NPR

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 95%

The Imposter (2012)

"Sporting a sly grin that's just this side of sinister, Bourdin makes a riveting subject, not least because he could still be an unreliable narrator."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Scott Tobias

2 51%

Savages (2012)

"Stone has evolved in the past decade and a half, and the new film has a deeper, more complicated perspective. The violence isn't a kick. It's horrifying, senseless."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

David Edelstein

3 75%

Collaborator (2012)

"Writer-director-star Martin Donovan can't connect the dots; the film is a ponderous bore."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Andrew Lapin

4 93%

Last Ride (2012)

"Weaving, best known for The Matrix and the Lord of the Rings trilogies, brings subtlety and poignance to the hoodlum's mercurial character."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Mark Jenkins

5 51%

Savages (2012)

"The playful way Stone flips the mood demonstrates a command of the material he hasn't shown in more than a decade."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Mark Jenkins

6 74%

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012)

"Do-Deca-Pentathlon showcases the deft way with interpersonal relationships that's making the Duplasses two of our premier chroniclers of just why it is that we can never seem to get along."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

7 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"Here comes another Spider-dude: This Andrew Garfield guy. So he'd better be really something, right? Well, as it happens, he is."

Posted Jul 3, 2012

Bob Mondello

8 68%

Ted (2012)

"I tried to resist but couldn't."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Bob Mondello

9 76%

Unforgivable (2012)

"Without fully realized characters, the film's major moments - each cutting remark and humiliating act - feel hollow."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Joel Arnold

10 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"The film weaves a spell as inchoate as Margot's discontent."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Jeannette Catsoulis

11 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"The film's portrait of self-delusion and gradual awakening makes for compelling viewing, even if it's eventually somewhat undercut by a pop-romance ending that seems undeservedly tidy."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

12 55%

People Like Us (2012)

"A sensitive, decent, well-crafted little drama about frailty and forgiveness."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Ella Taylor

13 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"It is strikingly hardheaded in its perception that the picayune dilemmas hotly debated on the media-mommy blogs are completely beside the point for a whole underclass of kids who must be brought up tough and self-reliant in order to survive."

Posted Jun 26, 2012

Ella Taylor

14 91%

Gypsy (2012)

"Scripted by Sulik and Marek Lescak, Gypsy is direct and unfussy. The movie's stylistic simplicity places the occasional poetic moments in high relief."

Posted Jun 26, 2012

Mark Jenkins

15 98%

The Invisible War (2012)

"The movie depicts the military's culture of intimidation and assault as global, not as an aberration that might be explained by the pressures of combat or the tedium of life on secluded posts."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Mark Jenkins

16 41%

The Last Ride (2012)

"The film can't really function as a proper meditation on its subject - because he's not really its subject."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Andrew Lapin

17 55%

A Burning Hot Summer (2012)

"This existential-romantic roundelay barely simmers, and certainly doesn't scorch."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Mark Jenkins

18 78%

Brave (2012)

"While the character of Merida answers Pixar's cultural critics emphatically - and offers young girls a spirited wild card to add to their gallery of satin-gowned Disney princesses - the studio hasn't imagined a vehicle worthy of her."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Scott Tobias

19 56%

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

"Like the romance it portrays, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is brief, sweet, funny and sad."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Jeannette Catsoulis

20 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"To Rome with Love feels thin and lazy, another collection of familiar ensemble skits carelessly strung together in a cross-generational contemplation of the Big Issues that have plagued Allen's life and fed his art."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Ella Taylor

21 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"To Rome with Love is just froth - a romantic sampler with some decent jokes and gorgeous Roman backdrops."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Bob Mondello

22 35%

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

"To say that it's an exercise in style over substance is perhaps an overstatement, in that it suggests there's any substance here at all."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

23 63%

The Woman in the Fifth (2012)

"The Woman in the Fifth fairly oozes enigma; if only it could drum up something to be enigmatic about."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Ella Taylor

24 20%

That's My Boy (2012)

"That's My Boy isn't a comedy about a regressive '80s burnout who never grew up, but a paean to the virtues of remaining the same vulgar, bullying nincompoop at 40 that you were at 14."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Scott Tobias

25 69%

Extraterrestrial (2012)

"There is originality, certainly. But Vigalondo teased us with the moon and the stars, and delivered only the terrestrial."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Andrew Lapin

26 50%

Americano (2012)

"The film's appeal has less to do with plot than mood. Demy balances his father's romanticism and his mother's naturalism, taking cues from both."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Mark Jenkins

27 83%

Your Sister's Sister (2012)

"Duplass is doing his conflicted mumblecore thing quite elegantly these days, and he's joined here by Blunt's fragile Iris and DeWitt's alternately guarded and abrasive Hannah."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Bob Mondello

28 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

"Just like the music, it's far more fun than it has any right being."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

29 70%

Dark Horse (2012)

"It's tough to get on Todd Solondz's wavelength, but boy is it worth the emotional gyrations."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

David Edelstein

30 50%

Patagonia Rising (2012)

"There's plenty here to interest eco-issues followers, but little to draw a larger audience. For all its global context, Patagonia Rising remains frustratingly local."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Mark Jenkins

31 97%

Paul Williams Still Alive (2012)

"Needless to say, the title of the movie still applies."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Scott Tobias

32 28%

Bel Ami (2012)

"Te casting of an inexpressive pinup boy in the lead role is the most up-to-date thing about Bel Ami. Everything else is as conventional as the plodding, pudding-thick score."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Mark Jenkins

33 70%

Dark Horse (2012)

"Despite its flaws, Dark Horse largely succeeds as yet another installment in Todd Solondz's career-long examination of the lust for love and security among the deeply damaged."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

34 29%

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2012)

"Peace, Love & Misunderstanding mostly comes across as chintzy and uninspired as its title."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Andrew Lapin

35 90%

Historias que so existem quando lembradas (Found Memories) (2012)

"The feeling of twilight permeates Found Memories, which doesn't feel so much like a tale of discovery as it does a eulogy."

Posted May 31, 2012

Andrew Lapin

36 48%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"What dooms Snow White and the Huntsman is ultimately not how over the top it is, but how dull it is."

Posted May 31, 2012

Linda Holmes

37 88%

Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2012)

"The movie's indignation seems justified on at least one point: that the pink-ribbon movement thus far has done more for marketing than for medicine."

Posted May 31, 2012

Mark Jenkins

38 82%

A Cat in Paris (2012)

"There's hardly a frame wasted here."

Posted May 31, 2012

Scott Tobias

39 75%

The Intouchables (2012)

"The movie, while inherently patronizing, is frisky and mostly likable. But its amiability depends on airbrushing potential sources of misunderstanding, both cultural and political."

Posted May 24, 2012

Mark Jenkins

40 98%

Oslo, August 31st (2012)

"In its depiction of a man who's considering death, the film is never less than fully alive."

Posted May 24, 2012

Mark Jenkins

41 89%

OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie (2012)

"There are many moments where Clayman's experience speaks to something universal, but other details feel too private, too specific, for our eyes."

Posted May 24, 2012

Andrew Lapin

42 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"For all the self-conscious distancing techniques and quirky humor Anderson employs, when he's at his best, his work can be surprising in its disarming emotion."

Posted May 24, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

43 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

"Sonnenfeld ... gets just enough juice out of the time-travel idea to give Men in Black 3 a lift."

Posted May 24, 2012

Scott Tobias

44 4%

Virginia (2012)

"The result here is the type of calamity that should be more compelling than it is."

Posted May 17, 2012

Scott Tobias

45 93%

Elena (2012)

"Deeper down, the movie seethes quietly with the moody influence of other East European masters of the timeless ineffable."

Posted May 17, 2012

Ella Taylor

46 58%

Hysteria (2012)

"Hysteria, a disappointingly limp ode to the invention of the vibrator, plays like a Merchant Ivory Production of Portnoy's Complaint."

Posted May 17, 2012

Jeannette Catsoulis

47 87%

Polisse (2012)

"As humane as it is disturbing, Polisse rifles the files of Paris' Child Protection Unit in search of successes, failures and all the shades of ambiguity in between."

Posted May 17, 2012

Mark Jenkins

48 34%

Battleship (2012)

"Well, it has aliens, for one thing."

Posted May 17, 2012

Bob Mondello

49 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"The Dictator is loose and slap-happy and full of sharp political barbs and has funny actors moving in and out - and at a lickety-split 83 minutes, it doesn't wear out its welcome."

Posted May 16, 2012

David Edelstein

50 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"Handsome, vaguely true to the old soap opera, and inert."

Posted May 10, 2012

Bob Mondello

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