Philadelphia Inquirer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 27%

Lost in Space (1998)

"I don't know about you, but my eyes glaze like doughnuts when people start time-traveling, showing up in two places at once, or one place twice -- which is what happens here."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Steven Rea

2 24%

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

" The Mysteries of Laura... has really snappy writing. It's good enough, in fact, to make this hour quite entertaining, but only if you can put aside the show's overt artificiality. "

Posted Sep 16, 2014

David Hiltbrand

3 59%

Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Red Band Society (the name comes from their hospital bracelets) aims for the poignancy of the runaway teen bestseller The Fault in Our Stars, but the TV project is too transparent in the way it goes about tugging on your sympathies. "

Posted Sep 16, 2014

David Hiltbrand

4 13%

The Man on Her Mind (2014)

"The Man on Her Mind, a mirthless, stagy romantic comedy about a pair of New York loners, isn't so much a story as a threadbare concept - a one-liner, really. An old, used-up one at that."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Tirdad Derakhshani

5 91%

Wetlands (2014)

"Wetlands is one of the most daring, visually arresting, innovative, and imaginative examples of filmmaking to come out of Europe in recent memory."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Tirdad Derakhshani

6 71%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"Browning, staring down the camera and singing up a storm, brings buckets of soulfulness to a script that might not be terribly deep."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Steven Rea

7 70%

Kelly & Cal (2014)

"A sly satire that's sexy, touching, and funny, if seriously flawed."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Tirdad Derakhshani

8 71%

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

"Children will revel in Dolphin Tale 2 with its rapturous, lovingly filmed sequences of dolphins playing, swimming, and generally frolicking about with each other and with their human friends."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Tirdad Derakhshani

9 98%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"A film about learning, and changing, and learning to change."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Steven Rea

10 89%

The Drop (2014)

"In the end, this tale of lonely souls and soulless thugs - of money and morality - even feels kind of hopeful."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Steven Rea

11 50%

Z Nation: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The 13-episode series has a sweeping, impressive prologue, but the show itself almost immediately shrinks to a small-scale, dark and rustic canvas. This is the same formula that doomed NBC's Revolution. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

David Hiltbrand

12 3%

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

"Never -- at least not since the first Mortal Kombat -- has tedium been so loud, so full of backward flips and flying fists to the kissers of centaurs from another realm."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Steven Rea

13 89%

Light Sleeper (1992)

"With his deliberate speech patterns and haunted, reptilian good looks, Dafoe is an almost nobly sad presence at the center of the film. There's something wonderfully calm about his performance, and it holds Light Sleeper together."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Steven Rea

14 10%

On Deadly Ground (1994)

"What a Renaissance Man, that Steven Seagal. He lumbers, he sermonizes, he directs!"

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Carrie Rickey

15 30%

The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)

"The Last of Robin Hood feels stilted, a chamber piece for the stage rather than a dynamic piece of cinema."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Tirdad Derakhshani

16 77%

A Letter to Momo (2014)

"A sweet, heartfelt, yet never maudlin story about an 11-year-old girl's coming to terms with the loss of her father."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Tirdad Derakhshani

17 7%

The Identical (2014)

"Trading strictly in visual and narrative cliches, The Identical is so solemn and silly that at times you could swear it was a lampoon."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

David Hiltbrand

18 14%

Innocence (2014)

"Takes a machine-gun approach to filmmaking, spraying the audience with as many genres, storylines, themes, and cliches as possible, hoping one will stick."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Tirdad Derakhshani

19 99%

Starred Up (2014)

"The raw emotions on display need no translation. David Mackenzie directs the film in a piercingly realistic style."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

David Hiltbrand

20 80%

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

"If you're in the mood for some knuckleheaded comedy at the expense of -- in mad scientist Dr. Forrester's words -- "a stinky cinematic suppository called This Island Earth," then get thee to some place playing MST3K."

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Steven Rea

21 67%

Maverick (1994)

"Maverick never takes itself seriously, which establishes the tone for serious fun. Goldman's screenplay is a model of ingenuity, setting increasingly complicated traps for the three leads, and rather amazed that they wriggle free."

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Carrie Rickey

22 44%

Houdini: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The two-part Houdini jells in fascinating fashion - especially the first night - despite a wildly overreaching script by Nicholas Meyer. "

Posted Sep 1, 2014

David Hiltbrand

23 98%

A Summer's Tale (2014)

"A Summer's Tale is one of those movies where it looks like nothing is happening ..."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Steven Rea

24 86%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"The Trip to Italy doesn't feel entirely new, but there's comfort in familiarity, too."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Steven Rea

25 63%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"Life of Crime is like an errant golf putt that appears headed for the hole, but just keeps rolling and rolling, all the way off the green. In other words, just missed . . . by a mile."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

David Hiltbrand

26 36%

The November Man (2014)

"Brosnan ... slips back into his intel identity with seeming effortlessness. The watchfulness, the calm, the jujitsu moves, the walking-through-rooms-with-the gun-held-straight-out-in-front-of-you stuff."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Steven Rea

27 69%

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

"A friend, after seeing Jacob's Ladder, griped, "I wasn't afraid of dying -- until I saw this movie." Put that blurb in an ad and see who shows up at the multiplexes."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Steven Rea

28 79%

Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)

"It's the human element in Island of Lemurs: Madagascar that disappoints."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

David Hiltbrand

29 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"Moretz has a nicely calibrated energy and intensity, and the teen romance ups-and-downs of Mia and Adam's relationship - are they really soul mates, or will he drop her when the right groupie shambles along? - feel authentically OMG-ish."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Steven Rea

30 92%

Frank (2014)

"A delightful, oddball surprise."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Steven Rea

31 40%

Life After Beth (2014)

"Halfway through, the story loses momentum, becoming a listless, predictable Saturday Night Live skit."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Tirdad Derakhshani

32 7%

Are You Here (2014)

"Are You Here lacks more than just the question mark that should go on its title. It lacks a point-of-view that makes sense, that feels central."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Steven Rea

33 17%

When The Game Stands Tall (2014)

"When the Game Stands Tall is more manipulative than a hulking chiropractor. It's so busy beatifying its protagonist that it makes him into a grave idol rather than a man."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

David Hiltbrand

34 46%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Why sit through this pimply excuse for pulp fiction? Why not read the real boys (Goodis, Cain, Thompson), or see the real films (Forget it, Jake. It's not Chinatown)?"

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Steven Rea

35 94%

The Truman Show (1998)

"Most movies are lucky to have one idea rattling around inside. The unusually resonant Truman positively vibrates with themes."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Carrie Rickey

36 71%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"These events would have been better handled in a single installment of Dateline."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

David Hiltbrand

37 83%

Rich Hill (2014)

"Instead of drowning us with statistics, they show us real lives, flesh-and-blood people."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Tirdad Derakhshani

38 78%

Land Ho! (2014)

"It's a visual treat, yet has little else to offer."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Tirdad Derakhshani

39 59%

Finding Fela! (2014)

"The constant flipping between stagecraft and reality creates a dissonant static that prevents any satisfying connection with the film."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

David Hiltbrand

40 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"This Sylvester Stallone franchise has devolved into the clown car of action movies: a casting gimmick to see how many AARP actors you can cram into one vehicle."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

David Hiltbrand

41 14%

Jake Squared (2014)

"Goldberg buries the heart of the movie beneath several layers of pretentious film-school effects."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Tirdad Derakhshani

42 59%

A Five Star Life (2014)

"A frothy romantic comedy tinged with melancholy and yearning."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Steven Rea

43 34%

The Giver (2014)

"Noyce, working from an adaptation by screenwriters Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide, finds a compelling through-line ..."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Steven Rea

44 56%

Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Legends with Sean Bean is a show, that, like Josh Holloway's CBS series Intelligence last season, should work but doesn't due to a lack of imagination and daring. "

Posted Aug 12, 2014

David Hiltbrand

45 93%

Speed (1994)

"De Bont has assembled it with masterly precision. And Speed looks terrific. There are breathtaking aerial shots, mind-boggling stunts, and camera positioning that you just don't expect. It's a rocketing eyeful."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Steven Rea

46 90%

Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Break out the tartan, lassies. This is a bonnie treat. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

David Hiltbrand

47 19%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"The kind of cliched, misfit crimefighters-versus-demented villains scenario that Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird happily parodied when they came up with the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic books way back in the 1980s."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Steven Rea

48 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"Into the Storm has some seriously impressive, wicked special effects. Its rapid pace and thundering sound effects quite effectively ram you, wide-eyed, jaw agape, against your seat back. It has nothing else."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Tirdad Derakhshani

49 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"It's hard not to take delight in Michel Gondry and his whooshing, bendable universe."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Steven Rea

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