From Paris with Love (2010)
"Undemanding and unoriginal, this is all swagger and no substance."
Everybody's Fine (2009)
"Despite the title, nobody in this film is fine. But, if youâ(TM)re in the mood for a well-acted drama that will strum obstinately at those heartstrings, youâ(TM)ve got it."
Leap Year (2010)
"Call us old-fashioned, but we expect some actual funny moments in our romantic comedies; you canâ(TM)t get by on charming lead actors and pretty scenery alone. Especially when the storyline is so massively predictable."
The Last Station (2010)
"Helen Mirren has earned nominations galore for her OTT performance as Mrs Tolstoy, but she doesn't get heat's vote."
Crazy Heart (2009)
"is terrific in his richest role since The Big Lebowski. But the surprise is Farrell, unexpectedly winning as the successful protégé keen to give his mentor a break."EDIT
The Lovely Bones (2009)
"Jackson's candy-coloured fantasias - reminiscent of 1970s concept-album artwork - are no substitute for actual drama. There's nothing at stake."
"Not bad, but JK Rowling can rest easy."
A Single Man (2009)
"A beautiful, heartbreaking, life-affirming film that's as warm and funny as it is devastating."EDIT
Valentine's Day (2010)
"Valentine's Day is an enjoyably empty, tempting snack of a movie, thoughtfully served in candy-coated bite-size chunks."
Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)
"A little charmless and not particularly funny. The recycling message is also woefully heavy-handed."EDIT
Youth in Revolt (2010)
"A fresh, funny take on the classic coming-of-age tale, and a chance for Cera to show us what he's made of."
"As you'd expect from Eastwood and this cast, it's got quality written all over it."
44 Inch Chest (2010)
"It looks and feels like a contrived stage play, and a fundamental lack of credibility in the premise makes it difficult to care about anything that happens."EDIT
All About Steve (2009)
"It's baffling that some of our favourite actors would sign up for this slightly creepy, desperately unfunny twaddle. Don't encourage them by watching it."
Up in the Air (2009)
"It's very enjoyable, if ultimately a little insubstantial for Best Picture glory."
The Boys Are Back (2009)
"Heartwrenchingly sad, yet ultimately uplifting, Shine director Hicks more than matches the film that made him famous with this deeply moving tale."
A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)
"A riveting rise-of-the-underdog drama anchored by newcomer Tahar Rahim's sensational lead performance."
"Don't be put off by the "Afghan war" tag - Brothers isn't half as harrowing as some of the other awards-bait offerings coming our way. This touching family drama deserves to find an audience."
Post Grad (2009)
"The level of humour is summed up by the scene where a dead cat is buried in a pizza box."EDIT
"The promising beginning deteriorates into a baffling shambles, with each character changing their entire personality at least once."
"Considering how rarely Grant works, you'd expect genuine excellence in the scripts he picks. We'd expected more than this merely serviceable, not very believable Hollywood romcom."
The Stepfather (2009)
"Lazy, predictable and seriously lacking in shocks."
"The anti-Zombieland - a darker, more intense look at humanity."
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
"Jonze's inspired evocation of childhood may strike a chord with adults; for younger audience members still living it, the appeal is far from certain."
The Descent 2 (2009)
"A claustrophobic, creepy popcorn flick that compensates for predictable scares with deliciously disgusting moments involving a whole spectrum of bodily fluids."EDIT
The Box (2009)
"A potentially clever idea becomes a pretentious trip into the director's own obsessions."EDIT
Me and Orson Welles (2009)
"Zac confidently takes another few steps away from the Wildcats of East High in an amiable showcase for his talents."
"Sweet, funny, bags of charm: Outnumbered meets Britain's Got Talent, with added Christmas."
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
"Wildly implausible tosh."
Paranormal Activity (2009)
"Peli makes our identification with the 20something couple so complete, we're utterly caught up in the escalating terror."
A Serious Man (2009)
"A bold, unique, exquisite gem."
The Informant! (2009)
"You go in expecting a jaunty caper. What you get, disconcertingly, is a bleak, rather sad study of an unraveling mind."
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
"New Moon flirts with various treatment methods - rehab, alternative medication - before giving us the fix we crave. Fans will not be disappointed."
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
"Easily the funniest movie ever to feature a goat-slaying psychic."
Jennifer's Body (2009)
"Funny, sexy, cool and destined to become a cult classic."
Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)
"A Christmas Carol is certainly set to win the nation's attention. With all this hype, we'd hoped for something a bit more special."
"An interesting experiment that doesn't quite survive the conversion from short to long format."
An Education (2009)
"Much more than a simple cautionary tale, An Education captures the giddy hopes and fears of adolescence, and the dawn of the most transforming decade in recent memory."
"Jokes only get you so far, and The Goods gets increasingly bogged down in its uninspired plotlines. Ferrell's cameo is a particular lowpoint."
"Entertaining enough but, despite a sequel-set-up ending, this franchise will have to sharpen its fangs if it really wants to take on Twilight."
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
"Anderson's recent films The Life Aquatic and The Darjeeling Limited suffered in terms of story. The switch to animation, and the benefit of a plotline borrowed from a master storyteller, have recharged his creative batteries."
"A decent supernatural thriller undone by an unfortunate structural flaw."
"Gilliam struggles to create a coherent frame for his visual ambition."
Couples Retreat (2009)
"Universal's latest is merely adequate, and will likely be best enjoyed by the happily indulgent and mildly inebriated."
"An Indie romcom which doesn't pile on the contrived quirkiness and instead concentrates on being believable, smart and sweet."
Dorian Gray (2009)
"Just like Dorian, it's all style and no substance. And valiant turns from Firth and co can't save this from being a melodramatic, overwrought mess."
Julie & Julia (2009)
"Hollywood, famously, makes few movies aimed at older females because young men are much easier to satisfy. Julie & Julia is that rare film targeted at your mum, but we think you'll enjoy it too."
500 Days of Summer (2009)
"A clever, refreshing, non-formulaic antidote to your average, bog-standard Hollywood romcom."