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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 47%

The Broken (2009)

"Why the evil-doers need to do what they do is never explained. All we get is an atmospheric soundtrack desperately seeking a horror movie."

Posted Jan 29, 2009

Victor Olliver

2 74%

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

"The mood of the film is refreshingly relaxed on sexuality. One outbreak of homophobia is quickly punished with a headbutt by a butch boy with no name."

Posted Jan 29, 2009

Victor Olliver

3 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"Revolutionary Road is a moany, groany, phoney Oscars contender that's all boo-hoo-hooey. Mendes merely assumes we will share his characters' contempt for 'burbs life."

Posted Jan 29, 2009

Victor Olliver

4 94%

Milk (2008)

"One measure of Penn's achievement is that the character we get to know surpasses the pink issue. Penn's Milk is a warrior against bigotry."

Posted Jan 22, 2009

Victor Olliver

5 85%

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

"Demme may be aiming at an inclusive message about the modern balm of family love - it all seems a little forced, emotions regimented by therapy-speak and aching political correctness."

Posted Jan 22, 2009

Victor Olliver

6 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"Sheen captures Frost's benign chainsaw whine while Langella is a fabulous baritone monster of alternating self-pity and demonic, forensic guile."

Posted Jan 22, 2009

Victor Olliver

7 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"Kevin Irwin - Cruise is stomachable and the production is grandly ambitious, but it's the gripping true story that triumphs as the real star."

Posted Jan 22, 2009

Victor Olliver

8 57%

My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009)

"Mindless mayhem all the way."

Posted Jan 15, 2009

Victor Olliver

9 27%

Clubbed (2008)

"Soon enough, Danny's up there with the skinhead, suggesting his own masculine ego is the priority, not his kids."

Posted Jan 15, 2009

Victor Olliver

10 27%

Seven Pounds (2008)

"Will Smith is fast turning into the movie actor's Reader's Digest - an uplifting guide to healthy living and doing worthy things."

Posted Jan 15, 2009

Victor Olliver

11 41%

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

"What doesn't make sense is that while the doggies can follow human speech, the humans don't get pooch talk, it's all Yap-Yapanese."

Posted Jan 15, 2009

Victor Olliver

12 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"With swelling lips to rival Pete Burns's, and long blond locks shorn from Marilyn (the '80s pop singer, not Monroe), Rourke sails above the freak show to give his greatest performance yet."

Posted Jan 15, 2009

Victor Olliver

13 46%

Sex Drive (2008)

"Suffice to say that any movie that can pack in an orgy (or the idea of one) in puritan Amish country has some merit."

Posted Jan 8, 2009

Victor Olliver

14 77%

Role Models (2008)

"Excellent anarchic fun with a twist of psychological truth."

Posted Jan 8, 2009

Victor Olliver

15 10%

Bride Wars (2009)

"One week into 2009 and we already have a contender for worst film of the year."

Posted Jan 8, 2009

Victor Olliver

16 57%

Defiance (2009)

"For Daniel Craig the world of Bond could not be more far away: if his East European accent wobbles at times to Liev Schreiber's more authentic vocal, he looks the part of a man who can both kill and care."

Posted Jan 8, 2009

Victor Olliver

17 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"Despite the poverty, the reek of saffron and excrement evoked by vivid shanty town scenes, Doyle has captured the life force of his characters."

Posted Jan 8, 2009

Victor Olliver

18 80%

Che: Part Two (Guerrilla) (2008)

"I have not sensed such movie pomposity since Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra entered Rome on a juggernaut borne by slaves. Che comes in at 257 minutes-worth of arrogance - it's so long that director Steven Soderbergh has had to play Solomon and cut it in two"

Posted Jan 2, 2009

Victor Olliver

19 66%

Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

"The pity is [Soderbergh] was seduced by a sense of historical self-importance and forgot about his audience."

Posted Jan 2, 2009

Victor Olliver

20 45%

Yes Man (2008)

"Terence Stamp's cantankerous self-help guru is a movie high point, a subtly comic performance of contrasts between what is practised and preached. And if the film's not always funny, it certainly works as romance."

Posted Jan 2, 2009

Victor Olliver

21 25%

Bedtime Stories (2008)

"Part live action, part animation, Bedtime Stories is relentlessly silly, kept buoyant by Sandler's zany cheer."

Posted Jan 2, 2009

Victor Olliver

22 55%

Australia (2008)

"Jackman persuades as an Outback cowboy, Kidman's cut glass accent doesn't. Walters as Nullah is a great discovery. Australia is a soap opera of moods but eye candy Kidman is too fey a character to hold this diva show together."

Posted Jan 2, 2009

Victor Olliver

23 61%

The Reader (2008)

"Fiennes adequately plays out his part as reader anti-climactically: Kross is a superb presence and much missed as the tragedy is played out. A serious, reflective film, with much subtlety at its heart. I hope it wins many awards."

Posted Jan 2, 2009

Victor Olliver

24 14%

The Spirit (2008)

"A movie trailer can give unintended clues as to what to expect - The Spirit's (see it on YouTube if you missed it) is one long piece of chaos. And so is the pic."

Posted Jan 2, 2009

Victor Olliver

25 56%

The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

"Like many good cute cartoon movies for young kids, Despereaux is really a covert call to rebellion, dissent and heresy."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Victor Olliver

26 49%

Twilight (2008)

"The essential darkish tone of the movie doesn't entirely cramp out the standard razzle-dazzle of a US high school while its sharp, cool references customise it for lucrative teen hook-ups."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Victor Olliver

27 56%

Stone of Destiny (2008)

"Scottish nationalists are not likely to be wowed by this tiresome retelling of the "theft" of the Stone of Destiny (or Scone) from Westminster Abbey in 1950."

Posted Dec 11, 2008

Victor Olliver

28 85%

Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) (2008)

"Elegantly played, wittily delivered, lost at Christmas."

Posted Dec 11, 2008

Victor Olliver

29 39%

Inkheart (2009)

"The film's message that books are the doorway to learning and adventure is not overplayed even if the pic cheats a bit at the end for a tidy denouement."

Posted Dec 11, 2008

Victor Olliver

30 76%

White Christmas (1954)

"How many festive shopping experiences have been ruined by the sound of Bing Crosby gargling out White Christmas over department store tannoys worldwide?"

Posted Dec 11, 2008

Victor Olliver

31 21%

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

"Many fans of the original will hate it. A pity. Because it redocorates the tale while remaining true to its theme. Keanu Reeves plays Klaatu with all the expressiveness of a wok. I have never seen a wok better portrayed."

Posted Dec 11, 2008

Victor Olliver

32 71%

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)

"Tweeness pervades the film. Angus (Georgia's pet cat) is a delight and deserves his own pic."

Posted Dec 4, 2008

Victor Olliver

33 ——

Star Wars - Clone Wars: Vol. 1 (2005)

"Lucasfilm has opted for a "painted", manga-type CGI animation that may be stylised but also looks old-fashioned. Hair, for example, is blocky and edged."

Posted Dec 4, 2008

Victor Olliver

34 87%

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"Hellboy II looks ravishing - but from Guillermo del Toro, who made Pan's Labyrinth, it's a let-down."

Posted Dec 4, 2008

Victor Olliver

35 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Heath Ledger completely upends the film with a performance that almost sucks the life out of all, including Batman. Bathed in 'toony moody blues and browns, Dark Knight risks crushing fans with its tragic mood."

Posted Dec 4, 2008

Victor Olliver

36 73%

The Children (2008)

"The movie is surprisingly gory and suspenseful: a joyous corrective to the festive cheer."

Posted Dec 4, 2008

Victor Olliver

37 61%

The Express (2008)

"No film that's 129 minutes long should be called The Express - how about The Sleeper To Oblivion?"

Posted Dec 4, 2008

Victor Olliver

38 58%

The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

"Based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd, the tale will poach your heart this cold winter."

Posted Dec 4, 2008

Victor Olliver

39 64%

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

"True, if you're not into cute kitten calendars you'll probably throw up, but who can resist soft fur?"

Posted Dec 4, 2008

Victor Olliver

40 45%

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

"Treading into Unlawful Entry and Pacific Heights territory - where marital idylls are threatended by an outsider - LaBute's film is more about machismo than race."

Posted Dec 4, 2008

Victor Olliver

41 37%

Transporter 3 (2008)

"Speeded-up motion camera tics add to overall jerkiness - and a series of coincidences and unexplained comings and goings leave you thinking that Besson is impatient with actual story-telling. Fantasy thugs may relish this no-brainer actioner."

Posted Dec 4, 2008

Victor Olliver

42 56%

Flawless (2008)

"What a cast - Michael Caine, Demi Moore, Joss Ackland. Yet here it is, released at the fag end of the year just in case anyone notices. It makes you despair."

Posted Nov 27, 2008

Victor Olliver

43 25%

Four Christmases (2008)

"Director Seth Gordon's debut feature is a mutant meringue of a movie, with the sugar icing oddly squashed beneath the bitter lemon filling curdling on top. The result is an unpleasant goo that's neither sweet nor sour."

Posted Nov 27, 2008

Victor Olliver

44 51%

What Just Happened? (2008)

"By Patricia Blades - Plenty of low-key chuckles rather than belly laughs and the film is short on venom. Despite the histrionics Linson witnessed in Hollywood, he's a man who remains deeply in love with the industry that spawned him."

Posted Nov 27, 2008

Victor Olliver

45 63%

Changeling (2008)

"It's hard to recall a more moving film of recent times than this. That it's based on a true story makes it compelling enough. That director Clint Eastwood has created something so emotionally true is a tribute to him and a cast of a very rare brilliance."

Posted Nov 27, 2008

Victor Olliver

46 ——

Seed (2007)

"One for extreme gore connoisseurs, a Uwe Boll special. It's so appalling that it's worthy of an eve's viewing."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Victor Olliver

47 32%

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008)

"A better movie would have been an earlier sequel to The X-Files 1998 film - much truer to the franchise with its focus on aliens."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Victor Olliver

48 96%

WALL-E (2008)

"Only when WALL.E follows EVE to a vast space cruiseliner does the film turn softly but effectively satirical. Largely a silent movie, it's dazzling and affecting."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Victor Olliver

49 54%

Mamma Mia! (2008)

"Streep is quite simply a revelation - and you can't say that of many stars who've been around since Abba first ruled the charts in the '70s."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Victor Olliver

50 54%

Body of Lies (2008)

"Ridley Scott does not reflect on causes, only on operations. Body Of Lies may engage the warrior techno-geeks, but its amorality is uninvolving."

Posted Nov 20, 2008

Victor Olliver

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