Christopher Tookey

Christopher Tookey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) " Even at 80 minutes, this feels like a Chihuahua padded out to Great Dane proportions. It's far too hangdog to find much of an audience. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 27, 2015
91% The Departed (2006) " Scorsese's film is a grossly over-extended 150, and -- despite its flashes of directorial genius -- it's no deeper (or more comprehensible) than the original. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jan 23, 2015
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) " I have no serious criticisms. The film does full justice to Tolkien, who has often -- and erroneously -- been accused of escapism. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Dec 7, 2014
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) " Chamber Of Secrets is funnier and more exciting than the first Harry Potter movie, and adorned with some of the most stunning special effects ever. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Dec 6, 2014
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) " This is, I can say without fear of exaggerating, one of the great films of all time. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Nov 12, 2014
95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) " Pan's Labyrinth isn't a total success, but it confirms that del Toro is one of the few genuinely visionary directors working today. And his best may still be to come. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Nov 12, 2014
80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) " These characters are written with the broad strokes of caricature, yet they are neither funny nor, in the end, sympathetic. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Oct 1, 2014
7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " The only good news is that the five friends in the original film have been whittled down to four. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3/5 79% 42 (2013) " The film does tell a moving story and delivers a worthwhile message about the importance of turning the other cheek. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted May 7, 2014
69% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " No one's going to pretend this is art, but it makes sense commercially. The fights and chases are superbly choreographed and genuinely spectacular. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Dec 31, 2013
4/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) " It is scary, and it conveys something even rarer in horror films -- the ring of truth. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Dec 16, 2013
4/5 92% Sunshine on Leith " It's a jukebox musical that strings together a winning romantic comedy with catchy tunes and heartfelt lyrics. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/5 67% How I Live Now (2013) " Meg Rosoff's young adult novel about a teenager struggling to survive in the aftermath of nuclear war was a big hit with readers, but here director Kevin Macdonald mishandles it. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Oct 3, 2013
1/5 62% Filth (2014) " McAvoy tackles the role with gusto, but it doesn't play to his strengths. He lacks stature. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Oct 3, 2013
5/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " A riveting film, a humane but brutally frank character study, perfectly achieved despite its narrow objectives. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Sep 26, 2013
1/5 8% Diana (2013) " It has the slightness of a Mills & Boon novella, but treats the tale with ponderous solemnity, as though it were chronicling a meeting of minds between Mother Teresa and Abraham Lincoln. It's slow and terribly, terribly dull. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2/5 43% The Call (2013) " The Call begins as a moderately effective thriller, showing us a side of the LA police we haven't seen before. Then it gets dumb. Then it gets much dumber. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Sep 19, 2013
0/5 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " R.I.P.D. is so wrong-headed that the people who made it couldn't even manage a decent rip-off of Men In Black; they decided to copy the abominable Men In Black 2 instead. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo) is a master of cinematic imagery, even if his plots leave a great deal to be desired. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Sep 5, 2013
4/5 69% About Time (2013) " Curtis's purpose in the second hour of About Time is simple but serious: to show how we should live our lives. It is a not-so-small miracle that he does so persuasively, and without preaching. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Sep 5, 2013
2/5 75% You're Next (2013) " The film's big problem is only too familiar. The victims are so cliched that we never care about them, still less identify with them. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Aug 29, 2013
50% Pain & Gain (2013) " [Bay] tries to be funny, and it turns out to be even more brutal, loathsome and crude than his previous efforts. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Aug 29, 2013
4/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " Collette and Carell endow their characters with poignancy and authenticity, while Rockwell and Janney are superb at wringing every possible bit of humour out of the sparky dialogue. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/5 63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " This pretty much defines the kind of movie that is critic-proof. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/5 47% We're The Millers (2013) " The script development is funnier and more ingenious than you might expect, and the actors have the comic timing to pull off most of it. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Aug 23, 2013
4/5 93% Jurassic Park (1993) " A very welcome memo to Hollywood that blockbusters don't have to be stupid. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Aug 23, 2013
4/5 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " [A] beautifully acted, thought-provoking drama that skilfully updates Henry James's little-read 1897 novella to the modern era. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Aug 23, 2013
1/5 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " The characterisation and plot developments are painfully unimaginative. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Aug 23, 2013
2/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) " You'd think this might be a shocking, even paranoid scenario, but instead it comes across as too ridiculous to be even slightly believable. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Aug 15, 2013
4/5 80% Call Girl " It's like Britain's Profumo affair but much sleazier and with more to say about the corruption of ideals. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Aug 15, 2013
0/5 15% Top Cat:The Movie (UK) " Abysmally scripted, crudely drawn and cheaply made, with astonishing inattention to detail, Top Cat: The Movie is one of the worst-ever spin-offs of a TV  series. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/5 81% The Moo Man " The Moo Man is a very old-fashioned documentary, a gentle, bucolic account of a man at peace with himself and his environment. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jul 11, 2013
0/5 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) " If I'd had anything to do with it, I'd be wearing a balaclava and writing under an assumed name. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jul 11, 2013
4/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " At last, a blockbuster that delivers the goods! " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jul 11, 2013
5/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " An astonishing documentary that's essential viewing for anyone wishing to understand the darker aspects of the human condition. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jun 27, 2013
1/5 83% This Is the End (2013) " In which a bunch of drugged or drunk superstars, played by themselves, use the end of the world as a pretext for projectile vomiting, bodily fluids and every kind of grossness. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jun 27, 2013
2/5 56% Snitch (2013) " If Snitch ultimately perishes from over-ambition, at least it's an honourable death. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jun 20, 2013
4/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) " This is one of the few sequels for which the cliche 'eagerly awaited' is truly applicable. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2/5 68% World War Z (2013) " Brad Pitt's hero lacks personality. All we know is that he loves his family, but no one has given him or his relations any exceptional qualities. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jun 18, 2013
5/5 85% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " I can't recommend it highly enough. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jun 13, 2013
1/5 35% Summer in February (2014) " A plodding, sub-Merchant Ivory costume drama, not terribly convincing even though it's based on a true story, about a romantic triangle in Edwardian Cornwall. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2/5 38% Admission (2013) " It is ... perilously short on laughs, and the few that do come are generated by Lily Tomlin as the heroine's ferociously feminist mother. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) " It's a triumph of spectacle over content. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jun 12, 2013
4/5 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " Made for TV usually means 'not good enough for the cinema'. Here's the exception. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jun 6, 2013
0/5 11% After Earth (2013) " The dialogue is platitudinous and delivered in stilted accents. The structure is that of a very dull video game made by someone who once watched The Lord Of The Rings. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jun 6, 2013
2/5 66% The Iceman (2013) " Unfortunately, the movie runs out of things to say about its monosyllabic hero within a half-hour, after which the killings become repetitive. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jun 6, 2013
5/5 75% Populaire (2013) " Not since The Artist has there been a French film as delightful or commercial as Populaire. If you're looking for a happy, feelgood romantic comedy, here it is. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted May 30, 2013
3/5 38% The Purge (2013) " It's clever in the way it takes some disagreeable elements from our own time - fear of racial minorities, envy of wealth, needless aggression and gun crime - slightly exaggerates them and projects them into the near future. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted May 30, 2013
3/5 63% Byzantium (2013) " Byzantium doesn't add enough that's new to the genre. I was never bored by it, but I wasn't excited, either. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted May 30, 2013
0/5 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " At the screening I attended, not one person laughed. " ‐ Daily Mail [UK]
Posted May 23, 2013
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