Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 45%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"It's easy to be impressed by the dramatic capabilities of actors known primarily for lighter fare - in particular, Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, both of whom are terrific."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

James Berardinelli

2 63%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"Despite a strong opening and riveting first 45 minutes, The Maze Runner devolves into one of the weakest post-apocalyptic Young Adult movies to reach theaters in recent years."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

James Berardinelli

3 63%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

"The performances are uniformly strong and there are some powerful scenes but the overall story arc is less insightful or affecting than one might hope."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

James Berardinelli

4 88%

The Drop (2014)

"The Drop's unpredictability is organic rather than sensationalistic. The movie doesn't pull surprises out of thin air for the sole purpose of shocking an audience - it lets them develop naturally."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

James Berardinelli

5 80%

Crows (1996)

"This short and simple film is beautiful not only in its emotionally-honest story but in its cinematography."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

James Berardinelli

6 36%

The November Man (2014)

"There's nothing terribly wrong with The November Man in a serviceable late-night cable TV sort of way but neither is there anything terribly right about it. It's unnecessary and derivative."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

James Berardinelli

7 69%

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

"It's weird and surreal, but it ends with most of the holes plugged and all but a few of the loose ends tied into a tidy package. Some argue this is a cheat and the film should have been more open ended. That's a personal choice; I like it the way it is."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

James Berardinelli

8 17%

When The Game Stands Tall (2014)

"When the Game Stands Tall is one of those cliché-riddled feel good movies that, by trying too hard to be inspirational, ends up as cloying and overly sentimental."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

James Berardinelli

9 46%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"For those who appreciated Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's 2005 campy, kinetic film noir homage, Sin City, the 2014 follow-up, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is unlikely to disappoint."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

James Berardinelli

10 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"The acting is solid across the breadth of the cast, with all the actors fitting nicely into their roles. Mortez is especially good; she brings humanity and believability to Mia."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

James Berardinelli

11 7%

Are You Here (2014)

"It's a tease: worthwhile in some ways but ultimately too diluted to offer a fulfilling movie-going experience."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

James Berardinelli

12 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"For a variety of reasons, most having to do with a weak screenplay and poor pacing, The Expendables 3 is the least successful entry in the series."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

James Berardinelli

13 34%

The Giver (2014)

"In the ranks of dystopian YA-targeted motion pictures, this one can stand alongside its peers."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

James Berardinelli

14 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"The destruction and carnage is presented with verve and flair, making this a fine example of tornado porn."

Posted Aug 10, 2014

James Berardinelli

15 69%

What If (2014)

"It feels familiar and the appeal of the leads can't fully compensate for unremarkable dialogue and the obligatory (but nevertheless irritating) "romantic complications" subplot."

Posted Aug 10, 2014

James Berardinelli

16 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"An exceptionally well-crafted coming-of-age story."

Posted Aug 10, 2014

James Berardinelli

17 19%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles doesn't so much provide brainless enjoyment as it pummels the viewer into submission. "Shell-shocked" is a reasonable description of the experience."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

James Berardinelli

18 67%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"The Hundred-Foot Journey is vintage Hallstrom - genial and meditative, focusing more on characters and emotions than an overcooked plot. The story is simple; the people inhabiting the movie make this worth seeing."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

James Berardinelli

19 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"Whatever failings the film may have, none can be laid at the feet of lead actor Chadwick Boseman, whose performance is phenomenal."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

James Berardinelli

20 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Guardians of the Galaxy is solid summer fun - not the mammoth epic we have come to expect from each new Marvel release, but a welcome entry into a moribund movie season."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

James Berardinelli

21 50%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Just another unmemorable motion picture for which it's difficult to remember the broad brush strokes, not to mention the details, once the house lights have come on."

Posted Jul 27, 2014

James Berardinelli

22 47%

I Origins (2014)

"Big ideas can sometimes lead to great motion pictures or, as in the case of I Origins, colossal misfires."

Posted Jul 27, 2014

James Berardinelli

23 18%

And So It Goes (2014)

"Everything about the movie is as uninspired as the title."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

James Berardinelli

24 60%

Hercules (2014)

"A big-budget misfire of a sizeable order, a visually busy but emotionally dead endeavor that wearies the viewer with endless computer generated special effects while failing to provide a scintilla of human interest."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

James Berardinelli

25 66%

Lucy (2014)

"A sci-fi yarn that ponders the meaning of time and the importance of evolution while occasionally throwing in some shootouts."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

James Berardinelli

26 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"Yes, there are some laughs, but they're not as big or as frequent as one might expect from a would-be "major" comedy."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

James Berardinelli

27 58%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"It is better than the first film in almost every way but that doesn't mean it's appreciably smarter or has appeal to those who like meat on their action-oriented bones."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

James Berardinelli

28 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"This installment inches events closer to a merge point with 1968's Planet of the Apes while maintaining its own unique identity. It is in every way superior to Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

James Berardinelli

29 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"First, the script is dumb."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

James Berardinelli

30 24%

Tammy (2014)

"It's often said for films of this sort that it's the journey that matters, not the destination. Unfortunately, in this case, neither is worth the price of admission."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

James Berardinelli

31 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"This is a uniquely powerful motion picture, the kind of open and honest portrayal I can't ever recall having seen about a celebrity."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

James Berardinelli

32 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"This is as excruciating a movie as is likely to be experienced by anyone, anywhere."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

James Berardinelli

33 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Jersey Boys comes to life only toward the end."

Posted Jun 22, 2014

James Berardinelli

34 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's second-best film of the year (behind The Lego Movie)."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

James Berardinelli

35 55%

The Signal (2014)

"There's something welcome about a motion picture that doesn't hand out a dumbed-down resolution in a neatly wrapped package."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

James Berardinelli

36 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Although there are times when bits of the movie feel extraneous, the production as a whole comes across more like an organic extension of the original tale than something tacked on purely to score at the box office."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

James Berardinelli

37 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Calling The Fault in Our Stars a "teenage cancer romance" might be understating the film's laudable qualities but it's also a reasonably accurate three-word summary of the plot."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

James Berardinelli

38 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Edge of Tomorrow is clever enough that the viewer doesn't have to feel embarrassed sitting in the audience but not so clever that there's no fun to be had."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

James Berardinelli

39 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"A Million Ways to Die in the West feels like about 80 minutes of material was padded out to 110 minutes."

Posted Jun 1, 2014

James Berardinelli

40 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"Angelina Jolie's interpretation of the title character, which transforms the animated icon into a complex, fully realized woman, provides emotional depth and breadth."

Posted May 29, 2014

James Berardinelli

41 13%

Blended (2014)

"What's missing from Blended? Two key ingredients: it doesn't touch the heart and it doesn't tickle the funny bone (at least not often enough)."

Posted May 26, 2014

James Berardinelli

42 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"For those who felt The Last Stand was a poor exit for many of these characters, X-Men: Days of Future Past should at least salve the wound in part."

Posted May 22, 2014

James Berardinelli

43 62%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Sappy, saccharine, and predictable to the point where it's almost painful."

Posted May 18, 2014

James Berardinelli

44 72%

Palo Alto (2014)

"A slice-of-life story that does a good job italicizing how little moments in the big scheme of things can seem like monumental disasters while one is in high school."

Posted May 16, 2014

James Berardinelli

45 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"This may not exactly be the Godzilla I grew up with but it's a more than acceptable upgrade."

Posted May 14, 2014

James Berardinelli

46 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"There's no doubt the filmmakers want to make us laugh but, in doing so, they also touch upon a theme that many older viewers will find familiar: the rite of passage from a college party animal to the responsible role of a father or mother."

Posted May 8, 2014

James Berardinelli

47 89%

Locke (2014)

"With tremendous work by actor Tom Hardy anchoring a film that is ripe with dramatic tension, Locke is entirely absorbing despite the limitations imposed by the setting."

Posted May 5, 2014

James Berardinelli

48 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"A slight movie but enjoyable nevertheless even if its brevity hints at something that, given more time to breathe, could have been a richer, more rewarding experience."

Posted May 4, 2014

James Berardinelli

49 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"An undercooked cinematic casserole that blends some genuinely touching moments and well-presented action sequences with bad melodrama, overlong exposition, and overexposed CGI."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

James Berardinelli

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