The New Republic

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Awakenings (1990)

"Williams gives his best "straight" performance, shorn of all his marvelous manic vaudeville. The man he plays here is not a performer, which he was even in Dead Poets Society, but simply a man."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Stanley Kauffmann

2 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Knick feels astonishingly alive -- more of the Sherlock school of olde times than the Downton Abbey one. Thackery [Clive Owen] is dour, but the series never is. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Esther Breger

3 89%

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

" The out-of-date plot lines [in Homeland] felt like a failure of imagination. The Honorable Woman avoids these problems by coming at the conflict sideways, depicting not the main political players, but the businessmen who observe and profit from war. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Esther Breger

4 37%

Child Of God (2014)

"Franco is determined to humanize Ballard in a misguided quest to make him likable, as if likability were a conduit to credibility and not just a pandering to audience members."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

William Giraldi

5 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"The puzzle-like premise of A Most Wanted Man is a fabrication, but you cannot escape the fascination of Hoffman waiting for despair to be confirmed."

Posted Jul 29, 2014

David Thomson

6 49%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Magic in the Moonlight is awful and unnecessary. There is no magic, no moonlight, no chemistry, and no impediment to 98 minutes seeming like a day and a half."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

David Thomson

7 93%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" The blood, the sweat, the muzzle flashes and the cumulus clouds of cigarette and cigar smoke all testify that Boardwalk Empire isn't interested in presenting life as it should have been, but life as it probably was. "

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Matt Zoller Seitz

8 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"The film is lengthy -- almost three hours -- and without much plot, but I sat rapt for every minute."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Chloe Schama

9 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It took me a while to get used to the emotional violence of The Leftovers, but that's where having a cohesive cast works best for this show. I "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Danielle Henderson

10 60%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Tyrant is just offensively boring. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Esther Breger

11 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"The most bracing and liberating thing about Joon-ho Bong's Snowpiercer is not just its lyrical forward motion, but the exuberance with which the film revels in its plot predicament."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

David Thomson

12 75%

The Last Sentence (2014)

"[Troell] is a great and restrained director, seldom extravagant or showy, but trusting of actors, décor, and a relentless attention to mixed motives."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

David Thomson

13 24%

Third Person (2014)

"This really is one of the dark-horse pictures of the year. Its deepest feelings are for narrative puzzle and its solutions, so it is some way from the blunt emotional impact usually associated with movie success. See it once; see it twice."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

David Thomson

14 97%

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

" Fortunately, the new episodes give complex, surprising backstories to some of the cast's scene-stealers whose flashbacks we didn't see in the first season, including Uzo Aduba's Suzanne, Danielle Brooks's spirited Taystee, and Samira Wiley's Poussey. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Esther Breger

15 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Long before the end, it's an old-fashioned high tech army fighting the Mimics, who are as spirited and pretty as Blunt. The combat is endless and predictable."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

David Thomson

16 94%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"There is less reporting on poverty in America than on any other major societal issue. So it is with AIDS. That alone makes The Normal Heart an important film."

Posted May 29, 2014

Eric Sasson

17 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"This is Gray's most mature work, and the picture raises Cotillard to a select pantheon."

Posted May 28, 2014

David Thomson

18 73%

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

"Prostitution in polite society is still a nettle fearfully grasped. You see, society is not polite and it's about time movies stopped peddling that fluff."

Posted May 20, 2014

David Thomson

19 100%

Miele (2014)

"Seek it out."

Posted May 8, 2014

David Thomson

20 95%

Ida (2014)

"Quite soon in watching Ida, you recognize that you are going to have to see the picture again and again."

Posted May 6, 2014

David Thomson

21 92%

Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" This is the same Louie -- brilliant, humane, melancholy, gross -- its missing opening credits the only significant change in the fourth season. Maybe we just don't need to be introduced to Louis C.K. anymore; he's a known quantity. "

Posted May 6, 2014

Esther Breger

22 84%

24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014)

" I can't imagine how [it] looks to a novice viewer, but as a longtime fan who came to embrace the show's ridiculous core, it's slightly thrilling to slip back into the old rhythms, to feel my pulse quicken in time with that accelerating countdown. "

Posted May 6, 2014

Sam Adams

23 73%

The German Doctor (2014)

"The German Doctor is both predictable and oppressive."

Posted May 2, 2014

David Thomson

24 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not a new approach to the same old formula: no, it is basically a remake of other recent and derivative films."

Posted May 1, 2014

Isaac Chotiner

25 25%

Black Box: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Turning a diagnosis into a magic tool for crime-solving is simpler than writing a complicated, fully realized character. It's a sign of how reliant TV is on easy formula. "

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Esther Breger

26 89%

Locke (2014)

"Locke is the most unexpected, brilliant, captivating movie of the year so far."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

David Thomson

27 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"The poster for the film begs for a counter-punch: printed over a gloomy close-up of Depp there is the warning, "Yesterday Dr. Will Caster Was Only Human." To which we might add, "And the Day Before Johnny Depp was an Actor.""

Posted Apr 18, 2014

David Thomson

28 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's nearly impossible to say where this story is headed, but in a mere hour of television, the creators have managed to evoke both Fargo's creepy environs and black humor. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Isaac Chotiner

29 86%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" Tonight's episode felt lighter than Mad Men has been in a long time, as though Don coming clean had lifted a weight off the entire series. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Esther Breger

30 94%

Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" His [Mike Judge] films and shows are comedic versions of "love the sinner, hate the sin," and Silicon Valley is no different. It's a cynical show with a gooey center-filled with clichés, but with something very genuine at its core. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ann Friedman

31 87%

Far From Heaven (2003)

"We are left wondering why, in any case, an imitation Sirk was needed, what appetite or interest it might fill. Even with its latter-day (modified) frankness, Far From Heaven is only thin glamour that lacks a tacit wry base."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Stanley Kauffmann

32 77%

Noah (2014)

"It's a moving story. And the fact that [Aronofsky's] done his biblical homework makes it that much more so."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Brook Wilensky-Lanford

33 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"I suspect that I would have lapsed into merciful sleep at some point in a four-hour Dune, but I had a very good time with Pavich's documentary and I believe in its magical vision."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

David Thomson

34 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"I suspect that von Trier, like many of his European counterparts, views American sexual mores as fairly puritanical. And yet there's something awfully retrograde about a film which offers us a nymphomaniac only to have a man defend her."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Eric Sasson

35 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Don't run away with the idea that this is a film for your parents. There is no reason why people under 40 or pushing 30 shouldn't see it."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

David Thomson

36 56%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"The Life Aquatic drifts along at a lazy pace, the occasional encounter with pirates notwithstanding."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Christopher Orr

37 78%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"This isn't just a nostalgia trip. Almost a decade has passed, and the characters aren't just older, they've changed in recognizable and gratifying ways."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Esther Breger

38 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"There are hints that Fiennes has it in him to portray a worthwhile human being here -- tender, smart, impulsive, humane, and witty -- but this potential is smothered by Anderson's chronic preference for guest stars and demented art direction."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

David Thomson

39 97%

The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" This new season is even better: tighter, better paced, more thematically consistent. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Esther Breger

40 92%

Liv & Ingmar (2013)

"As it is, this adoring but congealed documentary takes them at Liv's estimate, as soulmates. But what we deserve is a much fuller portrait."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

David Thomson

41 85%

House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Without Russo, the mercilessness of the show's moral universe can be numbing. "Appeal to the heart, not the brain." It's advice that House of Cards itself might, at times, be wise to take. "

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Laura Bennett

42 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"This is one of the most dreadful, smug, and incoherent films I have ever seen, and a travesty of its many large subjects."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

David Thomson

43 89%

From Here to Eternity (1953)

"In From Here to Eternity, you can glimpse an uneasier future for America, with the social wreckage and the pretending."

Posted Jan 29, 2014

David Thomson

44 92%

Herblock: The Black & the White (2013)

"Oppressively celebratory and numbingly reverential."

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Jeet Heer

45 84%

True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" True Detective has the aggressive casualness and dense texture of a novel by a writer who doesn't care if he's only ever going to be mid-list. "

Posted Jan 17, 2014

David Thomson

46 89%

Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" With its numerous references to Instagram, OK Cupid, Facebook, and Grindr, Looking aims to be very much of the moment. "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Eric Sasson

47 91%

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

"The only differences between this new film and its many forebears are that the young hopeful is a woman and the finish is unforeseen."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Stanley Kauffmann

48 89%

Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" It's to Dunham's credit that the show doesn't always need to be funny. At a certain point, we just want to see the girls, at last, grow up. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Laura Bennett

49 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"DiCaprio has hinted before that comedy might be his natural calling -- think of Catch Me If You Can -- but his energy here is not just fun, it's discovery. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

David Thomson

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