Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 52%

The Next Three Days (2010)

"Haggis struggles to make his presence felt over ludicrous thrills, but Crowe is superb and the entertainment factor high."

Posted Dec 15, 2010

Simon Kinnear

2 100%

Enemies of the People (2010)

"Enemies incisively interweaves archive footage with revealing interviews..."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Tom Dawson

3 37%

Burlesque (2010)

"Oh God, it's terrible ... but God, it's wonderful."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Jane Crowther

4 67%

In Our Name ()

"Anchored by Froggatt's powerful performance, this is stark social realism steeped in honesty and humanity."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Tom Dawson

5 64%

Outcast (2011)

"It feels like the story ends just when it's really starting to cook, but this is an original, engrossing exploration of ancient black magic against a backdrop of endless grey."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Matt Glasby

6 83%

On Tour (Tournée) (2010)

"Amalric doesn't tease out emotional ties between the narrative threads, which scuppers the faux-redemptive finale and results in a film of merely incidental pleasures."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Kevin Harley

7 44%

A Serbian Film (2011)

"More camp than corrosive, A Serbian Film is hard to take seriously."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Jamie Graham

8 20%

The Tourist (2010)

"There are worse ways to spend two hours than watching lush visuals of Venice. But the city's sinking fast -- and the same goes for The Tourist."

Posted Dec 9, 2010

Matt Mueller

9 81%

Catfish (2010)

"A compulsive, propulsive study of relationships virtual and real."

Posted Dec 9, 2010

Neil Smith

10 91%

Easier with Practice (2009)

"Based on a men's mag article, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's debut feature is an honest, funny-sad portrayal of emotional dysfunction."

Posted Dec 8, 2010

Philip Kemp

11 ——

Slackistan ()

"A laudable but laboured twist on slackerdom."

Posted Dec 8, 2010

Simon Kinnear

12 72%

Somewhere (2010)

"Self indulgent, repetitive, ambivalent. Loaded with long pauses and unblinking shots. Perhaps even pretentious. But it's also evocative, hypnotic, wry, moving and, like Lost In Translation, open to interpretation."

Posted Dec 8, 2010

Jane Crowther

13 75%

The Be All and End All ()

"Both plotting and playing are a bit ragged and the visuals are telly-tastic, but the film's fresh, unvarnished take on male friendship is altogether winning."

Posted Dec 8, 2010

Kate Stables

14 48%

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2011)

"Infernal Affairs director Andrew Lau delivers a disappointing spiritual sequel to Bruce Lee's Fist Of Fury that's unlikely to tickle Scorsese's remake bone."

Posted Dec 6, 2010

Andrew Lowry

15 17%

Miral (2011)

"Schnabel's latest doesn't want for ambition, but had it tried to do less, it might have achieved more."

Posted Dec 6, 2010

Neil Smith

16 64%

Secretariat (2010)

"Like Secretariat himself, the film is a glossy, big-hearted slow- starter, but lacks his ability to power home ahead of the competition."

Posted Dec 6, 2010

Kate Stables

17 49%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

"Never thought we'd say it, but Voyage Of The Dawn Treader injects just enough oomph back into the limping kiddie-adventure franchise to make us almost wish for Narnia No. 4. Almost."

Posted Dec 6, 2010

Matt Mueller

18 89%

Waiting for Superman (2010)

"Guggenheim painted a similarly apocalyptic tale of the future in An Inconvenient Truth; once again, he shows a knack for presenting otherwise dry facts and figures in both a simple and dramatic way, combining them with heart- rending human stories."

Posted Dec 6, 2010

Tony Horkins

19 51%

Tron Legacy (2010)

"A film that awes and bores in frustratingly equal measure. Visually and musically, it's a triumph. Dramatically, it needs some re-wiring."

Posted Dec 6, 2010

Jonathan Crocker

20 89%

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

"Both warm and chilly on top, Helander's well-mounted black comedy puts a devilish spin on movie Santas."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Kevin Harley

21 93%

Of Gods and Men (2011)

"Beautifully acted by its ensemble cast (especially Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale), it immerses us in its subjects' rituals, everyday tasks and spiritual dilemmas."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Tom Dawson

22 71%

Monsters (2010)

"As a film it's a couple of notches shy of a masterpiece, but as an achievement it's completely without precedent."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Matt Glasby

23 72%

Megamind (2010)

"A retro-stylised fantasy-satire that balances knowingness with affection, winning kids and olds over in the process. Wry, spry and very funny."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Ken McIntyre

24 90%

Aftershocks (Tangshan dadizhen) (2010)

"Mimics the worst of Hollywood's excesses, pairing gratuitous shock with patriotism and a flood of tear-jerking moments calculated for awards bodies' consideration."

Posted Dec 1, 2010

Simon Kinnear

25 86%

Unstoppable (2010)

"An adrenaline-pumper with more heavy metal than a night at Ozzfest."

Posted Dec 1, 2010

Tony Horkins

26 72%

Machete (2010)

"Inventive, assured and absurdly entertaining, Rodriguez's latest retro-exploitation movie is a gloriously gratuitous ride."

Posted Nov 29, 2010

James Mottram

27 33%

London Boulevard (2011)

"A befuddling muddle that sees a starry cast up to their necks in reheated clichés."

Posted Nov 29, 2010

Neil Smith

28 89%

An Ordinary Execution (2010)

"Shot in a gloomy palette of greys and browns, Execution offers a chilling re-creation of everyday life under Stalin."

Posted Nov 17, 2010

Tom Dawson

29 86%

Chico & Rita (2012)

"All buzz, colour and sublime jazz, Chico & Rita is an instant design classic -- and cracking cinema too."

Posted Nov 17, 2010

Ellen E Jones

30 79%

Robinson in Ruins (2012)

"There are moments of real absurdist humour, but Vanessa Redgrave's droning narration over endless shots of flowers makes it feel like a combo of recent radio news and a nature-themed screensaver."

Posted Nov 17, 2010

Carmen Gray

31 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"The final story may well be colourful and complex, but, on this evidence, there's absolutely no artistic justification for a two-movie split."

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Dan Goodswen

32 74%

Dream Home (2010)

"And you thought the UK was bad." EDIT

Posted Nov 10, 2010

33 100%

Into Eternity (2011)

"Thought-stirring stuff -- but it tediously makes the same point over and over again."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

Philip Kemp

34 0%

Fathers of Girls ()

"[A] dreary pot-boiler..."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

Neil Smith

35 96%

Leap Year (2011)

"A harrowing study of loneliness that showcases an intensely brave and believable performance from newcomer del Carmen."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

Philip Kemp

36 64%

Jackass 3 (2010)

"Is this the future of cinema? Let's hope not. But the concept of grown men debasing themselves for your viewing pleasure is proves worthy of one more go-around."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

Matt Glasby

37 17%

You Again (2010)

"Directed with bland efficiency by the typically family-friendly Andy Fickman (Race To Witch Mountain, The Game Plan), You Again never seems to find the tone it's aiming for."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

Ken McIntyre

38 64%

Adrift (2009)

"The real standout here is newbie Laura Neiva who plays Filipa with a convincing mix of minxy manipulation and blundering vulnerability."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

Kate Stables

39 72%

We Are What We Are (2011)

"Cannibalism runs in the family in Jorge Michel Grau's intelligent but underwhelming social-realist horror."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

Matt Glasby

40 95%

Peeping Tom (1960)

"Misplaced critical vitriol torpedoed the original 1960 release of director Michael Powell's psycho-horror. Fifty years later, it's an undisputed British masterpiece."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Tom Dawson

41 9%

Saw 3D (2010)

"The 3D is barely-there, the clanging machine-rock soundtrack is merciless, and the traps are decidedly ho-hum. Even running its final lap, Saw still oozes mediocrity." EDIT

Posted Nov 4, 2010

42 33%

Burke and Hare (2011)

"An inept black farce about two 19th century bodysnatchers that couldn't be more lifeless if it was one of their victims."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Neil Smith

43 89%

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011)

"Easy to eulogise but tough to explain. Funny strange, funny ha-ha and finally affecting, it's a film of poignant, quietly patient power..."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Kevin Harley

44 0%

Red & White (Merah Putih) (2011)

"With the score swelling ludicrously every time the leads so much as scratch their heads, this would-be creation myth falls flat on its face." EDIT

Posted Nov 4, 2010

45 50%

Mammoth (Mammut) (2009)

"Moodysson braids these threads with contrived symmetries. The preaching soon grows wearisome."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Philip Kemp

46 84%

My Afternoons with Margueritte (2011)

"Depardieu's the best he's been for years, while 95-year-old Casadesus is a sheer delight."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Philip Kemp

47 86%

Fit ()

"There's a genuine vibrancy and the championing of sexual diversity and tolerance is heartfelt."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Tom Dawson

48 40%

Due Date (2010)

"Due Date is a sparkling spin around the old block, boasting ace leads, eye-snagging cameos, spit-your-popcorn laughs and a more marked tenderness than Phillips' all-conquering mega-hit, The Hangover."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Rosie Fletcher

49 25%

Spiderhole (2011)

"Hole-y crap." EDIT

Posted Oct 27, 2010

50 98%

It Happened One Night (1934)

"Both stars loathed the experience yet turned in two of their most enduring performances."

Posted Oct 27, 2010

Neil Smith

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