New Yorker

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

Scarface (1932)

"By far the most visually inventive and tonally anarchic movie that Hawks made."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Richard Brody

2 72%

The Ring (2002)

"The movie's nifty beginning-all anxiety and dread-suggests that the audience is in for a fearful ride, but the one-dimensional story quickly runs out of fuel."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Bruce Diones

3 96%

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

"The compositions evoke a kind of open-air claustrophobia ..." EDIT

Posted Jul 21, 2014

4 100%

Murder by Contract (1958)

"Lerner directs with a wary neutrality that leaves judgment aside; he lets the killer speak his piece, resulting in a few politicized surprises." EDIT

Posted Jul 21, 2014

5 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"For dramatic verve and emotional nuance, apes trounce people, hands down, and the movie suffers badly from the mismatch; all traces of finesse are trampled by the bombast of the climax." EDIT

Posted Jul 21, 2014

6 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Any film that takes twelve years to shoot should be commended for its stamina alone; yet no sense of grind, still less of fatigue, attends this Richard Linklater project." EDIT

Posted Jul 21, 2014

7 86%

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

"The flaws of this acutely self-conscious 1970 road picture grow more obvious with every passing year, but so does its passion and eloquence."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Michael Sragow

8 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"The few authentic inspirations to be found in the movie's hundred and sixty-five roiling minutes involve gigantic science-fiction contrivances."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Richard Brody

9 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"Another sappy but engaging musical fable from the Irish writer and director John Carney, who made "Once.""

Posted Jul 14, 2014

David Denby

10 75%

Land Ho! (2014)

"A well-meaning, good-souled, essentially naïve dud."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

David Denby

11 100%

Tristana (1970)

"The rigid rituals of duty and honor form an inextricable bond of pleasure and degradation, of sex and death-and render sin all the more exciting."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Richard Brody

12 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Violent, often absurd, but full of brilliant surprises."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

David Denby

13 23%

Tammy (2014)

"Tammy is an object lesson in the art of directing, which is all it would have taken to turn this near-miss into an instant classic. Though that may be true of most mediocre movies."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Richard Brody

14 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"Ever the alchemist, Roman Polanski continues his quest for the process whereby theatre is transmuted and reforged into film."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Anthony Lane

15 79%

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

"Complicated beyond imagining, and, in the end, a genuine shocker."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

David Denby

16 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Christopher Walken plays a gangster who can fix anything; maybe he should have taken charge of the film."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Anthony Lane

17 100%

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Ensayo de un crimen)(Rehearsal for a Crime) (1955)

"Against a background of revolution and restoration, Catholic mysteries and aristocratic manners, Buñuel unfolds, in images akin to Freudian X-rays ..."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Richard Brody

18 92%

Closed Curtain (2014)

"Imagination and reality flow together in surprising and exhilarating ways."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Richard Brody

19 85%

Coherence (2014)

"The film's not perfect-the hand-held camerawork sometimes distracts from the unnerving mood-but it's a good, spooky mind-bender."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Bruce Diones

20 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"A paradoxical and vitally overflowing character emerges: a compassionate moralist with vast appetites, a raucous public performer whose confessional candor had a nearly religious purity."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Richard Brody

21 100%

The Tall T (1957)

"Conceals a complex world view beneath its desolate and blood-soaked landscapes."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Richard Brody

22 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"The writer and director Dean DeBlois takes the comedy to a deeper, more satisfying place than he did in the original franchise-launching animated film."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Bruce Diones

23 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"The leering title is the wittiest thing in this amiable comic misfire."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Richard Brody

24 71%

A Coffee in Berlin (2014)

"In Gerster's view, Berlin's unresolved past taints its bustling charm and glossy serenity, as well as every familiar course of practical action-yet his movie veers toward the historical kitsch that he satirizes."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Richard Brody

25 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"22 Jump Street is hardly fresh, but the picture has enough energy to get by."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

David Denby

26 23%

Third Person (2014)

"Third Person is the kind of eccentric and emotionally exhausting movie whose ardent sincerity remains in memory after smoother, more conventional works have passed into oblivion."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

David Denby

27 20%

I Love Trouble (1994)

"It's like the worst possible Newman-Redford vehicle: the script reduces the stars to twinkling mannequins, and their chemistry barely rises to the buddy-buddy level."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Michael Sragow

28 17%

Wild Wild West (1999)

"The movie is exhausting, utterly without feeling, and pointless -- though Smith looks great in his Western outfit."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Terrence Rafferty

29 54%

The Doors (1991)

"For a while, the obviousness and flat-out vulgarity are sort of entertaining, and it might be possible to enjoy the movie as a camp classic if you could ignore the mean-spiritedness that keeps breaking through."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Terrence Rafferty

30 86%

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

"The movie has more anger than it knows what to do with; that's its fascination and its weakness, too."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

David Denby

31 69%

Policeman (2014)

"Lapid's workmanlike direction illustrates his airless script efficiently, and sometimes engagingly, but unimaginatively. He has something to say; he shows very little."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Richard Brody

32 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"The one person who gets the balance right, weighing parody and homage, is the composer, Joel McNeely, whose opening theme stirs hopes and memories that the movie cannot match."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Anthony Lane

33 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"The film dodges most of the pitfalls of clichéd cancer dramas with humor and natural warmth."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Bruce Diones

34 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"As for the screenplay, by Linda Woolverton, it treads carefully, and all too kindly, in the footsteps of "Wicked" ..."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Anthony Lane

35 96%

Solyaris (Solaris) (1976)

"Tarkovsky's speculative visions enfold the mysteries of death and rebirth, the lost paradise of childhood, the power of art to define identity, the menace of science as destructive vanity ..."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Richard Brody

36 80%

City Streets (1931)

"This atmospheric gangster classic, from 1931, is based on a story by Dashiell Hammett; it offers a terse visual translation of his prose as well as of his cold-blooded view of Prohibition-era underworld wiles."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Richard Brody

37 23%

Bad Boys II (2003)

"The producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the director Michael Bay's buddy-cop destructorama has all the editing beats of a sex film."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Bruce Diones

38 39%

Armageddon (1998)

"Affleck demonstrates a sexy Paul Newmanish charm and is clearly bound for stardom."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Daphne Merkin

39 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"The metaphorical overlay of fantasy and history is the best thing Edge of Tomorrow has to offer -- and, for much of its running time, that overlay is enough to lend the movie a shiver of curious power. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Richard Brody

40 91%

Cluny Brown (1946)

"Ernst Lubitsch's last completed film, from 1946, looks back to the prewar year of 1938 to take stock of the postwar world and to show how it got that way."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Richard Brody

41 71%

Léon: The Professional (1994)

"The most objectionable thing is Gary Oldman's performance, baroque in its awfulness. Almost as bad is the director's attempt to construct a visual style -- and, for that matter, characters -- by piling one mannerism on top of another."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Anthony Lane

42 98%

The Rules of the Game (1950)

"The word "Mozartean"... gets thrown around a little too eagerly by critics, but one movie, as almost everyone agrees, deserves this supreme benediction -- Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

David Denby

43 100%

Angst Essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) (1974)

"Fassbinder's historicism is a crucial aspect of his modernism: he didn't just make use of prior forms, he quoted them, and derived from them the ironies implicit in his melodramatic styles."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Richard Brody

44 81%

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

"Van Sant takes a lot of chances, and, visually, the movie is so imaginative, so fiercely alive, that it carries us along. But when the over-all design of the picture becomes clear, we feel cheated rather than enlightened."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Terrence Rafferty

45 73%

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

"[A] clunky, fraudulent, yet apparently crowd-pleasing laugh-and-tear-jerker."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Michael Sragow

46 98%

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

"Profoundly and sensitively balances the private demons of scarred veterans and the press of public policies that leave their mark on daily life."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Richard Brody

47 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"There just aren't enough films about teen-age girl punk bands made by left-wing feminist Swedish Christian males."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Anthony Lane

48 54%

Ping Pong Summer (2014)

"Tully seems filled with yearning for the happy side to the story and dwells fleetingly on his hero's struggles and humiliations; neither the problems nor their resolutions have any weight."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Richard Brody

49 80%

Goodbye Dragon Inn (2004)

"This elegiac 2003 comedy, by the Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, is a requiem for a movie theatre."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Richard Brody

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