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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 73%

Begin Again (2014)

"For a movie that could have come off like a Hollywood version of something beautiful and tiny, it's actually quite successful."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Linda Holmes

2 89%

The Double (2014)

"It's a very odd, genuinely offbeat film (there were a noteworthy number of walkouts, though that can have as much to do with the timing of other screenings as the reaction to the film), but it burbles and crackles with imagination."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Linda Holmes

3 30%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

Posted Jul 4, 2013

Bob Mondello

4 33%

Won't Back Down (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Ella Taylor

5 52%

Where Do We Go Now? (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Mark Jenkins

6 64%

The Campaign (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Scott Tobias

7 0%

That's What She Said (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Stephanie Zacharek

8 32%

Fanboys (2008)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Bob Mondello

9 92%

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Mark Jenkins

10 95%

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Ella Taylor

11 70%

Sushi: The Global Catch (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Joel Arnold

12 67%

Price Check (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Scott Tobias

13 93%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Jeannette Catsoulis

14 70%

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Stephanie Zacharek

15 78%

A Late Quartet (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Ella Taylor

16 96%

Chasing Ice (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Mark Jenkins

17 56%

The Revenant (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Scott Tobias

18 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"Writer-director Russell is just the guy to bring out (and then calm) the manic dysfunction in these folks."

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Bob Mondello

19 78%

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Ella Taylor

20 52%

Grassroots (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Stephanie Zacharek

21 97%

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

John Powers

22 64%

2 Days in New York (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Stephanie Zacharek

23 51%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Mark Jenkins

24 51%

This is 40 (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Scott Tobias

25 4%

Virginia (2012)

Posted Jun 15, 2012

Scott Tobias

26 91%

Into The Abyss (2011)

"Herzog unforgettably shows how when you pull tight the straps on men who've lain down to die, it leaves a mark. "

Posted Dec 8, 2011

Ian Buckwalter

27 51%

Brighton Rock (2011)

"Where the first film had a lawyer spouting Shakespeare, this one mostly has visual panache - crosses and crucifixes rather than dialogue about religion."

Posted Aug 26, 2011

Bob Mondello

28 91%

Point Blank (2011)

"Director Fred Cavayť has a reputation in France for getting the audience's pulse pounding, and in Point Blank, he does that while mixing in some intriguing social themes and character types that are usually outsiders to the genre."

Posted Jul 28, 2011

Bob Mondello

29 75%

Everything Must Go (2011)

"Writer/director Dan Rush takes one simple concept from Raymond Carver's spare, evocative, and extremely short story - a sad alcoholic with his furniture on the lawn - and fills in the blanks. Too many of them, as it turns out."

Posted May 12, 2011

Ian Buckwalter

30 76%

Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) (2007)

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Bob Mondello

31 78%

Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) (2009)

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Mark Jenkins

32 42%

The Taqwacores (2010)

"Unapologetically episodic, the movie is designed to awe and shock... and to plunge viewers into a world whose fury is half exotic and half typical of any group of unruly adolescents."

Posted Feb 23, 2011

Mark Jenkins

33 75%

The Way Back (2011)

"There's an enjoyably old-fashioned brand of adventure at work here, when Weir doesn't handcuff himself with Red scare politics and maudlin sentimentality. The former outweighs the latter, but only just barely."

Posted Jan 21, 2011

Ian Buckwalter

34 84%

The Time That Remains (2011)

"The silence of the character played by director Elia Suleiman lends the role a kind of invisibility that seems meant as an analogy to his view of the Arab presence in Israel. He's present, yet absent."

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Ian Buckwalter

35 82%

Night Catches Us (2010)

"The movie evokes its time and place so potently that it almost doesn't matter that Hamilton's script proves unequal to her vision."

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Mark Jenkins

36 88%

Let Me In (2010)

"Stylish and effectively creepy, if mostly secondhand."

Posted Oct 2, 2010

Mark Jenkins

37 29%

New In Town (2009)

Posted Oct 2, 2010

Jeannette Catsoulis

38 43%

Barry Munday (2010)

"A deeply off-putting independent comedy."

Posted Oct 2, 2010

Scott Tobias

39 81%

Despicable Me (2010)

"It's all thoroughly adorable, and with an overlay that's nearly as odd as Carell's accent: Despicable Me looks a lot like other computer-animated pictures..."

Posted Jul 9, 2010

Bob Mondello

40 51%

Observe and Report (2009)

"That playlist proves that Observe and Report was shaped by a hip sensibility. Shame that sensibility didn't have more effect on the script."

Posted Jul 7, 2010

Mark Jenkins

41 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"Gran Torino is less a sleek hybrid than a multigenre pileup."

Posted Jul 7, 2010

Mark Jenkins

42 89%

Moon (2009)

"Start calculating the costs to Lunar Industries of its singular form of devaluing, and Moon's central premise stops making sense."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Bob Mondello

43 62%

Lymelife (2008)

"For all its emphasis on suburbia and its discontents, Lymelife never quite convinces that its story's environs are essential -- or even all that interesting."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Mark Jenkins

44 27%

Seven Pounds (2008)

"Reactions to the movie will largely depend on whether or not viewers decide this time that the divine Mr. Smith has overreached. I say he has -- but I can't tell you why."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Mark Jenkins

45 98%

Let the Right One In (2008)

"Lovelier than most bloodsucker flicks, but it doesn't quite transcend its well-chewed genre."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Mark Jenkins

46 65%

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

"Married, a father and pushing 40, Smith is no longer a trustworthy chronicler of 20-something slackers. He still can devise an impressively gamy set piece, but he's misplaced the humanity of his best work."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Mark Jenkins

47 55%

Orphan (2009)

"The movie is, as these things go, enjoyably trashy."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Nathan Lee

48 33%

Knowing (2009)

"A slog through lazy writing, indifferent acting and blase direction with no hope of anything but chaotic violence as reward."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Nathan Lee

49 71%

Tetro (2009)

"A dazzling stylistic exercise, Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro pays tribute to great bygone European filmmakers."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Mark Jenkins

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