Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 11%

The Nut Job (2014)

"Makes as little of its furry leads as it does of its '50s setting."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Neil Smith

2 91%

The Man Who Knew Too Much (2001)

"Making marvellous use of settings and locations, Hitchcock treats the viewer to superbly choreographed set-pieces." EDIT

Posted Jul 29, 2014

3 5%

Yu-Gi-Oh! - The Movie (Yûgiô: Gekijô-ban) (2004)

"A 90-minute advert in search of a storyline." EDIT

Posted Jul 28, 2014

4 58%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"Gondry-ites will be seduced, but this is as undisciplined as it is inventive."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

James Mottram

5 ——

Delight ()

"The low budget shows in some variable acting (Balibar is great, though) and there is some clumsy dialogue, but writer/director Gareth Jones does deserve some credit for ambition."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Andrew Lowry

6 6%

A Promise (2014)

"Gabriel Yared's score works hard to rouse emotion but when the most exciting scene involves a rat, the erotic frisson clearly isn't happening."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Kevin Harley

7 82%

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"Providing the magnetic counter-balance for the plot's drift, Ryan Jones and Nathan Varnson give natural performances as small-town brothers rocked by a friend's death."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Kevin Harley

8 13%

Blackwood ()

"While efficiently filmed, Blackwood prefers using horror tropes as metaphors than for pure scares, lending events the feel of an ambitious but airless thesis."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Simon Kinnear

9 93%

The Deer Hunter (1978)

"It's an American tragedy indebted to Russian literature, alive with detail and ritual and embedding viewers in the souls of men, the heart of a community and the spilled guts of a nation."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Jamie Graham

10 5%

Universal Soldier - The Return (1999)

"This is cynical, manipulative, idiotic film-making. It's hard to express how bad this film is." EDIT

Posted Jul 27, 2014

11 72%

The Ring (2002)

"A chilling idea, finely executed, in a rare remake success. See it if you dare -- but we wouldn't recommend you go alone." EDIT

Posted Jul 25, 2014

12 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"Writer/director James DeMonaco appears to have developed some delusions of grandeur since the first film hit paydirt."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Neil Smith

13 33%

Believe ()

"Football has had such rotten luck on screen that the title of David Scheinmann's film seem grimly ironic, yet it's his blind faith in the genre that carries this nimble crowd-pleaser."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Simon Kinnear

14 90%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Mad, marvellous and all kinds of sci-fi magical, Guardians Of The Galaxy is Marvel's riskiest but most surprising success yet."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Matt Risley

15 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"It's a premise that stands or falls on the tense fate of a charismatic lead and dialogue that does not clang right off the screen; a woeful lack of both ensures Paranoia more than falls -- it collapses."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Stephen Kelly

16 63%

Hercules (2014)

"By the beard of Zeus! Brett Ratner delivers fast, fun thrills to score a sound victory over Renny Harlin's laborious The Legend Of Hercules."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Jamie Graham

17 67%

The House Of Magic ()

"A romp that compensates for its fluffy simplicity with sweetness, generosity and 3D ingenuity."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Kevin Harley

18 0%

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie ()

"A flick that has about as much use for his former co-star, trainer Ashleigh Butler, as it does for originality, wit or subtlety."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Neil Smith

19 3%

Bless the Child (2000)

"Bless The Child pulls every cheap cinematic trick possible to try and put the willies into its punters and, unsurprisingly, fails." EDIT

Posted Jul 22, 2014

20 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"The cast of unknowns are charismatic enough ... and the glitzy FX are surprisingly impressive."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Rob James

21 86%

The Lady from Shanghai (1948)

"Welles' dazzling direction more than makes up for any lack of viewer understanding."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Kevin Harley

22 90%

Nordvest (Northwest) ()

"Noer draws energetic turns from these non-pros, while demonstrating a real grasp of the grimy milieu. Just a pity the plot is so by-the-numbers."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

James Mottram

23 100%

Branded to Kill (1967)

"Branded To Kill thrums along to an irresistible hard-bop beat, with effortlessly stylish black andwhite cinematography and set-pieces straight from a pulp fiction fever dream."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Ken McIntyre

24 77%

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014)

"Bernal seems sincere but he's playing a role he can step out of, which distracts from Silver's deeper ambitions: to humanise and anatomise a heated political issue."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Kevin Harley

25 81%

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014)

"Its unhurried pace and inability to wring tension from the conflicting accounts ensures that though it fascinates, the film never fully enthrals."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Curtis Woloschuk

26 100%

All This Mayhem ()

"Martin turns a cautionary tale into rollercoaster material: with extraordinary home-video footage capturing the Pappas' rise and fall with an immediacy that leaves you stirred, shaken and moved."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Kevin Harley

27 86%

Joe (2014)

"Green's soul-baring Southern noir has much to say about those who speak with their fists and is a masterwork of threatening melancholy."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Matt Glasby

28 25%

Fathers' Day (1997)

"Reitman, Williams and Crystal should have turned in a fine comedy. But Father's Day ain't it: they could have improvised a better film in their sleep." EDIT

Posted Jul 14, 2014

29 19%

Navy Seals (1990)

"US foreign policy is reduced to shots of aircraft carriers and hard men shooting their way through various locations." EDIT

Posted Jul 14, 2014

30 90%

The Lion in Winter (1968)

"It's stagey and mannered, but it still feels sleek and modern." EDIT

Posted Jul 14, 2014

31 96%

Some Like It Hot (1959)

"Brilliant performances, wondrous comic timing and the greatest pay-off line ever written: this one's still red hot."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

James Mottram

32 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"The film leaves some uncomfortable questions about the ethics of posthumous fame."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Simon Kinnear

33 95%

Grand Central ()

"Hot off Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Seydoux again offers a frank turn, while Rahim and Ménochet add real class."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

James Mottram

34 96%

I Am Divine (2013)

"High camp and low trash make an entertaining combo in an overdue homage to a fearless trailblazer."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Neil Smith

35 91%

Norte, the End of History (2014)

"Superb."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Jamie Graham

36 76%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"More sugar-rush than Sugarman, but Gordon's extraordinary life just outside the spotlight is a whirlwind of charm and chutzpah."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Matt Glasby

37 8%

A Haunted House 2 (2014)

"Unless you've seen every awful horror flick of the past five years, you won't even get the jokes. A comedic dead zone."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Ken McIntyre

38 78%

Seve ()

"However under par it gets, it's impossible not to shed a tear as the final chapter in Ballesteros' oft-magical life unfolds."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

James Mottram

39 64%

Au bout du conte (Under the Rainbow) ()

"An accomplished actress herself, Jaoui draws committed performances from her ensemble that effectively ground the breezy material."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Curtis Woloschuk

40 75%

Bicycling with Moliere (2014)

"A cosy, middlebrow showcase for its stars to practise theatrical verse and fall off their bikes."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Simon Kinnear

41 0%

The Anomaly ()

"It's a nifty idea - especially in terms of structure - but that's about it, with Clarke's direction proving as flat as his performance."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Stephen Kelly

42 ——

Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie ()

"While hardly searching, Barker's portrait is infectiously affectionate."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Kevin Harley

43 57%

Here & Now (Here and Now) ()

"Modest but moving."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

James Mottram

44 67%

El Año y la Viña ()

"A lost opportunity, and the mercifully brief running time suggests the filmmakers know it."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Simon Kinnear

45 58%

Keeping Rosy ()

"An old-fashioned, quietly coiled thriller of things that could happen."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Matt Glasby

46 36%

Goddess ()

"Sadly, this Goddess falls a long way short of divine."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Neil Smith

47 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Jersey Boys is a solid watch that seeks to deepen the emotion of the jukebox musical."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Jamie Graham

48 56%

Love Me Till Monday ()

"Between Maguire's winning lead and the lively portraits of workmates on the lash, there's a sitcom in the making here."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Kevin Harley

49 75%

Goltzius And The Pelican Company ()

"All a good excuse for Greenaway to indulge his strengths (painterly tableaux and theological art-history) and weaknesses (boobs and willies), and all a long way from his '80s heyday."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Paul M. Bradshaw

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