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Philadelphia Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

Borgman (2014)

"It's a sidelong coming-of-age that feels as though it skims the bittersweetness of its ending, but Lucky Them cares more about the trip than the destination."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Genevieve Valentine

2 99%

Metropolis (1927)

"Metropolis remains the benchmark of agenda-driven extravaganzas, stirring and fun in the right spots."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Matt Prigge

3 91%

Kids for Cash (2014)

"Adjectives like "Kafkaesque" and "Dickensian" are woefully inadequate to May's novelistic account, the movie equivalent of a page-turner."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Carrie Rickey

4 89%

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (2012)

"With an ear for dialogue as sharp as her aliens looking for love in all the wrong spaces, director Madeleine Olneck hits the mark with this send-up of lesbian dating culture (alienation, get it?) packaged as a B-movie spoof." EDIT

Posted Oct 1, 2013

5 56%

Bounty Killer (2013)

"Imagine if Elysium had a cooler older brother who dropped out of school and gets in trouble with the cops all the time, and you'll get the gist of director Henry Saine's Bounty Killer."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Sean Burns

6 89%

Starlet (2012)

"Sean Baker's Starlet almost miraculously transcends this story's cornball trappings, with a minor-key muted humanism and bruised emotions roiling just beneath the surface. It's a hushed marvel of a movie.
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Posted Dec 5, 2012

Sean Burns

7 88%

The Other Dream Team (2012)

"The Other Dream Team becomes less a simple paean to the triumph of the human spirit and more an admission of life's complexity and messiness."

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Matt Prigge

8 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"Like all the best Cronenberg pictures, Cosmopolis is a pitch-black comedy about man's foolhardy attempt to impose systems of order on nature's chaos."

Posted Aug 22, 2012

Sean Burns

9 75%

Damsels in Distress (2012)

"I still loved it, sometimes not just in spite of its flaws but because of them."

Posted Apr 18, 2012

Sean Burns

10 83%

The Double Hour (2011)

"What a surprise and delight then is first-timer Giuseppe Capotondi's The Double Hour."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

Sean Burns

11 59%

Centurion (2010)

"Even for the seasoned gorehound, Marshall's films hack off body parts you've never seen hacked off before -- or ever thought you'd want to."

Posted Aug 27, 2010

Matt Prigge

12 82%

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

"The only thing it proves is that nerds can be just as shallow and mean-spirited as bullies."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Burns

13 84%

Get Low (2010)

"Overdirecting in the worst amateur fashion, Schneider hard-sells a quaint story to the point where this allegedly humble little movie feels like it's puffing out its chest all the time."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Burns

14 61%

The Concert (Le concert) (2010)

"It's a sweet-natured, agreeable-enough diversion, with just enough high culture, rowdy comic relief and flirtations with historical import that it's comfort food for art-house patrons of a certain age. "

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Burns

15 81%

Countdown to Zero (2010)

"Between economic meltdowns and catastrophic oil spills, it's easy to forget we're still perched on the brink of nuclear annihilation, too..."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Burns

16 42%

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

"Had I known everyone was going to play to the back row, that's where I would've sat."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Burns

17 93%

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

"It's a happy, horny movie that loves its characters and their messy human imperfections. You will, too."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Burns

18 86%

Inception (2010)

"A huge movie full of meaty ideas and eye-popping special-effects, yet much like Dark Knight, the go-for-broke ambition becomes a bit of a grind."

Posted Jul 13, 2010

Sean Burns

19 69%

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010)

"It'd be a half-hour long if she'd just pick up the damn phone and answer a question or two."

Posted Jul 13, 2010

Sean Burns

20 6%

The Last Airbender (2010)

"I can't even tell you what this movie is about. How many more chances are we going to give this guy?"

Posted Jul 13, 2010

Sean Burns

21 49%

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

"Continues the mopey saga of sparkly vampires, shirtless werewolves and a heroine so cloyingly vapid she makes Carrie Bradshaw seem generous and self-aware. "

Posted Jul 13, 2010

Sean Burns

22 54%

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

"If you dig the mushy, muffled sound of a man's fist slamming into a woman's mottled face while her jawbone quietly shatters, this is the movie for you."

Posted Jul 13, 2010

Sean Burns

23 80%

Cyrus (2010)

"John C. Reilly gives his most naturalistic, human-scaled performance since his '90s work with P.T. Anderson."

Posted Jul 13, 2010

Sean Burns

24 38%

The City of Your Final Destination (2010)

"The film is an endearing dinosaur, more suited for a museum than a multiplex..."

Posted Jul 13, 2010

Sean Burns

25 43%

Air Doll (Kūki ningyō) (2009)

"Here's where I'm contractually obligated to refer to her performance as 'brave,' as that's trusty film-critic shorthand for 'naked a lot.'"

Posted Jul 13, 2010

Sean Burns

26 74%

Micmacs (Micmacs ą tire-larigot) (2010)

"For anybody worried Amelie wasn't overstylized and cutesy-poo enough, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet finally disappears completely up his own twee-hole... "

Posted Jul 13, 2010

Sean Burns

27 81%

Solitary Man (2010)

"A bit too-neatly designed as The Ultimate Michael Douglas Experience, it's an irresistible one-man show of arrogant entitlement and aching vulnerability."

Posted Jul 13, 2010

Sean Burns

28 73%

Get Him to the Greek (2010)

"Let's face it, a little of this guy goes a long way."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Sean Burns

29 15%

Sex and the City 2 (2010)

"Shoes, money, outfits, shoes, vagina, money, shoes, jewelry, outfits, money, shoes."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Sean Burns

30 30%

Survival of the Dead (2010)

"Feels like one of those goofy old Star Trek episodes in which Kirk and Spock go back in time to make some sort of baldly allegorical point."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Sean Burns

31 58%

Shrek Forever After (2010)

"I've sat through four Shrek movies. Christ, the things I do for you people."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Sean Burns

32 79%

Mother and Child (2010)

"You'll wonder if the message of the movie is that the process of adoption turns women into vicious hags. But that can't be right, can it?"

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Sean Burns

33 86%

Please Give (2010)

"Nobody loves messy, human imperfections quite like writer-director Nicole Holofcener."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Sean Burns

34 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"You won't find a more overqualified cast this year. Then out come the CGI effects and everything becomes a yawn."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Sean Burns

35 68%

Babies (2010)

"This isn't a movie. It's a screensaver."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Sean Burns

36 84%

The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2010)

"Pours a ton of genre influences into the archetypal Cuisinart, pureeing everything from chop-socky cheapies to The Road Warrior in a gargantuan, cheerfully anachronistic romp. "

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Sean Burns

37 86%

The Square (2010)

"The Edgertons are in complete command of their craft, without bringing anything new to the party."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Sean Burns

38 76%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"Finally, a comic-book superhero movie for people who are sick to death of comic-book superhero movies."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Sean Burns

39 52%

The Greatest (2010)

"The title is incorrect."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Sean Burns

40 96%

Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009)

"Stop me if you've heard this one, but sometimes politicians get us into wars that last forever and go nowhere under false pretenses."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Sean Burns

41 95%

Mother (Madeo) (2010)

"Do we laugh or do we cry? In Bong Joo-ho films, the two reactions need not be mutually exclusive."

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Sean Burns

42 97%

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"He's Michael Corleone for our new 'post-racial' era. The Scarface Obama."

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Sean Burns

43 97%

Ajami (2010)

"Copti and Shani are promising talents, but they're a bit too clever for their own good."

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Sean Burns

44 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"A cockney Precious with the volume turned down..."

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Sean Burns

45 40%

44 Inch Chest (2010)

"A smashingly acted but dramatically thin expose of men behaving badly that isn't nearly as revelatory as it seems to think it is."

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Sean Burns

46 20%

Legion (2010)

"Oh, what a wacky bunch of stereotypes in this diner! There's a rich guy, a black person and even Dennis Quaid!"

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Sean Burns

47 85%

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009)

"National Socialism: The Prequel."

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Sean Burns

48 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"It is nice to know that even after the apocalypse, people will still be listening to Al Green."

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Sean Burns

49 32%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"Peter Jackson is an infant sitting at the grown-ups table, and this proves once and for all he has no business making movies for adults."

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Sean Burns

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