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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"Writer-director Ben Lewin has made the decision to position the film somewhere between the comedic and dramatic genres.... and it works."

Posted Nov 10, 2012

Matthew Toomey

2 85%

The Master (2012)

"The film draws much strength from the exceptional performances of both Phoenix and Hoffman and the riveting interplay between their characters."

Posted Nov 10, 2012

Matthew Toomey

3 60%

Housos Vs. Authority ()

"The tiresome nature of the comedy wears thin very quickly. It's just the same easy jokes over and over again."

Posted Nov 3, 2012

Matthew Toomey

4 85%

End of Watch (2012)

"A solid action-drama that takes us inside the world of two likeable police officers and highlights the risks they face."

Posted Nov 3, 2012

Matthew Toomey

5 75%

The Intouchables (2012)

"The two heartfelt central performances from François Cluzet and Omar Sy will inject you with happiness"

Posted Oct 21, 2012

Matthew Toomey

6 96%

Argo (2012)

"The use of dramatic licence in the finale is too obvious but aside, Argo is a solid dramatic thriller that is informative, entertaining and gripping."

Posted Oct 21, 2012

Matthew Toomey

7 51%

Savages (2012)

"Savages reels you in but then doesn't finish the job."

Posted Oct 21, 2012

Matthew Toomey

8 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"It will keep you smiling and keep you guessing. It's far from the safe, formulaic comedies that usually emanate from the big studios in Hollywood."

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Matthew Toomey

9 67%

Lawless (2012)

"The strong narrative will keep you interested. The graphic depiction of the violence also gives Lawless a heavy dose of realism."

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Matthew Toomey

10 22%

The Words (2012)

"I like the idea but The Words is a little too preachy, too melodramatic for my liking."

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Matthew Toomey

11 95%

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

"The first half of this film is mysterious whereas the second half is wonderfully inspiring. It's proof that truth really is stranger than fiction."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Matthew Toomey

12 40%

Mental (2013)

"If you are willing to go along with the darker comedy, the outrageous nature of many scenes will leave you laughing openly."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Matthew Toomey

13 87%

Arbitrage (2012)

"It's a juicy narrative that will keep you interested but it does feel a little staged. "

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Matthew Toomey

14 93%

Looper (2012)

"It's energizing to watch a fast-paced action film that challenges the audience. The intricate, intelligent storyline demands that you pay attention at all times."

Posted Sep 22, 2012

Matthew Toomey

15 45%

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

"With a nice message and an easy to follow storyline, Hotel Transylvania is one of the year's better animated releases."

Posted Sep 22, 2012

Matthew Toomey

16 47%

Bait (2012)

"Bait takes itself way too seriously and there are only a handful of witty one-liners. It leaves us with a flat thriller starring a bunch of characters we couldn't care less about."

Posted Sep 22, 2012

Matthew Toomey

17 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"You'll admire the powerful music and the stunning cinematography but it's the emotion of the film's final scenes that will make the biggest impact."

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Matthew Toomey

18 79%

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is no better or worse than the earlier films. It's been forged from the same mould and features the same brand of humour."

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Matthew Toomey

19 83%

Your Sister's Sister (2012)

"Structured more as a comedy than a drama, Your Sister's Sister is easy to like."

Posted Sep 5, 2012

Matthew Toomey

20 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"It's funny without trying too hard to be funny. There are some intelligent, level-headed exchanges in the car between Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell that are Seinfeld-esque."

Posted Sep 5, 2012

Matthew Toomey

21 65%

The Expendables 2 (2012)

"I like the idea of bringing this cast together but it needed a stronger, more captivating story."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Matthew Toomey

22 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"So many scenes will leave you with raised eyebrows and a wry smile."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Matthew Toomey

23 85%

Bully (2012)

"It's eye-opening to look at the "bad" schools but I was also hoping to see the "good" schools and learn about the initiatives that they've taken to address the issue."

Posted Aug 26, 2012

Matthew Toomey

24 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"It's like a really difficult Sudoku puzzle - you'll love the challenge but will be irriated if you can't solve it."

Posted Aug 26, 2012

Matthew Toomey

25 90%

Bernie (2012)

"Whilst it feels a little too one-sided, Bernie is still an intriguing film that has something to say about justice and the importance of how we are perceived."

Posted Aug 18, 2012

Matthew Toomey

26 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"Jeremy Renner can't quite match the charm of Matt Damon in the leading role but it's hard to fault his passionate, energetic performance."

Posted Aug 18, 2012

Matthew Toomey

27 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"The Sapphires is to be admired as both a musical and a comedy."

Posted Aug 13, 2012

Matthew Toomey

28 42%

Step Up Revolution (2012)

"The only reason people watch movies within this formulaic genre is to enjoy the well-choreographed dance numbers. On that note, this film delivers."

Posted Jul 31, 2012

Matthew Toomey

29 67%

All Together (2012)

"This could have been a deep, depressing film but director Stéphane Robelin has kept things light... and it works."

Posted Jul 29, 2012

Matthew Toomey

30 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"After its overly drawn out introduction (featuring far too much stripping), the movie rushes in its final stages."

Posted Jul 29, 2012

Matthew Toomey

31 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"The Dark Knight Rises has a convoluted plot and struggles to justify its key themes but it's still worth a look as an epic action flick."

Posted Jul 17, 2012

Matthew Toomey

32 88%

Not Suitable for Children (2013)

"The writers have tried too hard to fit these likeable characters into this strange, drawn-out premise."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Matthew Toomey

33 71%

Margaret (2011)

"Margaret is an absorbing character study headlined by a wonderful performance from Anna Paquin."

Posted Jul 9, 2012

Matthew Toomey

34 68%

Ted (2012)

"The best stuff is in the trailer but there were still many moments that left me laughing openly."

Posted Jul 9, 2012

Matthew Toomey

35 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"The intoxicating charm of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will distract audiences from the muddled screenplay."

Posted Jun 30, 2012

Matthew Toomey

36 87%

Polisse (2012)

"It's an affecting film that's has stuck with me since I left the theatre."

Posted Jun 30, 2012

Matthew Toomey

37 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"I hate to be the one to break it to everyone... but it's time these animals were put to sleep."

Posted Jun 30, 2012

Matthew Toomey

38 48%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"Snow White & The Huntsman is a satisfying start to what may become a long-running series."

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Matthew Toomey

39 78%

Brave (2012)

"A captivating story filled with drama and a little magic."

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Matthew Toomey

40 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"Margot's muddled personality will infuriate some filmgoers but I loved her complexity. Michelle Williams brings the character to life with her finest performance yet."

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Matthew Toomey

41 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"I personally wouldn't consider it a game-changer but The Cabin In The Woods kept me on my toes and has many interesting elements."

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Matthew Toomey

42 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"It's a gutsy effort but the screenplay from Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof isn't strong enough. I was struggling with the characters from the very beginning."

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Matthew Toomey

43 67%

Friends With Kids (2012)

"Getting the best of the laughs is the underrated Adam Scott who as Jason, is never afraid to share what's on his mind."

Posted Jun 3, 2012

Matthew Toomey

44 81%

Get the Gringo (2012)

"The lead role didn't necessarily require someone younger but it needed an actor with more flair and charisma."

Posted Jun 3, 2012

Matthew Toomey

45 22%

What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

"These women have nothing that interesting to offer and their husbands are just as dull."

Posted Jun 3, 2012

Matthew Toomey

46 28%

Bel Ami (2012)

"It's an interesting premise but sadly, Bel Ami is a film that underachieves. I found it a continual struggle to understand the mindset of each character."

Posted May 25, 2012

Matthew Toomey

47 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"While acknowledging that some of the film's individual scenes are quite funny, the overarching story needed work."

Posted May 25, 2012

Matthew Toomey

48 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"There were only a handful of genuine laughs... and that puts it on a par with Scary Movie 3."

Posted May 8, 2012

Matthew Toomey

49 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"It's one of the best superhero movies ever and excels in terms of three key genres - action, comedy and suspense."

Posted Apr 24, 2012

Matthew Toomey

50 20%

The Lucky One (2012)

"More time needed to be spent exploring these characters as opposed to showing us picturesque landscapes to the backdrop of songs preaching about love and sunshine."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Matthew Toomey

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