Ted's Movie Reviews - Top 10 by Year

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2016

  1. Rogue One, A, another great chapter of Star Wars
  2. Zootopia, A, great neo-noir story, characters, and setup
  3. Manchester by the Sea, A-, slow moving but well made character study
  4. Moana, A-, simple plot, but well made and entertaining
  5. The Jungle Book, A-, surprisingly good as an action movie
  6. Finding Dory, A-, good story and characters, over the top action
  7. Arrival, B+, good alien contact movie with some twists
  8. Dr. Strange, B+, a new kind of Marvel hero, but somehow the same
  9. Captain America: Civil War, B+, good movie, but getting a little tired
  10. Central Intelligence, B+, fun buddy comedy wth Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart

2015

  1. Spotlight, A, great acting and an excellent story told well
  2. Inside Out, A, fun, inventive movie about a kid's brain
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, A, very good reboot to a new series
  4. Steve Jobs, A, great acting and writing
  5. Ex Machina, A-, cool looking sci-fi robot flick
  6. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, A-, another Avengers blockbuster, with a better plot
  7. Bridge of Spies, A-, great performances in this quiet Cold War story
  8. Mad Max: Fury Road, B+, a big chase scene, true to original series
  9. Brooklyn, B+, well done romance, if a little too simple
  10. Tomorrowland, B+, a good smaller scale sci-fi movie for smart kids

2014

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel, A, a grand visual experience, with a fine cast
  2. Gone Girl, A-, very good story and acting
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy, A-, fun and entertaining sci fi flick
  4. The Imitation Game, A-, good characters, great acting, interesting story
  5. The Theory of Everything, A-, a great personal story of a science celebrity
  6. The Lego Movie, B+, surprisingly good movie about plastic people
  7. Big Hero 6, B+, typical action movie has a strong beginning
  8. Night at the Museum 3, B+, solid finale avoids pitfalls of first sequel
  9. American Sniper, B, good portrait of a soldier, not a great movie
  10. Godzilla, B, a solid update of a classic monster movie

2013

  1. Gravity, A, well done space disaster movie
  2. Her, A-, great concept and performances, kinda creepy
  3. American Hustle, B+, well made movie, but the material is a letdown
  4. Star Trek Into Darkness, A-, a lot of action, great characters and story
  5. The Butler, B+, nice story of perseverance and incremental change
  6. Captain Phillips, B+, good true story brought to life
  7. Frozen, B+, not great, but still a pretty good Disney flick
  8. Saving Mr. Banks, B, not entirely pleasant story of making Disney magic
  9. Bad Grandpa, B-, uneven, but sometimes very funny reality movie
  10. Monsters University, B-, not Pixar's best, but a fun movie for kids

2012

  1. Argo, A, entertaining yarn about a daring rescue
  2. Zero Dark Thirty, A-, great story, not as exciting as you'd think
  3. The Avengers, A-, characters and action rescue average plot
  4. Moonrise Kingdom, A-, offbeat, sweet, weird, Wes Anderson
  5. Lincoln, A-, good political story and cast make a strong film
  6. Silver Linings Playbook, A-, lightweight movie with heavyweight performances
  7. Madagascar 3, B+, bloated, but still enjoyable, addition
  8. Skyfall, B+, Bond benefits from character development
  9. Brave, B, good movie, but not much new here
  10. Django Unchained, B, Tarantino goes astray with this one

2011

  1. The Artist, A, gimmicky premise fulfilled by characters and story
  2. Moneyball, A, well-written and acted atypical baseball movie
  3. Too Big To Fail, A, great cast tells the story of the 2008 meltdown
  4. Midnight in Paris, A-, nice mystical romance
  5. Bridesmaids, A-, very funny, obscene movie with great characters
  6. The Adventures of Tintin, A-, an underappreciated fast-paced action movie
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2, A-, flawed series has a satisfying end
  8. Drive, B+, great story and characters with some gory violence
  9. The Help, B+, tells a good story through southern stereotypes
  10. Rango, B+, dark, oddball, animated movie is mostly fun

2010

  1. Inception, A-, complex but explained well with lots of action
  2. The King's Speech, A-, period piece with strong characters and writing
  3. How to Train Your Dragon, A-, strong story, characters, and animation
  4. The Town, A-, well made modern bank robber story
  5. Red, A-, great cast and action, not too serious
  6. Date Night, A-, Steve Carrell and Tina Fey don't disappoint
  7. Winter's Bone, A-, bleak and slow, but rewarding white trash tale
  8. Easy A, B+, surprisingly good tale of lying and reputations
  9. Black Swan, B+, dark film about a ballerina going off the deep end
  10. The Social Network, B+, rides the hype coattails of Facebook

2009

  1. The Hurt Locker, A, non-stop tension and excitement
  2. Up, A, rich characters, good story, a little manipulative
  3. 500 Days of Summer, A-, well-written break-up movie with jumbled timeline
  4. Inglorious Basterds, A-, great cast of characters as Tarantino shines
  5. Avatar, A-, fun and exciting in 3-D despite flat characters
  6. State of Play, A-, fun, fast-paced newspaper investigation
  7. The Hangover, A-, bachelor party in Vegas with good writing
  8. The Princess and the Frog, B+, conventional, but well-made Disney animated movie
  9. I Love You, Man, B+, chick flick for men saved by two strong leads
  10. The Messenger, B+, small story about the two army guys at the door

2008

  1. Doubt, A, well-written showcase for great acting
  2. Madagascar 2, A, consistently funny with strong characters
  3. Young at Heart, A, fun, bittersweet movie about octogenarian rockers
  4. Iron Man, A-, superhero flick features solid acting and writing
  5. Ghost Town, A-, cute, funny, romantic; this is a nice movie
  6. Bolt, A-, good movie about a lost dog and his sidekicks
  7. The Dark Knight, A-, big action movie runs a little long; great joker
  8. Wall-E, B+, Buster Keaton and Metropolis meet Pixar
  9. Hancock, B+, a movie about a failing superhero has a twist
  10. In Bruges, B+, very dark comedy about gangsters with ethics

2007

  1. Charlie Wilson's War, A, surprisingly funny and smart
  2. Michael Clayton, A, well-made movie, strong story, good acting
  3. Ratatouille, A, less action and more focus on story and characters
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, A, well-realized movie version better than the book
  5. Lars and the Real Girl, A-, much better than typical guy-dates-mannequin films
  6. Juno, A-, good writing and strong characters, cute movie
  7. Gone Baby Gone, A-, solid kidnapping story delivers on all levels
  8. No Country for Old Men, A-, intensely compelling with a bad ending
  9. Meet the Robinsons, A-, surprisingly good animated movie
  10. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, A-, funny, well-made sendup of music biopics

2006

  1. An Inconvenient Truth, A, important message, but told incredibly well
  2. Inside Man, A-, great caper movie is a pleasure to watch unfold
  3. United 93, A-, detailed retelling of 9/11 makes great drama
  4. Stranger Than Fiction, A-, a nice offbeat movie
  5. V for Vendetta, A-, Batman meets Orwell in a classic face off
  6. Letters From Iwo Jima, A-, well-made movie, but speculative
  7. The Illusionist, A-, great-looking short story brought to life
  8. Thank You For Smoking, B+, funny take on spin control
  9. The Devil Wears Prada, B+, cute Cinderella story, Streep great as stepmother
  10. Dreamgirls, B+, solid story and performances, but needed focus

2005

  1. Crash, A, nice story of strangers running into each other
  2. Munich, A, simple story of vengence gets complicated fast
  3. Walk the Line, A, great story with outstanding performances
  4. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, A, the dark side of business
  5. Lord of War, A-, arms dealing movie works on many levels
  6. Revenge of the Sith, A, this is why they did the 2 prequels
  7. Just Like Heaven, A, sweet, funny romance
  8. Serenity, A-, rewarding, but only for those who watched Firefly
  9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, A-, a great story brought to life
  10. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, B+, a welcome return for Wallace and Gromit

2004

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, A, weird, fun, sweet, and scary
  2. Riding Giants, A, surfing movie combines adrenaline and education
  3. Troy, A, surprisingly good but largely overlooked movie
  4. Garden State, A, warm, sweet, and eccentric with great characters
  5. Proof, A-, nice mix of family, math, romance, and dementia
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, A-, the best of the series so far
  7. Sideways, A-, enjoyable but not terribly complex road trip movie
  8. The Incredibles, A-, somewhere between Toy Story and Monsters, Inc.
  9. Finding Neverland, A-, sweet and sentimental without being syrupy
  10. Collateral, B+, good writing, good performances, cool look

2003

  1. Return of the King, A, a fitting finish for this epic series
  2. Finding Nemo, A, warm, funny, exciting, and fun
  3. The Italian Job, A, well executed caper movie
  4. Mystic River, A-, good story, strong performances
  5. Big Fish, A-, enjoyable group of stories that tell a bigger one
  6. American Splendor, A-, unusual, entertaining look at a comic book writer
  7. Love Actually, A, cruder than some Hugh Grant movies but it delivers
  8. Freaky Friday, A-, well-made remake updates the story for the 00's
  9. Seabiscuit, A-, at times hammy, but a triumphant story nonetheless
  10. Holes, A-, good for kids with outsized villains and legends

2002

  1. Chicago, A, fun entertaining movie delivers on everything
  2. We Were Soldiers, A, Vietnam gets the Blackhawk Down treatment
  3. The Quiet American, A, solid acting does justice to a great book
  4. Spider-Man, A, great action movie, great hero, great villain
  5. Solaris, A-, beautiful, mysterious, brooding movie
  6. 24 Hour Party People, A-,
  7. Catch Me If You Can, A-, well-crafted story and fun to watch
  8. Dogtown and Z-Boys, A-, solid story of and by 70's L.A. skateboarders
  9. Spellbound, A-, very good story of kids in national spelling bee
  10. The Two Towers, B+, impressive scale

2001

  1. Blackhawk Down, A, absorbing and intense action movie
  2. Fellowship of the Ring, A, impressive start
  3. Gosford Park, A, well crafted
  4. Moulin Rouge, A-, succeeds in spite of itself
  5. Ocean's Eleven, A-, well executed caper film
  6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, A-, entertaining, but loyal to the book to a fault
  7. Vanilla Sky, B+, like doing a jigsaw puzzle without seeing the box
  8. Kate and Leopold, B+, nice romantic comedy
  9. Monster's Ball, B+, very slow but powerful
  10. The Others, B+, a very solid scary movie

2000

  1. Almost Famous, A, really fun and well-balanced
  2. Gladiator, A, very strong movie with a weak ending
  3. The Patriot, A, similar to Gladiator, very solid
  4. Family Man, A, well-done alternative reality movie
  5. Traffic, A-, a hard look at many sides of illegal drugs
  6. You Can Count on Me, A-, a neat portrait of some realistic people
  7. Erin Brockovich, B+, solid lawyer movie, arbitration ending fizzles
  8. The Emperor's New Groove, B+, funny and light-hearted Disney buddy movie
  9. Bounce, B+, good performances but not a lot of chemistry
  10. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, B+, good story and fights, cheesy effects

1999

  1. Being John Malkovich, A-, lots of neat ideas, great puppet sequences
  2. The Sixth Sense, A, well done and effective without being gory
  3. IMAX: Elephants of Africa, A, best IMAX movie I've seen; and it has a plot
  4. The Matrix, B+, very cool
  5. Toy Story 2, B+, just as good as the first one and maybe better
  6. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, B+, obscene, but still very funny
  7. Tarzan, B+, animation is key to telling Tarzan in a new way
  8. The Iron Giant, B+, good story, always entertaining
  9. Rushmore, B, a neat character, but the movie strays
  10. Election, B, good, but it's just about a high school election

1998

  1. Out of Sight, A-, great chemistry and dialogue
  2. The Spanish Prisoner, B+, fun and intriguing, but the ending fizzles
  3. The Truman Show, B+, interesting idea, good performances
  4. Gattaca, B+, great story and fine side performances
  5. Zero Effect, B, offbeat but fun take on Sherlock Holmes
  6. Babe: Pig in the City, B+, great acting performances by animals
  7. Pleasantville, B-, not subtle, but fun to watch
  8. Mulan, B, good story and animation, but lacks zip
  9. Saving Private Ryan, B, not sure what they are trying to say
  10. Antz, B, not the Disney formula, no Disney magic either