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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It was a solid-if at times bumbling and awkward-start for the show. "

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Eric Walters

2 100%

Sleepy Hollow: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" So much of this episode's strength stems from those opening scenes, that play on the notion of reality versus illusion. "

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Shannon M. Houston

3 80%

The Blacklist: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" It does seem like the writers are trying to fix the problems that really made the show so uneventful and unfulfilling. It's not a gigantic shift for The Blacklist, but hey, it feels like a move in the right direction. "

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Ross Bonaime

4 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"Zombieland succeeds because it doesn't aspire to be anything more than a smart, well-produced action flick with snappy dialogue and memorable characters."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Michael Saba

5 65%

Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There's actually quite a bit to sink your teeth into here. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Mark Rabinowitz

6 100%

The Good Wife: Season 6 (TV, 2014-2015)

" The world The Good Wife has created is so rich, vibrant and full of interesting characters that the premiere could go in an entirely different direction, and still be completely believable-which is exactly what happened. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Amy Amatangelo

7 92%

En duva satt p en gren och funderade p tillvaron (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence) ()

"The specifics of what happens in these vignettes is less important than precisely how they're constructed."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Tim Grierson

8 63%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"The maze itself is dangerous and mysterious, but still alluring and a draw, and a big part of this is how Ball films it."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Brent McKnight

9 100%

The Duke Of Burgundy ()

"A midnight movie for the smart set, the latest from up-and-coming filmmaker Peter Strickland is a beautiful puzzle. "

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Tim Grierson

10 87%

While We're Young ()

"If Frances Ha was Baumbach's very successful attempt at remembering the excitement and uncertainty of his younger years, then his new film is a witty report on where he is now -- or, at least, the people he sees around him."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Tim Grierson

11 79%

Honeymoon (2014)

"It's another horror film where the metaphor had potential, but there's not really any parallel between what's happening in the story and the real-life phenomenon it's dealing with."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Dan Schindel

12 83%

A Master Builder (2014)

"Shawn's passion for the material shows through even when the film is at its most tautological. This is a movie crafted with care from top to bottom."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Andy Crump

13 53%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"The Zero Theorem is at its best when it's slyly comedic, mixing clever visual gags with its mysterious plot. When it pushes things, the tone becomes unstable, and the philosophical content falls short."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Jeremy Mathews

14 100%

New Girl: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" This episode does have a particular quality that works. "

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Chris Morgan

15 89%

The Drop (2014)

"Roskam directs The Drop to handsome effect, throwing a handful of dazzling compositions in among shots that get the job done."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Andy Crump

16 91%

To Be Heard (2011)

"Well-produced with nice camera work and great sound, To Be Heard is wisely allowed to unfold on its on terms, loosely structured around poetry slams, escalating personal dramas and time between students and teachers."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

David Greenberg

17 95%

Two Days, One Night ()

"This is a typically barebones plot from the Dardennes, and the filmmakers manage to extract significant amounts of suspense, humanity and even a few dark laughs from Sandra's exchanges."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Grierson

18 75%

Breastmilk (2014)

"Breastmilk proves to be an eye-opening and educational experience, illustrating the complexity around a seemingly simple choice of feeding babies mother's milk in modern America."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

19 11%

The Longest Week (2014)

"Throughout the film, the writing is heady but heartless, as if Glanz means to occupy the intellectual high ground by exploiting tired romantic clichs and passing off his finger pointing as evidence of self-righteousness."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Melissa Weller

20 94%

Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

"Piecing together the myriad and moving vignettes of perseverance and humanity... holds her focus and never succumbs to heavy-handed methods, allowing the participants and events to build the historical experience from the ground up."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tom Meek

21 89%

Wetlands (2014)

"Wetlands is relentlessly engaging thanks to Wnedt's exhilarating, exuberant direction and his profoundly self-assured command of the form."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

David Greenberg

22 87%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"Funny, touching, and heartfelt, this is a fantastic vehicle for its stars, and a moving portrait of the various things family can mean."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Brent McKnight

23 87%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

" For its final season, the show seems to want to bring the focus back onto Nucky, but as usual there's no particularly compelling reason to care about what happens to him. "

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Sean Gandert

24 71%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"God Help the Girl is like a pop song that is a bit unshapely and a little silly, but you can't get it out of your head."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Jeremy Mathews

25 70%

Ragnarok (2014)

"Ragnarok ain't a home run, but it's a solid double, and certainly enough to cause Hollywood scouts to raise an eyebrow."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Scott Wold

26 67%

Memphis (2014)

"Tim Sutton's movie is a relaxed, contemplative meander through the city with this man and the people in his life."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Jeremy Mathews

27 36%

The November Man (2014)

"While maintaining the mystery is key to a movie like this, and while the set-up necessitates numerous overlapping threads, there are far too many and it proves to be a fatal distraction."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Brent McKnight

28 100%

Justified: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" Four seasons down, and I still have no damn idea where this show is going to go from week to week. "

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Jack McKinney

29 91%

Doctor Who: Season 8 (TV, 2014)

" I may not have totally warmed to Capaldi as much as I thought I would, but there's definite room here for his character to develop. I'm just glad to have who back in my life. Allons-y and Geronimo! "

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Mark Rozeman

30 53%

BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" BoJack Horseman's premiere episode is an exercise in squandered potential, with uninspired humor and flat dialogue blotting out a strong cast and pedigree. "

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Kevin Zawacki

31 96%

Ratatouille (2007)

"As in his previous films, Bird offers up a story with substance."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Tim Basham

32 90%

To Be Takei (2014)

"There isn't much effort here to dig deep beyond the surface story, which is undoubtedly inspirational to many. With a subject as charismatic and likable as Takei, I'm not sure that it really matters."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Matt Shiverdecker

33 98%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"So many films are made up of wonderful scenes with an end result that doesn't really add up to a compelling whole. Love Is Strange pulls off this tricky task with aplomb. It is full of breath-taking beauty, both visual and thematic."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Mark Rabinowitz

34 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"When severed heads tumble across the screen like fleshy soccer balls for the umpteenth time, all the visceral thrills of graphic dismemberment fade away. Who knew hyper violence could feel this routine?"

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Andy Crump

35 92%

Frank (2014)

"Director Lenny Abrahamson finds plenty of humor in his band of misfit characters, but the movie doesn't treat their odd behavior as mere fodder for slapstick. The movie's heart lies in its understanding of their fragility."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Jeremy Mathews

36 87%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"While the conceit of Michael Winterbottom's The Trip to Italy is basically a carbon copy of 2010's The Trip, this follow up is no less winning and is actually more charming than its predecessor."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Mark Rabinowitz

37 58%

Coldwater (2014)

"Grashaw draws out fascinating, textured performances from his cast, notably James C. Burns as the retired marine in charge and Nicholas Bateman as a conflicted trustee."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Michael Dunaway

38 9%

After (2014)

"American tragedy serves as underfed underpinning for rote theatrics in After, an unpersuasive ensemble drama that settles into a self-serious glide-path of inanity early on, never to recover."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

39 95%

The Dog (2014)

"A rich dessert served in a slightly too-hearty portion size, The Dog flirts with deeper truths about lives surrendered to the pursuit of fame but never totally punches through."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

40 17%

Very Good Girls (2014)

"Appreciably different and well acted throughout, and sincerely engaging in patches... [but] ultimately succumbs to sigh-inducing artificiality."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

41 54%

Road to Paloma (2014)

"Less a failure of competing or conflicting visions and more just a buffet of poorly executed meanderings."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

42 21%

Affluenza (2014)

"A stilted, utterly phony drama of rich-kid angst that thinks it's saying something about the hidden perils of privilege but is actually just an exercise in wheel-spinning inanity."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

43 90%

The Kill Team (2014)

"A documentary that leans heavily on a viewer's innate interest in tangled philosophical questions of guilt and corrupted innocence."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

44 35%

The Giver (2014)

"Thwaites and Rush have zero chemistry, and their lifeless scenes together undermine the entire film."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Geoff Berkshire

45 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"Now, it's 2014, and the third iteration has arrived, working itself into such a lather in its attempt to resuscitate the momentum that one can practically smell the flop sweat."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Scott Wold

46 47%

About Alex (2014)

"Ultimately, the portrayals in About Alex are all caricatures that don't really ring true."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Jonah Flicker

47 41%

Life After Beth (2014)

"It's a fun romp, and what it lacks in focus it makes up with integrity."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Melissa Weller

48 ——

Hell on Wheels: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" The things that made Deadwood so successful-the living, breathing community, and the duality of characters-is what Hell on Wheels is seriously lacking. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Ross Bonaime

49 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" You're quickly swept up into this intense and impressive plot, following each step of each character, with deep interest and curiosity. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Robert Ham

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