Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 39%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Whenever the comedy loses steam and the emoting gets too much, the movie queues up another indie-emo-fueled montage to fill the emotional gaps. What would Zach Braff be without the Shins?"

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Jeff Meyers

2 10%

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

"I Dreamed of Africa fails on so many levels that it's hard to even give it credit for the one area in which it excels."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Paula Farmer

3 10%

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

"This flawed film carries within it a rich and complex performance from Basinger."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Serena Donadoni

4 8%

My Boss's Daughter (2003)

"My Boss's Daughter is a stinker from start to endless finish."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Erin Podolsky

5 6%

The Last Airbender (2010)

"Nothing here is helped by M. Night Shyamalan's bizarre casting choices."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Corey Hall

6 85%

Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969)

"There's cool and then there's Jean-Paul Belmondo. No one ever made being bored look so exciting, and the effortlessly graceful and impossibly hip actor gave the mid-'60s nouvelle vague a needed macho punch."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Corey Hall

7 8%

Almost Heroes (1998)

"There's a difference between a stupid movie and a movie populated by stupid characters, and director Christopher Guest shows that distinction with Almost Heroes."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Serena Donadoni

8 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Reeves' deliberately charts a queasy path toward disaster rather than indulging in the moronic fist-pumping kineticism of Michael Bay. When was the last time you saw an action film that inspired a desire for peaceful coexistence?"

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Jeff Meyers

9 59%

Hellion (2014)

"Candler's plotting is predictable and her characters should be substantially deepened, but her ability to capture the rage of male adolescence and the numbness of grief is nothing less than superb. "

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Jeff Meyers

10 5%

The Avengers (1998)

"Everything that the spy spoof Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery played for laughs, The Avengers treats with earnest, deadly seriousness. This is a mixed blessing."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Serena Donadoni

11 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"What makes most of Knocked Up work is its ability to squeeze big laughs out of real-world situations."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Jeff Meyers

12 85%

Borgman (2014)

"Borgman falls somewhere between Boudu and Rasputin in the canon of family interlopers, an instinctual manipulator who can pinpoint vulnerability with laser precision."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Serena Donadoni

13 ——

1982 ()

"[Tommy] Oliver hits all the familiar notes in unfamiliar ways, focusing on the impact of violence and exploitation."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Serena Donadoni

14 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"...while it's refreshing to be reminded that, for many women, the issue of abortion is not necessarily an emotional and religious land mine of self-loathing and doubt, it's important not to overstate Obvious Child's daring. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Jeff Meyers

15 17%

Wild Wild West (1999)

"Handcuffed to this blockbuster of all blockbusters and sprawled in our reclining seats, we pass the time counting familiar scenes from other movies."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Dayana Stetco

16 94%

Ida (2014)

"Majestic in its ability to dwell in silence, this is a film that sticks with you long after the lights come up. And like the work of Ingmar Bergman, it's unafraid to shoulder the full weight of a tragic past on a defiantly uncertain future. "

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

17 19%

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

"Mostly it's punch-your-face loud."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Jeff Meyers

18 39%

Armageddon (1998)

"Of course, the special effects are dazzling."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Forrest Green III

19 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Comparisons to Harold Ramis' beloved and profoundly humane Groundhog Day are misguided. Edge of Tomorrow doesn't have a humanistic pixel in its digitally bloated body."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jeff Meyers

20 99%

L.A. Confidential (1997)

"While not reaching the twisted heights of the superbly sinister Chinatown, L.A. Confidential is smart, complex and engrossing."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Serena Donadoni

21 ——

Wild in the Streets (2012)

"Colorful residents, nifty archival footage and narration by actor Sean Bean, who grew up less than 30 miles from Ashbourne, help provide context for Baxter's energetic exploration of what may be the oldest ongoing sports rivalry on Earth."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Jeff Meyers

22 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"They could have just called it A Million Jokes Die in the West So That Six May Work. "

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Corey Hall

23 85%

Borgman (2014)

"It's the kind of movie where no one behaves like a real person ought to and a lot of the plot doesn't make sense but you can't help but be pulled into its eerie, off-kilter web of menace."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Jeff Meyers

24 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"The story doesn't dot every 'i' and cross every 't' - but it certainly makes every ridiculously sinister turn stick. "

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Jeff Meyers

25 93%

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

"What follows will knock you silly, upending every single concept of storytelling that you're probably used to."

Posted May 30, 2014

Dan DeMaggio

26 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"Oh, what could have been. While Disney seems to understand that girl power can mean big box office (see Frozen), they still seem unable to fashion female characters that boast true complexity, agency and independence."

Posted May 29, 2014

Jeff Meyers

27 25%

Pearl Harbor (2001)

"Bay seems temperamentally incapable of holding a shot for much more than five seconds."

Posted May 27, 2014

Richard C. Walls

28 88%

Chef (2014)

"...the essential difference between Favreau's low-budget debut Swingers and this back-to-basics passion project is, ironically enough, hunger. "

Posted May 27, 2014

Jeff Meyers

29 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"Equal parts ingenious, muddled, exciting and predictable, Godzilla ultimately seems at war with itself, wanting to deliver thematic substance and artistic wit but beholden to big budget expectations."

Posted May 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

30 48%

Bad News Bears (2005)

"Having cast a knowing eye on teen debauchery in Dazed and Confused and coaxed a stellar performance out of Jack Black in School of Rock, the director is just the man to launch a surprise spitwad attack in the current culture wars."

Posted May 13, 2014

Michael Hastings

31 44%

Walking With The Enemy (2014)

"Walking With the Enemy is one of those cinematic conundrums critics face: encountering a should-be-told story in a should-be-avoided movie. "

Posted May 10, 2014

Jeff Meyers

32 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"In spite of the numbing effect of this chaotic claptrap, the movie is still blessed with an incredible super power: the chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone "

Posted May 10, 2014

Corey Hall

33 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"As incredible as the photographs are and as intriguing as Maier's background is, the film left me feeling uneasy about the manner in which her life and work is being exploited."

Posted May 10, 2014

Jeff Meyers

34 82%

Fed Up (2014)

"The film's real strength is actually in Katie Couric's refined news-anchor delivery, and her skill, charm, and celebrity likely opened some doors."

Posted May 10, 2014

Corey Hall

35 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Rogen continues to toke bongs and crack jokes about dongs, all in an increasingly desperate attempt to extend immaturity into infinity. Maybe it's just me, but having initially been a fan I've grown weary of his pot fueled antics."

Posted May 10, 2014

Corey Hall

36 46%

For Love of the Game (1999)

"Far more horrifying than Evil Dead, Sam Raimi's attempt at making a sports-oriented romance strikes out, forfeits and loses three times before its two hours and 10 minutes are up."

Posted May 8, 2014

Norene Cashen

37 65%

Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch) (2005)

"Nick Hornby's novels have produced two terrific examples of the genre: High Fidelity and About A Boy. Unfortunately, this latest adaptation is strictly a minor league affair."

Posted May 7, 2014

Jeff Meyers

38 97%

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (2000)

"Former Detroiter Kempner infuses her portrait of Hank Greenberg with such a joie de vivre that it's a delight for the already converted and nonsports fans alike."

Posted May 7, 2014

Serena Donadoni

39 99%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"... it's nice to dream, and Jodorwosky certainly offers up a wondrous image of what might have been."

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Jeff Meyers

40 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"While there are hints of interesting ideas lurking along the narrative's periphery, the implausible leaps in logic, inept plotting and sloppy sense of time and scope defeat any opportunity for impact. "

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Jeff Meyers

41 42%

The Face of Love (2014)

" For all the hard-fought realism, brilliant performances, and the feelings stirred up by the themes of mortality and late-life romance, there is the inescapable silliness of the central conceit. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Corey Hall

42 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"...the movie remains oddly watchable, even if an underlying tale in which millionaires are going to get richer a little faster may have trouble making it onto the highlight reel these days. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Corey Hall

43 77%

Noah (2014)

" Aronofsky's grand, crazy vision is filled with more awe and reverence than a traditional snoozefest like Son of God, and, in its fun, flawed and chaotic way, Noah is a popcorn flick about the endless wonders of the universe and of the human soul. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Corey Hall

44 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"By the time you emerge from The Raid 2's mind-boggling, show-stopping and utterly exhausting succession of brawls, gun battles, car chases and martial arts showdowns, you'll feel as bruised and battered as Iko Uwais' inexpressive character Rama. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

45 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"As pretentious and provocative as he is personally invested, von Trier remains an attention-seeking eccentric who might be seeking a kind of agonized attempt at atonement. Or maybe he's once again laughing derisively at his audience and critics."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

46 60%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"It's as if von Trier is incapable of nuance, declaring every action, every thought and thematic observation, with on-the-nose bluntness. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

47 74%

Oculus (2014)

"There is a sad darkness that lurks beneath the awkward plotting. Flanagan's film may not haunt his audience the way he hoped, but it still finds a way to disturb. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

48 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"It's a film that forces us to consider what the complicated surfaces of humanity really cover up. The answer is both beautiful and awful to behold. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

49 90%

In the Mood for Love (2001)

"While one may be less than happy with the film's narrative turns, Wong Kai-war remains one of those intrinsically visual directors whose work needs to be seen, not described."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Richard C. Walls

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