Paste Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

These Birds Walk (2013)

"You might want to bring a few tissues because it really is that moving."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Ryan Bort

2 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"Stimulating and seductively dark--a smart, challenging neo-noir."

Posted Oct 27, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

3 78%

Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013)

"Art and madness have always coexisted, but Camille Claudel, 1915 is about what happens when you take away the art and stifle a troubled, extraordinary mind."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

4 22%

Paradise (2013)

"Cody's fresh coming-of-age story keeps pulling back from blossoming into something a bit magical."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Norm Schrager

5 49%

Carrie (2013)

"There's nothing really wrong with this iteration of Carrie, it's just that most everything that's right can't be attributed to the production itself."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Dan Kaufman

6 56%

Bounty Killer (2013)

"Pair it with the likes of Machete or Hobo with a Shotgun, and you've got yourself a fantastic way to waste a Sunday afternoon."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Scott Wold

7 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Ejiofor brings imposing physicality and intimidating intellect to the role, and thus Northup poses a threat to his enemies -- even if they can't articulate it as such."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

8 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"The human drive to survive is what fuels this story of resilience and perseverance."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

9 100%

The Square (2013)

"The documentary brings calm insight to an impassioned, still-developing historic event, personalizing the dramatic developments without losing a sense of the greater stakes. "

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Tim Grierson

10 55%

Pulling Strings (2013)

"Pulling Strings isn't particularly sharp as either a comedy or a romance."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Abigail Garnett

11 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"The question of who owns knowledge in a world where information is so rapidly and intangibly shared is at this film's heart, but it seems unsure of its position, retreating behind the very smokescreens it seeks to dispel."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Megan Girdwood

12 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"The film works best when the characters' freewheeling creative process is channeled into Krokidas's filmmaking techniques, namely through exhilarating montages, snappy dialogue, and frenetic, charismatic performances."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

John Oursler

13 81%

American Horror Story: Coven (TV, 2013-2014)

" Coven definitely presents plenty of promising elements and characters spanning 200 years to have fun with this season, and the possibilities are literally endless. "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Ross Bonaime

14 100%

Arrow: Season 2 (TV, 2013-2014)

" With "City of Heroes," the creative team has hit the ground running, delivering a fast-paced premiere sure to placate anyone who feared a sophomore nosedive in quality. "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Mark Rozeman

15 88%

The Walking Dead: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2014)

" A decent first effort under Scott M. Gimple's new reign. "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Josh Jackson

16 88%

The Walking Dead: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2014)

" It felt like [the zombies] reached a new pitch of terrifying... "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Shane Ryan

17 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Captain Phillips proves that, while his imitators may do more harm than good, Greengrass himself remains the kind filmmaker cinephiles are lucky to have around."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Mark Rozeman

18 45%

The Tomorrow People: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" They managed to cook up a fairly compelling little show with some great action sequences, and that ended on the right kind of unexpected cliffhanger that has at least one viewer (that would be me) curious to see what happens. "

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Robert Ham

19 94%

After Tiller (2013)

"Compelling, revealing [its] subjects as sympathetic human beings simply by observing and talking to them about their work and their lives."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

20 57%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"The feature debut of writer-director Randy Moore has a juicy cultural totem in its sights, the Disney empire, but it misses more than it hits."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Tim Grierson

21 63%

The Summit (2013)

"The Summit tries to make sense of what happened through this haze of fact and memory, but certain vital questions are left unanswered (through no fault of the filmmakers')."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jonah Flicker

22 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes an assured debut as a writer-director with Don Jon, a cultural critique of the expectations placed on relationships in an environment saturated with media misrepresentations of both women and men."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

23 ——

Trattoria ()

"Trattoria...does an admirable job in capturing the pressures that restaurant owners are often under. But it's missing a key ingredient -- passion."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

24 97%

Let The Fire Burn (2013)

"First-time filmmaker Osder, with masterful editing by Nels Bangerter, has crafted a captivating and taut documentary."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

25 49%

Parkland (2013)

"This is a meager kind of curiosity, telling us nothing about what the assassination meant historically or culturally."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Vadim Rizov

26 90%

Parenthood: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The show did a nice job balancing the stories, even if some of them weren't that solid. That has always been a plight of the show. "

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Adam Vitcavage

27 22%

Sean Saves the World: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" [Hayes is] so high-energy, which is a stark contrast to the rest of the cast, who all seem to have taken a class in delivery from Aubrey Plaza. "

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Ross Bonaime

28 88%

Revolution: Season 2 (TV, 2013)

" One thing is certain: Revolution has a different attitude this season. And it's working. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Adam Vitcavage

29 33%

Super Fun Night: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The early prediction is that the show will fail if it doesn't change something. Super Fun Night does have something going for it though. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Adam Vitcavage

30 76%

Concussion (2013)

"Weigert is the film's constant saving grace, her fast wit and enormous range suggesting that Abby is aware of the irrationality of her situation -- and yet, no matter what, remains hell-bent on seeing it through to the bitter end."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Danny King

31 60%

Bad Milo! (2013)

"Just when you thought you've seen everything, here's a jaw-droppingly absurd horror comedy."

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Matt Shiverdecker

32 86%

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Without a doubt, S.H.I.E.L.D. achieves what it's set out to do: create a universe that boasts super-personalities-not heroes-while still bringing audiences back the next week with some compelling storytelling. "

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Tyler Kane

33 45%

All Is Bright (2013)

"You laugh neither with nor at these people -- you just hang on and hope their depression doesn't bring you down with them."

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Tim Grierson

34 80%

How I Met Your Mother: Season 9 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Nothing was over-the-top funny, but it was a perfect combination of laughter and sweet moments that really do make up for all of the lackluster episodes in the past few seasons. "

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Adam Vitcavage

35 55%

The Crazy Ones: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" There's potential there, especially with the possibility of other cameos and modern brands to rework, but considering the talent and their history in some great and important television, there isn't much yet that propels the show beyond mediocre. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Ross Bonaime

36 84%

Homeland: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" Homeland's third season kicked off with a lot of broken people and a damaged nucleus, but I believe the intrigue and tight storytelling that made the first season such a phenomenon is still in place. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

John Vilanova

37 100%

Eastbound & Down: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" "Chapter 22" might strip too much self-respect away from Kenny, but it leads to a thrilling climax when his true nature returns, and sets up an exciting new season while also wrapping up the loose ends of season three. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Garrett Martin

38 52%

Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The execution of every one of these parts is excellent, with no unnecessary exposition or forced situations. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Sean Gandert

39 90%

Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" We've got two skilled leads on Masters of Sex, and now that the exposition is out of the way, here's hoping they can finally get to work. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Bonnie Stiernberg

40 100%

Bob's Burgers: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2014)

" It's how they skew that formula on this show that keeps comedy nerds like this coming back for more. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Robert Ham

41 100%

The Good Wife: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The stage is set for a great fifth season. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Amy Amatangelo

42 100%

Parks and Recreation: Season 6 (TV, 2013-2014)

" With the sort of breakneck speed that helps make Parks so good, "London" gave us immediate answers. "

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Sean Gandert

43 85%

We Are What We Are (2013)

"Despite the occasional failure of the film to let the atmosphere and subtle performances stand unadorned, We Are What We Are is an impressive entry from director Mickle."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Scott Wold

44 100%

Nashville: Season 2 (TV, 2013)

" This was a solid episode that wrapped up a lot of last season's loose ends, despite a few cheesy moments, and it looks like Nashville has a tumultuous, dramatic season to come. "

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Dacey Orr

45 83%

Modern Family: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The characters came off strong, the jokes hit, and there were tear-jerking moments at the end. "

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Madina Papadopoulos

46 45%

Morning (2013)

"Though mourning is a part of the human cycle, Morning is not an easy film to watch -- save for the great acting by the entire cast."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

47 35%

Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013)

"It's obvious that Billy Bob Thornton is attempting something meaningful with Jayne Mansfield's Car. It's just tough to figure out what it is."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Norm Schrager

48 56%

Instructions Not Included (2013)

"Derbez, a sharp comedic actor with an emotive face, ably shoulders most of the film's emotional burden."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Abigail Garnett

49 89%

Rush (2013)

"It's not just about cars, though -- it's about how we interact with people different from ourselves, what we learn from them, and how those experiences can enrich our lives. As a result, Rush is worth the trip."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Leland Montgomery

50 55%

The Goldbergs: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The show's pilot executes this set-up with enough heart and comedic dexterity to overcome the more clichéd trappings of its premise. "

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Mark Rozeman

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