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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 62%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

"It boasts (nearly) all the elements of a perfectly fine, even very good, movie, without ever quite becoming a movie at all."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Dana Stevens

2 89%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"When Hader and Wiig are on screen together the film's shortcomings fade because the energy they give to and take from each other ... is so palpable, it's fun just watching them banter ..."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Dana Stevens

3 20%

Utopia: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Even as Utopia promises to never, ever live up to its name, its funhouse-mirror reflections of the fault lines-religion, class, politics-in our own larger, obviously imperfect society make for fascinating TV, if only occasionally. "

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Willa Paskin

4 75%

The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014)

" As with [Whitman's] first trio of films, the comedy of The Cosmopolitans comes from the obliviousness of its main characters to the humor and the privilege of their situation. "

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Willa Paskin

5 90%

Angels in America: Season 1 (TV, 2003)

" Ultimately... the real problem is that Angels is and remains a play, not a movie. "

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Dale Peck

6 53%

BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" BoJack is perhaps a little more clever than it is uproariously funny, but it is often very clever, and, moreover, well-tuned to the ludicrousness of the sort of low-level fame that surrounds BoJack. "

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Willa Paskin

7 97%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"Love Is Strange is a delight to watch unfold."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Dana Stevens

8 100%

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

9 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

10 90%

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

11 87%

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

12 89%

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

13 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

14 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

15 92%

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

16 89%

Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" As a thriller, Manhattan mostly works. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Willa Paskin

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 79%

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

23 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

24 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

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

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Dana Stevens

25 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

26 90%

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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 97%

Life Itself (2014)

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

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Dana Stevens

32 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

33 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

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

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Forrest Wickman

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 60%

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

38 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Curiously moribund ..."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Dana Stevens

39 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

40 66%

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

41 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

42 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"A genial class clown of a movie."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Dana Stevens

43 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

44 100%

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

45 90%

Live Die Repeat: 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

46 88%

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

47 86%

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

48 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

49 94%

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

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