"Rango is Disney by way of Hunter S. Thompson, Chinatown recast with a lizard, Blazing Saddles with existential angst, Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns romanticallyspoofed. Rango is both weird and wonderful. "
"One complaint you cannot level at Limitless is that it is unoriginal or uncreative. In an upcoming summer of senseless sequels and repugnant remakes, Limitless-warts and all-is at least something we've never seen before. "
Season of the Witch (2011)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Fast Five (2011)
Cars 2 (2011)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides suffers from an extraordinary lack of imagination, something that cannot be said of its predecessors, convoluted and impenetrable though they may have certainly been. "
Green Lantern (2011)
"If serendipity is a collision of happy accidents that produce something greater than the sum of their parts, then The Green Lantern is its unlucky antonym, a film far less impressive than its superior individual ingredients. "
The Hangover Part II (2011)
Larry Crowne (2011)
Black Death (2011)
"Black Death is the feel bad movie of the year, a film with an unrelentingly bleak view of humankind's barbaric nature and the notion that, no matter what your creed, violence only ever begets more violence. "
"The problem with the current crop of superhero movies is that once you've exhausted the A-list, you begin reaching for the second string personalities who do not have the same sort of populist street cred. "
"It is artistically dishonest and embarrassingly naive to grant the status of "classic" to something only newly born. For a film to be called a classic, it must first stand...oh hell, who am I kidding? Bridesmaids is an instant classic. "
Super 8 (2011)
"Despite the complete chaos, Super 8's conclusion somehow felt anti-climactic, a blunt and barbaric cinematic shock-and-awe campaign when what had come before it had been handled with the precision of a surgical SEAL team strike. "
The Tree of Life (2011)
Source Code (2011)
"Screenwriting teachers will tell you that if you don't hook your audience in the first 10 minutes, you've lost them for the full two hours. Director Duncan Jones and writer Ben Ripley have crafted a thriller that does it in only eight. "
Sucker Punch (2011)
"Sucker Punch is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on acid, a glorious disaster, a mind-bogglingly messy, perversely gorgeous piece of hyperstylized filmmaking that chills the blood one moment and thrills it the next. "
Jane Eyre (2011)
Win Win (2011)
"Rarely has the title of a film better described its contents. Win Win is yet another funny, poignant and endearing creation by writer/actor/director Tom McCarthy. Turns out, sometimes there is truth in advertising. "
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Red Riding Hood (2011)
"Following the Red Riding Hood screening, I expressed my feelings about the film to a colleague who was lucky enough to have been otherwise occupied. "Was it really that bad?" she asked. "Bad?" I replied. "Hitler was bad. This was awful." "
Battle: Los Angeles (2011)
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
"Damon and Blunt have such palpable chemistry from their very first scene that we utterly believe he would spend an entire movie vaulting obstacles to be with her. This is a pulse-pounding mix of science fiction, philosophy and theology. "
Hall Pass (2011)
"Inexplicably, I went into Hall Pass ignorant of the fact that it was a Farrelly Bros. movie. If I'd known, I would have been mentally prepared. There are moments in this film that would make Judd Apatow blush. "
I Am Number Four (2011)
"I am Number Four is based on the tween novel by the one-thousand-year-old alien Pittacus Lore. Lore, it turns out, is really James Frey. Yes, that James Frey. Turns out, Oprah owes us yet another apology. "
Cedar Rapids (2011)
The Rite (2011)
Another Year (2010)
"We might be tempted to think Leigh's pessimistic camera is relentless (it is) and even cruel (it is not). Leigh is not out to dash hope, but he does call things as he sees them--choose what you do in life and whom you do it with wisely. "
The Company Men (2011)
The Green Hornet (2011)
"Witless, charmless, clumsy and appallingly unenjoyable, The Green Hornet is almost unrecognizable as having come from the same, endlessly inventive storehouse of creativity as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. "
Blue Valentine (2010)
Country Strong (2011)
"As far as I can tell, the moral of Country Strong seems to be: mothers, don't let your kids grow up to sing country music. Good advice. That said, the music is easily the best part of the movie, and I don't even like country music. "
True Grit (2010)
"All the important things Somewhere has to say it says not with dialogue but with action (or lack thereof). It is a bold, often exasperating, and ultimately surprisingly effective choice. Somewhere is not a movie you think, it is a movie you feel "
Tron Legacy (2010)
"Watching Tron: Legacy is like witnessing a thermonuclear explosion from inside the mushroom cloud-white hot, dazzlingly intense and indescribably overpowering-pop art unlike any you've ever seen before. "
The King's Speech (2010)
The Fighter (2010)
How Do You Know (2010)
"[A] film of sentimental perceptivity delivered by some of the most amiable and charismatic actors working today. Sad then that it is not a great film thanks to a series of critical miscalculations by its acclaimed writer/director. "
The Tempest (2010)