SFX Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"There's little sustenance in Hansel and Gretel's big screen adventure, but it is a surprisingly tasty morsel while it lasts."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Jordan Farley

2 100%

Resolution (2013)

"Like a lo-fi Cabin In The Woods if the elevator had never arrived."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Rosie Fletcher

3 65%

Mama (2013)

"Mama plays its hand curiously early and suffers for it."

Posted Jun 17, 2013

Jordan Farley

4 10%

A Haunted House (2013)

"Just another in a long line of mercilessly unfunny spoofs."

Posted Jun 17, 2013

Will Salmon

5 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"There are moments where Man Of Steel feels too earnest, too in thrall to the gravity of its own mythology. And then Superman punches Zod through a city block and all is forgiven."

Posted Jun 11, 2013

Nick Setchfield

6 ——

Devil Girl from Mars (1955)

"Sadly, the PVC-clad Nyah is a crashing bore."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Ian Berriman

7 25%

009 Re: Cyborg ()

"The script is lousy and laughable. Anime fans may be able to take the talky portentousness, but the ideas are ridiculous. "

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Andrew Osmond

8 68%

World War Z (2013)

"The film captures little of the chilling plausibility present in the original book. Adjust your expectations, however, and there's a surprisingly fun ride to be had."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Jordan Farley

9 11%

After Earth (2013)

"The critical problem with After Earth is that Smith Jr's whiny character has all the likeability of an anal fissure."

Posted Jun 3, 2013

Jordan Farley

10 38%

The Purge (2013)

"For all its silliness, The Purge is a pretty decent suspenser, effectively shot in semi-darkness in a confined setting. "

Posted May 31, 2013

Russell Lewin

11 ——

Doctor Who - The Mind of Evil (2000)

"You can get a headache trying to make sense of it all. Best to just sit back and enjoy the characters. "

Posted May 31, 2013

Ian Berriman

12 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"A film with heart and soul as well as cracking visuals and plenty of belly laughs."

Posted May 31, 2013

Dave Golder

13 70%

Scream and Scream Again (Screamer) (1970)

"Nonsense, but fascinatingly perverse, hip nonsense."

Posted May 31, 2013

Ian Berriman

14 63%

Byzantium (2013)

"Director Neil Jordan's return to the vampire genre is bloody and atmospheric, but at heart, it's about a girl who just desperately needs someone to listen to her."

Posted May 31, 2013

Sarah Dobbs

15 ——

Doctor Who - Inferno (2000)

"A stylish and action-packed slice of Pertwee Who."

Posted May 24, 2013

Dave Golder

16 15%

The Moth Diaries (2012)

"A redundant teen-horror romp which, in the space of its slender running time, actually begins to make you pine for the return of Bella and Edward."

Posted May 24, 2013

Calum Waddell

17 64%

Epic (2013)

"It's funny and often charming, but whenever it tries to introduce strong emotions of any kind, Epic falls short."

Posted May 21, 2013

Sarah Dobbs

18 ——

Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever ()

"It's hard to imagine a seasoned slasher fan learning anything, but as a celebration of the genre it works well."

Posted May 14, 2013

Will Salmon

19 33%

Konga (1961)

"A treat for lovers of the outlandishly camp."

Posted May 14, 2013

Ian Berriman

20 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"Into Darkness is in large part designed to make Trek fans nudge one another in the ribs and emit excited fanboy yelps of recognition. How much you enjoy the film will depend on your appetite for homage."

Posted May 8, 2013

Ian Berriman

21 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"If you're in search of a film that's something a little different, they don't come much more different than this."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Russell Lewin

22 ——

Ultraviolet (2001)

"A tense, inventive, set-piece-driven detective show with genuinely touching character moments. "

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Jordan Farley

23 36%

The ABCs of Death (2013)

"Patchy but enjoyable, this is an excellent horror talent showcase that, if nothing else, feels like it offers value for money with the sheer number of shocks and splats it delivers. "

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Rosie Fletcher

24 ——

Dead End Drive-In (1986)

"The film shifts into top gear in the final reel, becoming more explicitly political. And the sticking-it-to-the-man finale has all the fun of a demolition derby."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Ian Berriman

25 77%

The Bay (2012)

"As an exercise in lo-fi shivers it's fitfully compelling, but the plot runs out long before the credits and its characters are ultimately so much scare-bait. "

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Nick Setchfield

26 74%

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

"There's plenty to enjoy here, with the witty back and forth between our heroes rarely lost amidst the CG-crafted spectacle that whizzes across rooftops and dives into burrows."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

James White

27 ——

Scanners III: The Takeover (Scanner Force) (1992)

"Replete with people crashing through sheet glass, roundhouse kicks to the face, sexy nurses and underwater exploding heads, Scanners III is spectacularly stupid - and surprisingly entertaining."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Ian Berriman

28 ——

Scanners II: The New Order (1991)

"The main draw is Raoul Trujillo as Scanner Drak; he seems to have seen the first film and set himself the challenge of chewing more scenery than Patrick McGoohan and Michael Ironside combined."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Ian Berriman

29 79%

Scanners (1981)

"With its shoot-outs, car crashes and explosions, Scanners is the closest the king of body horror ever came to a Hollywood action movie."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Ian Berriman

30 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"There's a good film in here, but as with many double albums, you have to sift through a lot of padding to find it."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Richard Edwards

31 28%

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

"Retaliation isn't hatefully dumb - it's entertainingly dumb. But even after the umpteen millions it cost to make, it never comes close to capturing the imagination like three 3/4" action figures can."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Jordan Farley

32 8%

The Host (2013)

"It's a reasonably intriguing premise, but the alien invasion soon takes a back seat to the kind of tiresome teen angst where crucial plot points hinge on a kiss."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Jordan Farley

33 33%

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

"It looks and sounds like your average family feelgood movie, but everything else about it is just plain odd. "

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Will Salmon

34 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"While it tries hard to resurrect the spirit of '60s and '70s sci-fi, what it actually feels more like is The Matrix without the benefit of a bullet time-like gimmick."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Dave Golder

35 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"Unlike Raimi's classic original, it won't be remembered in 30 years time, but it is amongst the best horror remakes of the last decade."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Jordan Farley

36 93%

Horror of Dracula (1958)

"A brisk, exciting film with lavish-looking production design and a pulse-pounding score."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Ian Berriman

37 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"It's not often we're given something that looks so dazzling, features such an impressive, eclectic cast, and which will leave your noggin buzzing with ideas."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

James White

38 65%

Mama (2013)

"Very European in its direction, aesthetic and narrative, Mama possesses a strong, emotional core that will surprise those jaded by some of the lazier horror titles of late."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Tara Bennett

39 71%

From Beyond (1986)

"If you have a strong stomach it's all sorts of sicko, shiversome fun. Bad trip, good movie."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Ian Berriman

40 24%

Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

"There's no tension, not a single bone-chilling moment, and a key revelation about one character's true identity makes zero sense."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Ian Berriman

41 ——

Doctor Who - The Ark in Space (1991)

"A story brimming with confidence. The first episode, in particular, has a wonderfully ominous tone."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Will Salmon

42 91%

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan ()

"While not spectacular or amazing, this is an affectionate and satisfying tribute."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Russell Lewin

43 48%

Willow (1988)

"Ron Howard has a painterly eye for a fantasy landscape, but his action sequences are functional, while some clunking comedy sidekicks prophesy the long, dark shadow of Jar Jar Binks."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Nick Setchfield

44 ——

Doctor Who - The Aztecs (2000)

"The Aztecs' reputation is as a thoughtful treatise on altering the timeline, but this four-parter is just as interested (if not more) in placing our heroes in deadly peril."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Ian Berriman

45 49%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"Breaking Dawn - Part Two is an efficient, rewarding finale for the loyalists, and really isn't bad enough to bother the rest of us."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Dave Golder

46 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"A small but perfectly formed tale with plenty to say about the nature of friendship."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Richard Edwards

47 93%

Room 237 (2013)

"Kubrick fans will find the way the film points out things you may not have noticed interesting, regardless of whether you consider such things to be meaningless inconsistencies or carefully seeded clues."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Ian Berriman

48 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"Has a lot to offer if you like your fantasy big, brash and jovial, but with a hint of horror in places."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

James White

49 57%

Love (2011)

"Stealing its visual and thematic cues from the likes of Moon, Solaris and 2001, Love is an uneven but never less than intriguing trip into headspace."

Posted Feb 16, 2013

Nick Setchfield

50 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"What works best about the film is what you might fear the most - the teen romance. It's the supernatural part that sucks."

Posted Feb 16, 2013

Dave Golder

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