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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"I wouldn't go so far as to call this movie an absolute knockout, but it is certainly well worth a look."

Posted Feb 2, 2011

Roz Laws

2 86%

Hubble 3D (2010)

"This is so jaw-dropping in terms of both content and quality that you won't want to miss a single second by blinking."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

Graham Young

3 65%

Biutiful (2010)

"It has Bardem giving the performance of his life in a story which many actors would not have touched with the proverbial barge pole."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

Graham Young

4 80%

Barney's Version (2011)

"Giamatti does his best with a character who is, essentially, a bit of an idiot. It's hard to see why all these beautiful women keep falling for him."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

Roz Laws

5 89%

Tangled (2010)

"It's a traditional Disney animation, sticking firmly to the fairytale genre and not trying to include popular culture references."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

Roz Laws

6 24%

The Dilemma (2011)

"It's just a failure, full stop."

Posted Jan 20, 2011

Roz Laws

7 55%

Morning Glory (2010)

"Morning Glory would have been more amusing if it wasn't so contrived. And if Harrison Ford hadn't become so entrenched in playing the grumpy old man he was in Extraordinary Measures last year."

Posted Jan 20, 2011

Graham Young

8 94%

Neds (2011)

"Mullan somehow manages to keep the entire film literally on a knife edge."

Posted Jan 20, 2011

Graham Young

9 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"A compelling, intense and intoxicating experience."

Posted Jan 20, 2011

Roz Laws

10 59%

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

"In the end, like the instantly-forgettable title, it's kind of neither one thing nor the other and certainly no match for the likes of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or even Girl, Interrupted."

Posted Jan 12, 2011

Graham Young

11 67%

Conviction (2010)

"It's an interesting, if fairly predictable and rather drawn-out story..."

Posted Jan 12, 2011

Roz Laws

12 87%

Blue Valentine (2010)

"Around halfway through, I was itching to see how much time remained."

Posted Jan 12, 2011

Graham Young

13 10%

Season of the Witch (2011)

"You've probably never heard of first time screenwriter Bragi F Schut. And, after wading through this 14th century swords-and-witches hokum you'll probably never want to see his name again."

Posted Jan 6, 2011

Graham Young

14 52%

The Next Three Days (2010)

"There will be no surprises if you've seen the original. But other cinema-goers could well be on the edge of their seats as the gripping, if far-fetched, events unfold."

Posted Jan 6, 2011

Roz Laws

15 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"Very funny in some places, full of tension in others and terribly moving at times, The King's Speech is brilliantly written and performed."

Posted Jan 6, 2011

Roz Laws

16 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"A highly watchable, increasingly claustrophobic 'thriller' which won't leave you feeling hacked off even if you already know the outcome."

Posted Jan 6, 2011

Graham Young

17 21%

Gulliver's Travels (2010)

"Don't bother travelling to your cinema to see it."

Posted Dec 30, 2010

Roz Laws

18 17%

Miral (2011)

"Has nothing of the precise clarity of Schnabel's 2007 masterpiece, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."

Posted Dec 30, 2010

Graham Young

19 49%

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

"Beneath the gloss is the deeply unsatisfying feeling that Zwick isn't telling us enough about Parkinson's."

Posted Dec 30, 2010

Graham Young

20 10%

Chatroom (2011)

"There are times when Nakata skilfully blends the real world with cyber unreality to illustrate how impressionable youngsters can end up wondering just which world they are in at any time."

Posted Dec 22, 2010

Graham Young

21 75%

The Way Back (2011)

"At 132 minutes, The Way Back is, appropriately, long and slow. And there's some stunning scenery, too."

Posted Dec 22, 2010

Graham Young

22 10%

Little Fockers (2010)

"Think of it as a mildly entertaining way to get out of the house this Christmas, rather than a cracker of a movie."

Posted Dec 22, 2010

Roz Laws

23 0%

Fred: The Movie (2010)

"If there's a more irritating film this year I'd hate to see it so close to this Nickelodeon TV movie."

Posted Dec 15, 2010

Graham Young

24 51%

Tron Legacy (2010)

"While too much of Tron: Legacy languishes in a plotless world of confusion and electronic Frisbee throwing which left me cold, there are unexpected bonuses."

Posted Dec 15, 2010

Graham Young

25 37%

Burlesque (2010)

"Expect sequins, sparkle and camp fun, just don't go looking for sensual thrills."

Posted Dec 15, 2010

Roz Laws

26 87%

Lemmy (2011)

"Stuffed to the brim with compliments from tattooed rock stars as well as fascinating insights into musical technique and even how boots are made from his own designs..."

Posted Dec 8, 2010

Graham Young

27 49%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

"It's not a shipwreck of a film, managing to stay afloat and be mildly entertaining for two hours. But it's not especially good, either."

Posted Dec 8, 2010

Roz Laws

28 64%

Secretariat (2010)

"A heavily contrived and overlong account of the greatest US horse in racing history, Disney's Secretariat still has a lot going for it as an old-fashioned family drama."

Posted Dec 8, 2010

Graham Young

29 73%

Megamind (2010)

"Though clearly derivative and with a good dash of The Incredibles, Megamind is breezily directed by Madagascar's Tom McGrath and there's plenty of fun lines, too."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Graham Young

30 72%

Monsters (2010)

"It proves that you don't need a big budget and overblown special effects to pull off a clever alien movie."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Roz Laws

31 33%

London Boulevard (2011)

"This film's distributors insisted I watch this with a public audience. For the record, out of nine people who started watching this with me, only six lasted the course. You've been warned."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Graham Young

32 89%

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

"Don't watch this film if you want a warm and sentimental movie to get you in the Christmas mood, but you might fancy it as an antidote to yuletide cheesiness."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Roz Laws

33 66%

The American (2010)

"The greatest singular joy of The American is the fact that it's less complicated than Clooney's 2007 thriller Michael Clayton and we're never sure if George is going to explode into life."

Posted Nov 29, 2010

Graham Young

34 86%

Unstoppable (2010)

"[A] highly-watchable, enjoyably-preposterous, testosterone-laden thriller."

Posted Nov 29, 2010

Graham Young

35 54%

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010)

"This is the most disappointing end to a trilogy since Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3."

Posted Nov 29, 2010

Graham Young

36 15%

Skyline (2010)

"The dialogue is risible, there is no headline star like a Tom Cruise or Will Smith, nor is there a young star like Dakota Fanning to give us a wide-eyed interpretation."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Graham Young

37 84%

My Afternoons with Margueritte (2011)

"An entertaining piece of pure Frenchness which reminds us of the value of older people in a world where the potential for lifelong ''education, education, education'' exists everywhere all of the time."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Graham Young

38 86%

Chico & Rita (2012)

"The story and the animation are fairly simple, but the music, featuring Latin rhythms plus the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, is fabulous."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Roz Laws

39 95%

Mary and Max (2009)

"Funny, poignant and moving, this quirky and clever film oozes heart and insights into human nature."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Roz Laws

40 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"Ominous and downbeat but a compelling, visual treat, this certainly whets our appetite for next year's big finale."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Roz Laws

41 17%

You Again (2010)

"There are very few laughs, too much stupid slapstick, and I hated the way it turns schmaltzy-sweet by the end."

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Roz Laws

42 72%

We Are What We Are (2011)

"I wish we knew more about why they are cannibals, but if you like enigmatic, interestingly-shot foreign films, then give this one a go."

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Roz Laws

43 88%

Let Me In (2010)

"Let Me In remains a rare beast -- a strikingly original vampire thriller, remake or not."

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Graham Young

44 40%

Due Date (2010)

"Galifianakis was one of the stars of Hangover and here he's reunited with its director, Todd Phillips. Due Date is a comparative misfire, with its workmanlike predictability taking the sheen off the comic timing of its stars."

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Graham Young

45 9%

Saw 3D (2010)

"This repetitive round of mind-numbing, stupidly-elaborate traps will have you pleading for your soul to be saved by Tinkerbell, not Tobin Bell."

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Graham Young

46 64%

Jackass 3-D (2010)

"As ever, pratfalls beyond your wildest dreams will deliver moments of unrestrained hilarity for those in search of easy laughs."

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Graham Young

47 93%

Another Year (2010)

"Hewn from his usual improvised workshops with many actors he's worked with before, writer-director Leigh has aimed at the nerve centre of modern Britain."

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Graham Young

48 58%

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

"It's far too slow and repetitive, lacking the tension and surprises of the original."

Posted Oct 27, 2010

Roz Laws

49 85%

Easy A (2010)

"The set-up is ridiculous, but the overall message about self-respect is reassuringly old-fashioned -- that it's always better for people to decide for themselves who they want to be."

Posted Oct 27, 2010

Graham Young

50 33%

Burke and Hare (2011)

"It is not a bad film exactly, and it's worth continuing to watch to see which famous face will pop up next."

Posted Oct 27, 2010

Roz Laws

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