Digital Spy

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 33%

The Giver (2014)

"It takes a while to get going, but as The Giver marches towards its ending, it begins to tie together the weightier themes it's exploring."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Simon Reynolds

2 60%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"While there are shades of Neeson's avenging angel in the Taken franchise, this is a different, more challenging proposition for the actor."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Stella Papamichael

3 78%

The Theory of Everything (2014)

"For this film to work, the lovers had to work - thankfully, Redmayne and Jones have an easy, enchanting chemistry..."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Zeba Blay

4 80%

Wild (2014)

"This is a more-than-obvious bid on Witherspoon's part for a second Oscar, and if one can accept the extreme calculation at play here it's not necessarily a bad thing."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Zeba Blay

5 42%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Up-and-comer Joey King is the only bright spot as Aidan's teenage daughter Grace who is fanatically committed to her Orthodox faith, arguably in the absence of strong parental guidance."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Stella Papamichael

6 44%

Tusk (2014)

"Ultimately, what makes Tusk work is its willingness to revel in what makes it ridiculous as well as terrifying."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Zeba Blay

7 97%

20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

"Pieced together in a fittingly arch, self-conscious style that fits Cave like a dark black glove."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Mayer Nissim

8 50%

The Judge (2014)

"No amount of Downey swag can distract from the fact that this is film is just 'okay', wearingly predictable despite the potential for so much more."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Zeba Blay

9 73%

The Riot Club (Posh) ()

"An effective and shrewdly observed satire, with a handful of standout performances and a gloriously bitter sting in the tail."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Emma Dibdin

10 ——

Finding Fanny (2014)

"Dark, whimsical, witty and irreverent, Finding Fanny reminds us that when we love, we risk being hurt, but the possibility of finding a love that lasts forever, makes it all worth it."

Posted Sep 13, 2014

Priya Joshi

11 70%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

""... a wonderfully eccentric blend of Monty Python, Roald Dahl and Tim Burton's sensibilities.""

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Simon Reynolds

12 65%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"The dark, concrete corridors of the maze provide the venue for one exciting action sequence, but beyond these superficial thrills, there's little emotional weight to the film."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Simon Reynolds

13 97%

Pride (2014)

"There are so many opportunities for Pride to be twee, or patronizing, or sentimental, and instead it's relentlessly sharp and subtle, some of the most joyously human storytelling you'll see on screen this year."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Emma Dibdin

14 85%

The Imitation Game (2014)

"The intrigue and intensity of the war and espionage plot are compelling, but Cumberbatch captivates as Turing."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Zeba Blay

15 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Even through Bachmann's exasperated sighs, surreptitious swigs of booze and shuffles through clouds of cigarette smoke, Hoffman manages to be utterly magnetic."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Simon Reynolds

16 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"The end result finds you abruptly flitting between laughter and disinterest, but is ultimately a rewarding enough experience."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Ben Rawson-Jones

17 58%

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

"What might have been a smart, insightful thriller is instead a creepy bedtime story."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Stella Papamichael

18 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"Sweaty, naked panic is a poor substitute for genuinely raw humour, so the movie comes across like The Benny Hill Show, Uncut."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Stella Papamichael

19 93%

The Guest (2014)

"The Guest is assured of cult classic status in years to come, but will hopefully entertain the masses with its winning blend of crowd-pleasing humour and suspense."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Ben Rawson-Jones

20 89%

The Drop (2014)

"Watching Tom Hardy act in this film is, in a word, exhilarating."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Zeba Blay

21 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"Strip away the supernatural framework and this is just another teen romance with an add-on message about chasing dreams - not just boys - to keep it politically correct."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Stella Papamichael

22 62%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"The steady hand of director Craig Gillespie (whose previous work includes the off-kilter Lars and the Real Girl) is evident throughout, and the result is warm, witty and thoroughly entertaining."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Emma Dibdin

23 20%

Let's Be Cops (2014)

"Let's Be Cops is a stinker on just about every conceivable level."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Simon Reynolds

24 60%

The Grand Seduction (2014)

"Gleeson is a strong anchor and brings some complexity to his part; it's just that he isn't served well by a script that too often mistakes bluntness for irony."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Stella Papamichael

25 95%

Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) ()

"The physical sluggishness and emotional numbing of depression have seldom been better portrayed on screen..."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Emma Dibdin

26 69%

What If (2014)

"The plot may be easy to fathom, but the undercurrents are astutely played by the actors as they're forced to confront some uncomfortable truths and, somehow, move on."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Stella Papamichael

27 46%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"The class of the impressive cast and the immersive film noir atmosphere just about sustains our interest in a film that's most striking visual effect is the hair on Bruce Willis's head."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Ben Rawson-Jones

28 66%

Lucy (2014)

"Besson is audacious, bending time and space at [Lucy's] will with comic effect - in the sense that it's funny and reminiscent of a kitsch cartoon strip - only pausing briefly every now and then for a bit of philosophical musing."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Stella Papamichael

29 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"Everything whizzes by at a brisk 89 minutes and thanks to some well-marshalled tornado sequences and air-ringing Dolby Atmos sound it'll send you out of the cinema feeling appropriately windswept."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Simon Reynolds

30 66%

The Rover (2014)

"An evocative journey, lean and pitiless and occasionally gut-wrenching."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Emma Dibdin

31 76%

The Congress (2014)

"This is satire with only a touch of lightness and that's mainly in the dazzling, retro animation which turns Tom Cruise (another of Green's 'properties') into little more than a row of big pearly white teeth."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Stella Papamichael

32 30%

Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

"It's all too obvious and a bit glib."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Stella Papamichael

33 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Perhaps these rock-bottom expectations are a good thing, because Planes 2 feels like a significant upgrade on its distinctly run-of-the-mill predecessor..."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Simon Reynolds

34 34%

God's Pocket (2014)

"Given how fresh the pain of Philip Seymour Hoffman's passing still feels, it's perhaps a relief that gloomy tragicomedy God's Pocket - which marks one of his final roles - never engages seriously with the reality of death."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Emma Dibdin

35 71%

The Inbetweeners Movie 2 ()

"Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, it's time to strap on your wellies and plunge into the hilarity."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Ben Rawson-Jones

36 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"If it wasn't for a nostalgic affection for the cast and their previous endeavours, The Expendables 3 would be borderline unreleasable."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Ben Rawson-Jones

37 10%

The Nut Job (2014)

"As a CG-rendered Psy launches into a rendition of 'Gangnam Style' you'll be rushing straight for the exit."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Simon Reynolds

38 77%

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014)

"The man, whose chest is tattooed with the name Dayani Cristal, may be a victim of circumstance, but he is also treated by the filmmakers as a hero on a quest."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Stella Papamichael

39 58%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"The Purge: Anarchy is that rare beast - a sequel infinitely better than its predecessor."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Ben Rawson-Jones

40 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"On pure entertainment value, you'd be hard-pressed to find a movie this summer as good as Marvel's latest."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Simon Reynolds

41 60%

Hercules (2014)

"Print the legend? With The Rock on board, that could've been a lot more fun."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Simon Reynolds

42 86%

Joe (2014)

"Green doesn't take the obvious route, looping in and out of a series of incidents instead of chaining them too tightly in cause and effect, creating real intrigue around Joe and his impulse to destroy."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Stella Papamichael

43 76%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"No doubt, he is a great entertainer in his own right. Still, this one is strictly for showbiz buffs and Alice Cooper fans."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Stella Papamichael

44 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"The beauty of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes lies in how we don't root for either species to win. We treat each individual, whether human or ape, on his or her own merits. This is the way it should be."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Ben Rawson-Jones

45 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"The songs, then, are make-or-break, and the track list Carney and Gregg Alexander have produced is a triumph: mellow summer pop and wistful, stripped-down ballads arranged around Knightley's surprisingly alluring vocals."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Emma Dibdin

46 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This show is legitimately scary, unlike the so-lame-it's-scary True Blood. "

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Bruce Fretts

47 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"There's a universal appeal here that'll resonate whether you're a son, daughter, father, mother or sibling. Simply put, Boyhood is a masterpiece."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Simon Reynolds

48 24%

Tammy (2014)

"Despite McCarthy's energy in front of the camera, Tammy too often wanders off track."

Posted Jul 4, 2014

Stella Papamichael

49 0%

The Anomaly ()

"The Anomaly has all the ingredients of a winning formula, in the wrong measures."

Posted Jul 4, 2014

Stella Papamichael

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