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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"This is an adult film about children rather than a children's film, per se. Youngsters should, however, love it and their parents be pleased they've seen it too. Very rare, that."

Posted May 16, 2012

Derek Malcolm

2 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"It is at any rate better value than the disappointing Alice in Wonderland."

Posted May 11, 2012

Derek Malcolm

3 55%

Beloved (2012)

"The casting of Deneuve, the star of Umbrellas, and her daughter, by Marcello Mastroianni, give their all and are a major part of the film's allure."

Posted May 11, 2012

Derek Malcolm

4 20%

The Lucky One (2012)

"After this performance no further evidence is needed of Efron's ability to do vulnerability and puppy love - we're ready now to see whether he can show any bite."

Posted May 4, 2012

Derek Malcolm

5 43%

American Reunion (2012)

"Some things they do better over there. Some things they shouldn't do over here at all."

Posted May 4, 2012

David Sexton

6 38%

Nobody Walks (2012)

"An underwhelming comedy about the clash between East Coast edginess and laid-back LA which rarely rises above the formulaic."

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Nick Roddick

7 63%

The Monk (2013)

"The movie, though beautifully lit and full of atmosphere, fails to ignite, even when Geraldine Chaplin as a nasty mother superior is on screen." EDIT

Posted Apr 27, 2012

8 0%

Outside Bet ()

"A waste of most of the talent on display, though everyone goes to it with admirable fortitude." EDIT

Posted Apr 27, 2012

9 50%

388 Arletta Avenue (2012)

"The aim is to give us the stalker's view and, most of the time, it works." EDIT

Posted Apr 27, 2012

10 94%

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

"He seems like a genuinely nice celebrity, possibly because he is never recognised in the street." EDIT

Posted Apr 27, 2012

11 75%

Damsels in Distress (2012)

"It's difficult to think of a film that goes against the grain so thoroughly as this East Coast college comedy from Whit Stillman." EDIT

Posted Apr 27, 2012

12 90%

A Place at the Table (2013)

"The film explains with devastating simplicity why so many go hungry in a country with more than enough food to go round."

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Nick Roddick

13 71%

African Cats (2011)

"A great story, shot throughout with infinite patience." EDIT

Posted Apr 27, 2012

14 89%

Buck (2011)

"An unforgettable film about an extraordinary man."

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Derek Malcolm

15 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"If you like superhero movies at all, you'll absolutely love Avengers Assemble. It's got everything."

Posted Apr 27, 2012

David Sexton

16 56%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"Here's a film that looks good, has production values to die for and an all-star cast who mostly make their mark."

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Derek Malcolm

17 38%

Lockout (Unrated) (2012)

"It's laughably over the top but Pearce, a decent actor, anchors it somewhere between Escape From New York and The Transformers. "

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

18 21%

Elles (2012)

"Well acted and shrewdly directed by Malgorzata Szumowska."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

19 0%

Elfie Hopkins ()

"A poor screenplay and some dubious acting in subsidiary roles make for a misguided horror thriller."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

20 57%

The Assault (2012)

"Shot in black and white, it is well made and helped by copious research."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

21 14%

Ecstasy (2012)

"The film is supposed to be a transformational romance going from the love of ecstasy to the ecstasy of love but the two leads can't manage it any more than the director."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

22 95%

The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)

"Not quite Sunset Boulevard but almost."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

23 43%

Transit (2012)

"Not particularly original but efficient."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

24 26%

The Divide (2012)

"Michael Biehn and Rosanna Arquette are in the cast but not helped by a cursory screenplay."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

25 92%

Town Of Runners ()

"Hollywood couldn't make it up."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

26 11%

Gone (2012)

"It's one of those Hollywood movies that goes in one eye and out the other."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

27 24%

The Samaritan (2012)

"Jackson carries all before him."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

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Hollywoo ()

"The comedy is suitably spiteful about Hollywood but goes on far too long and ends up distinctly patchy."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

29 88%

Breathing (2012)

"Not exactly life-affirming, but Schubert's performance is so eloquent and Markovics's direction so sure that the film blazes with an extraordinary power."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

30 81%

Beauty (Skoonheid) (2013)

"Few more truthful-seeming dramas about sexual repression have appeared in recent years than this one from Oliver Hermanus." EDIT

Posted Apr 20, 2012

31 95%

Marley (2012)

"This is an appropriately exhaustive study of the man and his music, its only failing is the absence of a decent political analysis of Rastafari and the beliefs that informed Marley to the end of his life."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Derek Malcolm

32 67%

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)

"Unfortunately, these characters belong to different worlds that don't meld, cartoonish political satire and dopey romcom."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

David Sexton

33 82%

A Cat in Paris (2012)

"Serge Besset's jazzy score and some smart dialogue help things along, and the finale atop Notre Dame is quite something." EDIT

Posted Apr 6, 2012

34 97%

La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) (2012)

"The great illusion is that these men of the officer class are somehow different from the masses who suffered the bloodiest of wars. Renoir proves that they are not." EDIT

Posted Apr 6, 2012

35 99%

Le Havre (2011)

"The result is both charming and purposeful."

Posted Apr 6, 2012

Derek Malcolm

36 65%

This Must Be The Place (2012)

"It doesn't really work but it's very watchable all the same."

Posted Apr 6, 2012

Derek Malcolm

37 92%

Headhunters (2012)

"This is basically a genre movie that wants to do more than just entertain while turning the screw on unfettered capitalism. I'm not sure it does that, but it certainly does entertain." EDIT

Posted Apr 6, 2012

38 88%

Titanic (1997)

"It has itself become, like the shipwreck, a cultural monument, only accreting value, not losing significance, as time goes by."

Posted Apr 6, 2012

David Sexton

39 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"The Hunger Games absolutely delivers for its target audience: younger teenagers. To them, it can be highly recommended."

Posted Mar 23, 2012

David Sexton

40 66%

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

"You have to admire the thoroughness with which We Bought a Zoo - which is the film Disney would make if they still knew how - caters to the whole family."

Posted Mar 16, 2012

David Sexton

41 93%

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012)

"This is the best controlled film of this major director - even one of the best films of the past year."

Posted Mar 16, 2012

Derek Malcolm

42 51%

Contraband (2012)

"How this confused and mediocre heist-cum-action movie reached - albeit briefly - the top spot in the US box-office ratings passes all understanding." EDIT

Posted Mar 16, 2012

43 75%

In Search of Haydn (2012)

"This is a film that sweeps away preconceptions with a very thorough broom." EDIT

Posted Mar 15, 2012

44 81%

Red Dog (2012)

"Pretty sappy stuff, but the film-makers use knowing humour to snare more cynical viewers and are well-served by the cast." EDIT

Posted Feb 24, 2012

45 100%

Laura (2005)

"Will leave you drunk with delight." EDIT

Posted Feb 24, 2012

46 2%

One for the Money (2012)

"The film miscasts Heigl and doesn't do much good for Debbie Reynolds as Grandma, either." EDIT

Posted Feb 24, 2012

47 63%

Blood Car (2007)

"Okay, if you like this sort of thing." EDIT

Posted Feb 24, 2012

48 13%

Deviation ()

"No one could call this a notable film, though there is some good location work and a performance from a bearded Dyer that may be a bit over the top but still makes its mark." EDIT

Posted Feb 24, 2012

49 56%

The Adopted (Les adoptÚs) ()

"It's a commercial movie rather than an art film, but a great deal less compromised than most of its ilk." EDIT

Posted Feb 24, 2012

50 53%

Safe House (2012)

"Car chases, brutal fight scenes and much ancillary action crowd the story, but there's little to detain the brain as far as script or characterisation go." EDIT

Posted Feb 24, 2012

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