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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 40%

Divergent (2014)

"Nothing more than facile, easily digested teenage wish-fulfillment based on a shaky futurist premise."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Eric D. Snider

2 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"It feels like a pilot episode: perfectly good entertainment, but do you really want to spend money on it? Then again, 90,000 people already did, and I suspect they'll be pretty pleased with the outcome."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Eric D. Snider

3 3%

The Legend of Hercules (2014)

"Somehow more cartoonish than Disney's version, which actually was a cartoon."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Eric D. Snider

4 24%

Pompeii (2014)

"The paper-thin characters, wan dialogue, and rehashed plot make the volcanic debris a welcome sight when it finally arrives, 70 minutes in."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Eric D. Snider

5 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"The talents of the three leading men are wasted on a shallow, misguided story that lets them talk a lot about boners and pooping but gives them no opportunity to be funny or charming."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Eric D. Snider

6 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"The film isn't campy enough to be fun or smart enough to be good, but it passes by quickly and without doing any serious harm to the viewer."

Posted Feb 3, 2014

Eric D. Snider

7 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"Relies entirely on Hart's shtick for its laughs, of which there are a few but not enough."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Eric D. Snider

8 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Like many of the Coens' films, this one has a dark whimsy to it, peculiar and funny but run through with deep melancholy. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Eric D. Snider

9 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"The film is exactly the sort of thing we mean when we talk about the arts reflecting, ennobling, and strengthening a culture."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Eric D. Snider

10 49%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"Airless and flat, like it was made by aliens who don't understand how human emotions work."

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Eric D. Snider

11 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Reflects light from other sources but doesn't produce any of its own. "

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Eric D. Snider

12 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"An awe-inspiring achievement: a movie that is 100% disconnected from reality, without a single plausible moment or believable character."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Eric D. Snider

13 22%

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

"No one in the cast is bad, per se, but only Giamatti seems like he'd be at home onstage at the Globe."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Eric D. Snider

14 97%

Gravity (2013)

"A breathtakingly tense sci-fi thriller, a dazzling special-effects showcase that uses state-of-the-art technology to put us right in the spacesuits."

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Eric D. Snider

15 2%

Getaway (2013)

"If you've always wanted to see Ethan Hawke bicker with a teenage girl for 90 minutes, this is your chance."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Eric D. Snider

16 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"A disappointingly mundane, run-of-the-mill, this-conspiracy-goes-all-the-way-to-the-top sort of mystery, albeit a briskly watchable one."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Eric D. Snider

17 89%

The World's End (2013)

"There are layers upon layers here, all guaranteed to make you laugh and maybe even make you feel a feeling. "

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Eric D. Snider

18 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Beware of any movie whose climax involves downloading information into a computer before time runs out."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Eric D. Snider

19 65%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"It's like we returned to Disneyland to find it looking as magical as ever, but with most of the rides closed. "

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Eric D. Snider

20 85%

End of Watch (2012)

"A visceral and strangely gripping story of police brotherhood."

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Eric D. Snider

21 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"Ain't nothin' new about it, but it's a cool 97 minutes of seedy amusement. "

Posted Jul 27, 2013

Eric D. Snider

22 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"If you can disregard your desire for authenticity and scrupulous historical accuracy, this is light fun with a sweet relationship at the center of it. "

Posted Jul 27, 2013

Eric D. Snider

23 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"Among movies that are intended to be spiritually insightful, this is one of the most hollow and disappointing that I've seen, a surface-level rendering of platitudinous feel-good hooey. "

Posted Jul 27, 2013

Eric D. Snider

24 12%

Red Dawn (2012)

"As stupid as the original, yet modernized to include the Subway product placement that today's audiences crave."

Posted Jul 27, 2013

Eric D. Snider

25 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"When it focuses on the political, social, and historical side of things - which is 80% of the film - it's grand, populist, high-minded entertainment."

Posted Jul 27, 2013

Eric D. Snider

26 88%

Funeral Kings (2012)

"Of all the coming-of-age films set among adolescents at Catholic schools, this is one of the most heartfelt and charming, not to mention one of the most realistically vulgar. "

Posted Jul 27, 2013

Eric D. Snider

27 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"Introspective is one thing, but this tormented, brooding Wolverine is dangerously close to being boring. "

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Eric D. Snider

28 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"It's not just a terrific Bond movie; it's a terrific movie, period. "

Posted Jul 24, 2013

Eric D. Snider

29 78%

Flight (2012)

"An ordinary drama about addiction and recovery, made somewhat noteworthy by Denzel Washington's firing-on-all-cylinders performance. "

Posted Jul 24, 2013

Eric D. Snider

30 93%

Sleep Tight (2012)

"It's a stalker movie. But some ingenious variations, shrewd direction, and a killer lead performance render it fresh and absolutely entertaining. "

Posted Jul 23, 2013

Eric D. Snider

31 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"Personally, I felt ennobled by the inspiring ideas, and captivated by the impressive performances both in front of and behind the camera. "

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Eric D. Snider

32 83%

Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)

"The scenario sounds cliched, but it's brought to life by authentic characters, solid laughs, and surprisingly honest emotions. "

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Eric D. Snider

33 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"The sweaty, lurid, self-serious nonsense is hard to take seriously, but I'll say this much for the film: it ain't boring. 
"

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Eric D. Snider

34 12%

Alex Cross (2012)

"At least this confirms my long-held suspicion that Tyler Perry is drawn to bad scripts whether he wrote them or not."

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Eric D. Snider

35 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"It is gratifying to discover that mankind is still capable of finding new ways of being weird."

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Eric D. Snider

36 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"A breezy, quotable, blood-soaked treat."

Posted Jul 20, 2013

Eric D. Snider

37 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"It's been a while since a movie captured so colorfully the comedy, tragedy, angst, and exuberance of adolescence."

Posted Jul 20, 2013

Eric D. Snider

38 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"The follow-up has less action, less energy, less Liam Neeson awesomeness - in other words less of everything that people liked about the first one. "

Posted Jul 20, 2013

Eric D. Snider

39 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"Don't be surprised if everyone you know under the age of 13 declares this their new favorite Halloween film. "

Posted Jul 20, 2013

Eric D. Snider

40 81%

Pitch Perfect (2012)

"Very funny at times, usually when it embraces the campiness of the subject matter."

Posted Jul 20, 2013

Eric D. Snider

41 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"Wastes whatever potential it had with bland, jokey dialogue and mediocre action that is expensive yet looks cheap. "

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Eric D. Snider

42 93%

Looper (2012)

"This is the real deal, folks - intelligent, humorous, exciting entertainment that happens to be sci-fi but is by no means limited to that genre's target audience in terms of appeal. "

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Eric D. Snider

43 84%

Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

"Birbiglia humbly finds gold in his unassuming story."

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Eric D. Snider

44 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"Quickly grows repetitive and tiresome, meandering toward messages that land softly, producing little impact."

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Eric D. Snider

45 22%

The Words (2012)

"This tedious and needlessly convoluted drama ... just meanders aimlessly."

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Eric D. Snider

46 39%

[REC] 3 Genesis (2012)

"Offers some dark laughs, bloody kills, and moderate thrills."

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Eric D. Snider

47 48%

The Tall Man (2012)

"There's plenty to like about it in hindsight once it's all laid out, but it isn't enough to lift this mystery-thriller out of the realm of the mundane."

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Eric D. Snider

48 78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"This Southern-fried, darkly humorous trailer-trash exploitation crime noir revels in the greedy characters' idiocy and the deranged story's psychosexual luridness. "

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Eric D. Snider

49 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"Satisfying on a basic, fun level, but also stylishly produced and not insulting to the viewer's intelligence."

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Eric D. Snider

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