NPR

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"It appears that something magical is going to happen. But then it doesn't. It's all setting and no story, all beauty and no humanity ..."

Posted Sep 10, 2012

Linda Holmes

2 55%

The Company You Keep (2013)

"By the end, it all seems to have been a lot of noise and running for nothing except the ultimate lesson that if journalists like the people they're reporting on, they owe them the favor of not doing journalism. Ta-da!"

Posted Sep 10, 2012

Linda Holmes

3 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"A project this simple would be nowhere without the actors, and Whedon gets fine work out of just about everybody."

Posted Sep 10, 2012

Linda Holmes

4 62%

Love, Marilyn (2012)

"I wanted to like this project more than I did; it's such an interesting idea and such a fine lineup of actresses."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Linda Holmes

5 78%

A Late Quartet (2012)

"Ultimately, while the performances are very good, the script could have stood a little more restraint."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Linda Holmes

6 77%

How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013)

"An ambitious, creative attempt to talk in a single film about everything from the disparate treatment of black and white dealers to the influence of asset forfeiture on law enforcement strategies to the devastation of Mexico's drug war."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Linda Holmes

7 87%

What Maisie Knew (2013)

"Whether or not there is story plausibility here, there is an emotional integrity to every reaction Maisie has to every development."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Linda Holmes

8 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"At certain moments, the film feels pretty manipulative, but you know why manipulation is popular? Because it is effective."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Linda Holmes

9 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"The Sessions is probably the most lighthearted movie about sex and polio you'll see this year."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Linda Holmes

10 93%

The Central Park Five (2012)

"It's a troubling film, but it's well done and thought-provoking."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Linda Holmes

11 ——

Children of Sarajevo ()

"The technique works well here to create the tension and worry that comes from seeing a lead character constantly moving away from the camera."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Linda Holmes

12 43%

On the Road (2012)

"What's ultimately wrong with On The Road is that the film envisions everyone Sal meets as nothing but fodder."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Linda Holmes

13 95%

West of Memphis (2012)

"While West Of Memphis won't surprise anyone who's followed the case, it does play its own role, particularly in illuminating how unsatisfying the end of the story really was."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Linda Holmes

14 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"It's a marvelous movie, gorgeous and thoughtful and deeply felt."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Linda Holmes

15 22%

Serving Up Richard (2012)

"[It] forgets a vital piece of the equation: Jokes work better when they're funny."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

16 56%

Bachelorette (2012)

"The lion's share of Bachelorette, written and directed by Leslye Headland, is unnervingly entertaining."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

17 22%

The Words (2012)

"The Words founders on a spurious dichotomy between love and art."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Ella Taylor

18 66%

For Ellen (2012)

"By concentrating so intently on the psychically unattached Joby, Kim hinders dramatic and character development."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Mark Jenkins

19 58%

The Eye of the Storm (2012)

"Schepisi orchestrates these vitriolic cat-and-mouse games with great subtlety and skill, and you can almost feel the pleasure he takes in watching these actors do what they do best."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

20 54%

The Inbetweeners (2012)

"A disposable but inventive and intelligent series follow-up which satisfies as a standalone experience."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Joel Arnold

21 90%

Keep the Lights On (2012)

"A nuanced portrait of emotional turmoil, persuasively acted, richly sensual one moment, wrenching the next ..."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Bob Mondello

22 93%

Girl Model (2012)

"An alarming documentary about the trafficking of Russian child models to the Japanese fashion market ..."

Posted Sep 4, 2012

Ella Taylor

23 55%

For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

"Have we really come a long way from chick flicks about women expressing friendship by nursing each other though divorce, cancer and other common losses, to movies in which women can only express love through a windy haze of carnal chatter?"

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Ella Taylor

24 53%

Little Birds (2012)

"Despair may be an emotion of emptiness, of the absence of hope, but that doesn't mean a movie about someone spiraling down into that emotion has to feel so empty as well."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

25 23%

The Day (2012)

"A savage B-movie thriller with unrealized aspirations to profundity ..."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Joel Arnold

26 70%

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2012)

"The trick is to let yourself swoon into the picture's visual embrace and not get too hung up on its myriad sticky plot points."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

27 67%

Lawless (2012)

"[Lawless] is both too obvious and not direct enough, and its shapelessness dilutes its power."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

28 76%

The Ambassador (2012)

"The bold Brugger gets some interesting stuff, but it doesn't quite add up to an expose."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Mark Jenkins

29 92%

O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012)

"Charged with an air of impending danger, the movie just keeps building."

Posted Aug 24, 2012

John Powers

30 41%

Little White Lies (2012)

"Little White Lies simply tries too hard."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Mark Jenkins

31 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"Hit and Run lures you in with its jackalope rhythms. There's nothing else like it on the current landscape."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

32 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"Premium Rush is just a fun ride."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Bob Mondello

33 56%

The Revenant (2012)

"Its anti-war sentiments are trafficked in like a subterfuge that blows up with unexpected force."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Scott Tobias

34 84%

Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

"Matt's learning curve is probably supposed to be entertaining, or endearing, or something, but mostly it just sends the movie lurching into inertia."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

35 88%

Somewhere Between (2012)

"A warm-hearted if somewhat over-orchestrated documentary that gives voice to four teenaged adoptees from loving but very different homes."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Ella Taylor

36 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"The key to making all of this come together is Langella, who effortlessly conveys the complexity of Frank's anger and confusion even when playing a scene for laughs."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

37 93%

Teddy Bear (2012)

"A sweetly muted domestic drama struggling to contain a fierce and ancient folk tale."

Posted Aug 21, 2012

Ella Taylor

38 87%

The Matchmaker (2012)

"The film intelligently portrays how, even years later, the memories of trauma can be enough to inhibit a person from finding happiness - and consequently, how essential love is."

Posted Aug 17, 2012

Joel Arnold

39 65%

The Expendables 2 (2012)

"The Expendables 2 is reasonably cathartic in a fall-down-go-boom way, and if the picture's self-conscious riffing becomes tiresome after a while ... it's still much wittier than its predecessor."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

40 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"The spirit of great stop-motion animators like George Pal and Ray Harryhausen lives on in ParaNorman, and not just as a ghost: It's so real you could almost reach out and touch it."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

41 72%

Chicken with Plums (2012)

"Its storytelling style is playful and self-conscious, with magically unrealist touches."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Mark Jenkins

42 55%

Beloved (2012)

"This stylish film is enormous fun, whirling and warbling across four decades of amour."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Mark Jenkins

43 89%

Compliance (2012)

"A wickedly compelling thriller, a skin-crawling, stranger-than-fiction examination of the darkest power of authority."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

44 24%

Why Stop Now? (2012)

"Why Stop Now refuses to keep faith with its characters, to carry them as far as they can go without tying them up in a neat bow of redemption."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Ella Taylor

45 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"It's like a dream that engages and drifts, until waking with a start in a finale that's as bracing and raw as the rest of the film is coolly distant."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Scott Tobias

46 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"Both funny and undisciplined, a political satire that works best when the commentary sags and the crass absurdism escalates."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Scott Tobias

47 59%

Red Hook Summer (2012)

"From a storytelling perspective, Red Hook Summer is an absolute mess."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

48 64%

2 Days in New York (2012)

"The screenplay - which was written by Delpy, Landeau and Nahon - has a jittery kind of honesty about it, which Rock and Delpy sometimes push to its limits."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

49 91%

The Green Wave (2012)

"The movie shows what happened, but it also conveys what it felt like to travel from euphoria to despair in the space of a few weeks."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Ella Taylor

50 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"Gilroy, who's had a hand in writing the previous three films in the franchise, cleverly overlaps the events of this chapter with those of The Bourne Ultimatum."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Mark Jenkins

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