Rolling Stone

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

Dear White People (2014)

"Here's a comic riff on race relations in the Obama era that hits its targets far more than it misses."

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Peter Travers

2 86%

Listen Up Philip (2014)

"Jason Schwartzman is deadpan dynamite in Alex Ross Perry's poisonous valentine to the New York literary scene. Some audiences just don't cotton to movies with flawed characters you love to hate. Pussies. "

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Peter Travers

3 79%

Fury (2014)

"Written and directed with exacting skill and aching heart by David Ayer, Fury captures the buried feelings of men in combat with piercing immediacy. "

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Peter Travers

4 92%

Birdman (2014)

"I'm jazzed by every daring, devastating, howlingly funny, how'd-they-do-that minute in Birdman. Powered by Michael Keaton's pinballing tour de force, Iñárritu's cinematic whirlwind is an exhilarating high. No true movie lover would dare miss it. "

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Peter Travers

5 75%

Kill the Messenger (2014)

"It's oversold and under-reported. But Kill the Messenger flies high on Jeremy Renner's all-stops-out performance as 1990s-era journalist Gary Webb. Flaws aside, the film inspires a moral outrage that feels disconcertingly timely. "

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Peter Travers

6 47%

The Judge (2014)

"An overstuffed, overlong slog of a legal drama. Director David Dobkin coats every cliché with cheap theatrics. Go ahead, see The Judge just for Downey and Duvall. But to cite another recent dud, this is where I leave you. "

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Peter Travers

7 96%

Whiplash (2014)

"Damien Chazelle stages S&M drum duels with strafing mastery. And Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons will blow you away. Beat the drums for a Simmons Oscar, and add a cymbal crash for Whiplash. It's electrifying. "

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Peter Travers

8 82%

Homeland: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Now that Homeland faces the make-or-break point, it finally has the chance to get back on track with a few daring dramatic moves - and it needs them. "

Posted Oct 8, 2014

Rob Sheffield

9 85%

The Good Lie (2014)

"It's often earnest to a fault and fearful of its deeper, darker implications. Still, you won't leave The Good Lie unmoved. Its heart really is in the right place, "

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Peter Travers

10 28%

Men, Women & Children (2014)

"Jason Reitman has lost his touch in Men, Women & Children, a scolding sermon on the evils of the Internet. Preacher Reitman won't be satisfied till we stomp our smartphones. LOL. WTF. "

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Peter Travers

11 90%

Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This heavily anticipated Batman prequel gets the details right, with loads of Blade Runner-style future-noir atmosphere. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Rob Sheffield

12 65%

Gracepoint: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It says something about the state of network TV that one of the most promising newcomers is a straight-up cover version. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Rob Sheffield

13 96%

The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Flash won't be confused with Gotham - instead of gloomy atmosphere, it moves as fast as its namesake, with Grant Gustin adding the right touch of hyperactive studliness. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Rob Sheffield

14 38%

Scorpion: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's a genuine hoot: Any show that can unite Katharine McPhee and American Pie's Eddie Kaye Thomas (Fiiiiinch!) has the right to the fun-cedural crown. With its light touch, Scorpion might take off. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Rob Sheffield

15 15%

Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The jury is still out on this one, though given the talent here, Mulaney is a likely bet to improve. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Rob Sheffield

16 85%

black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's cool to see Fishburne reclaim the comic power he had on Pee-wee's Playhouse. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Rob Sheffield

17 67%

Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Veep-ish bits are 10 times better than the sappy West Wing-ish bits. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Rob Sheffield

18 56%

Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Gillan is a little too close to Zooey Deschanel's New Girl human-emoji antics for comfort, but Selfie has promise - it just needs more LOLs. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Rob Sheffield

19 20%

Stalker: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" [Dylan McDermott], the man with the perma-frown hasn't looked so haunted since his poignant masturbation scene in American Horror Story. Cheer up, Dylan - it'll be over quick. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Rob Sheffield

20 88%

Constantine: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The smirking Matt Ryan as the demon-hunting John Constantine adds sour humor to all the dark-arts devilry. Go in peace, Keanu, and sin no more. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Rob Sheffield

21 18%

State of Affairs: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Don't miss State of Affairs if you're a gourmet for Truly Wretched TV - if you live for the kind of fiasco you can mention in a bar three years from now, confident none of your friends will believe this show ever happened. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Rob Sheffield

22 96%

The Affair: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The layered story is the smartest and saddest drama anywhere this fall. West is impressively deft as a husband who never realized how weak he is. Joshua Jackson and Maura Tierney are excellent as the cuckolded partners. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Rob Sheffield

23 No Score Yet

Nashville: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" It's nice to call Nashville - and to have Nashville - home. "

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Stephen L. Betts

24 81%

The Two Faces of January (2014)

"Is the film too old-school for short attention spans? Maybe. Rest assured that Amini's shuddery endgame is well worth the wait. "

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Peter Travers

25 74%

Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)

"There's no doubt that Andre Benjamin is the film's magnetic core. His silky-voiced, dangerously volatile turn as Jimi Hendrix is a star-spangled triumph. "

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Peter Travers

26 62%

The Equalizer (2014)

"The film runs long, at 131 minutes, but Denzel Washington, as ever, is the essence of cool. "

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Peter Travers

27 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"David Fincher's shockingly good film version of Gone Girl is the date-night movie of the decade for couples who dream of destroying one another. Expect a stampede at the box office."

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Peter Travers

28 90%

Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Anachronistic dress and architecture fills every frame, and beautifully so. This show's deco-noir sets, costume design, and sweeping city shots are top-notch. It looks, sounds, and feels like classic comic-book Batman. "

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Zach Dionne

29 81%

Tracks (2014)

"Tracks is an exhilarating adventure that opens up an unknown world to most of us and does it so well that we feel we're living it too."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Peter Travers

30 39%

Tusk (2014)

"If you're a Kevin Smith junkie, as I am, you'll appreciate the verbal pinwheels he spins around the horror genre in Tusk."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Peter Travers

31 43%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"This comedy about a death is a funeral for the audience. But, hey, here's your chance to sit shiva with an all-star cast."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Peter Travers

32 93%

The Guest (2014)

"Dan Stevens is mesmerizing as the avenger, helping director Adam Wingard turn The Guest into a blast of wicked mirth and malice."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Peter Travers

33 93%

Pride (2014)

"Pride [is] a Brit dramedy that is a crowd-pleaser in the best sense of the word. Even when it's tugging hard at your heartstrings, you believe the damn thing."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Peter Travers

34 88%

The Drop (2014)

"The Drop, a potent, propulsive crime drama, gives us one more chance to salute the formidable talent of a remarkable actor [James Gandolfini] who died in June 2013 at age 51."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Peter Travers

35 63%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

"Jessica Chastain is a shining star with acting skills that resonate beyond her beauty. She is at her fierce, unerring best, which is saying something, in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Peter Travers

36 87%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"Hader and Wiig dig deepest and strike the truest chords when the twins' defenses are down, when their jokes don't work, when they're faced with the truth of their own blasted lives."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Peter Travers

37 89%

Light Sleeper (1992)

"Crowd pleasing? No. Challenging? You bet."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Peter Travers

38 88%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

" No other show on television says so much about its world through sight and sound alone. "

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Sean T. Collins

39 90%

Wetlands (2014)

"Wetlands is here to freak out the prudes and make "dirty" fun again. That it does. You won't find a better movie anywhere that features a teen girl using her crotch to wipe a public toilet seat."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Peter Travers

40 36%

If I Stay (2014)

"Documentarian R.J. Cutler, in his feature debut, joins Moretz in delivering this pap as if it meant something. Cue eye rolling."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Peter Travers

41 22%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"In one way, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a triumph for producer Michael Bay in that it is equally as godawful as his Transformers: Age of Extinction and a hit nonetheless."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Peter Travers

42 99%

Starred Up (2014)

"Starred Up is a small indie film in danger of slipping through the cracks at the Hollywood-driven multiplex. Finding it - in theaters or on VOD - is well worth the effort."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Peter Travers

43 69%

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

"There's a word for a movie that dresses up the usual cheap tricks with real human suffering and a bogus patina of truth: offensive."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Peter Travers

44 81%

The One I Love (2014)

"If you survive that wrenching plot curve (some won't), you're in for an emotional workout. Knowing you've never seen anything like this, Moss and Duplass let it rip."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Peter Travers

45 97%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"Acting doesn't get better than this. Want to know what love is? Watch Lithgow and Molina and learn."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Peter Travers

46 44%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Sin City: A Dame To Kill For doesn't explode onscreen the way the first one did. Miller's monochrome palette, splashed with color that shines like a whore's lip gloss, doesn't startle as it once did."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Peter Travers

47 94%

The Truman Show (1998)

"The Truman Show finds a near-miraculous balance of humor and feeling in the keen intelligence of the script by Andrew Niccol and the prodigal inventiveness of Dead Poets Society director Peter Weir at his very best."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Peter Travers

48 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"The Expendables 3, trading on our affection for action stars of the past, has officially worn out its already shaky welcome."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Peter Travers

49 35%

The Giver (2014)

"Lois Lowry took chances with her novel. The movie of The Giver takes none. It's safe, sorry and a crashing bore."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Peter Travers