Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 58%

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

"Paranormal Activity 2 is better made and not quite as paper thin as the original, but by replicating the bare-bones B-film, the sequel sacrifices any chance for distinction."

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Jake Coyle

2 66%

Tamara Drewe (2010)

"There's not even any biting satire on social mores or anything else. The laughs are as broad as the scenery is picturesque. The characters are types but the whole experience is agreeable enough."

Posted Oct 14, 2010

Christy Lemire

3 64%

Jackass 3-D (2010)

"More often than not, this third installment in the franchise, directed as always by Jeff Tremaine, doesn't take full advantage of its visual potential."

Posted Oct 14, 2010

Christy Lemire

4 67%

Conviction (2010)

"When she lands the right part, Swank delivers with as much conviction as anyone working in Hollywood today."

Posted Oct 13, 2010

David Germain

5 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"Eastwood weaves between these disparate yet intrinsically connected story lines smoothly and without hurry. The pacing may feel a bit too languid, but it allows us to get to know these characters by observing who they are as opposed to what they do."

Posted Oct 13, 2010

Christy Lemire

6 71%

Red (2010)

"This latest adaptation of a hip graphic novel fails to fill in the spaces between the action with anything terribly interesting."

Posted Oct 13, 2010

David Germain

7 87%

Buried (2010)

"Whatever the reasons that draw us to the movies, spending 90 minutes trapped in a box with Ryan Reynolds isn't one of them."

Posted Oct 8, 2010

Jake Coyle

8 28%

Life as We Know It (2010)

"Its familiar story passes with nothing to distinguish itself from the many other similarly plotted movies and sitcoms."

Posted Oct 6, 2010

Jake Coyle

9 64%

Secretariat (2010)

"Anyone remotely familiar with the story of Secretariat knows the outcome before the movie begins, but that Belmont climax still is intoxicating to watch."

Posted Oct 6, 2010

David Germain

10 88%

Let Me In (2010)

"Rest assured, much of what made the first film so special remains intact."

Posted Sep 28, 2010

Christy Lemire

11 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"Just as you can't stop yourself from checking into Facebook more than once a day, you'll find yourself drawn to The Social Network again and again. It's easily one of the year's best."

Posted Sep 27, 2010

Christy Lemire

12 17%

You Again (2010)

"You Again unfortunately perpetuates all the worst cliches about women being insecure, petty, spiteful, competitive and cruel, and it does it in the name of comedy -- which is a problem, because it's pretty much never funny."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Christy Lemire

13 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"The rare sequel that feels not only relevant but necessary."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Christy Lemire

14 46%

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

"This is a very minor entry in the writer-director's prodigious canon, despite the major-league cast."

Posted Sep 22, 2010

Christy Lemire

15 85%

Easy A (2010)

"Olive is a kind of modern day Ferris Bueller. She has it pretty close to all figured out, and she even gets her own big, gratuitous musical number. It's a terrifically deadpan, lively performance from Stone."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Jake Coyle

16 94%

The Town (2010)

"Affleck also has a way with his actors -- unsurprising, having been one himself for so long and not always getting the credit he deserves -- and he's once again attracted some tremendous talent"

Posted Sep 15, 2010

Christy Lemire

17 70%

Never Let Me Go (2010)

"Philosophically provocative and achingly sad, Never Let Me Go manages to touch the mind and the heart at once, and with equal measure."

Posted Sep 15, 2010

Christy Lemire

18 80%

Catfish (2010)

"For all its intensity and mystery, though, there's still a welcome note of uplift at the end. And that's a surprise, too."

Posted Sep 14, 2010

Christy Lemire

19 68%

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

"Hoffman reveals Jack the sad sack to be an odd, inarticulate Buddha, willing to put in the work it takes for growth."

Posted Sep 14, 2010

Jake Coyle

20 52%

I'm Still Here (2010)

"If we're truly witnessing the unraveling of a talented man in his prime, it's just sad. If it's all performance art, though, it's just pointless."

Posted Sep 10, 2010

Christy Lemire

21 53%

Going the Distance (2010)

"The couple-surrounded-by-quirky-friends dynamic is as obvious as the movie's New York locales and well-positioned indie band posters."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Jake Coyle

22 72%

Machete (2010)

"The good news for fans: there isn't all that much downtime between the relentless action, which, after all, is what that fake Machete trailer promised, and what the audience has come for."

Posted Sep 1, 2010

David Germain

23 66%

The American (2010)

"It's difficult not to want Corbijn's mournful seriousness to ease up a bit. But The American is nevertheless transfixing in its weary, muted grace."

Posted Sep 1, 2010

Jake Coyle

24 72%

The Last Exorcism (2010)

"The Last Exorcism is one of the scariest movies to come along in a long time -- until the last five minutes or so, when it completely falls apart."

Posted Aug 25, 2010

Christy Lemire

25 92%

Election (1999)

"Election at first has the feel of a simple work. But don't let that fool you; it's a complex, deep tale."

Posted Aug 24, 2010

Ted Anthony

26 76%

Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)

"There's still a warm, British naturalism to Nanny McPhee Returns and an old-fashioned cheerfulness uncommon to most of today's kids movies."

Posted Aug 20, 2010

Jake Coyle

27 73%

Piranha 3-D (2010)

"Mere words cannot describe how awesomely gnarly Piranha 3D is, how hugely entertaining, and how urgently you must get yourself to the theatre to see it. Like, now."

Posted Aug 19, 2010

Christy Lemire

28 51%

The Switch (2010)

"This one is played in broad, sitcommy fashion, utterly divorced from the way people behave in real life."

Posted Aug 17, 2010

Christy Lemire

29 97%

Animal Kingdom (2010)

"Watching this small-time Melbourne crime family unravel under the weight of their overconfidence is riveting, as Australian writer-director David Michod takes his time methodically detailing their self-destruction."

Posted Aug 12, 2010

Christy Lemire

30 41%

The Expendables (2010)

"It's willfully out of date, like an aging hair band that can't pack away the spandex."

Posted Aug 12, 2010

Jake Coyle

31 36%

Eat Pray Love (2010)

"It provides a gorgeous escape, exquisitely photographed and full of female wish fulfillment. Yet it also offers sufficient emotional heft and self-discovery to make you feel as if you've actually learned something."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Christy Lemire

32 82%

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

"The dialogue and the music keep you engaged, at least while the movie lasts."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Christy Lemire

33 81%

Cairo Time (2010)

"The scenery is enchanting and it's clear Nadda was inspired to make the film from the beauty of Cairo. She and cinematographer Luc Montpellier succeed in fashioning a graceful postcard to the city, but a story, too, would have been nice."

Posted Aug 5, 2010

Jake Coyle

34 82%

The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010)

"Alice Creed sucks you in immediately with a beautifully edited opening sequence."

Posted Aug 5, 2010

Christy Lemire

35 79%

The Other Guys (2010)

"You should really meet and get to know these guys for yourself."

Posted Aug 4, 2010

Christy Lemire

36 40%

Middle Men (2010)

"This inspired-by-a-true-story film about the birth of Internet porn is giddily sleazy, full of convincing crazies and criminals, as well as the scumbags and wannabes who surround them."

Posted Aug 3, 2010

Christy Lemire

37 43%

The Extra Man (2010)

"Kline's performance as Henry -- regal in its classical stage pronunciations -- is clearly the best thing in the film. But the character still fails to resonate; Henry isn't much more than a bag of peculiarities."

Posted Jul 29, 2010

Jake Coyle

38 84%

Get Low (2010)

"For a filmmaker who has worked mostly in contemporary settings in television, film, music videos and commercials, Schneider shows eyes and ears marvelously attuned to the past."

Posted Jul 29, 2010

David Germain

39 14%

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)

"For grown-ups, kids, dogs, cats -- whoever's watching, there's enough here to keep them entertained."

Posted Jul 29, 2010

Christy Lemire

40 42%

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

"Whereas The Dinner Game from celebrated writer-director Francis Veber was a tight, sharp satire of societal pretension, this remake seems more interested in easy, broad slapstick."

Posted Jul 29, 2010

Christy Lemire

41 69%

Life During Wartime (2010)

"There's repetitious talk about forgiving and forgetting, and debate over which is preferable, but Solondz doesn't seem particularly interested in either."

Posted Jul 22, 2010

Christy Lemire

42 81%

Countdown to Zero (2010)

"Offers a chilling look at current nuclear arsenals and the weapons programs of North Korea and Iran."

Posted Jul 22, 2010

David Germain

43 70%

Ramona and Beezus (2010)

"This all sounds like uptight, grown-up nitpicking, probably. But it's also a reflection of a weakness in storytelling, which is sad given the strength of the source material."

Posted Jul 22, 2010

Christy Lemire

44 62%

Salt (2010)

"It's easy to figure out what Salt is. But who is she? That's a question the film never really seemed interested in answering."

Posted Jul 20, 2010

Christy Lemire

45 41%

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

"It's a fairly fun time for families, and Hollywood can -- and continually does -- build franchises out of far worse concoctions than this."

Posted Jul 15, 2010

David Germain

46 86%

Inception (2010)

"One of the year's best films, one that will surely get even better upon repeated viewings."

Posted Jul 13, 2010

Christy Lemire

47 64%

Predators (2010)

"There isn't anything as comically grisly as the exploding head or Carl Weathers' arm removal, both well-remembered moments from the original Predator."

Posted Jul 9, 2010

Jake Coyle

48 93%

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

"Cholodenko and her cast turn what could have been an utterly artificial story into a warm, funny, sharp-tongued and broiling examination of the volatility underlying even the happiest of families."

Posted Jul 7, 2010

David Germain

49 69%

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010)

"While uneven, repetitive and occasionally nonsensical, The Girl Who Played With Fire still offers a fair dose of suspense and action for those who can stomach its brutal violence."

Posted Jul 7, 2010

David Germain

50 81%

Despicable Me (2010)

"Kids will dig it, adults will smile with amusement, and no one will be any different afterward than they were walking into the theater."

Posted Jul 7, 2010

Christy Lemire

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