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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"Because there are a lot of memorable characters like Betty in 'The Way, Way Back,' Duncan's suffering and eventual triumph become a viewer's delight."

Posted Aug 5, 2013

Dan Lybarger

2 14%

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

"Audiences who want something more than lazy puns and the word "Smurf " used every few seconds as though some weird contractual obligation existed should look elsewhere for entertainment."

Posted Aug 5, 2013

Dan Lybarger

3 52%

Promised Land (2013)

"In attempting to make 'Promised Land' more than a simple diatribe about the evils of fracking, director Gus Van Sant ('Good Will Hunting,' 'Milk') oddly makes the story seem less authentic."

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Dan Lybarger

4 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"Mark Twain once lamented, 'The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in heaven.' Nor is there any humor to speak of in the new comedy 'Hit & Run.' "

Posted Aug 26, 2012

Dan Lybarger

5 78%

Brave (2012)

"The folks at Pixar are skilled enough to make a medieval Scottish royal named Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire) seem sympathetic instead of spoiled."

Posted Jul 1, 2012

Dan Lybarger

6 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"'Safety Not Guaranteed' is a little comedy that makes the world safe for personal ads. "

Posted Jul 1, 2012

Dan Lybarger

7 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Anderson's movies work best if they're about kids or cartoon animals."

Posted Jul 1, 2012

Dan Lybarger

8 34%

Battleship (2012)

"Dear Hasbro: I'd like to thank you for ruining fond memories from my childhood. "

Posted May 20, 2012

Dan Lybarger

9 53%

Think Like a Man (2012)

"'Think Like a Man' is a unique achievement in cinema. It is possibly the first two-hour big screen informercial."

Posted Apr 21, 2012

Dan Lybarger

10 43%

American Reunion (2012)

"Like all tasty confections, there's a sell through date for 'American Pie,' and it's long passed."

Posted Apr 8, 2012

Dan Lybarger

11 71%

Natural Selection (2012)

"Pickering has made a movie that mercilessly pokes fun at religious pretensions but still looks on his characters with warmth."

Posted Apr 2, 2012

Dan Lybarger

12 51%

John Carter (2012)

"It's too bad that Burroughs' ideas don't seem quite as fresh now that others have outraced Carter to the big screen."

Posted Mar 11, 2012

Dan Lybarger

13 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"Payne manages to keep the delicate balance between these antics and the somber nature of what's happening in Matt's life."

Posted Nov 27, 2011

Dan Lybarger

14 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"There's still an endearing sweetness that permeates The Muppets."

Posted Nov 27, 2011

Dan Lybarger

15 46%

Happy Feet Two (2011)

"While the singing and dancing are still a lot of fun, Miller seems to have spent more time thinking of set pieces than storylines."

Posted Nov 19, 2011

Dan Lybarger

16 71%

Footloose (2011)

"The makers of 'Footloose 2.0' can be faulted for actually sticking too closely to the original."

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Dan Lybarger

17 82%

The Way (2011)

"'The Way' is a rare movie in that it deals with religion and family issues without playing like a sermon or a satire."

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Dan Lybarger

18 79%

Earthwork (2011)

"It's a rare film that makes viewers love a fellow who takes needless chances."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Dan Lybarger

19 63%

Just Like Us (2011)

"Just Like Us certainly provides the right look at a region undergoing change. The hope is that Ahmed's laughter tour breeds some levity in a location in which reality is often a little too 'real.'"

Posted Jun 9, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

20 90%

Hunger (2009)

"The film's beauty and brutality appoints McQueen and his leading charge to all must-watch lists. The most deserved work of 2008, it simply must be experienced by any for whom the cinema is a purveyor of discourse."

Posted May 13, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

21 43%

Dorian Gray (2009)

"Dorian Gray doesn't move the audience to empathize with any of its characters and, therefore, lacks the emotional investment necessary to engage."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

22 100%

Balibo (2009)

"The immediate impact the film has had on a case that's been languishing beneath bureaucracy since the mid 1970s is nothing short of a miracle. "

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

23 85%

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

"This poignant commentary reveals much about Basquiat's persona that hasn't before been witnessed. By landing us in the times his life was led, Davis has crafted a masterpiece."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

24 55%

Shake Hands with the Devil (2010)

"The film has an ability to step back from the mess and investigate the characters' mores by deftly cutting between the story and a room in which their consciences are caged."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

25 40%

Due Date (2010)

"What was abundant before but is now missing in Philips' latest outing is a small but essential element that helped leaven the vulgarity: surprise. "

Posted Nov 5, 2010

Dan Lybarger

26 79%

Nowhere Boy (2010)

"Nowhere Boy proves the flesh-and-blood Lennon is infinitely more fascinating than the saint."

Posted Nov 5, 2010

Dan Lybarger

27 68%

Babies (2010)

"Because of the inherent adorability of the four stars of this French documentary, it's easy to forgive it for not delivering as much as it should."

Posted Oct 1, 2010

Dan Lybarger

28 16%

Alpha and Omega (2010)

"'Alpha and Omega' enters the crowded marketplace with little to say for itself."

Posted Oct 1, 2010

Dan Lybarger

29 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"Nonetheless, having made the occupants of the White House seem believably human in The American President and in The West Wing, Sorkin knows it's better to focus on his characters' hearts, no matter how black, than their coding fingers"

Posted Oct 1, 2010

Dan Lybarger

30 81%

Cairo Time (2010)

"Flirtation is often sexier than consummation. There's a constant 'should I or shouldn't I' tension that gives a tale some spine."

Posted Sep 3, 2010

Dan Lybarger

31 53%

Going the Distance (2010)

"'Going the Distance' is an occasionally diverting look at long-distance relationships that takes a few too many shortcuts."

Posted Sep 3, 2010

Dan Lybarger

32 72%

Machete (2010)

"With 'Machete,' Robert Rodriguez demolishes subtlety with the same force that Rome unleashed on Carthage."

Posted Sep 3, 2010

Dan Lybarger

33 81%

Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010)

"They're working with a classic novella with The Duel, so they treat it with the same reverence and protectiveness that one might devote to a first child. In the process, they almost smother their well-intended creation to death."

Posted Sep 3, 2010

Dan Lybarger

34 85%

Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010)

"The stakes seem credible because French director Christian Carion ('Joyeux Nol' ) is working from a fascinating chapter of history that's only come to light recently."

Posted Aug 27, 2010

Dan Lybarger

35 28%

Takers (2010)

"Luessenhop has obviously seen Michael Mann's 'Heat' and liberally borrows from that film's structure (featuring both police and heist procedurals) and over-the-top action. He lacks Manns's sense of pacing or striking visuals."

Posted Aug 27, 2010

Dan Lybarger

36 34%

Lottery Ticket (2010)

"For a movie like "Lottery Ticket" to work, viewers have to feel as if they themselves have come out ahead."

Posted Aug 20, 2010

Dan Lybarger

37 90%

Army of Crime (L'Arme du Crime) (2010)

"By presenting his heroes warts and all and by consistently adopting a matter-of-fact tone, the film feels appropriately tense because the stakes are believable."

Posted Aug 20, 2010

Dan Lybarger

38 ——

Triage (2009)

"It's the 88-year-old Christopher Lee's juiciest role in ages, and watching him play off with Farrell is easily worth enduring the shortcomings in 'Triage.' "

Posted Aug 7, 2010

Dan Lybarger

39 46%

Step Up 3 (2010)

""Step Up 3D" has pedestrian acting, weak dialog and a storyline that might as well have been generated by an iPhone ap. It's a good thing that nobody is buying tickets to see this movie for its dramaturgy."

Posted Aug 7, 2010

Dan Lybarger

40 69%

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010)

"The Swedish-made 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' was such an engrossing thriller that any attempt to replicate its blend of chills and kinky delights would seem futile."

Posted Jul 30, 2010

Dan Lybarger

41 93%

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

"'The Kids Are All Right' is a warm film about flawed people."

Posted Jul 30, 2010

Dan Lybarger

42 47%

Pariah (1998)

"As hard as it is to watch, Director/Writer Randolph Kret's film does exactly what it's supposed to do..."

Posted Oct 11, 2006

Kathleen McInnis

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