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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"By the end, "Rust" cast a spell over me, but man, did it take nearly the entire length of the film for me to figure out what it was trying to do."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Sean O'Connell

2 93%

Amour (2012)

"The unflinching "Amour" captures a loving couple's last days with documentary-worthy realism, nailing the frustrations, struggles and small joys that often come with the caretaking of a loved one."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Sean O'Connell

3 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

"Yep, that's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.""

Posted Dec 13, 2011

Sean O'Connell

4 79%

Shame (2011)

"It's rife with sexual tension, yet doesn't rush the dance, so to speak. McQueen and Fassbender share an intense collaboration marked by raw emotion and graphic sexuality."

Posted Dec 2, 2011

Sean O'Connell

5 24%

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

"Hands its reigns over to Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Condon and, not coincidentally, produces the franchise's sturdiest installment."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Sean O'Connell

6 93%

Drive (2011)

"This genre film does what it does so well, and with such impressive directorial finesse, you won't mind stepping into the criminal muck and covering yourself in the blood and filth of some ice-cold thieves."

Posted Sep 15, 2011

Sean O'Connell

7 93%

50/50 (2011)

"Takes what I believe is one of the most realistic approaches to cancer and cancer treatment you'll see on screen, but remembers to treat its potentially delicate subject matter with a blunt sense of humor. "

Posted Sep 11, 2011

Sean O'Connell

8 94%

Moneyball (2011)

" "As is the case with most memorable sports films, Bennett Miller's "Moneyball" engages, amuses and educates us with moments that happen off the field of play, rather than with what happens on it.""

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Sean O'Connell

9 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"it's successful at giving its audience the feeling that they have shared an experience with these characters for almost ten years, and that their farewell is bittersweet."

Posted Jul 18, 2011

Todd Gilchrist

10 26%

Green Lantern (2011)

"While Campbell's film is handcuffed by the formula assigned to every single superhero origin story to date, "Green Lantern" constructs some elaborately fantastic universes for the intergalactic portion of its story."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Sean O'Connell

11 34%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"Every time Phillips pushed his undoubtedly formulaic sequel down yet another squalid alley for the sake of a shocking joke, I grew to appreciate, respect and even love "The Hangover Part II." "

Posted May 25, 2011

Sean O'Connell

12 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"a truly great film, not just because of what it accomplishes, but what it even tries; it not only depicts creation, it actually inspires it."

Posted May 20, 2011

Todd Gilchrist

13 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"The band is back together ... but the rock-n-roll anarchy has faded away. The newcomers don't amount to much more than session musicians asked to keep the same beats that drove the previous three films. "

Posted May 20, 2011

Sean O'Connell

14 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"a joyless, mediocre exercise which drowns this once-interesting franchise in cynical, repetitious audience pandering."

Posted May 19, 2011

Todd Gilchrist

15 60%

Water for Elephants (2011)

"The main attraction - a doomed love triangle propping up the Big Top - pales in comparison to the sideshows and secondary acts coloring the fringe. "

Posted Apr 22, 2011

Sean O'Connell

16 71%

Paul (2011)

"Infused with an appreciation of all things sci-fi ... specifically, all things Steven Spielberg "

Posted Mar 18, 2011

Sean O'Connell

17 64%

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)

"Never Say Never pinpoints, celebrates, and then channels that indescribable feeling that fans gets from loving their idol unconditionally"

Posted Feb 9, 2011

Todd Gilchrist

18 88%

Let Me In (2010)

"Will work better for those who have not seen the original film. ... It's subtle, but far from slow. It's artistic, yet not artsy. "

Posted Sep 29, 2010

Sean O'Connell

19 97%

Animal Kingdom (2010)

"Never unravels, holding us in a vice grip until we're practically begging to be set free."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Sean O'Connell

20 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"It's like a sweater that's been pulled at from the top and bottom - it's so spread out that you can't see anything any more but the holes, even if you really wanted to admire the design."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Todd Gilchrist

21 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"an almost-great film whose cultural significance unfortunately outweighs its emotional substance."

Posted Sep 22, 2010

Todd Gilchrist

22 94%

The Town (2010)

"a solid, riveting thriller from a gifted, gritty filmmaker."

Posted Sep 18, 2010

Sean O'Connell

23 84%

Get Low (2010)

"With this ensemble ... the journey is always interesting."

Posted Aug 27, 2010

Sean O'Connell

24 82%

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

"Once you understand its rhythms, it translates into a thrilling mash-up."

Posted Aug 13, 2010

Sean O'Connell

25 79%

The Other Guys (2010)

"Certain sequences simply work better than others, and "Guys" flies when comedy is the focus."

Posted Aug 6, 2010

Sean O'Connell

26 46%

Step Up 3 (2010)

"the dance sequences are as unique and imaginative as any storytelling form any filmmaker's attempted this year."

Posted Aug 2, 2010

Todd Gilchrist

27 42%

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

"Starts strong. And even ends strong. It's that saggy, aimless middle section that might leave an unsatisfied taste in your mouth. "

Posted Jul 30, 2010

Sean O'Connell

28 62%

Salt (2010)

"100 relentless, pummeling minutes of double-crosses, misdirections, and durable but disorienting action sequences "

Posted Jul 23, 2010

Sean O'Connell

29 93%

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

"Operates within a calculated, hipster environment ... (though) we eventually stop noticing because Cholodenko's ensemble is so powerful. "

Posted Jul 23, 2010

Sean O'Connell

30 62%

Salt (2010)

"a knuckle-headed action movie that has less creativity or ambition than it does money and star power"

Posted Jul 20, 2010

Todd Gilchrist

31 86%

Inception (2010)

"A heist picture at heart, the dream-world-set thriller harkens back to the reality-shifting days of "The Matrix," but edges toward intelligence in all of the places the Wachowski brothers opted for visceral popcorn thrills."

Posted Jul 15, 2010

Sean O'Connell

32 64%

Predators (2010)

"quite possibly the best fan-service sequel of all time, and one of my favorite films of the summer."

Posted Jul 8, 2010

Todd Gilchrist

33 49%

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

"The best film in the series, though that's the equivalent of declaring Moe to be the sharpest Stooge."

Posted Jun 29, 2010

Sean O'Connell

34 10%

Grown Ups (2010)

"The toilet humor ... chokes away the cleverness and friendly atmosphere of the film's opening act. "

Posted Jun 24, 2010

Sean O'Connell

35 53%

Knight & Day (2010)

"A frivolous, fast-moving, globetrotter of a summer blockbuster that's more glamorous and fun than it is clever and intricate."

Posted Jun 23, 2010

Sean O'Connell

36 86%

Please Give (2010)

"an Upper East Side slice of navel gazing"

Posted Jun 18, 2010

Sean O'Connell

37 91%

The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (2010)

"A slow burn of a thriller, an intricately plotted and subtly acted mystery"

Posted Jun 18, 2010

Sean O'Connell

38 47%

The A-Team (2010)

"A muscled and at times messy adaptation of the 1980s television series that dropkicks the term "action" into the phrase "non-stop action.""

Posted Jun 11, 2010

Sean O'Connell

39 66%

The Karate Kid (2010)

"Manages to respectfully adapt and, in some spots, improve on an influential classic as it retells for another generation an inspirational story that's worth repeating."

Posted Jun 11, 2010

Sean O'Connell

40 58%

Shrek Forever After (2010)

""It's mildly entertaining, infused with the pleasant nostalgia you experience visiting friends you only get to see every few years. ... But the laughs aren't there anymore.""

Posted May 21, 2010

Sean O'Connell

41 18%

Princess Ka'iulani (2010)

"The production values are exquisite, (the) attention to detail admirable. "

Posted May 21, 2010

Sean O'Connell

42 86%

The Square (2010)

"What's to be admired is how fearlessly Edgerton embraces the dirt and grime oozing out of "The Square," manufacturing the guilt that's produced when information is withheld, when lies are tossed around, and when the best laid plans go awry."

Posted May 21, 2010

Sean O'Connell

43 47%

MacGruber (2010)

"What starts as a smart send-up of 1980s action thrillers ... rapidly devolves into the usual, disgusting piss and sh*t jokes."

Posted May 21, 2010

Sean O'Connell

44 40%

Letters to Juliet (2010)

"A sappily-ever-after fairy tale."

Posted May 14, 2010

Sean O'Connell

45 45%

Just Wright (2010)

"In the realm of romantic comedies, "Just Wright" is just alright."

Posted May 14, 2010

Sean O'Connell

46 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

"Reminiscent in tone and execution of a well-worn Agatha Christie novel, as it should be."

Posted Apr 30, 2010

Sean O'Connell

47 41%

Death at a Funeral (2010)

"Consistently amusing but rarely laugh-out-loud funny %u2014 a bit of a disappointment considering the comedic potential of this cast."

Posted Apr 16, 2010

Sean O'Connell

48 67%

Date Night (2010)

"Unapologetocally funny. Here's hoping enough couples chose it as their date night fodder so the naturally entertaining Carell and Fey get to do it all over again. And soon."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Sean O'Connell

49 69%

The Runaways (2010)

"Details aren't as important to "Runaways" as mood, and Sigismondi's cast wraps their fists around the rebellion and resistance that fuelled the manufactured garage band."

Posted Apr 8, 2010

Sean O'Connell