Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Little White Lies , Time Out
Total Reviews:
57

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
99% Boyhood (2014) " Boyhood proceeds in brisk, implacably linear chronological fashion, and despite its 165-minute running time, is astonishingly minimal." — Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/5 83% Belle (2014) " Race, love and social politics are deftly handled in Amma Asante's forcefully-acted feminist period drama." — Little White Lies
Posted Jun 12, 2014
93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " It focuses on its subject's humanity and assesses the tragedy on a personal rather than explicitly sociopolitical level. However, the way in which it fleshes out Oscar's character makes it an acutely political work." — Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " After a shaky start, Bad Neighbours blossoms, with inspired visual gags in excellent poor taste." — Time Out
Posted Apr 29, 2014
51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " A valiant, but ultimately disappointing attempt to adapt a sprawling modern literary classic." — Film4
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " Ride Along is saddled with an uninvolving plot, and largely content to coast on cop-movie clichés. " — Time Out
Posted Feb 25, 2014
78% An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013) " Hyperbolic adjectives such as dizzying, effervescent, kaleidoscopic and exhilarating spring to mind but don't adequately convey the craft and persistence that have gone into this confessional slice of (semi) non-fiction." — Sight and Sound
Posted Feb 7, 2014
52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " An earnest, honest effort, but ultimately a torpid affair whose waste of a brilliant cast is arguably more of a serious criminal act than any of the skulduggery depicted in the film." — Film4
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " Lone Survivor isn't always sophisticated ... But there's moral complexity and a climax in an Afghan village which is tense and surprisingly moving. " — Time Out
Posted Jan 28, 2014
4/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " One of Britain's greatest living filmmakers offers an outraged, intense and artful examination of American slavery." — Little White Lies
Posted Jan 9, 2014
42% Oldboy (2013) " An occasionally atmospheric and entertaining thriller on its own terms, anchored by a solid, committed performance by leading man Brolin. Still, it's hard to escape the feeling that Lee is going through the motions." — Film4
Posted Dec 6, 2013
84% Leviathan (2013) " Rarely an easy watch, but a visual and sensory experience unlike any other: this is Captain Phillips meets Captain Birdseye as co-directed by God and the Devil." — Film4
Posted Nov 29, 2013
4/5 73% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Lee Daniels comes good with this rich and politically subversive tale of a long-serving White House butler." — Little White Lies
Posted Nov 14, 2013
96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " Warm, enjoyable, smooth and lightweight, this celebratory documentary is a gentle tribute to a remarkable man and his work." — Film4
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " In Bad Grandpa, there's no shock value: the physical comedy is down to a minimum, replaced by a creaking humour almost as dated as Zisman himself." — Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2013
5/5 94% Nothing But a Man (1963) " In addition to its marvellous performances and perspicacious treatment of difficult themes, Nothing But a Man is a technical triumph." — Little White Lies
Posted Sep 26, 2013
86% At Berkeley (2013) " Despite its intimidating length, Wiseman's structure - created entirely in the edit - fosters a set of hypnotic internal rhythms, allowing the viewer space to make their own thematic connections." — Sight and Sound
Posted Sep 13, 2013
84% The Unknown Known (2014) " Though watchable, the film pales in terms of enjoyment and insight in comparison to Morris's last film interview with a former Defence Secretary, Robert S. McNamara, in 2006's The Fog of War. " — Sight and Sound
Posted Sep 13, 2013
84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " The Armstrong Lie is always compelling, and Gibney deserves credit for putting his own naiveté up on the screen for the world to see." — Sight and Sound
Posted Sep 13, 2013
71% Palo Alto (2014) " It wears its influences (Gus Van Sant, Bret Easton Ellis, Jonathan Kaplan's classic Over The Edge) on its sleeve, and has little new to say, but possesses a winning sense of humor and fine performances." — Filmmaker
Posted Sep 13, 2013
63% The Sacrament (2014) " Succumbs to wobbly cam sprints through the woods, overly violent and sloppily choreographed carnage, and timeworn religious-cult clichés." — House Next Door
Posted Sep 7, 2013
89% Locke (2014) " Tom Hardy is here channeling the spirit of Richard Burton by speaking in a richly mellifluous Welsh brogue; he could be reading a McDonald's menu and it would be fun to listen to." — House Next Door
Posted Sep 7, 2013
20% Die Frau des Polizisten (The Police Officer's Wife) " Its needlessly affected approach detracts from the powerful moments contained within." — House Next Door
Posted Sep 7, 2013
6% Vibes (1988) " Its most egregious failing is the astonishing lack of chemistry between the mismatched lead pair. " — House Next Door
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3/5 98% Blackfish (2013) " Important, informative, imperfect." — Little White Lies
Posted Jul 25, 2013
4/5 93% Our Children (2013) " Fully committed, beautifully acted, well realised and genuinely unsettling." — Little White Lies
Posted May 9, 2013
86% Run & Jump (2014) " Steph Green has crafted a debut as fresh, intimate, and compassionate as Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher in 1999." — House Next Door
Posted Apr 25, 2013
—— Deep Powder " The end result, though well-intentioned and hardly disastrous, doesn't hit as hard as it should, even if it does bear merit as a solemn comment on America's intractable, if rarely acknowledged, class system. " — House Next Door
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3/5 43% The Paperboy (2012) " A sleazy, overstuffed and terribly directed mess. But never boring and occasionally jaw-dropping." — Little White Lies
Posted Mar 14, 2013
4/5 93% No (2013) " A resounding yes." — Little White Lies
Posted Feb 7, 2013
2/5 65% Starbuck (2013) " Moderately entertaining, but cartoonish and manipulative." — Little White Lies
Posted Nov 22, 2012
5/5 92% The Shining (1980) " Essential viewing. Prepare to be disturbed." — Little White Lies
Posted Nov 1, 2012
2/5 46% The Sweeney (2013) " Sweeney? Pony, more like." — Little White Lies
Posted Sep 13, 2012
3/5 88% Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012) " The moody hipster solipsism won't be to everyone's taste, but this is a fitting monument to an influential band." — Little White Lies
Posted Sep 6, 2012
2/5 57% Love (2011) " Has ideas, but ideas alone do not a successful movie make." — Little White Lies
Posted Sep 6, 2012
4/5 83% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) " Psychedelic aesthetics, psychogenic fugues - it is the disorientating giallo Lynch might have made." — Little White Lies
Posted Aug 30, 2012
4/5 77% Samsara (2012) " A treat for eyes, ears, brain and soul." — Little White Lies
Posted Aug 30, 2012
4/5 86% Circumstance (2011) " Bold, haunting and moving; an excellent feature debut." — Little White Lies
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3/5 100% Salute (2012) " A moving and worthwhile tale." — Little White Lies
Posted Jul 12, 2012
3/5 95% Sing Your Song (2012) " A rewarding watch and an inspirational, informative history lesson which begins more strongly than it ends." — Little White Lies
Posted Jun 7, 2012
1/5 40% Red Tails (2012) " Disappointment gives way to frustration at this botched opportunity to tell an important story properly." — Little White Lies
Posted Jun 6, 2012
3/5 64% 2 Days in New York (2012) " Reflection reveals a warm heart, sweet nature, and contemporary sensibility." — Little White Lies
Posted May 17, 2012
3/5 78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) " Odd, sweet and languid, but little to get your teeth into." — Little White Lies
Posted May 10, 2012
4/5 94% Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) " Slight, but an uplifting, universal rallying call for creative people to follow their dreams." — Little White Lies
Posted Apr 26, 2012
3/5 89% Buck (2011) " Singular in style and impressively reflective of its protagonist's nature. Universal in theme, but may struggle to find a wide audience." — Little White Lies
Posted Apr 26, 2012
1/5 14% Ecstasy (2012) " The low budget is not enough to excuse the ineptitude on show. Avoid." — Little White Lies
Posted Apr 19, 2012
2/5 8% Payback Season " Cynical fodder aimed squarely at perceived yoof demographic. Poor." — Little White Lies
Posted Mar 8, 2012
2/5 81% Red Dog (2012) " Heart's in the right place, but very broad and quite irritating too." — Little White Lies
Posted Feb 24, 2012
2/5 53% Safe House (2012) " Largely forgettable." — Little White Lies
Posted Feb 23, 2012
2/5 13% Deviation " Poor, but not totally without merit. Dyer's risible performance lingers for all the wrong reasons." — Little White Lies
Posted Feb 23, 2012
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