USA Today

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 86%

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

"Sure-footed, witty and zany fun."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Claudia Puig

2 57%

Safe (2012)

"Yakin's slick direction, marked by quick cuts, unstinting energy and a lack of sentimentality, makes the action scenes satisfying. But he's a better director than writer."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Claudia Puig

3 23%

The Raven (2012)

"A serial killer/Gothic drama/love story hybrid, it has some nicely mounted atmospheric scenes and strong acting from John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Claudia Puig

4 63%

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

"There are funny scenarios and sweet moments, but not nearly enough in this screenplay co-written by Segel and director Nicholas Stoller."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Claudia Puig

5 95%

Marley (2012)

"Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Scott Bowles

6 22%

Darling Companion (2012)

"Joseph's cynicism and wit are communicated with the spot-on casting of Kline, and Keaton ably conveys Beth's suppressed loneliness as well as her big heart."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Claudia Puig

7 74%

Chimpanzee (2012)

"It's unfortunate that the filmmakers juxtapose those striking visuals with a warlike anthropomorphizing element."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Claudia Puig

8 67%

To the Arctic (2012)

"Unless you're rich, it may be the closest thing to being there."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Scott Bowles

9 53%

Think Like a Man (2012)

"Even though Think Like a Man espouses something akin to the philosophy in Beyoncé's Single Ladies(Put a Ring on It), it makes manipulation more fun than it ought to be."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Claudia Puig

10 20%

The Lucky One (2012)

"The cliches are as thick as a vat of honey. And the love story proves just as syrupy." EDIT

Posted Apr 19, 2012

11 50%

NYC 22: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Its greatest flaw is it's too familiar and predictable, but there's always been a market on TV for the familiar and the predictable. "

Posted Apr 15, 2012

Robert Bianco

12 95%

Girls: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" As creator, director and star of this new HBO sitcom, Dunham is clearly a talent to be reckoned with. "

Posted Apr 15, 2012

Robert Bianco

13 38%

Blue Like Jazz (2012)

"Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Scott Bowles

14 38%

Lockout (Unrated) (2012)

"A putrid film that comes dead-weighted with hammy one-liners and a plot so silly it borders on comedy..."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Scott Bowles

15 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"Though there are plot holes in the elaborately concocted scenarios, The Cabin in the Woods gets points for the twists and turns that come along with its sly wickedness."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Claudia Puig

16 83%

Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope (2012)

"Rambling and scattershot, the film seems to be made expressly for the fans, not for a wider audience."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Claudia Puig

17 51%

The Three Stooges (2012)

"Pop culture references intermingle with the loopy trio's iconic foolishness, and the result is a movie with some big laughs, plenty of heart and terrible coifs."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Claudia Puig

18 91%

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" While the show generally maneuvers well, it occasionally stumbles. "

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Robert Bianco

19 28%

We the Party (2012)

"Every time it dabbles in real-world teen issues like sex and drugs, it returns to a fanciful high school where kids quote Nietzsche and play acoustic guitar on lunch breaks."

Posted Apr 6, 2012

Scott Bowles

20 43%

American Reunion (2012)

"A strained, relentless quest for gross-out humor and outlandish sexual escapades."

Posted Apr 6, 2012

Claudia Puig

21 89%

Scandal: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" It rings false - but it clips along at a good pace, and it has enough twists and complications to keep you guessing without making you feel abused. "

Posted Apr 5, 2012

Robert Bianco

22 75%

Damsels in Distress (2012)

"These are hardly damsels, but the distress will be felt by audiences watching the collection of non sequiturs, twee remarks and tangential vignettes that is Damsels in Distress."

Posted Apr 5, 2012

Claudia Puig

23 88%

Titanic (1997)

"Sure, it's corny, but there's something endearing about the tale of young love and its earnest lack of irony."

Posted Apr 4, 2012

Claudia Puig

24 48%

Best Friends Forever: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Can this really be how women today want to be seen on television? "

Posted Apr 4, 2012

Robert Bianco

25 65%

The Killing: Season 2 (TV, 2012)

" All things considered, perhaps bringing The Killing back on April Fools' Day wasn't AMC's best idea. "

Posted Apr 1, 2012

Robert Bianco

26 97%

Game of Thrones: Season 2 (TV, 2012)

" This is a sprawling, exciting, blood-soaked story, filled with great set pieces and wonderful actors "

Posted Apr 1, 2012

Robert Bianco

27 53%

Magic City: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" You'd think Starz might have higher ambitions than to replace Cinemax as TV's primary source for soft-core porn. Apparently, you'd think wrong. "

Posted Mar 30, 2012

Robert Bianco

28 85%

Bully (2012)

"An insightful and moving documentary."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Claudia Puig

29 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"Singh brings cheeky humor, an eccentric sensibility and an enchanting look to his re-imagined tale."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Claudia Puig

30 25%

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

"While the special effects are sharper than in Clash of the Titans, the dialogue is equally uninspired."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Claudia Puig

31 97%

Mad Men: Season 5 (TV, 2012)

" What's most remarkable about Mad Men is not so much what it does right as how little it does wrong. "

Posted Mar 25, 2012

Robert Bianco

32 64%

Touch: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" It's a thin line between Touch and touched. For our sake and the sake of its star, the show needs to stop crossing it. "

Posted Mar 22, 2012

Robert Bianco

33 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"Like the select participants of its savage sport, The Hunger Games stands triumphant, if scarred and a bit wobbly from the contest."

Posted Mar 22, 2012

Scott Bowles

34 48%

4:44 Last Day on Earth (2012)

"Ferrara doesn't give his protagonists room to do much beyond have arguments and sex (though the intimacy is shot well)."

Posted Mar 22, 2012

Scott Bowles

35 85%

The Raid: Redemption (2012)

"Unapologetically brutal and unencumbered by much plot, Raid is the year's most turbo-charged film, an Indonesian martial-arts movie that ups the violence by giving its characters a modern-day worldview - and weaponry."

Posted Mar 22, 2012

Scott Bowles

36 81%

Bent: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" if the show lacks novelty, it's not without its appeal. "

Posted Mar 21, 2012

Robert Bianco

37 43%

Missing: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" A supremely silly series that takes itself incredibly seriously. "

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Robert Bianco

38 67%

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)

"Despite sporting the worst cinematic title since The Chumscrubber, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen hooks some charming laughs and a quaint romance by not delving too deeply into its subject matter."

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Scott Bowles

39 85%

21 Jump Street (2012)

"It's that rare comedy that's funny throughout, with a hilarious story that hinges on the unlikely pairing of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum."

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Claudia Puig

40 43%

Casa de mi padre (2012)

"This very funny spoof of telenovelas and classic Mexican westerns is decidedly offbeat and absurdly daffy."

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Claudia Puig

41 78%

Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)

"Sarandon is worth leaving home for, even if Jeff won't."

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Scott Bowles

42 51%

John Carter (2012)

"The villains are overwrought and the design of Mars is surprisingly bland."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Claudia Puig

43 67%

Friends With Kids (2012)

"It offers the rare combination of romance, humor, an inventive conceit and social relevance, without adhering slavishly to rom-com conventions."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Claudia Puig

44 0%

A Thousand Words (2012)

"The concept is unoriginal, the scenarios aren't funny, and its message is banal. Plus, Murphy alternately hams it up and phones it in."

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Claudia Puig

45 45%

GCB: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Initially, GCB is better on paper than in practice. "

Posted Mar 4, 2012

Robert Bianco

46 28%

Project X (2012)

"[It] would be every parent's worst nightmare if it weren't so inane."

Posted Mar 1, 2012

Claudia Puig

47 54%

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

"It remains faithful to the spirit of Seuss. The pro-conservation, anti-consumerist message of the book is heartily intact. And, like the Seuss story, the film never resorts to sermonizing."

Posted Mar 1, 2012

Claudia Puig

48 51%

Being Flynn (2012)

"Weitz...began adapting Flynn's book for the screen eight years ago. It's too bad that he didn't figure out in the ensuing years that it was not worth his efforts."

Posted Mar 1, 2012

Claudia Puig

49 81%

Awake: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" It has the whiff of a program bound to exit before it answers the questions it raises. "

Posted Mar 1, 2012

Robert Bianco

50 59%

Wanderlust (2012)

"Though Wanderlust has a silly-funny premise and moments of inspired lunacy, it wanders aimlessly and runs some weak gags into the ground."

Posted Feb 23, 2012

Claudia Puig

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