Philadelphia City Paper

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 77%

Land Ho! (2014)

"It's a warm soak rather than a squirt in the eye. "

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Sam Adams

2 72%

The Ring (2002)

"The Ring is easily the most terrifying movie to come out of Hollywood in years."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Sam Adams

3 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Had Hoffman never played a role other than Günther Bachmann, he would still have been one of his generation's greatest actors."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Sam Adams

4 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"James' film is less like a eulogy than a wake, a commemoration of his living spirit rather than a meditation on his loss."

Posted Jul 4, 2014

Sam Adams

5 94%

Museum Hours (2013)

"It's lovely but lulling, and for a movie in which little happens, oddly predictable."

Posted Jul 4, 2013

Sam Adams

6 68%

World War Z (2013)

"The movie fares best in its quiet moments, between Pitt and wife Mirelle Enos, or in a climax set in the antiseptic maze of a Cardiff science lab."

Posted Jul 4, 2013

Sam Adams

7 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"It's no surprise that Upstream Color is a head-scratcher, but its untrammeled emotionalism comes as a shock to the senses."

Posted May 23, 2013

Sam Adams

8 50%

At Any Price (2013)

"Bahrani shares his characters' ambitions, and also their lack of perspective. "

Posted May 23, 2013

Sam Adams

9 82%

Something in the Air (2013)

"Works with a light touch, but leaves a surprisingly lasting mark."

Posted May 23, 2013

Sam Adams

10 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"Dumps the fill-in-the-blanks structure for straightforward comic action. Unfortunately, the impetus has less to do with a push for novelty than simple franchise fatigue."

Posted May 23, 2013

Sam Adams

11 90%

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013)

"Ricky Jay is the master of a discipline he created: trickster, archivist, showman and raconteur rolled into one. "

Posted May 23, 2013

Sam Adams

12 80%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"It's easy to roll your eyes at the film's overreach, but every movie should be so flawed"

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Sam Adams

13 68%

Trance (2013)

"A cracking thriller built around art auctioneer James McAvoy' convenient amnesia, Danny Boyle's Trance jumps the rails in the closing stretch. "

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Sam Adams

14 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"Malick doesn't reach for the sublime so much as lunge, arms outstretched, face turned to the sky. He stumbles, but still, it's a beautiful fall."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Sam Adams

15 91%

Beyond The Hills (2013)

"Mungiu works in long takes and at a measured pace, burying the story's true-crime origins for half the film's two-and-a-half-hour length. "

Posted Mar 30, 2013

Sam Adams

16 80%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"Potter's take on the '60s occasionally slides into Big Chill cliché, but with her actors, she's on virgin ground."

Posted Mar 30, 2013

Sam Adams

17 69%

Stoker (2013)

"Works mostly as a mood piece, but what a mood it is."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Sam Adams

18 93%

No (2013)

"A canny comedy and cutting critique, Pablo Larraín's No looks back at the 1980 vote to extend or end Chilean autocrat Augusto Pinochet's rule through an adman's eyes. "

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Sam Adams

19 93%

Barbara (2012)

"Petzold handles personal, formal and political concerns in such harmony that it's difficult, and not especially desirable, to separate one from the next. "

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Sam Adams

20 43%

On the Road (2012)

"Clutching Jack Kerouac's peripatetic roman à clef like a besotted sophomore, Walter Salles trails Kerouac and Neal Cassady's novelistic doppelgängers like an eager puppy. "

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Sam Adams

21 87%

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013)

"Unmistakably part of the director's canon, and just as unmistakably a minor addition to it."

Posted Feb 23, 2013

Sam Adams

22 98%

56 Up (2013)

"In 49 Up, many of the series' subjects seemed to be just settling into their bliss; now they're committed to it, and the foreclosed possibilities that come alongside. "

Posted Feb 23, 2013

Sam Adams

23 ——

The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys (1997)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Howard Altman

24 89%

Starlet (2012)

"Fresh, though, is Baker's nonjudgmental approach. Much like its characters, Starlet simply drifts around the Valley, dividing itself from morality and watching guarded souls interact." EDIT

Posted Dec 10, 2012

25 100%

Wake in Fright (2012)

"Many reissues claim the mantle of lost masterpiece, but Wake in Fright is the genuine article."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Sam Adams

26 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"The most eloquent episode of Schoolhouse Rock ever made."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Sam Adams

27 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"Rings a few welcome changes on the Disney-princess mythos, but it still feels like a game you've played before."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Sam Adams

28 78%

Flight (2012)

"Zemeckis focuses on surfaces but never discovers what lies beneath them."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Sam Adams

29 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"A movie of big ideas, and only some of them are terrible."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Sam Adams

30 96%

Argo (2012)

"Divorce it from awards-season hype, and Argo holds up fine: There's no need to pretend it's something it's not, when what it is works just fine."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Sam Adams

31 34%

The Oranges (2012)

"Follows through on its yuckster premise with uncommon insight and dedication, without a shirk or a smirk."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Sam Adams

32 73%

Chicken with Plums (2012)

"A crushing disappointment by almost any standard, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Parronaud's followup to the delightful Persepolis is a bad idea poorly realized."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Sam Adams

33 78%

Dredd (2012)

"A Judge Dredd for the 21st century: humorless, scowling and shot in murky 3-D. "

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Sam Adams

34 85%

The Master (2012)

"The Master is less than the sum of its parts, but, oh, what parts they are."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Sam Adams

35 45%

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

"It's not a satisfying whole, but parts are sheer delight. "

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Sam Adams

36 97%

The Kid with a Bike (2012)

"Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne make great movies with such regularity they can be easy to overlook, but The Kid With a Bike puts just enough spin on the Dardennes' formula to let you feel their worth anew."

Posted May 3, 2012

Sam Adams

37 79%

The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

"Terence Davies doesn't make movies so much as he makes moods, languorous explorations of time and space that coalesce like a cloud of fragrant smoke."

Posted May 3, 2012

Sam Adams

38 86%

Boy (2012)

"Rolleston's winning presence doubtless has much to do with the fact that Boy is a record-breaking hit in its home country, but there's some salt mixed in with the film's sugar."

Posted May 3, 2012

Sam Adams

39 75%

Sound of My Voice (2012)

" Sound of My Voice has great atmosphere, but it signifies less than it could."

Posted May 3, 2012

Sam Adams

40 ——

Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box (1998)

Posted May 3, 2012

Sam Adams

41 80%

Waking Life (2001)

Posted May 3, 2012

Cynthia Fuchs

42 74%

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (2000)

Posted May 3, 2012

Sam Adams

43 ——

Yellowstone (1994)

Posted May 3, 2012

Sam Adams

44 88%

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Posted May 3, 2012

Cynthia Fuchs

45 54%

The Golden Bowl (2000)

Posted May 3, 2012

Cynthia Fuchs

46 38%

Light It Up (1999)

Posted May 3, 2012

Cynthia Fuchs

47 51%

Waking the Dead (2000)

Posted May 3, 2012

Cynthia Fuchs

48 ——

Nothing to Lose (1994)

Posted May 3, 2012

Sam Adams

49 ——

Hommage à Noir (1998)

Posted May 3, 2012

Jeannine DeLombard

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