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Criticwatch Presents: Peter Travers (The 2015 Retrospective)

by Erik Childress

Back in July of this year it was reported that longtime Rolling Stone film critic and champion Criticwatch quote whore, Peter Travers, may have been getting demoted at the magazine. Though certainly no fan of what would have been referred to in olden times as Hyperbolus Maximus, Travers may have had a right to be "yelling and screaming" at co-founder Jann Wenner. After all, Travers had certainly done the bidding of his bosses to get the Rolling Stone name out there more by giving studios precisely what they wanted even if the reviews rarely matched the repetitious praise. It could easily be argued that the magazine is now more associated with film blurbs than anything related to music for the past 15 years.

It is why Peter Travers gets his own yearly retrospective here at Criticwatch (not to mention have the top quote whore award named in his dishonor.) When this news broke it was amazing how many on Twitter leapt to his support as a critic they follow and trust despite years of evidence of what a blurb-tastic hack he has become. Whatever the result of his changed role at Rolling Stone, the Travers machine was still out in full force the last five months of the year. And it got tricky too because many ads were simply using the name of the magazine without attributing them to Travers. David Fear began popping up in more ads but usually credited by name. The truth is that Rolling Stone and Peter Travers will be forever linked like carrots and pea-brains.

When we see a quote on Macbeth credited to Rolling Stone (but not a critic) that says "Marion Cotillard gives a glorious performance" it's a good bet that it belongs to Travers. But in true journalistic fashion it is good to be sure. Naturally, we find that exact wording absent in Travers' review which says "If you haven't seen Marion Cotillard play Lady Macbeth, you really haven't seen the role inhabited with the glorious fire and ice it needs to haunt your dreams."

Whether the studio asked to simplify that or not is between them and Travers. Why the original quote wasn't good enough is a better question considering how often variations of ti have been in the past. And so often. So, so, very often. From here we present you a sampling of Peter Travers' ad quotes in 2015. This one is dedicated to the "movie pussies" that Travers said could not handle the violence of The Revenant. May they never grant you entry into their lives again.


"Experience the power of cinema unleashed. Leonardo DiCaprio delivers a virtuoso performance." (The Revenant)
"Marion Cotillard is a tour-de-force of unleashed emotions. " (Rust and Bone)
"This is Jack unleashed" (Anger Management)


"**** One of the year's very best films. The kind that stays with you long after you leave the theater. Rooney Mara is flawless. Director Todd Haynes reaches a new peak of film artistry. I wanted to cheer!" (Carol)
"Easily one of the year's best pictures! Devilishly clever, mind-bending thriller! Gary Oldman gives a performance that is flawless in every detail. A dream cast. A master class in film artistry." (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
"A profoundly affecting film that haunts you long after it ends." (August: Osage County)
"Down in the Valley is 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 mesmerizing spellbinder. A tour de force of shock and awe. Ex Machina springs surprises that will haunt you for a good long time. Oh, baby, you have no idea." (Ex Machina)
"A romantic spellbinder." (Carol)

"...the effect of this mesmerizing mind teaser is spellbinding." (Match Point)
"It's a spellbinder." (Let Me In)
"A lyrical spellbinder." (Ain't Them Bodies Saints)
"A spellbinder of breathtaking beauty and terror." (Sweeney Todd)
"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)
"Electrifying! A diabolically entertaining spellbinder. Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons will blow you away." (Whiplash)
"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)

"A landmark film. One of the very best films of the year." (Spotlight)
"It's a landmark film" (Brokeback Mountain)
"A landmark crime saga." (Public Enemies)
"An American landmark." (The Social Network)
"Scorsese delivers another cinematic landmark." (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Philip Seymour Hoffman's unmissable and unforgettable performance as Truman Capote should make him the front-runner for every Best Actor prize in the book. 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)


"A classic for the here and now." (Far from the Madding Crowd)
"A blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic." (12 Years a Slave)
"A mind-blowing comedy classic" (Borat)
"A classic for a new generation!" (Jane Eyre)
"A new Clint classic." (Mystic River)
"A new American classic!" (The Master)
"A total triumph! An American classic!" (Milk)
"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)
"Cinderella Man hits you right in the heart. It's the classic American tale of the family man triumphant." (Cinderella Man)
"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)
"This classic-in-the-making is the Coen Brothers at the peak of their powers!" (No Country for Old Men)
"True Grit is a new Coen Brothers classic." (True Grit)

For those who have not seen it (and you should) this film is about compulsive gamblers...

"This one is on a lucky streak." (Mississippi Grind) - Peter Travers
"Be on the lookout for this one. There's magic in it." (Whale Rider)
"Heads up, Oscar, This One's a Keeper." (Before Midnight)
"This one shakes you." (Crude)
"Want your skin to crawl? This one's for you". (Willard)

"Extraordinary! Unique and unforgettable. Bel Powley is sensational." (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
"Unique and unforgettable." (Take Shelter)
"A unique and unforgettable psychological thriller that knocks the ground out from under you." (Foxcatcher)
"The best film of the year. Unique and unforgettable." (Boyhood)


"Vibrates with smarts and sexiness. Greta Gerwig is the mistress of all things comedy." (Mistress America)
"A mesmerizing mindbender that vibrates with energy and suspense." (The Imitation Game)
"A fireworks display of action, smarts and fun, plus a touch of class from actors who can really act." (X-Men: First Class)
"Hot! Hot! Hot! The smarts sneak up on you! Megan Fox shows a comic flair." (Jennifer's Body)
"Odds are you're going to like this lively spin on the true story of six MIT mathletes who broke the Vegas Bank. It's a kick to watch Kevin Spacey and a gifted young cast use smarts to deal audiences a winning hand." (21)
"A globe-trotting, butt-kicking, whiplash-paced action movie done with humor, style and smarts. A knockout performance by Matt Damon" (The Bourne Supremacy)
"The Bourne Ultimatum is a wow of an action movie that buries the competition and sets a new gold standard for thrills and smarts. 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)


"Riveting in every thrilling musical detail. Paul Dano gives a performance awards were invented for." (Love & Mercy) (Rolling Stone)
"John Hawkes does the kind of acting that awards were invented for." (The Sessions) (Rolling Stone)
"Gary Oldman gives a performance that is flawless in every detail. A dream cast. A master class in film artistry." (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
"Raw and riveting...Winterbottom exerts a grip that won't let go. The film belongs to Jolie. This is by far her best performance, strong and true in every detail." (A Mighty Heart)
"Get ready for Will Ferrell like you've never seen him! A performance that rings true in every detail." (Everything Must Go)


"A feast for actors. Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel are wonders to behold. Rachel Weisz is sublime." (Youth)
"Colin Firth gives a towering performance that deserves a shower of awards. Geoffrey Rush is his match, fiercely funny in a feast of a role." (The King's Speech)
A smart, sexy feast! (The Barbarian Invasions)
"A feast for the eyes and ears." (I'm Not There)
"Besides being a feast for the eyes and ears, Les Miserables overflows with humor, heartbreak, rousing action and ravishing romance. " (Les Miserables)
"Norton is a wonder to behold. It's something rare these days: untamed." (Down in the Valley)
"Cohen's total immersion in his character is a wonder to behold." (Borat)
"Sit back and behold" (My Week With Marilyn)
"Nobody does animation better than Hayao Miyazaki. Sit back and behold." (Howl's Moving Castle)
"A high-flying wonder to behold. The first movie was a crazy good time. The sequel is more than that, way more. It's thrilling, a soaring blend of 3D animation and spectacular storytelling." (How To Train Your Dragon 2)
"Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a miracle worker, a filmmaker whose soaring visuals and passionate intensity are artfully blended in this stunning film...Just sit back and behold as Jeunet takes you to hell and back with this epic love story." (A Very Long Engagement)
"Just sit back and behold. The movie rises and, at times, even soars." (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)


"Lily Tomlin has never been better. She works miracles and leaves you dazzled. Sam Elliott is superb." (Grandma)
"A miracle. Maybe it's naive to think a movie like this can heighten our awareness, even change things, so what. Godspeed. Richard Gere gives the performance of his career." (Time Out of Mind)

"A knockout! A visual miracle!" (Rize)
"A movie miracle! It soars! You feel privileged!" (Winged Migration)
"Some kind of miracle! The perfect antidote to a synthetic, overblown movie summer, (Camp) -
"A miracle of a movie! Prepare to be wowed by Carey Mulligan who is sensational and incandescent. Peter Sarsgaard is shockingly good. Alfred Molina is a comic force of nature." (An Education)
"A miracle of a movie!" (Another Year)
"Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a miracle worker, a filmmaker whose soaring visuals and passionate intensity are artfully blended in this stunning film...Just sit back and behold as Jeunet takes you to hell and back with this epic love story." (A Very Long Engagement)
"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)
"Unmissable and unforgettable! Hits you like a shot in the heart. Heath Ledger's performance is an acting miracle." (Brokeback Mountain)
"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)
"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)
"Funny and touching, it works miracles in 3-D." (How To Train Your Dragon)
"A mesmerizing mindbender! Duncan Jones pulls off sci-fi miracles." (Moon)
"Gravity is more than a movie. It's some kind of miracle." (Gravity)


"The Humbling is a dark dazzler. Pacino's best film performance in years. To watch him is a master class." (The Humbling)
"Cate Blanchett delivers a master class in acting." (Carol)

"Philip Seymour Hoffman is simply magnificent...A master class in acting." (A Most Wanted Man)
"Jenkins delivers a master class in acting." (The Visitor)
"Langella delivers a master class in acting." (Starting Out in the Evening)
"Kevin Kline gives a master class in acting." (The Extra Man)
"Gary Oldman gives a performance that is flawless in every detail. A master class in film artistry." (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

"Dazzling!" (Coraline)
"Berenice Bejo is dazzling." (The Artist)
"Catherine Keener is dazzling." (Hamlet 2)
"A dazzling ride." (Jack Reacher)
"An addictive thriller. Dazzling." (The Ghost Writer)
"A thrilling dazzler! Don't even think of missing it!" (Every Little Step)
"Reitman and Cody and working without a net on a tightrope with a built-in wobble. But their control is dazzling." (Young Adult)
"Dazzling...Mann hits a new peak, orchestrating action, atmosphere and bruising humor. (Collateral) -
"Depp, one of the most exciting and original actors this country has ever produced, dazzles." (Public Enemies)
"Batman delivers the dazzle. Fans can now feel free to go batty." (Batman Begins)
"Feverish action? Check. Dazzling spectacle? Check. Devilish fun? Check." (The Dark Knight)
"There's magic in it. Rickman is droll, dazzling perfection." (Bottle Shock)
"Coppola works her magic again...Your eyes will be dazzled..." (Marie Antoinette)
"Hero was just a warm-up for this martial arts fireball that throws in a lyrical love story and countless other ravishments and dazzing surprises. Prepare your eyes for popping!" (House of Flying Daggers)
"Hellboy is on fire with scares and laughs and Del Toro's visual dazzle" (Hellboy)
"Dazzling! A hot-blooded musical fantasia full of song, dance and simmering sexuality." (Nine)
"The party of the year! Dreamgirls dazzles like nothing else anywhere." (Dreamgirls)
"Dazzling, uproarious, rare and remarkable!" (Please Give)
"Sneaks up and floors you. Don't let anyone spoil the secrets in this delicate dazzler." (Away We Go)
"Drop-dead dazzling knockout beautiful...this movie will grab you." (Step Into Liquid)
"To die for...A dazzling documentary." (Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's)
"Dazzling. A knock-out!" (Frankenweenie)
"Dazzling...A visual wonderland that is literally a knockout." (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)
"The Cooler hits the jackpot! Maria Bello dazzles! Alec Baldwin's revelatory portrayal is the stuff Oscars are made of. A knockout! (The Cooler)
"Philip Seymour Hoffman's unmissable and unforgettable performance as Truman Capote should make him the front-runner for every Best Actor prize in the book. 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 is a movie that doesn't pull its punches. It's a knockout!" (Capote)
"All the actors are first-rate: Hoffman continues to astonish. And Lumet's direction dazzles. No way you won't be knocked for a loop." (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead)


"An exuberant gift! You're all in for a blast! Hilarious and heartfelt. Al Pacino is the life of the party. Annette Bening is reliably wonderful. Bobby Cannavale digs deep into the role. Christopher Plummer is priceless. Irresistible." (Danny Collins)
"Andy Samberg shines in a grounded performance that digs deep, sharply funny and touching, a breath of fresh comic air!" (Celeste and Jesse Forever)
"Zach Galifianakis is a comic force of nature! He is terrific. He digs down here and delivers a beautifully nuanced performance that gets under your skin. Just like the movie." (It's Kind of a Funny Story)
"A triumph that brings lyricism, laughs and dark magic to the party." (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
"It's the party game movie of the year." (Room 237)
"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! Dreamgirls dazzles like nothing else anywhere." (Dreamgirls)
"Sometimes a movie comes out of nowhere and wins you over. Safety Not Guaranteed is that kind of unexpected gift." (Safety Not Guaranteed)
A gift of a movie absolutely worth seeing more than once. (Once)
A gift of a movie! (The Squid and the Whale)
Heartfelt and hilarious! It's more than a movie, it's a gift. (Happy-Go-Lucky)
A gift! (King of California)
Fun this smart is a gift! (Kung Fu Hustle)
A gift from comedy heaven (A Mighty Wind)
The indispensable Jason Bateman is a gift to comedies... (The Switch)
"An exhilarating gift." (Fish Tank)
"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 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)
"An exhilarating blast of a movie. " (We Are the Best!)
"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 music and joy that ignites with spirit and humor." (The Sapphires)
"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)
"Heartfelt and hilarious!" (Happy-Go-Lucky)
"Hilarious and heartfelt. " (Bridesmaids)
"Hilarious and heartfelt" (Hope Springs)
"Hilarious and heartfelt!" (The Wackness)
"Hilarious and heartfelt." (Prime)
"Hilarious and heartfelt...a winner." (Garden State)
"Achingly hilarious and heartfelt." (50/50)
"A gem, hilarious and heartfelt..." (The Dukes)
"A hilarious and heartfelt wonder! A new miracle in animation from Pixar...Unique and unmissable." (Ratatouille)
"It's a sublimely acted movie, hilarious and heartfelt, and it stays with you." (Jack Goes Boating)
"A sweetheart of a comedy with a hilarious and heartfelt performance by Keri Russell." (Waitress)
"A beauty of a movie. Hilarious! Heartfelt and achingly true." (Then She Found Me)
"Hilarious and heartfelt! An enchanted ride of a movie. A dream cast. Writer/Director Wes Anderson links the everyday and the extraordinary with virtuosos artistry. Moonrise Kingdom reminds us how to be alive." (Moonrise Kingdom)
"Hilarious and heartfelt. Irresistible. The Kids Are All Right makes its own special magic." (The Kids Are All Right)
"The Coens make their own kind of music. Hilarious, heartfelt and irresistible." (Inside Llewyn Davis)


"Irresistible and funny! A dazzling family film." (Paddington) (Rolling Stone)
"Irresistible. Freewheeling and fun." (Dope)

"Irresistible fun!" (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
"A fireworks display of action, smarts and fun, plus a touch of class from actors who can really act. Irresistible." (X-Men: First Class)
"A blast of fright and fun! Keeps the blood and the laughs gushing!" (Shaun of the Dead)
"A tire-burning blast of action and fun with a beating heart under its hood. You can bet Cars 2 will rev your engines." (Cars 2)
"An exhilarating blast of a movie. Totally irresistible." (We Are the Best!)
"Crazily inventive and totally irresistible." (Like Crazy)
"Utterly irresistible..." (City Island)
"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)
"Irresistible, funny and romantic! It hits the summer sweet spot by breezing in on waves of humor, heartache and ravishing romance! They perform subtle, irresistible magic." (Begin Again)
"The Coens make their own kind of music. Hilarious, heartfelt and irresistible." (Inside Llewyn Davis)
"Hilarious and heartfelt. Irresistible. The Kids Are All Right makes its own special magic." (The Kids Are All Right)
"An irresistible blend of humor and heartbreak." (Cemetery Junction)
"Irresistible! Deliciously entertaining! The perfect antidote to Hollywood junk food. All the actors are aces..." (Chef)
"Irresistible! The actors are world-class charmers, and the magnificent dame Maggie Smith is the diva divine." (Quartet)
"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)
"The fall movie season achieves comic liftoff with Ghost Town! Tea Leoni is irresistible." (Ghost Town)
"Sally Hawkins is irresistible in this funny, touching and vital salute to women." (Made In Dagenham)
"An irresistible campfest with a stinging political subtext." (I'm So Excited)
"Irresistible." (The Family Stone)
"Spanglish is irresistible." (Spanglish)
"A mean, lean laugh machine. The big game is irresistibly entertaining." (The Longest Yard)


"It's a winner" (Creed)
"A winner" (Big Hero 6)
"We have a winner!" (The Hunger Games)
"A winner! You'll be glad you came." (We Bought a Zoo)
"Charlie Bartlett is...a winner!" (Charlie Bartlett)
"Be on the lookout for Bottle Shock, it's a winner." (Bottle Shock)
"It's a winner! The two leads are dynamite and director Alfredson knows to to pin you to your seat." (Let the Right One In)
"Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul are dynamite! smashed joins the ranks of the winners. Winstead is a revelation." (Smashed)
"A winner...Its characters manage to be romantic, hilarious and recognizably human at the same time." (Dan In Real Life)
"Hilarious and heartfelt...a winner." (Garden State)
"Hilarious and heartfelt. What makes Prime a winner is the way writer-director Ben Younger blends raucous laughs with touching gravity." (Prime)
"It's the Pixar touch that makes Cars 2 a winner." (Cars 2)


"You won't have more fun anywhere. Epic. Emotional. A spectacle." (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
" The Hunger Games has epic spectacle, yearning romance and suspense that won't quit!" (The Hunger Games)
"You won't believe your eyes. Spectacular - a genuine marvel." (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
"Director Kathryn Bigelow gives the film an intensity you won't shake, and writer Mark Boal nails every telling detail." (The Hurt Locker)
"Raw and riveting...Winterbottom exerts a grip that won't let go. The film belongs to Jolie. This is by far her best performance, strong and true in every detail. (A Mighty Heart)
"Raw and riveting...an experience you won't soon forget." (Monster)
"An experience you won't forget..." (Che)
"Keira Knightley scores a knockout...Impurely delicious...There's a fire in her eyes that won't be extinguished." (The Duchess)
"Ang Lee's potently erotic and suspenseful Lust, Caution casts a spell you won't want to break!" (Lust, Caution)
"Potent and profound! The movie grips you and won't let go. Get ready to be knocked for a loop." (Waltz with Bashir)
"No way you won't be knocked for a loop." (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead)
"You won't know what hit you." (A History of Violence)
"Force Majeure is a jolt. You won't know what hit you." (Force Majeure)
"A blast of good gory fun that just won't quit!" (Cabin Fever)
"...you won't have a better time at the movies this year!" (Sideways)
"You won't find hotter action, wilder thrills or loopier laughs this summer!" (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest)
"Hail! Hail! Jack Black! Enroll in his class and you won't stop laughing." (School of Rock)
"You won't know what outrageous fun is until you see Borat." (Borat)
"Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere." (Blue Valentine)
"...dazzles like nothing else anywhere. (Dreamgirls)
"David O. Russell is a true original. He's a rebel Pied Piper, and Huckabees is one more reason to follow him anywhere." (I Heart Huckabees)
"Denzel Washington is one cool dude, who is worth following anywhere." (The Book Of Eli)
"As for Will Smith, he's on fire. There's nothing like a star shining on his highest beams. You follow him anywhere." (Hancock)


“A Dizzying Visual Adventure” (Everest)
"A rousing high-seas adventure that sweeps you into another world." (Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World)
"A triumph. A thrilling, nail-biting, pulse-racing adventure at sea." (All is Lost)
"It is an exciting, elemental adventure that takes you to places and feelings you don't see coming." (Wild)
"It is a spectacular adventure for film lovers of all ages." (Hugo)
"A solid outlaw adventure." (Lawless)
"A fun and addictive adventure." (The Monuments Men)
"High-style adventure." (Tron: Legacy)


"Epic in every sense of the word" (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
"A sizzler in every sense of the word." (Lady Chatterley)
"Spectacular in every sense of the word!" (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)


"Spectacular." (The Walk)
"The spectacular Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the id run rampant. You can't take your eyes off him!" (Hesher)
"Ryan Gosling, who teamed brilliantly with Writer-Director Derek Cianfrance on Blue Valentine, is spectacular." (The Place Beyond the Pines)
"Noomi Rapace is back in action and she's spectacular!" (The Girl Who Played With Fire)
"Sam Rockwell burst through with a spectacular performance." (Conviction)
"Hugo is rapturously beautiful. Martin Scorsese is breaking new ground. 3-D becomes an art in his hands. It is a spectacular adventure for film lovers of all ages. Hugo will take your breath away. It truly is the stuff that dreams are made of." (Hugo)
"A high-flying wonder to behold. The first movie was a crazy good time. The sequel is more than that, way more. It's thrilling, a soaring blend of 3D animation and spectacular storytelling." (How To Train Your Dragon 2)
"The first summer movie that's crazy good. Spectacular" (Star Trek Into Darkness)
"Spectacular...Iron Man kicks off summer on a blazing high note and practically dares the competition to measure up. It's been years since a movie superhero was this fierce and this funny. You can feel the exhilaration." (Iron Man)
"The summer blockbuster that's damn near perfect...It's spectacular." (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
"The best, most spectacular Mission yet. You won't believe your eyes. Spectacular - a genuine marvel." (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
"Spectacular in every sense of the word!" (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
"Spectacular! (Prey for Rock 'N' Roll)


"Suffragette blazes with a fire that cannot be denied." (Suffragette)
"Undeniably powerful!" (Being Flynn)
"There's no denying the comic energy of the cast." (Pirate Radio)
"There's no denying the emotional force of this movie." (The Heart of the Game)
"You can't deny the sparks in Four Brothers" (Four Brothers)
"A firecracker of a movie that jumps off the screen." (Fast Food Nation)
"A fireworks display of action, smarts and fun, plus a touch of class from actors who can really act." (X-Men: First Class)
"A fireball of a film that might even change your life" (Capitalism: A Love Story)
"Keira Knightley scores a knockout...Impurely delicious...There's a fire in her eyes that won't be extinguished." (The Duchess)


“A brutal and brilliant cinematic fireball.” (Mad Max Fury Road)
"Hero was just a warm-up for this martial arts fireball that throws in a lyrical love story and countless other ravishments and dazzing surprises." (House of Flying Daggers)
"A radically fierce & funny fireball. You'll laugh till it hurts." (Sicko)
"A fireball of a film that might even change your life...." (Capitalism: A Love Story)
"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..." (Young Adult)
"Expect fireworks!" (Doubt)
"Sets off sexual fireworks that leave scorched Earth...literate, erotic, brutally funny and touched by brilliance." (We Don't Live Here Anymore)


"Terminator fires on all cylinders. Schwarzenegger kicks butt." (Terminator Genisys)
"Hilary Swank fires on all cylinders." (Conviction)
"Nine fires on all cylinders!" (Nine)
"Kicks ass so hard and often it's impossible not to be thrilled by it. (Prometheus)

Now, let's breakdown his blurb for Steve Jobs.

"****. It's written, directed and acted to perfection, is so fresh and startling in conception and execution that it leaves you awed. (Steve Jobs) - Rolling Stone
"Written, directed and acted to perfection."(Atonement)
"Sheer comic perfection!" (The World's End)
"Perfection!" (20 Feet from Stardom)
"Kevin Kline is perfection." (De-Lovely)
"Alan Alda is perfection!" (The Aviator)
"Marion Cotillard is perfection!" (Nine)
"Catherine O'Hara is comic perfection" (For Your Consideration)
"Rickman is droll, dazzling perfection. " (Bottle Shock)
"Michael Stuhlbarg is sleazed to perfection." (Blue Jasmine)

"Michael Fassbender is a tornado of roaring ferocity. He gives a towering performance of savage wit and limitless firepower." (Steve Jobs) - Rolling Stone
"Onscreen, in Depp's towering performance
, Dillinger still has blood in his veins, his dreams as vivid as the crimes that debased them." (Public Enemies)
"Colin Firth gives a towering performance that deserves a shower of awards." (The King's Speech)
"Tom Wilkinson gives a towering performance of grace and grit that deserves to put him on Oscar's shortlist." (Separate Lies)
"A towering achievement." (Babel)

"Kate Winslet is glorious. Seth Rogen is superb. Jeff Daniels nails every nuance. Steve Jobs is a triumph! A new American classic." (Steve Jobs) - Rolling Stone
"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)
"Patricia Clarkson's sublimely nuanced performance is in every way transporting." (Cairo Time)
"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)
"If you need a reminder of what a fine, nuanced actor Nicolas Cage can be, take a look at Joe." (Joe)
"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)
"Chris Hemsworth is revelatory. He nails every vulnerable nuance." (Rush)


"Jennifer Aniston is triumphant and cuts straight to the heart." (Cake)
"The laughs cut to the bone, all the performances are flawless." (The Squid and the Whale)
"Owen Wilson skillfully blends humor and heartbreak, and Jason Schwartzman's performance cuts to the bone...I love this movie." (The Darjeeling Limited)
"Philip Seymour Hoffman directs like he acts, with a sharp eye for the small details that cut to the soul of a character." (Jack Goes Boating)
"Stephen Gaghan is in top form, mixing potent writing with images that tear at the heart." (Syriana)
"Let this movie work its way into your mind and heart." (Searching for Sugar Man)
"Finds its wily way into your heart." (Lonesome Jim)
"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
"This is a movie to bring home and live with, to kick around in your head after it hits you in the heart. It's damn near perfect." (Nebraska)
"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)
"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)
"Epic, powerful, daring. A triumph. Noah is epic and human." (Noah)
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)
"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)

Here is one from a two-and-a-half star review...

"Humor, heart & ravishing romance...knocks you back on your heels. Just like love." (The Last Five Years) - Rolling Stone
"(Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender) make a pair of ravishing romantics." (Jane Eyre)
"Sweeps you up on waves of ravishing romance." (Bright Star)
"Sweeps you up on waves of ravishing romance. Keira Knightley is sensational." (Atonement)
"...hits the summer sweet spot by breezing in on waves of humor, heartache and ravishing romance. Keira Knightley is at her best." (Begin Again)
"Besides being a feast for the eyes and ears, Les Miserables overflows with humor, heartbreak, rousing action and ravishing romance." (Les Miserables)
"Brims over with bracing humor and ravishing romance, but there are also haunting shadows. That alone makes it a keeper." (Midnight In Paris)
"Full to the brim with humor, heartbreak, and ravishing romance. Heads up, Oscar, This One's a Keeper." (Before Midnight)


"This one really sticks with you" (Furious 7)
"It's a sublimely acted movie, hilarious and heartfelt, and it stays with you." (Jack Goes Boating)
"Thunderous action and nail-biting suspense...A potently acted powerhouse that sticks in the mind and the heart." (Appaloosa)
"Pines sticks with you. Hold on tight." (The Place Beyond the Pines)
"The director of District 9 has done it again. It sticks with you. Strap in for a wild ride." (Elysium)
"A wild thing that sticks with you long after it's over. (Down in the Valley)


"The astonishing Saoirse Ronan lights up the screen in a performance that take a piece of your heart." (Brooklyn)
"So good and so true...Christopher Abbott is dynamite. Cynthia Nixon in one of the year's best and most powerful performances. Josh Mond emerges as a filmmaker of potent talent and passionate feeling. James White takes a piece out of you." (James White)

"This film takes a piece out of you." (American Sniper)
"The Greatest takes a piece out of you!" (The Greatest
)
"This movie will take a piece out of you." (The Boys Are Back)
"Saoirse Ronan simply takes your breath away." (Atonement)


"Easily the year's best and most beguiling love story." (Brooklyn)
"The summer's most beguiling romantic comedy." (Magic in the Moonlight)
"Brilliant, beguiling, and original." (Her)
"Meryl Streep is at her brilliant, beguiling best!" (Julia & Julia)


"You've never seen anything like it." (Ex Machina)
"Bond like you've never seen him before. In a word: Wow." (Skyfall)
"Get ready for Will Ferrell like you've never seen him!" (Everything Must Go)
"You've never seen anything like this." (The One I Love)


"Lily Tomlin has never been better." (Grandma)
"A never-better Jeff Bridges!" (The Door In The Floor)
"A never-better Christopher Plummer is simply stupendous." (Beginners)
"A never-better Kate Winslet goes so deep into her character you can almost feel her nerve endings." (Little Children)
"Jim Carrey has never done anything this deeply felt." (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
"Cruz, never more voluptuous or vulnerable, is a force of nature." (Volver)
"Get ready for Will Ferrell like you've never seen him!" (Everything Must Go)
"John Malkovich has never been funnier." (Burn After Reading)
"Bond like you've never seen him before." (Skyfall)
Meryl Streep has never been this fierce, this diabolically funny - you can't take your eyes off her. (The Manchurian Candidate)
"Tony Leung goes places he's never been before as an actor." (Lust, Caution)


"Indecently hot and hilarious." (The Overnight)
"Hits the sweet spot between hot and hilarious. Jason Sudeikis is terrific...Alison Brie can do anything." (Sleeping with Other People)

"Hot and hilarious. It's rip-roaringly fun and surprisingly touching." (Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
"Summer just got a supershot of comic adrenaline...The hip, hot and hilarious Superbad packs in more gut-busting laughs than you'll be able to count. More good news: Superbad is superfun across the board. So step up people and go with Superbad. You might just find your inner McLovin." (Superbad)
"It hits the summer sweet spot! No disease. No teens dying." (Begin Again)


"A potent provocation. Robert Redford plays CBS news anchor Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchett is his producer Mary Mapes." (Truth)
"A suspenseful mind-teaser. The comedy is black and stinging hot. Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone infuse it with raw humanity. Parker Posey is slyly quirky. A potent provocation built to keep you up nights." (Irrational Man)

"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 mesmerizing mind-teaser." (The Manchurian Candidate)
"Brimming with stinging laughs and tears, and swirling healing music. " (Rachel Getting Married)
"An irresistible campfest with a stinging political subtext." (I'm So Excited)
"This stinging satire is easily the best and wickedest comedy of the year." (Thank You For Smoking)
"Jackpot! The Pangs deliver enough shivery scares to keep you up nights." (The Eye)
"A potent and provocative thriller. Sexy and scary in equal doses!" (Splice)
"A spellbinding true crime story. Potent and provocative." (All Good Things)
"Provocative and potently erotic." (Black Book)
"Potent and provocative." (Bully)
"Potent and provocative." (Page One: Inside the New York Times)
"Potent and provocative." (The Fifth Estate)


"Youth is superior cinema, ardent and artful, hypnotic and haunting." (Youth)
"The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination." (The Dark Knight)
"The rapturously romantic and haunting New World is a genuine event." (The New World)
"A passionate, haunting, and truly unforgettable story!" (The Devil and Daniel Johnston)
"Lone Survivor laces action with moral questions that haunt and provoke." (Lone Survivor)
"A profoundly affecting film that haunts you long after it ends. " (August: Osage County)
"It grabs you like a thriller with an ending that will haunt your dreams." (An Inconvenient Truth)
"The Village will haunt your dreams." (The Village)
"Lucas' powerfully haunting film gets under your skin." (The Dying Gaul)
"Director Chris Weitz creates a haunting movie that gets under your skin." (A Better Life)
"Hot-blooded, haunting and totally embraceable." (Broken Embraces)
"Hot-blooded, haunting and packed with the pleasures of the unexpected." (Tell No One)
"P.S. is Laura Linney's show, and she makes it hilarious and haunting." (P.S.)
"A fiercely funny human comedy that manages to be both hilarious and haunting." (The Upside of Anger)
"Sarah Polley conquers the documentary form with this hypnotic and haunting look into her own family secrets." (Stories We Tell)
"Hypnotic and haunting." (Miss Bala)
"A haunting and hypnotic film." (Cairo Time)
"Hypnotic and haunting." (Down in the Valley)
"Haunting and hypnotic..". (The Good German)
"This is the best acting George Clooney has ever done - he's hypnotic, haunting and quietly devastating" (Syriana)
"Clooney inhabits this burnt-out case with haunting brilliance." (Michael Clayton)
"Kim Basinger's haunted beauty burns in the memory - this is her finest work. (The Door In The Floor)
"A haunting and hypnotic tale of love! Toni Collette burns this movie into your memory." (Japanese Story)
"This is DiCaprio's most haunting and emotionally complex performance yet. " (Shutter Island)
"Eastwood's stripped down performance - as powerful as anything he's ever done - has a rugged, haunted beauty. The same goes for the movie." (Million Dollar Baby)
"Hereafter is truly haunting." (Hereafter)


"Gripping. You won't be able to pull your eyes off the screen. Once you've met these kids, you won't forget them - or the film that puts a hypnotic and haunting spin on movie love." (The Wolfpack)
"...you won't have a better time at the movies this year!" (Sideways)
"Hail! Hail! Jack Black! Enroll in his class and you won't stop laughing." (School of Rock)
"You won't know what outrageous fun is until you see Borat." (Borat)
"You won't find hotter action, wilder thrills or loopier laughs this summer!" (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest)
"Director Kathryn Bigelow gives the film an intensity you won't shake..." (The Hurt Locker)
"You won't know what hit you." (A History of Violence)
"Force Majeure is a jolt. You won't know what hit you." (Force Majeure)
"No way you won't be knocked for a loop." (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead)
"Ang Lee's potently erotic and suspenseful Lust, Caution casts a spell you won't want to break!" (Lust, Caution)
"An experience you won't forget..." (Che)
"...an experience you won't soon forget. (Monster)
"A feast for the eyes and ears. (I'm Not There)
"You won't believe your eyes. " (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
"Your eyes will be dazzled..." (Marie Antoinette)
"Prepare your eyes for popping!" (House of Flying Daggers)
"Prepare your eyes for popping - they just might fly out of their sockets!" (300)
"You can't tear your eyes away from this explosion of sounds and images." (American Hardcore)


"You can't take your eyes off Eddie Redmayne who is flat-out fabulous. Tom Hooper has crafted a work of probing intelligence and passionate heart." (The Danish Girl)
"The spectacular Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the id run rampant. You can't take your eyes off him!" (Hesher)
"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. You can't take your eyes off him." (The Extra Man)
"Meryl Streep has never been this fierce, this diabolically funny - you can't take your eyes off her." (The Manchurian Candidate)


"Feral, ferocious and gut-bustingly funny! You'll laugh till it hurts!" (Wild Tales)
"Fierce and ferociously funny!" (Killer Joe)
"...sexy and ferociously funny!" (Sin City)
"Ferociously funny!" (Fahrenheit 9/11)
"Hysterically, gut-bustingly funny." (Ted)
"John C. Reilly and Woody Harrelson are gut-busting hilarious." (A Prairie Home Companion)
"The #1 movie to see this fall. The year's funniest movie. Put it on the top of your list! Outrageously, gut-busting hilarious!" (Team America: World Police)
"Summer just got a supershot of comic adrenaline...The hip, hot and hilarious Superbad packs in more gut-busting laughs than you'll be able to count. More good news: Superbad is superfun across the board. So step up people and go with Superbad. You might just find your inner McLovin." (Superbad)
"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)
"A comedy cure-all. The beginning, middle and end are all killer funny. This movie starts at hilarious and lifts off into the comic stratosphere. See this gut-buster before your friends do because they'll be talking about it for weeks." (The Hangover)
"Killer-funny. You'll laugh 'till it hurts! Produces more laughs than any hundred jokes you ever heard." (The Aristocrats)
"You'll laugh till it hurts...Sweet!" (Napoleon Dynamite)
"It will make you laugh till it hurts. David O. Russell pours heart, soul and humor into it." (Silver Linings Playbook)
"In a multiplex crowded with formula rom-coms divorced from genuine feeling, Cyrus brims over with hilarity and heartbreak. You'll laugh 'til it hurts." (Cyrus)
"I'm buying into Morgan Spurlock! He makes you laugh till it hurts!" (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold)
"Acutely hilarious...This film will make you laugh till it hurts!" (Thank You For Smoking)
"A radically fierce & funny fireball. You'll laugh till it hurts." (Sicko)
"Will Ferrell is a hoot and Radha Mitchell works wonders. You'll laugh till it hurts." (Melinda and Melinda)
"A mind-blowing comedy classic...It will make you laugh till it hurts and you'll still beg for more. You won't know what outrageous fun is until you see Borat. Sacha Baron Cohen is a balls-out comic revolutionary, right up there with Lenny Bruce, Andy Kaufman and Dr. Strangelove. Cohen's total immersion in his character is a wonder to behold. His performance is a tour de force that sets off comic and cosmic explosions in your head." (Borat)


"It jumps off the screen and wows you like nobody's business. A groundbreaking film that grabs you from the first frame." (Tangerine)
"Exciting! Carnahan can still fire up action and laughs like nobody's business." (Smokin' Aces)
"A firecracker of a movie that jumps off the screen." (Fast Food Nation)
"Scott Pilgrim is 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." (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)
"Groundbreaking" (Looper)
"Dawn is dynamite entertainment! A groundbreaking spectacle." (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
"This movie deserves to be called groundbreaking." (Fantastic Mr. Fox)
"Jim Carrey has never done anything this deeply felt. He and Kate Winslet give groundbreaking performances." (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
"It's a spellbinder. Prepare to be wowed." (Let Me In)
"Prepare to be wowed by Carey Mulligan who is sensational and incandescent." (An Education)
"Prepare to be wowed by Chris O'Dowd." (The Sapphires)
"Midler is a wow and then some. Her performance here is one of her very best. " (Then She Found Me)
"Wow! One hell of a satisfying surprise." (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)
"This dynamite thriller shivers with suspense. In a word, wow!" (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
"Bond like you've never seen him before. In a word: Wow." (Skyfall)
"The Bourne Ultimatum is a wow of an action movie that buries the competition and sets a new gold standard for thrills and smarts. " (The Bourne Ultimatum)
"Thrilling! The wow factor is off the charts!" (The Raid 2)


"A wild ride into the heart of darkness. A knockout. Outstanding. Johnny Depp gives a riveting performance." (Black Mass)
"A raunchy comic ride." (Top Five)
"Almodovar's wildest comic ride since Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." (I'm So Excited)
"The director of District 9 has done it again. It sticks with you. Strap in for a wild ride." (Elysium)
"A hell of a ride! Pines sticks with you. Hold on tight." (The Place Beyond the Pines)
"Hang on for the ride." (Salt)
Hang on. You're in for a bumpy ride." (Compliance)
"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 ride of a movie!" (The Motorcycle Diaries)
"A wild, witty ride that will creep you out big time!" (Lemming)
"A ride that starts at wild and accelerates from there." (Source Code)
"You're in for a hell of a ride with this high-voltage thriller." (Zero Dark Thirty)
"Prepare for a thrilling ride! (The Constant Gardener)
"An enchanted ride of a movie." (Moonrise Kingdom)
"A breathtaking ride." (Up)
"A dazzling ride." (Jack Reacher)
"A bracing ride." (Melinda and Melinda)
"A raucous ride." (Due Date)
"Put on those 3D glasses and ride, baby, ride." (Beowulf)


"Grabs you and doesn't let go." (Pawn Sacrifice) - Rolling Stone
"A visually innovative knockout that grabs you from the first frame." (Tangerine)
"A cinematic knock-out punch." ('71)

"A Tarantino power punch!" (Inglourious Basterds)
"A mesmerizing, power-punch of a thriller!" (Eastern Promises)
"This power punch to the gut is one of the best movies of any kind so far this year!" (Tyson)
"A movie that doesn't pull its punches. It's a knockout!" (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)
"Amy Adams scores a knockout." (American Hustle)
"A knockout!" (Crash)
"An emotional knockout." (Pride)
"A French knockout!" (A Christmas Tale)
"A knockout! A visual miracle!" (Rize)
"Dazzling. A knock-out!" (Frankenweenie)
"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)
"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)
"A knockout performance by Matt Damon" (The Bourne Supremacy)
"Harris and Mortensen make a knockout team. Gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises" (Appaloosa)
"A knockout of a movie filled with nerve-jangling tension, and surprises you don't see coming." (Captain Phillips)
"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 knockout in every way...Passing Strange blows the roof off!" (Passing Strange)
"A knock-out. Inception dreams big." (Inception)
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 performance...Confidence is a game worth playing." (Confidence)
"A knockout! Like nothing you've ever seen!" (Hanna)
"A dynamite movie. It will knock you sideways." (Carlos)
"I couldn't take my eyes off it, my guess is that it will knock you sideways." (I'm Still Here)
"Scott has built a movie that sneaks up and knocks you flat." (Off the Map)
"Will knock you for a loop." (Irreversible)
"Get ready to be knocked for a loop." (Waltz with Bashir)
"No way you won't be knocked for a loop." (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead)
"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)
"It grabs you like a thriller with an ending that will haunt your dreams." (An Inconvenient Truth)
"Drop-dead dazzling knockout beautiful...this movie will grab you." (Step Into Liquid)
"The movie grips you and won't let go. Get ready to be knocked for a loop." (Waltz with Bashir)
"Winterbottom exerts a grip that won't let go." (A Mighty Heart)
"Fury grabs you from the first scene and never lets go." (Fury)


"Stewart is sensational. Art and life intersect with tantalizing bite." (Clouds of Sils Maria)
"Meryl Streep bites into the role like a juicy peach." (August: Osage County)
"Tommy Lee Jones is simply sensational, bitingly funny and fearlessly blunt." (Lincoln)
"Prepare to be wowed by Carey Mulligan who is sensational and incandescent." (An Education)
"It's Steve Coogan's breakthrough star performance. He's sensational." (Hamlet 2)
"Michael Sheen gives a sensational performance." (The Queen)
"Joseph Gordon-Levitt is sensational." (Brick)
"Richardson is sensational in a movie you can't stop cheering." (Made In Dagenham)
"Leslie Mann is sensational." (Funny People)
"Tim Burton's sensational Sweeney Todd is a bloody wonder, intimate and epic, horrific and heartrending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score." (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
"A hell of a thriller! Jude Law is sensationally good. You can't get it out of your head." (Side Effects)
"A dynamite thirller! Hayden Christensen is sensational!" (Shattered Glass)
"American Hustle is explosively entertaining. Electrifying performances from a top tier cast. Jeremy Renner is sensational." (American Hustle)
"Sex, lies and carnal fury spark one of the year's best films. Keira Knightley is sensational." (Atonement)
"Sparks like a live wire! Emma Watson is sensational." (The Bling Ring)
"Diaz and Collette are sensational. Sexy, touching and funny...A comfy fit for both sexes." (In Her Shoes)
"A potent tale of sex and betrayal. A sensational performance by Agnes Bruckner as a student caught in a sexual web." (Blue Car)


"Sarah Silverman digs so deep into character that we can feel her nerve endings." (I Smile Back)
"Field shows his mastery. The films pulls you in like a magnetic force. A never-better Kate Winslet goes so deep into her character you can almost feel her nerve endings." (Little Children)
Jim Carrey has never done anything this deeply felt. (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
Jamie Foxx's fierce, funny, deeply felt performance deserves to be legendary. (Ray)
"Andy Samberg shines in a grounded performance that digs deep, sharply funny and touching, a breath of fresh comic air!" (Celeste and Jesse Forever)
"Zach Galifianakis is a comic force of nature! He is terrific. He digs down here and delivers a beautifully nuanced performance that gets under your skin. " (It's Kind of a Funny Story)
"George Clooney inhabits this burnt-out case with haunting brilliance. It's a bone-deep performance that raises the bar." (Michael Clayton)
"Bridges - a master of subtle brilliance - plays the hell out of it. Not by showing off, but by going bone-deep into a character who only thinks he's running on empty." (Crazy Heart)
"Ewan McGregor goes bone-deep in a performance of shining subtlety." (Beginners)
"For her stirring, soul-deep performance...Marion Cotillard goes to the front of the line for every Best Actress award out there" (La Vie en Rose)
"Reese Witherspoon goes deep..." (Wild)


"Fierce. Stirring. Way Cool." (SPECTRE)
"A thing of beauty, hugely entertaining and way cool!" (Finding Nemo)
"Super smart, super cool triumph. A blockbuster that will blow away all your senses!" (The Avengers)
"Cool stuff." (Hulk)
"Cool stuff. Cool movie." (Disturbia)
"Funky cool." (Coffee and Cigarettes)
"You're in for a wild whoosh of a ride. The year’s coolest sci-fi movie." (Snowpiercer)
"Inception dreams big. How cool is that?" (Inception)
"Denzel Washington is one cool dude, who is worth following anywhere." (The Book Of Eli)


“Funny and Touching.” (Adult Beginners) - Rolling Stone
“Fiercely funny and touching.” (Our Brand is Crisis)

"Funny and touching." (Sunshine Cleaning)
"A funny and touching tale. Lyrical and emotionally rigorous." (Quinceanera)
"The darkly delicious Bonham Carter is funny and touching. " (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
"Richly funny and touching. It's too good to resist." (Last Chance Harvey)
"Funny and touching. Watching Murray spar with Duvall is pure pleasure. Only a fool would want to miss that." (Get Low)
"Wonderfully funny and touching...Up works miracles." (Up)
"Funny and touching, it works miracles in 3-D." (How To Train Your Dragon)
"Funny and touching in ways you can't predict." (The Queen)
"A gem! Funny and touching in unexpected ways." (A Prairie Home Companion)
"A funny and touching film! It's something special!" (The Station Agent)
"Sharply funny and touching, a breath of fresh comic air!" (Celeste and Jesse Forever)
"Sharply funny and touching...A dream cast!" (Crazy Stupid Love)


"Deserves to be the summer's sleeper hit. It's that sharply funny, touching and vital." (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)
"This movie deserves to be called groundbreaking." (Fantastic Mr. Fox)
"Brooks' performance deserves to have Oscar calling." (Drive)
"Michael Douglas deserves serious award attention for his triumphant performance" (Solitary Man)
"Colin Firth gives a towering performance that deserves a shower of awards." (The King's Speech)
"Tom Wilkinson gives a towering performance of grace and grit that deserves to put him on Oscar's shortlist..." (Separate Lies)
"Diane Lane gives another performance that deserves to put her at the top of the Best Actress list." (Secretariat)
"Mol is hot stuff! The first performance by an actress this year that deserves serious Oscar consideration." (The Notorious Bettie Page)
"Catherine O'Hara deserves Oscar consideration in her funniest, fiercest role." (For Your Consideration)
"Jamie Foxx's fierce, funny, deeply felt performance deserves to be legendary." (Ray)


"Utterly remarkable. The time spent in Bernstein's funny, touching and vital presence is something you don't want to miss." (Seymour: An Introduction)
"Funny, touching and vital." (Frank)
"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)


"Bill Murray just kills it. He's hilarious. From funny to quietly touching and back to funny again. Just roll with Murray. An actor so good you'll follow him anywhere." (Rock the Kasbah)
"David O. Russell a true original. He's a rebel Pied Piper, and Huckabees is one more reason to follow him anywhere." (I Heart Huckabees)
"As for Will Smith, he's on fire. There's nothing like a star shining on his highest beams. You follow him anywhere." (Hancock)
"Denzel Washington is one cool dude, who is worth following anywhere." (The Book Of Eli)


"A pre-feminist warrior who sees the bloody effects of war. Alicia Vikander is electrifying as this firebrand. This is an actress you would willingly follow anywhere. Kit Harington is excellent." (Testament of Youth)
"Electrifying! Illuminating and hugely entertaining. An eye-opener." (Red Army)

"A thing of beauty, hugely entertaining and way cool!" (Finding Nemo)
"Hugely enjoyable." (I Love You, Man)
"Hugely entertaining!" (Hancock)
"Hugely entertaining!" (Bottle Shock)

"Electrifying!" (It Might Get Loud)
"Electrifying." (Breach)
"Brilliant...Electrifying...Amazing." (Bronson)
"Electrifying performances from a top tier cast." (American Hustle)
"Josh Brolin is truly electrifying." (W.)
"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)
"A triumph! Uma Thurman is sizzling in an electrifying performance!" (Kill Bill Vol. 2)
"An electrifying movie event. Clooney's maverick triumph." (Good Night, And Good Luck)
"Electrifying! Andre Benjamin's magnetic performance is a star-spangled triumph!" (Jimi: All Is By My Side)
"Carrey has never done anything this deeply felt. He and Kate Winslet give groundbreaking performances. She is electrifying." (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
"Ray is electrifying! Jamie Foxx's fierce, funny, deeply felt performance deserves to be legendary." (Ray)
"The electrifying result will blow you away. A shockingly fierce and funny spell-binder that leaves your head spinning." (Crazy Love)

"A feast for the eyes and ears." (I'm Not There)
"Besides being a feast for the eyes and ears, Les Miserables overflows with humor, heartbreak, rousing action and ravishing romance." (Les Miserables)
"Meryl Streep has never been this fierce, this diabolically funny - you can't take your eyes off her." (The Manchurian Candidate)
"Kevin Kline gives a master class in acting. You can't take your eyes off him." (The Extra Man)
"The spectacular Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the id run rampant. You can't take your eyes off him!" (Hesher)
"I couldn't take my eyes off it,...". (I'm Still Here)
"I watched the movie and my eyes opened." ((Tupac Resurrection)
"You won't believe your eyes." (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
"Your eyes will be dazzled..." (Marie Antoinette)
"Eye-popping fun!" (The Brothers Grimm)
"You can't tear your eyes away from this explosion of sounds and images." (American Hardcore)
"Historic and eye-popping in 3-D..." (Ghosts of the Abyss)
"Prepare your eyes for popping!" (House of Flying Daggers)
"Prepare your eyes for popping - they just might fly out of their sockets!" (300)
"The jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping epic we've been waiting for all year. (King Kong)


"Fierce and unerring. This is acting of the highest caliber." (I Smile Back) - Rolling Stone
"A fierce, blazing and indelible achievement for writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Abraham Attah is remarkable!" (Beasts of No Nation) - Rolling Stone
"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)
"A powerhouse of suspense and fierce emotion." (Locke)


"Idris Elba gives a powerhouse performance and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor should have his name on it." (Beasts of No Nation) - Rolling Stone
"Sensational! A powerhouse performance from Emily Blunt. Benicio del Toro is tremendous!" (Sicario)
"Bryan Cranston is a powerhouse. John Goodman is hilarious" (Trumbo) - Rolling Stone
"A powerhouse of suspense and fierce emotion." (Locke)
"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)


"Tom Hardy acts the hell out of both roles." (Legend)
"A juicy, career-crowning role. Bridges - a master of subtle brilliance - plays the hell out of it." (Crazy Heart)
"It's the kind of give 'em-hell filmmaking that Hollywood left for dead, the kind that matters." (Syriana)
"One hell of a satisfying surprise." (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)
"One hell of an exciting movie." (American Gangster)
"One hell of a movie." (Two Days, One Night)
"A hell of a ride!" (The Place Beyond the Pines)
"You're in for a hell of a ride with this high-voltage thriller." (Zero Dark Thirty)
"A hell of a thriller!" (Side Effects)
"It's hellish good fun.." (The Guest)
"You'll thrill to the action, savor the tasty dialogue and laugh like hell!" (Kill Bill Vol. 2)
"You'll laugh like hell." (Don Jon)
"Funny as hell" (Observe and Report)
"...a tribute to director Judd Apatow (The 40 Year-Old Virgin), who sure as hell knows his way around a laugh." (Knocked Up)
"It's a hell of a thing, this Lincoln." (Lincoln)
"Should the Guardians take on the Avengers...Hell yeah!" (Guardians of the Galaxy)
"Who in hell wants to see a Mel Gibson movie? The answer is: you do." (The Beaver)



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