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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 87%

Buried (2010)

"In the same way it's impossible to turn away from a grisly accident, taking your eyes away from Ryan Reynolds' hypnotizing performance is not an option."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

James Berardinelli

2 81%

Catfish (2010)

"In the end, it's just a tale of passable interest and questionable authenticity."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

James Berardinelli

3 71%

Never Let Me Go (2010)

"Romanek, a highly respected music video director making his follow-up to One Hour Photo, has crafted a motion picture that is as visually impressive as it is emotionally distant."

Posted Sep 22, 2010

James Berardinelli

4 52%

Devil (2010)

"At best a cheesy, unsatisfying thriller and, at worst, a waste of time."

Posted Sep 21, 2010

James Berardinelli

5 85%

Easy A (2010)

"Easy A belongs in the company of Election, Heathers, and Mean Girls -- all motion pictures that have outlived their theatrical lives because they have unique voices and use them to say something. "

Posted Sep 19, 2010

James Berardinelli

6 94%

The Town (2010)

"With a crisp, clear style and a focus on character, director Ben Affleck is able to imbue staple action scenes with a sense of urgency and tension."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

James Berardinelli

7 55%

Flipped (2010)

"Flipped is Rob Reiner's best film in 18 years."

Posted Sep 13, 2010

James Berardinelli

8 29%

The Virginity Hit (2010)

"It's kind of a low-budget, grungy looking Superbad without the stupid cop stuff."

Posted Sep 9, 2010

James Berardinelli

9 82%

The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010)

"It's refreshing to see someone putting the needs of the part over her image, and this is far from a halfhearted performance. It's gritty and gutsy."

Posted Sep 9, 2010

James Berardinelli

10 72%

Machete (2010)

"I have nothing against films that take political stances, but an exploitation flick? It's off-putting. I'd prefer to sit back and bask in the carnage and R-rated silliness."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

James Berardinelli

11 66%

The American (2010)

"Anyone who understands what The American offers should come away pleased with the final product."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

James Berardinelli

12 53%

Going the Distance (2010)

"To date, no motion picture has adequately captured the soaring highs and devastating lows associated with a long distance relationship, but Going the Distance comes as close as any movie has."

Posted Sep 1, 2010

James Berardinelli

13 73%

Piranha 3-D (2010)

"For most of Piranha 3D, Aja skates along the line separating satire/camp from horror without straying into the realm of outright parody."

Posted Aug 31, 2010

James Berardinelli

14 71%

Going My Way (1944)

"There's nothing special or memorable about this overlong endeavor, the first of two motion pictures to feature Bing Crosby's insufferably noble Father Chuck O'Malley."

Posted Aug 31, 2010

James Berardinelli

15 28%

Takers (2010)

"It's hard to imagine anyone who sees the movie not being at least moderately engaged."

Posted Aug 27, 2010

James Berardinelli

16 82%

Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort) (2010)

"Killer Instinct is generally fast-paced but the need to cram about 15 years of Mesrine's life into less than two hours results in uneven patches."

Posted Aug 26, 2010

James Berardinelli

17 72%

The Last Exorcism (2010)

"The cast is effective, with everyone sliding believably into their roles."

Posted Aug 26, 2010

James Berardinelli

18 59%

Centurion (2010)

"No one can claim the bloodshed was toned down in the quest for a PG-13 -- and I consider that to be a positive quality. "

Posted Aug 26, 2010

James Berardinelli

19 86%

After The Cup: Sons Of Sakhnin United (2010)

Posted Aug 25, 2010

James Berardinelli

20 43%

Dorian Gray (2009)

"While Wilde's wit remains firmly entrenched, there's also a gruesome vein of gothic horror, and elements of the original which existed in the subtext or were merely hinted at are brought graphically into the open."

Posted Aug 24, 2010

James Berardinelli

21 73%

Soul Kitchen (2010)

"The film is tiresome not merely because of the familiarity of the material, but because there's little verve surrounding the proceedings."

Posted Aug 20, 2010

James Berardinelli

22 51%

The Switch (2010)

"All that's good about The Switch is undermined by the need to conform to romantic comedy standards and by the predictable performance of a miscast Jennifer Aniston."

Posted Aug 18, 2010

James Berardinelli

23 76%

Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

"The movie is as powerful today as when it captured the Best Picture Oscar a few years after Hitler's genocide ended in Europe."

Posted Aug 17, 2010

James Berardinelli

24 82%

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

"A clever send-up of comic book and video games (circa 1990), this movie illustrates that writer/director Edgar Wright can rise to the next level."

Posted Aug 12, 2010

James Berardinelli

25 36%

Eat Pray Love (2010)

"An overlong bore that either mistakenly thinks it's something more than a humdrum romance or has incorporated a variety of pretentions as window-dressing."

Posted Aug 12, 2010

James Berardinelli

26 79%

The Other Guys (2010)

"For the most part, the jokes have punch lines, which is too rarely the case in big-budget comedies."

Posted Aug 6, 2010

James Berardinelli

27 27%

Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

"Steers and his screenwriters aren't aiming for logic; they're leading up to the next opportunity for Efron to remove his shirt."

Posted Jul 30, 2010

James Berardinelli

28 81%

Countdown to Zero (2010)

"Countdown to Zero is worthwhile to an extent, if that extent is largely to remind the viewer of certain facts that are easily shunted to the back of one's consciousness."

Posted Jul 30, 2010

James Berardinelli

29 42%

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

"The film is sporadically amusing but gives the impression it should be generating more laughs than it does."

Posted Jul 28, 2010

James Berardinelli

30 91%

The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) (2010)

"The Father of My Children is exceptional drama. Compelling and unforced, it shows sensitivity and evenhandedness in approaching a difficult subject."

Posted Jul 23, 2010

James Berardinelli

31 69%

Life During Wartime (2010)

"Life During Wartime relies on uncomfortable black humor and moments of sincere drama to involve viewers. But everything is encased in artifice and the movie becomes a chore to take in."

Posted Jul 23, 2010

James Berardinelli

32 62%

Salt (2010)

"There comes a point when it becomes difficult to take Salt seriously. That would be fine if this was an intentional parody of action spy thrillers, but it's not."

Posted Jul 22, 2010

James Berardinelli

33 86%

Inception (2010)

"All it asks of viewers is that they do something rare: engage the intellect."

Posted Jul 15, 2010

James Berardinelli

34 41%

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

"The movie isn't so much bad as it is formulaic and uninspired. In some ways, that might almost be a worse sin."

Posted Jul 15, 2010

James Berardinelli

35 81%

Despicable Me (2010)

"This is a smartly written comedy with a soft emotional core."

Posted Jul 9, 2010

James Berardinelli

36 64%

Predators (2010)

"Predator fans, fearing another lapse into disappointment, can relax. Although it's arguably not saying much, this is the second-best movie of the series to have "Predator" in the title."

Posted Jul 9, 2010

James Berardinelli

37 69%

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010)

"Two-thirds of the way through, The Millennium Trilogy is looking like the North American cinematic event of 2010."

Posted Jul 7, 2010

James Berardinelli

38 80%

I Am Love (2010)

"I Am Love falls into the select category of films that are easier to admire than like."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

James Berardinelli

39 47%

The A-Team (2010)

"Had the action sequences been better framed and presented, this might have been one of the summer's mindless high points. As it is, it's a passable diversion."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

James Berardinelli

40 6%

The Last Airbender (2010)

"This is bad filmmaking and bad storytelling. It also sounds what should be the death knell to M. Night Shyamalan's career."

Posted Jul 1, 2010

James Berardinelli

41 49%

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

"Kristin Stewart, an actress who shows amazing range and ability when not playing Bella, continues to do her best imitation of a cardboard cutout here."

Posted Jun 30, 2010

James Berardinelli

42 54%

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

"Full of nice little touches, but somehow misses the mark when it comes to the big picture."

Posted Jun 30, 2010

James Berardinelli

43 10%

Grown Ups (2010)

"Lo and behold, Grown Ups turns out to be the funniest thing in which Sandler has appeared in years."

Posted Jun 24, 2010

James Berardinelli

44 53%

Knight & Day (2010)

"It's intended to be enjoyable without overtaxing the brain, and it easily achieves that goal."

Posted Jun 22, 2010

James Berardinelli

45 12%

Jonah Hex (2010)

"If this represents the true vision of director Jimmy Hayward, then I have only one question: What was he thinking?"

Posted Jun 18, 2010

James Berardinelli

46 99%

Toy Story 3 (2010)

"Pixar has done it again, extending an amazing streak of successes that stretches all the way back to the original Toy Story."

Posted Jun 16, 2010

James Berardinelli

47 94%

Winter's Bone (2010)

"Winter's Bone is a welcome reminder that thrillers don't have to be loud and boisterous to grab the attention and keep it captive."

Posted Jun 11, 2010

James Berardinelli

48 66%

The Karate Kid (2010)

"The problem with the film is that that story, hackneyed when it first made it to the screen in 1984, has grown only more tired over the past 26 years."

Posted Jun 10, 2010

James Berardinelli

49 74%

Splice (2010)

"Despite its relative bravery in choosing not to embrace the Grand Guignol, Splice is a little too hit-or-miss to truly work."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

James Berardinelli

50 73%

Get Him to the Greek (2010)

"Get Him to the Greek turns out to be the funniest hard-R comedy since The Hangover."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

James Berardinelli

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