Times [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 92%

In Search of Beethoven (2009)

"If the interminable length of In Search of Beethoven doesn't put people off this repetitive documentary about "the world's greatest composer", then the lack of real insight into the man rather than the myth surely will."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Wendy Ide

20 84%

I Love You, Man (2009)

"Ultimately, I Love You, Man doesn't take us anywhere we haven't been before, but there is no shortage of laughs for those who decide to come along for the ride."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Wendy Ide

21 33%

Good (2008)

"It's a thought-provoking theme, which is rather let down by a thoroughly unconvincingly turn from Mortensen."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Wendy Ide

22 87%

Avant que j'Oublie (Before I Forget) (2008)

"Tortuously slow but unexpectedly charming."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Wendy Ide

23 98%

Let the Right One In (2008)

"The film is a fresh and memorable mix of grimy realism and gothic fantasy."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

24 85%

Tony Manero (2009)

"The brilliance of Tony Manero is that it is so black-hearted. There are no forgivable souls within miles. The squalor is a masterclass in tack. The ghoulish hook is that it is totally compelling."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

James Christopher

25 43%

Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

"It's a rattling good chase movie. The young aliens have useful tricks. Johnson is the contractual comic liability. Perfect holiday nonsense."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

James Christopher

26 98%

Let the Right One In (2008)

"Let the Right One In, a deliciously macabre story of a tentative romance between a bullied 12-year-old boy and the strange girl who moves in next door, is pure magic."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

Wendy Ide

27 27%

Fast & Furious (2009)

"This is dumb, loud and fast, with a questionable attitude towards road safety and a supporting cast apparently recruited for their tattoos rather than their acting ability."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

Wendy Ide

28 88%

Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

"This is an appalling scenario for a film that unspools with the ghastly enthusiasm of a Hollywood thriller. But Sturgess's performance as the feckless hero is absolutely stunning."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

James Christopher

29 100%

The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) (1959)

"Distinguished by its naturalistic, quasi-documentary approach and an extraordinary central performance from the 12-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud, this is a blisteringly authentic story."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

Wendy Ide

30 55%

17 Again (2009)

"Amusing, wholesome fun for young teenage swooners who will squirm with horror at the adults who ought to know better."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

James Christopher

31 14%

Dragonball Evolution (2009)

"Dragonball Evolution is an example of Hollywood at its most calculating and cynical. Utter drivel."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

Wendy Ide

32 69%

Religulous (2008)

"Maher has gone for easy targets. He comes up with the odd funny gag, but you get the feeling that he is as dogmatic about his doubt as the believers are about their faith."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

33 83%

Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) (2008)

"The example set by Ozu's best works goes unheeded as the film becomes too cutesy and forced to be moving."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

Edward Porter

34 56%

Waveriders (2010)

"The sensational footage of surfers barrelling through 50ft waves provides most of the appeal. But Joel Conroy's documentary is full of scrapbook curios."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

James Christopher

35 69%

Religulous (2008)

"Maher crucifies the kooks. What he singularly fails to do, though, is engage with anyone sensible. By mocking the loonies he squanders the precious high ground. A real pity."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

James Christopher

36 72%

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

"Engagingly nerdy movie in-jokes are clearly a step in the right direction for DreamWorks after the rather crass and bombastic approach of the Shrek movies."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

Wendy Ide

37 100%

Profils Paysans: la Vie Moderne (Modern Life) (2008)

"The pastoral beauty of the scenery and the lyrical journey of Depardon's camera are underscored by a sense of acute melancholy and hopelessness in this affecting film."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

Wendy Ide

38 24%

The World Unseen (2008)

"You wait all year for a lesbian comedy drama with the production values of a 1980s TV movie and the acting standard of a carpet shampoo advert, and then two come along at once."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

Wendy Ide

39 13%

I Can't Think Straight (2008)

"I Can't Think Straight, a glossy contemporary cross-cultural romance between a Palestinian Christian girl and an Anglo-Indian Muslim girl, is spectacularly dreadful."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

Wendy Ide

40 83%

Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) (2008)

"Ozu's handling of the frosty schism between awkward parents and their ghastly offspring resulted in a heartbreaking piece of cinema."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

James Christopher

41 61%

Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009)

"The rom-com glue that has turned every other Curtis film into box-office gold is absent. This is a listless, sketchy mess."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

James Christopher

42 84%

Tyson (2009)

"Plainly, this isn't the only account you would need to consult to form a proper picture of the man, but it's a compelling spectacle, to be sure."

Posted Mar 31, 2009

Edward Porter

43 63%

Traitor (2008)

"Much harder to see coming is the film's denouement, but that's only because of its extreme silliness."

Posted Mar 31, 2009

Edward Porter

44 55%

Martyrs (2008)

"The air of pretentiousness and the whiff of lesbian chic suggest that the bunch of nihilists who produced this garbage will claim something for it. All it really demonstrates is that there is something seriously rotten in the state of France."

Posted Mar 31, 2009

Peter Whittle

45 79%

Genova ()

"Winterbottom employs a naturalistic style that, in its self-conscious flatness, becomes an affectation, and the complete, wanton lack of any kind of drama is frustrating."

Posted Mar 31, 2009

Peter Whittle

46 94%

The Damned United (2009)

"Thoroughly entertaining, cartoonish romp, part nostalgia fest, part buddy movie. You do not have to like football to enjoy it."

Posted Mar 31, 2009

Rod Liddle

47 100%

Afghan Star (2009)

"An absorbing - if, inevitably, impressionistic - picture of life in Kabul and beyond."

Posted Mar 31, 2009

Edward Porter

48 33%

Knowing (2009)

"As well as being perversely pessimistic for a blockbuster, it's rendered tedious by a dense plot and lifeless characters. Even M Night Shyamalan would have done a better job. How dare such an empty film ask us to endure many realistic scenes of carnage?"

Posted Mar 31, 2009

Edward Porter

49 84%

Tyson (2009)

"Toback's split-screen moments, in which the film dissolves from gripping memories into something far closer to stream of consciousness, is pure documentary poetry. Hold tight for a guided tour of Tyson's surreal descent into hell."

Posted Mar 27, 2009

James Christopher

50 82%

Two Lovers (2008)

"Kraditor's vacillating affections make up what could have been a frustratingly underpowered drama but for Gray's subtle, intelligent direction and Phoenix's raw performance."

Posted Mar 27, 2009

Wendy Ide

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