Boston Phoenix

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 6%

A Smile Like Yours (1997)

"The adorable Kinnear is not doing himself any favors with overblown sit-coms like this."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Chris Wright

2 12%

Striptease (1996)

"Striptease is not a disaster like that other expensive ecdysiast extravaganza, Showgirls, though if it were, it might at least have some redeeming camp awfulness to enliven its otherwise dull mediocrity."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Gary Susman

3 85%

Bottle Rocket (1996)

"Like the cheap pyrotechnic of the title, Bottle Rocket neither goes very far nor ends with a bang, and that's part of its charm, originality and delight."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Peter Keough

4 94%

Lore (2013)

"Rosendahl puts the onslaught of horror and absurdity in poignant perspective with her limpid depiction of her character's growing resourcefulness and awareness."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Peter Keough

5 79%

Quartet (2013)

"Will she, or won't she, join the others on stage in a quartet rendition of Verdi? Not to worry: it all unravels splendidly in this teeth-in-a-glass comedic drama."

Posted Dec 22, 2013

Gerald Peary

6 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"The miracle of Upstream Color is that a film so carefully and exquisitely composed can yield so many moments of open-ended cinematic rapture."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Christopher Gray

7 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"Oppenheimer demonstrates how easily the passive spectator can become an unlikely abettor, and the great cause of his film is to make his actors and audience recognize their moral culpability."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Christopher Gray

8 92%

The Little Mermaid (1989)

"The animators deliver where it counts, in the expressions of Ariel and Prince Eric, whose love-at-first-sight is sweet but not saccharine."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Jeffrey Gantz

9 ——

Ricky on Leacock (2012)

"A hedonist and humanist, admired filmmaker Ricky Leacock was curious about everyone."

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Gerald Peary

10 55%

Post Tenebras Lux (2013)

"Even with its head games and confusions, "Post Tenebras Lux" is an imposing spiritual work,"

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Gerald Peary

11 91%

Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2013)

"Does every semi-famous person deserve a full-length documentary about them? "

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Gerald Peary

12 94%

Museum Hours (2013)

"Critics have been more than kind to Museum Hours, respectful of its sleepy intellectualism in a 2013 summer of brainless action flicks."

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Gerald Peary

13 1%

Disaster Movie (2008)

"[A] budget-less pastiche of sub-Mad-magazine parodies culled from the trailers of almost every summer movie."

Posted Jun 4, 2013

Brett Michel

14 87%

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"For all its gorgeous freakishness, the movie is even more about love and friendship than the first one was."

Posted Apr 15, 2013

Gary Susman

15 91%

Sugar (2008)

"Boden and Fleck are attentive to detail and the nuances of social interaction -- in the cornfields of Middle America as well as in the Dominican Republic. And Sugar is a thorny but endearing hero."

Posted Mar 20, 2013

Peter Keough

16 80%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"Few other films have depicted so acutely the crushing disillusionment and infinite hope of growing up."

Posted Mar 20, 2013

Peter Keough

17 65%

Off the Black (2006)

"Nolte nails the particular tragedy of the past-his-prime ex-high-school athlete."

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Nina MacLaughlin

18 28%

Upside Down (2013)

"Worth a look if only for the Caspar David Friedrich-inspired imagery and shots of Timothy Spall's teeth."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Peter Keough

19 15%

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013)

"When the subtlest part of your film is Charlie Sheen's performance, you've got a problem."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Peter Keough

20 81%

Like Someone in Love (2013)

"A decent little movie, but hardly a major one, from Iran's master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who, self-exiled, here shoots in Tokyo with an all-Japanese cast."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Gerald Peary

21 95%

West of Memphis (2012)

"The case is more intriguing than the film about it."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Jake Mulligan

22 36%

The ABCs of Death (2013)

"Judging from their contributions, some of the filmmakers behind this 26-part anthology find death less fearsome than the thought of a cute girl farting."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Peter Keough

23 31%

Emperor (2013)

"The real criminals are the screenwriters ..."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Brett Michel

24 38%

Dead Man Down (2013)

"[A] bleak film noir that values character over tension."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Jordan Riefe

25 ——

Far From Afghanistan ()

"It remains something of a definitive statement on a runaway global disaster."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Michael Atkinson

26 86%

Yossi (2013)

"Fox has graduated from amateur to modest professional."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Jake Mulligan

27 69%

Greedy Lying Bastards (2013)

"Condensed and to the point, the film gets its message out and includes a three-step guide on how to get involved."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Monica Castillo

28 28%

21 And Over (2013)

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Brett Michel

29 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"Oz the Great and Powerful isn't great, nor is it powerful, but it is competent and entertaining."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Jordan Riefe

30 16%

The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)

"One hell of a mess."

Posted Mar 6, 2013

Brett Michel

31 62%

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013)

"Though it's an admirable tale ... it isn't all that interesting."

Posted Mar 5, 2013

Bret Milano

32 60%

Rubberneck (2013)

"A disturbing and deceptively subtle psychological thriller ..."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Peter Keough

33 90%

A Place at the Table (2013)

"Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush cover a lot of ground in their heartbreaking documentary examining the hunger experienced by nearly 50 million Americans, but at less than 90 minutes, it feels a bit overstuffed."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Brett Michel

34 39%

Dark Skies (2013)

"What it lacks in originality, it almost makes up for with strong performances ..."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Brett Michel

35 29%

Let My People Go! (2013)

"Though the film alludes repeatedly to the story of Exodus, it remains bound to hysterical stereotypes and hyperbolic plotting."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Peter Keough

36 25%

Phantom (2013)

"Crimson Tide this isn't."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Jake Mulligan

37 93%

The Gatekeepers (2013)

"A remarkable behind-the-scenes peek at how Israel's in-house CIA/FBI has operated, both honorably and questionably, from the Six-Day War until now."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Gerald Peary

38 92%

Little Fugitive (The Coney Island Kid ) (1953)

"Rarely has a film offered such an authentic child's-eye view of the world ..."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Gerald Peary

39 46%

The Sweeney (2013)

"The Sweeney was originally a 1970s TV show, but with the archetypal characters, the rote plot, and the nondescript gunfights, it feels more like an adaptation of a video game."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Jake Mulligan

40 44%

Habibi Rasak Kharban (Habibi) (2012)

"Based on a 9th-century poem about similar lovers at the mercy of historical turmoil, Youssef's debut film captures the ecstasy and desperation of frustrated passion as it presents a desolate portrait of Palestine today."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Peter Keough

41 69%

Stoker (2013)

"The power of the dream-like imagery lingers, and the horror felt is not visceral, but metaphysical."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Peter Keough

42 87%

Chicago (2002)

"Chicago is a great movie musical."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Steve Vineberg

43 98%

Call Me Kuchu (2013)

"[An] eloquent, devastating documentary ..."

Posted Feb 21, 2013

Peter Keough

44 85%

How To Re-establish A Vodka Empire ()

"[It's] a bit much for one film, and it's no help that the filmmaker-narrator is a lightweight and befuddled chap. Still, there are amusing moments ..."

Posted Feb 21, 2013

Gerald Peary

45 61%

John Dies at the End (2013)

"With Coscarelli's kinetic camerawork and drugged-out, comic-book visuals, even the most confounding explanations are made palatable."

Posted Feb 21, 2013

Jake Mulligan

46 19%

Identity Thief (2013)

"[A] funny, though formulaic, mismatched-duo comedy ..."

Posted Feb 21, 2013

Betsy Sherman

47 33%

Escape From Planet Earth (2013)

"This might please young kids but torment discerning parents."

Posted Feb 15, 2013

Jordan Riefe

48 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"The groan-worthy denouement washes Haven out into a sudsy sea of shameless melodrama."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Tom Meek

49 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"A Good Day To Die Hard is a movie for people who like blowin' stuff up, evidently a favorite pastime of director John Moore, whose action scenes make about as much sense as his script, which was likely written on a cocktail napkin."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Jordan Riefe

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