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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 67%

Lawless (2012)

"For its dramatic simplicity, the film packs a hefty punch, exploring the bonds of trust that are tested to their limit in the face of the law." EDIT

Posted Sep 7, 2012

2 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"Anna Karenina is a big, expensive bauble: pristine, polished and admirable, but structurally brittle and completely hollow." EDIT

Posted Sep 7, 2012

3 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"Directorial brio and eye-popping special effects hold our interest when there is nothing on screen to fire our little grey cells." EDIT

Posted Aug 31, 2012

4 17%

A Few Best Men ()

"A Few Best Men leaves logic standing at the altar as its two dimensional characters stumble from one faux pas to the next." EDIT

Posted Aug 31, 2012

5 63%

The Wedding Video (2014)

"The film amuses and charms in equal measure, relying on the comic timing of its ensemble British cast led by Rufus Hound." EDIT

Posted Aug 17, 2012

6 51%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

"The disappointing truth is that director David Bowers and the script deserve fail grades for their shambolic efforts." EDIT

Posted Aug 3, 2012

7 68%

Ted (2012)

"A deliciously foul-mouthed comedy that employs the magic of digital trickery to bring to life one rotund stuffed bear as a buddy for a lonely boy." EDIT

Posted Aug 3, 2012

8 54%

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

"Underlying messages of unity and self-sacrifice for a greater good are admirable, drizzled with mawkish sentimentality to sweeten the pill." EDIT

Posted Jul 27, 2012

9 95%

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

"Archive footage is seamlessly interwoven with interviews, building to a glorious final flourish that makes your heart sing." EDIT

Posted Jul 27, 2012

10 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"The Dark Knight Rises should satisfy ardent fans of the previous two instalments while delivering all of the slam-bang thrills required of a summer blockbuster." EDIT

Posted Jul 20, 2012

11 67%

Friends With Kids (2012)

"Friends With Kids is a smart, witty and potty-mouthed confection that uses an intriguing premise as a hook for a familiar tale of soulmates who are blinkered to the deep love that binds them." EDIT

Posted Jun 29, 2012

12 67%

Friends With Kids (2012)

"Friends With Kids is a smart, witty and potty-mouthed confection that uses an intriguing premise as a hook for a familiar tale of soulmates who are blinkered to the deep love that binds them." EDIT

Posted Jun 29, 2012

13 43%

Storage 24 (2013)

"Storage 24 is solid, entertaining but unremarkable genre fare, littered with two-dimensional characters and predictable twists." EDIT

Posted Jun 29, 2012

14 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

"Adam Shankman cranks up the volume to a Spinal Tap 11 for this energetic musical based on the popular stage show." EDIT

Posted Jun 15, 2012

15 82%

Fast Girls (2013)

"The script moves from one cliche to the next - forbidden romance, enmity mellowing into sisterly solidarity - culminating in a championship showdown that leaves a patriotic lump in the throat." EDIT

Posted Jun 15, 2012

16 79%

Ill Manors ()

"Drew's movie pulls no punches in its depiction of the lengths some people will go to in order to survive on the streets of the capital." EDIT

Posted Jun 8, 2012

17 40%

Red Tails (2012)

"While the film soars in the skies, on the ground there's nothing original in the script." EDIT

Posted Jun 8, 2012

18 48%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"A well-crafted yarn that overstays its welcome." EDIT

Posted Jun 1, 2012

19 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"There are some intriguing ideas embedded within the script - Darwinism vs Creationism, the recklessness of scientific endeavour - but inevitably, Scott's film reduces to a big budget game of cat and mouse." EDIT

Posted Jun 1, 2012

20 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

"Sonnenfeld imbues each scene with impish humour, from a protracted kiss that churns stomachs to a slime-slathered skirmish with a giant fish." EDIT

Posted May 25, 2012

21 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Moonrise Kingdom is bewitching." EDIT

Posted May 25, 2012

22 64%

2 Days in New York (2012)

"This culture clash comedy is sporadically funny, but lacks the bonhomie of its predecessor, taking pot shots at an array of predictable targets." EDIT

Posted May 18, 2012

23 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"Sacha Baron Cohen returns to form in this gleefully bad taste fish out of water comedy which kicks sand in the eye of political correctness." EDIT

Posted May 18, 2012

24 78%

Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)

"Framed by the tug of war between free will and destiny, Jeff, Who Lives At Home is an engaging portrait of lives in a rut." EDIT

Posted May 11, 2012

25 38%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"The script is an unholy mess, stumbling between comedy, action, horror and romance, without any clue how to navigate these shifts in tone." EDIT

Posted May 11, 2012

26 55%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"It's a virtuoso portrayal and any hints of femininity vanish completely in Close's intense, studied portrayal." EDIT

Posted Apr 27, 2012

27 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"The frenetic romp deftly knits together plot strands from earlier films, threaded with tongue-in-cheek humour." EDIT

Posted Apr 27, 2012

28 67%

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)

"Lasse Hallstrom's beautifully-shot but at times cloyingly sentimental rom-com."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Catherine Jones

29 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"The Cabin In The Woods has some big laughs and lashings of gore..." EDIT

Posted Apr 13, 2012

30 5%

The Cold Light of Day (2012)

"A pedestrian spy thriller that casts itself in the mould of The Bourne Identity but falls pitifully short on every count." EDIT

Posted Apr 13, 2012

31 88%

Titanic (2012)

"Cameron hasn't plugged any of the plot holes and some dialogue is still cheesy but now, just as in 1998, we forgive him a multitude of sins." EDIT

Posted Apr 6, 2012

32 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"Mirror Mirror is an effervescent and occasionally uproarious romp, which references the familiar elements including an enchanted looking glass and a poisoned apple." EDIT

Posted Apr 6, 2012

33 86%

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

"Backgrounds are crammed with detail and sly visual gags that warrant a second or even third viewing." EDIT

Posted Mar 30, 2012

34 100%

Wild Bill (2013)

"Suspenseful, exhilarating and genuinely moving, galvanised by strong performances and breathlessly orchestrated action sequences." EDIT

Posted Mar 23, 2012

35 85%

21 Jump Street (2012)

"A deliciously foul-mouthed buddy movie that rides roughshod over political correctness." EDIT

Posted Mar 16, 2012

36 66%

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

"We Bought A Zoo is Crowe at his most mawkish and cliched." EDIT

Posted Mar 16, 2012

37 56%

Hunky Dory (2013)

"The trials and tribulations are familiar and the resolution predictable, but the film has a sweetness and sincerity that's charming." EDIT

Posted Mar 2, 2012

38 26%

This Means War (2012)

"Hardy struggles to find his comic timing to soften his bruising hard man image while Pine mugs shamelessly." EDIT

Posted Mar 2, 2012

39 53%

Safe House (2012)

"Safe House hits top gear in the frenetic opening 10 minutes and barely touches the brakes for two hours." EDIT

Posted Feb 24, 2012

40 78%

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)

"A hilarious and touching comedy about growing old disgracefully." EDIT

Posted Feb 24, 2012

41 77%

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"An artfully composed portrait of intellectual one-upmanship."

Posted Feb 17, 2012

Catherine Jones

42 46%

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012)

"Daldry draws a memorable and believable performance from the youngster, who had never acted before but who has to carry the bulk of the film's narrative on his slender shoulders."

Posted Feb 17, 2012

Catherine Jones

43 66%

The Woman in Black (2012)

"Radcliffe's failings are highlighted by lively performances from Hinds and Janet McTeer, the latter playing Daily's deranged wife." EDIT

Posted Feb 10, 2012

44 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"Director Bobin milks laughter and tears in generous, equal measures, leaving us hankering for more." EDIT

Posted Feb 10, 2012

45 32%

Man on a Ledge (2012)

"Blunders aside, this is an otherwise enjoyably ridiculous caper..." EDIT

Posted Feb 3, 2012

46 71%

Carnage (2011)

"It's an acting tour-de-force, the tension heightened by the claustrophobic setting..." EDIT

Posted Feb 3, 2012

47 85%

A Monster in Paris (2013)

"There are some decent laughs and energetic set pieces despite a flimsy script." EDIT

Posted Jan 27, 2012

48 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"Set against the lush backdrop of the Hawaiian islands, The Descendants is a heartbreaking portrait of a family in crisis." EDIT

Posted Jan 27, 2012

49 13%

W.E. (2012)

"The script is a mess and the 1990s sequences feel laboured. Despite great performances from Riseborough and Cornish, W.E. fails to capture our hearts." EDIT

Posted Jan 20, 2012

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