Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

The Dead Zone (1983)

"It's both moving and quietly unsettling as it builds towards a forceful climax." EDIT

Posted Oct 19, 2010

2 98%

The Innocents (1961)

"Alongside The Haunting, Jack Clayton's 1961 adaptation of Henry James' The Turn Of The Screw is the pinnacle of corner-of-the-screen scares."

Posted Oct 19, 2010

Kevin Harley

3 96%

Psycho (1960)

"It's a darkly amusing, manipulative film that's still compelling in its vision of human desperation." EDIT

Posted Oct 19, 2010

4 5%

Vampires Suck (2010)

"It's marginally sharper than the likes of Meet The Spartans -- yes, that good -- but essentially as tatty as a porn parody, without all the best bits."

Posted Oct 14, 2010

Ken McIntyre

5 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"It's Eisenberg's performance that captivates -- icky and icy but strangely sympathetic."

Posted Oct 14, 2010

Andy Lowe

6 79%

Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2011)

"A 35-hectare derelict silk factory turned artist's studio in the south of France is the otherworldly setting for Sophie Fiennes' immersive doc."

Posted Oct 14, 2010

Carmen Gray

7 81%

Despicable Me (2010)

"Balanced a tad uneasily between action fantasy and redemptive heart-tugger, this frenetic CG animation has an identity crisis as big as its hero's inferiority complex. That said, it'll do until Megamind arrives."

Posted Oct 14, 2010

Neil Smith

8 27%

Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

"Shame it's so slow and contradicts its own strained logic, ending up in the same listless limbo as The Time Traveler's Wife and The Lovely Bones."

Posted Oct 7, 2010

Neil Smith

9 28%

Life as We Know It (2010)

"In case you haven't seen Katherine Heigl play uptight, quirky and terminally single often enough, another chance awaits in Greg Berlanti's awkward slapstick/melodrama mash-up."

Posted Oct 7, 2010

Emma Dibdin

10 55%

Mr. Nice (2011)

"A faithful, fun but flawed adaptation of a shaggy-haired, shaggydog story."

Posted Oct 7, 2010

Matt Glasby

11 35%

New York, I Love You (2009)

"In truth, alas, it's the film itself that's short of ideas."

Posted Oct 7, 2010

Neil Smith

12 96%

Restrepo (2010)

"Built around hand-held reportage, the film passes no judgement on the rightness or otherwise of the occupation. But the sense of bewilderment and futility speaks for itself."

Posted Oct 7, 2010

Philip Kemp

13 82%

Panique au village (A Town Called Panic) (2009)

"Studded with surreal and unexpectedly tender touches (kamikaze cows, an elegantly lovestruck horse), this is plastic and fantastic."

Posted Oct 7, 2010

Kate Stables

14 96%

Back to the Future (1985)

"Zemeckis' popcorn classic combines watertight scripting with broad but brilliant performances, all held together by Fox's stumbling charm."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Matt Glasby

15 82%

Collapse (2009)

"Unearths the flawed humanity behind the apocalyptic theorising."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Tom Dawson

16 79%

Little Big Soldier (Da bing xiao jiang) (2011)

"It lacks the visual oomph of Hero, but sure knocks Chan's recent Spy Next Door on its sorry arse."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Jamie Russell

17 80%

Made in Dagenham (2010)

"It's jolly stuff, yet for all the bawdy banter, there's a Boat That Rocked-like sense of a genuinely interesting moment being regurgitated as a cuddly sitcom."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Ellen E Jones

18 0%

Midgets vs. Mascots (2010)

"Some films are good, some are bad. Some are like watching the end of civilisation in slow motion."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Jamie Russell

19 78%

Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) (2009)

"The insidious humour and fascination with moral quandaries keep it consistently engrossing."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Philip Kemp

20 91%

The Secret of Kells (2010)

"Hand-drawn and watercoloured, the animation is as sublime as a stained-glass window."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Ellen E Jones

21 28%

Takers (2010)

"A slickly satisfying genre exercise with sufficient thrills, spills and frills to keep you hooked."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Neil Smith

22 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"In trying to dramatise the causes and consequences of the 2008 collapse, Stone slightly misses the boat."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Neil Smith

23 89%

World's Greatest Dad (2009)

"What threatens to be the World's Greatest Dud proves anything but."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Matt Glasby

24 76%

The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2010)

"You'll be sweaty-palmed and mildly nauseous -- in the very best way."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Emma Dibdin

25 94%

The Town (2010)

"While The Town glories in genre tropes it also dumps any overt stylings or clipped, staccato dialogue, instead keeping the action alive and lithe. Keeping it real."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Jamie Graham

26 83%

Peepli Live (2010)

"Drawing on India's rural-versus-urban divide, Rizvi spins a dynamic, enjoyably-acted yarn that balances farcical humour with a satisfying seriousness."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Tom Dawson

27 62%

Frozen (2010)

"Three teenagers stranded on a ski lift doesn't sound like the most enthralling concept for a thriller, but writer/director Adam Green (Hatchet) takes the idea to nail-chomping heights." EDIT

Posted Sep 23, 2010

28 72%

Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010)

"Beyond the daft comparisons with 2001, this is a mature film from a director who's morphing from eye-rolling agitator into eye-catching artist."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Andy Lowe

29 36%

Eat Pray Love (2010)

"Roberts' character is difficult to feel sorry for before she sets off on this postcardperfect self-healing binge. She becomes near impossible to like as it becomes apparent we're watching a huge holiday video." EDIT

Posted Sep 23, 2010

30 45%

Confucius (2010)

""If the world will come to know me at all, it'll be because of this book," says Confucius (aka Kong Qiu or Zhong Ni) of his life's work, The Analects Of Confucius. Best not bother with the movie, then." EDIT

Posted Sep 23, 2010

31 87%

Budrus (2010)

"Following events over several years, director Julia Bacha uses visual sources and interviewees (including Israeli soldiers) to sculpt a timely testimony to the power of peaceful resistance."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Tom Dawson

32 94%

Winter's Bone (2010)

"With a face as impassively beautiful as the landscape she trudges through, Ree Dolly is a heroine you won't forget. Tenacious and stoic, she holds her own in a vernacular that's equal parts hillbilly and hard-boiled."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Ellen E Jones

33 79%

The Other Guys (2010)

"The story confuses, but the characters engage, the action excites and the laughs are daft, clever and copious."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Tony Horkins

34 56%

The Kid (2010)

"If you're going to make a biopic about an abused child who grows up to be a bare-knuckle boxer, it might help to hire an actor who looks like he can actually handle himself in a scrap or two."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Neil Smith

35 45%

Just Wright (2010)

"Take a pro basketball player with a career-threatening knee injury and an ugly-duckling nurse and you've got the blueprint for a steamroller of sopp that knows no shame."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Sam Wigley

36 53%

I'm Still Here (2010)

"Whatever the truth, Affleck's film makes for a sharp critique of celebrity culture, as vicious vloggers lead a tirade of abuse against Phoenix, only serving to increase his angst."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

James Mottram

37 41%

The Horde (La Horde) (2010)

"Subtlety is admittedly the very first casualty, but when the claret's flying with such élan, who gives a merde?"

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Matt Glasby

38 80%

Cyrus (2010)

"Rooting awkward chuckles in freaky family ties, the Duplasses then spin our sniggers by planting parallels between John and Cyrus. Just who's the biggest man-child?"

Posted Sep 10, 2010

Kevin Harley

39 50%

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2010)

"It's like Psycho remade by Ed Wood."

Posted Sep 10, 2010

Andy Lowe

40 69%

The Runaways (2010)

"For the most part it works, thanks to painstaking recreations of hazy disco-era dive bars, faded roller rinks and seedy motels, plus a ballsy performance by Kristen Stewart."

Posted Sep 10, 2010

Jane Crowther

41 66%

Tamara Drewe (2010)

"After dull period misstep Chéri, Stephen Frears finds his mojo again with a frothy diversion that makes no great claims but succeeds brilliantly as polished entertainment."

Posted Sep 10, 2010

Neil Smith

42 31%

Night of the Demons (2010)

"90 minutes of thirtysomethings playing teens, lesbian Elvira wannabes and Edward Furlong splattered with latex gore."

Posted Sep 10, 2010

Jamie Russell

43 25%

Splintered (2012)

"An enthusiastic, if dog-eared mongrel of a movie."

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Matt Glasby

44 99%

Metropolis (1927)

"A luminous and resplendent visual masterpiece yoked to a puerile and embarrassingly trite plot."

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Philip Kemp

45 72%

The Last Exorcism (2010)

"At last, a possession movie for lapsed horror acolytes to believe in."

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Kevin Harley

46 12%

Jonah Hex (2010)

"To quote Clint Eastwood's Monco in For A Few Dollars More, you people need a new sheriff."

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Ken McIntyre

47 42%

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

"It wasn't going to be Anchorman 2 but we still expected more from Brick Tamland's reunion with Brian Fantana."

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Neil Smith

48 65%

Cherry Tree Lane (2013)

"A gruelling suspenser told in real time, flecked with a darkly comic sensibility and a smattering of class-war critique."

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Neil Smith

49 88%

Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011)

"Kiarostami keeps us guessing, while Binoche drives the movie with a performance that earned her Cannes' Best Actress award."

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Kate Stables

50 9%

Bonded By Blood (2011)

"Everything from script to performances goes through the motions, with only Vincent Regan's Mickey registering in more than one dimension."

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Emma Dibdin