Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Funny, sexy and stylish as hell, Russell's Scorsese homage lacks the zip of Marty's greatest work, but makes up for it with hilarious dialogue and a killer ensemble on top form."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Matt Maytum

2 77%

Bad Santa (2003)

"Bad Santa squeezes enough humour into its tight costume to satisfy anyone suffering from seasonal sickness." EDIT

Posted Dec 5, 2013

3 84%

Elf (2003)

"A gleeful, cracked fairytale." EDIT

Posted Dec 4, 2013

4 86%

A Midnight Clear (1992)

"Keith Gordon's adap of William Wharton's novel is low on action, long on mood and psychological complexity."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Philip Kemp

5 84%

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

"Essential. Killer acting, gripping action and hilarious one-liners." EDIT

Posted Dec 4, 2013

6 78%

Big Bad Wolves (2014)

"We've seen this story many times, but what marks Big Bad Wolves out from the pack is the filmmakers' extraordinary mastery of tone."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Matt Glasby

7 38%

A Long Way From Home ()

"As dull as a dreary daydream."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

James Mottram

8 48%

Black Nativity (2013)

"The well-worn platitudes and pained moralising are a bit much, but the music is tremendous."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Ken McIntyre

9 42%

Oldboy (2013)

"To its credit, Spike Lee's remake isn't a slavish imitation. On the other hand, its grit is a grey substitute for the original's vision and verve."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Curtis Woloschuk

10 96%

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

"After It's A Wonderful Life, there really is no better flick to curl up with over the festive season." EDIT

Posted Dec 3, 2013

11 94%

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

"So Burton-esque is this world that it remains baffling that he didn't direct, megaphone duties instead falling to Henry Selick." EDIT

Posted Dec 3, 2013

12 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Not quite up there with Tangled, but a solid addition to the canon. Catchy tunes will have you humming, but the hunt for the next The Little Mermaid continues..."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Josh Winning

13 49%

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013)

"Once-upon-a-time tales about Elizabeth Taylor ordering 200 pairs of mink earmuffs, or Yoko Ono's Christmas Eve $400,000 furs-splurge, can't compensate for a lacklustre storyline about the famously intricate Chrimbo shop windows."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Kate Stables

14 72%

Klown (2012)

"Denmark's charmless answer to The Hangover crosses the line between gross-out and just plain gross."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Jamie Russell

15 ——

Rough Cut ()

"An experiment in form from artist-turned-director Jamie Shovlin, Rough Cut has points of interest, but ultimately feels pointless."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Josh Winning

16 69%

Powder Room ()

"First-time director MJ Delaney mixes style with big laughs, and though the film stumbles over the occasional am-dram bum note, Smith balances it all out as the likeable girl next-door."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Josh Winning

17 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"Sex, drugs, murder, radical verse and Radcliffe make persuasive bedfellows in Krokidas' live-wire lit-pic."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Kevin Harley

18 42%

Homefront (2013)

"Although Franco's clearly enjoying himself, and Statham smashes faces with finesse, two warring films emerge, neither of them particularly convincing."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Matt Glasby

19 57%

Plynace wiezowce (Floating Skyscrapers) ()

"Stylishly shot, and reflecting Polish society's conservatism, this is a coming-out tale riddled with pain and anguish."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Emma Johnston

20 2%

Getaway (2013)

"A witless and unforgivably tame car wreck."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Ken McIntyre

21 86%

The Patience Stone (2013)

"In a war-raved city, a woman sits and talks to her husband. He doesn't say much, since he's been shot and he's in a coma."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Philip Kemp

22 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"A pitch-perfect performance from Dern graces Alexander Payne's latest roadmovie - another bittersweet meditation on the sad, comic futility of life."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Philip Kemp

23 80%

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

"Harry Potter's adventures in wizard-land are cozy and comfortable in Chris Columbus' faithful adaptation." EDIT

Posted Nov 27, 2013

24 97%

Spirited Away (2001)

"Anything but your regular 'toon, it's a (literally) fantastic experience." EDIT

Posted Nov 27, 2013

25 94%

Blancanieves (2013)

"It's a sumptuously told tale, shot with painterly visuals and edited with a cool, melodic rhythm."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Steve O'Brien

26 96%

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

"A stark, disturbing fairy story for adults. Its provocative vision of the monsters of fascism and childhood packs chilling power." EDIT

Posted Nov 26, 2013

27 82%

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

"Better story, better acting, better characters and better effects. All they need is to sort out the dialogue next time, and everyone's a winner." EDIT

Posted Nov 26, 2013

28 74%

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

"Following the deft In The House, Jeune Et Jolie is another compelling study in youthful rebellion from director François Ozon."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

James Mottram

29 89%

Shrek 2 (2004)

"A minor improvement on the original, and so a major triumph. Donkey bags the heartiest laughs, but Puss-In-Boots adds plenty of cream on top." EDIT

Posted Nov 25, 2013

30 18%

Smiley (2012)

"Think Candyman for the Twitter generation."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Rosie Fletcher

31 88%

Shrek (2001)

"There's no denying that the monster-as-hero device has 90-odd-minutes worth of entertainment mileage, and the delivery of the story's moral is handled well enough to avoid tweeness." EDIT

Posted Nov 25, 2013

32 63%

Marius (2014)

"Despite its very Gallic blend of amour and ennui, it's as if a Sunday-night British TV series had crossed the Channel."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Simon Kinnear

33 ——

Fanny (2014)

"What was scandalous drama in Pagnol's day is now pure soap opera."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Simon Kinnear

34 62%

Day of the Flowers (2014)

"Humour and melodrama rub along uncomfortably, but the likeable leads and gorgeous scenery make this lightweight trip fly by."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Emma Johnston

35 49%

Carrie (2013)

"One of the more solid '70s horror remakes, but it lacks the verve and potency, romance and heartache of the original. Still, the haircuts are a vast improvement..."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Jamie Graham

36 85%

Dirty Wars (2013)

"Though awkwardly assembled, with an overemphatic voiceover, it's chilling stuff."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Matt Glasby

37 18%

Free Birds (2013)

"Even tykes will tell it to get stuffed."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Curtis Woloschuk

38 84%

Leviathan (2013)

"Surrender to its rhythms and you'll find poetry in its anthropological austerity."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Neil Smith

39 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Hanks takes to Walt like a pair of cosy slippers, but it's Thompson who adds layers to a classy but predictable slice of Disney schmaltz."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Paul M. Bradshaw

40 88%

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

"Newell vividly conjures up a world fraught with real danger." EDIT

Posted Nov 22, 2013

41 87%

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

"A decent bridge before the wonder of WALL-E, Kung Fu Panda will thrill kids and fight nuts alike. Shame the big names are underused and there's nothing particularly new." EDIT

Posted Nov 22, 2013

42 60%

N.F.A. (No Fixed Abode) ()

"Surprisingly unpredictable, N.F.A. has its share of mopey interludes, but ends up unexpectedly close to home."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Emma Thrower

43 100%

Vivan las Antipodas! (2013)

"Lovely stuff."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Philip Kemp

44 56%

Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson ()

"A stage-to-screen Brit-com that retains its charm."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

James Mottram

45 40%

FLU (2013)

"Not so much World War Z as World War Zzzz."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

James Mottram

46 86%

Computer Chess (2013)

"A winning mix of deadpan comedy, retro stylings and escalating insanity."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Emma Simmonds

47 98%

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

"A soaring, roaring triumph when it comes to head-spinning visuals, How To Train Your Dragon keeps things simple."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Josh Winning

48 94%

Aladdin (1992)

"An instant classic and a massive hit, it emboldened Michael Eisner's outfit to go further, weirder, darker."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Neil Smith

49 96%

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

"The Two Towers was always going to be the toughest book to adapt, yet Peter Jackson pulls it off. Part Two is easily as exciting, involving and visually inventive as Part One." EDIT

Posted Nov 19, 2013

50 87%

Howl's Moving Castle (2005)

"Prepare to be dazzled: Hayao Miyazaki is back." EDIT

Posted Nov 19, 2013

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