San Diego Union-Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"It's not terribly deep - of course it's difficult to to trust a guy with sexual addiction - but it's all charmingly acted, especially by Ruffalo, who makes a very relatable leading man."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Nina Garin

2 29%

The Family (2013)

"You can't play R-rated savagery for laughs (often very funny and very bloody laughs, it should be said) for the first two acts, and then take it seriously once the imminent mob cleanup squad arrives in town, gunning for Fred and his family."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Anders Wright

3 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"It's a remarkable film."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Anders Wright

4 71%

Weeds: Season 1 (TV, 2005)

" Weeds is breezy, fresh and irreverent, making its points without being overbearing or heavy-handed. "

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Robert P. Laurence

5 67%

Afternoon Delight (2013)

"What starts out light and airy - certainly, there's something funny about a suburban soccer mom trying to save a stripper from herself - devolves into something very dark."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Anders Wright

6 80%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"It's beautifully shot, and though it's a film about outlaws, it often moves slowly, in an almost elegiac manner of affection and sorrow."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Anders Wright

7 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"Every time you're sure of what's going to happen, Swanberg sends his film in a direction that feels more like real life than Hollywood."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Anders Wright

8 89%

The World's End (2013)

"If you're part of the group that's been anticipating this movie for more than five years, it may be a bit of a letdown."

Posted Aug 25, 2013

Nina Garin

9 96%

Cutie And The Boxer (2013)

"They're oddly adorable and painfully awkward ..."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Anders Wright

10 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"It is a movie about the rush to judgment and the tyranny of the majority. What happens to Lucas is utterly unfair, but it also makes for a cautionary tale as well."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Anders Wright

11 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"Absolutely shattering."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Anders Wright

12 93%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"Teller has a charming, easy charisma to him, and it's no problem at all to take a shine to Sutter, even as you see him make bad decision after bad decision."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Anders Wright

13 73%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"Overall, the ensemble cast and important story, as well as the beautiful costumes, make "The Butler" a worthwhile experience."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Nina Garin

14 27%

Jobs (2013)

"As many entrepreneurs have discovered over the years, acting like Steve Jobs does not make one Steve Jobs."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Anders Wright

15 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"Instead of exploring the juxtaposition of a woman who was acclaimed as a representative of society's newfound sexual openness as a victim of exploitation, the movie simply becomes a portrait of Linda's victimhood."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Anders Wright

16 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Though it's often entertaining, it isn't particularly enlightening, and while its larger conceptual ideas are admirable, the execution of those ideas doesn't always feel completely thought through."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Anders Wright

17 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"In "Jasmine," Allen has created a situation and characters that are both timely and timeless, rooted in classic circumstance but set in recognizably contemporary situations."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Anders Wright

18 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"It is, for the most part, a very standard superhero movie, better than some, worse than others, replete with some intense moments and sequences but doing nothing whatsoever to further the genre."

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Anders Wright

19 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"Refn's trick has always been to match his extraordinary style with real substance, but this time the film's humanity feels lost and overwhelmed, and as a result, Refn ends up squandering Gosling's deep emotional reserves."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Anders Wright

20 21%

Girl Most Likely (2013)

"The movie, though it has occasional flashes of heart, rings hollow as a hermit crab's empty shell (an allusion you will most certainly understand upon viewing). "

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Anders Wright

21 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"It's a charmer, even if it doesn't necessarily improve upon the genre. "

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Anders Wright

22 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"A lean, stressful nail-biter, smart, well-written, nicely shot and wonderfully performed."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Anders Wright

23 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"A movie with tremendous visuals, extraordinary production design and just enough humanity to keep it honest."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Anders Wright

24 48%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"None of these people feel real, which makes it tough to care about them, and the movie isn't funny enough to make up for it."

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Anders Wright

25 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"The transcendent joy and agonizing heartbreak of making music - and trying to make it in music - have seldom been captured as vividly as in "20 Feet from Stardom.""

Posted Jul 5, 2013

George Varga

26 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"The classic tale has been re-envisioned as both a buddy comedy and an action movie, making it wildly uneven, veering between bad banter and often savage violence."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Anders Wright

27 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"Thanks to a zippy script and bold animation, "Despicable Me 2" has the same charm and wit as the first movie, but now there's a lot less evil."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Nina Garin

28 50%

The Lesser Blessed (2013)

"The emotions present in Anita Doron's film still feel fresh and universal, even if some of the dialogue is clunky."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Anders Wright

29 63%

Byzantium (2013)

"Jordan's greatest strengths are found in Ronan, whose bloodless eyes speak volumes, and her relationship with Jones, which has real warmth, despite the subject matter."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Anders Wright

30 65%

The Heat (2013)

"It's a comedy where the laughs are considered first, the story second, and the characters least of all."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Anders Wright

31 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"It doesn't feel like you're watching Shakespeare, but like you're spying on personal moments between friends."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Nina Garin

32 78%

Monsters University (2013)

""Monsters University" never transcends the 2001 "Monsters, Inc." the way the "Toy Story" sequels do, because the plot relies on familiarity rather than originality."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Nina Garin

33 68%

World War Z (2013)

"Many of the action sequences are so chaotic that it's almost impossible to sort out what's happening. Additionally, the movie moves so fast that it isn't able to identify what's truly at stake."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Anders Wright

34 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"[Its] aspiration isn't consistent from start to finish, and Cavill, though he's good-looking and seriously cut, isn't particularly memorable."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Anders Wright

35 6%

Underclassman (2005)

"The finish, a rush of climaxes, can make you feel zoned at 3 a.m., trying to decide between TV and the wallpaper."

Posted Jun 10, 2013

David Elliott

36 75%

The Kings of Summer (2013)

"The ideas of independence, young love and pushing the boundaries of friendship are so familiar, but in "The Kings of Summer" it's as if you're dealing with them for the first time."

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Nina Garin

37 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"Think of it, in the best way possible, as an intellectual's midlife crisis movie, which resonates all the more because we've known them - and aged along with them - for the last 18 years."

Posted May 31, 2013

Alison Gang

38 64%

Epic (2013)

"It's never a good sign when there are five screenwriters on a single project; maybe that's why the story feels clunky and overcomplicated."

Posted May 24, 2013

Nina Garin

39 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"This latest movie has a formula that's rare for summer blockbusters: smart and engrossing plot + a barrage of big-budget special effects = an overwhelmingly good time."

Posted May 15, 2013

Nina Garin

40 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"It isn't an embarrassment to the author, but it isn't a cinematic masterpiece, either."

Posted May 9, 2013

Nina Garin

41 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"It gives Black and his co-writer Drew Pearce ample opportunity to showcase the natural ease with which Downey creates America's snarkiest of flawed heroes."

Posted May 2, 2013

Alison Gang

42 85%

Graceland (2013)

"Morales, who also wrote the script, knows how to pull at our heartstrings, especially with scenes involving child prostitutes."

Posted Apr 28, 2013

Nina Garin

43 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"A twisty-turny piece of sci-fi escapism that mostly stands on its own."

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Alison Gang

44 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"Alvarez is relentless in his pacing, delivering blow upon blow with so much breathless gusto that you don't know whether to scream, vomit or laugh maniacally."

Posted Apr 5, 2013

Alison Gang

45 95%

War Witch (2013)

"Nguyen creates a mesmerizing tone through his camerawork, editing, sound and the infusion of African folk imagery and ritual, but it's Mwanza's performance as Komona that makes "War Witch" feel so miraculous."

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Alison Gang

46 43%

On the Road (2012)

"Hedlund is too pretty and not quite as maniacally charming as Dean. Riley's Kerouac is even more apprehensive than the one in the novel, and that raspy voice he uses is distracting."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Nina Garin

47 62%

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013)

"This movie works beyond just a modern-day fairy tale."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Nina Garin

48 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"It's a little bit corny and sometimes too in love with its own cleverness - but it's also the most fun I've had at the movies this year."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Alison Gang

49 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"It's all at the right level for a PG-13 audience, though older teens, and adults not accompanying kids, might find it all to be just a little too storybook."

Posted Mar 1, 2013

Alison Gang

50 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"Slumdog Millionaire is a giddy, breathtaking experience, kind of like winning a million bucks. It's also tough, violent and shocking."

Posted Feb 20, 2013

Lee Grant

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