Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

Warrior (2011)

"Director Gavin O'Connor has turned the octagon of Ultimate Fighting into a cage of boiling family emotion."

Posted Sep 7, 2011

Jake Coyle

2 84%

Contagion (2011)

"Soderbergh takes us from suburban living rooms to labs at the Centers for Disease Control to remote Asian villages with equally clear-eyed realism."

Posted Sep 7, 2011

Christy Lemire

3 33%

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011)

"Gregory and Huyck don't go far in exploring the weirdness and emotional difficulty that a group of lifelong friends might create in sleeping together -- they want so much for a carefree holiday from such concerns."

Posted Aug 31, 2011

Jake Coyle

4 77%

The Debt (2011)

"As it jumps back and forth in time, "The Debt" explores the conflict between expectations and reality, intellect and emotions, truth and regret."

Posted Aug 30, 2011

Christy Lemire

5 27%

Colombiana (2011)

"For the most part, it's all big and silly, but at least it's enjoyably staged and crafted."

Posted Aug 24, 2011

Christy Lemire

6 51%

Brighton Rock (2011)

"The film as a whole often feels like an exercise in style over substance, especially as it becomes clear just how many times we've seen these kinds of characters in this kind of story before."

Posted Aug 23, 2011

Christy Lemire

7 80%

Higher Ground (2011)

""Higher Ground" probably sounds rather somber, but Farmiga also deftly conveys the absurdity of Corinne's predicament. Every once in a while she'll let out a cackle that's just pure joy."

Posted Aug 23, 2011

Christy Lemire

8 67%

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

"There's a gap of logic and emotion that's hard to overcome."

Posted Aug 22, 2011

Christy Lemire

9 58%

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)

"The tension del Toro and Nixey create promises much more than it delivers."

Posted Aug 22, 2011

David Germain

10 72%

Fright Night (2011)

"At least this new version stays true to its origins by having a bit of cheeky fun, and the way it contemporizes the story is really rather clever."

Posted Aug 18, 2011

Christy Lemire

11 36%

One Day (2011)

"Hathaway and Sturgess lack the chemistry to make us yearn to see them together. They're all wrong for each other physically, tonally, logically, which only makes "One Day" feel a whole lot longer."

Posted Aug 17, 2011

Christy Lemire

12 24%

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

"It didn't seem possible for there to be even less characterization than there was in the original "Conan," but voila."

Posted Aug 17, 2011

Christy Lemire

13 60%

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011)

"Is it calculated? For sure. But it does what it needs to do to please its target audience. Everyone else may as well surrender to the juggernaut."

Posted Aug 11, 2011

Christy Lemire

14 45%

30 Minutes or Less (2011)

"None of this crackles with the kind of breezy, madcap hilarity that it should; it's actually rather tortured and convoluted."

Posted Aug 11, 2011

Christy Lemire

15 92%

Senna (2011)

"You don't have to know a thing about Formula 1 racing to become engrossed by "Senna.""

Posted Aug 10, 2011

Christy Lemire

16 76%

The Help (2011)

"Stone, Davis and Spencer forge something quite beautiful, a sense of sisterhood and equality that unfolds with ease and grace, never feeling forced or untrue to their era and circumstances."

Posted Aug 8, 2011

David Germain

17 82%

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

"This seventh film in the Planet of the Apes series rises to such ridiculous heights, it's impossible not to laugh out loud -- in a good way, in appreciation."

Posted Aug 3, 2011

Christy Lemire

18 25%

The Change-Up (2011)

"[It's] all over the place in tone, veering awkwardly from some daring comic moments to feel-good sappiness and back again in hopes of redeeming some semblance of edginess."

Posted Aug 3, 2011

Christy Lemire

19 74%

The Whistleblower (2011)

""The Whistleblower" is a one-note affair that offers glimpses of the rich, broad life Bolkovac clearly lives but deifies her into someone inaccessible and unbelievable."

Posted Aug 3, 2011

David Germain

20 71%

The Future (2011)

"July, with her Chaplin eyes, perhaps knows too well how to play earnest and smart. But "The Future" feels progressively less adorned, even as it grows more magical."

Posted Aug 3, 2011

Jake Coyle

21 74%

Bellflower (2011)

"It offers hope that original storytelling is still out there, lurking in the darkness, just waiting for a massive flamethrower to light it up."

Posted Aug 2, 2011

Christy Lemire

22 80%

Life in a Day (2011)

""Life in a Day" is so intimate and ultimately optimistic, it'll leave you with the inescapable feeling that you've just made hundreds of new friends you've never actually met."

Posted Jul 27, 2011

Christy Lemire

23 95%

The Guard (2011)

"In a cinema world so awash in either corporate flatness or high-art pretension, "The Guard" is a proud, foul-mouthed exception."

Posted Jul 27, 2011

Jake Coyle

24 90%

Attack the Block (2011)

"A low-budget adventure with propulsive energy and plenty of laughs."

Posted Jul 27, 2011

Christy Lemire

25 44%

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

"Favreau slipped from fresh and flamboyant on "Iron Man" to lame and listless on its sequel, and there's more of the latter on "Cowboys & Aliens.""

Posted Jul 26, 2011

David Germain

26 78%

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

"It never gets crazy or stupid enough to make you truly fall in love with it."

Posted Jul 26, 2011

Christy Lemire

27 52%

The Devil's Double (2011)

"Cooper has done such a good job bringing Uday to life, it's a bit of a trial simply sitting in the audience and watching."

Posted Jul 25, 2011

David Germain

28 70%

Friends With Benefits (2011)

"Gluck is clearly whip smart and he likes his films that way. This all to the good, but much of "Friends with Benefits" comes off as too showy in its cleverness."

Posted Jul 21, 2011

Jake Coyle

29 79%

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

"You are not in for a giddy, winking, high-flying summer fling. And that's OK -- there's something appealing about such an old-fashioned approach."

Posted Jul 20, 2011

Christy Lemire

30 80%

The Myth Of The American Sleepover (2011)

"Mitchell finds a balance that's just right in juggling all these emotions and presenting them believably in screen. His little movie is pretty much perfect in depicting youthful imperfection."

Posted Jul 19, 2011

Christy Lemire

31 98%

Project Nim (2011)

"Like the experiment itself, "Project Nim" morphs from something inspiring and often humorous to a pointed and disturbing portrait of arrogance run amok. Greed and glory end up overriding decency and altruism, and it's heartbreaking to watch."

Posted Jul 19, 2011

Christy Lemire

32 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

33 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

34 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

35 90%

Winnie the Pooh (2011)

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

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Christy Lemire

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 69%

Horrible Bosses (2011)

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

Posted Jul 6, 2011

Christy Lemire

40 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

41 43%

Ironclad (2011)

"An utterly joyless exercise in blood and dirt."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Jake Coyle

42 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

43 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

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 85%

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

48 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

49 80%

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)

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

Posted Jun 21, 2011

Frazier Moore

50 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

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