New York Magazine/Vulture

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 32%

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

2 100%

Friday Night Lights: Season 4 (TV, 2009-2010)

" Bravo to a small masterpiece of an episode and a performance that was something altogether greater. "

Posted Feb 3, 2014

Andy Greenwald

3 19%

In the Motherhood: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

" If series like In The Motherhood are designed as Trojan horses for product placement, they won't have much impact if they're as weakly written as this Frankensteinian mulch of mommy-war clichés and "Santa is dead" gags. "

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Emily Nussbaum

4 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"Only a sociopath would behave this carelessly, and as such, That Awkward Moment makes for an interesting study in abnormal criminal behavior."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

5 56%

At Middleton (2014)

"At Middleton is a modest movie with modest aims, but at times it feels like a small miracle."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

6 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"It's so terrible it's amazing."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

David Edelstein

7 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

8 81%

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1

" I think it will find an enthusiastic audience for its benign vision of the detective as feminine healer, grounded in the show's lovely lead performance by singer Jill Scott as Precious. "

Posted Jan 29, 2014

Emily Nussbaum

9 58%

Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Black Sails is rigidly unspectacular, and it comes at the worst possible time for a show like this not to be very good: You can go to plenty of other places to buy what Black Sails is selling. "

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Margaret Lyons

10 66%

Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This show is being likened to one of Fox's biggest recent hits, House, but the comparison doesn't fit because whatever his flaws as a man, House was great at his job. "

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

11 69%

Visitors (2014)

"Visitors is far from the master's best film, but I know I'll be haunted by it for a while."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

12 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"Eckhart plays Frankenstein's monster in a monotonous, teeth-gritting mode, as if someone had one gun on him and another on his family."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

David Edelstein

13 22%

Gimme Shelter (2014)

"The kind of film that outfits a potentially compelling story with politically convenient signposts - not understanding that sometimes, getting out of the way of a good tale is the best kind of polemical strategy."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

14 99%

Gloria (2014)

"It's rife with disappointment and humiliation. But bleakness does not preclude buoyancy. It still manages to leave you with the urge to dance."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

David Edelstein

15 94%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"So much of this beguiling film's beauty is in how it sneaks up on you, the way genre elements quietly insinuate their way into the story."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

16 95%

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

" Veronica succeeds, from Mars. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

John Leonard

17 95%

Broad City: Season 1

" If Broad City were more sure of its mission, its tone, or both, it could turn into a genuinely impressive show. As is, though, there's an anything-for-a-laugh sensibility (again, characteristic of many shows created by sketch comedians). "

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

18 89%

Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Better yet, the major characters have a core of mystery that prevents them from being written off as mere types. "

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

19 47%

Flowers in the Attic (2014)

"All the actors are spot-on, even ones who have just a few scenes. "

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

20 97%

Sherlock: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" Sherlock's certainly among the most interesting people one could know, the cleverest, and maybe the smartest. "

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Margaret Lyons

21 11%

The Nut Job (2014)

"The Nut Job is a delightfully goofy slapstick cartoon with a surprisingly dark heart."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

22 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"An Ice Cube and Kevin Hart comedy that will probably be in a Rite-Aid discount bin in about six months."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

23 84%

True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Every cut, music cue, and bit of dialogue-as-voice-over contributes to the sense that the show has a grand design, or is at the very least commenting on our need to believe that all things happen for a reason... "

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

24 89%

Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" Girls is well aware of the conundrum Hannah and Adam and other characters are trapped in - we're all trapped in it, to some degree - and it has sense enough to let us figure this, and a lot of other things, out for ourselves. "

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

25 85%

Enlisted: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's a high jinks-heavy but psychology-driven show that wants to please a general audience while also seeming halfway credible to viewers who've served in the armed forces or know somebody who has. "

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

26 95%

Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014)

"The directors stay close on their characters and let scenes play out in handheld long takes, so that the miseries inflicted never feel distant or clinical, but immediate."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

27 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Lone Survivor is a brutally effective movie, made by people who think that they're serving their country. But they're just making us coarser and more self-centered."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

David Edelstein

28 81%

The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1

" The program is trapped in some sort of creative limbo between surreal send-up and deadpan re-creation; it needed to be a lot more aggressively weird or much subtler and quieter. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

29 3%

The Legend of Hercules (2014)

"Everybody seems to have been cast based on their ability to either stare blankly, or to scream, often at the heavens."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

30 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"In some scenes, Fiennes is too free with the handheld camera. But he does make the movie all-aquiver, rich in feeling."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

David Edelstein

31 57%

Chicago PD: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The dialogue is predictable, the acting is marginal, and the plots are the swept-up leftovers from the Dick Wolf Idea Factory. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Margaret Lyons

32 36%

Intelligence: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's just fundamentally impossible to care about. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Margaret Lyons

33 55%

The Best Offer (2014)

"Part of the pleasure in watching The Best Offer is the elegant, unassumingly suspenseful way it unfolds."

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

34 38%

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

"Does anybody really find this crap scary anymore?"

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Bilge Ebiri

35 92%

Community: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Throughout, there's a sense that [it] is building, or rebuilding, toward something big and bold-that what you're seeing is not so much a revamp as a restoration. Few live-action sitcoms are so aware of their artificiality and yet so singularly alive. "

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

36 87%

The Mindy Project: Season 2 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The Mindy Project isn't the first sitcom to fearlessly pursue serialized story lines, but the show weaves them together well, and with total confidence. "

Posted Dec 29, 2013

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

37 57%

Justin Bieber's Believe (2013)

"My daughter wants you to know that the movie is great and that you shouldn't listen to a hater like me. I envy her belief."

Posted Dec 27, 2013

David Edelstein

38 12%

47 Ronin (2013)

"Believe it or not, for all its additions, it's too respectful. You want it to be funnier, crazier."

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Bilge Ebiri

39 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"The result is maybe more interesting than we might have expected, but it's not particularly funny."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Bilge Ebiri

40 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"In the all-star movie adaptation of August: Osage County, another play that holds the stage with fang and claw feels less momentous onscreen."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

David Edelstein

41 94%

The Past (2013)

"It's as if Farhadi became too depressed by his own cynicism to keep the drama humming. The movie turns into a dour demonstration of missed connections."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

David Edelstein

42 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"Exquisitely produced, immaculately acted, and thoroughly uninvolving, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a perfect nothing of a movie."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Bilge Ebiri

43 76%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"A veritable orgy of immorality, each scene making the same point only more and more outrageously, the action edited with Scorsese's usual manic exuberance but to oh-so-monotonous effect."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

David Edelstein

44 97%

The Selfish Giant (2013)

"The Selfish Giant never feels predictable. Credit the remarkable young actors, as well as Barnard's observant style: Every moment in this film is alive with possibility, with the chance that everything will go haywire in a new way."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Bilge Ebiri

45 24%

Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

"You'd think it'd be hard to screw up a movie about dinosaurs, and yet Hollywood keeps doing so."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Bilge Ebiri

46 43%

1600 Penn: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Zip. Nada. Ladies and gentlemen, I didn't laugh once. And as anybody who's ever read me knows, when it comes to dumb humor, I'm a cheap date. "

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Matt Zoller Seitz

47 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

48 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

49 94%

Her (2013)

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

Posted Dec 16, 2013

David Edelstein

50 61%

Hours (2013)

"While uneven, the film is uniquely involving - right down to a final shot that will break your heart into a million pieces."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Bilge Ebiri

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