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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 83%

Blue Caprice (2013)

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

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Danny King

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 100%

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

21 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

22 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

23 35%

Passion (2013)

"Less mysterious than confusing."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

24 100%

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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 13%

The Lifeguard (2013)

"The Lifeguard sadly drowns in its own clichés."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Matt Shiverdecker

29 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

30 29%

Ghost Shark (2013)

"The film violates the most crucial rule of trashy filmmaking-you can be stupid, but don't be boring."

Posted Aug 28, 2013

Jim Vorel

31 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"A run-of-the-mill thriller elevated just enough by the intelligence of its cast and makers."

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Tim Grierson

32 89%

The World's End (2013)

"For all their horsing around, the truth is Wright is an accomplished filmmaker who embeds story in the very mechanics of cinema."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

33 58%

The Frozen Ground (2013)

"Unfortunately, with a confusing script pocked with plot holes, The Frozen Ground misses an opportunity to create a lasting testament to their memories."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

34 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"Ultimately, it's because of what goes unsaid in the film that its various onscreen relationships feel authentic and lived in."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Curtis Woloschuk

35 27%

Jobs (2013)

"For a film so slavish to glorifying the history of Apple, it doesn't do the memory of Jobs many favors."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Tyler Chase

36 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"Lovelace packs in a cavalcade of stars, including Juno Temple, James Franco and Sharon Stone, but doesn't exactly know how to use them."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Monica Castillo

37 80%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"At the risk of sounding a bit melodramatic, it must be said that Ain't Them Bodies Saints is not a movie; it's a feeling."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Shannon M. Houston

38 92%

In a World... (2013)

"We've already met Lake Bell, versatile actress... It's time to meet Lake Bell, feature film writer, director (and producer). And what a debut it is: Her film has heart, soul and a message without getting too preachy."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

39 75%

The Grandmaster (2013)

"Despite its problems, The Grandmaster is more poetic than other recent Kung Fu movies."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Leland Montgomery

40 52%

Thérèse (2013)

"Because she's so internal, the shtick threatens to grow dour and whiny. But mostly there's a mystery and an acknowledgement that there's not always a concrete reason why."

Posted Aug 21, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

41 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

""Drinking Buddies" ultimately may not be that revelatory in its depiction of love and commitment, but it observes its characters with a lot of compassion."

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Tim Grierson

42 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"Genre movies often get described as disposable, but something as paper-thin as "Paranoia" isn't even sturdy enough to warrant such a dismissive description. "

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Tim Grierson

43 30%

Austenland (2013)

"What has the potential to be a sharp, kinky satire about people's willingness to lose themselves in art and storybook courtship gets reduced to a relatively safe rom-com."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Tim Grierson

44 24%

The Canyons (2013)

"Partly funded by Kickstarter and notoriously troubled, The Canyons is hardly worth the effort, an impotent attempt at contemporary noir that ultimately can't perform."

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

45 ——

Hell on Wheels: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" These first two episodes reestablish Hell on Wheels as a series that isn?t quite as wacky?even if the show does start with ghosts and Bohannan fighting a wolf?and seems to have a much greater focus. "

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Ross Bonaime

46 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Blomkamp knows how to blow apart a body. Thankfully, he also knows how to engage in compelling speculative-world-building."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Michael Burgin

47 93%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"Director James Ponsoldt has adapted Tim Tharp's coming-of-age novel with heartfelt sincerity, but the movie lacks a cutting bite to push it past innocuous teenage drama to a truly deep portrait of adolescence."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

48 94%

Museum Hours (2013)

""Museum Hours" is less about individuals than it is about collective experiences -- how we all take part in life's broad canvas."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Tim Grierson

49 80%

Europa Report (2013)

"With echoes of 2001, Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, Europa Report is riveting low-budget hard science fiction -- i.e., emphasizing the science rather than the speculative."

Posted Aug 6, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

50 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"With sparkling performances from Rogen and Heigl, Apatow once again shows his sharp eye for talent and continuing knack for hits."

Posted Aug 3, 2013

Tim Basham

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