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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 93%

Midnight in Paris (2011)

"Midnight in Paris is light, quick and pleasant, the kind of movie that boomers, their parents and their kids will eat up like cheese fondue."

Posted Jun 1, 2011

Justin Strout

2 44%

Yellowbrickroad (2011)

"Not only are the movie's key questions left unanswered, they are left almost entirely unexplored once the cast begins their journey on the trail."

Posted Jun 1, 2011

Rob Boylan

3 65%

Daydream Nation (2011)

"The goodwill that the charming Dennings has built up in earlier films, such as 40-Year-Old Virgin and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, doesn't excuse this role."

Posted May 26, 2011

Rob Boylan

4 92%

Incendies (2011)

"There is great beauty and great sorrow in Nawal's story and Villeneuve and his actors do it great justice."

Posted May 19, 2011

Justin Strout

5 60%

The Beaver (2011)

"This could be a great swan song or the rebirth of a troubled yet talented actor. Either way, it's quite special."

Posted May 19, 2011

Justin Strout

6 75%

Everything Must Go (2011)

"I adored these characters, thanks in part to Director Dan Rush's deliberately labored pacing. He gives them room to find themselves within the story, and Ferrell and Wallace in particular develop chemistry before our eyes."

Posted May 11, 2011

Justin Strout

7 77%

In A Better World (2011)

"Bier marches out plot developments not as organic reactions but as deliberately contrary philosophies forced to go head-to-head in a cage match."

Posted May 4, 2011

Justin Strout

8 73%

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

""Hey, marketing is all around us, man! Like, everywhere you look there are logos and somebody trying to sell us something. Weird.""

Posted May 4, 2011

Justin Strout

9 83%

Potiche (2011)

"Potiche is as light and refreshing as a pinafore."

Posted May 4, 2011

John Thomason

10 72%

Winter in Wartime (2011)

"Here's the film's biggest obstacle: It's patently ridiculous."

Posted Apr 28, 2011

Justin Strout

11 49%

Super (2011)

"Emboldened by its indie-film trappings and the easily manipulated cheers of its festival-circuit audience, it luxuriates in and celebrates pointless violence and aimless vengeance. It's Taxi Driver as feel-good movie."

Posted Apr 20, 2011

Justin Strout

12 55%

The Conspirator (2011)

"Robert Redford's often bloodless, slow-grind direction actually works for him here."

Posted Apr 14, 2011

Tim Hill

13 100%

Louder Than A Bomb (2011)

"What 2002's hit Spellbound did for spelling bees, this inspiring documentary does doubly well for high school spoken-word poetry slams." EDIT

Posted Apr 7, 2011

14 67%

Snowmen (2011)

"Snowmen gets more tolerable as it reaches its life-and-death conclusion, but getting there is like watching a school play when none of your kids are in it."

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Justin Strout

15 98%

Project Nim (2011)

"A story both infuriating and complex as revealed by director James Marsh, who won an Oscar for his last film, the brilliant Man On Wire..."

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Justin Strout

16 72%

Hanna (2011)

"Wright knows enough to fix his camera straight ahead on Ronan's otherworldly face. Despite having already been nominated for an Oscar, Ronan's presence feels like a revelation."

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Justin Strout

17 94%

Win Win (2011)

"As McCarthy the director wrestles with McCarthy the writer, it's this capable cast that keeps Win Win 
worth watching."

Posted Apr 6, 2011

William Goss

18 82%

The Elephant In The Living Room (2011)

"The Elephant in the Living Room is structurally scattershot but its evidence is sound and fair, its characters sympathetic and its message, if muddled, is still important and effectively delivered."

Posted Mar 31, 2011

Justin Strout

19 84%

Jane Eyre (2011)

"The film ... retains the book's strongest message as a proto-feminist tract, underlining Jane's strength and defiance."

Posted Mar 31, 2011

John Thomason

20 87%

The Last Lions (2011)

"It's uplifting, but also raw and brutal."

Posted Mar 31, 2011

Justin Strout

21 92%

Source Code (2011)

"Source Code sticks to its relatively basic (in sci-fi terms) setup and plays with it gleefully but with maturity, never ignoring its mass-appeal cinematic duties."

Posted Mar 31, 2011

Justin Strout

22 41%

HappyThankYouMorePlease (2011)

"These three vaguely intersecting plots have plenty of nice moments among them and performances that shine, especially Mara and Hale's."

Posted Mar 23, 2011

Justin Strout

23 78%

Tiny Furniture (2010)

"There is much to adore here, especially Dunham's direction..."

Posted Mar 17, 2011

Justin Strout

24 83%

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

"I imagined the worst. What I saw was a completely different Matthew McConaughey - gaunt, mature, compelling - in an enthralling, gritty crime drama from an utterly fresh new talent: young director Brad Furman."

Posted Mar 17, 2011

Justin Strout

25 80%

I Saw the Devil (2011)

"A riveting confrontation between dwindling good and limitless evil."

Posted Mar 16, 2011

William Goss

26 88%

Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011)

"Making a film about making a film is a landmine, one that's both tripped up and rewarded directors for decades. Bollaín manages it wonderfully, almost too well."

Posted Mar 10, 2011

Justin Strout

27 10%

Red Riding Hood (2011)

"While Red Riding Hood never pretends to be anything other than red meat for its ravenous teen base, it's more sturdily constructed than it was required to be, and thus, more engrossing."

Posted Mar 10, 2011

Justin Strout

28 85%

Cedar Rapids (2011)

"It's just so endearingly dorky."

Posted Mar 2, 2011

Justin Strout

29 98%

Marwencol (2010)

"A heartwrenching tale of wish fulfillment on a nearly molecular level..."

Posted Mar 2, 2011

Justin Strout

30 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"A refreshing, romantic sci-fi adventure whatsit the likes of which Hollywood rarely 
gambles on."

Posted Mar 2, 2011

William Goss

31 80%

Barney's Version (2011)

"Giamatti and Hoffman may be the two most unlikely movie stars ever to grace the big screen and to see them together is a treat..."

Posted Feb 17, 2011

Justin Strout

32 33%

I Am Number Four (2011)

"Caruso continues to elevate any material he touches..."

Posted Feb 17, 2011

Justin Strout

33 93%

Another Year (2010)

"As the title suggests, Another Year unfolds across four seasons as birth and death, love and lament govern the lives of family and friends alike; it's telling that Leigh opts to end in winter rather than the ever-hopeful spring."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

William Goss

34 64%

Biutiful (2010)

"Iñárritu's fourth film is only kept from the verge of self-parody by Bardem's soulful, understated 
performance."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

William Goss

35 75%

The Way Back (2011)

"It's an admirable and sweeping epic about a feat of human survival once thought factual, and the story is no less harrowing now that those facts have been called into question."

Posted Jan 19, 2011

William Goss

36 80%

Made in Dagenham (2010)

"A pleasant, safe entertainment that doles out story beats with assembly-line precision and whose stakes reside primarily in the performances."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

William Goss

37 86%

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"Rabbit Hole eschews much of the hysterics in favor of a gentle and surprisingly funny look at how a couple might cope with that impossible burden."

Posted Jan 12, 2011

William Goss

38 88%

Inspector Bellamy (2010)

"Bellamy is a perfect film for Chabrol to go out on."

Posted Jan 6, 2011

Justin Strout

39 91%

My Dog Tulip (2010)

"It's beautiful, affectionate and elegant."

Posted Dec 30, 2010

Justin Strout

40 82%

Four Lions (2010)

"The film left me with a slightly empty feeling that all Morris has accomplished is getting me to split my sides in the face of something wholly terrifying, and that's OK - even necessary - for now."

Posted Dec 30, 2010

Rob Boylan

41 89%

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

"A half-baked, but at times utterly enthralling, dark fairy tale that eventually abandons its hushed tones and sweeping scope in favor of a grandly silly climax out of left field."

Posted Dec 23, 2010

Justin Strout

42 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"Although far from a traditional end-of-year monarchical film, The King's Speech is an entertaining sidebar to history and, unlike the King's actual speech, is a joy to sit through."

Posted Dec 23, 2010

Justin Strout

43 72%

I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)

"A satisfying and often very funny film."

Posted Dec 23, 2010

Justin Strout

44 96%

True Grit (2010)

"The Coens adhere much closer to Portis' novel than the 1969 adaptation did, relishing the era-appropriate 
language as if it were their own tongue and imbuing the proceedings with a romantic, ultimately melancholy sense of adventure."

Posted Dec 22, 2010

William Goss

45 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"As much a waking nightmare as it is a ripe showbiz melodrama and a bold sexual awakening for its protagonist."

Posted Dec 15, 2010

William Goss

46 66%

Tamara Drewe (2010)

"A better Woody Allen movie than Allen's most recent one, Tamara Drewe is a farce in line (if not on par) with Shakespeare's own, as daffy adults fall in and out of love and lust in a bucolic English hamlet."

Posted Dec 8, 2010

William Goss

47 55%

Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

"He may not have hit a homerun on his first Sundance at-bat, but debut feature director Jake Scott is savvy enough to get on base."

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Justin Strout

48 63%

Howl (2010)

"This film is not exactly a defining moment of anything, past or present, but it offers a compelling peek at an important point in time."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Rob Boylan

49 52%

The Next Three Days (2010)

"As a writer, Haggis hasn't met a roadblock he can resist, which puts him at odds with a directorial side that's perfectly capable of cranking out a serviceable chase picture."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

William Goss

50 98%

Inside Job (2010)

"For the hundreds of times that somebody mentions millions earned or billions lost, the weight of those numbers never ceases to overwhelm."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

William Goss

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