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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 37%

Stand Up Guys (2013)

"But if you're in the mood to see a movie -- any movie -- featuring Pacino, Walken and Arkin, well ... here it is."

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Alonso Duralde

2 55%

Life's Too Short: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" Life's Too Short about as funny as finding a My Family complete box-set in your Christmas stocking. And half as original. "

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Stuart Bak

3 38%

Casino Jack (2010)

"[T]his year's non-fiction treatment of the Jack Abramoff story, Alex Gibney's Casino Jack and the United States of Money, crackles and engages where this docudrama falls flat."

Posted Dec 15, 2010

Alonso Duralde

4 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"While Precious isn't perfect, it's a moving drama that gives veteran performer Mo'Nique and first-timer Gabourey Sidibe the opportunity to create indelibly-etched characterizations."

Posted Nov 5, 2009

Alonso Duralde

5 51%

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

"There are a handful of funny moments -- most of which appear in the trailer -- but overall, this is a film that would have benefited from someone staring at some rewrites."

Posted Nov 3, 2009

Alonso Duralde

6 54%

Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

"Bob Hoskins looks just right as kind old Mr. Fezziwig, but that may be more of a testament to the actor's physiognomy than to the motion-capture process, which makes most of the film's cast look like they just sauntered out of Madame Tussauds."

Posted Nov 3, 2009

Alonso Duralde

7 81%

Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)

"To remember Jackson's singing voice at its finest, put his albums on; if you want to experience his breathtaking talent as a dancer and showman, in what would turn out to be the final weeks of his life, well, This Is It."

Posted Oct 28, 2009

Alonso Duralde

8 19%

Gentlemen Broncos (2009)

"Lacking any level of empathy or sympathy, however, Broncos becomes an exercise in disgust; this feels like art created by people who get their kicks tripping people on crutches."

Posted Oct 27, 2009

Alonso Duralde

9 49%

Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)

"One of the most pleasant surprises I've had at the movies all year."

Posted Oct 23, 2009

Alonso Duralde

10 20%

Amelia (2009)

"Gere and McGregor are fine actors, but Nair uses them like the expendable males (Zachary Scott, Franchot Tone, et al) who stood back and let Bette Davis and Joan Crawford do all the heavy lifting back in the day."

Posted Oct 22, 2009

Alonso Duralde

11 38%

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

"If this clever and stylish hybrid is your bucket of blood, then you'll certainly be clamoring for the further adventures of these bizarre and delightful freaks."

Posted Oct 21, 2009

Alonso Duralde

12 49%

Antichrist (2009)

"Frankly, von Trier, I don't give a damn."

Posted Oct 20, 2009

Alonso Duralde

13 19%

Motherhood (2009)

"What Eliza writes, like Motherhood itself, feels like a stale collection of harried-parent material that the bland comedy duo The Mommies milked dry more than a decade ago."

Posted Oct 20, 2009

Alonso Duralde

14 25%

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

"The movie remains admittedly entertaining, mainly because it's so shamelessly ridiculous that you can't believe an Oscar-winning actor (Jamie Foxx) can get through this thing with a straight face."

Posted Oct 16, 2009

Alonso Duralde

15 72%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"There's so very much to like about Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers' adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved book Where the Wild Things Are, but it winds up being a well-crafted vehicle that never soars."

Posted Oct 14, 2009

Alonso Duralde

16 58%

Trucker (2009)

"Were it not for Michelle Monaghan's convincingly dirt-under-the-fingernails performance in the title role, there would be absolutely nothing about the film to distinguish it from dozens of other movies."

Posted Oct 7, 2009

Alonso Duralde

17 94%

An Education (2009)

"Even if the story gets derailed, the early part of the ride is such fun that you'll want to take the journey."

Posted Oct 7, 2009

Alonso Duralde

18 58%

The Invention of Lying (2009)

"There are a few funny bits sprinkled throughout, but the premise of the movie never goes anywhere particularly interesting, even with the potentially outrageous subplot regarding religion as an outgrowth of chicanery."

Posted Oct 1, 2009

Alonso Duralde

19 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"There's a lot to bite into here, but it's a film that doesn't always live up to its own dizzying potential."

Posted Sep 29, 2009

Alonso Duralde

20 84%

Whip It (2009)

"...a fun female-empowerment movie that marks an impressively crowd-pleasing directorial debut for Drew Barrymore."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Alonso Duralde

21 89%

A Serious Man (2009)

"If Philip Roth and Franz Kafka sat down to write an adaptation of the Book of Job, the result might be something like A Serious Man."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Alonso Duralde

22 39%

Surrogates (2009)

"Director Jonathan Mostow makes the proceedings such fun that you're willing to forfeit the smart satire this might have been for the trashy adventure flick that it is."

Posted Sep 24, 2009

Alonso Duralde

23 25%

Fame (2009)

"Thanks to the blitheringly awful script -- credited screenwriter Allison Burnett disavows it, and he willingly put his name on Feast of Love and Untraceable -- we barely get to know any of the young lead characters."

Posted Sep 24, 2009

Alonso Duralde

24 75%

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"Provides lots of insights and enraging bits of information while, ultimately, coming off as somewhat amorphous."

Posted Sep 23, 2009

Alonso Duralde

25 42%

Jennifer's Body (2009)

"Cody's sophomore effort shows no real feel for teen comedy or teen horror; somebody undid her doodle."

Posted Sep 17, 2009

Alonso Duralde

26 79%

The Informant! (2009)

"Marvin Hamlisch's goofy score all but bruises your ribs by jabbing you with "isn't this hilarious?" wackiness, but ultimately the cast plays it so straight that to respond with laughter almost feels like chuckling at a funeral."

Posted Sep 16, 2009

Alonso Duralde

27 87%

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

"Overstuffed with enough sight gags to delight children while throwing in healthy dollops of wordplay and absurdist humor to keep their adult chaperones entertained as well."

Posted Sep 15, 2009

Alonso Duralde

28 63%

I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009)

"Ultimately, we wind up with another Tyler Perry movie in which a wayward woman must learn to submit to two patriarchies: the nice blue-collar guy who's going to solve her problems, and Jesus."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Alonso Duralde

29 7%

Whiteout (2009)

"If you want the real Whiteout experience, just read the book. Or ask the manager of your local 7-Eleven if you can play Clue in the beer cooler."

Posted Sep 10, 2009

Alonso Duralde

30 57%

9 (2009)

"While the grim and gritty post-apocalyptic setting -- call it Industrial Blight and Tragic -- make this PG-13 title very much not for little kids, 9 gets a lot of empathy and pathos from its cast of (literally) stitched-together characters."

Posted Sep 8, 2009

Alonso Duralde

31 29%

Gamer (2009)

"Where Neveldine/Taylor lose their way is by trying to marry their no-shot-lasts-longer-than-five-seconds style with overstuffed storytelling."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Alonso Duralde

32 7%

All About Steve (2009)

"Frantic, inane, moronic and obnoxious, All About Steve ranks among the very worst movies of the year. The decade, even."

Posted Sep 3, 2009

Alonso Duralde

33 63%

Extract (2009)

"Judge is a brilliant chronicler of social absurdity, workplace humor and that uniquely American brand of doltishness, but he hasn't quite figured out how to channel his observations into sharp storytelling."

Posted Sep 2, 2009

Alonso Duralde

34 29%

The Final Destination (2009)

"The latest entry skimps on the series' strongest point, setting up the most obvious calamities."

Posted Aug 28, 2009

Alonso Duralde

35 20%

H2: Halloween II (2009)

"For a filmmaker who began his career with relatively clever and visionary splatter films like House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, Zombie seems to be pursuing the path of least resistance."

Posted Aug 28, 2009

Alonso Duralde

36 48%

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"Eliot is conceived as something of a blank-slate character, and [Demetri] Martin isn't engaging enough to give anything but a blank-slate performance."

Posted Aug 25, 2009

Alonso Duralde

37 45%

Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009)

"Rodriguez never lets things get too noisy or chaotic to follow, and he wraps everything up in a satisfying resolution that even slips in a stealth moral or two."

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Alonso Duralde

38 8%

Post Grad (2009)

"The greatest actress in the history of drama couldn't make first-timer Kelly Fremon's sow's ear of a screenplay into a sow's ear sandwich, much less a silk purse."

Posted Aug 19, 2009

Alonso Duralde

39 89%

World's Greatest Dad (2009)

"World's Greatest Dad crushes a boldly funny concept with inert and bloodless filmmaking."

Posted Aug 18, 2009

Alonso Duralde

40 88%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"Even if you wish Tarantino would calm down a bit and rely more on his considerable skills at straightforward storytelling, this World War II saga is undeniably suspenseful, violent and entertaining."

Posted Aug 18, 2009

Alonso Duralde

41 37%

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

"I can only imagine that the scenes of a 40-something man getting chummy with his 6-year-old bride-to-be must have played better in the book. On film, it feels like To Catch a Time-Traveling Predator."

Posted Aug 12, 2009

Alonso Duralde

42 92%

Ponyo (2009)

"...a sweetly lovable and visually trippy movie that young tots and their parents can enjoy in equal measure."

Posted Aug 12, 2009

Alonso Duralde

43 35%

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

"I'll have forgotten most of it by Labor Day, but I was never bored."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Alonso Duralde

44 57%

Paper Heart (2009)

"Paper Heart wallows in that irritating hipster preciousness known as "twee" for nearly its entire running time."

Posted Aug 5, 2009

Alonso Duralde

45 75%

Julie & Julia (2009)

"In the end, Julie & Julia doesn't stack up as much more than a pleasant summertime diversion, but it's hands down the best such trifle that Ephron has ever concocted."

Posted Aug 4, 2009

Alonso Duralde

46 64%

Adam (2009)

"[M]erely a Very Special Episode of a TV series I never wanted to watch."

Posted Jul 29, 2009

Alonso Duralde

47 94%

The Cove (2009)

"What makes The Cove so powerful is that it's not just an ecological horror show -- it's a real-life thriller that's as suspenseful as anything cooked up by Hollywood."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Alonso Duralde

48 68%

Funny People (2009)

"Prepare to laugh, yes, but also be ready to let Apatow take his good sweet time in telling his story."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Alonso Duralde

49 22%

G-Force (2009)

"G-Force is short on wit, characterization and logic, but the car chases sure are breathtaking and just about everything blows up real good while the heroes run from the fireballs in slow motion."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Alonso Duralde

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