TIME Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

Insomnia (2002)

"The film represents a triumph of atmosphere over a none-too-mysterious mystery. Which is to say that Nolan makes you feel the end-of-the-earth bleakness of his setting, makes you feel the way it can discombobulate people once they internalize it."

Posted Aug 5, 2013

Richard Schickel

2 86%

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" It's certainly not like The Avengers. But it at least has the potential to be exciting, even thought-provoking-maybe in ways it didn't totally anticipate. "

Posted Aug 5, 2013

James Poniewozik

3 97%

Big (1988)

"A delightful comedy-fantasy."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Gerald Clarke

4 94%

Dave (1993)

"A genial, expertly played political comedy proves that the spirit of Mr. Smith still lives."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Richard Schickel

5 100%

Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013)

" What I will say about the first new episode-besides that it jams the accelerator on the plot as it steers toward the brick wall of its end date-is that it continues that investigation, with a new twist suggested by last year's midseason finale. "

Posted Aug 1, 2013

James Poniewozik

6 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"They're cute together, these two big stars, but the film around them, a sort of Tarantino lite, is desperately empty."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Mary F. Pols

7 85%

Presumed Innocent (1990)

"Conscientiously as this movie has been made, it does not work as well as the novel did or as some of Pakula's other films have."

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Richard Schickel

8 81%

An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

"It is full of bang-on melodramatics and simple, romanticized characters with carefully supplied motivations."

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Richard Schickel

9 95%

Midnight Run (1988)

"A performance like De Niro's, in a well-made entertainment like Midnight Run, is cheap at any price. And capable of restoring the audience's faith in the form."

Posted Jul 30, 2013

Richard Schickel

10 95%

In the Line of Fire (1993)

"Clint Eastwood has always been an old man. Even in the '60s, as the gunslinger in Sergio Leone westerns, Eastwood had the squinty eyes, sour mouth and weary walk of a soldier who had been in too many wars."

Posted Jul 30, 2013

Richard Corliss

11 82%

Sharknado (2013)

"And it happens, and it happens, and it's an awesome, immersive thing."

Posted Jul 26, 2013

James Poniewozik

12 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Allen observes Jasmine's allure and disease without penetrating her soul. That makes for a movie that is both intimate and disinterested, as if Jasmine were a flailing insect in a barren terrarium."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Richard Corliss

13 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"Hugh Jackman doesn't sing in The Wolverine."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Richard Corliss

14 100%

Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) (1961)

"Through a Glass Darkly is one of the best and certainly the ripest of Ingmar Bergman's creations, a film as subtle as Wild Strawberries but solider in substance." EDIT

Posted Jul 23, 2013

15 93%

Persona (1966)

"Director Ingmar Bergman is modern cinema's most persistent observer of the human condition." EDIT

Posted Jul 23, 2013

16 20%

Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970)

"There are some men whose tragedy arises not from what they suffer but what they fail to feel. Little Fauss and Big Halsy are such men -- and so are those who made the movie."

Posted Jul 22, 2013

Stefan Kanfer

17 71%

Hawaii (1966)

"Hawaii, as it happens, is a normal, lively, fairly intelligent ten-ton mouse." EDIT

Posted Jul 22, 2013

18 40%

Toys in the Attic (1963)

"Hellman speaks her mind brilliantly but opens her heart rarely. When the moment requires feeling, she too often offers irony; when the theme invites tragedy, she resorts to melodrama." EDIT

Posted Jul 22, 2013

19 67%

Djävulens öga (The Devil's Eye) (1961)

"A minor, clever, somewhat symbolixed comedy by Sweden's Ingmar Bergman." EDIT

Posted Jul 22, 2013

20 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"A half-hour into the film, and it feels like the eighth day of jury duty."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Richard Corliss

21 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"You get 45 minutes of awesome encased in 90 minutes of yawnsome."

Posted Jul 10, 2013

Richard Corliss

22 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"It's likely there will be many wet eyes in the theater as the screen goes to black."

Posted Jul 8, 2013

Mary F. Pols

23 93%

Orange is the New Black: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" You may come for the culture-clash cringe-comedy; it's the real human stories that will have you captivated. "

Posted Jul 8, 2013

James Poniewozik

24 90%

The Bridge (FX): Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" What's most compelling about The Bridge is that it emphasizes not the psychology or forensics of the case but its context. "

Posted Jul 8, 2013

James Poniewozik

25 26%

Camp: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Camp itself reveals a kind of throwback charm, recalling the kind of '70s and '80s summer-movie comedies (like camp classic Meatballs) that had pathos and real-life problems beneath their water-balloon fights. "

Posted Jul 8, 2013

James Poniewozik

26 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"As a sequel [it] stands level with the first film (also directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud), and may have the edge on it."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Mary F. Pols

27 30%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"It's got too much on its mind, and it's unsure of its tone. This is the rough cut of a slimmer, better movie."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Richard Corliss

28 23%

Dying Young (1991)

"Hilary O'Neil is poor but healthy, uneducated but full of spunky common sense. Victor Geddes is rich but mortally ill, overeducated and understandably fearful and withdrawn. In other words, they are made for each other."

Posted Jul 1, 2013

Richard Schickel

29 97%

The Princess Bride (1987)

"As you watch this enchanting fantasy, feel free to be thrilled or to giggle, as you wish."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Richard Corliss

30 48%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"The tone of the movie is not so much vivacious as lurching and frantic, as if a senior had overdosed on Viagra."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Richard Corliss

31 50%

White House Down (2013)

"What makes White House Down not just tolerable but frivolously entertaining is its slapstick soul ..."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Mary F. Pols

32 76%

Ray Donovan: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" It's Schreiber's, and especially Voight's, performances that make Ray Donovan. "

Posted Jun 27, 2013

James Poniewozik

33 89%

Trainspotting (1996)

"The film is about joy -- in conniving and surviving, in connecting with audiences, in its own fizzy, jizzy style. And that's why, compared with it, most other films look zombified."

Posted Jun 26, 2013

Richard Corliss

34 80%

The Untouchables (1987)

"It goes to that place that all films aspiring to greatness must attain: the country of myth, where all the figures must be larger and more vivid than life."

Posted Jun 25, 2013

Richard Schickel

35 20%

First Family (1980)

"What is the sound of one man not laughing?"

Posted Jun 25, 2013

Richard Corliss

36 74%

Ghost (1990)

"A bad movie that a lot of people will like."

Posted Jun 25, 2013

Richard Corliss

37 81%

Under the Dome: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" It's a potentially interesting way of dramatizing and heightening the state of small-town claustrophobia: what if this little place, which seemed like the whole world, suddenly essentially became the entire world? "

Posted Jun 24, 2013

James Poniewozik

38 67%

World War Z (2013)

"Here's the oddest element in this tale of Hollywood fine-tuning run rampant: the movie is pretty good -- the summer's most urgent, highest-I.Q. action picture."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Richard Corliss

39 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"This minor film with major charms still deserves to have kids dragging their parents to the multiplex for one more peek at the monsters in the closet. With Pixar, familiarity breeds content."

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Richard Corliss

40 17%

Showgirls (1995)

"Showgirls... is one of those delirious, hilarious botches that could be taught in film schools as a How Not To."

Posted Jun 12, 2013

Richard Corliss

41 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"The action is plentiful and thumping; Marvel-size thrills await you and the generations of kids who still believe in Superman."

Posted Jun 12, 2013

Richard Corliss

42 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"It is intensely raunchy and silly and joyous and tapped right into my inner teenager in a glorious way."

Posted Jun 12, 2013

Mary F. Pols

43 75%

The Kings of Summer (2013)

"It's easy enough to drift along with this slight, quirky charmer and when the puffed-up dramatic stuff gives way to the central theme of a father and son reconnecting, the film really works."

Posted May 31, 2013

Mary F. Pols

44 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"Director Louis Leterrier has the energy but not the visual grace to match the elegant malefactions of his characters."

Posted May 30, 2013

Richard Corliss

45 11%

After Earth (2013)

"After Earth may lack the neck-swiveling awfulness of Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, but it quickly sinks in its logorrheic solemnity."

Posted May 30, 2013

Richard Corliss

46 78%

Arrested Development: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" If you marathoned old AD before watching this, turning on the first episode feels like stepping from a briskly air-conditioned room into a rainforest; everything's heavy, languid, a little oppressive. "

Posted May 29, 2013

James Poniewozik

47 3%

Speed 2 - Cruise Control (1997)

"The human propensity to tamper with a good thing is probably ineluctable."

Posted May 28, 2013

Richard Schickel

48 3%

Battlefield Earth (2000)

"The worst movie in living memory."

Posted May 28, 2013

Richard Schickel

49 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"If I were only allowed to see one movie this year, I'd want it to be Before Midnight. If I were only allowed two trips to a theater this year, I'd see it twice."

Posted May 24, 2013

Mary F. Pols

50 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"There's little heart in Payne's heartland."

Posted May 24, 2013

Richard Corliss

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