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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 31%

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

"The film's extravagant action scenes have not a whiff of consequence to them, and other than Alice, the foremost quality of all of the characters is their disposability."

Posted Sep 14, 2012

Alison Willmore

2 60%

10 Years (2012)

"It's too bad 10 Years isn't, you know, funny."

Posted Sep 14, 2012

Amy Nicholson

3 85%

The Master (2012)

"The Master is built around two towering, career-high feats of acting."

Posted Sep 13, 2012

Alison Willmore

4 87%

Arbitrage (2012)

"Gere does his best to give Arbitrage an agitated energy, but Jarecki's fatalism works against the film."

Posted Sep 13, 2012

Amy Nicholson

5 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"It is terribly intense, and French. There is no other way to describe it."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Lorien Haynes

6 56%

Bachelorette (2012)

"There's something to admire in Bachelorette's initial flag-planting outrageousness, even if it goes too far and then sheepishly pulls back to a more conventional conclusion."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Alison Willmore

7 26%

2016: Obama's America (2012)

"As a pressing piece of propaganda, the film could use a louder voice and edgier tone."

Posted Aug 31, 2012

Christopher Campbell

8 40%

The Possession (2012)

"This variation on the demon child subgenre has enough of the familiar and the new to be a decently good time at the movies."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Alison Willmore

9 67%

Lawless (2012)

"It's a film that finds delicate beauty in the image of someone bleeding out in the snow, and turns a drunken, impulsive visit to church service into an overwhelming sensory experience."

Posted Aug 28, 2012

Alison Willmore

10 3%

The Apparition (2012)

"An incomprehensibly garbled, derivative attempt at a horror flick from first-time writer-director Todd Lincoln."

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Alison Willmore

11 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"Premium Rush is a half-entertaining, half-exasperating movie - one that sells you on the notion of New York bike messengers as great fodder for cinema but then doesn't know how to build a feature around them."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Alison Willmore

12 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"The talented cast is game and deserves better, especially Cooper, who is saddled with a dreadlocked fright wig that gives the impression he is performing all his scenes with a spongy blond octopus sitting on his head."

Posted Aug 22, 2012

Anika Chapin

13 65%

The Expendables 2 (2012)

"Whatever throwback charm the first film had has been utterly Snakes on a Plane-d by this sequel, which from the start is far more pleased with itself than audience members are ever given a chance to be."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Alison Willmore

14 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"Easier to admire than to love, David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis is an amplified, feverish vision of the one percent as scarcely human."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Alison Willmore

15 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"The movie is an unsatisfying combination of touching and excruciating, and a large part of the problem stems from Frankel's attempt to hammer such serious and sensitive subject matter into a half-hearted comedy."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Lorien Haynes

16 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"Renner and Weisz have the crackle of legitimate chemistry, enough to make you want more scenes of them together and less of them in visually garbled clashes and chases."

Posted Aug 8, 2012

Alison Willmore

17 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"While funny enough, the film feels even smaller than its 85 minute runtime, like it runs through every last bit of the territory deemed safe to tread and just barely makes it to the credits at a credible feature length."

Posted Aug 8, 2012

Alison Willmore

18 70%

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

"This isn't so much a rom-com or even a break-up movie as it is a portrait of a woman getting her unearned certainty about life shaken up a bit, and coming to terms with her own imperfections."

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Alison Willmore

19 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"Yes, there is a triple-breasted hooker in Len Wiseman's Total Recall remake."

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Alison Willmore

20 95%

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

"Sugar Man is most interesting when it touches on the conditions that combined to draw a cult hero out of some decent music and a generously enabled, imagination-firing mystique."

Posted Jul 27, 2012

Michelle Orange

21 17%

The Watch (2012)

"It's one of those smoke bomb comedies that seems to disappear even while you're watching, leaving no trace of itself behind."

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Michelle Orange

22 78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"To its own detriment, William Friedkin's splattery, southern gothic return to the screen seeks to amuse as well as shake and stir."

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Michelle Orange

23 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"It's a smart counter-jab to the many movies out there that put forth the myth that the world is full of quirky angels in ballet flats who are just waiting for some morose protagonist to come along in need of their love."

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Alison Willmore

24 42%

Step Up Revolution (2012)

"While the editing creates a sense of frantic momentum, it's also dizzying and disorienting."

Posted Jul 25, 2012

Alison Willmore

25 72%

Klown (2012)

"It's startlingly funny in an uncomfortable, envelope-pushing way that's all the more effective for how it sneaks up on you - its shocking gags are folded into a low-key, semi-realistic style like a Dogme 95 take on The Hangover."

Posted Jul 25, 2012

Alison Willmore

26 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"A frequently, unnervingly glorious triumph of brawn over brains."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Michelle Orange

27 94%

The Queen of Versailles (2012)

"It develops an almost mournful empathy for its subjects as they fall from great heights to merely impressive ones."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Alison Willmore

28 76%

Alps (2012)

"The tone is one of deadpan discombobulation, a world turned 45 degrees to the left but presented with a clear, dry perspective."

Posted Jul 13, 2012

Michelle Orange

29 92%

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

"The experience of watching it is something like lounging on a satin divan, being fanned lazily with a bouquet of ostrich plumes."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

30 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"Just a sugary jumble of goofy voices, hyperkinetic action scenes and rote plot elements that rolls forward just enough to get us to the de rigueur pop song that plays over the closing credits."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Alison Willmore

31 29%

Red Lights (2012)

"It loses momentum and the sense of the unexpected that gave it fuel. Its most operatic moments are actually its weakest."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Alison Willmore

32 63%

Union Square (2012)

"With its small cast and focus on performance, Union Square promises to be a welcome showcase for Sorvino, and the early rhymes with Miss Linda are intriguingly open-ended."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Michelle Orange

33 65%

Trishna (2012)

"Some of it sticks and some of it doesn't. But almost always, [Winterbottom] gives us something worth looking at."

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

34 29%

The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

"As sticky-sweet and textureless as a bowl of pudding, though an amused central performance from star Morgan Freeman continually finds nuance and the unexpected where there ultimately isn't any."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Alison Willmore

35 75%

Collaborator (2012)

"What takes shape is a character piece that makes a literary job of deconstructing the hostage thriller."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Michelle Orange

36 51%

Savages (2012)

"There's just no shaking the feeling that it would be so much better if Stone had made it trimmer and more taut and limited himself to the use of only 12 different types of film stock."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

37 28%

Crazy Eyes (2012)

"The film seems to aim for a gritty and real depiction of a drug- and drink-fueled not-quite romance, but it's in fact just your worst fears about the kinds of people who populate L.A. brought to ugly, misogynistic and sometimes maudlin life."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Alison Willmore

38 78%

Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)

"Perry is no dancer and not much of a mover; she's a more mannequin-ish presence, but an energizer mannequin, expressive and ever connecting."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Michelle Orange

39 74%

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012)

"The latest from brothers Mark and Jay Duplass (who co-wrote and directed) seems to expose the limits of a certain kind of realism by stretching them one man-child too far."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Michelle Orange

40 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"[I] had no specific desire to see the series resuscitated. But watching Garfield and Stone made me think doing so wasn't such a bad idea ..."

Posted Jul 2, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

41 21%

Madea's Witness Protection (2012)

"I, frankly, was hoping for at least some hair-pulling."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Alison Willmore

42 88%

Neil Young Journeys (2012)

"At 65, as Demme emphasizes with his clamp-like focus on the performer, Young can still smash it up."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Michelle Orange

43 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"At times it feels like not much holds this world together; at others it seems nothing could possibly tear it apart."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Michelle Orange

44 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"The film defers to the vagueries of the human heart and the way we can, despite our better judgment, form a connection with someone that can't easily be set aside."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Alison Willmore

45 68%

Ted (2012)

"Ted finds a surprising range of off-color vowel sounds in its potentially one-note gag."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

46 55%

People Like Us (2012)

"This is a straightforward family comedy-drama, a movie made for adults, and one that actually gives its actors - among them Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer and Philip Baker Hall - something to do."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

47 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"[It feels] curiously rudderless, its off-stage journey pale and enervated in contrast with the cheesy, ebullient dance numbers it makes room for."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Alison Willmore

48 35%

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

"It's not every day you see a movie and ask yourself, "Why does this thing even exist?""

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

49 98%

The Invisible War (2012)

"Presents a sickening chorus of accounts not just of rape but of institutional betrayal, of a system that's utterly failed to protect or serve those who've joined it."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Alison Willmore

50 78%

Brave (2012)

"This is a story about mothers and daughters and the ways they clash over basic, seemingly simple things, only to find their ultimate connection in the very things they can't change about each other."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Stephanie Zacharek

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