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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 72%

Machete (2010)

"Unwilling to consistently push its violence, sex or comedy to the extremes demanded by its grindhouse roots, Machete turns out to be a mixed bag of monotonous exposition and tasteless fun."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Brandon Fibbs

2 98%

Up (2009)

"Do you think Pixar ever gets tired of the monotony of good press? If they do, they better get over it. Up is a spellbinding gem, powered by pure whimsy and so deeply moving you forget entirely that you're watching animation."

Posted May 28, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

3 92%

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

"Raimi always keeps some part of his tongue firmly planted in his cheek. He wants you to laugh as often as he wants you to scream, and he succeeds in equal measure with both."

Posted May 28, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

4 64%

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

"While beautiful, both the film and its female lead are cold and distant."

Posted May 28, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

5 33%

Terminator Salvation (2009)

"Contrary to popular belief, there is something far worse than a demonstrably bad film and that is a film with boundless but ultimately squandered potential. Terminator: Salvation is such a movie."

Posted May 21, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

6 36%

Gigantic (2009)

"Gigantic is the sort of kitchen sink movie many first-time directors make, mistakenly believing that they have to throw every idea they've ever come up with into just one film in case they never get a chance to make another."

Posted May 21, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

7 37%

Angels & Demons (2009)

"If you liked the book, you're going to love the movie."

Posted May 14, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

8 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"Unless you live in the weeds like me, obsessing over minutia that others never even see, Star Trek is going to be a jaw-dropping experience. The rest of us will just have to get over ourselves."

Posted May 6, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

9 38%

X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

"So unoriginal and underwhelming as to be totally forgettable, the deeply dissatisfying and unnecessarily silly X-Men Origins: Wolverine is one "in the beginning" that you just wish would mutate into "the end.""

Posted May 1, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

10 26%

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

"As far as the mightily abused McConaughey romantic comedies go, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is actually one of his better outings."

Posted May 1, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

11 56%

The Soloist (2009)

"If the symbolism is a bit heavy-handed at times, it is also intensely elevating."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

12 39%

Fighting (2009)

"When it's not throwing punches, Fighting moves at a glacial pace. For a film about fighting there sure is a lot of talking."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

13 27%

Fast & Furious (2009)

"It's dumb, but it's fun, and it doesn't pretend to be otherwise."

Posted Apr 2, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

14 72%

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

"For a 3-D movie, Monsters vs. Aliens is appallingly one-dimensional."

Posted Mar 26, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

15 33%

Knowing (2009)

"Entrancing even when it is at its most outlandish, Knowing is a breathtaking metaphysical rumination that, in the final seconds, actually caused me to cry out loud in uninhibited glee."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

16 84%

I Love You, Man (2009)

"...it is scientifically impossible not to like Paul Rudd."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

17 43%

Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

"...a film so incompetently directed and poorly written that it insults kids' intelligence, much less the adults who brought them."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

18 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"Watchmen is astonishing. It is indubitably the most lavish adaptation of a graphic novel ever made and quite possibly one of the finest book-to-screen endeavors ever produced."

Posted Mar 5, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

19 82%

Two Lovers (2008)

"Two Lovers should be a depressing downer of a film, but it's not."

Posted Feb 26, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

20 25%

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

"There are only so many times you can use the word "formulaic" before your voice becomes nothing more than white noise."

Posted Feb 13, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

21 25%

Friday the 13th (2009)

"There isn't much of a plot to speak of unless "blade wielding psychopath slaughters one teenager after another" counts as a plot synopsis."

Posted Feb 13, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

22 12%

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

"Be warned, The Pink Panther 2 will activate your gag reflex rather than tickle your funny bone."

Posted Feb 6, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

23 58%

Taken (2009)

"Taken is by no means the best the spy/action genre has to offer--it's not as smart as Bourne nor as classy as Bond--but it'll do till something better comes along."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

24 29%

New In Town (2009)

"The mostly inoffensive but ultimately completely enslaved to formula New in Town is destined to feel like a really bad case of cinematic deja vu. It's Doc Hollywood meets Fargo--minus the wood chipper."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

25 57%

Defiance (2009)

"Zwick's latest film, Defiance, is based on an exceptional true story. Regrettably, the movie is anything but exceptional, and represents Zwick's most disappointing work in more than a decade."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

26 66%

Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

"It is possible to respect, even enjoy this film and still yearn heartily for it to end. Che is a test of endurance as rewarding as it is fatiguing."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

27 33%

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

"Who could have imagined that, mere days into 2009, we'd already have a formidable contender for the worst film of the year!?"

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

28 71%

Last Chance Harvey (2009)

"Last Chance Harvey is a pleasant if predictable romance. We need more romantic films featuring middle-aged couples."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

29 10%

Bride Wars (2009)

"It is a shame that filmmakers and audiences alike have let romantic comedies devolve into trite mediocrity and banal predictability. The genre deserves far better than Bride Wars and its ilk."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Brandon Fibbs

30 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"Don't believe the negative hype. Valkyrie is a stupendous film, and represents two of the most exciting hours I spent in a theater this year."

Posted Dec 25, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

31 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that, "There are no second acts in American lives." The Ram would have to agree. But Rourke may be living the second act his character never could."

Posted Dec 25, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

32 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"Gran Torino was the biggest and most pleasant surprise of 2008."

Posted Dec 25, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

33 61%

The Reader (2008)

"If the first half of The Reader is erotic and sensual, with naked bodies in various states of repose and impassioned lovemaking, the second half becomes increasingly antiseptic, an exercise in philosophy and morality and guilt."

Posted Dec 25, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

34 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"We all lead lives of quiet desperation, though some of us are louder than others."

Posted Dec 25, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

35 64%

Marley & Me (2008)

"Marley, the dog at the center of the sweet and winning Marley and Me is the furry chronometer by which the Grogan family gauges the progression and richness of their own lives."

Posted Dec 25, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

36 45%

Yes Man (2008)

"Yes Man is a pleasant, albeit minor, surprise that actually harkens back to Carrey's glory days with a solid, satisfying comedy that aims to please and mostly hits its mark."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

37 27%

Seven Pounds (2008)

"The day I stop being emotionally affected by films or become so cynical that I find displays of emotion something to sneer at, is the day I stop doing this job."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

38 78%

Doubt (2008)

"This is a simple story simply told. Doubt's pleasures are crackling dialogue, top-rate acting, provocative themes and serious convictions."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

39 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"Stand up and take notice, Oscar. We've finally found something for you to sink your golden teeth into."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

40 21%

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

"Derrickson makes his points with blunt force trauma alone."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

41 94%

Milk (2008)

"Intellectually compelling and emotionally heartrending, Milk is one of the most profound and inspiring presentations of an American political leader I have ever seen."

Posted Nov 26, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

42 98%

Let the Right One In (2008)

"Let the Right One In can safely be called a classic, even before its name is pulled from the theater marquee."

Posted Nov 25, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

43 64%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"It's not that Quantum of Solace disappoints, so much as it doesn't live up to the promise no doubt unfairly expected after the brilliance of Casino Royale."

Posted Nov 13, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

44 64%

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a worthy, if inconsequential, sequel to its 2005 forerunner. While still high on laughs, this revisit throws in a lot more "drama," diluting some of the fun factor that drove the original."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

45 77%

Role Models (2008)

"Role Models is like a comfortable, old sweater. It may be somewhat threadbare and out of fashion, but you wear it because it's familiar and snug and makes you feel cozy."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

46 63%

Changeling (2008)

"It is unfortunate that something this exceptionally manicured could also be this listless and dull."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

47 65%

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

"Despite its unquestionably bad manners, it is, at its core, a sweet and innocent tale of two people who discover love in the most profane of situations."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

48 59%

W. (2008)

"By the end of W., you respect, root for and empathize with Bush. No small feat, considering the source."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

49 46%

Sex Drive (2008)

"Oh grow up Hollywood!"

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

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