Times [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 98%

Up (2009)

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

Posted May 14, 2009

James Christopher

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 69%

Delta (2009)

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

Posted May 8, 2009

James Christopher

21 90%

Coraline (2009)

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

Posted May 8, 2009

James Christopher

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 51%

Observe and Report (2009)

"Does this film warrant one star for being so ugly, violent, misogynistic, sexist and racist - or five stars for being a daring and disturbing study of the violence, ugliness, sexism and racism of the ordinary American male?"

Posted Apr 28, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

35 94%

Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

"This documentary about life in and around a vast scientific research centre in Antarctica. None of these meetings, however, is as interesting as the interspersed footage of the pole's natural wonders."

Posted Apr 28, 2009

Edward Porter

36 90%

Le fils de l'épicier (The Grocer's Son) (2008)

"Written and directed by a newcomer, Eric Guirado, this is a delightful coming-of-age film that quietly explores the hidden tensions in family life."

Posted Apr 28, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

37 0%

City Rats (2009)

"City Rats is an old Trabant: depressing, prone to stall, its parts not properly welded together."

Posted Apr 25, 2009

Dominic Wells

38 31%

The Uninvited (2009)

"The Uninvited is a little too mild-mannered to please any but the most vanilla of horror fans."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Wendy Ide

39 84%

State of Play (2009)

"This is exhilarating, compulsive storytelling and looks likely to be one of the year's cinematic highlights."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Wendy Ide

40 96%

Shifty (2008)

"The production values are lo-fi but spirited performances, matey humour and an edgy authenticity carry the story."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Wendy Ide

41 37%

Outlander (2009)

"Sadly, the kooky premise of Outlander solidifies quickly into formula: monster is fought, fair maiden won, kingship gained and past errors redeemed with no real surprises along the way."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Dominic Wells

42 51%

Observe and Report (2009)

"The bleakly savage comedy Observe and Report is very nearly a great, if somewhat disturbing, film. What lets it down is not the gratuitous violence and foul language - it's that it doesn't go far enough."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Wendy Ide

43 90%

Le fils de l'épicier (The Grocer's Son) (2008)

"This is a slow-burning charmer of a film that rewards those prepared to settle into its easygoing pace."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Wendy Ide

44 96%

From Russia With Love (1964)

"The stylish second Bond film From Russia With Love now looks as if it was shot yesterday."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Dominic Wells

45 40%

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)

"Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel is, unashamedly, a Mini Cooper of a film: small but nippy."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Dominic Wells

46 94%

Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

"As a nature doc alone, Encounters at the End of the World would stand as one of the year's best. But it is the people who choose to live and work at the very ends of the Earth that are Herzog's real subject."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Dominic Wells

47 84%

I Love You, Man (2009)

"In the coarse but compassionate style patented by Judd Apatow, the film is funny about the uncertain etiquette of incipient male friendships, but it drags a bit."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Edward Porter

48 94%

In the Loop (2009)

"In the Loop is a fast and furious farce that looks and feels authentic."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

49 33%

Not Easily Broken (2009)

"It has all the philosophical depth of a greetings card message but it's underscored with a nasty little edge of misogyny."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Wendy Ide

50 94%

In the Loop (2009)

"The satire steams and fizzes like concentrated sulphuric acid. It is blisteringly offensive. Armando Iannucci's debut feature film In the Loop is the kind of movie that makes you proud to be British."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Wendy Ide

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