San Diego Union-Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"Devastating."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Anders Wright

2 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Among Marvel's best."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Matthew T. Hall

3 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"There are too many complicated relationships and back stories of which to keep track."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Nina Garin

4 74%

Enemy (2014)

"The story itself is fascinating, the score is tense and edgy, and the cinematography paints Toronto as a skewed city of angles and facades."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Anders Wright

5 40%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"It suffers the curse of the biopic, in that it's tough to take true events and make them pop on the screen enough to hold an audience's attention."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Anders Wright

6 77%

Noah (2014)

"For those who can handle the idea that this is a story inspired by the Bible rather than a religious movie with a message, "Noah" is a winner."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Anders Wright

7 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

""Muppets Most Wanted" has gone from being sincere to being corporate, and it commits the greatest cinematic sin: treating children and adults like children."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Anders Wright

8 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Broadbent and Duncan have such an easy way between them, the sort of back-and-forth banter of affection and bickering that only comes after spending long stretches of your life with another person."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Anders Wright

9 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"It's intense stuff, and it's often wickedly funny."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Anders Wright

10 41%

Divergent (2014)

""Divergent's" arriving just a bit too late."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Nina Garin

11 78%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"There are so many in-jokes and silly cameos that it's easy to look past the fact that "Veronica Mars" feels not so much like a cinematic experience, but an extended TV show on the big screen."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Nina Garin

12 86%

The Jewish Cardinal (2014)

"Yes, it's another biopic, but Cohen's film tells an interesting story, in terms that are both engaging and surprising."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Anders Wright

13 69%

Visitors (2014)

"At times, "Visitors" feels like a fully realized vision; at others, an exercise in pretentiousness."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Anders Wright

14 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

""Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is enjoyable enough, though it lacks the sophistication of its source material and doesn't distinguish itself from the current crop of animated movies."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Anders Wright

15 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

""Non-Stop" is by no means a tremendous thriller, but in the pantheon of Liam Neeson action movies, its tray table is up and it sits in a standard, upright position."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Anders Wright

16 11%

Barefoot (2014)

"A soggy mess, one that takes a thoroughly simplistic look at mental illness and the people who suffer from it, delivering instead a romance and a road trip that are entirely unrealistic."

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Anders Wright

17 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"For those who do a bit of pre-movie research, "The Wind Rises" can be a lovely, realistic tale ... Otherwise, it's just not that captivating."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Nina Garin

18 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"The opening title of "Pompeii" reads "A Film by Paul W.S. Anderson." In a film with so many unintentionally funny moments, this is the first."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Anders Wright

19 91%

Omar (2014)

"Director Hany Abu-Assad's film is tense and often thrilling, creating complex political issues through complicated personal struggles."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Anders Wright

20 8%

Girl On A Bicycle (2014)

"The story and the circumstances are goofy enough to have been taken from an episode of "Three's Company.""

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Anders Wright

21 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"As a facile little Valentine's movie, it's just fine, but as an adaptation of a modern piece of classic literature, it's an absolutely dismal failure, a blight on its source material."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Anders Wright

22 49%

RoboCop (2014)

"The good news is that it's actually far more interesting than you might expect it to be. The bad is that it is inferior to the original."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Anders Wright

23 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Despite a terrific story idea and a top-shelf cast, it's a misguided mess, far too busy asking important questions that it never satisfyingly answers than telling what could and should be a riveting, exciting story."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Anders Wright

24 70%

Love Is In The Air (2014)

"Feels as if it could have come straight out of a Hollywood studio, rather than the land of wine, cheese and romance."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Anders Wright

25 99%

Gloria (2014)

"Director Sebastian Lelio paints a subtle picture of a self-assured, independent woman who is sometimes sad but is more often happy, ready to take on life's adventures."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Nina Garin

26 61%

Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films 2014 (2014)

"There isn't a bad film in this bunch ..."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Anders Wright

27 100%

Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films 2014 (2014)

"There isn't a bad film in this bunch ..."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Anders Wright

28 56%

At Middleton (2014)

"Even though it's a movie for grown-ups, it isn't always a grown-up movie."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Anders Wright

29 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"As plodding as it is implausible, the sort of film that begins as a slow burn, but never truly catches fire."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Anders Wright

30 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"The problem with "The Invisible Woman" is that it's not all that captivating or relatable."

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Nina Garin

31 82%

G.B.F. (2014)

"The actors are all young and mostly unknown, but they've clearly studied the genre and turn in believable performances."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Nina Garin

32 9%

Caught in the Web (2013)

"This is a fascinating concept for a film, but it's not executed particularly well. It seems ripe for a fresh perspective, which, sadly, does not say much about the movie itself."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Anders Wright

33 95%

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

" Thanks to some clever writing, an intriguing story, glossy production and a confident performance by Kristen Bell in the title role, the whole contraption actually works. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Robert P. Laurence

34 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

""Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," despite some solid character work from its supporting players, is little more than a generic thriller."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Anders Wright

35 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"It's high-minded, dealing in heady truths about life, art, narcissism, creativity and spirituality. It's subtitled. Everyone speaks Italian. Also, nothing explodes."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Anders Wright

36 31%

The Truth About Emanuel (2014)

""The Truth About Emanuel" is trying so hard and has elements that are weirdly creepy, yet it still manages to be surprising and achingly sad."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Nina Garin

37 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"The results are disastrous, both in terms of the family's interactions and the film's structure, which just gets thicker and thicker the more these people spend time together."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Anders Wright

38 94%

Her (2013)

""Her" is a beautiful story about love, as well as one of the most insightful, imaginative and intelligent films of the last year."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Anders Wright

39 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Make no mistake, these are men who deserve nothing less than sincere respect, but Berg is determined to turn them into action heroes, which makes the film rousing and exciting."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Anders Wright

40 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"Features an impressive turn from Idris Elba, but it is in no way equal to the greatness of the man himself."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Anders Wright

41 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"It's a slick piece of commercial Hollywood film-making, rife with product placement, whose very meaning is a complete deviation from Thurber's actual sensibilities."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Anders Wright

42 76%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"From a film-making perspective, much of what is here is masterful, and let's face it, we expect nothing less from Scorsese."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Anders Wright

43 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"It is a superbly written movie ... featuring terrific characters who are played by one of the most talented casts of the year."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Anders Wright

44 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Captures its time, place and tone so well some viewers may feel they've stepped into a time machine."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

George Varga

45 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Hanks doesn't have to work too hard to capture the man we want Walt Disney to have been. But it's Thompson who ties it all together."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Anders Wright

46 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"Many of the jokes fall flat, and pieces from the original, like Ron's dog Baxter, are shoehorned into the sequel, simply because they played a part last time."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Anders Wright

47 61%

Hours (2013)

"Walker's working hard here, and he has to carry the entire show, but many of the interactions he has with the other characters are melodramatic, the dialogue often feels flimsy, and the script stretches to give him more problems to take on."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Anders Wright

48 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Entertaining enough? Sure. But when all is said and done, it's impossible for the series of Hobbit films to measure up to the first trilogy."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Anders Wright

49 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

"Sports a tremendously impressive cast for such a small, derivative movie."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Anders Wright

50 86%

Narco Cultura (2013)

"Schwartz doesn't flinch with his camera. "Narco Cultura" contains footage that is deeply disturbing on a number of levels."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Anders Wright

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