TIME Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 18%

The Back-up Plan (2010)

"A romantic comedy about single motherhood -- or mom-rom-com -- that manages to be both bland and offensive."

Posted Apr 22, 2010

Mary F. Pols

2 83%

The Italian Job (1969)

"Caine and Coward play a splendid game of verbal tennis, but by the final reel the laughs are lost in an anthology of dull and deafening car chases." EDIT

Posted Apr 21, 2010

3 88%

The Wrong Box (1966)

"Some of the gags crumble on impact, others are stretched out like taffy, but there is enough fun left over to leave most moviegoers happily wallowing in greed, sex, homicide, body snatching and other nefarious diversions." EDIT

Posted Apr 21, 2010

4 89%

Get Carter (1971)

"It wallows in its ceaseless bloodbath and emerges like its protagonist -- sleazy and second-rate."

Posted Apr 20, 2010

Jay Cocks

5 96%

Sleuth (1972)

"This is a fastidious, acrobatically cunning and invigoratingly well-acted thriller."

Posted Apr 20, 2010

Jay Cocks

6 73%

Too Late the Hero (1970)

"The most aggravating thing about Too Late the Hero is that Aldrich is a film maker of some accomplishment." EDIT

Posted Apr 20, 2010

7 96%

Mona Lisa (1986)

"No wonder audiences have taken to this gritty romance as to a mongrel puppy; for at heart Mona Lisa is an old-fashioned poor-soul weepie, and George is less a Cagney rakehell than a Chaplin tramp."

Posted Apr 20, 2010

Richard Corliss

8 96%

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

"John Huston has been wanting to make this movie for more than 20 years. It was worth the wait."

Posted Apr 20, 2010

Jay Cocks

9 100%

The Ipcress File (1965)

"Ipcress proves again that one of the primal pleasures of moviegoing is a tingling, no-nonsense suspense yarn enlivened by honest good humor." EDIT

Posted Apr 20, 2010

10 100%

Alfie (1966)

"Caine plays the sodding little spiv with a raucous charm that makes Alfie seem more interesting than he actually is." EDIT

Posted Apr 20, 2010

11 76%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"It soars, jet-propelled, on its central idea of matching a superhero's exploits with the grinding reality of urban teen life and on the aerodynamic smoothness of the film's style."

Posted Apr 15, 2010

Richard Corliss

12 62%

The Joneses (2010)

"In its amiable, ambling way, The Joneses is a zeitgeist film: it says as much as a Michael Moore screed about the American way of debt."

Posted Apr 15, 2010

Richard Corliss

13 100%

Treme: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" I'll keep watching Treme: it's imperfect, but if it fails, it won't be for lack of creative daring, or of passion, or of pleasure. "

Posted Apr 11, 2010

James Poniewozik

14 67%

Date Night (2010)

"It's a lively, often astute piece of marital sociology wrapped up in an action frolic involving an extremely average New Jersey couple."

Posted Apr 8, 2010

Mary F. Pols

15 28%

Clash of the Titans (2010)

"I liked it. This is a full-throttle action-adventure, played unapologetically straight."

Posted Apr 2, 2010

Richard Corliss

16 77%

Michael Collins (1996)

"There are pain and honor in [Neeson's] performance, and they constantly rise up to redeem a film that is less probing, less thoughtful than its director's claims and aspirations for it."

Posted Mar 28, 2010

Richard Schickel

17 82%

Darkman (1990)

"Raimi isn't effective with his actors, and the dialogue lacks smart menace, but his canny visual sense carries many a scene."

Posted Mar 28, 2010

Richard Corliss

18 63%

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

"It's a reminder of how good it is to be able to laugh at the passage of time, because otherwise, you're crying."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Mary F. Pols

19 75%

Nurse Jackie: Season 2 (TV, 2010)

" The show continues striking a good balance with its moments of dark humor. "

Posted Mar 22, 2010

James Poniewozik

20 100%

Breaking Bad: Season 3 (TV, 2010)

" It's a drama that has chosen the slow burn over the flashy explosion, and it's all the hotter for that choice. "

Posted Mar 21, 2010

James Poniewozik

21 75%

Greenberg (2010)

"The movie has the curious vagueness of intent that makes so many "meaningful" works of fiction not all that meaningful."

Posted Mar 18, 2010

Mary F. Pols

22 92%

Justified: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" Dark streaks aside, Justified is also a funny show, with taut dialogue and a distinct sense of place. "

Posted Mar 16, 2010

James Poniewozik

23 79%

Office Space (1999)

"Some horrible Monday, why not cut work to see it?"

Posted Mar 12, 2010

Richard Corliss

24 51%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"So how's the movie? Mostly frabjous. The visual palette is more artfully riotous than that of other Alice films, the performances more zestful."

Posted Mar 4, 2010

Richard Corliss

25 59%

Parenthood: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" If it can maintain the quality of the pilot, Parenthood will, to paraphrase Tolstoy, make you happy in its own individual way. "

Posted Mar 2, 2010

James Poniewozik

26 100%

Scarface (1932)

"A grisly, exciting gangster picture." EDIT

Posted Mar 2, 2010

27 71%

The Crazies (2010)

"You have to give Eisner points for knowing where all the bodies are buried, and how to unearth them suddenly for maximum effect."

Posted Feb 26, 2010

Richard Corliss

28 88%

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

"Benton gives his film its depth and complexity by challenging the audience's preconceptions and snap opinions at every turn."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

Frank Rich

29 88%

Platoon (1986)

"Platoon is different. It matters."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

Richard Corliss

30 87%

Gandhi (1982)

"In playing Gandhi, an actor must be less concerned with physical verisimilitude than with spiritual presence, and here Kingsley is nothing short of astonishing."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

Richard Schickel

31 65%

How to Make It in America: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" It's likeable and absorbing and made me want to stick around for more. "

Posted Feb 14, 2010

James Poniewozik

32 92%

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

"Fair warning: this movie could induce terminal boredom in adults and rot the minds of the young." EDIT

Posted Feb 9, 2010

33 75%

This Boy's Life (1993)

"Something more subtle is going on in Wolff's book, a confrontation with a richer, quirkier past and his emerging self that the movie too often brushes aside."

Posted Feb 8, 2010

Richard Corliss

34 87%

The Aviator (2004)

"This handsome movie is an oddly well-behaved one to come from the preternaturally energetic Scorsese."

Posted Feb 3, 2010

Richard Corliss

35 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"Gibson, who has always been an undervalued actor, does a sturdy job as a grieving dad who still engages in conversations with his dead child; it's almost a letdown when he puts aside his mourning sickness and spirals into melodrama."

Posted Jan 28, 2010

Richard Corliss

36 67%

New York, New York (1977)

"If this movie were a big-band arrangement, it would be a duet for a sax man and a girl singer, but with the soloists in a different key from the band."

Posted Jan 26, 2010

Christopher Porterfield

37 80%

Casino (1995)

"So long as Casino stays focused on the excesses -- of language, of violence, of ambition -- in the life-styles of the rich and infamous, it remains a smart, knowing, if often repetitive, spectacle."

Posted Jan 25, 2010

Richard Schickel

38 90%

After Hours (1985)

"The result is a delirious and challenging comedy, a postmodern Ulysses in Nighttown."

Posted Jan 25, 2010

Richard Schickel

39 88%

Gallipoli (1981)

"Well acted and, within its limited terms, well made, Gallipoli represents a failure of nerve as well as design."

Posted Jan 18, 2010

Richard Schickel

40 92%

Archer: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010)

" Two or three episodes in, the characters and dynamics come together, and the show really begins to kill. Literally and figuratively, but mostly figuratively. "

Posted Jan 14, 2010

James Poniewozik

41 84%

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

"Again you will savor the Indiana Jones schizophrenia: by day a bow-tied, bespectacled archaeologist; by night a resourceful swaggerer, whom Ford brings to life as a modern blend of Bogie and the Duke, with just a glint of misfit psychopathy in his eyes."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Richard Corliss

42 84%

Working Girl (1988)

"How will the working class be educated to survive and thrive in the computer age? This intoxicating movie has an answer: let her strut her outer-borough wisdom from Wall Street to the Pacific Rim. Watch her fatten portfolios as she melts hearts."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Richard Corliss

43 82%

Clear and Present Danger (1994)

"This is the third movie with Jack as its hero, so he is a known quantity -- a humanist spook with an overdeveloped moral sense -- but Ford, playing the part for the second time, knows how to keep his earnestness fresh."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Richard Schickel

44 75%

Chuck: Season 3 (TV, 2010)

" After a major change in the show's premise, the show successfully changes gears while keeping everything that's best about it. "

Posted Jan 10, 2010

James Poniewozik

45 66%

Youth in Revolt (2010)

"Uneven but occasionally quite funny..."

Posted Jan 8, 2010

Mary F. Pols

46 93%

Glory (1989)

"It is the movie's often awesome imagery and a bravely soaring choral score by James Horner that transfigure the reality, granting it the status of necessary myth."

Posted Jan 6, 2010

Richard Schickel

47 37%

Nine (2009)

"Only Cotillard, as Guido's long-suffering wife Luisa, is in command of her character whether she's singing, speaking or just staring darts at her philandering mate."

Posted Dec 25, 2009

Richard Corliss

48 70%

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

"What is surprising is how bland the results are. The explosions and action sequences have an odd cheapness to them and the central plot is one of those dreary take-over-the-world routines."

Posted Dec 25, 2009

Mary F. Pols

49 57%

It's Complicated (2009)

"Meyers demonstrates, as she did in Something's Gotta Give and The Holiday, an extraordinarily limited worldview."

Posted Dec 24, 2009

Mary F. Pols

50 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"While the film isn't quite the timeless gem Lebowski is, Bridges playing the perennially soused is, once again, spectacularly award-worthy."

Posted Dec 22, 2009

Mary F. Pols

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