Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

JCVD (Van Dammage) (2008)

"Directed with pace and a little too much surface gloss by Mabrouk El Mechri, JCVD works less as a suspense thriller and more as a treatise on celebrity, a confessional for its star."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Jamie Graham

2 47%

The Broken (2009)

"A cerebral horror that's more creepily unsettling than out-and-out scary." EDIT

Posted Jan 30, 2009

3 62%

Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009)

"Solid, well-played and unabashedly sentimental '30s-set music-hall melodrama." EDIT

Posted Jan 30, 2009

4 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"There's a whiff of pointlessness hanging over this whole affair. The fact that Valkyrie is not the thriller the trailer promises is treason against the talent."

Posted Jan 23, 2009

Chris Hicks

5 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"Slickly done and easy to watch, but not quite the commentary on modern politics it could/should have been. An historic moment becomes a film that's more pop than culture." EDIT

Posted Jan 23, 2009

6 86%

Better Things (2008)

"Gritty yet incongruously gorgeous - and glacier-paced - this ambitious first feature from Midlands miserablist Duane Hopkins proves that crikey, the British can do Bruno Dumont-style poetic realism after all."

Posted Jan 23, 2009

Chris Hicks

7 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"Aronofsky's most authentic film refuses to ridicule the amateur wrestling circuit, while Rourke's portrait of a has-been will surely be the comeback of the year."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Chris Hicks

8 27%

Seven Pounds (2008)

"Seven Pounds feels like having Love Story and Beaches burnt onto your retinas in the style of A Clockwork Orange. But hang on for the finale..." EDIT

Posted Jan 16, 2009

9 73%

Hansel & Gretel (2007)

"Yim Pil-Sung's disturbingly kitsch adult fairy tale is an intriguing genre-bender and you'll definitely succumb toits enchantingly sinister art direction." EDIT

Posted Jan 16, 2009

10 27%

Clubbed (2008)

"Though predictable, the attention to period detail makes this a Brit-flick rather like its hero - an intelligent little scrapper."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Chris Hicks

11 100%

Boogie (Summer Holiday) (2008)

"It may not scale the heights of the best recent Romanian films (4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, The Death Of Mr Lazarescu) but Boogie is still a bittersweet character study."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Chris Hicks

12 41%

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

"A state-of-the-art kid-pleaser for sure, but recession-weary parents will probably find it a mite obnoxious."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Chris Hicks

13 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"Vivid, moving and breathlessly exciting, this enthralling mingling of fable, travelogue and social commentary sees Danny Boyle at the top of his game. Phone a friend and tell them not to miss it." EDIT

Posted Jan 9, 2009

14 46%

Sex Drive (2008)

"Think of it as American Pie for a post-Apatow world: crude, yes, but with its heart exactly where it should be." EDIT

Posted Jan 9, 2009

15 77%

Role Models (2008)

"For most of the film's running time, Wain refuses to give in to mush or melodrama, preferring to prod hopelessly dysfunctional characters into uneasy duels, just to see who blinks first." EDIT

Posted Jan 9, 2009

16 57%

Defiance (2009)

""Jews don't fight!" mutters a Red Army soldier. "These Jews do!" says another admiringly. Great pitch, largely undone by stilted, solemn direction."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Chris Hicks

17 61%

The Reader (2008)

"Pleasingly adult material powered by elegant, muscular performances. A strong adaptation of a slippery novel."

Posted Jan 5, 2009

Chris Hicks

18 66%

Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

"Committed and commanding, slow but stealthy, political and powerful: details are omitted, but Che still sees Soderbergh flexing fierce focus and control, while Del Toro leads with tact and muscle. The full four-hour flick grips; two hours'll fly by, easy."

Posted Jan 5, 2009

Chris Hicks

19 49%

Twilight (2008)

"Grey on the surface but florid underneath, this swoony supernatural romance may amuse and bemuse non-initiates but won't leave the faithful betrayed. The $70m opening Stateside will create plenty of sequel opportunities to fix the flaws." EDIT

Posted Dec 19, 2008

20 56%

Stone of Destiny (2008)

"It's hard to conceive a more clichéd depiction of Scotland than the one Charles Martin Smith fashions in this corny Celtic caper." EDIT

Posted Dec 19, 2008

21 86%

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

"A straight-line journey through the good doctor's loopy myth and madness, but one that doesn't push far enough into uncharted territory. Fine as a primer, but Gibney leans more towards admiration than examination."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Chris Hicks

22 98%

Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (Bicycle Thieves) (1949)

"The lasting soul of Thieves' pure cinema poverty-parable finally nestles in its deeply affecting father-son pairing in which seven-year-old Staiola dazzles as one of cinema's wonder-kids."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Jonathan Crocker

23 76%

White Christmas (1954)

"This was the Mamma Mia! of its day, a nostalgic blast of popular Irving Berlin showtunes gift-wrapped in new-fangled VistaVision that danced its way to the top of the 1954 box office."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Chris Hicks

24 93%

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

"Powerful performances from March and Hopkins and richly atmospheric cinematography help make for a memorable journey down Stevenson's "strange and terrible road.""

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Chris Hicks

25 85%

Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) (2008)

"A redemptive arc leashes the threads together, hinged on insights into familial repression that are a tad too costumedrama-stifled for their own good."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Andy Lowe

26 21%

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

"Cranking the action dial up to 11, Derrickson retools an iconic piece of sci-fi with lots of big guns but extra smarts would have been welcome. It's bang up to date but a tad underwhelming. Not the disaster some fanboys predicted."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Chris Hicks

27 58%

The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

"It'll be way too cloying for most - but the, ahem, bee's knees for sugar fiends. Probably best enjoyed with a glass of Chardonnay and your cynicism on hold." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

28 64%

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

"Everything that worked about the first Madagascar, plus a lot that didn't. The zebra prattles and the giraffe whines, but when the lemur blows raspberries or sings 'Private Dancer', giggles all round." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

29 45%

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

"Lacking even a Changing Lanes level of insight into America's racial partition, this old-school, domestic-invasion thriller still has Samuel L Jackson's twisted enforcer to push the right buttons." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2008

30 51%

What Just Happened? (2008)

"Linson has drawn his fangs, opting for mild, Entourage-lite parody instead of a full-on Player stitch-up." EDIT

Posted Nov 28, 2008

31 86%

Lorna's Silence (2008)

"Another immensely subtle, skilful emotional drama from the Belgian masters. Perhaps not up with their spellbinding best - but if only everything at the movies was this disappointing." EDIT

Posted Nov 28, 2008

32 56%

Flawless (2008)

"Diamonds aren't forever in this sluggish heist caper from Michael Radford that partners Michael Caine and Demi Moore for the first time since 1984's Blame It On Rio." EDIT

Posted Nov 28, 2008

33 63%

Changeling (2008)

"Eastwood's own score aids and abets the process, ladling washes of mournful gloop over a glut of emotional scenes." EDIT

Posted Nov 28, 2008

34 96%

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

"The cert and name suck, but don't let that put you off. Bashir is history without being hard graft. Immensely moving, the world may stubbornly refuse to move on, but cinema like this can nudge it in the right direction." EDIT

Posted Nov 21, 2008

35 58%

Quarantine (2008)

"Despite tweaking the format, Quarantine successfully replicates the claustrophobic tension of [REC] and cranks up the sudden eruptions of frenzied violence, making it as much of a white-knuckle terror ride as it was the first time around." EDIT

Posted Nov 21, 2008

36 54%

Choke (2008)

"But his sterility and romantically curved plot, twisted as it might be, feel respectively reductive and pat next to Palahniuk's fast, filthy and scabrous satirical stabs." EDIT

Posted Nov 21, 2008

37 54%

Body of Lies (2008)

"Syriana, this ain't. Ridley Scott's latest misses the scope, texture or depth to dig into the moral mess of the war on terror. But this entertaining techno-thriller feeds greedily off star performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Strong." EDIT

Posted Nov 21, 2008

38 87%

'Tis Autumn - The Search For Jackie Paris (2007)

"While Paris' singing features large, not just jazz fans will be moved by this personal, devastating portrait." EDIT

Posted Nov 21, 2008

39 65%

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

"Put simply, it's all lube and no spunk."

Posted Nov 14, 2008

Chris Hicks

40 98%

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

"Simply a masterful adap of Tennessee Williams' sultry, searing play and an affirmation of Marlon Brando's acting genius."

Posted Nov 14, 2008

Jane Crowther

41 16%

Max Payne (2008)

"The occasional muzzle-flare of stylish violence, but that's it. Dull, depressing and dragging its knuckles at 100 minutes, Max Payne misfires and Wahlberg's leading-man jinx continues."

Posted Nov 14, 2008

Chris Hicks

42 50%

Choking Man (2007)

"Steve Barron's darkly melancholic, low-budget drama is worlds away from the blockbuster swagger of his earlier Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." EDIT

Posted Nov 14, 2008

43 85%

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008)

"Despite the convincing cast and hefty running time, there's no space left for reflection and insight." EDIT

Posted Nov 14, 2008

44 65%

Warlords (Tau ming chong) (2010)

"Handsomely mounted as it is, it's a bit on the stodgy side. Romance inevitably causes a rupture in the trio, but as time grinds by, your interest is also bound to buckle." EDIT

Posted Nov 7, 2008

45 0%

Scar (2007)

"The result is humourless, implausible and lacks a single original idea. There would be no reason for this film to exist, were it not the first live action feature shot entirely in HD3D." EDIT

Posted Nov 7, 2008

46 35%

Pride and Glory (2008)

"It doesn't quite pack the wallop that O'Connor intended, a daft fight near the end may evoke laughs and it probably won't be storming the Academy, but don't be shocked if you enjoy this as much as Marty's Oscar victor." EDIT

Posted Nov 7, 2008

47 76%

OSS 117: Le Caire Nid d'Espions (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) (2008)

"Despite a number of hilarious set-pieces, the stupidity never spoils the intrigue and by playing the pastiche game better than Austin Powers, this is an unexpected pleasure." EDIT

Posted Nov 7, 2008

48 77%

Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2010)

"Rooted in richly played, likeable characters, this modest set-up percolates with smart, urbane humour, with Jaoui still finding time for some broad set-piece chuckles." EDIT

Posted Nov 7, 2008

49 52%

Easy Virtue (2009)

"It's playful, it's elegant, it's fizzing with lacerating wit... after the stone-faced dreariness of The Duchess and Brideshead Revisited, it's a welcome jolt of fresh air to see a Brit period piece you can just kick back and enjoy." EDIT

Posted Nov 7, 2008

50 59%

W. (2008)

"In being non-partisan, Stone misses the chance to say anything truly pointed or pertinent; W. encroaches on TV-movie territory, with production values to match." EDIT

Posted Nov 7, 2008

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