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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 49%

RoboCop (2014)

"Director Josť Padilha is clearly trying to do something different, but the end product is frustratingly underwhelming."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Stephen Carty

2 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"The effects are impressive and the film benefits from another remarkable performance from Andy Serkis, but it is let down by an underwhelming story that is populated with underdeveloped human characters. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Stephen Carty

3 82%

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

"There's very little action throughout, but the narrative is so involving that this isn't a problem whatsoever."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Stephen Carty

4 85%

Dead Poets Society (1989)

"Certain aspects of the story aren't entirely convincing, but Williams delivers a memorable turn as the kind of teacher we all wish we had."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Stephen Carty

5 85%

21 Jump Street (2012)

"Consistently funny and surprisingly self-aware, 21 Jump Street is far better than expected. In fact, it's the best mainstream comedy in recent years."

Posted Jun 14, 2014

Stephen Carty

6 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"22 Jump Street contains plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, and Tatum's ability to play dumb is consistently amusing. At the same time, however, many of the gags are over-stretched, and the film is too self-referential for its own good. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Stephen Carty

7 77%

The Dirties (2013)

"Patience is required during the first half, but The Dirties eventually develops into a genuinely interesting piece of work. Imagine a low-budget fusion of Chronicle and Gus Van Sant's Elephant. "

Posted Jun 7, 2014

Stephen Carty

8 76%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"The intensity becomes exhausting at times, but The Wolf Of Wall Street is Martin Scorsese's funniest and most purely enjoyable feature in years. "

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Stephen Carty

9 10%

Grace Of Monaco ()

"At the risk of sounding mean-spirited, the most enjoyable aspect of Grace Of Monaco was reading the scathing reviews that filtered through after it debuted at Cannes. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Stephen Carty

10 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Andrew Garfield is note-perfect, and the chemistry he shares with Emma Stone is reason enough to watch, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is too cartoony and childish for its own good. A disappointing backwards step for the series. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Stephen Carty

11 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"X-Men: First class doesn't quite live up to its title, but incoming director Matthew Vaughn gets enough right to put the tired franchise back on track. Some of the teen mutant stuff is silly, but Fassbender is - wait for it - magnetic. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Stephen Carty

12 24%

The Canyons (2013)

"The Canyons is flawed in a number of ways, but it remains a genuinely curious proposition (no, seriously) due to the unusual nature of its production and the eclectic assortment of talent involved. "

Posted May 10, 2014

Stephen Carty

13 88%

Frank (2014)

"Frank will be too odd for many viewers, but Fassbender is very impressive and there's some interesting material in amongst the strangeness. Favourable half-smile. "

Posted May 7, 2014

Stephen Carty

14 97%

Game of Thrones: Season 2 (TV, 2012)

" The second season has more fantasy elements than the first, but otherwise it's largely more of the same. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Stephen Carty

15 89%

Locke (2014)

"Locke is driven - quite literally - by human drama, with Steven Knight using the insular premise to fashion a moody character piece. Not all of it works, but Hardy holds our attention throughout. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Stephen Carty

16 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"Like Jon, the film could do with a stronger climax, but on the whole this is a very impressive debut from a very talented young man. "

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Stephen Carty

17 79%

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

"The First Avenger is Marvel's strongest movie since Iron Man, but it's actually more of an old-fashioned WWII adventure than it is a typical superhero blockbuster. "

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Stephen Carty

18 78%

Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 (TV, 2013)

" The plot dictates that we see less of Ron Perlman than usual, and as you might expect his presence is missed. But Charlie Hunnam continues to anchor the show in impressive fashion, while CCH Pounder makes for a worthy opponent. "

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Stephen Carty

19 ——

1 (2014)

"Arriving in the wake of Rush, 1: Life On The Limit feels familiar in places. That said, there's plenty of fascinating material, and some of the racing footage is absolutely spectacular. Vroom with a view. "

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Stephen Carty

20 89%

Starlet (2012)

"This modest indie boasts naturalistic direction and a few impressive performances, while the presence of a tiny Chihuahua results in some of the most adorable dog acting since The Artist."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Stephen Carty

21 39%

Birth (2004)

"Parts of the story don't make sense, but Birth has a hypnotic, spellbinding quality that draws you in. "

Posted Mar 2, 2014

Stephen Carty

22 86%

Sexy Beast (2000)

"Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! "

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Stephen Carty

23 90%

Calvary (2014)

"Some might find the self-referential comments a little too clever-clever, but this is a consistently funny and quietly powerful piece of work. "

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Stephen Carty

24 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"The Dark World is more of a missed opportunity than a complete failure, but it's disappointing nonetheless. "

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Stephen Carty

25 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"In terms of quirk and whimsy, the film is liberally perfumed. "

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Stephen Carty

26 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"Machete don't do new jokes. "

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Stephen Carty

27 72%

Machete (2010)

"Machete is enjoyable to a point, but the novelty soon wears off and there isn't enough inspiration to sustain the concept for a full-length feature film. "

Posted Feb 16, 2014

Stephen Carty

28 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"The first thing you notice is McConaughey's radical weight loss, but his performance is equally worthy of attention and deserving of some serious recognition come awards season. Likewise his eighties 'tache. "

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Stephen Carty

29 88%

RoboCop (1987)

"Part man. Part machine. All '80s classic."

Posted Feb 2, 2014

Stephen Carty

30 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"The Fifth Estate is often guilty of spelling things out and over-simplifying matters, but it's absorbing in places and held together by two strong performances. "

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Stephen Carty

31 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"More of a familiar spy romp than a cerebral espionage thriller, Kenneth Branagh's long-gestating reboot is disappointingly generic and unremarkable. Costner is ace, mind you. "

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Stephen Carty

32 100%

Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Breaking Bad delivers a final season that is as gripping and rewarding as we've come to expect. It's the show that knocks. "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Stephen Carty

33 43%

The Call (2013)

"For the first 45 minutes or so, The Call is surprisingly tense and effective. As soon as Berry leaves her desk, however, it unravels quicker than you can say "poodle perm". "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Stephen Carty

34 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"12 Years A Slave boasts a number of quietly powerful moments, but it doesn't offer much to think about. Though Ejiofor delivers a remarkable lead performance, the film proves emotionally distant. "

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Stephen Carty

35 52%

Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Fans of Merchant's usual schtick will find much to like, but this brand of cringe comedy has grown dated and predictable. Still, the lanky funnyman has terrific comic timing and delivery, and the show gets a pass. Just. "

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Stephen Carty

36 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"Vaughn dials down his fast-talking schtick, but the story is often unconvincing (533 kids?) and there are very few laughs. "

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Stephen Carty

37 74%

You're Next (2013)

"Horror fans might take some enjoyment from all the grisly deaths, but it's not long before a nagging sense of killing fatigue sets in. Call it 'goredom', if you will."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Stephen Carty

38 38%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"Wan and Whannell have attempted to do something interesting, but Chapter 2 - AKA Back To The Further - is overly complicated as a result. More repetitive than last time and less grounded. "

Posted Jan 5, 2014

Stephen Carty

39 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"More than just a geriatric cash-in on The Hangover, this likeable crowd-pleaser is surprisingly funny and enjoyable. It's great to see Morgan Freeman playing drunk, while Kevin Kline steals the show. "

Posted Jan 5, 2014

Stephen Carty

40 66%

Insidious (2011)

"The final third marks a jarring shift into increasingly silly territory, but the build-up and jump-scares are effective. "

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Stephen Carty

41 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"As a romantic comedy for grown-ups, Enough Said is something of a refreshing rarity. Both Gandolfini and JLD are wonderful, as is Nicole Holofcener's naturalistic dialogue. Enough Said. "

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Stephen Carty

42 84%

Homeland: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" There are one or two questionable developments along the way, but the second half of the season offers a surprising return to form. Plus, the performances and Saul's beard remain as compelling as ever. "

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Stephen Carty

43 66%

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)

"Whether you hold Anchorman as the best comedy of the modern era or the most overrated, there's little doubt that it's kind of a big deal. "

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Stephen Carty

44 49%

Redemption (2013)

"Part socially-conscious thriller, part Jason Statham beat-'em-up, Hummingbird is admirably ambitious but not quite able to pull its abundance of ideas and plotlines together. The Stath is great, mind you. "

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Stephen Carty

45 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"More of a competent overview than a definitive account, Long Walk To Freedom doesn't quite manage to put the man in Mandela."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Stephen Carty

46 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"Watching Pain & Gain might give you testosterone poisoning, but it's easily Michael Bay's funniest and most interesting work to date. "

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Stephen Carty

47 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"The Desolation Of [insert your own pronounciation here] is still a long way from the original trilogy, but it's a marked improvement over An Unexpected Journey. "

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Stephen Carty

48 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"For folk's sake, the Coen brothers have done it again. "

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Stephen Carty

49 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"The first Kick-Ass managed to have its cape and eat it. By comparison, Kick-Ass 2 is flat and tonally unsure. "

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Stephen Carty

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