"90 minutes of inconsequential action and cliché recycling...painful to watch a semi-interesting setup get squandered and become stuffed into a familiar-as-hell framework where nothing ever seems at stake. "
The Debt (2011)
"... for all of its supposed realism and reflection of hard times in America, the movie plays out as complete fairy-tale nonsense. It isn't a working-class success story -- it's a working-class fantasy world."
"[It] bungles key moments that have built-in dramatic weight from the book with ordinary staging and a breakneck pace. Many of the movies, including this one, have merely summarized the books rather than actually interpreting them."
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
"The plot of the book is jettisoned for something altogether more terrifying and mysterious: Possession of a box that glows from within every time it is opened, however briefly. If that sounds like Pulp Fiction, well, it is, only 40 years earlier."
"The action scenes with fighting robots are amazing and I'd say they upped the ante again. But if Bay knows that's all we came for, why do we have to wade through another 90 minutes of insulting lowest-common-denominator stuff just to enjoy those scenes?"
Cars 2 (2011)
Green Lantern (2011)
"The script is pretty dry and many of the scenes between Reynolds and Blake Lively don't work at all. It's a shame that the script doesn't give Reynolds the kind of winking humor that Thor had, and that he is so good at delivering."
The Comancheros (1961)
The Hustler (1961)
The Tree of Life (2011)
Super 8 (2011)
Pale Flower (Kawaita hana) (1964)
Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) (1955)
The Roommate (2011)
"It is as bland as movies get. There's not one single nod or wink to the audience and it never manages to develop even an iota of suspense. What's really weird is its complete reliance on a slick modern rock soundtrack that never seems to stop."
The Hangover Part II (2011)
"The reason [the first one] worked so well was because of the unique concept and the mystery structure. Now the concept is familiar and the mystery isn't engaging. [This is} the very definition of a lazy, pointless sequel."
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Something Wild (1986)
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
"It doesn't engage with the morality of the situation she's in, but it provides the audience with a kind of a dark fairy-tale perspective of what the outside world must look like through the eyes of a teenage girl who has never seen it before."
Fast Five (2011)
"A dumb, ridiculous movie filled with enough tough-guy stares and male posturing to last you the entire summer. But it's also high on extreme stunts and crazy car crashes, carried off with minimal aid from CGI, which is actually very refreshing."
White Material (2010)
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Your Highness (2011)
Fair Game (2010)
The Tourist (2010)
Sucker Punch (2011)
"Tacking on a bunch of pretentious voice-over nonsense about angels and self-realization doesn't get Snyder off the hook for a movie that doesn't realize how wrongheaded, humorless and offensive it really is."
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Four Lions (2010)
Love and Other Drugs (2010)
"The movie has lots of scenes of the two leads in bed together, but it can't decide whether it's a big issue film, a romantic comedy or a weepy melodrama, so it ends up being none of them successfully."
Battle: Los Angeles (2011)
Red Riding Hood (2011)
Red State (2011)
"It offers some very tense moments, and some good, old-fashioned revenge escapism, but in an effort to make it a straight genre film, Smith misses out on some great opportunities to pack a more emotional punch."
Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Hall Pass (2011)
Cedar Rapids (2011)
Just Go with It (2011)
The Company Men (2011)
I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)