Radio Times

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 19%

Once Upon a Forest (1993)

"Sadly, in common with so many non-Disney cartoons, the standard of the songs is poor and the animation lacks magic."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

David Parkinson

2 54%

The Doors (1991)

"Val Kilmer does, however, pull off a remarkable impression of the troubled vocalist, although he's more convincing on stage than he is in his drunken, drug-fuelled reveries."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

David Parkinson

3 17%

Wild Wild West (1999)

"The script is remorselessly smutty, the one-liners are below average and the giant mechanical spider climax endlessly drawn out, but the wildly inventive gizmos give entertainment value and draw a shield over the numerous flaws."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Alan Jones

4 29%

3 Ninjas (1992)

"It's just a pity that the three martial arts kids are so charmless."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

David Parkinson

5 86%

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

"The film, superbly directed by Rafelson, shifts the late 1960s hippy drop-out genre into the Ingmar Bergman class: it's cerebral, yes, but also moving and witty."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Adrian Turner

6 74%

Oculus (2014)

"The haunted-mirror scenario gets an impressive workout in writer/director Mike Flanagan's expansion of his award-winning 2005 short."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Alan Jones

7 23%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"Devil's Knot feels incomplete, the script ending long before the subsequent appeals and revelations that continued to grab headlines."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Terry Staunton

8 77%

112 Weddings ()

"This revealing documentary attempts to put marriage under a microscope by catching up with couples several years after they exchanged vows."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Terry Staunton

9 83%

Belle (2014)

"It's hard to imagine the true story of Britain's first mixed-race aristocrat being told more elegantly than in this warm and often very funny period piece, which brings a subtle political gravitas to its central fairy-tale romance."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Damon Wise

10 67%

The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet ()

"Based on the bestselling book by Reif Larsen, this whimsical adventure is a feast for the eyes but only a light snack for the soul."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Stella Papamichael

11 33%

A Perfect Plan (Un plan parfait) ()

"Contrived but occasionally diverting ..."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Stephen Carty

12 34%

Tango & Cash (1989)

"The result is great, brainless fun."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

John Ferguson

13 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"Those unfamiliar with the work may be completely bewildered, but stick with it -- this is a bold and uncompromising take on one of the genre's sacred cows that stands up to repeat viewings."

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Jamie Russell

14 89%

Downhill ()

"Downhill is a home-grown treat, and the perfect solution to anyone seeking an alternative to the preponderance of overblown blockbusters on screens big and small."

Posted Jun 10, 2014

David Aldridge

15 51%

Cruising (1980)

"While the savagery of the murders and the explicitness of the sexual practices on display are initially unsettling, they soon become numbing and, ultimately, yawn-inducing."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Adrian Turner

16 79%

Pretty in Pink (1986)

"It belts along pleasingly enough, but this frenetic, hard-edged comedy drama is too hackneyed to be entirely successful."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Sue Heal

17 23%

Bad Boys II (2003)

"By the end, you're past caring who kills whom and just want to escape from this smug, sadistic nonsense."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jason Caro

18 39%

Armageddon (1998)

"The loved-up subplot is a low point but, within such an expert thrill ride, it's not the end of the world."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Andrew Collins

19 77%

The Dirties (2013)

"For all its black comedic bravura, this is a touch too self-conscious to amuse, provoke or convince."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

David Parkinson

20 83%

Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014)

"Pulp's final show of their 2012 reunion tour is given an unorthodox spin in this documentary from New Zealand film-maker Florian Habicht."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jamie Healy

21 ——

How We Used To Live ()

"Creating something unique out of a much-explored subject, How We Used To Live is both a captivating piece of time travel and a reminder of the capital's ongoing evolution."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

James Luxford

22 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Explosive stunts aside, it's the chemistry between the guys that really sets the screen alight."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Stella Papamichael

23 43%

Common People ()

"Alexander's script deftly captures the sense of community that prompts strangers to make the effort to communicate with each other or do good deeds."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

David Parkinson

24 91%

Cluny Brown (1946)

"This somewhat outmoded satirical soufflé on British upper-class mores is nonetheless diverting."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Robin Karney

25 33%

Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

"An intriguing, if not completely successful, spin on the rock movie."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

John Ferguson

26 34%

She's Having a Baby (1988)

"Director John Hughes tries his best to give everything a sparky, pacey feel, but the end result is simply just not funny enough."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Sue Heal

27 71%

Léon: The Professional (1994)

"Funny, tragic, brilliant and unmissable."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Alan Jones

28 99%

L.A. Confidential (1997)

"This superlative filming of James Ellroy's complex 1950s detective story by director Curtis Hanson fuses period authenticity, fluid direction and searing, full-blooded performances."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Jason Caro

29 69%

Wild in the Streets (1968)

"When this modish satire of teenage rebellion was released at the fag-end of the 1960s, it must have seemed a lot more cutting than it does now."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

John Gammon

30 100%

Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

"One of the great masterpieces of world cinema: austere, warm, grim, surreal, shocking and heartbreaking."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Adrian Turner

31 86%

The Travelling Players (O thiasos) (1976)

"With its stately pace and obscure references to mythology and contemporary events, the film requires patience. But its power and intelligence more than repay the effort."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

David Parkinson

32 98%

The Rules of the Game (1950)

"The film may not suit all tastes, but its insight and humanity is undeniable."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Peter Freedman

33 86%

Mouchette (1967)

"A documentary fidelity underpins Robert Bresson's rigorous, though accessible, adaptation of Georges Bernanos's novel. "

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Brian Baxter

34 100%

Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped) (1957)

"Robert Bresson's story of an imprisoned and condemned French Resistance fighter who plans an escape with his teenage cellmate is one of the great classics of European art cinema."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Adrian Turner

35 81%

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

"Audacious, controversial, directional, important and totally unique, you'll either love it or hate it. But see it!"

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Alan Jones

36 91%

Diner (1982)

"This gentle, warm-hearted comedy drama about a group of young men in 1950s Baltimore was director Barry Levinson's debut feature and it remains among his finest work."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

John Ferguson

37 73%

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

"Essentially a story about friendship between two pairs of women, then and now, it could be classified as an intelligent woman's picture, but this truly uplifting and gratifying movie can and should be enjoyed by all."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Peter Freedman

38 93%

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

"This outing from Kaufman's oddball imagination is wonderfully intriguing, often touching and typically convoluted."

Posted May 30, 2014

Brian Pendreigh

39 90%

Chungking Express (1996)

"The performances as a whole are a joy and the script is a gem."

Posted May 28, 2014

David Parkinson

40 25%

Pearl Harbor (2001)

"Weaknesses of plot and characterisation are only amplified by the film's unwieldy size and patriotic portent, and the script is toe-curlingly bad."

Posted May 27, 2014

Andrew Collins

41 66%

The Rock (1996)

"Neither as cartoonish as Con Air, nor as sentimental as Armageddon, this most satisfying of blockbuster movies deserves further kudos for establishing Nicolas Cage as one of Hollywood's unlikeliest action heroes."

Posted May 27, 2014

John Ferguson

42 79%

Across 110th Street (1972)

"Barry Shear's picture tries to be hard-edged and aim for realism, but doesn't always succeed."

Posted May 23, 2014

Adrian Turner

43 78%

Gertrud (1964)

"Much maligned on its release, this mesmerising picture was subsequently hailed as one of the most remarkable achievements of a brilliant career."

Posted May 22, 2014

David Parkinson

44 82%

The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement) (1977)

"Robert Bresson's most earnest film is also his least engaging."

Posted May 22, 2014

David Parkinson

45 96%

La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore) (1973)

"A sprawling study of sexual politics and smug 1960s intellectualism, Jean Eustache's masterpiece was the last hurrah of the French New Wave."

Posted May 22, 2014

David Parkinson

46 97%

Werckmeister Harmonies (2001)

"Densely symbolic, yet never inaccessible, this is artistically unique and overwhelmingly powerful."

Posted May 21, 2014

David Parkinson

47 100%

Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) (1989)

"Hou Hsiao-Hsien's subtle compositions and meticulous pacing draw the viewer into the heart of the drama."

Posted May 20, 2014

David Parkinson

48 88%

Nun va Goldoon (A Moment of Innocence) (Bread and Flower) (1999)

"Superbly controlled and stylishly self-reflexive, this is also genuinely intriguing."

Posted May 20, 2014

David Parkinson

49 95%

Germania Anno Zero (Germany Year Zero) (1949)

"The documentary footage of a decimated Berlin is still enormously powerful, especially when compared to the coverage of that other vanquished, but unscathed, capital in Rome, Open City."

Posted May 20, 2014

David Parkinson

50 76%

Licence To Kill (1989)

"It's a watchable adventure boosted by impressive action sequences and a fiery climax with a bone-crunching punch-up. Pity Dalton didn't have another crack at proving his secret-agent credentials."

Posted May 20, 2014

Jeremy Aspinall

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