SFX Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 86%

Manborg (2013)

"There's no escaping the sense that this is a fun idea for a short stretched out to feature length. The joke has worn thin long before the end."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Will Salmon

5 63%

Sinister (2012)

"The super-8 snuff movies are by far the best thing about Sinister; they're just so imaginatively horrible. Unfortunately, much of the rest of the film is disappointingly trite."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Ian Berriman

6 65%

Antiviral (2013)

"For fans of Cronenberg Sr, Antiviral pushes plenty of pleasurable buttons. Indeed, Brandon is so on-brand, the film so archly Cronenbergian, that at times it approaches parody."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Ian Berriman

7 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"Surprise, surprise: Warm Bodies is not an abysmal Twilight-esque nightmare. It's sweet, at times perfectly droll, but ultimately very uneven."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Tara Bennett

8 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"Directed by the team behind the equally quirky-but-heartwarming Little Miss Sunshine, it's never quite the biting satire you may expect, aiming rather for a Michel Gondry vibe."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Dave Golder

9 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"Warm, witty, wacky and wonderful, Wreck-It Ralph deserves to stand alongside the best of Disney, while also feeling like it wouldn't be out of place at Pixar's table."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

James White

10 78%

Dredd (2012)

"Pulls off the near-impossible, somehow balancing fanboy nods to the comic with the conventions of a mainstream cops-against-the-odds buddy drama."

Posted Jan 23, 2013

Dave Bradley

11 ——

Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987)

"Crucially, it's self-aware enough to be entertainingly awful rather than offensively dire."

Posted Jan 23, 2013

Jordan Farley

12 ——

Die sieben Männer der Sumuru (Rio 70) (1969)

"It's the sort of film which would look great projected on the wall in a swinging mod nightclub, but is immensely frustrating to actually sit through properly."

Posted Jan 23, 2013

Ian Berriman

13 40%

The Possession (2012)

"The story beats are all so blandly familiar that there are no real surprises. A pointless exorcise."

Posted Jan 23, 2013

Ian Berriman

14 36%

Restless (2011)

"Better stock up on tissues."

Posted Jan 11, 2013

Sarah Dobbs

15 8%

A Thousand Kisses Deep (2013)

"Neither proper science fiction nor serious romantic drama, A Thousand Kisses Deep is, in the end, too stupid to be worthwhile."

Posted Jan 11, 2013

Sarah Dobbs

16 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"A human drama with some good laughs, winningly performed, and never predictable."

Posted Jan 2, 2013

Russell Lewin

17 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"If there had never been an 'original' Total Recall, the reaction to Wiseman's version would surely have been a lot less frosty. Because in and of itself, it's a decent enough sci-fi action flick - severely flawed, but a lot of fun."

Posted Jan 2, 2013

Dave Golder

18 72%

Grabbers (2013)

"It feels like an unsatisfactorily backhanded compliment to call this charming indie the Irish Tremors, because it's a cut above pretty much every monster-mash horror-comedy of the last two decade."

Posted Jan 2, 2013

Ian Berriman

19 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"An impressive and brave attempt to tackle a book many thought could not be adapted."

Posted Dec 17, 2012

James White

20 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"An Unexpected Journey is a bit ropey, excessive and padded in places, sure, but if that's the worst and the best is yet to come, then this could end up being another great trilogy."

Posted Dec 10, 2012

Dave Golder

21 49%

The Man With the Iron Fists (2012)

"The Man With The Iron Fists definitely isn't the most polished first effort. But if you approach it as a sloppy, OTT martial arts outing, you'll find the fun."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

James White

22 42%

Zombi 2 (1980)

"While Zombie Flesh Eaters' stand-out moments are so vivid that, when viewed through the fog of memory, it seems like a classic, closer examination reveals all manner of disappointing flaws."

Posted Nov 28, 2012

Ian Berriman

23 ——

Love Bite ()

"If you're throwing out story, pacing, character and visuals, the results better be funny. Love Bite is not. "

Posted Nov 13, 2012

Natasha Hodgson

24 5%

Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

"It's in too much of a rush, and tries to cram in so much plot that unless you're familiar with the game it's closely adapted from, chances are it will leave you baffled."

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Jordan Farley

25 91%

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan ()

"While a little light and fluffy - and not offering much insight or info that hasn't been covered in the numerous books on Harryhausen - it's a wonderful celebration of his work."

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Dave Golder

26 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

"This belated sequel is by no means a masterpiece, but it benefits from inspired casting and an epic final act."

Posted Nov 3, 2012

Dave Bradley

27 56%

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

"When it comes to Keira Knightley, you can see the cogs grinding; it's far too arch a performance. It's impossible to buy this budding romance."

Posted Nov 3, 2012

Ian Berriman

28 79%

La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View) (1980)

"It's a curiously unsatisfying film in some ways: a little too restrained; too detached. "

Posted Nov 3, 2012

Ian Berriman

29 44%

Stitches (2013)

"A must for those who appreciate imaginative gore-mongering, with scene after scene of brain-scooping, lung-exploding, eye-javelin-ing brilliance."

Posted Oct 27, 2012

Natasha Hodgson

30 93%

Room 237 (2013)

"Misery-style uber-fandom meets David Icke conspiracy freakery. "

Posted Oct 27, 2012

Andrew Osmond

31 43%

Storage 24 (2013)

"While Storage 24 passes muster compared to Alien knock-offs of yore like Inseminoid or Contamination, it can't hold a candle to the work of Ridley Scott and Dan O'Bannon."

Posted Oct 27, 2012

Calvin Baxter

32 70%

Cockneys vs Zombies (2013)

"Delivers in every way a zombie movie should: it's fun, tense in all the right places, and very, very gory."

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Sarah Dobbs

33 ——

Doctor Who - The Claws of Axos (1996)

"It's all quite cute, fun in a watching-while-unwell-by-the-'70s-fireside sort of way."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Russell Lewin

34 19%

Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

"Chernobyl Diaries deserves no prizes for originality (or good taste) but it makes a decent fist of its simple pitch by executing everything it requires extremely efficiently."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Ian Berriman

35 93%

The Devil Rides Out (1968)

"Hammer's excitingly urgent adaptation of Dennis Wheatley's 1934 occult thriller is a film with no first act and little by way of a third - and that's actually its great strength."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Ian Berriman

36 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"A startlingly original indie production that will stay with you for years, a film so intense you can almost feel the heat of the swamp in which it was filmed."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Jayne Nelson

37 70%

Cockneys vs Zombies (2013)

"It might be about as subtle as an axe to the temporal lobe, but Cockneys vs Zombies possesses the kind of comic timing most recent horror comedies would kill for."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Jordan Farley

38 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"For all the pre-release chatter of Skyfall being 'Bond with a capital B', steeped in 'a magical Goldfinger feel', it's a film that fights surprisingly shy of the franchise's time-honoured rites."

Posted Oct 17, 2012

Nick Setchfield

39 24%

Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

"More so than previous entries in the series, Paranormal Activity 4 plays a great deal of its runtime for laughs. As a result it's not half as scary as you might hope."

Posted Oct 17, 2012

Jordan Farley

40 85%

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

"The film is a little too confined and stagey, but Cushing skilfully conveys the Baron's sociopathic monomania with flashes of those intense blue eyes. "

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Ian Berriman

41 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"Frankenweenie's biggest crime is that it's a comedy that isn't funny. There's no zip to the script, few jokes that stick in the mind."

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Richard Edwards

42 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"A sprightly, slightly twisted take on the romcom genre."

Posted Oct 15, 2012

James White

43 45%

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

"With a script by that manages to dilute Adam Sandler's baser instincts with a real love for Universal monsters, Hotel Transylvania is no Grown Ups-style torture."

Posted Oct 15, 2012

James White

44 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"It's probably a tad too scary for really small humans, but anyone from seven upwards will find ParaNorman's adventures firmly stick in their braaaiiinnns."

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Jayne Nelson

45 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"Prometheus is by no means a terrible movie. It's not the prequel we wanted, but it is a glorious spectacle packed with thumping space opera tropes."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Dave Bradley

46 63%

Sinister (2012)

"Though the scares are undeniably effective, there's something forced about them. Each shock is delivered with almost mathematical precision."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Sarah Dobbs

47 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"Full of striking moments that stick in the subconscious, you'll be hard pushed to find a more affecting cinematic experience than this."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Rob Power

48 67%

The Pact (2012)

"Often painfully tense viewing, if The Pact proves one thing, it's that you can terrify without exploring original territory. "

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Ian Berriman

49 31%

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

"More than ever, forgoes real attempts at character and story for lots of repetitive zombie skirmishes."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

James White

50 ——

GYO: Tokyo Fish Attack ()

"This abbreviated adap of Junji Ito's horror manga telescopes the story, eliding certain events and losing much of its brooding atmosphere in the process. There's also some gratuitous 'sexing up'."

Posted Sep 21, 2012

Ian Berriman

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