Boston Phoenix

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 63%

Sinister (2012)

"Sinister isn't perfect, but it easily tops most of its scare-starved competition."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Alexandra Cavallo

2 90%

Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

"It's ... indulgent, not admitting that White's new gimmick wears out its welcome, and never making the case that White deserves his own documentary."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Ann Lewinson

3 88%

The Other Dream Team (2012)

"Quite often the film veers away from their stories to become a flag-waving work of Lithuanian nationalism."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Gerald Peary

4 90%

Keep the Lights On (2012)

"In trying to capture a moment in time, Sachs has left nothing uncovered. Navigating his darkest moments with unsparing honesty, he finds a flicker of hope."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Jake Mulligan

5 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"Megaton ... could use some more lessons in directing as he bombs in his strained efforts to recreate Pierre Morel's original."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Brett Michel

6 100%

Wake in Fright (2012)

"Orchestrates landscape, music, demonic faces, and lots of blood, sweat, and vomit into a stark bacchanalia of men having fun."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Peter Keough

7 93%

Girl Model (2012)

"David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's somber, sometimes poetic, Fred Wiseman-like documentary ..."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Peter Keough

8 99%

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

"When he is exposed by the indefatigable Toto, the Wizard reveals that ultimate Hollywood secret, that the reality doesn't matter as much as the image, that illusion is as effective as truth if believed in, if only for 90 minutes of screen time."

Posted Oct 9, 2012

Peter Keough

9 81%

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012)

"A condemnation of the US health system in general, like Michael Moore's Sicko, sans the self-aggrandizing."

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Tom Meek

10 88%

Head Games (2012)

"Seeing former NHL star Keith Primeau's teenage son light up to talk about how fighting is "pretty fun" gives us the conclusion the statistics can't yet provide: before the games can change, we need to."

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Jake Mulligan

11 66%

Solomon Kane (2012)

"Writer/director Michael J. Bassett stages the carnage under so much rain-soaked filth, you can almost smell the stench. It's a good stench."

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Brett Michel

12 34%

The Oranges (2012)

"In short, this is no Graduate; it barely makes it out of first grade."

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Peter Keough

13 33%

Won't Back Down (2012)

"It's a corporate-studio movie purporting that the working class needs to turn against their unions to survive."

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Jake Mulligan

14 76%

Alps (2012)

"Helps make the case that Lanthimos might be a worthy, more entomological successor to Luis Buñuel."

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Peter Keough

15 55%

V/H/S (2012)

"It lands most firmly - and most often - on the side of freaky and tense as all hell."

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Alexandra Cavallo

16 99%

How to Survive a Plague (2012)

"Ultimately, the story presented by the former reporter for Boston's defunct Gay Community News is one of hope."

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Brett Michel

17 60%

Stars In Shorts (2012)

"The celebs are having a holiday good time, even when the stories aren't particularly distinguished."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Gerald Peary

18 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"A universal tale of growing up as an outsider."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Brett Michel

19 50%

Vulgaria (2012)

"It fails to produce any humor - or even any skin."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Brett Michel

20 28%

Backwards (2012)

"Even James Van Der Beek, so natural as a high school athletic director that you can't help but wonder if he's actually spent time in that job, can't save this film from drowning."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Jake Mulligan

21 94%

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012)

"[An] entertaining bit of hagiography ..."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Brett Michel

22 94%

Knuckleball! (2012)

"For a film that's centered around such a silly-looking pitch, Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary is packed with considerable drama."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Michael C. Walsh

23 68%

Step Up To The Plate (2012)

"Sprinkle lime peelings onto milk-white ingredients: a verdant feast for the eye."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Gerald Peary

24 76%

The Ambassador (2012)

"Taken as satire, this isn't particularly funny - but then, the corruption he's exposing is anything but a joke."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Brett Michel

25 66%

For Ellen (2012)

"Mandingo's so good, it's a shame that Dano is his typically mannered self."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Brett Michel

26 31%

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

"Uwe Boll gets most of the scorn, but has anyone done more to destroy hope of a decent movie being made from a video game than Paul W.S. Anderson?"

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Brett Michel

27 78%

The Color Wheel (2012)

"The Color Wheel requires a brand of empathy mainstream audiences are unaccustomed to, but rewards it with nearly revolutionary insight."

Posted Sep 14, 2012

Christopher Gray

28 87%

Arbitrage (2012)

"Enough of all this whining about the millions of regular people ruined by the financial collapse of 2007 - how about a movie sympathizing with one of the unfortunate guys responsible?"

Posted Sep 11, 2012

Peter Keough

29 10%

Branded (2012)

"Nothing more than a freshman's first term paper for a sociology 101."

Posted Sep 11, 2012

Monica Castillo

30 84%

Detropia (2012)

"Makes a telling case that Detroit has gone beyond recession to a full-blown Depression, just like the 1930s."

Posted Sep 11, 2012

Gerald Peary

31 5%

The Cold Light of Day (2012)

"[Weaver is] the only one having any fun - and that includes the audience."

Posted Sep 11, 2012

Brett Michel

32 55%

Beloved (2012)

"Honoré's melodramatic excesses are tempered by the subtle performances of his leading ladies."

Posted Sep 11, 2012

Betsy Sherman

33 100%

Planet of Snail (2012)

"Both modest and awe-inspiring."

Posted Sep 4, 2012

Betsy Sherman

34 26%

2016: Obama's America (2012)

"[This] unsubstantiated mess isn't much of a movie or a documentary."

Posted Sep 4, 2012

Brett Michel

35 54%

The Inbetweeners (2012)

"The cast is fairly congenial, and this picture is kind of fun, if you don't mind the exported recycling of American Pie and Judd Apatow."

Posted Sep 4, 2012

Gerald Peary

36 77%

Samsara (2012)

"[A] ponderous and pointless collage."

Posted Sep 4, 2012

Gerald Peary

37 62%

It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl (2012)

"An epic, even Biblical story, brought down to Ken Burns size in this lackluster telling."

Posted Sep 4, 2012

Peter Keough

38 56%

Bachelorette (2012)

"Quickly subverts expectations with its mordant honesty and its hilarious balancing of sensitivity and scatalogy."

Posted Sep 4, 2012

Peter Keough

39 67%

Lawless (2012)

"Hillcoat ... strives for epic and ends up with clichés."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Peter Keough

40 27%

The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure (2012)

"The tale of three multi-colored blobs hunting for lost magical balloons feels like a bad pilot, the kind that post-Barney PBS would reject out of hand."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Nick Johnston

41 55%

For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

"I've had more exciting conversations on the phone with my mother."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Brett Michel

42 59%

Kumaré (2012)

"Kumaré might be a Sacha Baron Cohen stunt, but Gandhi drowns his padded documentary with a voiceover that is all Morgan Spurlock, deaf to its self-aggrandizement."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Ann Lewinson

43 95%

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

"It demonstrates how cinema can actually make the artist seem present, offering an empathetic fellow consciousness that mirrors one's soul."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Peter Keough

44 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"Someone should have heeded the "brakes are death" creed of Gordon-Levitt's messenger and slammed them on while this was still a script."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Nick Johnston

45 3%

The Apparition (2012)

"Doesn't offer anything new, let alone entertaining."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Peg Aloi

46 92%

The Bullet Vanishes (2012)

"As far as cheap knock-offs go, Ching-Wan Lau (of Johnnie To's Life Without Principle) as newly minted National Police Officer Song is a fairly flattering imitation."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Brett Michel

47 70%

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2012)

"Swords aren't the only things flying in Tsui Hark's splendidly absurd wuxia - the first Chinese martial-arts film in 3D."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Peter Keough

48 89%

Compliance (2012)

"A thoroughly disturbing, sometimes mean-spirited indie narrative film."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Gerald Peary

49 98%

Oslo, August 31st (2012)

"As the final shots mirror the first, you reflect on how life goes on, with and without us."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Brett Michel

50 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"Robot & Frank is the best old-man buddy movie I've seen since Up."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Betsy Sherman

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