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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 77%

Noah (2014)

"A bold, trippy new interpretation of an old, old story, about miracles of varying size and shape, in which we still today might find some new angles of inspiration."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Neil Pond

2 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"A brawny blockbuster-formula movie with the brains of an espionage thriller, it recalls vintage '70s spy romps but resonates with contemporary issues."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Neil Pond

3 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"A rollicking roundup of trademark put-on-a-show shtick, gonzo sketch comedy, toe-tapping musical numbers and a zany bombardment of guests."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Neil Pond

4 40%

Divergent (2014)

"Young adult audiences can SO relate. "

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Neil Pond

5 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"The plot is about as thin as the wisp of air between vehicles swishing past each other on a narrow highway, and the actors say empty-headed things like 'We'll settle this behind the wheel.'"

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Neil Pond

6 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"A story about creativity, independence and cooperation running on a crazy rail of pop-cultural riffs and satirical references, understated comedic nuance and explosively absurd visual magic. "

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Neil Pond

7 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Twists, turns, a serious tussle in the lavatory, and a rip-roarin' finish that had one woman seated behind me whooping, gasping and hollering "Save the baby!!!""

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Neil Pond

8 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"Too much of this rebooted robot tale just feels recycled instead of refreshed, especially compared to the visceral, original kick of its groundbreaking '80s predecessor."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Neil Pond

9 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"A simple road trip that becomes something much bigger, much broader, and much deeper-a tale of fathers and sons and families and the many shades of grey in the wide spectrum of love."

Posted Feb 17, 2014

Neil Pond

10 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"'Oceans 11' plus 'Saving Private Ryan' divided by 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.'"

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Neil Pond

11 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"Brolin and Winslet, fine actors both, do their best, but they're fighting an undertow in a sea of cheese, and the movie fails to fan their coals of passion into anything resembling a flame."

Posted Feb 3, 2014

Neil Pond

12 94%

Her (2014)

"An old-fashioned romantic convention run through an innovative wavelength of sci-fi wi-fi that doesn't seem all that out of sync with today."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Neil Pond

13 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"A quick roll in a barrel of cheap, hollow laughs down a familiar, forgettable road that we've traveled many times before."

Posted Jan 20, 2014

Neil Pond

14 3%

The Legend of Hercules (2014)

"Through the centuries, the legend of Hercules has survived. It will survive the splat of this big B.C. cheese ball, too."

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Neil Pond

15 30%

Grudge Match (2013)

"If I had a towel, I'd have thrown it in long before the legacies of two great movies were slammed to the mat and ground into a crappy comedy like this one."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Neil Pond

16 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"For anyone who can feel its genuine grasp of its subjects, its music and its times in its deep, dig-it grooves, this cinematic sonnet to a struggling '60s singer might just become a greatest hit."

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Neil Pond

17 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"It's all hip, humorous, sad, edgy and immensely entertaining, this sprawling period parable about a group of greedy people who aren't who they purport themselves to be."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Neil Pond

18 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"A story behind a story behind a story that will strike a sentimental chord with anyone who remembers Disney's 1964 hit about a certain singing, flying British nanny."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Neil Pond

19 76%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Cinematographer Tobias Schliessler shoots the violence as if it's both horrific and saintly, a Passion play of blood, saliva and bodies battered to pulp for a higher cause."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Neil Pond

20 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Not exactly a new royal standard for Disney females, but these two princesses do pack a two-fisted punch about the power of love and waiting for the right person who's 'worth melting for.'"

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Neil Pond

21 49%

Black Nativity (2013)

"This modest little feel-good movie won't contend for any major awards (unlike Whitaker's other movie this year, 'The Butler'), but its heart is in the right place."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Neil Pond

22 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"Has a message about family, connectivity and belonging but makes you slog down a long road of soppy, artificially sweet goop to get to it."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Neil Pond

23 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"A spectacular, galvanizing display of how this one-time Hollywood "golden boy," now 77, can still commandeer the screen."

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Neil Pond

24 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Super-fans will get their fix, but everyone else might feel like they're being hammered into submission by a major marketing plan."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Neil Pond

25 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"As the cast runs a gauntlet of geriatric jokes, most of the chuckles feel churned from cheap sitcom stock."

Posted Nov 5, 2013

Neil Pond

26 60%

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

"Be warned: Knoxville has a thing for body parts, and body functions, that you'll never, ever, see on America's Funniest Home Videos."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Neil Pond

27 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"Like the film's cold, bleak backdrops of Belgium and Germany, there's far too little warmth, wit or movie sunshine to penetrate the overarching sense of its own seriousness."

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Neil Pond

28 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"As Capt. Phillips' situation moves from bad to worse, Hanks' performance intensifies to a rawness that will leave a lot of viewers gasping-if not weeping-along with him at the end."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Neil Pond

29 97%

Gravity (2013)

"An eye-popping, digital/live-action marvel with new levels of sophistication in its groundbreaking special effects that leaves most other films looking like they're lagging light years behind."

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Neil Pond

30 89%

Rush (2013)

"Ron Howard adds another winner to his resume with this hip, cool-running crowd pleaser that's also a terrifically made movie all-around."

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Neil Pond

31 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"Raises many questions, in its brutally direct way, as it plows through a minefield of raw nerves, shattered emotions, shifting moral boundaries and unnerving religious overtones."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Neil Pond

32 29%

The Family (2013)

"A strange mash-up of a vicious mob yarn squeezed into a foul-mouthed, movie-length sitcom."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Neil Pond

33 58%

Riddick (2013)

"It isn't a string of polished sci-fi pearls, but it does deliver pretty much what fans expect: action, creatures, effects, dry humor, and a grown-up mix of skin, blood and language. "

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Neil Pond

34 2%

Getaway (2013)

"A big clotted clog of fumes and dust and grit, inane dialogue, ridiculous plotting, and bent, twisted metal. "

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Neil Pond

35 92%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"Teller and Woodley make lasting impressions in this bittersweet, unassuming little summer gem, a movie that's "spectacular" in own simple way."

Posted Sep 4, 2013

Neil Pond

36 72%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"The dramatized arc of one man's long, arduous but finally glorious and transformative journey across time reminds us of just how far America has come. "

Posted Sep 4, 2013

Neil Pond

37 68%

Elysium (2013)

"A ripping, gripping fable about two worlds in a dreary future that doesn't seem as far out of synch with today, or as far away, as we might like to think. "

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Neil Pond

38 26%

Planes (2013)

"Disney's new yarn about a little underdog airplane with big dreams feels like the studio just strapped some wings on another movie---'Cars.' "

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Neil Pond

39 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"It might hit just the right tone of summer escapism for some, but it left me feeling like I needed to escape, indeed. And I'm still kinda upset about those chickens. "

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Neil Pond

40 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"Stirs up some seriously scary, supremely creep-ifying mojo. There's something about this movie that you'll swear is following you home. "

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Neil Pond

41 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"Did the filmmakers believe that simply seeing John Malkovich in boots, a stupid hat and shorts could swipe your short-term memory clean of things you'd just seen minutes ago? "

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Neil Pond

42 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"A comical mash of cartoonish imagination and surreal detail that's just right for the mix of hyperkinetic humor and sentimental charm. "

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Neil Pond

43 67%

World War Z (2013)

"Has some effective, genuinely scari-fying moments, but too often comes across as a bloated, overwrought affair too big and messy for any one movie to contain. "

Posted Jun 26, 2013

Neil Pond

44 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"Adults-only, stoner comedy at its most hilarious extremes, straining hard to make sure every icky, grody, envelope-pushing "ewww" of its R rating is covered. "

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Neil Pond

45 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"A renewal of all-around, long overdue Man of Steel movie mojo, expertly pitched to modern times and modern movie tastes. "

Posted Jun 12, 2013

Neil Pond

46 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"A slick little cat-and-mouse caper wrapped around a novel idea, and the likeable cast runs with the fun. "

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Neil Pond

47 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"You don't have to be totally immersed in Trekkie lore to follow "Into Darkness," but a bit of basic Trek 101 would at least shed a little guiding light."

Posted May 21, 2013

Neil Pond

48 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"It may not be pure F. Scott, but this lavish, flamboyant version is quite the show...old sport! "

Posted May 15, 2013

Neil Pond

49 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Here, it's not the suit that makes the man; it's the man that makes the suit. And Downey is still the star that keeps it-and this multi-million-dollar movie franchise-roaring and soaring. "

Posted May 8, 2013

Neil Pond

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