HitFix

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 77%

The Book of Life (2014)

"Simply put, this is a film that is delightful to look at, pretty much start to finish."

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Drew McWeeny

2 96%

Citizenfour (2014)

"An is an expertly crafted expose with unprecedented urgency."

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Matt Patches

3 100%

John Wick (2014)

""John Wick" won't redefine action movies, but it perfectly exemplifies what I want from an action film when I go. Have fun with the world, shoot the action well, motivate it in a way that doesn't feel cheap."

Posted Oct 13, 2014

Drew McWeeny

4 97%

The Walking Dead: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

" For a show that at times struggles to make the fates of any of these people compelling, it's a powerful, effective sequence, and it leaves our group mostly reunited, well-armed, and with a newfound purpose in getting Eugene to Washington. "

Posted Oct 13, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

5 95%

Housebound (2014)

"Housebound features its fair share of genre conventions, but it's always throwing some tweak or quirk at you, either in the characters or in a choice the story makes or in the tone of how a scene is played."

Posted Oct 13, 2014

Drew McWeeny

6 79%

Fury (2014)

"As a simple piece of storytelling, it's pretty well-made, and occasionally, I think it even gets great."

Posted Oct 11, 2014

Drew McWeeny

7 79%

Kingdom: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The performances are good, and the show offers an interesting glimpse of a world that hasn't been dramatized all that often, despite the sport's popularity. "

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

8 100%

Arrow: Season 3 (TV, 2014-2015)

" The Flash is getting all the plaudits right now, but that's the new and shiny (and so far, very solid) thing. We've gotten used to Arrow at this point, but in the way where we expect goodness from it. And "The Calm" delivered on that. "

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

9 96%

The Affair: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" When I heard about this show, I was cold to it, even with these actors involved, even with Treem running things. But the first episode, at least, is terrific, with a distinct, involving tone, and it does very right by its leads. "

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

10 74%

St. Vincent (2014)

"Melfi's direction may be somewhat conventional, but he benefits from his strong and funny screenplay as well as a fantastic ensemble of actors."

Posted Oct 8, 2014

Gregory Ellwood

11 96%

The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I like The Flash at this stage a lot more than I did Arrow. It helps that many of the key creative people worked together on the previous show and have learned some lessons about what does and doesn't work in a superhero TV show. "

Posted Oct 7, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

12 96%

Whiplash (2014)

"By far, the best part of the film is the last twenty minutes or so, and it's so good that it almost makes up for some of the missteps along the way."

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Drew McWeeny

13 82%

Homeland: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" I'll watch for the performances, and the suspense, and I'll roll my eyes at a lot of what Carrie says and does. And I'll think often of how much better we all would have been if Brody's vest hadn't malfunctioned at the end of season 1. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

14 93%

Survivor's Remorse: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's not wildly funny in the early going, but there's a sense of confidence in the material, the tone and the world, and the creative team doesn't ask you to buy into things that aren't necessary. "

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

15 15%

Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" In practice, Mulaney is fairly dire. It's an unfortunate reminder that the multi-cam format is an unforgiving beast that can swallow you whole if you aren't constantly feeding it jokes. "

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

16 66%

A to Z: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The best thing A to Z has going for it are leads. They're bright and appealing, whether together or separately. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

17 29%

Manhattan Love Story: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" For most of the first two episodes, [Analeigh] Tipton seems like a prisoner of the crummy show around her, while Greek alum [Jake] McDorman has a character no actor could make likable. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

18 100%

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" It just felt so pleasing to have this show back. Hell, I was just glad to have the opening credits sequence back. "

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

19 18%

Bad Judge: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Bad Judge has been noted into oblivion. She's [Kate Walsh] no longer quite so bad, but she's also not anything else. She's just... there. "

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

20 56%

Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Eliza is such a broad caricature of everything Kapnek finds annoying about social media that she's unbearable -- and not just to the other characters on the show. "

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

21 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"Casting Affleck as Nick is a master stroke, and Affleck gives one of his smartest, most nuanced performances in the role."

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Drew McWeeny

22 84%

How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Viola Davis is a star, and it's long overdue that she got to frontline a show like this. It'd be a shame if that show winds up underusing her because it didn't trust that she'd be enough through the sheer brute force of her personality. "

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

23 98%

Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014)

" I think Amazon executives know that Transparent" is that good -- it's the best new TV show debuting anywhere this fall, by a long stretch. They're throwing down a gauntlet and saying, "This is us. Not bad, eh?" "

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

24 85%

black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There are other shows this fall that made me laugh louder and more often (even if not always at moments designed for laughter), but Black-ish arrives as a comedy that knows what it's about, and how it wants to be about it in a very smart way. "

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

25 38%

Scorpion: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There are shows this fall that I expect to be much better in the long run than Scorpion, but there aren't many pilots I ultimately enjoyed more -- I even genuinely pumped my fist at one point. "

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

26 64%

NCIS: New Orleans: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The pilot leans cartoonishly on the local color -- it takes only until the third scene for Bakula to mention his gumbo -- to make sure we understand how things are different down in the Tremé (and adjacent neighborhoods). "

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

27 56%

Forever: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's all fairly disposable. "

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

28 81%

Bad Turn Worse (2014)

"More than anything, this is a great showcase for what the Hawkins brothers can do on a very tight budget."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Drew McWeeny

29 90%

Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The pilot itself is among the best you'll see this fall. It looks great, the two leads have instant chemistry, and everything hums along nicely as a slightly larger-than-life crime saga. "

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

30 67%

Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The problem is that Madam Secretary, at least through its first three episodes, is a pretty clunky enterprise. "

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

31 36%

Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

"Hector and the Search For Happiness may not unlock all of the secrets of the universe, but it does offer a welcome glimpse at how important the search is for all of us."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Drew McWeeny

32 100%

New Girl: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Liz Meriwether said one of the goals for getting the show back on track would be to simplify the storytelling and put her characters in position to be funny as often as possible. "The Last Wedding" is a strong example of that approach at work. "

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

33 59%

Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There can be very good days in there, and I have hope that Red Band Society can find a way to diagnose its strengths and weaknesses and adjust accordingly. "

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

34 78%

The Mindy Project: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" But the core of the show is Mindy and Danny more than ever before and the premiere suggested that core is enough to carry the show as a whole as it continues its never-ending tinkering around the margins. "

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

35 23%

The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" With a show as loaded with lazy cop tropes as The Mysteries of Laura, it's tempting to bust out a few TV critic clichés in kind. Maybe I could suggest that the series is in the running for the best new fall show of 1984. "

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

36 63%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"I just wish it didn't feel like it had been made with a checklist open next to it, each box ticked, because storytelling should always trump franchise management, no matter how nimble."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Drew McWeeny

37 100%

Beyond the Lights (2014)

"Bythewood has purposely taken on an almost impossible scenario and made it something special."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Gregory Ellwood

38 92%

Top Five (2014)

"Happily, at the ripe young age of 49, Rock has hit a career high with his new film Top Five."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Gregory Ellwood

39 83%

Nightcrawler (2014)

"There's not an ounce of fat on the film. It gets in, it tells the story as well as it possibly can, and it cuts out perfectly."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Drew McWeeny

40 43%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"... an audience-friendly white people's problems movie with an absolutely spot-on cast making the most of the material."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Drew McWeeny

41 28%

Men, Women & Children (2014)

"The reason why "Children" can be captivating at times, though, is its impressive ensemble. Elgort is the real standout here."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Gregory Ellwood

42 88%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

" In any era, and any location, Tim Van Patten continues to shoot the hell out of this show, and I liked seeing the transitions...from present to past. "

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

43 62%

The Equalizer (2014)

"... a dull film, and when you're making a giant action movie franchise about a former intelligence agent... dull seems like just about the worst thing it could be."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Drew McWeeny

44 47%

The Judge (2014)

"... ['The Judge'] features more endings than "Return Of The King," and it feels like a movie the younger, rowdier Robert Downey Jr. would have made fun of mercilessly."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Drew McWeeny

45 87%

The Imitation Game (2014)

"Cumberbatch does a wonderful job bringing this characterization to life and it's often his performance that overcomes some of the film's melodramatic tendencies."

Posted Sep 3, 2014

Gregory Ellwood

46 78%

The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014)

" There's wry banter and a fantastic sense of place. I like Stillman's work enough (and am glad to see Brody in a regular series again) that I'll watch more if Amazon orders this to series. "

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

47 74%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

"It's unlikely to become a cultural juggernaut on the level of something like Frozen, but I think it is as enjoyable."

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Catherine Bray

48 100%

Red Army (2015)

"There is some genuinely emotional material here, and like the very best sports documentaries, this uses the sports story to discuss society, human behavior, politics, and modern history."

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Drew McWeeny

49 44%

The Killing: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Season 4 amps up the misery, assuming that it's inherently the same as profundity. Bleakness doesn't inherently make something deep and compelling, especially not when your central character isn't well-drawn enough to support all this unhappiness. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Alan Sepinwall