HitFix

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 82%

Satisfaction: Season 1

" 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

2 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

3 53%

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

4 76%

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

5 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

6 100%

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

7 86%

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

8 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

9 85%

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

10 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

11 91%

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

12 79%

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

13 100%

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

14 69%

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

15 94%

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

16 57%

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

17 17%

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

18 94%

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

19 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

20 54%

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

21 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

22 75%

Lost: Season 6 (TV, 2009-2010)

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

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

23 97%

Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Man oh man are the first six episodes of season 2 wonderful. In many ways, they're better than their counterparts from the first season, because Jenji Kohan has a better sense of the stories, characters and actors she has on hand. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

24 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Suffice it to say that it is a cannily-constructed film, and it does have a bigger "movie" feel than the first film. There are places where they swing for some big jokes that don't quite work, but the ambition is dizzying all the way through."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Drew McWeeny

25 ——

Jauja ()

"It's a film of fussy, cultivated austerity; Alonsolytes will debate what it's hiding, while others will suggest "an actual movie" as the answer."

Posted May 30, 2014

Guy Lodge

26 60%

Futatsume no mado (Still the Water) ()

"Kawase's filmmaking is richest when it's most woozily idealistic. It's when she strains for meaning, for circle-of-life conflict, that the film palls."

Posted May 30, 2014

Guy Lodge

27 67%

Kis uykusu (Winter Sleep) ()

"Ceylan has made far humbler films than Winter Sleep that nonetheless suggest so much more about humanity and community."

Posted May 30, 2014

Guy Lodge

28 20%

The Night Shift: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Its hero is so obnoxiously awesome and self-righteous that I could only make it through half of the whopping eight episodes NBC sent out for review. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

29 38%

Undateable: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Even though I'm a longtime fan of Lawrence shows, the Undateable pilot was a real chore to get through, in part because Danny is just such an obnoxious collection of dude-bro stereotypes. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

30 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"... welcome to Walt Disney's 'I Spit On Your Grave.'"

Posted May 29, 2014

Drew McWeeny

31 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"... deeply undisciplined, and it undercuts its own best instincts in ways I find almost unbearably frustrating."

Posted May 28, 2014

Drew McWeeny

32 93%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"The good in Normal Heart outweighs the bad, which isn't always the case with Murphy's work. It's an important story packed with vivid individual moments, but with this material and these actors, it feels like it could be so much more than what it is."

Posted May 23, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

33 14%

Blended (2014)

""Blended" is far from the worst movie to come out of a studio-subsidized Adam Sandler vacation. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Dan Fienberg

34 70%

Labyrinth: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" The story hits its stride by the second half of the first night, and those who stick it out will likely be hooked. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Liane Bonin Starr

35 88%

Foxcatcher (2014)

"The will to win has rarely seemed more self-defeating than it does in Foxcatcher, a sinuous, methodical true-crime drama in which the moral and psychological rot sets in long before any crime is committed."

Posted May 21, 2014

Guy Lodge

36 56%

Maps to the Stars ()

"I don't get it. I look at these images in this film, and I can't imagine this is what anyone had in mind."

Posted May 19, 2014

Drew McWeeny

37 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"... this is how franchises are supposed to work."

Posted May 16, 2014

Drew McWeeny

38 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"Rarely has the promised land looked quite so unpromising, even within the geographically consistent and consistently moody oeuvre of James Gray."

Posted May 15, 2014

Guy Lodge

39 10%

Grace Of Monaco ()

"Too earnest for its terminal chintziness, this Princess Problem Picture establishes that Grace Kelly's real life was no fairytale, but has little idea of what it was instead."

Posted May 14, 2014

Guy Lodge

40 71%

Palo Alto (2014)

"[Palo Alto] is a lovely debut film, and a strong expression of just how it feels to be a teenager struggling to figure out your place in the world."

Posted May 13, 2014

Drew McWeeny

41 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Even if Singer never makes one of these again, he can leave knowing that he delivered something that showed real growth, something that makes me think this series has plenty of stories left to tell."

Posted May 13, 2014

Drew McWeeny

42 31%

Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I'm not holding "Rosemary's Baby" against anybody, even if it took up three hours of viewing time and yielded little more than a pleasant reminder that Paris is a lovely city. "

Posted May 11, 2014

Dan Fienberg

43 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"... while I don't think the film is completely successful, there is so much that's interesting and exciting about it that it feels like a brand new day for Toho's greatest icon."

Posted May 10, 2014

Drew McWeeny

44 79%

Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The language is wonderful, the performances excellent, and the direction by Bayona so fluid and gorgeous that I found the whole thing a treat even as I quickly lost interest in whatever it is all these people are working together to accomplish. "

Posted May 8, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

45 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"a feel-good story that raises cultural questions that the film doesn't seem terribly interested in answering... an easy triple in the grand Disney tradition. "

Posted May 5, 2014

Drew McWeeny

46 23%

The Other Woman (2014)

"... a strange misfire that is only saved from being a complete disaster by the efforts of the film's two leads."

Posted May 5, 2014

Drew McWeeny

47 83%

The Double (2014)

"... Ayoade remains a fiercely individual voice both in front of the camera and behind it. This is a strong film even if it is flawed..."

Posted May 5, 2014

Drew McWeeny

48 92%

Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" It is entirely its own thing, and it is one of the very best shows on television. We're lucky to have it back. "

Posted May 5, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

49 76%

Playing House: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Playing House isn't notable because it has two female leads, or because it's part of a trend, or will soon have a baby in the mix. Playing House is notable because it's smart and it's funny. Period. "

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Liane Bonin Starr

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