Philadelphia Daily News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 95%

Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There are comic elements - it's worth watching just for the moment in which Jada Pinkett Smith, perfectly cast as club owner Fish Mooney, gives her wig a tiny tug - but the violence in Gotham isn't cartoonish. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Ellen Gray

2 50%

Forever: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Not even Judd Hirsch, as the only one who knows Morgan's secret, made me me want to stay an hour longer, much less forever. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Ellen Gray

3 100%

The Good Wife: Season 6 (TV, 2014-2015)

" The Good Wife regularly serves up twisted but cautionary tales about what can happen when a society puts its collective security above the rights of individuals. "

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Ellen Gray

4 43%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"Does the movie achieve the emotional resonance it sneakily strives for in the end? Well, no, it's too fake for that."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Gary Thompson

5 60%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

"They get on your nerves. And it all takes place in an environment of casual wealth and privilege that movies too often take for granted."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Gary Thompson

6 66%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"Dull and sleazy ..."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Gary Thompson

7 61%

My Old Lady (2014)

"Just when you've recalibrated your emotional receptors ... the movie shifts back again to whimsy, where it probably should have stayed all along."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Gary Thompson

8 39%

Tusk (2014)

""Tusk" finds Smith a more disciplined and reflective filmmaker than we've seen in years past. The movie isn't great, but it has structure, it has a score and I think I even saw a crane shot."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Gary Thompson

9 22%

The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The real mystery of Laura is why Debra Messing would have chosen this particular adventure after the crash and slow burn of NBC's Smash. "

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Ellen Gray

10 27%

Lost in Space (1998)

"Lost in Space glides along smoothly on special effects and punchy editing. At about the one-hour mark, however, the movie abandons itself to the noise, chaos and empty spectacle of the new-style Hollywood blockbuster, where story ceases to matter."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Gary Thompson

11 100%

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" If "intimate" means having some idea of another's thoughts and feelings, then The Roosevelts delivers. "

Posted Sep 16, 2014

Ellen Gray

12 57%

Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer seems to be having fun as the no-nonsense nurse who knows more about her charges than they imagine, and the young cast is distinctive and charming. "

Posted Sep 16, 2014

Ellen Gray

13 34%

Scorpion: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Like Elementary, Scorpion is a procedural with only a slight twist, but if not-so-evil genius is becoming a trend, I'm all for it. "

Posted Sep 16, 2014

Ellen Gray

14 25%

State of Affairs: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" What I liked: Alfre Woodard as the president of the United States, for starters. And I've had a weak spot for Heigl since Roswell. "

Posted Sep 16, 2014

Ellen Gray

15 55%

A to Z: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Milioti and Feldman are so darned cute. "

Posted Sep 16, 2014

Ellen Gray

16 87%

How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Davis takes no prisoners as Annalise Keating, who doesn't much care if you like her or not, making her a rare bird indeed on network TV, where women, particularly, are supposed to be "relatable." "

Posted Sep 16, 2014

Ellen Gray

17 100%

Jane the Virgin: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The happiest surprise of the fall is the show I made fun of in May. It's touching and funny and Rodriguez sells it. "

Posted Sep 16, 2014

Ellen Gray

18 80%

black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" ABC finally found a funny show to follow Modern Family that's about another modern family. And no, it doesn't hurt that it's a family of color, addressing issues of assimilation with humor. "

Posted Sep 16, 2014

Ellen Gray

19 65%

Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Honestly, CBS' Madam Secretary had me at Téa Leoni. "

Posted Sep 16, 2014

Ellen Gray

20 89%

Light Sleeper (1992)

"Too often, however, the movie is undone by mood-spoiling flaws, among them a gratingly bad rock song that keeps popping up."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Gary Thompson

21 80%

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

"Fans (O.K., MSTies) will find new and larger sets and slightly better special effects."

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Jonathan Takiff

22 67%

Maverick (1994)

"Maverick is quintessential summer fare, an unpretentious no-brainer that relies mostly on the star wattage of Gibson, Foster and old reliable James Garner."

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Gary Thompson

23 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

24 35%

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

25 33%

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

26 20%

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

27 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

28 67%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

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

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Gary Thompson

29 90%

Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Adventure lovers of both sexes should want Outlander. "

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Ellen Gray

30 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

31 48%

I Origins (2014)

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

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Gary Thompson

32 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

33 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

34 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

35 58%

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

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 79%

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

40 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

41 19%

Navy Seals (1990)

"Who wrote this -- Oliver North?"

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Gary Thompson

42 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

43 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

44 80%

Ray Donovan: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

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

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Ellen Gray

45 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

46 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

47 14%

Howard the Duck (1986)

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

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Joe Baltake

48 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

49 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

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