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Rolling Stone

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"[Director Jim] Jarmusch, as ever, has the power to sneak up on you. He's a spellbinder. The same goes for his movie."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Peter Travers

2 83%

Joe (2014)

"The film belongs to Cage. You can feel his compassion as Joe defies the reduced options of his life. There's not an unfelt moment in Cage's performance. Or in the movie."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Peter Travers

3 88%

Amélie (2001)

"It's hard not to fall under the spell of this moonstruck romance."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Peter Travers

4 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Johansson is phenomenal in every sense of the word. She joins Glazer in creating a brave experiment in cinema that richly rewards the demands it makes. The result is an amazement, a film of beauty and shocking gravity."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Peter Travers

5 61%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"As in Volume I, filmmaker Lars Von Trier keeps the same themes at play about female sexual power and male attempts to tame and abuse it. But repetition dulls the edge of insights that are meant to be, um, penetrating."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Peter Travers

6 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Powered by a dynamite Evans and a first-rate cast, this movie overcomes its plot holes and 3D too-muchness by making human frailty its primary focus. "

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Peter Travers

7 77%

Noah (2014)

"Miraculously, Aronofsky has spent $130 million of Hollywood money on a visionary art film that asks us to examine what we believe. In this flawed, fiercely relevant film, wonders never cease."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Peter Travers

8 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"The Raid 2 lets its warriors rip for two and a half thrilling hours. With the precision of dance and the punch of a KO champion, [director Gavin] Evans keeps the action coming like nobody's business. "

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Peter Travers

9 96%

GoodFellas (1990)

"Spanning thirty years and running two and a half hours, the film bristles with the violent passion, howitzer wit and virtuoso style that made Scorsese's reputation with the gangster drama Mean Streets in 1973."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Peter Travers

10 58%

Blast from the Past (1999)

"Blast From the Past doesn't overtax Fraser's abilities -- the film is only a sweet comic confection -- but director and co-writer Hugh Wilson does rely on a rare quality that Fraser has in spades: charm."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Peter Travers

11 40%

Divergent (2014)

"...The faithful but dramatically flat film version of Divergent, from Veronica Roth's 2011 bestseller, couldn't stir palpitations in shut-ins. It's that bland and lifeless."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Peter Travers

12 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"The breaking point of stretching this one joke is reached early. Luckily, Muppet good will helps get you through the rest."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Peter Travers

13 76%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Uma Thurman is sensational, stealing the movie in a moment that cuts to the core of Von Trier's mixed feelings about female power."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Peter Travers

14 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"Right now, the question is how did Veronica Mars turn out as a movie? It's a mixed bag. Too much time wasted on a whodunit that's more like a who-cares. No matter. Mars fans will have a blast."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Peter Travers

15 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"What to say about a racing movie that's stuck in idle as drama? For starters, don't race to see it... there's nothing to distract you from a plot so tired there are tire tracks from other racing movies all over it."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Peter Travers

16 63%

Bad Words (2014)

"In this profanely funny comedy of bad manners and hurts that won't heal, Bateman shows the same skill as a filmmaker that he does as an actor. And that's something to see. "

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Peter Travers

17 81%

Grand Piano (2014)

"This thriller set in a concert hall is a stunt, but a damn good one. Maybe risk hasn't died yet in filmmaking."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Peter Travers

18 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"It's a filigreed toy box of a movie, so delicious-looking you may want to lick the screen. It is also, in the Anderson manner, shot through with humor, heartbreak and a bruised romantic's view of the past."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Peter Travers

19 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Until a preposterous ending that tries to turn a popcorn movie profound by making it topical, Non-Stop gets the job done. It's fun to watch audiences jump in their seats and go, "Eek!""

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Peter Travers

20 98%

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

"Cheers to a movie as gloriously entertaining and bluntly honest as the lady herself. Everybody rise."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Peter Travers

21 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"The Wind Rises may come as a shock for fans of the kid-friendly, pro-feminist, deeply pacifist Miyazaki... It's a big story, and in this landmark film Miyazaki is up to every demand."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Peter Travers

22 70%

About Last Night (2014)

"Of all the date movies available for Valentine's weekend, About Last Night has the edge. That edge is mostly Kevin Hart."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Peter Travers

23 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"This Robo-reboot tries fiercely to update the satirical punch and stylistic perversity Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original. It's a futile gesture."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Peter Travers

24 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Winter's Tale is preposterous twaddle. Use it as a date movie only if you don't love the one you're with."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Peter Travers

25 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"Why does Hollywood continue to starve audiences longing for a good romantic tearjerker? Endless Love didn't have to be this godawful. "

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Peter Travers

26 92%

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

"You can't miss with a movie that speaks the language of love with such hotblooded delight. And in iambic pentameter, too."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Peter Travers

27 10%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"One idea, mixed with lame jokes, and stretched beyond coherence. Vampire Academy doesn't need a review. It needs a stake in the heart."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Peter Travers

28 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"The brightly-imagined Lego Movie is a wickedly smart and funny free-for-all, and sassy enough to shoot well-aimed darts at corporate branding."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Peter Travers

29 88%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"Art purists can relax since [inventor Tim] Jenison, a video wiz with little talent for painting, never really challenges Vermeer's genius for conception and composition. Technology is the thing at issue here."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Peter Travers

30 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"Nothing against Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and director Jason Reitman - top talents all - but my goodwill drowned while trying to swallow this treacly cocktail of romantic swill."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Peter Travers

31 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"Take three horny guys, all twentysomethings, mix with a plot that was old last century, and serve to an audience so desperate toilet gags they might forgive a movie wired only with clichés. "

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Peter Travers

32 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Escapism junkies may feel betrayed. Clooney has crafted a movie abort about aspiration, about culture at risk, about things worth fighting for."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Peter Travers

33 95%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"Like his characters, [director Alain] Guiraudie is walking a tightrope, finding the point where sex and death exude a similar allure. You won't be able to look away."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Peter Travers

34 23%

Gimme Shelter (2014)

"Gimme Shelter appears hijacked by the Christian right. Propaganda is a b**ch to act. And this misguided movie leaves Hudgens buried in it."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Peter Travers

35 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"As espionage thrillers go, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit skillfully marshals all the familiar elements. That's the damn problem."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Peter Travers

36 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"Ride Along [is] a collection of moldy gags that director Tim Story tries to polish. "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Peter Travers

37 76%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Like the best war movies, Lone Survivor laces action with moral questions that haunt and provoke."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Peter Travers

38 94%

The Past (2013)

"The plot is the impurest of soap opera, but [director Asghar] Farhadi's artistry and resonant humanism transcend melodrama and cultural barriers. "

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Peter Travers

39 94%

Her (2014)

"Johansson's vocal tour de force is award-worthy. So is the movie. Ignore the soft ending. Jonze is a visionary whose lyrical, soulful meditation on relationships of the future cuts to the heart of the way we live now."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Peter Travers

40 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"When is a movie fall-down funny even when some scenes fall flat on their fat ones? When it's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. "

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Peter Travers

41 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Working with a gutsy script by The Sopranos' Terence Winter, Scorsese is jabbing hard at America's jackpot culture. The laughs are merciless and nonstop, every one with a sting in its tail."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Peter Travers

42 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"For some, the silver linings in Russell's movies represent a failure to embrace darkness. I see them as a humanist's act of resistance. That's why American Hustle ranks with the year's best movies. It gets under your skin."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Peter Travers

43 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Thanks to Thompson and Hanks, this movie about the making of a movie hits the sweet spot. There's magic in it."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Peter Travers

44 75%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Director Peter Jackson performs the same kind of miracles with the digital Smaug that he did with Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Peter Travers

45 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"What gives the movie its heat is the acting. [Casey] Affleck, his eyes pools of pain, is outstanding. His scenes with [Christian] Bale, all coiled intensity ready to spring, are electric. "

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Peter Travers

46 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"One thing's for sure about this raw provocation from the Coens: Like the music, the pain runs deep and true. You'll laugh till it hurts."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Peter Travers

47 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"In those moments when Elba shows the doubts, compromises and complications that make the man, we get glimpses of a life truly lived."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Peter Travers

48 89%

Frozen (2013)

"In a year of weak animated features, Frozen - loosely based on "The Snow Queen" - takes the lead by default. "

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Peter Travers

49 42%

Oldboy (2013)

"What's onscreen feels squeezed, truncated and curiously embalmed. It's got no kick to it... Oldboy just lies there like old news that's not worth a second thought."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Peter Travers

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