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Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 33%

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

"I'm all up for a good mushy movie, but this one is softer in the head than the heart. The screenplay skims over important events or exchanges as if it's describing what happens rather than actually showing it. This film doesn't earn its moments."

Posted Aug 18, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

2 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"The last half-hour really slows down as this raucous, raunchy comedy pulls its pants up and tries to say Something Important about politics. Call it two-thirds of the funniest movie of the year."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

3 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"Essentially one big long chase scene that never wants to stop, and with good reason. Because whenever it does, the audience might start thinking. "

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

4 88%

Neil Young Journeys (2012)

"A mesmerizing and intimate visit with a performer who is identified most closely with rock 'n' roll, but whose artistic curiosity has taken him in myriad directions musically throughout his 40-plus-year career."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

5 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"A fun, fast-moving story that will entertain and occasionally amaze you."

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

6 42%

Step Up Revolution (2012)

"Some of the highly-choreographed dance scenes are enjoyable, though the hang around way too long. But whenever the music stops and the characters try to talk to each other, it's pure death."

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

7 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"The characters are off-kilter and even weird, but watching them one senses their strange behavior occurs because of who they are, not because they're putting on a performance."

Posted Jul 15, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

8 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"For an unnecessary reboot, the filmmakers and cast have attacked the material with pure hearts and dedication, and come up with a genuinely terrific super-hero movie."

Posted Jul 4, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

9 68%

Ted (2012)

"Ted contains 12-15 minutes of the some of the best comedy I've seen in a movie this year. Now see if you can stand the other 90."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

10 55%

People Like Us (2012)

"The problem with this plot is that it's one of those stories that pivots entirely on the fulcrum of the One Big Lie. An untruth is told, and the rest of the movie turns into an exercise in waiting around until the moment when everything is revealed."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

11 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Wes Anderson's films are stylistic carbon copies of each other, merely swapping out storylines and characters. It's like going to a bunch of different restaurants and ordering the exact same meal -- you walk in knowing what you're going to get."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

12 78%

Brave (2012)

"Still better than 90% of the family entertainment out there. But there's a whole lot of craftsmanship but not so much magic in Brave."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

13 90%

Gayby (2012)

"It's the most pleasant surprise I've had so far at this year's festival."

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Steve Warren

14 29%

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2012)

"For a movie that professes to teach us to get past our insecurities and think more freely, it does so with astonishingly conventional storytelling tropes."

Posted Jun 16, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

15 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

"Rock of Ages is a soundtrack with a visual component tacked on. It's not so much a musical movie as music, with a movie. The experience of watching it is akin to listening to a runaway jukebox stuck in the '80s"

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

16 48%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"The main character is seriously under-written, but jaw-dropping CG effects and an affecting queen bridge the gap."

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

17 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"A hot mess of a screenplay, but extraordinarily ambitious and boasts Ridley Scott's usual arresting visuals."

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

18 79%

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

"The combination of kid-friendly boingy action, annoyingly catchy musical numbers and cutesy, simplistic life lessons is never dull to the kindergarten-and-down crowd."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

19 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

"Even if MiB3 exists simply to gobble up cash and rejuvenate some careers, it's a reasonably engaging bit of disposable entertainment."

Posted May 25, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

20 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"Based on The Dictator, I'd say Sacha Baron Cohen's reign of funny has come to an end."

Posted May 17, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

21 22%

What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

"Audiences were expecting more than this."

Posted May 17, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

22 97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

"The rare sort of movie that chooses not to focus on the dramatic, pivotal moments that happen in life, but what comes after. "

Posted May 10, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

23 79%

The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

"It's never a good thing when your main character is the least interesting person onscreen."

Posted May 3, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

24 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"The long-awaited superhero supergroup is finally assembled, and their film does not disappoint. It's a smashmouth extravaganza of outsized proportions."

Posted May 3, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

25 86%

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

26 23%

The Raven (2012)

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

27 85%

The Raid: Redemption (2012)

"If most martial arts films feel like an over-spiced appetizer lacking any complementary flavors, then this movie is more of a complete meal."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

28 43%

American Reunion (2012)

"Sort of like going to your own high school reunion: it's not nearly as much fun as it should be."

Posted Apr 6, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

29 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

30 51%

John Carter (2012)

"An oft-confusing, occasionally silly mega-expensive thrill ride that, for sheer audacity, is the biggest thing to come down the cinematic pike since Avatar."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

31 54%

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

"More a civics lesson than a story, The Lorax is the tale of a cantankerous woodland sprite who comes across as a shrill nag."

Posted Mar 1, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

32 25%

Act of Valor (2012)

"Having real-life Navy SEALs play fictional versions of themselves results in some convincing action scenes, and dialogue more wooden than a dime store Indian."

Posted Mar 1, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

33 53%

Safe House (2012)

"A slick, plot-driven thriller about the nasty underside of the spy game that has a lot going for it, and a few bad things that don't spoil the ride."

Posted Feb 9, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

34 56%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"Albert Nobbs is more a parable than a person, and Albert Nobbs plays out more closely to a fable than an authentic tale."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

35 73%

Big Miracle (2012)

"For one great big Warm Fuzzy, it's an extremely watchable movie. The cast, led by John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore, are enjoyable to hang out with."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

36 84%

My Week with Marilyn (2011)

"An uneven story buoyed by a transformative performance by Michelle Williams. "

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

37 40%

Red Tails (2012)

"Somewhat clunky WWII drama with some top-notch aerial dogfighting sequences."

Posted Feb 2, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

38 77%

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"A delightful juxtaposition of intellectual and carnal impulses, like watching dry history from old textbooks brought to vivid, neurotic life."

Posted Jan 26, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

39 79%

Shame (2011)

"Michael Fassbender gives a harrowing and haunting performance, a revealing portrait both physically and at its emotional core."

Posted Jan 26, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

40 32%

Man on a Ledge (2012)

"Wants to be a fun and zippy thriller, but the moving parts fit together a little too neatly."

Posted Jan 26, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

41 46%

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012)

"This movie hasn't been in the conversation of the best films of the year, but it deserves to be. It's a viscerally enthralling story about a singular boy trying to find his place in the world when his only anchor is ripped away."

Posted Jan 19, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

42 88%

Air Force (1943)

"A cheery bit of war propaganda that feels cringeworthy today, in which American soldiers seem extraordinarily giddy about the prospect of near-certain death, coupled with some terrible special-effects miniatures."

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

43 51%

The Iron Lady (2012)

"A fairly standard biopic containing an extraordinary performance. Meryl Streep arguably occupies the place where Morgan Freeman sat 15 years ago: America's greatest living film actor."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

44 51%

Contraband (2012)

"A tidy little heist/thriller starring Mark Wahlberg doing what he does best: Playing the underdog who always seems to gain the upper hand."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

45 83%

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

"A nearly affectless espionage tale, a Cold War spy thriller that's chilly and boasts few thrills."

Posted Jan 5, 2012

Christopher Lloyd

46 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"The animation is absolute terrific, hitting that sweet spot in between a near-photographic representation of reality and just enough cartoony distortion to keep things above the rim of the uncanny valley."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

47 98%

The Artist (2011)

"A rapturous movie full of passion and artistry, self-aware but not self-absorbed. The Artist is about movie-making, in the way that great Hollywood movies have turned a loving (yet acerbic) gaze at themselves, like Singin' in the Rain."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

48 93%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"Easily the best of the series, filled with extravagant international locations and fantastical action set-pieces, at least two of which are genuinely jaw-dropping."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

49 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

"Extremely well-made, ably acted, beautifully shot and has a plot full of hairpin turns and twists. It is an entirely engaging and occasionally gripping film. It is also completely unnecessary."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

50 80%

Young Adult (2011)

"The egg of a great idea that never really hatches. It's built on an outlandish premise, and after 93 minutes of talking and emoting and frittering around, all we're left with is that same nutty premise."

Posted Dec 15, 2011

Christopher Lloyd