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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 99%

How to Survive a Plague (2012)

"Probably the most moving doc of the year, both devastating and uplifting at the same time, and I can't recommend it enough."

Posted Mar 7, 2012

Christopher Campbell

2 94%

The Queen of Versailles (2012)

"An outrageous, despicable, guiltily hilarious and appropriately superficial good time."

Posted Mar 7, 2012

Christopher Campbell

3 95%

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

"The narrative, as it is so dependent on vague and redundant talking heads, is disappointingly shallow and trivial ... thanks to the producers the storytelling is engaging."

Posted Mar 7, 2012

Christopher Campbell

4 76%

The Ambassador (2012)

"I had trouble finding the humor and the point and wasn't concerned enough to be as provoked as I'm sure is intended."

Posted Mar 7, 2012

Christopher Campbell

5 95%

The Imposter (2012)

"Highly engaging and suspenseful ... leaves you with much to think about."

Posted Mar 6, 2012

Christopher Campbell

6 ——

Me At The Zoo (2013)

"A surprisingly captivating yet disappointingly obvious and superficial chronicle of the Internet celebrity."

Posted Mar 6, 2012

Christopher Campbell

7 97%

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

"A necessary, compelling and very funny introduction to the eponymous artist as well as a good point of access for Americans who know little of China's creative activists."

Posted Mar 6, 2012

Christopher Campbell

8 89%

Our School (2013)

"Many of the comments that come out of the teachers and other townspeople's mouths would be downright shocking if they didn't sound like things I've heard in so many American civil rights docs."

Posted Mar 5, 2012

Christopher Campbell

9 54%

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

"Conservative pundit Lou Dobbs is correct, this movie is trying to hook kids on environmentalism. And more power to it."

Posted Mar 2, 2012

Dave White

10 11%

Gone (2012)

Posted Mar 2, 2012

Dave White

11 88%

The Turin Horse (2012)

"Tarr says this is his last movie. And it feels like it. After you've ended the entire world, not with a giant planet collision like Lars Von Trier did in Melancholia but by simply shooting out the lights, what else is there?"

Posted Mar 2, 2012

Dave White

12 18%

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

"There's no reason in 2012 for a high-profile studio film under the Marvel banner to feel like a low-rent direct-to-video sequel."

Posted Feb 20, 2012

John Gholson

13 94%

The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

"The round-up of the best movies of 2012 -- animated or not -- starts here."

Posted Feb 17, 2012

Dave White

14 94%

The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

"No other animation studio, even our beloved Pixar, can quite replicate the magic, wonder and weirdness [of Studio Ghibl]."

Posted Feb 17, 2012

Grae Drake

15 26%

This Means War (2012)

"You'll wonder about the mechanics of filmmaking by committee, about the kind of product that goes through a dozen script re-writes and studio notes and test screenings until all the demographic bells are rung."

Posted Feb 17, 2012

Dave White

16 26%

This Means War (2012)

"Even though this movie has some good bits and sweet moments straight out of a teenage girl's dream journal, the weak spy subplot is meant to do nothing more than distract you from a bunch of supposedly romantic nonsense happening onscreen."

Posted Feb 17, 2012

Grae Drake

17 29%

The Vow (2012)

"As the patient spouse, Tatum has to play frustrated, enamored, short-tempered, amused, and defeated. He's better at some than others, it's true, but he rarely looks lost on screen here."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

Sean O'Connell

18 78%

The Innkeepers (2012)

"The Innkeepers feels more like The Puffy Chair and the 1963 film The Haunting had a non-annoying hipster baby. "

Posted Feb 7, 2012

Grae Drake

19 40%

Red Tails (2012)

"We owe [The Tuskegee Airmen] an enormous amount of gratitude for putting those ill-conceived ideas to rest while protecting our country...and we certainly owe them a better movie than Red Tails."

Posted Feb 7, 2012

Grae Drake

20 79%

The Grey (2012)

"Director Joe Carnahan punctuates this movie with visceral, overwhelmingly realistic scenes that easily take first place in the Use the Bathroom Before Seeing This Movie Contest."

Posted Feb 7, 2012

Grae Drake

21 32%

Man on a Ledge (2012)

"Yep, there's a man on a ledge in it."

Posted Feb 7, 2012

Grae Drake

22 26%

Underworld Awakening (2012)

"I LIKEanthroped it."

Posted Feb 7, 2012

Grae Drake

23 73%

Big Miracle (2012)

"The simplistic script draws broad strokes not making anyone a clear villain, assuring that everyone can rest easy knowing that sometimes even evil oil barons (Ted Danson) are willing to free Willy."

Posted Feb 7, 2012

Grae Drake

24 85%

Chronicle (2012)

"While most similar high-profile projects just consist of a lot of muscly guys wielding big weapons, zooming around outer space and saying forgettable stuff, this movie actually gives audiences something to invest themselves in."

Posted Feb 7, 2012

Grae Drake

25 66%

The Woman in Black (2012)

"[S]eeing it in a theater filled with Harry Potter fans aching to get their Daniel Radcliffe fix, with a killer sound system and popcorn to fling on your neighbor, is what makes it really work."

Posted Feb 7, 2012

Grae Drake

26 23%

The Day (2012)

"The Day's cannibalization of other, better films is its downfall; there's just not enough unique material here to nourish."

Posted Feb 6, 2012

John Gholson

27 66%

The Woman in Black (2012)

"There's an air of importance and class hard at work to elevate all of the spooky nonsense into something memorable."

Posted Feb 6, 2012

John Gholson

28 35%

The Thing (2011)

"It does nothing better than John Carpenter's version, but it borrows and steals enough of the stuff that works from his film to carry it to some level of lowest-common-denominator entertainment."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

John Gholson

29 91%

Fake It So Real (2012)

"You certainly don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy its charms; the appeal comes from exploring what's essentially a very strange, very dangerous hobby. "

Posted Feb 3, 2012

John Gholson

30 67%

Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

"Pearl Jam Twenty may not create new fans, but for existing fans, it's an exceptional musical experience."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

John Gholson

31 77%

A Lonely Place to Die (2012)

"It's simply too good to label it a misfire, but the film starts from the gate with such a confident, breathless level of suspense that it's a shame that it can't be maintained."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

John Gholson

32 30%

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)

"It's not just graphic; it's contemptuous."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

John Gholson

33 88%

Livide (Livid) ()

"No one faults a spook house for lacking a strong narrative -- we want chills and thrills and an excess of horror imagery that borders on gaudy. In that way, Livid completely delivers."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

John Gholson

34 66%

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

"Crowe simply remembers how to make a sweet story. He allows his huge heart to prevail in a moving coda that, while manipulative, helped me buy into this sentimental tone poem to simple destiny. "

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Sean O'Connell

35 93%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"Brad Bird's Mission made me feel like a kid again."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Sean O'Connell

36 40%

Red Tails (2012)

"The film carries important messages about camaraderie, persistence, fortitude and courage in the face of nearly impossible obstacles."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Sean O'Connell

37 2%

One for the Money (2012)

"Compared to someone like Jennifer Lopez in Out of Sight, Stephanie is a total drip who needs to get her head on straight before she picks up a weapon again."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Grae Drake

38 78%

The Innkeepers (2012)

"What happens next is a weird exercise in slow-burn tension that only pays off by force of directorial will."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Dave White

39 85%

Chronicle (2012)

"I'm poking fun at Trank's budget (or lack thereof), but I'm honestly impressed by what he and Landis are able to accomplish with what little money they must have had."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Sean O'Connell

40 78%

The Innkeepers (2012)

"As a ghost story, The Innkeepers isn't chock full of scares, but the few that it has are strong ones."

Posted Feb 2, 2012

John Gholson

41 80%

Haywire (2012)

"For a director who jumps across genres and styles, some of Soderbergh's most satisfying moments come when he time warps to the '60s and '70s for inspiration, just like he's doing here."

Posted Jan 20, 2012

Dave White

42 80%

Haywire (2012)

"Carano's skill is the centerpiece here, although everyone adds a bit of sparkle to the brilliance."

Posted Jan 20, 2012

Grae Drake

43 51%

Contraband (2012)

"There are no surprises. There is no excitement. The action isn't cool. The violence doesn't gut-punch you."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Dave White

44 51%

Contraband (2012)

"Technically, there isn't any one thing in this movie that stands out as spectacular. However, as a whole, it actually works."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Grae Drake

45 33%

Joyful Noise (2012)

"After this movie is released the way we mark time will forever change. There will only be Before Joyful Noise and After Joyful Noise. No other calendar system will have meaning."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Dave White

46 33%

Joyful Noise (2012)

"Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah going head-to-head in a movie together should have been a contender for the Sassiest Movie of 2012, but the result was soulless."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Grae Drake

47 14%

Ride the Divide (2010)

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Dave White

48 72%

Roadie (2012)

"Imagine The Wrestler if Mickey Rourke had just wrangled spandex instead of earning his status as a has-been. This is why this movie never feels completely original or moving."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Grae Drake

49 12%

The Darkest Hour (2011)

"This is possibly the most joy-sucking film of 2011."

Posted Jan 6, 2012

Grae Drake

50 51%

The Iron Lady (2012)

"Don't come to it looking for whoever the "real" Margaret Thatcher is or was. Don't come to it looking for justification for your own world-view. Come to bask in the glow of Meryl Streep's skillful, frequently mechanical chameleonism."

Posted Dec 30, 2011

Dave White

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