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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 75%

Putty Hill (2011)

"The originality here lies in the fact that the unseen director, Matt Porterfield, armed with his camera, asks them about their feelings."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Derek Malcolm

2 80%

Life in a Day (2011)

"Sometimes shocking, sometimes funny and sometimes just ordinary life placed on the screen."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Derek Malcolm

3 0%

Swinging With The Finkels (2011)

"The film tries for a kind of pawky comedy that tells some kind of truth. But a mediocre screenplay doesn't help and only a few moments work as well as they might."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Derek Malcolm

4 98%

Born To Be Wild (2011)

"Few will be unmoved by the two women's courage and persistence, though Morgan Freeman's intoning voiceover is less persuasive."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Derek Malcolm

5 83%

Potiche (2011)

"Deneuve's combination of dignity and a determined ordinariness is just right, while Depardieu's lovelorn political beast is equally watchable."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Derek Malcolm

6 45%

Bad Teacher (2011)

"It's good for a few laughs but in the end neither outrageous nor accurate enough."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Derek Malcolm

7 26%

Green Lantern (2011)

"I liked it much more than, say, Thor, precisely because it's so openly childish. That approach seems right for the material. Twelve-year-olds are fabulously well-served by the movies nowadays."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

David Sexton

8 10%

Honey 2 (2012)

"Nearly every dance film cliché is done to death here, but at least the hip-hoppery is spectacular, played out before a panel of judges who make Cheryl Cole look like a genius."

Posted Jun 10, 2011

Derek Malcolm

9 100%

Cría Cuervos (Cria!) (Raise Ravens) (1976)

"It's unsettling, moving and funny in turn, and a clear criticism of a regime that stifled the Spanish for decades."

Posted Jun 10, 2011

Derek Malcolm

10 43%

Mother's Day (2012)

"You have to like this sort of thing, and I don't."

Posted Jun 10, 2011

Derek Malcolm

11 91%

Point Blank (2011)

"This is a reasonable if slightly confusing watch, recalling the work of someone like Phil Karlson, though it's distinctly French in tone."

Posted Jun 10, 2011

Derek Malcolm

12 81%

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

"Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson has done her best to ensure a child-friendly movie that parents can sit through too."

Posted Jun 10, 2011

Derek Malcolm

13 59%

Kaboom (2011)

"Two very different films have been mashed up in Kaboom..."

Posted Jun 10, 2011

David Sexton

14 92%

Senna (2011)

"Even those bored to death with people going round and round in ever-faster cars can appreciate a veritable legend of the track."

Posted Jun 3, 2011

Derek Malcolm

15 50%

Last Night (2011)

"The word sexy is horribly overused. When it comes to this pair, though, it's the only word that will do."

Posted Jun 3, 2011

Charlotte O'Sullivan

16 63%

Mammuth (2011)

"It is often quite offbeat, anarchic stuff about how time and age tend to betray us."

Posted Jun 3, 2011

Derek Malcolm

17 100%

Rio Breaks (2010)

"This is not your ordinary movie about young men surfing the waves in places like Rio."

Posted Jun 3, 2011

Derek Malcolm

18 38%

Screwed (2011)

"Here we get everything nasty piled up like a great bag of detritus, and hardly a hint of anything positive at all."

Posted Jun 3, 2011

Derek Malcolm

19 91%

Donor Unknown (2011)

"Only in America, you're bound to say after watching Donor Unknown, but it's worth a look all the same."

Posted Jun 3, 2011

Derek Malcolm

20 36%

Prom (2011)

"Romance flowering or being dashed, a school where no one appears to be doing any coherent work and a Prom which brings the whole messy thing towards its feelgood finish."

Posted Jun 3, 2011

Derek Malcolm

21 82%

Life, Above All (2011)

"Schmitz shoots the kids with dreamy respect. The adult actors have less to work with. Still, their agonised faces, not to mention their voices, create their own kind of texture and ensure we leave the cinema in tears."

Posted May 27, 2011

Charlotte O'Sullivan

22 ——

Dancing Dreams (Tanzträume) (2010)

"Even those allergic to dance and/or the young will find themselves seduced."

Posted May 27, 2011

Charlotte O'Sullivan

23 74%

Heartbeats (2011)

"Lushly, not to say swishly made, the whole thing is really just a pseudo-poetic trifle."

Posted May 27, 2011

Derek Malcolm

24 34%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"It's not with a sense of delight that you realise you're on exactly the same ride again but with dawning dismay."

Posted May 27, 2011

Derek Malcolm

25 93%

The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte) (2011)

"It is all rather wonderful - a balm to the spirit and a tribute to the natural world, unsullied by consumer society."

Posted May 27, 2011

Derek Malcolm

26 48%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011)

"There are momentary shafts of something like wit within this slightly bland mix..."

Posted May 27, 2011

Derek Malcolm

27 48%

Angel of Evil (2011)

"If it falls short of either Gomorrah or A Prophet, it is an above average prison thriller, telling us of a strange man who fought most of his enemies to a standstill until he died."

Posted May 27, 2011

Derek Malcolm

28 99%

Apocalypse Now (1979)

"Undoubtedly it is one of the best films about war ever made."

Posted May 27, 2011

Derek Malcolm

29 93%

Drive (2011)

"Refn ... is an avid fan of American thrillers and is clearly familiar with most of its clichés. Every one is displayed, in one sequence or another, during the film."

Posted May 20, 2011

Derek Malcolm

30 87%

Fire in Babylon (2011)

"Not so much triumphalist as upbeat, saucy rather than slick, Fire in Babylon is the kind of film that makes you proud to be a human being."

Posted May 20, 2011

Charlotte O'Sullivan

31 94%

Win Win (2011)

"Win Win is slighter, and sappier, than it might have been. Still and all, it's a joy."

Posted May 20, 2011

Charlotte O'Sullivan

32 94%

Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) (2011)

"This cannily uncanny film resonates."

Posted May 20, 2011

Charlotte O'Sullivan

33 46%

Blitz (2011)

"All three men give searing performances and young cinematographer Robert Hardy dwells with palpable relief on their expressive features."

Posted May 20, 2011

Charlotte O'Sullivan

34 59%

Vidal Sassoon: The Movie (2011)

"If Vidal The Movie were a haircut, it would be a peek-a-boo fringe. Now you see him, now you don't."

Posted May 20, 2011

Charlotte O'Sullivan

35 40%

Planeat (2011)

"PlanEat is on a serious mission but its lack of focus is infectious. My big question as the credits rolled: why are so many vegan chefs covered in tattoos?"

Posted May 20, 2011

Charlotte O'Sullivan

36 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"It is truly strange that a film setting out to be pure entertainment, so full of stars and special effects, should be so mortifyingly dull - although, then again, as Dr Johnson said: "Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment.""

Posted May 20, 2011

David Sexton

37 74%

The Conquest (2011)

"Neither hatchet job nor hagiography, it entertainingly lifts the lid on a period which changed France's political landscape forever."

Posted May 19, 2011

Nick Roddick

38 81%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"Only Almodovar could get away with this potentially grizzly melodrama and make you laugh as well as shudder."

Posted May 19, 2011

Derek Malcolm

39 78%

Melancholia (2011)

"It looks wonderful, and almost every-one in the cast shares the intensity Von Trier always brings to his films."

Posted May 18, 2011

Derek Malcolm

40 97%

The Kid with a Bike (2012)

"The film is beautifully acted throughout and its essential warmth and humanity shine through every frame."

Posted May 18, 2011

Derek Malcolm

41 60%

The Beaver (2011)

"The main problem with the film, competently but rather blandly directed by Foster, is that you can't believe this fairy tale for a moment."

Posted May 17, 2011

Derek Malcolm

42 62%

We Have a Pope (2012)

"The film has a suitably dramatic ending but that comes rather too late in the proceedings after Moretti, ever an actor who likes the limelight, has turned his film into something too lightweight to get to grips with its central dilemma."

Posted May 16, 2011

Derek Malcolm

43 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"There are times when the film seems more like a religious experience than narrative cinema...[it] sticks in the mind even if it tries the patience."

Posted May 16, 2011

Derek Malcolm

44 78%

Red Hill (2010)

"The film just about transcends its abundant clichés. It's Coen Brothers lite but made with some panache."

Posted May 13, 2011

Derek Malcolm

45 49%

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

"Browning is a real find. But despite Leigh's evident promise and audacity, this is not a film which achieves as much as it clearly hopes."

Posted May 13, 2011

Derek Malcolm

46 36%

Restless (2011)

"This paean to the troubles of youth has none of Van Sant's edge, which seems to have been replaced by whimsicality as two young people, one dying of cancer, the other mourning the loss of his parents in an accident, meet at a funeral and fall in love."

Posted May 13, 2011

Derek Malcolm

47 89%

A Screaming Man (2011)

"This is not only a good-looking, well directed and splendidly shot and acted film. It is an unforgettable snapshot of a failed country, and one of the best films in London at the moment."

Posted May 13, 2011

Derek Malcolm

48 98%

Taxi Driver (1976)

"Melodramatic as it often is, the film is a riveting watch and De Niro provides a character study it is impossible to forget."

Posted May 13, 2011

Derek Malcolm

49 28%

Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

"It's a dispiriting mess throughout."

Posted May 13, 2011

Derek Malcolm

50 100%

Love Like Poison (Un Poison Violent) ()

"It refuses to be either prurient or particularly erotic. Its quietness, however, is deceptive. Quillévéré is clearly a director to note."

Posted May 13, 2011

Derek Malcolm

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