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Criticwatch Presents: Peter Travers (The 2013 Retrospective)

by Erik Childress

"According to efilmcritic.com, Travers is the nation’s most blurbed film critic." That is an actual line from the bio line that accompanies Peter Travers' involvement with The New York Film Critics Series. (Taken directly from his Wikipedia page.) We hope that whoever put that in there is either aware that we are not giving the Rolling Stone critic a compliment or has a tremendous sense-of-humor themselves. We appreciate the shout-out either way, but the mere thought that anyone would take that title with pride, especially in the wake of our loss of the most recognized film critic of our time, is insulting and disgraceful. Even moreso when you see what Travers is getting blurbed with.

64 was the magic number for Travers in 2013. That is down from the 69 he registered in 2012 but is still the 10th straight year in which the Rolling Stone Hyperbolizer was quoted more than 60 times in a year. That is twice as more as just about every other critic writing reviews today. The only shocking thing about Travers was the way he started this year. Of the first 56 reviews (and let's call them what they are, capsules) he posted to Rotten Tomatoes, only 27 of them were positive. Up to a certain point this year, Travers had actually disliked more movies than he deemed blurb-worthy. Someone at Rolling Stone must have awoken him to that fact cause the rest of the year he went 60-26 positive-to-negative. That's 87-55 on the year with only 18 reviews going against the aggregate opinion at Rotten Tomatoes. 9 he liked more than most. 9 he disliked more than most. Which, as usual, makes him safe for studios.[br]

They can use him on all their well-reviewed films and few will question his critical "taste" against the usual blurb whores you see on the worst-reviewed films. The battle against Travers has rarely ever been about what he likes and doesn't like though. It's all about how he says it and guarantees his name and that of his magazine's gets into as many national ads as possible. Free advertising at the cost of genuine criticism and perspective. We begin the trip down Travers lane with a few one-offs.

"To die for...A dazzling documentary." (Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's)
The actors are to die for." (The Kids Are All Right)

"Brilliant, beguiling, and original." (Her)
Yum! Meryl Streep is at her brilliant, beguiling best! (Julia & Julia)

"Redford builds a riveting, resonant political thriller that values the complexity of its characters and the intelligence of its audience." (The Company You Keep)
Nicolas Cage is riveting and resonant. (World Trade Center)

"Johnny Knoxville is a comic anarchist." (Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa)
"A full throttle expression of rock and roll anarchy" (Metallica Through the Never)

"The movie, directed full throttle by Joel Schumacher, goes the show one better. It smolders." (The Phantom of the Opera)

"You will scream your head off." (The Conjuring)
- "A wicked invitation for the audience to scream its head off." (The Village)

Now, we start to pick up the pace a little bit.

"The first summer movie that's crazy good. Spectacular" (Star Trek Into Darkness)
"A crazy-quilt comic thriller!" (Burn After Reading)
"Crazy, killer fun!" (Seven Psychopaths)
"Crazily inventive and totally irresistible." (Like Crazy)
"The summer's best, most original and crazily inventive comedy." (Cyrus)

"The entire cast comes up aces." (Last Vegas)
"Jolie takes on her most challenging role and aces it." (A Mighty Heart)
"The acting is aces, especially Brad Pitt mixing it up with the superb James Gandolfini." (Killing Me Softly)

"Spectacular in every sense of the word!" (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
"A sizzler in every sense of the word." (Lady Chatterley)
"Great acting is quicksilver, impossible to pin down in words." (Capote)
"Bond like you've never seen him before. In a word: Wow." (Skyfall)
"This dynamite thriller shivers with suspense. In a word, wow!" (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

"Man of Steel soars high." (Man of Steel)
"The best and boldest Hollywood musical in years soars!" (Les Miserables)
"It has a spirit that soars" (Precious)
"A movie miracle! It soars! You feel privileged!" (Winged Migration)
"An emotional powerhouse! Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a miracle worker, a filmmaker whose soaring visuals and passionate intensity are artfully blended in this stunning film..." (A Very Long Engagement)
"Soars on the imagination of its creators." (District 9)
"The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination." (The Dark Knight)
"Just sit back and behold. The movie rises and, at times, even soars." (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

"Potent and provocative." (The Fifth Estate)
"Potent and provocative." (Bully)
"A vital, indispensable hell-raiser. Potent and provocative." (Page One: Inside the New York Times)
"A spellbinding true crime story. Potent and provocative." (All Good Things)
"A potent and provocative thriller. Sexy and scary in equal doses!" (Splice)
"Provocative and potently erotic." (Black Book)

Let the whirlwind begin...

"An erotic comic whirlwind. A stellar writing and directing debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt." (Don Jon)
"Seduces with eroticism and resonates with ideas." (The Dreamers)
"Mary Harron keeps the film bristling with suspense and erotic tension." (The Moth Diaries)
"An erotic mindbender!" (A Dangerous Method)
"An erotic blast of sinful flesh, fun and fantasy that you don't want to stop." (Kaboom)
"Sets off sexual fireworks that leave scorched Earth...literate, erotic, brutally funny and touched by brilliance." (We Don't Live Here Anymore)
"Mia Wasikowska is splendid. She brings innocence and carnal curiosity to the role of Jane. "Michael Fassbender is superb. He inhabits the glowering Rochester with erotic intensity. They make a pair of ravishing romantics." (Jane Eyre)
"Sweeps you up on waves of ravishing romance. A vision that will be talked about for years. A potently erotic spellbinder. Sex, lies and carnal fury spark one of the year's best films." (Atonement)
"Ang Lee's potently erotic and suspenseful (film) casts a spell you won't want to break! Tony "Leung goes places he's never been before as an actor. Newcomer Tang Wei gives a performance that will be talked about for years." (Lust, Caution)
"Provocative and potently erotic." (Black Book)
"Writer-director David Jacobson, who did a dynamite job with Dahmer, isn't afraid of plunging into dark, twisted places. Powered by contradictory impulses, his film is funny and dead-serious, poetic and plain-spoken, erotic and touchingly tender." (Down in the Valley) [br]
"A mesmerizing erotic odyssey." (Friday Night)
"A mesmerizing erotic odyssey!" (Don't Move)

"The bust-out comedy of the summer! It's so good you'll think you hallucinated it." (This is the End)
"The Beastie Boys bust out with the rock equivalent of a tornado!" (Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!)
"Michael Moore isn't the only filmmaker packing enough heat to bust out of the documentary ghetto." (Crazy Love)
Zemeckis springs so many 3D surprises you'll think Beowulf is your own private fun house. You'll be jumping out of your skin and begging for more. (Beowulf)

"Unforgettable. It's the party game movie of the year." (Room 237)
"A triumph that brings lyricism, laughs and dark magic to the party. Irresistible fun! (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
"Clooney throws us a rowdy party of a movie." (Leatherheads)
"Sinfully funny. A party of a movie." (The Devil Wears Prada)
"The party of the year! Dazzles like nothing else anywhere." (Dreamgirls)

Keep your eye out for just how "unforgettable" things get for Travers. In the meantime, does anyone get to swear in ads as much as Travers does?

"A hell of a thriller!" (Side Effects)
"A hell of a ride!" (The Place Beyond the Pines)
"You'll laugh like hell." (Don Jon)
It's damn near perfect." (Nebraska)
"It's quite a spectacle, watching Lance Armstrong lie his ass off." (The Armstrong Lie)

"One hell of a satisfying surprise." (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)
"One hell of an exciting movie. They clash like titans." (American Gangster)
"You're in for a hell of a ride with this high-voltage thriller." (Zero Dark Thirty)
"It's the kind of give 'em-hell filmmaking that Hollywood left for dead, the kind that matters." (Syriana)
"Funny as hell…" (Observe and Report)
"You'll thrill to the action, savor the tasty dialogue and laugh like hell!" (Kill Bill Vol. 2)
"That it goes deeper than that is a tribute to director Judd Apatow, who sure as hell knows his way around a laugh." (Knocked Up)
"Bridges - a master of subtle brilliance - plays the hell out of it." (Crazy Heart)
"It's a hell of a thing, this Lincoln." (Lincoln)
"Who in hell wants to see a Mel Gibson movie? The answer is: you do." (The Beaver)
"Comes in the nick of time to prove a point: movies that give a damn do have a place in summer." (The Constant Gardener)
"What do you say about a movie that launches a charm assault that is damn near irresistible?" (Me and Orson Welles)
"Damn, Drive is good." (Drive)
"Go mutants! You just made this summer movie the badass place to be." (X-Men: First Class)
"A kissing, kick-ass cousin to Shaun of the Dead." (Hot Fuzz)
"Kickass!" (Rocknrolla)
"Kicks ass so hard and often it's impossible not to be thrilled by it." (Prometheus)

Even Harry Knowles has to have his goddamn potty mouth censored with symbols and whatnot in the ads. Why does Travers get the same treatment as Saving Private Ryan on network television? Just because he is the most quoted film reviewer in the business does not make him Spielberg for f@#*'s sake.

"Profanely funny...A glorious sight to see." (Frances Ha)
"Profanely hilarious! Fasten your seat belts. This doc will be a revelation." (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work)
"Glorious entertainment!" (Finding Neverland)
"Keira Knightley is glorious." (Anna Karenina)
"Catherine Keener is glorious!" (Please Give)
"Mulligan is glorious." (Drive)
"Rashida Jones is simply glorious." (Celeste and Jesse Forever)
"David Mamet is on his game, and that is a sight to see." (Redbelt)

"An exultant farce! An irresistible campfest with a stinging political subtext. Almodovar's wildest comic ride since Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." (I'm So Excited)
"Irresistible! The actors are world-class charmers, and the magnificent dame Maggie Smith is the diva divine." (Quartet)
"The Coens make their own kind of music. Hilarious, heartfelt and irresistible. Note to the Academy: Give John Goodman the nomination you've owed him for decades. He's magnificent." (Inside Llewyn Davis)


We could just list all the times Travers used the word "irresistible" but look at his Llewyn Davis quote and then look at this quote from 2011:

"Hilarious and heartfelt. Irresistible. The Kids Are All Right makes its own special magic." (The Kids Are All Right)

How does a mind work like that? Let that one sink in for a moment cause it surprised even us. NOW we'll give you all the other times Travers used the word "irresistible."

"Star Trek is a burst of pure filmmaking exhilaration and an irresistible invitation for fun! What more could you ask of a summer movie?" (Star Trek)
"A fireworks display of action, smarts and fun, plus a touch of class from actors who can really act. Irresistible. Go mutants! You just made this summer movie the badass place to be." (X-Men: First Class)
"A triumph that brings lyricism, laughs and dark magic to the party. Irresistible fun!" (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
"Irresistible." (The Family Stone)
"Utterly irresistible!" (City Island)
"Crazily inventive and totally irresistible." (Like Crazy)
"What do you say about a movie that launches a charm assault that is damn near irresistible? I say see it!" (Me and Orson Welles)
"You're in for a treat. Director James L. Brooks doesn't just write comedy. He crafts it. Sandler is wonderfully appealing...Spanglish is irresistible." (Spanglish)
"The fall movie season achieves comic liftoff! Ricky Gervais is a master of deadpan hilarity. A comic hero. Tea Leoni is irresistible." (Ghost Town) [br]
"An irresistible blend of humor and heartbreak." (Cemetery Junction)
"Sally Hawkins is irresistible in this funny, touching and vital salute to women. Richardson is sensational in a movie you can't stop cheering." (Made In Dagenham[/b)

Speaking of magnificent things that make their own special magic...

"Magic." (Saving Mr. Banks)
"There is magic in Mud. Matthew McConaughey is magnificent." (Mud)


Those are Travers' magical contributions to 2013. Over the past decade, he's seen a lot of magic.

"Be on the lookout for this one. There's magic in it." (Whale Rider)
"Do not miss this absolute stunner of a film! There is magic in it!" (Broadway: The Golden Age)
"There's magic in it. Allen and Elliott perform acting miracles in this quietly devastating spellbinder. Scott has built a movie that sneaks up and knocks you flat." (Off the Map)
"Magic! A French knockout!" (A Christmas Tale)
"There's magic in it. Rickman is droll, dazzling perfection. Be on the lookout for Bottle Shock, it's a winner." (Bottle Shock)

HOLD UP! Let's just take a breath.

"Magic. Nobody does animation better than Hayao Miyazaki. Sit back and behold." (Howl's Moving Castle)
"Magical and loaded with surprises too juicy to reveal. Double the fun of the original...one of the best movies of this summer." (Shrek 2)
"Visual magic. Pixar has outdone itself!" (Brave)
"There's magic in Paranorman!" (Paranorman)

So apparently Miyazaki isn't the only animator who can put magic up on the big screen. Please, continue Travers you unimaginative twat.

"Blending humor and heartbreak in a performance that makes Is Anybody There? A richly satisfying film, Caine truly is magic." (Is Anybody There?)
"It's a movie you want to hold inside. The magically compelling Darjeeling Limited is the fullest blossoming yet of the gifted Wes Anderson's talents as a total filmmaker. Owen Wilson skillfully blends humor and heartbreak…I love this movie." (The Darjeeling Limited)
"Sublimely smart, sexy and seriously funny. I feel mad love for this film and its stars. 500 Days of Summer is magic. It will own you." ((500) Days of Summer)
"Start the Oscar talk now for Bill Murray! Delicate magic from director Sofia Coppola. Scarlett Johansson is sublime." (Lost in Translation)
"Coppola works her magic again…Your eyes will be dazzled…" (Marie Antoinette)
"Expertly choreographed by Tarantino and martial-arts advisor Yuen Woo-Ping who outdoes his Matrix magic!" (Kill Bill Vol. 1)
"A triumph that brings lyricism, laughs and dark magic to the party." (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
"Hot, heartfelt movie magic!" (Raising Victor Vargas)
"Hilarious and heartfelt. Irresistible. The Kids Are All Right makes its own special magic. Mark Ruffalo is dynamite." (The Kids Are All Right)

Speaking of dynamite and things that go BOOM

"Catherine Zeta-Jones is dynamite." (Side Effects)
"A blast of music and joy that ignites with spirit and humor." (The Sapphires)
"American Hustle is explosively entertaining." (American Hustle
)
"Sex, lies, betrayal and murder - a hothouse of mystery and obsession." (Kill Your Darlings)
"A hothouse of erotic tension that's primed to explode." (Stoker)
"Erotically-charged and emotionally daring. Sparks will fly." (Blue is the Warmest Color)
"Sparks like a live wire!" (The Bling Ring)
"Matthew McConaughey has found the role of his career! What he does here is transformative. His explosive, unerring portrayal defines what makes an actor great. A livewire of a movie." (Dallas Buyers Club)

Those are all the times that Travers evidently exploded in 2013. If only for real. Let's take those one at a time.

"Brad Pitt is dynamite." (Burn After Reading)
"Mark Ruffalo is dynamite." (The Kids Are All Right)
"Diane Lane is dynamite!" (Hollywoodland)
"Catherine O'Hara is dynamite!" (For Your Consideration)
"Gael Garcia Bernal is dynamite!" (Bad Education)
"Sean Penn is dynamite as Willie Stark." (All the King's Men)
"Depp is comic dynamite!" (Pirates of the Caribbean)
"Emily Blunt and Rosemarie Dewitt are dynamite." (Your Sister's Sister)
"Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul are dynamite!" (Smashed)
"Dynamite performances from Annette Bening and Naomi Watts ignite this strong drama." (Mother and Child)
"The two leads are dynamite and director Alfredson knows to to pin you to your seat." (Let the Right One In)
Dynamite stuff." (Moneyball)
"A dynamite thriller!" (Shattered Glass)
"This dynamite thriller shivers with suspense. In a word, wow!" (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
"A slice of celluloid dynamite!" (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days)
"Explosive! Comes at you like Dillinger did: all of a sudden. It's movie dynamite." (Public Enemies)
"A dynamite movie. It will knock you sideways." (Carlos)
"A dynamite film that ranks with the year's best. No way you won't be knocked for a loop." (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead)

"Laugh all you want...It's a blast" (21 Jump Street)
"A rowdy blast. A date-movie must." (She's Out Of My League)
"A blast of pure movie oxygen." (Kill Bill Vol. 2)
"A blast of exuberant fun that stays rooted in humanity." (Camp)
"A roaring blast of energy! It dares you to dive into its anarchy!" (Kick-Ass)
"An erotic blast of sinful flesh, fun and fantasy that you don't want to stop." (Kaboom)
"Even better than before. This is the real Fast and Furious. A tire-burning blast of action and fun with a beating heart under its hood. You can bet (it) will rev your engines." (Cars 2)
"A total blast. Robert Downey Jr. is better than ever." (Iron Man 2)
"It's a blast. Hits the action button and never stops!" (Poseidon)
"A blast of good gory fun that just won't quit!" (Cabin Fever)
"A blast of fright and fun! Keeps the blood and the laughs gushing!" (Shaun of the Dead)
"A blast! A kissing, kick-ass cousin to Shaun of the Dead. Bloody good fun!" (Hot Fuzz)

"Explosive!" (Restrepo)
"Julianne Moore is explosively good." (A Single Man)
"Brad Pitt gives a performance of indelible explosive power." (The Tree of Life)
"Dynamite performances from Annette Bening and Naomi Watts ignite this strong drama. Bening is at her blistering best." (Mother and Child)
"If you want to see explosive acting, just watch Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett ignite. This is the bravest, riskiest role of Dench's film career. It's spellbinding to watch her blow the lid off." (Notes on a Scandal)
"Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere." (Blue Valentine)
"Debra Winger, magnificent, is a volcano of repressed anger." (Rachel Getting Married)

"Denzel Washington is volcanic. Russell Crowe is combustible. Ridley Scott is on the top of his game." (American Gangster)
"A combustible spy thriller. DiCaprio's in top form. Crowe is a live wire." (Body of Lies)

"It's also killer smart, lacing combustible action with explosive gags." (Tropic Thunder)
"The laughs are as explosive as the screams." (Drag Me To Hell)
"Other films this year will have to sweat bullets to match the explosive power and subversive wit of David Cronenberg's..." (A History of Violence)
"Explosive! Full-out, in-your-face rock & roll. A master director shining his light on the best rock band on the planet. It's a you-are-there spellbinder." (Shine a Light)
"A total triumph! An American classic! Explosive. It will pin you to your seat." (Milk)
"Will pin you to your seat. You may have doubts about which side to choose, but there's no doubt about this mind-bender. It is explosive." (Doubt)
"The year's richest, most emotionally explosive film. A towering achievement." (Babel)
"Explosive! Onscreen, in Depp's towering performance, Dillinger still has blood in his veins, his dreams as vivid as the crimes that debased them. It's movie dynamite." (Public Enemies)
"As the film follows its tragic course, Burton scores an explosive triumph." (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)

"Kim Basinger's haunted beauty burns in the memory..." (The Door In The Floor)
"Toni Collette burns this movie into your memory." (Japanese Story)
"Allen is the blaze that lights the film. (The Upside of Anger)
"Affleck knocks it out of the park with this blazing heist film that comes on like gangbusters." (The Town)
"Iron Man kicks off summer on a blazing high note and practically dares the competition to measure up." (Iron Man)
"And Downey gives a blazing performance that runs the gamut from humor to heartbreak." (Zodiac)
"And Depp is simply stupendous. He erases the line between singing and acting, fusing them into something that keeps the movie blazing." (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)

"Expect fireworks!" (Doubt)
"Epic fireworks." (Thor)
"A fireworks display of action, smarts and fun, plus a touch of class from actors who can really act." (X-Men: First Class)
"Theron sets off fireworks, But fair warning: The laughs...leave bruises." (Young Adult)
"Sets off sexual fireworks that leave scorched Earth..." (We Don't Live Here Anymore)

Does Travers need to screen his movies in a cold shower or what?

"Hot, heartfelt movie magic!" (Raising Victor Vargas)
"Isn't just hot it's incendiary." (Syriana) [br]
"Sizzles with so much nerve-frying suspense that it's hot to the touch." (Shutter Island)
"Harrelson gives a white-hot performance that demands Oscar attention." (Rampart)
"A red hot thriller that keeps popping surprises that shouldn't be spoiled..." (Salt)
"The hip, hot and hilarious Superbad packs in more gut-busting laughs than you'll be able to count." (Superbad)
"Hot and hilarious. It's rip-roaringly fun and surprisingly touching." (Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
A hot and rowdy funfest!" (School for Scoundrels)
"Gifted writer/director Anthony Minghella gives the story a hot-blooded urgency." (Cold Mountain)
"Hot-blooded, haunting and packed with the pleasures of the unexpected." (Tell No One)
"Hot-blooded, haunting and totally embraceable." (Broken Embraces)
"A hot-blooded musical fantasia full of song, dance and simmering sexuality. Penelope Cruz is sizzling! Nine fires on all cylinders!" (Nine)
"Hilary Swank fires on all cylinders." (Conviction)
"Mol is hot stuff!" (The Notorious Bettie Page)
"Hot! Hot! Hot!" (Jennifer's Body)

He's going to go OFF!

"It shimmers with enchantment...sparks with comic life." (Finding Neverland)
"You can't deny the sparks in Four Brothers" (Four Brothers)
"Lymelife sends off sparks." (Lymelife)
"Sex, lies and carnal fury spark one of the year's best films." (Atonement)
"Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway spark off of each other. There is something delicious about Anne Hathaway." (Get Smart)
"This movie delivers so hard it shoots off sparks. Your head will spin. Your palms will sweat. Your nerves will fry." (Unstoppable)

Meryl Streep bites into the role like a juicy peach. Tracy Letts' tart, tasty dialogue rolls off her tongue with venomous glee. (August: Osage County)
"A juicy, career-crowning role." (Crazy Heart)
"Rich, juicy chunks of bravado, camaraderie, sex talk and pop-culture." (Grindhouse)
"Magical and loaded with surprises too juicy to reveal." (Shrek 2)
"Springs so many juicy comic and dramatic surprises." (Matchstick Men)
"The jolts are juicy and so are the jokes." (Severance)
"It's jolting, juicy stuff made juicier by the actors. Keeps the twists coming." (State of Play)
"Johansson is tart and terrific, exuding enough come-on carnality to singe the screen…the effect of this mesmerizing mind teaser is spellbinding." (Match Point)
"A tart, terrific social comedy about the cultural rift between America and
France... a bonbon spiked with delicious wit and malice" (Le Divorce)
"A tart, terrific comedy that gives Harrison Ford his best and funniest role in years." (Morning Glory)

"Brie Larson is a revelation...One of the year's best performances. An exceptional film in every way." (Short Term 12)
"A heartfelt and deeply moving film...Penn Badgley is a revelation." (Greetings from Tim Buckley)
"Chris Hemsworth is revelatory. He nails every vulnerable nuance." (Rush)

"A knockout in every way…" (Passing Strange)
"Extraordinary in every way." (The Door In The Floor)
"An extraordinary movie in every way." (Momma's Man)
"Patricia Clarkson's sublimely nuanced performance is in every way transporting." (Cairo Time)
"Kevin Kline gives a master class in acting. He finds every nuance of mirth and melancholy in this wonder of a role and rides it to glory." (The Extra Man)
"Scott Thomas uses every nuance in her acting arsenal to register their impact." (I've Loved You So Long)
"Brad Pitt nails every nuance." (Moneyball)
"Sarandon nails every nuance." (The Greatest)
"Annette Bening and Julianne Moore nail every nuance." (The Kids Are All Right)

"A breakthrough performance for Ashton Kutcher." (Jobs)
"Jude Law gives a breakthrough star performance." (Cold Mountain)
"It's Steve Coogan's breakthrough star performance." (Hamlet 2)
"Casey Affleck runs with his breakthrough role." (Gone Baby Gone)
"This is Josh Brolin's breakthrough - he rips into the role like a man possessed." (No Country for Old Men)
"Gael Garcia Bernal gives a breakthrough performance, playing Guevara like a gathering storm." (The Motorcycle Diaries)

"The best movie at the Sundance film festival. An unstoppable cinematic force." (Fruitvale Station)
- "Cruz, never more voluptuous or vulnerable, is a force of nature." (Volver)
- "Molina is a comic force of nature." (An Education)
- "Charlize Theron is a comic force of nature." (Young Adult)
- "Zach Galifianakis is a comic force of nature!" (It's Kind of a Funny Story)

"Scorsese delivers another cinematic landmark. A bolt of brilliance. Lethally hilarious." (The Wolf of Wall Street)
"Great acting is quicksilver, impossible to pin down in words. But you know it when you see it. And you see it with dazzling clarity in this landmark portrayal." (Capote)
"An American landmark." (The Social Network)
"A landmark crime saga." (Public Enemies)
"It's a landmark film..." (Brokeback Mountain)
"Batman delivers the dazzle. Fans can now feel free to go batty." (Batman Begins)
"Director Gabriele Salvatores delivers a nerve-jangling film." (I'm Not Scared)
"Michael Pena delivers a performance of grit and grace." (World Trade Center)
"Jack Black delivers an award-caliber performance." (Bernie)
"Michael Cera delivers his best performance yet!" (Youth In Revolt)
"Zach Galifianakis is a comic force of nature! He digs down here and delivers a beautifully nuanced performance that gets under your skin." (It's Kind of a Funny Story)
"This movie delivers so hard it shoots off sparks." (Unstoppable)
"Anne Hathaway delivers an acting tour de force." (Rachel Getting Married)
"Norton delivers a tour de force." (Leaves of Grass)
"Langella delivers a master class in acting." (Starting Out in the Evening)
"Jenkins delivers a master class in acting." (The Visitor)

"Unmissable. Sarah Polley conquers the documentary form with this hypnotic and haunting look into her own family secrets." (Stories We Tell)
"Hypnotic and haunting." (Down in the Valley)
"Hypnotic and haunting." (Miss Bala)
"A haunting and hypnotic film." (Cairo Time)
"A haunting and hypnotic tale of love!" (Japanese Story)
"This is the best acting George Clooney has ever done - he's hypnotic, haunting and quietly devastating" (Syriana)
"Haunting and hypnotic, it's pure movie-going bliss." (The Good German)
George Clooney is transfixing. Clooney inhabits this burnt-out case with haunting brilliance. It's a bone-deep performance that raises the bar. (Michael Clayton)
"This is DiCaprio's most haunting and emotionally complex performance yet." (Shutter Island)
"Hypnotic! (The Magdalene Sisters)
"Hypnotic! (When You're Strange)
"Kristin Scott Thomas is exceptional in this hypnotic look at John Lennon's life..." (Nowhere Boy)
"A hypnotic film means to shake you, and does. Marion Cotillard is a tour-de-force of unleashed emotions." "She's astonishing. Matthias Schoenaerts is superb." (Rust and Bone)
"Exhilarating! Brims over with bracing humor and ravishing romance, but there are also haunting shadows. That alone makes it a keeper. Marion Cotillard is superb." (Midnight In Paris)
"It's exhilarating to watch, (it) is truly haunting. Eastwood is a master." (Hereafter)
"Director Chris Weitz creates a haunting movie that gets under your skin. Powerful work." (A Better Life)
"Lucas' powerfully haunting film gets under your skin." (The Dying Gaul)
"The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination." (The Dark Knight)
"A passionate, haunting, and truly unforgettable story!" (The Devil and Daniel Johnston)
"The rapturously romantic and haunting New World is a genuine event." (The New World)
"A fiercely funny human comedy that manages to be both hilarious and haunting." (The Upside of Anger)
"(It) is Laura Linney's show, and she makes it hilarious and haunting." (P.S.)
"Hot-blooded, haunting and packed with the pleasures of the unexpected." (Tell No One)
"Hot-blooded, haunting and totally embraceable." (Broken Embraces)

"A profoundly affecting film that haunts you long after it ends." (August: Osage County)
"A wild thing that sticks with you long after it's over." (Down in the Valley)
"Long after it's over, you still feel its sting." (The Constant Gardener)

"A powerhouse. Laces action with moral questions that haunt and provoke. Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Taylor Kitsch add to the impact." (Lone Survivor)
"A powerhouse!" (Mother and Child)
"A powerhouse of a documentary! This one shakes you." (Crude)
"A potently acted powerhouse that sticks in the mind and the heart." (Appaloosa)
"A mind-bending, nonstop mesmerizer of a movie. David Fincher is a powerhouse filmmaker." (Zodiac)
"Director Tom Hooper breathes fresh urgent life in to every frame of this powerhouse." (The King's Speech)
"A funny-sexy-scary powerhouse!" (Better Luck Tomorrow)
"Pure sizzle! A powerhouse of an actress! She is the real, riveting deal!" (Sherrybaby)
"Stunning...A powerhouse film!" (Maria Full of Grace)
"Visually the movie is a powerhouse." (Speed Racer)
"The film is a remarkable visual achievement, made deeply and unforgettably affecting by the depth of the actors. The surprise is young Holland, who shows how the terror and anger in Lucas grow into courage. He gives this powerhouse film its grieving heart. (The Impossible)
"An emotional powerhouse! Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a miracle worker, a filmmaker whose soaring visuals and passionate intensity are artfully blended in this stunning film... (A Very Long Engagement)
"Hang on for an emotional powerhouse." (Rachel Getting Married)
"An emotional powerhouse!" (In a Better World)
"An emotional powerhouse" (Into the Wild)
"An emotional powerhouse." (We Own the Night)

"The director of District 9 has done it again. It sticks with you. Strap in for a wild ride." (Elysium)
- "A wild ride of a movie!" (The Motorcycle Diaries)
- "We've waited all summer for a wild ride to grab us with more than jolts. Now it's here. Hang on." (The Bourne Ultimatum)
- "A wild thing that sticks with you long after it's over." (Down in the Valley)
- "A potently acted powerhouse that sticks in the mind and the heart." (Appaloosa)
- "Downright breathtaking! A class act all the way…Pixar does it again!" (Cars)
- "Coppola works her magic again…Your eyes will be dazzled…" (Marie Antoinette)
- "A game-changer that gets you excited about movies again." (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
- "Gets you drunk on movies again." (The Social Network)
- "This tour-de-force gets you high on movies again!" (Grindhouse)

"Ryan Gosling, who teamed brilliantly with Writer-Director Derek Cianfrance on Blue Valentine, is spectacular. Bradley Cooper's ferocity and feeling pull you in. Ray Liotta plays with GoodFellas intensity. Pines sticks with you. Hold on tight." (The Place Beyond the Pines)
"Hold on tight." (The Grey)
"A potently acted powerhouse that sticks in the mind and the heart." (Appaloosa)
"A wild thing that sticks with you long after it's over." (Down in the Valley)
"The film pulls you in like a magnetic force" (Little Children)
"It spins a web that will pull you in." (The Lookout)
"Greenberg pulls you in!" (Greenberg)

"This is a movie to bring home and live with, to kick around in your head after it hits you in the heart." (Nebraska)
"Puts a smile on your face that will last all the way home." (Despicable Me)
"Tintin hits home for the kid in all of us." ((The Adventures of Tintin)
"Hits you like a full-tilt adrenaline rush. (Limitless)
"Hits you like a shot in the heart." (Brokeback Mountain)
"Hits you right in the heart." (Cinderella Man)

"A dark beauty of a film that gets inside your head and stays there. Daniel Radcliffe delivers his best screen performance. A star-is-born Dane DeHaan is stellar, displaying a charm that is both seductive and cruel. A striking debut for director John Krokidas." (Kill Your Darlings)
"It's a thing of beauty." (Holy Motors)
"A thing of beauty, hugely entertaining and way cool!" (Finding Nemo)
"In Super 8, J.J. Abrams makes us care. This movie, a true beauty, will put a spell on you." (Super 8)
"A beauty of a movie. Hilarious! Heartfelt and achingly true. This is award-caliber acting. Midler is a wow and then some. Her performance here is one of her very best." (Then She Found Me)

"Prisoners is packed with twists you don't see coming. Jackman and Gyllenhaal burn with white-hot intensity." (Prisoners)
"Terrific and packed with surprises. ***1/2 It's full of twists and nail-biting suspense. Channing Tatum is stellar. Jude Law is sensationally good. You can't get it out of your head." (Side Effects)

"…prepare for a major head trip." (A Scanner Darkly)
"A shockingly fierce and funny spell-binder that leaves your head spinning." (Crazy Love)
"Your head will spin. Your palms will sweat. Your nerves will fry. (Unstoppable)
"A breathless rush of a movie that jumps off the screen, spins your head around and then works its way into your heart." (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)
"What you will see will spin your head six ways from Sunday." (King Kong)
"His performance is a tour de force that sets off comic and cosmic explosions in your head." (Borat)
"The best kind of movie: One you can't get out of your head." (The Lives of Others)

We'll get to the whole "twists" and "surprises" thing in a bit.

"Expect the unexpected." (The Counselor)
"Sometimes a movie comes out of nowhere and wins you over. Safety Not Guaranteed is that kind of unexpected gift." (Safety Not Guaranteed)
"An astonishing story! Fresh and unexpected! Let this movie work its way into your mind and heart." (Searching for Sugar Man)
"Hot-blooded, haunting and packed with the pleasures of the unexpected." (Tell No One)
"A gem! Funny and touching in unexpected ways." (A Prairie Home Companion)

Thanks for the warning.

"Prepare to be wowed by Chris O'Dowd." (The Sapphires)
"…prepare for a major head trip." (A Scanner Darkly)
"Prepare to have your emotions wrung out" (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
"Prepare for a thrilling ride!" (The Constant Gardener)
"Prepare to jump out of your skin!" (Open Water)
"Prepare your eyes for popping!" (House of Flying Daggers)
"Prepare your eyes for popping - they just might fly out of their sockets!" (300)
"Prepare to be wowed by Carey Mulligan who is sensational and incandescent." (An Education)
"Prepare to be wowed." (Let Me In)

"A triumph. A thrilling, nail-biting, pulse-racing adventure at sea." (All is Lost)
"This summer M:i:III is the movie to beat in the race to push your pulse rate past the danger zone." (Mission: Impossible 3)
"A pulse-racing thriller." (The Ides of March)
"Pulses will pound…" (Domino)
"Thunderous action and nail-biting suspense" (Appaloosa)
"A nail-biter. Cool stuff. Cool movie." (Disturbia)
"Super smart, super cool triumph. A blockbuster that will blow away all your senses!" (The Avengers)
"A triumph!" (The Road)
"Closer is a triumph." (Closer)
"A superb comedy! A triumph!" (Look at Me)
"A forceful, impassioned and unsparing triumph from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. (l'enfant)
Ralph Fiennes, as star and commander, pulls off a triumph! Vanessa Redgrave gives a tour-de-force performance." (Coriolanus)
"Triumphant and enthralling. A double tour-de-force for James Franco and Danny Boyle." ( 127 Hours)
"Michael Douglas deserves serious award attention for his triumphant performance..." (Solitary Man)
"Riveting! A triumphant success." (The Tillman Story)
"A triumph! Uma Thurman is sizzling in an electrifying performance!" (Kill Bill Vol. 2)
"An electrifying movie event. One of the year's best...Clooney's maverick triumph." (Good Night, And Good Luck.)
"A total triumph! An American classic! Gus Van Sant's best film." (Milk)
"Hits you right in the heart. It's the classic American tale of the family man triumphant. Ron Howard's best movie." (Cinderella Man)
"Unmissable and unforgettable! Hits you like a shot in the heart. This classic in the making ranks high on the list of the year’s best movies. It’s a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal." (Brokeback Mountain)
"Triumphant! A new American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams." (The Departed)
"A triumph of the highest order! A new crime classic." (A Prophet)
"Peter Weir stages a storm at sea - filmed in the same tank where 'Titanic' was shot - and a climactic battle that will shiver anyone's timbers. His triumph, though, is in balancing action and character. 'M&C' rides that road to glory." (Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World)
"As the film follows its tragic course, Burton scores an explosive triumph. Covered in blood,
Sweeney is finally engulfed by his emotions, and Depp finds the character's grieving heart. It's a staggering moment in a spellbinder of breathtaking beauty and terror." (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
"The go-for-broke intensity and emotional layering Watts brings to her role is an acting triumph. The surprise is young Holland, who shows how the terror and anger in Lucas grow into courage. He gives this powerhouse film its grieving heart." (The Impossible)
"A triumph that brings lyricism, laughs and dark magic to the party. Irresistible fun!" (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
"Harry is better than ever, a triumph of visual wonder and emotional storytelling." (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
"A triumphant conclusion to a decade of Pottermania." ( Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2)

"Exhilarating. Perfection!" (20 Feet from Stardom)
"Sheer comic perfection!" (The World's End
)
"Catherine O'Hara is comic perfection" (For Your Consideration)
"Alan Alda is perfection!" (The Aviator)
"Marion Cotillard is perfection!" (Nine)
"Rickman is droll, dazzling perfection." (Bottle Shock)
"Exhilarating!" (The Human Stain)
"An exhilarating rush." (Django Unchained)
"An exhilarating provocation!" (A Dangerous Method)
"An exhilarating trip!" (Shortbus)
"You see it with the exhilarating feeling that a movie can make a difference." (Syriana)
"Exhilarating... a once-of-a-kind marvel! One of the best times you'll have this year!" (American Splendor)
"Kevin Kline is perfection. De-Lovely evokes a time, a place and a sound with stylish wit and sophistication." (De-Lovely)
"An exhilarating gift of a comedy! To luxuriate that retro bubble of sparkling wit is a pleasure not to be missed!" (Damsels In Distress)
"An exhilarating gift." (Fish Tank)
"An exhilarating gift filled with humor and heartbreak." (The Help)
"John Hawkes and Helen Hunt give award-caliber performances that turn The Sessions into a unique film that brims over with humor and heartbreak. An exhilarating gift of a movie." (The Sessions)
"Exhilarating! Brims over with bracing humor and ravishing romance, but there are also haunting shadows." (Midnight In Paris)
"It's exhilarating to watch, Hereafter is truly haunting." (Hereafter)
"Written, directed and acted to perfection. Sweeps you up on waves of ravishing romance." (Atonement)

"Exhilarating. A fresh, funky jolt of filmmaking joy. Fills each frame with raw talent and exuberance." (Gimme the Loot)
"Tommy Lee Jones fills every frame of his directorial debut with the ferocity and feeling of his best screen performances." (The Three Burials of Melquaides Estrada)
"Director Tom Hooper breathes fresh urgent life in to every frame of this powerhouse." (The King's Speech)
"Images that take your breath away. There isn't a frame of this raw and riveting movie that Coppola doesn't invest with feeling." (Tetro)
"Funky cool...lyrically funny. Jarmusch is still the indie soul incarnate." (Coffee and Cigarettes)
"Bursts through the cliches of race, sex, violence and morality and caps it with a jolt of an ending! Better Luck Tomorrow is what Sundance is all about!" (Better Luck Tomorrow)
"A juicy, jolting financial thriller." (Arbitrage)
"It's jolting, juicy stuff made juicier by the actors." (State of Play)
"The jolts are juicy and so are the jokes." (Severance)
"We've waited all summer for a wild ride to grab us with more than jolts." (The Bourne Ultimatum)
"If you're looking for a crime story that sizzles with action, sex and the visceral jolt of life on the edge, Miami Vice is the one." (Miami Vice)

"Want to see great acting, from comic to tragic and every electrifying stop in between? Then focus on Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. Her triumphant performance is one for the time capsule." (Blue Jasmine)
"Electrifying performances from a top tier cast. Christian Bale is amazing. Amy Adams scores a knockout. Jeremy Renner is sensational." (American Hustle)

"If you want to see explosive acting, just watch Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett ignite." (Notes on a Scandal)
"Uma Thurman is sizzling in an electrifying performance!" (Kill Bill Vol. 2)
"(Kate Winslet) is electrifying." (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
"Josh Brolin is truly electrifying." (W.)
"A summer movie that has everything - non-stop thrills, laughs, and top tier acting. This baby is popcorn movie heaven." (The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3)
"A thrilling chunk of cinematic gold! It's one for the time capsule. (Metallica: Some Kind of Monster)

"Addictively exciting. Smart, scary and tension fueled. Everything you want in a blockbuster." (World War Z)
"Scary, suspenseful and shockingly intense." (The Armstrong Lie)

"An addictive thriller." (The Ghost Writer)
"Fueled by gripping suspense…it shakes you." (Dirty Pretty Things)
"Smart! Fueled by a screwball fizz that keeps the laughs popping." (Intolerable Cruelty)
"A shockingly fierce and funny spell-binder that leaves your head spinning." (Crazy Love)
"Spellbinding! A chillingly intense psychological thriller! Involves God, sex and murder!" (Enduring Love)
"Visionary and scary!" (28 Days Later)
A thriller-diller from start to finish: Scary, monstrously funny and melodically thrilling." (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
"Fiendishly funny and hellishly scary! Wicked, twisted fun!" (The Cabin in the Woods)
A potent and provocative thriller. Sexy and scary in equal doses!" (Splice)
"Scary, sexy and terrifically twisted!" (The Skin I Live In)
"A funny-sexy-scary powerhouse!" (Better Luck Tomorrow)
"If you want to see explosive acting, just watch Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett ignite." (Notes on a Scandal)
"Will Ferrell is the go-to guy if you want to laugh yourself silly." (Anchorman)
"Want your skin to crawl? This one's for you." (Willard)
"Want to get inside Dillinger's head?" (Public Enemies)
"Who in hell wants to see a Mel Gibson movie? The answer is: you do." (The Beaver)
"Christopher Nolan directs the film exactly like a great trick, so you want to see it again the second it's over." (The Prestige)
"What David Fincher does is simply extraordinary. He fuses ferocity and feeling and creates a world you want to get lost in." (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
"It's a movie you want to hold inside." (The Darjeeling Limited)
"Casts a spell you won't want to break!" (Lust, Caution)
"An erotic blast of sinful flesh, fun and fantasy that you don't want to stop." (Kaboom)
"You don't want to miss Johnny Depp in this movie." (Once Upon a Time in Mexico)
"You don't want to miss it!" (Moon)
"This you do not want to miss!" (No Country for Old Men)
"No one who cares about organic film acting will want to miss it." (Che)
"Watching Murray spar with Duvall is pure pleasure. Only a fool would want to miss that." (Get Low)
"No true movie fan will want to miss the comic mind-meld of Woody and Larry." (Whatever Works)
"No true movie junkie is going to want to miss it." (Side by Side)

"A gripping mindbender." (Blackfish)
"Devilishly clever, mind-bending thriller!" (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
"A mind-bender of a thriller with twists you don't see coming!" (Mr. Brooks)
"Arguably [Lynch's] most ambitious mind-bender yet…Laura Dern in a monumental performance…" (Inland Empire)
"You may have doubts about which side to choose, but there's no doubt about this mind-bender." (Doubt)
"A brain bender! So suspenseful your palms will be sweating! It will have you howling!" (Wordplay)
"An erotic mindbender!" (A Dangerous Method)
"A mesmerizing mind-bender." (Cosmopolis)
"A mesmerizing mind-bender." (Unknown)
"A mesmerizing mindbender!" (Moon)
"A mind-bending, nonstop mesmerizer of a movie." (Zodiac)

"A lyrical spellbinder. Affleck and Mara are vibrantly alive. Foster is briliant." (Ain't Them Bodies Saints)
"A lyrical masterwork. A near perfect blend of humor and heartbreak." (Summer Hours)
"Funky cool...lyrically funny." (Coffee and Cigarettes)
"A funny and touching tale. Lyrical and emotionally rigorous." (Quinceanera)
"Hero was just a warm-up for this martial arts fireball that throws in a lyrical love story and countless other ravishments and dazzling surprises. Prepare your eyes for popping!" (House of Flying Daggers)
"It's a spellbinder." (Let Me In)
"A spellbinder of breathtaking beauty and terror." (Sweeney Todd)
"…the effect of this mesmerizing mind teaser is spellbinding." (Match Point)
"Spellbinding…As timely as it is thrilling to watch." (Lady Chatterley)
"Sweeps you up on waves of ravishing romance. A potently erotic spellbinder. It speaks of what's timeless about passion, art and redemption." (Atonement)
"Spellbinding! A chillingly intense psychological thriller! Involves God, sex and murder! (Enduring Love)
"Ang Lee's potently erotic and suspenseful Lust, Caution casts a spell you won't want to break!" (Lust, Caution)
"This movie, a true beauty, will put a spell on you." (Super 8)
"…This film portrait casts a spell…" (Tupac Resurrection)
"What gives this spellbinder a similar raw power is the way Boyer reveals the parallels between DeLuca and Sutherland." (I Trust You to Kill Me)
"This is the bravest, riskiest role of Dench's film career. It's spellbinding to watch her blow the lid off." (Notes on a Scandal)
"Lou Pucci rides this spellbinder!" (Thumbsucker)
"A spellbinder of breathtaking beauty and terror." (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
"This you do not want to miss! A spellbinder that builds unbearable suspense without losing sight of the story's grieving heart. A spellbinder that builds unbearable suspense." (No Country for Old Men)
"A spellbinding true crime story. Potent and provocative. Gosling is terrific. Kirsten Dunst is heartbreakingly good." (All Good Things)
"There's more killer suspense in this one-of-a-kind film than you'll find in a dozen thrillers. You'll be talking about this spellbinder for weeks. It pushes every button. Don't let anyone spoil this story." (Catfish)
"A knockout! Spellbinding! It spins a web that will pull you in. A thriller that really thrills." (The Lookout)
"It pins you to your seat. A spellbinder! The stuff that dreams are made of!" (Brick)
"Holds you spellbound!" (Rachel Getting Married)
"A shockingly fierce and funny spell-binder that leaves your head spinning." (Crazy Love)
"A one-of-a-kind spellbinder that's not afraid to shock!" (The Libertine)
"This spellbinder will sneak up and floor you. It's that good. A supremely intelligent and deeply touching thriller." (The Secret In Their Eyes)
"Allen and Elliott perform acting miracles in this quietly devastating spellbinder. Scott has built a movie that sneaks up and knocks you flat." (Off the Map)

"Woody Allen is working at the top of his game, sending out each laugh with a sting in its tail. Blue Jasmine is not to be missed." (Blue Jasmine)
- "This classic-in-the-making is the Coen Brothers at the peak of their powers! Tommy Lee Jones shows the kind of wit and assurance that reveals a master actor at the top of his game." (No Country for Old Men)
- "Harlan, played by Edward Norton at the top of his risk-taking game, is a cowboy with no O.K. Corral." (Down in the Valley)
- "David Mamet is on his game, and that is a sight to see." (Redbelt)
- "Ridley Scott is on the top of his game." (American Gangster)
- "Nicolas Cage is at the top of his game." (Matchstick Men)
- "Julia Roberts and Clive Owen are at the top of their game." (Duplicity)
- "Every actor brings his "A" game to show the lure of the dark side." (The Dark Knight)

"A blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic. A game-changing movie event." (12 Years a Slave)
"Bening is at her blistering best." (Mother and Child) [br]
"A film of awesome power and blistering provocation." (Flags of our Fathers)
"A masterpiece that can stand with Unforgiven. A movie of startling power and intimacy. A new Clint classic. Clint Eastwood's finest achievement as a director." (Mystic River)
"A game-changer that gets you excited about movies again." (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
"A game-changer. A breathless rush of a movie that jumps off the screen, spins your head around and then works its way into your heart. Dazzling...A visual wonderland that is literally a knockout." (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)
"The mind-blowing movie event of the summer arrives just in time. James Bond meets The Matrix. A knock-out. (It) dreams big. How cool is that?" (Inception)
"An electrifying movie event." (Good Night, And Good Luck.)
"The rapturously romantic and haunting New World is a genuine event." (The New World)
"An unmissable movie event. A feast for the eyes and ears. Cate Blanchett's soon-to-be legendary performance is not a stunt, it's some kind of miracle." (I'm Not There)
"A new American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams." (The Departed)
"A knockout of a thriller! A new crime classic." (A Prophet)
"An American classic! Gus Van Sant's best film." (Milk)
"A new American classic!" (The Master)
"A classic for a new generation!" (Jane Eyre)
"A mind-blowing comedy classic…" (Borat)
"This classic in the making ranks high on the list of the year's best movies." (Brokeback Mountain)
"This classic-in-the-making is…a new career peak for the Coen Brothers." (No Country for Old Men)
"A new Coen Brothers classic. Great filmmaking. Great acting. Great movie." (True Grit)

"Terence Stamp gives an award-caliber performance!" (Unfinished Song)
"Jared Leto is flat-out perfect. He gives an award-caliber performance of caustic wit and touchingly beleaguered grace. Deeply moving.. Jennifer Garner is a radiant actress of rare spirit and sensitivity." (Dallas Buyers Club)

"Let's toast Lena Dunham. An original new voice in film is something rare and worthy of celebration. A comedy of touching gravity that finds gods in the details, and the devil too. It's the work of a filmmaker with a stunning future." (Tiny Furniture)
"Smart and potently funny. Mike Judge has a rare talent. "(Extract)
"Director Stephan Elliott uncorks a rare vintage of laughs! A comedy of bad manners done by experts." (Easy Virtue)
"A sharply observed comedy filled with wonderful mischief! A rare film that richly rewards!" (Broken Flowers)
"A rare commodity: A grown-up romance." (Shopgirl)
"Dazzling, uproarious, rare and remarkable!" (Please Give)
"Dares you to explore the violence of the mind. Take the dare. It's something rare these days: untamed." (Down in the Valley)
"A film of rare courage and imperishable heart." (Hotel Rwanda)
"That rare summer movie - one that matters." (Summer Hours)

"Striking. Tinged with humor and heartbreak. Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff are outstanding, engaged and enthralling. Hirsch opens his heart to the role. Dorff, matching the depth of feeling he showed in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere excels. Kris Kristofferson is sharply affecting. Dakota Fanning is lovely." (The Motel Life)
"Before Midnight is One of the Year's Best Movies. Full to the brim with humor, heartbreak, and ravishing romance, Richard Linklater directrs with Ardor and Artistry. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy Shine Brilliantly. Heads up, Oscar, This One's a Keeper." (Before Midnight)

"Brims over with bracing humor and ravishing romance, but there are also haunting shadows. That alone makes it a keeper." (Midnight In Paris)
"It's a keeper." (Outrage)
"It's a keeper!" (I'm Not Scared)
"The Eclipse is a keeper." (The Eclipse)
"A playful comedy laced with heartbreak…" (Pieces of April)
"An irresistible blend of humor and heartbreak." (Cemetery Junction)
"A movie rich in hilarity, heartbreak and a sense of life in all its vibrant, messy sprawl." (Friends with Money)
"Director Alexander Payne is a master of the human comedy. He walks the high wire between humor and heartbreak with unerring skill." (The Descendants)
"Writer-Director Tod Williams catches the heartbreak and humor of the story that do John Irving proud." (The Door In The Floor)
"Owen Wilson skillfully blends humor and heartbreak..." (The Darjeeling Limited)
"Blending humor and heartbreak in a performance that makes Is Anybody There? A richly satisfying film, Caine truly is magic." (Is Anybody There?)
"Downey gives a blazing performance that runs the gamut from humor to heartbreak." (Zodiac)
"In a multiplex crowded with formula rom-coms divorced from genuine feeling, Cyrus brims over with hilarity and heartbreak." (Cyrus)
" A near perfect blend of humor and heartbreak. That rare summer movie - one that matters." (Summer Hours)
"An exhilarating gift filled with humor and heartbreak." (The Help)
"John Hawkes and Helen Hunt give award-caliber performances that turn The Sessions into a unique film that brims over with humor and heartbreak. An exhilarating gift of a movie." (The Sessions)

"A techno-thriller driven by genuine feeling." (Disconnect)
"A buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion." (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
"The rapturously romantic and haunting New World is a genuine event." (The New World)
"Spectacular - a genuine marvel." (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
"In a multiplex crowded with formula rom-coms divorced from genuine feeling, Cyrus brims over with hilarity and heartbreak." (Cyrus)
"Genuinely inspiring." (Invictus)

"Stirring and inspiring." (42)
"Far from being exploitive, the effect is inspiring: This is the best of us." (United 93)
"For her stirring, soul-deep performance…Marion Cotillard goes to the front of the line for every Best Actress award out there…a performance for the ages." (La Vie en Rose)
"A one-of-a-kind inspiration. Jack Black delivers an award-caliber performance." (Bernie)
"It's inspiring! Jamie Foxx's fierce, funny, deeply felt performance deserves to be legendary." (Ray)
"For inspired laughs you can't beat Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa!" (Bad Santa)

"It's comic, artful and visionary." (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)
"Artfully exciting and compulsively watchable." (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)
"Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a miracle worker, a filmmaker whose soaring visuals and passionate intensity are artfully blended in this stunning film..." (A Very Long Engagement)
Eastwood, at the peak of his artful powers, tightens the screws of suspense without ever forgetting where the heart of his film lies." (Changeling)
"The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination." (The Dark Knight)
"Visionary and scary!" (28 Days Later)
"Director David Cronenberg is a visionary!" (Eastern Promises)
"Aronofsky is a fearless visionary." (Black Swan)
"Burton is a true visionary" (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
"Tom Ford is a true visionary." (A Single Man)
"Rob Marshall's work is visionary and electric." (Nine)

You may want to get a sandwich or take a breather before this next one.

"Bracingly fresh and funny. I loved every minute of it." (The Way Way Back)
"Fall-down funny." (Anchorman 2)

"Think of all the ways you can hurt yourself laughing, as in fall down, split your sides, bust a gut, blow your mind." (Tropic Thunder)
"This is like if Superbad met Midnight Run and they had a baby, and then Pulp Fiction and True Romance met Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared and they had a baby, and by some miracle those babies met - this would be the funny movie they birthed." (Pineapple Express)
"Funny and touching, it works miracles in 3-D." (How To Train Your Dragon)
"Wonderfully funny and touching…Up works miracles." (Up)
"Some kind of miracle! From Sondheim to the Stones, Graff creates something funny, touching and vital." (Camp)
"John Hawkes and Helen Hunt give award-caliber performances that turn The Sessions into a unique film that brims over with humor and heartbreak. Funny, touching and vital. Hawkes does the kind of acting that awards were invented for." (The Sessions)
"Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Philip Bosco give award-caliber performances in Tamara Jenkins' funny, touching and vital film." (The Savages)
"A funny, touching and vital film. Clive Owen gives a heartfelt, award-caliber performance." (The Boys Are Back)
"A funny, touching, vital script by Jenny Lumet." (Rachel Getting Married)
"Sally Hawkins is irresistible in this funny, touching and vital salute to women." (Made In Dagenham)
"Sarah Jessica Parker is funny, touching and vital." (Sex and the City)
"A funny and touching film! It's something special!" (The Station Agent)
"A funny and touching tale." (Quinceanera)
"Funny and touching." (Get Low)
"Funny and touching." (Sunshine Cleaning)
"Touching & funny." (Dear Frankie)
"Richly funny and touching." (Last Chance Harvey)
"Funny, touching and altogether extraordinary!" (Beginners)
"Sexy, touching and funny…A comfy fit for both sexes." (In Her Shoes)
"The film hits all the bases - funny, touching, provocative." (Fierce People)
"Sharply funny and touching..." (Crazy Stupid Love)
"Andy Samberg shines in a grounded performance that digs deep, sharply funny and touching, a breath of fresh comic air!" (Celeste and Jesse Forever)
"The darkly delicious Bonham Carter is funny and touching" (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
"The seriously gorgeous Uma Thurman is effortlessly funny and affecting. What makes Prime a winner is the way writer-director Ben Younger blends raucous laughs with touching gravity." (Prime)
"Powered by contradictory impulses, his film is funny and dead-serious, poetic and plain-spoken, erotic and touchingly tender." (Down in the Valley)
"...brutally funny and touched by brilliance." (We Don't Live Here Anymore)
"Funny and touching in unexpected ways." (A Prairie Home Companion)
"Funny and touching in ways you can't predict." (The Queen)
"Fiendishly funny and hellishly scary!" (The Cabin in the Woods)
"Fierce and fiendishly funny." (No Country for Old Men)
"Uproarious…fiendishly funny! The laughs come with a sting! Jon Heder orbits past his Napoleon Dynamite character at last by getting seriously fierce!" (School for Scoundrels)
"Jamie Foxx's fierce, funny, deeply felt performance deserves to be legendary." (Ray)
"Geoffrey Rush is his match, fiercely funny in a feast of a role." (The King's Speech)
"Pierce Brosnan is roaringly fierce and funny!" (The Matador)
"Meryl Streep has never been this fierce, this diabolically funny - you can't take your eyes off her." (The Manchurian Candidate)
"Nicole Kidman is just astonishing - subtle, fierce, brutally funny, tender when you least expect it." (Rabbit Hole)
"Crowe continues to astonish as an actor - fierce, funny and every inch the hero." (Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World)
"It's been years since a movie superhero was this fierce and this funny." (Iron Man)
"Fiercely funny!" (Delirious)
"Fierce & darkly funny." (Mail Order Wife)
"Fierce and ferociously funny!" (Killer Joe)
"Fierce, funny, and moving." (The Class)
"A fiercely funny human comedy that manages to be both hilarious and haunting." (The Upside of Anger)
"This mischievous blend of The Office and Friday the 13th keeps things fierce and funny enough to give Steve Carell ideas." (Severance)
"A radically fierce & funny fireball. You'll laugh till it hurts." (Sicko)
"Michael Moore isn't the only filmmaker packing enough heat to bust out of the documentary ghetto. A shockingly fierce and funny spell-binder that leaves your head spinning." (Crazy Love)

"Fresh and funny. A wickedly probing documentary" (Inside Deep Throat)
"Subversive and diabolically funny." (The Yes Men)
"Roaringly funny." (The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters)
"Ferociously funny!" (Fahrenheit 9/11)
"...sexy and ferociously funny!" (Sin City)
"Sinfully funny." (The Devil Wears Prada)
"Billy Bob Thornton is sinfully funny!" (Bad Santa)
"Funny as hell..." (Observe and Report)
"Demonically funny and surprisingly sweet." (Sleeping Dogs Lie)
"Scary, monstrously funny and melodically thrilling." (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
"The beginning, middle and end are all killer funny." (The Hangover)
"Role Models is killer funny." (Role Models)
"Killer-funny. You'll laugh 'till it hurts!" (The Aristocrats)
"Hysterically, gut-bustingly funny." (Ted)
"This heartfelt, often painfully funny movie has the power to sneak up and floor you." (The Beaver)
"A smart, sexy and seriously funny comedy!" (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
"Sublimely smart, sexy and seriously funny. ((500) Days of Summer)
"Smart and potently funny. Mike Judge has a rare talent." (Extract)
"Fast and furiously funny…You will laugh loud and often." (In the Loop)
"Wildly funny and inventive!" (Kill Bill Vol. 1)
"Funky cool...lyrically funny." (Coffee and Cigarettes)
"A funny-sexy-scary powerhouse!" (Better Luck Tomorrow)
"Outrageously funny." (I Love You Philip Morris)
"Outrageous, off-the-wall funny." (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)
"Sarah Silverman is the most outrageously funny woman alive." (Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic)
"Bruno ist outrageous. Make the shameless sidesplitting Bruno numero uno on your funny-time list." (Bruno)
"Indelibly funny...the cast could not be better." (Friends with Kids)
"Tommy Lee Jones is simply sensational, bitingly funny and fearlessly blunt." (Lincoln)
"Cate Blanchett is funny and heartbreaking." (The Aviator)
"Oliver Platt is sublimely funny!" (Please Give)
"Donald Sutherland is wryly funny." (Pride and Prejudice)
"…a very funny Jason Schwartzman…" (Shopgirl)
"Paul Rudd and Jason Segel are howlingly funny." (I Love You, Man)
"John C. Reilly is insanely funny." (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story)
"Vince Vaughn is the best friend a movie comedy could have. He's hilariously funny." (The Break-Up)

We're going to conclude with the piece we did on Travers back in October; a roundabout summation of everything that is wrong with the studios using him on films that already are getting widespread praise from more interesting critics across the country.

A quick refresher on Peter Travers and Captain Phillips as seen in the commercials.

"Tom Hanks hits a new career peak. One of the best films of the year." - Peter Travers
"Crazy Heart may finally win him the Oscar that's unfairly eluded him and it offers the pleasure of watching a great actor at the peak of his form." (Crazy Heart)
"Dazzling...Mann hits a new peak, orchestrating action, atmosphere and bruising humor." (Collateral)
"Eastwood, at the peak of his artful powers, tightens the screws of suspense without ever forgetting where the heart of his film lies." (Changeling)
"A spellbinder that builds unbearable suspense without losing sight of the story's grieving heart. This classic-in-the-making is the Coen Brothers at the peak of their powers!" (No Country for Old Men)

The adjective they are really banking on to describe the film though is the following. Watch as Travers quickly takes the meaning out of it.

"Captain Phillips is a knockout." - Peter Travers
"A knockout!" (Crash)
"A French knockout!" (A Christmas Tale)
"A knockout! A visual miracle!" (Rize)
"A game-changer. A breathless rush of a movie that jumps off the screen, spins your head around and then works its way into your heart. Dazzling...A visual wonderland that is literally a knockout." (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)
"Drop-dead dazzling knockout beautiful…this movie will grab you." (Step Into Liquid)
"Hits the jackpot! Maria Bello dazzles! A knockout!" (The Cooler)
"Great acting is quicksilver, impossible to pin down in words. But you know it when you see it. "And you see it with dazzling clarity in this landmark portrayal. A movie that doesn't pull its punches. It's a knockout! A terrific no-nonsense Catherine Keener." (Capote)
"Jonah Hill scores a no-joke knockout." (Moneyball)
"Keira Knightley scores a knockout…Impurely delicious…There's a fire in her eyes that won't be extinguished." (The Duchess)
"It's a comic knockout. Sharply funny and touching...A dream cast! Playful." (Crazy Stupid Love)
"Hairspray earns knockout status for its humor, heart and high spirits." (Hairspray)
"Hilarious in ways you have to see to believe! Apatow builds a knockout fable of modern immaturity." (Knocked Up)
"Think of all the ways you can hurt yourself laughing, as in fall down, split your sides, bust a gut, blow your mind. You get it all in Tropic Thunder, a knockout of a comedy that keeps you laughing constantly. It's also killer smart, lacing combustible action with explosive gags." (Tropic Thunder)
"Thunderous action and nail-biting suspense…A potently acted powerhouse that sticks in the mind and the heart. Harris and Mortensen make a knockout team. Gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises" (Appaloosa)
"A knockout! Spellbinding! It spins a web that will pull you in. A thriller that really thrills." (The Lookout)
"A knockout of a thriller! A triumph of the highest order! A new crime classic." (A Prophet)
"A globe-trotting, butt-kicking, whiplash-paced action movie done with humor, style and smarts. A knockout performance by Matt Damon" (The Bourne Supremacy)
"A knockout in every way…Passing Strange blows the roof off!" (Passing Strange)
Kinsey wanted to snap the public out of sexual ignorance. And Condon's knockout of a movie tries to do the same. You'll be shocked at how far we haven't come." (Kinsey)
"One sweet sexy sting of a movie! Edward Burns gives a knockout" (Confidence)
"A knockout! Like nothing you've ever seen!" (Hanna)

Got that? The latest quote is as follows:

"A knockout of a movie filled with nerve-jangling tension, and surprises you don't see coming. It's one of the best movie of the year. Raw and riveting, Hanks hits a new career peak." - Peter Travers

Let's start with the first bit, shall we?

"Director Gabriele Salvatores delivers a nerve-jangling film." (I'm Not Scared)
"Sizzles with so much nerve-frying suspense that it's hot to the touch. "(Shutter Island)
"This movie delivers so hard it shoots off sparks. Your head will spin. Your palms will sweat. Your nerves will fry." (Unstoppable) [br]
"A potent frightfest that will fry your nerves and creep you out." (Paranormal Activity) [br]

The "surprises you don't see coming" line is a new one. An odd one too considering that Captain Phillips is based on an infamous true story with a well-known outcome. Perhaps there is more to the story that Sony is keeping Chicago critics from until the week of release, but that hardly correlates to what is anticipated in terms of movie "surprises" and "twists." We did examine that a bit last week too in regards to Travers' praise of Prisoners.

"Hot-blooded, haunting and packed with the pleasures of the unexpected. (Tell No One)
"Devilishly clever plot twists." (Duplicity)
"It's jolting, juicy stuff made juicier by the actors. State of Play keeps the twists coming." (State of Play)
"Tommy Lee Jones shakes you in way you do not see coming." (The Three Burials of Melquaides Estrada)
"David Hyde Pierce is pricelessly good at taking you places you don't see coming." (The Perfect Host)
"Precious leaves you moved like no film in years and then lifts you up in ways you don't see coming." (Precious)
"A mind-bender of a thriller with twists you don't see coming!" (Mr. Brooks)
"Terrific and packed with surprises. It's full of twists and nail-biting suspense. You can't get it out of your head." (Side Effects)

You know, maybe we wouldn't see the twists coming, dummy, if you didn't tell us they were there in the first place. How do you respond to that, Peter?

"Expect the unexpected." (The Counselor)

OK, fine. The best of the new Captain Phillips quote though is Travers' love of the phrase "raw and riveting." They are adjectives we expected to popup quite frequently as individuals throughout Travers' timeline, but lo and behold...

"Amazing. Raw and riveting." (Revolutionary Road)
"Raw and riveting…Winterbottom exerts a grip that won't let go." (A Mighty Heart)
"Raw and riveting! You can't tear your eyes away from this explosion of sounds and images." (American Hardcore)
"Images that take your breath away. There isn't a frame of this raw and riveting movie that Coppola doesn't invest with feeling." (Tetro)
"Directed with ferocity and feeling by Kimberly Pierce, the emotional battlefield strikes a universal chord that transcends politics and preaching; it's raw and riveting. The film takes us inside the minds and hearts of soldiers and is a powder keg with no agenda except the human one. It's the real deal." (Stop-Loss)
"Raw and riveting…an experience you won't soon forget." (Monster)

Apparently, except Travers. As usual. Try a thesaurus sometimes, Peter. It's a wondrous tool for a writer in a brain pinch. And you sure could have used it in your review of Gravity.

"The Mexican-born Cuarón is a true visionary. In tandem with the Bullock tour de force – she blends ferocity and feeling into a triumphant, award-caliber portrait of grace under pressure – he turns Gravity into a thing of transcendent beauty and terror. It's more than a movie. It's some kind of miracle."

That is in his Rolling Stone review. We haven't even gotten to the ad yet. Read it again if you must and then continue.

"Tom Ford is a true visionary." (A Single Man)
"Burton is a true visionary. As the film follows its tragic course, Burton scores an explosive triumph. Covered in blood, Sweeney is finally engulfed by his emotions, and Depp finds the character's grieving heart. It's a staggering moment in a spellbinder of breathtaking beauty and terror." (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
"A thing of beauty, hugely entertaining and way cool!" (Finding Nemo)
"It's a thing of beauty." (Holy Motors)
"Directed with ferocity and feeling by Kimberly Pierce..." (Stop-Loss)
"What David Fincher does is simply extraordinary. He fuses ferocity and feeling and creates a world you want to get lost in." (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
"Bradley Cooper's ferocity and feeling pull you in." (The Place Beyond the Pines)
"Tommy Lee Jones fills every frame of his directorial debut with the ferocity and feeling of his best screen performances." (The Three Burials of Melquaides Estrada)
"The go-for-broke intensity and emotional layering Watts brings to her role is an acting triumph. And McGregor matches her in a performance of ferocity and feeling." (The Impossible)

Now we get to the newspaper ad. 98% approval at Rotten Tomatoes. The glorious reviews that have been pouring in non-stop since the Venice Film Festival were enough to keep Warner Bros. from its usual stable of whores. Yet they put Travers right at the top.



You'll notice back at the review the line reads "In tandem with the Bullock tour de force" as opposed to "Bullock is a tour de force." With or is, it's all the same to Travers.

A visual and emotional tour de force. (Where the Wild Things Are)
This tour-de-force gets you high on movies again! (Grindhouse)
It's a tour-de-force performance in a stylistically bold movie. (Birth)
A tour de force for Sally Field. (Lincoln)
Norton delivers a tour de force. (Leaves of Grass)
Anne Hathaway delivers an acting tour de force. (Rachel Getting Married)
You'll never forget Javier Bardem's tour de force. (No Country for Old Men)
Eastern Promises is Viggo Mortensen's tour de force. (Eastern Promises)
Savagely moving. Julianne Moore's tour de force performance is unforgettable. (Savage Grace)
Streep's performance is a comic and dramatic tour de force. (The Devil Wears Prada)
Marion Cotillard is a tour-de-force of unleashed emotions. (Rust and Bone)
(Cohen's) performance is a tour de force that sets off comic and cosmic explosions in your head. (Borat)
Frank Langella gives the performance of a lifetime as Nixon in a bone-deep tour de force. (Frost/Nixon)
A gift of a movie! Jeff Daniels gives the performance of his career. Jeff Daniels' portrait is a tour de force and his shining hour onscreen. (The Squid and the Whale)
Ralph Fiennes, as star and commander, pulls off a triumph! Vanessa Redgrave gives a tour-de-force performance. (Coriolanus)
Triumphant and enthralling. A double tour-de-force for James Franco and Danny Boyle. (127 Hours)

Travers' review ends with the line "It's more than a movie. It's some kind of miracle." As opposed to Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky...

"It's more than a movie, it's a gift."

Not to get sidetracked but...

"A gift! (King of California)
"Fun this smart is a gift!" (Kung Fu Hustle)
"A gift of a movie absolutely worth seeing more than once." (Once)
"A gift from comedy heaven" (A Mighty Wind)

Which brings us back to miracles. Those of us critics who may consider words like "miracles" to be a sacred word - not necessarily in a holier than thou way, but just as one that should be reserved for films like Gravity, should take offense to hearing Travers use it. If you recall the old Father Guido Sarducci joke about the Pope "just waving" the fourth miracle needed to canonize Mother Teresa to sainthood, that is what it is like to see Travers throwing the word around willy-nilly. And boy does he ever.

"Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a miracle worker..." (A Very Long Engagement)
"A knockout! A visual miracle!" (Rize)
"A movie miracle! It soars! You feel privileged!" (Winged Migration)
"An unmissable movie event. A feast for the eyes and ears. Cate Blanchett's soon-to-be legendary performance is not a stunt, it's some kind of miracle. (I'm Not There)
"Some kind of miracle!" (Camp)
"A miracle of a movie!" (Another Year)
"High on the list of the year's best movies. A miracle of a movie! Alfred Molina is a comic force of nature." (An Education)
"Unmissable and unforgettable! Hits you like a shot in the heart. This classic in the making ranks high on the list of the year's best movies. It's a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Heath Ledger's performance is an acting miracle." (Brokeback Mountain)
"Allen and Elliott perform acting miracles in this quietly devastating spellbinder." (Off the Map)
"Funny and touching, it works miracles in 3-D." (How To Train Your Dragon)
"A hilarious and heartfelt wonder! A new miracle in animation from Pixar…Unique and unmissable." (Ratatouille)
"A breathtaking ride. Wonderfully funny and touching…Up works miracles." (Up)
"A mesmerizing mindbender! Duncan Jones pulls off sci-fi miracles." (Moon)

The only miracle left is the one where we never see Peter Travers' name in an ad ever again.





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