Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 71%

Never Let Me Go (2010)

"The pupils' failure to question their fate plays more like lethargy than tragically repressed emotion."

Posted Jan 31, 2011

Ellen E Jones

2 80%

The Clink Of Ice (Le Bruit Des Glacons) ()

"Despite the theatrical execution, it's winningly acted, while Blier provides a typically defiant resolution for his transgressive lovers."

Posted Jan 31, 2011

Tom Dawson

3 80%

Confessions (Kokuhaku) (2010)

"Despite the intensity of the first-act monologue, Nakashima's hypnotic, slo-mo style keeps tension and humour well short of the bad-taste extremity that Takashi Miike might have delivered."

Posted Jan 31, 2011

Simon Kinnear

4 55%

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? (2012)

"There are no dissenting voices to be heard in Norberto López Amado and Carlos Carcas' movie, but then it's easy to admire Foster..."

Posted Jan 31, 2011

Tom Dawson

5 51%

Brighton Rock (2011)

"Enough is done right to make you wish they'd made better decisions and everything looks good in this colour noir... but the central relationship lacks conviction."

Posted Jan 28, 2011

Andrew Lowry

6 32%

How Do You Know (2010)

"How do you know you've got a dud? When a cast this talented and determined can't lift a soporific screenplay to entertaining heights."

Posted Jan 28, 2011

Jane Crowther

7 71%

Ride, Rise, Roar (2011)

"With only his silver-fox thatch betraying the years since classic Stop Making Sense, Byrne wriggles and writhes through a groovy set of polyrhythmic pop."

Posted Jan 28, 2011

Kevin Harley

8 53%

The Mechanic (2011)

"Engineered to do exactly what you want: smash, crash and gurn. Another B-movie franchise for The Stath? Quite possibly."

Posted Jan 27, 2011

Jonathan Crocker

9 67%

Honeymooner ()

"The script is drab and aimless, but like its moping hero, Honeymooner has a certain shaggy charm and doesn't wear out its welcome."

Posted Jan 27, 2011

Rob James

10 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"Despite stand-out moments both epic and intimate, Clint's latest is a film about death that's likely to put many audiences to sleep."

Posted Jan 27, 2011

Ellen E Jones

11 80%

Barney's Version (2011)

"Nobody plays irascible, self-sabotaging schlubs better than Paul Giamatti."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

Philip Kemp

12 64%

Biutiful (2010)

"Excesses aside, Iñárritu's fresh focus and tactile direction pack a palpable punch here."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

Kevin Harley

13 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"It's a rousing, compassionate, bare-knuckled ride powerful enough to score a KO, while Bale, Wahlberg, Leo and Adams are all award-worthy excellent."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

Matt Mueller

14 58%

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

"Wavering between affecting dramedy and goofy asylum- com, this is an enjoyable but superficial placebo that soft-soaps the realities of psychological disorder."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

Neil Smith

15 81%

The Portuguese Nun (A Religiosa Portuguesa) (2009)

"Despite the distancing preciousness, there are compensations in the beautiful Lisbon vistas, fado music and unexpectedly moving resolution."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

Tom Dawson

16 100%

Living On Love Alone (d'amour Et D'eau Fraiche) ()

"Heeding Jean-Luc Godard's maxim that all you need to make a movie is a "girl and a gun", Isabelle Czajka's freewheeling feature is built around a captivating turn from French rising star Anaïs Demoustier."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

Tom Dawson

17 32%

The Ward (2011)

"Neither a total return to form nor his worst, this is a middling shocker salvaged by Carpenter's class."

Posted Jan 24, 2011

Mark Salisbury

18 ——

Zebra Crossings ()

"As a film it's powerful if flawed; as a calling card it's extremely impressive; and as a state-of-the-nation snapshot it's, frankly, terrifying."

Posted Jan 24, 2011

Matt Glasby

19 70%

Mumbai Diaries (2011)

"Emotive and evocative, it's helped by Gustavo Santaolalla's (Babel) outstanding score." EDIT

Posted Jan 20, 2011

20 24%

The Dilemma (2011)

"A film with an identity crisis: an awkward hybrid of comedy and drama that's never sure of which avenue to pursue."

Posted Jan 20, 2011

Matthew Leyland

21 73%

Men on the Bridge ()

"An insightful, understated social portrait from Turkish director Asli Özge - which, in its use of real stories and mostly non-professional actors, verges on documentary."

Posted Jan 20, 2011

Carmen Gray

22 86%

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"The tears it jerks are well-earned."

Posted Jan 19, 2011

Matt Mueller

23 94%

Neds (2011)

"NEDS cements Mullan's position in the front rank of British filmmakers."

Posted Jan 19, 2011

Andrew Lowry

24 10%

Season of the Witch (2011)

"From script to editing, this Witch doesn't float."

Posted Jan 18, 2011

James Mottram

25 40%

Henry's Crime (2011)

"The early promise of Henry's Crime wanes as its efforts to splice crime caper with backstage drama becomes increasingly laboured. But with the cast on their game, the film just about gets away with it."

Posted Jan 18, 2011

James Mottram

26 89%

Tangled (2010)

"Not quite Disney at its very best, but a fast-moving, witty, heartfelt animated CG 'toon that sees the Mouse House leaping into the new era of animation with some style."

Posted Jan 18, 2011

Jonathan Crocker

27 43%

The Green Hornet (2011)

"Though tonally uneven, Hornet nonetheless works as breezy, irreverent entertainment that makes a virtue of its unlikely elements."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Neil Smith

28 34%

I Spit On Your Grave (2010)

"A remake of two halves that both have impact but don't match up tonally."

Posted Jan 5, 2011

Rosie Fletcher

29 77%

Amer (2010)

"Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet's baroque Belgian beauty pays homage to '70s Italian horror but brims with its own sexualised currents of threat and promise."

Posted Jan 3, 2011

Kevin Harley

30 17%

Travellers ()

"Boasts a beautiful slide-guitar score, a fearsome bare-knuckle boxing sequence and a sweary cameo from Charlie Boorman."

Posted Jan 3, 2011

Matt Glasby

31 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"Leave sick bags, bring hankies. Without softening the gruelling content, Boyle draws affecting and affirmative power from Ralston's story."

Posted Jan 3, 2011

Kevin Harley

32 87%

Blue Valentine (2010)

"A raw slog through one couple's marital misery, but make no mistake: the combined talents of its stars will rip your heart out."

Posted Jan 3, 2011

Matt Mueller

33 67%

Conviction (2010)

"Swank and Rockwell elevate a solid drama that tells its tall tale with, yes, conviction. It's not exactly the whole truth, though."

Posted Jan 3, 2011

Neil Smith

34 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"The most toxic, rapturous, melodramatic, operatic movie about a mentally disintegrating ballerina you'll see all year... And featuring some of the best dance sequences ever."

Posted Dec 30, 2010

Jamie Graham

35 97%

GasLand (2010)

"The lesson is a familiar one but Fox conveys it vividly, contrasting natural beauty with the despoliation wrought by industrial plunder." EDIT

Posted Dec 28, 2010

36 87%

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

"Its charms remain undiminished after five decades, despite Mickey Rooney's Mr Yunioshi..."

Posted Dec 27, 2010

Neil Smith

37 84%

Get Low (2010)

"There's a sneaky sense throughout that too much significance and import has been put on what is not much more than a shaggydog tale. Yet when the old dog in question is Robert Duvall, you can hardly begrudge the filmmakers for giving it a pat."

Posted Dec 27, 2010

Neil Smith

38 93%

Abel (2013)

"Abel is blighted by limp plotting and anaemic characters, leaving it as flat as a steamrollered tortilla."

Posted Dec 27, 2010

Matt Mueller

39 55%

Morning Glory (2010)

"A forgettable trifle about a struggling breakfast TV show."

Posted Dec 27, 2010

Neil Smith

40 21%

Gulliver's Travels (2010)

"A big idea reaps small dividends in a comedy fantasy that's only likely to score laughs from the tiniest audience members."

Posted Dec 27, 2010

Neil Smith

41 96%

The Big Sleep (1946)

"Oozing class from start to finish, Howard Hawks' 1946 noir isn't just a Hollywood classic."

Posted Dec 24, 2010

Neil Smith

42 75%

The Way Back (2011)

"It's all painstakingly done - but not quite as involving as it should be."

Posted Dec 23, 2010

Philip Kemp

43 10%

Little Fockers (2010)

"Everybody's clearly in it for the money in a follow-up that, sporadic chuckles aside, proves the law of diminishing returns."

Posted Dec 23, 2010

Neil Smith

44 49%

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

"Sharp, softcore smutty, sweet and silly, Love & Other Drugs, like Viagra, provides an easy 'up' on a slow weekend."

Posted Dec 22, 2010

Jane Crowther

45 96%

True Grit (2010)

"Not only does it have the drop on the 1969 version, it's the first great movie of 2011."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Philip Kemp

46 9%

Chatroom (2011)

"A plodder that prefers to explain (and then repeat the explanation) rather than let the audience use their imagination."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Philip Kemp

47 10%

Cuckoo (2011)

"A centrepiece monologue from Grant on CIA experimentation shows some style, but it's too little, too late, and is rendered moot by the underwhelming climax."

Posted Dec 20, 2010

Andrew Lowry

48 71%

Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti) (2010)

"Ozpetek could have trimmed some of the sub-plots, but it's broadly amusing (especially when our hero's camp pals pitch up) and the performances are as warm as the southern setting."

Posted Dec 20, 2010

Tom Dawson

49 ——

The War You Don't See ()

"Pilger assembles an impressive range of interviewees, including 'embedded' war correspondents and whistleblowers."

Posted Dec 20, 2010

Tom Dawson

50 0%

Fred: The Movie (2010)

"Even young fans of the online shorts will find the concept stretched perilously thin. And if your eardrums don't break, your spirit certainly will."

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Richard Jordan

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