USA Today

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"It's a Valentine's Day date movie that guys won't mind seeing, and women will find amusing enough and easy on the eyes."

Posted Jan 29, 2014

Claudia Puig

2 73%

Hot in Cleveland: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" Most of the jokes are at least reasonably funny, and they're all well delivered by a gold-standard female quartet. "

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Robert Bianco

3 92%

Herblock: The Black & the White (2013)

"In print, on the Internet and through multiple mobile platforms, newspapers solider on, but editorial cartoonists are an endangered species. Watching Herblock may show you why they're worth saving."

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Robert Bianco

4 58%

Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This Treasure Island prequel is a pirate story put through the Starz breast-and-blood blender, with the sex and violence set to high. Yo ho - no. "

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Robert Bianco

5 95%

Veronica Mars: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005)

" Think Buffy. Or better yet, imagine one of those hard-boiled detective movies with Lauren Bacall doing the sleuthing instead of Humphrey Bogart. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Robert Bianco

6 22%

Gimme Shelter (2014)

"Plays like an after-school TV special. Shot after school. At the gym."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Scott Bowles

7 66%

Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Watching the episode is, indeed, like pulling teeth. Maybe things are different in Australia, but in America, that's not a compliment. "

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Robert Bianco

8 80%

Klondike: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There's violence - it was a violent time - but it isn't excessive or gratuitous, which is a welcome relief. Dig in. "

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Robert Bianco

9 89%

Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The show seems to be more concerned with hitting all the gay beats than with creating real, individualized characters. "

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Robert Bianco

10 97%

Sherlock: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" Thanks to the stars, the wit of the writing and a few clever tricks, the show remains a joy. "

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Robert Bianco

11 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"[Hart] gives Ride just enough buoyancy to keep it afloat, despite a story that would sink most performances."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Scott Bowles

12 10%

The Nut Job (2014)

"When the story gets stale, the movie inserts a "nuts" pun or, worse, resorts to a gas or burp joke. It doesn't work the first time, nor the fifth."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Scott Bowles

13 55%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"The film is slow in getting started and once it's underway it's only intermittently involving. It's also occasionally far-fetched."

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Claudia Puig

14 85%

Enlisted: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It might be easier to enjoy Enlisted if it were clear in what era, or universe, it's supposed to be taking place. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Robert Bianco

15 81%

Helix: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The plot creaks, but for the most part, Helix is sufficiently scary. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Robert Bianco

16 84%

True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Mesmerizing, frightening, unsettling, real - and flat-out brilliant. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Robert Bianco

17 3%

The Legend of Hercules (2014)

"Cross-pollinated by sword-and-sandal flicks 300 and Gladiator,this Hercules can't muster the visual punch of the first nor the character depth of the latter."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Scott Bowles

18 44%

Cold Comes The Night (2014)

"Cold Comes the Night is a serviceable low-budget thriller with a pair of strong lead performances and intermittently suspenseful scenes."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Claudia Puig

19 36%

The Truth About Emanuel (2014)

"The movie goes off the deep end early, often and to little effect." EDIT

Posted Jan 9, 2014

20 57%

Chicago PD: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" When did Wolf's work, which used to show some grace and wit, become this ugly, plodding and crass? "

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Robert Bianco

21 36%

Intelligence: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Intelligence may not be the most exciting show the new year will bring, but it is the kind of weekly adventure/mystery CBS does well- one that tells you what it is up front and is smart enough to deliver on most of what it promises. "

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Robert Bianco

22 29%

Killer Women: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The only truly sad part is that this is the kind of series where the suspect responds by opening up rather than saying "What's that got to do with me?" "

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Robert Bianco

23 38%

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

"It's a welcome update, qualifying as the best in the series since the first film captivated and unnerved audiences in 2007."

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Claudia Puig

24 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"The dialogue is so sharply written and the sniping so deftly performed that it can be entertaining, though challenging to endure."

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Claudia Puig

25 14%

47 Ronin (2013)

"While the visuals are lovely to behold, this unremarkable version of the classic 18th century Japanese legend is stiff and uninvolving."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Claudia Puig

26 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"A desultory boxing flick whose punches miss wildly as entertainment but manage to chip away at the iconic legends who return to the ring after decades away from the sweet science."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Scott Bowles

27 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"The story is nothing short of miraculous."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Scott Bowles

28 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Like Scorsese's After Hours, it's absurdly funny, though more akin to Goodfellas in substance and structure."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Claudia Puig

29 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"By trying to combine fantasy and romance with goofy humor, globe-trotting adventure and feel-good inspiration, Stiller has made Mitty a mixed bag of clashing tones and facile redemption."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Claudia Puig

30 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"A meticulously rendered, tasteful and moving period drama."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Claudia Puig

31 24%

Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

"The photo-realistic look is striking, but the dialogue is occasionally wince-inducing. Think a sub-par Flintstones episode."

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Claudia Puig

32 93%

The Past (2013)

"Almost hypnotically compelling, spinning an intricate web of predicaments, emotional reactions and resolutions in a domestic drama that leaves the viewer reeling by its conclusion."

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Claudia Puig

33 94%

Her (2013)

"The film's genius is how it grounds the notion of a man falling for an artificially intelligent machine with reality. Just how many clicks away is this from online dating?"

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Claudia Puig

34 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"The movie cleverly spoofs the 24-hour TV news cycle, as well as sexism and racism in the workplace. Not every scene is equally funny, of course, but most of the comic antics generate laughs."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Claudia Puig

35 43%

1600 Penn: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Stupid is as stupid overdoes. "

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Robert Bianco

36 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Travers would have despised it. For the rest of us it's an entertaining, affecting, deftly acted saga, interspersed with illustrative flashbacks from Travers' childhood."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Claudia Puig

37 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"With one of the best ensemble casts of any film this year, it's audacious, enthralling and uproarious."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Claudia Puig

38 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Like its predecessor, it features way too much trudging through forests."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Claudia Puig

39 40%

The Sound Of Music Live! (2014)

"The downside was a certain flatness to the sound mix, a disconnect between the voices and the orchestra and an emptiness that caused the few jokes the script provided to land with a thud. "

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Robert Bianco

40 61%

Bonnie & Clyde: Season 1

" Considering how easy it would have been for Bonnie & Clyde to be an embarrassment, its competence counts as a surprising achievement. "

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Robert Bianco

41 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Brilliantly acted, gorgeously shot and altogether captivating."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Claudia Puig

42 65%

Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" From its smoky night clubs to its fleabag dives, there's no doubt Mob City looks good. But in this case, looks aren't enough, particularly when too many of the details seem more studied than lived in. "

Posted Dec 3, 2013

Robert Bianco

43 53%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Bale gives one of his best performances, and Harrelson and Affleck are completely captivating."

Posted Dec 3, 2013

Claudia Puig

44 59%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"A biopic that is more dutiful than illuminating."

Posted Nov 28, 2013

Claudia Puig

45 48%

Black Nativity (2013)

"Based on the play by poet/activist Hughes, this updated faith-based tale features rousing musical numbers and a well-meaning, if predictable, story, marked by unlikely coincidences."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Claudia Puig

46 42%

Oldboy (2013)

"Graphically gruesome when it means to be a provocative look at vengeance."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Claudia Puig

47 42%

Homefront (2013)

"Homefront is what Breaking Bad may have resembled had Sylvester Stallone written the TV show."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Scott Bowles

48 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Despite the frosty title, it's a warm-hearted, rousing and stunning animated saga ideally poised for the holiday season."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Claudia Puig

49 92%

Philomena (2013)

"Judi Dench brings the Irish-born Philomena to life with good humor and dignity. It's a wonderfully memorable performance by one of the acting world's greats."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Claudia Puig

50 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"The concept's execution is sloppy, full of inconsistencies and plot holes. The situations teeter on funny, but never achieve it. And sections meant to be heartwarming feel lukewarm, far-fetched or inappropriately comical."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Claudia Puig

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