Times [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 0%

Jack Said (2009)

"A dull, poorly acted affair that doesn't deserve the brief release it's getting."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Edward Porter

2 25%

Fame (2009)

"Culturally derivative, structurally bland and almost meaningless."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Kevin Maher

3 46%

Management (2009)

"For the most part, Management avoids the standard rom-com clichés in favour of something more delicate and heartfelt."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Toby Young

4 45%

Creation (2010)

"Bettany himself seems hamstrung by a part that requires lots of concentrated frowns and fey swooning, and the ability to render credible a ridiculous rubber baldy cap."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Kevin Maher

5 56%

The Soloist (2009)

"Ultimately, the reason that The Soloist fails is because the writer and the director have been bamboozled by the seriousness of the subject matter."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Toby Young

6 100%

Three Miles North of Molkom (2007)

"It's a nicely judged little film... unexpectedly heart-warming."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Wendy Ide

7 36%

Je Veux Voir (2008)

"Not quite a documentary, nor yet entirely fiction, Je Veux Voir is an awkward blend. But it's not nearly as awkward as Catherine Deneuve in the central role."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Wendy Ide

8 67%

The Firm (2009)

"While it doesn't exactly break new ground thematically, this is Love's most accomplished film to date. Like the terrace heroes who are its subjects, it's as good-looking and stylish as it is dangerously seductive."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Wendy Ide

9 87%

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs lacks the charm of some other recent offerings in this genre, but it has enough grown-up gags to keep the adults amused and their children will laugh themselves silly."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Toby Young

10 25%

Blind Dating (2007)

"The whole thing ends with a jolly multicultural dance montage so gruesome that temporary blindness would be a blessed relief."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Wendy Ide

11 96%

BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi (2008)

"BirdWatchers just about manages to hold your interest, but it can't seem to decide whether it's a contemporary western or a retelling of Romeo and Juliet."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Toby Young

12 67%

Away We Go (2009)

"Away We Go is a reminder that being a successful author does not mean you can dash off a screenplay without learning the craft."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Toby Young

13 67%

The Agent (2008)

"The Agent never really transcends its roots as a two-hander for the stage, but the director Lesley Manning does a good job of keeping things moving and production values are top notch."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Toby Young

14 8%

31 North 62 East (Too Close to the Truth) (2009)

"The storyline is hackneyed and nonsensical, as if Loraine had plucked clichés from episodes of The Professionals and strung them together."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Toby Young

15 79%

The Thing (1982)

"The special effects can't hope to be as creepy to our seen-it-all eyes as they were to the film's first viewers, but we can still enjoy the monster's unique weirdness, and the story is a rock-solid yarn."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Edward Porter

16 75%

The Road (2009)

"Fortunately, the rumourmongers were wrong -- Hillcoat's vision is forthright and brutal."

Posted Sep 13, 2009

Wendy Ide

17 7%

Whiteout (2009)

"A whodunnit set on a scientific research base in Antarctica that slowly becomes a "Who cares?""

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Kevin Maher

18 84%

The September Issue (2009)

"Director, R. J. Cutler, gradually gets under the surface of this glossy universe, and the resulting film feels accurate and true."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Toby Young

19 5%

Miss March (2009)

"Miss March must be a contender for worst film of the year. It's so poor that you begin to suspect it's a pastiche."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Toby Young

20 75%

Julie & Julia (2009)

"Julie & Julia is a highly polished piece of upmarket entertainment, brimming with beautiful interiors. If you throw in the lavish helpings of food porn it's almost like a colour supplement come to life."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Toby Young

21 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"Arnold draws flawless performances from her cast while making exemplary choices with her camera."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Kevin Maher

22 89%

Adventureland (2009)

"The whole enterprise is infused with a quality of feeling, an integrity, that is rare in such a commercial film."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Toby Young

23 22%

Sorority Row (2009)

"Over 100 long minutes, as each is murdered by an unseen assailant, the movie's job is to draw empathy from the audience for its harem of harridans. It doesn't work."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Kevin Maher

24 43%

Dorian Gray (2009)

"Some neat formal flourishes from its director Oliver Parker and a truly handsome supporting turn from Colin Firth, this story demands a more versatile and charismatic central player than the powerfully blank Ben Barnes."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Kevin Maher

25 20%

The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) (2008)

"Nikolai Müllerschön's film about the German flying ace has nothing like the sort of flair it needs to get away with its sentimental departures from the historical facts."

Posted Sep 7, 2009

Edward Porter

26 90%

District 9 (2009)

"The film's tone moves easily from the comic to the cruel, and the alien creatures look authentic. From the start, the film promises a fresh and thoughtful slice of Swiftian sci-fi."

Posted Sep 7, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

27 78%

Bustin' Down the Door (2008)

"Watching top surfers in action is never a chore, but the film's archive footage would have been even more enjoyable to lay viewers if the commentary had better explained why the men's innovations were so daring and controversial."

Posted Sep 7, 2009

Edward Porter

28 100%

Sztuczki (Tricks) (2009)

"A child's-eye view of parochial Poland during a sleepy, endless summer, Tricks is handsomely photographed but defiantly lacking in drama."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Wendy Ide

29 20%

The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) (2008)

"The Red Baron is like Le Grande Illusion remade by a German porn director. Never in the field of human film-making was so much money wasted on so little."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Toby Young

30 36%

Passchendaele (2009)

"It's hard to overstake how unimaginably dreadful is Passchendaele, a First World War drama that does Canada's already ropey film-making reputation no favours whatsoever."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Wendy Ide

31 64%

Greek Pete (2009)

"It's basically a porn movie, though with slightly more developed characters than normal. It should do well on DVD in the video emporia of Old Compton Street, but don't expect it to light up the multiplexes in Romford."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Toby Young

32 90%

District 9 (2009)

"A thundering blitzkrieg of seat-rattling entertainment with a sociopolitical message; a cerebral sci-fi and apartheid allegory that is as heavily armed with provocative ideas as it is with armour-piercing, tank-splattering torpedoes."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Wendy Ide

33 78%

Bustin' Down the Door (2008)

"The characters aren't quite as charismatic as the Z-Boys and the editing isn't as abrasively cool, but it does give a glimpse of how an outsider lifestyle evolved into a multibillion-dollar business."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Wendy Ide

34 90%

Big River Man (2009)

"There's something undeniably charming about such an amateurish attempt to establish a world record."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Toby Young

35 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"It is hardly the freshest romantic comedy of the past 20 years. Taking the best bits from other movies and rearranging them in a non-linear sequence does not make for an original film."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Toby Young

36 97%

The Hurt Locker (2009)

"The Hurt Locker is an exciting and visceral work."

Posted Sep 1, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

37 68%

Funny People (2009)

"The first part of the film is terrific and very funny. Apatow perfectly captures the ruthless competitiveness of young comics."

Posted Sep 1, 2009

Cosmo Landesman

38 50%

Jetsam (2007)

"Once the film has been stripped down to a clear-cut thriller, Welsford keeps it moving smoothly. A useful calling card."

Posted Sep 1, 2009

Edward Porter

39 84%

In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

"Declaring yourself bored by a movie full of explicit sex may sometimes mark you out as a dreary pseudo-sophisticate, but in this case it's fair enough."

Posted Sep 1, 2009

Edward Porter

40 50%

Jetsam (2007)

"The film overextends itself a little as twist piles upon twist and in terms of narrative it's not entirely successful, but as a masterclass in microbudget film-making this is well worth a look."

Posted Aug 29, 2009

Wendy Ide

41 68%

Funny People (2009)

"A healthy dose of negativity might have helped to tone this baggy indulgence of a movie into some kind of workable shape. Not every idea is a good idea, after all."

Posted Aug 29, 2009

Wendy Ide

42 29%

The Final Destination (2009)

"That this fourth instalment brings no fresh ideas to the mix is not a problem; the added dimension is more than enough to reinvigorate interest in this enduringly and deservedly popular series."

Posted Aug 29, 2009

Wendy Ide

43 68%

Funny People (2009)

"Fans of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up will find much the same measure of sentiment and ribaldry - ie, too much of both - and, if it's possible, even less of a grasp on what lesser film-makers call "story"."

Posted Aug 29, 2009

Tom Charity

44 82%

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (L'ennemi public n1) (2010)

"The second and final instalment of French gangster Jacques Mesrine's eventful life story arrives in cinemas, and is something of a let down."

Posted Aug 29, 2009

Wendy Ide

45 82%

Broken Embraces (2009)

"Pedro Almodóvar is a film-maker so innately talented that even when half-cocked, as he is in Broken Embraces, he can somehow produce a movie that is effortlessly superior to most features."

Posted Aug 29, 2009

Kevin Maher

46 84%

In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

"As the soundtrack moans in sympathy while the deep crimson colours dazzle in delirium, the entire movie comes desperately close to approximating the pell-mell emotional turmoil of sex itself. Not porn, sex."

Posted Aug 29, 2009

Kevin Maher

47 97%

The Hurt Locker (2009)

"For, in short, in its gutsy, bare-bones beauty, The Hurt Locker is not simply a war movie. It is war poetry."

Posted Aug 29, 2009

Kevin Maher

48 88%

Scarface (2003)

"Scarface has become a touchstone of pop culture, one of the half dozen or so most frequently referenced films of our era."

Posted Aug 24, 2009

Toby Young

49 45%

Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009)

"The special effects aren't up to scratch and the scrappy, episodic conceit detracts rather than enhances."

Posted Aug 24, 2009

Rebecca Nicholson

50 76%

Afterschool (2008)

"At heart it's another unpleasant existential crisis for another unpleasant schoolboy in another unpleasant American prep school."

Posted Aug 24, 2009

Rebecca Nicholson

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