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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 50%

Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" More than anything it feels utterly tired. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Daniel D'Addario

2 98%

20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

"I'm not sure it can be considered a documentary at all, at least not all the way through. But "20,000 Days" offers an exceptionally intimate portrait of an artist who has sometimes sought to resist explication."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

3 43%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"Frequently irritating and occasionally insulting."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

4 24%

The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Given what we know of the character, Messing's lack of affect half-makes-sense - Messing's character is stressed all the time, we're repeatedly told - but it's not very fun to watch. "

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Daniel D'Addario

5 93%

The Guest (2014)

"I enjoyed it from beginning to end, and if you've been lamenting the dearth of violent genre movies that don't assume the audience to be morons, you will too."

Posted Sep 16, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

6 88%

The Drop (2014)

"I found this dark odyssey through an amoral dream Brooklyn curiously invigorating; it's a masterful construction that held me rapt from first shot to last, that builds intense electrical energy and then releases it."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

7 60%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

"I've seen only a handful of films in my life that were simultaneously so flawed and so powerful."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

8 87%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"Ultimately this is more like a movie than a story about real life, but at least it's a movie delivered with considerable compassion, delicacy and wit, built around unforgettable performances ..."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

9 71%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"This isn't a memorable or especially serious film, despite its nod toward "issues," but it has an insouciant spirit all its own."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

10 94%

Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

"One of the things that makes Kennedy's film so powerful is that it's not just a story of stupidity and tragedy and incompetence, although there's more than enough of those qualities to be found in the history of America's Vietnamese misadventure."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

11 67%

Memphis (2014)

"An extraordinary visual and musical tapestry built around the compelling persona of real-life Memphis R&B singer Willis Earl Beal."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

12 78%

The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014)

" The note Stillman strikes here... represents something that's in short supply on TV between the idiocy of most network sitcoms and the arch, topical naturalism of Girls or Louie: Frothy satire that is lightweight but not utterly moronic. "

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

13 100%

The Conformist (1970)

"The unsettling blend of images and ideas in this movie cannot satisfactorily be disentangled or decoded, and it's the very strangeness of Bertolucci's masterpiece that has made it so influential in cinema history."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

14 89%

The Mindy Project: Season 2 (TV, 2013-2014)

" It's a powerful tool [The Office's mockumentary format] and it may have taken Kaling a while to figure out how to get by without it. If she finally has, who cares that it took all year. "

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Willa Paskin

15 64%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"I found "Life of Crime" pretty doggone funny, but the humor is understated and undercut with notes of brutality and nihilism."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

16 98%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"You need to give "Love Is Strange" your eyes and ears and attention, let it work its effects on you gradually, like the lovely Chopin piano music that forms the spine of its soundtrack."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

17 83%

L'homme de Rio (That Man from Rio) (1964)

"The fun feels forced almost all the way through "That Man From Rio," at least until the pure action and Belmondo's athleticism take over."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

18 82%

The Expedition to the End of the World (2014)

""Expedition" is like a stoned camping trip to an unimaginably distant location, where your companions are a group of brilliant intellectuals, artists and scientists."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

19 91%

The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007)

" Like the ducks in his pool, the smallest symbols and relics from Tony's past have the power to move us. "

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

20 91%

The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007)

" No matter how many highfalutin comparisons there are to be made, there is no better evidence that The Sopranos remained to the end its own peculiar animal than the end itself. "

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Laura Miller

21 87%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"Neither of the "Trip" movies is just random comedy bits; although partly improvised and deliberately episodic, they are actually carefully constructed narrative films with actors and characters."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

22 35%

The Giver (2014)

"The truth is that it's dim, perfunctory and wide-eyed, at least in every moment when Bridges isn't on the screen."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

23 71%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"Has elements of legal thriller, political drama, academic throwdown and scientific geek-out."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

24 19%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"I had to draw on my own ninja training and reflect intensively on the transitory nature of all phenomena, just to fend off the profound yearning for death."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

25 69%

What If (2014)

"There's nothing unfamiliar or unconventional about the thoroughly charming indie rom-com "What If" - but that is precisely this movie's secret."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

26 27%

The Maid's Room (2014)

""The Maid's Room" doesn't quite work, intriguing premise and all, and that the fault lies with Walker's labored script and wooden characterization."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

27 68%

Web Junkie (2014)

"The human stories in "Web Junkie" are instantly identifiable, stories of a world where everyone has been brought closer together and simultaneously kept apart."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

28 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's all in keeping with what The Strain fans (and I am one) love about the show. Everything about it can be retroactively explained by a feat of exposition the writers didn't bother to include in the narrative. "

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Daniel D'Addario

29 53%

The Lottery: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Lottery wants to entertain, sort of, but also to make a hazy point about the meaning of hope and of motherhood. Maybe this is one brand that was fine the way it was. "

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Daniel D'Addario

30 90%

The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)

" The avenues The Honorable Woman pursues are frustrating in the extreme - all the more so for how interesting the raw material is. "

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Daniel D'Addario

31 37%

Child Of God (2014)

"There's no denying Franco's ambition, and in "Child of God" you can see evidence (almost for the first time) that he's reaching for something he may one day attain."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

32 89%

Calvary (2014)

"McDonagh walks a hazardous tightrope from scene to scene, from amiable comedy to black-hearted farce to heartbreaking tragedy, often trying to strike all those notes within seconds. It doesn't all work equally well, but the cumulative effect is powerful."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

33 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"I didn't enjoy it enough that I will ever want to sit through it again."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

34 79%

Get On Up (2014)

"Chadwick Boseman's performance as the brilliant, arrogant and magnetic Godfather of Soul may cause theater screens coast to coast to spontaneously catch fire, split their pants at the seams and give up the funk."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

35 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"A subtle, witty, wise and deeply compassionate American movie."

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

36 97%

Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Masters of Sex doesn't get nearly as much attention as it deserves. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Daniel D'Addario

37 90%

The Kill Team (2014)

"A terrifying example of how easily basic human decency and morality can melt away in the fog of war."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

38 66%

Lucy (2014)

"Does it make sense? Not at all. Is it boring? Not that either."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

39 51%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Can we all stop making excuses for Woody Allen now?"

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

40 93%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" Boardwalk Empire presents a TV program that's so polished and beautifully executed, each episode feels as rich and memorable as its own little Scorsese film. "

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

41 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"If it works on you it does so as an exquisitely managed mood piece and an unforgettable visual experience, one that uses fantasy and artifice as a pathway to emotional truth."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

42 44%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"It is sometimes maudlin, sometimes trivial and sometimes very moving, but never less than achingly sincere."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

43 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"This movie sometimes resembles an R-rated Apple infomercial - Segel actually delivers an enthusiastic monologue about the hi-res camera on the new iPad - but if that was the deal the Cupertino folks need to get their money back."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

44 71%

Alive Inside (2014)

"Dan Cohen's crusade to bring music into nursing homes could be the leading edge of a monumental change in the way we approach the care and treatment of older people, especially the 5 million or so Americans living with dementia disorders."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

45 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"There isn't anything else quite like "Boyhood" in the history of cinema, although that wouldn't matter one-fifth as much if it weren't a moving and memorable viewing experience in the end."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

46 82%

Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Welcome to Sweden is the best show starring a Poehler that's been on in years; it's a trip that took a moment of getting used to, but one I was glad I took. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Darren D'Addario

47 90%

Closed Curtain (2014)

"If you're willing to roll with the tremendous loneliness, sadness and ambiguity of this tender parable about life and art in bizarrely constricted circumstances, it restores Jafar Panahi to us as something more than a noble sacrifice."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

48 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Any film that begins with one of those fake-news montages, where snippets of genuine CNN footage are stitched together to concoct a feeling of semi-urgency around its hackneyed apocalypse, already sucks even before it gets started."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

49 83%

Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" [Extant] promises a messy sort of fun. "

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Daniel D'Addario

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