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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 55%

The Conspirator (2011)

"Somewhat pedestrian, but strong performances along with Robert Redford's impeccable skills as a director save the film from losing its dramatic momentum "

Posted Apr 23, 2011

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2 84%

The Princess Of Montpensier (2011)

"Fleetingly rousing with impressive production values. It's often lackadaisical and contrived with a bland performance by the beautiful, but uncharismatic Mélanie Thierry. "

Posted Apr 15, 2011

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3 82%

The First Beautiful Thing (La prima cosa bella) (2011)

"A tender, captivating and well-acted drama abundant in humor and heart. "

Posted Apr 14, 2011

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4 62%

To Die Like A Man (2011)

"Well-acted and unflinching, but tedious, pretentious, overlong and tonally uneven. "

Posted Apr 9, 2011

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5 26%

Arthur (2011)

"A contrived, silly mess with an irritating performance by Russell Brand. Greta Gerwig and Helen Mirren shine, though. "

Posted Apr 8, 2011

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6 92%

Circo (2011)

"Captivating, unflinchingly honest and poignant. "

Posted Apr 5, 2011

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7 68%

Rubber (2011)

"The most certifiably insane, gut-bustingly funny horror comedy since Shaun of the Dead. It's best experienced late at night with a rowdy audience. "

Posted Apr 2, 2011

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8 46%

Wrecked (2011)

"Initially intense and suspenseful before tedium arrives. Adrien Brody delivers a captivating performance. "

Posted Apr 1, 2011

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9 25%

Hop (2011)

"Uninspired, bland, charmless and increasingly asinine. Only little kids might be fleetingly amused by the eye candy and sight gags. "

Posted Apr 1, 2011

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10 40%

The 5th Quarter (2011)

"A well-acted drama that finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them emotionally as well as intellectually. It will make you stand up and cheer. "

Posted Mar 27, 2011

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11 88%

Honey (2011)

"A boring, frustratingly sluggish, highly elliptical experience with undeniably picturesque scenery and a sensitive performance by Bora Atlas. It would have worked much better as a short film."

Posted Mar 26, 2011

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12 17%

Drawing with Chalk (2011)

"Tender, genuinely heartfelt, inspirational, refreshingly unpredictable and, above all, relatable. "

Posted Mar 25, 2011

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13 23%

Sucker Punch (2011)

"Pretentious, tedious, dumb, pointless and, worst of all, boring. Avoid it like the plague, and go watch Kill Bill or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon again instead. "

Posted Mar 25, 2011

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14 ——

Alabama Moon (2011)

"Big-hearted, inspirational and forgivably contrived with just the right amount of poignancy, excitement and comic relief to keep older and younger audiences captivated. "

Posted Mar 20, 2011

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15 44%

Bereavement (2011)

"Palinesque, bland and increasingly silly with oodles of unintentional humor instead of what every horror fan expects: palpable scares. "

Posted Mar 19, 2011

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16 72%

Winter in Wartime (2011)

"An engrossing, well-directed war drama that will keep you at edge of your seat. "

Posted Mar 18, 2011

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17 65%

The Music Never Stopped (2011)

"Deeply moving, powerful and inspiring. It radiates a rare glow of humor and warmth. J.K. Simmons gives by far the best performance of his career. "

Posted Mar 16, 2011

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18 68%

Black Death (2011)

"Atmospheric and initially intriguing, but often meandering and ultimately forgettable. It's deficient in enough scares, thrills and palpable tension to keep you thoroughly captivated. "

Posted Mar 12, 2011

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19 35%

Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

"Tedious, lazy and thoroughly nauseating with no palpable thrills or excitement to be found. The asinine script and excessive use of shaky-cam will make your eyes and ears bleed simultaneously."

Posted Mar 11, 2011

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20 10%

Red Riding Hood (2011)

"An often suspenseful, visually stylish and atmospheric whodunit despite a hackneyed romantic subplot and plenty of stilted dialogue to boot. "

Posted Mar 10, 2011

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21 88%

Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011)

"Quietly engrossing and fascinating with well-nuanced performances by Juliette Binoche and William Shimell. "

Posted Mar 10, 2011

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22 80%

I Saw the Devil (2011)

"An intelligent, suspenseful and relentlessly terrifying crime thriller with one of the nastiest villains in the history of cinema. "

Posted Mar 8, 2011

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23 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"Mostly intriguing, suspenseful and clever until it loses steam during the underwhelming, facile, anticlimactic third act. "

Posted Mar 4, 2011

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24 88%

Rango (2011)

"Amusing and thrilling albeit slightly overlong with dazzling visuals and clever nods to classic Westerns. "

Posted Mar 4, 2011

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25 ——

A Good Man (2011)

"A captivating, heartfelt and unflinchingly honest documentary brimming with warmth and humor. "

Posted Mar 1, 2011

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26 35%

The Grace Card (2011)

"A heartfelt and inspirational drama about the healing power of grace, reconciliation and forgiveness. "

Posted Feb 26, 2011

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27 93%

Of Gods and Men (2011)

"Poignant, haunting and profound with thoroughly captivating performances. It's one of the most powerful and unforgettable films of the year. "

Posted Feb 25, 2011

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28 33%

I Am Number Four (2011)

"Suffers from so much style over substance, lack of internal logic, contrived subplots and wooden performances that it makes Twilight look like Gone with the Wind. "

Posted Feb 19, 2011

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29 25%

Now & Later (2011)

"Essentially a lazy porno with an dull plot, poor performances and tacked-on, underexplored sociopolitical messages. "

Posted Feb 18, 2011

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30 78%

Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2012)

"Offers three beautifully written films and two weaker ones that could have fleshed out with more imagination. God of Love deserves to win the Oscar."

Posted Feb 13, 2011

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31 100%

The Sky Turns (2011)

"A somewhat meandering, yet provocative and lyrical documentation of a village's history, its evolution and the memories of its 14 villagers. "

Posted Feb 11, 2011

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32 40%

Carbon Nation (2011)

"Mildly captivating albeit one-sided and over-simplified. It merely presents a reader's digest overview of climate change solutions [that's] more overwhelming than inspirational."

Posted Feb 11, 2011

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33 30%

Sanctum (2011)

"Thrill-less, contrived albeit visually stunning adventure with laughably stilted dialogue and characters so devoid of life that you'll end up rooting for mother nature. "

Posted Feb 5, 2011

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34 76%

Cold Weather (2011)

"Mildly compelling and amusing, but somewhat uneven and dull. The sexy Trieste Kelly Dunn invigorates the film in a radiant, charismatic performance. "

Posted Feb 4, 2011

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35 92%

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (2011)

"Viscerally exhilarating and thrilling in its brilliantly-choreographed fight sequences, but less engaging during its contrived moments of drama. "

Posted Jan 29, 2011

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36 21%

The Rite (2011)

"Stylish, initially provocative, [but] suffers from increasing implausibility, oversimplifications, diminishing suspense and a bland, unengaging performance by Colin O'Donoghue. "

Posted Jan 28, 2011

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37 100%

Strongman (2011)

"Thoroughly fascinating, heartfelt and unflinchingly candid. "

Posted Jan 27, 2011

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38 93%

Applause (2011)

"An engrossing, unflinchingly honest drama that showcases Paprika Steen's haunting, brave and tour de force performance. "

Posted Jan 23, 2011

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39 71%

Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2011)

"An exhilarating adventure that offers compelling characters, a wonderfully imaginative story and dazzling special effects. Newbies might feel slightly perplexed, though. "

Posted Jan 21, 2011

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40 73%

The Housemaid (2011)

"A chilling, intelligent and atmospheric thriller brimming with suspense, exquisite cinematography and a captivating performance by Jeon Do-yeon. "

Posted Jan 21, 2011

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41 49%

No Strings Attached (2011)

"A witless albeit sexy romcom that's often contrived, sophomoric, overstuffed and low on palpable chemistry. It's far from a modern-day classic, but Natalie Portman sure does sizzle."

Posted Jan 20, 2011

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42 85%

A Somewhat Gentle Man (2011)

"Often engaging with just the right balance of poignancy and comedy, although it takes a while for it to gather dramatic momentum. Skarsgård delivers a convincingly heartfelt performance."

Posted Jan 15, 2011

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43 43%

The Green Hornet (2011)

"An uneven, dull and painfully asinine action comedy that's neither thrilling, funny nor visually stylish enough to deliver pure entertainment. Go rent Kick-Ass instead."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

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44 43%

I'm Dangerous with Love (2011)

"A powerful, unflinchingly honest and intense experience that captivates you on a visceral level. "

Posted Jan 13, 2011

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45 65%

If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (2011)

"A well-acted albeit dull prison drama that's often tedious before it kicks into thriller mode too late in game. "

Posted Jan 6, 2011

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46 93%

Secret Sunshine (2010)

"Profoundly moving, intelligent and unflinching. It boasts a brave, emotionally devastating performance by Jeon Do-yeon. "

Posted Dec 22, 2010

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47 10%

Little Fockers (2010)

"Tedious, asinine, jejune and so painfully unfunny that it will make your eyes and ears bleed. "

Posted Dec 22, 2010

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48 51%

Tron Legacy (2010)

"A vapid and brainless blockbuster that's exhilarating on a purely aesthetic level, but suffers from laughably stilted dialogue and excessive style over substance. "

Posted Dec 18, 2010

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49 33%

Satan Hates You (2011)

"A dull, disgusting and underwhelming semi-satire that's bold in its concepts, but neither scary, funny nor clever in its execution."

Posted Dec 17, 2010

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50 8%

Alien Girl (2010)

"Gritty and action-packed, but often contrived and monotonous while lacking enough of a heart and brain to be a truly suspenseful and engrossing Russian gangster film. "

Posted Dec 17, 2010

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