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Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

  1. The Art of the Steal 2014 Matt Dillon and Kurt Russell may not make the most convincing half-brothers, but "The Art of the Steal" is a fairly amusing heist film with some sibling tension helping the story along. full review
  2. Back in the Day 2014 There are a lot of odious movies yet to come in 2014, no doubt, but they'll have to work to beat "Back in the Day" for awfulness. full review
  3. Girl On A Bicycle 2014 It's all light as a feather, with Jeremy Leven, the writer and director, landing some good multinational jokes along the way. full review
  4. Someone Marry Barry 2014 There's nothing sophisticated or groundbreaking here, but the movie is a moderately good entry in the bro-grows-up genre. full review
  5. Angels in Stardust 2013 "Angels in Stardust" ends up being too tidy to be a great coming-of-age movie, but it's a decent one ... full review
  6. Ass Backwards 2013 The road adventures they have along the way aren't funny, and once they reach the pageant, the comic payoff you're hoping for never materializes. full review
  7. Black Rock 2013 The male characters here are too thinly developed for this to be a top-notch survival thriller, but Ms. Aselton knows how to get the pulse pounding. full review
  8. Broadway Idiot 2013 As a chronicle of how one rock star slowly fell victim to the Broadway bug, it's kind of amusing. full review
  9. The Croods 2013 [It] might even give the little ones something more challenging to think about than its tired main plot. full review
  10. Escape From Planet Earth 2013 A children's movie about space-traveling blue beings that has lots of high-flying escapades but fairly low aspirations. full review
  11. Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story 2013 The film can't resist trying to turn Mr. Guccione into a tragic figure, an image that will have fewer buyers than his flagship magazine does today. full review
  12. G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2013 There should be a "Fans Only" sign at the door of every theater. full review
  13. Geography Club 2013 The film feels like a throwback, but it's at least a useful introduction to the subject. full review
  14. The Happy House 2013 The film, a sleepy, low-budget affair, merely enacts a series of horror movie cliches, as if that were enough. Its bland actors and wit-free script do nothing with the familiar elements but present them. full review
  15. Hatchet III 2013 When the title of a movie consists of a number and the name of a tool, expectations are likely to be pretty low. So it feels somewhat incongruous to call "Hatchet III" a disappointment. full review
  16. A Haunted House 2013 If the opening gag in your R-rated movie is an extended flatulence joke you should reconsider whether you're qualified to make such a movie. full review
  17. The History Of Future Folk 2013 It may not make much sense in a brief plot summary, but it makes perfect, daffy sense on the screen. full review
  18. How Sherlock Changed the World 2013 The program overstates its case, suggesting that modern-day forensics wouldn't exist without Holmes. That's like saying there would have been no lunar landing without Jules Verne or no organ transplants without Mary Shelley. full review
  19. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain 2013 His fans will love it; their main complaint may be that it ends too soon. full review
  20. The Last Stand 2013 Sorry, big guy, but making small talk with the locals at the diner just isn't you. full review
  21. Live At The Foxes Den 2013 A slight movie that could have been significantly better with a little story doctoring. full review
  22. Lunarcy! 2013 Mr. Ennis uses cheeky editing to invite viewers to choose their own level of skepticism, and he lets his subjects ramble just long enough to leave you wondering whether they're winking at you, Mr. Ennis is winking at them, or what. full review
  23. My Amityville Horror 2013 Mr. Lutz prattles on endlessly about the paranormal activity he says he witnessed, the unpleasant family dynamics he grew up with and more. full review
  24. Petunia 2013 It's possible to make a great movie out of family dysfunction, but this one is too short on insight to rank with the best of the genre. full review
  25. Rapture-Palooza 2013 It never does live up to its potential, instead becoming bogged down in a repellent character who is supposed to be savagely satirical but is really just tediously crass. full review
  26. Rushlights 2013 There are too many twists in Antoni Stutz's uninvolving "Rushlights." full review
  27. Savannah 2013 The film's tale ends up being less rich than its lovely Georgia settings. full review
  28. The Smurfs 2 2013 A new, not very engaging movie featuring a lot of blue skin and household-name voices. full review
  29. Somebody Up There Likes Me 2013 It's all kind of cute. Maybe a little too cute, but it does have a nice circle-of-life ending. full review
  30. Stranded 2013 It may be time for everyone to agree that if you've seen one trapped-in-space-with-an-alien-presence movie, you've seen them all. full review
  31. The Summit 2013 A pulse-pounding success. full review
  32. 16 Acres 2012 A documentary that features forthright interviews with major players and gives a good sense of the infighting and pettiness without getting bogged down in it. full review
  33. The Babymakers 2012 Delivered with sloppy, gleeful confidence, the movie is smarter than most gross-out comedies but isn't afraid to inspire an "Ewww." full review
  34. Ballplayer: Pelotero 2012 We're so used to hearing innocuous cliches come out of the mouths of major leaguers in postgame interviews that the accusations and innuendo in this film are startling. full review
  35. Beneath The Darkness 2012 Someone involved with "Beneath the Darkness" has either watched too many horror movies or not enough. full review
  36. Chasing Ice 2012 As watchable as it is important. full review
  37. Death by China 2012 It is ... unabashedly one-sided and is short on solutions, other than the usual "Call your Congressional representatives." full review
  38. Delhi Safari 2012 It shamelessly rips off much better animated movies. What kind of lesson is that for our young people? full review
  39. The Expendables 2 2012 Pleasantly dumb fun if you watch it with the right mind-set. full review
  40. Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story 2012 [It] serves up its material with an excess of treacly music and an overabundance of glowing reminiscences. This has the odd effect of making his story less powerful than it actually is. full review
  41. General Education 2012 The lead character's sister is more interesting than he is, and she spends much of her screen time as a mute mime. full review
  42. Hellbound? 2012 [It gives] the little-served Christian market a thought-provoking alternative to smarmy features like "Fireproof." full review
  43. Knuckleball! 2012 A first-rate sports documentary in any season. full review
  44. Madea's Witness Protection 2012 A comedy that's too late to the Ponzi-scheme party to be topical, and not outrageous enough to take advantage of its own setups. full review
  45. Nature Calls 2012 Its jokes won't appeal to anyone older than 8, but a parent who takes a child to this crass mess would be subject to prosecution. full review
  46. Silent House 2012 It's not hard to guess the source of her horror, and so the film's most interesting aspects are its gimmicks rather than its frights. full review
  47. The Skinny 2012 Is it a good movie? Not really. full review
  48. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You 2012 Several kinds of excruciating. full review
  49. The Viral Factor 2012 "The Viral Factor" wants to be both an action movie and a soap opera. But the merging of the two genres by Dante Lam, a director based in Hong Kong, is clumsy, and so is the film. full review
  50. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey 2011 A winning tale of the persistence and creativity behind one of the most famous and fuzziest faces in the world. full review
  51. Burke and Hare 2011 A droll take on one of the most notorious mass-murder cases of the 19th century. full review
  52. The Chaperone 2011 A lightweight comedy aimed, presumably, at tweeners and fans of World Wrestling Entertainment full review
  53. The City Dark 2011 A documentary about light pollution that is entertaining and thought-provoking? It hardly seems possible, but that's what Ian Cheney has made in "The City Dark." full review
  54. General Orders No. 9 2011 "General Orders No. 9" is a tone poem laid over 72 minutes' worth of images, many of them lovely, and is, as its press material says, "unlike any film you have ever seen." full review
  55. Hell and Back Again 2011 You can feel just how jarring and stressful it must be for a soldier to go from the life-and-death adrenaline rush of war to the maddeningly slow world of rehabilitation and forced inactivity. full review
  56. Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain 2011 A couple of adornments - one before the concert footage, one after - flesh out this funny, profanity-heavy movie nicely. full review
  57. Nesting 2011 "Nesting" takes an old idea and tosses in a few today-sounding phrases in hopes of coming up with a fresh-feeling movie. But that isn't enough. full review
  58. The Pill 2011 This might be more entertaining if any of the three main characters were at all likable. full review
  59. The Perfect Game 2009 So overwhelmed by its own based-on-actual-events tale that it can't find the tone to tell it effectively. full review
  60. TiMER 2009 Some of Ms. Schaeffer's plot twists are easy to guess, but everyone's enjoyable to watch.
  61. Fireproof 2008 This is a decent attempt to combine faith and storytelling that will certainly register with its target audience. full review
  62. Right at Your Door 2005 The acting's pretty good, and the cinematography keeps things lively.
  63. /titles/197276 The movie doesn't work even as an instructional video. full review
  64. /titles/197283 The stuff of sitcoms. Complications, of course, ensue, but they're exactly the complications you expect, with exactly the results. full review
  65. /titles/197116 The dour "McCanick" banks way too much on what it is not telling us, making for a movie that thinks it's being cryptically suspenseful but is really just annoying. full review
  66. /titles/197354 It settles for interesting when it might have been insightful. full review

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