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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special (2009)

"...The Lawyer's Cut is a warm wave of comedy nostalgia disguised as a monument to timing and talent, the likes of which we may never see again. "

Posted Mar 9, 2011

Simon Foster

2 22%

G-Force (2009)

"Critic: Was there too many poo jokes? 9 y.o.: Mmmm...no."

Posted Mar 9, 2011

Simon Foster

3 50%

Salvation ()

"Salvation proves to be a tasteless folly of grand proportions from a filmmaker struggling to find new relevance in a fixation that for too long has fuelled his art. "

Posted Mar 9, 2011

Simon Foster

4 ——

Into the Shadows (2009)

"As a snapshot of a once-proud industry sector in decline, Into The Shadows is a lovingly- and exhaustingly-produced achievement."

Posted Mar 9, 2011

Simon Foster

5 86%

I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

"If more people had watched this film, they might still have their houses. "

Posted Mar 9, 2011

Simon Foster

6 ——

Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009)

"What makes this film utterly absorbing are the logistics of the tour itself - as the poster states, "50,000 miles, 5 continents; 23 concerts in 45 days"."

Posted Mar 9, 2011

Simon Foster

7 80%

The Clink Of Ice (Le Bruit Des Glacons) ()

"It is heartening that Blier at 72, an aging icon from French cinema's glorious heyday, can still undertake such challenging material and deliver a whimsical, immensely watchable, if ultimately flawed, new film."

Posted Mar 9, 2011

Simon Foster

8 0%

Four Lovers (2012)

"Perpetuating the cliché that most modern Gauls are skinny, sexed-up chain smokers, Antony Cordier's frank but feeble drama is the sort of film that people who never watch French films think all French films are like."

Posted Mar 9, 2011

Simon Foster

9 67%

The Company Men (2011)

"The Company Men is full of thin slivers of irony that passes for deep thinking."

Posted Mar 9, 2011

Peter Galvin

10 21%

The Rite (2011)

"The Rite is devoted alright -- to exorcising all thought with an arsenal of would-be scare tactics."

Posted Mar 9, 2011

Peter Galvin

11 88%

Rango (2011)

"Fantastical tale of the reptile that conquered the Wild West."

Posted Mar 8, 2011

Don Groves

12 14%

I Love You Beth Cooper (2009)

"It so desperately wants to be an '80s high-school romp, yet comes across as a film made by people who have never even seen one."

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Simon Foster

13 ——

Journey Among Women (2007)

"Journey Among Women deserves the same respect afforded the (other) great Australian films of the period."

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Simon Foster

14 80%

La Mariée était en Noir (The Bride Wore Black) (1968)

"The Bride Wore Black finds a dark yet entertaining balance between B-movie conventions and (Truffaut's) European film sensibilities."

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Simon Foster

15 ——

Bibliothèque Pascal (2010)

"Bibliothèque Pascal is a bracing, shocking, confusing journey at times. But it is also a moving, involving story, its harsher elements balanced by always seeming to have its heart in the right place."

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Simon Foster

16 85%

Meek's Cutoff (2011)

"Highlighted by precise performances, simmering tensions and unforgiving landscapes, this odd rarity - an arthouse western - will help broaden Reichardt's rabid but select fanbase. "

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Simon Foster

17 92%

The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte) (2011)

"(Frammartino's) deceptively simple film is, in fact, brimming with universal wisdom and life-affirming sincerity. "

Posted Mar 2, 2011

Simon Foster

18 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"A bulked-up Damon and the lithe Blunt generate a strong chemistry and the scenes that establish their deep romantic bond are lovely; she is more naturally effervescent here than ever before."

Posted Mar 2, 2011

Simon Foster

19 80%

Wagner & Me (2012)

"The conundrum of a love of music tainted with Nazism. "

Posted Mar 2, 2011

Don Groves

20 ——

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible (San kei hap lui) ()

"Vincent Kok's lovable holiday blockbuster Mr and Mrs Incredible wins no points for comedic subtlety (or common sense, for that matter) but sure delivers the crowd-pleasing goods in its own eccentric way."

Posted Feb 27, 2011

Simon Foster

21 ——

Patiala House (2011)

"The use of clichéd slow-mo, alternating with a quick-cut shallowness, is as far from the essence of [cricket] as one could possibly get, and echoes the hollow emotions that dominate the rest of Patiala House."

Posted Feb 24, 2011

Simon Foster

22 33%

I Am Number Four (2011)

"The film's potency as either a kicker for a potential series or as a standalone must-see event film are limp, to say the least. "

Posted Feb 24, 2011

Simon Foster

23 67%

Conviction (2010)

"It's a painful film, but not for the best reasons."

Posted Feb 24, 2011

Peter Galvin

24 75%

The Way Back (2011)

"A great escape leads to a harrowing test of endurance. "

Posted Feb 22, 2011

Don Groves

25 55%

Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)

"Rest assured the ending here is very 21st century: cheap, predictable, and witless. "

Posted Feb 18, 2011

Peter Galvin

26 56%

Unknown (2011)

"Unknown is, reduced to essentials, a flat-out garden variety spy movie where no thoughtful subtext or conscious may intrude."

Posted Feb 18, 2011

Peter Galvin

27 ——

Please Please Me (Fais-moi plaisir!) ()

"A French trifle that falls flat."

Posted Feb 14, 2011

Don Groves

28 ——

The Big Night (1951)

"Joseph Losey's film noir a metaphor for McCarthyism."

Posted Feb 14, 2011

Don Groves

29 20%

The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) (2008)

"German flying ace shot down by shoddy script, acting. "

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Don Groves

30 86%

Starting Out in the Evening (2007)

"An ageing literary lion rages at the dying of the light"

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Don Groves

31 ——

Valley Of The Wolves: Palestine (Kurtlar Vadisi: Filistin) ()

"Enjoy the film for the adrenalised rush it offers then, if suitably outraged, seek out true-to-life tales of horror and heroism that have emerged from this centuries-old conflict. "

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Simon Foster

32 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"Hereafter is worth taking seriously because, finally, it's about taking care to live decently -- not piously, or proudly, but honestly, in the here and now."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Peter Galvin

33 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"The story of a man stuck under a rock somehow becomes a whirring, frantic flight of cinematic bluster - enjoyable, even exhilarating at times, but frustratingly at odds with how one imagines the actual experience must have been. "

Posted Feb 9, 2011

Simon Foster

34 ——

Ex (Chin do) (2010)

"Mak affords (Gillian Chung) some nice exchanges and insightful musings, but dramatically, the film amounts to considerably less than the sum of its parts."

Posted Feb 8, 2011

Simon Foster

35 96%

Restrepo (2010)

"Restrepo captures the physical trauma and psychological torment that forms the essence of the 'War is Hell' mantra, regardless of which flag you fight under. "

Posted Feb 7, 2011

Simon Foster

36 60%

Wasted on the Young (2010)

"Its post-production pretension and undercooked script is far better suited to...underground film events, where a crowd more forgiving of genre clichés and film school posing may draw some pleasure from its underlying nastiness."

Posted Feb 7, 2011

Simon Foster

37 ——

Echoes of the Rainbow (Sui yuet san tau) ()

"Nostalgic melodrama in old Hong Kong plunges into pathos. "

Posted Feb 7, 2011

Don Groves

38 45%

Confucius (2010)

"Chow Yun-fat fails to inspire as Chinese philosopher."

Posted Feb 7, 2011

Don Groves

39 43%

Faster (2010)

"A vicious revenge flick riddled with unfulfilled ambitions."

Posted Feb 3, 2011

Craig Mathieson

40 66%

Tamara Drewe (2010)

"The characters are silly, self-centred and mindless in their pursuit of satisfaction and, of course, that's absolutely forgivable since it's all too human. But Frears seems to want to 'say something' about modern sexuality in an age of cyber bullying."

Posted Feb 3, 2011

Peter Galvin

41 52%

The Next Three Days (2010)

"Crowe misfires again in Hollywood remake. "

Posted Feb 1, 2011

Don Groves

42 30%

Sanctum (2011)

"Subterranean thriller buries plot, unlikable characters and tension."

Posted Feb 1, 2011

Don Groves

43 89%

Cronos (1994)

"Many of the aesthetic qualities and thematic devices that Mexican director Guillermo del Toro would employ in later movies are already on the boil in his debut feature, Cronos."

Posted Jan 31, 2011

Simon Foster

44 59%

Wizards (1977)

"If some elements do date the film, there nevertheless is an artisan's touch to Bakshi's images that warrant his inclusion in any discussion of cinema's great visionaries."

Posted Jan 31, 2011

Simon Foster

45 74%

Shaolin (2011)

"A bloody tale of redemption, with a credibility gap."

Posted Jan 28, 2011

Don Groves

46 32%

How Do You Know (2010)

"Running a dire 40 minutes longer than it needed to be and favouring static two-shots for long-winded passages of mirthless yakking, the film's momentum is utterly becalmed at regular intervals."

Posted Jan 27, 2011

Simon Foster

47 96%

True Grit (2010)

"True Grit is as good as one of their minor works gets."

Posted Jan 27, 2011

Craig Mathieson

48 70%

Mumbai Diaries (2011)

"Captured with the assuredness of a true auteur's vision and defying all known conventions of commercial Indian filmmaking, Dhobi Ghat will be a revelation to those that think sub-Continental cinema is just all song-and-dance."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

Simon Foster

49 43%

The Green Hornet (2011)

"Perhaps we should be grateful that The Green Hornet is a perfectly enjoyable Seth Rogen movie... But it's a major missed opportunity when you consider the Michel Gondry spectacle that it came so close to being. "

Posted Jan 21, 2011

Simon Foster

50 80%

Catfish (2010)

"The trouble is the filmmakers seem to be stylists and opportunists; Catfish has the slick gloss of hipster media magazine journalism. Its deeper questions are never probed."

Posted Jan 20, 2011

Peter Galvin

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