USA Today

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 45%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"With the lackluster quality of its characters - aircraft, a smattering of trucks, RVs and motorcycles - the movie makes Pixar's Cars and its sequel look like masterpieces."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Claudia Puig

2 56%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"While the film is rutted with plot holes, lapses in logic and tin-eared dialogue - the obvious is stated again and again - it falls squarely into a category that used to be called B movies."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Claudia Puig

3 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"A heartfelt if heavy-handed sermon about chasing dreams, forgiving sins and honoring Woody Allen."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Scott Bowles

4 20%

Sex Tape (2014)

"[A] stilted, nearly humorless, non-titillating slog ..."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Claudia Puig

5 100%

The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007)

" The Sopranos isn't just any series. It's a diamond: rare, polished and beautiful, yet capable of cutting through to the bone. "

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Robert Bianco

6 100%

Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" The best news is that this intelligently complex, beautifully shot and performed series comes back in top form, with a perfect match of style to substance that explores Masters' and Johnson's different reactions to his appearance at her doorstep. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Robert Bianco

7 86%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Strain has made it from page to screen with amazing and (one hopes) crowd-pleasing success, and that's enough. Turn those TV's on, and prepare to be very happy -- and very scared. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Robert Bianco

8 100%

The Sopranos: Season 3 (TV, 2001)

" What's remarkable about [producer David] Chase's work on Sopranos is his ability to maintain the show's crucial duality: We don't want Tony to be caught and punished, but we always know he should be. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Robert Bianco

9 15%

Rage (2014)

"Rage is so full of cliché, convention and just plain odd narrative choices that it can't get out of its own way."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Scott Bowles

10 77%

Land Ho! (2014)

"Good films have sprung from more ludicrous notions. But an eccentric, inappropriate relative on a road trip is not quite enough to pin a film on."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Claudia Puig

11 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Boyhood is an epic masterpiece that seems wholly unconcerned with trying to be one."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Claudia Puig

12 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"An exciting and engrossing blockbuster with weighty themes, it raises important moral questions as it keeps viewers riveted."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Claudia Puig

13 83%

Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" She [Halle Berry] brings a dignity and gravity to Molly, a projected intelligence that allows you to buy her as an astronaut and to see what has happened to her as frightening rather than ridiculous. Berry's all in, and you float along. "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Robert Bianco

14 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"[Ebert] makes for a compelling subject, intimately portrayed in a revelatory documentary."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Claudia Puig

15 96%

CODE BLACK (2014)

"The precarious state of contemporary health care is shockingly evident. McGarry follows a team of idealistic, committed and unflappable medical residents."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Claudia Puig

16 23%

Tammy (2014)

"Tammy aspires to be a latter-day Thelma & Louise, and since it co-stars Susan Sarandon, one could say at least it has its Louise. But that's about it."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Claudia Puig

17 29%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Even horror neophytes won't be spooked by a film that looks as if it were shot with a smartphone and an Itty Bitty Booklight."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Scott Bowles

18 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Every generation deserves its own visiting extra-terrestrial."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Claudia Puig

19 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" We sometimes seem to take perverse pleasure in seeing talented people stumble, but no one involved here has anything to be ashamed of: At worst, Leftovers counts as a noble failure. Still, sadly, a failure is what it seems to be. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Robert Bianco

20 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Snowpiercer is a rare hybrid that perfectly blends the dazzle of a futuristic action thriller with the intellectual substance of an art film."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Claudia Puig

21 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"The Transformers are brilliant, brave, world-conquering space travelers. Time to morph into something entertaining."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Scott Bowles

22 81%

Begin Again (2014)

"Ruffalo and Knightley make an engaging pair of colleagues and their musical adventure together results in an enchanting, gently funny and occasionally poignant story."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Claudia Puig

23 69%

They Came Together (2014)

"They Came Together will likely appeal to rom-com fans as much as to those who find such films annoyingly clichéd."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Claudia Puig

24 57%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" In essence, Tyrant is a ruling-family variant on The Godfather, shifted from Italy and America to the Middle East. But don't dismiss the shift out of hand: That move is precisely what makes Tyrant so intriguing -- and so troubling. "

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Robert Bianco

25 64%

The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" TV outlets are better off leaving this kind of brain-free, woodenly performed, Michael Bay action adventure to the movies, where the characters and plot might be as hollow, but the explosions would at least look real. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Robert Bianco

26 22%

Third Person (2014)

"The muddled concept is forced to the point of breaking, the writing overheated and the story arc grimly perplexing."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Claudia Puig

27 65%

The Rover (2014)

"It's not just the lack of dialogue but a thin story that keeps this nihilistic tale from conveying a convincing sense of suspense. Too many details are withheld to keep the audience captivated."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Claudia Puig

28 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"The catchy hits by The Four Seasons are indelible, but Jersey Boys, the drab movie based on the Broadway musical about those tunes, is sadly forgettable."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Claudia Puig

29 24%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"Think Like a Man Too might have been more accurately titled "Think Like the Most Hackneyed Rom-com Team Around.''"

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Claudia Puig

30 55%

The Signal (2014)

"Signal thinks big, takes chances and has enough arresting scenes to stand apart from the science fiction films of late."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Scott Bowles

31 85%

Ivory Tower (2014)

"Though it makes a powerful case for the value of higher education, the film also asks pointed questions about reasonable expectations and what needs to be revamped."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Claudia Puig

32 62%

Hellion (2014)

"Though some characters go underdeveloped, Hellion marks one of Hollywood's most realistic examinations of rural high school angst since Friday Night Lights, another teen drama set in Texas."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Scott Bowles

33 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Nearly as exuberant as the original, How to Train Your Dragon 2 nimbly avoids sequel-itis."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Claudia Puig

34 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"This is the ultimate meta movie. The repetition is exactly the point."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Claudia Puig

35 76%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"While it's an entertaining documentary, audiences may not find the 68-year-old Gordon's trajectory quite as fascinating as Myers appears to."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Claudia Puig

36 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"A dark romantic comedy that has plenty of the first, a little of the second and none of third."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Scott Bowles

37 43%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"A love story that actually has something on its mind beyond romance."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Claudia Puig

38 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"The pulse-pounding action scenes are briskly directed by Doug Liman."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Claudia Puig

39 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"The movie is well-written, well-acted, acerbic, funny and wisely observed. Fans of the book will be glad to hear it is faithful to Green's tale."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Claudia Puig

40 100%

The Wire: Season 5 (TV, 2008)

" David Simon's sprawling epic of urban decay is as good as this startlingly brilliant show has ever been - and it has always been among TV's best. "

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Robert Bianco

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Mistresses: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" There are shows that seem out of place in summer - and shows that belong nowhere else. If you like, think of it as the TV version of a beach read. "

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Robert Bianco

42 61%

Crossbones: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's too violent for children, and too childish and listless for adults. Let it sail into the sunset without you. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Robert Bianco

43 79%

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The plot takes a few satisfyingly clever twists, some of them possibly even fact-based. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Robert Bianco

44 84%

Night Moves (2014)

"Night Moves is a thoughtful, clear-eyed and provocative film that raises thorny questions but doesn't offer easy answers."

Posted May 29, 2014

Claudia Puig

45 100%

The Wire: Season 4 (TV, 2006)

" Yes, it requires attention, as does any show that tries to tell a full-bodied version of the truth. But it repays every moment devoted in full. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Robert Bianco

46 63%

The Grand Seduction (2014)

"More bland than grand, and more eccentric than seductive."

Posted May 29, 2014

Claudia Puig

47 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"Plot details can be scattershot, but it succeeds thanks to an outrageously comical deconstruction of Hollywood Westerns and an appealing cast of characters."

Posted May 29, 2014

Claudia Puig

48 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"It fails to live up to its early promise, mostly because of an uneven tone and murky character development."

Posted May 28, 2014

Claudia Puig

49 93%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"You will learn lessons that should not be forgotten about the fear, foolishness, prejudice and intentional blindness that doomed millions to die who might otherwise have been saved. But the anger that lesson should provoke is either muted or missing."

Posted May 23, 2014

Robert Bianco

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