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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 81%

Higher Ground (2011)

"Though the film cries out for a sharper focus, Farmiga expertly captures a woman who realizes that until she herself is grounded, there can be no higher ground."

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

2 95%

The Guard (2011)

"The film is entertaining, surprising and Gleeson is once again on top of his game. If only director McDonagh had made some room for Cheadle and Mark Strong to shine as well."

Posted Aug 7, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

3 98%

Project Nim (2011)

"We are uncomfortably reminded throughout the film that all living creatures have worth. Including man-made hybrids. Correction: especially man-made hybrids."

Posted Aug 7, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

4 75%

Everything Must Go (2011)

"Ferrell's credible performance notwithstanding, it's as if Raymond Carver's minimalism has overtaken the show. No 4-page short story here, we'll need a little something more for a 96-minute film."

Posted May 13, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

5 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"Kristen Wiig has always been the bridesmaid, never the bride. Which is no longer a negative, as the emphatically unbridled Wiig takes the wedding cake to delicious new lows."

Posted May 13, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

6 71%

The Future (2011)

"A sober, funny, beautiful film. July is a filmmaker unlike any other, working tangentially in the modern neuroses of a Woody Allen, a Nicole Holofcener, while playing in the kingdom of magic realism."

Posted May 7, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

7 11%

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil (2011)

"The overblown title and exclamation point suggests an entertainment of the most stupendous! fantastic! thrilling! kind. Hence the concept of 'hoodwinked.'"

Posted May 3, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

8 60%

Water for Elephants (2011)

"Powerful, sensitive, she creates a huge performance that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Addressing the elephant in the room ... oh, let's do. She's the only mammal worthy of our attention."

Posted Apr 22, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

9 74%

The Big Uneasy (2010)

"Rather than making us feel 'uneasy,' this film should flood us with rage. What Shearer's worthy film cries out for ... is the bite from the filmmaker/satirist himself."

Posted Apr 15, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

10 55%

The Conspirator (2011)

"Though it's a bit heavy-handed, the film is visually meticulous, with strong performances. Wright is a powerhouse, emanating a calm, mature strength that is mesmerizing to watch."

Posted Apr 15, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

11 72%

Hanna (2011)

"Think La Femme Nikita facing down Bullwinkle Moose's Natasha Fatale, with breakneck running la Run Lola Run. Add in borrowed sets from Fellini, and voila! Hanna is served -- sadly, not as well as it should be."

Posted Apr 8, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

12 26%

Arthur (2011)

"Couldn't that billionaire Arthur afford to treat us to a better show?"

Posted Apr 8, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

13 46%

Wrecked (2011)

"A character study sans a character. Oops. It might have worked as a short but as a feature, we're left wandering around the woods, stranded, starving for a story."

Posted Apr 1, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

14 66%

Insidious (2011)

"It's a horror show all right. Stilted line readings creep hand-in-demonic claw with pacing that could induce rigor. If only Mrs. Gas Mask Psychic could have warned us in advance ..."

Posted Apr 1, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

15 92%

Source Code (2011)

"Jones' brilliant visuals work perfectly with Ripley's story, the scenes playing out like musical variations of an underlying theme. In the land of the one-trick pony, Jones is a rare exception."

Posted Apr 1, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

16 48%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011)

"Rodrick schools his brother to always lower people's expectations. The film succeeds ... in doing just that."

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

17 23%

Peep World (2011)

"Dysfunction rages more behind the camera than in front, the amateurish direction matched by hackneyed writing. Simply put: this faltering family plot cries out for a whole other kind of family plot."

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

18 84%

Jane Eyre (2011)

"Given the superb acting, the few sparkling rounds of wordplay, and the gothic haunts that amp up the wilder aspects of the drama, this beautifully-shot Jane stands among the best of its gazillion versions."

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

19 70%

Limitless (2011)

"As if we, too, had taken some drug, it's not until we shrug off the visual effects of the film that we realize that the plot is rather silly. But holy hallucinogens, that eye candy can't be beat."

Posted Mar 18, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

20 88%

Rango (2011)

"No tightly-plotted Pixar masterpiece, Rango is its own insane expression, a nervy bundle of outrageous daring, jangled and tangled to a free-wheeling fare-thee-well. Green hasn't been this much fun since early Shrek."

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

21 21%

Beastly (2011)

"No one erred by choosing to mothball Beastly for eight months. It was only in the mistaken decision to release it that the ugly came roaring out."

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

22 28%

Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

"'80s rocker Eddie Money called ... he wants his song title back."

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

23 77%

When We Leave (2011)

"Script problems aside, the fact that newcomer Feo Aladag has created such a strong-hearted drama, getting our attention and making us care, opening our eyes to such a senseless crime, is no small feat."

Posted Feb 25, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

24 34%

Hall Pass (2011)

"Appealing not to the lowest common denominator but the shortest, i.e., the toddler set, barred due to the R rating. Or, as one young lad said to his friend in the sandbox: "Waaaaaah!""

Posted Feb 25, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

25 79%

How I Ended This Summer (2010)

"When it finally concluded, how did the filmmakers end this summer? With an aching crawl, all the while giving us a sharp sense of regret for the fine film buried underneath the tons upon tons of tundra."

Posted Feb 23, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

26 37%

I Am (2011)

"In Shadyac's earlier films, the hero gets a supernatural, life-altering jumpstart. Here, he's his own hero, his unexpected blow to the head leading to his own happy ending. Maybe even affecting ours as well."

Posted Feb 18, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

27 85%

Cedar Rapids (2011)

"Like the location of Iowa in regard to the rest of the country, the film ends up right in the middle. Not enough of this, not enough of that. However, it is Helms' daffy sweetness that redeems the whole."

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

28 94%

Win Win (2011)

"W/D McCarthy addresses the everyday issues with such humanity and natural humor, intermingling the comedy and drama into a perfectly-hued shade of heightened reality ... that WIN WIN is about as good as it gets."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

29 49%

No Strings Attached (2011)

"Sex, sex, sex, sex. Echoed repeatedly, the word is used like a hopeful incantation, as if by its mere repetition we'll be convinced that the movie is indeed something hot and desirable. It's not."

Posted Feb 7, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

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"While it's not surprising to see the president's son Ron picking his way through a potential minefield, wanting both to celebrate his father and address his failings honestly, what's the filmmaker's rationale?"

Posted Feb 5, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

31 65%

The Music Never Stopped (2011)

"JK Simmons takes center stage, clueless as to how to communicate with his son. And then there's the music, grabbing at us, taking us out of ourselves while pulling us in. Playing us, as it were -- but in a good way."

Posted Feb 4, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

32 67%

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

"A well-written, delightful throwback to the Frank Capra/Preston Sturges sensibility, in which the one who owns the least usually has the most."

Posted Feb 4, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

33 77%

In A Better World (2011)

"A visual masterpiece, with robin's egg blue skies shot through with cotton candy clouds, heaven is beyond our reach while hell is the very ground below our feet. Bier suggests that only we can bring that heaven closer to ourselves."

Posted Feb 3, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

34 92%

Incendies (2011)

"It is the very fact that the hatred is blind, one group attacking each other just because it's ingrained to do so, that is at the heart of this sad, magnificent film."

Posted Feb 3, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

35 98%

Marwencol (2010)

"Hogancamp didn't know he was creating art ... he was merely surviving, spinning stories for his sanity. In an era of 'look-at-me,' this type of agenda is as far away from our world as Marwencol itself."

Posted Jan 18, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

36 86%

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"It's an understated, superbly-written drama that is extraordinarily ordinary, deeply moving in its slow, purposeful exploration of human behavior that is so recognizable, it takes our breath away."

Posted Jan 15, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

37 24%

The Dilemma (2011)

"Though The Dilemma refers to a singular predicament, the film miscalculates its total number of problems ... particularly with regard to its grab-bag of styles running throughout."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

38 22%

Country Strong (2011)

"It's a relief when Paltrow's character bursts into song. That's the only time when she's not pitching fits to beat the band ... making the band, and the audience, extremely grateful."

Posted Jan 8, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

39 4%

Hemingway's Garden of Eden (2010)

"The question that occurs is not whether director Irvin hates actors but rather, how much. We can imagine him shouting to the cast: 'Once more, with less feeling. Get shallow! Can't you do worse than that?'"

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

40 32%

All Good Things (2010)

"While the acting is superb and the film worth viewing, in this odd straddle between fact and fiction, the filmmakers miss the chance to bring more fictive power to the tale."

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

41 100%

Waste Land (2010)

"A fascinating film, offering a glimpse of a world we've never seen before ... allowing us to savor the unexpected power in the phrase, 'Recycle yourself.'"

Posted Jan 4, 2011

Kimberly Gadette

42 77%

Tiny Furniture (2010)

"A film can't get much smaller than Tiny Furniture, a glorified home movie rife with non-actors, a vague plot and flaccid direction. Neither entertaining nor compelling, it's just painfully dull."

Posted Dec 30, 2010

Kimberly Gadette

43 80%

I Am Love (2010)

"Though a flimsy melodrama -- so overdone that it often collapses under filmmaker Luca Guadagnino's ineffable sense of bloat -- Swinton saves the day."

Posted Dec 29, 2010

Kimberly Gadette

44 10%

Little Fockers (2010)

"Per Fockers' actress Blythe Danner: 'All the films have been a joy. I hope they keep coming, even if we graduate to walkers and wheelchairs ...' Oh God. We're all severely focked."

Posted Dec 29, 2010

Kimberly Gadette

45 96%

True Grit (2010)

"Bridges is a marvelous Cogburn, leaking words out of the side of his mouth as if he were simultaneously chewing on gravel. Those fearless Coens, refusing to be pigeon-holed, treat us to a tall order of bona fide grit."

Posted Dec 22, 2010

Kimberly Gadette

46 32%

How Do You Know (2010)

"Some more whine with your waffling? All of you?"

Posted Dec 20, 2010

Kimberly Gadette

47 70%

Never Let Me Go (2010)

"Nothing about this movie is casual. Perhaps the most impeccably-shot film of the year, every quiet word, every move, every unspoken desire leads us, if we so choose, to reflect on our own paths. "

Posted Dec 20, 2010

Kimberly Gadette

48 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"The script is never heavy-handed, adeptly mingling humor with drama, with a tone so authentic that we feel we could easily share a beer with these folks. Even better ... we'd want to."

Posted Dec 17, 2010

Kimberly Gadette

49 13%

Yogi Bear (2010)

"The classic Jellystone sign cries out for an edit: from "Please Don't Feed the Bears," to "Please Don't See the Bears." "

Posted Dec 17, 2010

Kimberly Gadette

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