Extremely Positive:


The Social Network

Toy Story 3

Very Positive:

Black Swan*

How to Train Your Dragon

The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste)

True Grit


127 Hours

Four Lions*


Tucker and Dale vs. Evil*

Largely Positive:

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within*

The Fighter

Get Low

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1


Ip Man*

Iron Man 2

The Kids Are All Right*

The King’s Speech

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Shutter Island*

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Town*

TRON: Legacy


Winter’s Bone

Somewhat Positive:

Alice in Wonderland


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Karate Kid



Average/Somewhat Negative/Negative:

The A-Team


The Book of Eli

Clash of the Titans

Despicable Me


Dinner for Schmucks

Easy A*

The Expendables*

Gulliver’s Travels

I Saw the Devil*

Jonah Hex

Knight and Day

The Last Airbender

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole


Paranormal Activity 2*

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time


Robin Hood

Shrek Forever After


To Save a Life

The Ward*

  1. Edit, 3/17/14: Added “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” to the list. I was surprised how intelligent and down-to-Earth this was, given that it was sold like an 80s action movie. Too bad it kind of loses sight of everything halfway through and starts setting the record for the number of times someone can dramatically intone “The System” in a single movie.

  2. Edit, 3/17/14: Also added “Ip Man” to the list. I added everything in the IMDB Top 250 that I haven’t seen that was available on Netflix Instant, in case anybody’s wondering. Anyway, this was fun and very well-shot, and even a bit emotional in its own simplistic, kind of cliched way. The main obstacle to its greatness is its protagonist’s super-humanity.

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