Times [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 55%

Martyrs (2008)

"Martyrs is an unforgettable (not necessarily a good thing) endurance test of a movie that provides a quasi-philosophical spin on the torture porn genre."

Posted Mar 27, 2009

Wendy Ide

2 24%

The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

"Surely the point of a "twist" is that it should slot into the plot with a satisfying click, not that it should invalidate 50 per cent of what came before it?"

Posted Mar 27, 2009

Wendy Ide

3 79%

Genova ()

"Winterbottom tries to make a modern and meaningful parable. He fails quite miserably."

Posted Mar 27, 2009

James Christopher

4 94%

The Damned United (2009)

"Anyone who has ever kicked a leather football in anger - when they were brown, permanently sodden and weighed 10lb - will almost certainly love this."

Posted Mar 27, 2009

James Christopher

5 100%

Afghan Star (2009)

"But the documentary reveals that tribalism is only one of the problems. "She should be killed," says a young man of a female contestant who dared to dance on stage."

Posted Mar 27, 2009

Wendy Ide

6 33%

Knowing (2009)

"A clunky screenplay doesn't help matters, but the spectacularly shoddy special effects are the nail in the coffin for this doomsday scenario."

Posted Mar 27, 2009

Wendy Ide

7 64%

Marley & Me (2008)

"There is something wildly odd about a film that measures human happiness with the whims of a dog."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

James Christopher

8 43%

Hush (2009)

"The label slapped on the side of Mark Tonderai's low-budget horror movie has absolutely no bearing on the silly contents."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

James Christopher

9 94%

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

"There is a remarkable story to be told of outlaws carving out their own slice of the industry with scant regard for decorum, personal safety or narrative coherence."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Wendy Ide

10 86%

Wonderful Town (2007)

"A purposeful, almost meditative exploration of the scars left on a people's psyche after tragedy."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Wendy Ide

11 35%

The Burning Plain (2009)

"[Arriaga] has an uncanny understanding of damaged human beings. He needs to step away to let them live."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

James Christopher

12 76%

Bronson (2009)

"An example of a film that is, in all likelihood, considerably more intelligent and interesting than its subject."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Wendy Ide

13 76%

The Young Victoria (2009)

"It's decorative, but suffers from a stultifying lack of drama."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Wendy Ide

14 85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"Wendy and Lucy is a sweet, slight and beautifully crafted film."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

James Christopher

15 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"Snyder's last-ditch attempt to raise the geeky bar by introducing "real" people dressed up as heroes is more adolescent than adult, as is the addition of e nough soft-core 1970s bump and grind to win an 18 certificate."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

James Christopher

16 55%

Surveillance (2009)

"Structurally, it's a bit of a muddle but Lynch creates a nicely ominous atmosphere with a sound design that looms up on you like a menacing shadow in a dark alleyway."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Wendy Ide

17 9%

Reverb (2007)

"Occult thriller Reverb soon gets bogged down in implausibility and sloppy writing."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Wendy Ide

18 87%

Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008)

"A polished, dazzlingly photographed tale of Resistance heroes that is curiously devoid of tension."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Wendy Ide

19 70%

American Teen (2008)

" The documentary curriculum is sex, gossip and self-pity. Not exactly original, but disturbingly true."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

James Christopher

20 96%

The Class (2008)

"The film raises important questions about learning, authority and discipline, and is honest enough to admit that it doesn't really have any answers."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

21 11%

The Unborn (2009)

"Cue a creepy toddler, various demonically possessed adults and a Jewish exorcism conducted by Gary Oldman. He's a vastly better actor than the film deserves, but he can't make the script seem even slightly better than it is."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Edward Porter

22 29%

New In Town (2009)

"The film starts off as a tedious, lifeless ordeal and it stays that way with a vengeance."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Edward Porter

23 59%

Franklyn (2008)

"Franklyn is wonky and self-defeating: there are lots of gauche moments. Still, it's entertaining, and commendable for its strangeness."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Edward Porter

24 65%

The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)

"The archive footage reveals a deadpan sense of humour and a surreal and marvellous indifference to the ghastly trappings of fame."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

James Christopher

25 92%

Obscene (2008)

"Obscene, is melancholic. The eerie contradiction is how chirpy and cheery this remarkable activist, and self-confessed sex addict, is at more than 80 years of age."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

James Christopher

26 59%

The International (2009)

"This satisfyingly cynical dig at the world of high finance should please anyone with a taste for paranoid political thrillers."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Wendy Ide

27 97%

Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female) (1950)

"Admittedly, the script is vintage corn. But visually Gun Crazy is a rude, startling and suggestive pleasure."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

James Christopher

28 59%

Franklyn (2008)

" It's a convoluted piece of storytelling that repays more on a visual level than on a logical one. But you can't fault its ambition and imagination."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Wendy Ide

29 29%

New In Town (2009)

"There are precious few laughs to be found in this tale."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Wendy Ide

30 11%

The Unborn (2009)

"It's hard to imagine a more ham-fisted attempt at the genre of 'womb horror' than this flat-footed supernatural drama with a Jewish twist."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Wendy Ide

31 92%

Obscene (2008)

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Posted Feb 27, 2009

32 65%

The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)

EDIT

Posted Feb 27, 2009

33 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"Seeing the new inclusive Clint shows an old dog can learn new tricks. But like Walt himself, I can't help but prefer Dirty Harry to Caring Clint any day."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

34 25%

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

"Fisher is a likeable star with a knack for slapstick."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Edward Porter

35 67%

Cadillac Records (2008)

"The music is good, the suits are sharp, but it's the outstanding performances that wow. Walker is electrifying as Howlin' Wolf and BeyoncÚ - playing Etta James - has never been so sultry and sexy."

Posted Feb 26, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

36 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"A mesmerising and brutalising experience, and will be, for some at least, more than worth the wait."

Posted Feb 24, 2009

Kevin Maher

37 23%

Push (2009)

""What if nothing we did made any sense. Would that throw them off the scent?" Nick asks. You bet."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

James Christopher

38 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"What the film aches for is a challenge worthy of the monster Eastwood effortlessly inhabits."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

James Christopher

39 25%

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

"The tone of the film, directed by P. J. Hogan, is frothy and frivolous; the plot is glaringly predictable."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Wendy Ide

40 80%

Che: Part Two (Guerrilla) (2008)

"Darker in tone and more introspective thematically, Che: Part 2 is the more interesting of the two films."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Wendy Ide

41 67%

Cadillac Records (2008)

"Her warts-and-all history of the blues has as much documentary truth as a West End musical."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

James Christopher

42 98%

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

"Anvil! The Story of Anvil has to be one of the most engaging, big-hearted music movies yet made."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Wendy Ide

43 33%

20-seiki sh˘nen: Honkaku kagaku b˘ken eiga (20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End) (2008)

"It's mildly interesting but inelegantly structured, unfolding through a mess of flashbacks and shocking overacting."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Wendy Ide

44 45%

Hotel for Dogs (2009)

"The dogs are never quite as entertaining as they should be for the kids in the audience, and the hypercutesiness and speechifying at the end will lead to much tightening of adult sphincters."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Peter Whittle

45 25%

Friday the 13th (2009)

"This "reimagining", by the director Marcus Nispel, of the 1980 slasher movie is one hell of a bore."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Peter Whittle

46 77%

▄š Maymun (Three Monkeys) (2008)

"Despite the strong performances he obtains from his actors here, and the way he keeps piquing our curiosity with ellipses and ambiguities, the film is not powerful enough to get away with that elaborate story line."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Edward Porter

47 12%

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

"The entire film is a tedious string of pratfalls."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

James Christopher

48 51%

Notorious (2009)

"This is an MTV-friendly, slick and styled production that tells one version of a very murky story and does it with plenty of energy but little imagination."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Wendy Ide

49 86%

El Rey de la monta˝a (King of the Hill) (2007)

"From Spain comes a leaner, bleaker horror film."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Wendy Ide

50 45%

Hotel for Dogs (2009)

"It needs something quite special to save this film from toxic splurges of sentiment. Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon duly oblige as a pair of fabulously awful foster parents."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

James Christopher

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