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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 87%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" Here's signing off on another great Boardwalk season! Looking forward to 1924! "

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Michelle Rafferty

2 88%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 (TV, 2011)

" Season two's finale feels like it opened things up and has removed a lot of the show's more irritating parts along the way. "

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Sean Gandert

3 53%

Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Sun-drenched backdrop aside, Married could never find a home on USA; the show's tone is too cloudy and claustrophobic. That's a good thing. "

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Evan Allgood

4 60%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"Imaginative to a fault, whimsical until you say uncle, "Mood Indigo" pushes director Michel Gondry's style of surreal playfulness to its breaking point."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Tim Grierson

5 23%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"The film struggles with a meandering story and superficial characters who do little to elicit compassion from the audience."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

6 100%

Underwater Dreams (2014)

"Underwater Dreams unfurls as a cautious American fable of sorts."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Tom Meek

7 63%

Alive Inside (2014)

"I think it's important to recognize what this film is trying to do: raise awareness about dementia and the mistreatment of patients."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Leland Montgomery

8 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Braff has always maintained that he chose an alternative route to retain creative control-and the film's final cut seems to vindicate his decision and the faith of the thousands of backers, too."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

9 50%

Hemlock Grove: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Fortunately, the second season of the series is off to a great start. "

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Liz Ohanesian

10 100%

Rich Hill (2014)

"Their documentary focuses on three young people in Rich Hill, but more broadly Rich Hill is a portrait of poverty and diminished dreams in America's heartland."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Tim Grierson

11 85%

Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's flush with endearment and sincerity. Somehow, it avoids the saccharine. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Kyle Burton

12 100%

Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" All the tertiary characters and extraneous storylines only served to clutter what was otherwise an excellent season premiere. If only the show would learn to embrace that plateau stage with the knowledge that that's a necessary step towards the big O. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Bonnie Stiernberg

13 86%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" "Night Zero" kicks off The Strain out with some incredibly cheesy moments, yet the mysterious creatures and inner workings of this breakout are compelling enough to keep watching. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Ross Bonaime

14 83%

Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The pilot is best off when focused on Molly and Ethan and John. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Kyle Burton

15 85%

The Bridge (FX): Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Thankfully Daniel Frye (Matthew Lillard) and Adriana Mendez (Emily Rios) are back, and have been bumped up to series regulars (whoo-hoo!). They were my two favorite characters last season. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Amy Amatangelo

16 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Where Dawn excels is not in the script's simplistic portrayals of the complex dynamics of tribal warfare, but in good old-fashioned Hollywood razzle-dazzle."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Geoff Berkshire

17 77%

Land Ho! (2014)

"The film has a deeply likable surface, never forcing its poignancy on the viewer. Like a lot of vacations, there are no revelations in "Land Ho!" -- just destinations."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Tim Grierson

18 ——

My America ()

"My America's greatest strength, and the best reason to watch it to begin with [is] honest writing, occasionally over-fussed, that reflects a wealth of insight into where America has come from, where it's going, and where it's been."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Andy Crump

19 76%

Lucky Them (2014)

"Collette showcases this mask of exasperation with subtle brilliance."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Monica Castillo

20 29%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Deliver Us From Evil tries to merge a gritty urban cop drama with a spiritually charged exorcism thriller and winds up feeling like the worst of two clichés."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Geoff Berkshire

21 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"Life Itself may tell the story of a remarkable life, but it's at its most enlightening when dealing with death."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Jeremy Mathews

22 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Besides the impressive visuals, the film makes relatively solid use of its impressive cast."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Mark Rozeman

23 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"At this point, recounting any more of the film's numerous faults would be akin to copying-and-pasting criticisms of the previous three films."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Mark Rozeman

24 23%

Tammy (2014)

"For the most part, their characters are aimless and without purpose, much like the movie itself."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

25 82%

Girl Meets World: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" With the weight of one World on its back, Girl Meets World comes out strong, finding its own way, rather than just walking in the footsteps of that which came before it. "

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Ross Bonaime

26 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I don't know about you, but I'm certainly hungry to see how this plays out. "

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Robert Ham

27 23%

Third Person (2014)

"The latest Paul Haggis feature aims to be mysterious and enigmatic, but is instead a disjointed mess, hampered by a confounding ending that cheats the audience of any sort of satisfying emotional resolution."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

28 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Eastwood's Jersey Boys falls closer to traditional music industry bio-pics like Ray and Walk the Line, and that's not necessarily a bad thing."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Geoff Berkshire

29 69%

They Came Together (2014)

"David Wain's They Came Together rolled the dice and tried to parody the romantic comedy. Fortunately, they succeeded about as well as anybody could hope for."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Chris Morgan

30 71%

La Bare (2014)

"La Bare is an admirable newbie effort that's unfortunately just skin deep."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Tom Meek

31 53%

Citizen Koch (2014)

"Separate and distinct from being utter catnip for politicos, the dark lessons this engrossing nonfiction film holds... are terribly important ones."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Brent Simon

32 81%

Begin Again (2014)

"Both Ruffalo and Knightley are perfect in their respective roles; in lesser hands, their characters could have become too predictable, too cliched."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

33 90%

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

"A distinctively human tale in a world of software development, Own Boy succeeds on many levels."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Norm Schrager

34 79%

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

"Berlinger knows his stuff, and that understanding is reflected in the film, but the filmmaker ultimately dilutes his personal pursuit of justice for the FBI's transgressions by inviting us to feel bad for Boston's most notorious boogeyman."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Andy Crump

35 ——

Wilfred: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" The Wilfred writers have effectively allowed themselves space to build towards an impressive endgame. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Mark Rozeman

36 57%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" We're immediately stuck with a premise we're forced to believe not because it makes sense but because it makes sense for the show. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Amy Amatangelo

37 50%

True Blood: Season 7 (TV, 2014)

" Even though it started with a feeding frenzy and splintered off into a series of independent storylines, "Jesus Gonna Be Here" did a brilliant job of uniting Sookie, Bill, Alcide, Jason, Pam and the rest of Bon Temps in a haze of fearful determination. "

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Hilary Hughes

38 100%

Point and Shoot ()

"A film that would seriously challenge anything Hollywood could come up with."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Tim Basham

39 94%

Rectify: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Although [Daniel and Kerwin's] backgrounds are as opposite as the colors of their skin, their love for one another is refreshing and undeniable. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Tim Basham

40 71%

A Coffee in Berlin (2014)

"Berlin is gorgeously shot in black and white and scored with loose, atmospheric jazz as Niko wanders from one seemingly unrelated event to another."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Travis M. Andrews

41 78%

The Last Sentence (2014)

"The screenplay's exposition clunks along quite awkwardly, as characters find convenient reasons to spout out background information."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Jeremy Mathews

42 65%

The Rover (2014)

"[The] film is as bleak and unsparing as the world's end premise demands. It's also utterly transfixing from start to finish and elevated by the unexpectedly superb pairing of stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Geoff Berkshire

43 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Abundant in charm and loose-limbed energy, it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, possessing everything one wants from a big Hollywood studio action-comedy."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Brent Simon

44 85%

Ivory Tower (2014)

"Ivory Tower is a thorough, impressively researched film, one that both satisfies the basic demands of its category and yet refuses to be ploddingly dull."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Andy Crump

45 63%

The Sacrament (2014)

"The found footage format becomes cumbersome and feels disingenuous as cameras are diligently placed by those handling them even during dump-and-run moments."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Tom Meek

46 ——

This Is Not A Ball (2014)

"There is a fantastic documentary within This Is Not a Ball, begging to burst onto the screen. As a result, the film is worth it for the touching moments, though more fully realized explorations on poverty and the means of escape it already exist."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Travis M. Andrews

47 97%

Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Piper continues to be an extremely believable and frustrating character. "

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Amy Amatangelo

48 19%

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

"If Bay has one consistent artistic inclination other than the lowest common denominator, it's his obsession with fascistic imagery."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Michael Saba

49 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Touching on a red-hot issue, "Obvious Child" is agreeably gentle, and even wise."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Tim Grierson

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