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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Dense, energetically presented and wonderful - though as my friend suggested, for those first five minutes you'd be forgiven for thinking Anderson was retreading his old tropes a few too many times. Those feelings disappear by the sixth minute."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Patrick Kolan

2 30%

Grudge Match (2013)

"If it left out the sugary moments, it would have been a solid comedic romp about former rivals finding pride and peace through punching the geriatric juice out of each other. (Review: Nathalie Lawson)"

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Patrick Kolan

3 75%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"In providing a wealth of content for Tolkein fans, Jackson's cup overfloweth. That's neither good nor bad - it's just more than we need in one sitting."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Patrick Kolan

4 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"For a film that goes out of its way to proselytise about the pratfalls of pandering to the audience's expectations simply for the easy bucks, Anchorman 2 does just that."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Patrick Kolan

5 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"'Iron Man 3′ occasionally feels a little contrived - but then, if you're dealing with one of the best action directors around, you can expect him to draw on the style that he knows best."

Posted Apr 23, 2013

Patrick Kolan

6 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"This is a wonderful film - it is, but once in a while someone needed to tap Q on the shoulder and tell him to ease up off the gas. A master and a genius, no doubt, but sometimes the Emperor has no clothes too."

Posted Jan 14, 2013

Patrick Kolan

7 65%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"'The Hobbit' is another ambitious, gorgeous and faithful trip into JRR's writing - and because of this, it won't win any new fans if you had no patience ten years ago. For those who do, you'll definitely want to go there and back again."

Posted Dec 19, 2012

Patrick Kolan

8 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"A lot of critics are claiming this to be the best Bond film ever made; they may well be right-to some degree. It's certainly the most poignant-which, in what is ostensibly an action film, is a feather in Mendes' cap to be sure. "

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Patrick Kolan

9 85%

The Master (2012)

"Those expecting to be shocked and charmed and pushed around will get it; everyone else might leave feeling winded and a little confused. Good. It's probably what you need."

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Patrick Kolan

10 94%

Pulp Fiction (1994)

"Its dedicated fan-base and the pop-culture reverberations that have flowed steadily from it, almost 20 years on, echo Tarantino's achievements with Pulp Fiction. Unassailable filmmaking."

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Patrick Kolan

11 82%

Shadow Dancer (2013)

"This is an uncomfortable movie; a tense and sometimes deliberately drawn out tale - but those who invest the time will uncover some excellent performances."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Patrick Kolan

12 67%

Lawless (2012)

"As you'd expect from that kind of artistic pedigree, 'Lawless' is a well-oiled production that knows exactly what kind of film it is: a classic revenge tragedy with Tommy-guns and fiddles in the dustbowl South."

Posted Oct 8, 2012

Patrick Kolan

13 78%

Dredd (2012)

"If you're the kind of person who scrunches their nose at heads exploding, people being torn apart and blood spilling like an out-of-control fire hose, you might want to return to reading your copy of '50 Shades' and leave this one to the professionals."

Posted Oct 3, 2012

Patrick Kolan

14 95%

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

"This is a fine documentary; insightful and entertaining with a genteel approach to uncovering a figure so close to the hearts of an unexpected fan base."

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Patrick Kolan

15 36%

Iron Sky (2012)

"To its credit, while routinely stupid, it is playfully so - and it gets over the line through sheer force of charm. A "triumph of the will", if you catch our drift. (Sorry.)"

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Patrick Kolan

16 38%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"Dark Shadows is never short on stunning backdrops and impressive cinematographic techniques. It looks a treat. But with Dark Shadows, like Depp himself, you can only put so much make-up on an ageing face and sell it as fresh."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Patrick Kolan

17 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

"Too often sci-fi epics miss the balance between spectacle and storytelling. While Men in Black 3 isn't always consistent in humour and pace, Sonnenfeld, with a well-considered script from David Koepp, manages to make it work."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Patrick Kolan

18 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"Never quite matching Alien or Aliens for emotional authenticity - but definitely holding you in tow until the final moments. Ridley Scott isn't much for illustrating humanity, but he sure as hell knows how to craft aliens."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Patrick Kolan

19 83%

Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012)

"More breathy outbursts from wronged lovers and strange pseudo-sexual and homoerotic encounters than a late-night soap opera, matched with a visual style that points to a level of artistry and invention that even western cinema struggles to match."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Patrick Kolan

20 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"When a crew is given constraints like a miniscule budget, more emphasis rightly goes into tightening up things like scripting and performance. It's the 'Chasing Amy' phenomenon at work."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Patrick Kolan

21 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"Not quite 'amazing' then, but there will always be a deserving audience for rock-solid superhero movies done with this kind of heart and care."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Kolan

22 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"The Dark Knight Rises succeeds in surpassing 2008's 'The Dark Knight' to become the best of his three films. Whether that will be enough to secure his Best Picture Oscar is frankly irrelevant - because what matters is that this is Batman's best picture."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Kolan

23 35%

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

"Frankly, if it gets kids talking about history again, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter succeeds where a lot of other films stumble-and even if it's kind of a lame duck, there's still a lot of dignity in that."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Kolan

24 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"For one of the smartest films I've seen in a while, Cosmopolis is also one of the least outwardly enjoyable. That by no means makes it anything less than a great film however."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Kolan

25 85%

Bully (2012)

"Is it fair to criticize a documentary for being too persuasive when the subject matter is not only genuinely tragic - and tragically widespread - but also so rarely brought into the public domain? That's the question I struggle with."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Kolan

26 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"There's a lot to like about The Bourne Legacy, but it's hard not to feel a little worried that the rich complexity of Ludlum's past work might be lost in the transition-and that's a legacy that really needs to be upheld."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Kolan

27 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"Total Recall is it's own beast - one that needs to be caged off and held at arm's length. It is a mess, a wasteful rethink that was never needed and lousy movie at worst. "

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Kolan

28 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"How Wes Anderson stitches it all together is far beyond the reach of most filmmakers. His approach is artful without pretension, gorgeous and composed without feeling forced, charming and innocent but never trite."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Kolan

29 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"This is a film that manages that rare bridge between end-of-days epic and intimate humanist storytelling - fantastical but still just rooted enough to be depressingly plausible."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Kolan

30 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"If Hit & Run is guilty of being generic, it's arguably the best kind of generic: inoffensive, well made and probably a lot more fun than Joe Critic is likely to admit."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Kolan

31 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"There's strong storytelling at the core here, backed by worthwhile performances - and this is a good movie - though, not quite the original masterpiece of love and creativity it clearly strives to be."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Kolan

32 17%

The Watch (2012)

"All of this builds a pretty catastrophic picture of The Watch - and I think, given how many other awesome, funny, gross and clever comedies are out there, I refuse to be an apologist. It's not an unmitigated disaster, but it's not good - or good enough."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Kolan

33 44%

On the Road (2012)

""The final film holds true to the source material - but it's just not a journey everyone's going to want to take.""

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Kolan

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