Radio Times

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 42%

Midnight's Children (2013)

"The film is stunningly beautiful. And the story retains at least some of the elements that made the novel so special in its imagination, ambition and scope."

Posted Dec 27, 2012

Brian Pendreigh

2 61%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"A workmanlike caper that makes for an underwhelming start to a potential franchise."

Posted Dec 27, 2012

Terry Staunton

3 72%

Grabbers (2013)

"This ambitious mix of mirth and menace is an offbeat and hugely enjoyable affair."

Posted Dec 27, 2012

Alan Jones

4 81%

Pitch Perfect (2012)

"It's a lightweight confection, but Pitch Perfect is great fun while the fat lady (and the skinny one) sings."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Karen Krizanovich

5 95%

West of Memphis (2012)

"This rigorously researched film does indeed add to the account..."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Adam Smith

6 81%

Boxing Day ()

"Huston, as ever, does the devil's work to perfection, but, with no one to like - let alone root for - this soon becomes a very long and tiresome slog indeed."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Damon Wise

7 96%

Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast) (1987)

"The film began something of a vogue for food as an emblem of love in the cinema, but nothing has equalled it. Resist it if you can."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Robyn Karney

8 80%

Baraka (1993)

"While it's easy to look at these often beautiful moving postcards, Fricke presents locations without identifying them, so most viewers will quickly find themselves lost and overwhelmed."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

David Parkinson

9 91%

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1960)

"The on-screen fireworks were reportedly fuelled by off-screen hatred, but the chemistry between the stars is unquestionably hair-raising and upped the Gothic stakes to camp shock levels."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Alan Jones

10 64%

Love Crime (2011)

"The interplay between the two very different leads and the involving, increasingly dark story keep things moving along nicely."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Trevor Johnston

11 96%

Chasing Ice (2012)

"It's sobering stuff but the film's impact is somewhat diminished by Orlowski's reverential profile of Balog, who continues to crusade despite the toll his endeavours have taken on his body."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

David Parkinson

12 65%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"Thankfully, Freeman is a charismatic lead, employing that familiar look of weary bemusement (perfected on The Office) to offer a humorous counterpoint to all the growly doom-mongering."

Posted Dec 10, 2012

Stella Papamichael

13 84%

Gremlins (1984)

"Phoebe Cates's admirably straight-faced Christmas speech should be compulsory viewing during the festive season."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

John Ferguson

14 58%

I, Anna ()

"Like the traditional femme fatale, Anna leaves you wanting to know more."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Stella Papamichael

15 49%

The Man With the Iron Fists (2012)

"A one-note pastiche featuring impressive wire-fu, bloody mayhem and CGI mutilation."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Alan Jones

16 6%

So Undercover (2013)

"There's no sign as yet that the perky but otherwise unremarkable Ms Cyrus is going to find it easy graduating from teen star to grown-up actress."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

David Aldridge

17 33%

The Oranges (2012)

"It's all mildly amusing, if fairly obvious, stuff and it's impeccably played by the superb cast. But you can't help feeling that they all deserve something rather more worthy of their talents."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

David Aldridge

18 0%

Confession of a Child of the Century ()

"As dull and cumbersome as its title."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

David Aldridge

19 74%

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

"Destined to become definitive holiday entertainment for all the family."

Posted Nov 30, 2012

Alan Jones

20 82%

Laurence Anyways (2013)

"Poupaud and especially Clément's unaffected performances anchor the overlong film ..."

Posted Nov 30, 2012

Sloan Freer

21 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"A timely and intelligent reminder of the dangers of public hysteria."

Posted Nov 30, 2012

Damon Wise

22 66%

Great Expectations (2013)

"[A] grim and cheerless adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic."

Posted Nov 30, 2012

Stella Papamichael

23 85%

Sightseers (2013)

"Indecently funny, delightfully eccentric and far bloodier than you'd expect ..."

Posted Nov 30, 2012

Alan Jones

24 83%

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (2012)

"Rivals Julian Schnabel's 2007 film The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly in its portrayal of human courage and fortitude."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

David Parkinson

25 64%

Hit So Hard (2012)

"When the film does (eventually) focus on Schemel herself, it provides a fascinating insight into the pressures of the music business and a cautionary tale of life in the fast lane."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Terry Staunton

26 85%

Happy, Happy (2011)

"Like its heroine, the story never dwells on the heartbreak, delivering plenty of wry smiles and surprises as the four adults are forced to confront all the glaring problems in their marriages."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Jamie Healy

27 19%

Gambit ()

"Firth is nicely self-effacing and there are a few laughs to be had, but they are stunningly cheap."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Stella Papamichael

28 ——

East End Babylon ()

"This is a rousing portrait of East End punks the Cockney Rejects and the Canning Town that spawned them."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

David Parkinson

29 92%

The Shining (1980)

"The technique is as overpowering as Nicholson's performance, which is both hammy and deeply disturbing."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Adrian Turner

30 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"A model feel-good movie that sparkles with heartfelt humour ..."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Alan Jones

31 25%

Fun Size (2012)

"A gross, sprawling and barely credible teen comedy."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Karen Krizanovich

32 94%

It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)

"This saga of interconnecting lives is one of Ealing's more successful non-comedies."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Tony Sloman

33 94%

Halloween (1978)

"[A] simple but horribly effective low-budget suburban horror ..."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Alan Jones

34 100%

Hello Quo ()

"It's compelling stuff, and the climactic reunion performance of In My Chair will have toes tapping and stiff upper lips quivering."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

David Parkinson

35 0%

Dark Tide (2012)

"The cast works hard, but not even the climactic tempest can whip up much excitement."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

David Parkinson

36 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"As well as being dramatically and visually engaging, the film conjures a living ecosystem that pulses, grips and ultimately enchants."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Andrew Collins

37 79%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"The changing role of women is also an underlying theme in a many-layered but otherwise simply told story."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Stella Papamichael

38 79%

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

"It may lack a little in charm and warmth, but the technical brilliance and decent use of 3D go some way towards compensating for the dimensions that the film otherwise lacks."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

David Aldridge

39 24%

Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

"Doors creak, shadows flicker, cats jump: the laziest sequel yet in the supernatural franchise barely bothers to change the formula at all."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Alan Jones

40 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Mendes's film certainly stands out, and there's a sense that things may be slightly different from now on. This is no reboot, more a recalibration of the format, or perhaps even, as Bond himself deftly puts it, "a resurrection"."

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Jamie Healy

41 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"The film's characterisation is hopelessly underdeveloped and an undercurrent of homophobia does little to make the experience any less tedious."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Adam Smith

42 61%

Private Peaceful ()

"The performances are admirable and the intentions unimpeachable."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

David Parkinson

43 44%

On the Road (2012)

"It's beautifully shot, handsomely mounted and well cast ..."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Alan Jones

44 45%

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

"The ultimate message about ignorance being the scariest thing of all is a sincere one, but it gets lost in the nonstop, eager-to-please, uninspired zaniness."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Alan Jones

45 63%

Sinister (2012)

"Cool in its crafty mood placement, confidently restrained during its nastiest moments and mining provocative lines of devastating nuance, the movie reaches a terrifying crescendo as the grisly Super 8 reels bleed into high-pitched scares."

Posted Oct 7, 2012

Alan Jones

46 70%

Liberal Arts (2012)

"An unexpected delight, dealing with intergenerational relationships in a funny and unusual way."

Posted Oct 7, 2012

Damon Wise

47 0%

The Knot (2014)

"If you can ignore the ill-judged slapstick and daft plot developments, it makes for diverting enough entertainment."

Posted Oct 7, 2012

David Aldridge

48 100%

Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 (2012)

"Casual observers will be fascinated, and even Bond obsessives may find something new to chew on ..."

Posted Oct 7, 2012

Jeremy Aspinall

49 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"Shortcomings aside, this rattles along entertainingly and, at barely 90 minutes, doesn't outstay its welcome."

Posted Oct 7, 2012

David Aldridge

50 93%

Looper (2012)

"An ingenious, witty film that simply brims with ideas and energy."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Damon Wise

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