Cinema Autopsy

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Gravity delivers a display of modern technology that leaves the viewer breathless from the experience and marvelling at the craftsmanship behind it."

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

2 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"An extraordinary work that is both an intellectual examination into the nature of how cinema represents reality as well as a deeply moving personal project."

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

3 72%

A Coffee in Berlin (2014)

"There is a melancholic mood that underlies Oh Boy, but it is mostly fun, breezy and energetic."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

4 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Blue Jasmine is one of Allen's cleverest and most compassionate films, making it also one of his greatest."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

5 69%

Stoker (2013)

"Not everything is what it seems in Stoker and its strength lies in how much it undermines expectations by taking a revisionist approach to gothic fiction conventions. "

Posted Sep 1, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

6 98%

The Rocket (2014)

"An extremely rewarding and entertaining film made all the stronger for the integrity and cultural details that underpin it."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

7 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"A genuinely heartfelt, gorgeous and beautiful celebration of youth, friendship and grappling with all the contradictions and challenges that life throws at us."

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

8 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"Subject matter that actually suits Bay's usually obnoxious approach to film style and storytelling. Pain & Gain is bewildering, fun, repugnant and enthralling."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

9 95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"Soderbergh's masterstroke is how well he takes the audience on the journey of initially finding Liberace's world absurd and comedic, to ultimately feeling empathy for him."

Posted Jul 24, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

10 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"A funny self-aware critique of the actors' indulgences - along with several violent deaths, demonic monsters and dick jokes. There are lots of dick jokes."

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

11 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"The spectacle is distancing and even though it may have been unintentional, there is subtext in Pacific Rim and it is not fun."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

12 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"A mostly-entertaining dark science-fiction parable about morality."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

13 98%

Mud (2013)

"An extremely sophisticated and progressive examination on how adolescent masculinity is defined by often-contradictory cultural attitudes towards femininity."

Posted Jun 12, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

14 92%

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

"While it does not hang together as a whole, Farewell, My Queen is still an interesting and engaging film that should be overall commended for what it does achieve."

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

15 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"The Great Gatsby is so close to being a great film, let down by its own refusal to exist in the moment."

Posted May 30, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

16 63%

Broken (2013)

"A moving and thoughtful cinema experience."

Posted May 19, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

17 87%

Tabu (2012)

"While the path through this unconventional film is not always obvious, it is a sensuous, mysterious and intoxicating path worth taking."

Posted May 16, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

18 80%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"While it is still a rewarding film on face value, The Place Beyond the Pines offers additional pleasures for viewers keen to delve further."

Posted May 9, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

19 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"The Hunt is a confronting and fascinating work of cinema."

Posted Apr 30, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

20 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"A lighter variation on the deconstructed superhero mythology found in The Dark Knight Rises."

Posted Apr 23, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

21 93%

No (2013)

"An extremely perceptive and intriguing examination of the effect that media hype and spin have on the political process."

Posted Apr 17, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

22 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"While Warm Bodies is more slanted towards comedy and romance rather than horror, it remains true to the zombie genre while pushing it in an unexpected direction."

Posted Apr 8, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

23 81%

The Neverending Story (1984)

"The NeverEnding Story remains a testament to the power of imagination and the type of inventive cinema that was possible in a pre-digital era."

Posted Apr 2, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

24 70%

The Loneliest Planet (2012)

"Audiences used to actively engaging with cinema will find much to relish about The Loneliest Planet."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

25 70%

I Want Your Love ()

"An excellent work by a talented emerging filmmaker."

Posted Mar 11, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

26 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"Everything about The Paperboy seems designed to undermine expectations and the result is an exhilaratingly unpredictable film."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

27 93%

Amour (2012)

"The scenario is upsetting, but the execution is genuine and pure, making Amour a film of heartbreaking beauty and Haneke's masterpiece."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

28 91%

Water (2005)

"Mehta explores the politics of religion to highlight how religious hypocrisy is used to ensure women are undermined and made subservient for economic purposes."

Posted Feb 11, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

29 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"For the most part Lincoln is not a significant inclusion into Spielberg's filmography despite the noblest of intentions and undeniable cinematic craftsmanship."

Posted Feb 6, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

30 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"Exhilarating cinema that makes you want to forget all the questionable issues of representation that have come before it."

Posted Jan 28, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

31 81%

I Am Eleven (2014)

"Bailey has created something on par with the Up series."

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

32 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"Possibly Tarantino's most thoughtful and even political film to date. "

Posted Jan 21, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

33 32%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"Lovingly pulpy yet honest and sincere about its intent, there is plenty in Gangster Squad for fans of the gangster genre to enjoy."

Posted Jan 13, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

34 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"Funny, frightening, exciting and extremely thoughtful about the nature of the conflict at the core of the film, ParaNorman is a standout feature animation."

Posted Jan 6, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

35 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"Bleak facts or magical stories, science or faith, connected or alone, instinct or animals with souls - these are the dynamics explored by every aspect of Life of Pi."

Posted Jan 2, 2013

Thomas Caldwell

36 83%

Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

"Berberian Sound Studio is a masterfully made film that will please audio experts, cinephiles and horror fans."

Posted Dec 5, 2012

Thomas Caldwell

37 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"Wreck-It Ralph is a major advancement for Walt Disney Animation Studios in all regards."

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Thomas Caldwell

38 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Skyfall is inconsistent, displaying Bond at its blandest and Bond at its best."

Posted Nov 17, 2012

Thomas Caldwell

39 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"The honest performances and assured direction makes The Sessions an extremely accomplished film that celebrates sexuality."

Posted Nov 11, 2012

Thomas Caldwell

40 85%

The Master (2012)

"The Master is a film about obedience and forming an identity through subservience."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Thomas Caldwell

41 56%

Bachelorette (2012)

"The material becomes increasingly uncomfortable since it mainly comes from sad and traumatic places. This is what gives the film its edge."

Posted Oct 31, 2012

Thomas Caldwell

42 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"With its anti-intellectualism critique, classic horror film homages and beautiful production design, Frankenweenie is a great film for adventurous young audiences."

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Thomas Caldwell

43 96%

Argo (2012)

"Successfully manages to be respectful about the turbulent events and function as an exciting Hollywood spy thriller."

Posted Oct 17, 2012

Thomas Caldwell

44 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"Killing Them Softly is an engrossing vision of hell where status, money and image have become the ultimate goals and human life is just another commodity to be traded."

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Thomas Caldwell

45 95%

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

"A celebration of an artist and the power of art to transcend time and place"

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Thomas Caldwell

46 43%

On the Road (2012)

"While On the Road is a series of impressionistic moments, it would be a mistake to dismiss it as aimless."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Thomas Caldwell

47 94%

Lore (2013)

"Lore is an impressionist survival film and an existential war film, and also something truly singular and remarkable."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Thomas Caldwell

48 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"Rather than being Stranger Than Fiction with insightful gender politics, Ruby Sparks is more a hipster Weird Science."

Posted Sep 16, 2012

Thomas Caldwell

49 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"A remarkable cinematic experience that is both profound and immensely moving."

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Thomas Caldwell