Colin Fraser

Colin Fraser

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Colin Fraser's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): FILMINK (Australia)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
43% Madame Bovary (2015) "This lo-fi vision is not a good match for the subtleties of the source material. It brings nothing new to the story, nor the storytelling, and earns the most wretched of labels -- watchable. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jul 17, 2015
52% Woman in Gold (2015) "It is a wonder how Woman In Gold could be so, well, lacklustre. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 22, 2015
87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "By the time that you get to an ending as frustratingly ambiguous as the beginning, it becomes clear that this road movie is more calling card than fully realised film. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 30, 2015
100% A Brilliant Young Mind (2015) "X+Y is challenging, endearing, sweet, and romantic...all without breaking a sweat. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 9, 2015
92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) "For most of its running time, Slumdog Millionaire is an energetic, absorbing film that rises well above the pack. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 22, 2015
63% The Water Diviner (2015) "The Water Diviner is an awkward beast, one that's too large and unwieldy for intimate drama, yet too small for the enormous frame that it hopes to fill. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 24, 2014
98% Mr. Turner (2014) "Like Turner's own paintings, [Spall] creates a series of impressions that, when seen from the right angle, create an astounding vision. It is truly remarkable, and it is unlikely that you'll see its kind again. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 24, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) "Nightcrawler flourishes as a searing indictment on unchecked mania, workplace malpractice, and the forces that maintain them. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 26, 2014
60% Maps to the Stars (2015) "It offers up plenty of reasons to avoid Hollywood, but few reasons why you'd want to watch the movie. Is it a sendup of the film business, a ghostly nightmare, or a stone-cold drama about dysfunctional families? It's hard to say. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 21, 2014
59% My Old Lady (2014) "Despite all of the compelling elements, Horovitz never finds a way for us to jump all the hurdles that he creates. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 13, 2014
92% Pride (2014) "You not only have the feel-great hit of the year, but an inspirational story of how disparate communities are always closer than they think. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 30, 2014
92% Force Majeure (2014) "The "pleasure" of Östlund is in his command of silence and detail. A sigh or physical twitch says more than a line of dialogue, and what it says is more alarming and more provocative than anyone bargains for. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 16, 2014
63% Son of a Gun (2015) "Despite diminishing returns, Son Of A Gun is still a chunky little movie with a lot going for it. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 16, 2014
60% The Little Death (2015) "With one or two bright spots, this is a mostly uninteresting, occasionally uncomfortable affair that is simply not as subversive, enlightening, or as taboo-breaking as it sets out to be. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 25, 2014
63% The Maze Runner (2014) "Given that a grandiose premise underpins the entire story, it's unfortunate just how bloodless this entire film (read: setup for parts two and three) actually is. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 18, 2014
18% And So It Goes (2014) "When not saddled by the awkward narrative, Keaton and Douglas reveal a pleasing chemistry, though neither are doing anything new: Douglas growls while Keaton smiles, cries and sings. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 14, 2014
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) "This incredible film charts one man's determination to stay alive against astounding odds and, most tantalisingly, supporting the very people that he despised. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
88% Le Week-End (2014) "Le Week-End is a sophisticated, elegant, and frequently hilarious account of living with a significant other: love 'em or hate 'em. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
92% Philomena (2013) "Flawless performances and the perfect blend of pathos and humour ensures this is a crowd-pleaser in the best sense of the word. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 23, 2013
98% The Rocket (2014) "Beautifully cloaked as an affecting coming of age tale, this award winning drama also says a great deal about a part of the world rarely seen on screen. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 17, 2013
66% The Railway Man (2014) "At its heart is Firth's visceral performance, which convincingly charts trauma and deep burning vengeance to resolve in a profoundly cathartic way. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 16, 2013
63% Dead Europe "The result is a bleak, atmospheric and utterly seductive thriller that doesn't offer up its secrets readily. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 11, 2012
51% Savages (2012) "It's a dirty and messy firecracker of a film, but one that's directed with thrill and skill. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2012
44% To Rome with Love (2012) "The laughs feel familiar, the characters feel like caricatures and Woody Allen seems to be on autopilot. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2012
63% Café de Flore (2012) "More than the sum of its terrific parts, this beautifully crafted tale about the pain of love deftly reconciles two disparate stories - with stellar results. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 26, 2012
74% Heartbeats (2011) "While light on plot, this beautifully crafted film captures the emotional plight of its three young protagonists with insight and immediacy. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 30, 2011
71% Kokoda (2007) "It's a remarkable feature for so many reasons, not the least of which is the haunting tension that fills every shot of every scene. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 31, 2011
87% Welcome (2010) "A film that tosses audiences through an emotional wringer, creating an intense, challenging and surprisingly warm experience that questions the very concept of "welcome." " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 1, 2010
85% A Single Man (2009) "A Single Man is considerably more than middle aged misery. It's a poignant examination of longing and grief and hope. It is a knockout. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 23, 2010
67% Away We Go (2009) "An unconvincing premise is turned into a must-see heartwarming romantic comedy. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 9, 2009
21% Planet 51 (2009) "Funny and well designed, but doesn't live up to potential due to uninspired dialogue and heavy hand of marketing. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 9, 2009
89% A Serious Man (2009) "A Serious Man is undeniably attractive, though it's certainly a story of a certain flavour and one that's not to all tastes; how compelling it remains is a question of enthusiasm for their determinedly oddball approach. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 17, 2009
43% Dorian Gray (2009) "Colin Firth is perfect as the devil's advocate, as this adaptation of 19th century gothic taps into the modern zeitgeist. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 11, 2009
66% The Brothers Bloom (2009) "Full of invigorating twists and turns, filled with a unique style and wit, also, the whole ultimately suffers due to a too-neat conclusion. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 11, 2009
86% 500 Days of Summer (2009) "A true re-invention of the romantic comedy genre for a male skewed audience, complete with realistic lead characters and hilarious insight. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 15, 2009
76% The Young Victoria (2009) "Strong performances, production qualities and courtly intrigue ensure that audiences will wish this romantic drama went for just that little bit longer. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 24, 2009
67% The Escapist (2008) "A combination of a superb score and amazing performances make this a genre defying prison break film. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jul 14, 2009
65% Is Anybody There? (2009) "This well crafted film is given resonance and purpose with layers and layers of detail that make the bittersweet climax all the more heartwarming. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jun 5, 2009
27% Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009) "The relentlessly puerile, juvenile humour of Lesbian Vampire Killers makes it something of a guilty pleasure, but a pleasure none the less. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 20, 2009
36% Tenderness (2008) "It's hard to understand what keeps these characters moving, and without true indie grit or the runaway tension that would otherwise satisfy the multiplex, Tenderness drops somewhere in-between...and that is mostly a disappointing nowhere. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 1, 2009
75% Acolytes (2009) "A requisite number of gory, slashing, scream-filled moments raise the heartbeat as kids chase killers, and the killers chase kids. What's missing is a freshness of purpose, and the conviction of motive. You know, the important stuff. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 17, 2009
43% Race to Witch Mountain (2009) "Johnson is effective, at least at first, but is ultimately let down by creaky production and a script that runs out of ideas long before the end, forcing most characters to yell "Watch out!" for the last twenty minutes. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 3, 2009
85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) "If you've ever lost a pet dog, or found yourself at the wrong end of an irreparably diminished bank account, Wendy And Lucy is the kind of film that will break your heart. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 27, 2009
52% Easy Virtue (2009) "Easy Virtue is not an entirely satisfactory outing; it's too chaotic for that, but it's certainly a great wheeze that blows ample life into period comedy. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 13, 2009
94% Milk (2008) "Quite simply, Milk is an unmissable film about a man who energised a movement. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 29, 2009
98% The Wrestler (2008) "Rourke's mesmerising performance is the heart and soul of an existential exploration of self-definition locked on a sports flick. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 14, 2009
27% Seven Pounds (2008) "Neither literal poetry nor the reliable charm of Will Smith can save his character from the folly of screenwriter Grant Nieporte's deeply flawed premise. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 8, 2009
81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) "[Allen's] best film in years. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 26, 2008
92% Frost/Nixon (2008) "It's a deceptively juicy film that runs straight for the audience while reaching for the jugular. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 26, 2008
61% Newcastle (2008) "An engaging yarn buoyed by spectacular surf action. Emotional discord aside, it will strike the right note with any teenage surfie heading to the beach this summer. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 7, 2008
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