TIME Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 87%

Swingers (1996)

"Four guys hang out, kid one another, get into scuffles and flash their gonadal searchlight for available women. Yikes, haven't there been enough variations on the multiple-buddy movie? Actually, no."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Richard Corliss

2 84%

Whip It (2009)

"Even if a tale of female empowerment through roller derby is not your particular cup of tea, Barrymore delivers it with such a giddy good sense of fun that it's easy enough to go along with."

Posted Oct 2, 2009

Mary F. Pols

3 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"This isn't just a good zombie comedy. It's a damn fine movie, period. And that's high praise, coming from a vampire guy."

Posted Oct 2, 2009

Richard Corliss

4 89%

A Serious Man (2009)

"To absorb God's body blows, this disquieting, haunting movie says, is to be fully alive. To do otherwise could kill you."

Posted Oct 2, 2009

Richard Corliss

5 7%

Hank: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

" Kelsey Grammer is again playing a Kelsey Grammer character - a pompous stuffed shirt whom life is destined to un-stuff. And every time he takes another stab at it, the returns diminish. "

Posted Sep 30, 2009

James Poniewozik

6 38%

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009)

"[Krasinski's] generosity of intent is really the main impression that remains. He read, he loved, and unfortunately, he did not conquer."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Mary F. Pols

7 25%

Fame (2009)

""Already?" the woman behind me said plaintively when the words "Sophomore Year" flashed up on the screen. That's the joy of this Fame. Like the old ones, it convinces you that high school, if not life, should go on forever."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Mary F. Pols

8 63%

Coco Before Chanel (2009)

"It may be too respectful of the legend it seeks to illuminate."

Posted Sep 24, 2009

Mary F. Pols

9 89%

FlashForward: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010)

" Like many of ABC's post-Lost attempts at serials, this one has a great premise with tremendous potential. "

Posted Sep 24, 2009

James Poniewozik

10 100%

Modern Family: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010)

" This is the funniest sitcom pilot of the fall. "

Posted Sep 23, 2009

James Poniewozik

11 100%

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7 (TV, 2009)

" Curb stopped being appointment viewing for me a couple seasons ago, but it threatens to become so again. "

Posted Sep 20, 2009

James Poniewozik

12 62%

Bored to Death: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

" After the first episode, the show finds its stride, as the central triad starts to click and it becomes clear that the show is a detective spoof second and a whimsical comedy of New York mores first. "

Posted Sep 20, 2009

James Poniewozik

13 16%

Love Happens (2009)

"Love never happens in this movie, but at least there's some liking here and there."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Mary F. Pols

14 42%

Jennifer's Body (2009)

"[Its] depiction of the ways in which women like Needy are willing to compromise themselves to indulge an ultimately less secure friend is spot-on."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Mary F. Pols

15 83%

Parks and Recreation: Season 2 (TV, 2009-2010)

" Parks & Rec is really living up to its potential now. I told you so. "

Posted Sep 17, 2009

James Poniewozik

16 ——

The Office: Season 6 (TV, 2009-2010)

" It's a solid episode of The Office "

Posted Sep 17, 2009

James Poniewozik

17 88%

Community: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010)

" It's a promising comedy about a shallow man trying to make his life right, one bad deed at a time. "

Posted Sep 17, 2009

James Poniewozik

18 89%

Fringe: Season 2 (TV, 2009-2010)

" Meanwhile, the premiere of Fringe, while not as mind-blowing as the last season's finale, does a good enough job continuing to run with the parallel-universe scenario established toward the end of season one. "

Posted Sep 17, 2009

James Poniewozik

19 70%

In Country (1989)

"Sounds like your basic TV movie, sunk by noble intentions. But here well meaning translates into well done." EDIT

Posted Sep 16, 2009

20 79%

The Informant! (2009)

"The Informant! says that people who do good or ill have complex motives for their actions, and that not everyone is knowable, instantly or ever."

Posted Sep 15, 2009

Richard Corliss

21 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"A movie about a guy who fires people, released at a time when at least a tenth of the work force is out of work, is utterly nervy. And wonderful."

Posted Sep 14, 2009

Richard Corliss

22 57%

9 (2009)

"In movies, our technology is so often the ruin of us. We got that message from Stanley Kubrick way back when, and we get it now. But couldn't filmmakers let something else ruin us for a change? Even the apocalypse needs variety."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Mary F. Pols

23 85%

The Good Wife: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010)

" The Good Wife manages to build on its from-the-headlines premise-and its rather ordinary legal-procedural format-to become something different and compelling. "

Posted Sep 8, 2009

James Poniewozik

24 45%

The Land That Time Forgot (1975)

"Instant second childhood is guaranteed in less than 90 minutes."

Posted Sep 6, 2009

Jay Cocks

25 63%

Extract (2009)

"Judge's gifts parallel those of his leading man. His plotting is full of funny, unpredictable moments but lacks the grating hysteria of the comic genre."

Posted Sep 3, 2009

Mary F. Pols

26 83%

Play Misty for Me (1971)

"Eastwood displays a vigorous talent for sequences of violence and tension. He has obviously seen Psycho and Repulsion more than once, but those are excellent texts and he has learned his lessons passing well."

Posted Aug 30, 2009

Jay Cocks

27 98%

Strangers on a Train (1951)

"Winds up with a scene in which a merry-go-round goes wild, spins like a pin wheel, and crashes in a gaudy blaze of explosions that no earthly carrousel could touch off. The movie itself is the same way: implausible but intriguing and great fun to ride." EDIT

Posted Aug 30, 2009

28 96%

Klute (1971)

"[Fonda] makes all the right choices, from the mechanics of her walk and her voice inflection to the penetration of the girl's raging psyche. It is a rare performance."

Posted Aug 30, 2009

Jay Cocks

29 98%

Taxi Driver (1976)

"[Scorsese] seems to need scripts with well-designed humor and performers with the spirit of Ellen Burstyn to compensate for what seems to be a fundamentally depressed view of life and the belief that sobriety is the equivalent of seriousness."

Posted Aug 30, 2009

Richard Schickel

30 48%

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"Lee's first total miscalculation, his first wholly inessential film."

Posted Aug 28, 2009

Richard and Mary Corliss

31 84%

The September Issue (2009)

"The movie offers insights that lift it beyond the realist version of The Devil Wears Prada."

Posted Aug 28, 2009

Mary F. Pols

32 89%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"Many Tarantino movies are female revenge fantasies, in which strong women plot the deaths of men who wronged them. In Shosanna and Bridget, the writer-director has fashioned two of his steeliest, most principled femmes fatales."

Posted Aug 20, 2009

Richard Corliss

33 96%

Mad Men: Season 3 (TV, 2009)

" Mad Men is about the gulf between image and reality, in advertising, in its characters' lives and in 1963 America. "

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Posted Aug 16, 2009

34 92%

True Romance (1993)

"If shoot-'em-up, gobble-'em-down movies like The Fugitive and Jurassic Park are rated PG-13 these days, what does an R-rated action adventure look like? Like True Romance: violent to a fault, glam to the max."

Posted Aug 16, 2009

Richard Corliss

35 83%

Thelma & Louise (1991)

"Scott has balanced action, comedy and doomy subtext to create a morally firm yet very entertaining fable that reaches out to an audience far larger than its natural feminist constituency."

Posted Aug 16, 2009

Richard Schickel

36 37%

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

"For viewers aching for a romantic drama that leaves them emotionally, honorably exhausted, this could prove a total immersion in star-crossed love, if not perfect synchronicity."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Richard Corliss

37 90%

District 9 (2009)

"If you're looking for the late-summer special-effects action fantasy with big franchise potential, forget about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. (You already forgot? Fine.) Instead, proceed directly to District 9."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Richard Corliss

38 92%

Ponyo (2009)

"When you see Ponyo -- and you must -- be prepared for a movie that doesn't abide by Hollywood rules. This is a tale for children (yes, of all ages) who are ready to be coaxed into another world through simple words and luscious pictures."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Richard Corliss

39 56%

Legends of the Fall (1994)

"Edward Zwick, the director, and Susan Shilliday and Bill Wittliff, the screenwriters, are under the impression that they are bringing forth a tragic epic, not a silly melodrama..."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Richard Schickel

40 74%

Sleepers (1996)

"It is all legally preposterous. But Levinson is a slick craftsman, his actors are insinuatingly real, and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus casts a disarmingly believable light on these proceedings."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Richard Schickel

41 22%

The Scout (1994)

"The Scout is the best comedy-fantasy about baseball ever made, which goes to show that if Hollywood keeps trying, eventually someone will get it right."

Posted Aug 12, 2009

Richard Schickel

42 35%

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

"The only collateral damage is in the audience, where, as you sit through the movie, you can feel your IQ drop minute by minute."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Richard Corliss

43 68%

Funny People (2009)

"It's as if, halfway through, you went out for popcorn and mistakenly returned to an auditorium showing a different picture. And that second movie ends immolating itself."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Richard Corliss

44 54%

The Cable Guy (1996)

"Aiming, perhaps, for a neat double helix of black humor and prankishness, they've ended up with a pretty ugly granny knot."

Posted Jul 27, 2009

Richard Schickel

45 13%

The Ugly Truth (2009)

"In its wan attempt to be raunchy, the picture fails where Judd Apatow has usually succeeded; written by three women, this is a girl's mistaken idea of an R-rated comedy."

Posted Jul 23, 2009

Richard Corliss

46 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"I guess maybe I'm not Tom but Summer. I like your looks, and heaven knows I appreciate the energy you put into wooing me, but I don't want us to be a couple."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Richard Corliss

47 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"With Half-Blood Prince, again we have a stalwart, satisfying visualization of the Rowling cosmos."

Posted Jul 13, 2009

Richard Corliss

48 79%

Humpday (2009)

"Humpday makes you squirm and think, in the best possible way."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Mary F. Pols

49 100%

Torchwood: Children of Earth (TV, 2009)

" There's plenty of action, suspense and sci-fi stuff in Torchwood: COE, but what makes it an unmissable event is how well it sets up its dilemma and how maturely it deals with both the morality and the politics of the premise. "

Posted Jul 6, 2009

James Poniewozik

50 68%

Public Enemies (2009)

"All this docudrama grit allows for precious little dramatic juice."

Posted Jun 30, 2009

Richard Corliss

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