Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 56%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"Good performances, but it's difficult to give two hoots about Close's passion project when the story remains as pinched and hermetic as poor little Albert Nobbs himself."

Posted Apr 16, 2012

Matt Mueller

2 ——

Les Lyonnais (A Gang Story) ()

"There are just too many moments of déjà vu to truly satisfy."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Andrew Lowry

3 5%

The Cold Light of Day (2012)

"[A] workmanlike slice of sub-Bourne hijinks..."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Neil Smith

4 8%

11-11-11 (2011)

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Ken McIntyre

5 63%

Delicacy (2012)

"[Tatou's] romance with sad-sack Markus (François Damiens) charms, never veering into kook but remaining in the realms of the recognisable."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Emma Dibdin

6 72%

The Best Man (1999)

"A fresh romantic comedy that's somewhat let down by a wayward plot, The Best Man is well worth watching for the outstanding ensemble acting and the intelligent, schmaltz-avoiding handling of love, marriage and friendship." EDIT

Posted Apr 11, 2012

7 34%

Battleship (2012)

"Misguided in the extreme. A scene in which Kitsch and co aim blindly for the broadest of targets - and miss by miles - proves painfully apt."

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Matt Glasby

8 85%

Crna macka, beli macor (Black Cat, White Cat) (1999)

"It's ridiculous and self-indulgent, but Kusturica is so skilful, conjuring up one sweeping, sumptuous set-piece after another, that you can't help but go along for the ride." EDIT

Posted Apr 10, 2012

9 79%

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2012)

"The 3D is completely redundant and the action sporadic but unexpected gearshifts provide plenty of narrative meat."

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Paul M. Bradshaw

10 95%

Marley (2012)

"Every second is earned in Macdonald's long, generous and rigorously detailed Bob doc."

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Kevin Harley

11 50%

Grave Encounters (2011)

"Despite its meagre budget, Grave Encounters boasts surprisingly solid acting, vertigo-baiting hand-held camera antics and enough [REC]- style shock-horror to keep your pulse throbbing throughout."

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Ken McIntyre

12 26%

The Divide (2012)

"Gens' impressively grim film has points to make about post-9/11 militarism, but you get the sense that humanity disgusts him so much he'd rather leave his characters to the roaches."

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Matt Glasby

13 95%

The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)

"Even without a knowledge of the background, this is sharp, cynical fun."

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Philip Kemp

14 92%

Town Of Runners ()

"Fluctuations in form, funding and bureaucracy hinder the girls' progress but their ambition never wavers. In an Olympic year, here's an inspirational reminder of what it's all about."

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Simon Kinnear

15 50%

Oliver Sherman ()

"The north-of-the-border setting promises fresh perspectives but local novelty can't disguise universal clichés, despite Dillahunt's memorably haunted star turn."

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Simon Kinnear

16 0%

Elfie Hopkins ()

"Gratuitous gore, contrived plotting... and Ray Winstone's butcher cameo deserves to be filleted."

Posted Apr 9, 2012

James Mottram

17 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"A super-entertaining, super-slick love/hate letter to horror with a final 20 minutes that's stunningly bonkers."

Posted Apr 9, 2012

Jamie Graham

18 88%

Breathing (2012)

"Thoughtfully shot by first-time director Karl Markovics, the only warmth comes from the stiffening cadavers."

Posted Apr 9, 2012

Matt Glasby

19 81%

Beauty (Skoonheid) (2013)

"Lotz tortured expression carries the film, silently falling apart in an artful series of lingering pans and excruciating static shots."

Posted Apr 9, 2012

Paul M. Bradshaw

20 21%

Elles (2012)

"Binoche is, as always, superb, but Malgorzata Szumowska's film won't tell you much about the oldest profession that you didn't already know - and Binoche's marital clashes feel like a standard feminist tract circa 1975."

Posted Apr 9, 2012

Philip Kemp

21 88%

Titanic (1997)

"Leo and Kate give good doomed romance but it's the human horror of the collision, botched evacuation and final sinking that devastates most."

Posted Apr 4, 2012

Emma Dibdin

22 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"To borrow a line Roberts spits at Collins, there's something about Mirror that's incredibly irritating."

Posted Apr 3, 2012

Neil Smith

23 89%

Buck (2011)

"Breaking the cycle of abuse, Buck's deep-rooted respect for these dignified animals is truly inspiring."

Posted Apr 2, 2012

Sam Wigley

24 25%

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

"From top-grade 3D to a multitude of monsters and a welcome influx of acting talent, this is pure popcorn pleasure."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

James Mottram

25 97%

La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) (2012)

"It ranks proudly alongside The Rules Of The Game as Renoir at his stunning best."

Posted Mar 26, 2012

Tom Dawson

26 99%

Le Havre (2011)

"A warm-hearted salute to both classical French cinema and working-class solidarity."

Posted Mar 26, 2012

Tom Dawson

27 81%

North Sea Texas (2012)

"Drawing affecting performances from a fledgling cast, Defurne's film is a poignant snapshot of square-peg adolescent desire, vibrantly set against a colourful backdrop."

Posted Mar 26, 2012

Sam Wigley

28 92%

Headhunters (2012)

"A nice blend of Scandinavian sophistication and Hollywood slickness, Headhunters is an entertaining Nordic noir achievement..."

Posted Mar 26, 2012

Matt Glasby

29 84%

Return (2012)

"This is Cardellini's film, and she dominates with a terrific, tough-minded turn."

Posted Mar 26, 2012

James Mottram

30 65%

This Must Be The Place (2012)

"Succeeding against the odds and adroitly blending its disparate elements, this is a fine entry into the Eurodirector- gawps-at-America subgenre."

Posted Mar 26, 2012

Andrew Lowry

31 78%

Tiny Furniture (2010)

"Playing like a mumblecore The Graduate set in the affected milieu of the Tribeca art crowd, Tiny Furniture announces Dunham as a talent to watch..."

Posted Mar 21, 2012

Jamie Graham

32 86%

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

"It'll be worth a case of doubloons to anybody with little ones to entertain over the Easter hols."

Posted Mar 19, 2012

Neil Smith

33 91%

Into The Abyss (2011)

"Herzog's tapestry testifies to life's light from death's darkness."

Posted Mar 19, 2012

Kevin Harley

34 98%

The Island President (2012)

"Nasheed may be a small fish in a big geopolitical pond, but his enterprise and optimism are a welcome complement to eco doc doom and gloom."

Posted Mar 19, 2012

Sam Wigley

35 82%

Corpo Celeste (2012)

"Corpo Celeste's acute sense of place, feel for adolescent confusion and miraculous resolution suggest that Rohrwacher is a talent to watch."

Posted Mar 19, 2012

Tom Dawson

36 44%

StreetDance 2 (2014)

"The homegrown appeal of StreetDance gets lost in a sequel with one foot across the pond, the other over the channel."

Posted Mar 19, 2012

Neil Smith

37 98%

This Is Not a Film (2012)

"Reveals not only the realities of artistic censorship, but its firework-laden finale shows how cinema thrives on spontaneity."

Posted Mar 19, 2012

Tom Dawson

38 100%

Wild Bill (2013)

"Full of quirky, absorbing characters and performances, Fletcher's debut is a hugely enjoyable East End western and a lesson on how to avoid the excesses of the Brit-crim-com."

Posted Mar 19, 2012

Matt Mueller

39 73%

The Monitor (Babycall) (2012)

"The script needs more nurturing but Noomi Rapace takes up some of the slack in Pal Sletaune's maternal mystery."

Posted Mar 16, 2012

Kevin Harley

40 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"Like its source, this is both credible science fiction and a teen tale that doesn't patronise or pander to its audience."

Posted Mar 16, 2012

Matthew Leyland

41 25%

Act of Valor (2012)

"If the politics are simplistic - think Team America - the performances (by real, anonymous SEALs) are even more so."

Posted Mar 12, 2012

Matt Glasby

42 97%

The Kid with a Bike (2012)

"Good enough to survive evoking Bicycle Thieves and The 400 Blows, this small story contains universal truths, told with irresistible force."

Posted Mar 12, 2012

Jamie Graham

43 93%

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012)

"Closer in metaphysical spirit to Kiarostami than to Leone, it lingers thanks to beautifully lit widescreen images of lived-in faces and barren, beautiful landscapes."

Posted Mar 5, 2012

Tom Dawson

44 99%

Bill Cunningham New York (2011)

"A doc that'll make more than just fashionistas smile."

Posted Mar 5, 2012

Carmen Gray

45 23%

The Raven (2012)

"[A] flashy hodge-podge of biopic, mystery and gorno."

Posted Mar 5, 2012

Neil Smith

46 88%

In Darkness (2012)

"Stands apart from other attempts to film unfilmable events by painting a pitch-black portrait of its heroes as well as its villains."

Posted Mar 5, 2012

Paul M. Bradshaw

47 85%

How To Re-establish A Vodka Empire ()

"Writer/Director Daniel Edelstyn makes an affable debut with this personal doc chronicling the unexpected, vodka-flavoured turn his life took after he discovered his gran's journals." EDIT

Posted Mar 5, 2012

48 51%

Contraband (2012)

"Don't expect glamorous outlaws, sunny locales and exotic masterplans - this low-key thriller lifts the rusted lid off an all-too-real world of despairing criminality."

Posted Mar 5, 2012

Jamie Graham

49 66%

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

"It's slight, sure, and there's a better, less-glossy film buried in the material, but warm performances redeem Crowe's agreeable return."

Posted Mar 5, 2012

Andrew Lowry

50 85%

21 Jump Street (2012)

"Holding its middle finger up to '80s retro-hounds, this remake gets it largely right. Fast, filthy, fresh and funny, Jump is worth a punt."

Posted Mar 5, 2012

James Mottram

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