Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
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The Boondocks: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

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

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Frazier Moore

2 58%

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

3 52%

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

4 20%

Transcendence (2014)

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

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jake Coyle

5 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

6 88%

Amélie (2001)

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

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Christy Lemire

7 65%

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

8 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

9 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

10 93%

Mistaken for Strangers (2014)

"Alternately hilarious, cringe-inducing, inspiring, depressing, stupid and profoundly intelligent."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Chris Talbott

11 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"While ''The Winter Soldier'' succeeds as finely engineered merchandise built to be crowd-pleasing entertainment, for moviegoers and shareholder alike, it has a shelf life that won't last much past its running time."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Jake Coyle

12 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"When you wake up from this odd dream, you may wonder what the point was. It's probably there, but it's lost in that dark fog."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

13 87%

Far From Heaven (2003)

"Haynes' loving homage to the Technicolor female-driven melodramas of the 1950s looks and feels so authentic, it will make you forget you are watching a new movie."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Christy Lemire

14 77%

Noah (2014)

"Aronofsky dives headlong into this story of good vs. evil, not only between men, but within one man's soul."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

15 41%

Divergent (2014)

"By the end, you may want to hop onto one of those trains yourself and hope it arrives somewhere a lot less grim. But two sequels await. So there's always hope."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

16 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

""Muppets Most Wanted" fails to whip up the kind of furry frenzy that makes the Muppets special."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Jake Coyle

17 90%

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

"In quiet, intimate ways, it is one of the most startling, haunting films you'll see all year."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Christy Lemire

18 25%

Wicker Park (2004)

"Wicker Park is one of those maddening movies in which the characters do incredibly stupid things simply for the sake of plot contrivance, and everyone's problems would be solved if they simply picked up their cell phones."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Christy Lemire

19 55%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"Like the film's fake fish, The Life Aquatic is endlessly fascinating to watch but, if you look closer, there's not much there."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Christy Lemire

20 63%

Bad Words (2014)

"To the film's credit, this twist doesn't announce itself too soon, and so there's tension here -- not to mention hilarity."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

21 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Overall, this flashy underworld of super-charged machinery and intense action is a blast."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Jessica Herndon

22 97%

Ernest & Célestine (2014)

"Not just a positively charming movie, but an ode to the tactile pleasures of handcrafted artistry."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Jake Coyle

23 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"It's as if Douglas Sirk made a combat video game."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Jake Coyle

24 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"In the end it's Fiennes who makes the biggest impression. His stylized, rapid-fire delivery, dry wit and cheerful profanity keep the movie bubbling along. Here's to further Fiennes-Anderson collaborations."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

25 81%

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"While the situations sometimes feel forced, Anderson has mounted an elegant production, beautifully filmed and accentuated by pleasant narration from Alec Baldwin and classy storybook transitions."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

David Germain

26 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"As with so many high-concept films, it takes an awful lot of implausibility to keep the story airborne."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Jake Coyle

27 48%

Stalingrad (2014)

"The only problem is that the film, while certainly impressive in its effects and a few rock-'em sock-'em battle scenes, is sorely lacking in crucial areas, namely characterization and narrative."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

28 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"All he wanted, Jiro ruminates in this film, was to create something beautiful. Which is, at least, a feat that director Miyazaki has achieved. Once again."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

29 45%

In Secret (2014)

"Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaacs, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange offer compelling performances in a provocative remake that's stirring until its withered end."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Jessica Herndon

30 98%

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

"An irresistibly entertaining documentary that captures Stritch during what she unsentimentally calls ''almost post-time.''"

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Jake Coyle

31 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"It might all make more sense to fans of the book. But you shouldn't have to have read the book to be able to see and enjoy the movie."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

32 51%

Cherish (2002)

"Cherish is one of those movies in which the soundtrack is better than the movie itself."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Christy Lemire

33 67%

Harper's Island: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

" The problem with CBS' new horror-mystery-soap mash-up is that it's completely earnest in its awfulness "

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Daniel Carlson

34 70%

About Last Night (2014)

"A reboot that is as satisfying as breakfast in bed the morning after an unexpected rendezvous."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Jessica Herndon

35 87%

Chicago (2002)

"With performers as good as these and the freshness of Bill Condon's screenplay and Marshall's direction, there's really very little wrong with Chicago. What it lacks is something intangible -- heat. "

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Ben Nuckols

36 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"This ''RoboCop'' has updated the dystopia with some clever ideas and better acting, while at the same time sanitizing any satire with video-game polish and sequel baiting."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Jake Coyle

37 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"The filmmakers could have easily made one long, monotonous ad for the beloved brand that's been around for more than 55 years. Instead they've created a delightful tale championing self-reliance and distinctiveness."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jessica Herndon

38 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"''The Monuments Men'' is ... weighed down by dutifulness. It feels like it's only a third act, lacking any buildup of tension or character development."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Jake Coyle

39 76%

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

"A Beautiful Mind is Howard's best movie, and easily one of the best movies of the year."

Posted Feb 4, 2014

Christy Lemire

40 81%

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1

" There just isn't anything in Agency that justifies a series order. "

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Andrew Wallenstein

41 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"Though ''Awkward Moment'' is predictable, it's not a complete disappointment. It's satisfying for a lover of formulaic rom-coms."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Jessica Herndon

42 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"It's hard not to feel that this movie could have been so much better than it turned out."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

43 88%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"The film - an ode to craftsmanship - establishes without a doubt that many of the traits we reserve for other fields - dedication, ingenuity - are also inherent to the artistic process. Ta-da."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Jake Coyle

44 23%

Gimme Shelter (2014)

"Hudgens' best work here is physical. She eats voraciously, like an animal, and exudes a mix of anger, sadness and deep discomfort. Her spoken lines are less effective, and that's partly due to a script often filled with cliches."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

45 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"Joining the ranks of odd-couple police comedies, ''Ride Along'' delivers laughs over action, with loudmouthed funnyman Kevin Hart driving the hilarity."

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Jessica Herndon

46 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"Branagh endows his film with (mostly) old-fashioned competency - something often lacking in today's action films - but little to distinguish it from superior thrillers that have come before."

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Jake Coyle

47 11%

The Nut Job (2014)

"''Let's not get too nutty about this,'' one character says. ''Sorry, I went a little nuts,'' says another. The movie's slogan: ''No nuts, no glory.''"

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

48 94%

Her (2014)

"In a dark theater, surrounded by the wondrous world Jonze creates in Her, it's difficult to avoid getting emotional."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Jessica Herndon

49 76%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"The action scenes - basically, one protracted, harrowing firefight - feel as realistic as any we've seen on the screen for some time."

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Jocelyn Noveck

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