HitFix

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 33%

Super Fun Night: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" This is a vehicle for Wilson, by Wilson, and it doesn't serve her well in the slightest. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

2 78%

The Dirties (2013)

"It is a slight movie in terms of actual events that happen, but it grapples with some giant ideas and emotions in a very effective way."

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Drew McWeeny

3 62%

The Sacrament (2014)

"The Sacrament is, like everything Ti West makes, solid and smart and well-calibrated, but out of his recent films, it would be the last of them that I'd return to for pleasure."

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Drew McWeeny

4 100%

Justified: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" Justified will always be a show about the fastest gun east of the Mississippi, but each year the show reinvents itself in the kinds of stories it tells about Raylan and friends. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

5 86%

The Big Bang Theory: Season 4 (TV, 2010-2011)

" The show is now able to spend large chunks of each episode focusing only on the women, and in the process has made Penny a much more well-rounded character rather than just a foil for the nerds. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

6 71%

Once Upon a Time: Season 3 (TV, 2013-2014)

" But this season, the show kicks off with one [fairy tale] I think (and hope) will not only be great, naughty fun but will also help to aggregate storylines that started to feel scattered and rambling last season. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Liane Bonin Starr

7 84%

Homeland: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" It's a solid episode - tentative in spots, but in a way that feels appropriate to where all the characters find themselves at this point. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

8 52%

Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Hello Ladies shines a light on [Stephen] Merchant's comic role in the partnership, but it lacks the humanity of most of his earlier work, and it's in service of a character type who's long since outlived his usefulness. "

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

9 90%

Parenthood: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014)

" On a show with a big cast like this, the premieres have to do a lot of expository heavy lifting, but any hour that can give us the Amber/Ryan moment is fine by me. "

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

10 70%

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

"It's cute. It's funny. Kids will want the toys in a major way. And yet it slightly unsettles me precisely because of how strange the message is by the end of the film."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Drew McWeeny

11 100%

Parks and Recreation: Season 6 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Week after week, season after season, Parks does its job well, whether the greater audience is noticing or not. And at times it goes beyond even its usual level, and we get to enjoy something like "London." "

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

12 90%

Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are terrific in the tonally opposite lead roles. "

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

13 55%

The Crazy Ones: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Simon, Sydney and their colleagues work in a giant office that seems much too underpopulated, just as the first episode feels like a rough draft. "

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

14 70%

The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" It's just such a pleasure to see him back in his own show, both for what it says about his health and for the greater appeal of his work. "

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

15 No Score Yet

The Voice: Season 5 (TV, 2013)

" There's something to be said for stars who bring some old school glam to the show, even if that means less adorable ribbing. Besides, I'm just hoping Green brings back the cat, aren't you? "

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Liane Bonin Starr

16 29%

Lucky 7: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" I found the characters forgettable, and the pilot as a whole - which mostly focuses on the characters' depressing, overwhelmed everyday lives pre-jackpot, along with flashforwards suggesting what a pain the money will turn out to be - weirdly stressful. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

17 73%

Trophy Wife: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The only character who really lands is Akerman's - she's charming and plays drunk amusingly - but that's the one who needs to if the show is going to work. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

18 56%

The Goldbergs: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The characters are all broad types, the '80s references (Gobots, Sam Goody, an REO Speedwagon singalong) mostly feel shoehorned in rather than creating the feeling of the era, and the hostility of the family doesn't turn out to be great fodder for humor. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

19 86%

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" It's... okay - quippy in that pleasingly distinctive Joss Whedon way, with a few intriguing ideas about life in a superhero world, but with a cheap look and mostly bland supporting characters. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

20 80%

How I Met Your Mother: Season 9 (TV, 2013-2014)

" I'm hoping for some good character moments, some fun glimpses into the past and future, and a sense of the sweetness and humanity that the show had mostly lost in its later years. On that level, "The Locket" and "Coming Back" was an encouraging start. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

21 82%

The Blacklist: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Do I need to see another episode of this? Probably not. Will I watch it more just to enjoy Spader and see if Red's motivation is the thing everyone has been assuming since the trailer was released? Absolutely. "

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

22 57%

Hostages: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The characters wander a spectrum from boring to irritating, and the situation already feels unsustainable by the end of the first episode. "

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

23 67%

Mom: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The pilot feels like 17 shows all crammed together into one - including a lot of wacky antics... "

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

24 100%

Parks and Recreation: Season 4 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Funny and touching in all the best Parks and Rec ways. "

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

25 40%

Rizzoli & Isles: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" The crime-driven material is familiar and, because of the book condensing, hurried and mystery-free, while at least in the early going, attempts at levity aren't working at all. "

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Dan Fienberg

26 6%

Battle of the Year (2013)

"Bland and boring are not the adjectives you hope for from a movie starring Josh Holloway as an alcoholic coaching a team of young breakdancers to the world championship (in 3D!)."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Geoff Berkshire

27 60%

The League: Season 3 (TV, 2011)

" The League is often best when it's at its filthiest. "

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

28 No Score Yet

How I Met Your Mother: Season 7 (TV, 2011-2012)

" We return from a mixed bag of a season with a mixed bag of a premiere, and a slightly better second episode. "

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

29 79%

Afflicted (2014)

"Afflicted is one of those small films that never feels small, and it serves as a real announcement for the talents of Derek Lee and Clif Prowse as well as all of their gifted collaborators."

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Drew McWeeny

30 74%

The Middle: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010)

" The Middle wasn't tremendously funny, but the family dynamic felt like a healthy mixture of real and sitcom-y, all with a big dose of heart at the end. "

Posted Sep 17, 2013

Dan Fienberg

31 39%

Two and a Half Men: Season 9 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Good gracious, did the bitterness need to go on for so long? "

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Dan Fienberg

32 39%

Two and a Half Men: Season 9 (TV, 2011-2012)

" In terms of the general tenor of humor, "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt" felt pretty much like every other episode of Two and a Half Men that I've seen over the years: unrepentantly crude and/or cruel. "

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

33 77%

Sleepy Hollow: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" I don't know if the pace and number of ideas is sustainable, or if the Headless Horseman shredding a police car with small arms fire is as nutty as the show can ever go, but I'm at least curious to see what comes next. "

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

34 88%

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" This is one of the few new shows that filled me with optimism when I looked into my crystal ball. "

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

35 70%

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

"You don't have to reinvent something if you can simply make entertaining instead, and "Man Of Tai Chi" is certainly that. I sincerely hope Reeves gets to make another movie, because this is a really solid debut."

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Drew McWeeny

36 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"Songs and films save my life every day, and I suspect John Carney's latest will be embraced by audiences everywhere who feel the same way."

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Drew McWeeny

37 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"The film could even crack the Best Documentary Feature category come Oscar time, because it definitely elicits a response. It's an unassuming work that says that, for all our faults, humanity can achieve wonders."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Kristopher Tapley

38 77%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"For all of Fiennes' impressive attention to detail, it's a flaw that likely could only be overcome by a palpable spark between the picture's two leads. Unfortunately, that's an even bigger problem than the script."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Gregory Ellwood

39 93%

Top of the Lake: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" This is an absolute: Top of the Lake is great. "

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

40 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

""12 Years" is a powerful drama driven by McQueen's bold direction and the finest performance of Chiwetel Ejiofor's career."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Gregory Ellwood

41 71%

Weeds: Season 5 (TV, 2009)

" By the third episode, though, Weeds seems to be finding its footing. "

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Dan Fienberg

42 82%

Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014)

"Weird and woolly and sporadically amusing."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Guy Lodge

43 28%

The Family (2013)

"Absurdly overlong at close to two hours and lacking a single truly inspired action set piece."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Geoff Berkshire

44 38%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"[Does] enough to expand and explore the world they've created to satisfy fans and justify a sequel. In the horror genre, that's a huge win."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Geoff Berkshire

45 71%

Burn Notice: Season 7 (TV, 2013)

" Week to week, and especially season to season, I couldn't always tell you exactly what Burn Notice was or wanted to be. But at its best, what it was was something very simple, but much harder to pull off than it looks: Burn Notice was fun. "

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Alan Sepinwall

46 100%

Switched at Birth: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" I watched those scenes [between Daphne and Emmett] and felt like they were something I'd rarely seen before on television, often wishing that everything else could be similarly fresh. "

Posted Sep 11, 2013

Dan Fienberg

47 78%

Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 (TV, 2013)

" I stopped taking "Sons of Anarchy" seriously a couple of seasons ago. There's just too much heartache -- and too many headaches. "

Posted Sep 11, 2013

Geoff Berkshire

48 75%

Pieta (2013)

"Nasty is as nasty does, and this lurid if aspirational potboiler does its thing, but the camera could have been let in on the joke."

Posted Sep 11, 2013

Guy Lodge

49 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"Both actors benefit from Holofcener's fantastic dialogue, one of her greatest strengths, but the final result isn't as satisfying as some of her more recent efforts."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Gregory Ellwood

50 65%

Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" The Vegas pilot is lively and fun and makes good use of its two leading men, albeit with both of them on the gruffer end of their usual spectrum. "

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Alan Sepinwall