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Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 18%

The Art of Getting By (2011)

"If it's ultimately a failure then it's a well-meaning one - the kind made by people who care about storytelling and don't just want to blow things up for a living. We've already got one Michael Bay, and that's enough. "

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

2 100%

The Comancheros (1961)

"Because he was largely a journeyman filmmaker who took whatever jobs the studio assigned him, most historians and critics regard Michael Curtiz merely as a capable gun-for-hire who was lucky enough to find himself attached to good projects."

Posted Jun 13, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

3 82%

Super 8 (2011)

"Even as writer/director J.J. Abrams seems bound and determined to follow a template of another's choosing, Super 8 still has a sprightly life of its own."

Posted Jun 9, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

4 19%

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011)

"If it is narrow in its appeal, then the movie is earnest about entertaining a certain strata of kid-dom who will appreciate it more than I."

Posted Jun 8, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

5 71%

The Desert Fox (1951)

"The purpose of the book and movie is not to tell the complete story of Rommel's life, but to set the historical record straight about his death."

Posted Jun 6, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

6 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"I don't think the cinematic world really needed a new go-round of X-Men movies, but I liked this one so much that I can actually say I'm looking forward to another. "

Posted Jun 5, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

7 100%

Monte Walsh (1970)

"Less a plot-driven Western oater, Monte Walsh is more a slow-moving but satisfying contemplation on the end days of the cowboy life."

Posted May 30, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

8 73%

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

"Spurlock's filmmaking sensibilities run more to the arm-twisting of Michael Moore crossed with the look-at-me showmanship of a P.T. Barnum. Ultimately, the thing Spurlock sells best in The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is himself."

Posted May 26, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

9 34%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"Despite a few slow patches, it is loaded with gut-busting laughs. After its much brainier predecessor, though, it feels like a well-meaning kid forced to follow in the footsteps of his genius older sibling."

Posted May 26, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

10 81%

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

"Lacks the novelty of the original, which found a sweet spot in between martial arts and goofy animated critters, and milked it for every last laugh. This one feels like leftovers that have curdled."

Posted May 25, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

11 100%

The Man in the White Suit (2012)

"Alec Guinness' sharp bird nose and watery eyes helped him play characters who were misfits on the margins of society. He made for a kindly but stubborn rebel in the Ealing comedies."

Posted May 23, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

12 60%

The Beaver (2011)

"Flawed, but in an era of safe filmmaking with stories and characters tied in uniformly neat bows, The Beaver operates outside the box ... and then it kicks the box down the street."

Posted May 19, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

13 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"Stranger Tides at least has a story that is relatively comprehensible and keeps its roster of main characters trimmed to a manageable level."

Posted May 19, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

14 ——

Tokyo Joe (1949)

"In an era when Hollywood loved cut-and-dry endings, Tokyo Joe is notable for the way Humphrey Bogart's character never steps fully into the light, or out of it."

Posted May 16, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

15 75%

Everything Must Go (2011)

"An engaging character study, solidly handled by rookie writer/director Dan Rush, that gives a little insight into the sort of career Ferrell might have had if he hadn't made his bones playing nincompoops and running around bare-assed."

Posted May 12, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

16 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"The comedy is broad and predictable enough that I pretty much always saw it coming - and yet I still found myself laughing when the jokes arrived right on target."

Posted May 12, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

17 100%

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

"After an overly mushy first half, the movie redeems itself with a second act that is decidedly dark and dreary and an extended air combat sequence that's still amazing nearly 70 years later."

Posted May 9, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

18 77%

Thor (2011)

"Like Thor himself, the movie is overly puffed up and self-serious. But the character experiences a satisfying arc of change, turning into a genuinely heroic figure whose magic hammer does some serious smiting."

Posted May 6, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

19 100%

The Lost Weekend (1945)

"An uncompromising look at alcoholism at a time when addiction was considered a personal failing to be swept under the rug of polite society."

Posted May 2, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

20 77%

Fast Five (2011)

"These movies are sheer silliness, improbable roadway mayhem interspersed with obligatory fistfights and gunplay, all coated with a noxious layer of adolescent macho posturing."

Posted Apr 28, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

21 ——

The Wings of Eagles (1957)

"Wants to be epic in scope but ends up feeling like ham-fisted CliffsNotes version of a man's life. The film loiters way, way too long on Frank Wead's early days as a hell-raising test pilot, then skips ahead through long sections of his life."

Posted Apr 25, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

22 ——

No Highway in the Sky (1951)

"No Highway in the Sky is notable for its depiction of airline travel and disaster-film dynamics, each then in emerging stages. Unfortunately, it's not very skilled at either one."

Posted Apr 18, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

23 72%

Rio (2011)

"A competently-made animated film crafted specifically for the toddler set, who may enjoy the bright colors and boingy action. Older kids and parents will find themselves, if not quite bored, then only modestly engaged."

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

24 81%

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

"An exquisitely acted slice of cinematic comfort food, Driving Miss Daisy marked the coda of one great acting career and the rise of another."

Posted Apr 11, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

25 26%

Arthur (2011)

"Russell Brand creates a distinctive character based on his own persona, rather than trying to mimic Dudley Moore. He is by turns hilarious and touching, with an inner core of sweetness we haven't seen from him before."

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

26 27%

Your Highness (2011)

"A sword-and-sorcery spoof from the Pineapple Express crew that, like that ode to inhaling, isn't nearly as funny as it seems to think it is."

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

27 93%

Of Gods and Men (2011)

"Some nice performances, but the sad, harsh truth is that two hours spent inside a Trappist monastery turns out to be achingly dull."

Posted Apr 6, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

28 94%

Win Win (2011)

"A wonderfully acted little drama about a tight-knit group of ordinary people whom we get to know and like despite their quirks and flaws."

Posted Apr 6, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

29 100%

The Long Voyage Home (1940)

"Less a plot-driven movie than a meandering look at the nomadic men who make their lives on the high seas for various reasons."

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

30 92%

Source Code (2011)

"The rare thriller that engages us with its protagonist and his plight, even if the sci-fi part of the story never really seems to add up."

Posted Mar 31, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

31 ——

Murphy's War (1971)

"Murphy's War has the bones of a great movie but forgets to add the flesh."

Posted Mar 28, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

32 23%

Sucker Punch (2011)

Posted Mar 28, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

33 ——

It Happened Tomorrow (1944)

"More a daffy comedy than a true newspaper movie."

Posted Mar 21, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

34 71%

Paul (2011)

"The humor is generally in well-traveled terrain with a generous helping of penis jokes, but somehow having it coming out of the mouth of a little green man makes it fresh and ironic."

Posted Mar 16, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

35 80%

The Enemy Below (1957)

"While recognizing that it's not any sort of great piece of acting by Robert Mitchum or a searing portrait of war, if one accepts The Enemy Below as an action-filled war movie, it's thoroughly entertaining stuff."

Posted Mar 14, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

36 10%

Red Riding Hood (2011)

"A strange, dreary and stubbornly un-entertaining reboot of the fairy tale, where ancient forebodings about creatures of the night are used as grist for the mill of angsty teenage lust."

Posted Mar 10, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

37 37%

Mars Needs Moms (2011)

"Feels like an amalgamation of other animated films' styles and storylines, assembled by a marketing department bent on hitting a demographic sweet spot rather than artists following their muse."

Posted Mar 9, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

38 81%

The Defiant Ones (1958)

"Tony Curtis' acting is borderline awful. His famous Bronx accent bleeds through his faux Southern one like a bloody shirt, and he continually grits his teeth in a failed attempt to show the character's self-loathing."

Posted Mar 7, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

39 88%

Rango (2011)

"A neon-colored, sun-baked fantasia that's part Western spoof and part surrealist jag through the desert with Johnny Depp as our theatrically unhinged, reptilian tour guide, Rango is anything but your standard kiddie animated flick."

Posted Mar 3, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

40 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"Less a rumination on free will than a potboiler with some intellectual pretensions, The Adjustment Bureau is a pleasant enough middlebrow mind trip."

Posted Mar 2, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

41 57%

Zulu Dawn (1979)

"A simple two-act story: Prelude to war, and the war. The former is concerned with a lot of British derring-do and priggish behavior. The latter consists of battle scenes with a lot of kinetic energy but not as much emotional punch as they should have."

Posted Feb 28, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

42 95%

Twelve O'Clock High (1949)

"It's a rather uncharacteristic role for Gregory Peck, in that there's not a trace of cuddliness or Atticus Finch-esque nobility to Frank Savage. He's a man with a job that needs to get done, and everything in his existence is subservient to that goal."

Posted Feb 21, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

43 85%

Cedar Rapids (2011)

"Ed Helms and company seem like they're mocking middle-America vanilla-ness, which is ripe for mocking, but they also want to embrace it with a cuddly ending. "

Posted Feb 17, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

44 33%

I Am Number Four (2011)

"A shallow, cynical bit of movie-making, certainly never boring but rarely engaging on either an intellectual or visceral level. The cast of mostly twentysomethings posing as teenagers does an awful lot of pouting and strutting."

Posted Feb 16, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

45 85%

My Bodyguard (1980)

"That's why I keep coming back to My Bodyguard: It continually reveals new layers of truth about what it's really like to be a teenager, whether an outcast, a bully or the bullied."

Posted Feb 14, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

46 ——

The Lost Thing (2010)

"This touching and quirky Australian short is about the things that just don't fit. The imagination and animation, especially in the finale, are dazzling."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

47 ——

The Gruffalo (2011)

"A charming computer animated tale about a little mouse who travels through the woods, rendered beautifully and in rhyme."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

48 55%

Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)

"Tolerable but forgettable, Gnomeo & Juliet is a halfway clever idea executed with minimal effort and ingenuity. It continuously reaches for the lowest-hanging fruit -- in its jokes, in its animation style and its brazen, narrow appeal to tykes."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

49 ——

Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World 3D (2010)

"Part biology lesson, and part slick CGI adventure, Sea Rex 3D makes education cool."

Posted Feb 9, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

50 90%

The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010)

"The real reason little ones might not enjoy The Illusionist is that it's simply not intended for them. It's a poignant tale about regret, generosity and ungratefulness."

Posted Feb 9, 2011

Christopher Lloyd

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