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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
These characters' big brains can never quite control their unruly bodies, and when the sex finally erupts, it's like something from one of the Canadian filmmaker's early creature features.
Posted May 3, 2015
2
The Artist (2011)
This is a bauble, not a jewel.
Posted May 3, 2015
3
I think I eventually put it all together in the end, but the picture makes this task neither easy nor particularly rewarding.
Posted May 3, 2015
4
War Horse (2011)
Etched in the simple, bold strokes of a passed-down fable. Resistance is futile.
Posted May 3, 2015
5
What we're looking at here is basically a delivery system for action set-pieces, and boy howdy, this one has some doozies.
Posted May 3, 2015
6
It's all bigger and louder and so much less.
Posted May 3, 2015
7
A film without conflict. The movie simply has no time for bad feelings.
Posted May 3, 2015
8
Shame (2011)
The ferocity of the performances and McQueen's formal relentlessness left me pulverized.
Posted May 3, 2015
9
It's like channel surfing when there's nothing on but crap.
Posted May 3, 2015
10
Feels so much like an MTV reality show I kept waiting for a commercial break so I could go pee.
Posted May 3, 2015
11
The Muppets (2011)
It's good to have them back. Manah, Manah.
Posted May 3, 2015
12
A great big slab of middlebrow fan-fiction.
Posted May 3, 2015
13
I can't even begin to parse all the creepy, anti-sex, body-horror abortion issues bubbling around the ugly subtext.
Posted May 3, 2015
14
I enjoyed Clooney's performance enormously without ever buying it for a second.
Posted May 3, 2015
15
The worst Adam Sandler picture yet, which is saying something.
Posted May 3, 2015
16
J. Edgar (2011)
It's a deeply silly movie. American history as kitsch, played out like a drag show.
Posted May 3, 2015
17
Melancholia (2011)
This is the greatest movie ever made about depression, full stop.
Posted May 3, 2015
18
Like Crazy (2011)
I hated, hated, hated these people and despise writer-director Drake Doremous for wasting a brutally overlong 89 minutes of my life with them.
Posted May 3, 2015
19
The combat sequences are almost distractingly beautiful.
Posted May 3, 2015
20
Tower Heist (2011)
A crappy Hollywood blockbuster for the Occupy movement.
Posted May 3, 2015
21
Durkin's swaggeringly confident film utilizes long takes and tension within compositions to conjure an all-consuming sense of unease.
Posted May 3, 2015
22
Take Shelter (2011)
There's no suspense and little surprise. Just a long. slow grind to ruin.
Posted May 3, 2015
23
Toast (2011)
Aren't foodies dull?
Posted May 3, 2015
24
Footloose (2011)
My Sunday shoes remain intact.
Posted May 3, 2015
25
Margaret (2011)
This movie may be a lot of things, but finished isn't one of them.
Posted May 3, 2015
26
Real Steel (2011)
All this swiping from Stallone, and they couldn't find room for a cameo by Paulie's birthday robot?
Posted May 3, 2015
27
50/50 (2011)
Rogen's vulgar, unexpected decency is quietly moving.
Posted May 3, 2015
28
Beats a dead horse all the way to the glue factory.
Posted May 3, 2015
29
Killer Elite (2011)
In the film's most emotionally honest moment, De Niro helps himself to a giant bag of money.
Posted May 3, 2015
30
Drive (2011)
Swoon.
Posted May 3, 2015
31
The picture never settles for easy answers, and these warmly-drawn characters are granted a surprising complexity.
Posted May 3, 2015
32
The film feels weirdly hands-off and remote, as if glimpsed from a distance.
Posted May 3, 2015
33
Eventually it starts to feel like a parody of an Errol Morris film.
Posted May 3, 2015
34
It's like a group hug, only stickier.
Posted May 3, 2015
35
Fright Night (2011)
A 400-year-old vampire leaving a trail of undead corpses in his wake is nowhere near as terrifying as Colin Farrell threatening to bang your Mom.
Posted May 3, 2015
36
Straddled uncomfortably between its modest premise and reckless CGI abandon.
Posted May 3, 2015
37
Inspires a strange fascination, thanks mostly to an sometimes awe-inspiring indifference to matters of propriety or good taste.
Posted May 3, 2015
38
Magic Trip (2011)
In case you haven't had your fill of wheezy boomer nostalgia, here we go again.
Posted May 3, 2015
39
The Guard (2011)
An ode to shabby nobility much stranger and sadder than expected.
Posted May 3, 2015
40
Why is this gloriously schlocky premise treated with such ponderous solemnity?
Posted May 3, 2015
41
Terri (2011)
Jacobs has a knack for hanging back and allowing movies to grow on you. It gathers power as it goes.
Posted May 3, 2015
42
A slickly polished, perhaps too carefully-structured romantic comedy that benefits immeasurably from Gosling's brand of anarchy.
Posted May 3, 2015
43
Sarah's Key (2011)
Isn't it a little early in the year for Harvey Weinstein to be grubbing for Oscars already?
Posted May 3, 2015
44
Project Nim (2011)
I was rooting for the film to end with a shot of the Statue of Liberty on a beach.
Posted May 3, 2015
45
A ramshackle assembly of recycled characters and conflicting tones, duct-taped together at odd angles.
Posted May 3, 2015
46
Larry Crowne (2011)
Bereft of conflict, the film coasts along in second gear on breezy charm, gentle humanism and star wattage.
Posted May 3, 2015
47
Page One is always about at least six subjects at once, firing like a scatter-gun and only occasionally hitting its targets.
Posted May 3, 2015
48
Bad Teacher (2011)
Tries too hard, and seems inanely pleased with its own not very dirty jokes.
Posted May 3, 2015
49
Viva Riva! (2011)
Pulpy flourishes lend it the crude spirit of a Warner Brothers gangster picture from the 1930s, albeit one with an unexpectedly carnal edge.
Posted May 3, 2015
50
Buck (2011)
This isn't just a love letter, at times it feels like full-on fellatio.
Posted May 3, 2015