MSN Movies

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

7 Boxes (2014)

"Directed by the team of Juan Carlos Manegelia and Tana Schémbori, 7 Boxes also has the verve, vigor and vitality of the best low-budget debuts; watching it, I felt the same vibe I did from Reservoir Dogs or El Mariachi or Primer."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

James Rocchi

2 89%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"Cynical, amoral, tense and superbly shot and performed."

Posted Jan 21, 2014

James Rocchi

3 6%

Battle of the Year (2013)

"A dead-in-the-soul cash grab of a movie set in the competitive world of B-boy dancing that thinks clichés, phony melodrama and product placement can substitute for real storytelling and actual characters."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

James Rocchi

4 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

"I had to wonder, could I be watching the next remarkably brainy piece of sci-fi, this year's Moon? But then the first space zombie gutted a concerned colleague with a power drill, and in that moment, I knew exactly what I was in for."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

William Goss

5 26%

Planes (2013)

" "Planes" borrows a world from "Cars," but even compared to that soulless exercise in well-merchandised animated automotive adventure, "Planes" is dead in its big, googly eyes and hollow inside."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

James Rocchi

6 93%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"The Spectacular Now is a finely-made, assured and deeply felt film that still has hope and love in it, precisely because it understands, and shows, what hope and love cost."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

James Rocchi

7 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"... the execution is pretty lively, irreverent, visually engaging, and every now and then almost actually witty."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Glenn Kenny

8 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"What's interesting about 'RED 2' is that, not only is it better than its predecessor, it is miles better ..."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

James Rocchi

9 67%

Turbo (2013)

"the movie seems to understand its own near-abject ridiculousness ... without getting overly nudge-nudge wink-wink ..."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Glenn Kenny

10 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"... it surpasses the hallmarks of its genre with an actually dramatic storyline and all-around solid acting. Just don't think you can go see it alone."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Kate Erbland

11 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

""The Act of Killing" is disquieting, uncomfortable ... and riveting." "

Posted Jul 16, 2013

James Rocchi

12 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"Heartfelt and hilarious, smart and silly, action-packed but never violent, "Despicable Me 2" is that rare sequel that outshines its beginnings."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

James Rocchi

13 63%

Heli (2014)

"...ultimately comes off as an empty piece of provocation."

Posted Jun 29, 2013

William Goss

14 94%

A Band Called Death (2013)

"... a must-watch for fans of punk music, vinyl record wonks, or even those interested ... a visionary entertainment dream."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Kate Erbland

15 48%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"'I'm So Excited' is bursting with color, sass and sexiness ... it maintains a light feel throughout."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Glenn Kenny

16 50%

White House Down (2013)

"'White House Down' is, at certain moments, a good time in spite of itself. I, for one, was certainly glad when it was over."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Glenn Kenny

17 65%

The Heat (2013)

"... a rapid-fire script and the inspired pairing of Bullock and McCarthy make 'The Heat' one of the funniest films of the year so far."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Kate Erbland

18 34%

The Internship (2013)

"There are plenty of films out there competing for your money ... 'The Internship' doesn't even deserve a part-time gig ..."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

James Rocchi

19 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"... the movie definitely struck a chord with the crowd I saw it with ... (with) a climax that brings bromance back ..."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Glenn Kenny

20 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Even though some of the attempts at gravitas don't work, the movie does make you believe that a flying man in tights is a thing of scary awe."

Posted Jun 12, 2013

Glenn Kenny

21 74%

The East (2013)

"Marling and Batmangli are smart enough to know that character and ideas matter, and how the presence of those things can improve action and suspense."

Posted Jun 4, 2013

James Rocchi

22 93%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"Alex Gibney's latest, "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks," is very good -- manage to do both."

Posted May 24, 2013

James Rocchi

23 64%

Epic (2013)

"A 3D eco-fantasy whose mantra-like insistence that we're all connected by nature is one of the main things that underscores the abject insincerity of the sentiment as the movie articulates it, "Epic" is very nearly epic in its stifling mediocrity. "

Posted May 24, 2013

Glenn Kenny

24 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"the actual give-and-take between the characters is uncomfortably emotionally accurate, which means it will make an excellent, if challenging, date movie for both new and old couples. "

Posted May 24, 2013

Glenn Kenny

25 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"This third installment could easily be dismissed as too little, too late, if only it weren't in fact too much, too late."

Posted May 24, 2013

James Rocchi

26 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"The violence is unfailingly nasty, the humor suitably dark, and the human center holds due to Dwight's endearingly short-sighted, continually fallible, yet understandably just mission against those who squandered his own happiness decades before."

Posted May 21, 2013

William Goss

27 85%

We Are What We Are (2013)

"We Are What We Are is a re-make that succeeds superbly while remaining true to the strange and sad intimately grotesque spirit of the original."

Posted May 20, 2013

James Rocchi

28 76%

The Congress (2014)

"...commits to Big Ideas of identity and integrity with Robin Wright remarkably anchoring it all as, well, herself. (Sort of.)"

Posted May 19, 2013

William Goss

29 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"To call Inside Llewyn Davis a minor work doesn't render it any less a pleasure to watch; it's to admit that the film's melancholy depiction of the '60s folk scene in Greenwich Village (and beyond) may only improve in the interim."

Posted May 18, 2013

William Goss

30 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"Doesn't explore the who's and why's of the scenario so much as the how's and why-not's."

Posted May 18, 2013

William Goss

31 26%

Erased (2013)

"'Frances Ha' is the most purely enjoyable and sweet-tempered movie the exceptionally talented Baumbach has made his nearly two decades as a director. "

Posted May 17, 2013

Glenn Kenny

32 26%

Erased (2013)

"'Erased' is an entertaining enough action outing with plenty of well-done elements to recommend it."

Posted May 17, 2013

Kate Erbland

33 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"What this movie does with a not-unfamiliar-to-some story is pretty clever, and the incarnation of a classic villain by British cheekbone virtuoso Benedict Cumberbatch is vivid and engaging."

Posted May 15, 2013

Glenn Kenny

34 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"A glorious nostalgia trip, continuing the Star Trek reboot in style through a cunning meld of the best of 1980s action sci-fi with high-end 2013 glossiness."

Posted May 13, 2013

James Clive-Matthews

35 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"Behind the lunatic corruption of Pain And Gain there's a kind of monstrous clarity. Do with it what you will."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Glenn Kenny

36 15%

Temptation (2013)

"Perry's film lags and limps along its two-hour runtime before finally going whole hog on one of the most dizzyingly weird final acts in recent cinematic history."

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Kate Erbland

37 68%

Wrong (2013)

"Dupieux doesn't make films for everyone, but he does craft creative and abstract trips that are more than worth going on, even if they're fantastically difficult to explain to anyone who has yet to join the club."

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Kate Erbland

38 28%

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

"When it comes to big and loud, this is the movie to beat for at least this week; what makes it entertaining is its unabashed wallow in these qualities ..."

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Glenn Kenny

39 92%

Gimme The Loot (2013)

"... 'Gimme the Loot' isn't the kind of film where a lot happens, but that's it's small-scale magic ..."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Glenn Kenny

40 65%

Spring Breakers (2013)

"... 'Spring Breakers' is a gas to look at and to hear, and it's easily Korine's most successfully sustained work.""

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Glenn Kenny

41 70%

The Croods (2013)

"It may not be an instant animated classic, but it's a charmer that will leave the kids ... feeling warm and fuzzy ..."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Kate Erbland

42 48%

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

"... the action is often not unengaging, and Butler's better at swinging for faux Bruce Willis ..."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Glenn Kenny

43 38%

Admission (2013)

"If Fey ends up making movies as good as this one over the next few years, television's loss will have been cinema's gain, for real."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Glenn Kenny

44 70%

V/H/S/2 (2013)

"Just imagine the kind of anthology that might yet be born should all involved be held to the evident highlights of these films so far."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

William Goss

45 85%

Sightseers (2013)

"Lowe and Oram get along with wonderfully neurotic chemistry, making it easy to root for them in spite of their newfound bloodlust."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

William Goss

46 83%

Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

"The first two acts are funny and fun in their moody evocation of both the period and the genre, but right around when Gilderoy starts to lose his mind, Berberian begins to lose its way."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

William Goss

47 73%

Miami Connection (2012)

"Miami Connection may not be a good film in any conventional sense, but it's great in countless ways."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

William Goss

48 68%

Wrong (2013)

"Those on its perpetually absurd wavelength should soon find themselves left in fits of giggles."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

William Goss

49 93%

Room 237 (2013)

"...brings the realms of film theory and conspiracy theory a bit closer together."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

William Goss

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