Times [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing (2006)

"It was a throwaway scrap of a comment tossed to an audience baying with appreciation."

Posted Jun 29, 2007

Wendy Ide

2 79%

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

"There are moments when this otherwise enjoyable film, though nicely made and through no fault of its own, feels like a chore to be got through before the main course."

Posted Jun 28, 2007

Leo Lewis

3 9%

Captivity (2007)

"Roland Joffé's feeble attempt to swing with the latest horror-flick fashion for gratuitous sensation is embarrassing"

Posted Jun 22, 2007

James Christopher

4 29%

Lucky You (2007)

"Though Curtis Hanson captures the savage swings from high to low, he fails to when it comes to the addictive quality of poker"

Posted Jun 22, 2007

Wendy Ide

5 57%

PTU (PTU - Police Tactical Unit) (2003)

"Johnny To favours atmosphere above plotting and though it looks tremendous it won't keep you on the edge of your seat" EDIT

Posted Jun 22, 2007

6 74%

La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007)

"Olivier Dahan presents it as a glorious musical soap, and Marion Cotillard's rag-doll charisma is the beauty of the film"

Posted Jun 22, 2007

James Christopher

7 95%

Opening Night (1977)

"The camerawork is instinctively fluid, the performances savage - this is one of the best films about theatre ever made." EDIT

Posted Jun 15, 2007

8 69%

The Wild Blue Yonder (2005)

"It's not helped by a watery soundtrack that sounds like chill-out trance played on a nose flute."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Wendy Ide

9 25%

Frankie ()

"Both the film and the character seem so superficial, it's impossible to work up much sympathy for either."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Wendy Ide

10 94%

Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006)

"The supporting cast, including Kristin Scott Thomas and Nathalie Baye, are strong. It's a watchable thriller"

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Wendy Ide

11 0%

Messages (2007)

"It's lit and shot disastrously and, most problematically, it's completely devoid of scares."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Wendy Ide

12 77%

The War on Democracy (2007)

"The show is ultimately ruined by its ophidian writer/presenter Pilger, who is something of an acquired taste"

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Kevin Maher

13 81%

Fong juk (Exiled) (2006)

" An ultra-violent riff on Western genre conventions by way of the East, the film adds little new to To's efficiently bloody oeuvre, but it's great fun."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Wendy Ide

14 56%

Vacancy (2007)

"I know, you couldn't make it up. But someone did."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Kevin Maher

15 56%

Grow Your Own (2007)

"The movie seems at times so impressed by its own allegory that it lessens the human drama running beneath it."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Kevin Maher

16 37%

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

"At last! A comic-book block-buster that doesn't feel the need to justify its own existence with ponderous philosophical subtext and bloated running times."

Posted Jun 13, 2007

Kevin Maher

17 15%

The Tiger's Tail (2006)

EDIT

Posted Jun 9, 2007

18 8%

Are We Done Yet? (2007)

"The only thing in Steve Carr's fatuous movie that earns a few giggles is John C McGinley's silliness as a new-age builder."

Posted Jun 9, 2007

Edward Porter

19 31%

Klimt (2005)

"The whole dream-like effect the film strives for is undermined by the poor acting."

Posted Jun 9, 2007

Cosmo Landesman

20 35%

The Chumscrubber (2005)

"It's a surreal, offbeat comedy where the kidnappers are hopelessly inept while Bell feels hopelessly at sea."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

James Christopher

21 84%

Black Gold (2006)

"While the film is quick to posit fair trade as a solution, it fails to answer why, even with Meskela's admirable initiatives, his coffee farmers still struggle to buy shoes."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

Wendy Ide

22 86%

Control (2007)

"Corbijn has done his research during 30 years as a photographer, striking a realistic balance between farce and tragedy."

Posted Jun 2, 2007

Stephen Dalton

23 21%

The Hitcher (2007)

"The first few minutes of Dave Meyers's remake of The Hitcher are desperately tense."

Posted Jun 2, 2007

James Christopher

24 98%

Ten Canoes (2007)

"It's rather wonderful."

Posted Jun 2, 2007

Wendy Ide

25 ——

Cheeni Kum (Less Sugar) (2007)

Posted Jun 2, 2007

Anil Sinanan

26 57%

We Own the Night (2007)

"It's a solid, if unremarkable piece of storytelling."

Posted Jun 2, 2007

Wendy Ide

27 65%

Jindabyne (2006)

"This kind of maturity and intelligence is all too infrequent in mainstream cinema -- let's hope it's not another six years until [director] Lawrence's next film."

Posted Jun 2, 2007

Wendy Ide

28 89%

Zodiac (2007)

"Fincher's most mature work to date will earn respect over time."

Posted Jun 2, 2007

Wendy Ide

29 73%

The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen) (2007)

"This Ikea-furnished existential crisis marks Lien out as a talent to watch for the future."

Posted Jun 2, 2007

Wendy Ide

30 70%

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

"This is Soderbergh's point: that fiendishly clever new gadgets can work with old-fashioned morals to brilliant effect. We forget that at our peril. This point alone is reason enough why Ocean's Thirteen is the best of Soderbergh's heists."

Posted May 25, 2007

James Christopher

31 94%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

"In a sense, the film is a lament for old certainties which are cruelly swept aside, perhaps purged would be more accurate, by Bardem's extraordinary monster."

Posted May 24, 2007

James Christopher

32 77%

Paranoid Park (2007)

"Bears some similarities with Elephant. A similarly photogenic teen milieu is shot with fluid, graceful camerawork; a non-linear structure slots together like a puzzle to reveal the panicked mindset of a boy under agreat deal of stress."

Posted May 24, 2007

Wendy Ide

33 79%

A Mighty Heart (2007)

"The director's rapid-fire and choppy editing gives you a genuine feel for the many different sides of Karachi, and the urgency of the investigation."

Posted May 24, 2007

James Christopher

34 92%

Sicko (2007)

"Moore can't resist over-egging the ironies, or revelling in the absurd. [There's] a strong whiff of sanctimony about Moore's mighty indignation. It draws the sting from his satire."

Posted May 24, 2007

James Christopher

35 29%

Magicians (2007)

"It's a cruel, mean-spirited kind of humour that highlights the lack of anything resembling real wit in the screenplay."

Posted May 19, 2007

Wendy Ide

36 74%

Conversations With Other Women (2006)

EDIT

Posted May 19, 2007

37 66%

Black Snake Moan (2007)

"It's so profoundly, mind-blowingly offensive that you almost have to admire the writer/director Craig Brewer's nerve."

Posted May 19, 2007

Wendy Ide

38 71%

28 Weeks Later... (2007)

"The film rapidly degenerates into an Escape From Canary Wharf video game."

Posted May 12, 2007

James Christopher

39 99%

La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers) (1967)

"Brilliantly directed set-pieces and remarkable thronging crowd scenes make the film a masterpiece; the ominous familiarity of its subject makes it a must-see."

Posted May 11, 2007

James Christopher

40 44%

The Color of Freedom (2007)

"A rose-tinted homage. But affecting too."

Posted May 11, 2007

James Christopher

41 93%

This Is England (2007)

"Few directors tap their damaged past as brilliantly as Meadows. This is England is by far his most personal and powerful testimony."

Posted May 5, 2007

James Christopher

42 62%

Dans Paris (Inside Paris) (2007)

"It's rather irksome."

Posted May 4, 2007

Wendy Ide

43 74%

The Upside of Anger (2005)

"A superior suburban chick flick."

Posted May 4, 2007

James Christopher

44 90%

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

"A poetic, slow-burning tale of America's pioneering past, it's an off-beat western and one of Altman's finest films."

Posted May 4, 2007

Wendy Ide

45 30%

Goya's Ghosts (2007)

"It's never entirely clear who or what the film is about."

Posted May 4, 2007

Wendy Ide

46 84%

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

"It's shamelessly manipulative, but also deeply moving."

Posted May 4, 2007

James Christopher

47 88%

Mutual Appreciation (2006)

"The painful honesty and geeky cool draws you in, but the film's sweet-natured humour seals the deal." EDIT

Posted May 4, 2007

48 50%

Fast Food Nation (2006)

"Ultimately, Fast Food Nation is preaching to the converted."

Posted May 4, 2007

Wendy Ide

49 63%

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

"It's a towering disappointment."

Posted May 4, 2007

James Christopher

50 ——

Kya Love Story Hai (2008)

EDIT

Posted Apr 28, 2007

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