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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 77%

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"Exploding the era of the costume drama with both its style and its ideas, David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method pushes repression to its breaking point at every turn"

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Jeremy Heilman

2 90%

Bernie (2012)

"Very nearly a great American comedy with a profound thematic core..."

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Jeremy Heilman

3 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

"Not even a melodramatic last minute twist or a reminder of race relations from half a century ago can inspire us to feel much for this parade of cheap humor and intentionally gaudy special effects."

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Jeremy Heilman

4 100%

The Interrupters (2011)

"It's lazy critical shorthand to point out that good documentaries often feature better characterizations than even the best fiction films, but The Interrupters certainly justifies such a cliché."

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Jeremy Heilman

5 79%

The Innkeepers (2012)

"The pleasures here are small, but sure to be resonant for horror film fans."

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Jeremy Heilman

6 ——

The Silent Scream (1980)

"The Silent Scream is something less than a classic of its genre, but still manages to be worth a look for aficionados of the era's horror films."

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Jeremy Heilman

7 ——

Freeheld ()

"[Wade] is clearly a biased filmmaker, but Freeheld never for a moment pretends to be anything other than activist filmmaking, passionate about its cause."

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Jeremy Heilman

8 58%

Dracula (1979)

"Several horror scenes, notably those not involving Dracula himself, are genuinely creepy."

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Jeremy Heilman

9 67%

The Pact (2012)

"While The Pact hardly forges new ground for the genre, it comes about its scares honestly, without reliance upon gimmicks or cheap tactics."

Posted Jun 6, 2012

Jeremy Heilman

10 ——

Chained for Life (1951) (2005)

"[It] becomes something of a freak show. There's little here beyond the twins' unique condition to warrant viewing the film, which somewhat undercuts the overall message of assimilation."

Posted Aug 4, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

11 80%

The Myth Of The American Sleepover (2011)

"The narcoleptic, resigned tone that dominates The Myth of the American Sleepover doesn't make us regret what we've lost. It mostly implies that being young is a major bummer."

Posted Aug 4, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

12 ——

The Baby ()

"Less a horror film than an outright freak show, The Baby grows oddly hypnotic in its accumulation of oddity."

Posted Jul 22, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

13 89%

The Baby (1973)

"Exploitation films don't come much stranger than 1973's The Baby. "

Posted Jul 22, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

14 83%

On Tour (Tournée) (2010)

"On Tour offers a series of passing pleasures but fails to cohere into a meaningful whole."

Posted Jul 20, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

15 92%

Senna (2011)

"Kapadia has made Senna, perhaps predictably, into a hagiography"

Posted Jul 19, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

16 69%

Horrible Bosses (2011)

"This moronic screenwriting through swearing does little to generate laughs and only would appear to represent creative freedom or boundary pushing to a cast used to working under television censorship laws."

Posted Jul 19, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

17 86%

Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011)

"Judged on its own terms, the movie is a better than average, if somewhat routine, horror effort."

Posted Jul 17, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

18 ——

Moy drug Ivan Lapshin (My Friend Ivan Lapshin) (1984)

"As "fifty years and five blocks" would imply, memory is viewed here as something slippery; almost tangible yet just out of reach."

Posted Jul 15, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

19 33%

Kidnapped (2011)

"Vivas, by generally refusing to cut, imbues Kidnapped with more gory details than the average thriller. The narrative cost at which this verisimilitude comes, however, seems a touch too high."

Posted Jul 15, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

20 72%

We Are What We Are (2011)

"If the resulting work ultimately fails to completely marry its disparate goals, it's to Grau's credit that he manages to make this slow-burning horror drama work as well as he does."

Posted Jul 14, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

21 85%

The Yellow Sea (2011)

"An epic noir thriller that contains no small amount of excitement, it suggests that Na might well be the best action director currently working in Korea."

Posted Jul 14, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

22 44%

Yellowbrickroad (2011)

"YellowBrickRoad not only offers a mystery with no solution (which isn't such a terrible thing by itself), but also a story with no clear sense of purpose."

Posted Jul 14, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

23 ——

Someone I Touched ()

"Cloris Leachman sings the somewhat inappropriate title song in a pleasant, lilting voice."

Posted Jul 14, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

24 49%

Super (2011)

"Ellen Page, who has a manic energy here that she's not shown before... Her too-brief time on screen energizes the film"

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

25 3%

Passion Play (2011)

"Perhaps it's needless to say, but Rourke and Fox are a thoroughly mismatched screen couple, who exude zero screen chemistry with one another."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

26 100%

Poetry (2011)

"Sensitive, almost to a fault, Lee Chang Dong's Poetry is a well-observed but minor effort from one of the top Korean filmmakers."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

27 ——

Ond tro (Bad Faith) (2010)

"Bad Faith is less overtly awful than deficient in redeeming qualities."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

28 48%

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2011)

"The movie only really comes to life when there's fighting on screen, which is unfortunate, if not entirely unexpected."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

29 98%

Inside Job (2010)

"Ultimately, Inside Job will not have much to offer those who follow financial news reports."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

30 58%

Film socialisme (2011)

"If Film Socialism is intended to be Godard's final coda, it's clear that he has a great deal left to say (even if most of us won't be able to understand what, exactly, it is that he's saying)."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

31 94%

The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

"Arrietty offers the sort of quality storytelling that seems effortless yet is rarely achieved within the animated medium."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

32 35%

Larry Crowne (2011)

"With little to distract us from its half-hearted plotting and flimsy characterizations, Larry Crowne quickly turns into an abject failure, propped up only by its fading stars' fading charisma."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

33 ——

Megan Is Missing (2011)

"Megan Is Missing is entirely convinced of the terrors that lurk online and by the time it comes to its chilling conclusion most of its viewers will be as well."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

34 77%

The Last Circus (2011)

"Sure to inspire a cult of fervent fans, but equally sure to repulse a great percentage of its viewers."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

35 45%

Bad Teacher (2011)

"Ultimately, Bad Teacher is easy to like precisely because it doesn't try very hard to be liked."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

36 84%

A Better Life (2011)

"A Better Life is one of those modest movies that is so outwardly well-intentioned that one cannot help but doubt its intentions."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

37 84%

Beginners (2011)

"Oliver flits from depressed to charming and back again as the script requires, ultimately feeling less like a character than a grand contrivance."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

38 91%

Public Speaking (2011)

"Little seems sacred in Public Speaking, which makes it an invigorating reminder of a media culture that once was fueled by highbrow wit and provocation."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

39 82%

Super 8 (2011)

"Abrams panders to his audience and wrongly assuming that more explosions, more pathos, and more clichés will provide a path to more approval."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

40 43%

Mother's Day (2012)

"By the film's climax, it's laid waste to the majority of its cast, which will repulse some viewers, but stand as something of an attraction to others."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

41 ——

Husk (2011)

"Suspense is valued here over gore, and it must be noted that the brief final scene manages to be genuinely eerie."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

42 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"Never does Bridesmaids ever aim for truly biting commentary, opting to settle instead for a series of poop jokes and scenes of social awkwardness."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

43 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"Saying that less is more with reference to a film that vomits so much over its audience is absurd yet oddly appropriate here."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

44 100%

Racing Dreams (2010)

"It's impossible to watch these kids struggle in their daily life and not have some rooting interest in their on-track success."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

45 ——

In the Gloaming (1997)

"In the Gloaming, Christopher Reeve's sensitive made for television feature, aims to be the mother of all AIDS death dramas."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

46 58%

The Terminal Man (1974)

"By the time The Terminal Man reaches its tragic ending, it has succeeded in the dubious achievement of making us view its subject as dispassionately as any clinician."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

47 88%

High Tide (1987)

"High Tide simply will not work for audiences who fail to accept the massive contrivance at its center."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

48 ——

The Outsider (Szabadgyalog) (2005)

"Because of its slim narrative and relatively unsympathetic protagonist The Outsider is probably the weakest of Tarr's films."

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

49 ——

Investigating Sex (2002)

"A rambling sex farce without much of a punch line."

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

50 ——

Schastye (Happiness) (1934)

"Both less stodgy and more outrageous than the rest of the Russian silent film canon, Happiness is political cinema at its finest, and funniest."

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Jeremy Heilman

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