Slate

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 36%

In Time (2011)

"A movie so consistently flat-footed, with pauses between lines of dialogue so vast, that you begin to wonder if the whole thing might be a psychological experiment of some kind."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Dana Stevens

2 46%

Anonymous (2011)

"What's disappointing about Anonymous is that it isn't dumb enough. Rather than plunging merrily ahead with its fanciful counternarrative, the movie keeps stopping to actually, seriously make its case -- to posit and explain and persuade."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Dana Stevens

3 59%

Grimm: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Grimm is a familiar procedural in big bad wolf's clothing. "

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Troy Patterson

4 84%

Beavis and Butt-Head: Season 8

" This may be good for a couple thin giggles if viewed in a dorm-room context. "

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Troy Patterson

5 79%

Boss: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" Boss is electric with self-importance, and that is in itself is a hoot, given its particular combination of thematic pomp and expressionistic pulp. "

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Troy Patterson

6 88%

Margin Call (2011)

"This may be the first post-2008 feature film to dramatize the crisis itself, rather than using it as a backdrop for an outraged harangue against the banks."

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Dana Stevens

7 ——

Am Ende kommen Touristen (2007)

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Dana Stevens

8 90%

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

"It's one thing for a work of art to ambiguously reveal depths of emotion and meaning; it's something else again to dangle the promise of meaning that never arrives."

Posted Oct 20, 2011

Dana Stevens

9 22%

Man Up!: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" Neither (Man Up! or Last Man Standing) cuts the spicy beer mustard. "

Posted Oct 18, 2011

Troy Patterson

10 81%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"Though the story boils over with extreme acts of passion and vengeance, Almodóvar's examination of these two damaged people's troubled coexistence remains a cold (if impressively executed) formalist exercise."

Posted Oct 14, 2011

Dana Stevens

11 14%

Last Man Standing: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Very probably the worst sitcom on network television. "

Posted Oct 11, 2011

Troy Patterson

12 79%

Enlightened: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" A black comedy working many shades of gray, Enlightened is about dark mornings of the soul and the fool's-golden glow of the new convert, and it measures the weight of the world with an eccentric scale. "

Posted Oct 10, 2011

Troy Patterson

13 30%

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)

"Human Centipede 1 allowed for some lowball entertainment. Human Centipede 2 offers only sadism. Here's the best I can say about Tom Six: The man has managed to outdo himself, for better or for worse."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Daniel Engber

14 60%

Real Steel (2011)

"Real Steel, a heartwarming sci-fi sports movie about a father and son who reunite through robot boxing, testifies to the formidable power of ridiculousness."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Forrest Wickman

15 95%

Weekend (2011)

"If you've ever met someone who changed your life in the space of days, you'll relate to something in this movie."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Dana Stevens

16 85%

The Ides of March (2011)

"Beware The Ides of March. This slick political thriller, the fourth directorial effort of the velvet-voiced heartthrob and aspiring auteur George Clooney, adds up to less than it appears to be at first glance, or even the first several glances. "

Posted Oct 6, 2011

Dana Stevens

17 64%

American Horror Story: AHS (TV, 2011)

" This gourmet junk food gives you some pure evil, and it takes some axes to some evildoers, and the American type represented has a predilection for French maids. Bon appetit. "

Posted Oct 5, 2011

Troy Patterson

18 21%

Whitney: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Watching Whitney is a bit like participating in a seance. It often seems that the traditional sitcom has died and you are communing with its angry ghost. "

Posted Sep 30, 2011

Troy Patterson

19 23%

What's Your Number? (2011)

"For comedy connoisseurs it isn't news that Anna Faris is a largely untapped treasure. The melancholy question that lingers on the way out of the vulgar yet retrograde What's Your Number? is: Whither Anna?"

Posted Sep 30, 2011

Dana Stevens

20 93%

50/50 (2011)

"Scene by scene, 50/50 can be both amusing and moving, with the tightly wound Gordon-Levitt and the boundaryless Rogen forming an oddly complementary pair. But as a whole the movie never quite coheres."

Posted Sep 30, 2011

Dana Stevens

21 88%

Suburgatory: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" What Surburgatory lacks in novelty, it compensates for with a steady stream of gags, splashes of nuance (and nuance's vivid opposite), the comedic flow of Ana Gasteyer and Chris Parnell as the Altmans' neighbors, and an undercurrent of sweetness. "

Posted Sep 28, 2011

Troy Patterson

22 ——

Happy Endings: Season 2 (TV, 2011-2012)

" In fact Happy Endings displays an invigorating antipathy to the Central Perkiness of young urban laughfests. "

Posted Sep 28, 2011

Troy Patterson

23 71%

Terra Nova: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" Indeed, it is hard to knock Terra Nova overall, such does it succeed on its own terms, which involve working over the pituitary brain and the sympathetic soul. "

Posted Sep 26, 2011

Troy Patterson

24 74%

Pan Am: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Pan Am's easy whirl fits the bill, when its chatter is snappy and also when it's not. "

Posted Sep 25, 2011

Troy Patterson

25 67%

Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

"Crowe has assembled some top-drawer ephemera -- old show posters, home movies, and candid backstage footage -- but he overestimates his audience's patience for present-day talking-head interviews."

Posted Sep 23, 2011

Dana Stevens

26 83%

Prime Suspect: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Jane Timoney's hostile workplace environment is like daycare compared with Jane Tennison's. "

Posted Sep 22, 2011

June Thomas

27 62%

Person Of Interest: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" This is stalking, not detective work: There are no clues in Person of Interest, nor are there any mysteries to tease out. "

Posted Sep 22, 2011

June Thomas

28 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"It's to the director's credit, and Pitt's, that Moneyball is anything but bloodless -- in its own quiet, unspectacular way, this movie courses with life."

Posted Sep 22, 2011

Dana Stevens

29 84%

New Girl: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" It's funny and cute. "

Posted Sep 20, 2011

Troy Patterson

30 24%

The Playboy Club: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" For viewers looking for a solid hour long drama, it is one more thing not to watch. "

Posted Sep 19, 2011

Troy Patterson

31 68%

2 Broke Girls: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Its greasy-spoon spunk is regularly palatable, good for a cheap chuckle. "

Posted Sep 19, 2011

Troy Patterson

32 17%

I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)

"I Don't Know How She Does It purports to be about the difficult choices of modern motherhood, but it's too prim and cautious a movie to dip a pedicured toe into the murky waters of real choice."

Posted Sep 16, 2011

Dana Stevens

33 93%

Drive (2011)

"Enters the viewer like a sharp unseen blade."

Posted Sep 15, 2011

Dana Stevens

34 75%

Up All Night: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Though the Up All Night pilot falls short of great hilarity, the series demonstrates considerable potential. "

Posted Sep 14, 2011

Troy Patterson

35 84%

Contagion (2011)

"If Contagion is a "horror movie," as Soderbergh has described it, then you can think of it as the most believable zombie movie ever made."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Forrest Wickman

36 51%

Brighton Rock (2011)

"All in all, this new Brighton Rock strikes me as a minor but effective exercise in neo-noir style."

Posted Aug 26, 2011

Dana Stevens

37 67%

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

"I can't quite account for why the whole of Our Idiot Brother seemed to me greater than the sum of its admittedly modest parts. Maybe it's just nice to see a comedy that's about something other than "Will these guys get laid?" or "Which one will she marry?""

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Dana Stevens

38 83%

American History X (1998)

"Norton is an amazing actor, a hot-dog whose delight in transformation is infectious."

Posted Aug 19, 2011

David Edelstein

39 100%

The Interrupters (2011)

"The Interrupters, a documentary about an initiative to stop urban violence in Chicago, may be the most necessary film you'll see this year."

Posted Aug 19, 2011

Dana Stevens

40 92%

Senna (2011)

"Senna feels a touch too short to be fully realized -- but then again, so was Ayrton Senna's life."

Posted Aug 18, 2011

Dana Stevens

41 45%

30 Minutes or Less (2011)

"One of the great disappointments of my cinematic year so far."

Posted Aug 12, 2011

Dana Stevens

42 76%

The Help (2011)

"The Help is a high-functioning tearjerker, but the catharsis it offers feels glib and insufficient, a Barbie Band-Aid on the still-raw wound of race relations in America."

Posted Aug 11, 2011

Dana Stevens

43 25%

The Change-Up (2011)

"With slight variants, this is another chapter in the epic saga of body shame, gender panic, and free-floating contempt for the human race that Hollywood comedies seem to be issuing piece by piece in serial format."

Posted Aug 5, 2011

Dana Stevens

44 82%

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

"This movie is a worthy claimant to the simian throne and the rare summer blockbuster that gets more, not less, fun as it goes along."

Posted Aug 4, 2011

Dana Stevens

45 44%

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

"It's fun to think about what Cowboys & Aliens might have been if any creativity had crept past the title page."

Posted Aug 2, 2011

Josh Levin

46 91%

Tabloid (2011)

"Though the events Tabloid recounts took place in the pre-digital age, the film also functions as a kind of prehistory of modern celebrity culture and tabloid journalism."

Posted Jul 28, 2011

Dana Stevens

47 70%

Friends With Benefits (2011)

"Friends With Benefits is a dumb, by-the-numbers romantic comedy. Yet I kept finding small things to enjoy in it, mainly because of the two hard-to-hate leads."

Posted Jul 22, 2011

Dana Stevens

48 79%

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

"Captain America isn't a masterpiece, but it's a solidly crafted, elegant adventure movie that held my attention from start to finish and sent me out into the street energized instead of enervated."

Posted Jul 21, 2011

Dana Stevens

49 45%

Web Therapy: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" Ambiently amusing but generally inert. "

Posted Jul 19, 2011

Troy Patterson

50 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"It's always hard to predict how a work of art will age over time, but I have the feeling that, like its three young leads, the Harry Potter series will turn out just fine."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Dana Stevens

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