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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011)

"Making a film about making a film is a landmine, one that's both tripped up and rewarded directors for decades. Bollaín manages it wonderfully, almost too well."

Posted Mar 10, 2011

Justin Strout

2 10%

Red Riding Hood (2011)

"While Red Riding Hood never pretends to be anything other than red meat for its ravenous teen base, it's more sturdily constructed than it was required to be, and thus, more engrossing."

Posted Mar 10, 2011

Justin Strout

3 85%

Cedar Rapids (2011)

"It's just so endearingly dorky."

Posted Mar 2, 2011

Justin Strout

4 98%

Marwencol (2010)

"A heartwrenching tale of wish fulfillment on a nearly molecular level..."

Posted Mar 2, 2011

Justin Strout

5 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"A refreshing, romantic sci-fi adventure whatsit the likes of which Hollywood rarely 
gambles on."

Posted Mar 2, 2011

William Goss

6 80%

Barney's Version (2011)

"Giamatti and Hoffman may be the two most unlikely movie stars ever to grace the big screen and to see them together is a treat..."

Posted Feb 17, 2011

Justin Strout

7 33%

I Am Number Four (2011)

"Caruso continues to elevate any material he touches..."

Posted Feb 17, 2011

Justin Strout

8 93%

Another Year (2010)

"As the title suggests, Another Year unfolds across four seasons as birth and death, love and lament govern the lives of family and friends alike; it's telling that Leigh opts to end in winter rather than the ever-hopeful spring."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

William Goss

9 65%

Biutiful (2010)

"Iñárritu's fourth film is only kept from the verge of self-parody by Bardem's soulful, understated 
performance."

Posted Jan 26, 2011

William Goss

10 75%

The Way Back (2011)

"It's an admirable and sweeping epic about a feat of human survival once thought factual, and the story is no less harrowing now that those facts have been called into question."

Posted Jan 19, 2011

William Goss

11 80%

Made in Dagenham (2010)

"A pleasant, safe entertainment that doles out story beats with assembly-line precision and whose stakes reside primarily in the performances."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

William Goss

12 86%

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"Rabbit Hole eschews much of the hysterics in favor of a gentle and surprisingly funny look at how a couple might cope with that impossible burden."

Posted Jan 12, 2011

William Goss

13 88%

Inspector Bellamy (2010)

"Bellamy is a perfect film for Chabrol to go out on."

Posted Jan 6, 2011

Justin Strout

14 91%

My Dog Tulip (2010)

"It's beautiful, affectionate and elegant."

Posted Dec 30, 2010

Justin Strout

15 82%

Four Lions (2010)

"The film left me with a slightly empty feeling that all Morris has accomplished is getting me to split my sides in the face of something wholly terrifying, and that's OK - even necessary - for now."

Posted Dec 30, 2010

Rob Boylan

16 89%

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

"A half-baked, but at times utterly enthralling, dark fairy tale that eventually abandons its hushed tones and sweeping scope in favor of a grandly silly climax out of left field."

Posted Dec 23, 2010

Justin Strout

17 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"Although far from a traditional end-of-year monarchical film, The King's Speech is an entertaining sidebar to history and, unlike the King's actual speech, is a joy to sit through."

Posted Dec 23, 2010

Justin Strout

18 72%

I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)

"A satisfying and often very funny film."

Posted Dec 23, 2010

Justin Strout

19 96%

True Grit (2010)

"The Coens adhere much closer to Portis' novel than the 1969 adaptation did, relishing the era-appropriate 
language as if it were their own tongue and imbuing the proceedings with a romantic, ultimately melancholy sense of adventure."

Posted Dec 22, 2010

William Goss

20 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"As much a waking nightmare as it is a ripe showbiz melodrama and a bold sexual awakening for its protagonist."

Posted Dec 15, 2010

William Goss

21 66%

Tamara Drewe (2010)

"A better Woody Allen movie than Allen's most recent one, Tamara Drewe is a farce in line (if not on par) with Shakespeare's own, as daffy adults fall in and out of love and lust in a bucolic English hamlet."

Posted Dec 8, 2010

William Goss

22 55%

Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

"He may not have hit a homerun on his first Sundance at-bat, but debut feature director Jake Scott is savvy enough to get on base."

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Justin Strout

23 63%

Howl (2010)

"This film is not exactly a defining moment of anything, past or present, but it offers a compelling peek at an important point in time."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Rob Boylan

24 52%

The Next Three Days (2010)

"As a writer, Haggis hasn't met a roadblock he can resist, which puts him at odds with a directorial side that's perfectly capable of cranking out a serviceable chase picture."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

William Goss

25 98%

Inside Job (2010)

"For the hundreds of times that somebody mentions millions earned or billions lost, the weight of those numbers never ceases to overwhelm."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

William Goss

26 32%

For Colored Girls (2010)

"The actresses' quiet pain balances out [Perry's] penchant for exaggerated emotion."

Posted Nov 3, 2010

William Goss

27 67%

Conviction (2010)

"A slightly less egregious piece of Oscar bait than last year's Amelia, and a perfectly palatable acting showcase for nearly everyone involved. "

Posted Oct 27, 2010

William Goss

28 51%

Stone (2010)

"It's a frustrating, stunted film, dishonest in its intentions and clumsy with its narrative."

Posted Oct 21, 2010

Justin Strout

29 90%

Lebanon (Levanon) (2010)

"Works on a basic pressure-cooker level, but its greater messages are too broad to behold and too familiar to take full emotional stock in."

Posted Oct 20, 2010

William Goss

30 46%

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

"Like a visit to a beloved senior at a resting home, Woody Allen's new comedy amounts to a mostly pleasant, sometimes trying afternoon."

Posted Oct 14, 2010

Justin Strout

31 71%

Red (2010)

"Just as inexhaustibly stupid and utterly routine as any number of John Cena, Paul Walker or Vin Diesel vehicles those young whipper-snappers eat up."

Posted Oct 14, 2010

John Thomason

32 59%

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

"The lightest Cuckoo's Nest imaginable."

Posted Oct 7, 2010

Justin Strout

33 87%

Buried (2010)

"Skillfully directed, shrewdly written, darkly funny, classically scored and acted right the f**k out of the park by a star not known for his dramatic chops."

Posted Oct 6, 2010

William Goss

34 96%

Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)

"Regardless of its motives, Gift Shop is a superb work, one that demands the audience ask questions that don't always go down easily..."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Justin Strout

35 68%

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

"There's a massive heart within Jack Goes Boating to be dealt with before the eyes cynically roll, and it's confounding. Ultimately, the film is uplifting in a way that I haven't experienced at a movie this year."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Justin Strout

36 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"Densely written and expertly directed with performances that rank among the year's best..."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Justin Strout

37 88%

Let Me In (2010)

"Let Me In is gorgeously shot, with bravura onscreen performances and a gripping narrative. So why does it seem so secondary?"

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Justin Strout

38 57%

Bran Nue Dae (2010)

"Reportedly a popular musical in Australia, though it's difficult to imagine why, Bran Nue Dae is a film adaptation that barely qualifies as either a film or a musical."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Justin Strout

39 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"It's nothing more than a series of extended HuffPo rants strung together by alternately sappy and preachy plot points that could have been as foretelling as the original film if it had come two years earlier..."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Justin Strout

40 94%

The Town (2010)

"Affleck, also the film's co-writer, delivers a sturdy actioner with several set pieces that call to mind classics like Rififi, Bullitt and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

Posted Sep 17, 2010

Justin Strout

41 85%

Easy A (2010)

"From smartass to smoldering, from vixen to vulnerable, [Stone's] star-making performance grounds the film with enough emotion to counteract the screenplay's potential for glib overload."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

William Goss

42 97%

Animal Kingdom (2010)

"It feels both genuinely lived-in and slightly surreal, aided in no small part by Antony Partos' terrifically foreboding score and an entirely credible cast."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

William Goss

43 17%

Legendary (2010)

"The kind of fake movie that you sometimes see in the background of real movies as a joke."

Posted Sep 10, 2010

Justin Strout

44 66%

The American (2010)

"It's a soufflé helplessly set out in the middle of a KenTacoHut stampede, and I suspect it will pay dearly for that at the box office."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Justin Strout

45 72%

Machete (2010)

"Rodriguez miscalculates his audience's desires at every turn, flogging the material thoroughly until it's as ugly and unpleasant as a movie can be."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Justin Strout

46 74%

Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010)

"It's a regular Amélie's 11, laden with screwball schemes and stripped of emotional arcs."

Posted Sep 1, 2010

William Goss

47 72%

The Last Exorcism (2010)

"Boasts a steadier camera, a smarter screenplay and a more fascinating lead performance than [The Blair Witch Project had]."

Posted Aug 25, 2010

William Goss

48 91%

The Secret of Kells (2010)

"An undeniably gorgeous film... [that takes] some of the most unique pages in history and forces them into the unremarkable mold of every other heroic coming-of-age fantasy."

Posted Aug 25, 2010

William Goss

49 84%

Get Low (2010)

"Schneider spends copious amounts of celluloid introducing us to characters with no real character arcs in service of an event that's not seen as much of an event at all."

Posted Aug 20, 2010

Justin Strout

50 82%

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

"I marveled at Wright's utter disregard for stage business; his characters never quite finish menial tasks like washing their hands. I reveled in the imaginative detours of the film's transitions and garage-rock aesthetic."

Posted Aug 12, 2010

Justin Strout

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