Times [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 42%

The Golden Compass (2007)

"An enormous scrap at the end, involving witches and warlocks, does little to illuminate, or leaven, this pudding."

Posted Dec 7, 2007

James Christopher

2 93%

Trollflöjten (The Magic Flute) (1975)

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Posted Dec 1, 2007

3 71%

The Magic Flute (2006)

"Despite the talent involved - Branagh is joined by Stephen Fry, who has written a new libretto - and the ambitious staging, this flute blows all right, but it's short on the magic."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Wendy Ide

4 14%

Hitman (2007)

"Xavier Gens should have stuck to making music videos rather than inflict his goldfish-like attention-span on cinema."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Wendy Ide

5 100%

All About Eve (1950)

"A total joy."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

James Christopher

6 76%

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

"Andrew Dominik's sensational film debags a cherished idol. Tyrone Power, Robert Wagner and Roy Rogers famously played Jesse James like Robin Hood. Brad Pitt plays him like a poisonous Mr Hyde."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

James Christopher

7 64%

The Nines (2007)

"The film puts a delightful spin on that profound and solipsistic idea that we are the godlike inventors, and moral arbitrators, of our own little worlds. A gem."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

James Christopher

8 86%

Om Shanti Om (2007)

"Once you decide to suspend all belief in logic from the preposterous proceedings, there is much to enjoy in this witty and inventive camp entertainer."

Posted Nov 24, 2007

Anil Sinanan

9 37%

August Rush (2007)

"A show-stopping compendium of clichés, bogus emotions, duff dialogue and cringeworthy performances. Yet it's so naively idiotic that it's hard to hate. Better just to ignore it."

Posted Nov 23, 2007

Kevin Maher

10 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"It may not have you weeping in the aisles, but it will be with you for days after you see it."

Posted Nov 23, 2007

Kevin Maher

11 90%

Rescue Dawn (2007)

"The performances are worryingly Method. Bale eats bowls of maggots. I had to look away when he tucked into a live snake."

Posted Nov 23, 2007

James Christopher

12 69%

Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

"The haystacks of cash and coke are laughably insane - as is the head-count: thousands of people were gunned to death. This is the only state in the world where Scarface might raise a smile."

Posted Nov 23, 2007

James Christopher

13 36%

Sleuth (2007)

"This is the kind of intimate physicality that Pinter pumps into Shaffer's script. But it will take a better director than Branagh to tease it into the real world."

Posted Nov 23, 2007

James Christopher

14 100%

Inside Planet Earth (2009)

"Highlights include the joyful footage of a polar bear tobogganing in the snow; baboons cautiously tiptoeing through floodwater, their hairy arms flailing for balance; and magnificent humpbacked whales gorging themselves on krill."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Wendy Ide

15 89%

I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (Hei yan quan) (2007)

"While not as erotic as other films by this director, there's a languid sensuality to the story."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Wendy Ide

16 62%

Anna M. (2007)

"Writer-director Michel Spinosa, harnessing a powerhouse central performance from Carré, has managed to hit the ground between giddy Hollywood thriller and brooding arthouse character piece."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Kevin Maher

17 65%

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

"The women are so seemingly at ease in their roles that the movie drifts towards its happy-ever-after finale without a missed beat."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Kevin Maher

18 66%

Brick Lane (2008)

"The kind of meaningless middlebrow sludge that passes for "quality movie-making" in some of the more conservative sectors of the British film industry"

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Kevin Maher

19 80%

American Gangster (2007)

"A cocksure upstart that has swaggered onto the scene, confident that it can take its place at the table with the big boys."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Wendy Ide

20 71%

Beowulf (2007)

"Effortlessly compelling and, at times, moving."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Kevin Maher

21 77%

Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror) (2007)

"A loving testament to exploitation horror cinema and a moronic sop to a certain generation of male film fans' obsession with breasts, guns and gore."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Kevin Maher

22 7%

Silk (2007)

"Crashing bore of a movie."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Wendy Ide

23 79%

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2007)

"An informative and unashamedly apocalyptic documentary about the world's obsession with oil that makes An Inconvenient Truth look positively chipper."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Kevin Maher

24 85%

Air Guitar Nation (2006)

"Despite the film's admirable brevity it's still hard to maintain a wry ironic grin for a full 81 minutes."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Kevin Maher

25 27%

Lions for Lambs (2007)

"There's a message behind Lions for Lambs, Robert Redford's latest outing as a director. And my goodness don't we know it by the end of a 94-minute hectoring that feels far, far longer."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Wendy Ide

26 82%

Into the Wild (2007)

"Although McCandless's story is undoubtedly fascinating, and Penn's film contains moments of magic, it is a lesser piece of work because it prefers to accept its subject at face value rather than ask a few crucial questions."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Wendy Ide

27 100%

Heima (Sigur Ros: Heima) (2007)

"When the band and the film move in sweet simpatico they produce a few precious moments of transcendent grandeur."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Kevin Maher

28 87%

The Lookout (2007)

"The film describes emotional and moral rehabilitation in the face of extreme danger."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Kevin Maher

29 57%

Interview (2007)

"The constant see-sawing of emotion eventually becomes repetitive and wearisome."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Kevin Maher

30 94%

In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

"You probably won't find a more comprehensive document of space exploration on film."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Kevin Maher

31 51%

30 Days of Night (2007)

"30 Days of Night has a striking comic-book aesthetic and macabre sense of fun - if your sense of fun includes watching a vampire turned into pâté in the gnashing metal jaws of a rubbish processor."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Wendy Ide

32 35%

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

"Kapur's film is visually arresting, each frame a work of art in miniature. But there is something rather breathless about the storytelling."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Wendy Ide

33 47%

My Blueberry Nights (2007)

"Visually his film looks stunning on a giant festival screen, but the links between characters and stories require large leaps of faith."

Posted Oct 27, 2007

James Christopher

34 16%

The Last Legion (2007)

"No twist is too farfetched for this Dino De Laurentiis epic."

Posted Oct 27, 2007

Wendy Ide

35 50%

No Smoking (2007)

"An enjoyably barmy movie that plunders from everything from Cabaret to Cocteau's Orphée."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Wendy Ide

36 43%

Lagerfeld Confidential (2007)

"Anyone hoping for a deeper insight into the fashion designer than his weakness for the construction industry should probably look somewhere other than the insubstantial documentary Lagerfeld Confidential."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Wendy Ide

37 89%

Eastern Promises (2007)

"Accents are as thick as borscht, and vodka flows almost as freely as the blood."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Wendy Ide

38 92%

Sicko (2007)

"While we all have our grumbles about the NHS, it's hard not to be caught up in Moore's righteous indignation on behalf of his countrymen, or not to feel a twitch of pride in our own."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Wendy Ide

39 14%

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)

"The Dark is Rising is one of those awful sorcery tales where a spotty young boy (Alexander Ludwig) suddenly gets to save the Earth from supernatural creeps such as Christopher Eccleston."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

James Christopher

40 76%

Stardust (2007)

"Vaughn pays scant attention to the niceties of a well-told story and buries his shekels in a sparkling cast."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

James Christopher

41 54%

Princess (2006)

"Although morally ambiguous, with a message that is at best confused, this is a striking debut from a talented director."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Wendy Ide

42 47%

Rendition (2007)

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Posted Oct 19, 2007

James Christopher

43 ——

Bhool Bhulaiya (2007)

"A performance of profound and unmitigated dreadfulness."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Wendy Ide

44 55%

Mr. Brooks (2007)

"There's plenty to recommend this old-fashioned serial-killer flick."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Wendy Ide

45 70%

Black Sheep (2006)

"There are plenty of decent laughs, but the shadow of the far superior British zombie romcom looms large."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Wendy Ide

46 34%

The Nanny Diaries (2007)

"The wholesome child-friendly lessons made me feel queasy."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

James Christopher

47 22%

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

"Milla Jovovich reprises her tough-girl-in-sexy-thigh-boots role, and the survivors travel in Mad Max conveys up and down desert highways in search of fuel."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

James Christopher

48 94%

The Counterfeiters (2007)

"This is a first-rate piece of film-making that should appeal to fans of last year's The Lives of Others."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Wendy Ide

49 96%

Ratatouille (2007)

"Anton Ego, the restaurant critic of The Grim Eater, is one of the greatest performances of Peter O'Toole's career."

Posted Oct 11, 2007

James Christopher

50 64%

Day Watch (2007)

"A slog through endless death metal-powered action sequences."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Wendy Ide

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