Dallas Morning News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 77%

Thor (2011)

"Nothing against the buff, blond God of Thunder, but Thor just doesn't have a built-in wow factor among the nongeek brigade."

Posted May 6, 2011

Chris Vognar

2 77%

Fast Five (2011)

"The series takes the curious, surprising and rather brave route of ditching the street-racing shenanigans that defined the series in favor of a more standard action-oriented plot. It's an interesting approach, but the series' shallowness remains"

Posted Apr 28, 2011

Gary Dowell

3 ——

The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (2011)

"Every great album has its own creation myth."

Posted Apr 21, 2011

Chris Vognar

4 60%

Water for Elephants (2011)

"Can the film live up to Sara Gruen's best-selling novel, an adored word-of-mouth phenomenon? [Yes.]"

Posted Apr 21, 2011

Joy Tipping

5 55%

The Conspirator (2011)

"Robert Redford's riveting Conspirator examines the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by pursuing an unconventional path."

Posted Apr 14, 2011

Michael Granberry

6 77%

In A Better World (2011)

"In a Better World, Denmark's Oscar winner for best foreign-language film, boasts the kind of patiently constructed narrative that keeps you leaning forward and marveling at how all the pieces connect."

Posted Apr 14, 2011

Chris Vognar

7 58%

Scream 4 (2011)

"Though director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson don't quite generate the lightning-in-a-bottle energy that made their first Scream movie a hit, they manage to awaken a 15-year-old slasher franchise that has been dormant for a decade."

Posted Apr 14, 2011

Gary Dowell

8 99%

Bill Cunningham New York (2011)

"Equally at home chronicling the latest fashions on the street and the biggest celebrations among Manhattan's aristocratic swell set, he might as well be the city that forms his vast canvas."

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Chris Vognar

9 26%

Arthur (2011)

"There are so many reasons to dislike Arthur that it's hard to pick just one."

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Tom Maurstad

10 72%

Hanna (2011)

"A chase-thriller for the art-house crowd, Hanna is brisk, satisfying and often surprising."

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Gary Dowell

11 39%

Henry Poole Is Here (2008)

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Cary Darling

12 94%

Win Win (2011)

"Through three films, writer-director (and occasional actor) Tom McCarthy has navigated a tricky line between winsome and melancholy."

Posted Mar 24, 2011

Chris Vognar

13 48%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011)

"Sequels, like younger brothers, often struggle to form their own identity. Happily, this hotly awaited follow-up to last year's hit adaptation of Jeff Kinney's wildly popular Wimpy Kid book series establishes its own charming reason for being."

Posted Mar 24, 2011

Nancy Churnin

14 23%

Sucker Punch (2011)

"Sucker Punch reviews itself with its title -- in fact, it does leave the viewer feeling sucker-punched."

Posted Mar 24, 2011

Tom Maurstad

15 83%

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

"Criminal-defense attorneys are often viewed with disdain, and while director Brad Furman's adaptation of Michael Connelly's 2005 novel won't do much to change this, it does allow Matthew McConaughey to give his best performance in years."

Posted Mar 17, 2011

Gary Dowell

16 71%

Paul (2011)

"Think of Paul as a love letter to fanboys, especially the variety that knows the standards well enough to hoot along every time a sci-fi hit rings up a reference."

Posted Mar 17, 2011

Chris Vognar

17 70%

Limitless (2011)

"Limitless is an amusing, clever tale of self-actualization run amok. It's also a surprisingly effective hybrid of comedy, drama and action."

Posted Mar 17, 2011

Gary Dowell

18 74%

The Big Uneasy (2010)

"Previous documentaries about Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans have gone for the heart. For The Big Uneasy, though, writer-director-producer-narrator Harry Shearer takes aim at the brain."

Posted Mar 10, 2011

Joy Tipping

19 35%

Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

"Like an angry tenant bent on revenge, the movie industry has depicted the destruction of Los Angeles with staggering consistency if not a wealth of imagination."

Posted Mar 10, 2011

Chris Vognar

20 37%

Mars Needs Moms (2011)

"Families may be pleasantly surprised to find this an often thrilling and imaginative ride for younger kids with a big helping of heart for parents."

Posted Mar 10, 2011

Nancy Churnin

21 28%

Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

"Give the genially bawdy '80s nostalgia trip Take Me Home Tonight credit where it's due: It's got the music part down pat"

Posted Mar 3, 2011

Chris Vognar

22 88%

Rango (2011)

"Every other week, it seems there is some new creation full of fantastically realized creatures engaging in eye-tricking action. The ironic effect of this... is a so-what-else-you-got state of jaded exhaustion. And then along comes Rango."

Posted Mar 3, 2011

Tom Maurstad

23 21%

Beastly (2011)

"It takes guts to transform heartthrob Alex Pettyfer into a disfigured hero for the bulk of Beastly, a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It takes even more guts to do it differently than the book's fans might expect."

Posted Mar 3, 2011

Nancy Churnin

24 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"A thoughtful and thought-provoking romance with a touch of the fantastic."

Posted Mar 3, 2011

Gary Dowell

25 45%

Drive Angry (2011)

"Drive Angry 3-Dis a movie so wantonly ridiculous, so aggressively stupid, it demands you make fun of it."

Posted Feb 25, 2011

Tom Maurstad

26 34%

Hall Pass (2011)

"Guys can be desperately pathetic creatures when it comes to the opposite sex."

Posted Feb 25, 2011

Chris Vognar

27 85%

Cedar Rapids (2011)

"Like a slightly twisted, modern-day Frank Capra fable..."

Posted Feb 17, 2011

Chris Vognar

28 33%

I Am Number Four (2011)

"A polished but unremarkable science-fiction adventure, I Am Number Four is the kind of movie you enjoy while it's in front of you but soon forget about."

Posted Feb 17, 2011

Gary Dowell

29 80%

Barney's Version (2011)

"Paul Giamatti can do spunky (Cinderella Man) and stately (John Adams), but he's at his best turning potentially loathsome men into sympathetic characters that command your attention."

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Chris Vognar

30 19%

Just Go with It (2011)

"Once again the hoary and apparently ineffable question comes up: Why won't Hollywood remake movies that actually need redoing?"

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Matt Weitz

31 90%

The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010)

"The Illusionistis magical in more ways than one."

Posted Feb 3, 2011

Chris Vognar

32 64%

Biutiful (2010)

"Boasts quality of acting and an overall intensity level that make up for a lot of narrative shortcomings."

Posted Jan 27, 2011

Chris Vognar

33 93%

Another Year (2010)

"Another marvel of perfectly drawn, fully realized characters created from the ground up and brought to aching and glorious life."

Posted Jan 27, 2011

Chris Vognar

34 49%

No Strings Attached (2011)

"You can see where No Strings Attached is heading before it gets there, but it's still a pleasant enough and surprisingly romantic ride."

Posted Jan 20, 2011

Chris Vognar

35 24%

The Dilemma (2011)

"Torn between establishing itself as a bromantic comedy or a relationship potboiler, the movie meets the requirements of neither. It is unsatisfying in general."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Gary Dowell

36 43%

The Green Hornet (2011)

"There's simply no center here, no sense that someone is guiding the ship."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Chris Vognar

37 88%

White Material (2010)

"A thoughtful, if sometimes frustrating, tale of a Frenchwoman caught in the middle of a civil war in an unidentified African country."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Cary Darling

38 94%

Carlos (2010)

"Carlos deserves mention alongside the greatest suspense thrillers ever made."

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Christopher Kelly

39 10%

Season of the Witch (2011)

"Even the most dedicated of Nicolas Cage's fans will find little to enjoy about the historical-fantasy-action romp Season of the Witch."

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Gary Dowell

40 22%

Country Strong (2011)

"If the point of Country Strong was to prove that Gwyneth Paltrow can sing, then mission accomplished. You don't need to sit through this two-hour melodrama to confirm that."

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Tom Maurstad

41 90%

True Grit (1969)

Posted Dec 24, 2010

Chris Vognar

42 86%

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"It's not exactly full of holiday cheer. Then again, perseverance can inspire and enlighten any time of the year."

Posted Dec 24, 2010

Chris Vognar

43 10%

Little Fockers (2010)

"Little Fockers packs in all the cynicism and laziness of a tired franchise's third chapter. It's the drive-through version of comfort food, comedy by repetition and indigestion."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Chris Vognar

44 96%

True Grit (2010)

"If Laura Ingalls Wilder took a detour through Cormac McCarthy country on the way to her Little House, she might stumble upon True Grit, a classic Western tale livened up by a few Coen brothers tweaks."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Chris Vognar

45 30%

The Tempest (2010)

"Julie Taymor's The Tempest adapts Shakespeare to the screen with boldness and imagination. Bard buffs are likely to love it, despite the liberties it takes."

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Lawson Taitte

46 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"With its rich source material shaped from real-life events, The King's Speech doesn't need to overplay its hand -- especially not with a king waiting in the hole."

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Chris Vognar

47 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"This is polished entertainment with a little edge, a juicy urban fable for grown-ups."

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Chris Vognar

48 51%

Tron Legacy (2010)

"This updated story sinks under the weight of its own mystical mumbo-jumbo and pseudoscience gobbledygook."

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Tom Maurstad

49 49%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

"Despite some rejiggering of the book's plot, it's a film that should please Narnia fans and, if it does well, may lead to the return of Eustace in the next installment, The Silver Chair. Here's hoping."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Nancy Churnin

50 20%

The Tourist (2010)

"The Tourist merely asks you to sit back and enjoy the ride, and then makes that task a breeze."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Chris Vognar

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