Cleveland Plain Dealer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

21 Jump Street (2012)

"Adheres to the rule that every TV show is subject to a cinematic rendering, regardless of the strength of its stories, appeal of its characters, or extent of its following."

Posted Mar 16, 2012

Clint O'Connor

2 78%

Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)

"Jeff, Who Lives at Home is fine as an outline for a film, but the Duplass brothers fail to finish the thought."

Posted Mar 16, 2012

Clint O'Connor

3 51%

John Carter (2012)

"Therns, Tharks and Thoats, oh my! If Taylor Kitsch had brought even an ounce of charm, charisma or humor . . ."

Posted Mar 16, 2012

Clint O'Connor

4 67%

Friends With Kids (2012)

"Jennifer Westfeldt and friends ask: Do children ruin every relationship? No, just many of them."

Posted Mar 16, 2012

Clint O'Connor

5 45%

GCB: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Behind all the sparkle and fizzle, this broadly played gossip game is little more than a parade of been-there-dished-that characters marching down well-traveled lanes to a too-familiar beat. "

Posted Mar 4, 2012

Mark Dawidziak

6 25%

Act of Valor (2012)

"What is it? Docu-drama? Re-enactment? Recruiting film? Yes. Along with several pulsating action scenes."

Posted Feb 24, 2012

Clint O'Connor

7 99%

A Separation (2011)

"Finely crafted drama teems with conflicts involving class, generations, mental health and good old fashioned lying."

Posted Feb 24, 2012

Clint O'Connor

8 55%

Life's Too Short: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" We're glad to be on this side of the screen, laughing through their pain. "

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Mark Dawidziak

9 26%

This Means War (2012)

"I guess we should call this a spy-comedy-action-romance. Or just call it what it is: dreadful."

Posted Feb 17, 2012

Clint O'Connor

10 81%

House of Pleasures (2011)

"Bertrand Bonello's visually alluring glimpse of what prostitute's do during down time. Captivating at times, but it does go on."

Posted Feb 17, 2012

Clint O'Connor

11 53%

Safe House (2012)

"Denzel is always a kick, but Safe House is just OK."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

Clint O'Connor

12 87%

Luck: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" There are undeniable riches here, but getting to the place where Luck really starts to pay off will require patience. "

Posted Jan 29, 2012

Mark Dawidziak

13 56%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"A sorrowful, touching look at identity and deception with rich turns by Glenn Close and Janet McTeer."

Posted Jan 26, 2012

Clint O'Connor

14 77%

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"Splendid performances by Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen highlight David Cronenberg's terrific take on Jung and Freud the early years."

Posted Jan 26, 2012

Clint O'Connor

15 71%

Carnage (2011)

"A pistol-shot paced comedy-drama featuring four outstanding performances. Loved it!"

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Clint O'Connor

16 99%

Le Havre (2011)

"A charming film that celebrates humanity."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Clint O'Connor

17 98%

The Artist (2011)

"Completely fun. Dujardin defies time periods. Bejo is all sparkly effervescence."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Clint O'Connor

18 33%

Joyful Noise (2012)

"The trailer made it look like fun. The commercial looked promising. When will I ever learn?"

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Clint O'Connor

19 51%

The Iron Lady (2012)

"Repeat after me, Meryl Streep is amazing."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Clint O'Connor

20 55%

House of Lies: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" House of Lies is an innovative, edgy and sometimes unnerving look at a corporate world awash in avarice. "

Posted Jan 8, 2012

Mark Dawidziak

21 83%

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

"Gary Oldman is quietly wonderful as John le Carre's George Smiley. But this subtle and sly film lacks dramatic punch. "

Posted Jan 6, 2012

Clint O'Connor

22 77%

War Horse (2011)

"Spielberg has been accused of being Capraesque in his heart-tugging films. For War Horse, he goes all John Ford. Unfortunately, it's not a terribly compelling film."

Posted Jan 6, 2012

Clint O'Connor

23 66%

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

"Some cute animal moments, but the flat human characters do not ring true."

Posted Jan 6, 2012

Clint O'Connor

24 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"Rollicking good movie fun from Spielberg and Jackson."

Posted Jan 6, 2012

Clint O'Connor

25 80%

Young Adult (2011)

"Charlize Theron is fabulous as the seeking-her-old-boyfriend Mavis. She's depressed and depressing and kind of wears you down."

Posted Jan 6, 2012

Clint O'Connor

26 60%

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

"Such a great cast. Such a bland concoction. "

Posted Jan 6, 2012

Clint O'Connor

27 84%

My Week with Marilyn (2011)

"Michelle Williams is wonderful as the troubled, insecure, scared starlet."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Clint O'Connor

28 94%

Hugo (2011)

"It has its sluggish moments, but Hugo is mostly a delightful tribute to the magic of early cinema, and boasts excellent use of 3-D."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Clint O'Connor

29 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"A new wave of Muppet-mania is unlikely, but it's fun to see the fuzzy gang again."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Clint O'Connor

30 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"George Clooney and Shailene Woodley are terrific as lost-soul dad and old-soul daughter in Alexander Payne's funny, thoughtful film."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Clint O'Connor

31 79%

Battle for Brooklyn (2011)

"It's a familiar story, but that doesn't make it any easier to swallow."

Posted Nov 23, 2011

Clint O'Connor

32 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"Leonardo DiCaprio is superb. The casting, costumes, and period-appropriate touches are flawless. But the film offers few sparks."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Clint O'Connor

33 90%

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

"Elizabeth Olsen is terrific in this dark and twisted search for self."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Clint O'Connor

34 81%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"This bizarre and disturbing drama has all the Almodovar touches."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Clint O'Connor

35 62%

Hell on Wheels: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" This ambitious but wildly uneven cable drama is a drearily paced collection of cowboy cliches, saddle-sore plot twists and hackneyed characters with all the appeal of stale oats. "

Posted Nov 6, 2011

Mark Dawidziak

36 68%

Tower Heist (2011)

"Good people. A few laughs. Forgettable. The obvious missing scenes (cut late in the game?) don't help."

Posted Nov 4, 2011

Clint O'Connor

37 88%

Margin Call (2011)

"So well made it's hard to believe it's J.C. Chandor's first feature film."

Posted Nov 4, 2011

Clint O'Connor

38 89%

Passione (2011)

"Part documentary, part musical, all fabulous. John Turturro's deep affection for Naples, Italy, and its music shines through every frame."

Posted Nov 4, 2011

Clint O'Connor

39 92%

Take Shelter (2011)

"Michael Shannon's spectacular performance grounds Take Shelter with a haunting realism."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Clint O'Connor

40 36%

In Time (2011)

"Drab production design. Lack of tension. No chemistry between Timberlake and Seyfried. Other than that... "

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Clint O'Connor

41 46%

Anonymous (2011)

"Shakespeare in Blah. Playful premise, weak script. Palace intrigue that isn't intriguing."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Clint O'Connor

42 40%

The Big Year (2011)

"Yes, the characters are razor-thin and the dialogue wooden, but there's some light comic fun to be had with the batty birders."

Posted Oct 14, 2011

Clint O'Connor

43 71%

Footloose (2011)

"Don't hate Footloose because it's a remake. The dance-movie-love-story-freedom-of-expression thumper is a rollicking good time."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Clint O'Connor

44 82%

The Way (2011)

"Emilio Estevez has made a beautiful film about community, connecting, and moving forward."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Clint O'Connor

45 60%

Real Steel (2011)

"Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo manage to pull off the father-son redemption story amid all the visual effects. And, oh yeah, the robots look awesome."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Clint O'Connor

46 29%

Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

"As inspiring as it is upsetting."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Clint O'Connor

47 85%

The Ides of March (2011)

"George Clooney is fast becoming a better film director than film actor (and he's good at that, too). "

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Clint O'Connor

48 36%

Restless (2011)

"Gus Van Sant's light, lark of a look at love and death among the young and quirky."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Clint O'Connor

49 23%

What's Your Number? (2011)

"Anna Faris and Chris Evans have enough charm to almost pull this off. Almost."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Clint O'Connor

50 93%

50/50 (2011)

"Yes, cancer can be funny. Sort of. "

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Clint O'Connor

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