HitFix

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 69%

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

2 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

3 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

4 75%

Lost: Season 6 (TV, 2009-2010)

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

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

5 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

6 84%

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

7 ——

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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 48%

Maleficent (2014)

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

Posted May 29, 2014

Drew McWeeny

13 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

14 94%

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

15 13%

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

16 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

17 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

18 50%

Maps to the Stars (2014)

"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

19 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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

Posted May 16, 2014

Drew McWeeny

20 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

21 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

22 72%

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

23 91%

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

24 30%

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

25 73%

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

26 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

27 62%

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

28 24%

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

29 82%

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

30 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

31 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

32 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Writers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, along with Jeff Pinkner, have built something very familiar, even conventional, and that approach pushes the things that work to the foreground even as it makes a case for the limitations of the entire genre."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Drew McWeeny

33 58%

Bad Teacher: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The best thing about CBS' Bad Teacher sitcom remake is that it makes me really want to see its star, Ari Graynor, in something better. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

34 25%

Black Box: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" We need good shows about complicated women, as opposed to something like ABC's new Black Box, a clumsy, pretentious, cliché-riddled mess that just happens to have a woman at the center of things. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

35 54%

Salem: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There is a surplus of gross and gory stuff, plenty of Puritans, and some of the most anachronistic dialogue I've ever heard in a period drama. "

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Liane Bonin Starr

36 97%

Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" I'm really glad to have Orphan Black on my TV again, and to know that the first season wasn't just a fluke, or a trick of the light. This is a good, solid show that understands its strengths and keeps playing to them in season 2. "

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

37 97%

Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" We're politely asked to keep major plot twists and maneuvers to ourselves until the show airs and takes viewers "down the rabbit hole." I couldn't think of a better descriptor for Orphan Black's sharp, scary and funny journey. I'm in. "

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Liane Bonin Starr

38 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"'Transcendence' is a stiff, but one that is produced with enough polish that it almost successfully disguises its true nature."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Drew McWeeny

39 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The TV Fargo establishes itself as its own wonderful thing that is connected to the movie without being a recreation of it, and that doesn't seem unworthy of the name. "

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

40 86%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" It's an excellent starting point for an episode that, even more than the average Mad Men premiere, has to spend an awful lot of time (especially given that it's our first one-hour premiere in a few years) filling us in on what happened during the hiatus. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

41 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"... does a wonderful job of laying out not only the stakes but the process in a way that even someone who has never paid attention to football can understand..."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Drew McWeeny

42 96%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" We close on another sort of potential threat to the Lannisters with an extended suspense sequence featuring everyone's favorite buddy team of Arya and the Hound. It's a fascinating closing scene. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

43 94%

Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Silicon Valley is the right show in the right medium, on the right channel, at the right time. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

44 50%

Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Turn isn't bad, but it's also too forgettable to deserve a long look, cool credits or no. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

45 100%

Veep: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" The improvements made to Veep feel sustainable. "

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

46 100%

Ilo Ilo (2014)

"There's a guarded optimism to this hushed, thoughtful miniature, even with our knowledge of the yo-yo economy to come."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Guy Lodge

47 77%

Noah (2014)

"For anyone who is willing to challenge their own ideas of what this story means and how Biblical stories can be told, 'Noah' is one harrowing ride."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Drew McWeeny

48 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"... the best action film out of the entire Marvel movie universe so far, bar none."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Drew McWeeny

49 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"The onslaught is deliciously relentless, like being beaten over the head with a marshmallow pillow, and taking a bite with each blow."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Guy Lodge

50 72%

The 100: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I'm still struggling to find a single character whose fate I'm even vaguely invested in, but my outright antipathy towards some of the characters ha[s] begun to fade. "

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Dan Fienberg

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