TIME Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 35%

The Broadway Melody (1929)

"A tedious musical comedy embedded in a routine story like a fly in celluloid." EDIT

Posted Feb 17, 2009

2 97%

Wings (1927)

"The audience gulped down the plot as conventional but reliable stuff, watched with waning interest while spinning, swerving, dodging planes grew into confused monotony against a background of unpicturesque ether." EDIT

Posted Feb 17, 2009

3 60%

Eastbound & Down: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

" Eastbound & Down is a funny show if you don't expect too much. "

Posted Feb 15, 2009

James Poniewozik

4 53%

Dollhouse: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

" What keeps Dollhouse interesting is its ideas about memory and the self. "

Posted Feb 13, 2009

James Poniewozik

5 67%

Paris Blues (1998)

"All it lacks is something to pull these parts into a sensible whole." EDIT

Posted Feb 9, 2009

6 90%

Coraline (2009)

"[The] chilly visual vocabulary, along with a narrative that too often detours into ingenious irrelevancies, makes Coraline an object to be admired, but not embraced."

Posted Feb 6, 2009

Richard Corliss

7 98%

It Happened One Night (1934)

"Instead of attempting a journalistic study of bus-travel, regularly punctuated by comic touches, Director Frank Capra and Robert Riskin who adapted Samuel Hopkins Adams' story, fused the two." EDIT

Posted Feb 4, 2009

8 100%

Ball of Fire (1941)

"Actor Cooper plays his Mr. Deeds role with the authority of long familiarity, and Miss Stanwyck (once Ruby Stevens, of Brooklyn) is equally at home in hers." EDIT

Posted Feb 4, 2009

9 91%

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

"Trouble in Paradise is a triumph of direction and decor which could have been accomplished only by that scowling, heavy-jowled Teuton who is Paramount's chief contribution to the civilized cinema, Ernst Lubitsch." EDIT

Posted Feb 4, 2009

10 92%

Charade (1963)

"What's going on is sort of confused." EDIT

Posted Feb 4, 2009

11 65%

Sabrina (1995)

"We remain outside the fourth wall looking in but are never drawn in; bemused perhaps, even agreeably complaisant, but never entirely amused."

Posted Feb 3, 2009

Richard Schickel

12 91%

Sabrina (1954)

"This is never less than glittering entertainment, but somehow a certain measure of lead has found its way into the formula." EDIT

Posted Feb 3, 2009

13 62%

Pretty Woman (1990)

"This is old-fashioned, assembly-line moviemaking without the old panache."

Posted Feb 3, 2009

Richard Corliss

14 95%

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

"There are movies so breezy, even flimsy, that you can enjoy them as genial providers of an evening's entertainment yet forget all about them by the time you leave the multiplex."

Posted Feb 3, 2009

Richard Corliss

15 88%

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

"ike Harry and Sally, the movie is hardworking, spot on; it winepresses its conversation into epigrams."

Posted Feb 3, 2009

Richard Corliss

16 80%

Bowfinger (1999)

"The best thing about Bowfinger is the way the script by Steve Martin is tooled to his own and Murphy's comic strengths."

Posted Feb 2, 2009

Richard Schickel

17 84%

The Jerk (1979)

"Its humor is successful and unsuccessful by turns, and although Comedian Carl Reiner is the director, the instinct here is to give most of both credit and blame to Martin."

Posted Feb 2, 2009

John Skow

18 90%

All of Me (1984)

"Martin vaults to the top of the class with his brazen, precise performance. This one goes in the time capsule."

Posted Feb 2, 2009

Richard Corliss

19 84%

Pennies From Heaven (1981)

"Perhaps this was not the project on which to lavish so many MGM millions. The BBC show was an enchanted cottage; this is the Las Vegas Grand Hotel."

Posted Feb 2, 2009

Richard Corliss

20 98%

Broadcast News (1987)

"All the performers are tops."

Posted Feb 2, 2009

Richard Corliss

21 98%

Roman Holiday (1953)

"The newcomer named Audrey Hepburn gives the popular old romantic nonsense a reality it has seldom had before." EDIT

Posted Feb 2, 2009

22 92%

Moonstruck (1987)

"John Patrick Shanley's witty, shapely script puts an octet of New Yorkers under a lunar-tuney spell one romantic night. Cher shines brightest of all." EDIT

Posted Feb 2, 2009

23 72%

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

"Mostly, Sleepless in Seattle leaves you feeling restless in the audience."

Posted Feb 2, 2009

Richard Schickel

24 88%

Roxanne (1987)

"It's a neat trick, being Steve Martin. He's so good; his movies will get even better."

Posted Feb 2, 2009

Richard Corliss

25 94%

L.A. Story (1991)

"This is a very personal Martin project -- the sweet-souled, nonstop-funny testament of a native Angeleno. Sly and soulful, it's the comedy that dares to be dippy." EDIT

Posted Feb 2, 2009

26 92%

Parenthood (1989)

"There is something brave and original about piling up most of our worst parental nightmares in one movie and then daring to make a midsummer comedy out of them. It really shouldn't work, but it does."

Posted Feb 2, 2009

Richard Schickel

27 58%

Taken (2009)

"If a movie's high points are a quick smack of carnage and a steely speech that everyone's already seen in the trailer, you know it must be January."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Richard Corliss

28 29%

Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans (2009)

"I'd provide more detail of plot and dialogue, but the visual palette was way too dark for me to take legible notes; and frankly, though I saw it at a midnight screening hours ago, the movie just wasn't that memorable."

Posted Jan 23, 2009

Richard Corliss

29 67%

Lie to Me: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

" Brisk, anthropological fun. "

Posted Jan 21, 2009

James Poniewozik

30 79%

United States of Tara: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

" Tara is funny, fascinating and frustrating. "

Posted Jan 18, 2009

James Poniewozik

31 91%

Big Love: Season 3 (TV, 2009)

" Big Love quickly settles you into its odd setting. "

Posted Jan 18, 2009

James Poniewozik

32 76%

24: Day 7 (TV, 2009)

" The series seems to have given up on trying to create a bigger WMD for every season, which it needed to do. "

Posted Jan 11, 2009

James Poniewozik

33 10%

Bride Wars (2009)

"In the end, the movie owes its mild success to Anne Hathaway, who makes it watchable."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Mary F. Pols

34 57%

Defiance (2009)

"It's a pretty good movie -- a bold, uneasy mix of romance, political debate and vigorous action."

Posted Jan 5, 2009

Richard Corliss

35 33%

Good (2008)

"Morally speaking, everything about Good is tidily correct. But it is more a predictable parable than a full-fledged narrative."

Posted Dec 31, 2008

Richard Schickel

36 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"It is a well-made film that raises timeless questions about the demands of military duty when they are placed in conflict with higher principles."

Posted Dec 30, 2008

Richard Schickel

37 25%

Bedtime Stories (2008)

"After sitting through this fractious fairy tale, we feel as plucked as a Christmas goose."

Posted Dec 29, 2008

Richard Corliss

38 81%

A Few Good Men (1992)

"An extraordinarily well-made movie, which wastes no words or images in telling a conventional but compelling story."

Posted Dec 21, 2008

Richard Schickel

39 90%

Rain Man (1988)

"Rain Man's restraint is, finally, rather like Raymond's gabble. It discourages connections, keeping you out instead of drawing you in."

Posted Dec 21, 2008

Richard Schickel

40 27%

Seven Pounds (2008)

"It's a lovely performance [by Dawson], in part because her character throws every charm she's got at the one man who seems doomed to deflect it."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Richard Corliss

41 85%

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

"This prom-night balloon of a movie floats easily above the year's other exercises in '50s nostalgia. If you dare reach for it, it will land smartly in your heart."

Posted Dec 14, 2008

Richard Corliss

42 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"Langella is not a natural Nixon; he has a voluptuary's face and a self-assurance the president only dreamed of. So he burrows into Nixon and comes out with a figure who is less a simulacrum than the definitive interpretation."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Richard Corliss

43 61%

The Reader (2008)

"There's something gripping about the relationship between this ill-assorted pair, and something touching about the way events beyond their control or understanding reach out to blight their lives."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Richard Schickel

44 21%

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

"... must be the worst major release in what may be the most disastrous year in recent Hollywood history."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Richard Schickel

45 79%

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

"The Merry Christmas catalogue of atrocities finally becomes numbing, even ludicrous."

Posted Dec 10, 2008

Richard Corliss

46 85%

My Favorite Wife (1940)

"Ninety minutes of delightfully irrational comedy." EDIT

Posted Dec 8, 2008

47 80%

The Bishop's Wife (1948)

"It is a big, slick production. The only thing it lacks is taste." EDIT

Posted Dec 8, 2008

48 86%

Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) (1951)

"Though Dickens' frank sentimentality calls for broad treatment, Brian Desmond Hurst's direction is too often heavy as well." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

49 86%

Un Conte de NoŽl (A Christmas Tale) (2008)

"A triumph of willed optimism (or perhaps more accurately, of grudging good nature) over unhappy experiences..."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Richard Schickel

50 94%

The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

"As Sister Benedict, Ingrid Bergman manages to combine beauty, great good humor and saintly dignity even while swinging a baseball bat." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

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