USA Today

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 30%

As Above/So Below (2014)

"As forewarned, so avoid."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Claudia Puig

2 36%

The November Man (2014)

"A predictable espionage thriller undercut further by loose ends left dangling, November Man is worth seeing only for Pierce Brosnan's dynamic lead performance."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Claudia Puig

3 69%

The Notebook (2014)

"Though it features no battle scenes, The Notebook shines a powerful, unflinching light on the horrors of World War II."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Claudia Puig

4 ——

Cantinflas (2014)

"While a substantial number of scenes are heavy-handed, the actor who plays Cantinflas- Óscar Jaenada - is a standout."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Claudia Puig

5 80%

The One I Love (2014)

"Fans of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits will particularly appreciate this blend of clever mystery, offbeat wit and a deeper-than-usual observational analysis of relationships and marital ennui."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Claudia Puig

6 97%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"Love may be weird, complicated and uncertain, but it is also wondrous. Love Is Strange makes that case with a remarkable blend of tenderness, wit and intelligence"

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Claudia Puig

7 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"It's a tough balancing act melding dewy-eyed teen romance with family tragedy, and harder still to weave in rousing rock performances and gorgeous classical music. If I Stay ambitiously tries to fuse it all and occasionally succeeds."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Claudia Puig

8 8%

Are You Here (2014)

"It's so formless, awkward and jarringly directed it's almost unwatchable."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Claudia Puig

9 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"The cartoonish mayhem in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For aims for a film noir sensibility, but too frequently the script simply resorts to anachronistic scenes of Jessica Alba twerking."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Claudia Puig

10 100%

The Sopranos: Season 5 (TV, 2004)

" For viewers, the good news is that this new story allows for an unusually strong influx of new Sopranos characters. "

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Robert Bianco

11 40%

Life After Beth (2014)

"Starts with promise and has some darkly funny scenes but grows listless, repetitive and plodding, the cinematic equivalent of a zombie."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Claudia Puig

12 85%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"The pair bicker cheekily and needle each other in clever, amusing ways. At their best, they have almost a syncopated rhythm to their comical sparring."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Claudia Puig

13 32%

The Giver (2014)

"It changes some plot points, but more important it lacks the resonance and mythic quality of Lowry's literary allegory."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Claudia Puig

14 91%

Frank (2014)

"Even if Frank is a little too smitten with its own quirkiness, the film's examination of what matters in music - fame, money, sanity? - works as a kind of Behind the Music peek at a band's struggle for identity and devotees."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Scott Bowles

15 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"The Expendables 3 is as boneheaded and disposable as it sounds."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Claudia Puig

16 58%

Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It figures that the one project in which Sean Bean doesn't die is the one you should be least interested in watching - another underwhelming TNT effort that only serves to assemble every undercover cop trope in one handy spot. "

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Robert Bianco

17 89%

Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" If Outlander's Highlands sometimes feel a bit sanitized, they're a lovely place to visit. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Robert Bianco

18 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Still, aided by that blood and a driving, anachronistic techno-beat score, The Knick avoids the worst trap of a period piece: It isn't quaint. It's also never dull. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Robert Bianco

19 66%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"Apart from the scenic location of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val and the equally enthralling shots of Indian and French cuisine, what remains is a pleasant if rather syrupy tale of clashing cultures."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Claudia Puig

20 69%

What If (2014)

"What if is less conventional and more winning than most films in this category."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Claudia Puig

21 20%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"Is there a word that means the opposite of Cowabunga?"

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Claudia Puig

22 19%

Into The Storm (2014)

"The special effects are skillfully wrought, scary and exciting. But when the story focuses on those weathering the onslaught, things are far less thrilling."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Claudia Puig

23 57%

Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)

"Film lovers will see how Cameron not only came up with ideas like The Abyss and Titanic, but how his drive turns obsession into commercial movies, usually very profitable ones."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Scott Bowles

24 25%

Partners: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" We all deserve better than this latest FX fast-and-cheap Anger Management-style affair. "

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Robert Bianco

25 36%

Child Of God (2014)

"This wrong-headed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's taut 1973 novel, as interpreted by director James Franco, spends too much time trying to create an element of compassion for this devilishly aberrant killer."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Claudia Puig

26 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Calvary offers a fascinating look at contemporary attitudes toward the priesthood and Catholicism, as well as an impeccable lead performance by Brendan Gleeson and darkly sharp wit."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Claudia Puig

27 78%

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

28 92%

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

29 89%

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

30 61%

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

31 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

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

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Claudia Puig

32 48%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"A pleasant, but forgettable, trifle."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Claudia Puig

33 49%

I Origins (2014)

"Captivating, suspenseful and thought-provoking."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Claudia Puig

34 91%

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

35 65%

Lucy (2014)

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

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Claudia Puig

36 18%

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

37 44%

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

38 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

39 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

40 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

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

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Claudia Puig

41 91%

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

42 97%

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

43 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

44 100%

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

45 14%

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

46 78%

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

47 99%

Boyhood (2014)

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

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Claudia Puig

48 90%

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

49 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

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