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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

""To the Wonder" is not Malick's first attempt at chronicling the ebb and flow of a relationship, but it may be his most heart-rending."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Tim Grierson

2 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"If "Primer" was a Rubik's Cube, "Upstream Color" is a poem or a half-remembered dream -- or, more accurately, a nightmare."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Tim Grierson

3 65%

Starbuck (2013)

"If nothing else, this might be the most heartwarming film ever made about masturbating into a plastic cup for money."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Tim Grierson

4 36%

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

"Though formulaic and a bit uneven, "Burt Wonderstone" is further proof that Steve Carell's small-scale comedies have their pleasures."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Tim Grierson

5 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"Though never quite feeling impersonal, this "Lord of the Rings"-style fantasy film is as ungainly as the movie's hulking, fearsome monsters -- and not nearly as powerful."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Tim Grierson

6 61%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"Tom Cruise bulks up as best as he can, and he has playful sexual chemistry with Rosamund Pike, but "Jack Reacher" ultimately proves too formulaic."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Tim Grierson

7 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"Despite the clear emotional and political stakes in the balance, "Hyde Park" plays like a diverting anecdote and nothing more."

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Tim Grierson

8 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"As with "The Assassination of Jesse James," "Killing Them Softly" indulges in a hyper-stylish approach that both demythologizes and romanticizes its milieu."

Posted Nov 30, 2012

Tim Grierson

9 89%

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012)

"This is a love letter to a born star and living legend that will make you laugh, cry, and be thankful that the great Channing is still here among us."

Posted Feb 2, 2012

Pete Hammond

10 67%

Mr. Nobody (2013)

"Ambitious and entertaining fantasy examines multiple lives and choices."

Posted Jan 9, 2012

Deborah Young

11 77%

War Horse (2011)

"Old fashioned in the best sense of the word. A triumph and a stirring story not to be missed."

Posted Dec 27, 2011

Pete Hammond

12 80%

Young Adult (2011)

"The kind of pitch perfect black comedy studios seem to have abandoned. It's nice to see Paramount embracing such a smart effort again."

Posted Dec 23, 2011

Pete Hammond

13 56%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"Glenn Close's singular accomplishment in willing Albert Nobbs to the screen is the stuff actors dream about."

Posted Dec 23, 2011

Pete Hammond

14 55%

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

"A brilliant and astonishing writing and directorial debut from Angelina Jolie. Uncompromising."

Posted Dec 23, 2011

Pete Hammond

15 83%

Tyrannosaur (2011)

"Does anyone really need to sit through this almost unbearably bleak downer of a movie?"

Posted Nov 19, 2011

Pete Hammond

16 69%

Horrible Bosses (2011)

"Black comedy at its most delicious."

Posted Jul 8, 2011

Pete Hammond

17 83%

The Double Hour (2011)

"If a Hitchcockian psychological thriller peppered with elements from several different films is what you are looking for, then look no further than the compelling Italian drama The Double Hour."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

Pete Hammond

18 38%

Skateland (2011)

"The performances in Skateland will serve as early evidence of the actors' supreme talent."

Posted May 16, 2011

Pete Hammond

19 33%

Meeting Spencer (2011)

"A touch of class and sweet sophistication with a brilliantly funny cast. Definitely an indie sleeper worth checking out."

Posted Apr 8, 2011

Pete Hammond

20 77%

In A Better World (2011)

"A riveting movie that must be seen. There's a very good reason it won that Oscar."

Posted Apr 1, 2011

Pete Hammond

21 46%

Monogamy (2011)

"You may just want to forget about any sort of cinematic monogamy and find another movie to see."

Posted Mar 18, 2011

Pete Hammond

22 50%

Desert Flower (2011)

"A stirring story that mixes personal horror, courage and eventually triumph."

Posted Mar 18, 2011

Pete Hammond

23 94%

Win Win (2011)

"This one really is winning all the way."

Posted Mar 18, 2011

Pete Hammond

24 36%

Eat Pray Love (2010)

"A female adventure movie aimed almost exclusively at 30 or 40-something women who feel there must be more to life than the way they are currently living it."

Posted Aug 13, 2010

Pete Hammond

25 40%

Middle Men (2010)

"With outstanding performances from a brilliant ensemble cast, Middle Men turns out to be wickedly entertaining with some of the best acting you will see all year."

Posted Aug 6, 2010

Pete Hammond

26 61%

The Concert (Le concert) (2010)

"A wonderful comedy with big laughs, a big heart and great music. This is one summer concert you don't want to miss."

Posted Jul 30, 2010

Pete Hammond

27 71%

Valhalla Rising (2010)

"In the mood for a slower-than-molasses viking movie inspired by spaghetti westerns and samurai swordplay epics. Have we got the flick for YOU!"

Posted Jul 23, 2010

Pete Hammond

28 85%

Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010)

"The tale of 'Farewell' with its momentous world-changing events is worth savoring - and remembering - in these troubled times."

Posted Jul 23, 2010

Pete Hammond

29 93%

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

"It would be criminal if , come Oscar time, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are not competing for a Best Actress award."

Posted Jul 14, 2010

Pete Hammond

30 80%

Cyrus (2010)

"First and foremost an actor's dream, CYRUS proves to be one of a slow year's rare delicious comedic treats."

Posted Jun 22, 2010

Pete Hammond

31 75%

Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2010)

"A riveting look at a side of South Africa that seems to have been swept under the rug."

Posted Jun 12, 2010

Pete Hammond

32 66%

The Karate Kid (2010)

"The saving grace of this remake is the inspired idea to set it in China, offering bountiful travelogue opportunities."

Posted Jun 12, 2010

Pete Hammond

33 18%

Princess Ka'iulani (2010)

"This absolutely fascinating true story is a rich, romantic and captivating movie experience."

Posted Jun 4, 2010

Pete Hammond

34 51%

Holy Rollers (2010)

"Like Michael Cera, Jesse Eisenberg is seriously in danger of playing the same guy over and over. Or maybe Cera and Eisenberg ARE the same guy. At least the hair's different this time."

Posted Jun 4, 2010

Pete Hammond

35 81%

Solitary Man (2010)

"Douglas is terrific, delivering one of the best performances of his career."

Posted Jun 4, 2010

Pete Hammond

36 73%

Get Him to the Greek (2010)

"Brand and Hill have an outrageous and hilarious blast that rocks and rolls with constant comedy."

Posted Jun 4, 2010

Pete Hammond

37 64%

Harry Brown (2010)

"Caine's finest acting hour in a while reminds us he can still get down and dirty with the best of them."

Posted Apr 30, 2010

Pete Hammond

38 36%

Boogie Woogie (2010)

"Faux Altman sexual wallow in which a lot of fine actors are wasted on pretentious mumbo jumbo."

Posted Apr 26, 2010

Pete Hammond

39 74%

The Exploding Girl (2010)

"Indie down to its core , this dreary film fails to engage on many levels. The camera work is nice though, particularly when it's focused on pigeons."

Posted Mar 27, 2010

Pete Hammond

40 51%

Chloe (2010)

"A seamy and delicious melodramatic wallow centered by another fearless performance from Julianne Moore."

Posted Mar 27, 2010

Pete Hammond

41 75%

Greenberg (2010)

"Noah Baumbach rebounds in a big way with Greenberg, a brilliant triumph for all involved."

Posted Mar 22, 2010

Pete Hammond

42 81%

City Island (2010)

"City Island is pure entertainment in the vein of Moonstruck. Star Andy Garcia has never been better or, surprisingly, more in his comedic element."

Posted Mar 22, 2010

Pete Hammond

43 13%

The Bounty Hunter (2010)

"The sad thing is good romantic comedies are on the endangered species list. The Bounty Hunter proves the point."

Posted Mar 22, 2010

Pete Hammond

44 81%

That Evening Sun (2009)

"The 84 year old Hal Holbrook shows how it is done in this Oscar worthy tour-de-force performance."

Posted Nov 21, 2009

Pete Hammond

45 90%

London River (2011)

"An engrossing and engaging drama with two fine performances by two veteran actors."

Posted Nov 21, 2009

Pete Hammond

46 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"A vitally honest and emotionally compelling film that hits you in the gut."

Posted Nov 21, 2009

Pete Hammond

47 85%

Me and Orson Welles (2009)

"A must-see for movie lovers and theater aficionados of every stripe."

Posted Nov 21, 2009

Pete Hammond

48 20%

Amelia (2009)

"Critics may balk but Amelia is old fashioned in the best sense and soars as a big, beautiful and sweeping motion picture biography about a true American legend."

Posted Oct 23, 2009

Pete Hammond

49 35%

New York, I Love You (2009)

"If this New York love letter follow-up to 'Paris j'taime' is successful expect another sequel. 'Cleveland, I Love You', anyone?"

Posted Oct 17, 2009

Pete Hammond

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