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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"This is slightly more of a disappointment than the previous instalments, largely because (Banderas aside) it never gives any of the cast anything to do. "

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Anthony Morris

2 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Every glance and line of dialogue pushes the scene forward, every scene pushes the story forward, and if your attention wanders, there's a good chance the ending will just pass you by."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Anthony Morris

3 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"If Guardians of the Galaxy is just the latest burger off the fast food conveyor belt, it's awfully hard to deny that it's an extremely tasty burger. "

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Anthony Morris

4 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a thrilling, compelling action spectacle that won't make you feel stupid for watching it. "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Anthony Morris

5 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Presumably there's some kind of story going on here but director Michael Bay doesn't seem all that interested in it so why should you be? But more often things just happen because EXPLOSIONS! "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Anthony Morris

6 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"It's the easy chemistry between Tatum - who gets funnier the dumber he acts, and here he's playing a character who can't remember what a library is called - and Hill that makes sure this is never less than entertaining."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Anthony Morris

7 14%

Blended (2014)

"Blended is awful. It's the kind of awful film where it's hard to resist the temptation to just list all the awful things that happen in it and pass that off as a review. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Anthony Morris

8 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Smarter and funnier about its central conceit that you might expect and with a pair of great performances, [its] only serious flaw is a final act that ditches all the science-fiction stuff for a murkily shot and relatively unimpressive conclusion."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Anthony Morris

9 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Talking about performances or anything else traditionally associated with film is beside the point here, because the entire story is just a laundry list of scenes meant to make the audience bawl. "

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Anthony Morris

10 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"The good news is, once Maleficent goes full evil Jolie really lets loose, sweeping through the film as a force of nature. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Anthony Morris

11 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"A Million Ways to Die in the West will satisfy a lot of cinemagoers. It's fine, really. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Matt Shea

12 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Being forced to engage with the material just to try and make sense of what we're seeing is part of what makes this so compelling. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Anthony Morris

13 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"The film is unfailing in its attention to detail, brutally unforgiving in its fan-service, and riddled with genuine moments of exultant joy."

Posted May 19, 2014

Paul Verhoeven

14 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"Stunning, reverential and awe-inspiring in the best way, Godzilla hammers home the insignificance of individuals in the face of such forces."

Posted May 19, 2014

Anthony Morris

15 54%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"The story he's [Terry Gilliam] telling is kind of muddled, drags on a lot of the time, and has an ending that fails to pull it all together. It's definitely something worth considering, but still; this is a theorem that doesn't quite add up."

Posted May 19, 2014

Anthony Morris

16 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Actually, while the script is strong -- the episodic structure means everyone can improv away without derailing the overall plot, which is just about the two sides going nuts anyway -- it's the four lead performances that lift this up and over."

Posted May 12, 2014

Anthony Morris

17 88%

Chef (2014)

"Like all good food porn, the story here is wafer-thin at best."

Posted May 7, 2014

Anthony Morris

18 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"You might start to get the feeling that this whole thing wasn't so much scripted as fished out of the lint filter of a busted washing machine. "

Posted May 2, 2014

Anthony Morris

19 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Transcendence is a film where, when the world's first ever human brain upload doesn't work, the people responsible fix it by turning the computer off and on again."

Posted May 2, 2014

Anthony Morris

20 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"This is about as fun as movie-going gets. Fans of Anderson's work should love it; those who've disliked the artifice and nostalgia of his earlier films will find those elements put to more entertaining use here."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Anthony Morris

21 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"It's fast, smart, really funny, full of great action and contains a song, 'Everything is Awesome', with the single catchiest hook in the history of songwriting. Seriously, in this movie at least, everything really is awesome."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Anthony Morris

22 60%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"Part two is where things start to get more serious, and the film suffers for it."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Anthony Morris

23 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"There's nothing meaningful or insightful going on here. It's a silly, trashy romp that throws a bunch of stuff at the wall and just hopes that some of it sticks."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Anthony Morris

24 22%

Need For Speed (2014)

"All this needed was one really good chase, or two less pointless subplots, or three less superfluous sidekicks; this is a speed no-one needs."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

25 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Clooney has too much reverence for his story, and as a result he does it about the biggest disservice possible: he makes it boring."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Anthony Morris

26 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"The result is a film that does everything it's meant to without doing any of it all that well."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Anthony Morris

27 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"This works just fine viewed as a stripped back tale of survival against the odds. The ending is the only moment where the metaphorical comes to the fore, and even then it's really just a matter of how literally you want to take the title."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Anthony Morris

28 83%

Tracks (2014)

"It's one of this film's real joys that the mystery of why Robyn wants to take on this massive journey is never explained."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Anthony Morris

29 9%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"Despite an all star team behind the camera this is probably the first occasion where the film is literally impossible to understand without reading the novel first. "

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Anthony Morris

30 49%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"The film works as sheer spectacle, trying for something of a Hitcher vibe, and while the car stuff isn't exactly up there with the Mad Max films, at least for a while it doesn't matter that Paul is a cypher. "

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Anthony Morris

31 91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"The strength of [it] isn't the already-notorious hardcore sex scenes between the two female leads but the movie's efforts to show us in minute detail the back and forth between two people at just about every stage of their relationship."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Anthony Morris

32 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"It's really the performances that make this more than just a high-class disease-of-the-week effort. "

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Anthony Morris

33 6%

Battle of the Year (2013)

"Even when a dance movie is following the formula as closely as Battle of the Year does, occasionally something you won't get to see anywhere else slips through."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Anthony Morris

34 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"Burgundy's earnest manly stupidity is a sure-fire laugh-getter and while he's off on his own a lot more this time around, his news team remains convincing both as his buddies and as different varieties of total idiots."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

35 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"Big budget films that are actually about something are so rare this one's worth checking out just for novelty value alone."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

36 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"Instead of building to some tragic-comedic level of peak awfulness, August:Osage County lurches from revelation to revelation without coming together as anything more than a sloppy weekend where a lot of nasty crap goes down."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

37 94%

Her (2013)

"Its insights into relationships are sharp without being earth-shattering. But as a window onto a relationship that carries real meaning for the two people in it, Jonze has created something crystal-clear."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

38 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"This film's re-creation of 1961 New York feels totally convincing in its shabby, run-down glory and the sense of having a real window back into the past isn't something to be underestimated."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

39 14%

47 Ronin (2013)

"Reeves does an excellent job of being a stoic servant bound by honour to reject love and embrace death. And "stoic servant" sounds a little like an actor stuck trying to make the best of a big budget film collapsing all around him, if you think about it. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

40 55%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"For a character who has been rebooted three times in five movies, it's a little disappointing they didn't try something new with Jack Ryan in Shadow Recruit. And by "something", I mean "anything". "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

41 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Scorsese wheels out all his slick tricks to turn this relatively one-note story into a three hour thrill-ride that only ever feels tired when it's vital to the story."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

42 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"McQueen has used this near-documentary style of filming before, but this is the first time it's seemed essential to his story."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

43 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"Two old guys get into the ring and start punching each other. Whoever the winner is, it sure ain't cinema."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

44 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"It's increasingly clear that we're meant to read this at face value as a tale of people swept away by passion. Which is a problem, because on that level much of this is a ham-fisted (or should that be peach-fisted) mess. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

45 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Vol. 1 offers elation after assault. Without yet showing Skarsgard or Gainsbourg with their kit off, it'll also have you begging for more. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Tara Judah

46 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"You'd expect the cast to be having more fun in a Robocop movie, but with the exception of Jackson everyone here plays it totally, boringly straight."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Anthony Morris

47 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"Baumbach's previous films have been insightful and wry without ever really being all that likeable. Gerwig brings a charm and energy to this shared project that makes it, if perhaps not his deepest film, then easily his most fun."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Anthony Morris

48 64%

Epic (2013)

"Though the story may be slight, the film is stacked with brilliantly colourful characters, a fabulous voice cast and simply spectacular animation."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Alice Tynan

49 98%

Mud (2013)

"More than a mere tribute to Twain and Dickens: this has all the makings of a modern classic."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Alice Tynan

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