Miami Herald

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 61%

Banshee: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Banshee can be preposterously entertaining, or perhaps entertainingly preposterous. "

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Glenn Garvin

2 78%

Downton Abbey: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" Since Downton has just been renewed for a fourth season, perhaps Fellowes can begin taking more time with the writing to let events play out more realistically and treat his characters with the respect they've earned.. "

Posted Jan 6, 2013

Glenn Garvin

3 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"A languid, tedious effort that never bothers to get to the heart of its characters, the film is a shallow reading of a significant time told mostly from the viewpoint of a lifeless character. "

Posted Jan 4, 2013

Connie Ogle

4 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"While it may have been changed for the screen, this story of a family's ordeal is one from which any parent - any person, really - can't turn away. "

Posted Jan 4, 2013

Connie Ogle

5 52%

Promised Land (2013)

"Damon and McDormand are terrific as co-workers seeking the same goal, though they see their work from different points of view."

Posted Jan 4, 2013

Connie Ogle

6 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"Even more than The Hurt Locker, which sometimes relied on traditional film techniques to build suspense, Zero Dark Thirty resists manipulating the viewer or building movie-movie excitement."

Posted Jan 4, 2013

Rene Rodriguez

7 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"Django Unchained is the most brutal film Quentin Tarantino has ever made.But the movie is also exciting and ironic and, at times, explosively funny: Even at his most serious, Tarantino can't help but entertain and show you a good time. "

Posted Dec 25, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

8 70%

Les MisÚrables (2012)

"An engaging version of a sweeping epic, an enduring tale of romance, sacrifice and heroism."

Posted Dec 24, 2012

Christine Dolen

9 47%

Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)

"The technically well-made movie simply can't replicate the live experience of a Cirque show, and at just over 90 minutes, Worlds Away still feels long. "

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Howard Cohen

10 61%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"What the movie sorely needs is a more intriguing detective - a hero human enough to sometimes make mistakes."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

11 38%

The Guilt Trip (2012)

"The Guilt Trip is clearly targeted at older audiences less than receptive to the crude jokes that made Seth Rogen famous."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Connie Ogle

12 51%

This is 40 (2012)

"This is 40 is crude and dull, with a supporting cast that reminds you how utterly uninteresting the main characters are."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Connie Ogle

13 64%

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)

"These Fitzgeralds are loud, selfish and often maddening, but they're a loving group, and you wouldn't mind spending more time with them."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Connie Ogle

14 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"There are people who claim to see no difference between 24 and 48 frame rates, and to them, I'd recommend an unexpected journey to the eye doctor."

Posted Dec 12, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

15 4%

Playing for Keeps (2012)

"The only thing Playing for Keeps teaches us is: Guys, forget the bars and nightclubs. Soccer moms are where the action is."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

16 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"The movie spends too much time off the set of Psycho, where the real story was, and focuses instead on incidental matters that feel like outtakes."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

17 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"Don't wait for Netflix. Life of Pi demands to be seen on the biggest screen you can find."

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Connie Ogle

18 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"Holy Motors is wild and unfettered and playful - the work of an artist who carries his love of cinema in his bones, and knows how to share that affection with the audience."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

19 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"The movie doesn't break any thematic ground, and in other hands this same material might have made for an insufferable Katherine Heigl vehicle. But Russell and his cast make it sing - and soar, too. "

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

20 22%

Malibu Country: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" The show's performances and punchlines mostly fall flat. "

Posted Nov 10, 2012

Glenn Garvin

21 78%

A Late Quartet (2012)

"For a film that relies so heavily on the lasting power of a classical master, A Late Quartet never really converts any viewers to his church. "

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Connie Ogle

22 94%

The House I Live In (2012)

"The House I Live In is a work of journalism, not propaganda: Jarecki has done his research and leaves it to you to decide what to make of it."

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

23 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Mendes' approach to action is classical and elegant - no manic editing and blurry unintelligible images here - but what makes the movie special is the attention he pays his actors. "

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

24 78%

Flight (2012)

"But while a movie as grim as Flight could use a moment or two of levity, does it have to be in service to the antithetical idea that drug dealers are awesome? "

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Connie Ogle

25 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"A gorgeously rendered story that will play just as well to children as to their parents, albeit for different reasons. Playstation and Xbox junkies will be equally pleased."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

26 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"Hawkes' performance is the must-see hook of The Sessions, but Hunt gives this funny, touching movie its soul."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

27 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"If you're interested in the sheer craft of filmmaking, Cloud Atlas is required viewing - a rare example of a movie getting by entirely on technique and creative bravado."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

28 86%

Madrid, 1987 (2012)

"Madrid, 1987 operates on a dizzying number of levels - as a romantic comedy, a sex farce, a study of culture clash, ageism and idealism."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

29 84%

Smashed (2012)

"Winstead is terrific as a young woman scared into sobriety, only to discover telling people the truth is much harder than lying and hiding her addiction."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

30 26%

Emily Owens, M.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Any show that can simultaneously work on your gut and your heart is worth a look. "

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Glenn Garvin

31 96%

Argo (2012)

"The movie is accomplished enough to stand alongside the 1970s political thrillers that inspired it, right down to the vintage red-and-black Warner Bros. logo that opens the film."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

32 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"For a good hour, Seven Psychopaths is lively, bloody fun. Then the yawning starts."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

33 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"This one has it all: sex, violence, torture, incest, jellyfish attacks, telekinetic masturbation, Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron and a gator gutted in revolting close-up."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

34 20%

Beauty and the Beast: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Kreuk and Ryan keep their faces straight and their bodies hard, which is what CW shows are mostly about, and all in all, it could be a lot dumber than it is. "

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Glenn Garvin

35 92%

Nashville: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" The world-weary Britton and the cunning Panettiere are spectacularly spiteful in their scenes together. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Glenn Garvin

36 86%

Arrow: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Fanboys could do worse. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Glenn Garvin

37 47%

Chicago Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" None of [the characters are] very interesting, and it's actually kind of hard to tell them apart. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Glenn Garvin

38 34%

The Oranges (2012)

"You know the movie has an insurmountable problem when the two adulterers, who profess to be madly in love, don't even seem like they want to be in the same room."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Connie Ogle

39 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"The best thing about an animated monster movie with this much heart is: It's alive. In the best possible way."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Connie Ogle

40 55%

V/H/S (2012)

"The film also plays to the strengths of the found-footage format, proving that sometimes the scariest things are the ones you can barely see."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

41 58%

666 Park Avenue: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" There's no way not to love O'Quinn's performance as the diabolical Doran. "

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Glenn Garvin

42 67%

17 Girls (2012)

"17 Girls is allegedly inspired by true events, but this diffident, dreamy film is so insubstantial it's hard to believe there's a speck of reality to be found in it. "

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Connie Ogle

43 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"High school can be hell, but Stephen Chbosky's engaging new film argues that anyone can get by with a little help from their friends. "

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Connie Ogle

44 81%

Pitch Perfect (2012)

"If you're not grinning by the end of this light, funny crowd-pleaser, consider yourself tone deaf. "

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Connie Ogle

45 33%

Won't Back Down (2012)

"Americans desperately need to have some difficult conversations about the state of public education, but Won't Back Down goes about the task too awkwardly to be helpful or interesting."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Connie Ogle

46 93%

Looper (2012)

"This is an exciting, exceptionally well-made futuristic thriller that also happens to be loaded with lived-in touches and punchy ideas."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Rene Rodriguez

47 32%

The Neighbors: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" The joke is already showing signs of wearing thin by the end of the first episode. Land Shark, anybody? "

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Glenn Garvin

48 7%

Guys with Kids: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Guys With Kids is a perfect confection of witty dialogue and slapstick action. "

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Glenn Garvin

49 18%

Partners: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Witless, predictable and much closer to creepy than funny. "

Posted Sep 24, 2012

Glenn Garvin

50 92%

Side by Side (2012)

"Actors such as Robert Downey Jr. complain that because digital cameras can be reloaded in seconds, there is no time for performers to hang out in their trailers between takes (in protest, he urinated in jars, which he hid all over the sets of Zodiac). "

Posted Sep 23, 2012

Rene Rodriguez