New York Magazine/Vulture

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 61%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"It doesn't quite transcend its own haphazard, impoverished story."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

2 26%

The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)

"The film is too wan and distanced to sweep you up, but it holds you, and it doesn't - unlike most Hollywood biopics - leave you feeling as if you need a shower."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

David Edelstein

3 98%

Starred Up (2014)

"Starred Up is an edgy, teeming thriller, brilliantly disorienting, making strange a world we thought we knew, at least from other movies."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

David Edelstein

4 36%

The November Man (2014)

"If it doesn't transcend its genre origins, I suspect it's because it doesn't want to."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

5 73%

Daisies (2005)

"Brace yourself for some of the most exuberant and disjunctive Pop Art imagery ever put onscreen, including scenes in which the scissors-happy hedonists shred not only objects and each other but the movie itself."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

David Edelstein

6 100%

Justified: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" The series has never felt more kick-ass confident than during this recent season, which amounts to a summation of Justified's first four years. "

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

7 100%

Justified: Season 2 (TV, 2011)

" In season two, Justified really found its footing, especially as it moved away from a strict hero story for Timothy Olyphant's Raylan and toward a more ensemble vibe, and introduced one of the best villainesses in recent memory. "

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

8 89%

To Be Takei (2014)

"This could have easily been a platitudinous, self-important mess, but Kroot does a couple of very savvy things here."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

9 93%

Angels in America: Season 1

" Kushner may make poetry and he may make jokes, but he is also making points: There's no stopping the fast-forward of modernity, no turning back, and no one to wait for. "

Posted Aug 22, 2014

John Leonard

10 8%

Are You Here (2014)

"It's funny, clunky, earnest, and barely credible, but it's all of a piece."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

David Edelstein

11 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"You want these people to have real challenges and messiness. But their lives don't quite feel lived in; they feel exemplary."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

12 18%

When The Game Stands Tall (2014)

"The real-life story behind When the Game Stands Tall sounds amazing. But for all its exciting sports scenes, the movie version falls flat as drama."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

13 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"It's hard to believe that so much visual elegance has been brought to bear on material so ugly, and yet the disjunction is intentional, and the film is all of a piece."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

David Edelstein

14 80%

The One I Love (2014)

"Although it arrives in the guise of mind-bending sci-fi, The One I Love is a fairly conventional dark comedy of jealousy and emasculation. It's a very enjoyable one, though."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

David Edelstein

15 91%

Frank (2014)

"As playful as it is, Lenny Abrahamson's film is mostly a surprisingly earnest story about the compromises and conflicts of art, stardom, and mental illness."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

16 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"Those first two movies look like Seven Samurai next to The Expendables 3, a sad, bad, parade of uninspired cameos and listless violence."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

17 32%

The Giver (2014)

"A movie that plays like a low-rent Logan's Run crossed with a UNICEF commercial."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

18 21%

Let's Be Cops (2014)

"Let's Be Cops has its moments, but it in no way distinguishes itself."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

19 85%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"As befits its settings, The Trip to Italy aims higher than its predecessor-maybe too high-and isn't as fresh. I enjoyed it, though."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

David Edelstein

20 39%

Step Up: All In (2014)

"Whatever the other flaws, the dancing itself rarely seems to disappoint in these movies."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

21 69%

What If (2014)

"I'll admit it: I fell hard for What If, even as I realized that in an alternate universe I may have wanted to punch all of these characters out."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

22 66%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"A moving piece of food porn, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a familiar tale enlivened by some sensitive, sincere touches."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

23 19%

Into The Storm (2014)

"Why is it that Hollywood finds it so hard to create a compelling story around weather disasters?"

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

24 20%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"Your kids may not mind it, but it's more insistent than it is fun."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

25 84%

Rich Hill (2014)

"Every shot, every second among these people -- even at their most unattractive -- makes you feel for them and loathe the world in which they're enmeshed. "

Posted Aug 4, 2014

David Edelstein

26 36%

Child Of God (2014)

"Surprisingly pretty good."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

David Edelstein

27 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Good actors like Chris O'Dowd, Moran, Gleeson, and Walsh are acting their hearts out, but they can't make these characters seem like more than puppets."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

David Edelstein

28 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"Tate Taylor's film cares less about narrative clarity and more about portraying a life lived between the extremes of sin and grace, between the abject and the sublime. It's lively, stylized, and genuinely surprising."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

29 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"The film seems content to be the class clown of the Marvel Universe, which is all well and good. But like most class clowns, sometimes you wish it would apply itself - because it seems capable of being so much more."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

30 48%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"It starts off with a flourish and winds up limp, like a rabbit pulled out of a hat that turns out to be dead."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

David Edelstein

31 18%

And So It Goes (2014)

"We get little flashes of story beats, but then it's on to the next thing - never enough to make us really invested in what's happening to these people."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

32 61%

Hercules (2014)

"Hercules has no right to be as entertaining as it is."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

33 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"A Most Wanted Man doesn't snap into focus until the last 15 of its 121 minutes. But until then, director Anton Corbijn serves up plenty of good, foggy, rainy ambiguity."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

David Edelstein

34 66%

Lucy (2014)

"An outlandishly entertaining mixture of high silliness and high style."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

David Edelstein

35 88%

The Kill Team (2014)

"The setting is Afghanistan, but it might be Iraq or Vietnam or anywhere with occupying forces. It might be Gaza. This map of hell is timeless, placeless."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

David Edelstein

36 63%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"An elaborate, endless clown-car of whirligig contraptions and unreal images, with little bursts of romantic melancholy peeking out here and there."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

37 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"It is, in almost all respects, a better movie. It's still not particularly good, though."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

38 49%

I Origins (2014)

"I Origins suggests that Cahill's sympathies are firmly on the side of the sillies. He's a talented storyteller, so it's a loss."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

David Edelstein

39 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"At heart, it's about as naughty as an old Disney movie with Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, and an unruly Great Dane. I liked its gung-ho slapstick spirit, though. No one's slacking off."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

David Edelstein

40 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"The Purge: Anarchy is basically a slasher movie in which society is the deranged killer. It plays like it's already a grindhouse classic - dark, dirty, and disreputable."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

41 78%

Land Ho! (2014)

"The juxtaposition of mundane silliness and those primordial, mythic landscapes proves unexpectedly magical."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

David Edelstein

42 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Wish I Was Here, not unlike its predecessor Garden State, captures a certain generational drift. It just doesn't know what to do with it. So it beats the damned thing into the ground until it's dead."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

43 14%

Rage (2014)

"Cage may not always be easy on the eyes, but at his best, you can't turn away from him, because you never really know what he'll do next. But here, the actor plays it drab and dour."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

44 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"It is certainly thrilling to see how Reeves and his CGI wizards bring their hordes of apes to life. Honestly, if I didn't know they were computerized, I'd have thought they'd brought off an evolutionary miracle."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

David Edelstein

45 68%

Me and You (2014)

"Me and You has the reflection and patience of age, and the fleet-footed energy of youth."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

46 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"Not even The Diving Bell and the Butterfly drives home the mind-body schism as movingly."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

David Edelstein

47 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"After a while, the film's grim, desolate settings come off not so much as a landscape of moral squalor (as in Se7en), but as a tedious attempt to add gravity to a thoroughly generic horror tale."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

48 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Earth to Echo has just enough teen angst to toughen up its adorability and to temper its predictability. It's a simplistic movie, but there's a darkness to it."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

49 24%

Tammy (2014)

"It's just ... off."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

David Edelstein

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