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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

Fargo (1996)

"It's a miracle: A tough, honest, bloody film set so far from the bright lights it feels as if it's on a different planet, yet knowable and absolutely compelling from start to finish. Fargo is great American movie-making."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Stephen Hunter

2 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's easy to lose yourself as I did in this world of endless snow, hopelessly flat lands, coffee shops, down jackets, small town facades, brutality, blood, drugs and slaughter. "

Posted Apr 17, 2014

David Zurawik

3 90%

Fa Yeung Nin Wa (In the Mood for Love) (2001)

"As a study of people determined to remain more true to their values than to their emotions, In the Mood for Love offers an experience like few other films of recent memory."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Chris Kaltenbach

4 86%

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

" Here's a prediction about the final season: Peggy is the one to watch. Her journey is the one people are going to be blogging, tweeting and talking about. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

David Zurawik

5 63%

Kurt & Courtney (1998)

"This is a dirty piece of work, and everyone it touches -- especially audiences -- deserved better."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Ann Hornaday

6 88%

Amélie (2001)

"For such a whimsical film to work, there needs to be something substantial at its center, some grounded character or central conflict. All Amelie has is the lightest, most insubstantial of souffles. And who can stomach an entire meal of that?"

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Chris Kaltenbach

7 100%

Veep: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" Veep offers what I believe is the most honest and searing critique anywhere in popular culture of what's wrong with our civic life these days - and it makes us sometimes even laugh out loud as it delivers that damning indictment. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

David Zurawik

8 56%

Legends of the Fall (1994)

"It's a big movie that's so small on the inside it's not there."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Stephen Hunter

9 76%

White Men Can't Jump (1992)

"[White Men Can't Jump is] like a game of pick-up basketball: it's intense, raggedy and explosive, now and then yielding moments of sheer gravity-defying grace, yet just as capable of producing air balls and pratfalls."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Stephen Hunter

10 38%

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

"As a visual adventure, The Lawnmower Man is great fun."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Stephen Hunter

11 99%

Metropolis (1927)

"Lang is at fever pitch. Although the film is renowned for its architecture -- and thus has a reputation for being static -- what makes it seductive is how much organic energy Lang and his collaborators put into the imagery. "

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Michael Sragow

12 92%

Memento (2000)

"This is the kind of movie that gas-bag instructors use to illustrate the concept that one man's reality is another's fiction. But it's puny stuff compared to Kurosawa's Rashomon."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Michael Sragow

13 79%

Seven (Se7en) (1995)

"The investigation and the clues that lead to the murderer are well thought out and continually provocative. As a narrative, the film is quite involving."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Stephen Hunter

14 96%

GoodFellas (1990)

"Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas' is a good film, maybe a great film, but it is also difficult to watch at times. At times, it is so brutal you will find yourself looking away."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Lou Cedrone

15 58%

Blast from the Past (1999)

"Blast From the Past is no message movie, but it has a few good points to make, and does so with a gentle, observant wit."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Ann Hornaday

16 40%

Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

"Youth may be wasted on the young, but it's a drop in the bucket compared to the time wasted pandering to them."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Ann Hornaday

17 89%

Rushmore (1998)

"Despite cute moments, nothing about Rushmore begs to be liked, which makes this modest comedy all the more satisfying."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Ann Hornaday

18 81%

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"Anderson, who co-wrote the screenplay with Wilson, maintains a straight, deadpan tone throughout the film."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Chris Kaltenbach

19 84%

Bottle Rocket (1996)

"It's a little chaotic but director Wes Anderson and his young stars Owen C. Wilson (who co-wrote with Anderson), Luke Wilson and Bob Musgrave have a gift for the human comedy."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Stephen Hunter

20 94%

Dark Days (2000)

"It's hard not to get caught up in these people's lives, or to be impressed by their resiliency."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Chris Kaltenbach

21 78%

Braveheart (1995)

"Braveheart is a stouthearted, old-fashioned hero movie in which honorable Scottish underdogs fight nasty British nobles. It lacks refinement, but it's a satisfying war story (and mediocre love story) in the grand Hollywood tradition."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Chris Kridler

22 92%

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

"Shakespeare in Love crackles with the in-jokey brilliance that we associate with the playwright Tom Stoppard.... And you don't have to be a Shakespeare scholar to appreciate this movie's wit and easygoing references to the entertainment world today."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Ann Hornaday

23 93%

About a Boy (2002)

"Grant's puckishness has become overly packaged; what's new about him here is his spiky hairdo. This movie is built on an actor as well as a character who is too intent to be on his best behavior."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Michael Sragow

24 93%

Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) (1994)

"This film is stunningly involving, and it just races along from revelation to revelation."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Stephen Hunter

25 91%

High Fidelity (2000)

"The result is a romantic comedy that transcends its genre to become the giddy cinematic anthem of an era."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Ann Hornaday

26 88%

Chasing Amy (1997)

"Affleck and Lee have a great comic thing going on."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Stephen Hunter

27 95%

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

"The movie dazzles with its slick lines, but there's a situational intelligence at play too."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Stephen Hunter

28 95%

Amadeus (1984)

"Except for the Mozart music and Tharp movements around the edges, Amadeus plays like a monument to mediocrity."

Posted Feb 4, 2014

Michael Sragow

29 100%

Friday Night Lights: Season 3 (TV, 2008-2009)

" Tyra (Adrianne Palicki), Landry (Jesse Plemons) and Saracen (Zach Gilford) are going to break your heart many times over the new season. Count on it. "

Posted Feb 4, 2014

David Zurawik

30 76%

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

"A Beautiful Mind is the best film yet from director Howard."

Posted Feb 4, 2014

Chris Kaltenbach

31 91%

12 O'clock Boys (2014)

"12 O'Clock Boys shows the culture for what it is: thrilling, compelling and more than a little dangerous."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Chris Kaltenbach

32 89%

Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Unlike some of its LGBT-centric predecessors, Looking doesn't present men dealing with gay issues; it depicts gay men dealing with larger, more universal questions. "

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Michael Gold

33 95%

Broad City: Season 1

" For all the laughs, this series has something deadly serious to say about the view from where Abbi and Ilana live. "

Posted Jan 27, 2014

David Zurawik

34 95%

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

" As improbable as the premise might sound, Bell's hard-edged performance makes it work. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

David Zurawik

35 75%

Ransom (1996)

"Howard directs for speed and force. The movie moves so quickly it yanks you by too many niggling doubts and the action scenes are so good that you wonder why Opie hasn't shown this much vicious pizazz before."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Stephen Hunter

36 81%

Dances With Wolves (1990)

"Dances With Wolves runs a fraction more than three hours but justifies its running time."

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Lou Cedrone

37 87%

True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The more I watched, the more I thought about how deeply Simon's vision, sensibility and style have affected the way crime stories are told at the high end of American and British TV these days. "

Posted Jan 13, 2014

David Zurawik

38 76%

Gladiator (2000)

"Rather than getting lost in the world Scott has created on screen, Scott asks filmgoers to marvel at how he created that world, and how smoothly he succeeds in manipulating us."

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Ann Hornaday

39 72%

Forrest Gump (1994)

"Hanks is brilliant in evoking Forrest's good-heartedness; he cannot really perceive evil in men, and yet he is so untainted by bigotry or ideology that he makes the perfect witness."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Stephen Hunter

40 83%

The English Patient (1996)

"As a love story and an adventure story, The English Patient is the fastest, most powerful two hours and 40 minutes this year. It's terrific."

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Stephen Hunter

41 43%

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

" Gad is one of the few comedic actors on TV with enough talent to ultimately win the audience over to his character's side. "

Posted Dec 17, 2013

David Zurawik

42 79%

8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002)

"8 Women is meant to be a sampler with the likes of Deneuve, Darrieux, Huppert, Ardant and Beart as its treats. But the confectioner has arrived at pretty poison."

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Michael Sragow

43 71%

The Ref (1994)

"The trouble with The Ref is that it keeps running out of steam, so it seems to develop a new plot wrinkle every seven minutes. Typically, it'll run through the new idea until it runs out of steam again, then invents yet another one."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Stephen Hunter

44 75%

The Santa Clause (1994)

"Allen's foray into the real world after his transformation begins is the funniest part of the movie."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Chris Kridler

45 86%

A Midnight Clear (1992)

""In combat, confusion is normal," an Army manual helpfully pointed out in World War II. That same confusion seems to have infected A Midnight Clear."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Stephen Hunter

46 84%

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

"No one does erupting instinct better than Robert Downey Jr.... No one does calculated outrageousness better than Val Kilmer... They're itchy-funny and potent together."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Michael Sragow

47 80%

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

"It's a long and frustrating wait, but While You Were Sleeping delivers all you can ask of a romantic comedy: the deluxe payoff."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Stephen Hunter

48 94%

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

"Macabre and astonishing."

Posted Dec 3, 2013

Stephen Hunter

49 93%

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999)

"With a Luminist's attention to light, water, shadow and smoke, Miyazaki creates an epochal story born of history, myth and Shinto animism."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Ann Hornaday

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