Sunday Times (UK)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 48%

Ong Bak 2 (2009)

"Like watching a computer game with cheat mode on. For hardcore fans only."

Posted Oct 20, 2009

Stuart McGurk

2 59%

The Vanishing of the Bees (2011)

"Well intentioned and urgent - but let down by hammy narration, a made-for-TV budget and a blatant plug for its co-sponsor, the Co-op."

Posted Oct 16, 2009

Stuart McGurk

3 86%

Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009)

"Think Spinal Rap. A likeable and sporadically funny film, it's rather slight for a theatrical release."

Posted Oct 16, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

4 90%

Army of Crime (L'Armée du Crime) (2010)

"A credible, detailed picture of day-to-day life in occupied France: an attraction in itself."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Edward Porter

5 84%

Ip Man (2010)

"The film's hagiographical simplicity makes the Rocky movies look profound, but this is still a spirited tale with excellent martial-arts scenes."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Edward Porter

6 56%

Vinyan (2008)

"Vinyan is a fine example of art-house horror. It's rich in spooky atmospherics, but it's not really scary."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

7 0%

Spell ()

"The script is appalling, the dialogue is flat, the acting is unforgivable and the horror scenes are unintentionally comic. Yes - in Carey Jones, Britain has produced its own Ed Wood."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

8 100%

Sztuczki (Tricks) (2009)

"The slightly-too-calculated cuteness of Andrzej Jakimowski's film didn't induce any warm fuzziness in me, but the neatly crafted plot kept me engaged."

Posted Sep 7, 2009

Edward Porter

9 64%

Greek Pete (2009)

"If the film truly were a documentary, we would at least know we were getting a picture of real life, albeit a not very enlightening one. Instead, we're stuck with an undramatic drama."

Posted Sep 7, 2009

Edward Porter

10 90%

Big River Man (2009)

"It's a messy film - a few scenes look to be reconstructions, and the lack of any interview with Strel himself is frustrating - but it certainly shows us a colourful part of life's rich tapestry."

Posted Sep 7, 2009

Edward Porter

11 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"Too timid to be truly cynical about love and too eager for box-office success to try to be a really new kind of romantic comedy, the film fails the ultimate romantic-comedy test: not only does it lack enough laughs, but you're never emotionally involved."

Posted Sep 7, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

12 82%

Broken Embraces (2009)

"It is ironic that, of all Almodovar's films, Broken Embraces is the biggest budget and the greatest length, yet it is also the dullest. His devoted fans will be delighted, but those who enjoyed Volver will be disappointed."

Posted Sep 1, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

13 82%

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (L'ennemi public n1) (2010)

"You start to wonder if that personality is compelling enough to deserve such scrutiny... I'd have settled for a single film compiling the saga's flashiest moments."

Posted Sep 1, 2009

Edward Porter

14 29%

The Final Destination (2009)

"The 3-D effect been applied. It adds a bit of extra fun to what is otherwise a routine repeat of the formula."

Posted Sep 1, 2009

Edward Porter

15 89%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"This spaghetti-western-inspired war film is a watchable mix of the good, the bad and the ugly."

Posted Aug 24, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

16 31%

Aliens in the Attic (2009)

"Cue some uninspired but reasonably entertaining mayhem. The aliens are mediocre CGI bipeds who wouldn't last 10 seconds against a horde of Gremlins."

Posted Aug 17, 2009

Edward Porter

17 37%

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

"Silly sci-fi tosh that tries to play itself out as a serious and heart-rending love story, but Ghost it ain't."

Posted Aug 17, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

18 96%

Mesrine: Part 1 (Killer Instinct) and Part 2 (Public Enemy #1) ()

"Richet's punchy style doesn't add anything new to the conventional, Scorsese-inspired way of presenting gangster movies, but it's well done, giving the film a constant supply of energy."

Posted Aug 11, 2009

Edward Porter

19 15%

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)

"How this ever got released is a mystery. Unwatchable, almost unreviewable, this stupid monster movie makes the Bela Lugosi swan song Plan 9 from Outer Space look like a masterpiece."

Posted Aug 11, 2009

Peter Whittle

20 73%

The Meerkats (2008)

"Like the real-life natural-world Disney features of yesteryear, there's a huge amount of entertainment to be had, especially for kids, although the imposition of a story and the attribution of various emotions to the creatures can get slightly cloying."

Posted Aug 11, 2009

Peter Whittle

21 64%

Adam (2009)

"It comes across simply as a bit of bland do-gooding."

Posted Aug 11, 2009

Edward Porter

22 51%

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

"All sound and fury, devoid of any relevance or resonance."

Posted Aug 4, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

23 29%

Mad, Sad & Bad ()

"Like a sitcom pilot that should never have seen the light of day. The characters are cardboard cutouts and the comedy lacks bite. Imagine the same script featuring white characters and you will see just how second-rate the screenplay is."

Posted Aug 4, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

24 16%

Crossing Over (2009)

"The film manages to sustain a general air of dull preachiness without ever having much to say for itself."

Posted Aug 4, 2009

Edward Porter

25 72%

Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story) (2007)

"It's done with some style, Bornedal telling much of the story in nifty montages set to insistent music, but I couldn't get into the spirit of it."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Edward Porter

26 44%

The Proposal (2009)

"The sight of Bullock doing a rap dance with granny in the woods is a traumatising experience."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

27 85%

Skin (2009)

"Skin is one of those worthy and watchable dramas that are un-demanding and a bit underwhelming. It should leave you with a big lump in your throat, but it's strangely unemotional."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

28 23%

Charles Dickens's England (2009)

"He's a ghost of documentaries past: an actorly tour guide reciting lines not written by him, putting on glasses with a scholarly flourish, staring into space to underline poignant moments in the narrative."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Edward Porter

29 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"This is a Potter film that will be quickly forgotten, even by Harry's most ardent fans."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

30 73%

Rudo y Cursi (2009)

"Lacks dramatic punch and satirical bite - it's all rather cartoonish - but it's full of great characters and moves at an energetic pace. This is a superior buddy film."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

31 84%

Looking for Eric (2010)

"Loach has created the first real grim-meets-feelgood film. It offers guilt-free fun and laughs for football and Loach fans alike."

Posted Jun 16, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

32 50%

Soi Cowboy ()

"There is skill, thoughtfulness and chutzpah here, but not enough to create the sort of mesmeric power that a film of this kind needs."

Posted Jun 16, 2009

Edward Porter

33 45%

New Town Killers (2008)

"The film has great visual flair, but the story is a heavy-handed slice of modern melodrama that would have made Dickens blush."

Posted Jun 16, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

34 48%

Doghouse (2009)

"Female zombies are the perfect excuse to show women being beaten up by men. In its trashy way, the film has just enough exuberance to be classified as harmless."

Posted Jun 16, 2009

Edward Porter

35 25%

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)

"It's A Hard Day's Night all over again, except nobody has bothered to write the brothers some funny dialogue."

Posted May 29, 2009

Edward Porter

36 86%

L'Empreinte de l'ange (Mark of an Angel) (2008)

"It's smart, seductive stuff that taps the primal power of maternal grief."

Posted May 28, 2009

Kevin Maher

37 44%

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

"Levy's film is neither fun nor exciting. He's stuffed it with special effects, star names and big numbers, but it has none of the exuberance needed to lift us out of our seats and take us on a thrilling ride."

Posted May 28, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

38 93%

Slepe lásky, (Blind Loves) (2009)

"The film avoids sentimentality, yet there's no denying that we sighted people end up feeling sorry for them - something I don't think they would want."

Posted May 28, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

39 37%

Angels & Demons (2009)

"As a cracking tale of code-cracking, Angels & Demons never really works. Howard doesn't create the drama of a great mind facing great challenges, struggling to see the truth as the clock ticks."

Posted May 17, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

40 87%

Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009)

"Johnson's film is meant to be a heartwarming and funny look at young dreamers and the realities of their lives. But there's something distasteful in portraying these kids as lovable losers."

Posted May 13, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

41 24%

Little Ashes (2009)

"The only viewers on whom the film is likely to make a big impression are young fans of Robert Pattinson, the heart-throb star of Twilight. For them, watching their idol's unrestrained performance as Dali will be quite a crash course in surrealism."

Posted May 13, 2009

Edward Porter

42 82%

Párpados Azules (Blue Eyelids) (2007)

"There have been countless films about ordinary, lonely people finding love, but few of them can have had characters quite as unassertive and nondescript as the couple featured in this Mexican comic drama."

Posted May 13, 2009

Edward Porter

43 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"Here is a film that slaps your expectations around with surprise after surprise, leaving you shaking your head in disbelief that a Star Trek film could be this good."

Posted May 13, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

44 38%

X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

"X-Men Origins is really a series of action sequences, the usual mix of bangs, chases and fights, held together by a plot so predictable that you get no points for guessing right."

Posted May 7, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

45 67%

End ()

"The film is a flavourful record of what is - as the interviewees are well aware - a vanishing culture, but it doesn't dig deep."

Posted May 7, 2009

Edward Porter

46 65%

Is Anybody There? (2009)

"The story's main elements are the stuff of broadbrush, bittersweet television drama."

Posted May 7, 2009

Edward Porter

47 26%

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

"The whole concept founders on McConaughey's unalterable cheesiness. Flimsy though it is, the film has a couple of okay jokes, and might have been passable with a more endearing star."

Posted May 7, 2009

Edward Porter

48 67%

Helen (2008)

"Given its harrowing theme, Helen is a beautiful and restrained work. The camera quietly and slowly glides along Helen's world, laying bare the loneliness of a marginalised girl who is longing to find a life of her own."

Posted May 7, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

49 45%

Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)

"The film slips into American schmaltz at times, but it's really a thing of wonder - an infectious and irresistible fantasy that all the family can enjoy."

Posted May 7, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

50 40%

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)

"There are some good ideas, but I was disappointed not to get an ending that pieced everything together into a satisfying chain of events. The film provokes questions, all right, but too many are left unanswered."

Posted Apr 28, 2009

Edward Porter

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