Radio Times

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 93%

Barbara (2012)

"Director Christian Petzold's fifth collaboration with muse Nina Hoss often feels like a Douglas Sirk melodrama tinged with a bittersweet "ostalgia" for the repressions and privations of 1980s East Germany."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

David Parkinson

2 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"Don't look for wry satire - the gags are big and brash - but with the duelling stars on top form, The Campaign scores high in the approval ratings."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Stella Papamichael

3 50%

Into the White (2013)

"This is clearly breaking no new ground. But it does what it does with some skill and likeability."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

David Aldridge

4 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"A total mess that strains for poetic meaning. Yet it also has enough hypnotic power to carry one's attention through even the clumsiest and obvious passages."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Alan Jones

5 20%

Twenty8k (2013)

"The pacey but formulaic action rapidly loses credibility."

Posted Sep 13, 2012

David Parkinson

6 67%

Lawless (2012)

"Hardy is a fierce anti-hero, well matched against the manic, leather-gloved Pearce, but Hillcoat just cannot bring order to the chaos."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Trevor Johnston

7 78%

Dredd (2012)

"This is brisk and brutal film-making."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Alan Jones

8 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"The end result is a beautiful bore."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Stella Papamichael

9 42%

A Night in the Woods (2013)

"The improvised performances of the cast, the beautiful yet isolated location and dynamic camerawork keep things watchable."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Jeremy Aspinall

10 17%

A Few Best Men ()

"A largely unfunny blend of frantic farce and gross-out humour."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

John Ferguson

11 83%

Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

"A dazzling curio in which every sound effect reverberates with multiple meanings."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Alan Jones

12 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"There's much to enjoy here ..."

Posted Aug 26, 2012

Alan Jones

13 17%

The Watch (2012)

"Schaffer piles on the jokes and set pieces to keep things moving."

Posted Aug 26, 2012

Terry Staunton

14 53%

Cleanskin (2012)

"The film certainly has ambition and there are some memorable fight scenes, but it also lacks the extra oomph that could have done for Bean's action-movie career what Taken did for Liam Neeson's."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

David Aldridge

15 65%

The Expendables 2 (2012)

"Bigger in scope than the original, the film's nonstop mayhem includes cartoonish battles, geysers of CGI blood and seemingly impossible stunts, with the geriatric gang of beloved icons placed centre stage for maximum thrills."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Alan Jones

16 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"Polley is very good at depicting the small highs and lows of modern relationships - the frequent poignant moments of everyday intimacy will doubtless strike a chord with many couples."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Damon Wise

17 71%

The Wedding Video (2014)

"Except for a very silly ending, his film goes down as easily as a glass of bubbly."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Stella Papamichael

18 51%

The Three Stooges (2012)

"The Three Stooges is far more enjoyable than it perhaps ought to be."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Karen Krizanovich

19 31%

The Dinosaur Project (2012)

"It's British, it's kind of fun and, at barely 80 minutes, it doesn't outstay its welcome."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

David Aldridge

20 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"A nimble and well-crafted chase thriller."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Alan Jones

21 95%

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1928)

"A truly creepy cast adds to the suspense."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

David Parkinson

22 30%

The Man Inside ()

"It's so mired in overwrought melodrama that, while it packs a few punches, it fails to deliver the knockout."

Posted Jul 27, 2012

David Aldridge

23 54%

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

"The catchy songs, personable characters and heartfelt message mean this is still a sweet and enjoyable concoction."

Posted Jul 27, 2012

Lucy Barrick

24 56%

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

"Intelligence and subtle wit inform debut director Lorene Scafaria's heartfelt look at unlikely romance blossoming in the shadow of Earth's obliteration by a giant asteroid."

Posted Jul 13, 2012

Alan Jones

25 84%

Chariots of Fire (1981)

"Unfairly dismissed by some as an empty exercise in cheap schmaltz, this has an old-fashioned innocence that celebrates the human spirit with a lot of careful detail."

Posted Jul 13, 2012

John Marriott

26 29%

Comes A Bright Day (2012)

"[An] ambitious but flawed heist-cum-love story."

Posted Jul 13, 2012

David Parkinson

27 57%

Detachment (2012)

"Admittedly, the film is heavy-handed in places, but it still makes you sit up and take notice."

Posted Jul 13, 2012

Stella Papamichael

28 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"Overall there's enough prehysterical fun to ensure that family audiences won't be disappointed. Just spare us Ice Age 5."

Posted Jul 13, 2012

David Aldridge

29 66%

The Women on the 6th Floor (2011)

"Let's just say that this is not a film that will endear itself to a female audience."

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Karen Krizanovich

30 95%

Ping Pong (2013)

"The doughty spirit of D'Arcy and Donlon shines through, as they keep on defying the odds to play another day."

Posted Jul 11, 2012

David Parkinson

31 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"There's a lot more than banana hammocks and vigorous thrusting ..."

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Adam Smith

32 33%

The Players (2014)

"A vulgar, variable and very French take on infidelity."

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Alan Jones

33 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"Newcomers may enjoy the novelty, but it's less involving for those who know where it's all headed, making this not so much amazing entertainment, but more of a passing amusement."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Stella Papamichael

34 80%

Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders) (1967)

"As well as providing a generous helping of shocks, Kneale's script gives his complex themes and theories plenty of space..."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

David Parkinson

35 78%

Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)

"Perry herself, while clearly driven and ambitious, comes across as hugely likeable and witty - the consummate professional whose personal life is in a tailspin."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Terry Staunton

36 70%

Dark Horse (2012)

"The characters run the gamut from near-comatose to shrill, all of them awful, and what seems to aspire to being a modern comedy of manners is simply a mean-spirited satire on such close but paradoxically unloving families."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Damon Wise

37 43%

Storage 24 (2013)

"Makes the most of a simple premise and single location setting, the cast are uniformly good, and the impressive creature delivers nastily effective splatter chaos."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Alan Jones

38 78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"Friedkin remains an expert technician to this day, but it's difficult to understand his enthusiasm for this seemingly juvenile exercise in trailer-trash excess."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Trevor Johnston

39 35%

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

"The premise may be pretty ridiculous, but this movie surprises by actually making sense."

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Karen Krizanovich

40 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

"Overall the film teeters, close to collapse, on its stacked heels."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Terry Staunton

41 79%

Ill Manors ()

"Rapper Ben Drew, otherwise known as Plan B, turns writer/director for this shocking and gritty urban drama that focuses on the criminal underclass in east London."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Terry Staunton

42 40%

Red Tails (2012)

"Executive producer George Lucas brings a healthy dose of his Star Wars magic to the CGI of the spectacular aerial sequences."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Terry Staunton

43 94%

Himizu (2013)

"Sono's film delivers a broadside against the self-interest and complacency of the older generation."

Posted Jun 1, 2012

Trevor Johnston

44 25%

Deathwatch (2002)

"Frankly, it's all tedious on the western front in this bum-numbing bore."

Posted Jun 1, 2012

Alan Jones

45 88%

The Angels' Share (2013)

"Brannigan is an engaging lead and Henshaw offers light relief, but director Ken Loach, famous for his social realism, and regular writer Paul Laverty struggle to find a balance between the film's comic and serious elements."

Posted Jun 1, 2012

Damon Wise

46 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"The well-paced and perfectly structured plot are matched by solid performances and powerfully arresting visuals."

Posted Jun 1, 2012

Terry Staunton

47 63%

Café de Flore (2012)

"Haunting and heartbreaking, director Jean-Marc Vallée's romantic drama is an electrifying multilayered experience."

Posted May 17, 2012

Alan Jones

48 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"Standard gross-out comedy fare and surprisingly formulaic by Baron Cohen's usual standards."

Posted May 17, 2012

Damon Wise

49 13%

Piranha 3DD (2012)

""Welcome to rock bottom" says David Hasselhoff, reduced to badly emulating his role in Baywatch. He never spoke a truer word."

Posted May 16, 2012

Alan Jones

50 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"There's also great chemistry between the principals, who all get their moment in the sun."

Posted May 10, 2012

Jeremy Aspinall

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