Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"An excellent documentary about a great man, certainly, but it's also a reminder of why we all love movies. Thumbs eternally up."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Scott Weinberg

2 30%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

""The filmmakers admire what they're emulating here, and it's hard to not play along with the grim, gritty fun.""

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Scott Weinberg

3 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Overcomes the limitations of a sequel by facing them head-on, doubling down on the meta-references and staying a step ahead of us with multi-layered jokes and split-second sight gags."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Eric D. Snider

4 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"Not just a solid indie flick or a strong adaptation of a well-regarded novel. It's one of the most impressive films of the year."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Scott Weinberg

5 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"Hey, kids! How would you like to see a new version of Disney's Sleeping Beauty that isn't animated and doesn't make any sense? "

Posted May 30, 2014

Eric D. Snider

6 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"Where five or six chuckles in 22 minutes isn't a bad average, five or six chuckles spread out over 117 minutes is dismal."

Posted May 30, 2014

Eric D. Snider

7 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"A fantastic achievement: a novel, passionate, and energized sci-fi with wild action and strange humor."

Posted May 22, 2014

Scott Weinberg

8 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"The whole thing is starting to feel like a Ponzi scheme. 'Come see the latest adventure! Don't worry if it's not great - the next one'll dazzle you!' But that's what you said last time!"

Posted May 1, 2014

Eric D. Snider

9 83%

Intramural ()

"While a more disciplined approach might have rendered a tighter, more polished film, its shagginess is appealing."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Eric D. Snider

10 63%

In Your Eyes ()

"It's missing Whedon's trademark zing, but fans who savored the sappier aspects of "Buffy" and "Angel" may find it swoon-worthy."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Eric D. Snider

11 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"The film will either grip or bore one to tears, depending on a tolerance for speculative babble."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Matt Patches

12 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"A year from now, your dad will enjoy watching this on cable."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Eric D. Snider

13 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Visually sumptuous but inconsistently intriguing, Glazer's science-fiction film skillfully boils down genre tropes to their visceral essence, but simultaneously reduces an emotionally resonant narrative to an obtuse series of vignettes."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Todd Gilchrist

14 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"With two very solid entries now, the Captain America branch of the Marvel juggernaut might accidentally make patriotism cool again."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Eric D. Snider

15 20%

Sabotage (2014)

"Gross and off-putting, a luridly "gritty" crime drama populated by sleazy characters (including the alleged good guys) and marked by a casual disregard for human life."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Eric D. Snider

16 84%

Joe (2014)

"A reminder of director David Gordon Green's knack for atmosphere, and of 17-year-old Tye Sheridan's status as one of the most promising young actors in the movies today."

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Eric D. Snider

17 64%

Bad Words (2014)

"Doesn't offer enough laughs to compensate for its mean-spirited behavior or lackluster story. "

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Eric D. Snider

18 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Now that Fast & Furious has gone the way of the superhero blockbusters, Need for Speed rides alongside as a ridiculous spectacle of practical, vehicular mayhem."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Matt Patches

19 88%

Chef (2014)

"To paraphrase someone in the film, it seems like Favreau is cooking for himself again."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Eric D. Snider

20 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"A vivid, multilayered story of history and fantasy, fiction and emotional truth, which only falters when it ventures too close to events whose harrowing reality probably shouldn't be reduced to a quirky backdrop for the filmmaker's twee melodramas."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Todd Gilchrist

21 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"A welcome and superlative addition to the pantheon of war films, because it turns high-concept storytelling into a meaningful true-story tribute."

Posted Jan 29, 2014

Todd Gilchrist

22 100%

The Guest (2014)

"A peculiar mix of suspense, humor, violence, and beloved genre tropes."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Eric D. Snider

23 31%

God's Pocket (2014)

"If Slattery can make something even marginally watchable out of these dismal prospects, just think what he could do with a more human and well-developed set of characters."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Eric D. Snider

24 39%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Phony, shallow, and completely disconnected from reality. To make matters worse, it thinks it's sincere, deep, and realistic."

Posted Jan 20, 2014

Eric D. Snider

25 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"Kevin Hart epitomizes the idea of the "small portion" comedian... [but] the movie fails on its own merits, even if you can stand the constant, shrill bickering between its two leads: as a thrill ride, it stalls, and as a comedy, it's not funny."

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Todd Gilchrist

26 94%

Her (2013)

"Endlessly fascinating and frequently sublime. Smart, insightful, funny, etc. "

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Scott Weinberg

27 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"It feels like a braying network sitcom, complete with supporting cast made up of stock characters, including Precocious Child, Old Man with No Verbal Filter, and Fast-Talking Black Guy."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Eric D. Snider

28 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Credit the script and the editing as well, but American Hustle is quite simply an actor's movie, and the entire ensemble is just fun to watch."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Scott Weinberg

29 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"'Desolation of Smaug' is Tolkien fantasy unleashed, keeping up with the 'Avengers'-inspired Hollywood that wants its blockbusters bigger and bigger and bigger."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Matt Patches

30 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Amidst its bleak worldview and unforgiving plot details is a unique and understated portrait of vengeance and redemption, albeit not quite in that order."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

31 42%

Oldboy (2013)

"Lee tosses in tones of every color, over-the-top gags coupled with acts of horrific moments of violence. It's occasionally jarring, but the cultural stew cooks too long."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Matt Patches

32 42%

Homefront (2013)

"Despite a handful of amusing quirks, Homefront is a tedious and forgettable affair."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Eric D. Snider

33 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Expands on the best stuff from movie #1 and fixes some things that didn't work so well. That's a good way to make a sequel."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Scott Weinberg

34 27%

Charlie Countryman (2013)

"The haphazard use of magical realism and the ever-shifting thrust of the narrative makes the film wear out its welcome long before it's over. "

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Eric D. Snider

35 69%

About Time (2013)

"Spending two hours with all of these characters is a sweetly uplifting, even life-affirming experience."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Eric D. Snider

36 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Thor: The Dark World feels hopelessly derivative, a follow-up whose grandiose scale fails to conceal its lack of original ideas, not to mention flagrant logical problems."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

37 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"A beautifully gripping survivalist story."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Eric D. Snider

38 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"It's almost the team-up movie you wanted 25 years ago, kind of!"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Eric D. Snider

39 49%

Carrie (2013)

"Carrie feels timid in today's climate."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Matt Patches

40 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"This may be the greatest failing of The Fifth Estate: It takes place in a world of dirty (non-)secrets our tax dollars pay for and sells it back to us as low-grade Soap Opera."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

James Rocchi

41 82%

Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014)

"A love letter to cinema, paired with an oddly moving family story and framed by a yakuza tale, Sono's latest is wild, unruly, and hugely entertaining, whether you're looking for a grand artistic vision, emotional resonance, or just two hours of fun."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

42 50%

A.C.O.D. (2013)

"A sharp but warm-hearted comedy with a hint of rom-com spice that's more than happy to take advantage of its cast's built-in likability."

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Eric D. Snider

43 82%

The Congress (2014)

"a magnificent triumph, a half-fantasy-half-nightmare that combines animation and live action to shine a light on how we look at ourselves, and perhaps will going forward, as technology continues to engulf our lives."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

44 9%

Runner Runner (2013)

"It's easy to imagine how much better Runner Runner would be if it had a little more grit and a little less gloss, a little less humidity and a little more humanity; as the film stands, it's a losing bet for all concerned."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

James Rocchi

45 88%

A Field in England (2014)

"a bizarre and challenging odyssey that showcases Ben Wheatley's undeniable talent even as it undoubtedly polarizes even the filmmaker's hardcore fans."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

46 79%

Afflicted (2014)

"A step in the right direction for the burgeoning filmmaking style that still needs to figure out how to tell stories as inventive as its techniques, or at least find ways not to completely discombobulate viewers with the ones they're telling now."

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

47 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"A sharply funny and insightful examination of modern love."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Eric D. Snider

48 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"I like the film's solid, old-fashioned style, the way it resembles the smart adult thrillers of the '70s and assumes the audience is savvy enough to follow the details. "

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Eric D. Snider

49 82%

Witching and Bitching (2014)

"Witching & Bitching, Alex de la Iglesia's latest madcap genre mash-up, literally could not get past its opening scenes, much less to its ridiculous conclusion, without its characters doing the dumbest and most inexplicable things possible."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

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