Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Sometimes the Marvel universe isn't as Marvelous as we've come to expect. Might have been more enjoyable if there had been a compelling story to go along with all the sound and fury, Nick Fury."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Kimberly Gadette

2 20%

Sabotage (2014)

"Sabotage is nothing more than an excuse for Arnold the AARPster to throw his weight around, bludgeoning us with equal parts of carnage and deathly boredom ... which is sort of like killing us twice."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Kimberly Gadette

3 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"'The Wind Rises' is akin to sitting through an unbearably long flight in which the view can only be appreciated so much ..."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Kimberly Gadette

4 29%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"At the end of the day, this movie didn't need 3 days to kill. 2 hours was more than enough."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Kimberly Gadette

5 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"While this particular, um, 'Blingtime for Hitler and Germany' means well, it suffers from a tone problem: it's 'Ocean's 11' by way of 'Schindler's List.'"

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Kimberly Gadette

6 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"What 'Knocked Up' did for pudgy slacker potheads, 'Labor Day' is now doing for escaped convicts."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Kimberly Gadette

7 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"Inanities aside, the movie delivers suspense throughout. But between this turn and 'Star Trek,' Pine may find himself up to his neck in all sorts of re-booties. Let's hope he keeps away from Howard the Duck."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Kimberly Gadette

8 76%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Before the rise of the economic echelon currently referred to as the one percent, there was Jordan Belfort ... the one percent of the one percent."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Kimberly Gadette

9 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Think 'Casino' meets 'The Grifters,' shot through with a hefty dose of the off-kilter ... and that's 'American Hustle.'"

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Kimberly Gadette

10 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"Jackman's 126-minute scowl is a poor substitute for character. With this, his 6th tour of Logan, he could have capitalized on the 100-plus-year story arc, delivering a performance of greater depth. Certainly not less."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Kimberly Gadette

11 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Though we may have seen bits of this and that in previous sci-fi adventures, the ingredients haven't ever been steeped together quite like this particular briny bouillabaisse. Soup's on ... enjoy."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Kimberly Gadette

12 30%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"Tone deaf, it's as if Verbinski's prior film, 2011's marvelous Rango, got lost amid the Trail of Tears in a buddy comedy served up with a side of Hannibal Lecter."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Kimberly Gadette

13 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"As compared to the overwrought, too-many-irons-in-the-fire second installment, Iron Man 3 proves its metal, oops, mettle, once again."

Posted May 2, 2013

Kimberly Gadette

14 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"Perhaps the witches put a spell on the filmmakers -- because for all of the movie's technical wizardry, the story and the characters are as flat as a Kansas plain."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Kimberly Gadette

15 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"Bigelow and Boal are rare filmmakers in that they don't underestimate the intelligence of their audience. In the case of this extraordinary docudrama, we are allowed to make up our own minds."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

16 49%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"Other than the Bram Stoker meets "Braveheart" battle, this vessel offers very little to make our collective blood race."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

17 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"Among the hundreds of characterizations in film, television and books, Day-Lewis' rendition of the 16th President - transmuting the myth into a man -- just may be the definitive portrayal for the ages."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

18 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"Disney can dress it up, take it out to the arcade and plug it full of quarters ... but at the end of the cord, the film's a simple, 8-bit I-gotta-be-me story, with a dull plot and tepid characters. Game over."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

19 78%

Flight (2012)

"'Flight' flies high due to Washington who rescues the film twice, as both the fictional hero and as the superb actor, etching a character awash in palpable guilt, denial and helplessness. He is Sky King, circa 2012."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

20 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"We should be able to come away from this film--purporting to examine the meaning of our destinies--with some sense of majesty, of message, of wonder. Yet with all the smoke and mirrors and prosthetics...we do not."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

21 31%

Chasing Mavericks (2012)

"As one might assume, the surf cinematography is superb. But as a nod to the young surf king Jay Moriarty, rather than "Live Like Jay," this film comes far closer to the opposite, namely a burial at sea."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

22 12%

Alex Cross (2012)

"While Tyler Perry slips into Madea's wigs and plus-size dresses just fine, his attempt to squeeze into the guise of psychologist/detective Cross strains at the seams as well as the credibility."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

23 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"Suggestive of a blisteringly good-humored Quentin Tarantino (sans the uber gore), McDonagh possesses a rare talent for ushering black comedy to a bleak end, luring his audience into laughter all along its shootapalooza way."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

24 38%

Here Comes the Boom (2012)

"If Kevin James continues to make films that no longer fight his considerable talents -- such as the highly entertaining 'Boom' -- he someday might look back at such missteps as 'Zookeeper,' and laugh long and hard."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

25 96%

Argo (2012)

"An often riveting film, between the second act lag and Affleck's ponderous protagonist, 'Argo' is unfortunately not as wonderful as it should have been."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

26 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"28 years after the initial short, Frankenweenie finds itself ironically reanimated from the dead, morphed into a superb, 3D stop-motion feature. Young Frankenstein is alive!"

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

27 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"Idiotic lines abound, such as commanding the daughter as she drives to, 'Go faster, go faster.' 'I can't, I can't!' she cries back. Perhaps the family is hoping to bore the killers to death with redundancy."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

28 93%

Looper (2012)

"It's official: Looper closes the loop on any doubt that writer/director Rian Johnson is one of the most fascinating filmmakers to appear on the doorstep of the 21st century."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

29 45%

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

"Other than a third act that drags on a bit longer than you-know-who's oversized cape, this time around a bloodless teaming of Sandler & Samberg is actually a good thing."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

30 70%

Liberal Arts (2012)

"Radnor's annoyingly passive protagonist sports wide-eyed stares of wonderment, as if he got lost somewhere between the upper quad and the campus bookstore. Neither pass nor fail, this project's an 'incomplete.'"

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

31 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"The best perks of Perks come from the ragtag band of young actors, particularly Ezra Miller's theatrical Patrick, who exhibits a giddy, anarchic teen spirit that masks a most profound sorrow."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

32 50%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"Given this talent scout's failing sight, Gus may not be able to see a hit, but he can most certainly hear one. Which just might be a perfect remedy for this film: keep the visual off the screen but crank up the audio."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

33 85%

The Master (2012)

"As Hoffman's Master strives to impress w/eloquent language, fine suits and psychic parlor tricks, serving as cerebral misdirection, so too does Anderson, similarly pulling elaborate wool over our eyes. Quoting Ms. Stein: There is no there there."

Posted Sep 14, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

34 99%

Finding Nemo (2003)

"Sea-worthy w/enhanced visual lure and rich, humorous characters set in a double narrative; this 3D revisit allows us to fall overboard all over again."

Posted Sep 13, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

35 56%

Bachelorette (2012)

"Wicked LaBute-ian fun until that dastardly last act. When this black of a comedy is suddenly dipped into a rosy-red vat of sentimentality ... we know the dye's going to run very, very soon."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

36 89%

Compliance (2012)

"Perhaps the most disturbing movie of the year. Not a horror film, but given that we can't excuse the behavior as belonging to illegal aliens or felons eluding of the law ... maybe it's a new strain of horror after all."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

37 55%

For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

"It's a breezy, slightly pristine romp that, by its very nature of the virtual hands-off concept of ringing the caller's bell without so much as mussing one's hair, affirms that the bighearted sex-capade is alive and well."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

38 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"Like a bike wheel, the film reflects an ever-spinning cycle of scenes that race forward and then, just as quickly, pedal back in time. A riveting action, um, spiller, with Shannon as a bad cop who couldn't be better."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

39 65%

The Expendables 2 (2012)

"A thudding scud of a sequel that defies the meaning of the word 'action' with excruciating pacing. Expect a cache of feeble jokes about aging that are as old as the entirety of the cast itself."

Posted Aug 17, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

40 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"Norman's world is a visual and technical marvel, but the plot drags down in elongated chase sequences and a third act fizzle."

Posted Aug 17, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

41 57%

Sparkle (2012)

"Rather than a sing-along, consider this film a 'say-along,' with lines so clichéd that you might find yourself reciting them in perfect sync with the flat characters."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

42 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"A quasi spinoff, a side-quel if you will, the plot runs in an obfuscated parallel construction. Hang thru the first hour for a much better second. Renner + Weisz are worth it."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

43 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"The Campaign attempts to simultaneously appeal to fans of both the highbrow and the low. In effect, running its own contest between the slapstick versus the sly. And wins ... half the time."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

44 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"Though the character of Calvin will disagree, 'Ruby Sparks' isn't perfect. But it's a lovely first-time film from the highly promising talent of Zoe Kazan."

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

45 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"Between Beckinsale's feral killer, and Cranston's mix of wry humor with authoritarian villainy, this smart update streams like a bullet train. Kudos to filmmakers, who do it all sans the 3D/IMAX frills. "

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

46 95%

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

"A fascinating look at a "lost" musician from the late '60s as well as a meditation on the confluence of fame, art and riches."

Posted Jul 27, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

47 17%

The Watch (2012)

"It's called 'The Watch' ... but you may want to reconsider."

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

48 65%

Trishna (2012)

"Rather than a strong script, Winterbottom relies on a hyperactive camera, as if he were trying to recreate an updated dramatic classic by way of a music video."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

49 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"Dark Knight gets an eye-filling send-off. But between muddled plot points, an overlong 2nd act and an underwritten villain, this finale may be strong ... but it turns out that the series' #2 was indeed #1."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Kimberly Gadette

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