Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

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

2 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

3 71%

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

4 24%

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

5 67%

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

6 100%

Beyond the Lights (2014)

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

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Gregory Ellwood

7 100%

Top Five ()

"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

8 82%

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

9 52%

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

10 56%

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

11 87%

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

12 68%

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

13 50%

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

14 85%

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

15 77%

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

16 70%

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

17 100%

Red Army ()

"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

18 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

19 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"To be clear, I think this new chapter in the series also has some weird issues, but it does indeed feel like each time they make one of these, they get closer to getting it right."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Drew McWeeny

20 56%

Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Legends opens with Martin wrapping up a six-month assignment, but after that, the structure seems to be for him to assume and discard identities in rapid order in a way that removes much of the intrigue and emotional danger of the premise. "

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

21 90%

Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It knows the stories it wants to tell and the strongest way to tell them. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

22 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" In a time of abundant greatness, it is very good - and gorgeously shot - but it's not as revolutionary as the men and women whose work it depicts. "

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

23 89%

The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)

" It wants to yield a difficult yarn and it does, but it also wants to make sure you don't fall behind so that when you're guessing, you're puzzled by the things Blick wants you guessing, not by broader things. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Dan Fienberg

24 56%

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

""Sharknado" was far from the most amateurish of the Syfy originals, but it had a "Let's put on a show" roughness. "Sharknado 2" at times threatens to look like a real movie."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Dan Fienberg

25 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"What's safe to say is that 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' is the most charming Marvel movie so far."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Drew McWeeny

26 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"Paranoia is professional in every way, but there's no pulse to it. It is entirely adequate, livened up only by a few supporting turns."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Drew McWeeny

27 89%

Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The opening scene is gorgeous, and his style blends perfectly in with the period. There are many scenes of characters walking and talking, but also sequences that are extremely tense, or surprising, or strange, simply for the way Schlamme shoots them. "

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

28 82%

Satisfaction: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Satisfaction feels like a misguided bid to get into the prestige drama business, only without a clear vision beyond the idea of doing away with the formula. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

29 39%

Rush: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It has [a clear] sense of what it is and what it's good at, even if it's not one I imagine I'll watch frequently. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

30 56%

Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The whole thing is every bit as joyless, airless and uncomfortable as the marriage it's depicting -- a show filled with miserable, unlikeable characters that doesn't provide them with writing remotely sharp enough to compensate. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

31 79%

You're the Worst: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This one, at least, has the potential to be something more than it is at the moment. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

32 87%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" That's Boardwalk Empire. It may not have the mystery or emotional depth of The Sopranos, but it lays out its story and makes sure all the pieces fit together very, very well at the end. And when you get to the end, that can feel awfully satisfying. "

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

33 97%

Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Masters of Sex has much more on its mind than simply the tumultuous relationship between its two famous central characters. But if it just had those two, it would still be among the best things you could watch on television this summer. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

34 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" [TV] needs another vampire drama like the Germans needed extra goals [against] Brazil, but [it] is packed with so much macabre imagery and clever ideas that it doesn't feel like the resuscitation of a tired genre, but the launch of something new and fun. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

35 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"There's not a parent alive who will be able to shake the haunting beauty of Linklater's latest film, a flawed but vibrant masterpiece..."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Drew McWeeny

36 86%

The Bridge (FX): Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" I can more easily recommend season 2 over season 1 even as The Bridge still seems to be stuck in that nebulous border region separating the pretty good from the genuinely great. "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

37 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

""Earth To Echo" is a little big big and broad, but that's also part of its charm."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Drew McWeeny

38 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"'Dawn' is not just a good genre movie or a good summer movie. It's a great science-fiction film, full-stop, and one of the year's very best movies so far."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Drew McWeeny

39 77%

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

"Every subject in the doc has a stake in the case and they each yell their truth to the sky, with the certitude of somebody whose next meal depends on being heard the loudest."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Dan Fienberg

40 100%

The Battered Bastards Of Baseball (2014)

""Bastards" works because it has two storytellers with a personal desire to tell a story that nobody else seems to have wanted to tell. So what if it's a glorified home movie?"

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Dan Fienberg

41 70%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Many will hate it. But there will be viewers in whom it strikes a chord so deeply that they will feel themselves overwhelmed by it in the best possible way: not like they're drowning in the misery, but like it's teaching them a new way to breathe. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

42 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"This is the kind of science-fiction film that I wish they made more of, something big and bold and unafraid to reach for greatness."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Drew McWeeny

43 60%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Both FX and Howard Gordon have a history of taking big creative swings. In this case, they have a big miss. "

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

44 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"You know what you're in for if you buy a ticket, and Bay seems determined to wear you down with the biggest craziest 'Transformers' movie yet."

Posted Jun 22, 2014

Drew McWeeny

45 95%

Rectify: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" There is nothing else on television quite like it, and for those who have the patience to sit through Daniel's still, slow journey, the emotional rewards are enormous. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

46 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"There are probably funnier satires out there, but They Came Together Is laser accurate in the way it skewers its targets."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Drew McWeeny

47 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"No one could accuse Eastwood of having stars in his eyes, but I'm not sure any rock-era biopic has less vividly conveyed the narcotic rush of celebrity."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Guy Lodge

48 73%

Murder in the First: Season 1

" The show is pretty good, though. It doesn't have the artistic pretensions of many of the other series of its type but that means it also doesn't have to live up to an overly inflated self-image. "

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

49 75%

Lost: Season 6 (TV, 2009-2010)

" Ultimately, Lost didn't succeed because of the mythology. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

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