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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 66%

The American (2010)

"What makes it work as a thriller is not what it shows, but what it leaves out."

Posted Sep 10, 2010

Eric Melin

2 51%

The Switch (2010)

"A real switch would have been to draw some real characters and let them dictate the story instead of plugging good actors into a tired formula."

Posted Aug 23, 2010

Eric Melin

3 82%

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

"Young adults of today are a different breed. Now they finally have a movie that serves as a giant metaphor for their experiences."

Posted Aug 18, 2010

Eric Melin

4 79%

The Other Guys (2010)

"The action scenes are staged awkwardly, the actors seem like they're just buying time until the next zinger lands, the ending doesn't ratchet the stakes up at all, and the political commentary falls flat."

Posted Aug 9, 2010

Eric Melin

5 42%

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

"[It] saddles some great comic talent in a lame sitcom plot with a feel-good lesson that's about as obvious as it is inappropriate."

Posted Aug 9, 2010

Eric Melin

6 86%

Inception (2010)

"Despite the fact that some details of the labyrinthine plot are simply too obscure to comprehend on a first viewing, Nolan sells the emotion -- and the consequences -- visually."

Posted Jul 18, 2010

Eric Melin

7 81%

Despicable Me (2010)

"As the movie progresses ... it's clear that beyond some mildly clever sight gags, it is content to mine the same middling formulaic territory of so many other kids' films."

Posted Jul 14, 2010

Eric Melin

8 6%

The Last Airbender (2010)

"In a mediocre summer season, we now have the first bonafide stinker -- a supposed fantasy adventure that has all the magic and mystery of a bologna sandwich."

Posted Jul 2, 2010

Eric Melin

9 49%

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

"The third in the teenage-girl-vampire-werewolf love trilogy series is full of story parallels that make the central decision by Bella a very strong core for the film, despite some more corny dialogue."

Posted Jul 1, 2010

Eric Melin

10 53%

Knight & Day (2010)

"Its about as light and fluffy as summer action movies get. It's also as relentless and desperate to entertain as we always hope the worst summer movies won't be."

Posted Jul 1, 2010

Eric Melin

11 99%

Toy Story 3 (2010)

"I hope this is the last Toy Story...a fitting and moving final chapter that takes the premise of the first movie to its logical conclusion."

Posted Jun 18, 2010

Eric Melin

12 47%

The A-Team (2010)

"... nothing more than a series of ridiculously impossible action scenes where the actors and their machines are like Legos being moved around a giant playset."

Posted Jun 13, 2010

Eric Melin

13 74%

Splice (2010)

"... the tension comes from watching Brody and Polley's well-crafted characters come together and splinter apart as they become parents of sorts and their tricky ethical dilemma worsens. "

Posted Jun 8, 2010

Eric Melin

14 36%

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

"It's at its worst when it slows down for too long and gives you an opportunity to think about the plot. Luckily, that doesn't happen too often."

Posted Jun 3, 2010

Eric Melin

15 58%

Shrek Forever After (2010)

"It cuts back on the rapid-fire pop culture references that dominate the other films to focus on the story, but unfortunately, the story isn't all that interesting."

Posted May 27, 2010

Eric Melin

16 43%

Robin Hood (2010)

"It takes all of the 'merry' right out of his merry men. Thatis--until a cheesy final action scene that negates all the fussy seriousness that came before it."

Posted May 16, 2010

Eric Melin

17 49%

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010)

"It delivers on more than it should. It's visceral when it needs to be, funny when you think it shouldn't be, and has one thing most modern horror flicks almost never have--a horrifying and truly satisfying ending."

Posted May 16, 2010

Eric Melin

18 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"What's missing is any real sense of danger...Is Iron Man 2 as solid as its predecessor? No, but it's still nice to spend some time with some old friends."

Posted May 10, 2010

Eric Melin

19 77%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"it doesn't follow a formula, but...there is a certain point in the movie where things do start to become a little conventional."

Posted May 4, 2010

Eric Melin

20 15%

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

"What we are left with is a higher body count and a faster pace, but no tension. ...Welcome to the low-impact world of modern franchise horror pictures."

Posted May 4, 2010

Eric Melin

21 69%

The Runaways (2010)

"The film is remarkably devoid of preachiness. The material is handled with an admirable amount of ambiguity and is all the better for it."

Posted Apr 12, 2010

Eric Melin

22 67%

Date Night (2010)

"One minute its forced slapstick, the next it's a bullet-riddled car chase--and neither works."

Posted Apr 12, 2010

Eric Melin

23 28%

Clash of the Titans (2010)

"It plays like a videogame, only with less character development. There's no forward motion or any suspense. This movie wasn't directed so much as it was 'project managed'--a series of barely related CGI sequences with no urgency."

Posted Apr 5, 2010

Eric Melin

24 63%

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

"Sound like guy-oriented wish fulfillment? It is. Sound like The Hangover? That too."

Posted Apr 5, 2010

Eric Melin

25 22%

Repo Men (2010)

"Surface value thrills that grow tiresome and a formulaic story that buries most of the movie's built-in absurdity. What could have been a gory satire becomes a sloppy exercise in berzerk commercialism."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Eric Melin

26 83%

The Ghost Writer (2010)

"Polanski is a master of mood and pacing. The Ghost Writer moves forward at an assured pace and sprinkles in an acerbic sense of humor."

Posted Mar 7, 2010

Eric Melin

27 51%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"The visual splendor is more than enough to feast your eyes on, so it's too bad that the dialogue in the film couldn't live up to its look."

Posted Mar 7, 2010

Eric Melin

28 71%

The Crazies (2010)

"Where Romero moved straight into the socio-political criticism (especially the heavy-handed and talky anti-military stuff), Eisner concentrates more on moving the plot along quickly and creating memorable suspense scenes."

Posted Feb 28, 2010

Eric Melin

29 69%

Shutter Island (2010)

"It's almost as if the big reveal is actually a foregone conclusion and Scorsese knows it. When it finally comes, it allows you to catch your breath. It feels real. It makes sense because you knew it deep down all along."

Posted Feb 28, 2010

Eric Melin

30 37%

From Paris with Love (2010)

"[It] is so dumb -- so obnoxiously over the top, so asinine -- that you have to wonder if Travolta knew what kind of a movie he was in and tailored his performance to match."

Posted Feb 8, 2010

Eric Melin

31 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"What's really disturbing is the manner in which the violence is presented. It's not campy fun and it's not realistic for a reason...It wants you to cheer along: Enjoy the bloodlust!"

Posted Feb 3, 2010

Eric Melin

32 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"Bridges carries the movie on his back and makes Bad Blake a guy worth getting to know."

Posted Jan 22, 2010

Eric Melin

33 32%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"[The film] remains a mystery -- not a mystery as in who committed the crime, but a mystery in its intended theme and why that theme didn't unite the film at all."

Posted Jan 20, 2010

Eric Melin

34 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"It's the kind of Hollywood picture they should make more often -- the kind that doesn't insult your intelligence."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Eric Melin

35 83%

Avatar (2009)

"There is nothing new in the story department, but let's give it some credit for tapping into a cultural zeitgeist of sorts and approaching its well-worn story with renewed technical pizazz."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Eric Melin

36 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"With its jittery stop-motion animation, exquisitely detailed shots, and outwardly self-aware characters,[it's] the epitome of artifice. It's also as bright and cheery a time as you'll have at the movies this year."

Posted Nov 28, 2009

Eric Melin

37 75%

The Road (2009)

"A nerve-wracking and emotional experience...as true to the book as it could have been without having narration the whole way through."

Posted Nov 28, 2009

Eric Melin

38 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"For a movie steeped in grimy realism, it unfolds in an unusually impressionistic fashion, with artful cinematic transitions and a loose brand of storytelling that emphasizes little moments as much as it does big revelations."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Eric Melin

39 28%

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

"The number one killer is that it's two hours and 10 minutes long and the plot recycles itself over and over again."

Posted Nov 23, 2009

Eric Melin

40 39%

2012 (2009)

"...two hours and forty minutes of the same action scene recycled over and over again..."

Posted Nov 16, 2009

Eric Melin

41 52%

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

"Even if you haven't seen a movie about psychic Jedi warriors in the U.S. Army who kill goats with their mind, you may come out of [this film] thinking that you've seen a lot of it before."

Posted Nov 9, 2009

Eric Melin

42 73%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"Anybody that says this isn't a kids' film is misunderstanding the point. This movie gets at the heart of what it's like to be a kid...one of the best films of the year."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Eric Melin

43 83%

Paranormal Activity (2009)

"There is a certain amount of suspension of disbelief ... that you must accept in order for the movie to work for you."

Posted Oct 11, 2009

Eric Melin

44 58%

The Invention of Lying (2009)

"I'll bemoan the ending forever (or until they change it on DVD), but right now I'm still wondering how a movie with this radical a subtext got made at all."

Posted Oct 11, 2009

Eric Melin

45 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"While not as clever as Shaun or as scary as parts of Dawn, this horror comedy does pull off a minor coup in its genre%u2014it successfully uses a zombie apocalypse as the setting for a romantic comedy/family picture."

Posted Oct 11, 2009

Eric Melin

46 84%

Whip It (2009)

"The marvel of Whip It is that Barrymore's freewheeling spirit is infectious, even when her direction borders on sloppiness and the script skirts with cliché."

Posted Oct 11, 2009

Eric Melin

47 75%

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"[It] may be a bit scattershot and employ familiar tricks, [but it's both] a challenging and personal movie."

Posted Sep 29, 2009

Eric Melin

48 79%

The Informant! (2009)

"Soderbergh seems like he's trying too hard to spell out the outrageousness of the story, [but as]the absurdities pile up...his brassy stylistic choices become less annoying."

Posted Sep 23, 2009

Eric Melin

49 63%

Extract (2009)

"It seems that Judge is a little embarrassed by his script, which he shouldn't be. His direction of the movie, however, doesn't match the absurdity of the situations Joel finds himself in."

Posted Sep 14, 2009

Eric Melin

50 27%

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)

"Piven is saddled with a lame backstory about a former partner's tragic death, something about a lost son, a thoroughly forced romantic subplot, and a series of awful and increasingly desperate stabs at raunchy humor."

Posted Aug 18, 2009

Eric Melin

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