The Age (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Young@Heart (2007)

"As an interviewer Walker is habitually condescending and sometimes downright inane..."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Jake Wilson

2 100%

Man on Wire (2008)

"It's a hell of a story, and Petit is a mesmerising storyteller, with an extravagantly poetic turn of phrase and the glittering eye of the Ancient Mariner."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Jake Wilson

3 100%

Man on Wire (2008)

"Marsh stitches his story together with a seamless melding of interviews, stills, re-enactments and archival footage augmented by a wonderful score by Michael Nyman and the New York composer J. Ralph."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Sandra Hall

4 1%

Disaster Movie (2008)

"A dumb, dumb film, to be sure, but also undeniably funny in more spots than a right-thinking, mature adult person feels comfortable admitting."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Jim Schembri

5 54%

Body of Lies (2008)

"Some show is made of plunging the viewer into a dense cloud of moral ambiguity, but this is mostly smoke and mirrors: while the American heroes may employ some dubious tactics, the justice of their cause is never in doubt."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Jake Wilson

6 14%

My Best Friend's Girl (2008)

"Dane Cook proves why he is one of American comedy's favourite big-time naughty boys in this fast, funny, foul-tongued but sweet-natured adult-skewed romantic comedy."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Jim Schembri

7 48%

Towelhead (2007)

"[Ball] succeeds admirably and with dramatic force, blending themes of racism, liberalism, emotional betrayal, abuse, hate speech and pedophilia into a confronting adult drama peppered with shocks and black humour."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Jim Schembri

8 6%

Babylon A.D. (2008)

"It's as though the film's final act was accidentally deleted on the digital editing console."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

Jim Schembri

9 61%

The Duchess (2008)

"Knightley seems overly deliberate even in her mischief, and doesn't have Kirsten Dunst's talent for turning acting into a flirtatious game of charades."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

Jake Wilson

10 90%

Le fils de l'Úpicier (The Grocer's Son) (2008)

"The real joy of the film comes from the many charmed moments of naturalism in which director-co-writer Eric Guirado captures the interaction between people of different worlds with luminous authenticity."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

Jim Schembri

11 41%

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

"Actually better than its premise and its trailer might lead you to expect."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Philippa Hawker

12 41%

The House Bunny (2008)

"It's computer-written stuff, stiffly directed by first-timer Fred Wolf, but it's light and fun and sports a decent quota of passable gags."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Jim Schembri

13 61%

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

"Brevig does a barely competent job of imitating the Indiana Jones movies, and seems more hindered than helped by his chosen format..."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Jake Wilson

14 26%

Eagle Eye (2008)

"In Eagle Eye, old-school political paranoia is filtered through a new prism that focuses not on terrorism but on overcooked US government measures to monitor citizens."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Jim Schembri

15 71%

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)

"A bright, fitfully entertaining adaptation of two of Louise Rennison's popular novels for tween-to-teenage girls."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Philippa Hawker

16 ——

Beyond Our Ken ()

"Strongly recommended."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Jim Schembri

17 60%

Bitter & Twisted ()

"Noni Hazelhurst and Steve Rodgers are very good, but there really is only so much moping one can stand."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Jim Schembri

18 92%

Caramel (2008)

"Labaki, who co-wrote the film and also stars, maintains a knowing comic tone throughout."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Philippa Hawker

19 55%

Step Brothers (2008)

"One thing spoils the mood: for all the joy that Ferrell and Reilly take in brawling or whimpering like two-year-olds, immaturity is still seen as something to be overcome."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Jake Wilson

20 42%

Wild Child (2008)

"The screenplay by Lucy Dahl (daughter of Roald) dwells unpleasantly on cruelty and humiliation, and finally Poppy does little more than exchange one form of snobbery for another."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Jake Wilson

21 50%

Whaledreamers (2008)

"The September 11 segment is one of the clumsiest works of montage you're likely to see."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Jim Schembri

22 34%

Space Chimps (2008)

"A movie called Space Chimps ought to be cheap, crude and silly, and this computer-animated lark delivers on all fronts."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Jake Wilson

23 19%

Fly Me to the Moon (2008)

"3-D has yet to shake its cheese factor, though, to the credit of director Ben Stassen, an Imax movie pioneer, the new digital process often works with popcorn-dropping effect."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Jim Schembri

24 96%

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

"It is an autobiographical quest, an immersion in memory and history that leaves a remarkable, lingering impression."

Posted Sep 12, 2008

Philippa Hawker

25 13%

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

"It's usually advisable to arrive for a film before it starts, but if you happen to be running late for this enjoyably brainless blockbuster, do not worry."

Posted Sep 12, 2008

Jim Schembri

26 52%

Funny Games (2008)

"Registers more strongly than the original as a film about privileged white people..."

Posted Sep 12, 2008

Jake Wilson

27 73%

Son of Rambow (2007)

"It's a mildly startling choice of subject matter, but Jennings takes for granted that even the most innocent cineastes have their sadistic side."

Posted Sep 5, 2008

Jake Wilson

28 22%

Make It Happen (2008)

"It's hard to dislike all these urban musicals aimed at teenage girls, and even harder to tell them apart."

Posted Sep 5, 2008

Jake Wilson

29 82%

In Bruges (2008)

"Clever, unpredictable and entertaining, with moments of anguish..."

Posted Sep 5, 2008

Philippa Hawker

30 53%

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

"Amid the dick jokes, drug taking and gratuitous nudity, the film also serves as a salient reminder about what actually ranks as subversive comedy."

Posted Sep 5, 2008

Jim Schembri

31 40%

Bonneville (2006)

"A film full of emotional false notes, bad dialogue and cardboard characters..."

Posted Aug 29, 2008

Jim Schembri

32 47%

My Blueberry Nights (2007)

"As visually lush and distinctive and enveloping as you would expect from a Wong Kar-wai film, with space for performances that have impact."

Posted Aug 29, 2008

Philippa Hawker

33 64%

Baby Mama (2008)

"An under-achieving, lightweight movie that settles for a few competent gags and doesn't bother to take risks."

Posted Aug 29, 2008

Philippa Hawker

34 34%

The Edge of Love (2008)

"Solid, if melodramatic..."

Posted Aug 29, 2008

Jim Schembri

35 89%

Son of a Lion ()

"Films take a gamble when they take you out of your zone of familiarity -- as this one does."

Posted Aug 29, 2008

Sandra Hall

36 89%

Son of a Lion ()

"As a work of art, it's a transparent con, particularly when Gilmour defensively insists on the 'humanity' of his characters for the benefit of the Western viewer."

Posted Aug 29, 2008

Jake Wilson

37 96%

Persepolis (2007)

"An uplifting, funny, moving fable about the difference between the ideal of freedom and the real thing..."

Posted Aug 29, 2008

Jim Schembri

38 83%

Tropic Thunder (2008)

"Stiller never stops bombarding the audience with outrageous ideas, like a monkey throwing dung at a wall."

Posted Aug 29, 2008

Jake Wilson

39 87%

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"The film is designed more as an ear-shattering sensory assault than a conventional narrative."

Posted Aug 28, 2008

Jim Schembri

40 94%

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

"Not Quite Hollywood contains as many crazy characters and improbable events as its recent fictional counterparts, except that the people are real and the stories all true."

Posted Aug 28, 2008

Jake Wilson

41 86%

The Square (2010)

"The script is neatly plotted, though not without flaws. Some developments occur in a rush, as if to distract us from asking inconvenient questions."

Posted Jul 31, 2008

Jake Wilson

42 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"While the film may be a hell of a ride, it takes a hell of a long time for the ride to grind its way out of first gear."

Posted Jul 17, 2008

Jim Schembri

43 90%

Unfinished Sky ()

"This hysterically melodramatic climax marks it as a sure contender for worst Australian film of the year."

Posted Jun 20, 2008

Jake Wilson

44 87%

Mio Fratello Ŕ Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) (2007)

"Fast-paced, well-acted and acute about sibling rivalry, the film nonetheless fails to leave a strong impression."

Posted Jun 20, 2008

Jake Wilson

45 86%

Mongol (2008)

"Temudgin is so single-minded that Asano has trouble suggesting much about his inner life."

Posted Jun 20, 2008

Jake Wilson

46 37%

You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)

"Things work out, of course, to everyone's satisfaction: there are a few political gags that have a veneer of audacity, but in essence, the movie takes risks only with its audience's gag reflex."

Posted Jun 20, 2008

Philippa Hawker

47 67%

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"It's high-energy, but oddly unsatisfying; the nature of Hulk's rage is left unexplored and undeveloped."

Posted Jun 13, 2008

Philippa Hawker

48 17%

The Happening (2008)

"A tantalising, sometimes frustrating parable about the menaces that human beings might face from unexpected quarters."

Posted Jun 13, 2008

Philippa Hawker

49 39%

Speed Racer (2008)

"Given that Speed Racer itself is basically an elaborate commercial, the anti-corporate message inevitably rings hollow."

Posted Jun 12, 2008

Jake Wilson

50 45%

Cactus (2008)

"The cinematography is terrific and one inspired scene involves the use of the Wiggles as an instrument of torture."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Jim Schembri

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