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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 25%

Fun Size (2012)

"Justice makes a likeable lead but director Josh Schwartz's comic touch is distinctly leaden and a high proportion of the would-be funny scenes - some of them involving an uncredited Johnny Knoxville - fall flat."

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Jason Best

2 5%

Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

"The demon-haunted West Virginia town still gives the creeps... but this belated sequel proves to be only fitfully exciting and scary - mostly because the action stops every few minutes for yet another character to deliver reams of boring exposition."

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Jason Best

3 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"One moment, we're watching an enthralling exposé of the modern pharmaceutical industry; the next we're reeling from some well-timed mystery-thriller shocks. And Soderbergh, aided by a sharp script and superb cast, wrong-foots us all the way."

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Jason Best

4 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"When a movie is as beloved as The Wizard of Oz, making a prequel would seem a foolhardy enterprise. Put one foot on the Yellow Brick Road and you risk stepping on your viewers' memories and dreams. Yet Raimi rises to the challenge with dash and dazzle. "

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Jason Best

5 36%

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

"Poking fun at old-school magicians, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone pulls the odd chuckle out of the hat, but despite the starry presence of comic headliners Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey the film fails to dazzle."

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Jason Best

6 50%

Welcome to the Punch (2013)

"Creevy's film certainly looks slick and stylish, but the script isn't solid enough to make the plot convincing... McAvoy is miscast. So is London."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Jason Best

7 28%

Broken City (2013)

"A solidly old-fashioned crime thriller that ploughs the familiar furrow of cops, crooks and corruption in New York City."

Posted Mar 14, 2013

Jason Best

8 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"Safe Haven may be predictable and formulaic, but Hallström gives the proceedings a cosy glow and there are a couple of twists before the end: one blindingly obvious, the other blindingly dumb."

Posted Mar 14, 2013

Jason Best

9 15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"It's an amusingly cheeky notion: the siblings from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale as witch-slaying bounty hunters. A defter hand than Wirkola's might have succeeded ... but the film's anachronisms are clumsy and most of the jokes fall flat."

Posted Mar 14, 2013

Jason Best

10 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"Joseph Gordon-Levitt' fixed-wheel bike has a single gear and no brakes, and you could say the same of director David Koepp's film, which is light on character and plot. But, even on two wheels, the action is fast and furious."

Posted Mar 12, 2013

Jason Best

11 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"The pair's low-key crime spree provides some gentle suspense, but it's the developing friendship between the grouchy ex-thief and the robot that will beguile viewers most."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Jason Best

12 41%

Parker (2013)

"Hackford does supply some genuinely hard-boiled thrills, including the briskly efficient opening heist and a bruising hotel-room tussle for Parker and a would-be assassin. But when Lopez wiggles and pouts her way into the caper, the film goes soft."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Jason Best

13 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"To the Wonder displays all the familiar Malick touches - fragmentary narrative, impressionistic visuals, poetic voiceover - but this time the Malick magic is missing... Kurylenko is left to waft around dreamily like a model in a Boden catalogue shoot."

Posted Feb 27, 2013

Jason Best

14 66%

For Ellen (2012)

"This low-key but shrewdly observed US indie movie from Korean-American writer-director So Yong Kim pointedly opens with a man at a crossroads, unsure of which direction to take. Decision made, he soon afterwards skids into a snowdrift."

Posted Feb 23, 2013

Jason Best

15 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"Tykwer and the Wachowskis take Mitchell's complex narrative and give it breathtaking momentum on screen. Admittedly, they lose the novel's element of dazzling pastiche, but they bring out its qualities of rollicking adventure and cliffhanging suspense."

Posted Feb 23, 2013

Jason Best

16 64%

Unfinished Song (2013)

"Parts of the film are cheesy and the whole is undeniably manipulative, but the film is so tender and generous, and its stars so genuinely affecting, that it's easy to forgive the odd bum note. "

Posted Feb 23, 2013

Jason Best

17 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"Twilight with witches instead of vampires, Beautiful Creatures serves up another tale of star-crossed lovers blighted by warring supernatural cliques, mapping another invented mythology onto the hormonally charged world of teenage desires."

Posted Feb 16, 2013

Jason Best

18 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"When they're not leaping off buildings in slow motion, Willis and Courtney trade the odd snarled insult or grudging endearment, but there isn't a line that lingers."

Posted Feb 16, 2013

Jason Best

19 0%

Run For Your Wife ()

"Truly dire. An offensive, witless farrago... The film's social attitudes - to homosexuality, women, marriage - appear to have been preserved in mothballs since the 1970s. Given air now, they give off an offensive odour."

Posted Feb 16, 2013

Jason Best

20 51%

This is 40 (2012)

"There are laughs, sure, with Brooks' unabashed moocher coming up with many of the film's best lines... but the overall results are distinctly patchy and at 133 minutes, the film is at least half an hour too long."

Posted Feb 16, 2013

Jason Best

21 55%

I Give It a Year (2013)

"Mazer's wobbly quality control means that the viewer will be cringing too - Stephen Merchant, as Josh's boorish best friend, delivers a dismally unfunny best man's speech and his subsequent appearances in the story are even more toxic."

Posted Feb 11, 2013

Jason Best

22 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"With Hitchcock, Gervasi, maker of beguiling rock documentary Anvil, has come up with a breezy entertainment rather than an in-depth biopic. You won't find any real insights into Hitchcock's filmmaking process or his psyche."

Posted Feb 11, 2013

Jason Best

23 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"Warm Bodies has such a sweet and quirky spirit that it's a shame the movie isn't better. Unfortunately, Jonathan Levine fails to sustain the story's premise and the narrative pace gets stuck at a zombie shuffle."

Posted Feb 11, 2013

Jason Best

24 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"For some, Ralph's spell in Sugar Rush's candy-coloured world may induce hyperglycaemia... but hard-core gamers will have a blast picking up all the gaming in-jokes and references that fly over everyone else's heads."

Posted Feb 11, 2013

Jason Best

25 47%

Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)

"If the less-than-compelling plot leads you to drift off, it won't be long before another tour-de-force of agility or grace jerks you awake."

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Jason Best

26 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"When the story's leading quartet have to negotiate embarrassing moments - a handjob for Roosevelt administered by Daisy in a bouncing car; eating a hotdog at a picnic for Bertie and Liz - it's Murray's FDR who is most at ease in the sticky situations. "

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Jason Best

27 46%

Bullet to the Head (2013)

"A brisk, lean, straight-shooting throwback to the world of 1980s action thrillers, the film even has Sylvester Stallone as its lead, a veritable 80s throwback himself, and one whose current career seems permanently stuck on repeat."

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Jason Best

28 78%

Flight (2012)

"Denzel Washington's pilot Whip Whitaker likes to fly high - just not in the manner sanctioned by the airline industry."

Posted Jan 30, 2013

Jason Best

29 78%

Dredd (2012)

"Lean, mean and luridly violent, sci-fi action thriller Dredd does a much better job of bringing cult comic-book anti-hero Judge Dredd to the screen than the misfiring 1995 Sylvester Stallone version."

Posted Jan 29, 2013

Jason Best

30 20%

That's My Boy (2012)

"Crass comedy That's My Boy adds close-to-the-knuckle raunchiness to Sandler's usual mix of stupidity and sentimentality. "

Posted Jan 29, 2013

Jason Best

31 32%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"Brash, loud & risibly anachronistic, Gangster Squad is flashier than a mobster's suit, but if you're not too fussy about finesse then this stylised crime film is a hugely entertaining cops 'n crooks romp through a cartoon-like version of 1940s LA history."

Posted Jan 29, 2013

Jason Best

32 70%

Les Misérables (2012)

"Even if you're no fan of the show and think the lyrics doggerel and the music dreary, it's hard not to be bowled over by the barnstorming gusto shown by director Tom Hooper and his cast."

Posted Jan 29, 2013

Jason Best

33 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"Overlong, overblown and overly self-indulgent. But excess is what Tarantino does. And just as he won't put one word in his characters' mouths when he can have them utter 10; he won't dispatch a bad guy with one bullet when he can discharge a dozen."

Posted Jan 29, 2013

Jason Best

34 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"An unexpected gem: candid, touching and funny."

Posted Jan 29, 2013

Jason Best

35 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"The viewer needs to stay sharp to stay on top of the details of the labyrinthine search, but Bigelow tackles the complex story with the same muscular urgency and incisive intelligence that won her an Oscar for The Hurt Locker."

Posted Jan 28, 2013

Jason Best

36 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"The actual vote on the Amendment proves surprisingly gripping, but elsewhere moments of piety and sentimentality undermine Day-Lewis's magnificent, credibly flesh-and-blood Lincoln."

Posted Jan 28, 2013

Jason Best

37 ——

The Girl (2012)

"Hitchcock fans have vigorously disputed the film's version of events (scripted by Gwyneth Hughes and sanctioned by the now-82-year-old Hedren herself), but on screen it makes for gripping viewing."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Jason Best

38 20%

St George's Day ()

"The film looks good, thanks to cinematographer Mike Southon's stylish camerawork, but the script is well dodgy."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Jason Best

39 0%

Keith Lemon: The Film ()

"Full of nauseatingly puerile penis-enlargement and bodily fluid gags, the film pads out its mercifully brief running time with witless cameos from the likes of David Hasselhoff, Jedward, Jason Donovan, Peter Andre and several Spice Girls."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Jason Best

40 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"The swashbuckling stuff is boisterous, if dated, and proves far more engaging than a tedious sub-plot involving Manny's rebellious teenage daughter."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Jason Best

41 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"Renner's Cross isn't as compelling a protagonist as Damon's troubled Bourne, but when it comes to bruising combat he certainly delivers. "

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Jason Best

42 42%

Step Up Revolution (2012)

"The story is sappy and predictable... But the dancing has a freshness and vibrancy that's infectiously enjoyable."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Jason Best

43 74%

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

"Rise of the Guardians delivers a giddy, kinetic excitement as its heroes whoosh and swoop through the air, or glide and skitter on ice."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Jason Best

44 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"Another gleefully dark comedy thriller from In Bruges creator Martin McDonagh featuring gabby killers, scabrously funny dialogue and moments of shocking violence."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Jason Best

45 65%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"When the dwarves turn up mob-handed, kicking off a night of boisterous revelry, the laboured jests and jollity seem to go on forever. And the combination of dwarves, forced humour and familiar faces off the telly turn the occasion into bad panto."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Jason Best

46 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"The Impossible takes the breath away with its powerful restaging of the catastrophe; but if the wave's visceral impact knocks you off your feet then it's the story's emotional undertow that sweeps you away."

Posted Jan 8, 2013

Jason Best

47 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"The gorgeous photography gives summertime Toronto a steamy, sexy glow and the music (including the Leonard Cohen song that provides the title) adds to the film's air of yearning."

Posted Jan 7, 2013

Jason Best

48 61%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"Rosamund Pike's underwritten role mostly requires her to goggle at Reacher's deductive genius and swoon at his pecs, but even if Jack Reacher won't leave nonpartisan viewers weak at the knees it still delivers straightforward genre thrills."

Posted Jan 3, 2013

Jason Best

49 51%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"A corny baseball drama whose story arc is as predictable as an easily caught fly ball."

Posted Dec 4, 2012

Jason Best

50 85%

Sightseers (2013)

"For all the miles its nerdy murderers rack up in their caravan, Sightseers doesn't really go anywhere."

Posted Nov 28, 2012

Jason Best

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