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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 81%

The One I Love (2014)

"A playful story with eerie undertones... Duplass and Moss are personable, smart actors with an easy rapport, and the characters are nicely defined."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Eric D. Snider

2 36%

If I Stay (2014)

"Spins its wheels with bland melodrama."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Eric D. Snider

3 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"It's PG-13, so don't expect to see as many deaths of irritating characters as you'd like to."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Eric D. Snider

4 19%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"Faithful to its predecessors in that it is loud, dumb, and aimed at 11-year-olds (and not the smart ones, either)."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Eric D. Snider

5 69%

What If (2014)

"It does apply enough wit and relatable human behavior to the formula to make it recommendable, which is more than you can say for most rom-coms."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Eric D. Snider

6 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"I find it hard to believe any of these writers couldn't come up with funnier ways to exploit this premise."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Eric D. Snider

7 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"A considerably less interesting but not altogether worthless exercise in ham-handed social commentary and wanton violence."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Eric D. Snider

8 18%

And So It Goes (2014)

"Can anyone involved with the film have imagined that it would be clever, original, entertaining, or interesting? You know we've seen movies before, right?"

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Eric D. Snider

9 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Bittersweet yet entertaining in its blockbuster sensibilities... Directed with serious intensity."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Eric D. Snider

10 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"A satisfying chunk of sci-fi entertainment, breezily but carefully directed by Doug Liman to be a cerebral summer spectacle."

Posted Jun 8, 2014

Eric D. Snider

11 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Delivers intelligent action, consistent humor, and a compelling narrative."

Posted May 23, 2014

Eric D. Snider

12 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"This is no expensive lark tossed off by goofballs working for paychecks. This is Godzilla, made a director who wanted to get it right."

Posted May 16, 2014

Eric D. Snider

13 62%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"The film paints all the numbers the right color, but it does so without passion or joy. "

Posted May 14, 2014

Eric D. Snider

14 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"An upbeat celebration of movie love and the creative process, brimming with entertaining anecdotes about 1970s Hollywood and what it's like to work with a mad (but very friendly) genius."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Eric D. Snider

15 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Barely scratches the surface of the fascinating moral and scientific questions it hints at."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Eric D. Snider

16 41%

Divergent (2014)

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

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Eric D. Snider

17 78%

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

18 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

19 29%

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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 94%

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

24 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

25 50%

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

26 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

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

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Eric D. Snider

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 64%

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

35 85%

End of Watch (2012)

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

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Eric D. Snider

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 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

40 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

41 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

42 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

43 92%

Skyfall (2012)

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

Posted Jul 24, 2013

Eric D. Snider

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 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

48 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. 
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Posted Jul 21, 2013

Eric D. Snider

49 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