Boston Herald

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 56%

The Lottery: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" If The Lottery can keep up the promise of its premiere, it will punch a winning ticket. "

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

2 40%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"More soap opera than cinema, but the cast is very good."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

James Verniere

3 85%

Borgman (2014)

"Funny Games, indeed. Creepy, spooky and nightmarish."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

James Verniere

4 43%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"An 83-minute ad aimed at kiddies for Disney merchandise made overseas. What's in your wallet?"

Posted Jul 18, 2014

James Verniere

5 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"THE PURGE meets THE WALKING DEAD. Release this beast."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

James Verniere

6 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"No sex, a few laughs, a one-joke movie and the joke is in the trailers."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

James Verniere

7 75%

The Hotwives of Orlando: Season 1

" The spoof gives some of Hollywood's best comedic actresses room to play. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

8 39%

Rush: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" That's the difference between even basic cable and premium cable shows: Protagonists still must be likable. In that, Rush brakes and trips over itself. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

9 82%

Satisfaction: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Satisfaction has the most provocative premise - until about halfway through when it doesn't just go off the rails, it careens into the ocean, swims for England, sits for afternoon tea and then flings itself into the moon. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

10 83%

Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Extant plays with genres, mixing sci-fi, conspiracy thriller and scenes from a struggling marriage. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

11 85%

Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Poehlers' sense of comedic timing is eerie and wonderful. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

12 41%

Working the Engels: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Working the Engels... treats both viewers and its characters like braying morons. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

13 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Great CGI apes and performance by Serkis. But murky, dull, lethargic, overlong and overblown. Plot full of holes."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

James Verniere

14 88%

Finding Carter: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The cast is appealing. Prescott might remind you of a younger Eliza Dushku or Tatiana Maslany. Watros' and Denisof's participation is a coup for MTV scripted shows. "

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

15 97%

Life Itself (2014)

""Life Itself" is a fitting tribute to the most popular, if also controversial film critic of his time"

Posted Jul 7, 2014

James Verniere

16 30%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"It's THE EXORCIST with the Doors instead of the Allman Brothers. Bana and Ramirez are appealing as mismatched demon busters. "

Posted Jul 3, 2014

James Verniere

17 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Hey, E.T. It's us, the Gooonies. Can you come out to play?"

Posted Jul 3, 2014

James Verniere

18 23%

Tammy (2014)

"Mediocre, unoriginal and makes 96 minutes feel like forever."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

James Verniere

19 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Can I make a citizen's arrest for assault with intent to bore to death?"

Posted Jun 30, 2014

James Verniere

20 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" HBO's The Leftovers had me pleading to a higher power for a rapture event so I could be saved from this pompous, pretentious tripe. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

21 57%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Tyrant is the most engrossing new show of the summer. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

22 50%

The Musketeers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Musketeers ride again. But this swash buckles in all the wrong places. "

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

23 64%

The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Last Ship is a naval recruitment ad for the apocalypse, and these waters look shallow. Careful before sticking your toe in. "

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

24 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"The actors, most of whom have appeared in the stage versions, are superb: GOODFELLAS meets DREAMGIRLS."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

James Verniere

25 85%

Korengal (2014)

"You go to war with the Hemingway you have. Ours is Sebastian Junger. KORENGAL is riveting, you-are-there filmmaking."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

James Verniere

26 65%

The Rover (2014)

"Yet another post-apocalyptic, dystopian vision, this one from ANIMAL KINGDOM auteur David Michod, nasty, minor and dazzling."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

James Verniere

27 90%

Almost Royal: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Almost Royal, BBC America's first original comedy that takes this nation's fascination with royals and Downton Abbey and anything with even a remote British accent and sends it up, well, smashingly. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

28 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"Dark and darkly funny celebration of music's power to transform us. GOODFELLAS meets DREAMGIRLS."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

James Verniere

29 50%

True Blood: Season 7 (TV, 2014)

" Blood is moving in a different direction. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

30 40%

Dominion: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" As the Big Bad of the piece, Gabriel appears for perhaps 40 seconds of the 90-minute premiere and is still the most interesting character here. He gives Dominion a wing and a prayer of surviving. "

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

31 55%

The Signal (2014)

"In spite of vague 'Heroes' like plot and familiar twists, the film's visuals are a kick."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

James Verniere

32 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"Hate sport! Moodysson's 1980s middle school punks are the perfect alternative to Godzilla and Tom Cruise."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

James Verniere

33 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Like Woody Allen's early, New York City set comedies, only raunchier, more potty-mouthed and more like TV. Slate is terrific."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

James Verniere

34 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"A 90 minute gay joke interrupted by 15 minutes of other stuff. The same movie as "21 Jump Street," but not as funny."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

James Verniere

35 44%

Power: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Starz's new mob drama Power, from producer and rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, clicks with the elements of a mob drama but never gets to crackling. "

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

36 73%

Murder in the First: Season 1

" Every one in the cast is thoroughly adequate, and Murder has low ambitions and satisfies them easily. "

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

37 84%

Night Moves (2014)

"An impressive piece of neo-noir filmmaking. Hitchcock and Highsmith would have approved."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

James Verniere

38 43%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"Over-emphatic to a fault and predictable, but the glorious leads make this work."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

James Verniere

39 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Luminous leads make this schmaltz palatable."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

James Verniere

40 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Two hours of derivative, repeat-rewind eye agony."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

James Verniere

41 97%

Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Forget the sophomore slump. In its second season, Orange Is the New Black, Netflix's most popular original show, deepens its focus into the lives of its troubled, terrifying and yet often hilarious characters. It's even more addictive. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

42 93%

The Dance of Reality (2014)

"El Topo is back. A surprisingly poignant, AMARCORD-like memoir."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

James Verniere

43 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"As scatter-shot as a double-barreled shotgun packed with rock salt. Come back Lili Von Shtupp."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

James Verniere

44 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"Is there anyone better suited to playing an enchantress? The best effect in the film is Jolie's face (augmented by master Rick Baker)."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

James Verniere

45 79%

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Halt and Catch Fire's operating system is solid, crafty and cunning. Boot it up. "

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

46 38%

Undateable: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" If there were a Match.com for sitcoms, this show would be blocked, banned and forgotten. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

47 20%

The Night Shift: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Recycling is great for the environment, not so much for TV shows. "

Posted May 27, 2014

Mark A. Perigard

48 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"Relentlessly downbeat, but lavishly shot and Oscar winner Cotillard, who often resembles the screen goddesses of the silent era, is magnificent."

Posted May 23, 2014

James Verniere

49 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"A nasty, if also tasty slice of hickory-smoked pulp noir."

Posted May 23, 2014

James Verniere

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