HitFix

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 60%

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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 100%

Veep: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" The improvements made to Veep feel sustainable. "

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

25 100%

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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 41%

Divergent (2014)

"Overall, Divergent is familiar fare, but served up by a cast that is fiercely dedicated to the material."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Drew McWeeny

31 36%

Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I liked the Believe pilot a lot more, if only for the direction of it. "

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

32 78%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"The film doesn't just feel like a double-length episode of the series. The scope feels bigger, the look is richer, and the focus on who Veronica is and why she's so good at this job goes much deeper than the show usually did."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

33 88%

Chef (2014)

"... simple truth shines through loud and clear in 'Chef,' a movie with a heart the size of Texas..."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Drew McWeeny

34 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Not only is it uproariously funny and almost breathtakingly dirty, it is better written than it needs to be on a character level, delivering completely on its premise."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Drew McWeeny

35 65%

Bad Words (2014)

"Working from a wicked script by Andrew Dodge, [Jason Bateman has] made a film that gives him one of the best starring roles he's ever had..."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Drew McWeeny

36 78%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"There is a definite feeling that these are old friends that we are being reunited with, and I hope new viewers don't feel left out."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Drew McWeeny

37 52%

Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It is non-terrible, but when there is a vastly better take on the exact same idea, the only excuses for watching this one are a lack of a Netflix subscription or a violent medical allergy to reading subtitles. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

38 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"... if you're up for sea serpents, exploding fat men, and an impressively insane performance from Eva Green, then "300: Rise Of An Empire" should entertain you tremendously."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Drew McWeeny

39 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"If only someone had a time machine they could use to go back and show the finished film to the creative team two years ago so they could fix all the things that don't work. Ah, if only."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Drew McWeeny

40 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"In Anderson's hands, the revolution is ridiculous, and that buys him room to grapple with some big ideas at the same time in what I am sure is one of the best films he's made to date."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Drew McWeeny

41 21%

Son Of God (2014)

"... a genuinely bland and forgettable picture... about as middle-of-the-road as a movie can be. "

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Drew McWeeny

42 65%

The Red Road: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Mental illness is a tricky thing to portray on screen without seeming cheesey; The Red Road approach is very cheddar. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

43 97%

The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Absolutely dynamite. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

44 92%

Vikings: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Vikings remains a genuine pleasure rather than a guilty one. It ain't deep much of the time, but it does the job, and I'm glad it's back. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

45 100%

Hannibal: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" The last thing television needs is more serial killer dramas. But when they're this well made, this smart and creative and unexpectedly funny? Then, yes, more Hannibal, please. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

46 36%

Mixology: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The "Just another night at the bar" conceit of Mixology induces a prolonged shrug, because whatever happens in this night would probably happen tomorrow and plausibly with a more interesting group of patrons. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Dan Fienberg

47 81%

Vikings: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" There are more ambitious dramas on television right now, but few that deliver as consistently on what is promised than Vikings. "

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

48 25%

Mind Games: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The pilot episode is peppered with comments about why the brother's idea - and, thus, the premise of the show - shouldn't work, as well as references to things that have brought down past Killen series like Lone Star and Awake. "

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

49 36%

Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This faux-Wonder Years approach doesn't really work, though, in that the kids are forgettable and Jenna Elfman's character is actively grating. "

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

50 76%

About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's not a terrible show, but it's a fairly literal, toothless translation of the source material that doesn't give much indication of working as an ongoing series. "

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

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