Vulture

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"Blue Ruin is more artful and evocative than any recent revenge picture, but it's still drivel."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

David Edelstein

2 9%

A Haunted House 2 (2014)

"A Haunted House 2 is not a movie. It is a nervous breakdown."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

3 50%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"Whatever works."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

David Edelstein

4 57%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"What puts Fading Gigolo over the top is the presence of Allen, who's just the sort of earthy, fast-talking foil the moony Turturro needs."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

David Edelstein

5 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"As a human tragedy of man and monster, of beauty and beast, it has just enough genuine pathos that you wish it were better."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

6 100%

Manakamana (2014)

"As a theatrical experience, Manakamana is spellbinding. But it's a complex spell ..."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

7 ——

The Address ()

"The movie feels too long, padded even, but its relaxed vibe and non-cloying tone are a tonic. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

8 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The last half-hour of the 90-minute pilot is the strongest section, because it develops a tone that could be described as Coen-esque, but does so organically, in a way that assures you that it will become its own thing. "

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

9 46%

Hateship Loveship (2014)

"What's supposed to be guileless and unformed starts to feel like shtick."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

10 86%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" The show has nothing to teach us. It's just being honest about the truths people discover and then disregard, and the lies they tell themselves, as history moves around them. They're doing the best they can. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

11 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"Reitman may have his drawbacks but no one has ever accused his films of lacking heart. With sports movies especially, ya gotta have heart."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Lisa Rosman

12 87%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"The movie has its longeurs, but once you get on its wavelength it's hard to resist."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

David Edelstein

13 53%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"Cuban Fury has a surprising amount of fun with these acknowledged clichés. At times, the movie has the energy of an Anchorman-style spoof ..."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

14 83%

Joe (2014)

"When Cage doesn't grandstand, you can see what made him so likable once: his boyish earnestness, his touching lack of cynicism."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

David Edelstein

15 98%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Along with Hannibal, this is the most joyous, at times exhilarating nightmare on TV. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

16 83%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"The Unknown Known is a worthy addition to Morris's body of work, an epic search that demonstrates the limits of language, the ease of sidestepping truth."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

David Edelstein

17 86%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"It's funny stuff, to be sure, but don't be surprised if you find yourself checking the time whenever the actual plot kicks in."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

18 58%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"Dom Hemingway is an uneven movie, to be sure ... but it's still hard to resist."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

19 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"At times the film is right on the border between mesmerizing and narcotizing, but it casts an otherworldly spell."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

David Edelstein

20 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Beneath the expensive, computer-generated busyness of this second Captain America installment is a bracing, old-style conspiracy thriller made extra-scary by new technology and the increasingly ugly trade-offs of a post-9/11 world."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

David Edelstein

21 96%

Silicon Valley: Season 1

" The show's version of machismo is hilarious, and feels new. Silicon Valley captures the pack-wolf preening of guys whose muscles are located mostly above their necklines. "

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

22 68%

Surviving Jack: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Surviving Jack [is] a series that's not as impressive as its lead actor's performance. "

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

23 22%

Sabotage (2014)

"Sabotage starts off as a fun, nasty, occasionally surprising little piece of genre filmmaking. But it gradually loses the thread."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

24 40%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"Cesar Chavez makes for a fine history lesson, but as drama, it leaves something to be desired."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

25 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"Maloof and co-director Charlie Siskel peel back her layers, allowing us to see where her creative universe came from, how she functioned, what she made."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Jerry Saltz

26 84%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"If Cheap Thrills ultimately does carry us along, it's due largely to Healy's performance and presence."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

27 77%

Noah (2014)

"It grounds the biblical apocalypse in the here and now, tapping into the dystopian mood while retaining a sense of religious awe."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

David Edelstein

28 80%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"You could say (and some will) that the gratuitousness of the violence in The Raid 2 is a problem. But it all functions as part of the surreal dance of death ..."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

29 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"Pavich is clearly in awe of Jodorowsky (who wouldn't be?), but he still treads a fine line between buying the director's notions of a spiritual quest at face value and soberly detailing said journey's particulars."

Posted Mar 23, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

30 83%

Rob the Mob (2014)

"A romance about two down-and-outers that reveals the workings of a whole citywide ecosystem of crime and punishment."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

31 40%

Divergent (2014)

"If you can forget what it's saying, Divergent is fairly entertaining."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

David Edelstein

32 72%

The 100: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It has a sensibility and swagger that places the new series in good company. The 100 is better than it has to be, a little more exciting and surprising and intense. It's that margin that excites me about the show. "

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Margaret Lyons

33 66%

Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" If you stand back and look at it in the context of the rest of television, what's onscreen is remarkable: a realistic friendship between two realistic women existing in something resembling the real world. "

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

34 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"The songs are catchy, the cameos are okay, and some of the jokes work fine. Set your expectations super-low, and you'll probably be fine."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

35 61%

Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The problem isn't the actors, but the vibe of the storytelling which serves up "characters" who are really the sum total of their résumés and plot functions. They have no inner lives... no eccentricities. And for that reason, they all seem dispensable. "

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

36 38%

Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I find myself strangely drawn to Believe, not so much because I want to find out what happens next, but because I'm curious to see how the writers can pad this thing out over a period of months without seeming desperate and ridiculous. "

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

37 61%

Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Crisis is just the bowl of gravy. It tastes okay on its own, I guess, but you can't really make a meal out of it. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Margaret Lyons

38 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"Somehow, miraculously, the Veronica Mars movie is definitely not bad. It's pretty damn good, actually."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Margaret Lyons

39 97%

Ernest & Célestine (2014)

"It has things to say about the world, but it does so gracefully, without hitting you over the head with them."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

40 16%

The Single Moms' Club (2014)

"These are some great actresses, and with writer-director-producer Perry displaying some rare focus, you're intrigued at first by the possibility of watching them interact for a couple of hours. It doesn't last."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

41 63%

Bad Words (2014)

"The film is at its best when it's hovering aimlessly without any apparent purpose in the world of this embittered, misanthropic little man."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

42 90%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Le Week-End is a marital disintegration-reintegration drama that opens with a dose of frost and vinegar and turns believably sweet-and unbelievably marvelous, in light of what had seemed a depressing trajectory."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

David Edelstein

43 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Stupidity and incompetence are two very different things, and this movie isn't smart enough to be as stupid as it wants."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

44 52%

Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" If Resurrection wants to play around with grief-induced madness and explore the dramatic potential in crises of faith, it needs to do so with more ambition and more finesse. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Margaret Lyons

45 92%

Journey To The West (2014)

"Journey to the West works so well because Chow has a flair for grand comic-action set pieces, and his imagination seems to actually draw energy from these rapid-fire tonal shifts."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

46 76%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"It's both dumber and more entertaining than anyone had a right to expect."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

David Edelstein

47 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Don't be surprised if, two weeks from now, you forget it ever existed."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

48 78%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman is slight, but it's exceedingly charming, making good use of a talented voice cast that includes Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Mel Brooks as Freud, and Stanley Tucci as Leonardo Da Vinci."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

49 29%

Those Who Kill: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I am tired of TV shows where anonymous naked women are tortured and killed for set dressing. "

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Margaret Lyons

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