Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 65%

The Heat (2013)

"It's down to the two leads to charm their way through the clichés. They half manage it. "

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Emma Johnston

2 21%

Girl Most Likely (2013)

"Can't decide if it's a broad farce or a poignant portrait."

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Neil Smith

3 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"A joyous portrait of an unformed personality that should strike chords of recognition in all who watch it."

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Neil Smith

4 88%

Dial M for Murder (1954)

"A tightly wound psychological parlour game, expanded only slightly from its claustrophobic stage roots."

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Emma Dibdin

5 69%

Days Of Grace (Dias De Gracia) (2011)

"Starts with a bracingly stylised snarl and ends in a muddle."

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Kevin Harley

6 96%

The Deep (2013)

"It's all a pretty obvious metaphor for the icy plunge that the Icelandic economy took recently, but is none the worse for it."

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Kate Stables

7 92%

Die Hard (1988)

"For all its moments of almost overwhelming cheese, Die Hard is still the definitive action thriller." EDIT

Posted Jul 9, 2013

8 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"Al-Mansour carefully dodges easy uplift, but her message of hope to future generations of Saudi women is clear."

Posted Jul 9, 2013

Kevin Harley

9 98%

Roman Holiday (1953)

"Hepburn and Peck revel in their shared duplicity but almost take a backseat to the splendour of the Italian capital, which has rarely been given so much lens-love since."

Posted Jul 9, 2013

Jessica Mellor

10 59%

The Frozen Ground (2013)

"It's handsomely lensed, and when Cage and Cusack finally go nose-to- nose, the fur does fly. "

Posted Jul 9, 2013

Josh Winning

11 82%

Eden (2013)

"Director Megan Griffiths wastes a great villain and settles for easy answers in a watchable but by-numbers thriller."

Posted Jul 9, 2013

Josh Winning

12 54%

Breathe In (2014)

"It may not sound much, but it's a rare drama confident enough to offer a portrait of normality, then let things elegantly unravel."

Posted Jul 9, 2013

Matt Glasby

13 89%

The World's End (2013)

"The armageddon-through-beer-goggles approach brings the chuckles, but The World's End stands up as a great example of the genre it ribs."

Posted Jul 9, 2013

Matt Maytum

14 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"A sly true-crime drama."

Posted Jul 8, 2013

Kate Stables

15 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"A huge, CGI-heavy popcorner that still feels personal. Come for the epic monster-on-mecha showdowns, stay for the likeable humans."

Posted Jul 8, 2013

Matthew Leyland

16 74%

The Wall (2013)

"The story is slow-paced and eventless but the cinematography makes the most of the landscape, while voiceover diary readings give us access to her thoughts."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Carmen Gray

17 ——

Tropicália ()

"There's a noble ambition to recapture the vibrancy of the music, but the results are just confusing to anybody without a working knowledge of Brazilian history."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Simon Kinnear

18 82%

Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013)

"While sympathetic to their plight, the directors prove alert to the story's wider impact, speaking to proud parents and outraged opponents alike."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Simon Kinnear

19 38%

Paris Manhattan (2013)

"Sophie Lellouche's slick debut is chock-full of Woody-com quotes and references, yet it remains an inconsequential, undernourished trifle that does sod-all with its potential."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Tom Dawson

20 71%

Paradise: Faith (2013)

"Laying bare his characters, Seidl uncovers the doubt beneath the armour of religious belief."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Tom Dawson

21 75%

Out in the Dark (2013)

"By turns dynamic, dangerous and bursting with passion, Out In The Dark is a stark, swoonsome romantic drama."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Josh Winning

22 95%

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All) (1974)

"Stories of humans raised in the wild range from Tarzan to Mama, but none compare to the resonance of Werner Herzog's 1974 film."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Kevin Harley

23 31%

Chasing Mavericks (2012)

"By the time it's over, you'll either be heading for the beach or vowing never to go in the water again."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Ken McIntyre

24 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"There are so many twists, turns and 'shocking reveals' that we're soon bogged down by a top-heavy narrative that then collapses with a final reversal that's only stunning in its sheer ridiculousness."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Ken McIntyre

25 34%

The Internship (2013)

"Eight years on from Wedding Crashers, [Vaughn and Wilson] successfully rekindle their irascible shtick."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Ken McIntyre

26 77%

Venus And Serena (2013)

"It doesn't quite get inside their heads, but it's brimming with vigour - rather like the girls themselves."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Steve O'Brien

27 100%

Lal gece (Night of Silence) ()

"Treating what could be a deeply distasteful subject with subtlety and restraint, Reis Çelik's intimate two-hander explores a fraught situation with sympathy and unexpected revelations ..."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Philip Kemp

28 48%

Black Rock (2013)

"This isn't quite the distaff Deliverance promised, but it's a credible indie thriller with characters worth caring about."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Matt Glasby

29 89%

The Battle Of The Sexes ()

"As fascinating as it is to relive, James Erskine's documentary struggles to make the episode a metaphor for sexism in society - an issue too big to be boiled down to one gender-politics sideshow." EDIT

Posted Jul 2, 2013

30 92%

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

"No matter how many times you've freeze-framed the bit at the end, it's still up there with Die Hard and Taxi Driver as one of the great once-a-year indulgences." EDIT

Posted Jun 26, 2013

31 91%

Stand by Me (1986)

"Shawshank aside, this is the best non-horror Stephen King adaptation of the bunch."

Posted Jun 26, 2013

James White

32 80%

The Untouchables (1987)

"De Palma's style rides substance out of town to leave a glorious compendium of genre cool, remixing the original '50s TV series just as Indiana Jones took a whip to '30s serial adventures."

Posted Jun 25, 2013

Simon Kinnear

33 74%

Ghost (1990)

"The pottery scene is still sexy despite numerous spoofs."

Posted Jun 25, 2013

James White

34 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"A pale imitation of its fresh and frisky predecessor."

Posted Jun 25, 2013

Josh Winning

35 84%

Safe (1995)

"With anti-star boldness, Moore doesn't so much embody the role as disembody it, dissolving before our eyes." EDIT

Posted Jun 24, 2013

36 94%

The Truman Show (1998)

"Jim Carrey proves he has more than one acting dimension in this original, clever tale of junk-culture excess." EDIT

Posted Jun 19, 2013

37 88%

The Usual Suspects (1995)

"The then 27-year-old Bryan Singer eclipsed most other '90s crime movies with this brilliantly slippery, cerebral thriller." EDIT

Posted Jun 18, 2013

38 3%

Zoom (2006)

"A celluloid cliché from first frame to last, it doesn't deserve your hard-earned cash. Watch X-Men again instead. Or even Sky High." EDIT

Posted Jun 17, 2013

39 21%

The Seasoning House (2013)

"A horror film of two halves: the first squalid and hard to stomach, the second surreal and hard to take seriously."

Posted Jun 17, 2013

Matt Glasby

40 69%

Renoir (2013)

"A film of lazy days, sleepless nights and mellow moments that will likely test the patience of those unwilling to resign to its unhurried pace."

Posted Jun 17, 2013

Neil Smith

41 70%

I Want Your Love ()

"Graphic, gritty and uncompromising, it explores love through the act of sex - an admirable experiment."

Posted Jun 17, 2013

Josh Winning

42 74%

The East (2013)

"Another Brit hit, plus Batmanglij is beginning to show dash as director. The duo make a tight fist of hot topicality and high tension from an ideas-packed genre piece."

Posted Jun 17, 2013

Kevin Harley

43 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"Evil has rarely seemed so banal."

Posted Jun 17, 2013

Tom Dawson

44 37%

Stand Up Guys (2013)

"You'd think that septuagenarians Al Pacino and Christopher Walken would still have enough self-respect left in the tank to steer clear of debacles like this."

Posted Jun 16, 2013

Curtis Woloschuk

45 8%

Summer Catch (2001)

"Despite an enjoyable turn from Brittany Murphy, the clichéd plot (local poor boy pitches his way to the Major League) ensures that's the best this forgettable teen fodder can hope for." EDIT

Posted Jun 14, 2013

46 11%

Chill Factor (1999)

"Surprise, surprise -- as Identikit film-making goes, this is glossy, sharp and alarmingly enjoyable stuff." EDIT

Posted Jun 11, 2013

47 8%

The New Guy (2002)

"So what's new about The New Guy? Not much, actually." EDIT

Posted Jun 11, 2013

48 38%

Admission (2013)

"These truly are dark and terrible times if we are forced to accept the elitist problems of an Ivy League college admissions officer as shameless fodder for a romcom."

Posted Jun 11, 2013

Ken McIntyre

49 73%

Paradise: Love (2013)

"Though it covers similar thematic ground to Laurent Cantet's Haiti-set Heading South, Seidl's gruelling film proves his knack for leaving viewers emotionally discomfited."

Posted Jun 11, 2013

Tom Dawson

50 59%

Stuck in Love (2013)

"A sweet little study of the right royal mess people can make of relationships when they let their own neuroses take over, and a warm tribute to overcoming them."

Posted Jun 11, 2013

Emma Johnston

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