Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 86%

Yossi (2013)

"This is a perceptive, warm-hearted work, anchored by Knoller's impressively less-is-more performance."

Posted Nov 27, 2012

Tom Dawson

2 95%

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

"One of Ray Harryhausen's finest moments, the remarkable special effects are still pretty impressive even in today's CG-shaped world." EDIT

Posted Nov 27, 2012

3 88%

Delicatessen (1991)

"Sweet, sinister and endearingly scruffy." EDIT

Posted Nov 27, 2012

4 95%

West of Memphis (2012)

"A superbly detailed account of a notorious miscarriage of justice and how it was gradually unravelled."

Posted Nov 23, 2012

Philip Kemp

5 50%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"A solid heart-tugger that plays with a straight bat when it comes to plot, character and message."

Posted Nov 23, 2012

Neil Smith

6 84%

Smashed (2012)

"Two fine performances - particularly from an unhinged Winstead - almost elevate Smashed to greatness."

Posted Nov 23, 2012

James Mottram

7 74%

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

"So full of yuletide razzmatazz that only true Scrooges will have trouble stomaching it. If only Santa's workshop had given the script more of a tinker..."

Posted Nov 23, 2012

Josh Winning

8 81%

Pitch Perfect (2012)

"Gleeks and Glee-haters alike should rally around this raucous musical comedy."

Posted Nov 23, 2012

Ken McIntyre

9 49%

The Man With the Iron Fists (2012)

"Grisly and goofy, this ode to the Shaw Brothers' '70s-era kung fu epics serves up 96 minutes of murder and mutilation and not a lot else."

Posted Nov 23, 2012

Ken McIntyre

10 70%

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

"If anyone can make you sympathise with affluent LA yuppies, Rashida Jones can."

Posted Nov 23, 2012

Ellen E Jones

11 12%

Alex Cross (2012)

"The only appeal here is the sick kick of watching a franchise blow itself to bloody stumps."

Posted Nov 23, 2012

Matt Mueller

12 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"A riot of saturated colour and delirious imagination, Ang Lee's adap radiates spirituality. But it's also a simple, thrilling and gently uplifting tale of a boy, a boat and a tiger."

Posted Nov 23, 2012

Matt Mueller

13 94%

The House I Live In (2012)

"Persuasively argues that punitive laws against users have historically involved disproportionately targeting poor, non-white communities."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Tom Dawson

14 65%

Starbuck (2013)

"Huard's charm offsets the plots contrivances, while Ken Scott's finely balanced direction humanises the high concept."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Simon Kinnear

15 86%

Ninja Scroll (1996)

"One of the most influential animes ever made ..."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Paul M. Bradshaw

16 100%

Lawrence of Arabia (Restored Edition) ()

"This seven-Oscar wonder remains exhilarating thanks to Freddie Young's majestic desert lensing, Maurice Jarre's gorgeous score and Peter O'Toole's career-defining portrayal of the feted but flawed protagonist."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

William Parker

17 18%

Gambit (2014)

"[A] leaden, lethargic affair, based on a 10-year-old script by the Coen brothers that feels like a first draft at best."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Neil Smith

18 ——

First: The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games ()

"A rollercoaster of triumph, heartbreak, elation and despair ..."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Neil Smith

19 100%

Cinema Komunisto ()

"The irreverence pays off in some gobsmacking anecdotes, all backed by archive footage."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Simon Kinnear

20 69%

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

"There are plenty of laughs and a host of memorable songs crooned by everyone from Miss Piggy to Statler and Waldorf."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Neil Smith

21 49%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"Between its farcical script, soulless relationships and waxwork performances, this is a final chapter that will please only the most devout fans."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Emma Dibdin

22 38%

Here Comes the Boom (2012)

"105 painful minutes of a fat guy getting punched in the face and falling down."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Ken McIntyre

23 85%

Happy, Happy (2011)

"Sweet but never saccharine, Happy Happy is as delicate as Kaja and just as endearing."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Josh Winning

24 ——

Love Bite ()

"Forget any traces of werewolf credibility - watch this only for Robert Pugh as a copper trying to bring Met tactics to Herne Bay."

Posted Nov 13, 2012

George Bass

25 36%

Nativity 2 (2013)

"Tennant's screechy Mr Peterson lacks the cuddly likeability of Freeman's Mr Maddens, but the ex-Doctor has fun."

Posted Nov 13, 2012

Matt Maytum

26 ——

East End Babylon ()

"Older if not especially wiser, the brothers prove engaging guides through the "Oi!" subgenre."

Posted Nov 13, 2012

Neil Smith

27 83%

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (2012)

"Jesse Vile's moving documentary can't go wrong with such an inspiring, funny and genuinely nice guy taking the spotlight he deserves."

Posted Nov 6, 2012

Paul M. Bradshaw

28 64%

Hit So Hard (2012)

"What hits hardest is how, without Cobain's talent, grunge's veneration of self-obsession/destruction really curdles."

Posted Nov 6, 2012

Matt Glasby

29 0%

Crawlspace (1986)

"A no-budget, no thrills sci-fi horror that probably should have stayed buried."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Paul M. Bradshaw

30 40%

Mental (2013)

"Packed with fine performances, this attack on suburban conformity is surprising, darkly hilarious and cleverly leaves the insanity judgement to its audience."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Oliver Pfeiffer

31 91%

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan ()

"Told with affection and unprecedented access, this is the definitive word on the career of one of cinema's most authentic geniuses."

Posted Oct 30, 2012

Simon Kinnear

32 55%

People Like Us (2012)

"Fans of Pine's eyebrows will enjoy all the bushy furrowing, but otherwise, there are more important things to cry about."

Posted Oct 30, 2012

Ken McIntyre

33 78%

Aurora (2011)

"Another hefty slice of eastern european life - even longer, even slower and even glummer."

Posted Oct 30, 2012

Philip Kemp

34 76%

Alps (2012)

"Absurdly amusing (in places), rigorously directed, and more interesting on an intellectual level than an emotional one."

Posted Oct 30, 2012

Tom Dawson

35 52%

Grassroots (2012)

"With Avatar's Moore on inspiring form, and Biggs the best he's been since early Pie, this is still worth your vote."

Posted Oct 30, 2012

James Mottram

36 67%

The Tempest (2012)

"Choppy cuts muddy the narrative, but the faith in grassroots art's motivational value resonates clearly."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Kevin Harley

37 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"Cotillard's performance is primed for awards, while Schoenaerts is a rough diamond."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Ellen E Jones

38 90%

Keep the Lights On (2012)

"Feels lopsided in its focus on Erik, with Paul remaining a strangely remote object of the former's romantic devotion."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Tom Dawson

39 55%

For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

"For A Good Time delivers, yes, exactly that."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Josh Winning

40 81%

Excision (2012)

"Brave, transgressive, disgusting, thrilling - and boasting a 90210-defying turn from an uglified AnnaLynne McCord - Excision could have been this generation's Carrie."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Rosie Fletcher

41 85%

End of Watch (2012)

"Forceful and arresting, Ayer's follow-up to Harsh Times and Street Kings sees him confidently playing to his strengths."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Neil Smith

42 98%

Call Me Kuchu (2013)

"A timely, gut-wrenching but ultimately hopeful work."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Carmen Gray

43 85%

The Master (2012)

"With potent performers and poetic visuals, Anderson has made the boldest American picture of the year."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Emma Dibdin

44 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"As its nutty lovebirds, Cooper and Lawrence save Playbook from the director's surprisingly mundane impulses."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Rob James

45 93%

Amour (2012)

"Far from being a cold, scientific study from a filmmaker frequently accused of placing a pane of glass between his work and his viewers, this sensitive film emerges heartfelt and humane."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Jamie Graham

46 92%

The Shining (1980)

"Its artful ambiguities are immersive. Check in."

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Kevin Harley

47 25%

Dinotasia (2012)

"Werner Herzog's grandiose, unintentionally camp narration adds entertainment value, but there's zero educational sustenance in the film's servings of synthetic gore."

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Simon Kinnear

48 57%

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

"It succeeds, although it is let down by its weak villain. But there are enough stunts, quips and high-tech thrills to keep you from caring." EDIT

Posted Oct 24, 2012

49 57%

Die Another Day (2002)

"Face it, Die Another Day simply blows the competition away. If you want excitement, laughs and pure sex appeal, remember one thing: Bond's really do have more fun." EDIT

Posted Oct 24, 2012

50 73%

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

"The grittiest Roger Moore Bond, it's an under-rated, gadget-light and stunt-heavy return to Cold War action." EDIT

Posted Oct 23, 2012

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