Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"Fearless, relatable and beautiful, this is one of the year's best. Holding you so close for so long, you won't want to break free."

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Emma Simmonds

2 91%

Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) (1959)

"For a film haunted by death, this 1959 reissue is a joyful and exuberant affair which unfolds in a swirl of colour and movement." EDIT

Posted Nov 15, 2013

3 94%

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1998)

"The carnivalesque chaos is anchored in stage actor John Neville's charismatic lead turn." EDIT

Posted Nov 15, 2013

4 92%

The Little Mermaid (1989)

"One of the liveliest and most enjoyable animated flicks to escape the House Of Mouse." EDIT

Posted Nov 15, 2013

5 85%

Santa sangre (Holy Blood) (1990)

"The most accessible film by Mexican avant-garde auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky, his horror head-scratcher divides its time between the sanitarium and the circus."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Matt Glasby

6 63%

The Rise (Wasteland) (2013)

"The final act's too cocky by half, but otherwise this is canny, characterful stuff."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Matt Glasby

7 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Catching Fire expands Suzanne Collins' novel beyond the confines of the arena to tackle some seriously brutal truths - plugging gaps and sowing seeds for a two-part finale that will have to work hard to match its grit."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Paul M. Bradshaw

8 6%

Battle of the Year (2013)

"What could've been a fun '80s throwback ends up more frustrating that it's worth."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Ken McIntyre

9 20%

Who Needs Enemies (2013)

"It's a promising feature debut for Stylianou; let's hope he explores fresher territory next time."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Philip Kemp

10 86%

In Fear (2014)

"A taut, chilling little horror-thriller making maximum use of minimal resources to tap into our primal fears of the unknown. Plus shredded-nerve turns from an (evidently) adaptable cast."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Philip Kemp

11 100%

Utopia ()

"What Utopia lacks in finesse it more than makes up for in passion."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Emma Simmonds

12 58%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"Shepard's film is fun but forgettable in the first hour, then disappointing in the final third. But Law's raucous turn keeps you watching."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

James Mottram

13 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"Smart, witty and more than a little melancholy, Don Jon is a fist-pumping success."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Matt Glasby

14 73%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"It may skip so quickly through historic events that it can feel rushed and flimsy, but excellent performances elevate it to serious Oscar contender."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Tony Horkins

15 64%

Pandora's Promise (2013)

"The director paints a partisan picture, but offers an eloquent and effective challenge to orthodox eco-wisdom."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Tom Dawson

16 100%

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

"Otto Preminger's cynical view of the judicial system is curiously contemporary and still serves as a blueprint for numerous TV 'tec shows." EDIT

Posted Nov 6, 2013

17 48%

Parkland (2013)

"Despite some affecting moments, the lumbering Parkland feels more like a well-researched magazine feature than an involving drama."

Posted Nov 4, 2013

Kate Stables

18 85%

Seduced And Abandoned ()

"The results are revealing rather than revelatory, but chats with Ryan Gosling and Coppola, Scorsese and Polanski flesh out the fun."

Posted Nov 4, 2013

James Mottram

19 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Like the title suggests, this is an astronaut adventure whose pull is hard to resist. By the time 90 stomach-shrinking minutes have elapsed, you'll feel like you've been bumped around the heavens."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

James Mottram

20 99%

How to Survive a Plague (2012)

"An important, moving doc about how LGBT activism taught a community to shun silence."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Jamie Russell

21 18%

Love Tomorrow ()

"The leads struggle with an undernourished script, and there's a cheapo televisual vibe throughout."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Tom Dawson

22 19%

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)

"Obtuse characters, flimsy narrative and an over-reliance on horror clichés."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Stephen Kelly

23 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"After Smashed and The World's End, the run of drinking movies stays for one more round - a romcom that refreshes the parts others don't reach, with Olivia Wilde on stellar form."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Stephen Kelly

24 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"The lead character's called Grace, but don't be put off: Cretton's tough-love snapshot of shattered youth is achingly moving rather than manipulative or mawkish."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Kevin Harley

25 81%

This Ain't California (2013)

"Persiel's film entertains, but the nagging sense that it's mostly a ruse limits true engagement."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Emma Simmonds

26 93%

Child's Pose (2014)

"It's through the dysfunctional mother-son relationship at its core that a pointed critique of the corruption bedevilling Romanian society emerges."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Tom Dawson

27 92%

Philomena (2013)

"Odd-couple chemistry from Dench and Coogan, a smart script and honed direction make this real-life story highly compelling. Blending comedy and tragedy, it secretes a potent sting."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Philip Kemp

28 99%

Gloria (2014)

"Sticking tightly to its heroine's everyday routines and rituals, this deft blend of humour and pathos fully earns its defiantly upbeat dance-floor denouement."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Tom Dawson

29 96%

Cutie And The Boxer (2013)

"The simple approach teases fascinating parallels between art and marriage: essential to both, it seems, are a thick skin and an optimism verging on madness."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Simon Kinnear

30 75%

La religieuse (The Nun) ()

"Though Etienne and Huppert are fantastic, Guillaume Nicloux's adaptation of Denis Diderot's novel is neither nunsploitation nor chamber piece, just about working as a sermon on hypocrisy."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Josh Winning

31 94%

Milius ()

"Old pals Spielberg, Scorsese, Schrader, Lucas and Coppola pay tribute, before the final reel adds genuine poignancy to the life of this unique storyteller."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

James Mottram

32 87%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"An affecting film, thanks to Fukuyama's understated turn and Koreeda's typically graceful visual storytelling."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Tom Dawson

33 62%

Love, Marilyn (2012)

"Given the number of Marilyn memorials already out there, this is just another pleasant, un-revelatory way to say goodbye Norma Jean."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Neil Smith

34 67%

Lebanese Rocket Society ()

"The fact that Lebanon had a space programme is just one of the surprises in Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas' fascinating dispatch from the "who knew?" fringes of docu-making."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Kevin Harley

35 ——

Very Extremely Dangerous ()

"Tragic yet hilarious, it's like watching Hunter S. Thompson's bucket list."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Jamie Russell

36 57%

Walesa ()

"Undeniably hard-going for non-history buffs, but well worth the sweat."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Kate Stables

37 96%

Muscle Shoals (2013)

"As Aretha might say, respect."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Neil Smith

38 28%

The Taste of Money (2013)

"It feels like Im intended this as a moral fable. He should have played for laughs; material this blunt works best as satire."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Simon Kinnear

39 67%

A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza)(Magnificent Presence) ()

"A gentle comedy about a gay man's attachment to old-school notions of romance, Ferzan Ozpetek's film is reminiscent of Woody Allen at his most whimsical."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Simon Kinnear

40 93%

Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki) (2013)

"Despite rigorously ripping up the conventions of werewolf lore, Mamoru Hosoda's anime fantasy unfolds with an elegance that seems effortless."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Curtis Woloschuk

41 81%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"Van Groeningen blends the happiness and tragedy of life like a master alchemist, using music as an emotional life-raft, which is just as well: the bleak final third will test the hardiest of souls."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

James Mottram

42 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Marvel's man with the mallet does all that's required of him in a breakneck sequel that's never dark for long."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Neil Smith

43 97%

The Selfish Giant (2013)

"Carried aloft by the remarkable performances of her two young leads, Clio Barnard's poignant, unflinching slice of hard-knock-life grips tight and lingers long."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Paul M. Bradshaw

44 35%

The Counselor (2013)

"An absorbing thriller that favours vivid characters, profound ideas and Old Testament morals over propulsive plotting and set-pieces. With lots of blood."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Jamie Graham

45 60%

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

"Most of the gags fall flatter than a Knoxville belly-flop."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

James Mottram

46 68%

One Chance (2014)

"Potts does the singing himself, but that doesn't stop Justin Zackham's contrived script from sounding bum notes throughout."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Neil Smith

47 70%

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

"With no real plot to bind them, the pile-up of chaotic chases, repeat-on you leek puns and noisy dust-ups gradually kills the appetite."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Kevin Harley

48 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"It's a slow-burning, well-acted thriller that's only really let down in its third act: an unsatisfyingly limp denouement that fails to convey what's at stake with any sort of suspense."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Stephen Kelly

49 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"Like its hero, Ender's Game relies on brains more than brute force. An absorbing portrait of Lord Of The Flies-style morality housed in imaginative sci-fi casing."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Matt Mueller

50 87%

The Matrix (1999)

"Writer/director siblings the Wachowskis have gone further with the action genre than you'd have ever thought possible." EDIT

Posted Oct 21, 2013

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