Metro [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 40%

Imagine That (2009)

"A painfully prolonged saccharine gunk tank, guaranteed to displease all ages."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

2 60%

A Perfect Getaway (2009)

"Ridiculous? Yep. Fun? Absolutely. If there's such a thing as a classy B-movie, then this is it."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Anna Smith

3 81%

Bandslam (2009)

"This oddly toned high-school flick may boast less of the X-Factor but it's all the more interesting for its raggedy edges."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

4 13%

The Ugly Truth (2009)

"It's actually hard to tell who's less likeable in this ugly, unfunnily vulgar battle of the sexes: Heigl's prim control freak or Butler's dim sexist."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

5 55%

Orphan (2009)

"Scoff-inducing twist aside, this is an uncannily astute and unnerving family psychodrama, over-garnished by final-act splatter."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

6 35%

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

"Who was shooting who and why? No idea! I didn't care! Because there was loads of constantly exploding stuff. Expect no more, and you'll be reasonably satisfied by this least demanding of summer blockbusters."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

7 64%

Adam (2009)

"An utterly charming love story between two quirky, vulnerable loners? A vomitous fairy-cake concoction of nursery rhyme tweeness? It's all certainly rather less Rain Man, and more Drizzle Boy."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

8 96%

Mesrine: Part 1 (Killer Instinct) and Part 2 (Public Enemy #1) ()

"Slightly overrated and over here, this slick French thriller may not be the crime classic it's touted as, but it's still a gripping, action-driven portrait of the last of France's great gangsters."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

9 51%

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

"Director Scott is, as usual, way more into blowing stuff up than a moral cat-and-mouse game. Any hint of depth sends him zooming into yet another flashily pointless 'woo woo' motorbike chase, destroying the masterful two-hander tension."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

10 26%

Land of the Lost (2009)

"A good-natured, hit-and-miss mess, further muddied by some seriously inappropriate humour."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

11 22%

G-Force (2009)

"Guaranteed non-stop, gung-ho action plugged directly into your synapses."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

12 63%

Coco Before Chanel (2009)

"This stylish, if narratively flimsy biopic of French fashion designer Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel truly sparkles in one respect only: the star quality of Audrey 'Amélie' Tautou."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

13 ——

Skin ()

"The emerging mother/daughter separation dynamic pushes all the expected emotional buttons but ultimately reduces potentially fascinating, multi-layered material into a by-numbers daytime telly weepie."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

14 72%

Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story) (2007)

"A cracking, suspenseful watch that has a well-turned knack for the tragic-comic."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

15 44%

The Proposal (2009)

"Despite some jolly, off-the-wall moments the comedy becomes increasingly desperate, relying on those old staples of fruity old relations, poodle-y pets in peril, 1980s pop dance offs and amusing, over-sexed foreigners."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

16 49%

Antichrist (2009)

"Brutal in its psychological honesty, Antichrist is slashed through with von Trier's love of teasing, titillating, revolting and disturbing the viewer, as well as making them laugh."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

17 89%

Moon (2009)

"Thanks to a solid script and Rockwell's excellent performance as the intriguing and entertaining Sam, Moon is involving stuff."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Anna Smith

18 85%

Kisses (2010)

"Their magical odyssey - beautifully signed by Daly switching from black and white to depict their grim home life to rich colour - has moments of whimsy but as their fantasy Dublin begins to show its fangs, a steely edge creeps in."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Siobhan Murphy

19 13%

The Informers (2009)

"The Informers isn't dull but the characters are hollow and the dialogue stilted. In the hands of the film's less experienced actors, it verges on the embarrassing."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Anna Smith

20 87%

Frozen River (2008)

"It's gripping stuff: decidedly non-showy but all the more authentic for it."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Anna Smith

21 97%

Burma VJ: Reporter i et Lukket Land (Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country) (2008)

"There's no doubting that this is a hugely important film."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Anna Smith

22 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"This feels more like a diverting precursor to the main event rather than a film that truly knocks your socks off in its own right."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Sharon Lougher

23 85%

Soul Power (2009)

"This engrossing doc plunges you into the chaos of this ambitious project, with behind-the-scenes glimpses of these great artists."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Siobhan Murphy

24 97%

35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008)

"Though it's interesting to be given such a blank slate, 35 Shots Of Rum can try the patience. By denying us background detail, Denis makes it hard for us to get involved with the characters."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Anna Smith

25 68%

Brüno (2009)

"Excruciating, OTT, hilarious."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Anna Smith

26 73%

Rudo y Cursi (2009)

"Sexy and freewheeling, if frustratingly slight, it never hits the emotional back of the net in the manner of Looking For Eric but the lead actors' charisma keeps you merrily bouncing along."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

27 14%

Year One (2009)

"Fundamentally Ramis plays it way too safe with the religious material. Think less Life Of Brian than a teacher trying to jolly up the parables at Hebrew school - it still beats being smited by a plague of frogs."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

28 72%

Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

"More Life Of Grime than CSI, Sunshine Cleaning is tonally a bit messy, the characters over-coloured and the whole 'they need to clean up their own life' theme is over-tidy. But it's good to see a chick flick with guts, even if they're all over the carpet."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

29 8%

Freakdog (Red Mist) (2009)

"Big on yawns and short on screams, no cliché is left unharvested."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

30 60%

Am I Black Enough For You? (2010)

"An intimate, shoddily shot doc."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

31 68%

Public Enemies (2009)

"Those anticipating crackling, Heat-style cat-and-mouse Al Pacino/Robert de Niro face-offs will be left like disappointed kittens without the cream."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

32 45%

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009)

"The trademark Loony Toon-lite slapstick undeniably compensates for a bitty, unmemorable plot that stampedes along like a mammoth through chewing gum."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

33 92%

Katyn (2009)

"There's the odd breathtakingly composed shot, chilling scenario and exquisitely poignant turn from the overpopulated cast but the sombrely indulgent pacing betrays the fact that acclaimed director Andrzej Wajda is now aged 83."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

34 36%

Gigantic (2009)

"Fluctuating wildly between wry ironic chuckles and a sombre indie romantic drama, this never quite hits the right balance tonally."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Ann Lee

35 84%

Telstar (Telstar: The Joe Meek Story) (2009)

"The tone lurches jerkily from ersatz 1960s caper to shouty histrionic tragedy, while Con O'Neill can't quite pull off Meek's magnetic personality, attractive as it was repellent. But it sure beats The Boat That Rocked."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

36 19%

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

"The insurmountable problem is the two-and-a-half-hour (argh!) running time, during which the minuscule central conflict is bulked out by tedious 'put the lost key thing into the other gizmo thing' cross-plots."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

37 79%

The Hangover (2009)

"A wee-inducingly funny bromance."

Posted Jun 12, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

38 41%

The Last House on the Left (2009)

"This glossily dumbed-down remake is little more than sloppy, multiplex-aimed torture porn dribbled with pantie shots."

Posted Jun 12, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

39 78%

The End of the Line (2009)

"Skimming lightly over graphs and in-depth investigation in favour of pretty shots of sunset-dappled seas, it lacks the smack of hard facts."

Posted Jun 12, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

40 89%

Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009)

"Director John Woo belatedly hits his stride, socking the one-dimensional epic to you with trademark 'woo hoo!' style."

Posted Jun 12, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

41 85%

Looking for Eric (2010)

"A bit like The Full Monty with football, this is finally an art house film by and for 'the people' that 'the people' might actually want to see."

Posted Jun 12, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

42 91%

Sugar (2008)

"This masterfully pitched exercise in sombre revelation may frustrate sports fans looking for an easy hit."

Posted Jun 5, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

43 79%

Pour elle (Anything for Her) (2008)

"An entertaining watch for thriller fans wanting more than ticking bombs and terrorists."

Posted Jun 5, 2009

Anna Smith

44 71%

Last Chance Harvey (2009)

"There's nothing much to this sweet transatlantic romance but Hoffman and Thompson are a pleasure to watch throughout."

Posted Jun 5, 2009

Anna Smith

45 33%

Terminator Salvation (2009)

"A few in-jokes will amuse Terminator fans but this is best viewed as an entertaining add-on to the franchise rather than a promising reboot."

Posted Jun 5, 2009

Anna Smith

46 69%

Fugitive Pieces (2008)

"A slow-moving, fitfully atmospheric drama." EDIT

Posted May 29, 2009

47 20%

Fireflies in the Garden (2011)

"Eminently watchable but instantly forgettable."

Posted May 29, 2009

Anna Smith

48 92%

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

"Maybe not one for all the family but this fairground ghost train will drag you to Hell kicking and screaming - with laughter."

Posted May 29, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

49 29%

12 Rounds (2009)

"There's little time to get bored, and you get the feeling this film knows it's ridiculous."

Posted May 29, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

50 70%

Tormented (2009)

"Friday The 13th meets St Trinian's in a jolly gory product that finally proves we Brits can make slick, silly high-school slashers too."

Posted May 22, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

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