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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 17%

The Watch (2012)

"Like oil and water, science and religion, and brains and reality TV stardom, the divergent elements of The Watch just don't mix."

Posted Jul 27, 2012

Bill Gibron

2 65%

Trishna (2012)

"...Winterbottom's most gorgeous film to date."

Posted Jul 27, 2012

Chris Barsanti

3 78%

Brave (2012)

"When Elinor is gesturing the great story of her daughter's history and legacy and wonderfulness, literally over the heads of men, Brave represents an experience that so many mothers and daughters have shared, but rarely see in a movie."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Cynthia Fuchs

4 68%

Ted (2012)

"Tami-Lyn, the little boy's dream girl who is so easy to mock, despise, and dismiss, is Ted's least imaginative take on magic."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Cynthia Fuchs

5 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"Bane comes at Batman with a prodigious force and bloody fury, premised on the fact that he is built to deliver the hero's punishment and thus his motivation for rising."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Cynthia Fuchs

6 88%

Tchoupitoulas (2012)

"Tchoupitoulas posits time and space as internal experience, embracing subjectivity and uncertainty, not so much recording what happens as helping you to imagine possibilities."

Posted Jul 18, 2012

Cynthia Fuchs

7 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"Illogic has always been a point of odd pride for the Ice Ages."

Posted Jul 18, 2012

Cynthia Fuchs

8 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"It's a masterful end to a truly masterful trilogy."

Posted Jul 18, 2012

Bill Gibron

9 75%

Collaborator (2012)

"Collaborator is a sharp and vital debut that keeps viewers guessing at all the right moments."

Posted Jul 17, 2012

Chris Barsanti

10 63%

Political Animals: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" What do you get when you cross Hillary Clinton with Ellen Ripley? A totally badass presidential candidate. "

Posted Jul 15, 2012

Leigh H. Edwards

11 76%

Unforgivable (2012)

"...a roundelay of obstinacy and desire, where lives are lived on their own terms, fiercely."

Posted Jul 13, 2012

Chris Barsanti

12 71%

Oranges And Sunshine (2011)

"For all the skill that went in to making Oranges and Sunshine, nothing can compare with the archival footage of the deported children, which brings home the horror of it all..."

Posted Jul 10, 2012

Sarah Boslaugh

13 31%

Perception: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Perception lacks the wit, sidebar repartee or enigmatic withholding that makes shows like Monk, The Mentalist or Castle pleasant, if undemanding, viewing. "

Posted Jul 9, 2012

Lesley M. Smith

14 51%

Savages (2012)

"...a middling and sometimes maddening film."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Chris Barsanti

15 93%

Turn Me On, Dammit! (2012)

"... a sweet, low-key film that observes the turmoil of adolescence from the knowing eye of adulthood..."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Sarah Boslaugh

16 ——

Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008)

"...an extraordinarily well put-together film, narrated by Michael York and skillfully incorporating a real treasure trove of archival materials, including many audio interviews with Pickford."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Sarah Boslaugh

17 51%

Savages (2012)

"Flawed at the center and successfully spreading such failure out among the rest of the elements, Savages is a legitimate letdown from an artist who's, apparently, past his prime. "

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Bill Gibron

18 ——

On Coal River ()

"On Coal River underlines the stunning disjunction between what residents live with and what authorities acknowledge."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Cynthia Fuchs

19 100%

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

"[Tierney's] her somewhat stiff presence seems appropriate to the formality of the period while her astonishing beauty is only enhanced by the many layers of clothing women were expected to wear at the time."

Posted Jul 3, 2012

Sarah Boslaugh

20 68%

Ted (2012)

"... a riot, a wholly realized concept from a man who makes his living via a trademark ADD-addled approach. "

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Bill Gibron

21 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"The Amazing Spider-man is just that. It's a legitimate epic wrapped up in the tale of one mixed up young man."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Bill Gibron

22 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"Sarah Polley's passion-drunk film about a summertime flirtation is a lovesick daze of lust and pain and regret."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Chris Barsanti

23 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"This is destined to be either embraced as "real" and "authentic" or condemned as lacking a certain erotic quality, especially in the man meat department."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Bill Gibron

24 100%

Louie: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" Louie is back, as raunchy, candid, and hilarious as ever. "

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Marisa Carroll

25 21%

Anger Management: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" The network has risked its own reputation for cutting-edge, genre-busting shows by churning out a sitcom whose main joke is how derivative, unfunny, and unconvincing it is. "

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Inkoo Kang

26 ——

Die Farbe des Ozeans (Color of the Ocean) ()

"Maggie Peren's nearly too topical refugee drama paints a simple story in rich colors."

Posted Jun 25, 2012

Chris Barsanti

27 46%

The Newsroom: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" The Newsroom is timely, well acted, and big-hearted, but offers few surprises. "

Posted Jun 24, 2012

Gareth James

28 100%

The Devil & Daniel Webster (All That Money Can Buy) (1941)

"This devil is fun, seductive, even, and he knows it-he's always immensely pleased with himself, and he doesn't need to pressure anyone to do business with him... "

Posted Jun 23, 2012

Sarah Boslaugh

29 35%

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

"It's crazier than an antebellum bedbug, but Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter is one of Summer 2012's definite sleepers."

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Bill Gibron

30 ——

Words of Witness (2012)

"...caught between positions, observing and also subjective"

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Chris Barsanti

31 88%

Inside Men: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" A lean moral thriller. "

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Ross Langager

32 78%

Brave (2012)

"This is not some throwaway bit of commercial claptrap. It's an honest to goodness yarn with a powerful payoff. "

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Bill Gibron

33 80%

The Sarah Silverman Program: Season 3 (TV, 2010)

" The show rolls out stand alone episodes, exposing the mainstream comedy viewing audience to all the vile, and repugnant things that made up the Silverman's on stage persona. "

Posted Jun 19, 2012

Dominique Cruz

34 98%

The Invisible War (2012)

"...one of those few films one sees in a year that deserve the label "important.""

Posted Jun 18, 2012

Chris Barsanti

35 86%

Hondo (1953)

"...has everyone a standard Western should have, and nothing genre-bending enough to upset the conventional viewer."

Posted Jun 16, 2012

Sarah Boslaugh

36 87%

Polisse (2012)

"It's a well-done film, but also leaves me a little cold, even as I admire the way Maïwenn is willing to forego most of the stock button-pushing moments of the typical police drama."

Posted Jun 16, 2012

Sarah Boslaugh

37 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

"By investing its fate in two personality-free leads, this fitfully witty hair-metal mash-up musical loses before it begins; even with Tom Cruise in full Lizard King drag."

Posted Jun 15, 2012

Chris Barsanti

38 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

"Like a bad mixtape created by the abominable Ark Music Factory, Rock of Ages is all flash and very, VERY little substance. "

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Bill Gibron

39 20%

That's My Boy (2012)

"When your mouth is not making noises similar to laughter, it will be dragging along the theater floor in stunned disbelief. "

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Bill Gibron

40 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"It's not a monster movie in the same sense as the original. As the title suggests, the story is more concerned about the right to play God, and the Frankenstein like result of doing same. "

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Bill Gibron

41 75%

Surviving Progress (2012)

"Instead of providing anything in the way of new ideas or even in-depth treatment of old ideas, Surviving Progress is content to be the world's longest book trailer."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Sarah Boslaugh

42 75%

Longmire: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Despite its early dependence on Western and Gender War cliches, Longmire shows potential. "

Posted Jun 3, 2012

Maysa Hattab

43 48%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"In essence, it's a road film, albeit one where our travelers come across ancillary elements that really don't payoff in the end."

Posted Jun 1, 2012

Bill Gibron

44 75%

The Intouchables (2012)

"...draws on some rather egregious race clichés."

Posted Jun 1, 2012

Chris Barsanti

45 97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

"... the perfect school drama for people who hate the Hollywood version of the genre, but are open to simple and moving stories about people doing the best they can in a world that doesn't always seem to encourage that approach."

Posted May 31, 2012

Sarah Boslaugh

46 90%

Portrait of Wally (2012)

"Whatever might happen in future, however, the film underlines that the Wally case made this much very clear: rich people look out for themselves and bully others."

Posted May 29, 2012

Cynthia Fuchs

47 19%

Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

"Yes, this is another movie where suspense is shuttled aside for actors yelling at the top of their lungs and many meaningless things going much more than 'bump' in the Ukrainian night. "

Posted May 25, 2012

Bill Gibron

48 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

"This is a heartless, cheerless mess, a meandering 100-minute excuse to enter the already overflowing Summer movie fray. Here, the hipster irony that made the first film fly is all but dead. In its place is a flat feeling of deja vu. "

Posted May 23, 2012

Bill Gibron

49 34%

Battleship (2012)

"Battleship is bollocks. Oddly enough, it makes no apologies for being so stupid. "

Posted May 18, 2012

Bill Gibron

50 78%

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)

"Its little dramas unfold in predictable ways, just as cozy as one of the costume dramas which many of its stars have put in their time on. "

Posted May 14, 2012

Chris Barsanti

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