The Australian

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 75%

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

2 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

3 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

4 29%

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

5 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

6 5%

Hick (2012)

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

Posted Oct 1, 2012

Stephen Fitzpatrick

7 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

8 37%

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

9 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

10 91%

Arthur Christmas (2011)

"A witty and beautifully designed animated film."

Posted Dec 5, 2011

David Stratton

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 71%

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

15 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

16 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

17 24%

The Dilemma (2011)

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

Posted Jan 21, 2011

Lynden Barber

18 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

19 89%

Tangled (2010)

"Tangled deserves to be popular with family audiences and I have a strong suspicion it will."

Posted Jan 10, 2011

Lynden Barber

20 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"While The Deathly Hallows is not the best film in the series, it hardly matters. Too many people have invested too much in Harry Potter, they will not bear to miss the finale, or even his bleak and inconclusive prelude to the dark."

Posted Nov 15, 2010

Michael Bodey

21 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"It's as though Stone is pulling his punches, angry at the economic state of the union but at the same time anxious to provide cinema audiences with a superior popcorn movie."

Posted Sep 27, 2010

David Stratton

22 73%

The Tree (2011)

"There have been other films as lovely as The Tree, but for haunting beauty and strangeness, this Australian-French co-production, directed by Julie Bertuccelli and shot in a bare stretch of countryside in Queensland, is hard to beat."

Posted Sep 27, 2010

Evan Williams

23 93%

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

"The Kids are All Right is funny, touching and honest, all the elements that make independent cinema so much more rewarding, most of the time, than the mainstream."

Posted Sep 7, 2010

David Stratton

24 86%

Boy (2012)

"The film has a disarming naturalism and spontaneity. Waititi never pushes too hard. He knows the importance of restraint, understatement and surprise."

Posted Aug 26, 2010

Evan Williams

25 82%

Four Lions (2010)

"The film is tasteless and offensive. It will be especially offensive to jihadists. It is also very funny."

Posted Aug 26, 2010

Evan Williams

26 50%

Second Hand Wedding (2008)

"I was never bored by Second-Hand Wedding, but nor was I much engaged."

Posted Jul 30, 2010

Evan Williams

27 43%

Robin Hood (2010)

"A richly detailed movie that is at least as good as the Oscar-winning Gladiator, the first collaboration between Scott and Crowe."

Posted May 17, 2010

David Stratton

28 40%

Letters to Juliet (2010)

"Doubt that the stars are fire, but never doubt that Letters to Juliet is the biggest load of weepie sludge we are likely to see this year. Naturally, I quite enjoyed it."

Posted May 17, 2010

Evan Williams

29 35%

New York, I Love You (2009)

"If nothing else, it brilliantly captures the moods and tempo of New York: its vibrant pulse, its energy, its ethnic diversity, its clamorous excitement."

Posted May 17, 2010

Evan Williams

30 54%

I Love You Too (2010)

"It's all a little too much, and it takes itself a little too seriously for what should have been a cheerful, hopefully witty, date movie."

Posted May 10, 2010

David Stratton

31 85%

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009)

"Haneke has made a deeply unsettling and gravely beautiful film that tells us very little. But the performances are astonishing, and the faces of the children, caught in long, static close-ups, may haunt you for a long time."

Posted May 10, 2010

Evan Williams

32 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"Jon Favreau is back with a large-scale movie that is almost as good as its predecessor, even though it lacks the political commentary."

Posted Apr 28, 2010

David Stratton

33 35%

The Burning Plain (2009)

"When so many cinema releases are instantly forgettable, The Burning Plain clings to the memory..."

Posted Apr 26, 2010

David Stratton

34 63%

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

"Hot Tub Time Machine is an amiable time-waster but, given the concept, it could have been rather more than that."

Posted Apr 26, 2010

David Stratton

35 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"It's the risible writing and the self-important, self-righteous tone that ultimately prevents this odyssey from becoming the classic action film to which it aspires."

Posted Apr 19, 2010

David Stratton

36 75%

The Eclipse (2010)

"Unfortunately, writer-director Conor McPherson's lame attempts to push the film into the realm of a horror movie reduce its effect considerably."

Posted Apr 19, 2010

David Stratton

37 76%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"All is slick, stylish, well-made and totally amoral. The characters are amusing, the dialogue is racy."

Posted Apr 15, 2010

Evan Williams

38 67%

Date Night (2010)

"The main delight here is the combination of Carell and Fey, both accomplished comedians, who succeed in making "a boring married couple from New Jersey" not only engaging heroes but believable ones."

Posted Apr 15, 2010

David Stratton

39 87%

Welcome (2010)

"A timely reminder that one should love one's neighbour, even if one's neighbour has a foreign accent and a different culture."

Posted Apr 2, 2010

David Stratton

40 74%

Micmacs (Micmacs tire-larigot) (2010)

"It's an engaging and beautifully realised fairytale."

Posted Apr 2, 2010

David Stratton

41 20%

The Last Song (2010)

"Even for one not averse to some sentimental uplift in romantic movies, it's all a bit much. In fact, it's much too much."

Posted Apr 2, 2010

Evan Williams

42 71%

The Last Station (2010)

"Despite all the bitterness and skulduggery, The Last Station is surprisingly warm and spirited in tone."

Posted Apr 2, 2010

Evan Williams

43 28%

Clash of the Titans (2010)

"It's left to the gigantic Kraken to re-inject some interest during the closing stages of this major disappointment."

Posted Apr 2, 2010

David Stratton

44 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"This is a sad little story, told rather indulgently by the writer-director. Bridges and Gyllenhaal are superior to the film in which they appear."

Posted Feb 15, 2010

David Stratton

45 57%

Bran Nue Dae (2010)

"The next time someone tells you that "all Australian films are depressing", point them in Bran Nue Dae's direction."

Posted Jan 17, 2010

Lynden Barber

46 18%

The Tooth Fairy (2010)

"The film is directed by Michael Lembeck and penned by six screenwriters without flair or subtlety, while Johnson's performance lives down to his name."

Posted Jan 17, 2010

Lynden Barber

47 84%

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"Though the animation technique here is old school, it's zippy and quick-witted and the story skills that elevate Pixar's work are on display."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Lynden Barber

48 83%

Avatar (2009)

"Somehow it all works wonderfully well, thanks mainly to Cameron's story-telling skills and to the movie's fantastically detailed vision."

Posted Dec 15, 2009

David Stratton

49 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"If fantasy is your thing, take a trip through Gilliam's mirror and drink your fill, but don't blame me for your indigestion."

Posted Nov 1, 2009

Evan Williams

50 92%

In Search of Beethoven (2009)

"There are too many snippets of music, too many talking heads, too little to define that great arc of the composer's life and spiritual development. But no one who cares about the man and his music will miss it. For that I give credit to its subject."

Posted Oct 30, 2009

Evan Williams

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