Slate

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

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

2 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

3 89%

Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" As a thriller, Manhattan mostly works. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Willa Paskin

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

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

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Dana Stevens

12 100%

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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 97%

Life Itself (2014)

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

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Dana Stevens

19 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

20 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

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

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Forrest Wickman

21 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

22 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

23 68%

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

24 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

25 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Curiously moribund ..."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Dana Stevens

26 94%

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

27 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

28 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

29 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"A genial class clown of a movie."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Dana Stevens

30 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

31 100%

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

32 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

33 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

34 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

35 49%

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

36 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

37 92%

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

38 74%

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

39 87%

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

40 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

41 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

42 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

43 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

44 83%

The Double (2014)

"Ayoade creates a uniquely stylized dystopia, lit in dusty tones of olive and ochre and scored, mysteriously but somehow perfectly, to vintage Japanese pop."

Posted May 9, 2014

Dana Stevens

45 46%

For Love of the Game (1999)

"The rhythms of the game feel right; the rhythms of the romance feel embarrassingly Harlequin, and the picture drags on for over two hours."

Posted May 8, 2014

David Edelstein

46 92%

Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" This is the plight of the straightforward joke on Louie: unwanted, misshapen, not funny. "

Posted May 6, 2014

Willa Paskin

47 84%

24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014)

" The contemporary anxiety 24 hopes to exploit this time around is of drones and of the increasingly dehumanized nature of warfare, but it has become a sort of dehumanized show, populated by barely human characters. "

Posted May 6, 2014

Willa Paskin

48 94%

Ida (2014)

"There's an urgency to Ida's simple, elemental story that makes it seem timely, or maybe just timeless."

Posted May 2, 2014

Dana Stevens

49 89%

Locke (2014)

"Somehow, miraculously, Knight and Hardy turn that car into the only place you want to be for every one of those minutes."

Posted May 1, 2014

Dana Stevens

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