Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 84%

Scarface (1983)

"As overrated as it is overlong." EDIT

Posted Aug 21, 2009

2 45%

Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009)

"Gaudy, goofy and too busy for its own good. For every idea or sight gag that sticks, there's 10 that don't. Best for DVD, when you'll be in control of the pause button."

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Richard Matthews

3 18%

Dance Flick (2009)

"Toothless and obvious, even its 'best' gag - a farting-ballerina set piece - was done more effectively, for free, on YouTube a year ago."

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Ken McIntyre

4 61%

Chiko (2008)

"The feature debut of writer/director Özgür Yildirim, Chiko may offer a familiar account of ambition, excess and revenge in the narcotics biz, but it's executed with assurance and acted with force."

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Tom Dawson

5 77%

Afterschool (2008)

"Gripped with an unnerving iciness, Afterschool has style and smarts, but Campos never really manages to slice cleanly into his mega-relevant themes of voyeurism and violence, isolation and info-culture."

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Jonathan Crocker

6 88%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"This exploitation epic is a unique beast that molests history, wrong-foots expectations and royally entertains. The movies' coolest Basterd is back on his game."

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Matthew Leyland

7 37%

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

"You'd go mad unpicking the paradoxes in this convoluted brain scrambler. (If you thought Schwentke's Flightplan was bonkers, try this one on for size.) Better to surrender to its implausibilities and revel in the lush, sudsy silliness of it all."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Neil Smith

8 89%

Sin Nombre (2009)

"It's the scenes of immigrants heading north atop moving trains which resonate the most - a testament to Adriano Goldman's brilliant, expansive cinematography."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Neil Smith

9 87%

Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) (2009)

"Appealingly acted by a mostly non-professional cast and propelled by a moving score, Mid-August Lunch proves how small can indeed be beautiful."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Tom Dawson

10 40%

Imagine That (2009)

"It's a novel premise, but an unworkable one."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Ken McIntyre

11 60%

A Perfect Getaway (2009)

"Before you can say 'plot hole', the mood shifts from boredom to disbelief as a crazy-assed climax erupts from nowhere - a memorably mental end to an otherwise exasperating trip."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Matt Glasby

12 81%

Bandslam (2009)

"Whether your nine-year-old niece will care about that is moot - but she'll definitely resent the poor ratio of musical numbers to clunky, contrived emotional scenes."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Ellen E Jones

13 31%

Aliens in the Attic (2009)

"Marred by cheapjack CGI and poor character design (the squishy-faced critters look like they came out of a cereal packet, not outer space), this very kid-centric caper is numbingly mediocre."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Ken McIntyre

14 13%

The Ugly Truth (2009)

"Surprisingly sharp and sassy, this romcom for grown-ups is like many a romantic dalliance - the thrill of the chase is more fun than the catch."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Jane Crowther

15 55%

Orphan (2009)

"There's a lot of slow burn to endure in the first hour, but the payoff is one of the most batshit crazy finales in recent memory." EDIT

Posted Aug 7, 2009

16 94%

Home (2009)

"Meier handles the tone-shifts with admirable assurance in this sweepingly shot fable."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Tom Dawson

17 35%

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

"Sommers bucks the bad buzz with a throwaway blast of solid, stupid fun. You laugh at it rather than with it, but a sequel would be worth it just for more of Gordon-Levitt's one-eyed dramatics."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Matthew Leyland

18 64%

Adam (2009)

"Cookie-cutter characterisations, homily-heavy script and over-reliance on maudlin musical prompts are all too chocky-box icky in their own right."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Kevin Harley

19 0%

Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)

"Even the soft porn is a total yawn." EDIT

Posted Aug 3, 2009

20 0%

Killing Me Softly (2003)

"The screenplay (based on Nicci French's novel) is cringeworthy, and Kaige's inability to spot when English-speaking thesps are reciting rather than acting produces scenes that vary from lifeless to laughable." EDIT

Posted Aug 3, 2009

21 96%

Mesrine: Part 1 (Killer Instinct) and Part 2 (Public Enemy #1) ()

"What follows is episodic enough to make Instinct resemble a TV mini-series. But each fresh incident serves to embellish Mesrine's reckless character and inch him from man to myth."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Neil Smith

22 51%

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

"For a good hour, Scott delivers a tense cat-and-mouser. Goes off track when Denzel turns action hero, but his riffing with a sinister Trav is what propels this Pelham."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Matt Mueller

23 85%

Rumba (2008)

"Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon prove worthy heirs to the gangly genius of Jacques Tati in this surreal comic gem."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Sam Wigley

24 29%

Mad, Sad & Bad ()

"A British-Asian comedy that may not be mad or sad but is... Well, you've guessed it. another underachieving comedy to file and forget in British cinema's already overstuffed bottom drawer. Yawn."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Jamie Russell

25 26%

Land of the Lost (2009)

"As a TV-to-movie remake, LOTL ranks with Lost In Space: fitfully entertaining, largely uninspired. Ferrell does his best, but ends up stranded in the middle of an ideas desert."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Tony Horkins

26 22%

G-Force (2009)

"This Jerry Bruckheimer production is a surprisingly light-footed caper for cinema's reigning king of bombast."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Neil Smith

27 16%

Crossing Over (2009)

"Hampered by wayward direction and a skin-deep script, this won't be following Crash to the Academy podium. If you loved Haggis' Oscar victor, you might squeeze an iota of enlightenment out of Kramer's copycat melodrama."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Matt Mueller

28 63%

Coco Before Chanel (2009)

"Playing Coco's orphaned beginnings like a violin, writer/director Anne Fontaine shows a sure hand when it comes to emotional button-pushing."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Carmen Grey

29 85%

Skin (2009)

"Only the conventional storytelling detracts from a film that serves both as poignant family saga and potent allegory."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Neil Smith

30 98%

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

"There are plenty of unforgettable moments, such as that sublime crane shot over the new settlement of Flagstone, accompanied by Ennio Morricone's achingly romantic music." EDIT

Posted Jul 24, 2009

31 72%

Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story) (2007)

"The grim result might stretch credibility, but that doesn't make it any less entertaining."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Neil Smith

32 49%

Antichrist (2009)

"This thoroughly pretentious offering is more childish and terrible than enfant terrible. The most startling - and boring - film you'll see this year."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Jamie Graham

33 44%

The Proposal (2009)

"A pedigree cast, fun premise and punchy dialogue make Bullock's return to romantic comedy look a great catch, and Reynolds is sharper than a diamond solitaire. Pity, then, that its penchant for sentimentality makes it miss congeniality."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Kate Stables

34 89%

Moon (2009)

"Fans of speculative and conceptual sci-fi and classic storytelling should take this trip to identity's dark side. The direction is elegant, the acting impeccable. Take the trip."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Kevin Harley

35 85%

Kisses (2010)

"Curry and O'Neill are adorably unadorable, and though the film ultimately leaves them as we found them, buried alive in beautiful B&W on a dead-end estate, we know their worlds have changed forever."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Matt Glasby

36 87%

Frozen River (2008)

"Leo and Upham make an unlikely double act in a finely written, well-played film with a striking plot and setting. Hunt's clearly a name to watch; Leo, meanwhile, can look forward to finally getting the recognition, and roles, she deserves."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Neil Smith

37 97%

Burma VJ: Reporter i et Lukket Land (Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country) (2008)

"Shaky recordings, interspersed with reconstruction scenes at the VJ HQ, look surprisingly sharp and give Burma VJ an unforgettable and powerful immediacy."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Sam Wigley

38 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"One of the Potter franchise's breeziest entries yet offers flashes of darkness but lashings of teen tension. Less a movie than a set-up for next year's epic conclusion. Bring on V-day."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Jonathan Crocker

39 85%

Soul Power (2009)

"Busting with footage left in legal limbo for over three decades, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's documentary is uproarious and uplifting."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Josh Winning

40 68%

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

"If it's an ultimately shallow journey, jagged humour and a few sharp tugs of emotion keep it rolling."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Matt Mueller

41 23%

Fired Up (2009)

"Surprisingly, first-time director Will Gluck takes this raunchy premise and twists it into a boobs-free romantic comedy." EDIT

Posted Jul 10, 2009

42 69%

Echoes of home (Heimatklänge) (2007)

"There's nothing dry about this study in tradition: Schwietert stresses the freedom and spontaneity in avant yelping, qualities his lead trio embrace with palpable passion."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Kevin Harley

43 90%

Wolke Neun (Cloud 9) (2008)

"To its credit Cloud 9 doesn't shy away from the physical intimacy experienced by its characters, nor the profound emotions which are unleashed by the extramarital affair."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Tom Dawson

44 68%

Brüno (2009)

"As phoney and frustrating as it is funny. Baron Cohen's comedy-outsider schtick is slick but well and truly found out. The clothes may be new and more fabulous, but the emperor seriously needs to go shopping."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Andy Lowe

45 97%

35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008)

"The key events in this low-key film occur off-screen, but Denis and regular cinematographer Agnès Godard have the priceless ability to infuse the everyday with a magical dimension."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Tom Dawson

46 14%

Year One (2009)

"Twenty times longer than its (excellent) trailer, and with about the same number of decent jokes, this underachieving effort boasts another brilliant Michael Cera performance, plus Jack Black licking a turd. Or is he polishing it?"

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Matt Glasby

47 72%

Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

"Sunshine Cleaning gets an A for Amy Adams. Injecting some heartfelt, three-dimensional zest into the wispy, two-dimensional story, she spares this copycat indie's blushes and scores a winning combo with Blunt."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Matt Mueller

48 73%

Rudo y Cursi (2009)

"Cuarón's spirited footie fable is a game of two halves, buzzing with balls, bimbos and black comedy, but ultimately unable to bring home the trophy. Bernal gets man of the match, no contest."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Kate Stables

49 48%

My Sister's Keeper (2009)

"Full of clunky voiceovers, corny music and maudlin montages, this manipulative yarn plays with issues of medical morality and parental duty only to discard them in favour of a manipulative paean to valuing life and accepting death."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Neil Smith

50 22%

Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)

"It's the action that really suffers, the anime's dynamism fizzling out as every samurai duel falls back on fake-looking CG squibs and a blur of fast-cut, see-nothing camera angles."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Jamie Russell

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