USA Today

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 27%

The Love Punch (2014)

"A romantic comedy as painfully unfunny as a sock in the jaw."

Posted May 22, 2014

Claudia Puig

2 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"Has enough nods to classic capers to make for effective pulp fiction - and revive Don Johnson's career."

Posted May 22, 2014

Scott Bowles

3 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"The most ambitious and ingenious of the long-running series, X-Men: Days of Future Past keeps the key crew of mutants busier than ever."

Posted May 21, 2014

Claudia Puig

4 38%

Undateable: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" In the first episode alone, you'll be told that Danny is "creepy," "douchey," and "annoying." Take the show, and NBC, at their word. Dump him. "

Posted May 21, 2014

Robert Bianco

5 20%

The Night Shift: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" A by-the-numbers medical drama that simply lifts wholesale from every series you've ever seen about a good-looking, rule-breaking rascal who's a genius professionally and a mess personally. "

Posted May 21, 2014

Robert Bianco

6 43%

Gang Related: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The real trouble with Gang Related is that it's so intent on being "dark" and "edgy" it forgets to be dramatic -- or in any way novel. "

Posted May 21, 2014

Robert Bianco

7 82%

The Wire: Season 1 (TV, 2002)

" The Wire may just leave you with a slightly better understanding of people we spend most of our lives ignoring or avoiding. And that's reason enough to follow where [David] Simon leads. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Robert Bianco

8 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"What predominates is a dully morose, overheated and implausible story."

Posted May 15, 2014

Claudia Puig

9 62%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Like JB's persona, Million Dollar Arm is flawed, but also slickly presented and likable."

Posted May 15, 2014

Claudia Puig

10 49%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"While Creek has some notable frights reminiscent of the 2005 original, this version tries too hard to create a franchise-able serial killer from Down Under, a Mad Max with a machete."

Posted May 15, 2014

Scott Bowles

11 72%

Palo Alto (2014)

"Palo Alto marks one of those rare films that is so accurate in its portrayal of characters that the movie suffers for it."

Posted May 15, 2014

Scott Bowles

12 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"Aiming for a titanic tale that is also seriously ominous, Godzilla opens with a bang and concludes with an exhilarating roar."

Posted May 14, 2014

Claudia Puig

13 79%

Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Still, if Dreadful is a cluttered, unfettered mess, at least it's a lively and stylish one, graced with a convincing sense of period, a sly sense of humor, and (for the most part) a very strong cast. "

Posted May 8, 2014

Robert Bianco

14 30%

Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" If you haven't seen the original? It won't take you long to recognize this inept remake for the dull, clumsy bore it is. "

Posted May 8, 2014

Robert Bianco

15 88%

Chef (2014)

"Don't fill up on concessions if you catch Chef. You're going to want to eat afterward, even with a belly full of popcorn."

Posted May 8, 2014

Scott Bowles

16 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Neighbors is the Animal House for an era in which food fights seem quaint."

Posted May 8, 2014

Claudia Puig

17 23%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"A nimble filmmaker, Egoyan wisely underplays the exploitative aspects of the story and never loses sight of the tragic deaths."

Posted May 8, 2014

Claudia Puig

18 82%

Fed Up (2014)

"Fed Up will change the way you look at junk food. Or at least the companies that peddle it."

Posted May 8, 2014

Scott Bowles

19 18%

Moms' Night Out (2014)

"There's no fun to be had - and not a drop of originality - in this chaotic and contrived mess."

Posted May 8, 2014

Claudia Puig

20 92%

Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" The show remains inexorably linked to its creator's skewed view of the world, and for that, we can all be grateful. "

Posted May 6, 2014

Robert Bianco

21 89%

Locke (2014)

"A magnificent drama that resounds with powerful, universal themes."

Posted May 1, 2014

Claudia Puig

22 83%

Belle (2014)

"The film has elements of a Masterpiece Theater-style Cinderella story. But its dimensional portrait of proper upper-class British society calling into question its long-held convictions about status and tradition is compelling."

Posted May 1, 2014

Claudia Puig

23 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Aerial sequences are often thrilling. However, interpersonal relations are front and center in this installment."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Claudia Puig

24 46%

The Comeback: Season 1 (TV, 2005)

" HBO could use a comeback all right, but this isn't it. "

Posted Apr 29, 2014

Robert Bianco

25 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"The vapid story -- and its intended humor -- meanders and loses its way in predictable sit-com style."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Claudia Puig

26 26%

Brick Mansions (2014)

"It's fun to see Walker do a double take at a perilous move of Belle's and then find a less risky alternative. The pair seem like they're having a good time in this buddy action movie. It seems a fitting curtain call for a likable actor gone too soon."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Claudia Puig

27 64%

For No Good Reason (2014)

"Depp does a fine job of narrating unobtrusively, negotiating Steadman's free-ranging musings and keeping them on track. Steadman is genial, witty and self-deprecating."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Claudia Puig

28 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"Blue Ruin is the rare film that is nearly consistently tense, the suspense only temporarily subsiding about an hour into the story. It's a welcome respite."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Claudia Puig

29 25%

Black Box: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Two questions, right out of the box. How could a show with Vanessa Redgrave be this terrible? And how could a show this terrible make it on the air? "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Robert Bianco

30 83%

Medium: Season 1 (TV, 2005)

" Most viewers, I fear, would have hoped for more from writer Glenn Gordon Caron, who gave us Moonlighting and Now and Again "

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Robert Bianco

31 46%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"A well-acted, family-friendly and timely movie for Easter audiences that is just as much about appreciating life on Earth as it is about what comes after."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Claudia Puig

32 89%

Bears (2014)

"An enjoyable and visually stunning romp through the scenic Alaskan wilderness with a small family of bears."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Claudia Puig

33 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"A slight, comical and intermittently affecting film about loneliness and desire."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Claudia Puig

34 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"A far-fetched, futuristic snooze-fest that often defies its own logic. Characters' motivations are rarely clear, and allegiances shift with no explanation."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Claudia Puig

35 86%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" Let's just say that if last season left you wondering whether the time had come to bail, tonight's premiere may convince you to wait at least a few more weeks before you decide. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Robert Bianco

36 66%

The Railway Man (2014)

"For a well-acted movie about the horrors of war and the lure of revenge, it's surprisingly dull and starchy."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Claudia Puig

37 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"Draft's reverence for the gridiron, its heroes and the cities that worship them (particularly Cleveland) will make the movie a first-round pick of diehards."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Scott Bowles

38 48%

Rio 2 (2014)

"Rio 2 teems with colorful animated splendor and elaborate musical numbers, but its rambling, hectic, if good-hearted, story is for the birds."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Claudia Puig

39 74%

Oculus (2014)

"Logic aside, a mounting sense of dread permeates the film. Thankfully, suspense trumps blood and guts."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Claudia Puig

40 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"In addition to unspooling an adult story of bloodsuckers, Lovers manages something few films have done in years: rendering Detroit scenically romantic."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Claudia Puig

41 90%

Friday Night Lights: Season 2 (TV, 2007-2008)

" For the most part, the show is back in top form, particularly when it comes to the central dynamic between Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife, Tami (Connie Britton). "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Robert Bianco

42 17%

God's Not Dead (2014)

"Despite the campus setting, little about the story is intelligently designed."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Claudia Puig

43 96%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" HBO's lavishly and expertly produced fantasy returns with a lightning-fast opener that skillfully, sometimes amusingly, and eventually violently resets the characters, putting them in place for the season to come. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Robert Bianco

44 94%

Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The ability it has to make you actually laugh, not just when you watch it, but days later as you recall the jokes - well, that's something very few HBO comedies even attempt, let alone accomplish. And with times as they are, that's something to cherish. "

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Robert Bianco

45 50%

Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The problem is that for all its talk of Washington and Redcoats and all its shots of British warships in New York Harbor, nothing in Turn ever leaves you with any true feel for the period. "

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Robert Bianco

46 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"So unfathomable that it feels like a dully haunting nightmare whose details retreat and fade almost immediately upon waking."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Claudia Puig

47 88%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"It's a silly comedy and Alan's a petty egomaniac, but Coogan is a hoot as he skewers regional British radio and sends up conceited fools."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Claudia Puig

48 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Fight scenes are tense, though occasionally it's hard to tell who's doing what to whom. But they have the bone-crunching crack of realism sometimes lacking in comic book movies."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Claudia Puig

49 59%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"Jude Law put on 30 pounds to play this slimeball. But the weightier question is, why would he bother to take this worn-out role, at any size?"

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Claudia Puig

50 41%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"Not only powerful but timely, given divided attitudes toward immigration and unionization."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Claudia Puig

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