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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Payne's most accomplished and emotionally affecting movie since his masterwork, About Schmidt (2002)"

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Jay Antani

2 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Absorbing performances, stylistic wit, a lacerating and subversive sense of humor: The Wolf of Wall Street delivers all of these in spades"

Posted Jan 18, 2014

Jay Antani

3 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"The film has a frustrating, neither-here-nor-there quality."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Jay Antani

4 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"It's natural to be repelled by Jackson's commercial- and franchise-minded motives ... but, ultimately, he delivers escapist entertainment that functions as the cinematic equivalent of comfort food."

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Jay Antani

5 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"more successful than any of the cons on-screen is the con Hustle plays on its audience,"

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Jay Antani

6 94%

Her (2013)

"Her does American cinema proud"

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Jay Antani

7 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"the Cliffs Notes version of the deeper, more profound character study that never transpires on-screen"

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Jay Antani

8 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"It is everything cheap, shallow and pandering about American independent cinema."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Jay Antani

9 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"The film of the decade."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Jay Antani

10 97%

Gravity (2013)

"a cinematic spectacle without equal"

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Jay Antani

11 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"Before Midnight is no romance. It's a horror movie. "

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Jay Antani

12 68%

World War Z (2013)

"Pitt's soulful performance lends World War Z real heart and strength."

Posted Jun 30, 2013

Jay Antani

13 50%

White House Down (2013)

"Had director Emmerich allowed the chain reaction of comic chemistry sparked by these leads to carry the film, there's no telling how good White House Down could've been. "

Posted Jun 30, 2013

Jay Antani

14 75%

The Way Back (2011)

"a solid, resonant meditation on survival, on hope, on the value of life in the face of implacable hostility, portrayed memorably by an excellent cast and [Director] Weir's vast, brutal, awe-inspiring landscapes"

Posted Feb 16, 2013

Jay Antani

15 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"Purely as cinematic exercise, Zero Dark Thirty is an exhilarating piece of work. But, beyond its for-the-times subject matter, the work does not linger whatsoever."

Posted Feb 13, 2013

Jay Antani

16 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"a drag-down, mildly diverting entertainment"

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Jay Antani

17 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"delivers the kind of sharply timed laughs that Sturges and Wilder would've appreciated"

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Jay Antani

18 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"There is directorial mastery here, and, even for those like me for whom the power of Lincoln is a percolating realization, one thing is certain: The performance by Daniel Day-Lewis is astonishing."

Posted Nov 24, 2012

Jay Antani

19 78%

Flight (2012)

"As A-list substance-abuse melodramas go, this one lands safely enough."

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Jay Antani

20 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Who pays the price for Skyfall? Bond fans do, of course. But so does Daniel Craig. He's not going to be around forever - not in this shape, anyway."

Posted Nov 10, 2012

Jay Antani

21 89%

Moon (2009)

"Intriguing, imaginative, and thematically ambitious, Moon gives ample proof that Jones is a serious talent, pushing his concepts into intellectually and spiritually challenging territory."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Jay Antani

22 93%

Looper (2012)

"Looper is among the cleverest, most skillfully crafted and entertaining sci-fi thrillers of the past 20 years. "

Posted Nov 2, 2012

Jay Antani

23 96%

Argo (2012)

"Argo is among the worthiest spy thrillers to come out of Hollywood in years, and it puts to rest (at least for this reviewer) any doubts over Affleck's chops as a smart, shrewd director of consistently topnotch fare. "

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Jay Antani

24 81%

Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report) (1962)

"a mesmerizing experience, a schizoid crime caper that's half-potboiler and half-reverie"

Posted May 30, 2012

Jay Antani

25 94%

Hugo (2011)

"the most soulful, most personal fiction film in [Scorsese's] career"

Posted Feb 24, 2012

Jay Antani

26 85%

Chronicle (2012)

"an enjoyable spin through the tropes of the superhero origin story"

Posted Feb 13, 2012

Jay Antani

27 79%

The Grey (2012)

"Aside from Neeson's top-caliber performance...the movie's got several excellent set pieces..."

Posted Feb 13, 2012

Jay Antani

28 87%

The Ground Truth (2006)

"perhaps the most important protest statement yet committed to film since the outbreak of [the Iraq War]"

Posted Feb 6, 2012

Jay Antani

29 87%

Jesus Camp (2006)

"Jesus Camp doesn't just preach to the converted, it bores and frightens them."

Posted Feb 6, 2012

Jay Antani

30 23%

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

"The occasional flashes of imagination aside, "Afterlife" epitomizes what movies written largely by software and marketing committees look like"

Posted Jan 30, 2012

Jay Antani

31 86%

Le refuge (Hideaway (Le refuge)) (2010)

"Ozon masks his lack of sensitivity to the material with his characteristic cerebral detachment and pretense to subtlety."

Posted Jan 30, 2012

Jay Antani

32 50%

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)

"the story's inherent sense of fantasy and genuinely felt moments of exhilaration...and danger...keeps us engaged - for a time, at least"

Posted Jan 30, 2012

Jay Antani

33 43%

Barry Munday (2010)

"D'Arienzo's screenplay and direction goes for a cross between naturalism and absurdity, but it's largely a queasy, oil-and-water blend. "

Posted Jan 30, 2012

Jay Antani

34 98%

Inside Job (2010)

"As a documentary, this is a clear-eyed, steadily building prosecution against Wall Street. But, in the end, Ferguson's film is just a moot trial in which the defendants have already escaped scot-free."

Posted Jan 30, 2012

Jay Antani

35 71%

Red (2010)

"The cast's efforts go about halfway to compensating for Red's lack of inspiration elsewhere. "

Posted Jan 30, 2012

Jay Antani

36 51%

Cool It (2010)

"That this documentary is solution-oriented rather than fear-oriented as so many recent ones...have been is itself a reason for touting it."

Posted Jan 30, 2012

Jay Antani

37 32%

How Do You Know (2010)

"What happened to James L. Brooks? "

Posted Jan 30, 2012

Jay Antani

38 70%

Mumbai Diaries (2011)

"a refreshing, well-meaning entry in India's new brand of globally savvy cinema, [which] augurs exciting things from [director] Rao and her peers"

Posted Jan 30, 2012

Jay Antani

39 87%

The Last Lions (2011)

"an extraordinary achievement"

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jay Antani

40 68%

Black Death (2011)

"Bean owns this movie."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jay Antani

41 37%

I Am (2011)

"a well-meaning metaphysical inquiry that hits all the right sentiments but manages precious little substance"

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jay Antani

42 83%

Potiche (2011)

"Catherine Deneuve continues her run as world cinema's most gracefully aging actress."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jay Antani

43 17%

Miral (2011)

"Miral overrides its screenwriting flaws with Schnabel's uncanny sense of film art."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jay Antani

44 82%

Wretches & Jabberers (2011)

"It's by engaging with all these extraordinary people that the film's beauty reveals itself."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jay Antani

45 83%

The Double Hour (2011)

"most of The Double Hour doesn't really need to exist in order for the viewer to process the impact of the finale"

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jay Antani

46 48%

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2011)

"Adroit editing, camerawork and staging keep in step with Yen's formidable martial arts mastery, showcasing a talent on par with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jay Antani

47 59%

The First Grader (2011)

"achieves a poignant, humanist sincerity"

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jay Antani

48 63%

True Legend (2011)

"suffers from an erratic narrative pace, shoddy characters and an overuse of digital gimmickry, all of which create the impression of an ersatz epic spectacle"

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jay Antani

49 80%

The Last Mountain (2011)

"trenchant, impassioned"

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jay Antani

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