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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 96%

Whiplash (2014)

"Chazelle finds the cinematic equivalent of the white hat/black hat showdown in a classic Western but imbues it with equal parts physicality and intellectual grit."

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Lisa Nesselson

2 55%

Saint Laurent ()

"It's said that one must suffer to be beautiful. Thrilling in places, self-indulgent in others, Saint Laurent strongly suggests that one must suffer to make others beautiful."

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Lisa Nesselson

3 85%

The Sixth Sense (1999)

"It takes you on an intriguing, unsettling journey."

Posted Oct 7, 2014

Margaret Pomeranz

4 88%

Obvious Child (2014)

"The sisterhood is here and seeing it at work, getting on with the business of living, is actually very moving."

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Rochelle Siemienowicz

5 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"The tone and pacing are all over the place, and Gone Girl struggles to build a world with its own, immersive logic, sense of incident, and robust sources of energy."

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Michelle Orange

6 93%

Child's Pose (2014)

"What makes Cornelia fascinating is not just her rapaciousness and determination, but also the power of her love, albeit a love that smothers. Like King Lear, she is a monstrous parent, yet pitiable."

Posted Oct 1, 2014

Lynden Barber

7 65%

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

"This brisk study of commercial culture is nonetheless intriguing."

Posted Oct 1, 2014

Craig Mathieson

8 75%

Margaret (2011)

"It has failings, but they're not fundamental, and if anything they speak to just how much Lonergan tried to coerce into a single story. He was aiming for ecstatic transcendence."

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Craig Mathieson

9 87%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"For laughs with heart, The Skeleton Twins is highly recommended."

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Rochelle Siemienowicz

10 47%

The Little Death ()

"For all of the comic potential of a broad and bawdy farce, Lawson's story doesn't meet its own brief and, much like the lousy sex had on screen, it ends up being a frustrating letdown of uneven pacing and mismatched mood."

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Fiona Williams

11 86%

Wild (2014)

"For the most part, though, what we understand about Cheryl is communicated with great care, in a dreamy, frequently witty layering of sound and images, past and present that lingers well beyond the film's stirring final moments."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Michelle Orange

12 74%

Rosewater (2014)

"The result suggests the education of a committed satirist in the art of storytelling."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Michelle Orange

13 85%

Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) ()

"Billed as a black comedy, Moland is aiming here for the same delicate balance between laughter and violence as the Coen Brothers' Fargo. Trouble is, unlike that film, it's not especially funny."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Shane Danielsen

14 0%

Kill Me Three Times (2014)

"Cue 90 minutes of dutiful twisting and turning, crossing and bloody double-crossing, but not one moment of actual surprise."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Michelle Orange

15 81%

While We're Young ()

"Brooklyn-oriented social satire has already worn quite thin... and While We're Young is in danger of thinning out as well. But the Baumbach touch... goes a long way to smoothing out the film's more canned moments."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Michelle Orange

16 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"Just about everybody in The Immigrant may have misplaced their copy of the Declaration of Human Rights, but a perfectly sung operatic note needs no administrative documents to work its magic."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Lisa Nesselson

17 79%

The Theory of Everything (2014)

"Marsh's constant, reverent attention to the small things saves this film from its tendency toward convention and foreground its astonishing lead performance."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Michelle Orange

18 96%

Ratatouille (2007)

"Pixar has become a brand name you can trust."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Michael Adams

19 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"At 125 minutes, Bridesmaids is unusually long for what is supposedly a raunchy comedy, and that's because the story steadfastly builds characters instead of knocking them down."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Craig Mathieson

20 88%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"A failure so complete that it is infuriating as opposed to merely disappointing"

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Craig Mathieson

21 No Score Yet

Love Hotel ()

"Don't panic -- or fall for the film's phony sentimentalism -- Japan's love hotels aren't vanishing just yet and neither will similar lightweight Japan and sex documentaries disappear from the film festival circuit."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Russell Edwards

22 94%

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films ()

"If you're one of those people who still use the phrase, "It's so bad, it's good," then you'll love this."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Russell Edwards

23 No Score Yet

Fantail ()

"Overall, despite its charms, the film feels like it is missing a vital part, like a car only running on three wheels."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Russell Edwards

24 52%

I Origins (2014)

"A worthy, thought-provoking follow-up to Another Earth, in which fact and faith square off with increasing complexity and consequences."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Ed Gibbs

25 92%

The Infinite Man ()

"Unafraid of its low budget limitations, The Infinite Man makes splendid use of its three-person cast, revels in its minimalist location and yet never feels constrained."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Russell Edwards

26 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"The performances are so believable, and there's such warmth, that you're likely to leave the cinema with a smile and a nod to Swanberg for daring to make such good drama out of simple everyday scenarios."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Rochelle Siemienowicz

27 80%

Når dyrene drømmer (When Animals Dream) ()

"Director Jonas Alexander Arnby has made another excellent contribution to Denmark's soft parade of horror."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Russell Edwards

28 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Like so many elements of this film, this narrative arc is all too familiar. But it's fun to watch it played out with such B-movie gusto."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Rochelle Siemienowicz

29 65%

The French Minister (2014)

"I think what I liked best is the way that Tavernier makes the film about Arthur's sentimental education and the universal tendency to dismiss politics as a triumph of style over substance."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Peter Galvin

30 86%

Predestination (2015)

"It's a thoughtful, ambitious adaptation, whose pieces finally lock into place with a satisfying, if not entirely unexpected click."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Shane Danielsen

31 66%

Lucy (2014)

"It's so easy to pick apart the gaping the plot-holes and scientific flaws in Luc Besson's latest flight of fancy, Lucy. But to get mired down in such details would be to miss out on a whole lot of fun."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rochelle Siemienowicz

32 100%

Once My Mother ()

"It's incredibly moving."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rochelle Siemienowicz

33 92%

Still Life ()

"Some may find Still Life too slight on drama and action... But you'd have to have a hard heart to be left completely unmoved by the film's accretion of details of lives left unfinished."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rochelle Siemienowicz

34 23%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"In its way, this is the most terrifying horror movie I've seen in a long time; the woods where the kids die are like something out of Evil Dead. I was left angry and wrung out."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Peter Galvin

35 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"It's very much part of a cinematic tradition: heir to the hermetically enclosed, purpose-built steampunk dystopias devised by Terry Gilliam and Guillermo del Toro and Caro & Jeunet."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Shane Danielsen

36 69%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"God Help the Girl marks the writing-directing debut of Stuart Murdoch from Scottish musical duo Belle and Sebastian and it's marvelous in almost every respect."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Lynden Barber

37 100%

Concerning Violence ()

"Armed with a legitimacy as startling as its content, it is a superbly executed document of a pivotal, inevitable era in 20th-century history."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Ed Gibbs

38 17%

Wild Wild West (1999)

"Wild Wild West is a farce that's occasionally funny, often in a rather laboured way, occasionally thrilling and more than occasionally puerile."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Margaret Pomeranz

39 71%

Léon: The Professional (1994)

"No matter what uncomfortable undercurrents the film gives rise to, Besson's skill with action is inventive and creative (and of course over the top)."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Peter Galvin

40 59%

Finding Fela! (2014)

"Finding Fela! doesn't shy away from the uglier side of Kuti's life, but it does lack the analysis one is craving, and expecting."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Ed Gibbs

41 73%

Kis uykusu (Winter Sleep) ()

"Winter Sleep is stitched together with so much wit and self-aware theatricality, it's abundantly clear how Ceylan really feels about the injured egos of the remotely rich."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

42 97%

Mr. Turner (2014)

"Timothy Spall is a grunting, squinting, po-faced force of nature in Mike Leigh's surprising and charming biography of Romantic landscape painter J.M.W. Turner"

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

43 57%

Party Girl ()

"For most of its running time, Party Girl is a slice of life redemption story, until the ending brings some drama which, though plausible, seems tacked on and unnecessary."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

44 100%

Leviafan (2014)

"17th Century English political philosophy meets 21st Century Russian fury in Andrey Zvyagintsev's bone-rattling epic, Leviathan."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

45 73%

The Homesman (2014)

"It might pass the Bechdel Test, but The Homesman's gender politics are little skewy. "

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

46 89%

Mommy (2015)

"There are moments of great tenderness in this study of an inextinguishable toxic love."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

47 25%

Lost River ()

"A gruesome fairy tale of evil banks and sunken dreams, Lost River is a fantastically awful misfire from actor turned writer/director Ryan Gosling."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

48 66%

The Rover (2014)

"The desolate parable of brooding outback justice plays out as though Cormac McCarthy has reimagined Mad Max 2 for the 21st century, with late-model cars and breathable-fibre costumes."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

49 95%

Mary and Max (2009)

"A deliciously sentimental film whose offbeat sensibility manages to keep it out of the realm of schmaltz."

Posted May 30, 2014

Fiona Williams