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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 65%

This Must Be The Place (2012)

"This mashup of genres and themes doesn't entirely succeed, but it is warm, funny and ably crafted."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Mark Jenkins

2 78%

Flight (2012)

"One of the big reasons Flight is so satisfying is that it moves with the no-frills, meat-and-potatoes conventions of a first-rate procedural while being awash in ambiguity."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Scott Tobias

3 93%

Sleep Tight (2012)

"A nifty little thriller that dances on the boundary between plausible and preposterous."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Jeannette Catsoulis

4 50%

Pusher (2012)

"Pusher is some kind of tragedy, though not the one its filmmakers intended."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Joel Arnold

5 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"Cloud Atlas is now a film, for better or worse. Mostly worse I'd say, but give these folks credit ..."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Bob Mondello

6 50%

Sassy Pants (2012)

"Sweet and well-intentioned, Sassy Pants is difficult to dislike, despite its missteps."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

7 80%

The Other Son (2012)

"It's hard not to feel carried along by the generously conciliatory spirit that warms The Other Son ..."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Ella Taylor

8 80%

Orchestra Of Exiles (2012)

"Orchestra of Exiles will interest anyone who's concerned with European Jewry or classical music in the first half of the 20th century. But it provides mostly the facts of Huberman's legacy and little of the flavor."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Mark Jenkins

9 25%

Fun Size (2012)

"The fun to be had in Fun Size, a 'tween comedy featuring Victoria Justice of the Nickelodeon TV series Victorious, is neither gigantic nor minuscule; it's just about fun size, which is probably enough."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

10 70%

The Loneliest Planet (2012)

"The Loneliest Planet does have a quiet power, which is amplified by the movie's rugged landscape."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Mark Jenkins

11 97%

Paul Williams Still Alive (2012)

"What makes Paul Williams Still Alive successful is the relationship between Kessler and Williams."

Posted Oct 23, 2012

Linda Holmes

12 67%

All Together (2012)

"The film's central performances reflect both its celebration of age and a sense of wistfulness."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Joel Arnold

13 12%

Alex Cross (2012)

"As goofy as it is gruesome."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Mark Jenkins

14 61%

Tai Chi Zero (2012)

"Fung is enjoying himself so much that he doesn't want the movie to end - and his delight is infectious."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Mark Jenkins

15 85%

Bestiaire (2012)

"For the most part, it shows exactly what it shows, so that when even the simplest cinematic mediation insinuates itself, it feels a bit like poetry - or conceptual magic."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Sam Stander

16 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"For once in an American movie, the uplift feels earned."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Ella Taylor

17 0%

That's What She Said (2012)

"The road to hell is paved not just with good intentions, but with movies that attempt to capture the way women really talk."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

18 38%

Nobody Walks (2012)

"Russo-Young's characters simply feel like complex, confused people trying desperately to be happy without also destroying their lives with their poor impulse control."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

19 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"It could almost be a film made in a time before language, a rendering of modern life - or modern lives - as a kind of cinematic cave painting. With songs. And a white stretch limo. And Kylie Minogue."

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

20 90%

Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

"It remains a story at all times - there's a moment at a book signing that will give you a big smile and goosebumps - and it keeps throwing great things to look at up on the screen."

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Linda Holmes

21 96%

Brooklyn Castle (2012)

"It would be easy for this film to be a very obvious, very shallow story in which the moral is that even kids from the worst possible circumstances can succeed. That's not what it's about."

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Linda Holmes

22 88%

The Big Picture (2012)

"This existential thriller is about a person who seeks personal freedom by becoming somebody else."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Mark Jenkins

23 26%

War of the Buttons (2012)

"At a time when most family movies come processed through extreme software and 3-D glasses, this film's gentle vision of the simple life has its old-fashioned charms - though they press too hard on the emo buttons for my taste."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Ella Taylor

24 53%

Simon and the Oaks (2012)

"It is what it is, which is emphatically not enough to bear the weight of genocide."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Ella Taylor

25 84%

Smashed (2012)

"Films about addiction tend to answer the excesses of drugs or alcohol with excesses of their own, but Ponsoldt and Winstead aren't guilty of overreaching. They know when to say when."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Scott Tobias

26 94%

Photographic Memory (2012)

"Some might characterize what filmmaker Ross McElwee does as navel-gazing. But in the hands of this veteran documentarian, that which might be self-indulgent egomania from a lesser artist is often the stuff of quiet revelation."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

27 41%

3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom (2012)

"Tragically unfunny, Frankie is occasionally elevated by some of its gifted and game cast, but the film's nasty, comedically incoherent script limits its potential."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Joel Arnold

28 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"There's something overtly mechanical about McDonagh's approach that keeps it all from being as outrageously fun as it's pretending to be. But it is enjoyable to watch the parade of actors McDonagh has assembled ..."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

29 96%

Argo (2012)

"The script is snappy, but the real accomplishment here is how Affleck, who both stars in and directs Argo, manages to segue from Ocean's 11-style repartee to pulse-pounding tension and back again."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Bob Mondello

30 68%

Wuthering Heights (2012)

"Arnold, a director of uncommon originality, attacks our very notion of what a costume drama should look like. The result is neither dainty nor remotely refined: It's an animalistic, mud-splattered howl of torment."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Jeannette Catsoulis

31 33%

Butter (2012)

"Butter thrives on skewering characters whose self-importance isolates them completely from the consequences of their actions."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Joel Arnold

32 94%

The House I Live In (2012)

"Jarecki's documentary assembles [its arguments] deftly, with much help from former crime reporter David Simon, who left the Baltimore Sun to become the auteur of such mean-streets TV dramas as The Wire."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Mark Jenkins

33 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"Some of The Paperboy's missteps would be forgivable if Daniels delivered them with any conviction, but he doesn't seem capable of it."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Scott Tobias

34 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"Burton half succeeds in making this revamped Frankenweenie its own distinctive creature, pieced together from the essential bits of the 29-minute original. But he just doesn't know when to stop, and his overgrown creation gets the better of him."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

35 34%

The Oranges (2012)

"What I liked was the movie's feel for the emotional mess and ambivalence of family ties, and its openness without hysteria to the fact that some of those ties might fray beyond repair."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Ella Taylor

36 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"Taken 2 must not be taken 2 seriously, although at the very least Megaton could have found better ways to use all those glorious, antique-looking Istanbul backdrops."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

37 95%

Sister (2012)

"The script turns a little melodramatic, although Meier's tone remains clinical."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Mark Jenkins

38 100%

The Waiting Room (2012)

"The Waiting Room is often dryly funny; it's very tense at times; it's emotional, and it's not didactic, which it easily could have been. It is frustrating, to be sure, but that's sort of the point."

Posted Oct 3, 2012

Linda Holmes

39 66%

Solomon Kane (2012)

"It grinds along on the dubious strengths of its generic battle sequences and midbudget special effects, whipped up around a stone-faced hero who's part Christ figure, part embodiment of wickedness, all crippling bore."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Scott Tobias

40 50%

Vulgaria (2012)

"The film boasts the spontaneity of a French New Wave romp, while including raunchy gags worthy of The Hangover and Clerks II."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Mark Jenkins

41 81%

Pitch Perfect (2012)

"It moves at a clip, a sprightly relay race between a dozen or so mellifluous performers."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

42 45%

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

"At its core, this movie is little more than Twilight told from the other side of the tracks, only with far more fart jokes."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

43 93%

Looper (2012)

"Looper is a self-consciously good-looking, profoundly silly movie that nevertheless comes off as high-minded."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Jeannette Catsoulis

44 33%

Won't Back Down (2012)

"A propaganda piece with blame on its mind."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Ella Taylor

45 85%

End of Watch (2012)

"End of Watch is one thriller where the adrenaline rush, considerable as it is, is almost always put in the service of character. Happily, the character on display turns out to be considerable, too."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Bob Mondello

46 85%

End of Watch (2012)

"At times Ayer rubs our noses, almost literally, in the devastating horribleness of it all."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

47 50%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"Trouble with the Curve enthusiastically showcases the sparkling Adams while making its case - tersely, of course - for tradition, experience and intuition."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Mark Jenkins

48 67%

17 Girls (2012)

"The film's rhythms mimic the volatile emotional life of adolescence: the violent rushes between euphoria and despair, the overconfident contempt for adults mixed with regressive dependence when things fall apart."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Ella Taylor

49 99%

How to Survive a Plague (2012)

"How to Survive a Plague is thorough almost to a fault."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Ella Taylor

50 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"It's populated by characters who are just too good to be plausible."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Mark Jenkins

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