Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 62%

Draft Day (2014)

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

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Eric D. Snider

3 85%

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

4 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

5 22%

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

6 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

7 63%

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

8 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

9 100%

Chef (2014)

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

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Eric D. Snider

10 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

11 33%

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

12 100%

The Guest ()

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

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Eric D. Snider

13 17%

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

14 36%

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

15 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

16 94%

Her (2014)

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

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Scott Weinberg

17 30%

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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 42%

Homefront (2013)

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

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Eric D. Snider

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"A beautifully gripping survivalist story."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Eric D. Snider

28 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

29 49%

Carrie (2013)

"Carrie feels timid in today's climate."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Matt Patches

30 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

31 82%

Jigoku de naze warui (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

32 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

33 85%

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

34 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

35 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

36 82%

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

37 81%

Don Jon (2013)

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

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Eric D. Snider

38 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

39 ——

Las brujas de Zugarramurdi (Witching and Bitching) ()

"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

40 84%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"Writer-director E.L. Katz manages to effortlessly balance punishing violence, rich characterizations, gallows humor, and even social commentary, all without compromising emotional accessibility or good old-fashioned storytelling."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

41 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"Robert Rodriguez creates a sequel precisely as gratuitous as his fake trailer-turned-real movie deserves - which is to say, it's both excessively graphic and utterly pointless."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

42 89%

Rush (2013)

"Rush distinguishes itself by utilizing precision rather than power: namely, by focusing on its characters rather than the cars they race."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

43 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"Not an original bone in its body -- but there's always something to be said for a great cast."

Posted Aug 17, 2013

Scott Weinberg

44 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"A slight but amusing combination of the subversive and the conventional."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Scott Weinberg

45 68%

Elysium (2013)

" THX-1138 filtered through Halo for the Xbox, Brave New World with more effects and less affect for a timid time of bloated blockbusters, Elysium squanders potential greatness, instead attaining costly mediocrity."

Posted Aug 6, 2013

James Rocchi

46 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"The Wolverine marks Jackman's sixth time playing his iconic superhero role. It feels like the first."

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Matt Patches

47 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"'Pacific Rim' delivers the goods without firing on all cylinders"

Posted Jul 10, 2013

Matt Patches

48 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"Exists for the producers, the studio, and nobody else. Insulting, amateurish garbage."

Posted May 23, 2013

Scott Weinberg

49 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

""Star Trek Into Darkness" kind of slumps back into the franchise's own canon, which is why it feels a bit less fun, fresh and funky than its predecessor; It's still a good time."

Posted May 9, 2013

James Rocchi

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