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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

Nashville: Season 2 (TV, 2013-2014)

" 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 56%

The Goldbergs: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" 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

8 82%

The Blacklist: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The pilot for The Blacklist throws in story points that should play like surprises, but instead the viewer can see the twists coming. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Ross Bonaime

9 57%

Hostages: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" With all the promising plot permutations, the show reminds me (in the best possible way) of The Good Wife, which deftly balances the case of the week, with Peter's political career, Alicia's love triangle and the law firm power struggle. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Amy Amatangelo

10 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"A warm, funny and poignant portrait of a misunderstood affliction, even as it glosses over the uglier bits."

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

11 50%

A Single Shot (2013)

"When the plot kicks in, and people actually start talking to each other, the film loses most of its momentum, but it still has enough sections of terse, pointed physicality that the overriding sensation of brute, blunt force rarely lets up."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Danny King

12 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"Holofcener's characters are wonderfully imperfect, and Enough Said shows that, just as in real life, sometimes moms and dads don't have all the answers."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

13 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"With its measured pace and stark violence, "Prisoners" wants to be more than just an escapist crime thriller -- it has its sights set on loftier aspirations."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Tim Grierson

14 0%

Dads: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" To have both-and thus 100 percent of- the dads on the show be incredibly racist in such overt ways misrepresents Baby Boomers, and also does not differentiate the characters enough. "

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Madina Papadopoulos

15 67%

99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013)

"It's not definitive, tidy or entirely cohesive, but hey, neither was the movement."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

16 71%

Newlyweeds (2013)

"It's hard to determine exactly what Newlyweeds wants to accomplish, but it's plain to see that it fails."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

17 84%

Good Ol' Freda (2013)

"Even without new information or salacious details, this is a story Beatles fans will enjoy."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Brent Dey

18 88%

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The cast and their characters is where the pilot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine succeeds and shows the greatest potential for future success. "

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Aaron Channon

19 89%

The Mindy Project: Season 2 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The laughs are usually consistent and the characters are enjoyable, but without a ton of depth or much of a clear outlook on where the plot or characters are going, the strings holding The Mindy Project together might not hold. "

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Ross Bonaime

20 93%

New Girl: Season 3 (TV, 2013-2014)

" "All In" is a fantastic entrance into New Girl's third season, with all the hilarious and touching moments that have made New Girl one of the best comedies on TV. "

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Ross Bonaime

21 95%

Ida (2014)

"Director Pawel Pawlikowski goes for a slow ache with "Ida," in which death and love are both viewed from a respectful distance."

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Tim Grierson

22 50%

Hateship Loveship (2014)

"The movie (and Wiig's performance) proves to be a misfire -- a quirky, intriguing one, but a misfire all the same."

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Tim Grierson

23 77%

Sleepy Hollow: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Mostly minor gripes for what is very much a fun, pulpy hour of primetime television. "

Posted Sep 17, 2013

Mark Rozeman

24 63%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"This cast is pretty much note perfect."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Mark Rabinowitz

25 97%

Gravity (2013)

"The worst you can say about this claustrophobic, transporting and unbearably tense movie is that it's so grand it spoils you into expecting even more."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Tim Grierson

26 92%

Philomena (2013)

""Philomena" is an odd, engaging mix of genres that we tend not to see coexisting in the same film. "

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Tim Grierson

27 65%

Derek: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Maybe this will be the show that'll convince more viewers of what we've known to be true for years: this sharp-tongued comedian is actually a big softie. "

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Bonnie Stiernberg

28 45%

And While We Were Here (2013)

"Its depiction of womanhood, particularly as it does and does not relate to the romantic male counterpart, establishes Coiro's presence as a new, potent voice in filmmaking."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Michael Dunaway

29 34%

Hell Baby (2013)

"Given the talent involved, it's a project that sounds promising (if maybe more than slightly derivative), but it winds up an unfortunate misfire."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Dan Kaufman

30 83%

Blue Caprice (2013)

"A good example of responsible, well-intentioned true-crime filmmaking."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Danny King

31 31%

Adore (2013)

"It's not until the last 15 minutes of the film do we see consequences of the affairs on the young men's families. We wished that there would have been more of these outbursts throughout the film instead of the dreamlike state in which Adore languishes."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

32 93%

Closed Curtain (2014)

"Because of the almost dreamlike logic of the story, it's no surprise that Panahi is less interested in plot as he is in working through personal issues"

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Tim Grierson

33 78%

Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 (TV, 2013)

" The contrast of violence and goodness is what makes [Jax] compelling. "

Posted Sep 11, 2013

Shane Ryan

34 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"Rarely underlining her points when a subtle observation can be made instead, writer-director Haifaa Al-Mansour deftly shows us a Saudi Arabia in flux."

Posted Sep 11, 2013

Tim Grierson

35 35%

Salinger (2013)

"Manages to oversell its subject, demanding awe about footage and photos and information that are cool, sure, but not earth-shattering."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

36 73%

Populaire (2013)

"Populaire pays homage to the genre while bringing a modern sensibility (and a Rocky-esque training montage): A girl can have it all."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

37 65%

Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" It's an interesting premise that can definitely go a lot of places. "

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Adam Vitcavage

38 97%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" It was a perfectly serviceable start, but nothing to get too excited about. "

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Sean Gandert

39 81%

Una noche (One Night) (2013)

"Augmenting the film's evocative visuals are the phenomenal performances courtesy of its three leads, all of whom are first time, non-professional actors."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Mark Rozeman

40 92%

Our Nixon (2013)

"As fascinating as this peek into daily life at the Nixon White House is, the real power of Our Nixon is its poignant insight into how the impeachable situation unfolded within the president's inner circle."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

41 100%

Futurama: Season 7 (TV, 2012)

" It looks like this may be another season in which we get a fair number of enjoyably watchable episodes and maybe a couple of great ones sprinkled in. "

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Sean Gandert

42 63%

One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

"Spurlock, who revolutionized activist documentary filmmaking with Super Size Me, has set the genre back with this cinema equivalent of a glossy teen magazine cover."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

43 35%

Touchy Feely (2013)

"Shelton's brand of low-budget, improv-heavy relationship dramedies lends itself well to a quick turnaround. It's only natural then that such an output would inevitably lead to the occasional misstep."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Mark Rozeman

44 35%

Passion (2013)

"Less mysterious than confusing."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

45 100%

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 9 (TV, 2013)

" Welcome back to television's funniest display of human cruelty. "

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Shane Ryan

46 32%

A Teacher (2013)

"This nonjudgmental, opaque drama conjures up the emotional landscape of its troubled titular character but intentionally provides little insight into her thought process."

Posted Sep 4, 2013

Tim Grierson

47 84%

Luther: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" It was clear from this opening scene that all the elements that made it one of the most worthwhile British imports had survived the two-year hiatus between seasons intact. "

Posted Sep 4, 2013

Shane Ryan

48 82%

The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini (2013)

"With commentary from Sugar Ray Leonard, Mickey Rourke, and others who witnessed the exceptional journey and career of Youngstown's finest, another powerful boxing story has been told."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Shannon M. Houston

49 13%

The Lifeguard (2013)

"The Lifeguard sadly drowns in its own clichés."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Matt Shiverdecker

50 67%

Afternoon Delight (2013)

"Part of Afternoon Delight wants to be a sitcom, and part wants to be a John Cassavetes film. That these two sides never find harmony is no surprise."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

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