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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"Delicate, unassuming, and, like Ruby herself, kind of difficult not to fall for."

Posted Jul 24, 2012

Dustin Putman

2 46%

Step Up 3 (2010)

"Blends the narrative, the dancing, and the music in a vibrant way that hasn't been captured before. Otherwise, it's really just more of the same."

Posted Jul 24, 2012

Dustin Putman

3 27%

Step Up 2 the Streets (2008)

"Competent and too innocent in its own way to strongly dislike, but there also isn't much to push it above mediocrity. There's more substance in cotton candy."

Posted Jul 24, 2012

Dustin Putman

4 19%

Step Up (2006)

"Even if the picture breaks no new ground, the verve of the actors and their fancy footwork is half the battle."

Posted Jul 24, 2012

Dustin Putman

5 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"Too much muchness and a belabored last hour are the Caped Crusader's biggest foes here, and the script, overall, just isn't as airtight as "The Dark Knight." Does that mean it's not a good picture, though? Hardly."

Posted Jul 18, 2012

Dustin Putman

6 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"There is something most definitely amiss when a four-and-a-half-minute short has more laughs, wit, sweetness and creativity than the feature-length main attraction that succeeds it."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Dustin Putman

7 51%

Savages (2012)

"Empty mayhem in between plenty of down time."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Dustin Putman

8 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Yet another poster child for how much can be achieved with shoestring funds, and how the beauty of a good screenplay is more important than anything money can buy."

Posted Jul 2, 2012

Dustin Putman

9 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"It's a generally well-made picture, better for its visuals than its human component. But did it need to be made, and so soon?"

Posted Jul 2, 2012

Dustin Putman

10 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"[Woody Allen's] most jarring failure since 2003's "Anything Else.""

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Dustin Putman

11 68%

Ted (2012)

"For a summer comedy that name-drops the Adam Sandler vehicle "Jack and Jill" before destroying it in a single sentence, it's amazing how many of the same traps "Ted" falls into"

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Dustin Putman

12 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"Softer than expected but more involving than some may be anticipating, "Magic Mike" squeaks by on its own low-key, sneakily perceptive accord."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Dustin Putman

13 55%

People Like Us (2012)

"Works in spite of its problems due to some fine performances and a bizarre dynamic that very nearly finds romance in a relationship between half-siblings."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Dustin Putman

14 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"One of the most incisive films in recent memory about adult relationships, "Take This Waltz" astonishes in its raw, unaffected intimacy."

Posted Jun 26, 2012

Dustin Putman

15 56%

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

"It may be one of the bleakest mainstream comedies ever released, but viewers willing to go with it will find a conclusion that isn't depressing so much as it is wondrously bittersweet."

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Dustin Putman

16 35%

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

"Starting well and culminating in a lackluster second half, it is far too streamlined and spotty to satisfy as anything more than a pulpy slice of summer movie inconsequence."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Dustin Putman

17 78%

Brave (2012)

"Like a cut-rate "Tangled" had there been no adventure for Rapunzel to go on, a villain forgotten about midway through, and lots of hijinks with a bear."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Dustin Putman

18 35%

Lola Versus (2012)

"Plays like a studio-produced romantic comedy as made by people who genuinely care about and are invested in their flawed but kind-hearted protagonist."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Dustin Putman

19 83%

Your Sister's Sister (2012)

"Director Lynn Shelton garners three terrific performances from her leads, but she does so while losing sight of her most promising narrative thread."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Dustin Putman

20 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

"Yeah, it's kind of repetitive and something of a mess, but every time the chords of another classic song strike up, game audiences will find the movie's eager-to-please, "Don't-Stop-Believin'" charms to be next to irrepressible."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Dustin Putman

21 20%

That's My Boy (2012)

"A fair share of amusing moments are sprinkled through the juvenilia, but it's more uncomfortable and mean-spirited than cause for hilarity."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Dustin Putman

22 79%

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

"One-ups its forgettable predecessors by actually being pretty good."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Dustin Putman

23 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"A thigh-clenchingly frightening science-fiction epic as well as a ruminative, soul-baring existential study that's not afraid to ask the tough questions."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Dustin Putman

24 29%

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2012)

"The kind of human-drawn slice-of-life that's difficult to dislike. Or, at least, it would be if it weren't for its obligatory story happenings and non-event of a conclusion."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Dustin Putman

25 70%

Dark Horse (2012)

"True to form for auteur Todd Solondz, its discomforting laughs are as black and painful as its cries for help, the fine line between satire and tragedy blurring throughout."

Posted Jun 6, 2012

Dustin Putman

26 13%

Piranha 3DD (2012)

"The oft-offended should consider themselves warned. This one's for "Piranha" fans only, and they know who they are."

Posted Jun 1, 2012

Dustin Putman

27 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Has individual moments that are alluring to the eyes, but like the aforementioned dollhouse where Suzy lives, take a closer look inside and it becomes obvious how artificial all the parts are."

Posted May 31, 2012

Dustin Putman

28 48%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"When it comes to fairy tales, half the battle is in the creation of a winning hero or heroine and a bull's-eye adversary. "Snow White and the Huntsman" understands this, then outdoes itself."

Posted May 31, 2012

Dustin Putman

29 8%

Battlefield America (2012)

"'Cringe-inducing' doesn't even begin to describe it."

Posted May 30, 2012

Dustin Putman

30 19%

Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

"A thoroughly frightening study in how to do a tried-and-true formula proud."

Posted May 24, 2012

Dustin Putman

31 91%

Men in Black (1997)

"Offensively bad? No. But it's never been anything more than a promising wasted opportunity."

Posted May 24, 2012

Dustin Putman

32 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

"Ups the ante ever so slightly by incorporating some fireworks and daring to the typical gags, but it's still more often than not no great shakes."

Posted May 24, 2012

Dustin Putman

33 ——

Entrance (2012)

"Proving that small of means does not equate to slight of impact, "Entrance" is a shrewdly distressing knockout."

Posted May 18, 2012

Dustin Putman

34 34%

Battleship (2012)

"One ethnic stereotype, two objectifying shots of the supermodel-ready female form, and three set-pieces of choppy, ADD-massaging quick edits away from being titled "Transformers 4.""

Posted May 17, 2012

Dustin Putman

35 22%

What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

"Mechanically hits all the manipulative beats and tropes one anticipates while failing to breathe much dimension into the actors vying for screen time."

Posted May 17, 2012

Dustin Putman

36 46%

Beyond The Black Rainbow (2012)

"Imperfect, but gloriously so, creating, in its own way, a new, exciting, disorienting, unsettling, and long-overdue filmic language."

Posted May 17, 2012

Dustin Putman

37 43%

Mother's Day (2012)

"Reactions will be split down the middle, depending on the viewer's endurance for tough material, but no one can say the filmmaker didn't achieve what he set out to."

Posted May 11, 2012

Dustin Putman

38 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"When "The Dictator" wants to make a point, it does. When it doesn't, it moves steadily between strikingly clever and disappointingly immature."

Posted May 11, 2012

Dustin Putman

39 67%

The Road (2012)

"Heavy on atmosphere, but light on substance."

Posted May 9, 2012

Dustin Putman

40 68%

God Bless America (2012)

"Who might have guessed that a mid-range comic whose heyday was in the late-'80s/early-'90s would turn out to have such a sharp, merciless vision as a filmmaker?"

Posted May 9, 2012

Dustin Putman

41 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"As imaginatively eccentric as it is blithely ghoulish. To see it is to view something that feels different right to its core. How often can that be said in today's studio system?"

Posted May 9, 2012

Dustin Putman

42 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Thrilling when it wants to be, it's got star power to spare, and the action and effects are top-notch."

Posted May 1, 2012

Dustin Putman

43 74%

Sound of My Voice (2012)

"A contemplative look at the power of indoctrination and belief with fantastical underlying insinuations."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Dustin Putman

44 23%

The Raven (2012)

"A darkly sumptuous, exceedingly enticing murder mystery. John Cusack's turn as Poe is just plain terrific."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Dustin Putman

45 63%

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

"A grown-up, mainstream, studio-released comedy made for actual grown-ups. Imagine that."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Dustin Putman

46 22%

Darling Companion (2012)

"Like an over-the-hill fogey sorely mistaken about still being hip, this treacly comedic drama is startlingly out of touch."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Dustin Putman

47 90%

Bernie (2012)

"For a motion picture about one person losing her life and another losing his freedom, "Bernie" doesn't deserve to be as flippant as it ultimately is."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Dustin Putman

48 20%

The Lucky One (2012)

"So hopelessly plodding and bland that an extra helping of fatalities could have only broken the monotony."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Dustin Putman

49 74%

Chimpanzee (2012)

"It's particularly telling when the footage playing during the end credits is better and more insightful than anything in the film proper."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Dustin Putman

50 75%

Damsels in Distress (2012)

"The dialogue is such a bounty of sumptuous intelligence, arch banter, and sneakily sly asides that to just close your eyes and listen to the near-poetry in motion might be enough."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Dustin Putman

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