Associated Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 51%

Contraband (2012)

"A solid genre picture that knows exactly what it is, has no delusions of grandeur and carries out its task in entertaining and occasionally even suspenseful fashion."

Posted Jan 11, 2012

Christy Lemire

2 76%

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012)

"This thoroughly well-crafted, if rigidly conceived film could use a little more talking -- at least some therapy! -- about Kevin."

Posted Jan 11, 2012

Jake Coyle

3 33%

Joyful Noise (2012)

"If some incarnation of "Glee" were to be developed for the Christian Broadcasting Network, it would probably look a lot like "Joyful Noise.""

Posted Jan 11, 2012

Christy Lemire

4 99%

A Separation (2011)

"Movies with this kind of moral complexity are rare, so not only is it worth seeking out, it's one you need to see with friends because it invites -- or rather demands -- debate afterward."

Posted Jan 3, 2012

Christy Lemire

5 94%

Hugo (2011)

"Being a hardcore cinephile (like Scorsese) might add a layer of enjoyment, but it certainly isn't a prerequisite for walking in the door. A sense of wonder, however, is."

Posted Jan 3, 2012

Christy Lemire

6 64%

American Horror Story: AHS (TV, 2011)

" Against every single odd, this haunted-Hollywood saga managed to take all the horror cliches in the book and, using those ingredients, spin a thought-provoking stew of compelling originality. "

Posted Dec 27, 2011

Ted Anthony

7 51%

The Iron Lady (2012)

"Even the greatest actress of our time can only do so much when the figure she's playing just isn't on the page."

Posted Dec 26, 2011

Christy Lemire

8 77%

War Horse (2011)

"It's overlong, painfully earnest and sometimes even hokey."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Christy Lemire

9 56%

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

"There isn't enough context given to the overall conflict, and the love story feels increasingly myopic as the war drags on and the film's ambitions broaden."

Posted Dec 20, 2011

Jake Coyle

10 46%

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012)

"A cloying exercise in sentimentality, the film also winds up extremely annoying, even infuriating."

Posted Dec 19, 2011

David Germain

11 66%

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

"This is the first feature from Crowe since the heavy-handed, overly quirky "Elizabethtown," and while it's not a complete return to form, it's close enough."

Posted Dec 19, 2011

Christy Lemire

12 60%

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

"What seemed clever and novel the first time around now feels stale and tired; a lot of that has to do with the grimy, gray color scheme, which smothers everything in a dreary, suffocating sameness and saps the film of any real tension or thrills."

Posted Dec 14, 2011

Christy Lemire

13 12%

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)

"Puns like these would be unforgivable coming from a human. From high-pitched rodents, they prompt calls for an exterminator."

Posted Dec 14, 2011

Jake Coyle

14 93%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"Whatever the movie's shortcomings, director Bird more than compensates with a bullet train of action and an arsenal of cool gadgets. Maybe making cartoons has expanded his conception of what's possible in a live film."

Posted Dec 13, 2011

David Germain

15 71%

Carnage (2011)

"A nasty spat between two couples over the course of an evening may not sound like a fun flick, but like any act of carnage, it's hard to turn away."

Posted Dec 13, 2011

Mark Kennedy

16 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

"Craig is an anchor of cool rationality and judiciousness around which Mara revolves like a demon."

Posted Dec 13, 2011

David Germain

17 21%

The Sitter (2011)

""The Sitter" really fails in the physical comedy department with an assault of mean, humorless sight gags."

Posted Dec 8, 2011

David Germain

18 83%

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

"This is a grim, methodical world ruled by drab, mistrustful geeks who have come to relish their power, but Alfredson navigates it fluidly and keeps the many complicated pieces moving with quiet ease."

Posted Dec 6, 2011

Christy Lemire

19 7%

New Year's Eve (2011)

"If there is some kind of world record for schmaltz, this may have set it."

Posted Dec 6, 2011

Jake Coyle

20 80%

Young Adult (2011)

"In the vein of Alexander Payne, Reitman finds just the right affectionately mocking tone in taking some jabs at small-town Midwestern life."

Posted Dec 6, 2011

Christy Lemire

21 49%

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

"Precisely staged but maddeningly obtuse, "Sleeping Beauty" is an artful exercise in pointlessness."

Posted Nov 30, 2011

Christy Lemire

22 79%

Shame (2011)

"Fassbender's performance here is riveting, haunting. He immerses himself and makes you feel as if you're truly watching a man hell-bent on exorcising his demons through compulsive self-destruction."

Posted Nov 29, 2011

Christy Lemire

23 93%

Coriolanus (2011)

"The play has been significantly but artfully trimmed by John Logan's screenplay, which preserves Shakespeare's language."

Posted Nov 29, 2011

Jake Coyle

24 77%

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"Spitting and stammering, clawing and convulsing, her jaw jutting forward and her eyes popping out of her head, Keira Knightley is a frightening force of nature in A Dangerous Method."

Posted Nov 22, 2011

Christy Lemire

25 98%

The Artist (2011)

""The Artist" is propelled by its performances, particularly Dujardin's. He has an exquisite elegance, and builds a whole movie with only his gestures. It's impossible to imagine "The Artist" without him, the wellspring of its charm."

Posted Nov 22, 2011

Jake Coyle

26 96%

The Muppets (2011)

""The Muppets'' marks a very welcome return for Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of Jim Henson's creations after a 12-year big-screen absence."

Posted Nov 19, 2011

David Germain

27 91%

Arthur Christmas (2011)

"In her directing debut, Aardman veteran Sarah Smith and her co-writer Peter Baynham offer a fresh look at the Santa legend: a flawed Claus."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

David Germain

28 24%

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

"The dialogue is, of course, ridiculous and the acting ranges from stiff to mopey. But moments that should be pulsating with tension are usually hilarious because the special effects are still just so distractingly cheesy."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Christy Lemire

29 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"The story keeps you guessing as to where it will go, and it features some piercing moments of emotional truth."

Posted Nov 15, 2011

Christy Lemire

30 46%

Happy Feet Two (2011)

"Sticks to the formula of the original while adding enough variety to give it a life of its own."

Posted Nov 14, 2011

David Germain

31 3%

Jack and Jill (2011)

"Comedy moved on from the mid-1990s, and it's time Sandler did, too. "Jack and Jill" even gives fart jokes a bad name."

Posted Nov 10, 2011

Jake Coyle

32 78%

Melancholia (2011)

"Depression finally seems to have brought out the best in Lars von Trier: "Melancholia" is his strongest work in a while, a devastatingly beautiful, operatic mixture of all his signature themes and visual schemes."

Posted Nov 9, 2011

Christy Lemire

33 91%

Into The Abyss (2011)

"Regardless of your own stance on the death penalty, it's impossible not to be shaken by the senseless loss depicted in "Into the Abyss," the overwhelming sadness, but also the possibility of spiritual redemption."

Posted Nov 8, 2011

Christy Lemire

34 86%

Garden State (2004)

Posted Nov 7, 2011

Christy Lemire

35 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"The resonating images of Hoover are of a man increasingly and tragically out of step with time. Thankfully, it's been quite the opposite for Eastwood."

Posted Nov 7, 2011

Jake Coyle

36 68%

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

"This third film in the Harold & Kumar franchise is inordinately jacked up with visual effects and peppy holiday music, but nothing can disguise the fact that this series has run out of steam."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Christy Lemire

37 68%

Tower Heist (2011)

"When Murphy's on screen in his classic comic mode, it's hard to focus on anyone or anything else. It's as if we've turned back time and erased all those family-friendly duds and lame laughers..."

Posted Nov 2, 2011

Christy Lemire

38 36%

In Time (2011)

"if you can get past the plot holes and the copious time puns, In Time is actually rather brisk, enjoyable entertainment."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Christy Lemire

39 46%

Anonymous (2011)

"As the initial whiff of scandal eventually gives way to great, repetitive blubbering about the brilliance and significance of Shakespeare's works, "Anonymous" ultimately feels like much ado about nothing."

Posted Oct 26, 2011

Christy Lemire

40 73%

Like Crazy (2011)

"It makes you squirm in your seat - not because the angst of the young love depicted on screen is so vivid and relatable, but because these two people are so incredibly annoying together, you'd much rather see them apart."

Posted Oct 26, 2011

Christy Lemire

41 50%

The Rum Diary (2011)

"Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation, doesn't present the cartoonish Thompson we've come to expect. It's a refreshing, grounded view of the writer."

Posted Oct 25, 2011

Jake Coyle

42 84%

Puss in Boots (2011)

"For quick, lively, family friendly entertainment, "Puss in Boots" works just fine, even in 3-D, which is integrated thoughtfully into the narrative and doesn't just feel like a gimmick."

Posted Oct 24, 2011

Christy Lemire

43 74%

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)

"Rodriguez seems to be trying too hard to cram in too much - more gadgets, more characters, more noise, more color. But bigger, brighter and faster isn't necessarily better."

Posted Oct 24, 2011

Christy Lemire

44 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"It has a light touch, a brisk pace and considerable charm, perfect family fare for casual viewers."

Posted Oct 20, 2011

Jill Lawless

45 39%

Johnny English Reborn (2011)

"Johnny English isn't reborn so much as reheated, and his aim hasn't improved after all these years."

Posted Oct 19, 2011

Christy Lemire

46 88%

Margin Call (2011)

"Spacey does some of the best work we've seen from him in a while as a once-confident man who's now questioning everything upon which he built his cushy life."

Posted Oct 18, 2011

Christy Lemire

47 76%

Bombay Beach (2011)

"A beautifully stylized film."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Jake Coyle

48 40%

The Big Year (2011)

""The Big Year" flaps its wings awfully hard but never truly takes flight."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Christy Lemire

49 81%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"This feels almost like a parody of Almodovar, with its melodramatic tone and themes of gender, identity, sex and revenge."

Posted Oct 12, 2011

Christy Lemire

50 71%

Footloose (2011)

"Wormald and Hough are both handsome and good on the dance floor, but they come across more like teen stars in training than representations of real youth angst."

Posted Oct 12, 2011

Jake Coyle

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