Times [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 37%

From Paris with Love (2010)

"Travolta eventually becomes a parody of himself: with nudge-nudge references to the Royale cheeseburger, famously of Pulp Fiction."

Posted Feb 26, 2010

Kate Muir

2 97%

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

"Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell melt the screen as the two little girls from Little Rock seeking Mr Right (or at least Mr Right(TM)s bank account). It(TM)s enjoyable, escapist fluff, with a killer finale."

Posted Feb 26, 2010

Wendy Ide

3 22%

Freestyle (2004)

"Freestyle is a string of flashily edited musical montages of East London youth playing basketball, hung on the flimsy framework of a sub-Grange-Hill-quality script."

Posted Feb 26, 2010

Wendy Ide

4 28%

Extraordinary Measures (2010)

"Harrison Ford is the clichà (C) of a scientist who cares more for equations than humans, and works to atrocious rock music. The child actors are cloying in their cuteness. A serious subject drowned by sentimentality."

Posted Feb 26, 2010

Kate Muir

5 21%

Leap Year (2010)

"The film is packed with spontaneous acts of Irish country dancing and twinkly locals beaming over their Guinness. Ireland should sue."

Posted Feb 26, 2010

Wendy Ide

6 71%

The Crazies (2010)

"Hits the traditional horror buttons, while also showing some scary government genocide."

Posted Feb 26, 2010

Kate Muir

7 75%

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"For all his cheap tactics, Moore mounts a persuasive case that something is rotten in the current economic system."

Posted Feb 26, 2010

Wendy Ide

8 74%

Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010)

"Jeunetâ(TM)s fondness for the whimsical and slapstick has gone over the top, leaving plot and character floundering."

Posted Feb 26, 2010

Kate Muir

9 14%

Blind Revenge (2012)

"A Closed Book is directed by Raoul Ruiz, a "revered member of the European avant-garde" who decided to tackle "the Anglo-Saxon tradition" - with execrable results."

Posted Feb 19, 2010

Kevin Maher

10 72%

La Mujer sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman) (2008)

"The pacing is so leaden, and the direction so heavy-handed, that it's fundamentally hard to care."

Posted Feb 19, 2010

Kevin Maher

11 94%

The Unloved (2009)

"The camera is held at kiddie height, the close-ups are all Lucy's, and the adult world is viewed with deep suspicion as a cold and unforgiving place. It's a tough watch, and justifiably uncompromising."

Posted Feb 19, 2010

Kevin Maher

12 71%

The Last Station (2010)

"A comforting, Sunday-night costume drama, with some epic performances."

Posted Feb 19, 2010

Kevin Maher

13 32%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"Under the hammy direction of Peter Jackson The Lovely Bones has lost its poetic bone structure. What was a complex, quirky novel has been turned into a movie mishmash of Lord of the Rings and High School Musical, with a serial killer thrown in."

Posted Feb 19, 2010

Kate Muir

14 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"This turn from the perennially settled and contented Bridges is pure acting. It is the best performance of the past 12 months, and indeed possibly the next."

Posted Feb 19, 2010

Kevin Maher

15 69%

Shutter Island (2010)

"The spirit of Alfred Hitchcock is clearly alive and well, and is currently residing in Martin Scorsese's latest film, Shutter Island."

Posted Feb 16, 2010

Wendy Ide

16 49%

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

"Kids will love it, and adults may relish Pierce Brosnan's Centaur, and Steve Coogan as Hades - in his personal hell just under Hollywood."

Posted Feb 16, 2010

Kate Muir

17 85%

A Single Man (2009)

"The film is an aesthetic pleasure, like being in a designer hotel, reading a deliciously sad novel."

Posted Feb 16, 2010

Kate Muir

18 85%

A Single Man (2009)

"The private tragedy of George is never transformed into the gripping stuff of public drama; his story doesn't become our story. While A Single Man may dazzle the eye, it leaves the heart untouched."

Posted Feb 16, 2010

Cosmo Landesman

19 92%

Ponyo (2009)

"As usual, Miyazaki treads a thin line between intuitive, unshackled fantasy and simply seeming to makes things up as he goes along, but there is never a dull moment in the film's imagery."

Posted Feb 16, 2010

Edward Porter

20 40%

Takeshis' (2005)

EDIT

Posted Feb 12, 2010

21 100%

Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)

EDIT

Posted Feb 12, 2010

22 18%

Valentine's Day (2010)

"Bombarded by cliché, you wilt in your seat like a discarded rose."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Kate Muir

23 62%

Beyond the Pole (2009)

"This is a small British mockumentary with some good laughs and two likeable leads in Mangan and Thomas, but you can't escape the feeling that it is best seen at home on DVD, with a nice takeaway."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Cosmo Landesman

24 96%

Food, Inc. (2009)

"Overused narration treats the audience like the cattle being abused on screen; a continuous score rams the message home, just in case we missed the point..."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Wendy Ide

25 48%

Battle For Terra (2009)

EDIT

Posted Feb 12, 2010

26 92%

Ponyo (2009)

"The underwater scenes are as rich and teeming as Miyazaki's boundless imagination; little Ponyo in her human form, joyfully wobbling around on her newly sprouted legs, is a pure delight."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Wendy Ide

27 7%

Holy Water ()

"It's staggeringly unfunny and skin-crawlingly unsexy, so as sex comedies go, this rather misses the mark."

Posted Feb 5, 2010

Wendy Ide

28 49%

Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)

"What makes this peppy kids' film interesting is the human/robot apartheid system that has evolved in the futuristic world that Astro inhabits."

Posted Feb 5, 2010

Wendy Ide

29 66%

Youth in Revolt (2010)

"In a wickedly witty dual role in the funniest teen flick in a long time, Cera finally seems to loosen up and have some fun."

Posted Feb 5, 2010

Wendy Ide

30 80%

Tony (2009)

"The problem is that there's no character development, no revelations and no epiphany. The film is merely nauseating." EDIT

Posted Feb 5, 2010

31 10%

Malice in Wonderland (2010)

"Despite a certain visual flair, Malice in Wonderland just isn't very good. The screenplay is the main problem - it's just too flat and unimaginative to justify the larger-than- life cartoon characters that populate the movie."

Posted Feb 5, 2010

Wendy Ide

32 63%

The Island (2007)

"An unsentimental journey of guilt, atonement and redemption, with moments of comic bleakness. Your eyes will be smarting." EDIT

Posted Feb 5, 2010

33 76%

Invictus (2009)

"Invictus may be a rather cheesy way into the story of South Africa, but in the end you're glad it's there for a new generation to whom the words "Free Nelson Mandela" are history."

Posted Feb 5, 2010

Kate Muir

34 100%

Oil City Confidential (2009)

"Julien Temple's rockumentary Oil City Confidential looks like a series of Martin Parr photographs of the British by the seaside, and then segues into thrashing guitars on the Seventies New York stage." EDIT

Posted Feb 5, 2010

35 84%

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"The closest yet that Disney's traditional 2-D animation has come to threatening the supremacy of the computer-generated Pixar-style tales."

Posted Feb 2, 2010

Kevin Maher

36 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"Precious is a big-screen "misery memoir" that is so keen to trace the hellish pathology of familial abuse that it risks glorifying its own subject, or at least shooting it with horror-movie verve."

Posted Feb 2, 2010

Kevin Maher

37 100%

Akibiyori (Late Autumn) (1973)

"Formal and restrained - the sort of cinema that demurely keeps the audience at arm's length. But it has a mild humour."

Posted Feb 2, 2010

Wendy Ide

38 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"This paranoid corporate political thriller is almost certain to disappoint anyone hoping for a repeat of the brooding suspense of the original."

Posted Feb 2, 2010

Wendy Ide

39 84%

Ddongpari (Breathless) (2009)

"One of the most relentlessly abusive movies you will ever see - the dialogue is a non-stop torrent of profanity, and the action consists of one brutal beating after another. Yet it cries out to be seen."

Posted Feb 2, 2010

Tom Charity

40 61%

Adoration (2008)

"The most positive thing you can say about Atom Egoyan's latest film is that it is well-intentioned. But the most honest thing that you can say is that it's a painfully misguided and pretentious folly."

Posted Feb 2, 2010

Wendy Ide

41 93%

Blur: No Distance Left to Run (2010)

"It's a genteel ride, best enjoyed by fans, but this film also doubles as the most satisfying account of fractured friendships reforged among 40-year-old Englishmen you'll see this year."

Posted Jan 22, 2010

Ben Machell

42 26%

Ninja Assassin (2009)

"Ninja Assassin is final proof that the once innovative Wachowski Brothers have indeed lost their creative mojo."

Posted Jan 22, 2010

Kevin Maher

43 57%

Burlesque Undressed ()

"A startlingly sycophantic documentary about the art of stripping that is produced by its central subject."

Posted Jan 22, 2010

Kevin Maher

44 100%

Toy Story 2 (1999)

"The film remains one of Pixar's finest moments. It's unexpectedly dark in tone, and, with its underlying theme of mortality and abandonment, it's perceptively written and superbly animated."

Posted Jan 22, 2010

Wendy Ide

45 41%

Armored (2009)

"A host of charismatic character actors, including Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne and Matt Dillon, slum it about amiably in Armoured, a B-movie action thriller, before it all implodes in the final unbelievable act."

Posted Jan 22, 2010

Kevin Maher

46 63%

Brothers (2009)

"Brothers is a movie of moments (some of which are fine indeed) that never quite coalesce into a credible or satisfying whole."

Posted Jan 22, 2010

Kevin Maher

47 71%

The Boys Are Back (2009)

"Aggressively life-affirming, unashamedly sentimental and tear-jerking with industrial efficiency."

Posted Jan 22, 2010

Wendy Ide

48 97%

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"A Prophet, Jacques Audiard's masterful prison saga, will undoubtedly be considered to be one of the great films of 2010, if not the coming decade."

Posted Jan 22, 2010

Wendy Ide

49 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"A deliciously self-referential treat, and perhaps even [Clooney's] best movie yet."

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Kevin Maher

50 100%

Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008)

"A beautifully measured melodrama that owes much to Yasujiro Ozu's Japanese classic Tokyo Story."

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Kevin Maher

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