Radio Times

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)

"Until Field of Dreams came along, director John Hancock's moving buddy drama held the title of the best baseball movie ever made."

Posted May 7, 2014

Alan Jones

2 87%

Field of Dreams (1989)

"This fantasy drama from director Phil Alden Robinson is a delightful blend of the blind-fate story and the more fanciful feel-good corn of Frank Capra."

Posted May 6, 2014

David Parkinson

3 85%

Eight Men Out (1988)

"It's a sad and compelling piece that is totally convincing and doesn't require a knowledge of baseball."

Posted May 6, 2014

Adrian Turner

4 82%

Fear Strikes Out (1957)

"Director Robert Mulligan's feature film debut is a harrowing and intense biopic of Boston Red Sox baseball star Jim Piersall, superbly portrayed by Anthony Perkins."

Posted May 6, 2014

Tony Sloman

5 76%

A League of Their Own (1992)

"Any roughness is smoothed over by the talented cast and a great deal of charm and affection for the era."

Posted May 6, 2014

Joanna Berry

6 96%

The Bad News Bears (1976)

"A small winner."

Posted May 6, 2014

Jason Caro

7 81%

The Natural (1984)

"If you can suspend disbelief and let yourself be drawn into the movie, you'll be rewarded with an emotional and heart-warming experience that will have you cheering."

Posted May 6, 2014

Joanna Berry

8 92%

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

"The Coop mannerisms aren't really suited to Gehrig, but he gives a typically sympathetic performance alongside Wright and real-life stars such as Babe Ruth."

Posted May 6, 2014

David Parkinson

9 88%

The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

"The determinedly juvenile gags never stop flowing."

Posted May 6, 2014

John Ferguson

10 21%

Magic in the Water (1995)

"The result is a slice of delightful escapism that will enchant children and entertain parents as well."

Posted May 5, 2014

David Aldridge

11 5%

'Til There Was You (1997)

"The woeful miscasting of Jeanne Tripplehorn sabotages this romantic comedy about two people who are destined to meet but who contrive to keep missing each other."

Posted May 5, 2014

Joanna Berry

12 12%

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

"Tthe enthusiastic hamming can't hide the clunking direction by Sidney J Furie and the sub-standard special effects."

Posted May 5, 2014

John Ferguson

13 6%

Bolero (1984) (1984)

"One of the funniest bad movies ever made."

Posted May 5, 2014

Alan Jones

14 9%

Drop Dead Fred (1991)

"It's particularly irritating if you've seen the much better Harvey."

Posted May 5, 2014

Peter Freedman

15 4%

Wired (1989)

"This crude low-budget exploiter is one of the most grotesque character assassinations ever put on film."

Posted May 4, 2014

John Marriott

16 0%

Folks! (1992)

"Senility and attempted suicide are used to supposed comic effect as Selleck wanders around in various states of disarray, probably wondering what on earth he did to end up in this dreadful film."

Posted May 4, 2014

Joanna Berry

17 5%

Cool World (1992)

"Director Ralph Bakshi looked set to produce an adult version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit with this mix of animation and live action, but somewhere down the line it ran out of steam."

Posted May 4, 2014

John Ferguson

18 10%

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)

"This is not so much a milestone to mark the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America as a millstone round the neck of nearly everyone connected with it."

Posted May 3, 2014

Tom Hutchinson

19 23%

A Stranger Among Us (1992)

"Released in British cinemas as Close to Eden, this is a flop under any name."

Posted May 3, 2014

Joanna Berry

20 9%

Catwoman (2004)

"Poor special effects (with weak echoes of better superhero outings such as Spider-Man) and an uneven central performance contribute to what was one of the flop blockbusters of 2004."

Posted May 3, 2014

Karen Krizanovich

21 10%

Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)

"If Murphy looks bored by the whole thing, that fine character actor Hector Elizondo adds some genuine quirkiness."

Posted May 2, 2014

Adrian Turner

22 13%

Carpool (1996)

"This attempt at entertaining knockabout comedy is a perfect example of Hollywood dumbing down and treating its audience like idiots."

Posted May 2, 2014

Robert Sellers

23 1%

The Master of Disguise (2002)

"While some of the make-up effects are mildly diverting (Carvey disguises himself as a turtle and a cherry pie), they hardly make up for the lame screenplay, barely coherent plot and increasingly desperate mugging."

Posted May 2, 2014

Adam Smith

24 94%

Paths of Glory (1957)

"Kirk Douglas and Timothy Carey are outstanding among the troops on the front line, while Kubrick's relentlessly probing camera offers constant evidence of a film-maker at the height of his powers."

Posted May 2, 2014

David Parkinson

25 65%

1,000 Times Good Night (2014)

"Cleverly, the film makes it clear that Binoche is also strongly motivated by bringing suffering and injustice to light, making the central conflict that bit sharper."

Posted May 2, 2014

Trevor Johnston

26 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"The friction between Rogen and Efron is bitterly amusing, especially because Efron remains a likeable guy, and Byrne is amusingly crazy, too."

Posted May 2, 2014

Stella Papamichael

27 28%

Pompeii (2014)

"Absolute nonsense, highly entertaining (on certain camp levels) - and never boring."

Posted May 2, 2014

Alan Jones

28 89%

Willow Creek (2014)

"A winning found-footage horror that also works as a sly commentary on the urban legend business."

Posted May 2, 2014

Alan Jones

29 26%

Brick Mansions (2014)

"The film is poorly directed, edited, scripted, acted and everything else, and does scant justice both to Walker's presence and Belle's prodigious free running skills."

Posted May 2, 2014

David Aldridge

30 20%

Tarzan (2014)

"While not of Disney/Pixar animation quality - especially in the appearance of the humans - this lively fantasy packs in enough tropical incident and vivid action to pass muster."

Posted May 2, 2014

Alan Jones

31 7%

Problem Child 2 (2004)

"A cinematic disaster zone."

Posted May 1, 2014

Sue Heal

32 90%

Blazing Saddles (1974)

"This all-singing, all-belching western spoof remains one of Mel Brooks's finest creations."

Posted May 1, 2014

John Ferguson

33 7%

Ghost Dad (1990)

"Cosby mugs away for all he's worth, but good gags are few and far between."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

John Ferguson

34 4%

Problem Child (1990)

"There is something offensive about using an unloved and rebellious child as the butt of bad jokes in this way."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Sue Heal

35 0%

Jaws 4 - The Revenge (1987)

"This is the one where the big rubber shark gets to attack an aircraft, but that's far from being the only silly thing about this preposterous fourth entry in the series."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

John Ferguson

36 0%

Mac and Me (1988)

"Director Stewart Raffill's film is otherwise an unashamed rip-off of Spielberg's classic."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

David Parkinson

37 81%

A Few Good Men (1992)

"The ultimate rebel Jack Nicholson has a ball playing the ultimate establishment figure in this star-laden, rather old-fashioned courtroom drama."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

John Ferguson

38 84%

My Cousin Vinny (2001)

"[An] enjoyable fish-out-of-water comedy."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Joanna Berry

39 86%

Heat (1995)

"Though punctuated by bursts of virtuoso action, including a running battle in downtown LA that ranks as one of the best action scenes ever filmed, it is the unusual emphasis on character that impresses most."

Posted Apr 29, 2014

Adrian Turner

40 59%

Disclosure (1994)

"Moore models some slinky lingerie and Douglas soaks his collars in sweat, while the emphasis on computer gizmos and cyber-babble encourages a verdict of virtual rubbish."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Adrian Turner

41 50%

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

"Buckles are truly swashed and derring-do effectively done in this 12th-century adventure, which simply sets out to entertain handsomely and does so with a great deal of dash, flash and panache."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Alan Jones

42 23%

The Other Woman (2014)

"Cassavetes is certainly guilty of dragging out the action and overcooking the finale, but this all makes for good naughty fun, nonetheless."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Stella Papamichael

43 93%

The Great Escape (1963)

"This is one of the all-time great war movies, a PoW adventure from director John Sturges that celebrates the indomitable spirit of the Allied forces even when their backs were to the wall."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Andrew Collins

44 79%

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

"Broderick is remarkably likeable as the arrogant, spoilt brat, Ruck is excellent as his melancholy friend and Jones almost steals the show."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

John Ferguson

45 89%

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

"Just gasp at the scale, at the immaculate period reconstruction and at that incredible opening with its endlessly ringing phone."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Adrian Turner

46 90%

The Elephant Man (1980)

"This stylish, poignant drama is probably the closest director David Lynch has got to the mainstream outside of the disastrous Dune."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

John Ferguson

47 94%

Fargo (1996)

"The result is a modern masterpiece."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Alan Jones

48 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"You'd have to have a heart of Arctic ice to finish the film not smiling with joy."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Leslie Felperin

49 50%

The Sea ()

"Stick with the book."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Trevor Johnston

50 26%

The Love Punch (2014)

"If the plot is a bit clumsy, that's more than made up for with sheer exuberance and plenty of cheeky banter."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Stella Papamichael

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