Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 38%

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

"A sort of-sequel that only dovetails with the 2007 original via a strained coda and its use of the increasingly tired-looking found-footage gimmick."

Posted Jan 5, 2014

Neil Smith

2 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"First it's a family-tree detective story, then a playful meta-movie, then a maternal melodrama. and along the way, it weaves strong feelings into a dissection of storytelling and truth."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Kevin Harley

3 94%

Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946)

"By using the tangible magic of hands through walls, moving statues, steamy paws and the rest, Cocteau makes rapt believers of us all - adults and children alike."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Kevin Harley

4 50%

Age of the Uprising (2014)

"Director Arnaud des Pallières lends a bleak austerity to the story, but with only one murky battle scene to quicken the blood it's hardly a recipe for unbridled excitement."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Neil Smith

5 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"Panh's commentary - spoken in French by Randal Douc - searingly sets the context."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Philip Kemp

6 59%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"Ambitious in its span and powerful in its recreation of tumultuous times, this is a skilful dramatisation and a worthy celebration."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Kate Stables

7 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"What sounds like a hangover of The Hangover is actually pretty money."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Jamie Graham

8 66%

The Railway Man (2014)

"A fascinating life story, The Railway Man is doubtless a better book than a film. Firth and Kidman are not at their best, although Irvine proves his true talent."

Posted Dec 30, 2013

James Mottram

9 100%

Moon Man ()

"Light and subtly satirical, it's a refreshing reminder that sometimes less can be more."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Stephen Kelly

10 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"With no 3D, no friends and no hope, Redford and Chandor show how survivalist instincts can stoke thrilling, thoughtful cinema."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Kevin Harley

11 77%

How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013)

"Though over-emphatic, it benefits from great access to concerned celebs, ex-addicts and former dealers, most of whom found addiction at the end of the rainbow."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Matt Glasby

12 33%

The Harry Hill Movie ()

"Awash with silliness - gun-toting chickens, performing Dachshunds, Jim Broadbent in charlady drag - yet weirdly bereft of mirth ..."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Neil Smith

13 14%

47 Ronin (2013)

""I will search for you through 1,000 worlds and 10,000 lifetimes!" Reeves promises his beloved. Anyone who sits all the way through this glossy folly will know exactly how that feels."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Matt Glasby

14 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"Pretty much all the credit belongs to Stiller behind the camera, turning a sappy Hollywood button-pusher into a slick, smart-looking fantasy that doesn't mind showing its indie roots."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Paul M. Bradshaw

15 96%

The Crash Reel (2013)

"With some narrative threads suddenly dropped, it's raw-edged and sometimes jarring. But as a reminder of how fragile life is, it's spot-on."

Posted Dec 22, 2013

James Mottram

16 24%

Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

"Ignore the chit-chat ... and the CG critters wow."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Neil Smith

17 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"An epic, boldly broad screwball comedy about the state of America, then and now."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Rob James

18 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"Bigger and broader than before, Ron's return occasionally feels like autocue'd sequel-making. But it spikes old news with enough fresh comic zip to keep you hooked through the self-indulgent stretches."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Kevin Harley

19 56%

The Polar Express (2013)

"They say it's better to travel than to arrive and that's definitely the case with the latest CG 'toon to pull into cinemas." EDIT

Posted Dec 9, 2013

20 89%

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

"A likeably larky Yuletide yarn." EDIT

Posted Dec 9, 2013

21 88%

Fill the Void (2013)

"A warm, watchful slant on marital mores in an ultraorthodox Jewish community."

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Kevin Harley

22 0%

Tamla Rose ()

"Redemption beckons for Alfa's titular lead but the flat finale can't save the film."

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Kevin Harley

23 77%

Exposed (2014)

"B's mix of talking heads and reportage is a bit bland for the material, but the extravagant showpieces hoist up the slack."

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Kevin Harley

24 18%

The Christmas Candle (2013)

"A festive faith-based film with two distinct target audiences: Christians and fans of the hilariously hammy."

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Stephen Kelly

25 90%

Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) (1988)

"A movie that dispenses bittersweetness, nostalgia and uplift in potent doses."

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Jessica Mellor

26 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Despite suffering from middle-act wobbles, The Desolation Of Smaug nevertheless delivers rousing action, incredible visuals and one stupendous dragon."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Matt Maytum

27 86%

Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) (1951)

"This faithful adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a rare beast indeed, a genuinely affecting melodrama." EDIT

Posted Dec 6, 2013

28 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

29 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

30 84%

Elf (2003)

"A gleeful, cracked fairytale." EDIT

Posted Dec 4, 2013

31 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

32 84%

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

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

Posted Dec 4, 2013

33 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

34 38%

A Long Way From Home ()

"As dull as a dreary daydream."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

James Mottram

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 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

40 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

41 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

42 ——

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

43 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

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 2%

Getaway (2013)

"A witless and unforgivably tame car wreck."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Ken McIntyre

48 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

49 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

50 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

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