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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 58%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"This tall-tale New York comedy about a florist and a book dealer who become a prostitute and a pimp is so wispy that it's hit or miss and overlong at 90 minutes."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Michael Sragow

2 61%

Small Time (2014)

"Writer-director Joel Surnow, the co-creator of 24, makes an assured, tangy feature debut with this semi-autobiographical story."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Michael Sragow

3 20%

Transcendence (2014)

"It's a good thing this movie isn't called "Coherence.""

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Michael Sragow

4 100%

Dancing In Jaffa (2014)

"The ebullient presence of master ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine energizes Dancing in Jaffa, a clear-eyed account of his quest to bring 11-year-old Palestinian Israelis and Jewish Israelis together on the dance floor."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Michael Sragow

5 89%

Bears (2014)

"The astounding footage of a mother bear and two cubs fishing, fighting and hanging tough through a challenging year of foraging transcends the folksy narration."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Michael Sragow

6 47%

Rio 2 (2014)

"[A] ramshackle, riotously beautiful sequel to the smash 2011 musical-comedy."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Michael Sragow

7 53%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"It wants to be a feel-good movie, but it's really just a "feel-meh" flick."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Michael Sragow

8 80%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"A very talented, very long piece of ultra-violence about a fleet-footed undercover cop who wreaks havoc on the criminal hierarchy of Jakarta."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Michael Sragow

9 86%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"A sensual, funny, downtown-artist fantasy about the long-term marriage of two spectacularly attractive vampires."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Michael Sragow

10 84%

Joe (2014)

"Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan can't save this story -- about a righteous ex-con becoming the surrogate father to an abused boy -- from turning into an exercise in rural wretchedness."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Michael Sragow

11 71%

Oculus (2014)

"It's far more intelligent and haunting than most chillers these days, but near the end I kept wishing it would lighten up and be entertaining."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Michael Sragow

12 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"This slow-burning wheeler-dealer football drama pays off in the end, but it would be a lot more entertaining along the way if it were loose and irreverent."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Michael Sragow

13 55%

Breathe In (2014)

"The superb acting can't turn narrative lead into gold with this story about the attraction of a foreign-exchange student pianist to her married host and teacher."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Michael Sragow

14 86%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"A slaphappy farce based on the character Coogan has been doing for decades on British radio and TV."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Michael Sragow

15 83%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"Fascinating and horrifying."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Michael Sragow

16 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier injects new life into the Marvel movie universe and the superhero genre."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Michael Sragow

17 40%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"The results can be surprisingly rich, lucid and subtle."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Michael Sragow

18 22%

Sabotage (2014)

"Rarely has a non-horror movie lavished as much attention on viscera and entrails; the only times brains enter the picture are from head wounds."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Michael Sragow

19 77%

Noah (2014)

"The result is so brash it's sure to be called exciting or at least not boring. Those not in the director's camp may find it pummeling or numbing. He huffs and he puffs but fails to blow you away."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Michael Sragow

20 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"Pavich's movie is more profound as a tribute to the imagination of visionary directors who can't realize their visions."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Michael Sragow

21 90%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Even the redoubtable Broadbent succumbs to unchecked pathos and self-loathing. Only Duncan's gorgeous suppleness and alertness keep Meg from seeming cruel and overly acidic."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Michael Sragow

22 41%

Divergent (2014)

"Jackhammer music and sound design are all that hold the action scenes together."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Michael Sragow

23 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"The movie overflows with funny moments, and Constantine is a terrific character."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Michael Sragow

24 79%

Aftermath (2013)

"Jozek's and Franek's characters (and Czop's and Stuhr's performances) are continually surprising and ultimately indelible. You can read how their mindsets shift as they stumble onto new truths."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Michael Sragow

25 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"[Anderson's pictures are] comical without actually being funny, inventive without being freely playful, momentous without being dramatic. The emotional oxygen that would ignite them gets smothered in self-conscious cleverness."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Michael Sragow

26 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"The movie proves you can go home again. But it will take a better sequel to decide whether you want to."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Michael Sragow

27 63%

Bad Words (2014)

"A movie that promises to skewer sentimentality about children and the parents who live their lives through them ends up as an arrested adolescent's cry for help. Bateman should have recognized that as a creative SOS."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Michael Sragow

28 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"You can see why the film stretches out to 130 minutes. It contains 45 minutes of setup, then a cross-country race before the climactic -- make that anticlimactic -- race."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Michael Sragow

29 79%

Bethlehem (2014)

"This fleet-footed suspense film breaks new ground as it retells the story of a Palestinian youth who informs for the Israeli secret service."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Michael Sragow

30 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"From the start, the movie mingles savory realism with elements of magic."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Michael Sragow

31 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Murro may believe that he's directed an anti-fascist movie, but what he's really made is almost as coercive as fascist melodrama. It's a big bully of an action film."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Michael Sragow

32 78%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"Most of the vocal performers are promising, from Ty Burrell and Max Charles as Mr. Peabody and Sherman to Stephen Colbert and Leslie Mann as Penny's parents."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Michael Sragow

33 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (2014)

"A delicate portrait of a mouse as an artist meets a scruffy portrait of a bear as an all-out entertainer in this witty and imaginative cartoon feature."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Michael Sragow

34 88%

The Angels' Share (2013)

"Modest in scale, expansive in emotions, this movie is a rarity: a contemporary tragicomedy."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Michael Sragow

35 89%

In the House (2013)

"In the House is a tour de force about two yarn-spinners -- Claude and Germain -- whose lives devolve into chaos."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Michael Sragow

36 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"Although it looks spectacular and boasts some pungent ideas, the surprise-to-running-time ratio is out of whack."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Michael Sragow

37 68%

Disconnect (2013)

"Disconnect turns out to have a complicated view of life in the digital age. Rising to scenes of real intimacy and insight, the movie is stimulating, and, at times, touching."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Michael Sragow

38 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"Love is a many-splendored thing, except when it isn't in To the Wonder, a wispy romantic movie about the death of a romance."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Michael Sragow

39 48%

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013)

"No, it's not hard-hitting journalism about retail fashion or conspicuous consumption. It's more like a graceful authorized biography of an institution."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Michael Sragow

40 81%

Something in the Air (2013)

"Something in the Air is a splendid title for a one-of-a-kind film -- a political mood movie that's more revelatory and exciting than almost any political melodrama."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Michael Sragow

41 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"The movie's story and visuals are all of a piece. The incidents are layered; the wind reveals their secrets."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Michael Sragow

42 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Everywhere you look there's someone fun to watch."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Michael Sragow

43 48%

Stalingrad (2014)

"If the director and his screenwriters had concocted a scenario to equal their grasp of military calamity, they could have created a classic."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Michael Sragow

44 95%

Child's Pose (2014)

"Writer-director Calin Peter Netzer's thin yet compelling movie is a family drama with elements of political theater and film noir."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Michael Sragow

45 11%

Barefoot (2014)

"A sorry throwback to sentimental 1960s movies -- the ones in which an offbeat woman repairs the soul of an emotionally clueless man."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Michael Sragow

46 45%

The Pretty One (2014)

"The whole movie has a damp, logy texture. It could have used a rewrite or a re-edit just to dry it out."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Michael Sragow

47 89%

Omar (2014)

"I don't want to see the characters as freedom fighters or terrorists. I just want to see them as human beings. But the director uses them as political magnets to draw us toward his ideological sympathies."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Michael Sragow

48 45%

In Secret (2014)

"Without Zola's churning narrative and analytical bite, the movie plays like an animatronic museum piece."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Michael Sragow

49 33%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"[A] bloated, queasy, quasi-comical extravaganza."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Michael Sragow

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