TIME Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

Raising Arizona (1987)

"To their old fascination with Sunbelt pathology, to their side-winding Steadicam and pristine command of screen space, the Coens have added a robust humor, a plot that keeps outwitting expectations and a...dollop of sympathy for their forlorn kidnapers."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Richard Corliss

2 95%

Red Rock West (1999)

"It's well worth tracking down, wherever you can find it. For it has the kind of tension and energy -- maybe even a touch of delirium -- that is only a memory in most of today's big studio movies."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Richard Schickel

3 55%

Return to Oz (1985)

"Any movie in which a Midwestern prairie actually looks more attractive and more interesting than the enchanted land over the rainbow is in big trouble."

Posted Mar 9, 2009

Richard Schickel

4 100%

Never Cry Wolf (1983)

"Ballard and his masterly crew of film makers have reimagined a corner of the natural world...They leave us awed."

Posted Mar 9, 2009

Richard Schickel

5 44%

The Black Hole (1979)

"It is good to see the Disney craftsmen doing what they do best on such a grand and risky scale. If one has time for only one space opera this season, this is the one to choose."

Posted Mar 9, 2009

Richard Schickel

6 75%

The Love Bug (1968)

"The Love Bug is surely the first film in which the actors...are so meticulously insipid that a car can handily steal the show." EDIT

Posted Mar 9, 2009

7 81%

The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)

"Flubber provides fuel for a very funny piece of hyperbolic humor in the grand American tradition of Paul Bunyan, and Director Robert Stevenson and Scriptwriter Bill Walsh get plenty of bounce out of every ounce." EDIT

Posted Mar 9, 2009

8 88%

The Parent Trap (1961)

"Surprisingly, the film is delightful-mostly because of 15-year-old Hayley Mills, the blonde button nose who played the endearing delinquent in Tiger Bay." EDIT

Posted Mar 9, 2009

9 84%

Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

"The Swiss Family Robinson, like most of Walt Disney's screen versions of the children's classics, is good Disney and bad culture." EDIT

Posted Mar 9, 2009

10 83%

Pollyanna (1960)

"Pollyanna emerges on the wide screen as the best live-actor movie Disney has ever made: a Niagara of drivel and a masterpiece of smarm." EDIT

Posted Mar 9, 2009

11 67%

The Shaggy Dog (1959)

"Unhappily, Producer Walt Disney tells his shaggy-dog story so doggedly that he soon runs it into the pound." EDIT

Posted Mar 9, 2009

12 100%

Old Yeller (1957)

"It comes from Disney's thoroughly proved mother lode: movies for the kids that adults will stay to enjoy themselves." EDIT

Posted Mar 9, 2009

13 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"Watchmen has moments of greatness. It proves again that the action movie is where the best young Hollywood brains have gone to bring flesh to their fantasies."

Posted Mar 5, 2009

Richard Corliss

14 81%

Dances With Wolves (1990)

"As a director, Costner is alive to the sweep of the country and the expansive spirit of the western-movie tradition."

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Richard Schickel

15 81%

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

"Alfred Uhry's adaptation of his Pulitzer-prizewinning play aspires more to complex observation of human behavior than to simple moralism about it. Precisely because it has its priorities straight, it succeeds superbly on both levels."

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Richard Schickel

16 91%

The Last Emperor (1987)

"It works astonishingly well."

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Richard Schickel

17 52%

Out of Africa (1985)

"Out of Africa is, at last, the free-spirited, fullhearted gesture that everyone has been waiting for the movies to make all decade long. It reclaims the emotional territory that is rightfully theirs."

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Richard Schickel

18 88%

Terms of Endearment (1983)

"Its quirky rhythms and veering emotional tones are very much its own, and they owe less to movie tradition than they do to a sense of how the law of unintended consequences pushes us ceaselessly through the years, permitting no pause for perspective."

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Richard Schickel

19 92%

Ordinary People (1980)

"An austere and delicate examination of the ways in which a likable family falters under pressure and struggles, with ambiguous results, to renew itself."

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Richard Schickel

20 93%

The Deer Hunter (1978)

"This excruciatingly violent, three-hour Viet Nam saga demolishes the moral and ideological cliches of an era: it shoves the audience into hell and leaves it stranded without a map." EDIT

Posted Feb 20, 2009

21 98%

Annie Hall (1977)

"Personal as the story he is telling may be, what separates this film from Allen's own past work and most other recent comedy is its general believability."

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Richard Schickel

22 96%

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

"One Flew over the Cuckoo 's Nest is an earnest attempt to make a serious film. But in the end the movie backs away from both the human reality and the cloudy but potent symbolism that Ken Kesey found in the asylum."

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Richard Schickel

23 99%

The Godfather, Part II (1974)

"Not once does Pacino overtly ask for the audience's sympathy, but through a disciplined, suggestive performance he dominates the film." EDIT

Posted Feb 20, 2009

24 98%

The French Connection (1971)

"A knockout police thriller with so much jarring excitement that it almost calls for comic-book expletives. POW! ZOWIE!"

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Jay Cocks

25 94%

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

"No deep solutions are suggested in this subtle and meticulously observed study. Yet Director Norman Jewison has used his camera to extract a cer tain rough-cut beauty from each protagonist." EDIT

Posted Feb 20, 2009

26 80%

A Man for All Seasons (1966)

"One of the most intelligent religious movies ever made." EDIT

Posted Feb 20, 2009

27 85%

The Sound of Music (1965)

"In dialogue, song and story, Music still contains too much sugar, too little spice." EDIT

Posted Feb 20, 2009

28 83%

Tom Jones (1963)

"The film is a way-out, walleyed, wonderful exercise in cinema. It is also a social satire written in blood with a broadaxe. It is bawdy as the British were bawdy when a wench had to wear five petticoats to barricade her virtue." EDIT

Posted Feb 20, 2009

29 99%

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

"It is O'Toole who continually dominates the screen, and he dominates it with professional skill, Irish charm and smashing good looks." EDIT

Posted Feb 20, 2009

30 40%

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

"He's Just Not That Into You is like reliving your 20s, without any of the fun."

Posted Feb 18, 2009

Mary F. Pols

31 94%

West Side Story (1961)

"Unhappily, the film shares a serious flaw in the essential conception of the show; both are founded on a phony literary analogy and on some potentially vicious pseudo-sociology." EDIT

Posted Feb 18, 2009

32 93%

The Apartment (1960)

"A comedy of men's-room humours and water-cooler politics that now and then among the belly laughs says something serious and sad about the struggle for success, about what it often does to a man, and about the horribly small world of big business." EDIT

Posted Feb 18, 2009

33 75%

Gigi (1958)

"Gigi is dressed to kill, but if all the French finery impresses the customers, it also smothers the story." EDIT

Posted Feb 18, 2009

34 94%

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

"It is a whale of a story, and in the telling of it, British Director David Lean does a whale of a job." EDIT

Posted Feb 18, 2009

35 73%

Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

"The wonder is that this Polyphemus of productions does not simply collapse of its own overweight; but, thanks principally to Showman Todd, the picture skips along with an amazing lightness." EDIT

Posted Feb 18, 2009

36 100%

Marty (1955)

"Ernest Borgnine as Marty lives up to all the promise he showed as the sadist in From Here to Eternity, and at the same time brilliantly shatters the type-cast he molded for himself in that picture." EDIT

Posted Feb 18, 2009

37 100%

On the Waterfront (1954)

"On the Waterfront has a script that is a work of love and shows it." EDIT

Posted Feb 18, 2009

38 89%

From Here to Eternity (1953)

"Scriptwriter Daniel Taradash rescued, if not quite a gem, then at least a high-grade industrial diamond from this rough original." EDIT

Posted Feb 18, 2009

39 42%

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

"The movie's plot does not quite hold all this pageantry together, but De Mille's scripters and actors enter into the thing in the proper flamboyant spirit." EDIT

Posted Feb 18, 2009

40 96%

An American in Paris (1951)

"A grand show -- a brilliant combination of Hollywood's opulence and technical wizardry with the kind of taste and creativeness that most high-budgeted musicals notoriously lack." EDIT

Posted Feb 18, 2009

41 100%

All About Eve (1950)

"It crackles with smart, smarting dialogue." EDIT

Posted Feb 18, 2009

42 90%

Hamlet (1948)

"Sir Laurence Olivier's masterful version of the classic." EDIT

Posted Feb 18, 2009

43 76%

Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

"Gentleman's Agreement is an important experiment, honestly approached and successfully brought off." EDIT

Posted Feb 18, 2009

44 98%

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

"Like most good mass entertainments, this picture has occasional moments of knowing hokum; but unlike most sure-fire movies, it was put together with good taste, honesty, wit -- and even a strong suggestion of guts." EDIT

Posted Feb 17, 2009

45 100%

The Lost Weekend (1945)

"Director Billy Wilder's technique of photographing Third Avenue in the grey morning sunlight with a concealed camera to keep the crowds from being self-conscious gives this sequence the shock of reality." EDIT

Posted Feb 17, 2009

46 71%

Going My Way (1944)

"It offers, in the performance of nutcracker-faced, 56-year-old Barry Fitzgerald, the finest, funniest and most touching portrayal of old age that has yet reached the screen." EDIT

Posted Feb 17, 2009

47 97%

Casablanca (1943)

"Nothing short of an invasion could add much to Casablanca." EDIT

Posted Feb 17, 2009

48 91%

Mrs. Miniver (1942)

"That almost impossible feat, a great war picture that photographs the inner meaning, instead of the outward realism of World War II." EDIT

Posted Feb 17, 2009

49 89%

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

"Because his recollections ring true, they are certain to evoke a similar nostalgia in all but the most slab-sided of moviegoers." EDIT

Posted Feb 17, 2009

50 100%

Rebecca (1940)

"This time Hitchcock does it all his way, does a splendid job and has a splendid cast to do it with." EDIT

Posted Feb 17, 2009

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