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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 64%

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

"Alexander aspires to be a so-so, middlebrow, okay, very bland movie, and it succeeds in spades."

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Andy Crump

2 75%

Kill the Messenger (2014)

"Kill the Messenger may not be the most exciting film you will see this year, but there are plenty of good performances from great actors in cameo roles."

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Jonah Flicker

3 74%

St. Vincent (2014)

"Despite the predictability of St. Vincent's journey, an underlying charm and emotion reach beyond the screen."

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

4 81%

Fury (2014)

"Ayer has clocked in a gorgeous-looking effort full of ambition and drive, but overall, Fury becomes overwhelmed by a rudderless weave."

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Tom Meek

5 79%

Marry Me: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's already impressive that Marry Me has figured out its voice, although it clearly borrows heavily from Happy Endings in that regard. "

Posted Oct 15, 2014

Ross Bonaime

6 97%

The Walking Dead: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

" I completely loved the premiere. "

Posted Oct 13, 2014

Shane Ryan

7 89%

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

"Clouds of Sils Maria finds plenty of fertile terrain in what should be well-trod turf."

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Tim Grierson

8 12%

Good People (2014)

"If it managed to at least be a consistently thrilling ride, none of that would matter, but intermittently good just isn't good enough."

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Andy Crump

9 2%

Left Behind (2014)

"The movie unravels in its own destruction. Every effort to milk the tragedy of the apocalypse is met with terrible music, acting and effects that soak (and drown) the pathos in camp fare."

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Monica Castillo

10 65%

Space Station 76 (2014)

"There's a lot to admire around the edges, but Plotnick's film isn't quite an out-of-this-world experience based on its own merits."

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Brent McKnight

11 84%

American Horror Story: Freak Show (TV, 2014)

" At this point, this is the closest a premiere of American Horror Story has been to something great. "

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Ross Bonaime

12 96%

The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Flash pilot (pardon all subsequent puns) speeds along with an efficiency and confidence that places it in the top-tier of this year's new TV offerings. "

Posted Oct 8, 2014

Mark Rozeman

13 83%

Saturday Night Live: Season 40 (TV, 2014)

" Staring at itself in the bathroom mirror at age 40, SNL definitely looks its age. And though there is nothing wrong with an existential crisis every decade or so, there are warning flags that what got us to this point, may not get us to 50. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Chris White

14 15%

Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This is a show that stands on its own two feet, and, for its sake, Seinfeld references should probably be kept to a minimum. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Chris Morgan

15 No Score Yet

Bob's Burgers: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

" Well, Loren Bouchard and the gang certainly delivered the goods by emphasizing the show's remarkable musical talent, the whip crack wit of the scriptwriters, and the strange charm of all the characters within. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Robert Ham

16 100%

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" It's funny, maybe not as funny as it should be, but still chock full of terrific gags and punchlines, most of them property of Lo Truglio and Braugher. "

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Andy Crump

17 66%

A to Z: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" What happens at eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour? My guess is cancellation. "

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Eric Walters

18 No Score Yet

Don't Look Back (2014)

"Dickerson, who's been soaking his feet in the milieu, clearly has the skill-set to do more, but that's not going to happen until he stops drawing from the well of ersatz well-trods and breaks open a fresh can of paint."

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Tom Meek

19 81%

Tracks (2014)

"Pulling off an odyssey epic like Tracks without leaning on dialogue or character drama requires a lot of patience, and the film has plenty of patience, but still, this approach is not without its drawbacks."

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Melissa Weller

20 32%

Two Night Stand (2014)

"Teller has a relaxed, onscreen persona that endeared audiences in last year's The Spectacular Now, and Tipton keeps up brilliantly in her first lead role, effortlessly alternating between an ingenue and sex kitten."

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

21 98%

Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014)

" Amazon enters the wonderful world of original content with Transparent, which promises to stand apart from the critically-acclaimed Netflix shows, and really, all TV shows in general. "

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Shannon M. Houston

22 60%

The Simpsons: Season 26 (TV, 2014-2015)

" The good times keep on rolling for Matt Groening's deathless creation. "

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Chris Morgan

23 100%

Scandal: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" I love my Scandal with a little (or a lot of) feminism, so I approve those messages. "

Posted Sep 26, 2014

Shannon M. Houston

24 84%

How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The most highly-anticipated fall TV thriller did not disappoint. "

Posted Sep 26, 2014

Lesley Brock

25 No Score Yet

Children of the Light ()

"Engle and the PeaceJam Foundation have created a fitting tribute that will, hopefully, inspire the next generation of political minds in Africa, and abroad."

Posted Sep 26, 2014

Shannon M. Houston

26 11%

No Good Deed (2014)

"No Good Deed promises little, but, to its credit, it largely lives up to that promise. You don't need to lower your expectations for the film; it lowers them for you, roundly but quietly apologizing at every turn for not being better than it is."

Posted Sep 26, 2014

Andy Crump

27 No Score Yet

The Goldbergs: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Yes, The Goldbergs are back and they're as loud, as crass and as unapologetic about their emotions as ever. And, frankly, I wouldn't have it any other way. "

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Mark Rozeman

28 100%

Key & Peele: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" It's hard to pick highlights when nearly every sketch invites genuine laughter. "

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Maren McGlashan

29 100%

Fight Church ()

"The results never feel over-stuffed or undercooked; there's a balance here, and the film never tips too far one way or the other to upset its equilibrium."

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Andy Crump

30 88%

Art and Craft (2014)

"An entertaining and compelling film, Art and Craft includes a cat-and-mouse component... But the film blossoms when it instead focuses on its engaging lead character, examining the line that often connects art and madness."

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

31 33%

The Scribbler (2014)

"The Scribbler is overwrought, absurd, occasionally exploitative, completely lacking in subplot, takes a good 20-25 minutes to really get going and has acting that varies from excellent to, well, less-than-excellent. It's also hugely fun!"

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Mark Rabinowitz

32 67%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"Despite a visually interesting, but ultimately brutal, opening credit sequence, the film devolves into a conventional detective mystery that quickly becomes long in the tooth."

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

33 71%

Take Me to the River (2014)

"While those sessions result in full songs, some of the most memorable, iconic tunes in music history, this film never coalesces into something greater than a collection of mildly interesting pieces."

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Brent McKnight

34 62%

The Equalizer (2014)

"On the whole, The Equalizer never finds any sense of confluence, but in parts it can be thrilling, even rapturously macabre."

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Tom Meek

35 74%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

"The animation is breathtaking, the boxtrolls themselves are lovely little heroes, and the theme of being true to oneself comes across as very honest."

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Andy Herren

36 92%

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Overall this episode is pretty flat, and very disappointing as season premieres go. We only see character development from one of our main cast. "

Posted Sep 24, 2014

Katherine Siegel

37 90%

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

38 100%

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

39 83%

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

40 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

41 67%

Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

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

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Mark Rabinowitz

42 100%

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

43 92%

En duva satt på en gren och funderade på 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

44 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

45 100%

The Duke Of Burgundy (2015)

"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

46 81%

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

47 77%

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

48 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

49 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