USA Today

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 79%

Get On Up (2014)

"It's hard not to feel good while watching Chadwick Boseman exuberantly disappear into the role of the Godfather of Soul."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Claudia Puig

2 89%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"The plot occasionally becomes overstuffed, perhaps packing in extraneous elements in order to set up future installments. Yet the zany script by director James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman is sharply funny."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Claudia Puig

3 88%

Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The premiere does a fine job of creating a sense of time and place and introducing a complicated subject. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Robert Bianco

4 63%

Hercules (2014)

"Johnson was born for this kind of kick-butt-with-a-smirk role. In one scene, he appears to throw a charging horse over his shoulder, and it somehow doesn't look hokey."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Scott Bowles

5 77%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"A gently funny ensemble comedy that feels less like a movie than a short story."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Claudia Puig

6 58%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"A pleasant, but forgettable, trifle."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Claudia Puig

7 49%

I Origins (2014)

"Captivating, suspenseful and thought-provoking."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Claudia Puig

8 90%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Anchored by Hoffman's superlative performance, the story, based on a John le Carré novel, is low-key, brooding and engrossing."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Claudia Puig

9 59%

Lucy (2014)

"A stylish action thriller that is equal parts dazzling and ludicrous."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Claudia Puig

10 16%

And So It Goes (2014)

"The movie deserves credit for putting itself in the hands of acting craftsmen.The story just feels awfully familiar."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Scott Bowles

11 43%

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

12 57%

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

13 40%

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

14 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

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

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Claudia Puig

15 100%

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

16 100%

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

17 87%

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

18 100%

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

19 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

20 75%

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

21 99%

Boyhood (2014)

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

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Claudia Puig

22 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

23 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

24 97%

Life Itself (2014)

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

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Claudia Puig

25 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

26 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

27 30%

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

28 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

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

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Claudia Puig

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 82%

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

33 68%

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

34 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

35 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

36 23%

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

37 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

38 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

39 25%

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

40 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

41 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

42 59%

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

43 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

44 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

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

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Claudia Puig

45 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

46 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

47 43%

Words And Pictures (2014)

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

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Claudia Puig

48 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Claudia Puig

49 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

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