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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"A B-movie with A-grade ambitions and ideas way above its station, The Purge series feels like an incredible concept in search of filmmakers with equally high aspirations."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Ali Gray

2 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"A third Apes movie featuring no human characters would be the perfect evolution for a thrilling series that has itself evolved way beyond reasonable expectations."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Ali Gray

3 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Boyhood is an astonishing body of work: a unique cinematic experience that condenses over a decade of life into three blissful hours. The kind of movie you want to swim in."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Ali Gray

4 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"A film that, despite deliberately following its predecessor's formula exactly, feels even more fresh and just as ludicrously funny."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Matt Looker

5 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"It's taut, twisted and blackly funny in ways that only movies in which Tom Cruise gets crushed under the wheel of a truck can be."

Posted May 29, 2014

Ali Gray

6 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"It's a tired opinion, but Seth MacFarlane really does only appeal to fans of Seth MacFarlane... of which, I imagine the number one fan is Seth MacFarlane."

Posted May 29, 2014

Matt Looker

7 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"It's a film that serves as a prequel, a sequel and a bridge between the two. And, most of all, it serves as a giant "f ... you" to X-Men: The Last Stand."

Posted May 13, 2014

Matt Looker

8 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"Godzilla stands tall in the modern pantheon of monster movies: a no-nonsense beast that makes his 90s counterpart look like a bogey with legs."

Posted May 13, 2014

Ali Gray

9 100%

Next Goal Wins (2014)

"Show a non-football fan Next Goal Wins, and I guarantee that by the final whistle they'll have a new-found appreciation for the beautiful game."

Posted May 2, 2014

Ali Gray

10 73%

Neighbors (2014)

""There's never any shortage of chuckles, guffaws and laughing LOLs out loud. I think, at one point, I even chortled. And I don't chortle lightly.""

Posted May 1, 2014

Matt Looker

11 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"You'll see nothing Ridley Scott didn't do better a decade ago and nothing 300: Rise Of An Empire didn't do with more style six weeks ago."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Ali Gray

12 98%

Starred Up (2014)

"It offers no easy answers and takes no sides: the result is one of the most engrossing, exciting and explosive prison films the UK has ever produced."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Ali Gray

13 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Exactly what we expect from Marvel now and, as such, this is the first film in its catalogue that doesn't feel particularly fresh or exciting."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Matt Looker

14 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Under The Skin finds grace even in moments of raw horror, composed by a filmmaker who can legitimately call himself a master of the art."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Ali Gray

15 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Exposition is light, action is quick, stunt-driving is awesome ... this film really does convince that there is a... uh... requirement for haste."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Matt Looker

16 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"It is crucial that a film of this genre can convince you it is smarter than you are. Non-Stop fails, but makes an admirable effort to distract you with silliness."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Ali Gray

17 52%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"I could honestly stare at Nick Frost's face for hours: he is literally a human teddy bear."

Posted Feb 15, 2014

Ali Gray

18 49%

RoboCop (2014)

"A hybrid creation that isn't quite sure which it really is - an original entity or a manufactured automaton. Very much like... well, you get the analogy."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Matt Looker

19 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"The world has changed since Tom Clancy's heyday - cinema doesn't need Jack Ryan any more."

Posted Jan 20, 2014

Ali Gray

20 76%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Spend three hours on Scorsese's Wall Street, and he'll have you convinced: greed isn't just good - it's great."

Posted Jan 18, 2014

Ali Gray

21 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"It's hard to hold a grudge ... when the film delivers such a triumphant story filled with just as much hilarity as wonder."

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Matt Looker

22 29%

The Family (2013)

"Every time Luc Besson uses a bullet in a body as a punchline, a real joke somewhere out in the wild dies."

Posted Nov 24, 2013

Ali Gray

23 63%

Filth (2014)

"Required to run the gamut from sympathetic, troubled victim of circumstance to sweaty, coke-fuelled rage monster, McAvoy is a horrifically enjoyable revelation."

Posted Nov 24, 2013

Ali Gray

24 43%

The Call (2013)

"It seems at odds with itself thanks to a generous helping of tropes from two distinctly different genres: fast-paced action thriller and creepy serial killer horror."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Matt Looker

25 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"It spends as much time on true-to-life protocols as thrills and spills. And it's a film in which Tom Hanks sweats unattractively from his man-boobs. Talk about uncompromising"

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Matt Looker

26 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Though it uses some spotty logic and galactic-sized plot contrivances to get it over the finish line, Thor: The Dark World is never less than breathlessly entertaining."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Ali Gray

27 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"Though Don Jon succeeds in being funny at every turn, it is less successful in being a movie with something important to say."

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Ali Gray

28 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"All Is Lost is a movie that is understated, yet still manages to play out on a staggeringly huge canvas; the personal and the universal one and the same."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Ali Gray

29 9%

Runner Runner (2013)

"In poker terms, Runner Runner is the player who wins an average stack of chips, bets moderately, cashes out even and leaves before the game gets interesting."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Ali Gray

30 89%

Rush (2013)

"Rush falls short of greatness due to a final layer of artifice lacquered over the screenplay: that's the Peter Morgan difference."

Posted Sep 11, 2013

Ali Gray

31 58%

Riddick (2013)

"An obvious throwback to the stripped-back, small-scale sci-fi of Pitch Black... a fun flick with all the right intentions."

Posted Aug 31, 2013

Ali Gray

32 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"A movie with a solid comedic concept at its core but one that is forced to go through the necessary motions until it rolls to a stop."

Posted Aug 24, 2013

Ali Gray

33 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"Kick-Ass 2 is fun, but it isn't always funny."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Ali Gray

34 30%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"The Lone Ranger is a curio on a gigantic scale; a colossal, misunderstood mistake that will win you over with weird if only you'll let it."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Ali Gray

35 88%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"For a character who has survived 20 years on every broadcasting medium under the sun, it's remarkable that Alan has never outstayed his welcome."

Posted Aug 5, 2013

Ali Gray

36 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"An unlikely feelgood crowd-pleaser - Frances Ha is sweet, funny, darling and almost unbearably lovely. And thankfully, everyone enunciates."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Ali Gray

37 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"You'll be left wishing that it was a fun comic-book movie with some emotional weight, rather than a serious character study with a few exciting scenes."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Matt Looker

38 89%

The World's End (2013)

"The film is as funny and original as Wright and Pegg's previous efforts, even if time and familiarity with the pair's comedy stylings has rendered it not quite as fresh."

Posted Jul 9, 2013

Matt Looker

39 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Pacific Rim will go down as the year's ballsiest blockbuster - a movie for whom 'Go big or go extinct' isn't just a tagline, but a reason to be."

Posted Jul 8, 2013

Ali Gray

40 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"You'll believe a man can frown. A lot."

Posted Jun 17, 2013

Matt Looker

41 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Batman is serious. Iron Man is funny. I'm perfectly fine with Superman just being badass."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Ali Gray

42 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"Whether you are a fully fledged Shakespeare scholar or an iambic pent-amateur, [this is a] film that concentrates first and foremost on keeping its audience entertained."

Posted Jun 12, 2013

Matt Looker

43 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"Luhrmann basically invites us to the world's greatest party, but it's one that slowly sours over the course of the following two hours."

Posted May 24, 2013

Matt Looker

44 7%

The Big Wedding (2013)

"Absolutely every character ends the movie on an upbeat note, proving that weddings are the best situations for solving peoples' problems."

Posted May 23, 2013

Ali Gray

45 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"Rather like a real hangover, Part III leaves behind a sour taste and a nasty feeling like you've done something you shouldn't have."

Posted May 22, 2013

Ali Gray

46 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"The action sequences are uniformly excellent and immaculately choreographed, although Justin Lin does edit the chase scenes with a touch too much haste and fury."

Posted May 13, 2013

Ali Gray

47 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"It goes quickly, it goes loudly and it goes spectacularly. The only problem is that it never seems to live up to the franchise's original mission statement and go boldly"

Posted May 4, 2013

Matt Looker

48 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"A summer blockbuster that, in this era of saturating trailers and set-piece spoiling TV spots, genuinely takes you by surprise."

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Matt Looker

49 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"This could easily have been the best demon possession film released in decades. Instead it is just a very effective, still-terrifying, evil retread."

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Matt Looker

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