The Missing Picture invites uncomfortable reflections. Modest in scale, simple in conception, it is a great film - certainly a great little film - and many viewers will be moved to tears."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Evan Williams

21 24%

Pompeii (2014)

"It never aims at anything more than the most superficial entertainment."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

David Stratton

22 ——

Rise Of The Eco-warriors ()

"My one complaint with this one is it lacks a clear and authoritative narrative voice. What is this cage, I wondered... All becomes clear if we pay attention, and in the end we rejoice in the young warriors' enthusiasm. We need such people."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Evan Williams

23 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"By any standards, this [is] a fine, moving film and essential viewing for anyone who cares about contemporary cinema."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

David Stratton

24 83%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"It's a compelling story, though it doesn't really sustain a two-hour plus running time."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

David Stratton

25 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"It's a rare example of pure cinema, and that, in itself, gives it a stature to which few Hollywood films these days aspire."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

David Stratton

26 99%

Gloria (2014)

"Subtle, quiet, delicate and unpretentious, Gloria is among the most satisfying films I have seen in years."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Evan Williams

27 10%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"The screenplay by Daniel Waters, the director's brother, is stuffed with puerile dialogue, all the more disappointing given that, back in 1988, he wrote one of the best school movies, Heathers."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

David Stratton

28 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"In the last resort we must judge the film itself - for its power, its surpassing strangeness, its extraordinary beauty."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Evan Williams

29 59%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"Mclean injects the grimmest of grim humour into the mix (including a bizarre reference to the Rolf Harris classic Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport), and I imagine Quentin Tarantino is one of the movie's biggest fans. But the end result is manipulative and ugly."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

David Stratton

30 91%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Kureishi writes well and succeeds in nailing the characters of Nick and Meg with precision."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

David Stratton

31 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Non-Stop barrels along seemingly oblivious to its contrivances and implausibilities."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

David Stratton

32 76%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"For all its flaws it is both a gripping action thriller and an unforgettable depiction of the cold realities of war. My first reaction after seeing it was a simple one: this must be how it was. It may be the highest tribute I can pay."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Evan Williams

33 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"In Payne films, as in the films of Jean Renoir, there are no "goodies" or "baddies"; everyone has their reasons, and that makes his work distinctly different from most mainstream American films these days."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

David Stratton

34 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Though handsomely mounted, the film is basically just too silly to convince on any level."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

David Stratton

35 30%

Grudge Match (2013)

"Working from a cobbled-together screenplay by Tim Kelleher and Rodney Rothman, director Peter Segal pretty much goes through the motions."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

David Stratton

36 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"The Act of Killing works brilliantly on many levels, capturing like no other documentary I have seen, like no other film I can imagine, the fevered insanity of those days."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Evan Williams

37 5%

Hick (2012)

"Hick is worth the effort -- and it does have some genuinely witty writing."

Posted Oct 1, 2012

Stephen Fitzpatrick

38 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"If anything, Cosmopolis is more timely now than when DeLillo published it almost a decade ago."

Posted Aug 6, 2012

Stephen Romei

39 38%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"Certainly delivers the goods on several levels without quite rising to the heights to which it aspires."

Posted May 16, 2012

David Stratton

40 75%

In Search of Haydn (2012)

"In Search of Haydn is the third in Phil Grabsky's fine trilogy of films about great classical composers, a worthy successor to In Search of Mozart and the somewhat less successful In Search of Beethoven."

Posted Mar 23, 2012

Evan Williams

41 91%

Arthur Christmas (2011)

"A witty and beautifully designed animated film."

Posted Dec 5, 2011

David Stratton

42 74%

The Whistleblower (2011)

"It is no comfort to reflect that The Whistleblower would be a first-rate thriller even if all of it were fiction."

Posted Sep 28, 2011

Evan Williams

43 70%

Friends With Benefits (2011)

"The film is touching and funny, and Timberlake proves again that he's a better actor than most pop stars."

Posted Aug 26, 2011

Evan Williams

44 96%

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

"The final episode overwhelms with its CGI effects, yet somehow manages to be surprisingly moving in the way the epic Harry Potter story is brought to a satisfactory conclusion."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

David Stratton

45 70%

Never Let Me Go (2010)

"We are rewarded with many scenes of poignant beauty and touching performances in the central roles."

Posted Apr 1, 2011

Evan Williams

46 35%

Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

"Watching this nonsense after seeing tragic television images of the destruction of Japan somehow made Battle: Los Angeles appear even more meretricious."

Posted Mar 17, 2011

David Stratton

47 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"It is compelling viewing, aided enormously by Portman's extraordinarily subtle and emotionally authentic performance."

Posted Jan 21, 2011

Lynden Barber

48 24%

The Dilemma (2011)

"Vaughan's behaviour is so crass and silly as to lack credibility."

Posted Jan 21, 2011

Lynden Barber

49 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"The Fighter is full of powerful scenes and performances, but in the end, like the character of Micky, it's a bit annoying."

Posted Jan 21, 2011

David Stratton

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