San Jose Mercury News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 31%

Chasing Mavericks (2012)

""Chasing Mavericks" ... trained its glossy, big-budget Hollywood lens on the surfing culture and did something unheard of: It got it right."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Mark Conley

2 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

""Cloud Atlas" is a film where the creators' admirable reach exceeds their grasp. You may be getting six films for the cost of one, but it may not really be worth the price."

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Charlie McCollum

3 100%

The Waiting Room (2012)

""The Waiting Room" doesn't have [the] answers, but it does tap into the heart and soul of what's so critically at stake."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Randy Myers

4 26%

Emily Owens, M.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Gummer gives Zooey Deschanel a run for her money in the adorkable department. You can't help but root for her. And it's nice to see the CW with a little diversity in its casts. "

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Ardua Harris

5 92%

Nashville: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" My interest is piqued enough to watch another episode. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Ardua Harris

6 86%

Arrow: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Amell is definitely easy on the eyes, and the angst-filled relationship between his and Katie Cassidy's characters shows promise. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Ardua Harris

7 96%

Argo (2012)

"Affleck captures not just the way we looked and acted during this era, but vividly brings history to life."

Posted Oct 9, 2012

Randy Myers

8 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"If dark and twisted is how you like your Burton movies, you're in luck."

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Randy Myers

9 58%

666 Park Avenue: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" O'Quinn (aka Locke) brings the right level of creepiness to his devilish role, while Taylor and Annable are appealing as the young lovers. "

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Ardua Harris

10 31%

Made in Jersey: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Montgomery is captivating but she's trapped in a forgettable show. "

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Ardua Harris

11 93%

Looper (2012)

""Looper" is a superior genre film, an engrossing thriller that engages not only the senses, but our minds as well, just as good sci-fi should do."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Randy Myers

12 77%

Last Resort: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" I'm not sure I'll tune into this one again. "

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Ardua Harris

13 83%

Elementary: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Jonny Lee Miller gives Sherlock some interesting tics, but this version of Watson is too dour. "

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Ardua Harris

14 32%

The Neighbors: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Modern Family has nothing to worry about. "

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Ardua Harris

15 81%

The Mindy Project: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" That concept is dated, and this series will feel more dated (if it makes it past its first season) with all its pop culture references. "

Posted Sep 25, 2012

Ardua Harris

16 18%

Partners: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Love the concept but the comedy falls flat. I wasn't invested in either couple "

Posted Sep 24, 2012

Ardua Harris

17 51%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

""Trouble with the Curve" may not be the Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, but it's a fine afternoon or evening at the ballpark."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Charlie McCollum

18 85%

The Master (2012)

"The first time watching is like breezing past a piece of beautiful art, being stunned, uncertain and intrigued by it. The second time can only encourage more interpretation, reflection and understanding."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Randy Myers

19 23%

The Mob Doctor: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" This is a case of an appealing lead with a concept that lets her down. "

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Ardua Harris

20 90%

Keep the Lights On (2012)

"Sachs makes us feel the struggle as he exposes raw, complex emotions while avoiding clichés."

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Randy Myers

21 53%

The New Normal: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" From the first scene, I was hooked. "

Posted Sep 10, 2012

Ardua Harris

22 22%

The Words (2012)

"It becomes preoccupied with exploring its fiction vs. reality theme and connecting the dots of its many plot strands at the expense of character development."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Randy Myers

23 50%

Coma: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" The new version struggles to find and maintain momentum. "

Posted Sep 3, 2012

Rich Heldenfels

24 84%

Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

"It is a likable, warm film that brings a welcome reassurance: Even if you fail spectacularly as a comedian or as a human being, it really can turn out OK in the end."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Charlie McCollum

25 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"A snappy, fast-paced thriller that provides a genuine rush to close out the summer. Even if you prefer four wheels over two, you're in for a pulse-pounding time."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Randy Myers

26 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"It delivers a potent, multipronged fable that touches on meaty themes, from bullying to dealing with death. It also delivers an especially resonant message about not succumbing to a cult of fear."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Randy Myers

27 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"It revels in showing the absurdity of politics as usual, touching on gaffes and scandals we all know too well."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Randy Myers

28 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"It's going for the truth in people's lives and, for the most part, it finds it."

Posted Aug 7, 2012

Charlie McCollum

29 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"After a rousing setup, this visually striking remake falls back much too heavily on its action roots, with one chase scene after another and another. After a while, it's tedious."

Posted Aug 1, 2012

Randy Myers

30 17%

The Watch (2012)

"Fortunately, everyone in the cast steps up to the plate and tags the bases convincingly."

Posted Jul 25, 2012

Randy Myers

31 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"As a cop tells a younger partner when Batman first reappears, "Boy, you're in for a show tonight, son." And, indeed, it's been quite a show."

Posted Jul 17, 2012

Charlie McCollum

32 51%

Savages (2012)

"With "Savages," Stone gets his mojo back and pulp-fiction fans are all the better for it."

Posted Jul 3, 2012

Randy Myers

33 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"In filmmaking, as in Hushpuppy's world, everything must fit together just right. And in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," everything does."

Posted Jul 3, 2012

Charlie McCollum

34 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"Even though the story is familiar it's hand to not get drawn into its own unique web."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Randy Myers

35 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"For those who want to surrender to a good time, let these well-drawn fellas and Soderbergh's attention to detail entertain you."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Randy Myers

36 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"If you're expecting another "Midnight in Paris" -- and you may well in the first moments of the new film -- you will be disappointed."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Charlie McCollum

37 35%

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

""Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," which boasts one of the best film titles ever, just grazes its target."

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Randy Myers

38 78%

Brave (2012)

"A good, often entertaining work that kids will love."

Posted Jun 19, 2012

Charlie McCollum

39 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

"Choppy editing, tepid pacing and generic vocals are bad enough to rival "Grease 2.""

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Karen D'Souza

40 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Hayward and Gilman are newcomers who are asked to carry much of the film and pull it off with lovely understatement and extraordinary believability."

Posted May 30, 2012

Charlie McCollum

41 48%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"Snow does earn top billing, but don't be fooled: This film belongs to the Oscar-winning Theron, who sinks her talons into the killer part, making every snarl and outburst such wicked, cruel fun to behold."

Posted May 30, 2012

Randy Myers

42 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

"Like an alien trapped in a human host, a better movie is itching to burst out of "Men in Black 3.""

Posted May 23, 2012

Randy Myers

43 34%

Battleship (2012)

"Not all of "Battleship" works. But even when you're laughing at it -- not with it -- the blockbuster remains silly fun, leaks and all."

Posted May 16, 2012

Randy Myers

44 38%

Dark Shadows (2012)

""Shadows" leaves us with the sense that this isn't the last time we'll be seeing Barnabas and company. One can only hope that next time they'll work out the kinks."

Posted May 9, 2012

Randy Myers

45 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Even those who don't know a Marvel hero from a DC caped crusader will find themselves having a grand time. That's because Whedon manages to tap the inner fanboy and fangirl dormant in us all."

Posted May 1, 2012

Randy Myers

46 63%

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

"A decent-enough romantic comedy with some edge."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Randy Myers

47 20%

The Lucky One (2012)

""The Lucky One" left me stone cold."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Randy Myers

48 85%

Bully (2012)

"It presents a dramatic case for creating supportive communities that will stand up to those being bullied in the world. Now the onus is on all of us to play our part in making it happen."

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Randy Myers

49 89%

Scandal: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Maybe Rhimes should bring in a fixer to deal with the scripts. "

Posted Apr 5, 2012

Chuck Barney

50 43%

American Reunion (2012)

"A mediocre and all-too obvious sequel that utterly fails to recapture the youthful spark of its original."

Posted Apr 4, 2012

Randy Myers

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