Damon Wise

Damon Wise

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine , Radio Times , Rotten Tomatoes , Times [UK] , Uncut Magazine [UK]
Total Reviews:
210

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 76% The Congress (2014) " The humour here is dark and incisive, with an especially bold turn by Wright, who bears the brunt of some very harsh dialogue." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2/5 34% God's Pocket (2014) " A fitfully amusing Our Town that struggles to come to any kind of meaningful conclusion." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 63% Mood Indigo (2014) " For an hour, the film borders on genius, with playful visuals and unbelievable in-camera effects ..." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 1, 2014
4/5 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " Binoche is excellent in a part that trades not on her beauty but her mind, portraying a woman whose talent made her dangerous in less enlightened times." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 20, 2014
4/5 83% Belle (2014) " It's hard to imagine the true story of Britain's first mixed-race aristocrat being told more elegantly than in this warm and often very funny period piece, which brings a subtle political gravitas to its central fairy-tale romance." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/5 91% Sugar (2008) " A familiarity with baseball is probably crucial to getting the most out of this quiet, absorbing drama." — Radio Times
Posted May 9, 2014
4/5 91% Frank (2014) " Dreams of rock stardom become a warped reality in this barking-mad but affecting comedy about the side-effects of being a non-conformist genius." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2014
4/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " A very welcome return from Moodysson. The music is Wyld Stallions-grade, but the charm and spirit of the three girls will have you moshing in your seat." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2014
5/5 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " Though it is more ambitious in scope, The Raid 2 remains, primarily, a visceral pulp action movie, and this is where it truly soars." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/5 98% Starred Up (2014) " A brutal, immersive prison survival story with a breakout performance by British actor Jack O'Connell." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
4/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Another meticulously stylish and deadpan Wes Anderson movie that walks the fine line between masterpiece and folly." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2014
5/5 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " The music choices alone will ensure this haunting, beautifully detailed film will live a long and lasting life." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " Not much happens, and its roots as an improvised project do show through, but the film does have the authentic ring of carefree wanderlust about it." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " This is an exhilarating story of decadence and debauchery, made all the more thrilling by DiCaprio's charismatic and physical lead performance." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
5/5 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) " Morgan Freeman is impressive as Dunn's crumpled sidekick, and Oscar winner Swank is terrific, too, but this is Clint's film, both as its tortured hero and as a great American director." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) " [A] polished biographical drama ..." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 10, 2014
5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Scorsese's funniest and most focused film in a long time, a jet-black sex and drug-soaked comedy featuring a bravura performance by Leonardo DiCaprio." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 23, 2013
5/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " It's a long and uncomfortable journey, but The Act of Killing is also fascinating, using film as a hall of mirrors to reveal not just the faces, but the twisted souls, of murderers." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 16, 2013
5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " Bullock's almost balletic performance imbues this vertiginous fantasy with a humanity and grace that beautifully complements director Alfonso Cuarón's breathtaking vision." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 9, 2013
5/5 92% Nebraska (2013) " A charming road movie that develops into a full-blown study of life and roots, offering a beautiful insight into the way families migrate and change." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
4/5 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " A vibrant, insightful film about writers and writing, featuring Daniel Radcliffe's best post-Potter performance." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
5/5 92% Philomena (2013) " A terrific, sophisticated comedy that tackles serious issues with a lightness of touch and a spirit of steel, Philomena is the British film to beat come BAFTA time." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2013
3/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) " Roger Michell's film contains frequent nods to the French nouvelle vague (notably Jean-Luc Godard's Bande à Part), while Hanif Kureishi's screenplay may be a trifle bookish and spiky for some tastes." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 18, 2013
4/5 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Gordon Green follows up a pair of execrable comedies with a wise and witty slow-motion road trip that catches the sun." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
4/5 63% Filth (2014) " A bulked-up James McAvoy dominates the screen in this razor-sharp Glasgow smile of a black comedy, packed with aberrant sex, hard drugs and maximum David Soul." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
3/5 30% Austenland (2013) " The enduring appeal of Jane Austen's England is explored in this uneven but often hilarious romp - a comedy, for once, aimed squarely at a female audience." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 27, 2013
5/5 92% In a World... (2013) " The male-dominated world of voiceover artists is explored from a female perspective in this touching comedy from Lake Bell, who stars, writes and directs." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 20, 2013
4/5 96% Metro Manila (2014) " Brit filmmaker Sean Ellis does terrific work balancing the disparate elements of his crime-laced drama. Recommended." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2013
91% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) " The film's limitations play to its advantage, since Ridley eschews the usual biopic approach, instead taking a snapshot of 12 crucial months in the musician's life, three years before his death." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2013
4/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " A VIP tour of a secret, horribly fashionable world that one wouldn't want to linger in yet can't help but find fascinating." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 6, 2013
5/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " Experimental and uncompromising, Winding Refn and Gosling's Drive follow-up is a tripped-out riff on the crime family movie in which The Grifters - literally - go to hell. " — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2013
3/5 66% The Iceman (2013) " What makes it at all special is Shannon, who's terrific playing the human being behind the murderer, a man so psychopathic that he doesn't realise he's actually a monster posing as a man." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 7, 2013
4/5 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " What lasts longest in the mind is not the film's bold gay love scenes but its affectionate tip of the hat to a great, unapologetic American eccentric." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/5 34% Everybody Has a Plan (2013) " Feels a little long and uneven, although Mortensen is quite superb as the two chalk-and-cheese brothers." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 3, 2013
2/5 53% The Comedian " There's not enough of a story to sustain The Comedian through its frequent lulls, but its lush cinematic style suggests Shkolnik is one to watch." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 3, 2013
4/5 73% The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013) " The fly on this particular wall comes with his own baggy threads and Madchester t-shirts, but the results are no less magical for being shot through the eyes of a fan." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2013
85% We Are What We Are (2013) " Like all good horror stories Mickle's film is really about something else, and the two female leads give terrific performances as cloistered teenagers struggling to come to terms with their place in their world." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 23, 2013
3/5 54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) " This is a film that makes some very interesting points about how society and the media can combine to create history's monsters." — Radio Times
Posted May 16, 2013
3/5 54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) " Ahmed excels and the set-up is compelling but ultimately this is middle rank stuff from the Monsoon Wedding director." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 6, 2013
4/5 94% Good Vibrations " A rousing tale of rock 'n' roll rebellion that shows how one man's black-vinyl passions ended up socking it to The Man." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2013
4/5 89% Compliance (2012) " A punchy and effective drama." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2013
4/5 63% Broken (2013) " Laurence in particular is dynamic as Norris's young muse, a guileless screen presence who effortlessly charms us back to childhood." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 8, 2013
4/5 86% Robot & Frank (2012) " Forget the sci-fi trimmings and sentimental pay-off - this is a gleefully subversive character study of a charming but unapologetic rogue." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2013
28% Charlie Countryman (2013) " A gripping, violent film that owes an unabashed debt to the Tarantino-penned love-in-low-places story True Romance." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2013
2/5 0% Run For Your Wife " Somewhere out there is a Royal Variety show missing its line-up." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2013
3/5 73% Chained (2012) " [It] will likely find favour with horror audiences looking for something more thoughtful than another instalment of Saw." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 1, 2013
4/5 56% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " The acting isn't perfect (which is perhaps understandable under the circumstances), and the film's dream states sometimes try too hard, but Escape From Tomorrow has an otherworldly atmosphere that both hooks and engages." — Guardian
Posted Jan 28, 2013
4/5 96% Metro Manila (2014) " It is poetic, honest and at times almost upsettingly real. It will be fascinating to see what Ellis does next." — Guardian
Posted Jan 25, 2013
2/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " When the credits roll, one is left thinking less of the fate of the characters than of the rollcall of Sundance offerings this film resembles." — Guardian
Posted Jan 24, 2013
3/5 54% Lovelace (2013) " Though Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's handsomely mounted period piece evokes the era with impressive detail, Lovelace's journey remains difficult to tell." — Guardian
Posted Jan 24, 2013
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