Atlantic City Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 67%

The Company Men (2011)

"It feels like the pilot for a TV series that could be titled White Collar Blues. "

Posted Feb 17, 2011

Lori Hoffman

2 87%

Blue Valentine (2010)

"A working class American take on Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From A Marriage ..."

Posted Feb 17, 2011

Lori Hoffman

3 30%

Sanctum (2011)

"Despite the lapses in dialogue, what never flagged was the magnificence of the photography and in the end, it is those breathtaking images the left the deepest impression."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Lori Hoffman

4 53%

The Mechanic (2011)

"[The] plot feels like a standard issue R-rated action picture from the 1970s, which is not a good thing when the current year is 2011."

Posted Feb 1, 2011

Lori Hoffman

5 49%

No Strings Attached (2011)

"It doesn't avoid a cookie cutter feel early on when the storyline is being awkwardly set up, but eventually the chemistry between Portman and Kutcher overcomes the clichés."

Posted Jan 27, 2011

Lori Hoffman

6 43%

The Green Hornet (2011)

"'Green Hornet' feels like a 20-car pileup of conflicted ideas with a lame plot buried underneath the rubble."

Posted Jan 20, 2011

Lori Hoffman

7 22%

Country Strong (2011)

"The plot is like a bad country song that just wants to pile on the heartbreak and the clichés."

Posted Jan 13, 2011

Lori Hoffman

8 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"Director David O. Russell and his superb cast manage to bob and weave around the clichés to make the story resonate beyond the standard confines of the genre."

Posted Jan 6, 2011

Lori Hoffman

9 96%

True Grit (2010)

"True Grit is a western with a Coen twist that also remembers the original with a fond tribute. "

Posted Dec 28, 2010

Lori Hoffman

10 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"The film is beautifully put together, bouncing back and forth between comedic highpoints and tear-inducing moments of triumph ..."

Posted Dec 23, 2010

Lori Hoffman

11 20%

The Tourist (2010)

"Even Hitchcock might have had trouble lighting a match under these two actors ..."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Lori Hoffman

12 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"Director Boyle showcases his directorial versatility by taking a profile in courage and giving it a cinematic sheen that enhances the story without being excessive."

Posted Dec 9, 2010

Lori Hoffman

13 49%

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

"A relationship drama that doesn't cut corners. It brings the pain, which makes the moments of triumph that much sweeter."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Lori Hoffman

14 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"We might sometimes take the skills of Radcliffe, Grint and Watson for granted ... they deserve acclaim for keeping the continuity of their performances intact for a decade."

Posted Nov 19, 2010

Lori Hoffman

15 67%

Conviction (2010)

"Conviction wins you over thanks to Swank's convincing performance as a woman who stops living her own life in her dogged pursuit of justice for her brother."

Posted Nov 5, 2010

Lori Hoffman

16 54%

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010)

"... a dull summation of the more compelling back story from the first two films."

Posted Nov 5, 2010

Lori Hoffman

17 70%

Never Let Me Go (2010)

"... I suspect for anyone who was not enchanted by the novel, it is a tale that remains unsatisfying and empty ..."

Posted Oct 21, 2010

Lori Hoffman

18 71%

Red (2010)

"Red has its moments, including a finale that finally provides the action comedy vibe we expected all along, but it still has to count as a mild disappointment "

Posted Oct 21, 2010

Lori Hoffman

19 59%

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

"It's a less anguished, much funnier 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'... "

Posted Oct 14, 2010

Lori Hoffman

20 64%

Secretariat (2010)

"Despite the Disney-fied, sentimental side of the story, 'Secretariat' hits the finish line as an effective tale about an amazing equine athlete"

Posted Oct 14, 2010

Lori Hoffman

21 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"Manipulation is the heart of this film, both in the story being told, and by the filmmakers who molded the true story to fit their agenda."

Posted Oct 7, 2010

Lori Hoffman

22 94%

The Town (2010)

"The heist sequences and chase scenes are beautifully staged, although the romance seems unlikely and taints an otherwise solid action film. "

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Lori Hoffman

23 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"[As part of] Stone's rant on the financial mess foisted on us, he shoots the boardroom scenes as if the bankers are mafia dons ordering a hit on the American people."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Lori Hoffman

24 46%

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

"... not top shelf Woody Allen, but it serves up a few good laughs thanks to an engaging cast and witty Woody-isms."

Posted Sep 13, 2010

Lori Hoffman

25 79%

The Other Guys (2010)

"I've discussed the "Three Stooges" effect before to explain why guys laugh at things that women don't and vice-versa ... The Other Guys left me as cold. "

Posted Aug 30, 2010

Lori Hoffman

26 51%

The Switch (2010)

"The movie doesn't suck. Which is not to say it's great, but thanks to a wonderfully nuanced performance by Bateman, it is surprisingly moving in spots..."

Posted Aug 30, 2010

Lori Hoffman

27 41%

The Expendables (2010)

"... delivers exactly what the coming attractions promise - a lot of over-the-top action and silliness ..."

Posted Aug 19, 2010

Lori Hoffman

28 36%

Eat Pray Love (2010)

"... a self-indulgent, annoying and mostly boring movie."

Posted Aug 19, 2010

Lori Hoffman

29 94%

Winter's Bone (2010)

"The film explores the crushing poverty of America's rural regions, a Grapes of Wrath-style story with a country noir twist [that] feels authentic and original immediately."

Posted Aug 12, 2010

Lori Hoffman

30 93%

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

"Problems like betrayal, disappointment, anger, regret and reconciliation are universal themes that ring true no matter what sexual orientation is featured."

Posted Aug 4, 2010

Lori Hoffman

31 62%

Salt (2010)

"[Thanks to the] kickass persona of Jolie, Salt is a relentless spy thriller that never slows down."

Posted Aug 2, 2010

Lori Hoffman

32 86%

Inception (2010)

"It is a fascinating visual feast, The Matrix with heart and soul, a rollercoaster ride into layers of the subconscious mind that challenges our ability to keep up."

Posted Jul 17, 2010

Lori Hoffman

33 69%

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

"Lisbeth Salander is one of the most fascinating movie characters in decades."

Posted Jul 15, 2010

Lori Hoffman

34 6%

The Last Airbender (2010)

"The time has come to admit that he [Shyamalan] got lucky with Sixth Sense and we overrated his talent."

Posted Jul 7, 2010

Lori Hoffman

35 49%

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

"It's a nice mix of comedy and action, especially with the running gag of Jacob appearing shirtless early and often so Jacob fanatics can howl about his hot abs."

Posted Jul 7, 2010

Lori Hoffman

36 99%

Toy Story 3 (2010)

"Anyone who's ever felt left out and abandoned will understand the emotional heart of this triumphant tale of friendship and loyalty. "

Posted Jun 26, 2010

Lori Hoffman

37 53%

Knight & Day (2010)

"The quiet[character] moments are placed perfectly, like emotional depth charges that explode and energize the enjoyment factor."

Posted Jun 26, 2010

Lori Hoffman

38 66%

The Karate Kid (2010)

"The Karate Kid remains a feel good story that works."

Posted Jun 19, 2010

Lori Hoffman

39 73%

Get Him to the Greek (2010)

"Get Him to the Greek provides a nice blend of laughs and unexpected moments of real warmth"

Posted Jun 13, 2010

Lori Hoffman

40 15%

Sex and the City 2 (2010)

"When the best scenes in a movie feature Liza Minnelli singing "Single Ladies" and the foursome singing "I Am Woman," you know the concept has lost its sparkle."

Posted Jun 4, 2010

Lori Hoffman

41 36%

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

"Prince of Persia is perhaps helped by low expectations"

Posted Jun 4, 2010

Lori Hoffman

42 43%

Robin Hood (2010)

"This is not the classic 1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood, but it is an excellent tale that harks back more to Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven than his Gladiator."

Posted May 21, 2010

Lori Hoffman

43 81%

Oceans (Disneynature's Oceans) (2010)

"Oceans presents the superb underwater photography and cool critters we have come to love from the best nature documentaries."

Posted May 12, 2010

Lori Hoffman

44 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"... an acceptable action flick that creates a stiff wind but never achieves "blow-you-away" status. "

Posted May 7, 2010

Lori Hoffman

45 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

"The film belongs to Noomi Rapace, who creates one of the most fascinating screen creations in recent memory"

Posted Apr 23, 2010

Lori Hoffman

46 69%

The Runaways (2010)

"Angelic Dakota Fanning isn't very convincing as either a sexed-up, David Bowie-obsessed teen or a drug addict."

Posted Apr 19, 2010

Lori Hoffman

47 67%

Date Night (2010)

"Carell and Fey worked well as a team, despite the limitation of the vehicle"

Posted Apr 19, 2010

Lori Hoffman

48 20%

The Last Song (2010)

"Movies made from Nicholas Sparks' books often have their nice moments and their moments where the sentimentality goes overboard."

Posted Apr 10, 2010

Lori Hoffman

49 28%

Clash of the Titans (2010)

"In the genre of Saturday-afternoon popcorn-fantasy films, the new Clash isn't half bad."

Posted Apr 10, 2010

Lori Hoffman

50 63%

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

"The level of hatred directed against women in this movie is mind boggling."

Posted Apr 1, 2010

Lori Hoffman

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