Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 37%

The Collection (2012)

"More than anything, the sequel feels like an excuse for Dunstan and his effects team to see how creative they can be in the bloody killing of people using pointy metal objects." EDIT

Posted Nov 29, 2012

2 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"An incredibly stylish genre exercise set in the world of mobsters, junkies and lowlifes, but it's also trying incredibly hard to be About Something."

Posted Nov 28, 2012

Christy Lemire

3 93%

The Central Park Five (2012)

"Even as "The Central Park Five" seeks satisfactory answers, it stirs outrage and discouragement all over again."

Posted Nov 27, 2012

Christy Lemire

4 96%

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

"Guillermo del Toro has crafted a masterpiece, a terrifying, visually wondrous fairy tale for adults that blends fantasy and gloomy drama into one of the most magical films to come along in years."

Posted Nov 26, 2012

David Germain

5 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"These are people who never would have connected under ordinary circumstances; they end up needing each other desperately. Only in the movies."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Christy Lemire

6 12%

Red Dawn (2012)

"Today's terrorism paranoia, apparently, is too complex and too faceless for some. No, we need a clear-cut enemy. Do you have something in red?"

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Jake Coyle

7 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"David O. Russell has pulled off a tricky feat here, finding just the right tone in crafting a romantic comedy whose sweethearts suffer from bipolar disorder and depression."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Christy Lemire

8 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"If "Hitchcock" ultimately feels inconsequential, it always aims to please, and for the most part, it does."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

David Germain

9 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"Lee and screenwriter David Magee find rich and clever ways to translate even Pi's stillest moments, the film unfolding through intricate flashbacks, whimsical voice-overs, harrowing sea hazards and exquisite flashes of fantasy and hallucination."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

David Germain

10 49%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"Finally -- finally! -- the Twilight franchise embraces its own innate absurdity with the gleefully over-the-top conclusion, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2."

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Christy Lemire

11 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"Wondrous as all this artifice is, it's also a huge distraction. The self-consciousness of the structure keeps us at arm's length emotionally."

Posted Nov 13, 2012

Christy Lemire

12 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"This is a movie that's easier to admire than love; it's impressive but not exactly moving."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Christy Lemire

13 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Simultaneously thrilling and meaty, this is easily one of the best entries ever in the 50-year, 23-film series, led once again by an actor who's the best Bond yet in Daniel Craig."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Christy Lemire

14 47%

The Details (2012)

"It's a frustrating movie in its inconsistency."

Posted Oct 31, 2012

Christy Lemire

15 78%

Flight (2012)

"For the most part, "Flight" manages to achieve the tricky balance of functioning as a serious, adult drama that's also crowd-pleasing."

Posted Oct 31, 2012

Christy Lemire

16 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"A bloated, pseudo-intellectual, self-indulgent slog through some notions that are really rather facile."

Posted Oct 23, 2012

Christy Lemire

17 12%

Alex Cross (2012)

"Casting Perry as Cross was a bad idea, though it's not necessarily the worst in a movie built on bad ideas."

Posted Oct 17, 2012

David Germain

18 38%

Nobody Walks (2012)

"Artfully constructed but hollow at its core, "Nobody Walks" makes it impossible to stop watching while simultaneously making it impossible to care about what's happening."

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Christy Lemire

19 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"It has some difficult and heartfelt performances as well as moments of uncomfortable honesty, but ultimately writer-director Ben Lewin's film feels too slight, too pat, and too wildly overhyped out of its festival showings."

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Christy Lemire

20 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"After breaking apart the crime film, McDonagh puts it back together again for a conclusion worthy of the genre."

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Jake Coyle

21 38%

Here Comes the Boom (2012)

"When [James] starts winning some bouts and becoming a contender, the movie's credibility skyrockets into "Rocky" territory and beyond."

Posted Oct 10, 2012

David Germain

22 84%

Smashed (2012)

"The bottom isn't low enough, the struggle isn't difficult enough, and the characters (especially the supporting ones) don't feel developed enough to provide necessary context for our heroine's journey."

Posted Oct 9, 2012

Christy Lemire

23 96%

Argo (2012)

"While steeped in the trends and filmmaking style of the decade, "Argo" still feels immediate and relevant. Affleck's best film yet is also one of the best films of the year."

Posted Oct 9, 2012

Christy Lemire

24 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"Revisiting the past - his own, and that of the masters who came before him - seems to have brought this filmmaker's boyish enthusiasm back to life, as well."

Posted Oct 3, 2012

Christy Lemire

25 81%

Pitch Perfect (2012)

"It's ridiculous and predictable but also just a ton of fun, so you may as well give up and give in to your inner musical theater geek."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Christy Lemire

26 33%

Won't Back Down (2012)

""Won't Back Down" lives down to its bland, us-against-them title with a simple-minded assault on the ills of public schools that lumbers along like a math class droning multiplication tables."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

David Germain

27 93%

Looper (2012)

"Johnson establishes the machinery of the time-travel concept, then steadily pushes it into the background in favor of exploring his characters and the difficult questions they face."

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Christy Lemire

28 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

""The Perks of Being a Wallflower," may not do anything groundbreaking, but it tells a familiar story in small, thoughtful ways."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Christy Lemire

29 78%

Dredd (2012)

"A wickedly dark comic streak breaks up the vivid violence and relentless bleakness of "Dredd 3D.""

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Christy Lemire

30 85%

End of Watch (2012)

"From the brutal daily violence to the dramatic final act, "End of Watch" itself remains thrilling and uncompromising."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Christy Lemire

31 87%

Arbitrage (2012)

"Gere is so charming, so irresistible when he's on top of the world - when he's got all those plates humming in unison - that he kind of makes you root for his character to get away with it all."

Posted Sep 11, 2012

Christy Lemire

32 85%

The Master (2012)

"In his first film since the 2010 performance-art stunt of "I'm Still Here," Phoenix once again digs deep to mine his character's inner torment and comes up with a mix of haunting quirks and tics."

Posted Sep 10, 2012

Christy Lemire

33 74%

Hello I Must Be Going (2012)

"Both funnier and deeper than you might expect at the outset."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Christy Lemire

34 22%

The Words (2012)

""The Words" leaves nothing to the imagination, smothering all these storylines in narration that spells out the actions we're seeing or emotions we could infer for ourselves."

Posted Sep 5, 2012

Christy Lemire

35 55%

For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

"Travis keeps things moving so briskly, you find yourself not minding how by-the-numbers the story is. And then within that by-the-numbers story, there end up being enough surprises and subversive twists that you find yourself unexpectedly charmed."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Christy Lemire

36 67%

Lawless (2012)

"Hillcoat's ultra-violent drama plays like a hot, sweaty, delusional fever dream and is similarly fitful. It can be visceral and operatic, beautiful and brutal but also slow and overlong."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Christy Lemire

37 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"It's Shannon who doesn't just steal the film, he towers over it."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Jake Coyle

38 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"The good time clearly had by the filmmakers rubs off on the audience."

Posted Aug 21, 2012

David Germain

39 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"ParaNorman, blessed with otherworldly animation, can't escape the demons of story."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Jake Coyle

40 84%

Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

"If Kill Bill - Vol. 1 was like a roundhouse kick to the head, Vol. 2 is practically a warm hug."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Christy Lemire

41 90%

In the Mood for Love (2001)

"The film is gorgeous, dripping with texture and sensuality and, well, mood."

Posted Aug 14, 2012

Christy Lemire

42 33%

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

"Fantastic though the story may be, the people in it need to make it feel real, and no one in "Timothy Green" has any claim to authenticity."

Posted Aug 13, 2012

David Germain

43 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"Structurally, yes, it's loaded with all the lies, schemes and high-tech trickery that are staples of the espionage genre. But a deeper, more individualistic source of tension propels the film along."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Christy Lemire

44 95%

Before Sunset (2004)

"It's a lovely, beguiling little film a rare treat during this overheated season of blockbusters. It's also an unusual example of a follow-up that doesn't seem forced, but expands effortlessly on the original."

Posted Aug 8, 2012

Christy Lemire

45 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"It will make you want to go home and have sex with your spouse afterward. Or at least share a longer hug or a more passionate kiss."

Posted Aug 7, 2012

Christy Lemire

46 100%

Toy Story 2 (1999)

"They've done it again. The folks who brought you 'Toy Story now present Toy Story 2, another clever, riotous tale of life in the toy lane."

Posted Aug 6, 2012

Malcolm Ritter

47 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"Farrell is confident and competent regardless of the situation; there never seems to be any real threat of him coming out alive."

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Christy Lemire

48 51%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

"The third installment in the "Wimpy Kid" franchise turns out to be not so wimpy after all."

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Michael Rechtshaffen

49 8%

The Babymakers (2012)

"An increasingly incredulously plotted series of embarrassments about the wounded masculinity of a low sperm count."

Posted Aug 1, 2012

Jake Coyle

50 70%

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

""Celeste and Jesse Forever" is by no means a parody of romantic comedy cliches, but rather an acknowledgement of them en route to an exploration of greater emotional truths."

Posted Aug 1, 2012

Christy Lemire

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