Times [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 39%

Saawariya (2007)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

2 66%

Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

"It's not an elegant piece of filmmaking." EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

3 43%

Blindness (2008)

"A sour and unexpected shock."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

James Christopher

4 ——

Aaja Nachle (2007)

EDIT

Posted Oct 18, 2008

5 78%

Burn After Reading (2008)

"Halfway between a good Coen brothers movie and a terrible Coen brothers movie."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Matthew De Abaitua

6 56%

Afro Saxons ()

"Big hair and bigger egos make for an entertaining and frequently amusing documentary."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Sam Jordison

7 88%

Young@Heart (2007)

"That might be because the film has already been shown on the BBC - a fact that, along with the unprepossessing production values, rather begs the question of why bother with a cinematic release at all?"

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Wendy Ide

8 79%

La Zona (2007)

"The viral atmosphere of intimidation is alarming, and thick with resonant premonitions of a legion of dystopian urban tomorrows."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

James Christopher

9 36%

Igor (2008)

"You do feel that, with it's knowing one-liners and classic movie references, Igor is trying terribly hard to amuse an adult audience, possibly at the expense of children it should be entertaining."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Wendy Ide

10 10%

Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri) (2006)

"Deeply unhinged, deeply awful."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

James Christopher

11 26%

Eagle Eye (2008)

" don't have the willpower, words, or energy to explain why a psychopathic CIA computer suddenly decides to take over the world. But that's the plot in a nutcase."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

James Christopher

12 56%

Afro Saxons ()

"It's an unpolished and slightly chaotic film that whisks the viewer breathlessly from salon to salon, without stopping to get to know any of the key characters in real depth."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Wendy Ide

13 41%

The Rocker (2008)

"There are occasionally amusing moments, but the writing lacks the warmth that made School of Rock such a hit."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Wendy Ide

14 78%

Burn After Reading (2008)

"Indeed, the spies and thrills don't add up at all. The plot is a total mistake. The characters are madly absurd. The film shouldn't work, but it does."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

James Christopher

15 30%

Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

"As homespun as a crocheted teacosy; as folksy as an heirloom patchwork quilt and as manufactured as reproduction Shaker furniture - that's Nights in Rodanthe."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Wendy Ide

16 21%

Mutant Chronicles (2008)

"But a screenplay that sounds like it was hewn from chunks of wood is a great leveller, so everyone comes out looking equally inept."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Wendy Ide

17 14%

Mirrors (2008)

"There are a few effectively grisly moments, but no really new ideas."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Wendy Ide

18 41%

The House Bunny (2008)

"But there is a lunatic sense of adventure about Fred Wolf's saucy comedy, and it smothers all sorts of unforgiveable sins."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

James Christopher

19 76%

Gunnin' for That #1 Spot (2008)

"The slow-motion footage of these athletes showing off their macho skills is generously underpinned by rumbling hip-hop. Great nightclub wallpaper."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

James Christopher

20 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

"Great films change the way we think about cinema. A masterpiece can alter our perception of life. Matteo Garrone's startling film, Gomorrah, about the criminal underworld in Naples, is one of these rare movies."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

James Christopher

21 53%

City of Ember (2008)

"The story is too sour for young children, and too moth-eaten for teenagers."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

James Christopher

22 60%

Bigga than Ben (2008)

"It's a depressing, grubby-looking little film with an undercurrent of particularly mean-spirited misogyny. You wonder what Suzie Halewood, the director, was thinking."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Wendy Ide

23 83%

Import/Export (2006)

"Seidl has a distinctive and disturbing vision, but he is not inclined to explore the humanity of his characters, just their status as victim or abuser."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

Wendy Ide

24 36%

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

"The film has none of the self-lacerating pain of Young's book, but as an exercise in humiliation it is second to none."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

James Christopher

25 100%

Heavy Load (2007)

"It's a shade too earnest for comfort, but there's a tribal exhilaration about the band's brave and tuneless journey from a grubby pub to their first festival."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

James Christopher

26 51%

Good Dick (2008)

"The film wears its arthouse aspirations all over the shelves. But the romance between Jason Ritter's shy Romeo and Palka's sullen loner is a morbidly peculiar stretch."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

James Christopher

27 19%

Fly Me to the Moon (2008)

"No matter how superficially amusing the title or how appealing the animated characters (not very, to be honest), the fact remains that we are expected to empathise with flies. The animators even try to make maggots cute."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

Wendy Ide

28 73%

Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark) (2007)

"Design buffs will be fascinated, but the horror audience will find little of interest."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

Wendy Ide

29 59%

The Fall (2006)

"The visuals that illustrate the fairytale fantasy are extraordinary. But the film has none of the menacing brilliance of Pan's Labyrinth. The result is a triumph of style over talent."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

James Christopher

30 63%

Brideshead Revisited (2008)

"The repressed victims are beautifully framed by Jarrold. The acting is faultless. But there is no reason why we should be revisiting Brideshead. The melodrama is so damp and overwrought it's hard to care about these old ghosts."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

James Christopher

31 5%

88 Minutes (2008)

"Interestingly, the more overblown and insincere a performance Pacino delivers in a film, the more self-important and bouffant his hair gets. Here, it's so towering it takes up 90 per cent of the screen."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

Wendy Ide

32 38%

Swing Vote (2008)

"It's like a party political broadcast brought to you by the Idiot Party."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Wendy Ide

33 53%

Steep (2007)

"Remarkably, given the extraordinary descents captured on film and despite the less than subtle stirring score, the film is ultimately lacking in any real excitement."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Wendy Ide

34 58%

Taken (2009)

" If Neeson wasn't in such a dreadful hurry we might even enjoy the mindless cruelty."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

James Christopher

35 67%

Redbelt (2008)

"The discipline is remarkable. But this constipated drama, set in a blue-collar corner of Los Angeles, imparts none of the sweat-shop magic."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

James Christopher

36 88%

I've Loved You So Long (2008)

"The directorial debut from the novelist Phillippe Claudel, this is a classy, emotionally intelligent portrait of two women rebuilding a relationship."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Wendy Ide

37 53%

The Foot Fist Way (2006)

"The comedy is of the kind that makes you wince rather than laugh; the camerawork is defiantly ugly and the performances are unpolished."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Wendy Ide

38 43%

Death Race (2008)

"This sci-fi fantasy about crazy Mad Max races in a high security prison is 8,000 horsepower of pure auto-erotic carnage."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

James Christopher

39 76%

Appaloosa (2008)

"This is no revisionist western designed to shock life into an unfashionable genre, rather a film that respects the conventions of the traditional western."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Wendy Ide

40 89%

Aleksandra (Alexandra) (2007)

"Apart from a thoroughly irritating background track of schmaltzy classical music, this is Sokurov at his shortest and most digestible."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

James Christopher

41 19%

Righteous Kill (2008)

"The plot is irrelevant because the film is utterly infatuated with the two big egos."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

James Christopher

42 80%

Grease (1978)

"Much-loved but somewhat overrated."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Wendy Ide

43 33%

Wedding Daze (2007)

EDIT

Posted Sep 24, 2008

44 65%

The Wave (2011)

"It's an interesting and provocative idea somewhat marred by wretched performances from several of the kids and the same whiff of sanctimony and naivety that made The Edukators, another tiresomely right-on film from Germany, such a trial."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Wendy Ide

45 87%

Unrelated (2014)

"The more relaxed the chemistry, the more taboo and tense the film becomes. It's a marvellous piece of cinema that looks as if it is being crafted before your eyes."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

James Christopher

46 83%

Tropic Thunder (2008)

"This is cheap rum. The Apocalypse Now pyrotechnics clearly cost a fortune. But the pleasures of Tropic Thunder are spread as thinly as Ben Stiller. He not only stars, he directs, co-writes, produces, and undoubtedly made the tea."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

James Christopher

47 50%

Then She Found Me (2007)

"The tut-tuttingly dull script refuses to supply a single happy line until Hunt squares up to the sudden arrival of Bette Midler."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

James Christopher

48 44%

Live! (2007)

"Bill Guttentag's film is one of those shrill and cheery conspiracies on the wilder side of probability. But the black comedy has an infectious pace, and screwy logic."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

James Christopher

49 74%

Linha de Passe (2008)

"Ultimately, there is an optimism to the film, albeit one that is tempered by the poignancy of lives shadowed by São Paulo's harsh indifference."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Wendy Ide

50 87%

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo kakeru shojo) (2007)

"It's a polished piece of whimsy. Creepy too in the way it promotes a homogenised picture of the future."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

James Christopher

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