Adrian Turner

Adrian Turner

Agrees with the Tomatometer 89% of the time.

Publications:
Radio Times
Total Reviews:
54

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3/5 85% Senso (The Wanton Countess) (1954) " As usual with Visconti, there is a welter of baroque effects and an acute sense of history." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
5/5 100% Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) (1920) " A twisted tale of murder, kidnap, madness and an ancient book, all told in flashback by a young man from a park bench." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
73% Daisies (2012) " As an allegory it lacks any resonance, as a movie it stinks." — Time Out
Posted Aug 26, 2014
4/5 75% Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) " Stylised, satirical and ultimately moving." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 25, 2014
3/5 100% Victim (1961) " Though a tad dated and tame by today's standards, this 1961 drama was not only ground-breaking in its depiction of homosexuality, but it also marked the occasion when Dirk Bogarde broke free from his popular matinée idol image." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 12, 2014
5/5 100% Scarface (1932) " The greatest gangster movie of the 1930s -- and that means the greatest ever." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 30, 2014
4/5 76% 3 Hommes et un Couffin (Three Men and a Cradle) (1985) " Smartly paced and engagingly acted by the relatively unknown cast, it's a sweet little satire about the demolition of the male ego in the era of feminism. " — Radio Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
5/5 90% The Lion in Winter (1968) " While the script and the performances are simply dazzling, it is notable, too, for the screen debuts of Timothy Dalton and a combustible Anthony Hopkins." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 14, 2014
5/5 86% Five Easy Pieces (1970) " The film, superbly directed by Rafelson, shifts the late 1960s hippy drop-out genre into the Ingmar Bergman class: it's cerebral, yes, but also moving and witty." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 16, 2014
2/5 51% Cruising (1980) " While the savagery of the murders and the explicitness of the sexual practices on display are initially unsettling, they soon become numbing and, ultimately, yawn-inducing." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 9, 2014
5/5 100% Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) " One of the great masterpieces of world cinema: austere, warm, grim, surreal, shocking and heartbreaking." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 3, 2014
5/5 100% Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped) (1957) " Robert Bresson's story of an imprisoned and condemned French Resistance fighter who plans an escape with his teenage cellmate is one of the great classics of European art cinema." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 3, 2014
2/5 79% Across 110th Street (1972) " Barry Shear's picture tries to be hard-edged and aim for realism, but doesn't always succeed." — Radio Times
Posted May 23, 2014
3/5 85% Eight Men Out (1988) " It's a sad and compelling piece that is totally convincing and doesn't require a knowledge of baseball." — Radio Times
Posted May 6, 2014
2/5 10% Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) " If Murphy looks bored by the whole thing, that fine character actor Hector Elizondo adds some genuine quirkiness." — Radio Times
Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 86% Heat (1995) " Though punctuated by bursts of virtuoso action, including a running battle in downtown LA that ranks as one of the best action scenes ever filmed, it is the unusual emphasis on character that impresses most." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2/5 59% Disclosure (1994) " Moore models some slinky lingerie and Douglas soaks his collars in sweat, while the emphasis on computer gizmos and cyber-babble encourages a verdict of virtual rubbish." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 25, 2014
5/5 89% Once Upon a Time in America (1984) " Just gasp at the scale, at the immaculate period reconstruction and at that incredible opening with its endlessly ringing phone." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 22, 2014
4/5 76% Robin and Marian (1976) " [A] gorgeous, masterly elegy for a vanished age." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 100% All Through the Night (1941) " Bogart is on decent enough form and the usual suspects, including Conrad Veidt and Peter Lorre, lurk in the shadows as they often did in these vehicles." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 25, 2014
5/5 99% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) " This is movie-making on the grandest scale." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 26, 2014
5/5 99% The Godfather, Part II (1974) " Breathtaking in scope, Part II also shows the early life of the Don, brilliantly portrayed by Robert De Niro, as he flees Sicily and sails for New York. These sequences have the grandeur of a silent movie by DW Griffith or Erich von Stroheim." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 25, 2014
5/5 88% Platoon (1986) " This is a modern classic and a personal exorcism for its director." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 24, 2014
5/5 91% Sabrina (1954) " Ignore the critics who say this is one of Billy Wilder's minor works. It is a major movie, a masterpiece of romantic comedy, and it still looks as fresh as a daisy." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 10, 2014
2/5 32% Necessary Roughness (1991) " An American football comedy which replays all the situations and clichés from the baseball saga Major League, but with a minor-league cast and clumsy direction from Stan Dragoti." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 24, 2014
5/5 93% The Deer Hunter (1978) " This multi-Oscar winner from Michael Cimino remains one of the finest and most controversial movies about the Vietnam War." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
5/5 94% In the Heat of the Night (1967) " The plot is a set-up, a stacked deck, yet the atmosphere is palpably unpleasant, and Poitier and Steiger have a field day." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 15, 2014
4/5 100% The Lost Weekend (1945) " Despite the grim subject matter, there are glimpses of Wilder's characteristic mordant wit, and the director's location work in New York's Third Avenue district is exemplary. Casting the hitherto bland Milland was a stroke of genius." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 13, 2014
5/5 97% You Can't Take It with You (1938) " If you haven't seen it, make a point of catching this Capra classic." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 13, 2014
4/5 80% A Man for All Seasons (1966) " It's Scofield's picture -- his is an inspired performance of virtue with a dash of vanity." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 10, 2014
5/5 76% Gladiator (2000) " For those old enough to remember the 70mm epics of yesteryear, this is a nostalgic synthesis of all of them. For those who haven't seen those earlier movies, Scott will open their eyes to a "brand-new" old world." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 8, 2014
4/5 95% The Thief of Bagdad (1924) " A grinning, bare-chested Douglas Fairbanks shimmies up a rope and enters a room in the palace, intending to steal a casket of baubles. Instead, his eyes fall on Princess Julanne Johnston... Of such things movie myths are made." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/5 95% Jason and the Argonauts (1963) " Made while Hollywood was plundering Roman history at vast expense, this British picture went further back in time and created a niche of its own." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 18, 2013
5/5 100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959) " This is probably the greatest courtroom drama ever made and it features James Stewart's finest screen performance." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 6, 2013
5/5 98% The Night of the Hunter (1955) " This thriller is one of the great masterpieces of American cinema, a movie so strangely repellent, so poetic and so utterly hypnotic that it sadly never found an audience." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
2/5 73% Conrack (1974) " Martin Ritt's movie is often sentimental and hectoring, ramming home the contrast between Voight's comfy, secure rebellion against the Vietnam War and the utter destitution and backwardness of his pupils." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 27, 2013
4/5 91% Face/Off (1997) " Woo more than delivers in the overblown action stakes. It's also patently evident that both stars are having a ball sending up each other's mannerisms." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 2, 2013
4/5 95% Midnight Run (1988) " As with all the best road movies -- and this is one of the best -- the picture really moves, as a simple air trip from New York to LA turns into a saga of trains and automobiles, car crashes, and skirmishes with the FBI and [other] interested parties." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 95% Apollo 13 (1995) " Partially filmed in genuine weightless conditions, Ron Howard's movie is a technical tour de force." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 46% Cleopatra (1963) " The film at least manages to make some sense of an extraordinary moment in history, as Rome expanded from republic to empire." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 12, 2013
5/5 80% The Untouchables (1987) " For many the main attraction of this modern classic is Sean Connery's Oscar-winning turn as the veteran Irish cop who shows Costner the ropes." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 25, 2013
5/5 94% Full Metal Jacket (1987) " While its message is simple -- innocent young Americans are taught to be machine-like killers -- its technique is extraordinary." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 21, 2013
2/5 5% Cocktail (1988) " Perhaps the best one can say for this bland concoction mixed by agents and the studio executives is that every bartender in Hollywood wants to be Tom Cruise and that suffices as an ironic subtext." — Radio Times
Posted May 21, 2013
4/5 71% Forrest Gump (2014) " One can sneer at it, but one can't ignore it." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 20, 2013
5/5 92% The Shining (1980) " The technique is as overpowering as Nicholson's performance, which is both hammy and deeply disturbing." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 88% Titanic (1997) " Titanic is a sumptuous assault on the emotions, with a final hour that fully captures the horror and the freezing, paralysing fear of the moment." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 5, 2012
5/5 99% Apocalypse Now (1979) " Coppola delivered a harrowing masterwork that bursts with malarial, mystical images..." — Radio Times
Posted May 26, 2011
4/5 88% Deep End (1971) " A romantic, comic and disturbing work that's unlike anything else made in Britain, except perhaps the work of Roman Polanski." — Radio Times
Posted May 5, 2011
4/5 92% Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione) (1965) " This is a fascinating apprentice effort, even if it is full of dated, gimmicky effects borrowed from Jean-Luc Godard." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 7, 2011
3/5 84% Moby Dick (1956) " John Huston's long-cherished adaptation of Herman Melville's novel has some wonderful scenes but must be counted as a noble failure. " — Radio Times
Posted Apr 5, 2011
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