New York Observer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 34%

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

2 23%

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

3 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

4 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

5 72%

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

6 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

7 88%

Locke (2014)

"Writer-director Stephen Knight gets more suspense out of the restricted nature of Locke's predicament than you would ever think possible."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Rex Reed

8 44%

Walking With The Enemy (2014)

"Its impact is special and inescapable."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Rex Reed

9 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"What fresh hell is this?"

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Rex Reed

10 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"John Turturro is a gifted and charming actor, but he has a fatal desire to be a film director and is cursed with no talent whatsoever for the job."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Rex Reed

11 86%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" Gone are the days of "Zou Bisou Bisou" and Don's Hawaiian mortality freak-out. Nope. This season premiere, all we got was a cold pastrami sandwich with coleslaw smeared on the bread. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Molly Mulshine

12 96%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Not as graphic as last season's bloodbath down the aisle, the death count in last night's episode is a game changer, though perhaps not as surprising this time around. All men must die, sure, but do they all have to die at a wedding? "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Drew Grant

13 66%

The Railway Man (2014)

"It's an inspiring and unforgettable story about cruelty, endurance, courage and making peace with the past."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Rex Reed

14 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"It's so elegant and dreamlike-such a departure from most vampire epics-that you won't be bored. It also has a wicked sense of humor you usually don't find in the genre."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Rex Reed

15 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Dream girl Scarlett Johansson digs for oil and hits a dry hole in Under the Skin."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Rex Reed

16 82%

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"[It] focuses on unspoken adolescent feelings instead of familiar puerile events, with clichés held at arm's length. Unfortunately, Hide Your Smiling Faces is so slow it could use a few action sequences to speed things up."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Rex Reed

17 88%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"This is not a movie for everybody, but that assessment is not exactly intended as a thumbs down. Alarming thrills are guaranteed."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Rex Reed

18 55%

Breathe In (2014)

"The May-December romance is an overworked genre, but steady hands guide this one with intelligence to a sad but satisfactory conclusion."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Rex Reed

19 92%

Source Code (2011)

"Ultimately, Source Code makes good on its Hitchcockian opening sequence -- it may pale in comparison to the master, but it's a fun, puzzle-filled ride, with excellent pacing and a mounting uneasiness that recalls the best episodes of The Twilight Zone."

Posted Mar 23, 2014

Una LaMarche

20 83%

On My Way (2014)

"Disappointingly tedious, On My Way is a contrived vehicle for Gallic icon Catherine Deneuve."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Rex Reed

21 13%

McCanick (2014)

"The only reason to suffer through a grim wack job called McCanick is to see the late Cory Monteith in his last film role."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Rex Reed

22 7%

Maladies (2014)

"Overrated, overexposed and overindulgent, James Franco is all over the place, like cow chips in the abandoned pasture of a derelict farm."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Rex Reed

23 21%

Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

"The end result of this stoned-cold picnic is both haphazardly successful and somewhat disappointing, but it's worth seeing, thanks enormously to the tremendous charisma of Sam Rockwell."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Rex Reed

24 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Smart, substantial and enchanting."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Rex Reed

25 65%

Bad Words (2014)

"For his directorial debut, Mr. Bateman acquits himself nicely, promising even better things to come."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Rex Reed

26 36%

Haunt (2014)

"I've had bigger scares from the windows at FAO Schwarz."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Rex Reed

27 42%

The Face of Love (2014)

"It sounds turgid, but it's a fine example of how two great actors can lift questionable material beyond its limitations. The premise is unlikely, but every time it edges uncomfortably in the direction of soap opera, they rescue it, making you care."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Rex Reed

28 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"I amaze myself by liking this latest lunatic cocktail as much as I do."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Rex Reed

29 10%

The Bag Man (2014)

"It takes just under two hours of tedium before you find out what's in the bag, and you might be sorry you waited."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Rex Reed

30 8%

Chlorine (2014)

"Unfortunately, better movies have already been made about the subject, from the underrated film The Joneses to the current Wolf of Wall Street."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Rex Reed

31 19%

HairBrained (2014)

"Aside from some nice autumnal shots of Ivy League college campuses, there's nothing in HairBrained to sustain much interest."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Rex Reed

32 33%

Odd Thomas (2014)

"Odd Thomas has high-speed chases, explosions, narrow escapes and masses of special effects-none special enough, I'm afraid, to save it from mediocrity."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Rex Reed

33 98%

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

"Ms. Stritch is sharp, funny, brittle, caustic, demanding, exaggerated, critical (especially of herself) and infuriating. She is also elaborately unique and awesomely brilliant."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Rex Reed

34 40%

In Secret (2014)

"The generic title In Secret is as uninspired as the movie itself."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Rex Reed

35 53%

Adult World (2014)

"This is the kind of cheesy, sketched-out idea for prurient adolescents that gives indie-prods a bad reputation."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Rex Reed

36 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Oblique, unstructured and demented, Winter's Tale aims to cast a dreamlike spell, but it's more like a nightmare."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Rex Reed

37 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"It is true. It is history. As a film, it is riveting, suspenseful, harrowing and exciting, and somehow, it also manages to be something rare among war pictures-a big-scale entertainment."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Rex Reed

38 5%

The Outsider (2014)

"The Outsider is so far-fetched it redefines the word "preposterous" and is made doubly untidy by the star's clotted accent."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Rex Reed

39 47%

The Pretty One (2014)

"The good twin/bad twin conceit in 2014 doesn't have a shred of the original surprise, and Zoe Kazan doesn't have the chops to carry it off anyway."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Rex Reed

40 18%

The Wait (2014)

"I could no more tell you what it's trying to say than I could successfully stow away on the first space shuttle to Saturn, although I promise you that trip would be half as long."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Rex Reed

41 56%

At Middleton (2014)

"The movie loses some of its focus and turns both silly and implausible. Still, the stars' chemistry works, and so does At Middleton."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Rex Reed

42 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"A wrenching, riveting and richly rewarding experience at the movies."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Rex Reed

43 86%

Run & Jump (2014)

"It's sensitive and winsome, like a modestly budgeted independent film should be."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Rex Reed

44 82%

G.B.F. (2014)

"I guess I've seen worse teen sex comedies, but it's rare to encounter one this stupid."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Rex Reed

45 55%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"The dim star wattage in this fifth rehash is palpable from the start."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Rex Reed

46 78%

Big Bad Wolves (2014)

"Unpredictable, with a twisted surprise around each corner, Big Bad Wolves is a clever and arresting shocker."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Rex Reed

47 22%

Gimme Shelter (2014)

"It is the galvanizing force of Vanessa Hudgens who catapults Gimme Shelter above the heartbreaking level of soap opera with a lancing effect."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Rex Reed

48 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"Mr. Fiennes admirably humanizes the characters while exploring their contradictions and emphasizing their feelings."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Rex Reed

49 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"There's great acting in every frame, but by the end of the ordeal, the viewer may be too exhausted to care."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Rex Reed

50 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"The sets are ravishing. The cinematography dazzles. There's so much going on that you don't blink for fear that you might miss something."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Rex Reed

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