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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

Gojira (1956)

"While the acting is hit-and-miss and the story jumps around somewhat confusingly, Honda's film is a one-of-a-kind experience all the way through, one that stands the test of time better than I had expected."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

2 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's the kind of thing we've seen before in many a Coen brothers film, yet it never fails to disturb. If the slow roll-out is any indication, there are far more interesting developments to come. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Neil Drumming

3 86%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" Each season is starting to resemble an animated cartoon where the same landscape rolls by over and over again. We've seen a lot of these story lines before. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

4 86%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"It's shot through with sadness and beauty, with dry humor, with the certainty that even things meant to last forever actually don't."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

5 70%

A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power And Jayson Blair At The New York Times (2014)

"On the most basic level, [Grant] tells a clear and thorough story about the most damaging plagiarism scandal in the history of America's flagship newspaper, and about the ambiguous and troubled individual who sparked it."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

6 80%

Deadbeat: Season 1

" The show takes two tropes with which we are all extremely familiar - the slacker comedy and the avenging ghost - and lowers the stakes. "

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Neil Drumming

7 96%

Silicon Valley: Season 1

" The fact that [Christopher Evan] Welch can make the most of such an archetype gives us some hope, if not for the future then for the next dozen Sunday nights in the Valley. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Neil Drumming

8 98%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" The season premiere builds to a satisfying climax - especially if you like violence, humor and revenge. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Neil Drumming

9 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"One of the many startling things about "Under the Skin" is how complicated and distressing a story can be told with almost no dialogue and absolutely no explanation or back story."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

10 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The signal-to-noise ratio on "The Winter Soldier" is all messed up, and the net effect is self-canceling. I enjoyed the movie while I was watching it, or I thought I did, but all that's left is an irritating buzz."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

11 84%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"Let's just say it takes a dim view of human nature that seems well supported by the evidence, and that if you have an appetite for fatalistic, dirty-minded gore you won't be disappointed."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

12 77%

Noah (2014)

"There's so much delusion and so much delight in "Noah" that I have trouble distinguishing one from the other, or determining whether its most outlandish flourishes qualify as mistakes or as strokes of genius."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

13 80%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"At nearly 150 minutes, "The Raid 2" is just a hell of a lot of a good thing; in fact it's so much that it stops being a good thing, and tips over into decadent, incomprehensible farrago."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

14 ——

J.C. Chavez ()

"A compelling, impressionistic study of the boxer Julio César Chávez."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

15 76%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Lars von Trier has buffaloed all of us once again with one of the strangest and least summarizable motion pictures ever made: tragic and hilarious, tightly constructed and miscellaneous."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

16 66%

Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Once the nature of Doll and Em's friction is clear - the source has yet to be revealed - their constant competition becomes predictable and quickly tiresome. "

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Neil Drumming

17 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"Panh blends documentary, personal memoir and eccentric artistic experiment ..."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

18 100%

Big Men (2014)

"Fanon would have said that eventually "the wretched of the earth" will wake up and learn their lesson. If this vivid, compassionate but unstinting film is any indication, Rachel Boynton is not convinced."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

19 95%

Particle Fever (2014)

"The bracing scientific rigor and intellectual derring-do presented in "Particle Fever" are most welcome."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

20 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"This is one of Anderson's funniest and most fanciful movies, but perversely enough it may also be his most serious, most tragic and most shadowed by history, with the frothy Ernst Lubitsch-style comedy shot through with an overwhelming sense of loss."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

21 100%

Portlandia: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" I've always appreciated the way the show doesn't so much skewer modern society as poke at it from odd angles. "

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Neil Drumming

22 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"A work of immense mystery and strangeness, loaded with unforgettable images, spectacular sweeps of color and nested, hidden meanings."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

23 97%

The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" It took me some time to really get into The Americans. The pilot was bloated. The cinematography is, I believe, deliberately bland. But the acting... is subtle and convincing. "

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Neil Drumming

24 89%

Omar (2014)

"A tender love story, a haunting tragedy and an expertly crafted thriller with flawed, damaged and not entirely likable characters."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

25 40%

Cupid: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

" Cannavale and Paulson... don't come close to having Piven's comic timing, and that's a serious impediment. "

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

26 88%

House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" The new season of House of Cards falters in many of the very places where the first season excelled. "

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Ari Melber

27 88%

The Walking Dead: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Maybe the cycle is not identical each time - Dead is on its fourth season - but the images of so many undead heads bursting like red grapes only help to blur the inflection points of the narrative together. "

Posted Feb 17, 2014

Neil Drumming

28 52%

Adult World (2014)

"Coffey knows his movie's at its best when Cusack and Roberts collide, and repeatedly uses them to overcome the script's limitations, and almost to dig a pit of chaos beneath it."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

29 ——

The Prep School Negro ()

"It is enlightening and deeply sad how it all plays out on the small screen. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Neil Drumming

30 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"There are some interesting things about "RoboCop," and - no, wait, that's a lie."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

31 97%

The Last of the Unjust (2014)

"Murmelstein deserves his own movie and now, more than 20 years after his death, he gets it."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

32 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Clooney's movie is a slow-witted, occasionally agreeable retread of numerous WWII band-of-brothers flicks its director no doubt watched on TV as a 1970s teenager."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

33 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"What could easily have been test-marketed, corporate-processed crap ... instead becomes a surprisingly enjoyable and satisfyingly dense family entertainment that pays tribute to the spirit of free play and individuality."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

34 88%

A Field in England (2014)

"This hilarious, disgusting, brilliant and circular psychotronic odyssey is a blast from the submerged past."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

35 100%

Friday Night Lights: Season 4 (TV, 2009-2010)

" The real glory of Friday Night Lights is its uncanny ability to take something that shouldn't really make a TV show and squeeze stories and characters out of it that resonate beyond the dusty limits of Dillon County. "

Posted Feb 3, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

36 100%

Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films 2014 (2014)

"The fact that dedicated committees of conscientious human beings who know a lot about how movies are made weeded through hundreds and hundreds of submissions and picked their favorites ... is something to be grateful for."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

37 61%

Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films 2014 (2014)

"The fact that dedicated committees of conscientious human beings who know a lot about how movies are made weeded through hundreds and hundreds of submissions and picked their favorites ... is something to be grateful for."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

38 76%

The Unusuals: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

" What you'll find is a truly strange cop dramedy with lots of sharp dialogue, jocular banter and offbeat scenarios. "

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

39 100%

Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films 2014 (2014)

"The fact that dedicated committees of conscientious human beings who know a lot about how movies are made weeded through hundreds and hundreds of submissions and picked their favorites ... is something to be grateful for."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

40 81%

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1

" By the beginning of the second episode, we start to understand: This series is a dramedy, really, a more exotic, more absurd, more original version of Grey's Anatomy, if you will. "

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

41 100%

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz ()

"It isn't great cinema, but it's capable and gripping advocacy filmmaking that took less than a year, start to finish, and will introduce a much wider audience to the issues behind the life and death of Aaron Swartz."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

42 60%

Young Ones ()

"Even grading on a curve for originality, "Young Ones" only halfway works. But it's a genuinely idiosyncratic vision of near-future doom that's never boring, with characters and images that will stick in my mind longer than many better, soberer films."

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

43 80%

Episodes (US): Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" Episodes... is something of a guilty pleasure of mine. "

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Neil Drumming

44 94%

Whiplash ()

"This is a muscular and accomplished work of kinetic cinema built around two tremendous acting performances ..."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

45 100%

Cold in July (2014)

"Mickle is the new Carpenter, and if you're into that kind of thing and haven't heard about him, you soon will."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

46 93%

Veronica Mars: Season 3 (TV, 2006-2007)

" Season 3 did set up the intriguing and perfectly realistic possibility that Veronica Mars could not only survive but continue to find ways to reinvigorate itself. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Stephanie Zacharek

47 100%

Veronica Mars: Season 2 (TV, 2005-2006)

" like any great TV show, Veronica Mars is so much more than just the sum of its elaborate (sometimes perhaps too elaborate) plot machinations. The really interesting things on Veronica Mars all happen in the margins. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Stephanie Zacharek

48 95%

Veronica Mars: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005)

" There are a million stories in the naked city, but there are a million more in high school. Veronica Mars has dug up some of the best ones. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Stephanie Zacharek

49 95%

Broad City: Season 1

" What worked well enough as five-to-seven-minute riffs on the demoralizing absurdity of city living for two identifiably broke girls, seems to work even better stretched out to sitcom length. "

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Neil Drumming

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