The Age (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"Every so often Stiller's palpable unease with himself compels him to switch gears, affirming the very cliches he mocks elsewhere. "

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Jake Wilson

2 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"Anchorman 2, which McKay again directed and co-wrote with Ferrell, is honourable as far as sequels go, building on the memorable moments of its predecessor rather than simply recycling them. "

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Jake Wilson

3 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"Who wants to wait 110 minutes for the gags to pay off?"

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Paul Byrnes

4 98%

The Rocket (2014)

" It's an emotionally forceful film, hurtling towards the kind of conclusion that Western audiences want to see. "

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Paul Byrnes

5 85%

Mystery Road ()

"A work of evocative suggestion and concrete detail, a film that uses the genre trappings of the western and the thriller to explore a complex story of crime and indifference. "

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Philippa Hawker

6 9%

Bratz: The Movie (2007)

"We are regaled with the spectacle of sparky girl characters, who are aimed squarely at an impressionable tween girl audience, walking about in the sorts of high-fashion outfits you normally see on a catwalk or in the bar of a five-star hotel."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Jim Schembri

7 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"Luhrmann understandably wants his Gatsby to be great, but he has inadvertently reminded us that the Great American Novel belongs precisely where it was born: on the page."

Posted May 23, 2013

Ed Gibbs

8 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"A brilliant, bromantic blockbuster."

Posted May 10, 2013

Giles Hardie

9 4%

Scary Movie 5 (2013)

"This is the first Scary Movie in seven years, but the formula remains unchanged, with a thin storyline linking spoofs of Hollywood hits."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Jake Wilson

10 93%

Amour (2012)

"Ultimately, the title of the film demands to be taken as a question: is this truly what love looks like? A little smugly, Haneke refuses to answer. "

Posted Feb 22, 2013

Jake Wilson

11 100%

The Lost Weekend (1945)

"One of cinema's earliest and best portraits of drug addiction."

Posted Feb 19, 2013

Jim Schembri

12 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"Trying to one-up Tolstoy was always going to be a bad idea, though I wouldn't object to seeing a Bond movie, or Les Miserables, staged in the same way. "

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Jake Wilson

13 46%

The Sweeney (2013)

"Winstone attempts to bluster his way through, but remains the least credible action star this side of Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Jake Wilson

14 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"Will there ever be a good movie based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks? "

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Jake Wilson

15 81%

Pitch Perfect (2012)

"But in a small-scale way, aided by a strong, wry central performance from Kendrick, Pitch Perfect has its charms. "

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Philippa Hawker

16 51%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"The narrative feels almost intentionally hokey and diagrammatic, a framework that gives the actors freedom to display their best-known qualities. "

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Jake Wilson

17 49%

The Man With the Iron Fists (2012)

"Predictably, this kind of gleeful fanboy excess yields diminishing returns. RZA hasn't much sense of storytelling rhythm, and lacks Tarantino's gift for turning adolescent obsessions into something uniquely personal. "

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Jake Wilson

18 ——

Love Story ()

"Sheltering behind his harmlessly dorky persona, Habicht never shows us anything painful enough to seem real; the film is far more an exercise in self-promotion than a study of the ups and downs of love. "

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Jake Wilson

19 70%

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

"Finally, there's something a little sketchy about the movie, a little unfinished and scattergun. The figure of Jesse recedes in importance, and it's Celeste whose delusions we focus on. "

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Philippa Hawker

20 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"Even making allowances for a certain amount of Hollywood gloss, there's something wrong with a film about misfits where everyone is this good-looking and poised. "

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Jake Wilson

21 74%

Sound of My Voice (2012)

"Either Maggie is the real deal, or she's lying, or we never find out. In any case, anticlimax seems inevitable."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Jake Wilson

22 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Skyfall is not, of course, ''darker'' or more serious than previous Bond films, but it's more knowing about its own conventions."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Jake Wilson

23 94%

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012)

"There's something marvellously comic about her, an effect reinforced by her refined yet raucous baritone voice. "

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Jake Wilson

24 88%

The Angels' Share (2013)

"[Loach's] latest collaboration with screenwriter Paul Laverty proves the pair can pull off a genre entertainment with aplomb when in the mood. "

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Jake Wilson

25 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"The final twist is a little forced, but otherwise the actors ensure that the fanciful plot stays grounded in recognisable emotions -- and Langella and Sarandon have more romantic chemistry than most screen couples at any age. "

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Jake Wilson

26 68%

God Bless America (2012)

"Gory, unfunny satire that deserves a prize for the most strained provocation of the year. "

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Jake Wilson

27 43%

Two Little Boys ()

"This is a weak film but an endearing one, a would-be black comedy undermined by the amiability of all concerned. "

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Jake Wilson

28 48%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"After nearly two hours of padding, there's a laughable climactic battle sequence with heads shattering bloodlessly. "

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Jake Wilson

29 63%

Dead Europe ()

" The film might have felt truer to its source if it were either pulpier or more avant-garde. "

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Jake Wilson

30 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"A new Bond film, we are assured in the closing credits, is on its way -- Skyfall provides reasons to look forward to more."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Philippa Hawker

31 60%

Housos Vs. Authority ()

"It's a paean to the virtues of the versatile thong -- ubiquitous footwear, and a handy offensive weapon. "

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Philippa Hawker

32 71%

Hail ()

"It's Courtin-Wilson's willingness to push boundaries, to explore ways in which the troubled self can be depicted, that makes Hail so singular and striking. "

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Philippa Hawker

33 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"The film balances the extraordinary and ordinary with great aplomb, and Duplass and Plaza give beautifully judged performances. "

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Philippa Hawker

34 51%

Savages (2012)

"The messy insouciance wears a little thin, and by the time we get to the absurdity of the extended ending, enough is definitely enough."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Philippa Hawker

35 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"As a perverse portrait of management issues and the challenges of ''getting the job done'', it is sure-footed, dark and comic."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Philippa Hawker

36 82%

Shadow Dancer (2013)

"The film hardly seems like more than an exercise: the plot wraps up neatly but the emotional significance of a key revelation is barely explored. "

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Jake Wilson

37 97%

The Innocents (1961)

"One of the creepiest films ever made."

Posted Oct 9, 2012

Jim Schembri

38 58%

Secret of the Wings (2012)

"The usual warning applies: adults should steer clear. "

Posted Oct 8, 2012

Jake Wilson

39 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"Neeson's soft-spoken Angry Dad routine has been flattened into burlesque, giving him little to do but alternate between bumbling dork and efficient killer. "

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Jake Wilson

40 40%

Mental (2013)

"Collette's performance anchors the film: it has a fierce, uncompromising quality that gives strength to the film's two interwoven tendencies - in-your-face comedy and emotional distress. "

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Philippa Hawker

41 47%

Bait (2012)

"Much of Bait is frankly awful, though not unenjoyably so."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Jake Wilson

42 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"It's a witty, appealing romantic comedy with a surprising edge, a cleverly written and deftly acted exploration of what happens when dreams appear to become reality, and the emotional stakes are raised. "

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Philippa Hawker

43 97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

"Lazhar is something of a puzzle, and much of the pleasure of Philippe Falardeau's film lies in the gradual unfolding of his reserved yet impulsive personality. "

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Jake Wilson

44 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"Hit and Run sets out to be crass and compassionate by turns, but Shepard's inexperience as a writer is obvious throughout: the structure is as wobbly as the tone. "

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Jake Wilson

45 26%

Kath & Kimderella ()

"Despite these familiar set-ups, it soon becomes clear that there is something missing from Kath And Kimderella. "

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Philippa Hawker

46 83%

Your Sister's Sister (2012)

"Deceptively meandering and unexpectedly complex, Your Sister's Sister combines a poignant, funny directness with a teasing incompleteness. "

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Philippa Hawker

47 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"In Leos Carax's beautiful, exhilarating, transporting new film, there is something special, and singular, about the act of filming and the nature of cinema. "

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Philippa Hawker

48 80%

Chinese Take-Away (Un Cuento Chino) ()

"A film about repression and constraint that keeps its emotional range carefully under control."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Philippa Hawker

49 57%

Love (2011)

"Eubank may well have a future as a cinematographer, or in the special effects business. But a filmmaker he ain't. "

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Jake Wilson

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