New York Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

The Last of the Unjust (2014)

"As Murmelstein talks, we begin to see the world through his eyes. We understand that in an impossible, unearthly situation, heroism can take many forms."

Posted Feb 3, 2014

David Edelstein

2 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"It's a graceful, engaging film -- I enjoyed it. But it could have been called The Tasteful Dozen."

Posted Feb 3, 2014

David Edelstein

3 76%

The Unusuals: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

" Unlike its slicker siblings, The Unusuals is down-to-earth yet confidently strange, its stylized humor embedded in a genuinely urban, dirty setting. "

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Emily Nussbaum

4 95%

Veronica Mars: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005)

" Veronica succeeds, from Mars. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

John Leonard

5 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"It's an unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene -- and a hellish punch."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

David Edelstein

6 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"Scene after scene rockets past dumb, past camp, past Kabuki, and into the Milky Way of Silly where laws can be made up and discarded as long as what happens gets laughs."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

David Edelstein

7 94%

Her (2014)

"In Her, Jonze transforms his music-video aesthetic into something magically personal."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

David Edelstein

8 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"It's a hell of a mix of tones, but that's the challenge the Coens' movies pose: How do we reconcile their cheerfully disparate impulses? (Do we need to? We need to try.)"

Posted Dec 2, 2013

David Edelstein

9 89%

Tangled (2010)

" can't help liking a movie with chameleon reaction shots."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

David Edelstein

10 100%

Southland: Season 5 (TV, 2013)

" Southland prizes journalistic detail over verbal exposition and moldy cop-show tropes, and when it goes deep into a cinematic moment, it's dazzling. "

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Matt Zoller Seitz

11 100%

Southland: Season 4 (TV, 2012)

" Watching Southland puts knots in my stomach, and I mean that as praise. It's the most engrossing cop series since season one of NBC'sHomicide, and maybe the most raggedy and real. "

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Matt Zoller Seitz

12 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Relatively speaking, Catching Fire is terrific. Even nonrelatively, it's pretty damn good."

Posted Nov 18, 2013

David Edelstein

13 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"The movie is a triumph of an especially satisfying kind. It arrives at a kind of gnarled grace that's true to this sorry old man and the family he let down in so many ways."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

David Edelstein

14 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Sometimes the balance is off and the movie tilts into camp (Kat Dennings as Portman's high-strung assistant is an irritant), but when all is said and disintegrated, it delivers. At these prices, it better."

Posted Nov 4, 2013

David Edelstein

15 83%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"As an embarrassingly obvious liar, I am constantly fascinated by how others do it, and Gibney gives you many opportunities to study a master."

Posted Nov 4, 2013

David Edelstein

16 69%

About Time (2013)

"About Time is like a sermon that starts with a few good jokes and ends with tremulous exhortations to live, live."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

David Edelstein

17 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Despite its downbeat context (a plague at its height), the movie is a crowd-pleaser-graceful and funny enough to distract you from its gaps and elisions."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

David Edelstein

18 100%

The Square (2013)

"The Square is inner-world-shaking."

Posted Oct 21, 2013

David Edelstein

19 90%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"The movie goes on for three hours without an emotional letup-it's finally overwhelming."

Posted Oct 21, 2013

David Edelstein

20 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"It's smashingly effective as melodrama. But McQueen's directorial voice-cold, stark, deterministic-keeps it from attaining the kind of grace that marks the voice of a true film artist."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

David Edelstein

21 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"The camera rocks with the creaks, cracks, and other sounds of encroaching disequilibrium, while an actor in his element anchors your gaze-and gives the performance of his life."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

David Edelstein

22 96%

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

"If [Romero's] original vision of the undead looks dulled by today's standards, his embedded political commentary on racism feels just as sharp."

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Amos Barshad

23 97%

Let The Fire Burn (2013)

"Let the Fire Burn is a time machine. It shows there are truths out there waiting to be found-that footage already shot can make history in all its terrible finality breathe."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

David Edelstein

24 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"The movie is a broad ethnic comedy, but there's nothing broad about the wicked-smart way it's executed. Even long-played-out stereotypes take on new life."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

David Edelstein

25 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"Villeneuve is trying like hell to elevate what turns out to be a dumb genre picture...Prisoners is a long sentence."

Posted Sep 16, 2013

David Edelstein

26 93%

Top of the Lake: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" It's only March, but I already expect the Sundance Channel miniseries Top of the Lake to make my year-end "Top 10" list. "

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Matt Zoller Seitz

27 71%

Weeds: Season 1 (TV, 2005)

" Weeds moves steadily toward the daunting and ambiguous, where laughter in the dark is a gag reflex. "

Posted Sep 11, 2013

John Leonard

28 93%

Mother Of George (2013)

"This world is ravishingly beautiful, but there's also something oppressive about its exoticism. The color doesn't just saturate the frame; it thickens it."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

David Edelstein

29 ——

Arrested Development: Season 2 (TV, 2004-2005)

" Arrested Development looks even better this fall, against an even more contemptible lineup of reality dreck. "

Posted Aug 16, 2013

John Leonard

30 72%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"You can object to the thuggish direction and the script that's a series of signposts, but not the central idea, which is genuinely illuminating."

Posted Aug 12, 2013

David Edelstein

31 89%

The World's End (2013)

"This is by light-years the most entertaining movie of the year. How many apocalyptic sci-fi action extravaganzas leave you feeling as if the world is just beginning?"

Posted Aug 12, 2013

David Edelstein

32 68%

Elysium (2013)

"The action is bludgeoning."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

David Edelstein

33 91%

Minority Report (2002)

"High-concept science-fiction escapades often try to impose new ways of seeing, but Spielberg seems intent on blistering our optic nerves."

Posted Aug 5, 2013

Peter Rainer

34 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"Lovelace is a respectable job, but it never goes deep."

Posted Aug 5, 2013

David Edelstein

35 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"The climax is the biggest letdown, a giant hash of crosscutting and unremarkable (in an era in which we've seen everything) CGI."

Posted Aug 3, 2013

David Edelstein

36 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"Bridesmaids is likely to be a hit with both women and men, being half formula chick-flick, half raunchy comedy of humiliation. It's hilarious -- and too bifurcated to be satisfying."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

David Edelstein

37 98%

Jaws (1975)

"The result is a fast-paced, straight-line thriller that moves without pause toward the climactic contest at sea between three men and a 25-foot, 3-ton great while killer shark."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Judith Crist

38 92%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"Most teen movies are cocktails of melancholy and elation. This one is best at its most un-transcendent-when it most evokes that period when we never knew what we were supposed to do with the pain."

Posted Jul 22, 2013

David Edelstein

39 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"[Allen's] new drama Blue Jasmine comes this close to being a wheeze. But he sells it beautifully."

Posted Jul 22, 2013

David Edelstein

40 89%

Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

"Pirates is a hoot."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

John Leonard

41 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"Bizarre to the point of trippiness, yet it's one of the most lucid portraits of evil I've ever seen."

Posted Jul 15, 2013

David Edelstein

42 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"It's as if Del Toro neuro-linked with a robot and then couldn't figure out how to work the controls -- and so watched impotently as the machine made the major creative decisions."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

David Edelstein

43 94%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"Fruitvale Station will rock your world -- and, if the life of Oscar Grant means anything, compel you to work to change it."

Posted Jul 1, 2013

David Edelstein

44 91%

Murderous Maids (2002)

"Sylvie Testud gives such a ferociously controlled performance that the messy murder seems like a necessary release."

Posted Jun 17, 2013

Peter Rainer

45 62%

Byzantium (2013)

"The movie is gorgeous, mesmerizing, poetic; the lyricism actually heightened by harsh jets of gore."

Posted Jun 17, 2013

David Edelstein

46 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"The movie isn't dead on arrival, like Snyder's over-reverent Watchmen. But it's pleasure-free."

Posted Jun 12, 2013

David Edelstein

47 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"The Bling Ring is enjoyable. And it's always easy on the eyes."

Posted Jun 10, 2013

David Edelstein

48 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"You gasp at the ecstatic convergence of lung power and spirit."

Posted Jun 10, 2013

David Edelstein

49 87%

What Maisie Knew (2013)

"As Maisie, Aprile seems lit from within; a more vividly natural child actress I have trouble imagining."

Posted Jun 3, 2013

David Edelstein

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