Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"Boyle takes his wildly high-energy visual aesthetic and applies it to a story that, at its core, is rather sweet and traditionally crowdpleasing."

Posted Feb 20, 2013

Christy Lemire

2 75%

Crash (2004)

"Haggis moves seamlessly between all these stories and has structured them in such a way that his characters reach a crisis point simultaneously, followed by melancholy clarity."

Posted Feb 15, 2013

Christy Lemire

3 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"A Good Day to Die Hard is pointless and joyless, a barrage of noise and chaos, an onslaught of destruction without the slightest mention of consequence."

Posted Feb 13, 2013

Christy Lemire

4 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"A strong cast of likable and, yes, beautiful actors can only do so much with the formula in which they're forced to work."

Posted Feb 13, 2013

Christy Lemire

5 19%

Identity Thief (2013)

"''Identity Thief'' strands these two ordinarily enjoyable comics in the middle of nowhere with no help for miles."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Christy Lemire

6 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"The complexity of emotion, confusion and loss at the film's start gives way to some acrobatic trickery by the end, but "Side Effects" is never less than gripping or entertaining."

Posted Feb 6, 2013

Christy Lemire

7 37%

Stand Up Guys (2013)

"There's enough humor and tenderness in Fisher Stevens' film to make it a passably enjoyable experience for the most part."

Posted Jan 29, 2013

Christy Lemire

8 41%

Parker (2013)

"Statham is stepping into a well-known persona. But he's not exactly pushing himself outside his comfort zone; he's on auto-pilot here, despite the obvious physical demands of the part."

Posted Jan 23, 2013

Christy Lemire

9 28%

Broken City (2013)

"Everything is simultaneously too complicated and overly spelled out."

Posted Jan 16, 2013

Christy Lemire

10 36%

LUV (2013)

"A kind of "Training Day" hoping for interstitial Terrence Malick poetry in the Baltimore landscape of "The Wire" with the occasional sensationalism of an action film."

Posted Jan 15, 2013

Jake Coyle

11 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

"Kim keeps things moving briskly and the members of the strong supporting cast don't seem to mind that they're playing flimsy types. Everyone's just here for a mindless good time."

Posted Jan 15, 2013

Christy Lemire

12 32%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"It's all just noise disguised as entertainment."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Christy Lemire

13 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"Bigelow's extensive staging of the May 1, 2011, raid is a prime example of virtuoso action filmmaking."

Posted Jan 8, 2013

Christy Lemire

14 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Beasts of the Southern Wild is sheer poetry on screen: an explosion of joy in the midst of startling squalor and one of the most visceral, original films to come along in a while."

Posted Jan 8, 2013

Christy Lemire

15 52%

Promised Land (2013)

""Promised Land" offers an experience that's alternately amusing and frustrating, full of impassioned earnestness as well as saggy sections."

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Christy Lemire

16 95%

West of Memphis (2012)

""West of Memphis" is nonfiction filmmaking at its best, a film with a fierce point of view yet one that doesn't pretend to have all the answers or a monopoly on truth."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

David Germain

17 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"''Django Unchained'' is Tarantino at his most puerile and least inventive, the premise offering little more than cold, nasty revenge and barrels of squishing, squirting blood."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

David Germain

18 51%

This is 40 (2012)

"It's the feel-bad comedy of the holiday season - and that's what makes it good."

Posted Dec 19, 2012

Christy Lemire

19 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"''The Impossible'' is about as subtle as a wall of water."

Posted Dec 19, 2012

Christy Lemire

20 70%

Not Fade Away (2012)

"If you weren't in a failed band yourself, you know people who were, and Chase's story IS their story, if not in the particulars, then in the spirit and the passion. The music may fade, but what's behind it never does."

Posted Dec 19, 2012

David Germain

21 43%

On the Road (2012)

"In the end, ''On the Road'' remains paved over."

Posted Dec 19, 2012

Jake Coyle

22 61%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"Besides being a mind teaser, "Jack Reacher" offers the muscular thrills of a `70s action flick ..."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Christy Lemire

23 93%

Amour (2012)

"It will surely strike a chord with anyone who's watched a loved one slip away in this manner, whether it's a parent or a spouse."

Posted Dec 17, 2012

Christy Lemire

24 70%

Les MisÚrables (2012)

"It is enormous and sprawling and not the slightest bit subtle. But at the same time it's hard not to admire the ambition that drives such an approach ..."

Posted Dec 10, 2012

Christy Lemire

25 4%

Playing for Keeps (2012)

"It is truly baffling that all the talented, acclaimed actors involved actually read this script and then agreed to devote their time to this movie, especially given its uncomfortably flagrant misogynistic streak."

Posted Dec 5, 2012

Christy Lemire

26 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"Tolkien's brisk story of intrepid little hobbit Bilbo Baggins is drawn out and diluted by dispensable trimmings better left for DVD extras."

Posted Dec 4, 2012

David Germain

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 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

40 47%

The Details (2012)

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

Posted Oct 31, 2012

Christy Lemire

41 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

42 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

43 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

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 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

48 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

49 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

50 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

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