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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
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Happy Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Happy Valley... suggests just how much story can still be found in the life of a middle-aged, female law enforcement official, a less played-out counterpart to the grizzled, seen-it-all-detective. "

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Willa Paskin

2 91%

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

" What I'm certain of, after last night's episode, is that The Sopranos is richer than ever and bounding with fresh ambitions. "

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Troy Patterson

3 89%

Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I am not ready to give up on the possibility that Outlander will become the feminist romance in it-appeals-to-men-too clothing of my dreams. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Willa Paskin

4 86%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It is, as an aesthetic object, outstanding; as a medical drama, satisfying; and, as a piece of art, totally disappointing. "

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Willa Paskin

5 88%

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

" Whatever the series' flaws... it effectively communicates an impressively high order of ambiguity. "

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Willa Paskin

6 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Calvary gives Gleeson ample opportunity to explore his talent for anchoring a movie, making it deeper and richer than the script and direction might otherwise allow."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Dana Stevens

7 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"If Marvel is trying (in the words of one of the soundtrack's pop gems) to get us "hooked on a feeling," its job is done."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Dana Stevens

8 91%

The Divide: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Divide is a show about a highly racial crime, but it does not utilize race pruriently or simplistically. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Willa Paskin

9 89%

Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" As a thriller, Manhattan mostly works. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Willa Paskin

10 72%

The Ring (2002)

"The filmmakers have wisely stayed close to the original's mood, which is somber and flat, with quick (near-subliminal) inserts and a soundtrack full of watery-grave groans and murmurs."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

David Edelstein

11 88%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 (TV, 2011)

" The final twist was absolutely brilliant-one of the best y'all come back nows I've ever seen. "

Posted Jul 23, 2014

June Thomas

12 93%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" Here, assessing the vaudeville moxie of 1920s Atlantic City and the criminals who organized it, Scorsese achieves a virtuoso riff on entertainment culture. "

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Troy Patterson

13 87%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" Boardwalk Empire is in the tradition of gangster stories that treat their principals less as tragic heroes than as troubled businessmen, and there's something businesslike in its handsomely mannered approach to elaborating underworld myth. "

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Troy Patterson

14 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"We Are the Best! is the rare film about childhood friendship that seems to take place inside the world of children, not filtered through an adult scrim of nostalgia."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Dana Stevens

15 77%

You're the Worst: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" You're the Worst feels very much like the sitcom version of an R-rated romantic comedy, in which tawdriness and dirty jokes are used to make a square and sentimental boy-meets-girl story seem sophisticated. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Willa Paskin

16 56%

Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" [The characters] may not like their circumstances, but at least they like each other, and that makes them good sitcom company. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Willa Paskin

17 19%

Sex Tape (2014)

"As timid, bland, and predictable as romantic comedies come ..."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Dana Stevens

18 97%

Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" For a show about sex and attraction, Masters of Sex is very cerebral, measured, distanced. But so are its characters, who use their intellects to protect their vulnerabilities. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Willa Paskin

19 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"One of the most intelligent and entertaining big-studio releases of the summer so far."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Dana Stevens

20 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"I can think of few feature films in the history of the medium that have explored the power, and the melancholy, of film's intimate enmeshment with time in the way Richard Linklater's Boyhood does."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Dana Stevens

21 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Strain has a kind of earnest and respectful fanboyishness, in which every single ridiculous element mandated by the genre is rendered seriously but not exactly unknowingly. "

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Willa Paskin

22 83%

Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" No one element of this show feels original, and yet I would totally watch more, even if just to peep at the sleek futuristic garbage cans again. (In the future, our trash is very compact.) "

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Willa Paskin

23 5%

The Avengers (1998)

"As the eccentric master villain who controls the weather, even Sean Connery is flat-out terrible, acting high on the hog."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

David Edelstein

24 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"[An] affectionate, candid, sometimes tough-to-watch tribute to Roger Ebert ..."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Dana Stevens

25 24%

Tammy (2014)

"The playful energy between McCarthy and her completely game co-star, Susan Sarandon is more than enough to keep the movie humming along."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Aisha Harris

26 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"I sincerely enjoyed the Transformer who was literally branded by Oreo.‪"

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Forrest Wickman

27 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"[It] seems to have been sent back to us from some distant alternate future where grandiose summer action movies can also be lovingly crafted, thematically ambitious works of art."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Dana Stevens

28 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" While The Leftovers is in almost every particular better than the immensely popular The Walking Dead, it also has none of that show's cathartic, zombie-killing release. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Willa Paskin

29 69%

They Came Together (2014)

"This rough-edged parody feels both distinctive and handmade, and for those reasons alone it's a hard movie to hate, even when it temporarily loses its comic footing."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Dana Stevens

30 57%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" In Tyrant, the antihero steps out onto the front page, and then, as front pages tend to do, lies a little flat. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Willa Paskin

31 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Curiously moribund ..."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Dana Stevens

32 95%

Rectify: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" An extremely ungenerous feeling came over me as I watched the first three episodes of the second. It was that itch of impatience you get when you would like someone to get over something horrible already, but only because you, anyway, are exhausted by it. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Willa Paskin

33 65%

The Rover (2014)

"Blood is spilled, as is to be expected in a film that explores a world on the brink of ruin, but each death echoes through the story the way the hero's gunshots echo across the Outback."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Dan Kois

34 97%

Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" If this sentimental streak is a little soft-headed, it springs from the series' huge heart and its expansive humanism. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Willa Paskin

35 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"A genial class clown of a movie."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Dana Stevens

36 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"What in the name of God is wrong with me that I didn't cry once -- I, who just the day before wept through the entirety of my child's thoroughly upbeat school play."

Posted Jun 8, 2014

Dana Stevens

37 100%

The Wire: Season 4 (TV, 2006)

" Having previewed all 13 episodes, I won't give away what happens to them, except to say that as usual, the program reverses your expectations while breaking your heart. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jacob Weisberg

38 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"This is a movie about Tom Cruise working very, very hard to please the world."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

David Haglund

39 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"There's something old-Hollywood about Slate's dizzy-dame charm, and at the same time, something very modern about her unapologetic ownership of her own sexuality."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Dana Stevens

40 84%

Night Moves (2014)

"A slow-burning suspense thriller about a trio of eco-terrorists conspiring to blow up a dam, it's directed by Reichardt with the concision and elegance of a chess master."

Posted Jun 1, 2014

Dana Stevens

41 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"Maleficent doesn't reinvent any wheels when it comes to the fairy-tale genre -- but the fairy tale already comes with pretty hardy wheels, and this sweet, child-friendly adaptation creaks along on them quite nicely."

Posted May 29, 2014

Dana Stevens

42 93%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"The Normal Heart is a blunt, effective instrument, a handsome, walloping cudgel that begins in gay paradise on the eve of the apocalypse: Fire Island, 1982. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Willa Paskin

43 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"It's maximalist Hollywood filmmaking at its best, the kind of extravagant production that, like a Wagner opera, can sweep you up in a sense of mythic grandeur even as you struggle to follow what's going on."

Posted May 22, 2014

Dana Stevens

44 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"It's a smooth, sleek, technologically awe-inspiring 3-D blockbuster with a top-shelf cast (speaking middle-to-lower-shelf dialogue most of the time, to be sure, but they do it with style)."

Posted May 16, 2014

Dana Stevens

45 86%

The Immigrant (2014)

"I wanted to fall under this movie's spell as if watching one of those early 20th-century immigrant melodramas-instead, it felt like visiting a meticulously appointed but too-tidy historical museum."

Posted May 15, 2014

Dana Stevens

46 31%

Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" NBC's Rosemary's Baby... is a not-great remake, but it is also a not-entirely-horrible miniseries, a beneficiary of the soft standards of low expectations. "

Posted May 13, 2014

Willa Paskin

47 79%

Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" In execution, this serious-mindedness neuters some of horror's brash, trashy, inspired spirit. "

Posted May 13, 2014

Willa Paskin

48 48%

Bad News Bears (2005)

"The best reason to see Richard Linklater's wholly unnecessary but highly enjoyable remake of The Bad News Bears is Billy Bob Thornton, who's doing a PG-13 version of his Bad Santa."

Posted May 13, 2014

David Edelstein

49 74%

Enemy (2014)

"I can't get Enemy's peculiar, fevered mood, or the memory of that wackadoo last image, out of my head."

Posted May 9, 2014

Dana Stevens

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