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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

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

2 60%

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

3 50%

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

4 16%

And So It Goes (2014)

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

Posted Jul 26, 2014

James Berardinelli

5 63%

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

6 59%

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

7 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

8 57%

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

9 91%

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

10 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"First, the script is dumb."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

James Berardinelli

11 23%

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

12 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

13 17%

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

14 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

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

Posted Jun 22, 2014

James Berardinelli

15 85%

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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 90%

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

20 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

21 49%

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

22 14%

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

23 92%

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

24 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

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

Posted May 18, 2014

James Berardinelli

25 71%

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

26 74%

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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 23%

The Other Woman (2014)

"Has it come to this for director Nick Cassavetes?"

Posted Apr 24, 2014

James Berardinelli

32 26%

Brick Mansions (2014)

"A D-grade action flick with nothing to recommend it beyond a cacophony of mind-numbingly generic action sequences ..."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

James Berardinelli

33 91%

Bears (2014)

"The "nature" aspects of Bears are undercut by the need to turn this into a live-action Disney cartoon, complete with cuddly heroes and nasty villains."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

James Berardinelli

34 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Unfortunately, it takes more than grand concepts to make a movie and the lack of cinematic connective tissue is apparent in this poorly focused, meandering, and ultimately disappointing film."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

James Berardinelli

35 74%

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

36 52%

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

37 58%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

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

Posted Apr 11, 2014

James Berardinelli

38 62%

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

39 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

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

Posted Apr 9, 2014

James Berardinelli

40 86%

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

41 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

42 20%

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

43 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

44 60%

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

45 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

46 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

47 41%

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

48 64%

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

49 22%

Need For Speed (2014)

"This movie is a complete bore."

Posted Mar 16, 2014

James Berardinelli

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