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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" All of these characters and all of these stories frequently add up to something handsome, funny, and weird. But Fargo is missing the spark of originality that would make it great. "

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Willa Paskin

2 63%

Draft Day (2014)

"Draft Day is one of the dumbest movies about sports ever made because it's one of the dumbest ideas for a movie about sports that anyone has ever had, a fictional film about pro football that isn't even actually about football."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Jack Hamilton

3 45%

Hateship Loveship (2014)

"It's amazing how much this film does accomplish, given its modesty of both means and scale."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Dana Stevens

4 48%

Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Instead, I'll turn the channel to HBO's Game of Thrones, a show about a fictional rebellion with more at stake than the creators of Turn can locate in a real one. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Willa Paskin

5 96%

Silicon Valley: Season 1

" Mike Judge's sharp, very funny new HBO comedy Silicon Valley, about the absurdities of startup culture, feels like a satire. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Willa Paskin

6 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"I was willing to watch more to discover what was underneath the surface. Once I found out, I was frozen in place, and then Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Glazer had their way with me."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Dan Kois

7 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The Winter Soldier cheerfully and efficiently does its job doing whatever Marvel movies are meant to do -- make you look forward to the next one, I guess."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Dana Stevens

8 92%

Source Code (2011)

"It's this emotional arc underlying the ticking-time-bomb plot that keeps the movie from succumbing to its flaws."

Posted Mar 23, 2014

John Swansburg

9 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"There's something sour and strained about this movie that's at odds with the usual Muppet ethos of game, let's-put-on-a-show cheer."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Dana Stevens

10 66%

Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I liked Doll & Em quite a bit, in no small part because it is a very reliable deliverer of certain genre pleasures. "

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Willa Paskin

11 61%

Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Sometimes the only way to save a stupid TV show is to make it more stupid. This, anyway, is my note to the creators of Crisis. "

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Willa Paskin

12 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"I don't know how much money Veronica Mars will make, or how much money it has to make to be deemed a success, but as means of fan-satisfaction it is a needle to a major vein."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Willa Paskin

13 77%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Takes the viewer on an event-filled but ultimately tiresome trudge through the by-now-familiar psychosexual marshes of Lars von Trier's imagination."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Dana Stevens

14 38%

Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The lack of clarity didn't leave me eager to find out more. "

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Willa Paskin

15 52%

Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Ideally, shows should be judged on their own terms-but The Returned is Resurrection's own terms. It is everything that Resurrection could be, and is not quite. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Willa Paskin

16 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"A movie that, for all its gorgeous frills and furbelows ... never seemed to me to be quite sure what it was about."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Dana Stevens

17 100%

Hannibal: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Somehow it has become an engrossing, psychologically dense show that is also visually stunning. Hannibal is the kind of gem seldom found on network TV. "

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Willa Paskin

18 97%

The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" It is a kicky, swift-moving ride that uses its double agent protagonists to explore the divided loyalties and self-delusions that plague all humans, not just extremely attractive and bad-ass Soviet spies. "

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Willa Paskin

19 95%

Child's Pose (2014)

"It's well worth seeing, both for its merciless anatomization of the country's post-Ceausescu social order and for Gheorghiu's stupendous central performance as a mother so monstrous she makes Medea look like a pushover."

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Dana Stevens

20 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"The Wind Rises has the historical sweep of a David Lean picture, complete with panoramic shots of migrating populations against a background of disaster ..."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Dana Stevens

21 80%

The Soul Man: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" All the TV Land flock, rapt with nostalgia, will feel the spirit of the ancient sitcom rise from the set, cherubim cackling on the laugh track. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Troy Patterson

22 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"Neither Alex Murphy's internal moral conflict nor the larger, vaguely satiric portrait of a global culture dependent on high-tech law enforcement seem to be the main point of this Robocop remake, which raises the question of what is meant to be the point."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Dana Stevens

23 88%

House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Harping on the outlandish and silly mechanics of House of Cards' political plots feels like taking it in the wrong spirit. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Willa Paskin

24 93%

About a Boy (2002)

"Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

David Edelstein

25 100%

Game of Thrones: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" Game of Thrones gives us much to ruminate on regarding power, honor, and family. But it also reminds us that whether one is rich or poor, man or woman, honorable or evil, in Westeros life ain't fair. "

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Rachael Larimore

26 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"A clever, vividly imagined, consistently funny, eye-poppingly pretty and oddly profound movie ... about Legos."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Dana Stevens

27 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"Jason Reitman forgot the tapioca."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Dana Stevens

28 19%

In the Motherhood: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

" The show rises to mediocrity on the strength of the occasional snappiness of the dialogue. "

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Troy Patterson

29 81%

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1

" A beautifully shot, marvelously soporific, sporadically irksome miniseries that reads mostly as a pretense for a glamorous working vacation "

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Troy Patterson

30 57%

Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This makes for an action-packed, boudoir-filled miniseries that incidentally enervates Fleming's imagination. "

Posted Jan 29, 2014

Willa Paskin

31 73%

Hot in Cleveland: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" Comfort food to its core, the show is a retro casserole tapping into a popular appetite for leftovers. "

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Troy Patterson

32 88%

American Beauty (1999)

"The hairpin turns from farce to melodrama, from satire to bathos, are fresh and deftly navigated, but almost every one of the underlying attitudes is smug and easy."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

David Edelstein

33 95%

Broad City: Season 1

" Broad City's Ilana Glazer, one of the show's two stars, makes IDGAF look both easy and fun, a kind of ecstatic, contagious IDGAF! "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Willa Paskin

34 66%

Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The title of the show is not a pun, just a reference to its leading man's alleged personality. Unfortunately, that leading man is played by Greg Kinnear. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Willa Paskin

35 97%

Sherlock: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" The third season is looser, funnier, more emotional and also significantly less logical than what has come before. "

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Willa Paskin

36 89%

Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" If representation is important, Looking is doing some important representing. But what elevates Looking above being a "symbol of serious progress," is that it is not content to be just that. "

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Willa Paskin

37 47%

Flowers in the Attic (2014)

"Flowers in the Attic acts as if it is just another life-affirming Lifetime movie about surviving terrible situations. "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Willa Paskin

38 81%

The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1

" The Spoils of Babylon is both a loving and completely silly send-up of a certain sort of dead-serious period piece, full of bad acting, over-the-top twists, and a swelling score. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Willa Paskin

39 89%

Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" Girls has come a long way: It's the sharpest show out there about the self-justifications of the self-obsessed and the immense power even of decaying friendships. That's the price Girls paid for beating the haters at their own game: It learned to hate. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Willa Paskin

40 87%

True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There is something invigorating about watching a show this searching. Its mood, its details, its performances, its genre pleasures are so exacting and exceptional that it can be fearlessly eggheady. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Willa Paskin

41 100%

Justified: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

" Justified is slumming it: not nearly as sharp or rich as it has been or could be, but still much more clever and enjoyable than its procedural peers. It's begging to be graded on a curve, when it should be setting it. "

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Willa Paskin

42 69%

Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" The inhabitants of Downton, at their core, remain almost exactly as first written. Some of the characters were initially conceived with complexity. "

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Willa Paskin

43 100%

Eastbound & Down: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" I regret thinking that it was pointless to bring the show back after the seeming finality of its third season, because the evolution of media star Kenny was the best thing the show had done. "

Posted Jan 3, 2014

James Poniewozik

44 76%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Lone Survivor's lack of suspense never works against it. If anything, the fact that the outcome is, at least roughly, known in advance only adds to the film's sickening tension ..."

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Dana Stevens

45 94%

Archer: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" Archer is one of the linchpins of an FX comedy lineup that rivals some of best network sitcom schedules ever constructed. "

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Jeremy Stahl

46 49%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"Stiller's attempt to braid together introspection and humor kept me engaged and curious, even when I wasn't quite sure what he was setting out to do."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Dana Stevens

47 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"So overpowering is this film's simple, horrible, and almost entirely true story that it's hard to get enough distance on 12 Years a Slave to poke at its inner workings. "

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Dana Stevens

48 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"If a personal memoir film by a beautiful, successful young woman from a nice Toronto family sounds to you like it can only be an excuse for self-absorbed navel-gazing, well, you must not have seen a Sarah Polley movie yet."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Dana Stevens

49 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"August: Osage County is a mess, an overcooked movie-star stew that never quite coheres into a movie."

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Dana Stevens

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