Radio Times

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 50%

The Sea ()

"Stick with the book."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Trevor Johnston

2 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

3 89%

Locke (2014)

"A milestone film for both actor and film-maker, Locke is extraordinary viewing."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Karen Krizanovich

4 74%

Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby) (1987)

"It's thoroughly enjoyable family fare."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Joanna Berry

5 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"There's a lot of emotional to-and-froing between the characters that slows the pace, although the ongoing tussle with Electro supplies a much needed jolt whenever required."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Stella Papamichael

6 63%

Kurt & Courtney (1998)

"Broomfield has always employed a blend of charm and innocence to expose the frailties of his subjects. But here that tactic somewhat backfires."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

David Parkinson

7 36%

The Quiet Ones (2014)

"If you like your scary stories jumpy and bumpy rather than bloody and gory, then this haunting Hammer horror will be right up your (dark) alley."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jeremy Aspinall

8 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

"Solid but derivative space horror ..."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Terry Staunton

9 47%

Khumba (2013)

"Khumba isn't original - it's indebted in particular to The Lion King and Madagascar - but younger kids should enjoy the colourful safari."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

David Aldridge

10 92%

Calvary (2014)

"A soulful, thought-provoking and warmly human fable."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Lucy Barrick

11 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Though it is more ambitious in scope, The Raid 2 remains, primarily, a visceral pulp action movie, and this is where it truly soars."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Damon Wise

12 52%

Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

"The film is elevated by committed performances, and Bandele stages set-pieces, like a wedding under shellfire, with cinematic flair."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

David Parkinson

13 88%

Amélie (2001)

"This is as deliciously romantic and ingeniously mischievous as cinema gets."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

David Parkinson

14 76%

8 Mile (2002)

"Director Curtis Hanson puts a new spin on the familiar "triumph against the odds" theme with this slick showcase for the talents of superstar rapper Eminem."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Adam Smith

15 100%

Blue Blood ()

"Their various trials and tribulations make for sturdy docusoap-style viewing."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

David Parkinson

16 87%

Romancing the Stone (1984)

"In this cracking jungle-set treasure hunt, director Robert Zemeckis spices up a deliberately old-fashioned matinée adventure with tongue-in-cheek gags, unpredictably clever touches and top-of-the-range action."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Alan Jones

17 80%

Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) ()

"Believable, emotionally complex performances help sustain momentum, yet the direction takes a misstep by withholding information to create a greater sense of mystery."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Trevor Johnston

18 94%

A Story Of Children And Film ()

"Captivating, educational stuff: ideal viewing for families looking to broaden their cinematic horizons."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Trevor Johnston

19 41%

Divergent (2014)

"Even if the visuals are rather drab and the action more brisk than imaginative, there's enough menace and suspense to create an entertaining diversion."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Alan Jones

20 77%

Noah (2014)

"It's an impressive spectacle - the ark itself is built to scale - but occasionally unsure of whether to be epic or relevant."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Terry Staunton

21 83%

The Double (2014)

"Ayoade bravely avoids lightening the tone, instead utilising impressive sound editing and cinematography to craft a moody, paranoid psychological fantasy."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Lucy Barrick

22 46%

Rio 2 (2014)

"It's the same mix of colourfully frantic action, sharp sight gags and catchy musical numbers."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Alan Jones

23 56%

Legends of the Fall (1994)

"The real star, however, is John Toll's Oscar-winning cinematography, which is equally at home with the stunning beauty of the mountainous terrain and the killing fields of war-torn France."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

John Ferguson

24 53%

D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

"Although highly derivative of ET, WarGames and others, this science-fiction drama is still a charming, lightweight diversion."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Alan Jones

25 70%

TRON (1982)

"It may seem somewhat dated these days, but it would probably be fair to credit this Disney movie with being the forerunner of the Toy Story movies."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Alan Jones

26 57%

Short Circuit (1986)

"Youngsters will love this hip spoof on hardware movies."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Alan Jones

27 76%

White Men Can't Jump (1992)

"Writer/director Ron Shelton is that rare beast: someone who can make movies with wit, warmth and perception about American sports."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

John Ferguson

28 95%

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

"It's a must-see if you never have, even though its visual impact is seriously hampered by the small screen."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Sue Heal

29 81%

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

"This appealing children's adventure has just enough quirky touches to keep adults involved as well."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

John Ferguson

30 38%

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

"The once eye-popping special effects are the real attraction of this science-fiction tale."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Peter Freedman

31 100%

The Terminator (1984)

"Wittily written with a nice eye for sharp detail, it's hard sci-fi action all the way."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Alan Jones

32 43%

Electric Dreams (1984)

"Shot by director Steve Barron in the style of a pop promo, Electric Dreams starts brightly but ultimately disintegrates."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Lorien Haynes

33 87%

Far From Heaven (2003)

"This exquisite evocation of the 1950s tear-jerkers of director Douglas Sirk is gorgeously designed, stunningly photographed, ravishingly scored and beautifully acted."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Alan Jones

34 76%

Robin and Marian (1976)

"[A] gorgeous, masterly elegy for a vanished age."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Adrian Turner

35 92%

Memento (2000)

"The mystery requires a lot of concentration, but the stunning final scene is ample reward. Not just an indulgence, the ingenious structure makes the point that memory, although unreliable, is what we depend upon for our sense of reality."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

David McGillivray

36 100%

All Through the Night (1941)

"Bogart is on decent enough form and the usual suspects, including Conrad Veidt and Peter Lorre, lurk in the shadows as they often did in these vehicles."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Adrian Turner

37 79%

Seven (Se7en) (1995)

"Seven is a work of extraordinary style, upsetting power and narrative daring."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Alan Jones

38 96%

GoodFellas (1990)

"Be prepared to be completely bowled over by a director at the peak of his talents and in full control of top-notch material."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Alan Jones

39 96%

The Court Jester (1956)

"It's as much horseplay as swordplay and, altogether, a witty delight."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Tom Hutchinson

40 58%

Blast from the Past (1999)

"It's pleasant enough, with Fraser's goofy charm particularly winning."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Alan Jones

41 40%

Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

"Flat characters are stuck in underdeveloped situations in this attempt by first-time directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont to recapture the mood of a John Hughes 1980s teen comedy."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Alan Jones

42 25%

Wicker Park (2004)

"Convoluted though this plot may seem, at least the inventive visuals from Gangster No 1 director Paul McGuigan keep you engrossed."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Brian Pendreigh

43 89%

Rushmore (1998)

"Bill Murray -- playing a depressed millionaire -- steals every scene in this quirky, edgy and very funny tale of an outsider who just might end up leading all those who laugh at him."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Joanna Berry

44 56%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"For some, Anderson's world is too hermetically sealed and downright strange to be affecting; for others, there's an irresistible charm to his eccentric characters."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Adam Smith

45 81%

The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014)

"This broad, box-ticking comedy delivers all you might expect from a tale of high jinks on a bachelor weekend."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Terry Staunton

46 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"The characters are cornily cardboard, but the cars are unquestionably super, and the racing rather exciting."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

David Aldridge

47 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"This is a handsome, intriguing and subtly funny character study that almost leads to enlightenment."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Andrew Collins

48 96%

Double Indemnity (1944)

"This classic thriller from director Billy Wilder is one of the best-loved examples of film noir ever made."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Tony Sloman

49 81%

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"Immaculately written and brilliantly performed (with Hackman, especially, on magnificent form), this extraordinary fable restores one's faith in American cinema."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Andrew Collins

50 85%

Bottle Rocket (1996)

"[An] agreeably eccentric comedy crime drama."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

John Ferguson

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