Times [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 87%

'Tis Autumn - The Search For Jackie Paris (2007)

"Beginning as dreary jazz hagiography but ending as unflinching personal investigation."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Kevin Maher

7 65%

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

"This is the most soppy and unsexy 18-certificate skin-flick ever made."

Posted Nov 14, 2008

James Christopher

8 98%

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

"The blistering sexual repression is the entire point of the 1950s. Quite simply, fabulous."

Posted Nov 14, 2008

James Christopher

9 16%

Max Payne (2008)

"Mark Wahlberg's titular hero hasn't cracked a smile in seven years. The surprise is that he makes the lonely cop seem half human with half a dozen words and a staggering amount of violence."

Posted Nov 14, 2008

James Christopher

10 86%

I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

"Unexpectedly entertaining, given that it's about dodgy accounting on an epic scale, the film predicts an economic cold shower that is about to douse America's prospects, thanks to its ever-expanding national debt."

Posted Nov 14, 2008

Wendy Ide

11 60%

zenzen daijobu (Fine, Totally Fine) (2008)

"Picturesque in a slightly exaggerated, highly coloured comic-book style, the film is a little undercooked in terms of character and unpersuasive in its narrative. It's all quirks but no content of significance."

Posted Nov 14, 2008

Wendy Ide

12 50%

Choking Man (2007)

"The creepy and original power of the film is the schizophrenic other who taunts him when he finally crawls home to his maggoty bedsit. Weird."

Posted Nov 14, 2008

James Christopher

13 85%

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008)

"There is a real problem with a film that, although thoroughly researched and directed with integrity, struggles to move the audience."

Posted Nov 14, 2008

Wendy Ide

14 65%

Warlords (Tau ming chong) (2010)

"There are no pecs and no leather Speedos, but there is a baffled general who, when facing defeat, blurts out the iconic line: "This is madness!""

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Kevin Maher

15 59%

W. (2008)

"While W. lacks the forensic rigour of recent documentaries dealing with Bush's legacy and recent history, it's a thumpingly entertaining ride." EDIT

Posted Nov 7, 2008

16 0%

Scar (2007)

"The acting is more wooden than the numerous coffins, the plot a rehash of any crazed serial killer flick you care to mention, with extra torture. It's unremittingly nasty stuff."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Wendy Ide

17 35%

Pride and Glory (2008)

"the decision to film Farrell and Norton climactically duking it out in a bar called Irish Eyes with diddle-di-deedle-di music playing on the jukebox is almost unforgiveable."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Kevin Maher

18 76%

OSS 117: Le Caire Nid d'Espions (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) (2008)

"Impeccable standards, far above anything you'd expect from the parody genre."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Kevin Maher

19 77%

Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2010)

"Each of the key characters feels disenfranchised in some way, but the meandering ensemble story doesn't reach any real conclusions." EDIT

Posted Nov 7, 2008

20 52%

Easy Virtue (2009)

"But worst of all is the incessant, unbearably smug soundtrack that drills its way into your brain like a parasite."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Wendy Ide

21 97%

Ringu (Ring) (2003)

"The original retains its power to chill, although in the age of the DVD and the download, the idea of a haunted video cassette seems positively archaic."

Posted Oct 30, 2008

Wendy Ide

22 93%

Of Time and the City (2009)

"Part-scrapbook, part- confessional, Davies's odyssey through his past is garlanded with irreverent aphorisms. This is a film to be cherished."

Posted Oct 30, 2008

Wendy Ide

23 90%

Hunger (2009)

"Ultimately, the one thing that can't be questioned is McQueen's bold and unflinching talent."

Posted Oct 30, 2008

Wendy Ide

24 40%

Guta-yubalja-deul (A Bloody Aria) (2006)

"It's slow, bloody and pretty much devoid of merit."

Posted Oct 24, 2008

Wendy Ide

25 75%

Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009)

"The boldest stroke in Nanni Moretti's Quiet Chaos is in what it doesn't do, rather than what it does."

Posted Oct 24, 2008

Kevin Maher

26 38%

In Prison My Whole Life (2008)

"Essentially a Trojan-horse documentary that purports to deal with the crime, it is actually a discussion on race, politics and the American psyche."

Posted Oct 24, 2008

Kevin Maher

27 23%

Incendiary (2009)

"The movie plunges straight down that treacherous black hole that exists between fact and fiction and the inability to replicate either."

Posted Oct 24, 2008

Kevin Maher

28 73%

Chocolate (2008)

"Another symphony of exquisitely choreographed carnage."

Posted Oct 24, 2008

Wendy Ide

29 85%

Ghost Town (2008)

"The film's premise is high-concept Hollywood at its creakiest."

Posted Oct 24, 2008

Wendy Ide

30 65%

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

"As far as slickly produced and joyfully energetic escapism goes, High School Musical 3 is top of the class."

Posted Oct 24, 2008

Wendy Ide

31 38%

In Prison My Whole Life (2008)

EDIT

Posted Oct 24, 2008

32 64%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"Bond is no longer a work in progress. He is now the cruel, finished article."

Posted Oct 22, 2008

James Christopher

33 91%

There Will Be Blood (2007)

"It's a biblical parable about America's failure to square religion and greed. But most of all it is a marvellously entertaining soap: a sort Dickens does Dallas, without the sex or swimming pools."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

James Christopher

34 39%

Black and White (2002)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

35 40%

The Bucket List (2007)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

36 ——

Dus Kahaniyaan (2007)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

37 ——

Shot in Bombay (2008)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

38 ——

U, Me Aur Hum (2008)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

39 77%

Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys) (2008)

"This is a must."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

James Christopher

40 53%

Penelope (2006)

"A modern-day fairytale, the film is tarted up like a hyperactive five-year-old's lurid fantasy of interior decor."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Wendy Ide

41 89%

Derek (2008)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

42 90%

Hunger (2009)

"This is a stunning debut feature."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

James Christopher

43 78%

Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

44 89%

Leonera (Lion's Den) (2008)

"A powerful blast about jails in Argentina."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

James Christopher

45 24%

Filth and Wisdom (2008)

"Despite its many shortcomings and an ending so mushy and neat it would embarrass Richard Curtis, Madonna has done herself proud."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

James Christopher

46 86%

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

"Burton was born to film this strange and spooky chamber piece."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

James Christopher

47 59%

Les Chansons d'Amour (Love Songs) (2008)

"It's a story which Honoré describes as personal, so we must assume that there is some truth at least in the premise. But the decision to set the story to music undermines the emotional honesty that the piece might otherwise have had."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Wendy Ide

48 90%

Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) (2006)

"Jia Zhang Ke is perhaps the most distinctive director working in China now."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Wendy Ide

49 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

50 80%

Sunday (1997)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

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