SFX Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Space: Above and Beyond (2009)

"The show has some truly brilliant episodes, especially whenever it explores the nature of the In Vitros. Unfortunately, it has just as many downright dull, talky episodes based around contrived sources of friction. "

Posted Apr 30, 2012

Dave Golder

2 29%

The Wicker Tree (2012)

"Where it falls short is a lean supply of narrative surprises or dramatic tension, and a pace that's a little too leisurely. It's all just a bit bland. "

Posted Apr 30, 2012

Russell Lewin

3 63%

The Monk (2013)

"Studded with lovely painterly images, but ends up feeling cramped and stagey."

Posted Apr 30, 2012

Andrew Osmond

4 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Motors on quips and star charm and the primal Top Trumps thrill of assembling its protagonists. But there's no compelling reason for it to exist, no burning tale it needs to tell."

Posted Apr 24, 2012

Nick Setchfield

5 38%

Lockout (Unrated) (2012)

"James Mather and Stephen St Leger's debut feature isn't smart, it doesn't have anything to say about the human condition and it never takes itself remotely seriously, but none of that matters with a film this much fun."

Posted Apr 23, 2012

Jordan Farley

6 34%

Battleship (2012)

"If you love military hardware, it's a great naval gazing exercise. But as a blockbuster it's all a bit half-mast."

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Dave Golder

7 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"So desperate to play it safe that it actually becomes drab. "

Posted Apr 2, 2012

Jayne Nelson

8 83%

The Kiss of the Vampire (Kiss of Evil) (1963)

"A faint tang of the perverse is such an unusual flavour that it distracts you from the complete absence of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing - and the bought-from-Woolworths plastic bats..."

Posted Apr 2, 2012

Ian Berriman

9 73%

The Monitor (Babycall) (2012)

"Provides an effectively unsettling counterpart to glossier chillers of its ilk. "

Posted Apr 2, 2012

Rosie Fletcher

10 25%

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

"If you make it through to the end, it's almost worth the wait."

Posted Apr 2, 2012

Jayne Nelson

11 ——

Doctor Who - Nightmare of Eden (1999)

"The only thing that's really wrong with "Nightmare Of Eden" is the design, and much of the paucity of that can be put down to BBC penny-pinching. "

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Ian Berriman

12 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"An incredibly engaging story, told impeccably, with a moral backbone for good measure."

Posted Mar 21, 2012

Rob Power

13 ——

The Deadly Spawn (1983)

"Simple, slow and cheap, yes, but fondly thought of - and not without some justification."

Posted Mar 18, 2012

Russell Lewin

14 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"There are so many nods to its source material that if you have no love of Hergé's creation from your childhood, its charm rapidly fades."

Posted Mar 18, 2012

Dave Bradley

15 ——

Doctor Who - The Daemons (1993)

"Viewed through the forgiving haze of nostalgia, 'The Daemons' is considered a classic. But sit down and watch it end to end with an unforgiving eye and its many shortcomings sadly become all too obvious."

Posted Mar 18, 2012

Ian Berriman

16 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"A massively entertaining, awesomely inventive twist on the traditional 'teenage kids go to a spooky house in the woods' genre that falters in the final reel, when things get too bizarrely excessive."

Posted Mar 10, 2012

Dave Golder

17 84%

Contagion (2011)

"One of the scariest films of the year - and the best advert for hand sanitiser you will ever see."

Posted Mar 2, 2012

Richard Edwards

18 35%

Immortals (2011)

"There's some mildly diverting action and a lingering shot of Freida Pinto's lovely bum, but even lovely bums must occasionally take a horrendous dump, and that's what Immortals is."

Posted Mar 2, 2012

Rob Power

19 85%

Dracula - Prince of Darkness (1966)

"Quintessential Hammer, containing all the elements you'd expect... And that's the problem."

Posted Mar 2, 2012

Ian Berriman

20 ——

Doctor Who - The Face of Evil (2000)

"Rarely has Doctor Who been so adult... this is strong, compelling stuff."

Posted Mar 2, 2012

Dave Golder

21 6%

The Devil Inside (2012)

"While the Devil might have a claim to hold all the best tunes, on the evidence of this, he really needs a word with his film development department."

Posted Mar 2, 2012

James White

22 51%

John Carter (2012)

"Lynn Collins's feisty Dejah Thoris is the best kick-ass sci-fi princess since Leia"

Posted Mar 2, 2012

Dave Golder

23 36%

In Time (2011)

"Andrew Niccol's dystopia never really feels like anything other than a depthless, stylish sleek surface."

Posted Feb 27, 2012

Ian Berriman

24 63%

Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man) (Demons '95) (Of Death, of Love) (1996)

"A triumph of style over content it may be, but Michele Soavi's film is still wickedly original and full of ambition."

Posted Feb 27, 2012

Russell Lewin

25 63%

Blood Car (2007)

"Undeniably inventive, unconventional and occasionally very witty."

Posted Feb 27, 2012

Rosie Fletcher

26 68%

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

"Defies Hollywood's conventional money-making formula by injecting a fresh shot of creativity into the series... and it's arse-clenchingly scary."

Posted Feb 27, 2012

Jordan Farley

27 98%

Repo Man (1984)

"Crammed with quotable, often gnomic one-liners, and set to an achingly cool soundtrack of hardcore punk, it's a movie with a disreputable, insolent charm."

Posted Feb 20, 2012

Ian Berriman

28 72%

Fright Night (2011)

"You have to wonder whether everybody involved in this remake went in with the mission statement to make the most average vampire movie ever. If so, they did a sterling job."

Posted Feb 17, 2012

Dave Golder

29 58%

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)

"Unlikely to leave many adult viewers with a case of nyctophobia."

Posted Feb 17, 2012

Ian Berriman

30 60%

Real Steel (2011)

"Real Steel is constructed from two incompatible movies that should never have co-existed: serious science fiction set in a plausible near-future and a gooey, sentimental family drama."

Posted Feb 17, 2012

Richard Edwards

31 18%

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

"Spirit Of Vengeance is madder than a line of designer guinea pig pyjamas and possesses the energy of a pre-schooler on a diet of candy floss and insulin shots."

Posted Feb 17, 2012

Jordan Farley

32 33%

Thief and the Cobbler (1993)

"A cartoon legend, a massively ambitious film decades in the making. Even in this butchered, cretinously dumbed-down version, its incredible hubris shines through."

Posted Feb 11, 2012

Andrew Osmond

33 66%

The Woman in Black (2012)

"Radcliffe couldn't have known that the editing process would place his not-disgraceful performance within a noisy, clattering movie about a man who is either suicidally brave or clinically deaf. "

Posted Feb 10, 2012

Jon Hamblin

34 31%

Intruders (2012)

"Intruders has many familiar elements, but it's not a problem; the film uses its archetypes wisely, and never glibly."

Posted Jan 29, 2012

Andrew Osmond

35 ——

Doctor Who - The Sensorites (2003)

"After the first episode, silent, shadowy strangeness is traded for local council wrangling among the stars. Shame."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Nick Setchfield

36 78%

Melancholia (2011)

"Von Trier's most mainstream film and though not exactly laugh-a-minute, easily his most entertaining too."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jordan Farley

37 85%

A Monster in Paris (2013)

"Solidly staged and charmingly quirky, but be prepared for a few longueurs."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Andrew Osmond

38 52%

Perfect Sense (2012)

"Beautifully shot, scored and edited. Unfortunately it's hobbled by the central performances, which feel too distant to allow the level of emotional investment required."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jordan Farley

39 85%

Chronicle (2012)

"A lot darker and disturbing than you might expect, Chronicle is a consistently watchable, assured debut, which largely overcomes the problems of its (now long past its sell-by date) format."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Dave Golder

40 26%

Underworld Awakening (2012)

"It's not awful, merely functional and lacking an identity now that the lore of previous entries has been abandoned."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Jordan Farley

41 12%

The Darkest Hour (2011)

"In what might prove to be one of the most egregious examples of concept far outstripping execution, The Darkest Hour ends up as this year's Skyline: aliens+paper-thin screenplay=cinematic snooze."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

James White

42 41%

Silent House (2012)

"The cleverly and handsomely achieved gimmick compensates for troublesome motivation and suspension of disbelief issues to make this a genuinely fresh treat for horror fans."

Posted Jan 3, 2012

Jane Crowther

43 61%

Final Destination 5 (2011)

"Fails to breathe new life into a tired franchise. "

Posted Jan 3, 2012

Jordan Farley

44 44%

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

"Takes an excellent premise full of potential, and makes it dull."

Posted Jan 3, 2012

Rob Power

45 80%

Videodrome (1983)

"Simultaneously sleazy and cerebral, it's a film whose surrealist setpieces burn a brand on the brain."

Posted Jan 3, 2012

Ian Berriman

46 81%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"More than justifies the usual Almodóvar adjectives: 'dark','unusual', 'erotic' and 'twisted'."

Posted Jan 3, 2012

Russell Lewin

47 62%

Frankenhooker (1990)

"If you're the kind of exploitation-loving deviant who finds Re-Animator overly sober, you'll be one satisfied John."

Posted Jan 3, 2012

Calvin Baxter

48 27%

Your Highness (2011)

"There are glimmers of inspired comedy, but rather than explore the genre's stereotypes, the movie constantly falls back on smut."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Alec Worley

49 72%

Hanna (2011)

"As a thriller, this strange, at times hypnotic, fable about a damaged little girl severely disappoints."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Alec Worley

50 37%

Mars Needs Moms (2011)

"A solid, vibrant family film that parents and young-ish nippers can enjoy together."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Guy Haley

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