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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 33%

Certainty (2012)

"Charming and sophisticated while breaking no new ground and lacking wit. The talented, sexy Adelaide Clemens radiates charisma, grace and panache."

Posted Dec 1, 2012

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2 67%

California Solo (2012)

"Clunky and lacks bite, but mostly engrossing thanks to Robert Carlyle's heartfelt, nuanced performance that adds complexity which the screenplay lacks."

Posted Dec 1, 2012

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3 51%

This is 40 (2012)

"A sparkling romantic comedy brimming with razor-sharp wit and genuine poignancy. It's funnier and wiser than Knocked Up, Funny People and The 40 Year Old Virgin combined. "

Posted Nov 24, 2012

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4 43%

28 Hotel Rooms (2012)

"Not sexy, profound or memorable despite heartfelt performances by Chris Messina and Marin Ireland. It's ultimately an exhausting and frustrating affair."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

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5 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"A bloated, tedious, uninspired, sluggish and vapid bore that can only be enjoyed by very shallow, unctuous philistines."

Posted Nov 10, 2012

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6 80%

The Other Son (2012)

"A tender, warm and heartfelt drama that's grounded in humanism and well-nuanced acting. It's one of the best foreign films of the year."

Posted Oct 27, 2012

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7 50%

Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2012)

"A chilling, unnerving and psychologically horrifying experience. "

Posted Oct 22, 2012

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8 12%

Alex Cross (2012)

"Slick, fast-paced and mindlessly entertaining despite many contrived and awkward moments. It takes a while to get used to Tyler Perry in a non-Madea role. "

Posted Oct 19, 2012

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9 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"Bizarre, perverse, funny, magical, exhilarating, creepy, beautiful, mesmerizing and slightly exhausting with a tour de force performance by Denis Lavant."

Posted Oct 17, 2012

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10 53%

Simon and the Oaks (2012)

"A mildly engaging multi-layered story with very fine, heartfelt performances undermined by a banal screenplay and clunky directing. "

Posted Oct 13, 2012

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11 96%

Argo (2012)

"Taut, intelligent, funny, timely and thoroughly entertaining. Finally, there comes along a Hollywood movie made for adults. "

Posted Oct 12, 2012

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Paradise East (2012)

"Bold, wickedly funny and quietly suspenseful. An outrageously entertaining, smartly-directed guilty pleasure with exquisite production values. "

Posted Oct 6, 2012

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13 83%

Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)

"Poignant, funny and well-acted. A commendable directorial debut of Matthew Lillard. "

Posted Oct 6, 2012

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14 90%

Six Million and One (2012)

"Emotionally cathartic and engrossing with just the right amount of levity."

Posted Sep 29, 2012

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15 60%

10 Years (2012)

"Trite, banal and underwhelming. "

Posted Sep 22, 2012

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16 68%

Step Up To The Plate (2012)

"Mildly engaging, but leaves you hungry for more emotional and intellectual depth. "

Posted Sep 22, 2012

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17 70%

Liberal Arts (2012)

"Heartwarming, perceptive and funny. Elizabeth Olsen sizzles."

Posted Sep 16, 2012

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18 93%

The Trouble with the Truth (2012)

"Wise, warm, sexy and sophisticated with tender, well-nuanced performances by John Shea and Lea Thompson."

Posted Sep 15, 2012

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19 92%

The Bullet Vanishes (2012)

"A stylishly-directed, intelligent and well-acted murder mystery brimming with thrills, suspense and intrigue. It deserves an American remake. "

Posted Sep 10, 2012

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20 33%

Mulberry Child (2012)

"Sporadically intriguing and poignant, yet meandering and incomplete. It caters more to the heart than to the mind."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

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Desperate Endeavors (2012)

"Banal, contrived and stilted with a made-for-TV movie feel."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

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22 22%

Serving Up Richard (2012)

"After a promising first hour filled with suspense and clever dark comedy, it sinks into implausibility, silliness and banality. Its bite could use sharper teeth. "

Posted Sep 4, 2012

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23 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"Initially diverting and thrilling, but with diminishing returns. It's excessively inane and cartoonish. Not enough pleasure to call it a guilty pleasure. "

Posted Aug 27, 2012

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24 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"Lackluster, inane and witless with too many jokes that fall flat. "

Posted Aug 22, 2012

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25 55%

Beloved (2012)

"Well-acted and initially refreshing, but uneven, unfocused and too long. "

Posted Aug 22, 2012

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26 61%

The Awakening (2012)

"A strong, moving performance by Rebecca Hall coupled with an eerie atmosphere thanks to the top-notch cinematography provides enough palpable tension and scares to compensate for its weak, convoluted ending."

Posted Aug 18, 2012

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27 26%

2016: Obama's America (2012)

"Highly entertaining, eye-opening, scary and enraging. You'll never look at Obama the same way ever again nor will you trust his empty promises. "

Posted Aug 15, 2012

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28 94%

Meet the Fokkens (2012)

"Amusing and even liberating to watch, but lacks sufficient insight and revelations. How often do you get to see a doc about elderly prostitutes?"

Posted Aug 11, 2012

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29 8%

The Babymakers (2012)

"Preposterous, inane and silly, but outrageously funny."

Posted Aug 7, 2012

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30 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"Hilarious, bold, honest and witty. Meryl Streep sizzles. One of the smartest romantic comedies in years. It will go down as a classic."

Posted Aug 3, 2012

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31 40%

Falling Overnight (2012)

"Rarely has a romantic drama been made with such genuine, pure, unadulterated emotion. Emilia Zoryan delivers a radiant, well-nuanced performance."

Posted Jul 28, 2012

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32 97%

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

"A vital, informative wake-up call that will make you feel equally enraged and inspired. "

Posted Jul 28, 2012

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33 5%

30 Beats (2012)

"A sexy, smart and sophisticated exploration of sex, love and everything in between. "

Posted Jul 22, 2012

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34 86%

Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott (2012)

"Honest, illuminating and compassionate. An extraordinary documentary. "

Posted Jul 18, 2012

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35 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"Smartly-written, riveting and profoundly human with Oscar-caliber performances. It's the most emotionally and intellectually rewarding blockbuster in years, and thus far the best American film of 2012. "

Posted Jul 16, 2012

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36 92%

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

"Sexy, refreshing, well-acted and consistently compelling. It offers much more to offer than just beautiful set and costume design."

Posted Jul 15, 2012

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37 29%

Red Lights (2012)

"The American movie industry desperately needs a clever mystery thriller, but the sophomoric, nauseating and increasingly preposterous Red Lights fails to rise to that call."

Posted Jul 14, 2012

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38 25%

Drunkboat (2012)

"Undercooked, lazy and frustratingly underwhelming despite solid performances."

Posted Jul 13, 2012

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39 75%

Collaborator (2012)

"A quietly suspenseful, provocative and surprising directorial debut. It shows great promise in Martin Donovan's budding career as a writer/director. "

Posted Jul 8, 2012

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40 51%

Savages (2012)

"The rare guilty pleasure that offers both style and substance along with dark comedy, suspense, tongue-in-cheek humor and Benicio Del Toro who's just as scene-chewing as Javier Bardem was in No Country for Old Men."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

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41 33%

Top Priority: The Terror Within ()

"Enraging, but often heavy-handed and speculative. "

Posted Jul 3, 2012

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42 14%

Double Trouble (2012)

"Underwhelming and, worst of all, boring."

Posted Jul 2, 2012

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43 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"Too long and dramatically flaccid. It's well-shot and initially compelling, but ultimately suffers from style over substance."

Posted Jun 30, 2012

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44 68%

Ted (2012)

"It's like watching a cleverly subversive, inspired and hilarious opening act followed by a very weak, uninspired, and repetitious main act. If you've seen the trailer, you've seen most of the funny scenes already. "

Posted Jun 29, 2012

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45 91%

Gypsy (2012)

"A somber, melancholic drama with emotionally raw performances by its non-professional actors. "

Posted Jun 27, 2012

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46 78%

Brave (2012)

"Great CGI animation doesn't compensate for forgettable characters, an uneven tone, and a banal story that fails to pack enough of a comedic, imaginative and emotional punch. "

Posted Jun 23, 2012

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47 98%

The Invisible War (2012)

"Powerful, provocative and deeply moving. One of the most vital and enraging documentaries of the year."

Posted Jun 22, 2012

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48 20%

That's My Boy (2012)

"Tasteless, witless and mean-spirited. A painfully unfunny debacle."

Posted Jun 16, 2012

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49 95%

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

"A wildly entertaining and provocative about a bold, honest and charismatic artist."

Posted Jun 15, 2012

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50 21%

My Way (2012)

"Spectacular, thrilling and heartfelt. The best war film since Saving Private Ryan. "

Posted Jun 12, 2012

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