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Rolling Stone

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"Part One of director Peter Jackson's planned film trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit forces audiences to run an obstacle course before the fun kicks in."

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Peter Travers

2 64%

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)

"A holiday-themed piece shot through with humor and heartbreak. No bull. And low on sappy."

Posted Dec 10, 2012

Peter Travers

3 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"The acting is aces, especially Pitt mixing it up with the superb James Gandolfini, as an assassin losing his game to hooch and hookers. They make this movie a potently nasty provocation."

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Peter Travers

4 85%

Santa sangre (Holy Blood) (1990)

"Visionary and haunting, Santa Sangre is a mixture of blood poetry and gobbledygook that keeps springing astonishingly to life."

Posted Nov 26, 2012

Peter Travers

5 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"As an orca trainer who loses her legs, Cotillard is astonishing, as is Schoenaerts as a boxer who helps restore her sexual identity. Audiard's hypnotic film means to shake you, and does. "

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Peter Travers

6 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"Hopkins catches the essence of Hitchcock as artist and con man. And Mirren is stellar as his wife and secret weapon. The pleasure of their company adds sparkle to this unexpectedly poignant look at a career and a marriage. "

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Peter Travers

7 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"Life of Pi puts 3D in the hands of a worldclass film artist. Ang Lee uses 3D with the delicacy and lyricism of a poet. You don't just watch this movie, you live it. "

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Peter Travers

8 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"This story has been filmed many times, but never with this kind of erotic charge. Knightley is glorious. My advice is to let Wright's Anna Karenina work its strange and marvelous spell."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Peter Travers

9 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"Tinged with shadows and ignited by Lawrence and Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook raises the bar on romantic comedy. It's crazy good."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Peter Travers

10 49%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"You're going to hear a lot about Breaking Dawn Part 2 being the best of the Twilight movies. That's like saying a simple head cold is preferable to swine flu."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Peter Travers

11 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"This is Bond like you've never seen him and a dynamite Daniel Craig, never better in the role, nails Bond's ferocity and feeling. Skyfall is smashing, just smashing."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Peter Travers

12 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"The phenomenal Daniel Day-Lewis plays Lincoln with immersive, indelible power in Spielberg's brilliant, brawling epic. "

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Peter Travers

13 78%

A Late Quartet (2012)

"Grace notes abound in A Late Quartet, a small, shining gem of a movie that works its way into your heart with insinuating potency of music. Walken's performance is heartbreaking, and a master class in the craft of acting."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Peter Travers

14 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"Wreck-It Ralph is the latest in a rash of recent movies fired up with imaginative risk. Director Moore brings a video junkie's passion to the movie game, and it's hilariously infectious."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Peter Travers

15 78%

Flight (2012)

"Flight reminds us of what Washington can do when a role hits him with a challenge that would floor a lesser actor. He's a ball of fire, and his detailed, depth-charged, bruisingly true performance will be talked about for years."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Peter Travers

16 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"For all the spectacular settings and visionary designs, Cloud Atlas left me feeling disconnected"

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Peter Travers

17 57%

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

"If Connery was Sexy Bond and George Lazenby was One-Shot Bond and Roger Moore was Geezer Bond and Timothy Dalton was Bored Bond, then Brosnan should be Posh Bond."

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Peter Travers

18 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"John Hawkes does the kind of acting that awards were invented for in this exhilarating gift of a movie that's funny, touching and vital."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Peter Travers

19 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"Holy Motors, fueled by pure feeling, is a dream of a movie you want to get lost in. "

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Peter Travers

20 96%

Argo (2012)

"Ben Affleck doesn't merely direct Argo, he directs the hell out of it, nailing the quickening pace, the wayward humor, the nerve-frying suspense. There's no doubt he's crafted one of the best movies of the year."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Peter Travers

21 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"What movie junkie out there wouldn't leap at the chance to see merry pranksters such as Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson go nuts in something called Seven Psychopaths? It's crazy-killer fun."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Peter Travers

22 84%

Smashed (2012)

"Addiction dramas are as common as reality shows and often just as rank. Smashed joins the ranks of the winners, mostly because of an unmissable and unforgettable performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. "

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Peter Travers

23 97%

Ringu (Ring) (2003)

"As good as The Ring is, it can't top the original for sheer, shivering terror."

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Peter Travers

24 87%

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

"I have seen the new face of movie horror and its name is The Blair Witch Project, a groundbreaker in fright that reinvents scary for the new millennium."

Posted Oct 9, 2012

Peter Travers

25 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"This hot mess got booed by the snobs at Cannes, but there's no denying its profane energy."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Peter Travers

26 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"Only Tim Burton could envision this Frankenstein-inspired tale, and it's a honey, a dark and dazzling spellbinder that scares up laughs and surprising emotion. "

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Peter Travers

27 33%

Butter (2012)

"Butter wishes it were a Christopher Guest sendup but comes off like a cheap imitation."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Peter Travers

28 81%

Pitch Perfect (2012)

"I got a goofball kick out of Pitch Perfect. Anna Kendrick is terrific in this spoofy, sassy romp. And I have one word for Rebel Wilson - Wow!"

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Peter Travers

29 93%

Looper (2012)

"However long it takes to get your bearings, Looper is worth it. Bruce Willis expertly blends tough and tender and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is at the top of his game in this rip-roaring mind-bender."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Peter Travers

30 85%

End of Watch (2012)

"End of Watch gives you the savage whoosh of being on a job that can get you killed."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Peter Travers

31 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"Perks deserves points for going beyond the typical coming-of-age drivel aimed at teens. Logan Lerman excels as Charlie and Emma Watson makes a dream girl to die for, but the movie is stolen, head to tail, by Ezra Miller."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Peter Travers

32 50%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"The plot couldn't be more cornball. Still, there's no denying the connection Eastwood makes with Adams. "

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Peter Travers

33 87%

Arbitrage (2012)

"Richard Gere's performance in the sinfully entertaining Arbitrage is too good to ignore. At 62, he is at the peak of his powers. "

Posted Sep 13, 2012

Peter Travers

34 70%

Liberal Arts (2012)

"Elizabeth Olsen is beguiling in Liberal Arts, and Josh Radnor has a true filmmaker's eye for detail and atmosphere."

Posted Sep 13, 2012

Peter Travers

35 85%

The Master (2012)

"I believe in the church of Paul Thomas Anderson. Fierce and ferociously funny, The Master is a great movie, the best of the year so far, and a new American classic. "

Posted Sep 10, 2012

Peter Travers

36 56%

Bachelorette (2012)

"Dunst, Caplan and Fisher make a delicious trio as they stir up a bitches' brew of revenge against poor Becky (Wilson). Headland can write zingers that would make the cruelest bridezilla blush. "

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Peter Travers

37 67%

Lawless (2012)

"With a dynamite cast, an iconic screenwriter in rocker Nick Cave and an Aussie director in John Hillcoat, you assume a new classic. What you get is an ambitious try. "

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Peter Travers

38 55%

For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

"In a rare instance of truth in advertising, this movie actually is a good time."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Peter Travers

39 92%

Side by Side (2012)

"Keanu Reeves is an astute and witty interviewer in Chris Kenneally's vital film. No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side. "

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Peter Travers

40 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"The trouble with Hit & Run is that it can't sustain its trippy effervescence. Despite a few scrappy twists and turns, it's ultimately a dead end."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Peter Travers

41 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"Hollywood has been trying to pull off the bike messenger as action hero since 1986's Quicksilver with Kevin Bacon. You have to hand it to Premium Rush, which has the kinetic whoosh to keep you spinning."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Peter Travers

42 65%

The Expendables 2 (2012)

"I wanted to like this movie. Really. But this sequel doesn't wear down your resistance; it just wears you out. "

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Peter Travers

43 57%

Sparkle (2012)

"Whitney Houston deserved better than to go out onscreen with this botch job remake of a 1976 soap opera that never deserved another thought. "

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Peter Travers

44 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"It's not just Pixar that kicks ass in animation. There's magic in ParaNorman, a small miracle in stop-motion 3D from the wizards at Laika."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Peter Travers

45 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"If you can get past the psychological density of the source material and the tabloid noise around the star , this mesmerizing mind-bender ought to prove that Robert Pattinson really can act and Director David Cronenberg never runs from a challenge."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Peter Travers

46 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"Frank Langella gives a master class in acting in a movie with bracing humor and a dash of heartbreak - just don't expect to be wrapped up in a warm and fuzzy cinematic blanket. "

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Peter Travers

47 89%

Compliance (2012)

"Compliance is torture to sit through. It's also indispensable filmmaking. This fact-based movie is going to present you with questions that will haunt you long after you leave the theater. "

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Peter Travers

48 64%

2 Days in New York (2012)

"Julie Delpy is boundlessly appealing. And Chris Rock is acerbic fun. But the frenzied cross-cultural gags take the piss out of the real subject: how blood ties can turn love into a battlefield."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Peter Travers

49 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"What could have been strained farce or, worse, geezer porn, morphs instead into a film of hilarious and heartfelt pleasures. It helps that director David Frankel has two of the best actors on the planet to raise the game. "

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Peter Travers

50 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"Ferrell and Galifianakis will crack you up - guaranteed. Is it too much to expect more?"

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Peter Travers

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