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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 18%

Valentine's Day (2010)

"The film's main problems are script-related."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

James Berardinelli

2 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"Watching Fish Tank is, as the title implies, like gazing through the glass of an aquarium at the lives of those trapped within, whose only chance of escape would seem to be through death and the indignity of being flushed down a toilet."

Posted Feb 11, 2010

James Berardinelli

3 37%

From Paris with Love (2010)

"Everything's fast and furious, the good guys rarely miss, and the bad guys rarely hit."

Posted Feb 5, 2010

James Berardinelli

4 71%

The Last Station (2010)

"Tansforms Tolstoy's waning days into material worthy of one of his tragedies while simultaneously making a biting statement about how the politics of a "movement" often warp the underlying philosophy which caused it to develop."

Posted Feb 4, 2010

James Berardinelli

5 16%

When in Rome (2010)

"The saving grace of the otherwise generic product is that Bell's vivacity and Duhamel's rakish charm allow the viewer to root for them, even if sometimes that rooting goes so far as to wish the script would serve the couple better than it does."

Posted Jan 29, 2010

James Berardinelli

6 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"Edge of Darkness has earned its January release date -- this movie deserves to be dumped into theaters with little fanfare."

Posted Jan 28, 2010

James Berardinelli

7 28%

Extraordinary Measures (2010)

"The movie is a generally insipid feel-good production that's high on sentiment and manipulation but low on genuine drama and good acting."

Posted Jan 22, 2010

James Berardinelli

8 85%

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009)

"The quintessential art film: slow, demanding, and rewarding for those willing to put forth the intellectual effort necessary to puzzle out its ambiguities."

Posted Jan 20, 2010

James Berardinelli

9 38%

Wonderful World (2010)

"Despite a film festival pedigree (it was shown at a number of local festivals on the 2009 circuit), the movie is so lightweight and inconsequential that a review seems almost superfluous."

Posted Jan 14, 2010

James Berardinelli

10 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"The problem with The Book of Eli is that the narrative isn't a match for its sentiments. The script feels like it's an iteration or two short of a final draft."

Posted Jan 14, 2010

James Berardinelli

11 21%

Leap Year (2010)

"The problem isn't the absence of chemistry but the presence of too much of the wrong kind. The sense of cold antagonism that initially develops between the primary characters is so strong that it lingers throughout."

Posted Jan 7, 2010

James Berardinelli

12 66%

Youth in Revolt (2010)

"It's not that the film is fatally flawed, but the tone is uneven, the satire is blunt, the comedy rarely generates more than feeble laughs, and the lead character never comes fully to life."

Posted Jan 7, 2010

James Berardinelli

13 32%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"Despite significant cuts and instances of condensation, the plot's skeleton tracks well with Sebold's book, but therein lies the roots of a problem: the movie features wild swings in tone and fails to draw the viewer into the story."

Posted Dec 30, 2009

James Berardinelli

14 82%

Broken Embraces (2009)

"Perhaps Almodovar and film noir simply don't mix."

Posted Dec 24, 2009

James Berardinelli

15 57%

It's Complicated (2009)

"With a story that by turns defies and adheres to formulas, It's Complicated ends up being one of the end-year's best sources of pure entertainment."

Posted Dec 24, 2009

James Berardinelli

16 70%

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

"Given a worthy story, Downey's Holmes might have been memorable. Here, he's an interesting character in search of a worthwhile story."

Posted Dec 22, 2009

James Berardinelli

17 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"If I was a teacher and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was a student's paper, I would give it an "incomplete.""

Posted Dec 22, 2009

James Berardinelli

18 12%

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)

"There's no sense of affection. No passion, even when they fight. Their dialogue rings hollow. These two aren't believable and their relationship is a black hole. Who cares?"

Posted Dec 17, 2009

James Berardinelli

19 83%

Avatar (2009)

"This is the most technically amazing motion picture to have arrived on screens in many years."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

James Berardinelli

20 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"As has so often been the case throughout his career, Bridges becomes the character. He buries himself so thoroughly in the role that there's nothing of the actor remaining."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

James Berardinelli

21 76%

The Young Victoria (2009)

"The Young Victoria feels like a wasted opportunity and is among the least impressive in a long line of motion pictures about British royalty."

Posted Dec 16, 2009

James Berardinelli

22 37%

Nine (2009)

"Too often, the narrative portions of Nine feel like bridges to move from one song to the next. In the best musicals, song and dialogue blend seamlessly; that's not always the case here."

Posted Dec 16, 2009

James Berardinelli

23 84%

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"The Princess and the Frog is so in synch with the early entries into Disney's so-called "second golden age" that one wonders how the company could have gotten away from these movies in the first place."

Posted Dec 11, 2009

James Berardinelli

24 76%

Invictus (2009)

"A strong piece of mass market filmmaking."

Posted Dec 10, 2009

James Berardinelli

25 85%

A Single Man (2009)

"While it's impossible to deny the artistic intent of Ford's cinematic compositions, his style erects an emotional barrier between the central character and the audience, resulting in a pace that is at times sluggish."

Posted Dec 10, 2009

James Berardinelli

26 46%

Everybody's Fine (2009)

"The movie works because so much of what's on screen will resonate with viewers."

Posted Dec 4, 2009

James Berardinelli

27 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"Up in the Air never cheats and delivers an almost perfect mix of humor, satire, and underplayed drama."

Posted Dec 3, 2009

James Berardinelli

28 63%

Brothers (2009)

"This is a powerful, disturbing film that explores common cinematic territory -- the ability of war to destroy the individual -- without seeming clichéd or familiar."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

James Berardinelli

29 85%

Me and Orson Welles (2009)

"In a departure from his usual intimate, character-based fare, director Richard Linklater paints on a broad cinematic canvas that brings Depression-era Broadway vividly to life."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

James Berardinelli

30 5%

Old Dogs (2009)

"There are some experiences no one should be subjected to even in the name of science. It may be that forced viewing of this film has been outlawed by the Geneva Convention."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

James Berardinelli

31 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"While it might be a stretch to claim that Fantastic Mr. Fox is "fantastic," it's easily among the year's best animated features."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

James Berardinelli

32 75%

The Road (2009)

"The movie The Road is nowhere close to its literary sire, but it's probably the best one could hope for from a movie version."

Posted Nov 23, 2009

James Berardinelli

33 28%

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

"New Moon comes dangerously close to self-parody on more than one occasion, but it seems blissfully unaware of this and soldiers on with a seriousness that's unintentionally funny."

Posted Nov 19, 2009

James Berardinelli

34 66%

The Blind Side (2009)

"Some will doubtlessly dismiss The Blind Side as another example of a heroic white person saving a black victim but, although there is an element of truth in that perfunctory description, it misses the point."

Posted Nov 18, 2009

James Berardinelli

35 87%

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

"It's perhaps 2/3 of a good movie and 1/3 of material that feels out of place or is derivative."

Posted Nov 18, 2009

James Berardinelli

36 39%

2012 (2009)

"If, as is believed in certain fringe circles, the world will come to an end in 2012, at least there will be no more movies like this one made."

Posted Nov 12, 2009

James Berardinelli

37 61%

Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009)

"The music is great, the comedy provides occasional laughs, and there's nothing fundamentally wrong with the movie. Distilled to its essence, it represents a respectable diversion."

Posted Nov 11, 2009

James Berardinelli

38 54%

Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

"The motion capture animation is top-notch and it's hard not to be impressed with what Robert Zemeckis has wrought, even if there's the occasional sense he's pandering to an audience that can't get through a 90 minute story without a few yuks and a chase."

Posted Nov 10, 2009

James Berardinelli

39 19%

The Fourth Kind (2009)

"Not entirely uninteresting, but it suffers from some ill-advised decisions. In fact, the film's "hook" may be its greatest detraction."

Posted Nov 5, 2009

James Berardinelli

40 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"There are pitfalls inherent in this kind of story, but indie director Lee Daniels sidesteps them, crafting a feature that is both emotionally honest and stirring."

Posted Nov 5, 2009

James Berardinelli

41 51%

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

"The Men Who Stare at Goats is a comedy, and I laughed quite a few times while watching it, but that sobering reality almost makes me want to cry."

Posted Nov 3, 2009

James Berardinelli

42 76%

Bronson (2009)

"The film does a good job of presenting in bloody detail the misdeeds of a misanthrope while italicizing his underdeveloped artistic abilities, but it is obtuse when it comes to character development."

Posted Oct 29, 2009

James Berardinelli

43 20%

Amelia (2009)

"A by-the-book bio-pic."

Posted Oct 22, 2009

James Berardinelli

44 38%

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

"Is it too much to ask that a narrative film have a beginning, a middle, and an end?"

Posted Oct 22, 2009

James Berardinelli

45 94%

An Education (2009)

"One of 2009's finest motion pictures -- an open and honest look at sexual politics and a woman's place in the world during the early1960s."

Posted Oct 21, 2009

James Berardinelli

46 49%

Antichrist (2009)

"This is a classic case of a filmmaker believing he has found a greater truth and attempting with only middling success to regurgitate it in a film. And, like all vomit, you can kind-of see what it's composed of but the smell drives you away."

Posted Oct 21, 2009

James Berardinelli

47 25%

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

"The more Kurt Wimmer's screenplay reveals about the lead character's scheme, the more difficult it is to believe that Law Abiding Citizen is intended to be taken seriously."

Posted Oct 16, 2009

James Berardinelli

48 72%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"The result is an involving experience for all but the most fidgety children and an opportunity for parents to enjoy (rather than endure) a motion picture with their offspring."

Posted Oct 15, 2009

James Berardinelli

49 35%

New York, I Love You (2009)

"Most of the segments are too short and slight to be considered more than inconsequential. They pass and are easily forgotten, although many of them boast O. Henry-style twist endings."

Posted Oct 14, 2009

James Berardinelli

50 11%

Couples Retreat (2009)

"The acting is a mixed bag. Jon Favreau and Faizon Love, who never hit a false note, are the standouts."

Posted Oct 8, 2009

James Berardinelli

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