Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 93%

A Touch of Sin (2013)

"A searing narrative that takes aim against the corruption and greed in The New China."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

2 70%

American Promise (2013)

"A fourteen-year, untiring project that captures the joys and disappointments of two African-American youngsters who try to fit into the culture of a mostly white prep school."

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

3 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"If you want to know what the families of kidnap victims go through, you can't get a better insight than by watching this film.l"

Posted Sep 17, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

4 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"Considering that Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus look like the oddest couple imaginable, their chemistry is more palpable than you'll find from others on most rom-coms."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

5 90%

Inequality For All (2013)

"This year's best doc so far focuses on the brilliant, warm-hearted, even charismatic Robert Reich as he demolishes those who argue that inequality of wealth is no big deal."

Posted Sep 11, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

6 68%

Haute Cuisine (2013)

"Expect to see some lavish cooking in this movie based on the career of a French president's personal chef."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

7 74%

Informant (2013)

"Fairly involving doc about a de-radicalized revolutionary turncoat."

Posted Sep 7, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

8 45%

And While We Were Here (2013)

"Bland 30-something Brit falls for idiotic teen in a movie more valuable as a travelogue than a romantic drama."

Posted Sep 7, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

9 73%

Populaire (2013)

"Attractive performers, sparkling 1950's Technicolor, a lovely confection all around."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

10 48%

Zaytoun (2013)

"An appealing road-and-buddy movie that could stand as an allegory of peace between Israelis and Palestinians."

Posted Sep 4, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

11 34%

Hell Baby (2013)

"A de-moan."

Posted Aug 31, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

12 93%

Mother Of George (2013)

"A colorful look at Nigerians in Brooklyn focusing on a woman's climactic decision that will make or break her marriage."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

13 94%

After Tiller (2013)

"A down-to-earth, non-sensational look at the only four doctors in the U.S. who perform third trimester abortions"

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

14 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"An entertaining biopic that illustrates the way Allen Ginsberg's youthful friendships in college would lead to his fame as a poet."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

15 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"A naturalistic look at troubled adolescents and the staff people who treat them."

Posted Aug 17, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

16 92%

I Am Breathing (2013)

"A sober, conventionally told doc about a man who is dying of Motor Neurone Disease, known as Lou Gehrig's disease in the U.S."

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

17 86%

The Patience Stone (2013)

"The great Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani delivers what will doubtless be the year's most riveting series of monologues"

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

18 96%

Cutie And The Boxer (2013)

"A documentary of devotion and creativity is told lovingly without the need for the stilted Q&A between interviewers and subjects."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

19 79%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"A thin, molasses-slow story that appears to highlight director Lowery as the next Terrence Malick."

Posted Aug 6, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

20 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"Peter Sarsgaard continues to rock, this time as the title character's villanous mate."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

21 68%

El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013)

"Poignant tale about how a young woman revives an elderly, world-weary sculptor's joy of living."

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

22 93%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"Wonderful acting by both the high school seniors and the adults should make this movie a draw for both youths and grownups. It's about a life-of-the-party lad following in his dad's alcoholic footsteps."

Posted Jul 22, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

23 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"This well-constructed comedy of manners bears comparison with Tennessee Williams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest.' "

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

24 94%

Drug War (2013)

"Muddled police drama, first actioner set in Mainland China."

Posted Jul 20, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

25 55%

I Give It a Year (2013)

"More a comedy than a romantic tale, this movie is decked out with hilarious side roles."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

26 98%

Blackfish (2013)

"If you're an animal welfare person (as we all should be), this film will get your dander rising."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

27 93%

Still Mine (2013)

"A sincere chamber work that's of a piece about the mutual love of an elderly couple."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

28 10%

Killing Season (2013)

"Horrormeister Eli Roth would get a charge out of the torture scenes."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

29 71%

Paradise: Faith (2013)

"Using his signature dark humor, static frames and improvisation, director Seidl takes aim at religious fanaticism in Austria."

Posted Jul 8, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

30 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"A narrative based on a tragic true story conventionally told"

Posted Jul 6, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

31 73%

Paradise: Love (2013)

"A poignant film about the desperation of tubby, middle-aged Austrian women who take a sex tour to Kenya."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

32 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"The summer's brightest and wittiest comedy so far, a true ensemble piece."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

33 92%

Our Nixon (2013)

"Never before or since has a U.S. president left behind so much self-incriminating evidence. This doc gives us a solid look at tapes hidden for forty years."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

34 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"A sizzling doc that focuses on the repulsive bragging of two unpunished mass murderers treated by their government as heroes."

Posted Jun 25, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

35 59%

Stuck in Love (2013)

"Starts sit-comish but as it becomes more complex it takes on a somewhat literary tone."

Posted Jun 24, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

36 48%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"Forced humor in this one-joke affair."

Posted Jun 23, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

37 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"A taut story of a man whose career is ruined because of a 5-year-old girl's false accusation of molestation."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

38 94%

Museum Hours (2013)

"How to pick up women in a museum."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

39 84%

100 Bloody Acres (2013)

"Expect this to emerge as the best comic-horror pic of 2013."

Posted Jun 17, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

40 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"This riveting sea drama look so realistic you might swear that the Danes hired real Somali pirates."

Posted Jun 15, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

41 64%

Unfinished Song (2013)

"Patronizes older people by having them act like teenagers. Embarrassing."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

42 80%

Europa Report (2013)

"Space looks grand, but all the action takes place within a space ship with characters who are not individualized."

Posted Jun 12, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

43 52%

When Comedy Went to School (2013)

"A humorous look at Borscht Belt comedians during the Golden Age of American Comedy."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

44 48%

Maniac (2013)

"The hand-held camera work is impossibly dizzying."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

45 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"Most impressive effects, but pallid comedy"

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

46 34%

The Internship (2013)

"More sentimental than comic."

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

47 83%

Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

"Terror of sorts takes place inside a studio creating a schlock horror movie in a film that shows technical expertise with only a moderately involving narrative."

Posted Jun 5, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

48 63%

Hey Bartender (2013)

"The people in this doc--bartenders and patrons alike--are having so much fun drinking these delectable cocktails that you can't expect anyone to say "I could have had a V-8.""

Posted Jun 3, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

49 85%

Dirty Wars (2013)

"A film that comes across more like a narrative thriller than a documentary. Effective criticism of America's current global military adventures."

Posted Jun 2, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

50 66%

Tiger Eyes (2013)

"The first movie adaptation of a Judy Blume is a treat especially for its principal audience of teen women."

Posted Jun 2, 2013

Harvey S. Karten

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