Radio Times

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 84%

My Cousin Vinny (2001)

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

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Joanna Berry

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 24%

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

11 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

12 80%

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

13 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

14 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

15 94%

Fargo (1996)

"The result is a modern masterpiece."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Alan Jones

16 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

17 50%

The Sea ()

"Stick with the book."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Trevor Johnston

18 27%

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

19 89%

Locke (2014)

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

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Karen Krizanovich

20 74%

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

"It's thoroughly enjoyable family fare."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Joanna Berry

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

"Solid but derivative space horror ..."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Terry Staunton

25 44%

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

26 89%

Calvary (2014)

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

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Lucy Barrick

27 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

28 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

29 88%

Amélie (2001)

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

Posted Apr 9, 2014

David Parkinson

30 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

31 100%

Blue Blood ()

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

Posted Apr 7, 2014

David Parkinson

32 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

33 81%

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

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 82%

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

38 48%

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

39 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

40 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

41 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

42 57%

Short Circuit (1986)

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

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Alan Jones

43 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

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 100%

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

48 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

49 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

50 76%

Robin and Marian (1976)

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

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Adrian Turner

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