Derek Malcolm

Derek Malcolm

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Derek Malcolm's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) "Morally retrograde it may be, but then so are nightmares. The point is that this one, though often crude and raw, really leads the imagination. What also works in its favour is that it doesn't pretend to do anything more than scare the pants off you. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 7, 2015
100% Man of the West (1958) "Mann's direction is immaculate, making Reginald Rose's clearly allegorical, and sometimes forced, screenplay seem even better than it is. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 12, 2015
96% Andrei Rublev (1973) "You can object to [Tarkovsky's] vision as messianic and sometimes fundamentalist. It is hard, however, to mock the impact of his films. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 4, 2015
88% Naked (1993) "This is an astonishing film in a number of ways, a tour de force that's brilliantly played and written and directed with total conviction. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 4, 2015
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) "Anyone who doesn't believe that Clint Eastwood is one of the best film-makers in America ought to see Million Dollar Baby. " ‐ This is London
Posted Feb 27, 2015
78% Braveheart (1995) "This is by no means a bad effort in the historical epic genre, since Gibson has made himself into a more than passable director and, for the battles of Stirling Bridge and Falkirk alone, deserves an Oscar of some sort. " ‐ Mail & Guardian
Posted Feb 24, 2015
76% Gladiator (2000) "This may be fundamentally Saturday night entertainment, but Scott attempts rather more than that on occasion, and at least succeeds in creating a memorable sense of a dark and often frightening period of time. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 24, 2015
4/5 84% Chariots of Fire (1981) "The film is not just about the race between Abrahams, the Jewish law student (Ben Cross), and Scottish missionary Eric Liddell (the late Ian Charleson). It's a character study and a social history too. " ‐ This is London
Posted Feb 21, 2015
74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006) "It isn't exactly All Quiet on the Western Front or Oh! What a Lovely War. What it lacks is proper finesse. " ‐ This is London
Posted Dec 14, 2014
86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) "This, like the first Hellboy, is del Toro on holiday in Hollywood, having as much fun as he can without totally compromising his considerable powers of invention. " ‐ This is London
Posted Dec 8, 2014
98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) "Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the movie from writer-director Dean Dubois is funny, well-drawn and imaginatively structured so that adults need have no fear about taking the kids to it. " ‐ This is London
Posted Dec 8, 2014
90% Tangled (2010) "If this is what old-fashioned means, then bring it on. " ‐ This is London
Posted Dec 8, 2014
87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) "[Miyazaki] may have made better films than Howl's Moving Castle, but it still exhibits his amazing imagination and astonishing detail. " ‐ This is London
Posted Dec 8, 2014
88% Shrek 2 (2004) "The animation by which it stands or falls is as brilliant as ever and, though it wouldn't really be right to call it totally anti-Disney, it certainly trumps that institution for sharpness of focus, notably as far as the screenplay is concerned. " ‐ This is London
Posted Dec 6, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) "[A] warm, well structured and affecting tribute as someone who lived a full life and refused to be afraid of dying. " ‐ This is London
Posted Nov 14, 2014
48% Saw (2014) "As a study in the macabre, it barely suffices; as a sick and bloody joke, it's bloody sick. " ‐ This is London
Posted Oct 27, 2014
69% Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) "It is a film of great economy and precision (it lasts only 80 minutes), with the terrifying inevitability of Greek tragedy and a pervading sense that man is his own worst enemy. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 15, 2014
4/5 83% Queen and Country (2015) "Boorman has not lost his skill for deploying actors well. " ‐ This is London
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) "The master still knows what he is doing even if we often don't. " ‐ This is London
Posted May 23, 2014
93% Persona (1966) "One of the most complicated and radical films even Bergman ever made. " ‐ This is London
Posted Apr 23, 2014
94% A Story Of Children And Film "Its basic merit comes through consistently, and the children themselves are wonderfully real. " ‐ This is London
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/5 93% The Past (2013) "This is an exquisitely made film which probes away at the rawest, most intimate emotions of its characters with a delicacy and insight reminiscent of Krzysztof Kieslowski in his prime. " ‐ Independent
Posted Mar 28, 2014
4/5 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) "Is it any good? Von Trier has done better and worse, but remains a film-maker you can't ignore. " ‐ This is London
Posted Feb 14, 2014
4/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "It's a typical Anderson film, flourishing in a world of its own, which Fiennes inhabits and oversees to the manor born. " ‐ This is London
Posted Feb 7, 2014
90% Midnight Cowboy (1969) "We can identify with them without false sentimentality and it is impossible not to do so. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 13, 2014
98% 8 1/2 (1963) "8 1/2 is probably the most potent movie about film-making, within which fantasy and reality are mixed without obfuscation, and there's a tough argument that belies Fellini's usual felicitous flaccidity. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 6, 2014
4/5 92% Philomena (2013) "The film is one of the few capable of allowing its watchers to shed a tear and laugh within more or less the same sequence. " ‐ This is London
Posted Sep 3, 2013
4/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) "It works with very little in the way of a screenplay and even less obvious explanation - but with a sense of mystery and wonder that a good film-maker can manufacture through style and atmosphere. " ‐ This is London
Posted Sep 3, 2013
4/5 97% Gravity (2013) "The film's raison d'etre is its considerable technical prowess, enhanced by 3D but in a determinedly ungimmicky way. " ‐ This is London
Posted Aug 29, 2013
100% The Birth of a Nation (1915) "The quasi-Victorian Griffith was in so many respects way ahead of his time even if his philosophy and mind-set could often be said to be behind it. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 19, 2013
97% Alien (1979) "If you want cinematic kicks, Ridley Scott's massively successful Alien will give you them in profusion. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 2, 2013
95% Unforgiven (1992) "[Unforgiven] belongs to a tradition that includes such giants of the genre as Mann, Boetticher, Peckinpah and Hawks. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 2, 2013
92% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) "Cameron has done an honourable and undoubtedly skilful job of tailoring his new film to the tastes of the times without too much sloppy compromise. He's made a science fiction film with verve, imagination and even a little wit. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/5 57% I Am Nasrine "As a coming-of-age tale it allows for hope as well as despair and has a particularly fine performance from Micsha Sadeghi as the indomitable Nasrine. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 14, 2013
2/5 38% Admission (2013) "Intermittently sharp but often dully over-extended. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 14, 2013
2/5 58% Stuck in Love (2013) "First-time director Josh Boone gets performances from his cast but fails to make the story about first loves and second chances work. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 14, 2013
3/5 35% Summer in February (2014) "In the end, it seems to be much ado about nothing very much, despite the pleasing performances and scenery. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 14, 2013
3/5 73% Paradise: Love (2013) "Some will feel too uncomfortable watching this but there's an ironic humour there too ... " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 14, 2013
4/5 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) "The best romcom in town. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 14, 2013
2/5 25% 009 Re: Cyborg "We are treated to superb city landscapes but so much minor detail that you never know who is doing what to whom, or even why. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 7, 2013
5/5 98% Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God) (1972) "The whole movie merges landscapes and character with such force that, once seen, you never forget it. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/5 16% The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) "A movie that doesn't go for the spectacular but slowly and surely a dullness pervades. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/5 11% After Earth (2013) "The problem is that the film is chockful of clichés and stymied by production design and CG effects that look as if the worst of the Star Wars series was being devoutly copied. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 7, 2013
4/5 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) "Perhaps Behind the Candelabra lacks depth of focus but nobody could complain of any lack of pure, unadulterated entertainment value. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 7, 2013
4/5 52% Thérèse (2013) "Tautou, eschewing her usual smiley charm, is a revelation, and Miller's final film a fine testimony to his art. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) "A very strange movie indeed, equipped with a script that would hardly fill four or five pages, and characters who move slowly back and forth when they are not staring at each other. " ‐ This is London
Posted May 24, 2013
4/5 98% Mud (2013) "This is a film that gives McConaughey the chance to be an actor rather than a star, and, not for the first time, he grabs the opportunity. " ‐ This is London
Posted May 10, 2013
3/5 53% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) "Something is lost in translation, perhaps because Nair is at her best with more personal, less expansive epics such as Salaam Bombay and Monsoon Wedding. " ‐ This is London
Posted May 10, 2013
4/5 93% Our Children (2013) "A small masterpiece. " ‐ This is London
Posted May 10, 2013
2/5 32% Deadfall (2012) "You can't help thinking how good the Coen brothers' Fargo was in comparison. " ‐ This is London
Posted May 10, 2013
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