Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

"This is a grim, methodical world ruled by drab, mistrustful geeks who have come to relish their power, but Alfredson navigates it fluidly and keeps the many complicated pieces moving with quiet ease."

Posted Dec 6, 2011

Christy Lemire

2 7%

New Year's Eve (2011)

"If there is some kind of world record for schmaltz, this may have set it."

Posted Dec 6, 2011

Jake Coyle

3 80%

Young Adult (2011)

"In the vein of Alexander Payne, Reitman finds just the right affectionately mocking tone in taking some jabs at small-town Midwestern life."

Posted Dec 6, 2011

Christy Lemire

4 49%

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

"Precisely staged but maddeningly obtuse, "Sleeping Beauty" is an artful exercise in pointlessness."

Posted Nov 30, 2011

Christy Lemire

5 79%

Shame (2011)

"Fassbender's performance here is riveting, haunting. He immerses himself and makes you feel as if you're truly watching a man hell-bent on exorcising his demons through compulsive self-destruction."

Posted Nov 29, 2011

Christy Lemire

6 93%

Coriolanus (2011)

"The play has been significantly but artfully trimmed by John Logan's screenplay, which preserves Shakespeare's language."

Posted Nov 29, 2011

Jake Coyle

7 77%

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"Spitting and stammering, clawing and convulsing, her jaw jutting forward and her eyes popping out of her head, Keira Knightley is a frightening force of nature in A Dangerous Method."

Posted Nov 22, 2011

Christy Lemire

8 98%

The Artist (2011)

""The Artist" is propelled by its performances, particularly Dujardin's. He has an exquisite elegance, and builds a whole movie with only his gestures. It's impossible to imagine "The Artist" without him, the wellspring of its charm."

Posted Nov 22, 2011

Jake Coyle

9 96%

The Muppets (2011)

""The Muppets'' marks a very welcome return for Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of Jim Henson's creations after a 12-year big-screen absence."

Posted Nov 19, 2011

David Germain

10 91%

Arthur Christmas (2011)

"In her directing debut, Aardman veteran Sarah Smith and her co-writer Peter Baynham offer a fresh look at the Santa legend: a flawed Claus."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

David Germain

11 24%

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

"The dialogue is, of course, ridiculous and the acting ranges from stiff to mopey. But moments that should be pulsating with tension are usually hilarious because the special effects are still just so distractingly cheesy."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Christy Lemire

12 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"The story keeps you guessing as to where it will go, and it features some piercing moments of emotional truth."

Posted Nov 15, 2011

Christy Lemire

13 46%

Happy Feet Two (2011)

"Sticks to the formula of the original while adding enough variety to give it a life of its own."

Posted Nov 14, 2011

David Germain

14 3%

Jack and Jill (2011)

"Comedy moved on from the mid-1990s, and it's time Sandler did, too. "Jack and Jill" even gives fart jokes a bad name."

Posted Nov 10, 2011

Jake Coyle

15 78%

Melancholia (2011)

"Depression finally seems to have brought out the best in Lars von Trier: "Melancholia" is his strongest work in a while, a devastatingly beautiful, operatic mixture of all his signature themes and visual schemes."

Posted Nov 9, 2011

Christy Lemire

16 91%

Into The Abyss (2011)

"Regardless of your own stance on the death penalty, it's impossible not to be shaken by the senseless loss depicted in "Into the Abyss," the overwhelming sadness, but also the possibility of spiritual redemption."

Posted Nov 8, 2011

Christy Lemire

17 86%

Garden State (2004)

Posted Nov 7, 2011

Christy Lemire

18 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"The resonating images of Hoover are of a man increasingly and tragically out of step with time. Thankfully, it's been quite the opposite for Eastwood."

Posted Nov 7, 2011

Jake Coyle

19 68%

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

"This third film in the Harold & Kumar franchise is inordinately jacked up with visual effects and peppy holiday music, but nothing can disguise the fact that this series has run out of steam."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Christy Lemire

20 68%

Tower Heist (2011)

"When Murphy's on screen in his classic comic mode, it's hard to focus on anyone or anything else. It's as if we've turned back time and erased all those family-friendly duds and lame laughers..."

Posted Nov 2, 2011

Christy Lemire

21 36%

In Time (2011)

"if you can get past the plot holes and the copious time puns, In Time is actually rather brisk, enjoyable entertainment."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Christy Lemire

22 46%

Anonymous (2011)

"As the initial whiff of scandal eventually gives way to great, repetitive blubbering about the brilliance and significance of Shakespeare's works, "Anonymous" ultimately feels like much ado about nothing."

Posted Oct 26, 2011

Christy Lemire

23 73%

Like Crazy (2011)

"It makes you squirm in your seat - not because the angst of the young love depicted on screen is so vivid and relatable, but because these two people are so incredibly annoying together, you'd much rather see them apart."

Posted Oct 26, 2011

Christy Lemire

24 50%

The Rum Diary (2011)

"Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation, doesn't present the cartoonish Thompson we've come to expect. It's a refreshing, grounded view of the writer."

Posted Oct 25, 2011

Jake Coyle

25 84%

Puss in Boots (2011)

"For quick, lively, family friendly entertainment, "Puss in Boots" works just fine, even in 3-D, which is integrated thoughtfully into the narrative and doesn't just feel like a gimmick."

Posted Oct 24, 2011

Christy Lemire

26 74%

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)

"Rodriguez seems to be trying too hard to cram in too much - more gadgets, more characters, more noise, more color. But bigger, brighter and faster isn't necessarily better."

Posted Oct 24, 2011

Christy Lemire

27 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"It has a light touch, a brisk pace and considerable charm, perfect family fare for casual viewers."

Posted Oct 20, 2011

Jill Lawless

28 39%

Johnny English Reborn (2011)

"Johnny English isn't reborn so much as reheated, and his aim hasn't improved after all these years."

Posted Oct 19, 2011

Christy Lemire

29 88%

Margin Call (2011)

"Spacey does some of the best work we've seen from him in a while as a once-confident man who's now questioning everything upon which he built his cushy life."

Posted Oct 18, 2011

Christy Lemire

30 76%

Bombay Beach (2011)

"A beautifully stylized film."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Jake Coyle

31 40%

The Big Year (2011)

""The Big Year" flaps its wings awfully hard but never truly takes flight."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Christy Lemire

32 81%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"This feels almost like a parody of Almodovar, with its melodramatic tone and themes of gender, identity, sex and revenge."

Posted Oct 12, 2011

Christy Lemire

33 71%

Footloose (2011)

"Wormald and Hough are both handsome and good on the dance floor, but they come across more like teen stars in training than representations of real youth angst."

Posted Oct 12, 2011

Jake Coyle

34 27%

Dirty Girl (2011)

"The heavy eye shadow, cheesy clothes and stiffly flipped-out hair feel almost too mocking ... rather than serving as stylistic choices that make the characters feel like real people."

Posted Oct 6, 2011

Christy Lemire

35 80%

The Hammer (2007)

"Yes, this comedy about a sad-sack, has-been boxer is painfully predictable and manages to include every cliche of the genre, but executive producer and star Adam Carolla keeps it rolling along with his trademark, deadpan rants."

Posted Oct 5, 2011

Christy Lemire

36 85%

The Ides of March (2011)

"Gosling radiates charisma, schmoozing and charming reporters and staffers with equal ease. But beneath that slick exterior, his character is a true believer."

Posted Oct 5, 2011

Christy Lemire

37 30%

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)

"It's hard to tell whether [Six] made "The Human Centipede 2" to titillate his audience or to mock it. And after a while, it is hard to care."

Posted Oct 4, 2011

Christy Lemire

38 60%

Real Steel (2011)

"It's hard to buy into the notion that fans could ever be as rabid to watch a couple of machines tear each other apart as they are to see two men sweating and straining and bleeding on the canvas. Without human consequence, where's the drama?"

Posted Oct 4, 2011

David Germain

39 71%

Margaret (2011)

""Margaret" remains tantalizingly unfulfilled."

Posted Sep 29, 2011

Jake Coyle

40 23%

What's Your Number? (2011)

""What's Your Number?" sticks to the low common denominators of most Hollywood romances, and it ends up a commonplace one for doing so."

Posted Sep 28, 2011

David Germain

41 30%

Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011)

"It's juicy stuff but not very informative."

Posted Sep 28, 2011

Christy Lemire

42 92%

Take Shelter (2011)

"Daring thematically and striking aesthetically, even as it pierces at the heart of the most relatable, everyday anxieties we all experience."

Posted Sep 28, 2011

Christy Lemire

43 93%

50/50 (2011)

"Levine has accomplished a tricky bit of juggling here: He's made a film about cancer that's effortlessly affecting."

Posted Sep 27, 2011

Christy Lemire

44 4%

Abduction (2011)

"As an action star, Lautner handles himself reasonably well. He has a bit too much of a boy-band singer look to him, but he's likeable and the major deficiency of "Abduction" isn't his. It's the script."

Posted Sep 22, 2011

Jake Coyle

45 29%

Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

"The real-life Sam Childers, who's still working in Sudan, is probably more complicated than this."

Posted Sep 21, 2011

Christy Lemire

46 25%

Killer Elite (2011)

"When Statham and Owen finally meet in the showdown you've been waiting for, it's rendered in such dizzying, adrenalized style that it's hard to tell who's doing what to whom."

Posted Sep 21, 2011

Christy Lemire

47 67%

Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

"Any enterprise like this is inherently self-congratulatory, but the film is best considered from Crowe's perspective: that of a fan."

Posted Sep 20, 2011

Jake Coyle

48 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"Like the A's themselves at this time, "Moneyball" has enough unlikely pieces that do work -- and it generates enough underdog goodwill -- to make you want to stick around for the final out."

Posted Sep 20, 2011

Christy Lemire

49 17%

I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)

""I Don't Know How She Does It" suggests what might have happened to Carrie if she had two kids with Mr. Big to worry about, and less time to obsess over her wardrobe."

Posted Sep 14, 2011

Christy Lemire

50 36%

Restless (2011)

"The material isn't up to Van Sant's abilities, and the impression of "Restless" is of a filmmaker playing with familiar themes and searching for an adequate vessel."

Posted Sep 14, 2011

Jake Coyle

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