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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

In the Loop (2009)

"Not even Nancy Reagan's famed astrologer could have timed it better - the release date of Armando Iannucci's brilliant farce."

Posted Apr 16, 2009

Victor Olliver

2 88%

Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

"McGartland's work saved 50 lives, hence the title. Nowhere is mentioned how many lives he lost. The director's claim that he does not take sides has to be questioned."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

Victor Olliver

3 43%

Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

"One minute Seth is solid enough to stop a speeding 4x4, next he's panicking over an approaching UFO. Such cheating robs the film of tension: we need to know limits to start caring."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

Victor Olliver

4 55%

17 Again (2009)

"17 Again is a triumph of casting genius to rival the Davis/Crawford pairing in Baby Jane."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

Victor Olliver

5 27%

Fast & Furious (2009)

"A carbon-rich orgy for eunuchs of the freed speed creed."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

Victor Olliver

6 56%

Waveriders (2010)

"Earnest types speak in awe of wave sizes, yet no one once thinks to mount a camera on a surfer for a vicarious thrill. A lost opportunity."

Posted Apr 2, 2009

Victor Olliver

7 13%

I Can't Think Straight (2008)

"It's all very sex-lite - one character even does what Eamonn Holmes did last year, confusing lesbian with Lebanese."

Posted Apr 2, 2009

Victor Olliver

8 72%

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

"3-D debris (both animal and mineral) fly out of the screen every minute or so. Best wear an apron if you're suggestible."

Posted Apr 2, 2009

Victor Olliver

9 69%

Religulous (2008)

"The pic will amuse those who don't know much about faith and who like to hear what they think. These people will find the movie so comforting."

Posted Apr 2, 2009

Victor Olliver

10 61%

Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009)

"Richard Curtis could have cast a more dyspeptic eye on his pirates and still told a compelling tale. But a love of 60s pop has got the better of him."

Posted Apr 2, 2009

Victor Olliver

11 79%

Genova ()

"Slow pace dilutes the few moments of tension. A genre should have been picked and stuck with."

Posted Mar 26, 2009

Victor Olliver

12 24%

The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

"The ending is as baffling as anything preceding it - giving rise to a genre conflict situation."

Posted Mar 26, 2009

Victor Olliver

13 63%

Traitor (2008)

"The theme of treachery is well unpicked as our view of the moral limits of "necessary evils" gets stretched. Only Horn's unlikely visit to a girlfriend and an obscure ending mar a taut, engaged thriller."

Posted Mar 26, 2009

Victor Olliver

14 55%

Martyrs (2008)

"Despite fancy writing, it's just another gore porn flick, out to shock for the hell of it and designed for loners who attend film festivals."

Posted Mar 26, 2009

Victor Olliver

15 33%

Knowing (2009)

"Cage is back to form after recent awful films like The Wicker Man and Bangkok Dangerous. Proyas encourages Cage to under-play with conviction. And the result is thrilling."

Posted Mar 26, 2009

Victor Olliver

16 94%

The Damned United (2009)

"If I say I was totally won over by this little movie then imagine a vegan praising Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's hideous slow-braised squirrel dish. It really is that unlikely."

Posted Mar 26, 2009

Victor Olliver

17 48%

Bottle Shock (2008)

"Alan Rickman plays the British wine expert who sponsors the test and is at his most comically feline. It's a great film about passion, eccentricity, families and... wine"

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Victor Olliver

18 35%

Diminished Capacity (2008)

"It's quite easy: either go get a sedative and calm down, dear. Or see this gentle and frankly boring-as-hell movie."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Victor Olliver

19 33%

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

"Men of a certain size will love Paul Blart - and his pursuit through the centre is remarkably inventive. Truly for all the family."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Victor Olliver

20 73%

The Age of Stupid (2009)

"Postlethwaite's battered face is a good metaphor for Earth's ravagement. But the film is too overtly left-wing and anti-US to be of inclusive use."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Victor Olliver

21 27%

Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009)

"This British comedy is all Norman and no Wisdom or all Wise and no Morecamble. I have seen Venetian blinds that are funnier."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Victor Olliver

22 64%

Duplicity (2009)

"Duplicity is one big fogbank of a movie and sounding a horn won't help you. Prepare to get lost in a mass of pointless murk."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Victor Olliver

23 35%

The Burning Plain (2009)

"A striking feature of the movie is the cool, practical temperaments of the three related female leads. It's a line that adds credibility to a movie of tremendous maturity and restrained passion."

Posted Mar 12, 2009

Victor Olliver

24 43%

Hush (2009)

"Tonderai makes good use of soulless motorway catering venues - all white strip lighting and hunched zombie drivers - but overkills his tale with a succession of improbabilities."

Posted Mar 12, 2009

Victor Olliver

25 76%

Bronson (2009)

"Bronson resembles A Clockwork Orange or Jubilee: brutal, arty. Tom Hardy is exceptional, snarling and uncompromising, alert and always impenetrable. We are not asked to pity Bronson, only to spectate at an exhibition of criminal creativity."

Posted Mar 12, 2009

Victor Olliver

26 64%

Marley & Me (2008)

"Belly laughs are few, a sharp script keeps you on your toes. However, Kathleen Turner as a Barbara Woodhouse-style dog trainer, leg-humped by Marley, is a sight you have to see."

Posted Mar 12, 2009

Victor Olliver

27 55%

Surveillance (2009)

"This is a sadistic film, so be warned."

Posted Mar 5, 2009

Victor Olliver

28 9%

Reverb (2007)

"Early scenes, when strange sounds fill the studio and a phone keeps ringing, are creepy enough - but when a hidden message is detected on a track, the film crumbles from tinnitus."

Posted Mar 5, 2009

Victor Olliver

29 85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"Perfectly paced, with the many long silences you get in real life, Kelly Reichardt's film is undone by a fatal plot flaw involving the dog."

Posted Mar 5, 2009

Victor Olliver

30 76%

The Young Victoria (2009)

"What the film lacks is a sense of its awful era - if only Dickens could have had a hand in the script."

Posted Mar 5, 2009

Victor Olliver

31 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"Watchmen's rich and gorgeous palette and campy costumes cannot hold you for all of its epic 162 minutes. British Watchmen fanboys probably once read NME and worshipped Joy Division - oh well, Nietzsche to his own."

Posted Mar 5, 2009

Victor Olliver

32 59%

Franklyn (2008)

"The gothic world of the early scenes promises an adventure that never comes. The style is needlessly impenetrable, yet the theme is simple enough."

Posted Feb 26, 2009

Victor Olliver

33 29%

New In Town (2009)

"This is not the first movie to have a laugh with the hicks versus city slicks theme - it's a pity director Jonas Elmer didn't add a little acid."

Posted Feb 26, 2009

Victor Olliver

34 11%

The Unborn (2009)

"Goyer's psychic dream sequences are pretty good - what a pity he decided to ruin them with a movie."

Posted Feb 26, 2009

Victor Olliver

35 59%

The International (2009)

"Now that "banker" is a term of abuse, more offensive than any word it rhymes with, Tom Tykwer's film is extremely timely. It has the hard-edged efficiency of The Odessa File - and a sequel would be most welcome."

Posted Feb 26, 2009

Victor Olliver

36 23%

Push (2009)

"Why would a psychic 'tec need to sniff a toothbrush to locate its user? Does spearmint freshness have a spooky vibe?"

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Victor Olliver

37 67%

Cadillac Records (2008)

"As films go, it's more like Stars In Their Eyes as you listen in wonder and look for faults in the excellent impersonators."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Victor Olliver

38 25%

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

"With streets flanked by monster fashion ads, and all the girls looking sublime, Shopaholic is a glam promo for big spenders. Which is a bit ironic."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Victor Olliver

39 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"The Eastwood legend is set against false sentiment, pot-pourried politics. There's no Disney in this Walt."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Victor Olliver

40 51%

Notorious (2009)

"Jamal Woolard is an inspired piece of casting in the title role, not disguising sweetness behind the macho and arrogant gangsta facade."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Victor Olliver

41 45%

Hotel for Dogs (2009)

"The real stars of this movie are not the notice-me dogs or the notice-me-more kids. The stellar pair are failed rock singer Carl Scudder (Kevin Dillon) and his sidekick chick Lois (Lisa Kudrow)."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Victor Olliver

42 25%

Friday the 13th (2009)

"Nispel's problem is that we have seen it all before - Jason's butcherings are well set up, yet films like those in the Saw series have hardened our tums."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Victor Olliver

43 12%

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

"This sequel to Martin's dire 2006 not-a-remake requires an autopsy, not a review, to establish cause of death. To start with, Steve Martin simply does not understand Jacques Clouseau."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Victor Olliver

44 40%

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

"The ensemble cast includes Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston in what feels like a Friends-style chick flick for the unwise lovelorn."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Victor Olliver

45 88%

Bolt (2008)

"Great action and witty sight gags raise the toon bar."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Victor Olliver

46 81%

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

"Taking a leaf out of Pedro Almodovar's book, Woody Allen makes best full use of Penelope Cruz who's inclined to wilt if not placed in her native Spain."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Victor Olliver

47 27%

Punisher: War Zone (2008)

"This is as true to a Marvel comic tale as I've ever seen - gory, serious, intense, dark and utterly psychotic."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Victor Olliver

48 78%

Doubt (2008)

"Streep, I think, subverts the film's intention by allowing us rightly to sympathise a little with a woman whose power base is under threat by a man."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Victor Olliver

49 72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"Thirteen Oscar nominations? You have to wonder at the emotional maturity of the Academy Awards jury - perhaps they, as Pitt's Button, are ageing in reverse and are now sitting on their potties."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Victor Olliver

50 83%

JCVD (Van Dammage) (2008)

"The movie is an act of image-exorcism, a preparation for his golden years?"

Posted Jan 29, 2009

Victor Olliver

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