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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 96%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"Lithgow, with his modulated flamboyance, and Molina, with his sad-eyed realism, are perfect individually and as a team. But the movie tends to drift away from an audience, because it's all sensibility, no sense."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Michael Sragow

2 39%

If I Stay (2014)

"The heroine lies in the coma, but the audience may feel brain-dead by the end of If I Stay."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Michael Sragow

3 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Miller's original comic-book frames serve narrative functions, but these movies are all grabby graphics, devoid of compelling style."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Michael Sragow

4 77%

The One I Love (2014)

"First-time director Charlie McDowell and writer Justin Lader are skillful at subverting domestic-comedy clichés, and Moss and Duplass are superb at being tender, funny and borderline satiric."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Michael Sragow

5 91%

Frank (2014)

"The movie roots the mask in mental illness without scanting Frank's artistic playfulness and power. The result is that rarity, a genuine pop tragicomedy."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Michael Sragow

6 8%

Are You Here (2014)

"Are You Here is an infuriating blend of woozy farce, self-important social commentary and failed ambiguity."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Michael Sragow

7 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"The Dark Knight is probably the smartest and most stylish action movie since the "The Matrix." It thinks and philosophizes. The subject it thinks and philosophizes about, perhaps not surprisingly, considering the times, is the Iraq war."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Timothy Mangan

8 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"The series did reignite a few careers and bring forth one decent popcorn movie (The Expendables 2). Rather than artificially extend its life, maybe the time has come to say Rest in Peace."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Michael Sragow

9 73%

A Master Builder (2014)

"A film that plays not as a theatrical antique, but as a crackling, profound entry in The Twilight Zone."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Michael Sragow

10 42%

Life After Beth (2014)

"First-time writer-director Baena casts the film slyly and directs individual sequences with a lot of sneaky wit."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Michael Sragow

11 86%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"The sumptuous views of gorgeous locations and savory foods combine with the improvised dialogue and behavior to give these movies a sensuous sort of spontaneity."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Michael Sragow

12 32%

The Giver (2014)

"Not even Streep and Bridges can lift The Giver beyond the level of a post-apocalyptic after-school special."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Michael Sragow

13 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"This must be the only disaster movie in which presumably intelligent characters decide to hide from a storm in a storm drain."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Michael Sragow

14 70%

What If (2014)

"A film that is like one extended, excruciating anticlimax."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Michael Sragow

15 95%

The Dog (2014)

"Outrageous, funny and sad."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Michael Sragow

16 65%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"It's a rare delight to watch Puri and Mirren play off each other."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Michael Sragow

17 20%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a reboot that plays as if it were made from a starter kit. Everything comes right out of the 2014 blockbuster catalog."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Michael Sragow

18 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Pratt is their prime asset for turning the comedy up to 11. With him playing Star-Lord, you never question what Quill brings to the team: a sparkling, cracked esprit de corps."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Michael Sragow

19 36%

Child Of God (2014)

"Too bad all this grungy intimacy renders him neither knowable nor fascinating as he hunkers down in a shack and then in a cavern that doubles as a crypt."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Michael Sragow

20 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Self-conscious dialogue, stiff characterizations and unimaginative filmmaking prove to be a recipe for the forgettable."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Michael Sragow

21 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"Even as a musical celebration, the movie is a misfire. Instead of re-creating the ecstatic, improvisatory flow of Brown's stage act, the film cuts almost everything into glittering bits and pieces."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Michael Sragow

22 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"[Hoffman] scales his performance to Olympian heights, yet he elevates all his collaborators, too."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Michael Sragow

23 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"Happy Christmas is a jaunty domestic dramedy that covers some of the same territory as Neighbors under one roof, with characters who are smart, funny, endearing and unpredictable rather than boorish and silly."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Michael Sragow

24 49%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Allen hasn't lost his comic spark -- he's still in the midst of a comic revival."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Michael Sragow

25 65%

Lucy (2014)

"In the showiest sequence, Lucy's body starts exploding into bursts of confetti. Even then, Johannson holds everything together. She's the rare actress who brings conviction and clarity to flights of fancy."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Michael Sragow

26 17%

And So It Goes (2014)

"The pieces of this would-be feel-good movie sink into place with a depressing thud."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Michael Sragow

27 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Boyhood, at its best, boasts qualities that are usually under-valued in avant-garde work: tingling observations, unforced comedy and quirky, enduring charm."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Michael Sragow

28 100%

The Battered Bastards Of Baseball (2014)

"This film is a labor of love in which the sweat never shows."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Michael Sragow

29 77%

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

"Whitey: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger is the equivalent of a gripping true-crime "read.""

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Michael Sragow

30 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Serkis outdoes himself as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This gigantic spellbinder of a movie rests on his ability to convey power and command with his posture, and an array of emotions via his incredibly malleable face."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Michael Sragow

31 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Spielberg's E.T., so ugly it was cute, was also full of personality. Echo is adorable and forgettable, and the rest of the characters are simply plot holders in a narrative contraption that generates jeopardy-raising obstacles to Echo going home."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Michael Sragow

32 99%

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

"The whole movie is an ecstatic mix of serendipity and invention. The Beatles were ready for their cinematic breakthrough."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Michael Sragow

33 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"What makes Life Itself such a wonderful documentary is that it weds Ebert's passion for the good things in life to his quest to find great movies."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Michael Sragow

34 95%

Gabrielle (2014)

"Writer-director Louise Archambault uses a free and easy camera style and mosaic-like editing to suggest how intensely Gabrielle responds to elements of everyday life."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Michael Sragow

35 24%

Tammy (2014)

"It's obnoxious when it means to be comic, and excruciating when it wants to be moving."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Michael Sragow

36 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"[The] rare filmed theater piece that leaves you smiling, thinking, and maybe a bit hot and bothered, to boot. "

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Michael Sragow

37 75%

The Last Sentence (2014)

"A master psychological filmmaker, Jan Troell, puts a towering anti-Nazi crusader under his microscope in the urgently compelling biopic The Last Sentence."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Michael Sragow

38 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"When it comes to wisdom about marriage - well, as Henny Youngman might have said, "Take this movie. Please.""

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Michael Sragow

39 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"The film's wooziness wouldn't be disastrous if it swept audiences up in the zest of pop creation."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Michael Sragow

40 83%

Dormant Beauty (2014)

"The film pits their honest passion against the stylized desperation of the actress' religious theater and the decadent hollowness of Berlusconi's political theater."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Michael Sragow

41 54%

The Signal (2014)

"The Signal doesn't bludgeon you in the manner of big-budget misfires like Transcendence -- it retains the appearance of freshness -- but it doesn't slake your thirst for story, either."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Michael Sragow

42 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"22 Jump Street may be the most arbitrary sequel since Bad Boys II. If it's not the worst, that's strictly because of Channing Tatum."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Michael Sragow

43 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"A solid sequel sets its goals and meets them, but a movie as elating as How to Train Your Dragon 2 soars beyond conventional objectives and upends audience expectations."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Michael Sragow

44 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Amid everything that's forced or ersatz about the movie, Woodley and Elgort are the real thing."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Michael Sragow

45 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"What stays with you are Cruise's off-type performance, a few bravura sequences, and Blunt's molten presence."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Michael Sragow

46 92%

The Case Against 8 (2014)

"Filmmakers Cotner and White use fly-on-the-wall footage, fresh interviews and the reading of court transcripts to capture these intimate revelations, as well as the crackle of history in the making."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Michael Sragow

47 88%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Maturity -- what a concept! That's the humorous, self-lacerating notion at the core of Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Michael Sragow

48 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"The movie is refreshingly sensitive to gender, but also transcends it. What unites the three clashing heroines is their resistance to conventional cliques and schoolhouse conformity. In more ways than one, they're a band of outsiders."

Posted May 30, 2014

Michael Sragow

49 83%

Night Moves (2014)

"Fanning is marvelous as a woman who's so bright and charming on the surface you can't tell whether she's floundering underneath."

Posted May 30, 2014

Michael Sragow

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