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Rolling Stone

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"Though Life Itself is a warts-and-all portrait Ebert didn't live to review, my guess is his thumbs would be shooting upward. Mine sure are."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Peter Travers

2 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Within the fertile area between promise and execution, Dawn is dynamite entertainment, especially in the rousing first hour."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Peter Travers

3 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale is the best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule. "

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Peter Travers

4 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Snowpiercer is everything Transformers: Age of Extinction wishes it could be: a slambam sci-fi thriller with a brain, a heart and an artful sense of purpose."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Peter Travers

5 81%

Begin Again (2014)

"It's rare to find a movie that uses music to define love without sentimentalizing it. But Begin Again, with songs by Glen Hansard and New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander, is a wonderfully appealing exception. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Peter Travers

6 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Michael Bay has done the impossible. With Transformers: Age of Extinction, the start of a - everyone duck! - second trilogy in his metalhead franchise, the Bay-man has made the worst and most worthless Transformers movie yet."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Peter Travers

7 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Eastwood animates the clichés by playing them for real, but he's still steering the movie to a foregone conclusion."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Peter Travers

8 22%

Third Person (2014)

"Haggis' ambition is admirable, especially without the cushion of ironic detachment. But what's on screen is a meandering mess, more satisfying to dissect in retrospect than to live with in the moment."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Peter Travers

9 24%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"The only reason I'd Think again is the return of Kevin Hart, who mines comic gold out of sloppy seconds."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Peter Travers

10 65%

The Rover (2014)

"In revealing two men trying to get in touch with the shreds of their shared humanity, [director] Michôd offers a startling vision. You'll be hooked."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Peter Travers

11 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Dragon 2, like The Empire Strikes Back, takes sequels to a new level of imagination and innovation. It truly is a high-flying, depth-charging wonder to behold."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Peter Travers

12 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"22 Jump Street is damn funny, sometimes outrageously so. It laughs at its own dumb logic and invites us in on the fun."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Peter Travers

13 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"It shouldn't work. A human-versus-aliens epic that keeps repeating the same scene over and over again as if the comic tilt of Groundhog Day had turned suddenly dangerous. But Edge of Tomorrow will keep you on edge. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Peter Travers

14 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"It's a fresh, lively love story, brimming with humor and heartbreak, and lifted to the heights by Shailene Woodley, a sublime actress with a résumé that pretty much proves she's incapable of making a false move on camera."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Peter Travers

15 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Obvious Child is a romcom with a sting in its tail. And Slate is a dynamo, nailing every laugh while showing a true actor's gift for nuance."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Peter Travers

16 71%

Léon: The Professional (1994)

"Leave it to french writer-director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) to put a kinky twist on Orphan Annie and Daddy Warbucks."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Peter Travers

17 78%

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

"When a forty-four-year-old man makes a movie about his family and friends sitting around singing old tunes, you certainly don't expect an unforgettable amalgam of humor and heartbreak. But that is precisely what Terence Davies delivers."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Peter Travers

18 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"But for all its hit-and-miss jokes, there are lots of ways to die laughing at this Western raunchfest."

Posted May 30, 2014

Peter Travers

19 63%

Filth (2014)

"Filth, directed by Jon S. Baird from a 1998 bestseller by Trainspotting wild man Irvine Welsh, is wired to explode. Even when the film falls to pieces, McAvoy's bonkers brilliance will blow you away."

Posted May 29, 2014

Peter Travers

20 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"What we have here is an exhilarating blast of a movie, full of heart but still punk rock... We Are the Best! is loud, crude, socially irresponsible and totally irresistible."

Posted May 29, 2014

Peter Travers

21 76%

Lucky Them (2014)

"For all its comic and sexual energy, Lucky Them is elevated most by its touching gravity. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Peter Travers

22 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"Jolie comes to this party ready to bite, but the movie muzzles her. Even at 97 minutes, Maleficent is still one long, laborious slog."

Posted May 29, 2014

Peter Travers

23 90%

Chungking Express (1996)

"[Wong's] hypnotic images of love and loss finally wear down your resistance as seemingly discordant sights and sounds coalesce into a radiant, crazy quilt."

Posted May 28, 2014

Peter Travers

24 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"Get ready to squirm. Be sure to seek out this twisty and terrific sleeper in theaters or on VOD. It's a real find."

Posted May 22, 2014

Peter Travers

25 93%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"Written, directed and acted with a passion that radiates off the screen, The Normal Heart is drama at its most incendiary, a blunt instrument that is also poetic and profound."

Posted May 22, 2014

Peter Travers

26 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Step up, cynics, and see the summer 2014 blockbuster that gets damn near everything right. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Peter Travers

27 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"It's Cotillard, recalling icons of the silent screen, whose face reflects the bruised heart of The Immigrant, a timeless film from a director whose work rewards the closest attention."

Posted May 15, 2014

Peter Travers

28 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Go ahead. Dismiss this fact-based sports story as inspirational hooey. But you're missing the point and the fun. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Peter Travers

29 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"In the last third of this lumbering reboot, the latest Godzilla springs to life and wakes up the wide-eyed kid in all of us."

Posted May 15, 2014

Peter Travers

30 46%

The Babe (1992)

"What could have been the Raging Bull of baseball movies becomes the nibble of a mouse on the legend of a giant."

Posted May 9, 2014

Peter Travers

31 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"You expect hardcore hilarity from Neighbors, and you get it. It's the nuance that sneaks up on you."

Posted May 8, 2014

Peter Travers

32 88%

Chef (2014)

"Buoyed by a Latin-flavored score and Favreau's knack for improv inspiration, Chef is the perfect antidote to Hollywood junk food. Like the best meals and movies, this irresistible concoction feels good for the soul."

Posted May 8, 2014

Peter Travers

33 82%

Fed Up (2014)

"Fed Up, unbothered by its often crude mode of attack, is definitely mad as hell. And its muckraking spirit, an anomaly in the age of giving in, is inspiring."

Posted May 8, 2014

Peter Travers

34 71%

Palo Alto (2014)

"Palo Alto doesn't hit you over the head with hipness. It sidles up to you, gets whispery close, then sidles away again, leaving behind an enveloping vapor that lingers for a sweet long time."

Posted May 8, 2014

Peter Travers

35 46%

For Love of the Game (1999)

"Not a frame reflects the distinctively edgy touch that director Sam Raimi brought to films as diverse as The Evil Dead and A Simple Plan."

Posted May 8, 2014

Peter Travers

36 5%

'Til There Was You (1997)

"When will someone realize that sexy Sarah Jessica Parker is pure comic gold and start writing movies that give her a chance to glisten? She's the only spice in this too-sweet romantic comedy."

Posted May 5, 2014

Peter Travers

37 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the fifth Spidey movie in 12 years, is overlong, underwhelming, unnecessary and sure to be a hot ticket."

Posted May 1, 2014

Peter Travers

38 89%

Locke (2014)

"Locke is a powerhouse of claustrophobic suspense and fierce emotion, mostly because Tom Hardy, best known as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, is a blazing wonder as Locke."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Peter Travers

39 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Remember when paycheck-hungry actors were accused of phoning in a performance? Johnny Depp spins that for millennials in Transcendence by Skpying in his performance. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Peter Travers

40 85%

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

41 84%

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

42 88%

Amélie (2001)

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

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Peter Travers

43 86%

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

44 60%

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

45 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

46 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

47 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

48 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

49 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

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