New York Observer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 29%

The Chaperone (2011)

"As long as the poker-faced "Triple H" is the centerpiece, The Chaperone is not without moments of genuine sweetness. Best of all, he is the most unpretentious and least flamboyant human juggernaut to ever hit the screen."

Posted Feb 16, 2011

Rex Reed

2 56%

Unknown (2011)

"Unknown makes no sense at all, so you not only worry about Liam Neeson's judgment in movies, but you begin to wonder if he's forgotten how to read."

Posted Feb 16, 2011

Rex Reed

3 39%

The Eagle (2011)

"A codpiece-and-crossbow saga of relentlessly exciting battle sequences sandwiched between tedious, unconvincing chatter about cantankerous centurions, fiery feudal warriors and camera-ready six-pack abs modeled by hunky pinups..."

Posted Feb 9, 2011

Rex Reed

4 85%

Cedar Rapids (2011)

"This crude aping of every hack from Judd Apatow to the Farrelly brothers represents the worst of what is happening in film today..."

Posted Feb 9, 2011

Rex Reed

5 6%

Waiting for Forever (2011)

"By the time Emma realizes that something might be wrong with her playful, pajama-clad paramour, there are so many red flags she might as well be at a communist rally."

Posted Feb 1, 2011

Una LaMarche

6 75%

The Way Back (2011)

"No one will go away disappointed or indifferent. It's a movie that sticks with you like Elmer's glue."

Posted Jan 19, 2011

Rex Reed

7 49%

No Strings Attached (2011)

"Portman is herself partly to blame. Nobody with an upwardly mobile career who is suddenly being taken seriously should co-star in a movie with Ashton Kutcher."

Posted Jan 19, 2011

Rex Reed

8 34%

Every Day (2011)

"Every Day is too relentlessly depressing to recommend to the everyday audience. It seems to be on automatic pilot. Horrible, sad things keep happening, but it just goes on."

Posted Jan 12, 2011

Rex Reed

9 29%

Burning Palms (2011)

"Burning Palms is too sick to attract the masses, but he's onto something subversively valid, and the film is never boring."

Posted Jan 12, 2011

Rex Reed

10 90%

The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010)

"A true masterpiece of visual enchantment."

Posted Dec 22, 2010

Rex Reed

11 87%

Blue Valentine (2010)

"Movie intimacy reaches groundbreaking new heights in this shocking story of a young marriage on the rocks."

Posted Dec 22, 2010

Rex Reed

12 71%

Somewhere (2010)

"The latest calcified bore by Sofia Coppola is less pretentious than Marie Antoinette but every bit as inertly stupefying as Lost in Translation."

Posted Dec 22, 2010

Rex Reed

13 96%

True Grit (2010)

"If there's one thing I don't need in my Christmas stocking this year, it's a sorry, lumbering and unasked-for remake of the 1969 sagebrush saga True Grit."

Posted Dec 22, 2010

Rex Reed

14 86%

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"Eschewing clichés, Rabbit Hole is disturbing yet refreshing evidence that for some people, redemption takes longer, and for others, the pain never goes away at all."

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Rex Reed

15 67%

The Company Men (2011)

"The Company Men does a piercing job of making you feel the dehumanizing effects that losing a job can have on grown men, but it's more truthful and devastating than that."

Posted Dec 8, 2010

Rex Reed

16 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"These are characters so repulsive that it's hard to care what happens to them, but it's to the credit of a superb cast that you do end up caring."

Posted Dec 8, 2010

Rex Reed

17 72%

I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)

"Mr. Carrey has balls of brass, but seeing him dressed flamboyantly in fish-net bikinis and high-heel Nancy Sinatra boots is an experience I hope never to repeat again in this lifetime."

Posted Dec 1, 2010

Rex Reed

18 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"An absurd Freudian nightmare that is more wet dream than bad dream, with all the subtlety of a chain saw."

Posted Dec 1, 2010

Rex Reed

19 32%

All Good Things (2010)

"You go away slack-jawed with shock and sated with the chilling bedtime-story elements of a great unsolved mystery novel you can't put down."

Posted Dec 1, 2010

Rex Reed

20 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"The King's Speech has left me speechless."

Posted Nov 23, 2010

Rex Reed

21 49%

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

"There's no drug strong enough to get me through another movie like Love and Other Drugs."

Posted Nov 23, 2010

Rex Reed

22 37%

Burlesque (2010)

"This one is strictly for Cher fans who like their campy shtick loud, lewd and ludicrous. But the biggest problem among many is that it's not her movie. She's hardly in it."

Posted Nov 23, 2010

Rex Reed

23 77%

Tiny Furniture (2010)

"I like to encourage young wannabes for pure guts, if nothing else. But Lena Dunham makes a 98-minute home video seem like 98 days of hard labor."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

Rex Reed

24 55%

Morning Glory (2010)

"For the most part, Morning Glory is a delicious movie that will make you jump for joy."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

Rex Reed

25 78%

Red Hill (2010)

"Nothing fresh or original here, but director-writer Patrick Hughes enjoys a heightened sense of detail, making the most of dark bars and the interiors of stalled vehicles."

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Rex Reed

26 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"Fraught with tension, yet never claustrophobic, 127 Hours is a phenomenal piece of work in which a fine actor and an innovatively cinematic director join forces to keep you gasping for oxygen all the way."

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Rex Reed

27 79%

Fair Game (2010)

"Clears up the murky facts and shines a klieg light on the dark, shadowy corridors of the George Bush White House. The story takes on a vital new importance."

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Rex Reed

28 50%

Jolene (2010)

"The movie has been through as many hurdles getting here as dear, sweet Jolene, but sometimes the most engaging movies are the ones worth waiting for."

Posted Oct 27, 2010

Rex Reed

29 32%

Wild Target (2010)

"Nothing works."

Posted Oct 27, 2010

Rex Reed

30 55%

Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

"You just wonder what Jake Scott, the director son of Ridley Scott, and Ken Hixon, the confused and inconsistent screenwriter, were smoking. Whatever it is, I'll have what they're having."

Posted Oct 27, 2010

Rex Reed

31 39%

Inhale (2010)

"You will go away with your heart full and your eyes wide open."

Posted Oct 20, 2010

Rex Reed

32 67%

Conviction (2010)

"Filled with nuance, intricate emotion and a refreshing absence of melodramatics, Conviction is a moving exploration of light and love shining through the darkness of despair. Its impact cannot easily be shaken."

Posted Oct 13, 2010

Rex Reed

33 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"Shifting gears to a softer, gauzier mood, Clint Eastwood's Hereafter finds the masterful icon charting new terrain."

Posted Oct 13, 2010

Rex Reed

34 64%

Secretariat (2010)

"I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff, and there is plenty of it in Secretariat. This is one terrific movie about one terrific horse."

Posted Oct 6, 2010

Rex Reed

35 51%

Stone (2010)

"Mr. De Niro fails to make anything about his miserable character poignant, and Mr. Norton's overwrought intensity borders on hysteria. The desired moral dilemma never arrives."

Posted Oct 6, 2010

Rex Reed

36 68%

Leaving (Partir) (2010)

"Kristin Scott Thomas breathes new life into a woman who was invented by Flaubert and copied by Francoise Sagan."

Posted Sep 29, 2010

Rex Reed

37 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"The Social Network combines a multitude of impressions and conflicting first-person accounts in a trajectory that is refreshingly coherent."

Posted Sep 29, 2010

Rex Reed

38 63%

Howl (2010)

"There is no defining story of lasting importance here, so the directors opted for a small narrative, a lot of drawings and snippets of the trial. It's filled with graphics, but doesn't really amount to much of a film or an illumination of the man's life."

Posted Sep 22, 2010

Rex Reed

39 87%

Buried (2010)

"Nothing this underrated actor has done previously measures up to the emotional diversity, focus and self-control required of him in a one-man exercise in underground suspense that Alfred Hitchcock would envy."

Posted Sep 22, 2010

Rex Reed

40 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a movie only a hedge fund manager could love."

Posted Sep 22, 2010

Rex Reed

41 71%

Lovely, Still (2010)

"Mr. Landau invests each move with sincerity and directness, and with her flawless skin and ageless smile, Ms. Burstyn still has the candlelit sweetness of spun sugar. Even in a disappointing film, watching her is indeed lovely, still."

Posted Sep 8, 2010

Rex Reed

42 15%

The Romantics (2010)

"The all-night orgy of stupidity that ensues is so contrived that instead of examining friendships and love, it only made me wish they had all drowned, saving us from 95 minutes of wooden, boring and inconsequential embarrassment."

Posted Sep 8, 2010

Rex Reed

43 17%

Legendary (2010)

"Talk about movies that cannot possibly live up to their titles."

Posted Sep 8, 2010

Rex Reed

44 55%

Mao's Last Dancer (2010)

"Mao's Last Dancer is a masterpiece."

Posted Aug 18, 2010

Rex Reed

45 82%

The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010)

"A pulsating revelation on many levels at once."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Rex Reed

46 97%

Animal Kingdom (2010)

"It's hard to take your eyes off Mr. Mendelsohn whenever he's onscreen. So creepy, so seductive, so scary-his stillness is more disturbing than when he's forced into action."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sara Vilkomerson

47 82%

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

"When you're 45 minutes into a two-hour film and you've only met two exes, you can't help but start calculating how quickly the rest will be apportioned."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sara Vilkomerson

48 81%

Cairo Time (2010)

"What emerges is time pleasantly spent with a slice of life that examines a romantic détente between two cultures. Like smoke from an Egyptian hookah, the melancholia lingers."

Posted Aug 4, 2010

Rex Reed

49 43%

The Extra Man (2010)

"The film knocks itself unconscious trying to be whimsical and offbeat, but is so contrived that it is as embarrassing as it is unfunny."

Posted Jul 28, 2010

Rex Reed

50 27%

Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

"Zac Efron is going places as an actor of value. But he deserves better movies than Charlie St. Cloud."

Posted Jul 28, 2010

Rex Reed

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