Colin Fraser

Colin Fraser

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% X+Y " 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
59% 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
62% 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
50% 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
93% 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
43% 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
14% My Best Friend's Girl (2008) " You should steer well clear of the nasty ideas that screenwriter Jordan Cahan has about relationships and how they work. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 10, 2008
26% Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) " Unlike the unfilmable novel, Newell's discordant picture exhibits the worst symptoms of fever itself: unpleasant to endure and then quickly forgotten. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 30, 2008
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