Seattle Weekly - Rotten Tomatoes

Seattle Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

Black Mirror: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" Brooker's stories are novel enough to draw us in, yet familiar enough to become a warped reflection of ourselves and our culture. "

Posted Mar 14, 2015

Sean Axmaker

2 79%

McFarland USA (2015)

" It gives a big-screen face to an American culture generally relegated to the margins of mainstream movies. Too bad it belabors as many stereotypes as it challenges. "

Posted Mar 14, 2015

Sean Axmaker

3 55%

Focus (2015)

" Focus would like nothing more than to evoke the easy style and playful personality of the Oceans movies, but surface glamour is no substitute for character. "

Posted Mar 14, 2015

Sean Axmaker

4 88%

Buzzard (2015)

" It only takes a few minutes of watching Buzzard to suspect there's a stubbornly original filmmaker on the scene -- namely Michigan writer/director Joel Potrykus, whose second feature this is. "

Posted Mar 6, 2015

Robert Horton

5 98%

The Hurt Locker (2009)

" A sudden, extended sniper attack, coming midway through the movie, is the best sequence I've seen on film this year. "

Posted Feb 25, 2015

Brian Miller

6 82%

Human Capital (2015)

" [A] fine, damning drama. "

Posted Feb 4, 2015

Brian Miller

7 86%

Chef (2014)

" Whether as artistic statement or self-justification of craft, Chef confirms the core talent of its maker. Comfort food, meet comfort movie. "

Posted Jan 5, 2015

Brian Miller

8 90%

Obvious Child (2014)

" As we laugh and wince at her heroine's behavior, Robespierre gets the tone exactly right in Obvious Child. "

Posted Jan 5, 2015

Brian Miller

9 88%

Top Five (2014)

" It's much less savvy than his stand-up observations. "

Posted Jan 5, 2015

Robert Horton

10 98%

Citizenfour (2014)

" [An] absorbing character study. "

Posted Jan 5, 2015

Robert Horton

11 91%

Locke (2014)

" Hardy gives Locke a calm, steady self-assessment, a kind of lucid despair. He's a guy forced to realize in one night that his life has no foundation. "

Posted Jan 5, 2015

Brian Miller

12 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

" The political allegory would be ham-handed indeed if it were being served up in a more serious context, but the film's zany pulp approach means Bong can get away with the baldness of the metaphor. Who needs plausibility anyway? "

Posted Jan 4, 2015

Robert Horton

13 95%

Whiplash (2014)

" [An] intense, brutal, and often comical tale of mentorship gone amok. "

Posted Jan 4, 2015

Brian Miller

14 93%

Birdman (2014)

" Even if it doesn't live up to its festival reviews or its crazy possibilities, Birdman serves so many heady moments it qualifies as a bona fide happening. "

Posted Jan 2, 2015

Robert Horton

15 98%

Boyhood (2014)

" By all means, enjoy this movie for its evocation of childhood, but let's also appreciate how Linklater calls for us to reimagine how we might treat movies and childhood: less judgment, less organization, more daydreaming. "

Posted Jan 2, 2015

Robert Horton

16 28%

Annie (2014)

" The movie gets messier as it goes, but the actors are peppy and a sense of goodwill pervades. "

Posted Dec 19, 2014

Robert Horton

17 88%

Actress (2014)

" You could call Burre extremely selfish or extremely skilled, yet it's impossible to dismiss her complaints. Actress raises but refuses to answer some unsettling questions. How strong is your marriage? And: How well do you know your spouse? "

Posted Dec 4, 2014

Brian Miller

18 54%

On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter (2014)

" The documentary world is full of thrilling sports videos, but few have the authentic life-and-death stakes of high speed on two wheels. The movie's distinguished pedigree sets it apart, too. "

Posted Nov 13, 2014

Robert Horton

19 77%

Fury (2014)

" It's in no way a surprising movie; the plot and ending are essentially what you expect; and that earns it a creaky kind of integrity. "

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Brian Miller

20 90%

The Kill Team (2014)

" Is the story of The Kill Team singular? That's the unspoken question that hangs over this award-winning documentary, another artifact from the "war on terror." "

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Robert Horton

21 100%

Ilo Ilo (2014)

" That Ilo Ilo is set 10 years before the global financial crisis gives it a small, sad, prophetic power. "

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Brian Miller

22 80%

Land Ho! (2014)

" One of my favorite films so far this year. "

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Brian Miller

23 83%

Rich Hill (2014)

" To address poverty, much less wage war on it, first you've got to describe it. And that is what this small, admirable film does so well. "

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Brian Miller

24 83%

As It Is In Heaven (2014)

" For the most part this movie joins other recent cult studies in identifying the apocalyptic simmer that runs beneath current American culture. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Robert Horton

25 65%

The Rover (2014)

" Rey is dull-witted and childlike, and although Pattinson might be over-busy at times, his twitchy performance makes an effective contrast with his co-star. "

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Robert Horton

26 88%

The Discoverers (2014)

" T he Discoverers feels like a lot of indies you've seen before, only milder and more forgiving. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Brian Miller

27 95%

Particle Fever (2014)

" [The film] serves as a needed reminder of the excitement of science, a practice that need not be left exclusively to nerds. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Robert Horton

28 49%

RoboCop (2014)

" So we have a battle between the human spirit and an operating system offering "the illusion of free will"-a metaphor for a sheepish, media-driven America that's rife with possibility but here lacking much conviction. "

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Sean Axmaker

29 81%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

" This is a band you would pay to see on tour. "

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Brian Miller

30 71%

The Institute (2013)

" You're unsure if he's a Werner Erhard-style huckster or a Silicon Alley tub-thumper about to do a product launch. That uncertainty mirrors the players' nervous yet giddy involvement. "

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Brian Miller

31 60%

Bad Milo! (2013)

" It's funny, it's gross, and it has a few serious things on its mind. Is it any wonder David Cronenberg is thanked in the end credits? "

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Robert Horton

32 53%

The Muslims Are Coming (2013)

" It's all very admirable, but you may find yourself nodding in agreement more than doubled with laughter. "

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Brian Miller

33 94%

The History Of Future Folk (2013)

" This is a shaggy, enjoyable, homebrewed sci-fi tale where the costumes and plot resemble one of those lo-fi "sweded" remakes in Be Kind Rewind. "

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Brian Miller

34 77%

Somm (2013)

" By the time we get to Dallas for the big exam, we're so invested in these four funny, personable fellows that failure would be shattering for us too. "

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Brian Miller

35 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

" Poppy Hill is more a short story than a feature, almost unbelievably optimistic, but it offers a surprising, innocent window on an era usually associated with nuclear anxieties, cultural neuroses, and juvenile delinquents. "

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Sean Axmaker

36 No Score Yet

Yoyo (Yo Yo) (1965)

" Between inspired silent-movie sequences and a wry jab at television are an idyllic love story and a romantic portrait of the artist as a young clown. "

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Sean Axmaker

37 71%

Bless Me, Ultima (2013)

" [Director Carl] Franklin is sensitive to the way boys interact, bump chests, bicker, and bond-just as he is to how adults justify their hypocrisy and excuse their failures. "

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

38 86%

Yossi (2013)

" ... an awfully familiar fantasy-for gays and straights alike-about an emotionally repressed older man saved by a young beauty who sees the kind soul and intelligence under the frumpy surface. "

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

39 94%

Lore (2013)

" [Director Cate] Shortland directs with an almost hypnotic focus, favoring Lore's immediate experience over the big picture. "

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

40 95%

War Witch (2013)

" Nguyen's compassion and commitment to the issue is admirable, and at its best, War Witch is devastating. "

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

41 68%

The We and the I (2013)

" The We and the I is less a film than a social-studies experiment, an after-school project by a bunch of high-school kids exploring that eternal teen tension between the individual and the group. "

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

42 67%

I am Secretly an Important Man (2010)

" Important Man sets Bernstein's nasal verse to elegant streetscape montages of the city then and now. "

Posted Mar 6, 2013

Brian Miller

43 28%

Backwards (2012)

" Corny and predictable, sure, but Backwards will appeal to a few junior oarswomen around Seattle. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Brian Miller

44 No Score Yet

Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music Part II - With Special Guest Nancy Sinatra (1992)

" ... his tortured jokes are accompanied by phony canned laughter, but once he's swinging, Sinatra is his classy old self. "

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

45 79%

Skeletons (2010)

EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2010

46 89%

Ice People (2008)

" Global warming is the subtext, I suppose, but Anne Aghion's film is really about the gritty, quotidian nature of science. "

Posted Apr 29, 2009

Brian Miller

47 81%

The Harmonists (1999)

" ... a grandly realized and skillfully executed melodrama that seems all too familiar. "

Posted Apr 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

48 82%

Children of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman) (1999)

" Majidi... captures the immediacy and essence of kids: proud, emotional, spirited, and disarmingly sincere. "

Posted Apr 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

49 No Score Yet

Destiny (1998)

" ... a rollicking intellectual adventure with the emotional tenor of a melodrama. "

Posted Apr 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

Authors