Times [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 82%

Triangle (2009)

"If you can get past its logical inconsistencies - and they are legion - it's not bad."

Posted Oct 16, 2009

Toby Young

2 86%

Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009)

"Considine's performance, for instance, is an enthralling piece of improvisation that carries the entire movie."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Kevin Maher

3 61%

Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2009)

"Hampered by its director's pretentious, self-advertising style. Eileen Yaghoobian lacks any journalistic sense of the basic information the audience needs in order to grasp what's happening onscreen and the film is often confusing."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Toby Young

4 95%

Katalin Varga (2009)

"A complex moral terrain and slow-burning tone reminiscent of Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) announce the arrival of a genuine film-making talent."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Kevin Maher

5 95%

Goodbye Solo (2009)

"You get the sense that writer-director Ramin Bahrani is mystified by America's abandonment of its elderly, and there's a whiff of disapproval in his treatment of this theme, but it's only a whiff."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Toby Young

6 59%

The Vanishing of the Bees (2011)

"Of course something has to change. But let's start with the eco-doc format."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Kevin Maher

7 16%

Love Happens (2009)

"Everyone is trying to re-invent the rom-com at the moment and the makers of Love Happens are no exceptions. The formula they've come up with is to remove all the comedy, which is a bold choice."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Toby Young

8 98%

Up (2009)

"What's so impressive about Up is that the film-makers never lose sight of their adult concerns."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Toby Young

9 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"The pacing is lackadaisical and the plot riddled with holes, but the movie is savvy enough mostly to eschew excessive gore in favour of amiably droll lines."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Kevin Maher

10 100%

Kôkaku kidôtai 2.0 (Ghost in the Shell 2.0) (2008)

"Mamoru Oshii's digitally tweaked, colour- corrected and otherwise "enhanced" version of his 1995 anime classic remains as visually ravishing and bafflingly opaque as ever."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Wendy Ide

11 100%

Toy Story (1995)

"The 3-D viewing doesn't make much difference...but it is a joy to see these superb films back on the big screen, even after dozens of DVD viewings."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Tom Charity

12 28%

Pandorum (2009)

"Riffing on Alien, Sunshine and Resident Evil, the German director Alvart finds an effective balance between action-excitement and psychological chills."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Tom Charity

13 58%

The Invention of Lying (2009)

"The Invention of Lying is an underdeveloped work from an overindulged comic."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

14 94%

Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008)

"Although you will get more out of this self-portrait if you're a film-lover, it can be enjoyed simply for its touching, eloquent reflections on life in general."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Edward Porter

15 74%

Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009)

"The stunts and fights are all the film needs to justify its existence - never mind that the story is comic-book silliness."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Edward Porter

16 100%

Toy Story (1995)

"It doesn't enhance the experience, because the film's timeless appeal is down to great characters and wonderful storytelling; a classic that doesn't need goggles or gimmicks."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

17 28%

Pandorum (2009)

"There are some well-executed sequences, but the story makes nothing but a mess of its borrowed ideas."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Edward Porter

18 9%

My Life in Ruins (2009)

"The film and all its characters are as tacky and charmless at the end as they are on first impressions."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Edward Porter

19 84%

Whip It (2009)

"This is a sweet, comic drama, which seems to hail from another time."

Posted Oct 2, 2009

Kate Muir

20 0%

Jack Said (2009)

"A dull, poorly acted affair that doesn't deserve the brief release it's getting."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Edward Porter

21 25%

Fame (2009)

"Culturally derivative, structurally bland and almost meaningless."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Kevin Maher

22 46%

Management (2009)

"For the most part, Management avoids the standard rom-com clichés in favour of something more delicate and heartfelt."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Toby Young

23 45%

Creation (2010)

"Bettany himself seems hamstrung by a part that requires lots of concentrated frowns and fey swooning, and the ability to render credible a ridiculous rubber baldy cap."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Kevin Maher

24 56%

The Soloist (2009)

"Ultimately, the reason that The Soloist fails is because the writer and the director have been bamboozled by the seriousness of the subject matter."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Toby Young

25 100%

Three Miles North of Molkom (2007)

"It's a nicely judged little film... unexpectedly heart-warming."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Wendy Ide

26 36%

Je Veux Voir (2008)

"Not quite a documentary, nor yet entirely fiction, Je Veux Voir is an awkward blend. But it's not nearly as awkward as Catherine Deneuve in the central role."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Wendy Ide

27 67%

The Firm (2009)

"While it doesn't exactly break new ground thematically, this is Love's most accomplished film to date. Like the terrace heroes who are its subjects, it's as good-looking and stylish as it is dangerously seductive."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Wendy Ide

28 87%

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs lacks the charm of some other recent offerings in this genre, but it has enough grown-up gags to keep the adults amused and their children will laugh themselves silly."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Toby Young

29 25%

Blind Dating (2007)

"The whole thing ends with a jolly multicultural dance montage so gruesome that temporary blindness would be a blessed relief."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Wendy Ide

30 96%

BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi (2008)

"BirdWatchers just about manages to hold your interest, but it can't seem to decide whether it's a contemporary western or a retelling of Romeo and Juliet."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Toby Young

31 67%

Away We Go (2009)

"Away We Go is a reminder that being a successful author does not mean you can dash off a screenplay without learning the craft."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Toby Young

32 67%

The Agent ()

"The Agent never really transcends its roots as a two-hander for the stage, but the director Lesley Manning does a good job of keeping things moving and production values are top notch."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Toby Young

33 8%

31 North 62 East (Too Close to the Truth) (2009)

"The storyline is hackneyed and nonsensical, as if Loraine had plucked clichés from episodes of The Professionals and strung them together."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Toby Young

34 80%

The Thing (1982)

"The special effects can't hope to be as creepy to our seen-it-all eyes as they were to the film's first viewers, but we can still enjoy the monster's unique weirdness, and the story is a rock-solid yarn."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Edward Porter

35 75%

The Road (2009)

"Fortunately, the rumourmongers were wrong -- Hillcoat's vision is forthright and brutal."

Posted Sep 13, 2009

Wendy Ide

36 7%

Whiteout (2009)

"A whodunnit set on a scientific research base in Antarctica that slowly becomes a "Who cares?""

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Kevin Maher

37 84%

The September Issue (2009)

"Director, R. J. Cutler, gradually gets under the surface of this glossy universe, and the resulting film feels accurate and true."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Toby Young

38 5%

Miss March (2009)

"Miss March must be a contender for worst film of the year. It's so poor that you begin to suspect it's a pastiche."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Toby Young

39 75%

Julie & Julia (2009)

"Julie & Julia is a highly polished piece of upmarket entertainment, brimming with beautiful interiors. If you throw in the lavish helpings of food porn it's almost like a colour supplement come to life."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Toby Young

40 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"Arnold draws flawless performances from her cast while making exemplary choices with her camera."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Kevin Maher

41 89%

Adventureland (2009)

"The whole enterprise is infused with a quality of feeling, an integrity, that is rare in such a commercial film."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Toby Young

42 22%

Sorority Row (2009)

"Over 100 long minutes, as each is murdered by an unseen assailant, the movie's job is to draw empathy from the audience for its harem of harridans. It doesn't work."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Kevin Maher

43 43%

Dorian Gray (2009)

"Some neat formal flourishes from its director Oliver Parker and a truly handsome supporting turn from Colin Firth, this story demands a more versatile and charismatic central player than the powerfully blank Ben Barnes."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Kevin Maher

44 20%

The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) (2008)

"Nikolai Müllerschön's film about the German flying ace has nothing like the sort of flair it needs to get away with its sentimental departures from the historical facts."

Posted Sep 7, 2009

Edward Porter

45 90%

District 9 (2009)

"The film's tone moves easily from the comic to the cruel, and the alien creatures look authentic. From the start, the film promises a fresh and thoughtful slice of Swiftian sci-fi."

Posted Sep 7, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

46 78%

Bustin' Down the Door (2008)

"Watching top surfers in action is never a chore, but the film's archive footage would have been even more enjoyable to lay viewers if the commentary had better explained why the men's innovations were so daring and controversial."

Posted Sep 7, 2009

Edward Porter

47 100%

Sztuczki (Tricks) (2009)

"A child's-eye view of parochial Poland during a sleepy, endless summer, Tricks is handsomely photographed but defiantly lacking in drama."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Wendy Ide

48 20%

The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) (2008)

"The Red Baron is like Le Grande Illusion remade by a German porn director. Never in the field of human film-making was so much money wasted on so little."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Toby Young

49 36%

Passchendaele (2009)

"It's hard to overstake how unimaginably dreadful is Passchendaele, a First World War drama that does Canada's already ropey film-making reputation no favours whatsoever."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Wendy Ide

50 64%

Greek Pete (2009)

"It's basically a porn movie, though with slightly more developed characters than normal. It should do well on DVD in the video emporia of Old Compton Street, but don't expect it to light up the multiplexes in Romford."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Toby Young

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