New Yorker

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 30%

The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)

"[It] looks lowly and limp, and we seldom feel just how much is at stake."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Anthony Lane

2 94%

Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

"As a portrait of America in a moment both of idealism and betrayal, the movie is heartbreaking as well as inspiring."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

David Denby

3 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"The title refers to Mia's fraught decision-should she cling to existence or just give up?-and, well before the end, even loyal viewers will be begging her to hurry up and choose."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Anthony Lane

4 100%

Harakiri (1962)

"The film has a steady, hypnotic momentum; the director, Masaki Kobayashi, wrings as much drama out of facial twitches as he does out of sword fights."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Michael Sragow

5 ——

Good Men, Good Women (Haonan Haonu) (1995)

"Personal and historical memory intertwines with intimate and ideological passion in Hou's sinuous, meticulously constructed tableaux ..."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Richard Brody

6 88%

Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and His Friends) (Fist-Fight of Freedom) (1975)

"This melodramatic fable of emotional extremes is sharp and precise-nowhere more than in Fassbinder's attention to the price of domestic comforts and industrial necessities."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Richard Brody

7 61%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

"What remains is knowing and allusive, but muffled-the earnestness is stalled by pauses and misgivings and occasionally made handsome with long tracking shots."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

David Denby

8 ——

Chronicle of a Summer (1965)

"The results are a shock."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Richard Brody

9 53%

Bird People (2014)

"An artful experiment that only half works."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

David Denby

10 79%

You're the Worst: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Over nine episodes, the characters take leaps in complexity, as the origins of their personalities emerge, from Gretchen's hoarder-level slovenliness to Jimmy's toxic feud with a bookstore owner. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Emily Nussbaum

11 90%

Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The female perspective is a welcome change. It's sheer pleasure, no guilt allowed. "

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Emily Nussbaum

12 57%

Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The show mines a primal adolescent fantasy: that sickness might be a form of glamour... Whether you find this conceit offensive or escapist will depend on your mood. For me, the crassness outweighed any charm. "

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Emily Nussbaum

13 ——

The Dawn Patrol (Flight Commander) (1930)

"Young recruits are sent airborne toward certain death, but Hawks locates a strange joy in their grim fate."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Richard Brody

14 92%

Frank (2014)

"The whole thing is in danger of becoming arch and quirky, yet Abrahamson steers the final act of his drama toward a sombre, unhappy rumination."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Anthony Lane

15 87%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"This hedonistic japery is shot through with middle-aged melancholy and the fear of death."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

David Denby

16 ——

Night at the Crossroads (La Nuit Du Carrefour) (1932)

"Renoir matches the elegance of calm lawmen with their terse courage, Maigret's perspicacity with an astonishing, documentary-style long take of a car chase through back roads in near-total darkness."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Richard Brody

17 98%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"What lends it spirit is the performances, both major and minor, and Sachs's determination to dramatize same-sex love not as groundbreaking, but as securely rooted -- rent control and all -- in common ground."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Anthony Lane

18 76%

The Congress (2014)

"The anger drains out of the picture, and we watch in a state of passive appreciation and indifference."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

David Denby

19 80%

The One I Love (2014)

"Ethan and Sophie are never more than playthings of the premise; Moss and Duplass are the sole sources of nuance and vitality, and they seem unduly hemmed in by the movie's unimaginative confines."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Richard Brody

20 67%

Memphis (2014)

"Tim Sutton's second feature, starring the young contemporary musician Willis Earl Beal as a musician with the same name, captures the mood of the blues with pitch-perfect sensuality."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Richard Brody

21 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"Chadwick Boseman gives a startling and galvanic performance."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

David Denby

22 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Chris Pratt, overflowing with charisma, plays the leader of the pack of misfits, and his blissed-out space cowboy (with a love for seventies music) is so full of good will that he buoys the film and its requisite whizbang special effects."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Bruce Diones

23 71%

Fedora (1978)

"This one seethes with authentic nostalgia; Wilder's attempt not merely to eulogize earlier styles but to revive them feels somewhat embalmed."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Richard Brody

24 90%

Angels in America: Season 1 (TV, 2003)

" This version of Angels doesn't fly as high as the opening credits promise (and there are some laughable special effects that help keep it from doing so), but Kushner's brilliance isn't easily denied. "

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Nancy Franklin

25 77%

The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014)

" The narrow social group in the pilot of The Cosmopolitans has tendrils that reach far and deep. Stillman's sense of power is serious: within the febrile exclusivity of his glossy set is an underlying quest to clearly see the way in which the world works. "

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Richard Brody

26 74%

Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) (2000)

"The violence, in short, remains unseen, but that makes it no easier to bear; what lurks and wails behind a wall is, for Haneke, the most reliable wellspring of dread."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Anthony Lane

27 73%

Daisies (2012)

"One of the great outpourings of cinematic invention in an age of over-all artistic liberation."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Richard Brody

28 100%

Justified: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" The truth is, Justified works best when it embraces its procedural roots. "

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Emily Nussbaum

29 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The series itself is dour and hokey, full of stock characters and eye-rolling exposition. Designed to flatter rather than to challenge the viewer, it's proof that even an ambitious director can't overcome a blinkered script. "

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Emily Nussbaum

30 31%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

"The artful grunge is gone -- and so's the edge. The whole movie is bright yet colorless"

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Michael Sragow

31 100%

Scarface (1932)

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

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Richard Brody

32 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

33 96%

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

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

Posted Jul 21, 2014

34 100%

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

35 90%

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

36 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

37 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

38 18%

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

39 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

40 79%

Land Ho! (2014)

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

Posted Jul 14, 2014

David Denby

41 100%

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

42 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

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

Posted Jul 14, 2014

David Denby

43 24%

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

44 92%

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

45 77%

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

46 53%

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

47 100%

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

48 90%

Closed Curtain (2014)

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

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Richard Brody

49 84%

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

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