The New Republic

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Saving Mr Banks is a merciless film. It hits you with every sentimental low blow it can think of. Then it pounds you again. And when you're down, it jumps on you."

Posted Dec 19, 2013

David Thomson

2 43%

1600 Penn: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" It makes Veep look as sober and factual as C-Span. Worse, it's a lot less funny. "

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Laura Bennett

3 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Loose, wandering, and often monotonous."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

David Thomson

4 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"[Davis] doesn't seem to possess the inner life that an artist has to bring to the surface."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

David Thomson

5 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"It is a film that necessity and education demand seeing."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

David Thomson

6 64%

Bastards (2013)

"This is a film so anxious to be taken seriously that it has evaded seriousness itself."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

David Thomson

7 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"This is a Fellini project, if you like, but it is a film full of music, dance, Rome's crme brle light and a sensual tenderness, so that it might have been made by Renoir."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

David Thomson

8 97%

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

"Here is Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is neither as sparkling as it is said to be nor as bad as it seems to be at the start. But it's pretty good."

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

9 ——

L' Invitation (The Invitation) (1973)

"Nothing is wrong with this film except that not enough is right with it."

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

10 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"I certainly do not move that the film should be suppressed, only that one should know what it is. It is a bath in a smiling madness. "

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

11 68%

El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013)

"This film has its own nature, almost its own reality. The sudden finish almost seems meant to make it our responsibility to comprehend the whole."

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

12 62%

Nicky's Family (2013)

"In addition to the force and the officialdom, dizzying and stark, there are particularly sharp stabs of feeling."

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

13 35%

The Counselor (2013)

"The Counselor is a very bad film, and I suspect that a lot of the actors knew that already as they did their work. It lacks clarity, plausibility, suspense, and purpose."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

David Thomson

14 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"Don't expect this film to restart any careers; if anything, it will remind people why a couple of prominent ones ended."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Isaac Chotiner

15 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"The drug-addled camera and ominous music might seem excessive in Phillips' home office, but like a noisy refrigerator or odd smell, the body learns to ignore what's jarring at first."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Ryan Kearney

16 94%

Museum Hours (2013)

"It's as if Cohen had lived for centuries among these places, and sometimes with art that encapsulates these centuries, and is pleasantly imprisoned within its strength."

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

17 62%

Israel: A Home Movie (2013)

"Some titles embrace us. They seem to have been waiting, affectionately quintessential -- the heart of the matter. Such is Israel: A Home Movie."

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

18 92%

Our Nixon (2013)

"A capably done account of a presidential career that was wrecked by a crime that was unnecessary."

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

19 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"All Is Lost is amazing, deeply moving, and a harking back to an age when the best mainstream films might be the best pictures America made."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

David Thomson

20 90%

Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Given that a show set in the '50s feels like the freshest take on sexual relations in awhile, it's easy to agree. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Laura Bennett

21 55%

The Crazy Ones: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" It seems like a vision of what a good sitcom about the advertising world could be-less a spectacle of magic lightbulb moments than a looser, surrealist take on the absurdity of the creative process. "

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Laura Bennett

22 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"Prisoners is weary after ten minutes, and I suppose it has persuaded itself that its length is justified by its solemn gaze into the abyss."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

David Thomson

23 93%

Top of the Lake: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Top of the Lake is written and directed by Jane Campion and Garth Davis. That's reason enough for taking it seriously, but for being disappointed too. "

Posted Sep 13, 2013

David Thomson

24 79%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"This is a hell of a film, a marvelous experience, far more beautiful than sentimental, so long as you don't have to have a mind made up for you."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

David Thomson

25 52%

Clear History (2013)

"Clear History was improvised from 35 pages of script. "You are such an asshole!" one Vineyard resident tells Flomm, which is the movie's main revelation. "

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Laura Bennett

26 100%

Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013)

" The episode is riveting, as is the quiet power of Dean Norris's performance as Hank. "

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Laura Bennett

27 24%

The Canyons (2013)

"The Canyons is inept and de-energizing, and Lindsay Lohan is enough to make you cry."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

David Thomson

28 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"It is made by documentarians who show more concern for feminism than for fiction or fantasy."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

David Thomson

29 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"Better characters could hardly have been invented."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Laura Bennett

30 80%

Crystal Fairy (2013)

"Jamie and Crystal Fairy, though slightly exaggerated for comic effect, are still truer representations of gringo backpackers than I've ever seen on film."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Ryan Kearney

31 76%

Ray Donovan: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Ray Donovan is so way ahead of Lovelace or The Canyons in conveying the sexed swagger of Los Angeles. "Ray Donovan" is the one of these three items to watch-so long as you can live with a little nastiness. "

Posted Aug 1, 2013

David Thomson

32 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Sooner or later a major film-maker has to give us someone we will never forget. Jasmine is that someone."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

David Thomson

33 100%

Ssom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) (1961)

"It is almost superfluous to note that the film is beautifully made: visually exquisite, ingeniously knit."

Posted Jul 23, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

34 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"This is a ludicrous, showy film, and we are left to reconcile those two antagonistic qualities, or get out."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

David Thomson

35 100%

More Than Honey (2013)

"[Markus] Imhoof makes bees more important than they have previously seemed."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

36 ——

The Magic Flute With Webcast Q&a With Director Kenneth Branagh ()

"The most disturbing fact about this film is that it continues what is by now almost a tradition-the concept of production."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

37 83%

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013)

"What affects us most is Resnais's ingenious idea. And that affect is magnified by a surprise ending. "

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

38 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"From the moment the arrest begins, the film is blunt and stunning, a completely absorbing, protracted nightmare."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Nora Caplan-Bricker

39 86%

In the Fog (2013)

"In the Fog, which seems to me a masterpiece, is about occupation and the destruction of an understanding of one's own history."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

David Thomson

40 76%

Ray Donovan: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" What's alluring about this kind of character isn't the violence or the sex or that he does bad things. The professional fixer appeals to a different kind of fantasy: that someone can clean up all your messes. "

Posted Jul 1, 2013

Esther Breger

41 82%

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

"Caesar [the main ape] is the reason to see this daft, breathless picture."

Posted Jun 24, 2013

David Thomson

42 100%

Brighton Rock (1947)

"Anyone interested after seeing this film [the 2011 version] should go straight to the 1947 original and the uncanny way in which the steadily decent and amiable Attenborough was so scary."

Posted Jun 24, 2013

David Thomson

43 51%

Brighton Rock (2011)

"Drab in color, with very little of Brighton-they shot in neighboring Eastbourne, apparently because Brighton is too posh now to be its old self."

Posted Jun 24, 2013

David Thomson

44 93%

Drive (2011)

"What it had going for it was an uncanny and moving relationship between Gosling and Mulligan."

Posted Jun 24, 2013

David Thomson

45 97%

The Killing (1956)

"Faultless and enjoyable."

Posted Jun 24, 2013

David Thomson

46 100%

The Prowler (Cost of Living ) (1951)

"It's really a quick, deft analysis of a kind of world where corruption and easy answers are on the advance."

Posted Jun 24, 2013

David Thomson

47 67%

World War Z (2013)

"Z has guts and energy. It starts its mayhem early and it never lets up."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

David Thomson

48 92%

Take Shelter (2011)

"In my estimate, this unique and frequently arresting film suffers from the monotony of the lead players' affect, and from the film's urge to have its gloomy cake and eat it."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

David Thomson

49 94%

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

"It came nowhere close to the numbers on Easy Rider, but it is so much more worthwhile as a film. Indeed, I'm going to push my luck and say there has never been a better film about sweaters."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

David Thomson

50 36%

In Time (2011)

"In Time is so crammed with provocative ideas it begins to feel over-crowded."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

David Thomson

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