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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

The Trip to Bountiful (2014)

"This Lifetime version of The Trip to Bountiful feels appropriate to remind people to go to the theater, to go seek why shows keep being turned into films and TV miniseries. The Trip to Bountiful, as it is here, isn't always worth the ride."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Jose SolÝs MayÚn

2 29%

The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)

"The Last of Robin Hood is relatively harmless. That is also its major flaw, considering the harmful subject matter. "

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Bill Gibron

3 30%

Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There are also problems with believability. We can suspend our disbelief, but the medicine as its practiced in this version stretches our patience and makes you want to shout, "That won't work in 2014!" "

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Jedd Beaudoin

4 94%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"Larry Kramer's blistering cri de coeur about the early days of the AIDS plague gets a solidly respectful but flawed treatment from Ryan Murphy."

Posted Sep 3, 2014

Chris Barsanti

5 89%

Boss: Season 2 (TV, 2012)

" ...t a hardboiled, somewhat abstracted view of power relations as practiced by a varied cast of characters... while also imparting an almost Shakespearean grandeur to the proceedings. "

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

6 53%

The Legend of Hell House (1973)

"This intelligent, creepy and disturbing horror film preys upon the most primal aversions to discomposure and the paranormal that even the most staunch realists among us harbor, but hide."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

J.C. Mašek III

7 90%

Angels in America: Season 1 (TV, 2003)

" By far the most resonant aspect of Angels in America today is its exposure of simplistic struggles over definitions of "good" and "evil." "

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Todd R. Ramlow

8 97%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" All the twists and turns that we've come to expect from Boardwalk are here. "

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Jedd Beaudoin

9 7%

Are You Here (2014)

"Many a critic has said that there's nothing worse than an unfunny comedy...and Are You Here proves that point over and over again."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Bill Gibron

10 92%

Toy Story of Terror! (2013)

"Playing with the conventions of classic horror movies, the special cleverly incorporates them in a way that stays true to the already beloved Toy Story while also dropping them into a brand new setting."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

J.M. Suarez

11 86%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are reinvesting the so-called buddy comedy with the concept that, sometimes, friendship is not enough. "

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Bill Gibron

12 43%

Low Winter Sun: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" It gets too caught up trying to be a Very Serious Television Drama, rather than an intriguing story told well. "

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Brice Ezell

13 71%

Dallas: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" The real pleasures of the new Dallas involve engaging with repetition in all its forms and taking melodrama seriously, for this is a series that pushes at the boundaries of its genre. "

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Amanda Gilroy

14 58%

Coldwater (2014)

"The horrors in Coldwater continue unchecked for the majority of the movie. It's a very visceral experience, leaving the audience no room to hide from their own discomfort."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Dorothy Burk Vasquez

15 99%

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

"The Beatles might break into song at any moment or they might run around a park goofing around while their songs are playing, but these moments truly work and they clearly helped to lay the groundwork for MTV Videos and musicals to come."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

J.C. Mašek III

16 100%

The Sopranos: Season 4 (TV, 2002)

" [The] lack of visual drama heightens the tension between the quotidian and the aberrant in the series. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Lesley M. Smith

17 100%

The Sopranos: Season 5 (TV, 2004)

" Like any good soap opera, the series thrives on the pulsating polyrhythms of its multiple storylines. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Oliver Wang

18 91%

The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007)

" Signature exaggerations remain both hilarious and unsettling. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Marisa Carroll

19 91%

The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007)

" It is compelling because it manages to overcome its own smarts. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Joe Luscombe

20 71%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"Finding and Losing the World's Most Complete T-Rex"

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Cynthia Fuchs

21 33%

The Giver (2014)

"Another day, another YA dystopia. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Cynthia Fuchs

22 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"What The Expendables 3 lacks is the kind of exuberant pizzazz which made these particular performers ripe for rediscovery in the first place."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Bill Gibron

23 100%

Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014)

"Brilliant, loving, and as intensely political as any of Mohassess' paintings or sculptures, Fifi Howls from Happiness celebrates connection as much as it reveals isolation, dedication alongside outrage."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Cynthia Fuchs

24 89%

Calvary (2014)

"John Michael McDonagh's caustic passion play pits one stolid cleric against the whole filthy universe of base humanity, which demands he atone for the sins of the Catholic Church."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Chris Barsanti

25 90%

The Kill Team (2014)

"Even as Montalvo aptly draws attention to the people who are dead, to the consequences of the soldiers' decisions, the film also points to a wider framework."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Cynthia Fuchs

26 19%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"What happens when you substitute bombast for fun and bloat for finesse? This."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Bill Gibron

27 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"What makes James Gunn's scruffier and un-spandex'd band of reluctant heroes so appealing is how they approximate the good-hearted rogues on the raggedy charm of space westerns like Joss Whedon's own "Firefly"."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Chris Barsanti

28 80%

Miss Granny (2014)

"...side-splittingly hilarious but also has a heart..."

Posted Aug 3, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

29 82%

Maidentrip (2014)

"Dekker's trip was a true solo journey-no second boat with a film crew, no trailing boat ready to come to the rescue if she got into trouble."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

30 5%

Vampires Suck (2010)

"Vampires Suck, and films like it, not only fail to parody elements of contemporary society, they barely spoof the genre they are trying to mock."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

W. Scott Poole

31 97%

Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Orphan Black continues to prove just how compelling a story centered on several strong female characters can be, particularly when it so readily explores sexual and gender identity alongside an intricate plot and complex characterizations. "

Posted Jul 24, 2014

J.M. Suarez

32 66%

Lucy (2014)

"If you surgically grafted a snippet of 'Flowers for Algernon' and a low-end documentary about the human brain onto a Cliff Notes summary of 'La Femme Nikita,' the result might approach the lazy schizophrenia of Luc Besson's latest fembot warrior fantasy."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Chris Barsanti

33 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"Michel Gondry goes all out here, bringing both the fanciful wonders and dire circumstances of our couple's doomed affair to breathtaking, eye-popping life."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Bill Gibron

34 90%

The Kill Team (2014)

"During some of these interviews and accompanying footage, The Kill Team seems almost like an autopsy, necessary but sickening to behold."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Chris Barsanti

35 7%

I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

"It's possible the movie seemed to Lohan and/or her handlers a means to transition from her Disney movies into "adult" fare. It's also possible that no one read a script."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Cynthia Fuchs

36 58%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"...the idea that a half-day of legal savagery would reduce crime or unemployment is ridiculous. But as a license for creating crisply told and politically resonant exploitation filmmaking, it's close to perfect."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Chris Barsanti

37 85%

Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969)

"Few would deny that Pierrot Le Fou is [Godard's] most innovative, iconoclast, and subversive film to date."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Marco Lanzagorta

38 97%

The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928)

"While strong with French nationalistic sentiment, it was made by a Danish director and a German designer, but its powerful message speaks to people of all nations."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Claire Litton

39 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" While the show focuses on the sorts of scares for which del Toro is famous, gooey and noisy, it also presents such nightmarish experiences in a world that's familiar enough. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Cynthia Fuchs

40 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"When coming of age movies are measured years from now, Boyhood will be the benchmark for artistic achievement and cinematic scope."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Bill Gibron

41 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Because [Andy] Serkis is able to wring so much pathos out of a furrowed brow or damp eye, 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' seems reluctant to grant anybody else much room."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Chris Barsanti

42 86%

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

" The Bridge offers brief moments that resonate and sometimes, even chill. "

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Cynthia Fuchs

43 83%

Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" To begin, Molly already looks like an unreliable protagonist. "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Cynthia Fuchs

44 84%

Coherence (2014)

"The film generates fear and mistrust with very little in the way of effects, gore or outright scares."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Maysa Hattab

45 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" In ways unlike the aggressively angry GR [Guilty Remnant], these battered faces reveal the trouble with a desire to feel better, however fictional, however impossible. "

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Cynthia Fuchs

46 ——

Endeavour: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" The new series features plenty of opera and wordplay for aficionados. "

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Maysa Hattab

47 88%

The Nutty Professor (1963)

"The Nutty Professor was not only a starring vehicle for Lewis, the comedian, it was also co-written and directed by the star and shows, intentionally and deliberately, two drastically different sides of him."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

J.C. Mašek III

48 56%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"While one may expect a little more consistency from a film with such acclaim, consistency is hardly the order of the day when one is making iconoclastic and unconventional movies like Anderson does."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

J.C. Mašek III

49 74%

Bettie Page Reveals All (2013)

"Bettie Page Reveals All is an excellent amalgamation of the history of Page and her incredible impact on modeling and fashion, mostly told in her own voice."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

J.C. Mašek III

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