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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"The film seems complicit in his "don't hate the player, hate the game" attitude about doping which fails to justify his own metastasized dishonesty, and especially the vindictiveness with which he destroyed the lives and livelihoods of his opponents."

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

2 88%

The Walking Dead: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2014)

" I don't want a zombie show with small, lyrical moments. "

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Tim Molloy

3 55%

Reign: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The CW series does a fairly effortless-looking job of combining a 16th-century setting with a fluid, modern dynamic. "

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Tim Molloy

4 52%

Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The fact that Dracula is now a Victorian Steve Jobs adds to the confusion in the Dracula update, which I enjoyed watching, but which I think is doomed. "

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Tim Molloy

5 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"Ultimately as much a polemic as tentpole entertainment, "Ender's Game" is a rare example of filmmaking with a scalpel at a scale that usually demands a hatchet."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

6 60%

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

"When the three-act structure gets shoved to the side for fun and games, Bad Grandpa delivers some of the heartiest laughs I've had all year."

Posted Oct 23, 2013

Alonso Duralde

7 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Thor: The Dark World delivers the goods - action, otherworldly grandiosity, romance, humor - above and beyond its predecessor. "

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Alonso Duralde

8 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Alternately a poetic tale of personal affirmation and a plainspoken metaphor for tenacity in the face of meager hope, "Nebraska" is not just a beautiful or great film but an essential one for our time."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

9 49%

Carrie (2013)

"It doesn't do anything strikingly wrong; it's just unnecessary."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Alonso Duralde

10 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"for two guys who have both fought their way out of tougher, stupider, higher-concept ideas than this one, and looked better while doing it, "Escape Plan" suggests they may be trapped more by the past than any sort of tangible prison."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

11 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"A captivating look at an American literary giant in those years before he was ready to howl."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Alonso Duralde

12 70%

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

"Even with new cooks in the kitchen, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a completely delicious dish, as it adds a handful of great new ingredients to a familiar recipe."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

13 94%

Her (2014)

"If, like me, you've admired Jonze's ambitions more than you've responded to his results, you may find that Her puts his means and his ends on more equal footing. He shoots for the moon and, this time, hits it."

Posted Oct 12, 2013

Alonso Duralde

14 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"It offers a compelling, complex portrait of the Wikileaks founder that will probably do precisely what the actual Assange fears - namely, paint him as a demagogue whose commitment to institutional corruption is more self-aggrandizing than sincere."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

15 22%

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

"Elegant and well-acted but bereft of the spark to make its tragedy resonate with lovers who spent more than an hour getting to know one another, "Romeo and Juliet" effectively chronicles young love but doesn't transcend it."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

16 69%

About Time (2013)

"Beautiful to look at, with its seaside estates and its rain-soaked weddings and besotted characters being lovely to one another, but it's a treacly greeting card coming from someone whose love letters used to have a little more bite."

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Alonso Duralde

17 45%

Low Winter Sun: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Sadly, Low Winter Sun lacks the lean snap of classic noir. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Diane Garrett

18 100%

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 9 (TV, 2013)

" Becoming the big dog hasn't cost Sunny its bite. It's only gotten meaner and funnier. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Tim Molloy

19 0%

Dads: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Bigotry by helpless losers looks like the sad, impotent venting it is. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Tim Molloy

20 88%

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" One of its strengths is that it isn't just a star vehicle for Samberg. It's an ensemble from the Parks and Recreation team of Mike Schur and Dan Goor that gives all the varied cast mates lots of shots at being funny. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Tim Molloy

21 82%

The Blacklist: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Spader plays his scenes with relish. It's fun to watch. So are the stylish action scenes. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Diane Garrett

22 57%

Hostages: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Suspense-filled from the get-go, Hostages revolves around a family full of secrets. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Diane Garrett

23 29%

Lucky 7: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Alas, the characters and scenarios are stroked way too broadly. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Diane Garrett

24 55%

The Crazy Ones: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Am I judging TV characters? No. I'm judging show creator David E. Kelley for not giving them more dimensions. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Tim Molloy

25 70%

The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Well intentioned yes, but The Michael J. Fox Show is no Family Ties. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Diane Garrett

26 90%

Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Alternately titillating and prudish, Masters of Sex definitely does not climax too soon. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Diane Garrett

27 33%

Super Fun Night: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" It's a disappointing start for a show built around an appealing talent. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Diane Garrett

28 46%

The Millers: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" You might find yourself laughing in spite of yourself at The Millers. I know I did. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Diane Garrett

29 56%

The Originals: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" It's not tough to grasp, but isn't very entertaining. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jethro Nededog

30 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"McQueen and Ridley seem determined to obliterate any lingering Gone With the Wind-inspired notions that the antebellum South was a place of grace and charm, or that slavery was, in the euphemism of the day, merely a "peculiar institution.""

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Alonso Duralde

31 76%

Concussion (2013)

"It's hard not to think about Last Tango in Paris, The Stepford Wives, Belle de Jour and Jeanne Dielmann as we experience Abby's spiritual and sensual reawakening."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Alonso Duralde

32 67%

Mood Indigo (2014)

""Mood Indigo" perfectly balances Gondry's ornamental creativity and the verité storytelling of his more recent work, combining refined style and raw emotion into one devastating, beautiful package."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

33 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"The sequel Machete Kills opens with a fake trailer for a not-yet-produced third installment, then spends the next 100-plus minutes making a case for plunging a knife into the franchise's heart."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Alonso Duralde

34 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"All Is Lost was clearly a challenge to produce, and it makes its own demands on its viewers. It's a worthwhile effort on both counts."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Alonso Duralde

35 9%

Runner Runner (2013)

"Provides the world with very little except some great clips for Ben Affleck's eventual Golden Globe Life Achievement reel."

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Alonso Duralde

36 50%

A.C.O.D. (2013)

"This is the sort of movie you watch on a long flight because you like at least one of the cast members, and you laugh a few times, and then you forget that you ever saw it. "

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Alonso Duralde

37 49%

Parkland (2013)

"While this cast and this story could easily have filled, say, a ten-hour HBO miniseries, this 93-minute film too often feels like a blink-and-you'll-miss-em affair."

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Alonso Duralde

38 54%

The Zero Theorem ()

"full of Gilliam's stylistic hallmarks - layered realities, overbearing technology, institutional paranoia and of course, quirky romance - it feels like a personal journey into his beliefs, as it stares into the divide between reason and faith."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

39 92%

Inequality For All (2013)

"If you're looking for a streamlined explanation for the mess the U.S. economy's in, and how we might get out, it's as good a place to start as any."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Alonso Duralde

40 70%

The Green Inferno (2014)

"A serviceable reintroduction to Roth's idiosyncratic brand of horror, but it fails to either offend or exhilarate, instead chronicling the misadventures of a group of student activists with more technical acuity than singularity."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

41 70%

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

"Reeves' film offers serviceable action without doing much to introduce the world to the deeper complexities of tai chi. (A better title might have been "Game of Dearth.")"

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

42 78%

Metallica Through the Never (2013)

"A sweeping, ambitious take on concert films, "Metallica: Through The Never" works well enough visually, and certainly musically, to make up for its feeble attempt to fictionalize the lengths to which a fan would go for his favorite band."

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

43 14%

Baggage Claim (2013)

"Painfully unfunny and entirely unromantic, "Baggage Claim" offers a woefully outdated look at the challenges of finding true love, boosted from mediocrity only occasionally by a handful of supporting performances."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

44 57%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"Randall Moore's film feels, quite frankly, like a Disney-fied version of a David Lynch film, exposing the underbelly of an American institution without offering any sort of real critique and featuring characters too unlikeable to care about."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

45 97%

Gravity (2013)

"A hard-science tale that offers a uniquely poetic portrait of hope and survival, "Gravity" is a both a virtuoso technical achievement and a powerfully visceral cinematic experience."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

46 6%

Battle of the Year (2013)

"its dramatization of a U.S. dream team's journey to the international showcase is leaden with predictable character types and storytelling clichés, neither of which its well-executed but oddly infrequent dance sequences are able to overcome."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

47 70%

C.O.G. (2013)

"Alvarez rides a fine line with the Candide-esque nature of the story, pointing out the absurdities of the people that David meets along the way but never skirting the fact that wiseacre David has a lot to learn about the real world."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Alonso Duralde

48 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"For his first time behind the camera, Gordon-Levitt is already showing signs of great promise. It's a stereotype that actors-turned-filmmakers focus solely on performances, and while Don Jon is certainly a well-acted movie, it's also a good-looking one."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Alonso Duralde

49 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"Substitute his sex addiction for, say, alcohol or cocaine, and it's a tale that's been told countless times."

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Alonso Duralde

50 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"The good kind of fall movie - intelligent, literate and entertaining, deserving of praise without ever nakedly angling for awards. Prizes would be nice, but the best result would be for the powers that be to give Holofcener more money to make more films."

Posted Sep 17, 2013

Alonso Duralde

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