Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 80%

Get On Up (2014)

"Just as Brown, in life, upstaged pretty much everyone - including his bandmates, the Famous Flames - Boseman does that here."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

2 48%

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

"Fasten your seatbelt for a wicked homage. This Sharknado is the very definition of scared silly. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Frazier Moore

3 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"The film is terribly overstuffed and many of the jokes get drowned out by the special effects."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Jake Coyle

4 72%

The Ring (2002)

"The Ring, about a videotape that kills people, is so full of inconsistencies and plot holes that I stumbled from a recent screening with few answers, and a ton of questions."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Christy Lemire

5 60%

Lucy (2014)

"The director knows his way around a camera, and you can argue about the merits of the storyline. But the dialogue often sounds like it was produced by a primitive computer: Hammy and clunky."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

6 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Hail Caesar."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Jake Coyle

7 83%

Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Extant turns out to be smart and engrossing, with a meditative, gently futuristic touch (check that high-tech garbage can) that draws the viewer in. "

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Frazier Moore

8 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"The final confrontation alone lasts close to an hour, and at some point, you may find yourself simply in a daze, unable to absorb any further action into your brain."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

9 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"Without a baseline for the comedy, the layers of spoof in "They Came Together" don't have the foundation to carry even a short movie."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Jake Coyle

10 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"Roman Polanski. Sadomasochism. What could possibly go wrong?"

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Jake Coyle

11 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Sure. We'll stay, just a little bit longer."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

12 17%

Wild Wild West (1999)

"Too many elements remain unexplained, and it can't really take four screenwriters to come up with this for Smith, while he's battling five assassins: "That's it! No more Mr. Nice Guy.''"

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Bob Thomas

13 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Hill and Tatum ... have a Laurel-and-Hardy-like implausible chemistry that keeps you laughing pretty much no matter what they're doing."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

14 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

""How to Train Your Dragon 2" doesn't play it safe, and that's why it's the rare sequel that doesn't feel somewhat stale."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

15 23%

Bad Boys II (2003)

"Producer Bruckheimer and director Bay have sunk to a new low for irresponsible, inhuman violence, dragging Will Smith and Martin Lawrence along for a ghastly, deafening display of bloodshed."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

David Germain

16 39%

Armageddon (1998)

"It's schlock, sure, but it's fun schlock with good performances and good special effects and a reasonably brisk script. It pushes all the right buttons in two formulas -- action-comedy and adventure."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Ted Anthony

17 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"About three-quarters of the way through, if not sooner, you'll start hearing sniffles, then sobs, all around you. And it's hard to imagine you too won't succumb, even a little."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

18 99%

L.A. Confidential (1997)

"Hanson's achievement as director cannot be overrated. He moves swiftly from scene to scene, yet he allows the actors space to define their characters. Producers will be adding his name to their most-wanted list."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Bob Thomas

19 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Among countless sequels and remakes, the high-concept Edge of Tomorrow is the right kind of a rerun."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Jake Coyle

20 93%

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

"At its core, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind could have been just another love story. Refracted through Kaufman's wonderfully weird prism, it's something truly memorable."

Posted May 30, 2014

Christy Lemire

21 84%

Night Moves (2014)

""Night Moves" has a sure-handedness that shows Reichardt is still growing as a filmmaker."

Posted May 29, 2014

Jake Coyle

22 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"In the end, "Maleficent" is fun for its appealing visuals - especially in the forest - and for watching Jolie. But that's not enough to make the whole film interesting."

Posted May 28, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

23 25%

Pearl Harbor (2001)

"For all the 118 actors listed, the movie offers almost no sense of authentic humanity. The faces the filmmakers plaster on their characters are as flat and stereotyped as those on war-recruitment posters."

Posted May 27, 2014

David Germain

24 14%

Blended (2014)

"There's a fairly decent movie trying to breathe here, underneath the infantile humor. Maybe one day, Sandler will liberate that movie."

Posted May 22, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

25 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Let's not nitpick. It's a baseball movie! It's heart-warming, and hey, it has Jon Hamm. Enough said."

Posted May 13, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

26 48%

Bad News Bears (2005)

"Billy Bob Thornton has proven he can do pretty much anything, but he simply does not look haggard, washed-up or miserable enough to be a believable Morris Buttermaker, the role Walter Matthau immortalized."

Posted May 13, 2014

Christy Lemire

27 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"Gray has said he was inspired by Puccini, and with a staggering last shot, "The Immigrant" reaches a crescendo of operatic beauty."

Posted May 13, 2014

Jake Coyle

28 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"Edwards' version of "Godzilla" remains the ultimate monster movie. The legacy has been upheld."

Posted May 13, 2014

Jessica Herndon

29 83%

The Rookie (2002)

"Morris ultimately lasted two partial seasons in the majors, and the film's rendering of his minor-league struggle is so enjoyable you want to see more of that and less of the everyday life preceding it."

Posted May 12, 2014

David Germain

30 54%

Mr. 3000 (2004)

"Bernie Mac plays a baseball-star version of his corrosive TV-show persona in Mr. 3000, a comedy that's essentially an extended ad for ESPN. Ironically, though, the insertion of real-life media provides the film's few laughs."

Posted May 12, 2014

Christy Lemire

31 71%

Palo Alto (2014)

""Palo Alto" doesn't chart any new ground, but its derivativeness isn't as grating as it should be."

Posted May 7, 2014

Jake Coyle

32 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"At a certain point, the movie starts to feel like an extended "Saturday Night Live" skit, with not much concern for narrative progression. But few people will complain."

Posted May 7, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

33 88%

Chef (2014)

"A delectable take on an out-of-work cook who experiences career rejuvenation when traveling cross-country serving Cuban entrees on a foodtruck."

Posted May 6, 2014

Jessica Herndon

34 9%

Catwoman (2004)

"A soulless amalgamation of quick edits, computer images and swooping, nausea-inducing dolly shots."

Posted May 2, 2014

Christy Lemire

35 52%

Decoding Annie Parker (2014)

"Hunt and Morton don't appear onscreen together until the end of the movie, which makes this feel like two projects forced to mingle."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Jake Coyle

36 83%

Belle (2014)

"The golden-hued "Belle," handsomely made with lavish period detail, has none of the charged friction of its poster."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Jake Coyle

37 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Garfield is a sensitive actor who brings a quirky blend of intelligence and goofiness to Peter Parker... As for Stone, she's just so darned charming."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

38 23%

The Other Woman (2014)

"Cassavetes seemingly tries to sap any energy that Mann and Diaz give the film. Any time music kicks in, terrible filmmaking results, usually in montage form."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Jake Coyle

39 26%

Brick Mansions (2014)

""Brick Mansions" packs gunfights, car chases, acrobatic stunts and humor into one stylized package."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Jessica Herndon

40 89%

Locke (2014)

"Luckily, Hardy is compelling enough here to drive - forgive the pun - the action."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

41 ——

The Boondocks: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" As ever on The Boondocks, the sparks will fly. "

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Frazier Moore

42 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"We'll take messy and interesting over neat and uninteresting any day - especially when a movie has as much heart as this."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

43 46%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"We might have expected more from writer-director Randall Wallace, who brought us the Oscar-nominated "Braveheart." But the material is pretty cookie-cutter and more typical of an afterschool special."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jessica Herndon

44 19%

Transcendence (2014)

""Transcendence" is clunky and lifeless. It's like the movie version of a paranoid TED talk."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jake Coyle

45 47%

Rio 2 (2014)

"With so much going on, it's a wonder this kids' movie is only five minutes longer than the original. But for the music and brilliantly picturesque look, it's worth the 3-D ticket."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Jessica Herndon

46 88%

Amélie (2001)

"Underlying the directorial derring-do is an enduring truth: Love really can conquer all."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Christy Lemire

47 66%

The Railway Man (2014)

"Somehow, even if you already know the story, the climax feels, if not unexpected, at least fresh, when it could have easily been schmaltzy."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

48 76%

8 Mile (2002)

"Despite the predictable formula, screenwriter Scott Silver wisely avoids taking the easy route every time; there are several small twists you may not expect, and the ending isn't entirely a happy one."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Christy Lemire

49 58%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"An amusing tale of vengeance, debauchery and redemption told stylishly by writer-director Richard Shepard."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Jessica Herndon

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