Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 77%

The Borderlands (2014)

"A convincing British found-footage horror that actually has some good performances and genuine scares."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Matt Glasby

2 94%

The Past (2013)

"Comes dangerously close to perpetuating rational man/hysterical woman stereotypes."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Andrew Lowry

3 38%

The Fold ()

"John Jencks' drama boasts some nice Cornish scenery, but it's not enough to offset the clunky dialogue, overwrought performances and Richards' inability to convince us she's a violin-playing prodigy."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Neil Smith

4 ——

Betsy & Leonard ()

"Some nicely dry comic touches aside, this mostly half-baked romcom would probably have worked better as a half-hour TV skit."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Ali Catterall

5 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"A highly entertaining musical history lesson that could (and should) just boost a few careers into the bargain."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Ali Catterall

6 58%

Blast from the Past (1999)

"Any movie with a rhyming title should be treated with suspicion. And Blast From The Past -- two films inconveniently rolled into one creaking rom-com -- is as bad as it gets."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Yael Shuv

7 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"With a string of gratifying action sequences, and a breakneck pace leavened by a frequently witty script, The Winter Soldier stands alone as a solidly entertaining blockbuster."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Matt Maytum

8 25%

Wicker Park (2004)

"Tortuously twisting in on itself, Wicker Park keeps you guessing as it keeps its central pair apart. But it's scuppered by a plodding obviousness that's underlined by a sledgehammer soundtrack." EDIT

Posted Mar 18, 2014

9 89%

Rushmore (1998)

"Rushmore is accurate enough on the teen-angst front to make you wince, yet whimsical enough to make you want Max to win." EDIT

Posted Mar 17, 2014

10 55%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"Little can convey the texture of the Texan writer/director's fourth feature, other than to say it is unmistakably Andersonian, as off-kilter and tricksy as The Royal Tenenbaums." EDIT

Posted Mar 17, 2014

11 81%

G.B.F. (2014)

"A colourful, hyperactive romp that, despite attempting to bust apart teen-flick clichés, quickly conforms to type."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Josh Winning

12 ——

Peter Gabriel: Back To Front (2014)

"The talking-heads inserts distract but the end result is a fresh nostalgia trip and - thanks to those pioneering dad-dancing moves - a winning arena-show snapshot."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Kevin Harley

13 30%

Svengali ()

"Likeable casting can't quite salvage director John Hardwick's threadbare British pop comedy, under-developed from a web series."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Kevin Harley

14 80%

The Machine (2014)

"Despite some striking imagery and sterling FX work, Welsh writer/director Caradog W James' expert use of limited resources doesn't stretch as far as the subtlety-averse script."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Matt Glasby

15 70%

About Last Night (2014)

"It's raunchier than its '86 counterpart, but still not much of a turn-on."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Ken McIntyre

16 83%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"Fascinating and frustrating."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

James Mottram

17 82%

Salvo ()

"An exercise in muddy, moody subjectivity."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Matt Glasby

18 77%

The Robber (2011)

"A thriller that deliberately doesn't thrill."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Simon Kinnear

19 47%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"Hardcore fashionistas will doubtless flock to drool over the endless catwalk shows, packed with genuine YSL archive pieces."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Kate Stables

20 27%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"At best, this is a cringey stab at black comedy redeemed by charismatic stars; at worst it's a glib and manipulative punt on a subject that deserves more care."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Emma Dibdin

21 98%

Starred Up (2014)

"The details ring true and the performances smart in Mackenzie's prison movie."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Kevin Harley

22 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"Smartly spoofy rather than sweetly nostalgic, this distractingly star-studded jaunt is fast and funny, but short on emotional punch. But a good time awaits for kids and long-time Muppet-lovers."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Kate Stables

23 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"An emotionally rewarding reunion tour for established fans and a taut, sharp-tongued, character-driven thriller for all, Veronica Mars makes a compelling case for its heroine's continued existence."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Catherine Simpson

24 90%

Suzanne ()

"Quillévéré's elliptical plot isn't always spot-on, skipping years to a near maddening degree. But treading a fine line between poetry and realism, it's still heartfelt and harrowing."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

James Mottram

25 98%

The Rocket (2014)

"This strikingly original feelgood fable is artfully balanced between director Kim Mordaunt's roots in documentary and a spellbinding magic realism."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Simon Kinnear

26 33%

Back to the Garden ()

"The pace picks up towards the end, but whether you'll still care by that point is another matter."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Josh Winning

27 98%

The Invisible War (2012)

"Directed with straightforward economy, The Invisible War sheds much-needed light on a very dark secret."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Ken McIntyre

28 54%

The Zero Theorem ()

"The future as candy-coloured paranoid nightmare: not quite Gilliam's best, but still the most satisfying movie he's made for years."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Philip Kemp

29 ——

Ironclad: Battle for Blood ()

"What should have been a quick, exciting medieval skirmish starts to feel like the 100 Years War."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Matt Glasby

30 71%

Plot for Peace ()

"Quietly heroic in every way."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Ali Catterall

31 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"You may not be sure what you've seen, but you've sure seen something."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Andrew Lowry

32 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"The cars are hot, the action is decent, but the characters and plot need a serious tune-up."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

James Mottram

33 96%

Double Indemnity (1944)

"Even though you already know it isn't going to end well, it's suffused with a clammy-handed anxiety that belies its age. The dialogue, too, is classic Wilder -- almost poetic in its snappy, purple lyricism."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Dan Geary

34 80%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Sumptuously shot, perfectly paced and flat-out exhilarating, The Raid 2 cements Evans as the best action director working today. Fight aficionados should brace themselves for a bruising, blistering ride."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Matt Risley

35 32%

Escape From Planet Earth (2013)

"A painted-by-numbers 3D kid-flick enlivened mostly by Rob Corddry, who plays the fastidious, nerdy brother to Brendan Fraser's doomed Buzz Lightyear clone."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Ken McIntyre

36 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"There's more than enough to keep you entertained and diverted."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Neil Smith

37 81%

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"A first-rate ensemble cast is complemented by a terrific script, subtle direction and brilliant use of music in this witty, inventive comedy." EDIT

Posted Mar 4, 2014

38 84%

Bottle Rocket (1996)

"This is Anderson still finding his feet, but the steps and swagger are confident."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

James White

39 78%

The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014)

"It's impossible to hate a film where the cast is so game, but you may struggle to remember it the morning after."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Andrew Lowry

40 100%

Roma, città aperta (Open City) (1946)

"Made on a tiny budget with a largely non-professional cast and filmed on the streets where similar events had just occurred, the rawness of the movie give it an immediacy that still hits home."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Philip Kemp

41 13%

Bullet ()

"A dull, dumb, accidentally funny lump of cop-schlock that desperately needs a Machete."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Paul M. Bradshaw

42 100%

Wake in Fright (2012)

"Shocking, credible and hard to forget."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Philip Kemp

43 99%

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

"I epics are your thing, they don't come much grander."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Philip Kemp

44 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Fails with such absolute sincerity that pointing out its incompetence feels mean-spirited."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Emma Dibdin

45 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"Shana Feste's bland and timid remake will be lucky to be remembered beyond this paragraph."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Neil Smith

46 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"A nifty lift-off and a tense first hour lead us, disappointingly, to a very bumpy landing. While Neeson and co. do their best, the script just doesn't deliver where it really matters."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

James Mottram

47 98%

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

"Cinema at its most exhilarating." EDIT

Posted Feb 25, 2014

48 85%

We Are What We Are (2013)

"A superb grief-soaked horror set in a desperated, godless universe, WAWWA is unnverving and moving in equal measures, easily eclipsing the original."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Matt Glasby

49 87%

Funny Face (1957)

"One of Hollywood's funniest, most stylish musicals, this breezy satire from 1957 thrives on the pairing of Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Simon Kinnear

50 100%

Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) ()

"Not as redundant as it sounds ..."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Ali Catterall

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