Cosmo Landesman

Cosmo Landesman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Sunday Times (UK) , Times [UK]
Total Reviews:
102

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 58% I, Anna " Barnaby Southcombe makes a distinguished directorial debut with this stylish and atmospheric film noir." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 10, 2012
2/5 73% Iron Man 2 (2010) " There's an outdated feel to it all, from its cold-war view of America to the AC/DC soundtrack." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2010
82% The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010) " The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a timely reminder that you can make a terrific film with only three characters, a two-bedroom flat (well, mostly) and a bit of imagination." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2010
4/5 76% Kick-Ass (2010) " Despite the violence and the swearing, Kick-Ass has something you don't usually see in superhero films: charm." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 14, 2010
3/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) " If only The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo provided the food for thought the novel gave us, it would be a far better film." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 15, 2010
3/5 85% A Single Man (2009) " The private tragedy of George is never transformed into the gripping stuff of public drama; his story doesn't become our story. While A Single Man may dazzle the eye, it leaves the heart untouched." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 16, 2010
3/5 62% Beyond the Pole (2009) " This is a small British mockumentary with some good laughs and two likeable leads in Mangan and Thomas, but you can't escape the feeling that it is best seen at home on DVD, with a nice takeaway." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 12, 2010
4/5 75% The Road (2009) " It's one of that rare breed of remarkable films - like Mel Gibson's Apocalypto - that, once you've seen it, you would be quite happy never to see again. Then again, it's so good you won't need to." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jan 15, 2010
4/5 76% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010) " This film is a British celebration of outsiderdom - be it the creative or the crippled - that is never sentimental." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jan 15, 2010
3/5 80% It Might Get Loud (2009) " For guitar freaks and fans of these guys, the film gives you a unique chance to hang out with some real guitar heroes." — Times [UK]
Posted Jan 8, 2010
4/5 83% Avatar (2009) " When all the hype and hullabaloo about Avatar calms down, we will be left with a film that's no masterpiece, but still well worth seeing." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jan 5, 2010
1/5 37% Nine (2009) " It has the sleek, superficial stylishness of a fashion magazine shoot set in La Dolce Vita Italy. Instead of dazzle, we get the dull drizzle of Guido falling apart." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jan 5, 2010
4/5 79% Nowhere Boy (2010) " Taylor-Wood has opted for a natural realism, free of arty flourishes - a style as sensible and conservative as Aunt Mimi. She is happy to provide a canvas on which her talented cast can shine, and they do." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jan 5, 2010
70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) " It's a good-looking film that is fun and comic, with fine performances from Law, Downey and, especially, Strong." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jan 5, 2010
2/5 12% Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) " The trouble with his new film, though, is not its lack of grit, but its lack of ambition and originality. It's one of those films that you've seen before - even before you've seen it." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jan 5, 2010
2/5 43% Cracks (2011) " It's a film without much resonance - there is no way of knowing what lasting effects the pupils' experiences will have on them - but it's smoothly made by Jordan Scott." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 11, 2009
3/5 85% Me and Orson Welles (2009) " For theatre buffs who know about that era, this is a treat." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 11, 2009
1/5 45% The Box (2009) " The acting is stiff, the special effects look cheap and the dialogue is unintentionally funny." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 11, 2009
3/5 21% Planet 51 (2009) " A charming spoof of cold-war alien paranoia, this is visually inventive and full of action, but could do with more humour." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 11, 2009
2/5 65% Bunny and the Bull (2011) " The film isn't funny enough or serious enough to be of substance, and often sinks into the quagmire of its own quirkiness." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 4, 2009
3/5 83% Paranormal Activity (2009) " Paranormal Activity is a remarkable achievement, but ultimately it's just not scary enough to be considered a horror classic." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 4, 2009
4/5 89% A Serious Man (2009) " The human comedy as portrayed in this film was never so cruel - or so funny." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Nov 27, 2009
3/5 83% Bright Star (2009) " Bright Star is an admirable film made by a superb craftsman, but for me, Campion fails to deliver the big emotional punch she hopes to land." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 13, 2009
2/5 51% The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) " Too shallow for satire and not funny enough for comedy, the infantile Goats is really just a silly absurdist movie trying to pass for an antiwar film." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 13, 2009
4/5 73% Starsuckers (2009) " Atkins deserves credit for a lively and thought-provoking documentary on a subject more suitable to a book than a film." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Nov 6, 2009
4/5 94% An Education (2009) " An Education offers plenty to enjoy and admire. It's full of first-rate performances." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Nov 6, 2009
4/5 79% Johnny Mad Dog (2011) " What end does a harrowing and horrifying film like this serve? Understanding? Political awareness? I'm not sure. One thing is certain: you won't forget it in a hurry." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 30, 2009
3/5 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) " t offers yet another celebration of difference and a lesson on the importance of being yourself. But it does leave you thinking: isn't it time that children's films put children first?" — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Oct 30, 2009
3/5 70% Coffin Rock (2009) " he quiet, understated setup of the first part of the film is an honest and thoughtful exploration of male ego and infertility. Then Glasson turns up the horror heat and his film becomes another bunny-boiler look at obsession." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Oct 30, 2009
1/5 11% Couples Retreat (2009) " Couples is so formulaic, so fake and relentlessly bland, it's hard to care if any of these pairings get a divorce, drown or are eaten by sharks. It has neither the ring of truth nor the fun of fantasy." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 20, 2009
3/5 90% Zombieland (2009) " After the mandatory splatter scenes, Ruben Fleischer's film becomes more character-driven and enjoyable." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 16, 2009
3/5 86% Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009) " Think Spinal Rap. A likeable and sporadically funny film, it's rather slight for a theatrical release." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Oct 16, 2009
4/5 98% Up (2009) " A hugely enjoyable work, whose care, craftsmanship and creative courage are rarely found in mainstream films - animated or otherwise." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 16, 2009
2/5 58% The Invention of Lying (2009) " The Invention of Lying is an underdeveloped work from an overindulged comic." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 4, 2009
3/5 100% Toy Story (1995) " It doesn't enhance the experience, because the film's timeless appeal is down to great characters and wonderful storytelling; a classic that doesn't need goggles or gimmicks." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 4, 2009
2/5 56% Vinyan (2008) " Vinyan is a fine example of art-house horror. It's rich in spooky atmospherics, but it's not really scary." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Oct 4, 2009
1/5 0% Spell " The script is appalling, the dialogue is flat, the acting is unforgivable and the horror scenes are unintentionally comic. Yes - in Carey Jones, Britain has produced its own Ed Wood." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Oct 4, 2009
3/5 90% District 9 (2009) " The film's tone moves easily from the comic to the cruel, and the alien creatures look authentic. From the start, the film promises a fresh and thoughtful slice of Swiftian sci-fi." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 7, 2009
2/5 86% 500 Days of Summer (2009) " Too timid to be truly cynical about love and too eager for box-office success to try to be a really new kind of romantic comedy, the film fails the ultimate romantic-comedy test: not only does it lack enough laughs, but you're never emotionally involved." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Sep 7, 2009
4/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " The Hurt Locker is an exciting and visceral work." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 1, 2009
2/5 82% Broken Embraces (2009) " It is ironic that, of all Almodovar's films, Broken Embraces is the biggest budget and the greatest length, yet it is also the dullest. His devoted fans will be delighted, but those who enjoyed Volver will be disappointed." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Sep 1, 2009
3/5 68% Funny People (2009) " The first part of the film is terrific and very funny. Apatow perfectly captures the ruthless competitiveness of young comics." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 1, 2009
1/5 18% Dance Flick (2009) " This comedy is so bad it will make you want to tear out your eyeballs and use them as ear plugs." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 24, 2009
3/5 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " This spaghetti-western-inspired war film is a watchable mix of the good, the bad and the ugly." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Aug 24, 2009
3/5 61% Chiko (2008) " Despite the fresh setting and fine performances, Yildirim's screenplay is just too familiar to really admire. Instead of violent and ruthless Italians, we get violent and ruthless Turks." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 24, 2009
3/5 81% Bandslam (2009) " Bandslam is a mix of the icky, the corny and the comic, but there's no denying that it's fun." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2009
2/5 37% The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) " Silly sci-fi tosh that tries to play itself out as a serious and heart-rending love story, but Ghost it ain't." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Aug 17, 2009
2/5 51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) " All sound and fury, devoid of any relevance or resonance." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Aug 4, 2009
2/5 63% Coco Before Chanel (2009) " It's a work of hagiography that serves neither history nor its subject well." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 4, 2009
1/5 29% Mad, Sad & Bad " Like a sitcom pilot that should never have seen the light of day. The characters are cardboard cutouts and the comedy lacks bite. Imagine the same script featuring white characters and you will see just how second-rate the screenplay is." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Aug 4, 2009
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