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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 52%

I Origins (2014)

" If the film's plot is loonier than a mainstream movie would dare, the essential trajectory is one of Hollywood's favorites: from skepticism to faith. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Mark Jenkins

2 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Del Toro's love of special effects and genuine scares, and his delight in mixing humor and horror, run throughout The Strain. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

David Bianculli

3 98%

Boyhood (2014)

" The film gives every appearance of happening exactly the way life does, And exactly the way life does, it makes you care. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Bob Mondello

4 80%

Land Ho! (2014)

" Land Ho! walks and talks like a hand-held indie, except that it keeps making these funny skips into horror comedy and the musical. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Ella Taylor

5 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

" It's the first big tent-pole film of 2014 that nails everything from start to finish, blending thoughtful allegory, meaningful science fiction and dazzling action spectacle without a hitch. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

6 90%

Closed Curtain (2014)

" Closed Curtain can be seen to express something more than the plight of one artist in internal exile. That house on the Caspian, a home that's also a prison, represents an entire country in spiritual incarceration. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Mark Jenkins

7 83%

The Empty Hours (2014)

" Eventually you begin to wonder what these series of standstill moments represent. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Tomas Hachard

8 23%

Tammy (2014)

" Eventually the film does manage to find its own awkward way, with enough effective and less desperate jokes to smooth things over after the rocky start. "

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

9 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

" It's time for Derrickson, who also directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose, to master a new ritual. "

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Mark Jenkins

10 68%

Me and You (2014)

" Mostly what's missing in Me and You, what drains it of insight and resonance, is a sense of the world outside of Lorenzo's apartment building. "

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Tomas Hachard

11 67%

Beyond the Edge (2014)

" Recalled in the somewhat breathless History Channel-style voice-overs of the participants and their families, the journey was a triumph of guts, perseverance, endurance, ingenuity and teamwork. "

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Ella Taylor

12 70%

They Came Together (2014)

" The problem with They Came Together is that what it settles on as the parody-able thing about romantic comedy is how generic it can feel. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Linda Holmes

13 60%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" [The] viewers get a family soap opera masquerading as something more; a gritty fairy tale in which the Americanized characters are the most virtuous and figures regularly act in ways that make little sense beyond furthering the story. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Eric Deggans

14 80%

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

" Bulger remains frustratingly opaque. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Ella Taylor

15 70%

Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014)

" Its world is so remote, its characters behavior so unexplained - despite the fact that the film is based on true events - that our connection to the story slackens significantly over time. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Tomas Hachard

16 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

" This is exactly the sort of ambitious, audacious, and uncompromising filmmaking that deserves to be seen. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

17 83%

Begin Again (2014)

" Both laughable and sweet. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Mark Jenkins

18 50%

Five Dances (2013)

" A lovingly shot valentine to work and body and art, and a generous, ultimately happy little story of a lost boy finding a community and a kindred soul. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Trey Graham

19 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

" Roman Polanski's been making films about psycho-sexual mind games for decades, and when his opening shot poses his stage director next to a very phallic cactus, you know he's at it again. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Bob Mondello

20 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

" "Eastwood's got a feel for music (he composed the scores for most of his recent films). But he doesn't have a particular flair for musical staging." "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Bob Mondello

21 23%

Third Person (2014)

" If the film didn't take its own intended profundity so seriously, it might get a pass. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

22 90%

Norte, the End of History (2014)

" Norte is formidable cinema that doesn't shy away from exploring history, philosophy, politics and religion at length. But it's also a story of three individuals, through whom these topics gain sharper focus. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Tomas Hachard

23 76%

The Last Sentence (2014)

" A richly detailed portrait of a great man riddled with flaws and undone by adulation. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Ella Taylor

24 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

" Engagingly lively, if not always graceful, and often surprisingly comic. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Mark Jenkins

25 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

" Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who are themselves impressive partners at this point) know enough not to mess with a successful formula. "

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Bob Mondello

26 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

" It's clear that [director Dean DeBlois] took inspiration from the first Star Wars trilogy - not a bad model for breathing new life, and yes, a bit of fire, into one of Hollywood's more nuanced animated franchises. "

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Bob Mondello

27 100%

Burning Bush (2014)

" Elegantly scripted with an edge of biting gallows humor by Stepan Hulik, Burning Bush blends an intimate domestic drama with a thrilling Cold War procedural ... "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Ella Taylor

28 96%

Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014)

" Manuscripts Don't Burn is more rueful than action-packed, yet it simmers with righteous refusal. That's what gives the movie a power no Bourne flick will ever match. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Mark Jenkins

29 60%

Hellion (2014)

" Candler insistently tightens her focus on the hardships of growing up in a broken family, an approach that eventually feels over-determined. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Tomas Hachard

30 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

" What separates 22 Jump Street from sequel mediocrity is that everyone's in on the joke. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

31 97%

Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" I suggest heartily binge-watching the 13-episode second season that Netflix released online this morning. There might be no better examination of what it means to be lonely and trapped in the fallout of a hard life on television today. "

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Eric Deggans

32 77%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

" Not that 'Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon' is likely to do the kind of business most Myers movies do ... but it's competent enough to suggest the filmmaker has more arrows in his quiver than 'yeah, baby.' "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Bob Mondello

33 89%

Test (2014)

" If Test can portray a dark time with an underlying sense of hope for the future, it's because almost thirty years later, looking back at 1985, it has no ambivalence about the progress that's occurred since. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Tomas Hachard

34 57%

Ping Pong Summer (2014)

" A sometimes-intriguing experiment in upended expectations, though not a particularly successful one. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Tomas Hachard

35 81%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

" The kind of careful, listless adaptation that makes a critic want to rave at length about the wonderful novel on which it's based. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Ella Taylor

36 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

" Refreshing and unexpected, both for its humor and for its upending of action norms. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

37 83%

Dormant Beauty (2014)

" Unlike most movies that rely on TV-news reports to drive the story, Dormant Beauty is complex and humane, and never shrinks to mere spectacle. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Mark Jenkins

38 59%

The Grand Seduction (2014)

" Translating its accessible premise too cleanly, Grand Seduction neglects the rough edges of character, the very details that make a place and its people memorable to a visitor. They're also what convince a person to stay. "

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Joel Arnold

39 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

" Sometimes too faithful to teenage aimlessness, We Are the Best! can be shapeless and uneventful. But the movie often jolts to life, whether with outbursts of hostility or moments of gleeful female bonding. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Mark Jenkins

40 62%

Filth (2014)

" Credit the filmmakers with descending persuasively into the swampy squalor of a diseased mind. If you're in the mood to go there with them, Filth offers an indecently bracing wallow. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Bob Mondello

41 49%

Maleficent (2014)

" It hardly matters that Jolie's accent rambles a bit between pungent Cockney and plummy Buckingham Palace. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Ella Taylor

42 86%

Night Moves (2014)

" In its aim to tamp down Eisenberg's neuroticism and have him offer slow drips of revelation rather than bursts of loquacious energy, Night Moves keeps too much hidden from view. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Tomas Hachard

43 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

" The problem isn't that the jokes are crass; they're just not that funny. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

44 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

" Quicksilver ... is the coolest of this picture's new guys, zipping around so fast ... that he can taste soup, rearrange guards' limbs, and nudge bullets off their trajectories all in the time it takes to blink. "

Posted May 23, 2014

Bob Mondello

45 85%

Cold in July (2014)

" On the one hand, the movies hardly need yet more examinations of perceptions of masculinity. On the other, one as well-crafted and constantly surprising as Mickle's adaptation of Joe Lansdale's pulpy crime novel is hard to argue against. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

46 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

" With characters like the impish Quicksilver, the movie recaptures something of the spirit of the comic's early days. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Mark Jenkins

47 10%

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

" Considering its outlandish premise, what the film lacks are any outlandish scenes-or, if not outlandish, then at least ones in the realm of the creative. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Tomas Hachard

48 42%

Words And Pictures (2014)

" Shoots for vintage screwball and misses for lack of wit. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Ella Taylor

49 74%

Godzilla (2014)

" We're here to see the film's leading lizard, who is pretty gorgeously realized by an army of digitizers, even if he seems just a bit-player in his own movie for the first hour or so. "

Posted May 16, 2014

Bob Mondello

50 74%

Godzilla (2014)

" This is exactly what big summer movies ought to aspire to: never short on dazzle, but unafraid to let us catch our breath once it's been taken away. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Ian Buckwalter