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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 63%

One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

""One Direction: This Is Us" leaves the larger questions it points toward teasingly unexplored, making the film little more than a harmless keepsake." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3.5/5 89%

The World's End (2013)

"Even for its flaws, it is hard to ask for more from a late summer movie than "The World's End."" ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 22, 2013
1.5/5 12%

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

"The fact that there is already at least one sequel planned feels more like a threat than a treat." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 21, 2013

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

""Kick-Ass 2" is a lesser version of what it appears to be, an uncertain jumble rather than a true exploration of outrage, violence and identity." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/5 27%

Jobs (2013)

""Jobs" feels curiously out of touch with its subject, both as a man and regarding his impact." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/5 50%

Blood (2013)

""Blood" feels perfunctory, needing something besides fussy plotting to jolt it to life." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet

Pig Death Machine (2013)

"Anyone who longs for the old, weird films of John Waters or the psychotronic freak-outs of New York's Cinema of Transgression school should be able to get their fix from "Pig Death Machine."" ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/5 13%

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

"Right down to the brute functionality of its title, "The Smurfs 2" may be the platonic ideal of a major studio sequel - no markedly better or worse than the first and with just enough difference to lay claim to being something new." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.5/5 100%

Big Words (2013)

"Drumming is able to swing from lighter comedic moments to dramatic insights while making it seem effortless." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 25, 2013
1/5 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"The film is a visual mess, with cheap-looking effects hampered even further by crummy and unconvincing 3-D. " ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 19, 2013
2.5/5 63%

Broken (2013)

"Solidly done if somewhat unremarkable, there is nothing particularly wrong with "Broken," nothing that needs fixing exactly, and yet it never fully comes together." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 18, 2013

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

"Grown Ups 2 looks like it was a lot of fun to make. And the last laugh is on us." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 11, 2013
4/5 83%

100 Bloody Acres (2013)

""100 Bloody Acres" somehow manages to be both retro and up to date with its giddy, delightful gross-out horror-comedy mash-up storytelling." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
1.5/5 43%

The Secret Disco Revolution (2013)

"The movie feels like a flakey, off-the-cuff blog post that somehow transmogrified itself into a feature-length documentary." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
2/5 21%

Copperhead (2013)

""Copperhead" crams far too much of its action into its last 30 minutes after a rambling, drawn-out set up." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/5 82%

Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013)

"Even if you may not be putting a Pussy Riot song on your next playlist, there is something so of-the-moment and exciting about the group that "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" feels important, if not fully complete." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted May 30, 2013
4/5 92%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"A sprawling, ambitious, major work -- a gripping exploration of power, personality, technology and the crushing weight that can come to bear on those who find themselves in its combined path." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted May 23, 2013
3.5/5 37%

Peeples (2013)

"An infectious, warm comedy of family and communication and a promising debut as writer-director for Chism. These "Peeples" are people one should be happy to meet." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted May 9, 2013
1.5/5 73%

Paradise: Love (2013)

"The whole affair curdles into a feeling of unearned, defensive superiority." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted May 3, 2013
3.5/5 44%

The Lords of Salem (2013)

""The Lords of Salem" will make you feel bad. But it's supposed to." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3/5 80%

The Story Of Luke (2013)

""The Story of Luke" is not a saga of epic proportions, but with a huge assist from Pucci's layered performance, takes a premise that could easily be movie-of-the-week sappy and finds a humanizing lightness." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 5, 2013
2.5/5 89%

My Brother The Devil (2013)

""My Brother the Devil" is a promising debut that marks El Hosaini as a filmmaker to watch, but one still very much in the developmental stages." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 5, 2013
3.5/5 61%

Evil Dead (2013)

"What this "Evil Dead" gets most right is its tone, paying homage yet staking its own territory; it's scary without being downbeat, fun without being too jokey." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 4, 2013
1.5/5 15%

Temptation (2013)

"Perry's ongoing disinterest in improving as a filmmaker is now seemingly part of his unshakable belief in himself, his insistence on doing his thing his way." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 29, 2013
2/5 10%

Molly's Theory Of Relativity (2013)

"Something of an intriguing, if not entirely successful, exoticism." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 29, 2013
2/5 68%

Wrong (2013)

"Dupieux's absurdism is simply muddled, masking the fact he doesn't really have much to say." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 28, 2013
3/5 36%

Family Weekend (2013)

"What keeps the film afloat is the buoyant young cast, with Rulin especially watchable as the tightly wound lead and Joey King as her younger sister, who's an aspiring actress." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 28, 2013
2/5 No Score Yet

Bob's New Suit (2013)

"With good intentions and a warm heart but undone by uneven performances and shaky storytelling, "Bob's New Suit" never quite finds the right fit." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2.5/5 17%

The Kill Hole (2012)

"Made up of four or five story ideas all crammed together, the film maintains a stop-start momentum at best that keeps it from ever hitting a solid stride." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2/5 9%

If I Were You (2012)

"Harden is a wonderful actress but struggles to find the complexity in so strained a situation." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3.5/5 69%

Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)

"Words such as offbeat, charming or, Lord help us, quirky are wildly overused and yet this is exactly the kind of film to which they best apply." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3.5/5 62%

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013)

"Pineda's ebullience is infectious, and "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" is a pleasant story of dreams coming true." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3/5 16%

The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)

"The Last Exorcism Part II is an effectively unnerving, slow-burn supernatural horror tale. " ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 1, 2013
3/5 25%

Phantom (2013)

"A modest thriller propelled by a strong cast and straightforward storytelling." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 28, 2013
2/5 26%

21 And Over (2013)

"A cynical college-age "Hangover" redo with far, far fewer fully developed characters or inventive adventures. (And that's saying something.)" ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 28, 2013
2/5 41%

Dark Skies (2013)

"Really the biggest problem with Dark Skies is that Stewart can never quite decide just what story he is telling or whether to focus on this character or that, instead struggling to string together scares regardless of how they fit together overall." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2013
4/5 64%

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013)

"Mesmerizing and haunting, "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" is an inside-out serial killer movie, lacking in gore or cheap psychology and made in part for those who think they never want to see another serial killer movie." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2013
4/5 86%

Bestiaire (2012)

"Whether one is an animal lover or not, the chance to in essence sit with these animals as if up close and in their pens is remarkable and engaging." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2013
2/5 27%

Saving Lincoln (2013)

"The film feels like an animated Wikipedia page, just sort of running through the greatest hits of Lincoln's life in office - the Emancipation Proclamation! Gettysburg! The Theater! - without any real insight." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2013
2.5/5 33%

The Berlin File (2013)

"There is something sharp, exciting and more original tucked within "The Berlin File" - and it is in moments a sleek, crackling film - but it all feels somehow misshapen." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 15, 2013
2.5/5 67%

Lost In Thailand (2013)

"By our quote-unquote standards of contemporary comedy, it plays as uneven at best and often just flattens out for long jokeless stretches." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 11, 2013
2.5/5 40%

Clandestine Childhood (2013)

"Ávila can't quite thread the needle between telling his personal story and connecting it to larger social currents." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 8, 2013
2/5 19%

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)

"The filmmakers trot out slavery as a general sins-of-the-past signifier and then have no idea what to really do with such a painful real-world issue." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 31, 2013
1/5 19%

Girls Against Boys (2013)

"In "Girls Against Boys" both sides lose." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 31, 2013
2.5/4 51%

Where Do We Go Now? (2012)

Quote not available. ‐Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/5 No Score Yet

Officer Down (2013)

"Really just an overstuffed story that comes off not as layered but rather as an unfocused jumble." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2013
3/5 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

""The Last Stand" may not herald a full-scale reemergence for Arnold the Action Star, but it's clearly a step in that direction." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2013
1.5/5 10%

A Haunted House (2013)

"There are vague hints that the story is "really" about the difficulties and anxiety of commitment, but then one of many variations on a fart joke distracts from any actual idea." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 13, 2013
2/5 50%

FrackNation (2013)

"A one-sided attack piece like "FrackNation" doesn't add much to the conversation." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 11, 2013
2/5 27%

Struck by Lightning (2013)

"If only "Struck by Lightning" had a sharper, stronger perspective, it might have made more of its conceit." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 10, 2013
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