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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 81%

Hipsters (2011)

"Imagine Baz Luhrmann on borscht."

Posted Oct 31, 2012

Brandon Judell

2 59%

Leaves of Grass (2010)

"I could only bear 35 minutes, and I haven't walked out of anything since 'You, Me and Dupree.' "

Posted Oct 31, 2012

Brandon Judell

3 47%

The Details (2012)

"It's a familiar mold: the perils of suburban discontent have been so thoroughly explored that "The Details" plays like a hodgepodge of familiar circumstances on an assembly line to disaster."

Posted Oct 30, 2012

Eric Kohn

4 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"Beneath the pixelated gags, the stakes are relatively familiar. However, much of the humor in "Wreck-It Ralph" riffs on the nostalgia associated with real games."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Eric Kohn

5 75%

Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2012)

"Frustration, fear and anger are palpable throughout Big Boys Gone Bananas!* even though Fredrik Gertten approaches the heated rhetoric with a cool head. "

Posted Oct 27, 2012

Serena Donadoni

6 64%

Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012)

"The real heartbreak comes when writer and director Ya-Che Yang envisions them as compromised adults still clinging to their adolescent fears and desires."

Posted Oct 27, 2012

Serena Donadoni

7 86%

We Women Warriors (2012)

"The three indigenous women profiled in Nicole Karsin's documentary deal with pressing problems by taking the long view. Colombia's 102 tribes have worked to maintain their native cultures for five centuries."

Posted Oct 27, 2012

Serena Donadoni

8 0%

General Education (2012)

"What screenwriters [Tom] Morris, Elliot Feld and Jaz Kalkat fail to build is dramatic tension: affable, extremely self-involved Levi easily skates around all obstacles."

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Serena Donadoni

9 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"Shepard wrote the script and co-directed with David Palmer (Brother's Justice), constructing an ideal vehicle for the real-life couple's spirited banter."

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Serena Donadoni

10 22%

Three Stars (2012)

"While Hachmeister acknowledges that Michelin rewards bold culinary innovation as well as refined traditional cuisine, he expresses a distrust of the star system."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Serena Donadoni

11 100%

The Waiting Room (2012)

"The Waiting Room is beautifully filmed and masterfully edited, but feels too careful and polished to have the emotional impact of activist filmmaking."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Serena Donadoni

12 44%

Decoding Deepak (2012)

"Gotham spent a lifetime observing his father connect with the faithful, and he's skeptical of the wise teacher/eager student dynamic."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Serena Donadoni

13 ——

Seeds of Resiliency (2012)

"This hour-long documentary is a relentlessly positive look at the transformative power of tragedy, and it works best with very specific stories."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Serena Donadoni

14 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"That "Skyfall" looks strikingly beautiful may explain why it has already generated waves of positive buzz. At two hours and 25 minutes, the movie runs far too long, but has been artfully rendered to obscure its fundamental simplicity."

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Eric Kohn

15 70%

The Loneliest Planet (2012)

"Hardly an indolent director, Loktev has much to say about a couple suffering from the inability to say much of anything."

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Eric Kohn

16 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"Less dreary than uplifting, The Surrogate succeeds as a light romance with heavy material."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Eric Kohn

17 78%

Flight (2012)

"...fully realized calibration of suspense, entertainment value and emotional payoff."

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Eric Kohn

18 96%

Argo (2012)

"Argo navigates these familiar qualities through a nice calibration of performances and breezy pace that pulls you along with the increasingly risky stakes."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Eric Kohn

19 84%

Smashed (2012)

"Winstead's performance overwhelms and overcomes the fragmented story."

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Eric Kohn

20 70%

Not Fade Away (2012)

"...reaches for a grand statement about the period's intergenerational tensions and instead simply channels nostalgia."

Posted Oct 6, 2012

Eric Kohn

21 100%

The American Scream (2012)

"Think Death of a Salesman with demons."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Eric Kohn

22 89%

Starlet (2012)

"Starlet contains enough provocative subtext to deliver on its themes about the challenges of communication."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Eric Kohn

23 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"While not Burton's greatest accomplishment, it's his most definitive work in years."

Posted Oct 3, 2012

Eric Kohn

24 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"That Ang Lee has managed to turn the limitations of the material into his adaptation's greatest strength make "Life of Pi" into a significant achievement for the filmmaker in spite of blatant problems with structure, dialogue and other surface issues."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Eric Kohn

25 51%

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)

"One of the best action movies of the year simply because it keeps hitting the right beats."

Posted Sep 23, 2012

Eric Kohn

26 78%

Dredd (2012)

""Dredd 3D" may present a dreary vision of the future, but it offers a promising encapsulation of the modern action movie. "

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Eric Kohn

27 85%

End of Watch (2012)

"By virtue of its style and high stakes scenario, End of Watch is impressively tense, but then so are most episodes of COPS, which don't suffer from the forced melodrama found here."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Eric Kohn

28 41%

The Ninth Gate (1999)

"Polanski revisits Satan with less than devilish fun."

Posted Sep 14, 2012

Brandon Judell

29 77%

Plata quemada (Burnt Money) (2001)

"A beautifully realized, fevered and smart retelling of an actual robbery that went very amiss back in sixties' Argentina."

Posted Sep 14, 2012

Brandon Judell

30 38%

Shit Year (2011)

"While I admire Archer's attempt to tackle the well-worn path of the fading superstar narrative with ingenuity, his high-minded conceits muddy the vitality of Barkin's performance."

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Eric Kohn

31 75%

Green (2012)

"The source of suspense lies entirely within one character's fragile mind."

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Eric Kohn

32 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"It's less a love letter to the writing process than a satire of those obsessed with it. Even if McDonagh doesn't mean to imply that writing is a psychopathic behavior, the proof is in the gory pudding."

Posted Sep 10, 2012

Eric Kohn

33 55%

For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

"It's easy to give into its charms."

Posted Sep 10, 2012

Eric Kohn

34 93%

Looper (2012)

""Looper" is thrilling to watch even when it falls apart."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Eric Kohn

35 94%

Side by Side (2012)

"Side By Side works as well as it does by celebrating the filmmaking practice as a distinctive art form no matter what process it uses to make images into motion."

Posted Sep 5, 2012

Eric Kohn

36 60%

Francine (2012)

"Francine marks the start of a promising career for the filmmakers, more than anything else demonstrating their eye for small moments."

Posted Sep 5, 2012

Eric Kohn

37 90%

Keep the Lights On (2012)

"Sachs' screenplay does a terrific job capturing the drama shared by urban sophisticates with an understated approach that foregrounds Erik's ongoing confusion."

Posted Aug 28, 2012

Eric Kohn

38 76%

The Ambassador (2012)

"...enacted less with a coy wink than with a violent elbow jab to the ribs."

Posted Aug 27, 2012

Eric Kohn

39 66%

For Ellen (2012)

"Nobody else could fit the role of a crestfallen rocker that Paul Dano embodies in director So Yong Kim's remarkable For Ellen."

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Eric Kohn

40 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"With a new generation of visual effects at his command, director Len Wiseman has the ability to paint on a broader canvas, but since we see this caliber of movie magic on a regular basis it's no longer an Event. "

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Leonard Maltin

41 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"(Renner) has the required intensity and physicality to make his character-a highly-trained, genetically enhanced undercover agent-completely believable."

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Leonard Maltin

42 89%

Compliance (2012)

"...a movie that feeds on collective emotions -- anger, denial and, most of all, fear -- but also triggers explosives along the faultlines of class."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Eric Kohn

43 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"...a delicate, contained dramedywith an understated turn by Frank Langella. "

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Eric Kohn

44 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"...everything I liked about the original movie has been worn down. "

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Leonard Maltin

45 70%

Dreams of a Life (2012)

"Dreams of a Life unintentionally amounts to a mean-spirited snooze."

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Eric Kohn

46 70%

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

"The whole thing is a step above studio romantic comedies, but that's not saying much."

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Eric Kohn

47 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"Unlike the polished universe of Pixar's "Brave" or countless other recent CGI efforts, "ParaNorman" maintains a delicate, handcrafted look that underscores its ideas."

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Eric Kohn

48 78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"Friedkin has crafted another enjoyable slice of frenzied pulp minimalism."

Posted Jul 24, 2012

Eric Kohn

49 73%

Klown (2012)

"Each gag has added appeal because it contains an uneasy humor that's often explored but never fully exploited in these parts."

Posted Jul 23, 2012

Eric Kohn

50 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"Kazan has fun with a silly premise and smartly plays it straight when the occasion calls for it."

Posted Jul 23, 2012

Eric Kohn

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