Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"A look at three middle-school aged kids ostracized by their peers for being non-conforming, punk band aspirants. Well acted by the young trio but they are simply not interesting enough to rivet my attention."

Posted May 6, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

2 72%

Palo Alto (2014)

"This entertaining narrative is probably a realistic view of what high-school life is like for privileged Californians."

Posted May 5, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

3 82%

Fed Up (2014)

"Stop the presses! In this well-edited doc, Katie Couric tells us to pass on the soda and consume lots of whole grains, fruits and veggies!"

Posted May 3, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

4 34%

Stage Fright (2014)

"A fresh look at the subgenre of musical horror show, a promising entry from freshman director Jerome Sable."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

5 82%

The Double (2014)

"A nightmarish tale with considerable comic undertones about a nebbish who imagines life as a bon vivant."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

6 83%

Belle (2014)

"A stunning piece of historical fiction conveying the spirit of its times with a riveting performance by its principal actress in the role of a woman too low in status to dine with the aristocracy and too high to sup with the servants."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

7 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"An unappealing, laugh-free sit-com."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

8 73%

The German Doctor (2014)

"An intriguing narrative based on the doings of the evil Nazi, Dr. Mengele, who hides from the authorities in Argentina and is determined to continue his grotesque experiments."

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

9 31%

The Girl and Death (2014)

"A sumptuous production about a courtesan and a young man who tries to win her away from a rich count."

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

10 ——

Tanzania: A Journey Within (2014)

"A privileged and beautiful young woman and her African friend do good in Tanzania and determine that experiences are more important than things."

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

11 89%

Locke (2014)

"A failed attempt at cinematic minimalism."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

12 77%

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014)

"A heartbreaking tale of migrants from Central America who risk their lives to cross into the U.S., some dying annually in the Arizona desert."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

13 19%

Tasting Menu (2014)

"Foodies will be disappointed as the shaking camera superficially gazes at the cuisine while emphasizing annoying characters."

Posted Apr 12, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

14 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"Imagine Woody Allen as a pimp and John Turturro as a stud, and then imagine that the Allen-Turturro team makes it work."

Posted Apr 12, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

15 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"The principal character's conversations are so flabby that you cannot be blamed for wanting to avoid him."

Posted Apr 12, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

16 75%

Chinese Puzzle (2014)

"Delightful French fluff."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

17 64%

A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power And Jayson Blair At The New York Times (2014)

"Plagiarist Jayson Blair takes up too much of the doc's time given his unflattering, close-up appearance and compulsive use of "um" and "you know.""

Posted Apr 6, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

18 84%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"The great documentarian Errol Morris did not have to work too hard to satirize Rumsfeld."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

19 88%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"Britain's funniest comedian proves adept at physical humor as well as verbal in a film based on a fictional character shown in Brit media."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

20 83%

Rob the Mob (2014)

"A rollicking crime story filled with humor, pathos and stupidity."

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

21 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Graphic scenes notwithstanding, Lars von Trier is most interested in probing the character of Joe, just a gal who can't say no."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

22 66%

One Chance (2014)

"Poignant and funny tale of a bully victim's revenge."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

23 20%

Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

"Sam Rockwell proves to be one of the funniest actors in the business."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

24 43%

The Anonymous People (2014)

"A well-meaning but uninspiring documentary lobbying for treatment, not incarceration, for addicts"

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

25 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"A penetrating doc about a photographer who became a celebrity only after her death."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

26 77%

Grand Piano (2014)

"An original enough idea: that a pianist will be killed if he fails to play a piece without a single mistake."

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

27 93%

Journey To The West (2014)

"Entertaining fable with dazzling effects opining that there is good in every human being"

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

28 100%

Miele (2014)

"An intense study of a woman whose faith in her job assisting suicide erodes."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

29 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"A poignant tale of an unlikely romance in India."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

30 91%

Kids for Cash (2014)

"This film feeds our outrage--that a judge has the chutzpah to send kids up the river for minor offenses in return for kickbacks."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

31 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"It's inspiring to watch a 61-year-old action star "break a leg" and a neck equally well in one of the best thrillers in years."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

32 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"An intimate drama with comic undertones that subtly exhibits a long-term marriage with fissures."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

33 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"A wonderfully animated fantasy based on the actual life of the designer of the Japanese Zero aircraft."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

34 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"Captures the exuberance of adolescents."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

35 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Neither the banal conversations of the monuments men nor the widespread activities of the group make for riveting entertainment."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

36 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Yet another reinvention of the vampire legend, this slowly-paced romance tries to show that love can last for an eternity, but the film itself will seem that way for those who are not Jarmusch fans."

Posted Feb 4, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

37 47%

The Pretty One (2014)

"The identity crisis could have been more convincing if Zoe Kazan had Zoe Deschanel's charm."

Posted Feb 2, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

38 91%

Omar (2014)

"A taut Palestinian thriller with romantic overtones that finds itself as a finalist for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award"

Posted Jan 29, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

39 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"A doc that is even more interested in the nature of a modern man's obsession than in the paintings of Johannes Vermeer."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

40 94%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"This "different" and "original" minimalist drama (no music soundtrack, only one scene exhibited) is a meditation on passionate love and violent death among a small group of French homosexuals."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

41 91%

12 O'clock Boys (2014)

"A brisk documentary happily without talking heads about bikers in an inner-city Baltimore 'hood."

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

42 78%

Big Bad Wolves (2014)

"Nary a single hero in this rough, tough look at a rogue Israeli police team's effort to gain truth through torture."

Posted Jan 11, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

43 99%

Gloria (2014)

"Celebrate the empowerment of Chilean middle-aged women!"

Posted Jan 11, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

44 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"Five rounds to De Niro and five to Stallone. Special mention for the banal screenplay which is passable whenever nobody in the cast is speaking."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

45 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"Charles Dickens' affair will be appreciated by Merchant-Ivory fans while others will find the film slow moving."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

46 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"A shipwreck in need of an anchor."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

47 93%

The Past (2013)

"Don't be too eager to find a third husband appears the message in this gem, full of twists and turns."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

48 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Bursting with energy, this blue chip gem about the rise and fall of a self-made man is the best film of the year."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

49 98%

The Rocket (2014)

"One of the most exotic coming-of-age movies you're likely to see."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

50 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"The efforts of Walt Disney to get the author of "Mary Poppins" to sign movie rights are almost as intriguing as the books themselves."

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

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