The New Republic

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

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

2 68%

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

3 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

4 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

5 36%

In Time (2011)

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

Posted Jun 20, 2013

David Thomson

6 92%

Page Eight ()

"Bill Nighy is the hushed engine of the film, just as Rachel Weisz is asked to be the emblem of a vein of decency and commitment that is worth defending."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

David Thomson

7 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"The Hoover material is ugly and very American, and it might have made an authentic monster story. But the picture offered is muddled, cautious, and at cross purposes."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

David Thomson

8 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"The Descendants is humane, decent, and close to real quality."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

David Thomson

9 84%

My Week with Marilyn (2011)

"I believe the heart of the film, and the cleverest stroke of all, is Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark, someone few of us will have heard of."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

David Thomson

10 79%

Shame (2011)

"The film's numb attitude assumes that Brandon's problem is beyond reach or rescue. So why are we watching, except for high-tone misery and something close to pornography?"

Posted Jun 20, 2013

David Thomson

11 80%

Young Adult (2011)

"There has always been something so inward about [Theron;] she can seem detached or deprived. But here it's as if the script and the direction felt bound to heed that loneliness, and let the actress go with her bravery and the depressive sag of her mouth."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

David Thomson

12 83%

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

"The movie is riveting in the exact sense of the word: We feel nailed to the screen in the impossible task of working out what is going on-let alone why it matters."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

David Thomson

13 77%

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"It makes for an absorbing drama and leaves the mustiness of cigars in the theatre."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

David Thomson

14 98%

The Artist (2011)

"The whole thing is so damn clever and charming, it might just sneak off with Best Picture. "

Posted Jun 20, 2013

David Thomson

15 99%

A Separation (2011)

"You cannot watch the film without feeling kinship with the characters and admitting their decency as well as their mistakes. "

Posted Jun 19, 2013

David Thomson

16 92%

I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2011)

"Sophie Cattani as Julie takes us with her over several borders, and Vincent Rottiers as the latter-day Thomas is complete in his inchoate anger at fate."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

17 75%

Blackthorn (2011)

"This story, parboiled out of one of the most memorable Westerns, is supported all the way by Gil's directing. "

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

18 78%

The Mill and the Cross (2011)

"We almost feel that we ourselves have accomplished something just by being around while Bruegel doodled."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

19 66%

The Women on the 6th Floor (2011)

"All in all-if all is meant moderately-the story leaves an agreeable aftertaste, which lingers longer than we expected."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

20 86%

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2011)

"It leaves us almost gasping with its impudence."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

21 85%

Happy, Happy (2011)

"Sewitsky is a bit too fond of the handheld camera, but she is immediate, close. Her first picture, daring title and all, takes an empathic look at a permanent puzzle. "

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

22 93%

You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo (2011)

"What makes this film especially biting is the editing. "

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

23 64%

Young Goethe In Love (2011)

"Stylistically, the most engaging aspect of the picture is Stölzl's direction. "

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

24 99%

Le Havre (2011)

"We are so held by the film's impact that its ending, surprise or not, is like a bonus."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

25 95%

Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011)

"It is generally pungent and enlightening. "

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

26 86%

In Heaven Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery (2011)

"Interviews with the cemetery director and with adults who grew up in buildings on the outskirts convey something we might not have imagined, or bothered to imagine-affection for a cemetery. "

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

27 76%

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012)

"It becomes a film about her [Swinton] scattered mind. That produces wonders from Swinton, but it ignores the plea in the title. What about Kevin? Kevin deserves so much more attention-indeed, he deserves being played by Tilda Swinton. "

Posted Jun 19, 2013

David Thomson

28 97%

Tomboy (2011)

"Tomboy is a lovely reminder that the French have long been famous for a quite different sort of film-about children. "

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

29 74%

The Conquest (2011)

"The Sarkozy story glistens, snakelike."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

30 81%

House of Pleasures (2011)

"Nothing in this film comes as a surprise, but Bonello's intent to show the place backstage as well as onstage is fulfilled and pertinent, even though the period setting gives the picture a curio air."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

31 93%

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012)

"Ceylan's own growing reputation will, I hope, continue to grow. He uses the realistic film as an avenue to what lies around and beyond the realism."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

32 80%

The Age of Innocence (1993)

"I don't know any of those [prior] versions, and I wonder how (which means I doubt that) they avoided the snare that Wharton unwittingly set for her adapters, the snare that, for all his gifts, caught Scorsese."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

33 86%

Khodorkovsky (2011)

"Tuschi has a sharp sense of tempo and shot composition, and he obviously knows how to ask questions, because he gets good answers."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

34 74%

Norwegian Wood (2012)

"The acting in the film is key. Every moment by Ken'ichi Matsuyama as Watanabe and Rinko Kikuchi as Naoko is valid yet seems distilled by memory rather than presented raw. "

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

35 67%

The Front Line (2012)

"We can be grateful that a Jang Hun comes along now and then to inscribe a human record."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

36 70%

The Hunter (2012)

"Its mostly observant temper keeps us from being greatly moved, but it holds us with its acute, almost laboratory dissection of its people's beings."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

37 84%

Return (2012)

"The writer-director is Liza Johnson, an artist, making her first picture and doing it with considerable grace."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

38 83%

Crazy Horse (2012)

"Crazy Horse could be condensed to its advantage."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

39 84%

The Forgiveness of Blood (2012)

"The film shows us trenchantly that law often lags behind deep-grained custom."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

40 81%

Hipsters (2011)

"What is... wondrous, the chief repression that we see-and hear-is Stalinist hatred of jazz and American hip clothes."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

41 83%

The Salt of Life (2012)

"Italian film has done us another favor-it has sent us Gianni Di Gregorio again."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

42 81%

Michael (2012)

"Another full unfaltering performance by a child. This time it's in a horror film."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

43 97%

The Kid with a Bike (2012)

"The directing by the Dardenne brothers reflects their previous work: it wants to be unnoticed either for virtuosity or clumsiness, yet only virtuosos can attain this ideal."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

44 98%

This Is Not a Film (2012)

"This film is unique in a dreadful way: what happens on screen would not be particularly interesting without the facts surrounding its making. "

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

45 79%

The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

"Now a new film of the play appears, adapted and directed by Terence Davies with Rachel Weisz in that stellar [Hester Collyer] role and with Rattigan's work in a freshening treatment."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

46 90%

Footnote (2012)

"At the last... Footnote is so intelligently and deftly made that we are glad it exists."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

47 98%

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

"There is something touching and maniacal about the two-and-three-quarter- hour result."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

48 82%

Bonsái (2012)

"It flows along placidly, heated only occasionally by a bit of sex or disco dancing."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

49 88%

Patience (After Sebald) (2012)

"The film is finally only an enjoyable tour, almost devoid of the book's resonances."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

50 70%

Dreams of a Life (2012)

"Somewhere at the bottom of this story is an ache about the value of a life."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Stanley Kauffmann

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