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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

The Damned United (2009)

"The Damned United is highly watchable, a comedic fiction that happens to be mostly fact."

Posted Mar 27, 2009

Derek Malcolm

2 33%

Knowing (2009)

"Knowing, though the story of disasters, isn't a total disaster itself. It's just too ambitious for its own good."

Posted Mar 27, 2009

Derek Malcolm

3 76%

The Young Victoria (2009)

"The Young Victoria is thus about as sexy as a cold fish and as imaginative as a kipper."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Derek Malcolm

4 85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"The story is told with a merciful lack of sentimentality, while Williams's performance seems totally natural. Added to that, Reichardt paints the smalltown scene with an attention to detail that a lot of other films miss."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Derek Malcolm

5 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"At least it looks good, like a version of The Dark Knight coupled with Taxi Driver, and remains faithful to the skin if not the bone of Moore and Gibbons's astonishing vision."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Derek Malcolm

6 55%

Surveillance (2009)

"It's a bleak piece of Americana with a twisted smile on its face. Sick, if you like, but there's a real film-maker here and I've never seen Ormond and Pullman so effectively not be their usual screen selves."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Derek Malcolm

7 87%

Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008)

"The twists and turns of the plot keep you on tenterhooks throughout, even if this competently made film sometimes looks as if it were shot in a Denmark depleted of ordinary citizens."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Derek Malcolm

8 70%

American Teen (2008)

"Burstein orchestrates their passage through school with some sympathy and no real revelations - except for the fact that she guesses, probably correctly, that most teenagers are nothing like as dangerous and bolshie as a lot of adults believe."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Derek Malcolm

9 59%

The International (2009)

"The title of the sleekly professional The International sounds off-puttingly more like a corporate hotel than a thriller and the first half proves just as blandly businesslike."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

10 11%

The Unborn (2009)

"The screenplay by Goyer himself, who wrote Blade and co-wrote The Dark Knight, this time doesn't limber up."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Derek Malcolm

11 29%

New In Town (2009)

"New In Town is rather like tapioca itself, soggy and virtually tasteless. It's like a Frank Capra movie with hardened arteries."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Derek Malcolm

12 59%

The International (2009)

"Though The International starts decently enough, its flailing action set-pieces and dialogue such as "sometimes a man can meet his destiny on the road he took to avoid it" drag it down to a very pedestrian level."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Derek Malcolm

13 59%

Franklyn (2008)

"McMorrow is clearly an intriguing and talented British director but Franklyn is almost impossible to follow, thus wasting the talents of the good cast trying their best to make sense of it."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Derek Malcolm

14 96%

The Class (2008)

"To say this is an important film would perhaps be offputting - but it is, and please don't be offput."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Derek Malcolm

15 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"Gran Torino is made without fuss and acted out with the kind of natural grace only a real titan of the cinema could manage. And Clint is a titan - one of the best directors in America and a performer whose range has extended mightily throughout his career"

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Derek Malcolm

16 25%

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

"The whole thing is a piece of romantic codswallop that relies on the ordinary but feisty charm of Fisher."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Derek Malcolm

17 80%

Che: Part Two (Guerrilla) (2008)

"It's expertly made, mind you, and features a performance from Benicio Del Toro, practically masked in whiskers, that is both brave and sincere, like the mistaken Che himself."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Derek Malcolm

18 67%

Cadillac Records (2008)

"Darnell Martin's film is distinguished by some more than adequate performances but drifts through the story of the record label."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Derek Malcolm

19 98%

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

"Even if you don't like metal, this is a movie to enjoy almost as much as Cut Loose and Mad Dog, their most faithful fans, undoubtedly will."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Derek Malcolm

20 51%

Notorious (2009)

"A fitfully fascinating rise-and-demise yarn that will probably leave hip-hop fans underwhelmed while also alienating middlebrow audiences hoping for an inspirational night out."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

21 77%

Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys) (2008)

"Three Monkeys is a noirish thriller - boasting an explosive beginning, middle and end. The pace is still slow and the kiss-kiss bang-bangs take place off camera, but the effect is seismic."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

22 12%

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

"Possibly the most excruciating comedy of the year."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

23 45%

Hotel for Dogs (2009)

"At the start, Kudrow's character tells the time-wasting kids, "You owe me 30 seconds of my life." I'm owed rather more."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

24 25%

Friday the 13th (2009)

"The beast of high-budget horror can be vanquished only if we starve it of cash. Stay out of the cinemas, my friends, and Jason and his kind will finally be able to rest in peace."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

25 81%

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

"It's determinedly silly, and possibly wishful-thinking, in essence. After what we've seen from Allen from Match Point onwards, its sheer entertainment value is a minor miracle." EDIT

Posted Feb 5, 2009

26 20%

The Secret of Moonacre (2008)

"The production design gives us plenty for the eye but a dull screenplay and patchy editing hardly bring the fantasy to life."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Derek Malcolm

27 40%

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

"The whole resembles a soufflé which simply refuses to rise. Maybe I was just not that into it."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Derek Malcolm

28 78%

Doubt (2008)

"It does not make the most of what ought to be rather frightening and ultimately moving material."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Derek Malcolm

29 72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"An intended tour de force, it is strangely unable to engage the emotions. In the end it amounts to an overweight movie that delivers less than its clever director, David Fincher, seems to think."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Derek Malcolm

30 88%

Bolt (2008)

" Even if it's a bit too knowing in places for children and a bit lightweight in others for adults, as a whole it gives Pixar every chance to show that even with a moderate story line it can give us something to savour."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Derek Malcolm

31 94%

Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) (2009)

"It's uneven, but memorable in its way."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Derek Malcolm

32 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"The book and the film may be nailed to their Fifties period (everyone seems to smoke perpetually) but what Revolutionary Road says about not so quietly desperate lives is still appropriate today."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Derek Malcolm

33 74%

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

"It's not a bad film; just not quite good enough to take hold."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Derek Malcolm

34 83%

JCVD (Van Dammage) (2008)

"This may be the best movie he's made. It's in French, by the way."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Derek Malcolm

35 47%

The Broken (2009)

"Here is a film from a director with a little more imagination and skill than story-telling sense."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Derek Malcolm

36 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"The end result, however, is a skewed picture that manages to promote Hollywood-style derring-do and make fascism look more stylish and profound than it has done in years."

Posted Jan 23, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

37 85%

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

"Director Jonathan Demme, who says he wanted to make "the most beautiful home movie ever made", didn't rehearse scenes before filming. He and Hathaway, as much as Lumet, deserve praise for creating a pariah at once close-to-home and unique."

Posted Jan 23, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

38 94%

Milk (2008)

"As biopics go, this portrait of gay activist Harvey Milk isn't quite up there with, say, Raging Bull. Still, it is smart, sexy and very funny."

Posted Jan 23, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

39 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"Devoid of heroes, Frost/Nixon is a film about filming. And - perhaps because I ducked the play and loathed The Queen - I enjoyed every minute of it."

Posted Jan 23, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

40 21%

Faintheart (2008)

"Even if you hate it, the only thing you'll be wasting is your time."

Posted Jan 23, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

41 41%

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

"You want to cringe as the picture begins, but you end up quite enjoying it."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Derek Malcolm

42 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"The Wrestler is, in essence, an excellent B-movie centred upon a defiantly top-rate performance from Rourke."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Derek Malcolm

43 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"I'm not sure it's a great movie, but it's certainly a great audience movie."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Anthony Quinn

44 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"It's a fantasy with realist stud marks, full of energy, colour and, frankly, cliché."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Derek Malcolm

45 46%

Sex Drive (2008)

"It is played with gusto and each of the characters avoids stereotype. It is also genuinely funny at least half of the time. The other half is a bit prurient in a style with which we are all too familiar now."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Derek Malcolm

46 77%

Role Models (2008)

"Neither Rudd nor Scott are naturally funny performers, and neither are nearly as effective as their two young charges. Lynch's Sturdy Wings manager is easily the best bet for laughs."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Derek Malcolm

47 59%

Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)

"The film meanders along in conversational style, encouraging improvisational realism but also the thought that maybe these middle-class characters, not quite slackers, are less interesting than they, or the director, think they are."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Derek Malcolm

48 57%

Defiance (2009)

"Defiance remains a fantastic story. No one could doubt the sincerity of its telling. What Defiance lacks is simply an ability to make it come fully alive."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Derek Malcolm

49 10%

Bride Wars (2009)

"A story so ludicrous and soft-centred that none of the actors has much of a chance, and both comedy and romance seem stifled at birth. Everyone concerned seems to have given up halfway through. You can't blame them."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Derek Malcolm

50 61%

The Reader (2008)

"Winslet's intricate performance and Daldry's skills of persuasion make it a worthy memorial to its producers, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, the values of whose own films it faithfully replicates."

Posted Jan 5, 2009

Derek Malcolm

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