Times [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 14%

The Spirit (2008)

"Miller shoots it in the inky graphic style of Sin City, but he clearly hasn't a clue how to stage a scene, or shoot it, and he singly fails to animate his actors."

Posted Jan 5, 2009

Tom Charity

2 45%

Yes Man (2008)

"It's a bland, high-concept comedy where the producers seem to have entered the spirit of the thing by saying yes to every random idea the writers came up with."

Posted Jan 5, 2009

Edward Porter

3 25%

Bedtime Stories (2008)

"It's a pleasing concept, and Sandler is at his least obnoxious, but surely Adam Shankman's family comedy could have been wittier."

Posted Jan 5, 2009

Edward Porter

4 55%

Australia (2008)

"Australia is an epic love story, and a quite extraordinary piece of kitsch. Everything about the film is wildly over the top."

Posted Jan 5, 2009

James Christopher

5 25%

Bedtime Stories (2008)

"Adam Shankman's idea of directing a Walt Disney film is to pump toxic quantities of schmaltz into every available hole. Not a pleasant sight."

Posted Dec 23, 2008

James Christopher

6 49%

Twilight (2008)

"The two hormonal teenagers sizzle like sausages in a frying pan. The supernatural stunts don't disappoint. Neither does the deadpan wit."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

James Christopher

7 56%

The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

"The rodent worlds are painted with flair and invention, but the characters - with the noble exception of Watson's princess - are as dull as dishwater."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

James Christopher

8 44%

Puccini - La Boheme (2007)

"Robert Dornhelm's chocolate-box production of Puccini's most popular opera, La Bohème, is far more enjoyable when you close your eyes."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

James Christopher

9 86%

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

"Gonzo is much more than a tribute to a maverick and genuine pioneer. It's a lament for the gaping hole that Thompson left behind. The only obvious weakness is Gibney's reluctance to engage fully with Thompson's toxic personal life."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

James Christopher

10 98%

Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (Bicycle Thieves) (1949)

"Bicycle Thieves is a postwar classic from the school of Italian Neo-Realism."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

James Christopher

11 84%

North Face (Nordwand) (2010)

"Brilliantly shot, utterly convincing footage of young men inching up a vertical rock face proves nerve-racking and a worthy tribute to the true-life bravery of 1930s climbers. It's gripping and fascinating in equal measure."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Trevor Johnston

12 76%

White Christmas (1954)

"White Christmas is the cinema equivalent of an inappropriate festive snog under the mistletoe - you know you probably shouldn't enjoy it but you just can't help yourself."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Wendy Ide

13 29%

Trade (2007)

"This cockeyed odd-couple road movie is well-intentioned, but it comes perilously close to feeding off the crimes it condemns."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

James Christopher

14 84%

North Face (Nordwand) (2010)

"Stölzl captures the period idealism and propaganda perfectly. The terrific footage of the climb is an almost unendurably tense watch."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

James Christopher

15 70%

A Londoni Férfi (The Man From London) (2007)

"But ultimately the pace is deadly. Tectonic drift moves faster. The dialogue is delivered in a way that suggests that somebody added a load of extra full stops."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Wendy Ide

16 79%

Bushi no Ichibun (Love and Honor) (2007)

"The storytelling is all rather flat, as is the lighting. And the duel, when it finally comes, is something of an anticlimax."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Wendy Ide

17 92%

Etz Limon (Lemon Tree) (2009)

"It's a film rich with symbolism, from the fortified fence that separates Salma from much of her land to the lemons and the disputed earth that grows them."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Wendy Ide

18 39%

Inkheart (2009)

"Inkheart shows why books are wonderful yet dangerous places; how a well-told story unlocks the imagination; and how words unleash the most unpredictable emotions."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

James Christopher

19 93%

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

"It's a lurid potboiler which is notable for some superb camera work (a long POV tracking shot at the beginning of the film for example), some innovative early special effects and some of the most deranged overacting you are ever likely to see."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Wendy Ide

20 85%

Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) (2008)

"I can't see too many children taking advantage of the U certificate. The measured performances look stiff and theatrical. A stifling fable with the rhythm of a grandfather clock."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

James Christopher

21 21%

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

"It's divine tongue-in-cheek tosh."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

James Christopher

22 96%

Trouble the Water (2008)

"The footage - edited and augmented by Michael Moore's collaborators Tia Lessin and Carl Deal - is unpolished, but the stories and commentary are as inspirational as they are harrowing."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Wendy Ide

23 37%

Transporter 3 (2008)

"Transporter 3 is a reassuringly beefy thriller in which Jason Statham has to drive very fast across Eastern Europe with a Ukranian beauty queen on the seat beside him. No one, including Jason, has the slightest clue why. Never mind."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

James Christopher

24 78%

Summer (2008)

"Glenaan's spare film, set on a council estate in Bolsover, shows how dreams are cruelly extinguished, yet little bits of surreal magic illuminate this tough film with glimmers of hope."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

James Christopher

25 58%

The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

"Tragedies strike and life lessons are learnt, homespun wisdom is dispensed. It's simplistic to the point of total idiocy."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Wendy Ide

26 69%

Rivals (Les Liens du sang) (2009)

"This being the gritty 1970s, the subtitled dialogue is as hard as nails. The Cain and Abel rivalry unfolds like a dismal episode of Minder."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

James Christopher

27 65%

Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008)

"While it fails to place Smith's work and her significance in context, the film certainly captures her charisma, wit and passion."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Wendy Ide

28 64%

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

"Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath's exhilarating cartoon is a medley of comic humiliations as the sophisticated New Yorkers fail to cut the mustard in the real wild. The Heath Robinson invention will delight adults. The ironies will thrill kids. Great fun."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

James Christopher

29 25%

The Lost City (2005)

"Andy Garcia's preposterous vanity project The Lost City is an all-singing, all-dancing version of the Cuban Revolution."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

James Christopher

30 45%

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

"It's a terrifically unstable performance that is admirably matched by the exasperated victims. The ending is too allegorical for its own health, but this is intelligent cinema."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

James Christopher

31 75%

Julia (2009)

"Tilda Swinton gives a committed and courageously unsympathetic performance as the self-serving Julia, but this is a character with whom you would rather spend as little time as possible - and certainly not the endurance-testing running time."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Wendy Ide

32 71%

The Girl in the Park (2008)

"The film stretches credibility a little with the coincidences that could yet make Louise the missing girl, but gives the actors plenty to work with."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Wendy Ide

33 61%

The Express (2008)

"Full of stirring speeches and manly chins quivering with emotion, every frame is a cliché."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Wendy Ide

34 73%

The Children (2008)

"The grown-ups, rather hysterically, blame each others' parenting skills. The plot promptly disintegrates into a gory struggle for credibility against appalling odds."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

James Christopher

35 51%

What Just Happened? (2008)

"The crisp and merciless ribbing of De Niro in What Just Happened? is a worthy rival. It's also great fun."

Posted Nov 28, 2008

James Christopher

36 64%

To Get to Heaven, First You Have to Die (Bihisht faqat baroi murdagon) (2006)

"Despite the crime-filled third act it has the motor of a US teen sex comedy and could easily be repackaged and called Kamal's Gotta Have It! God knows it couldn't be any worse."

Posted Nov 28, 2008

Kevin Maher

37 86%

Lorna's Silence (2008)

"The Silence of Lorna won Best Screenplay at this year's Cannes Festival but the Dardenne brothers' latest slice of grim Belgian life could have taken its pick of the prizes."

Posted Nov 28, 2008

James Christopher

38 56%

Flawless (2008)

"Fatuous and soulless."

Posted Nov 28, 2008

Kevin Maher

39 73%

The Year of the Nail (2007)

"The way that thoughts and images slip and slide over each other is inspired. If only the characters were slightly less emotionally monosyllabic."

Posted Nov 28, 2008

James Christopher

40 25%

Four Christmases (2008)

"These embarrassing truths, indeed the entire film, take a great deal of hard swallowing. The mawkish ending is thoroughly predictable. But it's not quite as ghastly as the ingredients might suggest."

Posted Nov 28, 2008

James Christopher

41 63%

Changeling (2008)

"Changeling, like Letters from Iwo Jima before it, is a mature, thoughtful and sometimes brutal movie that casts a cold eye on the past while sending shivers through the present."

Posted Nov 28, 2008

Kevin Maher

42 55%

Australia (2008)

"If it sounds shallow and predictable, Australia is, in fact, anything but."

Posted Nov 25, 2008

Anne Barrowclough

43 96%

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

"The power of the film is the cartoon "shield" between the witness and the audience. It has the unsettling effect of intensifying the trauma."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

James Christopher

44 90%

Special People (2009)

"Ironically, he's exactly like Special People itself, which is trying so hard to say something profound about disability that it has forgotten to be a drama in the first place."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Kevin Maher

45 58%

Quarantine (2008)

"Quarantine is a lucrative steal by Dowdle. The Spanish original is arguably the best vérité fright movie since The Blair Witch Project. The American version is not quite in the same league."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

James Christopher

46 100%

Dialogue avec mon jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener) (2007)

"Conversations with My Gardener is an affectionate rural French character piece that is mercilessly devoid of any message other than an appreciation of close friendship and the simple rustic pleasures of kippers and fresh vegetables."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Kevin Maher

47 54%

Choke (2008)

"Choke is a confused sex comedy by Clark Gregg that blunders around for 90-odd minutes trying to look butch and sensitive."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

James Christopher

48 54%

Body of Lies (2008)

"But despite the immaculate production values, the satire is so unspeakably crude that it ceases to matter. A shame. Scott has been an instrumental director in the Hollywood evolution of war films. But Body of Lies is a one-note rant."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

James Christopher

49 43%

Blindness (2008)

"His actors do their best, and Moore certainly remains a powerhouse presence whenever she's on camera. But mostly they struggle to be seen beneath the leaden messages."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Kevin Maher

50 68%

Belle Toujours (2007)

"As such, you want it to be a timeless triumph, but sadly it's a minor work."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Kevin Maher

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