Philadelphia Daily News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 69%

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

"Jacob's Ladder is unique. Rarely is such an unconventional screenplay given this full-blown, $25 million studio treatment. It is a curiosity -- a mutant of a movie in an industry that specializes in clones."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Gary Thompson

2 32%

The Giver (2014)

""The Giver' is a bit of a dud on-screen, and we might have seen it coming - writing about an emotionless society is one thing, filming one is quite another."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Gary Thompson

3 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"Stallone's B-movie action lark has stretched to 126 minutes (the "Expandables") and worn out its welcome."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Gary Thompson

4 21%

Let's Be Cops (2014)

"Johnson and Wayans have a potential buddy future, but "Let's Be Cops" is not the strongest vehicle to get them there."

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Molly Eichel

5 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Knick isn't going to be a show for the squeamish. But if you look away too often, you're likely to miss something extraordinary. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Ellen Gray

6 65%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"It's predictable but digestible. Hallstrom is always sincere, even in sugary moments."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Gary Thompson

7 89%

Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Adventure lovers of both sexes should want Outlander. "

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Ellen Gray

8 11%

Club Paradise (1986)

"Club Paradise has a few good running gags, but it isn't everything that the brochures crack it up to be."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Joe Baltake

9 49%

I Origins (2014)

"The movie's predictable, but in a kind of brainy and semi-involving way ..."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Gary Thompson

10 18%

And So It Goes (2014)

"The tragedy is that neither Keaton nor Douglas nor director Rob Reiner can find anything better to do."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Gary Thompson

11 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"There is really nothing like the strange visual power of "Boyhood" in the cinematic history - full, though it is, of performers whose familiar faces pop up like weathering signposts on some highway of time."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Gary Thompson

12 26%

Gordy (1995)

"This little piggy goes whee!-whee!-whee! all the way home. But will parents go for Gordy? Not in a pig's eye!"

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Carrie Rickey

13 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"In "Anarchy," the class issues hinted at in the Serling-esque original are brought to a lurid surface ..."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Gary Thompson

14 56%

Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Even if Married was all about [Jenny Slate's character], I'd probably still find it more sad than funny. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Ellen Gray

15 82%

Satisfaction: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Passmore's interesting to watch, but the characters are frustrating in their refusal to acknowledge that their obstacles are far from insurmountable. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Ellen Gray

16 39%

Rush: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" He may make house calls, but Rush lacks the sunny disposition - and the MacGyver-like skills - of his Royal Pains counterpart, and while Ellis exudes a certain dangerous charm, I found it wearing thin before the first episode was over. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Ellen Gray

17 77%

You're the Worst: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Obnoxious people meeting cute might seem like the least likely winner of the night, but after two episodes of You're the Worst, I actually wished FX had sent a few more. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Ellen Gray

18 16%

The Karate Kid, Part III (1986)

"Karate Kid III has emerged as the front runner for the worst sequel of the summer."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Gary Thompson

19 19%

Navy Seals (1990)

"Who wrote this -- Oliver North?"

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Gary Thompson

20 19%

Rude Awakening (1989)

"Rude Awakening is a shallow yuppie vs. hippie satire blended with one of those old Cheech and Chong reefer flicks."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Gary Thompson

21 14%

The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)

"The movie resorts to a mundane shoot-'em-up finale that leaves the viewer feeling cheated and betrays the movie's PG-13 rating."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Gary Thompson

22 78%

Ray Donovan: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Ray Donovan... continues to find its way. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Ellen Gray

23 97%

Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Showing people having sex while wired up to machines may have gotten viewers in the door, but it's the characters and the performances that should keep them there. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Ellen Gray

24 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I'm afraid this is another of those TV shows that only gets good - or at least begins to show its true colors - a few episodes in. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Ellen Gray

25 14%

Howard the Duck (1986)

"In duck talk, it's a quacker -- noisy and shrill."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Joe Baltake

26 86%

The Bridge (FX): Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" I still find all of [the characters] interesting, even if I'm a little concerned that their parallel story lines may take The Bridge too far again this season. Read more at "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Ellen Gray

27 83%

Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's a visually engaging look at a nearish future where private enterprise dominates science more than ever and, perhaps, at the meaning of family and even of life and death. "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Ellen Gray

28 88%

Finding Carter: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The pilot's intriguing and the twentysomething Prescott's a believable enough TV teen. "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Ellen Gray

29 24%

Tammy (2014)

""Tammy," when it's not getting slapstick laughs, seems not to know what kind of movie it is."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Gary Thompson

30 46%

Reckless: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Police corruption, sexual harassment and worse form the underpinnings of a soapy serial that's hard to take seriously but that might fit your summer mood. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Ellen Gray

31 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Grim it sounds and grim it is, but in choosing to focus on the kind of survival stories that no one signs up for but that to some extent eventually shape us all, it can be unexpectedly eloquent about love and loss. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Ellen Gray

32 85%

Korengal (2014)

""Korengal" revisits some of the men featured in the original, talking to them stateside about their experiences. They make poignant if not unprecedented insights into the warrior code, and into the complicated lives of stateside veterans."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Gary Thompson

33 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"The movie is nonsense, bound together with cars and girls and robot MMA, which is, of course, what its audience joyously demands, and so the franchise endures, intensifying its ear-splitting ballet of incoherence."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Gary Thompson

34 60%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Still one of the best new shows of the summer, Tyrant only disappoints because I had hoped for more. And I still do. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Ellen Gray

35 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"What happens in Vegas has grown stale, and should absolutely stay there, and not be distributed in movie form."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Gary Thompson

36 89%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Director Gillian Robespierre arranges this as slice-of-single-life comedy, and it works well ..."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Gary Thompson

37 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"It's another example of how the finger snappin' urgency of live theater loses something when swallowed up by the bottled artifice of the movie screen."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Gary Thompson

38 95%

Rectify: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Rectify [is] a show willing to make us wait: for action, for answers, for the revealing of character at the speed of actual life. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Ellen Gray

39 64%

The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The cast is solid - including Adam Baldwin ("Chuck") as Chandler's No. 2 - and if we must contemplate annihilation-by-virus, there are certainly less-pretty places to view it than from the deck of The Last Ship. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Ellen Gray

40 11%

Batman & Robin (1997)

"Keaton, Kilmer and Clooney. Sounds like a law firm. Look for a fourth partner soon."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Gary Thompson

41 12%

Striptease (1996)

"Kinda made me homesick for Showgirls."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Gary Thompson

42 20%

I Love Trouble (1994)

"The picture works, thanks in part to actual chemistry between Nolte and Roberts."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Gary Thompson

43 0%

Only the Strong (1993)

"Solved: the problem of impoverished, understaffed, crime-ridden, drug- infested inner city schools. The solution: bongo music and a new Brazilian brand of martial arts that transforms incorrigible students into zealous anti-crime mercenaries."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Gary Thompson

44 54%

The Doors (1991)

"Stone is not the most subtle of directors, but he has the ability to translate his passion for subject matter (he's an unabashed admirer of Morrison) to the screen with a strong visual flair. That talent in evidence here."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Gary Thompson

45 17%

Wild Wild West (1999)

"Don't say I didn't warn you."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Gary Thompson

46 29%

3 Ninjas (1992)

"You'll love this movie, if you're a 10-year-old boy. Or 8 years old. Or even 13."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Mary Flannery

47 55%

The Signal (2014)

""The Signal" is a sci-work of thoughtful hints and feints, but the movie's big reveal raises as many questions as it answers."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Gary Thompson

48 34%

Tango & Cash (1989)

"Tango and Cash is a loud, violent, badly written, rather boring cookie-cutter cop picture."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Gary Thompson

49 79%

Pretty in Pink (1986)

"Its deceptively soft title is a mask for a fairly powerful and pointed commentary on social standards, class differences and facades."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Joe Baltake

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