Movie Ratings & Reviews
Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).
- Artist, The (2011) 10
A jaded modern audience can enjoy this silent movie like it's 1927. Remarkable and charming.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) 10
Her father's ill, ice caps are melting and aurochs are invading six-year-old Hushpuppy's bayou. Love.
- Before Midnight (2013) 10
Linklater's second sequel to Before Sunrise, set another nine years later, in Greece. Brilliant, believable.
- Boyhood (2014) 10
Richard Linklater's endearing, masterful 12-year epic of the life of a young man. Amazing achievement.
- Dance of Reality, The (2014) 10
Jodorowsky bares his soul through a dreamlike, mythical retelling of his childhood in Chile. Provocative.
- Enemy (2014) 10
Surreal, spider-infested portrayal of a man's subconscious war over infidelity, control by women. Haunting menace.
- Grand Budapest Hotel, The (2014) 10
Wes Anderson crafts a wonderful pre-WWII Europe inspired by the late Austrian writer Stefan Zweig.
- Gravity (2013) 10
Breathtaking masterpiece inspires profound reflection on Earth and humanity. Among the greatest films ever made.
- Her (2014) 10
Spike Jonze's ingenious, surreal meditation on being human, knowing one's self and falling in love.
- Hugo (2011) 10
In the 1930s, a boy lives in the walls of a Paris train station. Extraordinary.
- Interstellar (2014) 10
NASA explorers travel through a wormhole seeking habitable planets. Grand, quantum portrait of human endurance.
- It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012) 10
Don Hertzfeldt's feature-film version of his animated philosophical trilogy about Bill and his shattered psyche.
- Midnight in Paris (2011) 10
A surreal, inspired masterpiece by Woody Allen about the importance of living in the present.
- Moonrise Kingdom (2012) 10
Wes Anderson's charming story of two 12-year-old lovers who flee their 1960s New England town.
- Perks of Being a Wallflower, The (2012) 10
A coming-of-age story about a shy freshman who meets his first love. Surprisingly deep, moving.
- Searching for Sugar Man (2012) 10
The incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest 1970s rock icon who never was. Heartwarming.
- Tree of Life, The (2011) 10
Terrence Malick's insightful, gorgeous and bold vision. Sincerely explores the meaning of life and love.
- 12 Years a Slave (2013) 9
Gut-wrenching adaptation of the 1853 autobiography of free-born Solomon Northup who was abducted into slavery.
- 127 Hours (2011) 9
Mountain climber Aron Ralston's harrowing week trapped in a canyon. Survival instincts and prophetic visions.
- Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) 9
Documentary about the life of celebrated Chinese artist and outspoken dissident Ai Weiwei. Compelling humanity.
- American Hustle (2013) 9
Fictionalization of the Abscam FBI sting operation of the early 1980s. Stylishly brilliant criminal behavior.
- Another Earth (2011) 9
A second Earth from a parallel universe appears in the sky. A meditation on destiny.
- Argo (2012) 9
Amazing CIA-Canadian secret operation, via Hollywood, to return six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis.
- Beginners (2011) 9
Mike Mills's story of a graphic artist whose terminally ill father announces that he's gay.
- Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) 9
The story of puppeteer Kevin Clash, the heart and soul of Elmo. Touching and inspiring.
- Birdman (2014) 9
Washed-up movie star Keaton attempts a comeback via Broadway play while battling his ego. Surreal.
- Blackfish (2013) 9
The horrors of SeaWorld. Shows the devastating consequences of keeping intelligent, sentient creatures in captivity.
- Black Mirror - Seasons 1-2 (2014) 9
Provocative sci-fi satire. Explores technology's darker ramifications on society. Gamification, limitless storage, AI. Brilliant.
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) 9
Inside France's Chauvet Cave, Werner Herzog idiosyncratically explores the history of art and human culture.
- Citizenfour (2014) 9
Whistleblower Edward Snowden releases classified info about mass global surveillance by the NSA. Gripping, chilling.
- Cutie and the Boxer (2013) 9
The art and 40-year marriage of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, Japanese artists in New York.
- Dallas Buyers Club (2013) 9
In 1985, Ron Woodroof defies the FDA and helps HIV/AIDS patients get medication. Empathic, remarkable.
- Descendants, The (2011) 9
George Clooney reconnects with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured. Poignant imperfections.
- Django Unchained (2012) 9
Tarantino's story of a freed slave, German bounty hunter and brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Nuts.
- Double, The (2014) 9
Cinematic adaptation of the Dostoevsky tale, full of loneliness and paranoia. Charmingly absurd, bureaucratic dystopia.
- Drive (2011) 9
Getaway driver Ryan Gosling falls in love with his married neighbor. Badass, stylish character study.
- Edge of Tomorrow (2014) 9
Cruise is caught in a time loop as Earth battles an alien invasion. Inspired blockbuster.
- Frances Ha (2013) 9
Delightful, compassionate portrait of floundering NYC hipsters by Noah Baumbach and the quirky Greta Gerwig.
- Holy Motors (2012) 9
Limousine-traveling man assumes nine diverse identities. Dreamlike metaphor for acting/life, the masks of each genre.
- How to Die in Oregon (2011) 9
Peter Richardson's respectful, heartbreaking documentary about physician-assisted suicide and the beauty of life.
- Incendies (2011) 9
Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their mysterious family history. Earth-shattering Greek tragedy.
- Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries, The (2013) 9
Six Neil deGrasse Tyson lectures exploring what we don't know about how the universe works.
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) 9
Documentary on 85-year-old Tokyo sushi master Jiro Ono. Inspiring example of dedication to a craft.
- Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) 9
Behind Jodorowsky's ambitious, influential mid-1970s sci-fi film failure. With Dalí, Giger, Welles, Jagger, Pink Floyd.
- Kid with a Bike, The (2012) 9
The Dardenne Brothers' affecting story of a young boy abandoned to a state-run youth farm.
- Lego Movie, The (2014) 9
Irreverent, smartly funny and even subversive. Remarkable for a 100-minute toy advertisement. Well played, Lego.
- Life of Pi (2012) 9
A shipwrecked Indian boy survives on a lifeboat, with zoo animals for company. Magical fable.
- Locke (2014) 9
The Tom Hardy show. An intense series of phone calls while driving to London. Gripping.
- Looper (2012) 9
In 2042, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a hired assassin who kills people sent from the future.
- Melancholia (2011) 9
Kirsten Dunst suffers from melancholia and a mysterious planet threatens Earth. Epic Lars von Trier.
- Place Beyond the Pines, The (2013) 9
Motorcycle stunt rider Gosling wants to provide for his newborn son. Haunting modern Greek tragedy.
- Rango (2011) 9
A chameleon arrives in a lawless Wild West outpost in need of a new sheriff.
- Room 237 (2013) 9
Explores the meaning of Kubrick's 'The Shining': Native American genocide, the Holocaust, Apollo moon landings?
- Ruby Sparks (2012) 9
Ingenious dissection of a man falling in love with his own idea of a woman.
- Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) 9
A man places a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. Genuinely touching, sweet.
- Senna (2011) 9
Poignant documentary of the rise and tragic death of Brazilian F1 racing driver Ayrton Senna.
- Separation, A (2011) 9
The unexpected consequence of an Iranian couple arguing about living abroad and choosing to divorce.
- Silver Linings Playbook (2012) 9
Warm, quirky film about dealing with mental illness (through football, dance). Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful.
- Song of the Sea (2014) 9
Magical journey of Irish siblings to free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world. Beautiful.
- Source Code (2011) 9
An ingenious and exciting thriller with some gaps in logic. Profound filmmaking by Duncan Jones.
- Submarine (2011) 9
A 15-year-old resolves to lose his virginity and save his parents' marriage. Witty and heartfelt.
- Take Shelter (2011) 9
Tense, haunting film about a father being driven mad by apocalyptic visions. Paranoid or prophetic?
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011) 9
On his deathbed, Uncle Boonmee experiences the magical intersection of spirit, animal and human worlds.
- Under the Skin (2014) 9
Existential, visually mesmerizing film about loneliness by Jonathan Glazer, starring the otherworldly Scarlett Johansson.
- Upstream Color (2013) 9
Shane Carruth's fragmented, hypnotic story of lost identity. Puzzling allegory via Thoreau and psychotropic grubs.
- Whiplash (2014) 9
Driven by his cutthroat instructor, a conservatory drummer is hellbent on becoming a jazz great.
- Wind Rises, The (2013) 9
Miyazaki shows Jiro Horikoshi's dream of flight in Japan, passing through both world wars. Fascinating.
- Zero Dark Thirty (2012) 9
Riveting story of the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden. Finale balances catharsis with despair.
- 50/50 (2011) 8
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a 27-year-old who was just diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
- 5 Broken Cameras (2012) 8
Intimate study of a small West Bank village's protests against Israeli soldiers. Injustice, violence, resolve.
- Adjustment Bureau, The (2011) 8
Politician Matt Damon and a ballerina are affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
- Adventure Time - Seasons 1 and 2 (2011) 8
A boy and a magical dog are hero-adventurers in the Land of Ooo. Hilariously bizarre.
- Attack the Block (2011) 8
A rowdy teen gang in South London exuberantly defends their block from an alien invasion.
- Avengers, The (2012) 8
Nick Fury brings together Marvel superheroes to save the Earth from Loki. Very balanced effort.
- Babadook, The (2014) 8
A single mother and her troubled boy find a creepy children's book. Slowly enveloping dread.
- Bag It (2011) 8
Funny/disturbing environmental documentary about plastic bags, the ACC, BPA, phthalates and child development.
- Big Hero 6 (2014) 8
A robotics prodigy and inflatable robot Baymax become covert heroes of San Fransokyo. High-tech Pixar.
- Chronicle (2012) 8
Don't abuse your children or they might grow up to destroy Seattle with powerful telekinesis.
- City Dark, The (2012) 8
Documentary about the human and global consequences of modern light pollution and the disappearing stars.
- Cloud Atlas (2012) 8
An ambitious, sprawling epic from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. Complex, spectacular, gimmicky and disjointed.
- Cold Weather (2011) 8
Charming mumblecore mystery set in Portland, Oregon. I want to be friends with the leads.
- Comet (2014) 8
Bittersweet, jumbled retelling of moments from a couple's six-year relationship. Dreamlike references to parallel universes.
- Computer Chess (2013) 8
Bizarre story about artificial intelligence via 1980s chess programmers. It's like 'Pi' meets 'Napoleon Dynamite'.
- Congress, The (2014) 8
Ambitious, futuristic amalgam of Hollywood actor digitization and animated illusory utopia. Trippy. Robin Wright stars.
- Conjuring, The (2013) 8
Creepy-as-hell 1971 paranormal investigation of a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse by Ed and Lorraine Warren.
- Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey - Episodes 1-7 (2014) 8
Neil deGrasse Tyson picks up where Carl Sagan left off. The story of our universe.
- Dangerous Method, A (2011) 8
How the relationships between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein gave birth to psychoanalysis.
- Dark Knight Rises, The (2012) 8
Very emotionally dark film that rises to an impressive, satisfying finale for Nolan's Batman trilogy.
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) 8
Ten years after the simian flu pandemic, human survivors and apes are drawn into battle.
- East, The (2013) 8
Private intelligence agent Brit Marling infiltrates an anarchist group that attacks her firm's corporate clients.
- Everything is a Remix (2012) 8
Four-part video series by Kirby Ferguson about the culture of copying, transforming and combining media.
- Finding Vivian Maier (2013) 8
Fascinating investigation into the mysteries of an eccentric, secretive nanny with a prolific photographic legacy.
- Forks Over Knives (2011) 8
Vast evidence that a whole foods, plant-based diet can reverse diseases caused by animal-based foods.
- From Up on Poppy Hill (2013) 8
Lovely but mundane parable about preserving history from the Miyazakis/Studio Ghibli. Set in post-WWII Japan.
- Future, The (2011) 8
Miranda July weaves a magical, heartrending film on loneliness and mortality. And a stray cat.
- Gone Girl (2014) 8
Embrace media hysteria and lose faith in marriage and justice with Fincher's dark psychological thriller.
- Grandmaster, The (2013) 8
Kar-Wai Wong's dazzling tale of Ip Man, the legendary kung-fu master who trained Bruce Lee.
- How the Fire Fell (2011) 8
Edward P. Davee's haunting, dreamlike portrayal of Edmund Creffield's early-1900s cult in Corvallis, Oregon.
- Imitation Game, The (2014) 8
How Alan Turing helped crack Germany's Enigma code during WWII and saved millions of lives.
- Indie Game: The Movie (2012) 8
Follows the emotional journeys of independent game development, featuring Super Meat Boy, Fez and Braid.
- Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) 8
Coen Brothers adaptation about a young singer navigating the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961.
- Invisible War, The (2012) 8
Investigation of the rape epidemic in the U.S. military and its profound consequences. Tragic, appalling.
- Light Bulb Conspiracy: The Untold Story of Planned Obsole... (2011) 8
History of planned obsolescence, the hidden mechanism at the heart of our wasteful consumer society.
- Lincoln (2012) 8
Spielberg's portrait of a deeply conflicted Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Incredibly well-written dialogue.
- Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) 8
Elizabeth Olsen struggles with her fragmented identity and family situation after fleeing an abusive cult.
- Master, The (2012) 8
Directionless WWII Navy veteran meets the charismatic leader of The Cause. Draws from Scientology's origins.
- Moneyball (2011) 8
Billy Beane's management of the Oakland A's baseball team through new computer-based analysis. Intelligent.
- Moon Man (2012) 8
Moon Man hitches a ride to Earth on a comet and discovers children need him.
- Nightcrawler (2014) 8
Chilling satire of tabloid TV news culture. Chasing ratings mutually supports chasing ambulances. Genius Gyllenhaal.
- Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) 8
Lars von Trier overlays explicit sexual encounters (via porn doubles) with philosophy, religion, biology, math.
- One I Love, The (2014) 8
Weekend getaway of a married couple on the brink of separation becomes clever plot twist.
- Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) 8
Jim Jarmusch's stylish vampires are an ancient source of creativity for human culture. Clever, cool.
- Painting, The (2013) 8
Characters in an incomplete painting seek their creator. Charming parable about God and social status.
- ParaNorman (2012) 8
Norman survives stop-motion ghosts, zombies and grownups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
- Prisoners (2013) 8
Two little girls are abducted. Can the detective or father-turned-vigilante solve the puzzle in time?
- Prometheus (2012) 8
Waxes philosophical and connects the Aliens franchise with Chariots of the Gods and Jesus Christ.
- Purge (2013) 8
A young woman running from Russian sex-traffickers meets an older version of herself. Gut-wrenching.
- Room on the Broom (2012) 8
A gentle witch offers rides to a variety of animals on her increasingly crowded broom.
- Skin I Live In, The (2011) 8
Almodóvar's dark-as-hell portrait of a plastic surgeon working to perfect synthetic human skin. Gorgeous, perverse.
- Snowpiercer (2014) 8
Earth's remaining inhabitants are confined to a class-divided train circling the frozen globe. Stylish allegory.
- Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) 8
Well-crafted Abrams sequel explores the bromance between Kirk and Spock, introduces their most famous nemesis.
- Super 8 (2011) 8
In 1979, a mysterious train crash provides a monster-movie backdrop to a sweet love story.
- Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The (2014) 8
Watch a magical moon nymph be bored by 10th-century Japanese nobility. Pastel-toned Studio Ghibli folktale.
- Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013) 8
Documentary examines the erosion of privacy in the digital age. How corporations and governments spy.
- These Amazing Shadows: The Movies That Make America (2011) 8
The National Film Registry's history and the cultural, historical and aesthetic significance of motion pictures.
- Theory of Everything, The (2014) 8
Touching biography of physicist Stephen Hawking. Explores his personal life as ALS ravages his body.
- Tim's Vermeer (2013) 8
Ingenious. Inventor Tim Jenison works to replicate the painting techniques of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.
- Trance (2013) 8
An art heist gone wrong, or was the whole thing meticulously planned? Hypnotizing psychological thriller.
- Truth About Romance, The (2013) 8
Losing what you thought you wanted can reveal a new adventure. Danielle Jackson is magnetic.
- Vanishing of the Bees (2011) 8
Investigation into implications of the worldwide collapse of the honeybee. Slow death by systemic pesticides.
- Waste Land (2011) 8
Uplifting documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit.
- What We Do in the Shadows (2014) 8
The real lives of vampire roommates in a New Zealand flat. Funny interactions with werewolves.
- Wreck-It Ralph (2012) 8
Charming pixel-art story of an arcade video game villain who wants to be a hero.
- 2 Days in New York (2012) 7
Artist Julie Delpy's neurotic French family visits New York for the weekend. A likable farce.
- About Time (2013) 7
Sweet tale of a man from a family of time-travelers. Sentimental tearjerker, but inspires reflection.
- Adventures of Tintin, The (2011) 7
Spielberg and Peter Jackson adapt Georges Remi's classic comic strip about journalist Tintin and Snowy.
- Before I Disappear (2014) 7
Circumstances cause a suicidal man to drag his young, precocious niece across Manhattan one night.
- Big Sur (2013) 7
Depressed alcoholic Beat writer Jack Duluoz/Kerouac retreats to a small cabin in California's Big Sur.
- Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, The (2011) 7
Found footage shot by Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement. Great Angela Davis interviews.
- Blank City (2011) 7
Snapshot of late 1970s underground/punk filmmaking in New York during the No Wave movement.
- Boxtrolls, The (2014) 7
An orphan raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from extermination.
- Brief History of Graphics, A (2014) 7
Five-part series by Stuart Brown of XboxAhoy covering the history/milestones of video game graphics/techniques.
- Cabin in the Woods, The (2012) 7
Turns the horror genre on its head, but crammed with excessive wink-wink cleverness and CGI.
- Calles Hablan, Las (2013) 7
Documentary about graffiti art in Barcelona, Spain, pitting an artistic community versus a restrictive government.
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 7
Steve Rogers volunteers for a top-secret research project that turns him into Captain America. Charming.
- Carnage (2011) 7
Two pairs of parents, including Kate Winslet, bicker for 80 minutes in a Brooklyn apartment.
- Cat in Paris, A (2012) 7
Charming, attractive animated feature centered on cat burgling. Made with traditional ink and paint cartooning.
- Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011) 7
Behind the scenes of Conan O'Brien's frenetic 2010 comedy tour. Revealing but not especially funny.
- Contagion (2011) 7
Soderberg's disaster-thriller about a deadly outbreak of infectious disease and the dire global consequences.
- Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World (2014) 7
The dark surrealism of Swiss artist H.R. Giger interspersed with documentation of his final years.
- Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, The (2014) 7
The tragic dissolution of a romantic relationship, told from two perspectives in two independent chapters.
- Dogtooth (2011) 7
Bizarre, perverse black comedy about homeschooled siblings in Greece. Mesmerizing like an incestuous car crash.
- Dolphin Tale (2011) 7
Charming family film based on a true story. The actual dolphin involved stars as herself.
- Elysium (2013) 7
In 2154, only the wealthy are citizens of a space station orbiting the ruined Earth.
- Europa Report (2013) 7
Six astronauts travel to Jupiter's moon in search of life. NASA-style realism through found footage.
- Everything Must Go (2011) 7
Alcoholic Will Ferrell relapses and ruins his life, then begins living on his front lawn.
- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) 7
A nine-year-old copes with the loss of his father on 9/11. Poignant, manipulative, almost exploitative.
- FL: Unpremeditated Movie (2013) 7
No-budget documentary by MTO that chronicles his controversial graffiti art and intervention in Sarasota, Florida.
- For No Good Reason (2014) 7
Depp visits Ralph Steadman to discuss the motivation/process behind his deranged/Gonzo art. A bit congratulatory.
- Frankenweenie (2012) 7
Tim Burton's stop-motion love story between a boy and his (undead) dog. Classic horror homage.
- Frequencies (2014) 7
Ambitiously explores philosophical notions of fate and free will in an alternate reality of frequencies.
- From One Second to the Next (2013) 7
Short documentary chronicling the devastating consequences of texting and driving, directed by Werner Herzog.
- Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) 7
It's Toy Story/Shrek with feuding Shakespearean garden gnomes. Charming, bizarre and loaded with pop-culture gags.
- God Forgive Us (2014) 7
Parallel stories of four struggling strangers build to an unexpected collision. Engaging indie. Acting is passable.
- Great Gatsby, The (2013) 7
Luhrmann's anachronistic telling of the Fitzgerald novel. It works, despite hyperactive production design and Jay-Z.
- Gruffalo's Child, The (2011) 7
The child of the Gruffalo ignores her father's warnings and seeks the Big Bad Mouse.
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 7
Goofy, formulaic Marvel Universe blockbuster. Can an oddball group of intergalactic criminals save the galaxy?
- Happythankyoumoreplease (2011) 7
Six 20-something, self-absorbed New Yorkers deal with love and the undeniable prospect of actual adulthood.
- House of Pleasures (2011) 7
Hardship and camaraderie at an upscale Parisian brothel at the turn of the 20th century.
- How I Live Now (2013) 7
An American teenager's visit to the English countryside changes dramatically when World War III begins.
- Hunger Games, The (2012) 7
Jennifer Lawrence's soulfulness carries this televised survival competition in which teenagers fight to the death.
- Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (2013) 7
Jena Malone helps Jennifer Lawrence carry the sequel about rebellion following the 74th Hunger Games.
- In Your Eyes (2014) 7
Two seemingly unconnected people have an unexplainable telepathic bond that allows them to share experiences.
- Jesus Henry Christ (2012) 7
Measured quirkiness that evokes Wes Anderson's style about a 10-year-old prodigy. Toni Collette is great.
- Journey of the Universe (2011) 7
Explores of the epic history of the cosmos, Earth and humanity. Sometimes goofy but also profound.
- Just Like Being There (2012) 7
Celebrates gig posters by contemporary artists nearly 50 years after the first iconic concert posters.
- Keyhole (2012) 7
Guy Maddin's surreal take on Homer's Odyssey. A mysterious, dreamlike journey of Ulysses and ghosts.
- Kill Your Darlings (2013) 7
A 1944 murder draws together Beat Generation greats Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
- Lawless (2012) 7
The bootlegging Bondurant gang were outlaw heroes during Prohibition. Brutal violence. Tom Hardy is indestructible.
- Last Days of the Arctic (2011) 7
Follows photojournalist Ragnar Axelsson on an evocative photographic journey among the people of the Arctic.
- Limitless (2011) 7
An experimental drug enables a struggling writer's success. Fun fantasy. Requires major suspension of disbelief.
- Loneliest Planet, The (2012) 7
A pivotal, instinctive reaction divides a couple's hiking trek in Georgia's Caucasus Mountains. Slow, stunning.
- Love & Teleportation (2013) 7
A disgraced quantum mechanics professor invents a teleportation machine in his garage. Clever, charming ending.
- Lucy (2014) 7
Stylish, fast-paced existential thriller. But you must concede the utter nonsense about 10% brain capacity.
- Monster in Paris, A (2012) 7
In 1910 Paris, a monster from an eccentric scientist's greenhouse meets a beautiful cabaret singer.
- Mood Indigo (2014) 7
Gondry outwhimsied himself with this bipolar stop-motion diorama. Like Pee-wee's Playhouse plus Amélie, n'est-ce pas?
- My Week with Marilyn (2011) 7
Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in 1956, through the eyes of a London film student.
- No No: A Dockumentary (2014) 7
The story of baseball star Dock Ellis, most famous for his 1970 no-hitter on LSD.
- Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) 7
Lars von Trier further explores one woman's tragic life story and sexuality. Quite bleak, intellectual.
- Oblivion (2013) 7
A dazzling, futuristic Tom Cruise space vehicle. Sadly overexplains the post-apocalyptic mystery. Fuck you, Sally.
- Oculus (2014) 7
Explores if inanimate objects can manifest supernatural violence. Trippy psychological horror via a reality-bending mirror.
- Perfect Sense (2012) 7
Follows Ewan McGregor and Eva Green as an epidemic robs people of their sensory perceptions.
- Phantom (2013) 7
A Tokyo couple's all-night philosophical conversation about their precarious lives and place in the world.
- Rewind This! (2013) 7
The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape. How home video changed the world.
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) 7
Interesting franchise origin story with dull characters. Heavy on special effects and light on significance.
- Road to Nowhere (2011) 7
Shannyn Sossamon's emotive performance carries Hellman's thin neo-noir mystery that blurs film with real crime.
- Robot & Frank (2012) 7
An aging ex-jewel thief bonds with a robot butler programmed to look after him. Predictable.
- Rosewater (2014) 7
Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is jailed in Iran under suspicion of espionage. Jon Stewart directs.
- Rum Diary, The (2011) 7
Hard-drinking American journalist Johnny Depp takes a newspaper job in Puerto Rico during the 1950s.
- Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The (2013) 7
In this remake, daydreaming photo manager Ben Stiller finds himself in an extraordinary real-life adventure.
- Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) 7
As a deadly asteroid approaches, neighbors Steve Carell and Keira Knightley end up traveling together.
- Septien (2011) 7
Weird little movie about three eccentric brothers. The underlying bearded angst is charming and absurd.
- Sidewalls (2011) 7
Two neurotic individuals live in neighboring apartments in Buenos Aires. Will they meet? Charming loneliness.
- Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) 7
The Eva Green show. Visually stunning and gritty like the Miller/Rodriguez original, but less compelling.
- Spring Breakers (2013) 7
Harmony Korine's latest artsy trainwreck/portrait of American cultural dysfunction, loaded with topless party girls.
- Starlet (2012) 7
The unlikely friendship between a 21-year-old actress and a lonely elderly woman in Los Angeles.
- Stoker (2013) 7
A mysterious uncle appears in the life of a grieving, impressionable teenager. Dark and stylish.
- Third Contact (2012) 7
Psychological thriller explores madness, depression, quantum suicide and immortality. It's a dark, puzzling poem.
- Vegucated (2011) 7
Three New Yorkers adopt a vegan diet for six weeks, get educated about animal agriculture.
- When Time Becomes a Woman (2013) 7
Dialogue-driven sci-fi filmed at Jordan's Dead Sea. Mysterious narrative about how the world could end.
- Who is Dayani Cristal? (2014) 7
Moving portrait of border-crossing migrant workers. Begins with an unidentified body in the Arizona desert.
- World War Z (2013) 7
U.N. employee Brad Pitt races around the world trying to stop the deadly zombie pandemic.
- Wrong (2013) 7
Absurdist Dupieux film about a man changing others' lives while looking for his lost dog.
- Young & Beautiful (2014) 7
Both male fantasy and moving coming-of-age story. A sexually curious French girl takes up prostitution.
- Zero Theorem, The (2014) 7
A computer hacker trying to discover the meaning of life keeps being interrupted by Management.
- Awakening, The (2012) 6
In 1921 England, a boarding school reports sightings of a child ghost. Unresolved, muddled plot.
- Beat Hotel, The (2012) 6
Collects fragments of 1950s-era Ginsberg, Corso, Burroughs and Gysin living in a rundown Paris hotel.
- Byzantium (2013) 6
Two mysterious women take refuge in a seaside town. An outlandish but effective vampire story.
- Casa de mi Padre (2012) 6
Anti-comedy Mexican Western, starring Spanish-speaking cowboy Will Ferrell and drug lord Gael García Bernal.
- Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013) 6
Two rather insufferable young Americans seek the legendary hallucinogenic cactus in Chile. Anticlimactic drug trip.
- Giant Mechanical Man, The (2012) 6
Jenna Fischer is charming in this offbeat celebration of confused, aimless adults. Annoying supporting characters.
- Godzilla (2014) 6
Godzilla rises again in this nuclear-powered remake that spans the Pacific. Awesome monsters, dull humans.
- Haunter (2013) 6
A 1985 teenager's stuck in a time loop. Predictable yet illogical 'Groundhog Day' with ghosts.
- How Beer Saved the World (2011) 6
Simplifies human history to exaggerate the importance of beer to civilization. BEER! Extreme hyperbole!
- Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, The (2014) 6
Jennifer Lawrence's charisma is the only thing holding this trilogy together. Sadly underdeveloped, yet overdone.
- Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) 6
On the eve of WWII, Bill Murray is FDR and Laura Linney is his mistress.
- Immortals (2011) 6
Tarsem's Greek epic succeeds at being a gorgeous, self-important spectacle. It's less enjoyable than 300.
- In Time (2011) 6
Promising concept plays like a contrived mishmash of Logan's Run, Robin Hood, Bonnie and Clyde.
- Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2014) 6
Strange, vivid fantasy about a boy with a mechanical heart. Disjointed script, uncanny valley characters.
- John Carter (2012) 6
Hectic, violent CGI epic about Mars. Sort of fun, but I was never emotionally invested.
- Last Night (2011) 6
Tense study of whether tempted spouses will actually commit adultery. Knightley glows, Worthington is dull.
- Lifeguard, The (2013) 6
Lovable Kristen Bell's sensitive, sympathetic performance saves this uninspired movie. But she's actually too likable.
- Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012) 6
Hyperactive disservice to Seuss. Teaches how to blindly consume and toss marshmallows to adorable bears.
- Love (2012) 6
Lonely astronaut stranded aboard the ISS develops cabin fever, becomes one with the universe. Posthumanism.
- Lovelace (2013) 6
Superficially explores the story of one-time porn star Linda Lovelace and her sleazy, abusive husband.
- Man with the Iron Fists, The (2012) 6
RZA's martial arts thriller combines kung-fu action and hip-hop style. Saga of a Chinese blacksmith.
- Mirror Mirror (2012) 6
Visually stunning like all Tarsem movies, and Julia Roberts was cast appropriately, but jarringly jokey/dopey.
- On the Road (2012) 6
I struggled to get into this disappointing yet interesting-enough adaptation of the 1957 Kerouac novel.
- Pacific Rim (2013) 6
Predictable monster-robot movie that's smarter than Transformers, but silly. I expected more from del Toro.
- Rid of Me (2011) 6
A socially awkward newlywed's emotional breakdown and rebirth in Laurelwood, Oregon. A hard-to-watch indie.
- Rubber (2011) 6
Dupieux's surreal grindhouse spoof and commentary on the absurdity of cinema, starring a homicidal tire.
- Salinger (2013) 6
Invades the privacy of J. D. Salinger. Engaging speculation, but trumpeted through a flawed, self-important lens.
- Silent House (2012) 6
Thrilling performance from Elizabeth Olsen. Shot to mimic one continuous real-time take. Letdown by ending.
- Sleeping Beauty (2011) 6
Detached, calculating portrait of a directionless, unaware student drawn into a mysterious world of desires.
- Student Services (2011) 6
A 19-year-old freshman in France, desperate for cash, is enticed into a life of prostitution.
- Super (2011) 6
A depressed everyday guy transforms himself into the superhero Crimson Bolt. Ellen Page is great.
- Thor (2011) 6
The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of Asgard and sent to Earth.
- Upside Down (2013) 6
If you can somehow accept the ludicrous science/impossible physics, it's charming. An ambitious love story.
- Way, The (2011) 6
A grieving father embarks on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Sincere, but too explanatory, awkward.
- FDR: American Badass! (2012) 5
As expected, the two-minute trailer was funnier than the movie. Crude/dumb humor, with Nazi werewolves.
- Glitch in the Grid (2011) 5
Three artists find spiritual renewal in this imaginative but self-indulgent film by the Leiser Brothers.
- Host, The (2013) 5
From the writer of Twilight comes a poorly structured alien-human romance, presumably for adolescent girls.
- Interview, The (2014) 5
Sophomoric Seth Rogen comedy about North Korea/dick jokes. Gained notoriety due to Sony Pictures hack.
- Last Days of the World, The (2011) 5
A bored Japanese teenager learns that Earth will be destroyed. Surreal, kinky and borderline exploitative.
- Red State (2011) 5
Ugly, preachy Kevin Smith film. The teen horror genre plus fundamentalist religious fervor and violence.
- Saving Private Perez (2011) 5
A Mexican crime lord plans to invade Iraq to rescue his brother. Ridiculous, wacky violence.
- Sucker Punch (2011) 5
Surreal, masturbatory fantasy. Cabaret dancers with guns battle samurai, steampunk Nazis, orcs, dragons and robots.
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) 5
Unrelenting sound and fury. I appreciated the alternate Apollo and Chernobyl histories. But it's vapid.
- Bad Teacher (2011) CRAP
Gold digger Cameron Diaz is a terrible junior high teacher who wants breast-implant surgery. Misanthropic.
- C.O.G. (2013) CRAP
A self-absorbed graduate tries living the simple life in Oregon, finds self-hatred through religion? Pointless garbage.
- Sharknado (2013) CRAP
Was idiotically curious about the magnitude of this TV-movie's absurdity. It's a bloody, bad-CGI trainwreck.
- Wild Girl Waltz (2013) CRAP
I want to support indie films, but this was almost unwatchable. Painful acting, unlikable characters.
- Wrong Cops (2013) CRAP
Aggressively self-conscious inanity via wild, musical antics of a moronic, corrupt police force. WTF, Dupieux.
2011-2014 ReleasesSearch returned all films from 2011-2014 out of 1603 total rated films.
FROM BAD TO WORSE
Statistical ratings distribution of these 263 films (16.4% of total rated films):
With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
(especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
Average rating for these 263 films: 7.5.
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