New York Observer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Calvary (2014)

"A wicked, gimlet-eyed revelation of both Catholic dogma and Irish life today, Calvary has unflinching things to say about the people and the church that defies cliché."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Rex Reed

2 13%

Louder Than Words (2014)

"It's a feel-good film with an infectious sense of fun and inspiration that brings out the best in people instead of catering to their lowest instincts."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Rex Reed

3 80%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"Mr. Swanberg is not a total amateur, but he is called "a doodler" for obvious reasons, all of them on red alert here."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Rex Reed

4 36%

Child Of God (2014)

"What did we do to deserve James Franco?"

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Rex Reed

5 40%

Beneath (2014)

"Halfway through, the movie loses its grip on logic and truth, and you stop believing it's based on anything other than the years the director spent in his youth, marching in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Rex Reed

6 55%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"A master stroke of enchantment from one of the few legitimate cinematic geniuses of the modern cinema ..."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Rex Reed

7 90%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Densely plotted, with everyone spying on everybody else, the movie is fraught with labyrinthine details more complicated than Egyptian hieroglyphics."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Rex Reed

8 40%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Wish I Was Here ... made me wish I was anywhere else."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Rex Reed

9 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Look: I am going to give The Strain a chance, if only because it's refreshing to see vampires as disgusting, infected creatures instead of sparkly, pouting little bitches. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Drew Grant

10 100%

Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Together [the characters] have a slightly unsettling chemistry that, despite the weirdness of their characters, feels real. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Alli Katz

11 15%

Rage (2014)

"A shabby waste of time from beginning to end."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Rex Reed

12 22%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"Does everything but bring in Bozo the Clown to make suicide no more serious than what to wear to the junior prom."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Rex Reed

13 43%

Honour (2014)

"Aiysha Hart delivers a mesmerizing performance as a beautiful Pakistani immigrant raised in England who disgraces her family by planning an elopement with a handsome preppie Punjabi boy."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Rex Reed

14 76%

Land Ho! (2014)

"Slow as Christmas, but the two protagonists grow on you, like a Virginia creeper vine climbing a garden wall."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Rex Reed

15 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It doesn't do anything for me to have this show be one of these flatulence-heavy existentialist mysteries, where nothing is revealed because there is nothing to reveal. "

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Drew Grant

16 24%

Tammy (2014)

"It's a rambling, pointless and labored attempt to cash in on Ms. McCarthy's fan base without respect for any audience with a collective IQ of 10. And it's about as funny as a liver transplant."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Rex Reed

17 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"If you love movies, you can't afford to miss it."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Rex Reed

18 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"A ponderous spoof of movie rom-coms that plummets stupidity to a new low even by Hollywood standards."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Rex Reed

19 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"Ms. Knightley isn't remotely believable as a bike-riding pop singer. The saving grace is Mark Ruffalo, the only actor on the premises who shows any grit or passion for his character or for the music business."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Rex Reed

20 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Despite all that crummy doo-wop, it's a universal, American "anyone can make it" success story that has uplifting appeal onstage, and in Mr. Eastwood's capable hands, the joy spreads like apple butter."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Rex Reed

21 24%

Third Person (2014)

"Clumsy and contrived, the film never manages to connect the dots in a trio of stories set in three different cities, and I had to pinch myself to keep from falling asleep."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Rex Reed

22 17%

Wild Wild West (1999)

"Forget all the ruinously expensive special effects. They're not worth a minute of your time, much less two hours of mind-boggling mediocrity."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Andrew Sarris

23 65%

The Rover (2014)

"[It has] all of the excitement of being trapped in the desert without a map, watching a cow skull turn to dust."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Rex Reed

24 31%

Lullaby (2014)

"The film seems endless and sentimental, and the writing is too philosophical to keep the audience awake."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Rex Reed

25 33%

I Am I (2014)

"It takes nearly an hour and a half to watch the charade go south. I'm not sure it's worth the wait."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Rex Reed

26 71%

A Coffee in Berlin (2014)

"A black-and-white template of nothingness that shows how far the once unique and inventive German film industry has plummeted."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Rex Reed

27 13%

The Moment (2014)

"The Moment is another in a long string of thrill-free psychological "thrillers" that fail from start to finish."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Rex Reed

28 27%

Burning Blue (2014)

"What can any actor do with dialogue like, "We are warriors paid to defend this country, not spill our guts and frolic in the daisies.""

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Rex Reed

29 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"There's a lot of religious inspiration in the film I could do without, but the characters seem as real as inhaling."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Rex Reed

30 84%

Night Moves (2014)

"Ms. Reichardt does a stand-up job building suspense, with pockets of action here and there ..."

Posted May 28, 2014

Matthew Kassel

31 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"Robert Stromberg's visually stunning if narratively predictable debut feature."

Posted May 28, 2014

Matthew Kassel

32 63%

The Grand Seduction (2014)

"If the film feels a bit clunky at times, it rarely slips into cliché."

Posted May 28, 2014

Matthew Kassel

33 25%

Pearl Harbor (2001)

"The best way to see the movie is as I did: expecting nothing and being pleasantly surprised, and strangely moved, by Mr. Bay's audacity in filming his lovers in end-of-the-world close-ups, however briefly."

Posted May 28, 2014

Andrew Sarris

34 93%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"Watch at your own risk, but to not watch the film - or more importantly, learn from it - is an even higher risk."

Posted May 26, 2014

Melissa Lafsky

35 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"It has a seedy underbelly that will appeal to hard-core Mickle fans; it's more deranged than it initially seems."

Posted May 21, 2014

Matthew Kassel

36 43%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"Predictable as it is lovely, with disappointments, regrets and resolutions all thrown into the mix of an uplifting tale."

Posted May 21, 2014

Matthew Kassel

37 11%

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

"Mr. Williams' performance is so grating that you may find yourself more infuriated than amused."

Posted May 21, 2014

Matthew Kassel

38 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"Godzilla is loud and grandiose at times, but it's also an elegant, understated and welcome approach to the kaiju genre."

Posted May 15, 2014

Matthew Kassel

39 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"Neither Ewa nor Bruno has much depth and often come off as stock characters in a movie with little new to offer about the immigrant experience."

Posted May 15, 2014

Matthew Kassel

40 73%

A Short History Of Decay (2014)

"Modest but winsome."

Posted May 14, 2014

Matthew Kassel

41 31%

Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The show takes unnecessary pains to differentiate itself from its source material. "

Posted May 8, 2014

Drew Grant

42 46%

For Love of the Game (1999)

"Under the confident direction of Sam Raimi, Mr. Costner gives a restrained but emotionally accessible performance."

Posted May 8, 2014

Rex Reed

43 88%

American Beauty (1999)

"Kevin Spacey gives the performance of his life."

Posted May 8, 2014

Rex Reed

44 31%

God's Pocket (2014)

"There's nothing remarkable or even remotely intriguing about the dyspeptic gang of submental sad sacks in this dull, flat fiasco."

Posted May 7, 2014

Rex Reed

45 22%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"Mr. Egoyan's fascination and research don't really shed any new light on the case. Don't let that deter you."

Posted May 7, 2014

Rex Reed

46 83%

The Double (2014)

"A dumb show annihilated on the electric wire of pretentiousness, The Double recalls too many similar movies for its own good."

Posted May 7, 2014

Rex Reed

47 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"It is not a sequel, just another retread of tired material in a franchise that is more than ready for the big comic book bonfire. And why the title? There is nothing amazing about it."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Rex Reed

48 71%

Palo Alto (2014)

"Mr. Franco must have had a very boring adolescence, because Palo Alto is a very boring movie."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Rex Reed

49 83%

Belle (2014)

"Elegant and understated, Belle is a true story about the effects of slavery on 18th-century England, told in the style of a sweeping romantic saga by Jane Austen or the Brontë sisters."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Rex Reed

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