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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 34%

Battleship (2012)

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

Posted May 17, 2012

Bob Mondello

4 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

5 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

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

Posted May 10, 2012

Bob Mondello

6 50%

Small, Beautifully Moving Parts (2012)

"Small, Beautifully Moving Parts isn't always completely elegant about getting its point across, but its imperfections are only human - a quality, as Sarah eventually realizes, that can have its own appeal."

Posted May 10, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

7 94%

I Wish (2012)

"More often than not Kore-eda's technique creates space for something truly special in a film: kids talking like kids."

Posted May 10, 2012

Chris Benderev

8 5%

Hick (2012)

"Doesn't deserve to be remembered as much of anything."

Posted May 10, 2012

Andrew Lapin

9 52%

Where Do We Go Now? (2012)

"It's the sort of well-meaning fable that's ultimately more admirable than persuasive."

Posted May 10, 2012

Mark Jenkins

10 82%

Nobody Else But You (2012)

"The movie may teeter on the edge of Switzerland, but its playful sensibility is entirely French."

Posted May 10, 2012

Mark Jenkins

11 68%

God Bless America (2012)

"Bobcat Goldthwait's bracing new black comedy..."

Posted May 10, 2012

Ella Taylor

12 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"The script by Seth Grahame-Smith is witless and meandering - and I wouldn't mind the witless so much if it moved, or the meandering if it were droll."

Posted May 10, 2012

David Edelstein

13 48%

The Perfect Family (2012)

"The film's gentle, sentimental approach prevents it from ever really getting at the pain that's been swirling around this imperfect family for years."

Posted May 4, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

14 93%

First Position (2012)

"It's a great introduction to the intriguing mix of parents - neurotic, loving, pressuring, calming - who raise great kids who do great things."

Posted May 3, 2012

Linda Holmes

15 83%

Last Call at the Oasis (2012)

"[It] may be slick enough to reach people who aren't already familiar with such substances as "new water," atrazine and hexavalent chromium."

Posted May 3, 2012

Mark Jenkins

16 89%

Death of a Superhero (2012)

"Charming, raunchy and improbably uplifting."

Posted May 3, 2012

Andrew Lapin

17 78%

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)

"It's a sweet-tempered folly in which all's well that ends well."

Posted May 3, 2012

Ella Taylor

18 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"The banter has zip, the effects are fun, the climactic battle is decently spectacular, and if the 3-D is mostly expendable, there are a few scenes where it adds a nice kick."

Posted May 3, 2012

Bob Mondello

19 90%

Bernie (2012)

"The wonder of Black's performance here is its empathy and balance: inasmuch as he can disappear into any role, he dissolves into this one with no hint of mocking remove. It's a beautiful thing to see."

Posted Apr 28, 2012

Jeannette Catsoulis

20 63%

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

"[It] feels poignant and real in a way few raunch comedies are."

Posted Apr 28, 2012

Andrew Lapin

21 21%

Elles (2012)

"The sex scenes are attention-getting, but Elles is most remarkable as a naturalistic portrait of a woman."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Mark Jenkins

22 86%

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

"Pirates is just what audiences have come to expect from Aardman: smart, adventure-driven comedy with all-ages appeal and an affinity for clever sight gags."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

23 92%

Headhunters (2012)

"The film has some fairly grisly violence, but also considerable humor and the sort of intricate, thought-through storytelling you'd expect from Hitchcock or the Coen brothers."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Bob Mondello

24 82%

Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment (2012)

"Inventing Our Life hosts a conversation about a utopian dream as it encounters the realities of social change and human limitation."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Ella Taylor

25 71%

Payback (2012)

"Ultimately, this intriguing but scattershot movie turns on the incompatibility of two worldviews - the corporate-financial vs. the environmental-spiritual."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Mark Jenkins

26 53%

Think Like a Man (2012)

"Pleasantly sitcom-ish - kind of a knowing, urbane variation on the sort thing that would get more earnest treatment from Tyler Perry."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Bob Mondello

27 95%

Marley (2012)

"Stylistically unremarkable, playing it safe with structure, the film is still quietly revelatory."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

28 74%

Chimpanzee (2012)

"Perhaps the best strategy for enjoying the movie would be to a) leave sensitive tykes at home and b) bring a portable music player to provide an alternative soundtrack."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Mark Jenkins

29 24%

Jesus Henry Christ (2012)

"Henry can finish a college application test in two minutes, yet Jesus Henry Christ doesn't know what to do with 90."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Andrew Lapin

30 22%

Darling Companion (2012)

"Let's just say that the dog gets the best lines."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Ella Taylor

31 89%

Whores' Glory (2012)

"To combine stories of exploited Third World women with feisty songs by female Anglo-American rockers is to flirt with glamorization."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Mark Jenkins

32 80%

Goodbye First Love (2012)

"Goodbye First Love hangs a wealth of small observational moments on a structure so firm that a curtain could drop between acts."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Scott Tobias

33 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"For all of its many intellectual pleasures, and smart commentary, Cabin in the Woods is a visceral roller coaster of a movie at heart. And like the best thrill rides, when it's over, you just want to get back on and go again."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

34 97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

"Fellag, a comedian and himself an exile from Algeria, makes Lazhar both a sensitive and an amusing figure. And the kids are just terrific, especially Emilien Neron as a boy who carries the guilt of the whole school on his shoulders."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Bob Mondello

35 64%

Hit So Hard (2012)

"There's a better documentary to be carved out of Hit So Hard, but not necessarily a great one, because the gossip and drug-fueled capers offered up by Love are simply more compelling than the tremulous course of Schemel's life."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Scott Tobias

36 33%

The Lady (2012)

""I don't like this cult of personality," Suu Kyi tells her husband on the patio. The Lady, on the other hand, is all for it."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Ella Taylor

37 84%

Post Mortem (2012)

"Post Mortem is - intentionally - not an engaging movie."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Mark Jenkins

38 43%

Late Bloomers (2012)

"Ultimately, it's not distinctive enough to draw viewers who haven't given much thought to aging. But that still leaves a substantial audience for the film's gentle laughs and modest insights."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Mark Jenkins

39 62%

We Have a Pope (2012)

"Despite moments that strain awfully hard to remind us that the church and its new leader are in crisis, it's basically habemus comoedia. We have a comedy."

Posted Apr 6, 2012

Bob Mondello

40 75%

Damsels in Distress (2012)

"Even were it not so delightful, Damsels in Distress, set at a fictional upper-crust college, would deserve a watch for its dialogue alone."

Posted Apr 6, 2012

Jeannette Catsoulis

41 79%

The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

"This is Rachel Weisz's movie. She's as luminous as a Pre-Raphaelite portrait, yet she brings to Hester a high-wire, modern tremulousness..."

Posted Apr 6, 2012

David Edelstein

42 83%

Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope (2012)

"Most of the celebrity interviews offer more hype than insight. A carnival this immense hardly needs more barkers."

Posted Apr 5, 2012

Scott Tobias

43 75%

Surviving Progress (2012)

"A provocative if scattershot documentary from directors Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, who wander off topic more than once as they introduce myriad other voices."

Posted Apr 5, 2012

Mark Jenkins

44 62%

We Have a Pope (2012)

"It's a half-sweet, half-rueful existential drama in which the satire comes secondary."

Posted Apr 5, 2012

Mark Jenkins

45 70%

Keyhole (2012)

"Maddin looks to the past of film the same way he often obsessively examines his own, and the two can't really be separated."

Posted Apr 5, 2012

Ian Buckwalter

46 43%

American Reunion (2012)

"It's kind of sad, in a way."

Posted Apr 5, 2012

Andrew Lapin

47 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"It's a clever, luscious-looking fairy tale you really can take kids to - no allegedly family-friendly snot-and-fart humor here - and a bundle of high style and sharp wit and terrific performances for yourself."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Linda Holmes

48 82%

Goon (2012)

"It's made with affection both for the ritual of hockey fights and the strain of sports movies that care more about wisecracks and pranks than winning the big game."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Scott Tobias

49 31%

Intruders (2012)

"Little happens in the first act, and most of what transpires in the second will be contradicted by the events of the third. Doesn't leave much of a net sum."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Andrew Lapin

50 35%

Womb (2012)

"The eeriness is underscored by the subtly intricate sound design, and by Green's subtle performance. She deftly balances her desire for the lost Tommy with the maternal responsibility to shield her son."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Mark Jenkins

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