Toronto Star

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 75%

Pieta (2013)

"A mother's love for her child takes on brutal new meaning in Pieta, a film by Kim Ki-duk that's as hard to watch as it is to forget."

Posted May 30, 2013

Peter Howell

2 85%

Sightseers (2013)

"With a wink and a shrug, Sightseers shows us evil in all its banality."

Posted May 30, 2013

Bruce Demara

3 11%

After Earth (2013)

"The only value in watching it is to see an expensive disaster slowly unfold."

Posted May 30, 2013

Peter Howell

4 42%

The English Teacher (2013)

"The report card for low-key high school comedy The English Teacher would read something like this: Weak effort; this student is too easily distracted, fails to follow through and turns in unfinished work."

Posted May 30, 2013

Linda Barnard

5 94%

Lore (2013)

"The sins of the Fatherland send a German teenage girl and her Nazi-connected family on the run in Australian director Cate Shortland's vividly rendered and sensual drama Lore."

Posted May 30, 2013

Linda Barnard

6 50%

The Lesser Blessed (2013)

"[Doron] has assembled a uniformly solid cast, starting with an impressive debut by Evans, whose brown eyes are both soulful and watchful. It's a performance that commands our attention and empathy."

Posted May 30, 2013

Bruce Demara

7 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"It pretty much goes without saying that the script by Chris Morgan, who penned most of the previous installments, is achingly stupid and beyond ludicrous."

Posted May 24, 2013

Bruce Demara

8 82%

Something in the Air (2013)

"Assayas captures a season in the lives of a group that envisioned themselves as bearers of truth ..."

Posted May 23, 2013

Linda Barnard

9 74%

Love Is All You Need (2013)

"This is a mature rom-com, if that's not a contradiction in terms."

Posted May 23, 2013

Peter Howell

10 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"Those looking for hilarity and hijinks with episode three will find the party is indeed over."

Posted May 23, 2013

Linda Barnard

11 68%

The We and the I (2013)

"An occasionally interesting glimpse into the lives of a diverse group of urban teens and their struggles, but also a film that's overly long and often annoying."

Posted May 16, 2013

Linda Barnard

12 49%

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013)

"Piles on the designers and insiders, making no lasting impression other than to spark musings on the folly of excess."

Posted May 16, 2013

Linda Barnard

13 ——

Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children ()

"Director Patrick Reed diligently follows Dallaire along dusty roads to meetings with warlords and interviews with demobilized child soldiers but fails to complete a portrait of him as either a heroic or a tragic figure. "

Posted May 16, 2013

Marco Chown Oved

14 54%

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013)

"Nair has found a real gem in Riz Ahmed, who anchors the film with a charismatically watchable performance. He's in virtually every frame and you hang on his every word."

Posted May 16, 2013

Bruce Demara

15 88%

The Angels' Share (2013)

"Loach takes us through the mysteries of whisky making, exploring the subtle tastes and scents in ways that will have audiences wishing they had a dram at hand. But a glass also serves more symbolic purposes ..."

Posted May 16, 2013

Linda Barnard

16 98%

Mud (2013)

"A modern fairy tale, steeped in the sleepy Mississippi lore of Twain and similar American writers, and with a heart as big as the river is wide." EDIT

Posted May 16, 2013

17 66%

The Iceman (2013)

"The script ... offers few insights into Kuklinski's psychic makeup or motivations and even less reason to care about them." EDIT

Posted May 16, 2013

18 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"You barely get a chance to catch a breath as this saga takes off like a starship and just keeps going, from its Indiana Jones-style opening to its cosmos-rattling finale. And all in 3D, no less."

Posted May 15, 2013

Peter Howell

19 93%

Room 237 (2013)

"The human brain is a marvellously suggestible organ."

Posted May 10, 2013

Peter Howell

20 50%

At Any Price (2013)

"If the story is a bit all over the place - and what the heck is Heather Graham doing in this picture besides looking great? - the solid work from Quaid and Efron helps iron out a few of the bumpy bits."

Posted May 10, 2013

Linda Barnard

21 67%

I Declare War (2013)

"The picture disturbs more than it amuses, but the overall effect is ultimately as scattershot as the ammo."

Posted May 10, 2013

Peter Howell

22 57%

Blackbird (2013)

"The clock starts to drag, and some energy is lost. But the movie displays a lot of promise both in front of and behind the lens."

Posted May 10, 2013

Peter Howell

23 35%

Peeples (2013)

"Even the bouncy score sounds like it was lifted from an old Three's Company episode; that is when they're not all belting out a song about where it's not cool to pee."

Posted May 10, 2013

Linda Barnard

24 86%

The Manor ()

"A shockingly honest and often heartbreaking film ..."

Posted May 10, 2013

Linda Barnard

25 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"We're ... reminded of what this movie could have been, had not Luhrmann hit the autopilot switch and allowed Fitzgerald to do all the dramatic thinking for him."

Posted May 9, 2013

Peter Howell

26 93%

Still Mine (2013)

"Quietly observes a love tested by infirmity and bureaucracy, becoming all the stronger for it."

Posted May 2, 2013

Peter Howell

27 84%

Kon Tiki (2013)

"Part history lesson, part classic adventure tale and often stunning to watch."

Posted May 2, 2013

Linda Barnard

28 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Downey is in fine comic form, especially when he's sparring with young Simpkins, who thankfully throttles back on the precociousness."

Posted May 2, 2013

Peter Howell

29 100%

Burn (2012)

"An action-packed look at the men who do their best to keep Detroit from going up in flames."

Posted May 2, 2013

Jason Anderson

30 7%

The Big Wedding (2013)

"The Big Wedding aims low and achieves every aspiration."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Linda Barnard

31 55%

The Company You Keep (2013)

"A drama that's more than a look at what happened to a generation of socially aware hippies whose new drug of choice is likely Lipitor."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Linda Barnard

32 40%

Tai Chi Hero (2013)

"Purist fans of martial arts cinema probably won't embrace this film any more than its predecessor."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Bruce Demara

33 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"Pain & Gain brings fun to the multiplex with its story of knucklehead bodybuilders with pumped-up dreams and 98-pound weakling brains."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Linda Barnard

34 16%

The Colony (2013)

"The Colony is a blue-bin blockbuster, a collection of recycled ideas of sci-fi thrillers past."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Peter Howell

35 28%

Upside Down (2013)

"A Romeo and Juliet story for the age of CGI overkill, Upside Down zigs where it should zag and dulls where it should dazzle."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Peter Howell

36 68%

Wrong (2013)

"Dupieux makes the viewer work for it with Wrong. And it's not always worth the effort ..."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Linda Barnard

37 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"Oblivion gives us stars in the cast, stars in our eyes and it even tweaks a brain cell or three."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Peter Howell

38 ——

Molly Maxwell ()

"It draws the audience into an ethical quandary that instills an uncomfortable sense of complicity. As a result, we never end up sympathizing for the main characters or investing in the romance."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Bruce Demara

39 77%

It's a Disaster (2013)

"You need better dialogue than Berger supplies to help It's a Disaster make a liar out of its title."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Peter Howell

40 71%

My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2013)

"It's your standard nerd-meets-stripper scenario, but filmmaking sparks and a combustible cast set this rom-com blazing." EDIT

Posted Apr 18, 2013

41 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"To the Wonder suggests the creep of doubt and possibly even despair into Malick's cosmic questing. This may not be as profound as he intends - to be human is to forever question - but it makes for stimulating viewing."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Peter Howell

42 40%

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams (2013)

"True fans will find their gold dust woman as the doc unspools, witnessing the creative machinery behind her songwriting process, as Nicks makes the 2011 album of the same name in her California home studio."

Posted Apr 15, 2013

Linda Barnard

43 4%

Scary Movie 5 (2013)

"It's supposed to be funny, but you'd have an easier time reading a zombie's pulse than you would finding a single good laugh ..."

Posted Apr 14, 2013

Peter Howell

44 100%

Flight of the Butterflies (2012)

"It's a story that begins and ends in Toronto and returns every year - and it's never been so spectacularly and passionately retold until now."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Marco Chown Oved

45 69%

Renoir (2013)

"As sensually beautiful as the work of its subject matter, French filmmaker Gilles Bourdos's dreamy biography Renoir is more a series of tableaux than a narrative film."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Linda Barnard

46 80%

Revolution (2013)

"A well-meaning yet disjointed effort that often seems more like a crusader's travelogue than documentary."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Linda Barnard

47 81%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"Cianfrance and his sterling cast keep it all together, vanquishing doubt and soap suds. There's a palpable sense of teamwork that brings out the best in all of these players."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Peter Howell

48 79%

42 (2013)

"Well-paced and often riveting, and manages to inspire while remaining true to the sport and to the player who changed it and all of professional sport forever."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Bruce Demara

49 68%

Trance (2013)

"Danny Boyle seems to have had a blast making Trance. It's a pity he makes it so difficult to share in his joy."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Peter Howell

50 81%

Like Someone in Love (2013)

"Kiarostami's apparent simplicity masks serious complexity."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Peter Howell

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