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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 96%

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

2 80%

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

3 83%

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

4 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

5 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

6 86%

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

7 32%

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

8 73%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

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

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

9 20%

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

10 70%

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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 89%

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

16 36%

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

17 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

18 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

19 78%

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

20 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

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

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

21 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

22 88%

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

23 65%

Lucy (2014)

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

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

24 48%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

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

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

25 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

26 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

27 41%

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

28 19%

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

29 70%

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

30 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

31 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

32 93%

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

33 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

34 83%

Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

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

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Daniel D'Addario

35 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Inflated, interminable and incoherent ..."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

36 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" [The creators] lost their footing, falling headlong into the trap of thinking human suffering is ipso facto fascinating. "

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Daniel D'Addario

37 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"The best action film of 2014, and probably the best film, period."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

38 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I'd be happy to suspend my disbelief indefinitely if the slightest effort were made to convince viewers of why things might look so bleak at this particular moment. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

39 83%

Begin Again (2014)

"This is a real love story that's not about consummation or certainty, a variety we've all experienced in real life that only occasionally shows up in the movies."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

40 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Can simultaneously be enjoyed as a fun summer musical set in a bygone era and a Gatsby-style American tragedy about the impossibility of escaping the past."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

41 85%

Coherence (2014)

"Slightly too much like an unfolding mathematical puzzle, although an ingenious one that reaches a chilling conclusion."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

42 24%

Third Person (2014)

"It's a nifty construction - three parallel and sometimes interlocking love stories, each of them tricky in themselves - and even if you see some of its twists coming, you won't see all of them."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

43 60%

Hellion (2014)

""Hellion" offers a startling and memorable portrait of adolescent life in downscale East Texas suburbia, along with a white-hot breakthrough performance from teenage actor Josh Wiggins."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

44 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Hill and Tatum make a classic and highly successful comedy team, balancing a series of amiable running gags and the most familiar kind of slapstick."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

45 100%

Burning Bush (2014)

""Burning Bush" really isn't intended for American viewers, and you may need to do a little homework or scramble to keep up. Generally speaking, it's highly worth it."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

46 82%

Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington (2014)

"A fascinating case study in the promise and perils of ballot-box democracy, and the give-and-take nature of social progress."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

47 89%

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 1 (TV, 2000)

" Curb Your Enthusiasm dials the moral tone back a few years, to when Seinfeld was deftly, hilariously, showing us the dark truths about our baseness as humans and as a society. "

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Joyce Millman

48 100%

The Wire: Season 2 (TV, 2003)

" A richly textured universe unto itself, populated by detectives, drug dealers, longshoremen, politicians and lawyers who have motives so diverse, surprising and complicated, each scene seems to reveal a new layer of depth and complexity. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

49 85%

Borgman (2014)

"[An] exceptionally disturbing film ..."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

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