The New Republic

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

I Wish (2012)

"Transforms the commonplace into the extraordinary."

Posted May 25, 2012

Stanley Kauffmann

2 93%

Elena (2012)

"Naturalism lives. If Zola were a Russian in Russia today, he might have written Elena."

Posted May 25, 2012

Stanley Kauffmann

3 97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

"With a few folds, this story could have made a script for John Barrymore, like Topaze, or for Chaplin."

Posted May 11, 2012

Stanley Kauffmann

4 21%

Elles (2012)

"One of her (Binoche's) lesser choices."

Posted May 11, 2012

Stanley Kauffmann

5 80%

Goodbye First Love (2012)

"Writer-director, Mia Hansen-LÝve, whose third feature this is, has addressed her subject with complete emotional confidence."

Posted May 11, 2012

Stanley Kauffmann

6 62%

We Have a Pope (2012)

"Moretti's latest work looks at the church sympathetically, veristically, comically."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Stanley Kauffmann

7 99%

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)

"Gelb apparently understood that his subject was itself so taking that he wouldn't need filmic embellishments to keep his viewers alert."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Stanley Kauffmann

8 93%

Gerhard Richter Painting (2012)

"A kind of residence with its subject rather than a report."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Stanley Kauffmann

9 87%

Luck: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" After three episodes of Luck, I'm still hedging my bets and crossing my fingers-or just waiting to hear a line clearly. "

Posted Feb 14, 2012

David Thomson

10 100%

Homeland: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" Above all Homeland arouses our suspicions-if the show had a sub-title, it would be "Insecurity," not "Security." "

Posted Oct 25, 2011

David Thomson

11 93%

127 Hours (2010)

Posted Sep 7, 2011

David Thomson

12 94%

The Hour: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" The most complex and absorbing story playing on film (and in English) at the moment. This is narrative, character, and intrigue such as have gone out of fashion. "

Posted Sep 6, 2011

David Thomson

13 36%

One Day (2011)

"One Day is just a gimmicky "new" way of doing an old-fashioned love story. But we'll hear much more of Sturgess, Hathaway, and Lone Scherfig."

Posted Aug 23, 2011

David Thomson

14 93%

Midnight in Paris (2011)

"Woody Allen attracts promising players and does nothing with them."

Posted Jun 3, 2011

David Thomson

15 98%

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

"To say of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that it is among the genuine artistic achievements of this country takes no great daring."

Posted Feb 15, 2011

Otis Ferguson

16 94%

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

"Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is going to be the big movie explosion of the year, and reviewers are going to think twice and think sourly before they'll want to put it down for the clumsy and irritating thing it is."

Posted Feb 15, 2011

Otis Ferguson

17 98%

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

"An appealing film this new one is, with some charm, some glee in the childrens' triumphs, some share in their friendship with E.T."

Posted Feb 15, 2011

Stanley Kauffmann

18 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"In a perverse but amusing way, Money Never Sleeps sometimes seems like film noir for CNBC junkies."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Matt Zoller Seitz

19 99%

Metropolis (1927)

"I have just had a sensational night at the movies, and the picture was only 83 years old."

Posted Jul 27, 2010

David Thomson

20 76%

Invictus (2009)

"[T]he epitome of Hollywood filmmaking in ways both good and bad: uplifting, overlong, ambitious in scope but simple in moral vision, well-crafted but inured to irony."

Posted Dec 11, 2009

Christopher Orr

21 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"Reitman has given us a witty, elegant movie that is nonetheless, like its protagonist, somewhat aloof from the vicissitudes experienced by mere mortals."

Posted Dec 4, 2009

Christopher Orr

22 89%

Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009)

"The biggest film of the year opens this week, though you may be forgiven if you haven't heard about it, as it has committed the unpardonable sin of being in Chinese."

Posted Nov 26, 2009

Christopher Orr

23 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"The same eye for immaculate compositions that had seemed increasingly to hem in his human actors here serves as the basis for some of the most inventive animated set pieces this side of Nick Park."

Posted Nov 26, 2009

Christopher Orr

24 75%

The Road (2009)

"Is the film too grim? Or not grim enough? In a perverse way, I fear it's both."

Posted Nov 26, 2009

Christopher Orr

25 28%

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

"A landmark cinematic event in 280 words, or one for every $500,000 of weekend box office."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Christopher Orr

26 87%

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

"Making a bad movie this good is harder than it looks."

Posted Nov 20, 2009

Christopher Orr

27 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"[I]f Precious has a crucial flaw, it is that it is at once too bleak and too hopeful in its closing scenes: too bleak in the history it unearths, and too hopeful that the mere fact of the unearthing will make that history go away."

Posted Nov 13, 2009

Christopher Orr

28 39%

2012 (2009)

"[J]ust as the cyclones and tsunamis of The Day After Tomorrow ultimately succumbed to a bad case of narrative frostbite, 2012's ludicrous thrills begin burning themselves out by the movie's midpoint."

Posted Nov 13, 2009

Christopher Orr

29 94%

La Nana (The Maid) (2009)

"How discomfiting it is to see a good film from a country that is low on any list of film-producing nations."

Posted Nov 12, 2009

Stanley Kauffmann

30 100%

Rembrandt's J'accuse (2008)

Posted Nov 12, 2009

Stanley Kauffmann

31 94%

The Damned United (2009)

"One of [its] primary pleasures...is that, in choosing a topic as narrow and parochial as the fate of an English soccer club, Morgan has relieved himself of any duty to persuade us that the events he describes are of world-historical import."

Posted Oct 23, 2009

Christopher Orr

32 72%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"Where the Wild Things Are may not be a great film for children (or, at least, most children). But it is something rarer still: a great, and unsparing, film about childhood."

Posted Oct 15, 2009

Christopher Orr

33 89%

A Serious Man (2009)

"Humor and empathy alike have trouble flourishing in the grim narrative soil the Coens provide, in which every cosmic joke is a black one."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Christopher Orr

34 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"[E]verything Jennifer's Body was not--fast, funny, and fully aware of the obligations and opportunities inherent in the genre."

Posted Oct 5, 2009

Christopher Orr

35 25%

Fame (2009)

"Way back in 1980, when the Oscar-winning theme song of the movie Fame declared "I'm gonna live forever," it was easy to believe the lyric was an example of artistic license. Now, it's not so clear."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Christopher Orr

36 79%

The Informant! (2009)

"[Damon] occupies his equivocating antihero utterly, capturing the Walter Mittyish self-delusion, the desperate desire to please, and the bottomless conviction that, whatever his transgressions, he's still one of the good guys."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Christopher Orr

37 42%

Jennifer's Body (2009)

"[T]here's something a bit sour about the whole enterprise, a lack of fun that becomes more evident as the injuries and indignities piled upon poor Needy accumulate, and gradually crowd out the film's early tongue-in-cheekiness."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Christopher Orr

38 76%

Our City Dreams (2008)

Posted Sep 9, 2009

Stanley Kauffmann

39 44%

Tussenstand (Stages) (2007)

Posted Sep 9, 2009

Stanley Kauffmann

40 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

Posted Sep 9, 2009

Stanley Kauffmann

41 75%

Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009)

Posted Sep 9, 2009

Stanley Kauffmann

42 48%

La Fille de Monaco (The Girl from Monaco) (2009)

Posted Sep 9, 2009

Stanley Kauffmann

43 63%

Extract (2009)

"[Extract] resembles its titular foodstuffs: less a fully realized comedy than the distillation of one. The ingredients are there, and the recipe as well, but Judge evidently forgot that the whole dish still needed cooking."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Christopher Orr

44 89%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"The true moral universe in which the film unfolds is that of the spaghetti westerns...: a world in which the strong are above the law and the way to tell the good guys from the bad guys is not by their acts but by the kind of hats they wear."

Posted Aug 20, 2009

Christopher Orr

45 81%

Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)

"[U]nlike most exercises in hematic excess--Richard Rodriguez's Planet Terror, for instance, or Tarantino's Kill Bill--Thirst offers not the consolations of camp but the intensity of opera."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Christopher Orr

46 100%

Thirst (1979)

"[U]nlike most exercises in hematic excess--Richard Rodriguez's Planet Terror, for instance, or Tarantino's Kill Bill--Thirst offers not the consolations of camp but the intensity of opera."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Christopher Orr

47 90%

District 9 (2009)

"District 9 succeeds brilliantly as an exercise in style, but the style promises a level of substance the film never quite delivers."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Christopher Orr

48 35%

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

"Sometimes, a film defies conventional narrative and artistic standards so utterly that it seems unfair to judge it by them.... Consider this a tone poem in 40 scraps of dialogue."

Posted Aug 11, 2009

Christopher Orr

49 75%

Julie & Julia (2009)

"[T]he whole enterprise has a whiff of marketing to it. Did the filmmakers worry that Child wouldn't be 'relatable' to contemporary women? Was there a fear that the 18-35 demographic would decline to show up if it didn't have an onscreen representative?"

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Christopher Orr

50 68%

Funny People (2009)

"The movie...feels like the work of an artist in transition, an attempt by Apatow to see how far he can push his foul-mouthed bromances toward earnest drama before finally having to let go of the dick jokes."

Posted Jul 30, 2009

Christopher Orr

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