The Age (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 57%

Love (2011)

"Eubank may well have a future as a cinematographer, or in the special effects business. But a filmmaker he ain't. "

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Jake Wilson

2 30%

Total Recall (2012)

" Wiseman's style is superficially grittier, reliant on desaturated colours, whip pans and lens flare. Yet the film's dystopian setting is blatantly derivative of sci-fi classics from Metropolis to Blade Runner."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Jake Wilson

3 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"A sense of well-executed blandness sets in. "

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Philippa Hawker

4 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"There's enough there, in all likelihood, to make audiences hope for more, but it's not as finished or complete a work as it should have been."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Philippa Hawker

5 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"A bloated, half-baked movie."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Philippa Hawker

6 44%

The Door ()

"There's something quite haunting about the relationship between the two women: in some surprising ways, this is a determinedly unsentimental work. "

Posted Jul 18, 2012

Philippa Hawker

7 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"It doesn't have quite the emotional intensity of the second movie, The Dark Knight, but it's a powerful, intricately constructed work, thoughtful, visceral and satisfying. "

Posted Jul 17, 2012

Philippa Hawker

8 78%

Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)

"For Perry fans, there's not much more you could ask for - but for non-devotees, it's a lightweight package."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Philippa Hawker

9 71%

Carnage (2011)

"Given the powerhouse performers involved, this thing should have gone off like a powder keg, but [director Roman] Polanski apparently directed the film by text...A terrible film. "

Posted Jun 30, 2012

Jim Schembri

10 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"The Ice Age format has endured surprisingly well: the fourth instalment in this lavish animation series is once again a buddy movie with a spectacular prehistoric disaster back-drop. "

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Philippa Hawker

11 78%

Brave (2012)

"None of this virtuosity makes the story any less dull."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Jake Wilson

12 86%

Careless Love ()

"Realism is not a primary concern: an element of unlikely melodrama is planted early on but not detonated until the final minute, boldly allowing the narrative to jump to a different track."

Posted May 18, 2012

Jake Wilson

13 86%

Careless Love ()

"Careless Love leaves you wincing at its numerous shortcomings. "

Posted May 16, 2012

Craig Mathieson

14 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"Nothing here is sustained, neither the feel-good redemption narrative nor the insistence that the jolly hero is a genuinely fearsome monster."

Posted May 16, 2012

Jake Wilson

15 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Whedon can deconstruct the myth of heroism in his sleep, and probably does, but on this occasion he's here to redeem the cliches, not to bury them. "

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Jake Wilson

16 72%

Wish You Were Here (2013)

"The underdone ending is what prevents a good film being a great one. "

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Craig Mathieson

17 80%

Spud ()

"This is a film most will like - especially fans of last year's Submarine. "

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Scott Murray

18 79%

The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

"The plot is formulaic; the power lies elsewhere. "

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Craig Mathieson

19 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"The actors are all at sea, especially the miscast Roberts, whose arch manner never suggests even a pantomime version of evil. Conversely, Lily Collins makes an overly knowing Snow White, smirking demurely as if she'd just stepped off the Gossip Girl set. "

Posted Mar 30, 2012

Jake Wilson

20 25%

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

"Amid the fast-moving chaos, it gets a little repetitive: there's so much volcanic action, so much fire and brimstone that all that heat might leave you cold. "

Posted Mar 30, 2012

Philippa Hawker

21 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"The Hunger Games' strength is not its social critique - rather, it's an exhilarating sense of a character learning to control her own destiny. "

Posted Mar 20, 2012

Philippa Hawker

22 75%

In Search of Haydn (2012)

"Though assorted experts do their best to sound excited about Haydn, some seem to be fighting the sense that from a post-Romantic perspective his output, like his life, lacks a certain wow factor."

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Jake Wilson

23 17%

A Few Best Men ()

"All I have to say to those who keep forking out good money for this junk is (to paraphrase my father): If you keep encouraging them, they'll just keep doing it."

Posted Feb 7, 2012

Tom Ryan

24 56%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"Nobbs is a moving, well-etched, humour-peppered film about survival and one small person's dream of liberation."

Posted Jan 5, 2012

Jim Schembri

25 74%

Burning Man (2012)

"Unfortunately, the answers to these questions turn out to be less involving than Teplitzky's methods in asking them."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Tom Ryan

26 78%

Santa's Apprentice (L'apprenti Pere Noel) (2008)

"Bright, amiable traditional animation with an old-school flavour and solid storytelling. "

Posted Nov 10, 2011

Philippa Hawker

27 98%

This Is Not a Film (2012)

"Far less transparent than it first appears, This Is Not a Film is a prime example of what Panahi's mentor, Abbas Kiarostami, has termed the ''half-finished'' film, for which part of the meaning must be supplied by the viewer. "

Posted Nov 10, 2011

Jake Wilson

28 98%

This Is Not a Film (2012)

"A masterpiece of allusion."

Posted Nov 10, 2011

Tom Ryan

29 17%

I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)

"There's nothing particular strong or telling about its comedy."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Philippa Hawker

30 17%

I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)

"The film uses its breezy comic tone to makes some raw points about the fidelity, motherhood and compromise."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Jim Schembri

31 100%

Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard ()

"At best Autoluminescent is that rare thing, a tribute to an artist that comes close to being a work of art in its own right."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Jake Wilson

32 36%

In Time (2011)

"Takes a great premise and totally trashes it with limp storytelling and astonishingly bad filmmaking."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Jim Schembri

33 100%

Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard ()

"Fans will love it; non-fans will get a strong taste of the hedonistic alt.universe these people inhabited."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Jim Schembri

34 36%

In Time (2011)

"In Time is unusually pointed, but Niccoll is such a laborious filmmaker that it hardly matters. "

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Jake Wilson

35 93%

Drive (2011)

"Ultra-violent, ultra-tedious, bargain-basement rip-off of the classic 1978 Walter Hill film The Driver."

Posted Oct 25, 2011

Jim Schembri

36 83%

Warrior (2011)

"Grainy, hand-held cinematography can't lend authenticity to the forced emotion."

Posted Oct 25, 2011

Jim Schembri

37 68%

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

"PA3 not only delivers quality jolts in spades, it turns out to be much scarier than The Blair Witch Project. "

Posted Oct 24, 2011

Jim Schembri

38 24%

The Three Musketeers (2011)

"It's as though the screenplay was brainstormed by Alexandre Dumas and Jules Verne...pure multiplex mulch, as disposable as it is entertaining. "

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Jim Schembri

39 85%

George Harrison: Living In The Material World ()

"The film fits easily into Scorsese's body of work, as a study of a complex, sometimes angry figure struggling with his contradictions. "

Posted Oct 20, 2011

Jake Wilson

40 93%

Midnight in Paris (2011)

"It's passable Woody waffle designed strictly for fans. "

Posted Oct 20, 2011

Jim Schembri

41 24%

The Three Musketeers (2011)

"This is a wretched and dull film, with substandard special effects. " EDIT

Posted Oct 20, 2011

42 84%

Contagion (2011)

"Think of Wolfgang Petersen's magnificently entertaining 1995 virus-on-the-rampage adventure Outbreak, take out the drama, excitement and involving characters, and that's Contagion in a nutshell. "

Posted Oct 20, 2011

Jim Schembri

43 84%

Contagion (2011)

"The film addresses its grim subject in a cool, matter-of-fact way. "

Posted Oct 20, 2011

Jake Wilson

44 74%

The Whistleblower (2011)

"The closing minutes of the film suggest the most challenging parts of the story still remains untold."

Posted Oct 18, 2011

Jim Schembri

45 23%

What's Your Number? (2011)

"The film's satirical jabs at people addicted to Facebook and Twitter raises a few smiles in what is otherwise a straight-to-cinemas DVD release."

Posted Oct 18, 2011

Jim Schembri

46 35%

The Thing (2011)

"Hopefully we'll never tire of the visual splendour inherent in seeing human faces tear themselves apart."

Posted Oct 18, 2011

Jim Schembri

47 92%

Take Shelter (2011)

"A compelling character-driven piece that offers a beguiling, unsettling inside view of a troubled mind."

Posted Oct 18, 2011

Jim Schembri

48 86%

Submarine (2011)

"A cool, well-directed, if somewhat sterile and self-consciously quirky affair about teen awkwardness, virginity, infidelity and dead-end marriages."

Posted Oct 18, 2011

Jim Schembri

49 58%

Red State (2011)

"Kevin Smith fans will be curious about Red State, but few others will be able to endure its tub-thumping attempts at topicality or its lack of storytelling skill. "

Posted Oct 18, 2011

Jim Schembri

50 60%

Real Steel (2011)

"Think of Real Steel as Robot Rocky with a heartfelt father/son overlay and you can't go wrong."

Posted Oct 18, 2011

Jim Schembri

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