Leslie Felperin

Leslie Felperin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Film4 , Sight and Sound , Variety
Total Reviews:
544

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " It has a richness that's highly compelling, especially in the way it explores the complex relationship between man and beast." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
21% A Long Way Down (2014) " A horrible misfire of a movie which starts off badly and just keeps getting worse." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 7, 2014
2/5 58% Keeping Rosy " Offers diminishing returns." — Guardian
Posted Jun 26, 2014
4/5 92% The Return To Homs (2014) " Admittedly, there are a lot of documentaries like this, made by citizen journalists recording uprisings in their homelands, but this is one of the best of the recent crop, and a timely reminder of a conflict that's slipped out of the headlines of late." — Guardian
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " An amusing, and occasionally touching meditation on fame, sibling rivalry and ambition, with a sweet payoff." — Guardian
Posted Jun 26, 2014
95% Archipelago (2014) " This is a beautifully distilled and literally still work that lingers in the mind long after its conclusion." — Variety
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " A warm, lovable movie that celebrates cultural pluralism and people's ability to mature." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 —— IL Etait Une Foret " An exquisite and richly informative natural history lesson about rainforest flora." — Guardian
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/5 86% Bright Days Ahead (2014) " To the film's credit, no one finds the age gap that scandalous, but that doesn't mean it doesn't matter. These are people at very different places in life." — Guardian
Posted Jun 19, 2014
89% Exhibition (2014) " The whole thing teeters between very boring and completely fascinating." — Variety
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 88% Cheap Thrills (2014) " The script is smarter than the premise sounds, with writers David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga dispensing enough information to make victims both sympathetic and despicable, the instigators charismatic and sinister." — Guardian
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/5 67% I Declare War (2013) " It doesn't help that some of the acting is drama-school awful, a fault for which the directors should be held more liable than the cast." — Guardian
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/5 18% Jolene: The Indie Folk Star Movie (Benny & Jolene) " This just goes to prove that it's easy to ape the improvisational style of the Duplass brothers or Shane Meadows, but pulling it off requires storytelling rigour, comic timing and more originality than what's on display here." — Guardian
Posted Jun 5, 2014
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Going beyond the pat eco-conscious message that every kids' film has to have, HTTYD2 touches on how complex the emotional bond between a person and an animal can be." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 16, 2014
3/5 35% Touchy Feely (2013) " The semi-improvised dialogue has the juicy tang of authenticity in the hands of this highly competent cast, and the players and Shelton never sneer at the characters' new-agey beliefs." — Guardian
Posted May 15, 2014
75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " Klapisch and his avatar Xavier have a genial affection for nearly everyone they meet, and that open-hearted embrace of plurality and difference, that inquisitive interest in other cultures, is one of the things that's made the trilogy endearing." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2014
3/5 24% The Canyons (2013) " Although the movie is flawed, [Lohan's] pretty terrific ..." — Radio Times
Posted May 9, 2014
4/5 95% Blue Ruin (2014) " Essentially a lurid revenge story but filtered through an arthouse sensibility, peppered with stillness and deglamourised violence." — Guardian
Posted May 1, 2014
3/5 89% Willow Creek (2014) " As a horror film using that now-tired device, "found footage" supposedly shot by the characters themselves, it's quite passable." — Guardian
Posted May 1, 2014
4/5 100% Looking for Light: Jane Bown " It is an excellent, intelligent, and unfussily traditional documentary about a gifted artist who photographed many key 20th-century figures ..." — Guardian
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/5 80% You & Me Forever " The ending is a smidge pat, but there's much to savour, especially the impressive performances of the young cast." — Guardian
Posted Apr 24, 2014
4/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " You'd have to have a heart of Arctic ice to finish the film not smiling with joy." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2/5 —— Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014) " This competent but underwhelming portrait of the 70s/80s rock star sticks to the usual wave-graph structure of a thousand other rock bio-docs ..." — Guardian
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/5 55% Reaching for the Moon (2013) " The atrociously sentimental score is an irritant, but the performances are solid." — Guardian
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/5 47% Khumba (2013) " There's a pretty score of harmonic, Isicathamiya-influenced music, but this is a tedious time-killer for those desperate to keep kids occupied." — Guardian
Posted Apr 10, 2014
1/5 48% L'étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps (The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) " This hyperstylised horror thriller plays like a feature-length advert for a perfume that would smell like tuberose, leather and rotting meat, with top notes of fake blood and old cheese." — Guardian
Posted Apr 10, 2014
53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " The plot gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands, but in the main this installment is emotionally weightier and more satisfying than its predecessor." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 8, 2014
75% The Pirate Fairy (2014) " So much better than one would expect for a fifth installment in a franchise, this tribute to female friendship and girl power is a kick." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 43% Honour (2014) " It's hard to work out for whom this semi-interesting hot mess was intended." — Guardian
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/5 0% Almost Married " The actors gurn away like they're auditioning for roles in a Carry On reboot, and the denouement is as predictable as it is bizarrely abrupt." — Guardian
Posted Mar 27, 2014
4/5 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " The cast is uniformly excellent, but special mention is due to Jane Lynch as a narcissistic therapist with distracting glasses." — Guardian
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/5 67% Leave The World Behind (2014) " Very much an in-house-made, authorised portrait, the film does a solid job of capturing the sweat, spectacle and subsonic kick of the live performances, but delivers only a sanitised version of why they're splitting up." — Guardian
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/5 82% G.B.F. (2014) " The result is mostly swishy, sweet fun, although admittedly it might have benefitted from a bit of tweaking to fluff up bigger, better, and bitchier one-liners." — Guardian
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/5 78% The Machine (2014) " James overflogs the what-is-the-nature-of-being-dead horse, but directs with brio. Meanwhile, Lotz, with her child-like fragility and snappy kickboxing moves, is eminently watchable." — Guardian
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/5 77% The Robber (2011) " Something of an endurance test." — Guardian
Posted Mar 20, 2014
79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " The film's saving grace is its character design and use of 3D techniques to speed things up in every sense when the plot starts to flag." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2/5 79% Lamb Of God's As The Palaces Burn (2014) " It's only mildly interesting unless you're one of the band's many rabidly loyal fans, especially since Argott, clearly thoroughly embedded, chooses not to dig very deep into the personalities and issues around the incident." — Guardian
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/5 —— Bette Bourne: It Goes With The Shoes " As a documentary, it is hardly radical or ground-breaking (although the archive material is ace), but it's an engaging oral history, about a lovely person who gives good quip." — Guardian
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4/5 92% The Departed (2006) " It all makes for extremely watchable entertainment." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 11, 2014
49% RoboCop (2014) " This remake of the 1987 dystopian classic has a better cast, more meticulous script and, naturally, flashier effects, but it lacks the original's wit and subversive slipperiness." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 5, 2014
67% Fonzy (2014) " Apparently there is an Indian version in the works; perhaps eventually, by UN decree, there will be one from every country in the world." — Guardian
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/5 71% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) " Seemingly aims to transplant a mumblecore aesthetic into Berlin, with all the requisite aimless hipsters, whimsical touches and rambling narrative dips and dives; but someone forgot to add spontaneity or edge." — Guardian
Posted Jan 16, 2014
36% Summer in February (2014) " A poor script and patchy performances drag down this Edwardian-era drama." — Variety
Posted Jan 14, 2014
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " A tale of suffering, endurance, courage and abiding humanity about a freeborn man kidnapped and sold into slavery, which packs all the more wallop for the elegance with which it's made." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 10, 2014
95% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " An absorbing, intelligently assembled coming-of-ager that revolves around two pubescent gal-pals growing up in 1992, just after independence was restored." — Variety
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/5 77% How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013) " Deploys lots of sans serif graphics and handy statistics to explain how people escalate up the drug-dealing ladder." — Guardian
Posted Dec 26, 2013
79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " An affecting if somewhat soft-soaped comedy drama, elevated by excellent performances." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 9, 2013
2/5 38% A Long Way From Home " Rutherford does lovely things with the Provençal light, but Fox is too much of a cipher to care about." — Guardian
Posted Dec 5, 2013
90% Paradise: Hope (2013) " Austrian weirdmeister Ulrich Seidl's sometimes grueling but consistently compelling Paradise trilogy concludes on a surprisingly wistful, tender note." — Variety
Posted Dec 2, 2013
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Too much hammer time, not enough fun, except when Loki's onscreen." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 5, 2013
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