Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 43%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Not as groundbreaking as the original, nor as expansive as all the best sequels are. But with some excellent cast additions, and Miller on murky form, this still sizzles to the touch."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

James Mottram

2 100%

The Sopranos: Season 1 (TV, 1999)

" These 13 episodes comprise what is arguably the finest season of the greatest television series of them all. "

EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2014

3 91%

The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007)

" The Sopranos is Scorsese on TV. And you really need to see it. "

EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2014

4 95%

Charulata (1964)

"So little's openly stated, so much implied - as in Ray's own wistfully romantic score."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Philip Kemp

5 ——

The Art Party! ()

"Performance, satirical fantasy and a better class of banner mix under one message - that Gove's policies oppress kids' needs for self-exploration."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Kevin Harley

6 ——

The Guvnors ()

"Sadly, the film gets mired in muddied morals and needless flashbacks, spending too long on backstory before finally delivering its brutal third act."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Matt Looker

7 11%

Die Frau des Polizisten (The Police Officer's Wife) ()

"More evidence, perhaps, that art cinema needs to come out from the shadow of Michael Haneke."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Andrew Lowry

8 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Sean Harris' horrific demon-soldier and a climactic gorecaked exorcism scene that cranks up the crazy to 11 are the only bright spots in this rainy, preachy, miscast terror tale."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Ken McIntyre

9 76%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"The cutesiness will entice /repel viewers in equal measure, but it has a lot of heart, and displays it on its sleeve."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Emma Johnston

10 71%

What If (2014)

"What If is a winning diversion that punches well above its weight thanks to two well-cast leads and a terrific supporting turn from Driver."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Neil Smith

11 92%

Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) ()

"Belgium's best-kept secrets are breaking through without selling out, and their unshowily inspiring domestic drama reminds us you don't need to go to war - or prison - to earn redemption."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Matt Glasby

12 86%

Altered States (1980)

"It's by turns pseudo-analytical head-twister and skull-pounding monster romp, including glorious whip-crack dialogue." EDIT

Posted Aug 16, 2014

13 97%

To Have and Have Not (1944)

"Unfussily directed, To Have And Have Not is packed with memorable exchanges in shadowy interiors, and showcases the husky-voiced Bacall at her most insolent and alluring." EDIT

Posted Aug 15, 2014

14 25%

Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

"Chelsom's lightly subversive, self-aware tone bolsters Pegg's best shot yet at a mass-appeal crowd-pleaser."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Simon Kinnear

15 92%

Men in Black (1997)

"A lean, punchy, fast paced, and extremely endearing sci-fi action comedy." EDIT

Posted Aug 12, 2014

16 92%

A Touch of Zen (1969)

"Looking as fresh as if it was made yesterday, rather than three decades ago, A Touch Of Zen is Eastern cinema at its most dynamic and grown-up." EDIT

Posted Aug 12, 2014

17 97%

Big (1988)

"Joyously entertaining, escapist stuff." EDIT

Posted Aug 11, 2014

18 71%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"Mixing candid talking heads with scarcely believable video footage, Miller's taut narrative shifts gears (black comedy, thriller, even a love story), but is mostly driven by outrage at the powers that be."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Simon Kinnear

19 88%

The Notorious Mr. Bout ()

"A darkly comic and illuminating portrait of moral bankruptcy emerges."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Simon Kinnear

20 75%

We Gotta Get Out of This Place (2013)

"Though its influences (Badlands, early Coens) are writ large, and the denouement disappoints, the performances convince, the dialogue captivates and the sense of backwater boredom is overpowering."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Matt Glasby

21 52%

Blood Ties (2014)

"Wade through all the flares and flare-ups and you'll be rewarded: the ending is absolutely killer."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

James Mottram

22 55%

Underdogs (2015)

"Impressively designed throughout, The Unbeatables also keeps the laughs kicking, both in its characterisations and its nods to the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Citizen Kane."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Tom Dawson

23 85%

The Congress (2014)

"Featuring a career-best performance from Robin Wright and some tremendously twisted animation, The Congress is a weird and wonderful sci-fi satire that maybe shoehorns more ideas than it knows what to do with."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Stephen Kelly

24 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Somehow, this sequel to a rubbish spin-off to a rubbish sequel to a so-so cartoon is actually pretty good."

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Paul M. Bradshaw

25 77%

The Inbetweeners Movie 2 ()

"Puerile, pleasurable and perfectly executed."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

James Mottram

26 35%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"More sure-footed than Expendables 1 and 2, and considerably more pumped up - it pauses for neither breath nor a change of colostomy bag. Dumb fun."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Jamie Graham

27 78%

Moebius (2014)

"Among the blood, sweat and (ahem) salty tears are musings on desire, family and emasculation, but this is Kim at his most mischievous, the laughs drowning all."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Jamie Graham

28 72%

The German Doctor (2014)

"Well-made and well-acted, Wakolda is let down by rampant contrivances and on-the-nose metaphors."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Jamie Graham

29 95%

To Catch a Thief (2009)

"It's all slight, charming and fairly forgettable."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Philip Kemp

30 78%

Welcome To New York ()

"Welcome To New York will madden many but delight the Big Apple auteur's admirers."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Jamie Graham

31 34%

God's Pocket (2014)

"Slattery's flick depicts its close-knit, blue-collar community with economy and insight."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Neil Smith

32 96%

Lilting (2014)

"It's the fully invested leads and graceful, poetic direction that give this study of emotional interiors its subtly heartbreaking power."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Kevin Harley

33 10%

The Nut Job (2014)

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

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Neil Smith

34 91%

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

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

Posted Jul 29, 2014

35 5%

Yu-Gi-Oh! - The Movie (Yűgi˘: Gekij˘-ban) (2004)

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

Posted Jul 28, 2014

36 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

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

Posted Jul 28, 2014

James Mottram

37 20%

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

38 13%

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

39 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

40 33%

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

41 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

42 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

43 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

44 58%

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

45 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

46 92%

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

47 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

48 62%

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

49 67%

The House of Magic (2014)

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

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Kevin Harley

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