Boston Phoenix

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

The Kid with a Bike (2012)

"One of the classic international works about juvenile delinquency."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Gerald Peary

2 85%

The Raid: Redemption (2012)

"Everything that American directors do wrong in action movies, Gareth Huw Evans does right in this cop thriller."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Peter Keough

3 86%

Boy (2012)

"Funny and touching at times, but a little bit of Dad goes a long way."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Peter Keough

4 32%

Intruders (2012)

"When the most pulse-pounding moments involve a burning overcoat or a glimpse of an arm in a surveillance video, the threat of inner and outer violation remains more theoretical than palpable."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Peter Keough

5 79%

The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

"Rattigan's drama is a small room to maneuver in, and in the end Hester's despair is hers alone."

Posted Mar 28, 2012

Michael Atkinson

6 84%

Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

"This is an adorable film based on the story of a comedian struggling to break through in the business while bartending in a comedy club."

Posted Mar 28, 2012

Monica Castillo

7 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"Lawrence puts in a performance that will rank as one of the best of the year."

Posted Mar 22, 2012

Peter Keough

8 ——

Le Rapport Karski ()

"After nine and a half hours of Shoah, what remains to be said? Everything and nothing..."

Posted Mar 22, 2012

Peter Keough

9 89%

Footnote (2012)

"Footnote finally gets back on track as Eliezer puts his philological skills to use, but it's too little, too late."

Posted Mar 22, 2012

Ann Lewinson

10 63%

Delicacy (2012)

"The directors handle this, if not with delicacy, then with more subtlety, ambiguity, and humanity than the average Hollywood rom com."

Posted Mar 20, 2012

Peter Keough

11 71%

Free Men (2012)

"Ferroukhi evokes the unusual setting of his film, the Arab community in war-time Paris, with specificity and brooding atmosphere." EDIT

Posted Mar 20, 2012

12 67%

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2012)

"The blasé result feels like a great disservice to P-Orridge, who conducts himself with genuine grace."

Posted Mar 20, 2012

Miles Howard

13 96%

Undefeated (2012)

"It may call to mind The Blind Side or Remember the Titans, but there's no Hollywood glitz in the blighted burg of Manassas."

Posted Mar 16, 2012

Tom Meek

14 78%

Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)

"Maybe it's Segel's sad naïveté, or the filmmakers' inventiveness and metaphorical dexterity, but even when the contrivance kicks in, it seems like Jeff might have the right idea."

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Peter Keough

15 43%

Casa de mi padre (2012)

"Casa de mi Padre is an unorthodox entry in the stoner comedy-fauxsploitation genre, but it might feel at home on Ferrell's Funny or Die website."

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Monica Castillo

16 85%

21 Jump Street (2012)

"Writers Hill and Michael Bacall cleverly mix pop culture references, wit, and vulgarity to transform what might have been a one-joke knock-off into a comic original."

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Monica Castillo

17 83%

The Salt of Life (2012)

"The Salt of Life deftly sprinkles wacky humor in with the melancholy, and Di Gregorio is a winning talent, both as the amusing star actor and as the film's co-writer and director."

Posted Mar 14, 2012

Gerald Peary

18 ——

Life Without Principle (Dyut Meng Gam) (2012)

"You might be surprised at who bends, breaks, or in some cases upholds morals in this dramatic comedy of human greed."

Posted Mar 14, 2012

Brett Michel

19 100%

Being Jewish in France (Comme un Juif en France) ()

"Jeuland's history is at times scattered, but always compelling."

Posted Mar 14, 2012

Peter Keough

20 0%

A Thousand Words (2012)

"Maybe Murphy should give future scripts a less cursory perusal."

Posted Mar 14, 2012

Brett Michel

21 41%

Silent House (2012)

"Though the final revelation of who's behind the malevolent forces at work feels hackneyed, and the denouement is excessively talky, these flaws don't spoil what is a deftly executed film."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Alexandra Cavallo

22 76%

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012)

"No one does layered suffering like Swinton - you feel her pain and much more besides."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Peter Keough

23 51%

Being Flynn (2012)

"As he falls deeper into drunken, hallucinatory despair, we see in De Niro's long looks in the mirror and slouching frame how aware he is of his own true colors. This may be his best performance in decades."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Thomas Page McBee

24 67%

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)

"The science - and the politics - may be dodgy, but director Lasse Hallström crafts a witty, richly textured modern fairy tale that's an irresistible lure."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Betsy Sherman

25 67%

Friends With Kids (2012)

"This retread of recent rom-coms, with yakky aspirations to Woody Allen, is none the edgier for Westfeldt's indie roots and hip cast. In fact, it's maddeningly conventional and clichéd."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Alicia Potter

26 88%

In Darkness (2012)

"Working with the superb cinematographer Jolanta Dylewska, Holland draws on the restricted light and vertiginous space to achieve immersive, tactile imagery that is appalling and unforgettable."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Patrick Z. McGavin

27 51%

John Carter (2012)

"Like its four-armed Tharks and its ten-legged Calot, this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's series of sci-fi novels has too many moving parts for its own good."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Peter Keough

28 88%

The Turin Horse (2012)

"Mihály Vig's dirge-like soundtrack underscores the eloquent futility, which makes Bresson's Balthazar seem Disney-like."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Peter Keough

29 84%

The Forgiveness of Blood (2012)

"Credit director Marston for a persuasive look at Albanian culture, and for keeping his tense story from trailing off into bloody melodrama."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Gerald Peary

30 76%

Kill List (2012)

"Following up his impressive debut, Down Terrace, Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller swerves with abrupt satisfaction into horror in its final moments."

Posted Mar 3, 2012

Peg Aloi

31 86%

Chico & Rita (2012)

Posted Mar 3, 2012

Peter Keough

32 54%

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

"It's not WALL-E, but it does bear the same cross."

Posted Mar 3, 2012

Tom Meek

33 28%

Project X (2012)

"When you start making negative comparisons to films like Porky's, you know a film has problems."

Posted Mar 3, 2012

Peter Keough

34 11%

Gone (2012)

Posted Mar 3, 2012

Peter Keough

35 25%

Act of Valor (2012)

"The filmmakers shoot and edit with such incoherence that the action will frustrate even fans of the video games they emulate."

Posted Mar 3, 2012

Peter Keough

36 59%

Wanderlust (2012)

"Rudd does some great riffing (especially his hillbilly dirty talk), but ultimately the sum of Wanderlust's parts is greater than the whole."

Posted Mar 3, 2012

Betsy Sherman

37 31%

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds (2012)

"Tyler Perry is no Douglas Sirk."

Posted Mar 3, 2012

Brett Michel

38 38%

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012)

"John C. Reilly shows up as choleric man-child Taquito, and the funny begins to kick in."

Posted Feb 29, 2012

Brett Michel

39 83%

Tyrannosaur (2011)

"It sounds like an exercise in miserabilism, but Considine extracts black comedy, compassion, and dignity from his downtrodden characters and their blighted setting."

Posted Feb 22, 2012

Peter Keough

40 75%

Addiction Incorporated (2011)

"Much of the first half of Charles Evans Jr.'s muckraking documentary is annoyingly gimmicky..."

Posted Feb 22, 2012

Gerald Peary

41 86%

Battle Royale 3D (2000)

"Battle Royale is The Hunger Games not diluted for young audiences."

Posted Feb 22, 2012

Alexandra Cavallo

42 85%

Bullhead (2012)

"Schoenaerts makes the transformation convincing, recalling the similarly damaged individual that Tom Hardy played in Bronson."

Posted Feb 22, 2012

Brett Michel

43 18%

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

"The filmmakers deliver some gorgeous landscape shots of Asia Minor and leverage the 3D perspective to good effect, but the time between such moments of relief can seem like an eternity of movie hell."

Posted Feb 22, 2012

Tom Meek

44 93%

Coriolanus (2011)

"Fiennes turns the play into a sly commentary on contemporary populist politicking."

Posted Feb 16, 2012

Peter Keough

45 86%

Declaration of War (2012)

"Taken as an assault against self-pity and sentimentality, this War puts up an involving, and ultimately thought-provoking, fight."

Posted Feb 16, 2012

Alicia Potter

46 26%

This Means War (2012)

"Quickly devolves into Spy vs. Spy territory, only with incompetently staged and edited action and little of that ol' Mad magazine zing."

Posted Feb 16, 2012

Brett Michel

47 74%

Rampart (2012)

"Not derivative so much as a variation on a template."

Posted Feb 15, 2012

Peter Keough

48 53%

Safe House (2012)

"Reynolds shows range as the tyro out of his depth, and Washington's mere presence grants credibility to implausible scenes."

Posted Feb 15, 2012

Peter Keough

49 94%

The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

"Combining lush color with minute detail, Arrietty transforms the mundane into magic."

Posted Feb 15, 2012

Peter Keough

50 29%

The Vow (2012)

"The film's Nicholas Sparks-style sweet nothings extract as many eye rolls as "aws"; it's a box of cheap chocolates for someone you just met and you're not really sure you care for."

Posted Feb 15, 2012

Monica Castillo

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