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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" While the idea of a Fargo TV series may have had many people saying, "Ah jeez," the new FX series has managed to pull off the nearly impossible. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Amy Amatangelo

2 64%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

""Fading Gigolo" has so much sweetness and amiable comic spirit that it's almost possible to overlook how ludicrous it is."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Tim Grierson

3 83%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" It's too early to tell, too early even to smell the smoke, but in the meantime, we'll wait for things to heat up. Because this is the beginning of something. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Bonnie Stiernberg

4 63%

Draft Day (2014)

"Less a disquisition on beta-masculinity than an engaging extension of the National Football League brand. But it works far more than it doesn't, connecting with pleasure and heart."

Posted Apr 13, 2014

Brent Simon

5 48%

Rio 2 (2014)

"Overstuffed and overly demonstrative, Saldanha's sequel is at once perfectly fine and perfectly forgettable."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Brent Simon

6 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Yes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a great action movie -- an immensely enjoyable spy-thriller-flavored film with Bond-worthy flair (and orchestral flourishes). But first and foremost, it's also a great Captain America film."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Michael Burgin

7 56%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"While it's an entertaining ride, thanks largely to Law's commitment and Shepard's comic dialogue, the story becomes too bloated for its own good."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

8 83%

Joe (2014)

"This Southern Gothic story is overwrought and, despite its beautifully decayed deep South setting and flawed characters who might be interesting underneath all their angst, is actually kind of boring."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Jonah Flicker

9 25%

Goodbye World (2014)

"Kind of an incidental apocalyptic drama -- an unusual, distinctively character-rooted hybrid of The Big Chill, The Trigger Effect and Into the Wild."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Brent Simon

10 ——

Continuum: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" It aims to address some of the questions audiences automatically bring to this sort of show. What it doesn't do is complicate or expand the drama. Sometimes, you have to tell the audience no. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Kyle Burton

11 96%

Silicon Valley: Season 1

" Silicon Valley is one of the few satires willing to show how the sausage is made with a startup, including every little stumbling block and wrong turn simply because it is damn hilarious. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Robert Ham

12 100%

Veep: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" Whoever her campaign manager will be, the Veep is-for now, at least-primed for a strong run, and Veep for a strong third season. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Evan Allgood

13 98%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" There's no reason to mince words at the start-that was an absolutely fantastic opening episode. It began with two swords, it ended with two swords, and in between it was a near-perfect re-entry into the world of Westeros (and beyond). "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Shane Ryan

14 21%

Stay (2014)

"There are other small triumphs that carry the film."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Shannon M. Houston

15 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"It's a rare feat for a film to successfully convey the voice of the Other. Especially when that voice is an Other to everyone else here on Earth."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Scott Wold

16 29%

Alien Abduction (2014)

"As a horror flick, even one held to the impossibly low standards of the found-footage variety, Alien Abduction fails to thrill or chill."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Scott Wold

17 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"Maier may not have been pleased that the world now knows about her, but "Finding Vivian Maier" persuasively argues that the world of photography is the better for it."

Posted Mar 29, 2014

Tim Grierson

18 77%

Noah (2014)

"It's these uneasy shades of gray that make Noah such a compelling movie."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Jeremy Mathews

19 90%

It Felt Like Love (2014)

"The scenes between Lila, Sammy, and Sammy's macho friends feature some of Hittman's most acute dialogue and direction."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Danny King

20 40%

A Farewell to Fools (2014)

"Dreyer's work is still an enjoyable story that ultimately triumphs as sweet little comedy that doesn't make any attempts to shake up the world of historical cinema."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Shannon M. Houston

21 82%

Rob the Mob (2014)

"The problem here is that the film wavers between free-flowing comedic chaos and melodramatic poignancy -- it's much more successful with the former. "

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Jonah Flicker

22 83%

Teenage (2014)

"Wolf reveals himself to be a gifted and intuitive filmmaker, able to make academic connections that are still true to the depth of feeling attached to teenagedom -- of living very seriously, except when absolutely not."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Brent Simon

23 93%

Mistaken for Strangers (2014)

"A lot of rock documentaries are in service of selling a fan base something, but not this one, which is funny, compassionate and incisive about family and art."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Tim Grierson

24 40%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"Director Diego Luna's muted drama so consciously avoids theatrics that it never really comes to life."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Tim Grierson

25 77%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"A rigorous, riveting and surprisingly funny cogitation on sexual liberation, gender double standards, love, sociopathy and any number of the filmmaker's other obsessions."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Brent Simon

26 73%

Enemy (2014)

"A woozy, danger-infused rumination on identity that triggers tripwires of panic and sexual compulsion, Enemy is like a cold glass of water to the face of cinematic formalism."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Brent Simon

27 92%

Source Code (2011)

"Source Code takes off with some intense performances and an inventive story that pulls you in and makes you work for the payoff."

Posted Mar 23, 2014

Tim Basham

28 13%

McCanick (2014)

"Unfortunately, this initially rote and ultimately ridiculous cop-on-the-edge drama suffers from too many creative missteps."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Geoffrey Berkshire

29 84%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"First-time filmmaker Katz effectively sets relatable problems as the catalyst to the story before the absurd takes over."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Monica Castillo

30 74%

Night Moves (2014)

"By the filmmaker's understated, incisive standards, "Night Moves" is practically an action movie -- an increasingly intense and troubling one."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Tim Grierson

31 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"The film ends up being just as much of an ode to the Muppets' brand of unbridled delight without having to wax sentimental; in the end, Bobin and Stoller cleverly get to have their cake and eat it, too. And so do we."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Andy Crump

32 81%

Grand Piano (2014)

"Grand Piano should be taken with a winter's supply of road salt, but if you can get past the absurdity of it all you are in for a pretty good time."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Jonah Flicker

33 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"Until now, Veronica Mars has been that movie that got funded by that Internet site. Now, it's just a good mystery movie with snappy dialogue. That's an even nobler thing to be."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Chris Morgan

34 7%

Maladies (2014)

"Ultimately it adds to the eternally ongoing cinematic conversation about artists and the quirks (healthy and otherwise) that define them."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Shannon M. Houston

35 21%

Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

"There are plenty of fine comedic moments in Better Living, it's just that the deeper exploration of life, expectations of and pursuit of happiness is as rote and exciting as getting a prescription filled."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Tom Meek

36 91%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Equally quick-witted and drawing from the same well of low-grade misanthropy (or perhaps it's just Britishness), Nick and Meg enjoy an easy repartee, tossing cutting remarks with the aplomb and precision of circus knife throwers."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Curtis Woloschuk

37 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"Catnip for those who like to pore over forgotten pop-culture footnotes, this documentary gets plenty of mileage out of its grand question of what-if. "

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Tim Grierson

38 91%

Kids for Cash (2014)

"Its small filmmaking flaws aside, the story of Kids For Cash is a powerful and important one."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Jonah Flicker

39 73%

Sirens: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The ongoing storyline between Theresa and Johnny is one of the best elements of this fine sitcom. "

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Robert Ham

40 45%

The Art of the Steal (2014)

"A movie that scores by way owning its familiarity. If the plot specifics are basically a yawn, director Sobol wisely keeps seriousness at bay, infusing his effort with a springy energy."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Brent Simon

41 95%

Particle Fever (2014)

"A fascinating nonfiction celebration of human curiosity and endeavor, Particle Fever gives viewers a shotgun-seat to history that plays out on a very relatable plane."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Brent Simon

42 87%

In Fear (2014)

"Sometimes, a horror film needs nothing more than the right cast, the right setting, and an elegantly streamlined story to effectively induce dread. Such is the case with In Fear."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Andy Crump

43 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"With this film, Anderson has proven he is one of the greatest American directors working today."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Miriam Bale

44 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"Falling back on such clichés, the emotional catharsis of the Whitman brothers nevertheless remains hard-fought."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Andy Beta

45 60%

The Cold Lands (2014)

"This sensitive drama about outsiders never gets too deep inside its characters."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Tim Grierson

46 38%

Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It may be unfair to judge a premier episode so harshly, but one of the biggest problems with the show Believe is that I'm not believing anything about it. "

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Madina Papadopoulos

47 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Waugh shows an ability to create frenetic set pieces. But what does that matter when the movie's adrenaline-fueled characters are so repugnant?"

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Tim Grierson

48 63%

Bad Words (2014)

"While some of the scenarios are highly improbable, the riotous script paired with Bateman's sure-handed direction and performance keep the film grounded in reality -- and almost believable."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

49 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"With its lush autumnal palette and hijinks worthy of Max Fisher or Dignan, the result is a film that only Wes Anderson could have made."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Alisa Wilkinson

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