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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"Winning in a rousing, let's-hunt-down-a-treasure way, once you get past - if you can - the Polar Express-style creepiness of animated figures who gaze through human-looking eyes."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

2 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

"The Fincher version doesn't actively negate the presence of the earlier one - it doesn't have to - but its confidence and bravado are like a strong blast of sunlight with the ability to fade the memory of whatever came before."

Posted Dec 20, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

3 60%

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

"Action purists should be entertained enough by the slick spectacles Ritchie chains together, set against as handsome a historical London as you're bound to get from the movies."

Posted Dec 15, 2011

Jen Yamato

4 12%

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)

"Number of chipmunks who speak fluent chola when necessary: three. Number of Spider-Man/Pepe Le Pew mash-ups I can't really get into: one."

Posted Dec 15, 2011

Michelle Orange

5 92%

Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel (2011)

"The most poignant idea to emerge from Corman's World is that in fact neither man nor mogul can control quite everything, perhaps nothing less than his legacy."

Posted Dec 15, 2011

Michelle Orange

6 71%

Carnage (2011)

"The craftsmanship is obvious - there's no flashiness here, just lots of micro-control. But the picture is less artistic than it is artisinal."

Posted Dec 15, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

7 93%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"If the hoodied Cruise evokes a touch of Eminem-level moodiness in the posters, it's with good reason: Stopping a maniacal supervillain may be on the docket yet again, but this time around Ethan Hunt has gone emo."

Posted Dec 15, 2011

Jen Yamato

8 80%

Young Adult (2011)

"Young Adult offers intriguing points of view about a lot of subjects: The perils of nostalgia; the mythology of midlife crises; the value of community; and the futility of self-loathing come immediately to mind..."

Posted Dec 8, 2011

S.T. VanAirsdale

9 7%

New Year's Eve (2011)

"It uses its titular holiday as a ruthless star delivery system in which a menagerie of assembled celebs sprints through a collection of interconnected narrative threads that briskly accelerate from alleged comedy to syrupy sentimentality."

Posted Dec 8, 2011

Alison Willmore

10 13%

W.E. (2012)

"Even though it's something of a slick mess, Madonna's W.E. is just the kind of movie you'd expect from an artist who once, with a delightful lack of irony, declared herself a material girl."

Posted Dec 8, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

11 21%

The Sitter (2011)

"A lazy ramble of a movie that's amusing enough to hold your gaze for 81 minutes while leaving you feeling a little cheated when it's over."

Posted Dec 8, 2011

Alison Willmore

12 12%

I Melt with You (2011)

"Although a stark performative moment here and a cold, sexy shot there slip through, all of the film's lesser ambitions are undone by its most risible one - to be serious, and thus be taken seriously."

Posted Dec 8, 2011

Michelle Orange

13 83%

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

"The movie's intricacy, and the way it finds its way into the emotional lives of its characters via (and not in spite of) that intricacy, is what makes it extraordinary. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy challenges audiences to believe in craftsmanship again."

Posted Dec 8, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

14 9%

Answers to Nothing (2011)

"A Short Cuts full of self-pitying sociopaths, Answers to Nothing follows its characters toward a succession of increasingly queasy conclusions it tries to pass off as heartfelt and human."

Posted Dec 1, 2011

Alison Willmore

15 49%

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

"The picture is clinical in its approach and its technique, yet it leaves so many questions unanswered - it's straightforward in a vague, maddening way. It's also strangely, obliquely compelling."

Posted Dec 1, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

16 79%

Shame (2011)

"Shame could have gone all wrong with the wrong actor. Luckily, McQueen has the right one in Fassbender, and that makes all the difference."

Posted Dec 1, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

17 93%

Coriolanus (2011)

"If there are slack patches in the narrative, Fiennes and his fellow actors get us through them efficiently enough."

Posted Dec 1, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

18 33%

The Lady (2012)

"A kind of Botoxed biopic with an unlikely director - Luc Besson - manning the syringe."

Posted Dec 1, 2011

Michelle Orange

19 98%

The Artist (2011)

"A picture that romances its audience into watching in a new way - by, paradoxically, asking us to watch in an old way. The Artist is perhaps the most modern movie imaginable right now."

Posted Nov 24, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

20 84%

My Week with Marilyn (2011)

"There are some movies that have little or nothing to recommend them, except as a frame for a performance. My Week with Marilyn is that kind of movie."

Posted Nov 23, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

21 94%

Hugo (2011)

"Scorsese's Hugo is oversized, ambitious and expensive-looking - and still it manages to be lovely, which is the hardest task of all to pull off, even for an alleged movie genius like Scorsese."

Posted Nov 23, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

22 74%

Rampart (2012)

"As Brown lurches toward self-destruction, we start to long for him to find it."

Posted Nov 22, 2011

Alison Willmore

23 91%

Arthur Christmas (2011)

"I'd be satisfied if Arthur Christmas primed kids for nothing more than expecting nothing less from holiday entertainment than this fleet, sweet-natured film."

Posted Nov 22, 2011

Michelle Orange

24 77%

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"Probably the most fun you'll ever have watching a movie about Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud duking it out - and nurturing a deep-rooted but fragile friendship - in early 20th century Austria and Switzerland."

Posted Nov 22, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

25 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"The love Segel has for the Muppets is a genuine, perceivable and positive quality that suffuses this good-hearted revitalization of the franchise, and if some wish fulfillment sneaks in there too, it seldom gets in the way of the enjoyment to be had."

Posted Nov 22, 2011

Alison Willmore

26 52%

The Devil's Double (2011)

Posted Nov 18, 2011

Alison Willmore

27 50%

Rid of Me (2011)

"It's a bittersweet ode to downward mobility and letting go that's a throwback to a time when slackerdom was more of a lifestyle choice than something forced upon you by grim economic realities."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Alison Willmore

28 46%

Happy Feet Two (2011)

"Happy Feet Two is just too big and overloaded - too much of an almost-good thing."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

29 24%

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

"It's the most imaginative picture in the franchise, and I say that as a fan of the first picture, Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight, an irony-free adolescent romance that took the idea of teenage erotic fantasy seriously."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

30 45%

Another Happy Day (2011)

"It's unpleasant, shrill and exhausting - everyone's so busy airing their own grievances no one has time to listen to anyone else's - but it's a genuine actors' film anchored by some good performances..."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Alison Willmore

31 74%

The Lie (2011)

"Embedded in The Lie is a sharp look at the moral limbo of a complacent life, the self-defeat of committing by halves, the self-interest of false equivalencies - but only the shallowest attempts are made to chip its themes out."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Michelle Orange

32 97%

Tomboy (2011)

"CÚline Sciamma's film is titled Tomboy, but the gender issues it delves into are more complex than any supposedly unfeminine preferences for sports and pants-wearing and other associations that linger around that antiquated term."

Posted Nov 16, 2011

Alison Willmore

33 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"An ultra-polished picture in which every emotion we're supposed to feel has been cued up well in advance. There's nothing surprising or affecting about it. Not even Clooney, who works wonders with the occasional piece of dialogue, can save it."

Posted Nov 16, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

34 8%

11-11-11 (2011)

"The film has the feel of something conceived and whipped together in very little time, perhaps to make its own built-in deadline."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Alison Willmore

35 35%

Immortals (2011)

"Immortals lacks the inexorable forward momentum of its role model 300, as well as that movie's audacious, gleeful fascism and oblivious, accidental homoeroticism."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Alison Willmore

36 33%

London Boulevard (2011)

"The confidence of London Boulevard never tips into cockiness. This is style with some intelligence behind it."

Posted Nov 10, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

37 3%

Jack and Jill (2011)

"Pacino ends up devouring the movie, but in a way that's welcome, since there's not really enough to Jack and Jill's rapprochement to fill a feature."

Posted Nov 10, 2011

Alison Willmore

38 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"It's all too earnest, to the point of serving, unwittingly or otherwise, as an apologia."

Posted Nov 9, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

39 91%

Into The Abyss (2011)

"An outlandish, compassionate and, at times, improbably buoyant film about life's capacity for grief and horror and about how it bubbles on miraculously in the face of such things."

Posted Nov 9, 2011

Alison Willmore

40 68%

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

"A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas lacks the freewheeling, generous spirit of the first two Harold & Kumar movies and tries to make up for that lack with extra crudeness."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

41 55%

Killing Bono (2011)

"Neil's not a very likable protagonist - he's actually often awful - but who can't relate to that nagging certainty that one's destined for great things?"

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Alison Willmore

42 68%

Tower Heist (2011)

"Ratner loves to go for the big, excessive finish, and Tower Heist is most fatiguing in the last stretch. But his movie is also dotted, here and there, with comic gracefulness."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

43 16%

The Son of No One (2011)

"It's as if Montiel, who also wrote the script, came up with a cool idea and then had no idea how to spin it out into an even minimally plausible story."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

44 77%

The Other F Word (2011)

"This earnest and intermittently lovable look into the lives of prominent punk rockers who've gone on to become responsible fathers doesn't break as much ground as it seems to hope and believe."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Alison Willmore

45 8%

13 (2011)

"This is a lumpy, dumb, suspenseless thing that sometimes scarcely feels finished."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Alison Willmore

46 50%

The Rum Diary (2011)

"After years of watching Johnny Depp give performances from behind thick rings of pirate eyeliner or masks of outlandish Tim Burton makeup, it's a relief to see him, more and more often these days, acting with nothing but his real face."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

47 20%

The Double (2011)

"Despite similarities, this film is several rungs down the ladder from Salt and lacks the charisma of a lead like Angelina Jolie to pull you past nagging silliness."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Alison Willmore

48 46%

Anonymous (2011)

"It is, at the very least, a curiosity, one with some clever casting and a few very fine performances at its core."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

49 84%

Puss in Boots (2011)

"A legitimately entertaining prequel that encapsulates what the franchise does best: Breezy action, clever twists on classic figures from fables and grown-up gags tucked in amidst the kid-friendly developments."

Posted Oct 26, 2011

Alison Willmore

50 36%

In Time (2011)

"The movie doesn't punish its characters for being young and beautiful. Instead it revels in the sight of them, and that's just one of the ways Niccol makes sure that his movie, despite its blunt message, never succumbs to preachiness."

Posted Oct 26, 2011

Stephanie Zacharek

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