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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 69%

Horrible Bosses (2011)

"It starts off at a slight remove from reality and gets sillier and sillier as it goes along; our only responsibility is to hang on and enjoy the ride."

Posted Jul 8, 2011

Norman Wilner

2 96%

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

"A hypnotic documentary that brings the incredible walls of the Chauvet Pont d'Arc cave to us as if we were standing 4 feet away from them."

Posted Jul 8, 2011

Norman Wilner

3 14%

Zookeeper (2011)

"It's just director Frank Coraci deciding that continuity is for saps."

Posted Jul 8, 2011

Norman Wilner

4 80%

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)

"The shows themselves are tremendous fun, and Flender crams so much backstage detail into the doc that we're swept up in the whirlwind of manic action along with everyone else."

Posted Jul 8, 2011

Norman Wilner

5 38%

Monte Carlo (2011)

"The luxurious Côte d'Azur town has never seemed so dull."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Radheyan Simonpillai

6 36%

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

"It's taken him three tries, but Michael Bay has finally made a decent movie out of the Transformers."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Norman Wilner

7 92%

Armadillo (2011)

"Armadillo shows us things we haven't seen before."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Norman Wilner

8 35%

Larry Crowne (2011)

"There's nothing in Larry Crowne that Dan Harmon's Community doesn't do faster, funnier and with far more intelligence every Thursday night."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Norman Wilner

9 45%

Bad Teacher (2011)

"If its master plot is utterly predictable, the way it unfolds is unapologetically cartoony and weird."

Posted Jun 30, 2011

Norman Wilner

10 39%

Cars 2 (2011)

"I hate to say this, but Cars 2 is the first Pixar movie that feels dead inside."

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Norman Wilner

11 ——

The Future Is Now! ()

"[Turns] a talking-heads documentary into a more accessible entertainment."

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Norman Wilner

12 69%

Beautiful Boy (2011)

"It's primarily an actor's showcase, with Bello once again displaying her incredible range as she copes with the waves of grief, denial and rage."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Norman Wilner

13 26%

Green Lantern (2011)

"Like The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2, it feels like a superhero movie made by committee."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Norman Wilner

14 18%

The Art of Getting By (2011)

"An utterly fraudulent coming-of-age story."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Norman Wilner

15 100%

World on a Wire (2011)

"When the action slows down for characters to trade deep insights about the nature of reality, you can just bliss out on the production design and wardrobe."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Norman Wilner

16 48%

Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

"As in Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty, a simple premise is established and Carrey is unleashed upon it."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Norman Wilner

17 86%

Submarine (2011)

"Ayoade juggles laughs and poignancy very well, and individual scenes work brilliantly, but the momentum flags midway through, when the film expands its scope to pack in a few more supporting characters."

Posted Jun 10, 2011

Norman Wilner

18 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"It's a rhapsody on the mystery of simply being alive."

Posted Jun 10, 2011

Norman Wilner

19 19%

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011)

"Judy Moody And The NOT Bummer Summer is as manic as kids on a sugar rush and just as exhausting for the adults they're with."

Posted Jun 10, 2011

Radheyan Simonpillai

20 84%

The Princess Of Montpensier (2011)

"The movie is intelligently realized, but Tavernier doesn't quite find the passion that drives his characters."

Posted Jun 3, 2011

Norman Wilner

21 93%

The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte) (2011)

"It's a lovely piece of cinema with a striking visual sensibility, a sly sense of humour and a terrific cast of human and animal actors."

Posted Jun 3, 2011

Norman Wilner

22 69%

Good Neighbors (2011)

"The residents of Jacob Tierney's Good Neighbours are hard to swallow and impossible to like, yet still very amusing to watch."

Posted Jun 3, 2011

Radheyan Simonpillai

23 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"For the first time in a while, the prospect of another X-movie doesn't make me uneasy."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

Norman Wilner

24 ——

Love Shines ()

"Arrowsmith crafts a psychologically dense portrait of an artist whose single-minded pursuit of commercial success threatens to overwhelm his art."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

Norman Wilner

25 81%

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

"The movie belongs to Black, whose ability to switch between extreme awe and dopey glee is perfectly suited to the evolving hero."

Posted May 27, 2011

Norman Wilner

26 34%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"The Hangover Part II gets considerable mileage out of following precisely the same structure as the first film."

Posted May 27, 2011

Norman Wilner

27 87%

Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011)

"There are few things duller than watching people watch other people playing chess, and Garbus never finds a way to bring the sport to cinematic life."

Posted May 27, 2011

Norman Wilner

28 ——

Little White Lies (2006)

Posted May 27, 2011

Norman Wilner

29 ——

The Invisible Eye (La Mirada Invisible) (2010)

"A study of one woman's psychological deterioration in the shadow of Argentina's dictatorial government circa 1982, The Invisible Eye is an allegorical drama anchored by a strong performance by Julieta Zylberber."

Posted May 27, 2011

Norman Wilner

30 50%

Last Night (2011)

"It's very nicely shot, and everyone wears lovely clothes, but there's not a lot going on."

Posted May 20, 2011

Norman Wilner

31 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"It's all very busy, and it's been shot in 3-D, which means every stunt looks like a badly processed visual effect even when it isn't."

Posted May 20, 2011

Norman Wilner

32 61%

Forks Over Knives (2011)

"Call me a contrarian, but I came out of Forks Over Knives -- a documentary advocating the benefits of vegetarianism -- ready to eat a pony out of spite."

Posted May 20, 2011

Norman Wilner

33 59%

The First Grader (2011)

"If you shoot your Inspiring True Story from low angles in a glowing bronze light, people will applaud. It's Pavlovian."

Posted May 20, 2011

Norman Wilner

34 0%

You Got Served: Beat The World (2011)

"The Step Up series may not be great cinema, but at least it's smart enough to cast actors and teach them to dance."

Posted May 13, 2011

Norman Wilner

35 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"Sweet, goofy and unapologetically crass, it's a broad farce built on a solid foundation of human psychology."

Posted May 13, 2011

Norman Wilner

36 73%

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

"It's just the same meta-gag over and over again."

Posted May 6, 2011

Norman Wilner

37 77%

Thor (2011)

"It's hard to argue for a Thor movie -- he's one of the least interesting characters in the Marvel universe. But that just makes Kenneth Branagh's entertaining adventure movie a pleasant surprise."

Posted May 6, 2011

Norman Wilner

38 88%

Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011)

"If the script threatens to get lost in impassioned rhetoric, Icíar Bollaín's direction keeps the film focused on the human stories playing out within its socially conscious frame, building to a powerful climax."

Posted May 6, 2011

Norman Wilner

39 55%

The Conspirator (2011)

"It's just dull from beginning to end. And that's a surprise; "dull" isn't a term I'd usually use to describe Redford's work."

Posted Apr 29, 2011

Norman Wilner

40 53%

The High Cost of Living (2011)

"I'm still not sure how The High Cost Of Living made it onto Canada's Top Ten, let alone how it took the best Canadian first feature award at TIFF last year. It's just not very good."

Posted Apr 22, 2011

Norman Wilner

41 71%

African Cats (2011)

"The HD footage of the lions and cheetahs -- and the rest of the Kenyan wildlife -- is consistently stunning. But African Cats shouldn't be taken seriously as a nature doc by anyone over the age of eight."

Posted Apr 22, 2011

Norman Wilner

42 ——

Score: A Hockey Musical ()

EDIT

Posted Apr 21, 2011

43 82%

American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011)

"Hicks had a great voice -- lucid, perceptive and outraged -- and it's great to hear it again."

Posted Apr 15, 2011

Norman Wilner

44 ——

Son of the Sunshine ()

Posted Apr 15, 2011

Norman Wilner

45 58%

Scream 4 (2011)

"Scream 4? More like a wheeze."

Posted Apr 15, 2011

Norman Wilner

46 64%

Curling ()

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Norman Wilner

47 87%

Buried (2010)

"Reynolds is riveting, and it's possible to appreciate Cortés's bravura cinematic accomplishment. But that'll come much later, after you catch your breath."

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Norman Wilner

48 60%

Wasted on the Young (2010)

EDIT

Posted Apr 4, 2011

49 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"After decades of near misses, someone's finally made a great movie out of a Philip K. Dick story -- by throwing out almost everything and spinning the concept in an entirely new direction."

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Norman Wilner

50 10%

Season of the Witch (2011)

"It's amazing how little entertainment value there is in watching Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman play world-weary Crusaders in a movie called Season Of The Witch. Come on! It's Ghost Rider and Hellboy!"

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Norman Wilner

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