Movie Reviews Archive

Here are the movie reviews on this website — theatrical, festival, DVD — collected in one place. As more are added, they will be linked here. We are always looking for reviewers who can write about films from a filmmaker perspective. If you would like to become a reviewer-at-large for the site, check out our submissions policy.

2013

Theatrical Reviews (roughly by release date)

Elysium
The Wolverine – Wolverine meets The Dark Knight. Not bad up until the confused climax.
Pacific Rim
The Lone Ranger
White House Down
I’m So Excited
Before Midnight
World War Z
Man of Steel
This is the End
Much Ado About Nothing (directed by Joss Whedon)
After Earth (guest review)
Star Trek: Into Darkness – too much fan service, heavy-handed 9/11 allegories and shoehorning of old Khan plot into new
The Great Gatsby (embedded in a look at Baz Luhrmann’s filmography)
Iron Man 3 (embedded in a look at Shane Black’s filmography)
Sightseers
Upstream Color
The Place Beyond the Pines – good
Trance
Everybody Has A Plan (Todos Tenemos Un Plan)
The We and the I
Spring Breakers – a fun, satirical tone-piece marred by tediousness
Side Effects
Identity Thief – meh

Streaming Movie Reviews

Clear History (HBO movie)

2012

Theatrical Reviews (roughly by release date)

Amour
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Zero Dark Thirty
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (High Frame Rate 3D and regular 2D versions)
Killing Them Softly
Anna Karenina
Silver Linings Playbook
Lincoln
Skyfall
Argo
Looper
The Master (in 70mm)
The Expendables 2
The Bourne Legacy
The Campaign
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Dark Knight Rises (IMAX)
To Rome With Love
Brave
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon
Prometheus
Moonrise Kingdom
Battleship
The Avengers
The Five Year Engagement
The Hunger Games
21 Jump Street
Friends with Kids
Haywire
A Separation
Coriolanus
Carnage
Rampart

Home Video

The Inbetweeners Movie (Region 2 DVD)
Like Crazy

2011

Theatrical Reviews (roughly by release date)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
My Week with Marilyn
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (U.S.)
The Artist
Shame
A Dangerous Method
The Descendants
The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito)
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Drive
The Weird World of Blowfly (guest review)
Contagion
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Myth of the American Sleepover
Submarine
Bridesmaids
Cave of Forgotten Dreams in 3D
Super 8
Midnight in Paris
X-Men: First Class
Tree of Life
How to Live Forever
Thor
The Conspirator
Win Win
Hanna
Cedar Rapids

Home Video

What’s the Matter with Kansas? (DVD)
Vampirifica (DVD)
Margin Call (iTunes Download)

2010

Theatrical Reviews (roughly by release date)

The Fighter
Black Swan
True Grit
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
Four Lions
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Getto Physics (guest review)
The Social Network
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Catfish
The Town
Red Hill (guest review)
RED
Backyard (guest review)
Solo Quiero Caminar (guest review)
Animal Kingdom
The Other Guys
Colin Fitz Lives!
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
The Girl Who Played with Fire
Inception (IMAX) (and a further analysis)
The Kids Are All Right
The A-Team
Agora
Metropia (guest review)
sex & drugs & rock & roll (guest review)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Kick-Ass
How To Train Your Dragon (3D)
Greenberg
Clash of the Titans (3D)
Waking Sleeping Beauty
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (3D)
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (guest review)

Los Angeles Film Festival 2010

Centurion
The People vs. George Lucas

Home Video

America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (Criterion Box Set) – Head / Easy Rider / Five Easy Pieces / Drive, He Said / A Safe Place / The Last Picture Show / The King of Marvin Gardens
Journey to the Flames: 10 Years of Burning Man
The Secret of Kells (Region 2)
Dark Legacy
Moscow, Belgium

2009

Theatrical Reviews (roughly by release date)

A Single Man (guest review)
Crazy Heart
Sherlock Holmes
Avatar
The Lovely Bones
An Education
Invictus
Up in the Air
A Good Alibi
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Beer Wars (guest DVD review)
Inglourious Basterds
Ponyo
District 9
In the Loop
500 Days of Summer
Harry Potter 6 in IMAX 3D (guest review)
The Hurt Locker
Brüno
Cold Souls
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in IMAX (guest review)
I Love You, Beth Cooper
Up
Drag Me To Hell
Rudo y Cursi
The Limits of Control
Star Trek: The IMAX Experience
Adventureland
Watchmen
Coraline 3D
…Around
IMAX: Under the Sea 3D
The Reader
The Wrestler
Doubt
Gran Torino (guest review)
Revolutionary Road

#2wkfilm

The Original Soundtrack
The Dabbler, The Dreamer and the Man Who Broke the World

Sundance 2009

Mystery Team
The Missing Person
Unmade Beds
Mary and Max
Humpday

DVD

Let the Right One In
10 MPH

2008

Theatrical Reviews (roughly by release date)

Frost/Nixon
Benjamin Button
Valkyrie
Tell No One
Milk
Australia
Role Models
Changeling
Nobel Son
Slumdog Millionaire
JCVD
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Rachel Getting Married
Synechdoche, New York
W.
Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
Religulous
Choke
Ghost Town
Burn After Reading
Man on Wire
The Doorman
Vicky Christina Barcelona
Hamlet 2
Tropic Thunder
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Mamma Mia!
The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience
Wanted
WALL-E
The Happening
The Visitor
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Dhamma Brothers
Redbelt
Iron Man
Son of Rambow
The Forbidden Kingdom
Shine a Light (IMAX Rolling Stones concert movie)
Run, Fatboy, Run
The Bank Job
Be Kind, Rewind
In Bruges
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Suspension
The Orphanage
Cloverfield

DVD

800 CDs
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Gone Baby Gone

AFI Fest 2008

Wendy and Lucy
The Brothers Bloom
Last Chance Harvey

2007

Theatrical Reviews (roughly by release date)

Persepolis
There Will Be Blood
Sweeney Todd
I’m Not There
Suspension
Charlie Wilson’s War
Atonement
Juno
Michael Clayton
Lars and the Real Girl
Into the Wild
Margot at the Wedding
No Country for Old Men
American Gangster
Eastern Promises
The Darjeeling Limited
3:10 to Yuma
Rigged
Sicko
Live Free or Die Hard
Knocked Up
Pirates of the Caribbean III: At World’s End
Grindhouse
300
Zodiac
Breaking and Entering
Music & Lyrics
Letters from Iwo Jima
Pan’s Labyrinth (El Labirinto del Fauno)
Children of Men

DVD

Babel
Carnal

2006

Theatrical Reviews (roughly by release date)

Dreamgirls
Fast Food Nation
Night at the Museum
Apocalypto
Casino Royale
The Fountain
The Queen
Blood Diamond
Stranger Than Fiction
Bobby
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
The Prestige
The Departed
Little Children
The Science of Sleep
Idiocracy
The Last Kiss
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Little Miss Sunshine
Lady in the Water
A Scanner Darkly
Pirates of the Caribbean II (a brief dismissal)
Superman Returns
The Devil Wears Prada
Strangers with Candy
Nacho Libre
An Inconvenient Truth
A Prairie Home Companion
Art School Confidential
Mission Impossible 3
American Dreamz
Brick
Inside Man
Thank You for Smoking
V for Vendetta
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
Transamerica
Firewall (early review)
Match Point
The Matador
The New World – original theatrical cut

DVD

Walk the Line

2005

Theatrical Reviews(roughly by release date)

Brokeback Mountain
Munich
The Family Stone
Syriana
King Kong (2005)
Walk the Line (early review)
Jarhead
Chicken Little (in Disney3D)
Shopgirl
Capote
A History of Violence
Flightplan
Corpse Bride
Roll, Bounce
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Constant Gardener
Brothers Grimm
2046
Junebug
Red Eye
Sky High
Murderball
Stealth
Wedding Crashers
My Summer of Love
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Fantastic Four
War of the Worlds
Bewitched
Batman Begins
Howl’s Moving Castle
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Cinderella Man
Crash (2005)
The Longest Yard
Kung Fu Hustle
Sin City
Constantine (mini-review after Tilda Swinton interview)
Million Dollar Baby
In Good Company

Tribeca Film Fest 2005

Laura Smiles

DVD Reviews

The God Who Wasn’t There
Shoalin Soccer

2004

Theatrical

The Aviator
Spanglish
The Sea Inside
A Very Long Engagement
Closer
Kinsey
Finding Neverland
Ray

Blatantly Subtle: love, lost and found
A Quarter-Life Love
Sell Out
How I Got Lost

New York Film Fest 2004

Saraband
Palindromes
Sideways
Vera Drake
House of Flying Daggers
Or (My Treasure)