Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 56%

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

6 64%

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

7 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

8 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (2014)

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

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Jake Coyle

9 41%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

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

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Jake Coyle

10 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

11 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

12 59%

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

13 47%

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

14 89%

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

15 41%

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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 68%

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

21 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

22 49%

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

23 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

24 32%

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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 89%

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

30 22%

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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 94%

Her (2013)

"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

35 75%

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

36 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"There's plenty of fun here for anyone partial to expertly done period dramas. The costumes are wonderful, and it's particularly enjoyable to watch rehearsal scenes in a 19th-century theater."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Jocelyn Noveck

37 76%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Digging into deep-pocket gluttony, Martin Scorsese's dark comedy ''The Wolf of Wall Street'' highlights a world rich in drugs, fast cars and private jets. The American dream is amplified, yet those indulging in it are never satisfied."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Jessica Herndon

38 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"This is one of the meatiest roles Roberts has had in a good long time, and she handles it with an admirable lack of vanity. Gone is that high-wattage Roberts smile. Barbara is weary, bitter, and, at times, shrewish."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Jocelyn Noveck

39 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"The outlandish scenes in ''Mitty'' bring the most memorable element of the original tale - reality bending - to the forefront."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Jessica Herndon

40 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"Can there be too much of a good thing? Where did that expression come from, anyway? If it's good, isn't more always better?"

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Jocelyn Noveck

41 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Just as Travers is eventually won over by her Hollywood adversaries, the strong sentimental pull of ''Saving Mr. Banks'' overwhelms, too."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Jake Coyle

42 56%

The Polar Express (2013)

"People in Hollywood should never work with children or animals, W.C. Fields once said. Maybe that should be expanded to hyper-realistic computer-generated children and reindeer, too."

Posted Dec 9, 2013

David Germain

43 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Onward to the third installment. Jackson is back on track."

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Jocelyn Noveck

44 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"The film may lack grit but the stellar cast adds to its allure, helping to round out this dynamic account where reinvention offers the means to endure."

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Jessica Herndon

45 40%

The Sound Of Music Live! (2014)

"How do you solve a problem like Maria, indeed."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Mark Kennedy

46 77%

Bad Santa (2003)

"Even when the film threatens to turn feel-good, it thankfully resists the urge."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Christy Lemire

47 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"''Out of the Furnace'' is an earnestly crafted, passionately acted working-class drama rusted over by its noble intentions of steel-town sympathizing."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Jake Coyle

48 84%

Elf (2003)

"Sure, Elf feels a little too feel-good at the end, but what do you expect? It's a Christmas movie! Anything else would be the cinematic equivalent of finding coal in your stocking."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Christy Lemire

49 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"The film is a heavy downer and its consistent gray-hue enhances the bleakness. But the Coen brothers never fail to weave in bits of saucy irony, giving way for essential comical moments that bring everything full-circle."

Posted Dec 3, 2013

Jessica Herndon

50 42%

Oldboy (2013)

"Much of the dialogue is stilted (several scene are laughable) and the melodrama feels unmoored without the lurid, baroque atmosphere of Park's film -- which, after all, was kind of the whole point." EDIT

Posted Nov 28, 2013

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