New York Magazine/Vulture

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 98%

20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

"Certainly for any fan of Cave's, 20,000 Days on Earth makes for a creative, enthralling journey through the man's world."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

2 39%

Tusk (2014)

"Tusk is not a particularly good movie, but the vivid anxiety dream at its heart makes it one of the most personal films this writer-director has ever made."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

3 65%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"It's clear from the sunless palette and the measured, one-thing-after-another pacing that Frank loves Block's work, and that goes a long way. The performances go a long way, too."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

David Edelstein

4 43%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"Somewhere in this mess, there might be a very good movie."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

David Edelstein

5 63%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"I was quite riveted."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

6 82%

Tracks (2014)

"In the end, the point of this ridiculous, arduous, oft-interrupted odyssey turns out to be elusive-and is all the richer for it."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

David Edelstein

7 53%

BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's one of the most aggressive portraits of depression I think I've ever seen. Look past the anthropomorphic animal characters and the satire of toxic celebrity culture: This show is radically sad. I love it. "

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Margaret Lyons

8 70%

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

"In a world full of cheapened, bombastic entertainment aimed at children, this modest, honest little movie feels special in its own way."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

9 11%

No Good Deed (2014)

"It's certainly not good. But it's not entirely dire."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

10 88%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"The film is a mite tidy in that Sundance Workshop way, but it's very enjoyable, and Johnson has a deft touch with actors."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

David Edelstein

11 67%

Memphis (2014)

"The film is less than 80 minutes and if you cut the shots that go on too long it would be less than an hour."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

David Edelstein

12 7%

The Identical (2014)

"It's stocked with clichés, but they're arranged in such weird ways that the end result is both predictable and certifiable. If only any of it actually went somewhere."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

13 94%

Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

"In sum, Last Days is the best kind of doc - it ties you up in knots."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

David Edelstein

14 92%

Wetlands (2014)

"Women deserve their own gross-out movies, and, in Wetlands, the punk force is strong."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

David Edelstein

15 63%

Life Of Crime (2014)

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

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

16 30%

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

17 99%

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

18 35%

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

19 73%

Daisies (2012)

"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

20 100%

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

21 100%

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

22 90%

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

23 90%

Angels in America: Season 1 (TV, 2003)

" 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

24 7%

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

25 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

26 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

27 46%

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

28 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

29 92%

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

30 33%

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

31 35%

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

32 20%

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

33 87%

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

34 44%

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

35 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

36 67%

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

37 20%

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

38 19%

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

39 83%

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

40 37%

Child Of God (2014)

"Surprisingly pretty good."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

David Edelstein

41 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

42 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

43 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

44 51%

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

45 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

46 60%

Hercules (2014)

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

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

47 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

48 66%

Lucy (2014)

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

Posted Jul 25, 2014

David Edelstein

49 90%

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

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