Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

The English Patient (1996)

"Films this good don't come along very often -- The English Patient is one to savour." EDIT

Posted Feb 24, 2013

2 78%

Braveheart (1995)

"If you like your Hollywood to be as big, stirring and spectacular as possible, then there's no denying that Braveheart was one of the highpoints of '90s cinema." EDIT

Posted Feb 24, 2013

3 95%

Gone With the Wind (1939)

"Brimming with colour and passion, it pulls its emotional kick from tremendous performances, not least from Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable as the love-hate lovers."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Jonathan Crocker

4 76%

Gladiator (2000)

"This is visceral film-making at its finest, painted on the grandest of canvases, and yet, one which maintains the finest eye for detail." EDIT

Posted Feb 24, 2013

5 93%

The Deer Hunter (1978)

"Cimino's daring elegy to a war-torn community may be a long haul, but the extravagant running time is a small price to pay for such gut-wrenching performances and Vilmos Zsigmond's rich cinematography." EDIT

Posted Feb 22, 2013

6 81%

Dances With Wolves (1990)

"For all its worthiness and pictorial beauty, the narrative is damaged somewhat by Costner's over-cautious, sentimentalised portrait of the Sioux as early eco-warriors." EDIT

Posted Feb 22, 2013

7 97%

Schindler's List (1993)

"Profoundly moving, profoundly shocking, profoundly important." EDIT

Posted Feb 22, 2013

8 91%

The Last Emperor (1987)

"[A] massive, magnificent historical biopic."

Posted Feb 22, 2013

Jonathan Crocker

9 20%

Sammy's Adventures 2 (Sammy's avonturen 2) ()

"Turtley average."

Posted Feb 22, 2013

Neil Smith

10 90%

Rain Man (1988)

"Of course, it's annoying. But it's also funny, touching and true, striking chords without ever reducing Raymond to a performing puppy. Definitely."

Posted Feb 20, 2013

Jamie Graham

11 85%

The Sound of Music (1965)

"Handsomely shot on location in Salzburg and expertly edited, The Sound Of Music plucks at your heartstrings with clinical precision." EDIT

Posted Feb 20, 2013

12 92%

The Sting (1973)

"A masterfully smooth grift that's built on golden-age savvy but never feels like a rose-tinted throwback."

Posted Feb 20, 2013

Nathan Ditum

13 71%

Forrest Gump (2014)

"Largely enjoyable." EDIT

Posted Feb 20, 2013

14 100%

The Lost Weekend (1945)

"Taken as a treatise on addiction generally, it's remarkably sensitive and thoughtful."

Posted Feb 19, 2013

Dan Geary

15 95%

Amadeus (1984)

"Milos Forman's opulent drama is sheer quality." EDIT

Posted Feb 19, 2013

16 92%

Rocky (1976)

"It's Sly's droopy-eyed, hangdog/underdog that carries Rocky's tale of transformation. He's no oil painting, no blue-eyed hero. He's not supposed to make it -- and that makes us instantly connect with him." EDIT

Posted Feb 19, 2013

17 80%

A Man for All Seasons (1966)

"Fred Zinnemann's historical drama is the kind of authentic, stately yawner that probably wouldn't even score a greenlight today." EDIT

Posted Feb 19, 2013

18 83%

Oliver! (1968)

"In adapting Lionel Bart's lavish musical for the screen, director Carol Reed tempered the sticky sentimentality with suitably Dickensian scenes of squalor." EDIT

Posted Feb 19, 2013

19 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"A semi-successful slice of Southern gothic panto."

Posted Feb 19, 2013

Steve O'Brien

20 93%

Sleep Tight (2012)

"Clever suspense cinema with a gleam in its eye and ice in its heart from an emergent Spanish A-lister. Hitchcock himself would be proud, and maybe shocked."

Posted Feb 18, 2013

Matt Glasby

21 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"It's hard to imagine a blander duo than Hough and Josh Duhamel as they knock awkwardly against one another in their painfully telegraphed love scenes, and a third-act twist is unintentionally hilarious."

Posted Feb 18, 2013

Emma Dibdin

22 50%

Hi-so ()

"As a study of cultural ennui, it makes Lost In Translation look like an action movie."

Posted Feb 18, 2013

Simon Kinnear

23 56%

Citadel (2012)

"A gritty sister to Philip Ridley's Heartless, this is similarly flawed but full of flair."

Posted Feb 18, 2013

Rosie Fletcher

24 91%

Caesar Must Die (2013)

"[An] inventive, urgent and humane prison drama, in which real-life Mafia and Camorra prisoners act in a version of Julius Caesar."

Posted Feb 18, 2013

Tom Dawson

25 91%

Beyond The Hills (2013)

"Shot in long, deep-focus takes, Beyond The Hills shows how not just the church but a whole society has failed these vulnerable young women."

Posted Feb 18, 2013

Tom Dawson

26 87%

Arbitrage (2012)

"Gere's charm offsets his character's amorality in what's both slick entertainment and cautionary fable."

Posted Feb 18, 2013

Neil Smith

27 44%

Breath Of The Gods (2014)

"It lacks narrative momentum but not warm humour or extreme headstands: you won't need telling twice that certain moves are "definitely not for beginners"."

Posted Feb 17, 2013

Kevin Harley

28 71%

Crawl (2011)

"The result is gory and stark, but no Blood Simple."

Posted Feb 17, 2013

Rosie Fletcher

29 88%

Fire In The Blood (2013)

"Gray's technique is effective, catching the moment one Indian scientist, Yusuf Hamied, stood up and got the moral ball rolling."

Posted Feb 17, 2013

George Bass

30 94%

Lore (2013)

"This oblique and understated tale of lost innocence conveys both an individual's experiences and a powerful sense of a ruined nation."

Posted Feb 17, 2013

Tom Dawson

31 48%

Maniac (2013)

"The scuzz-chic visuals, sleaze-synth score and deep-cutting gore are effective, and shooting from the killer's POV proves a valid USP."

Posted Feb 17, 2013

Jamie Graham

32 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"It carefully exceeds expectation, helped in no small measure by Langella's wily, wistful lead."

Posted Feb 17, 2013

Kevin Harley

33 77%

The Bay (2012)

"All prologue and no pay-off, but compelling all the same, this curio plays out like Diary Of The Dead with more diaries and fewer dead."

Posted Feb 17, 2013

Matt Glasby

34 100%

Gangs of Wasseypur ()

"Give it a chance and you'll never look at Bollywood the same way again."

Posted Feb 17, 2013

Stephen Kelly

35 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"The Paperboy is a throwback to the exploitation cinema of its period. As such, it's grungy, tasteless and hard to take your eyes off."

Posted Feb 17, 2013

Jamie Graham

36 97%

Casablanca (1943)

"Whether you return to Casablanca for a nostalgia fix, a guilty pleasure or for the waters, you can be certain there'll be something you didn't notice last time out."

Posted Feb 16, 2013

Neil Smith

37 88%

Platoon (1986)

"The grisly reality is brought to life by Stone's dialogue and emotion-charged combat scenes, raising thought-provoking questions of morality in this still-resonant classic." EDIT

Posted Feb 16, 2013

38 87%

Grand Hotel (1932)

"This is Golden Era Hollywood-studio style at its most opulent." EDIT

Posted Feb 16, 2013

39 100%

On the Waterfront (1954)

"An astounding drama that's still a contender almost 50 years on." EDIT

Posted Feb 15, 2013

40 98%

Patton (1970)

"It's certainly a great performance from Scott, a seamless, pity-free portrayal." EDIT

Posted Feb 15, 2013

41 98%

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

"This is intelligent, liberal-minded Hollywood moviemaking at its most crafted -- if a tad overlong at just under three hours." EDIT

Posted Feb 15, 2013

42 52%

Out of Africa (1985)

"Despite its technical assurance and some strong performances, this is a film that favours spectacular landscapes over emotional depth." EDIT

Posted Feb 15, 2013

43 42%

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

"Roll up, roll up! Get your pompous overblown spectacle here!" EDIT

Posted Feb 15, 2013

44 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"Starting off in one place and ending somewhere else entirely, Soderbergh's sleek mystery takes pot-shots at Big Pharma while still delivering a polished genre product that's rarely hard to swallow."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Neil Smith

45 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"Good Day in a nutshell? Father-son bonding with heavy artillery, a lot of big bangs, a triple-figure body count and little else."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Neil Smith

46 95%

Unforgiven (1992)

"Unforgiven exposes the true price behind the way the West was won." EDIT

Posted Feb 12, 2013

47 96%

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

"Cast, direction, score, look -- perfect, perfect, perfect, perfect." EDIT

Posted Feb 12, 2013

48 89%

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

"Strip away everything else and it's the performances that make Midnight Cowboy what it is." EDIT

Posted Feb 12, 2013

49 91%

Network (1976)

"A brilliantly played, stone-cold '70s classic, whose message -- the blur between entertainment and degradation -- has more than a tang of topicality in these days of reality TV-dominated scheduling." EDIT

Posted Feb 11, 2013

50 94%

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

"It's certainly weathered well thanks to its novel and ingenious approach to presenting multiple perspective of the Second World War." EDIT

Posted Feb 11, 2013

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