TIME Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 42%

Zero Hour: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" If we're going to wade through all this papal bull, we need characters to engage with, but Hank and his colleagues are written so thinly, their scenes have all the life of an early-morning table read. "

Posted Feb 14, 2013

James Poniewozik

2 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"Side Effects virtually demands a three-word review: Just see it."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Richard Corliss

3 19%

Identity Thief (2013)

"This often very mean-spirited movie about modern rage plays out with nods to several road-trip classics."

Posted Feb 7, 2013

Mary F. Pols

4 76%

Community: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" The new episodes don't have the old complexity, messiness and poignance. They don't inspire the wild excitement of having no idea what's going to come on the screen next. And they don't seem to do what Harmon had them do, which is: grow. "

Posted Feb 7, 2013

James Poniewozik

5 15%

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013)

"Sitting through The Mind of Charles Swan III does not lead to a deeper understanding of Charlie Sheen. It does, however, demonstrate his compulsion for poor judgment and bad choices."

Posted Feb 7, 2013

Mary F. Pols

6 100%

Victim (1961)

"[Victim] has a careful performance by Bogarde, and it pursues with eloquence and conviction the case against an antiquated statute." EDIT

Posted Feb 6, 2013

7 56%

Smash: Seaon 2 (TV, 2013)

" If you stuck with the show all last season sincerely, there is at least a chance this new version will be something you can like-watch. "

Posted Feb 5, 2013

James Poniewozik

8 15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"The whole kidding trope, which you can bet was ordered by McKay and Ferrell, is pretty lame, and defeats the leads' attempts to bring shadings to cardboard cartoon characters."

Posted Feb 4, 2013

Richard Corliss

9 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"There are so many clever lines and bits of physical comedy worth revisiting that the movie seems like a likely cult classic, but it's more inclusive than that."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Mary F. Pols

10 81%

House of Cards: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" After two hours, I was as ravenous for more scheming and cynical philosophy as Underwood tucking into a second helping of barbecue. Spacey may well make him into the kind of classic antihero who is as fascinating in failure as in success "

Posted Jan 31, 2013

James Poniewozik

11 37%

Stand Up Guys (2013)

"There is a sense that everyone, this treasure trove of talent included, is waiting for something to happen, some bit of alchemy that will make the story coalesce into a whole and take it beyond the jokes about Viagra, hookers and regrets."

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Mary F. Pols

12 90%

The Americans: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The greatest success of the show so far is that, after three increasingly strong episodes, it has a voice and a (secret) identity of its own. "

Posted Jan 30, 2013

James Poniewozik

13 100%

The Loving Story (2012)

"A low-key but moving documentary about two low-key people and their moving struggle."

Posted Jan 25, 2013

James Poniewozik

14 0%

A Farewell To Arms (1957)

"What Hemingway wrote as an interlude of amorous flutes and distant drums, Producer David 0. Selznick has scored for brass." EDIT

Posted Jan 23, 2013

15 93%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Mary F. Pols

16 73%

V for Vendetta (2006)

"Whether you're mindless or Mensa, you'll find stuff here to challenge and trouble you, the way a good piece of speculative fiction should."

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Richard Corliss

17 65%

The Following: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" I don't know if there is a single recipe for creating ambitious, challenging, cable-style drama. But contrary to what The Following's makers seem to believe, it's more than just Karo syrup plus red food coloring. "

Posted Jan 21, 2013

James Poniewozik

18 28%

Broken City (2013)

"When any film works, it's a miracle; when it doesn't, it's this."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Richard Corliss

19 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

"Slapdash in its character portraits, the movie is slambang in its action scenes; it springs to life whenever it promises death."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Richard Corliss

20 65%

Mama (2013)

"Mama is clumsily written and choppily edited, but Chastain doesn't have a bad scene in it, and you can see why she chose to be in this supernatural ghost story."

Posted Jan 17, 2013

Mary F. Pols

21 97%

Ninotchka (1939)

"This one is neither crude clowning nor crude prejudice, but a literate and knowingly directed satire which lands many a shrewd crack about phony Five Year Plans, collective farms, Communist jargon and pseudo-scientific gab."

Posted Jan 15, 2013

Whittaker Chambers

22 ——

When Tomorrow Comes (1939)

"When Tomorrow Comes is like a salty story washed out before the end."

Posted Jan 15, 2013

Whittaker Chambers

23 63%

The Carrie Diaries: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" In its charming pilot, Carrie Diaries managed to echo its big-sister story without being enslaved to it, while playing to nostalgia not just for the '80s but for SATC. "

Posted Jan 14, 2013

James Poniewozik

24 94%

Girls: Season 2 (TV, 2013)

" Girls is confident in its unsparing themes about young adulthood. "

Posted Jan 13, 2013

James Poniewozik

25 61%

Banshee: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" If you're going to make a drama about an underworld criminal laying down the law in Amish country, there shouldn't be such a feeling that we've all passed through this town before. "

Posted Jan 11, 2013

James Poniewozik

26 93%

Coriolanus (2011)

"The film has fifth-act problems, as did the play, but Fiennes' bleak overview should leave receptive viewers feeling daunted and haunted."

Posted Jan 8, 2013

Richard Corliss

27 85%

End of Watch (2012)

"The performances here are so sharp that viewers may wish End of Watch has been shot by someone who knew how to find the right point of view for a scene and leave it there."

Posted Jan 8, 2013

Richard Corliss

28 78%

Downton Abbey: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" While Downton deserves credit for including her [Lady Grantham] point of view, it doesn't leave much room to fully embrace that point of view while really caring about many of the series' central conflicts. "

Posted Jan 6, 2013

James Poniewozik

29 18%

Parental Guidance (2012)

"I can't deny I did feel fonder of my own family afterward, mostly because I know none of them would ever make me sit through Parental Guidance."

Posted Dec 26, 2012

Mary F. Pols

30 79%

Quartet (2013)

"Terribly cloying and cutesy."

Posted Dec 24, 2012

Mary F. Pols

31 52%

Promised Land (2013)

"The movie slogs along like a Grant Wood farmer behind his plow."

Posted Dec 24, 2012

Richard Corliss

32 43%

On the Road (2012)

"If there were an On the Road museum, this could be the elaborate diorama at its center."

Posted Dec 24, 2012

Richard Corliss

33 51%

This is 40 (2012)

"As the movie goes on, the laughs are fewer and farther between, and for the last 30 minutes, not only did I not laugh, I wanted it to end so I could get back to my own boring but less precious life."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Mary F. Pols

34 70%

Not Fade Away (2012)

"Painful, and not in a good way."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Richard Corliss

35 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"I hesitate to use this term, since it is so often equated with hokey, but The Impossible is life-affirming."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Mary F. Pols

36 93%

Amour (2012)

"In the history of movies about love, Amour shall last forever."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Mary Corliss

37 61%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"Even when the film is cool, it manages to be wrong."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Richard Corliss

38 38%

The Guilt Trip (2012)

"The Guilt Trip works because we all know and like a Joyce Brewster (or dozens of them)."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Mary F. Pols

39 46%

Save The Date (2012)

"Save the Date is romantic comedy with aspirations to do something new. That's admirable but it isn't enough."

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Mary F. Pols

40 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"Django Unchained is pure, if not great, Tarantino."

Posted Dec 12, 2012

Richard Corliss

41 70%

Les MisÚrables (2012)

"Tom Hooper's problem is soiling good projects with bad direction. Even if his Les MisÚrables wins as many Oscars as The King's Speech did, it's a habit he really needs to correct."

Posted Dec 11, 2012

Richard Corliss

42 33%

Deadfall (2012)

"[It has] enough plot contrivances and twisted, twinned destinies for any old movie, though not necessarily a good one."

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Richard Corliss

43 64%

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)

"So little action takes place that really, the setting could just be adjoining couches, with characters shouting affectionate quips and insults at each other."

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Mary F. Pols

44 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"The movie lacks majesty. Grand in parts, the movie is too often grandiose or grandiloquent; and the running time is indefensible."

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Richard Corliss

45 84%

Dragon (2012)

"A martial-arts morality play as lithe as it is forceful."

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Mary Corliss

46 96%

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

"This is a fantasy realm so fully and elegantly realized, it might be the adaptation of a classic novel. Yet the source is Del Toro's own capacious imagination."

Posted Nov 26, 2012

Mary Corliss

47 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"This is movie journalism that snaps and stings, that purifies a decade's clamor and clutter into narrative clarity, with a salutary kick."

Posted Nov 26, 2012

Richard Corliss

48 74%

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

"Like most children's movies, Rise of the Guardians mimics the patterns of adult entertainment. Where is the magic in that?"

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Mary F. Pols

49 12%

Red Dawn (2012)

"It's Friday Night Lights territory, but without good writing or acting."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Mary F. Pols

50 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"[A] snappy adaptation of Stephen Rebello's acclaimed nonfiction account Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Mary F. Pols

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