Christopher Tookey

Christopher Tookey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Biography:
Chris Tookey has been film critic for the Daily Mail in London, England, since 1993, and for six years before that TV and film critic for the Sunday Telegraph. He has also written for the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Observer, European, Books & Bookmen, Literary Review and (in the US) National Review. He was Chairman of the British Film Critics' Circle for five years between 1994 and 1998, producing and presenting their annual awards ceremony in aid of the NSPCC.He is also author of The Critics' Film Guide (Box Tree, 1994). He is a frequent broadcaster on television and radio, makes after-dinner speeches at the drop of a rubber chicken, and lectures on Film Criticism to final-year American college students for the British American Film Academy.
Publications:
Daily Mail [UK] , Daily Mirror [UK] , Tookey's Film Guide
Critics' Group:
London Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
1063
Location:
London, England

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
68% 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 63% 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 74% 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 84% 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 73% 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
4/5 64% Epic (2013) " The quality of the animation is exceptional, and will open many eyes - young and old - to the beauty of natural woodland." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted May 23, 2013
0/5 7% The Big Wedding (2013) " Involves four Academy Award winners, all cruelly wasted on roles unworthy of them." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted May 23, 2013
2/5 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Luhrmann lovingly titivates the fake and superficial, and never gets round to serving the meat of the novel, which involves cutting into sham and heartlessness." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted May 16, 2013
2/5 33% Deadfall (2012) " Resembles Fargo in its geography and atmosphere, but fatally lacks its sense of humour." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted May 10, 2013
4/5 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Abrams approaches the subject-matter with the zest, imagination and humour of Steven Spielberg on top form." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted May 7, 2013
0/5 55% The Look of Love (2013) " Director Michael Winterbottom has achieved the impossible: he has made a biopic of Paul Raymond, Britain's most colourful porn baron, that's unobservant, unerotic and dull." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 25, 2013
2/5 90% Bernie (2012) " I didn't find it very entertaining, but it is at least trying something different." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 25, 2013
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