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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 78%

Spartacus: Vengeance (TV, 2012)

" Everything fans loved about the first season is here. Everyone is not. "

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Verne Gay

2 79%

The Grey (2012)

"The film's conflicting tones never quite mesh, but some fine acting and powerful moments make "The Grey" watchable, if not entirely compelling."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Rafer Guzman

3 32%

Man on a Ledge (2012)

"A clumsily made thriller with very few thrills."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Rafer Guzman

4 99%

A Separation (2011)

"Asghar Farhadi's emotionally epic movie is not just a masterpiece dramatically, it is a movie dramatically of its moment."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

John Anderson

5 56%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"[A] funny, sorrowful, richly layered and tremendously moving film."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Rafer Guzman

6 25%

Napoleon Dynamite: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" This cartoon is largely not funny because it is implausible. "

Posted Jan 23, 2012

Verne Gay

7 57%

The Finder: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Old-fashioned and a bit placid, but Stults and Duncan save the day, and maybe the series. "

Posted Jan 20, 2012

Verne Gay

8 72%

Roadie (2012)

"The hugely sympathetic Eldard ("Super 8") gives this slim movie a real, beating heart."

Posted Jan 20, 2012

Rafer Guzman

9 21%

Unsupervised: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" "Unsupervised" is a cheerier, less nihilistic "Beavis and Butt-head Lite," and not remotely as funny or trenchant. "

Posted Jan 19, 2012

Verne Gay

10 40%

Red Tails (2012)

""Red Tails" has genuine admiration for the sacrifices and achievements made by the Tuskegee Airmen, but they deserve a better commemoration than this."

Posted Jan 19, 2012

Rafer Guzman

11 96%

Justified: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" Lean, laconic, precise and as carefully word-crafted as any series on TV, there's pretty much nothing here to suggest that the third season won't be as good as the second -- or better. "

Posted Jan 17, 2012

Verne Gay

12 58%

Alcatraz: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" It was a dark and stormy night - and a weird, fun, trippy one, too. "

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Verne Gay

13 51%

Contraband (2012)

"Everyone needs a little action now and then, right? Unfortunately, a little action is all you'll get."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Rafer Guzman

14 33%

Joyful Noise (2012)

"Whenever the characters open their mouths to sing, "Joyful Noise" rocks and swings with spirit to spare."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Rafer Guzman

15 11%

Rob: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Yup, pretty awful. "

Posted Jan 12, 2012

Verne Gay

16 71%

Carnage (2011)

"The astonishing Waltz steals the picture, possibly because he's the one with a rational perspective (despite his telephonic obsessiveness): He sees the whole exercise as pointless. Ultimately, so do we."

Posted Jan 12, 2012

John Anderson

17 19%

Are You There, Chelsea?: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Handler is an acquired taste, but there's no particular taste that has to be acquired for this largely generic chickcom. "

Posted Jan 11, 2012

Verne Gay

18 41%

The Firm: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" "The Firm" is not so much a two-hour pilot as a prison sentence. It's tedium, all gummed up by implausible plot twists, diabolically dopey dialogue, and other assorted bits of hooey. "

Posted Jan 8, 2012

Verne Gay

19 55%

House of Lies: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" It's so blisteringly vulgar and knife-edged - yeah, even by Showtime standards - that smart turns into vicious. "

Posted Jan 8, 2012

Verne Gay

20 100%

Downton Abbey: Season 2 (TV, 2011)

" Much grimmer, grayer and (gasp) dowdier. Still mostly wonderful. "

Posted Jan 8, 2012

Verne Gay

21 100%

Absolutely Fabulous: Series 6 (TV, 2011-2012)

" A great concept, mostly divorced from reality, with superb execution, just might extend forever. "

Posted Jan 8, 2012

Diane Werts

22 46%

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012)

"Horn delivers a star turn as Oskar, a child trying to make sense of a tragedy that still baffles us all."

Posted Jan 5, 2012

Rafer Guzman

23 74%

La belle endormie (The Sleeping Beauty) (2011)

Posted Jan 5, 2012

Rafer Guzman

24 66%

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

"The movie has animals, kids and fine acting from Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, but it lacks the emotional honesty and unpredictability that made Crowe's early films so irresistible."

Posted Jan 5, 2012

Rafer Guzman

25 77%

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"A Dangerous Method barely nudges the freak-o-meter."

Posted Jan 5, 2012

Rafer Guzman

26 51%

The Iron Lady (2012)

"It isn't Streep's fault that The Iron Lady ends up feeling so uninvolving and oddly dour."

Posted Jan 5, 2012

Rafer Guzman

27 77%

War Horse (2011)

"The material sometimes feels oversugared, though it's also guaranteed to raise a lump in your throat."

Posted Jan 5, 2012

Rafer Guzman

28 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"Fiennes and Rickman get the actorly moments they've been building toward for so long, and the film is most fun when it sticks to mechanics: roller coaster rides, battle scenes, close calls."

Posted Jan 4, 2012

Rafer Guzman

29 5%

Work It: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Work It is just about as subtle as you'd expect - a knuckle-dragging sitcom that parlays racial and gender stereotypes about as adroitly as a chimp parlays Chekhov. "

Posted Jan 3, 2012

Verne Gay

30 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"A frenetic bonbon with an empty center, and a movie made without any perceivable audience outside of filmmakers besotted by their own innovative processes."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

John Anderson

31 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

"It's stylish, if not exactly subtle, and daringly brutal for a Hollywood movie. It's also so uneven and overlong that it may leave non-fans wondering what all the fuss has been about."

Posted Dec 20, 2011

Rafer Guzman

32 57%

Neverland: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" Just make sure you see it. "

Posted Dec 12, 2011

Diane Werts

33 27%

Stephen King's Bag of Bones: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" Sure, there are some fun moments. Sure Brosnan looks mah-velous. He always does. But a little less plodding plot and a lot more action, please. "

Posted Dec 11, 2011

Verne Gay

34 21%

The Sitter (2011)

"The Sitter seems to have a good heart, so why all the glib racism?"

Posted Dec 9, 2011

Rafer Guzman

35 7%

New Year's Eve (2011)

"New Year's Eve is a perfect example of why the adjective "Hollywood" is so often used as a pejorative."

Posted Dec 9, 2011

Rafer Guzman

36 9%

Answers to Nothing (2011)

"Nearly a dozen random themes and characters have been Scotch-taped together into a single mess."

Posted Dec 9, 2011

Rafer Guzman

37 49%

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

"A fascinating, erotically charged mystery."

Posted Dec 9, 2011

Rafer Guzman

38 45%

Another Happy Day (2011)

"Levinson piles on the anguish with such abandon he never convinces you that these people would ever speak to each other, much less live under the same roof."

Posted Dec 9, 2011

John Anderson

39 0%

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)

"Icky and repellent in ways it probably did not intend."

Posted Dec 7, 2011

Rafer Guzman

40 64%

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)

Posted Dec 7, 2011

Rafer Guzman

41 ——

Eureka: Season 5 (TV, 2012)

" The actors absolutely nail some of their toughest performance challenges. "

Posted Dec 6, 2011

Diane Werts

42 7%

I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Sitcom gruel. "

Posted Nov 30, 2011

Verne Gay

43 78%

Melancholia (2011)

"Melancholia will haunt you for days, maybe weeks."

Posted Nov 23, 2011

Rafer Guzman

44 94%

Hugo (2011)

"Although it brings Scorsese together with people and techniques he hasn't worked with before, it also touches on themes close to his heart: the birth of cinema, and its preservation."

Posted Nov 23, 2011

John Anderson

45 91%

Arthur Christmas (2011)

"The results are not only funny and fresh, but represent a new way of tackling the whole yuletide paradigm: Santa as a high-tech hereditary monarchy."

Posted Nov 23, 2011

John Anderson

46 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"It's nice to see the band back together. And when Kermit busts out the banjo for "Rainbow Connection," you might even go for your lighter."

Posted Nov 23, 2011

Rafer Guzman

47 24%

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

"What remains is the total conviction that the ludicrous scenes are dead serious and fiercely meaningful. The result is not quite a laugh a minute, but close."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Rafer Guzman

48 78%

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 12 (TV, 2011-2012)

" CSI continues the slide toward its inevitable end. "

Posted Nov 15, 2011

Verne Gay

49 62%

Hell on Wheels: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Solid cast, intriguing premise, and - best of all - the Old West. "

Posted Nov 6, 2011

Verne Gay

50 ——

Bones: Season 7 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Tonight's episode is a good start. "

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Verne Gay

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