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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"A supremely creative and original horror/comedy that goes in some genuinely shocking directions."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Stephen Silver

2 85%

Bully (2012)

"Tackles a worthy subject and has its heart in the right place, but it's still highly problematic for a variety of reasons."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Stephen Silver

3 43%

American Reunion (2012)

"A pretty transparent nostalgia exercise that never veers from formula and takes no risks. But it's still exceptionally funny and enjoyable."

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Stephen Silver

4 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"While it sports fine chemistry between its leads and a unique, creative look, it's considerably uneven and not especially memorable. "

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Stephen Silver

5 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"Lawrence and the character she plays are excellent. But the movie's story is told poorly, too slowly and with little momentum"

Posted Mar 22, 2012

Stephen Silver

6 67%

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)

"It's one part romantic comedy, one part nature travelogue, one part globalization parable and one part cynical, "In the Loop"-style British political satire. In all, it's inoffensive but rather forgettable. "

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Stephen Silver

7 43%

Casa de mi padre (2012)

"Won't join the list of Ferrell's best films, but it's very funny and a worthy diversion. "

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Stephen Silver

8 59%

Wanderlust (2012)

"Wildly uneven, and based around a bunch of things- hippies, hallucinogens, nudity, ostentatious single-character scenery-chewing - that aren't nearly as hilarious as the filmmakers think they are"

Posted Feb 24, 2012

Stephen Silver

9 74%

Rampart (2012)

"It's not competently directed, and the plot is convoluted, but Harrelson's turn makes it worthwhile almost all by itself. "

Posted Feb 20, 2012

Stephen Silver

10 26%

This Means War (2012)

"A bottom-feeding mess. Everyone involved has done much better work and would likely like to forget about this "

Posted Feb 16, 2012

Stephen Silver

11 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

"A very impressive bit of storytelling and style that only steps wrongly in its final third."

Posted Dec 28, 2011

Stephen Silver

12 77%

War Horse (2011)

"Some great moments but most of them, as well as the film's other major themes and elements - have been done previously, and better, by Spielberg"

Posted Dec 28, 2011

Stephen Silver

13 71%

Carnage (2011)

"A deeply uncomfortable yet very funny film, featuring a quartet of standout performances."

Posted Dec 28, 2011

Stephen Silver

14 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"A highly impressive technical and visual achievement that unfortunately has very little to offer in the plot and character departments."

Posted Dec 28, 2011

Stephen Silver

15 80%

Young Adult (2011)

"What's missing is any semblance of a compelling story, as well as the wit and humanity that marked Reitman's first three pictures. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Stephen Silver

16 93%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"One of the year's biggest surprises: a third sequel to a franchise whose heyday is long in the past, featuring a star who's pushing 50 and a director who's not even supposed to be able to do live action."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Stephen Silver

17 79%

Shame (2011)

"One of the year's best, thanks to a dynamite performance from Michael Fassbender and an aesthetic and storytelling approach that are boldly, refreshingly unconventional. "

Posted Dec 11, 2011

Stephen Silver

18 21%

The Sitter (2011)

"A truly odious and repugnant comedy, the first I can remember in which I spent the entire running time rooting for the hero to get arrested."

Posted Dec 11, 2011

Stephen Silver

19 73%

Like Crazy (2011)

"Tells a thin and wispy story about shallow, underdeveloped characters about whom I had a lot of trouble caring."

Posted Dec 2, 2011

Stephen Silver

20 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"A loving, faithful and very entertaining adaptation that gets what the Muppets are about and why people love them."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Stephen Silver

21 94%

Hugo (2011)

"Probably the first kids film in history to double as a propaganda film for the cause of classic film preservation. And I mean that in the nicest possible way."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Stephen Silver

22 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"A heartbreaking story with satisfying emotional payoffs, and truly beautiful Hawaiian photography."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Stephen Silver

23 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"Goes wrong in just about every way that a biopic can go wrong. Plenty of wrong choices, starting with the makeup"

Posted Nov 16, 2011

Stephen Silver

24 68%

Tower Heist (2011)

"There's really no reason to go see Tower Heist when you can watch Ocean's Eleven on TNT again."

Posted Nov 16, 2011

Stephen Silver

25 98%

The Artist (2011)

"A lovingly shot, beautifully realized love letter to cinema history."

Posted Oct 30, 2011

Stephen Silver

26 50%

The Rum Diary (2011)

"Boasts a highly impressive cast and contains some great touches, but it's too long by a half hour and meanders severely in its second half. "

Posted Oct 30, 2011

Stephen Silver

27 46%

The Mighty Macs (2011)

"The filmmakers may as well have taken the screenplay of Hoosiers and just made a few edits, changing the decade from the '50s to the '70s and the male characters into women. "

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Stephen Silver

28 85%

The Ides of March (2011)

"An engaging, well-acted and very entertaining political thriller, but doesn't have a whole lot to say about its ostensible subject. "

Posted Oct 11, 2011

Stephen Silver

29 40%

The Big Year (2011)

"Well-made, well-acted and at times very touching, despite featuring characters generally behaving like obsessed weirdos"

Posted Oct 10, 2011

Stephen Silver

30 93%

50/50 (2011)

"A near-great movie made out of the hardest-to-thread, most oxymoronic genre imaginable - "cancer comedy.""

Posted Oct 10, 2011

Stephen Silver

31 25%

Killer Elite (2011)

"A solid, but mostly forgettable, thriller that has an intriguing plot and solid cast going for it, but isn't particularly well-made."

Posted Sep 25, 2011

Stephen Silver

32 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"It's the movie baseball hot stove and transaction junkies have been waiting for their entire lives. "

Posted Sep 25, 2011

Stephen Silver

33 84%

Contagion (2011)

"Gets off to a very strong start, but eventually gets bogged down in questionable plotting and weak characterization. "

Posted Sep 16, 2011

Stephen Silver

34 77%

The Debt (2011)

"Sports an intriguing premise and uniformly strong performances, but its second act is mediocre and its third act even worse, and it can't help but pale in comparison to Munich"

Posted Sep 2, 2011

Stephen Silver

35 24%

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

"While not lacking for lamentations from women or anybody else, primarily concentrates on the "crush your enemies" part. The movie fails because it can't make that gore interesting"

Posted Aug 26, 2011

Stephen Silver

36 67%

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

"Wastes a cast of very talented comedic performers by giving them just about nothing funny to do, and sticking them in a plot in which every character is a moron, a moral monster or both. "

Posted Aug 26, 2011

Stephen Silver

37 76%

The Help (2011)

"Simplistic at times, and flirts with manipulation, but it's also a deeply touching and well-acted film. "

Posted Aug 14, 2011

Stephen Silver

38 45%

30 Minutes or Less (2011)

"This is no comedy classic, but it delivers plenty of laughs, thanks to a witty script and no less than five very hilarious performances. "

Posted Aug 14, 2011

Stephen Silver

39 25%

The Change-Up (2011)

"Seems to believe that bodily fluids and bare breasts are just inherently hilarious, and surrounding them with jokes isn't necessary. "

Posted Aug 9, 2011

Stephen Silver

40 78%

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

"A lively, well-acted, deeply honest look at love, family and romance. "

Posted Jul 31, 2011

Stephen Silver

41 44%

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

"In a long summer of mediocre, effects-laden action pictures, Cowboys and Aliens is one of the most mediocre of all."

Posted Jul 31, 2011

Stephen Silver

42 79%

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

"A few flashes of greatness appearing throughout, all but ruined by one of the worst 3D transfers of the year"

Posted Jul 24, 2011

Stephen Silver

43 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

""A worthy conclusion to the series, providing numerous worthwhile payoffs to J.K. Rowling's wizard saga.""

Posted Jul 16, 2011

Stephen Silver

44 69%

Horrible Bosses (2011)

"Takes a thin premise and milks it for all its worth, riding a witty script and super-strong cast to comedic glory."

Posted Jul 8, 2011

Stephen Silver

45 39%

Cars 2 (2011)

"Pixar's first true disaster, which totally fails to understand what was good about the first film, or what's great about Pixar itself. "

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Stephen Silver

46 26%

Green Lantern (2011)

"The mythology is nonsensical and the plot takes forever to get going. But once it does, the movie takes advantage of a strong cast and a director who knows what he's doing. "

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Stephen Silver

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