Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 63%

Another Earth (2011)

"A pervasive feeling of the unknown is what provides the film with its gripping suspense."

Posted Jul 18, 2011

Christy Lemire

2 91%

Tabloid (2011)

"Morris' spirited pacing and the jaunty score from John Kusiak help maintain a tone that's part mocking, part suspenseful."

Posted Jul 14, 2011

Christy Lemire

3 21%

Salvation Boulevard (2011)

"Despite the talents of Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Ciaran Hinds, Yul Vazquez and Jim Gaffigan, "Salvation Boulevard" is far less than the sum of its fine, character-actor parts."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Jake Coyle

4 90%

Winnie the Pooh (2011)

"This is just 68 minutes of pure, hunny-covered satisfaction."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Christy Lemire

5 21%

Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (2011)

"The trouble is that the modern story whipped up for "Snow Flower" isn't very compelling. Yet it dominates the movie, continually oozing back in just as the period drama is getting interesting."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

David Germain

6 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"While "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" offers long-promised answers, it also dares to pose some eternal questions, and it'll stay with you after the final chapter has closed."

Posted Jul 11, 2011

Christy Lemire

7 14%

Zookeeper (2011)

"James hurls himself into this sad scenario with energy and teddy-bear charm that makes him impossible to hate. But it's easy to hate "Zookeeper." If we could talk to the animals, they'd probably hate it, too."

Posted Jul 7, 2011

David Germain

8 69%

Horrible Bosses (2011)

"It's a film that's wildly, brazenly stupid -- but also, you know, fun."

Posted Jul 6, 2011

Christy Lemire

9 32%

The Ward (2011)

"The kills aren't terribly suspenseful or dramatically staged and they quickly grow repetitive. Worst of all, they're not particularly scary."

Posted Jul 6, 2011

Christy Lemire

10 43%

Ironclad (2011)

"An utterly joyless exercise in blood and dirt."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Jake Coyle

11 38%

Monte Carlo (2011)

"Meester and Cassidy provide solid sidekicks, though that perhaps sells them short: They ultimately carry the movie. All of their storylines lead to self-discovery and sappiness."

Posted Jun 30, 2011

Jake Coyle

12 86%

Terri (2011)

"All three young performers are strong here, but Wysocki especially never seems like he's "acting" during these scenes of adolescent drama. He just is."

Posted Jun 29, 2011

Christy Lemire

13 35%

Larry Crowne (2011)

""Larry Crowne" serves as a reminder that you can have two of the most likable, bankable stars on the planet together, but strong writing is crucial to making them shine."

Posted Jun 29, 2011

Christy Lemire

14 36%

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

"It's a thin line between the idiotically incomprehensible Revenge of the Fallen and the merely incomprehensible of Dark of the Moon."

Posted Jun 28, 2011

David Germain

15 45%

Bad Teacher (2011)

""Bad Teacher" is exactly the one-joke movie that you probably expect it to be, but there are enough variations and shadings of that one joke to sustain its brief running time -- just barely."

Posted Jun 22, 2011

Christy Lemire

16 84%

A Better Life (2011)

"A fairly satisfying though by-the-numbers drama about an illegal Mexican immigrant struggling to build a decent future for his teenage son."

Posted Jun 22, 2011

David Germain

17 39%

Cars 2 (2011)

"Cars 2 is such a mess, it makes the original look like it ought to rank among Pixar's masterpieces by comparison."

Posted Jun 21, 2011

Christy Lemire

18 80%

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)

"Simply an engaging, breathless road-trip portrait."

Posted Jun 21, 2011

Frazier Moore

19 48%

Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

"All of this would be simply banal if not for Waters' surehandedness and Carrey's clever inserts. This is staccato Carrey, throwing in lines and rubbery faces in between the kid movie machinations."

Posted Jun 15, 2011

Jake Coyle

20 18%

The Art of Getting By (2011)

"The players are not so much teens as miniature adults, dissecting their own natures with insightfulness that typically comes through decades of reflection, if it comes at all."

Posted Jun 15, 2011

David Germain

21 26%

Green Lantern (2011)

"A joyless amalgamation of expository dialogue and special effects that aren't especially special."

Posted Jun 15, 2011

Christy Lemire

22 89%

Buck (2011)

"This is going to sound corny, but here goes: "Buck" will make you want to be a better person."

Posted Jun 14, 2011

Christy Lemire

23 19%

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011)

"A shrill, shallow cacophony of individual wacky moments without much narrative momentum."

Posted Jun 8, 2011

Christy Lemire

24 89%

The Trip (2011)

"Coogan and Brydon, building their performances largely through improvisation, have such rapport that it's easy to digest their brand of affectionate chatter laced with mildly mean-spirited ribbing."

Posted Jun 7, 2011

David Germain

25 82%

Super 8 (2011)

"All you're left with is ... story. And strong performances. And well-developed characters. And a believable emotional arc. And genuine thrills."

Posted Jun 7, 2011

Christy Lemire

26 84%

Beginners (2011)

"On paper, it all could have been too cloying or self-conscious, but writer-director Mike Mills finds just the right tone every time. He also draws lovely, natural performances from Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

Christy Lemire

27 86%

Submarine (2011)

"With Submarine, it's what lies beneath that counts, and it's a grand voyage tagging along with Oliver as he finds them out."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

David Germain

28 0%

Love Wedding Marriage (2011)

"To describe Love, Wedding, Marriage as sitcommy would be an insult to sitcoms, which can and do succeed in inspiring genuine laughter."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

Christy Lemire

29 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"The result is one of the best Marvel adaptations, packed with action, humor, retro 1960s style that's both campy and sexy and a revisionist history lesson that puts the X-Men at the center of the Cuban missile crisis."

Posted Jun 1, 2011

David Germain

30 86%

Zat˘ichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) (2003)

"The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi begins life as a straight-up samurai movie, evolves into a slapstick comedy and ends as a rousing, tap-dancing musical."

Posted May 27, 2011

Christy Lemire

31 81%

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

"The freshness and novelty that made the original film such a kick back in 2008 has been, well, kicked to bits."

Posted May 26, 2011

Christy Lemire

32 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"If you're open to letting the imagery wash over you, to allowing yourself to get sucked into the film's rhythms and fluidly undulating tones, you'll be wowed."

Posted May 25, 2011

Christy Lemire

33 34%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"Giving the people what they want is one thing. Making nearly the exact same movie a second time, but shifting the setting to Thailand, is just ... what, lazy? Arrogant? Maybe a combination of the two."

Posted May 24, 2011

Christy Lemire

34 60%

The Beaver (2011)

"With The Beaver, Gibson shows that for all his personal turmoil, he still may have a career in the twilight years."

Posted May 20, 2011

David Germain

35 59%

The First Grader (2011)

"Strong performances and a stripped-down visual aesthetic help mitigate some of the movie's potential mawkishness."

Posted May 18, 2011

Christy Lemire

36 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"[It] is the shortest in the series. But it still feels overlong and overstuffed: needlessly convoluted yet, at the same time, phoned-in."

Posted May 16, 2011

Christy Lemire

37 93%

Midnight in Paris (2011)

"Woody Allen has found the right time and the right place with "Midnight in Paris," his lightest, funniest and most-satisfying movie in a long time."

Posted May 16, 2011

David Germain

38 54%

Hesher (2011)

"Warts and all, "Hesher" is still a good shot in the arm."

Posted May 11, 2011

Jake Coyle

39 75%

Everything Must Go (2011)

"No film has asked [Ferrell] to delve into the kinds of deep, dark places required of him in "Everything Must Go." And he more than rises to the challenge."

Posted May 11, 2011

Christy Lemire

40 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"Bridesmaids surely doesn't mark the end of conventional female-centric comedies, but it works on so many levels, it'll hopefully make future filmmakers stop and think twice before approaching this kind of project and realize it can be done [better]."

Posted May 9, 2011

Christy Lemire

41 56%

Jumping the Broom (2011)

"Bowen is likable and has strong-enough timing to make these moments less cringe-inducing than they might sound. It's the rest of the movie that'll probably make you cringe."

Posted May 4, 2011

Christy Lemire

42 15%

Something Borrowed (2011)

"Many melodramatic revelations come to light in the film's third act, then they're just as quickly resolved. But don't feel daunted: You'll probably have checked out mentally and emotionally long before any of this anyway."

Posted May 4, 2011

Christy Lemire

43 77%

Thor (2011)

"The Norse gods are off to a decent, though not divine, start in Thor, the latest movie in Marvel Comics' big-screen expansion of its superhero pantheon."

Posted May 3, 2011

David Germain

44 36%

Prom (2011)

"Prom means well -- and it grows on you. And it's much less of a hassle than schlepping to the real thing."

Posted Apr 27, 2011

Christy Lemire

45 77%

Fast Five (2011)

"Pretty cars, prettier women, insanely absurd action that truly thrills even as it shatters all physical laws, and enough testosterone-fueled violence to satisfy the most-rabid WWE SmackDown crowd."

Posted Apr 27, 2011

David Germain

46 95%

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

"Werner Herzog has such obvious enthusiasm for the discoveries he depicts in Cave of Forgotten Dreams, it's as if you're listening to a giddy little kid who learned the coolest thing at school today and can't wait to tell you all about it."

Posted Apr 27, 2011

Christy Lemire

47 11%

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil (2011)

"One feels sympathy for such classic, beloved characters constantly being refashioned for films beneath them. Red Riding Hood needs a better agent."

Posted Apr 27, 2011

Jake Coyle

48 60%

Water for Elephants (2011)

"Witherspoon and Pattinson are a three-ring snooze-fest together, bringing little passion to a love story supposedly so fiery, it blows the roof off the big top."

Posted Apr 20, 2011

David Germain

49 71%

African Cats (2011)

"Far too often, African Cats feels episodic in its structure. Rather than featuring a driving, compelling narrative, it's: cheetah vs. gazelle. And then: hyena vs. cheetah. And then: lion vs. crocodile. Who will win???"

Posted Apr 20, 2011

Christy Lemire

50 73%

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

"Spurlock's folksy affability creates the sensation that he's truly going on a journey, that he doesn't necessarily know all the answers to the questions he's posing, and he'd like nothing more for us than to go along for the ride."

Posted Apr 20, 2011

Christy Lemire

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