New York Magazine/Vulture

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 38%

Child Of God (2014)

"Surprisingly pretty good."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

David Edelstein

2 88%

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

3 76%

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

4 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

5 53%

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

6 15%

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

7 63%

Hercules (2014)

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

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

8 90%

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

9 61%

Lucy (2014)

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

Posted Jul 25, 2014

David Edelstein

10 86%

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

11 60%

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

12 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

13 47%

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

14 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

15 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

16 76%

Land Ho! (2014)

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

Posted Jul 17, 2014

David Edelstein

17 40%

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

18 15%

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

19 91%

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

20 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

21 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

22 31%

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

23 49%

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

24 25%

Tammy (2014)

"It's just ... off."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

David Edelstein

25 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"Wain's film is both a takedown and a tribute: As with his summer-camp-movie spoof Wet Hot American Summer, you walk away with a renewed love for the genre."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

26 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"Carney's specialty is inching toward clichés, backing away from them, and inching back. He's not as pure as he thinks he is, but the footsie is very entertaining."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

David Edelstein

27 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Now, at last, comes a fun dystopian sci-fi epic - a splattery shambles with a fat dose of social satire and barely a lick of sense."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

David Edelstein

28 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Transformers: Age of Extinction is nearly three %$^&%!!# hours, and they're brain-freezing."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

David Edelstein

29 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I'd be lying if I said The Leftovers didn't fascinate me. The totality of the suffering feels new. The scale of it overwhelms, so much so that nitpicking the dialogue, the performances, or the filmmaking seems petty. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

30 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"The film is a funny mix of formulaic and fresh. The numbers are too polished - there's no sense of discovery. But the songs and their harmonies are evergreen."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

David Edelstein

31 85%

Coherence (2014)

"Coherence is a gentle film, but you walk away from it with your brain on fire."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

32 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"Think Like a Man, Too is mostly uninspired and insipid, but it rallies, and builds up enough comic steam by the end that you might find yourself amused."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

33 24%

Third Person (2014)

"It's not so much that Paul Haggis is a bad filmmaker but that his talents seem so unsuited to what he apparently wants to do."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

34 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"If you didn't see the play onstage and don't know what you're missing, this Venus in Fur has its demonic, masochistic charms."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

David Edelstein

35 94%

Rectify: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Rectify sees every character's point of view and seems to feel for them while reserving judgment on their actions, and their justifications for those actions. It seems to see through the visible world, past time and flesh. It's truly Christian art. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

36 96%

Justified: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

" Justified has tended to concentrate the bulk of its action in and near Kentucky, but this season, right out of the gate, it's sending two of its main characters to faraway states. A show this smart doesn't make a change that big just for the scenery. "

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

37 55%

The Signal (2014)

"You spend a lot of the movie confused, but the great big reveals of its finale don't feel very shocking at all."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

38 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Despite its expanded, ambitious battle sequences, Dragon 2 is at its best when it quiets down and dares to be intimate."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

39 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"They get to poke fun at sequels and simultaneously make sequel money, which is a great frigging gig if you ask me."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

David Edelstein

40 65%

The Rover (2014)

"Easy to watch at arm's length and easier to shake off. It's overbaked art-pulp."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

David Edelstein

41 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"The beauty of Obvious Child is that there's nothing obvious about it."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

David Edelstein

42 54%

Ping Pong Summer (2014)

"It's so dedicated to the odd textures of its world that it becomes something else - personal, abstract, and strangely honest."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

43 63%

The Sacrament (2014)

"The Sacrament may not be a good movie, but it has enough virtues - enough gripping, well-put-together moments - that it made me reconsider my opinion of West as a director."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

44 85%

Borgman (2014)

"You may find yourself chuckling at Borgman as much as you recoil at it. It's destined for cult status."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

45 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Groundhog Day re-imagined as a sci-fi war game."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

David Edelstein

46 97%

Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" The missteps are easy to forgive because, in content as well as form, Orange is a modestly revolutionary show. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

47 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Woodley has a face that can look plain in repose and startlingly beautiful in motion, when her delicate pink skin becomes near translucent."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

David Edelstein

48 100%

The Wire: Season 5 (TV, 2008)

" It is as if, in a guilty fever, we dreamt up our own worst punishments-stories of the sort Joan Didion used to tell us about the princess caged in the consulate and the man with the candy leading the children into the sea. "

Posted Jun 4, 2014

John Leonard

49 79%

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The problem is, once you get past the shock of a fresh premise and watch the pilot, the show starts to seem formulaic, with stock characters and what sounds like placeholder dialogue that was supposed to be filled in with good stuff later but wasn't. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

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