Orlando Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"Let's just say it gives you an appreciation for Vermeer, optical device or not, as well as for Jenison, who stuck with the project for five full years."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Callie Enlow

2 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"A mysterious, sensual prism through which to view our own shortcomings and longings."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Cameron Meier

3 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"This movie is just an exercise in bloodletting."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

David Reidel

4 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"It's Titanic meets Gladiator but not as good as either. If you don't have time to read the rest of the review, that should do you just fine."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Jeff Meyers

5 21%

Son Of God (2014)

"Pilate predicts that, following his death, Jesus will be forgotten in a week. Though those words proved preposterously untrue, they somehow seem fitting for this film."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Cameron Meier

6 94%

The Past (2013)

"On paper, the complications sound like plot points in a melodramatic soap opera. But under Farhadi's direction and in his cast's more-than-capable hands, this knotty family drama never feels false or manipulative."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Jeff Meyers

7 40%

In Secret (2014)

"Olsen uses her big eyes well, conveying Thérèse's inner torment with a slow burn until her eyes seem ready to burst from her head."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

David Reidel

8 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"This is fun for no one."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

9 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"It's a beautiful and melancholy tale told in a deliberate, intelligent style but, regrettably, lacking in urgency and passion thanks to writing and performances that often keep us at arm's length."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Cameron Meier

10 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"While it's obvious he means well - Berg clearly reveres these soldiers - he doesn't seem all that interested in depicting who they were as men. Heck, Die Hard's John McClane was a more fully sketched character than any of these real-life action heroes."

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Jeff Meyers

11 98%

The Artist (2011)

"The Artist is at turns funny, heartbreaking, thrilling and a visual marvel with only the aid of Ludovic Bource's sublime score to guide our reactions."

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Justin Strout

12 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"There's no cat, and the roof may not be made of tin, but it's plenty hot thanks to Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts."

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Cameron Meier

13 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"The sweetest and most magical film of the year."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Cameron Meier

14 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Likeable and engaging despite its overly long running time, sloppy screenplay and rambling structure."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Cameron Meier

15 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Writer/director Shane Black... brings sharp snarky humor and some welcome psychological depth to the Iron Man franchise, which faded in an exhausting second installment after the exhilarating original."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Seth Kubersky

16 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"Months of Frances' life pass in minutes, yet those minutes feel like an eternity, thanks to non-action and uninspired editing."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Cameron Meier

17 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Payne just doesn't make bad movies. Until now."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Cameron Meier

18 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"There are so many pitfalls, and it seems like every TV movie version of the story falls into all of them at the same time. But in Short Term 12, writer-director Destin Cretton manages to skillfully step over all of them."

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Rob Boylan

19 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Bro, it comes down to this: if you can't turn the brain meat off and sit back and enjoy Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba beating the crap out of some monsters then, dude, you're the monster."

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Rob Boylan

20 96%

Muscle Shoals (2013)

"Emotionally moving but messy, it survives thanks to its superb songs, great cinematography and insightful anecdotes - in spite of its lack of a satisfactory conclusion."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Cameron Meier

21 84%

Good Ol' Freda (2013)

"Not everyone will view it as an informational feast, but Beatle fans will eat it up like jam butties."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Cameron Meier

22 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Gone are many of the story's complexities and its spiritual overtones, replaced by an odd mix of drama, music and comedy designed to entertain the kids and distract the adults from the mediocrity."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Cameron Meier

23 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"It's just humanity at its most basic."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Cameron Meier

24 96%

I Am Divine (2013)

"An affectionate, even triumphant bio of Waters' immortal leading "lady.""

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Steve Schneider

25 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Despite some unexpectedly great performances by the novice actors playing the Somali pirates, especially group leader Muse (Somali-native Barkhad Abdi), the film belongs to Hanks."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Cameron Meier

26 63%

Hey Bartender (2013)

"Probably a hit and a significant achievement among people already interested in cocktail culture, but unlikely to grab those who couldn't care less about the difference between a smash and a flip."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Jessica Bryce Young

27 30%

Austenland (2013)

"Hess ... exhibits misplaced pride in her own mediocre screenplay and too little sense and sensibility."

Posted Sep 11, 2013

Cameron Meier

28 69%

Renoir (2013)

"Most films labor furiously, trying to infuse every frame with passion. Renoir is content to sit still, creating effortless beauty in the style of its subject, painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir."

Posted Sep 4, 2013

Cameron Meier

29 74%

You're Next (2013)

"The film falls flat on its face as many times as its murdered characters and ends up as a barbaric waste of time, lacking any genuine scares or unique qualities."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Cameron Meier

30 83%

Prince Avalanche (2013)

"Prince Avalanche isn't quite the character study it seems to want to be. Green sometimes bobbles the tone and focus, lurching from deadpan comedy to self-indulgent navel-gazing to underplayed ghost story."

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Jeff Meyers

31 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Anderson's woodsy thought process... elicits a thorough batch of the rainy summer daydreams where most grand childhood adventures and romances are so often had: in heads and hearts, if not in flesh."

Posted Aug 3, 2013

Rob Boylan

32 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"One of the most powerful and socially relevant movies of the year."

Posted Jul 24, 2013

Cameron Meier

33 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"Though the trip is a bit bumpy - for us as well as Duncan and his mom - it's a trip worth taking."

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Cameron Meier

34 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"What can I say? I love a good, old-fashioned Western, and this one delivers."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Callie Enlow

35 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"Dreamworks' Madagascar and Shrek series may be creatively exhausted, but Universal proves with Despicable Me 2 that Pixar's animators aren't the only ones capable of top-quality sequels."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Seth Kubersky

36 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"Though the results make for an interesting experiment and prove that Shakespeare is mesmerizing in almost any form, Whedon's work is a bagatelle not quite worthy of the Bard."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Cameron Meier

37 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"Monsters University is the leading contender for best movie of the summer and top animated film of the year."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Cameron Meier

38 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"This Is the End is crude, tasteless, bloody and, at its best, riotously funny, in the guiltiest of pleasures kind of way."

Posted Jun 11, 2013

Enrique Lopetegui

39 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"See the movie for what it is: an exciting, visual celebration of love, life and longing."

Posted May 9, 2013

Cameron Meier

40 82%

About Sunny ()

"The movie is a minefield of potential calamities that will have every audience member with an ounce of a protective instinct on the edge of his or her seat."

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Steve Schneider

41 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"Dorothy was right: There's no place like home. And that's exactly where you should see this film: on TV, for free, instead of paying for it in a theater."

Posted Mar 5, 2013

Cameron Meier

42 71%

Bless Me, Ultima (2013)

"The film won't disappoint fans of the book, although they may regret some of the adaptation's necessary condensation and/or elimination of narrative themes and events."

Posted Feb 19, 2013

Marjorie Baumgarten

43 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"Not content to simply present a twisty thriller, Soderbergh pulls off a series of dramatic sleights of hand, undermining genre expectations and keeping the audience continually off-balance, wondering where his crazed yarn will go next."

Posted Feb 7, 2013

Jeff Meyers

44 37%

Stand Up Guys (2013)

"A clever concept squandered on a mediocre screenplay and an inexperienced director."

Posted Jan 29, 2013

Cameron Meier

45 70%

Not Fade Away (2012)

"God save us from boomer nostalgia and its endless idealization of the '60s."

Posted Jan 4, 2013

Jeff Meyers

46 52%

Promised Land (2013)

"It's thrilling to watch a movie you expect to go in one very specific direction instead offer the prospect of something fascinatingly different."

Posted Jan 2, 2013

Scott Renshaw

47 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"Hyde Park on Hudson succeeds not in spite of, but largely because of, Murray's endearing, if slightly unbelievable, performance as President Franklin D. Roosevelt."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Cameron Meier

48 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"I've always wondered whether Tarantino would finally grow up. But after seeing his latest spectacular, bloody mess of a movie, frankly, I don't give a damn."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Cameron Meier

49 49%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"There are better ways to spend your evening. Perhaps there's some laundry to be done?"

Posted Nov 18, 2012

Jeff Meyers

50 84%

Smashed (2012)

"It has that jangly soundtracked, Sundance smell about it, never imposing enough style or taking enough risks to fully distinguish itself, but offering just enough of a unique voice to get by."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Jeff Meyers

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