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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 30%

Perfect Sisters (2014)

"Brooks crafts a glorified basic cable movie, complete with stiff staging, obvious performances, and clunky screenwriting that turns absolute horror into unintentional comedy. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Brian Orndorf

2 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"Leads with a swift pace and accomplished performances, also pulling off the impossible: it makes football look fun. "

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

3 86%

Joe (2014)

"It's messy and crude, but Joe has meaning that breaks through eccentricity, finding a tale of bruised compassion to help balance out all the sticky Greenisms. "

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

4 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"It's not a film for everyone, but Under the Skin has a unique aura about it that's fascinating, even if the final cut seems engineered to be a merciless test of patience."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

5 48%

Rio 2 (2014)

"Missing the freshness and unexpected charm of the original effort, Rio 2 is more entertaining than stimulating, with the strain to keep the money train rolling showing through much of the feature. "

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

6 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Evans aims big with this continuation, but in his lust for glory, he's failed to trim the fat, making Berandal punch drunk, ugly, and, at times, endless. "

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

7 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"Is Maloof a guardian of art or an opportunist? Finding Vivian Maier makes a case for both arguments, concluding the documentary on a sour note of manipulation."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

8 78%

Two Mules For Sister Sara (1970)

"Plenty of drinking, flirtations, and short tempers are shared, and while the movie doesn't offer an overwhelming sense of conflict, sly personalities and chewy western traditions are big enough to capture attention."

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

9 ——

The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)

"Adventure is a pleasant, entertaining remainder that once upon a time, not long ago, the Bagdasarian legacy didn't have to sink so low to have some rock-out rodent fun."

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

10 ——

L'Immortelle (1969)

"One doesn't casually come to L'immortelle. There has to be a willingness to take on such intentionally distanced filmmaking, leaving the picture only for the most courageous of art-house adventurers. "

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

11 11%

Jinn (2014)

"Clunky, missing engaging elements of franchise filmmaking that would make the viewer beg for a continuation. What's here is a cluttered snooze that limps to a conclusion."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Brian Orndorf

12 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Even with a little surplus noise, it's impossible to break the spirit of this immensely appealing sequel, which finally finds a rhythm that works for the hero, testing his ideals and his strength with equal vigor."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

13 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (2014)

"Gorgeous, humorous, and endearing, I don't think there's a single frame in Ernest & Celestine that isn't absolutely wonderful."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

14 60%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"Volume II isn't without its visual and dramatic achievements, but with the initial details of Joe's descent fading into memory, it's difficult to recall what made the material so interesting in the first place."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

15 44%

In the Blood (2014)

"While the thought of Carano punching and kicking her way around the Caribbean sounds irresistible, In the Blood is directed by John Stockwell, who has a habit of making potential fun feel like a prison sentence. "

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

16 24%

Goodbye World (2014)

"In this movie, the world really does end with a whimper. "

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

17 ——

Bad Asses (2014)

"Dials down the meme references to plunge ahead as an average DTV actioner, this time teaming star Danny Trejo with Danny Glover, who thankfully doesn't play a character named Doge. "

Posted Mar 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

18 ——

Dogs (2006)

"The movie delivers exactly what the title promises, organizing stalking sequences and kills that highlight the four-legged co-stars and their insatiable appetite for human blood. "

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Brian Orndorf

19 20%

Sabotage (2014)

"The helmer has some strong ideas and he's capable with broad displays of temper, but as a storytelling experience, "Sabotage" is all over the map, with each direction proving to be vaguely unsatisfying."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

20 77%

Noah (2014)

"By taking on such a colossal story that crosses through space and time, Aronofsky has rubbed off his filmmaking fingerprints, submitting a feature that lacks inspirational qualities and sustained matinee distractions."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

21 59%

13 Sins (2014)

"Stamm proves himself up for the challenge with this uneasy morality tale, creating an enjoyable amount of tension and shock value to carry the effort through a few rough transitions. "

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

22 55%

Breathe In (2014)

"Benefits tremendously from contributions by Pearce and Jones, allowing the screenplay to seize a full sense of deliberation and impulse, fighting the writing for a welcome sense of authenticity."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

23 85%

Two Lives (2014)

"Satisfactorily tragic and pained, Two Lives is sharp work that develops spellbinding turns of plot as it unfolds. "

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

24 30%

Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014)

"It's a shame the picture ends on its knees when it had to the potential to create a certain viewpoint that could invite an understanding of the Abu Ghraib prison environment and the stress placed on all involved parties."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

25 53%

Blood Ties (2014)

"Reaches for an epic sweep of criminal desires and tortured decisions, and while it doesn't quite achieve everything it sets out to do, the basics are handled with care by Canet, who has a clear affinity for the actors and the era."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

26 100%

The Swimmer (1968)

"Beautifully shot and executed, the effort is generous with disturbing, puzzling behavior, yet wise enough to provide clear clues to aid interpretation. "

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

27 ——

The Flesh and Blood Show (Asylum of the Insane) (1972)

"So glacial and mild, it's a wonder what the production was actually trying to achieve with its emphasized but underutilized genre elements. "

Posted Mar 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

28 ——

Frightmare (1974)

"Frightmare has its share of ugliness, but it's also considered work from Walker, who isn't merely out to sicken, but haunt his audience with this effective picture. "

Posted Mar 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

29 50%

Return to Nuke 'Em High (2014)

"Retains a certain B-movie moxie, but its chaotic nature fatigues the film long before it reaches its non-conclusion. Points to Kaufman for the hurricane of sick ideas, but would it kill Troma to show a little patience?"

Posted Mar 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

30 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"With frequent belly laughs and a globe-trotting energy, the film embraces the madcap antics of the Muppets, sustaining love and respect for the characters while abusing them in highly entertaining ways."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

31 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Demanding a less lustful mindset from the viewer, the effort emerges as an artfully designed exploration of grief and gullibility, pockmarked with Von Trier fetishes and wild metaphors. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

32 41%

Divergent (2014)

"There's trouble with Woodley's performance, which is crushingly one-dimensional, failing to articulate the transformative hero's arc necessary to such entertainment. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

33 88%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"Considering how hilarious the feature is, with a terrific wit, interest in silliness, and laudable speed, it's a crime that it took this long for Partridge and his narcissistic antics to invade the states. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

34 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Consistently surprising and bravely raw, Le Week-End cuts right to the bone, and does so in such an intimate manner, it feels splendidly authentic."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

35 65%

Bad Words (2014)

"Pedestrian as it peruses its corroded imagination, relying on cheap jokes and predictable situations to carry the movie, while Bateman the actor coasts through the effort half-asleep."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

36 95%

Particle Fever (2014)

"Its eventual slide into statistics comes to test patience, yet Levinson doesn't lose the essential theme of the movie."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

37 74%

Enemy (2014)

"Attempts to draw out a thin story that doesn't support incessant delay. The movie is frustratingly tedious at times, mistaking stillness for mounting suspense."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

38 90%

A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014)

"Nicely acted and emotionally genuine, the picture doesn't necessarily demand attention, but it earns appreciation through its delicate, nicely observed handling of sensitive issues. "

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

39 36%

Just a Sigh (2014)

"Sigh doesn't capture the senses in a compelling manner, but its elusiveness is actually effective, requiring an audience willing to give up on reason to take on the mysteries of attraction. "

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

40 27%

Stay (2014)

"I can't imagine what type of picture there would be without Quinn and Schilling's commitment, but their professional investment helps to save a mediocre movie from becoming just another bland soul-searching drama."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

41 25%

A Simple Wish (1997)

"Not even Short can make A Simple Wish memorable, often looking as though he's merely surviving the work, stripped of his killer instinct. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

42 42%

Big Fat Liar (2002)

"It's a feature best viewed on mute. Or not at all. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

43 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Imagine a blend of The Muppet Movie, Mel Brooks, and Where's Waldo? and you're halfway to the carnival ride viewing experience Anderson delivers with this gem. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

44 22%

Need For Speed (2014)

"It's loud and slick, but Need for Speed promises more than it can deliver, trying to expand on simple charms when all anyone truly wants is a joyride."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

45 16%

The Single Moms Club (2014)

"Insulting, but that's par for the course with Perry, who can always be counted on to misinterpret his own plots. "

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

46 21%

Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

"Good work remains despite obvious obstacles, though it's disheartening to see the production settle for less when closing out this entertaining feature, diminishing the few highlights it delivers."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

47 83%

Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014)

"Against all odds, they've managed to succeed where many efforts fail, returning the tension and peculiarity of the premise for another go-around of telekinetic terror. "

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

48 98%

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

"Refusing insincerity, demanding attention, and committed to the art of performance, Stritch's life seems tailor-made for a documentary."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

49 93%

Child's Pose (2014)

"Raw and frighteningly authentic, the feature has a causal immorality that's fascinating to watch unfold. "

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

50 65%

U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2014)

"Provocative, though it never builds to astonishing peaks of illness. Instead, it remains somewhat faithful to the crime, which is just crazy enough to keep the feature intriguing."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

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