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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 71%

Oculus (2014)

"For a horror movie, Oculus is surprisingly lean on the scares. It's more interested in playing tricks with perception and bending reality."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

James Berardinelli

2 54%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"It ends up feeling a little like warmed-over Strictly Ballroom without Baz Lurhmann's over-the-top sense of style."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

James Berardinelli

3 55%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"Dom Hemingway suffers from a meandering narrative and inconsistent comedy."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

James Berardinelli

4 63%

Draft Day (2014)

"When one looks deeply enough, this is as much about the personalities of the characters as it is about the trades they're involved in."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

James Berardinelli

5 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"This is an action junkie's fix and it literally pulls no punches."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

James Berardinelli

6 84%

Under the Skin (2014)

"It's as existential as a sci-fi/horror film can possibly be. It requires that the viewer slip into a meditative mood and remain there for more than 90 minutes."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

James Berardinelli

7 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"This film is unlikely to convert a non-Captain America lover into a fanatic but it's assembled with sufficient skill that those who enjoy this sort of motion picture will have a good time."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

James Berardinelli

8 22%

Sabotage (2014)

"For most of its running length, Sabotage is a gritty, compelling motion picture with twists to make a pretzel envious. Unfortunately, it overstays its welcome."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

James Berardinelli

9 77%

Noah (2014)

"It's overlong and a times sluggish. The fights and battles, designed to give an epic fantasy feel to the movie, are grave miscalculations. And the overabundance of CGI often makes Noah look like a video game."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

James Berardinelli

10 63%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"Exhaustingly repetitive, this movie attempts many of the same things its predecessor did but with less success."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

James Berardinelli

11 40%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"The performances are solid but I walked out of the theater thinking I might have been equally edified and entertained reading the man's Wikipedia entry."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

James Berardinelli

12 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"[It] isn't as giddily entertaining as its predecessor but much of the charm remains, making this an ideal destination for a family excursion."

Posted Mar 23, 2014

James Berardinelli

13 40%

Divergent (2014)

"Although not quite as well-focused as The Hunger Games, Divergent employs many of the same elements: a futuristic post-war setting, a strong heroine, a romance, and a struggle against the oppression inherent in the status quo."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

James Berardinelli

14 63%

Bad Words (2014)

"The film's problem is that, despite obvious aspirations to be more than just a profane joke factory, it never fulfills its dramatic ambitions."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

James Berardinelli

15 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"This movie is a complete bore."

Posted Mar 16, 2014

James Berardinelli

16 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"Veronica Mars is a delightful piece of fan service - a supersized TV reunion episode expanded for viewing in movie theaters."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

James Berardinelli

17 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"It offers an engaging 90+ minutes of unconventional, comedy-tinged adventure that references numerous classic movies while developing a style and narrative approach all its own."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

James Berardinelli

18 77%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Nymphomaniac Volume I is possibly the best movie Lars von Trier has made since Dancer in the Dark."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

James Berardinelli

19 10%

The Bag Man (2014)

"The film has a nihilistic tone and its gallows humor may turn off more viewers than it seduces. Not since Killer Joe has a film exerted this mix of attraction and repulsion."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

James Berardinelli

20 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"The lack of a creative driver behind the film leads to a level of fundamental dissatisfaction. The movie delivers all the necessary elements but their impact is dull."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

James Berardinelli

21 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"In terms of tone, visual beauty, and storytelling, The Wind Rises represents Miyazaki at the apex of his abilities."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

James Berardinelli

22 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Non-Stop plays like what might happen if Michael Bay directed a screenplay developed for Alfred Hitchcock."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

James Berardinelli

23 33%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"How did 3 Days to Kill, which doesn't have the worst imaginable premise, turn out this bad?"

Posted Feb 23, 2014

James Berardinelli

24 24%

Pompeii (2014)

"Pompeii is a big, glorious, cheesy mess."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

James Berardinelli

25 45%

In Secret (2014)

"An effective period piece thriller that incorporates love, lust, desperation, and madness into a stew thickened by a gothic atmosphere."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

James Berardinelli

26 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"On a purely narrative level, Winter's Tale missteps early and often. Its earnestness is its downfall, resulting in opportunities for unintentional humor."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

James Berardinelli

27 70%

About Last Night (2014)

"About Last Night takes us through the Honeymoon Phase and into the difficult realm beyond. That's where couples have to work to stay together, and that's where this movie gains its strongest traction."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

James Berardinelli

28 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"It retains the central ideas and themes of the original while updating and rearranging the narrative to lose a derivative feel."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

James Berardinelli

29 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"This is truly a movie that children and their parents can both enjoy for different reasons."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

James Berardinelli

30 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"The movie does a good job of illustrating why protecting art from the Nazi scourge was important but it's far less effective fleshing out the personalities of the people who did the protecting."

Posted Feb 9, 2014

James Berardinelli

31 91%

Kids for Cash (2014)

"Kids for Cash provides a clear, balanced narrative, opening with campaign ads and footage of Ciavarella giving a "tough talk" presentation at a Scranton school."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

James Berardinelli

32 33%

Labor Day (2014)

""Labor" isn't just a word in the title of Jason Reitman's new film, it's a description of what it feels like to sit through the movie."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

James Berardinelli

33 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"There are times when the blend of romance and raunchiness threatens to curdle. In the end, however, the "love conquers all" mentality wins out."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

James Berardinelli

34 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"It's no fun. Everyone takes this way too seriously."

Posted Jan 26, 2014

James Berardinelli

35 85%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"The questions posed by Like Father, Like Son are universal in nature and the manner in which Kore-eda addresses them makes for superior drama."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

James Berardinelli

36 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"At its best, Ride Along is tolerable. At its worst, it borders on insulting."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

James Berardinelli

37 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"The core essentials that made the previous Jack Ryan movies accessible and enjoyable remain intact in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, even if many of the individual pieces have changed."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

James Berardinelli

38 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"Ralph Fiennes, working from a screenplay by Abi Morgan, has brought this story to the screen in a film that will appeal greatly to Dickens enthusiasts and those who enjoy British costume dramas."

Posted Jan 15, 2014

James Berardinelli

39 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"August: Osage County is all about the acting. That makes sense because the storyline doesn't offer much that could be considered new or remarkable."

Posted Jan 12, 2014

James Berardinelli

40 94%

Her (2014)

"Her uses a familiar idea to sci-fi fans - machine sentience - and spins it in a new and exciting direction."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

James Berardinelli

41 76%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Most war films try to be epic in scope and intent. Lone Survivor opts for a smaller focus and succeeds on its own terms."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

James Berardinelli

42 30%

Grudge Match (2013)

"The underlying premise of Grudge Match is appealing, even if the execution is lackluster."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

James Berardinelli

43 49%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"It's hard to pinpoint the cause of the problem, but Walter's story never engages."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

James Berardinelli

44 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Scorsese presents Belfort as a charismatic Caligula. He is an endlessly fascinating character who holds viewers' attention from beginning to end."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

James Berardinelli

45 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"The movie avoids commonplace traps; it never becomes maudlin and it doesn't transform Travers into a likeable elderly lady whose heart of gold is camouflaged by crotchetiness."

Posted Dec 19, 2013

James Berardinelli

46 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"At two hours, Anchorman 2 overstays its welcome by at least 20 minutes, if not longer."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

James Berardinelli

47 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"In spite of the subject matter's seediness (ABSCAM resulted in the corruption convictions of a U.S. senator, six members of the House of Representatives, and several lesser politicians), Russell's script is laced with wit."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

James Berardinelli

48 75%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"It's epic fantasy for those who thinks the term means monsters, chases, fights, and little else."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

James Berardinelli

49 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"This isn't a rags-to-riches story. There's no great moment of catharsis. In fact, the filmmakers openly flout mainstream expectations when they show a certain highway sign then proceed to ignore the location shown on it."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

James Berardinelli

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