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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 82%

Pontypool (2009)

"There are dozens of zombie films worse than Pontypool and hardcore genre fans may find something to like, but casual aficionados of the undead should shuffle on."

Posted May 29, 2009

Brian Tallerico

2 81%

Okuribito (Departures) (2009)

"It's far too long, too self-conscious of its dramatic intentions, and too emotionally distant."

Posted May 27, 2009

Brian Tallerico

3 98%

Up (2009)

"A lovely, entertaining, summer comedy adventure. Don't miss it."

Posted May 27, 2009

Brian Tallerico

4 44%

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

"Imagine a hyper child running through the entire Smithsonian as fast as possible, screaming and waving his arms the entire way. He would probably be entertained, but would anyone around him?"

Posted May 22, 2009

Brian Tallerico

5 66%

The Brothers Bloom (2009)

"A gorgeous, elaborate, beautifully-shot, well-acted con movie of the highest order."

Posted May 22, 2009

Brian Tallerico

6 64%

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

"This is Soderbergh asking questions as a filmmaker about relationships and business in the modern era. Expect questions. Don't expect answers."

Posted May 22, 2009

Brian Tallerico

7 78%

Outrage (2009)

"It's an excellent film that has the potential to stand at a turning point in history and it's a must-see."

Posted May 22, 2009

Brian Tallerico

8 61%

Adoration (2008)

"I'm always going to be something of an apologist for a filmmaker like Egoyan, someone so true to his characters and his concepts that he sometimes doesn't know how to manage them into a completely successful screenplay."

Posted May 22, 2009

Brian Tallerico

9 46%

Management (2009)

"Management is something truly unusual - an underplayed movie about over-the-top emotions. For that alone, it's worth a look."

Posted May 15, 2009

Brian Tallerico

10 73%

Rudo y Cursi (2009)

"Far from a complete disaster but it is definitely a missed opportunity for something memorable and is likely to get lost in the summer movie shuffle in its stateside run."

Posted May 15, 2009

Brian Tallerico

11 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"Perfectly paced, wonderfully cast, cleverly written, and masterfully designed -- summer movies don't get much better than Star Trek."

Posted May 7, 2009

Brian Tallerico

12 8%

The Skeptic (2009)

"A film with good ideas and performances but weak, predictable, two-dimensional, frustrating dialogue."

Posted May 6, 2009

Brian Tallerico

13 84%

Tyson (2009)

"One of the best biographical documentaries in years, a captivating examination of a life lived in the public eye but by an audience that barely understands it."

Posted May 1, 2009

Brian Tallerico

14 62%

Lymelife (2008)

"There's enough here not just to warrant a trip to Lymelife but to keep a close eye on what the Martini brothers do now that their home movies have been made into interesting dramatic fare."

Posted May 1, 2009

Brian Tallerico

15 ——

April Showers (2009)

"A moving, well-made piece of work with daring and genuine performances from a talented young cast."

Posted Apr 28, 2009

Brian Tallerico

16 21%

Mutant Chronicles (2008)

"Combine some of the most misguided design decisions in years with dialogue, plot, and characters out of an Uwe Boll film and you have a definite misfire"

Posted Apr 23, 2009

Brian Tallerico

17 91%

Sugar (2008)

"With all the scandals surrounding baseball lately, Sugar is so good that it reminds people that stories of drug-induced superstars are the exception and kids like Miguel "Sugar" Santos are far more common."

Posted Apr 21, 2009

Brian Tallerico

18 90%

Hunger (2009)

"Steve McQueen's Hunger is a daring, brutal, vital piece of filmmaking."

Posted Apr 21, 2009

Brian Tallerico

19 74%

American Violet (2009)

"Thematically, there's a lot to like here, but the execution couldn't be more heavy-handed and two-dimensional."

Posted Apr 21, 2009

Brian Tallerico

20 84%

State of Play (2009)

"The changes make for a well-made, well-paced thriller, but one that is ultimately merely okay at best without the impact that comes from something deeper."

Posted Apr 21, 2009

Brian Tallerico

21 94%

Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) (2009)

"The true excellence of the film stems from how clearly Kurosawa makes us see something of ourselves in these characters."

Posted Apr 14, 2009

Brian Tallerico

22 98%

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

"It's early in 2009 but you probably won't see a more enjoyable, uplifting, simply fantastic documentary this year than Sacha Gervasi's great Anvil! The Story of Anvil."

Posted Apr 8, 2009

Brian Tallerico

23 12%

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2009)

"Despite the best of intentions and interesting source material, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is a misfire on several levels."

Posted Apr 8, 2009

Brian Tallerico

24 27%

Fast & Furious (2009)

"Fans of one of the most successful franchises of the '00s deserve more than this lackluster, boring, inanely written, poorly acted, forgettable trip around the cliched block. "Meandering & Lethargic" would have been a more accurate title."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

Brian Tallerico

25 89%

Sin Nombre (2009)

"Sin Nombre is a brutal, dark film that is one of the most moving and memorable that I've seen in a long time"

Posted Apr 3, 2009

Brian Tallerico

26 95%

Goodbye Solo (2009)

"One of those movies that I think will change as I get older, growing even more with time. If we're lucky, you can say that about a few films a year. It's nice to get one so early in 2009."

Posted Mar 26, 2009

Brian Tallerico

27 71%

The Great Buck Howard (2009)

"Will probably not find much of an audience, but those who do seek it out will find a well-performed piece of work and an easily likable film that won't rock your world, but never sets out to do so."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Brian Tallerico

28 52%

Shuttle (2009)

"Shuttle could have worked but it is so bogged down with clichés and predictable twists that it comes apart at its illogical seams."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Brian Tallerico

29 16%

Crossing Over (2009)

"A completely disingenuous slice of awful storytelling, one-note performances, and manipulative melodrama that should not only not be seen, it should be boycotted."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Brian Tallerico

30 73%

Tokyo! (2008)

"Worth seeing for anyone who calls themselves a fan of any of its directors or weird anthology films in general."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Brian Tallerico

31 88%

The Black Balloon (2008)

"It's a film about a supposedly real-world set-up that never feels true, even though the people who made it clearly set out to treat their subject matter and the audience with respect."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Brian Tallerico

32 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

"Such an ambitious and fascinating effort thematically that it's impossible to ignore."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Brian Tallerico

33 72%

Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story) (2007)

"The final act, where secrets become revealed and the plot twists in on itself once more is ingeniously clever."

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Brian Tallerico

34 94%

2009 Academy-Award Nominated Short Films ()

"If you can get out and see them, you should. Some of them are truly spectacular."

Posted Feb 9, 2009

Brian Tallerico

35 96%

The Class (2008)

"There is some deeply moving material in The Class and those who enjoy realistic interplay between characters who blur the line between fiction and reality won't want to miss it."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Brian Tallerico

36 32%

Fanboys (2008)

"After years of expectation, Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace didn't work for most fans of the franchise. Ironically, it feels like people may say the same thing about Fanboys."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Brian Tallerico

37 90%

Coraline (2009)

"Easily the best movie of the young year so far and the first worthy contender for Best Animated Film of 2009."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Brian Tallerico

38 85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"Wendy and Lucy is a glimpse at a portion of society rarely captured so eloquently or heartbreakingly on film. Don't miss it."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Brian Tallerico

39 49%

Donkey Punch (2008)

"Loses its way and becomes as generic as any slasher movie."

Posted Jan 23, 2009

Brian Tallerico

40 66%

Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

"Both a subtle commentary on failed political ideals and an amazingly detailed character piece, Che is like no movie you've seen in a long time. It's one of the best of 2008."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Brian Tallerico

41 71%

Last Chance Harvey (2009)

"One of those simple, gentle movies that doesn't really do anything remarkable but features two performances strong enough to get nearly any audience member over the generic attributes of its screenplay."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Brian Tallerico

42 52%

Yonkers Joe (2009)

"Yonkers Joe is like a so-so trip to Vegas, one where you lose as much as you gain gambling. In other words, it's not the trip you're most likely to tell your friends about."

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Brian Tallerico

43 87%

Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes) (2007)

"Always entertaining, weird, funny, and consistently surprising."

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Brian Tallerico

44 33%

Not Easily Broken (2009)

"There's much to like about Not Easily Broken, but not enough to ultimately recommend."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Brian Tallerico

45 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"Director Darren Aronofsky and his ensemble transcend the melodrama of the genre to present something heartbreakingly real. You won't soon forget The Wrestler."

Posted Dec 25, 2008

Brian Tallerico

46 72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"Even if this life lived in reverse doesn't make you look at your life differently, the way it's been expertly presented may make you look at the next movie on your list in a new way."

Posted Dec 25, 2008

Brian Tallerico

47 45%

Yes Man (2008)

"Yes Man is more forgettable than awful, not the hit that it should have been but far from the most unbearable gift Hollywood has handed out in this lackluster holiday season."

Posted Dec 20, 2008

Brian Tallerico

48 27%

Seven Pounds (2008)

"The real mystery is why such a maudlin screenplay made it to the big screen in the first place and what made Smith and Muccino think they could turn it into anything more than somber melodrama."

Posted Dec 20, 2008

Brian Tallerico

49 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"Biased critics may look at Clint's work in Gran Torino and want to see something edgy, but it's really just a caricature of things that he has done before and done better."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Brian Tallerico

50 56%

The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

"The Tale of Despereaux only saves itself from being one of the worst films of the year by being one of the most instantly forgettable."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Brian Tallerico

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