Time Out Sydney

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Whedon keeps the whole thing aloft with pizzazz -- you expect it to crash to earth like Fury's flying aircraft carrier, but somehow it never does."

Posted Apr 25, 2012

Nick Dent

2 88%

Mad Bastards ()

"The story arc is a cringingly facile story of redemption which, but for the curious ghost of reality behind it, would have been pretty forgettable."

Posted May 5, 2011

Andrew Fuhrmann

3 51%

Tron Legacy (2010)

"What unfolds is your typical chase-and-rescue scenario, all just colour and movement, but with a rock-out score by Daft Punk and a genuinely bright patch in the high-camp form of Castor (Michael Sheen)."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Nick Dent

4 98%

The Loved Ones (2012)

"The savagery here has no redeeming social value and the characters are not especially interesting, but who cares when the terror is this relentless?"

Posted Oct 25, 2010

Nick Dent

5 85%

Easy A (2010)

"Come in Lindsay Lohan: your time is up. Ever since you went off the rails we've been on the lookout for a feisty, freckled ranga with a straight-bourbon voice and killer comic timing, and we've found her in the form of Emma Stone."

Posted Sep 15, 2010

Nick Dent

6 58%

Trash Humpers (2010)

"Viewers unfamiliar with Korine's alternative style of filmmaking may walk out in disgust. But if you're willing to broaden your cinematic expectations to include the utterly random, it's a must-see. "

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Emily Cheng

7 62%

Salt (2010)

"Phillip Noyce directs Kurt Wimmer's script, which rockets along with chase sequences and confounds with double-crosses but it can't hide its essentially facile nature."

Posted Aug 16, 2010

Nick Dent

8 82%

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

"Potentially the most fun movie to come out this year -- a kinetic epic that both stands for and gently lampoons the generation it came from. Superheroes should be so lucky to get this treatment. "

Posted Aug 10, 2010

Jonathon Valenzuela

9 64%

Predators (2010)

"It's a return to the suspenseful, high-velocity form of the original Predator. "

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Nick Dent

10 49%

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

"Girl, just pick the werewolf now so we can all go home."

Posted Jul 1, 2010

Nick Dent

11 58%

Shrek Forever After (2010)

"Third times are rarely charms in the movies, much less fourth go-rounds, and it takes more than ho-hum 3D and video-game-ready action sequences to liven up diminishing returns."

Posted Jun 16, 2010

David Fear

12 97%

Animal Kingdom (2010)

"Destined to be an international arthouse hit, this portrayal of power struggles in an underworld dynasty may be the closest thing we get to an Australian Godfather." EDIT

Posted Jun 10, 2010

13 64%

Harry Brown (2010)

"Ill-informed pessimism is bolstered by childish ideas of revenge. "

Posted May 21, 2010

Dave Calhoun

14 15%

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

"This is the worst yet from Michael Bay's horror production company Platinum Dunes, which also brought you rubbish re-makes of Halloween and Friday the 13th."

Posted May 21, 2010

Nigel Floyd

15 76%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"Kick-Ass seems to have cult hit written all over it, except that in this interactive age, cults have gone mainstream. The box office should be massive."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Nick Dent

16 51%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"It's a shame Burton gets his Lewis Carroll mixed up with his Tolkien and CS Lewis. Still, the film's 3D visuals are fun to look at."

Posted Mar 2, 2010

Nick Dent

17 67%

Daybreakers (2010)

"The special effects look cheap; and while the premise, with its "we're drinking the blood of the earth!" subtext is interesting, the characters just aren't."

Posted Jan 31, 2010

Nick Dent

18 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"Performances are really fine -- especially from the casually seductive Farmiga -- and visually, it's a blast, with Eric Steelberg's camera capturing spectacular bird's-eye views of American cities."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Nick Dent

19 94%

Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers) (2009)

"French cinema has a new coming-of-age classic to go alongside Au Revoir les Enfants and The 400 Blows."

Posted Dec 15, 2009

Nick Dent

20 72%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"Those hoping for a fun-lovin' romp through the kooky world of Max and his zany monster pals are likely to be disappointed." EDIT

Posted Dec 2, 2009

21 75%

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"Capitalism: A Love Story is, like Moore's previous movies, manipulative and moving, funny and impassioned, uplifting and infuriating."

Posted Nov 3, 2009

Michelle Lamont

22 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"It's unlikely Gilliam's own, undeniably brilliant career will be revitalised by this rambling, undisciplined and indulgent piece of work."

Posted Oct 28, 2009

Tom Huddleston

23 80%

It Might Get Loud (2009)

"A must-see for axe players, the movie is not terribly concerned with history. Still, its design is smarter than you realise." EDIT

Posted Oct 28, 2009

24 49%

Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)

"Diehard fans should be warned that the movie will not deliver the nostalgic hit they are hoping for. This is not necessarily such a bad thing. At least a new generation is being exposed to Astro Boy."

Posted Oct 14, 2009

Sarah Theeboom

25 66%

Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

"It's not a Hollywood-style movie - it demands patience and proper attention - but it's a great movie, and rewards magnificently."

Posted Sep 29, 2009

Geoff Andrew

26 55%

Mao's Last Dancer (2010)

"Bruce Beresford delivers one of his best films in the story of Chinese ballet star Li Cunxin."

Posted Sep 29, 2009

Nick Dent

27 48%

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"It does at least come across as a portrait of an era that's affectionate, authentic and pleasingly adult in its tone and concerns."

Posted Aug 26, 2009

Geoff Andrew

28 92%

Ponyo (2009)

"See this film if you're looking to immerse yourself in a sense of delight over the simple wonders of a child's world."

Posted Aug 12, 2009

Gregory Moore

29 90%

District 9 (2009)

"Neill Blomkamp's career-making debut film District 9 mixes alien contact with apartheid politics, deftly creating one of the best sci-fi films in recent memory."

Posted Aug 12, 2009

Jonathon Valenzuela

30 83%

Beautiful Kate (2009)

"Rachel Ward's directorial debut is well acted and handsomely shot by Andrew Commis, but it goes nowhere."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Nick Dent

31 68%

Public Enemies (2009)

"Like Dillinger, Mann and his jangly camera live for the moment. If Public Enemies doesn't cut it as history or mythologising, it succeeds staggeringly well as a series of set pieces."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Ben Kenigsberg

32 50%

Chéri (2009)

"Remember Boyle and MacDonald's names: you'll be hearing them a lot when awards season comes around."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Nick Dent

33 92%

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

"Drag Me to Hell isn't a classic by any means, but feels like a palate cleanser before the next big project - and anything that washes the taste of Spider-man 3 out of Raimi's mouth can only be a good thing." EDIT

Posted Jul 22, 2009

34 91%

Every Little Step (2009)

"We're left with a deep sense of admiration for those who are prepared to face rejection routinely in pursuit of a dream."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Nick Dent

35 68%

Brüno (2009)

"It's essential - but hardly comfortable - viewing. You'll watch most of it through splayed fingers, and at times you'll need a spare hand to pick your jaw up off the cinema floor."

Posted Jul 2, 2009

Dan Rookwood

36 19%

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

"You like 'splosions and special effects? Hey, you got 'em. But for anyone over the age of 12, this hardly makes up for lead-footed plotting or the fact these metal machines can't even stay consistent within their own mythology."

Posted Jun 24, 2009

Gregory Moore

37 87%

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

"While not apologising for his disgusting behaviour, the film puts Polanski's actions in the context of a turbulent life."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Nick Dent

38 64%

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

"It's ... hard not to wonder if a skilled actress would have been better equipped to play Christine instead of a famous porn star -- but reality seems to be the directive in Soderbergh's film, no matter how bland that reality might be."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Millie Stein

39 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"It offers us the kind of friendship that comes with a brilliant soundtrack, a story with a solid mixture of fantasy and truth, and the bolstering sort of hopefulness that we might, by accident, fall into a version of its world someday."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Millie Stein

40 44%

The Limits of Control (2009)

"While some will find Jarmusch's tale (if one can call the dialogue-poor film a tale) pretentious, others will adore its artistic sensibilities."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Millie Stein

41 26%

Land of the Lost (2009)

"Lost is putting it mildly."

Posted Jun 12, 2009

Joshua Rothkopf

42 79%

The Hangover (2009)

"It doesn't help that the central cast is almost entirely forgettable, from the smug lounge lizardry of Bradley Cooper to the boisterous Jack Black-lite of Zach Galifianakis."

Posted Jun 12, 2009

Tom Huddleston

43 72%

Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

"Best to take a page from Rose's métier and bleach this one fully out of sight and mind."

Posted Jun 12, 2009

Keith Uhlich

44 84%

I Love You, Man (2009)

"In less sure hands this parade of oddities could have become tiresome. Which only makes Rudd's central performance more impressive, holding the entire edifice together by sheer force of personality."

Posted Jun 5, 2009

Tom Huddleston

45 89%

Adventureland (2009)

"Mottola hasn't concocted the funniest summer comedy ever, but he may have given us one of the wisest."

Posted Jun 5, 2009

Ben Kenigsberg

46 25%

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)

"Call us cynical, but isn't there something just a tiny bit iffy about three sworn virgins performing a rock show in which the climax has them shooting gallons of white "party" foam over their adoring girl fans?"

Posted May 22, 2009

Sophie Harris

47 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

"The result, while admirable, is curiously flat and unengaging."

Posted May 22, 2009

Nick Dent

48 44%

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

"The Toy Story-esque plot could be written on the femur of dormouse and some scenes still lean towards inanity. But, in the main, this is a funnier and more coherent slice of kids' entertainment."

Posted May 22, 2009

Derek Adams

49 26%

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

"Quirky supporting characters enliven this by-the-numbers romcom."

Posted May 15, 2009

Lisa Varano

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile