Times [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a film with a huge heart and a dazzling eye, but it does little for the very thing it is trying to celebrate: the imagination."

Posted May 22, 2009

James Christopher

2 70%

Tormented (2009)

"The qualitative bar for execrable homegrown comedy-horror was recently set at ground level by Lesbian Vampire Killers, here is a movie so inept and ill-conceived that it manages to scrape a place for itself directly below that particular abomination."

Posted May 22, 2009

Kevin Maher

3 84%

Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969)

"Godard opens up his box of tricks and tips it all over the screen in a flurry of improvised, postmodernism that takes scattergun shots at consumerism, cultural imperialism and the Vietnam and Algerian wars."

Posted May 22, 2009

Ed Potton

4 86%

L'Empreinte de l'ange (Mark of an Angel) (2008)

"Typically, it's smart, seductive stuff that taps the primal power of maternal grief."

Posted May 22, 2009

Kevin Maher

5 74%

La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008)

"The performances drip with cliché, while the narrative is all over the place: plot developments are either clumsily telegraphed or given the flimsiest of dramatic explanation."

Posted May 22, 2009

Ed Potton

6 91%

Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009)

"God, it's dull. Tasteful, to be sure; the movie would sit perfectly in a Sunday night slot reserved for BBC period adaptations."

Posted May 22, 2009

Kevin Maher

7 93%

Slepe lásky, (Blind Loves) (2009)

"A sweet, if slightly stagey, documentary-drama."

Posted May 22, 2009

Ed Potton

8 36%

Awaydays (2009)

"All around him the movie drips with atmosphere. The evocative sense of place is overwhelming, and perhaps the real star. Birkenhead in 1979 may not have been like this. But it is now."

Posted May 22, 2009

Kevin Maher

9 44%

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

"Unlike most sequels, this "bigger, busier" strategy pays off, resulting in a romp that's as affable as it is inventive."

Posted May 22, 2009

Ed Potton

10 72%

I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)

"Funny, sometimes tender and ultimately unsettling black comedy."

Posted May 19, 2009

Damon Wise

11 82%

Broken Embraces (2009)

"Feels like a mixed bag of smart ideas and nods to other pictures, rather than a coherent, distinct work of art."

Posted May 19, 2009

Wendy Ide

12 85%

Looking for Eric (2010)

"Looking for Eric is scathing about the erosion of communal values and the violent, selfish mess of inner-city life."

Posted May 18, 2009

James Christopher

13 49%

Antichrist (2009)

"Given how desperate to shock the film is, it's surprising that long swathes of it are so turgidly dull."

Posted May 18, 2009

Wendy Ide

14 48%

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"It's a movie that wears the trappings of the countercultural movement like bunting, yet is essentially mild-mannered and rather conventional."

Posted May 18, 2009

Wendy Ide

15 68%

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

"This is a classic Kaufmanesque work: bold, bizarre and utterly baffling."

Posted May 17, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

16 39%

Fighting (2009)

"All of this, however, is plainly just a veneer on a solidly generic punch-up movie, and it thus becomes a drag. A more cartoonish approach would probably have been more fun."

Posted May 17, 2009

Edward Porter

17 53%

French Film (2009)

"The director, Jackie Oudney, gives Bonneville and Duff's scenes a proper romcom glow, but Aschlin Ditta's script resorts to a lot of faffing about to postpone the inevitable happy ending."

Posted May 17, 2009

Edward Porter

18 54%

Viva (2007)

"There is barely an out and-out gag - and certainly none that's funny - in the whole two hours of deliberately bad acting."

Posted May 17, 2009

Edward Porter

19 83%

Bright Star (2009)

"Jane Campion has turned the short and doomed affair between John Keats and Fanny Brawne into an enthralling film that tenderly rips your heart to shreds."

Posted May 16, 2009

James Christopher

20 54%

Viva (2007)

"It's the sort of attention to detail that would be admirable in a short film. But in a film that plays out at two hours it's unendurable. Paying ironic homage to bad cinema doesn't suddenly make it good."

Posted May 15, 2009

Wendy Ide

21 68%

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

"A toweringly ambitious and bafflingly confusing film that gives a glimpse of the daily battles going on in the director's mind."

Posted May 15, 2009

Wendy Ide

22 53%

French Film (2009)

"The writing - unfunny, repetitive - is barely sitcom standard; the lighting is brutal; the performances desperate."

Posted May 15, 2009

Wendy Ide

23 39%

Fighting (2009)

"There are no surprises here - this is a story that has been told before, many times. But Tatum gives us a glimpse of the charisma that could make him a star."

Posted May 15, 2009

Wendy Ide

24 37%

Angels & Demons (2009)

"This graceless and overwrought piece of storytelling will probably earn a Pope's ransom at the box office, despite its many flaws."

Posted May 15, 2009

Wendy Ide

25 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"It's only her second feature film, but with Fish Tank, the British director Andrea Arnold demonstrates that she more than deserves her place in a Cannes competition lineup."

Posted May 15, 2009

Wendy Ide

26 98%

Up (2009)

"It's an unusual, magical film with which to open an art-house festival."

Posted May 14, 2009

James Christopher

27 89%

O' Horten (2007)

"What you make of Hamer's brand of quirkiness is very much a matter of taste. My experience was that the film was often on the brink of annoying me, yet never did."

Posted May 13, 2009

Edward Porter

28 69%

Delta (2009)

"Strikingly shot though it is, this Hungarian film, by Kornel Mundruczo, is sunk by a drama that represents art-house cinema at its worst: a dull, gloomy tale that skirts questions of plausibility."

Posted May 13, 2009

Edward Porter

29 91%

Momma's Man (2008)

"The film is decidedly low-key. As such movies go, it's enjoyable, though you might find yourself wishing Mikey would just pull himself together."

Posted May 13, 2009

Edward Porter

30 50%

Chéri (2009)

"It's not a film of any great pungency. In the title role, Rupert Friend is perhaps even more callow than the part requires, and the wry narration, read by Frears, is wrongly pitched. The main drawback, however, is the not terribly exciting source material"

Posted May 13, 2009

Edward Porter

31 90%

Coraline (2009)

"The film combines stunning visuals - there are scenes of incredible beauty - with good old-fashioned storytelling that is funny, inventive and at times scary. Destined to be a classic."

Posted May 13, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

32 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"J. J. Abrams's thriller Star Trek is the first tent-pole film that has made me sob with pure pleasure."

Posted May 8, 2009

James Christopher

33 87%

Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009)

"The documentary Sounds Like Teen Spirit has a thoroughly dismal premise but it is a remarkable and deeply affecting watch."

Posted May 8, 2009

James Christopher

34 89%

O' Horten (2007)

"It's not always the most compelling piece of storytelling. It does, however, have a bittersweet appeal that fans of eccentric Northern European cinema will find hard to resist."

Posted May 8, 2009

Wendy Ide

35 91%

Momma's Man (2008)

"Slyly funny and genuinely original, Momma's Man represents that rarest of things, a truly independent American movie."

Posted May 8, 2009

Wendy Ide

36 24%

Little Ashes (2009)

"The presence of Robert Twilight Pattinson in the cast of Little Ashes might generate more interest in this insubstantial drama than its meagre merits warrant."

Posted May 8, 2009

Wendy Ide

37 69%

Delta (2009)

"Delta is a weird, eerie, and utterly compelling Hungarian gem. A lugubrious piece of genius."

Posted May 8, 2009

James Christopher

38 90%

Coraline (2009)

"Technically, it's impeccable. But it's madly out of synch with the 12A certificate."

Posted May 8, 2009

James Christopher

39 50%

Chéri (2009)

"we're treated to a group of dull-witted doyennes of the oldest profession, languishing on silk cushions, lazily point-scoring and carping."

Posted May 8, 2009

Wendy Ide

40 82%

Párpados Azules (Blue Eyelids) (2007)

"Not an awful lot happens but the acting is first-rate, if low-key, and the choice of Ray Davies's This Strange Effect as a recurring motif on the soundtrack brings a melancholy sweetness to the story."

Posted May 8, 2009

Wendy Ide

41 55%

Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no ai Wo Misero (Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!) (2007)

"The film's wacky ghoulishness holds your attention, but there's not much more than that on offer. Despite a lot of manic effort, none of the actors makes an impression."

Posted May 7, 2009

Edward Porter

42 66%

The Brothers Bloom (2009)

"Mark Ruffalo's elaborate stings are so beautifully conceived that it is difficult to know where real life ends and make-believe begins."

Posted May 5, 2009

James Christopher

43 65%

Is Anybody There? (2009)

"It's a tragic farce. There are moments of dramatic pudding when the anxieties and fears that Clarence and Edward share grind in opposite directions. But the magic is in the tiny, immaculate stitches."

Posted May 1, 2009

James Christopher

44 67%

Helen (2008)

"A moody British/Irish co-production, Helen is beautifully photographed and blessed with a wistfully atmospheric score, but it's a little bit creaky in some of the performances."

Posted May 1, 2009

Wendy Ide

45 45%

Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)

"You have to be true to yourself and your roots, particularly if you live a lie. As moral messages go, the one peddled by Hannah Montana the Movie could do with some fine-tuning."

Posted May 1, 2009

Wendy Ide

46 26%

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

"Any film starring the self-regarding, teak-veneered charisma vacuum that is Matthew McConaughey has more to overcome than most. So the fact that the rom-com Dickens riff Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is even sporadically entertaining is no mean feat."

Posted May 1, 2009

Wendy Ide

47 55%

Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no ai Wo Misero (Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!) (2007)

"Tonally, it strikes a curious balance between black comedy and melodrama, but visually it's a striking film."

Posted May 1, 2009

Wendy Ide

48 67%

End ()

"The flesh-crawling thrill is that these stories about armed robberies, ghastly fights, and grisly murders are utterly compelling."

Posted May 1, 2009

James Christopher

49 38%

X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

"The novel innovation is that these hairy wolves move in contrary ways. That is the dismal sum of the original thinking."

Posted May 1, 2009

James Christopher

50 96%

From Russia With Love (1964)

"It's not too different from the non-Bond action thrillers of the same era, in which company it falls well short of the top film, North by Northwest. Plenty of period charm, though, and a few of the Bond franchise's most Austin Powers-esque moments."

Posted Apr 28, 2009

Edward Porter

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