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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1063
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/5 45% The Lords of Salem (2013) " Overlook the abysmal acting, unattractive nudity, awful dialogue, laughable effects and diabolical direction, and there are a few memorable shocks and images." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 18, 2013
2/5 62% Evil Dead (2013) " There's no suspense, and it isn't scary." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3/5 52% Promised Land (2013) " A flawed but watchable eco-drama - heavily indebted to a wittier anti-corporate movie, Local Hero, made 30 years ago." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3/5 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " Some will find it ridiculously entertaining. I found it entertainingly ridiculous. Either way, it's a guilty pleasure." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 18, 2013
4/5 74% Love Is All You Need (2013) " It's a refreshing rarity to see a romcom in which the leads have true chemistry." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 18, 2013
0/5 54% Oblivion (2013) " The film has not a vestige of wit, originality or human interest." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 11, 2013
4/5 93% First Position (2012) " It's humane, involving and inspirational." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 11, 2013
3/5 81% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " 140 minutes, but a safe bet if you're in search of entertainment ..." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 11, 2013
2/5 42% Flying Blind " The plot unfolds in politically correct directions, but it requires the leading lady to make idiotic choices throughout, which make no sense in the context of her intelligence." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 11, 2013
1/5 65% Spring Breakers (2013) " It's the kind of 'experimental' movie hailed as edgy, subversive and transgressive, when in fact it's inept, amateurish and loathsome." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 4, 2013
1/5 33% The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) " This is a remarkably bonkers example of Hollywood schmaltz. It's so glossy and gooey, it makes Forrest Gump look like Fight Club." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 4, 2013
1/5 39% Dark Skies (2013) " A baffling bore." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 4, 2013
4/5 78% A Late Quartet (2012) " The film offers first-rate, mostly middle-aged actors in an intelligent screenplay that's decently crafted, covers interesting but unfamiliar ground and has a worthwhile central idea." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Apr 4, 2013
91% Good Vibrations " Any film that can bring tears to your eyes by playing a minor hit from 1978 - Teenage Kicks climbed only as far as number 31 in the UK singles chart - is all right with me." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 29, 2013
4/5 89% In the House (2013) " An elegant, sophisticated black comedy thriller with a lot to say about storytelling, control and manipulation of the truth." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 29, 2013
0/5 68% Trance (2013) " A tedious shambles." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 29, 2013
4/5 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " Its conflation of two old English folk-tales, Jack And The Beanstalk and Jack The Giant Killer, turns out to be among the most enjoyable of fairytale fantasies." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2/5 70% The Croods (2013) " It's let down by an unfunny script that makes The Flintstones look sophisticated, and a surprisingly irresponsible message to be aimed at very small children." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3/5 89% Compliance (2012) " I admired its courageous realism, the fact that it dares to be unpopular yet truthful. Unlike most movies, it will give you plenty to think about." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 21, 2013
0/5 19% Identity Thief (2013) " Identity Thief starts off moronic and then goes downhill." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3/5 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " It deserves to enjoy the same kind of acclaim as other adventures in skewering the excesses of showbiz." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 14, 2013
0/5 70% The Spirit of '45 " This is not so much a documentary as a barking mad Marxist fantasy." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 14, 2013
2/5 43% The Paperboy (2012) " It's difficult to know what's going on, and even harder to care." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 14, 2013
1/5 48% Maniac (2013) " It's hard to escape the feeling that the whole film is just a nasty, voyeuristic exercise in titillation." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 14, 2013
4/5 83% Side Effects (2013) " None of the leading characters is heart-warmingly sympathetic, and this enables Soderbergh to put them through hell without making us feel he's being unnecessarily sadistic." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 7, 2013
2/5 41% Parker (2013) " A mediocre, poorly paced thriller ..." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 7, 2013
2/5 63% Broken (2013) " Mainly worth seeing for a sparky performance by Eloise Laurence, whose cheeky smile lights up the surrounding miserabilism." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 7, 2013
4/5 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " The movie's strengths are its flamboyantly kitsch design and ingenious, humorous screenplay, calculated to please parents and grandparents at least as much as their progeny. " — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Mar 7, 2013
0/5 45% To The Wonder (2013) " It's a wonder that To The Wonder ever found a release. Terrence Malick's long, lugubrious film is a prolonged exercise in directorial self-pleasuring." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 28, 2013
1/5 68% Stoker (2013) " The two leading characters are so superficial that we never really know why they do the things they do, which become increasingly bizarre and eventually downright insane." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 28, 2013
1/5 28% Broken City (2013) " A wannabe Chinatown that looks as if it has been lying on a dusty shelf for three decades." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 28, 2013
2/5 12% Safe Haven (2013) " You can always rely on novelist Nicholas Sparks to bring you a comforting romance between good-looking people." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 28, 2013
1/5 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " It ends up looking like a witless, cheesy knock-off of the Underworld and Resident Evil movies. They weren't good, and this is worse." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 28, 2013
3/5 65% Mama (2013) " Mama is an old-fashioned offering that's low on gore and high on atmosphere, not unlike some of the better Japanese shockers that came out after The Ring." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 22, 2013
2/5 64% Unfinished Song (2013) " Writer-director Paul Andrew Williams plucks at our heartstrings with the sensitivity of Mike Tyson singing a love song." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 22, 2013
0/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " It staggers on for almost three hours and calls into question the sanity of some of the world's best-known actors." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 22, 2013
0/5 0% Run For Your Wife " It is abysmal, dealing in outdated stereotypes that will leave you in a state of appalled amazement." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 15, 2013
1/5 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " A boring, preposterous mess." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 15, 2013
3/5 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " On any serious level, it's deplorable, but it's so macho a vision of old age that it becomes quaintly enjoyable." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 15, 2013
1/5 51% This is 40 (2012) " There isn't enough story to float a TV sitcom; it simply consists of people bickering." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 15, 2013
4/5 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " Wreck-It Ralph is witty, ingenious and entertaining, a technical and creative breakthrough on a par with Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, 25 years ago." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 7, 2013
2/5 55% I Give It a Year (2013) " Here is a brave, or possibly foolhardy, attempt by the producers of Love Actually and Bridget Jones' Diary to infuse realism into romcom." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 7, 2013
2/5 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " Warm Bodies has enjoyable moments, some funny lines and a central idea that works for about 20 minutes." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Feb 7, 2013
2/5 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " Despite the best efforts of its talented cast, Hyde Park on Hudson is trivial and novelettish." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jan 31, 2013
2/5 78% Flight (2012) " Flight is fair in the air; on the floor it's a bore." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jan 31, 2013
1/5 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " A silly, at times despicable film that never remotely deserved an Oscar nomination. Compared with this, Team America: World Police was a think piece." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jan 24, 2013
3/5 90% Lincoln (2012) " Spielberg is always a professional, and the film is never less than well-crafted." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jan 24, 2013
4/5 94% The Sessions (2012) " The movie becomes a touching, often funny portrayal of sex as a form of kindness and human contact." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jan 17, 2013
4/5 88% Django Unchained (2012) " This is Quentin Tarantino's most entertaining film since Pulp Fiction, and its first hour is brilliantly funny." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jan 17, 2013
0/5 4% Playing for Keeps (2012) " In the long, ignoble tradition of naff romcoms starring Butler, this stands alongside The Ugly Truth and The Bounty Hunter as the worst of its kind." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jan 3, 2013
3/5 79% Quartet (2013) " It's an accomplished film that draws strong performances from very fine actors." — Daily Mail [UK]
Posted Jan 3, 2013
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