Derek Malcolm

Derek Malcolm

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Guardian , Independent , Mail & Guardian , Shadows on the Wall , This is London
Total Reviews:
1145
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 100% Queen and Country " Boorman has not lost his skill for deploying actors well." — This is London
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 100% Goodbye to Language 3D " 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 94% 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
89% 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 86% 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 59% 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 54% 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 33% Deadfall (2012) " You can't help thinking how good the Coen brothers' Fargo was in comparison." — This is London
Posted May 10, 2013
4/5 95% A Hijacking (2013) " As a psychological drama, this is surely one of the best of the year." — This is London
Posted May 10, 2013
3/5 100% Village At The End Of The World " This is a warm-hearted and affecting tribute to a tenacious people who seem to know the score better than most of us." — This is London
Posted May 10, 2013
3/5 23% Vehicle 19 (2013) " Good location work, albeit mostly inside the car, doesn't save the film from absurdity." — This is London
Posted May 10, 2013
4/5 95% Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (Strangers) (The Lonely Woman) (1954) " In the end the film magnificently justifies its classic status as an affirmative statement about relationships." — This is London
Posted May 10, 2013
2/5 84% Dragon (2012) " There are good action sequences but it has been ham-fistedly cut for UK distribution." — This is London
Posted May 3, 2013
2/5 54% All Stars " At least the dancing is fun." — This is London
Posted May 3, 2013
2/5 28% 21 And Over (2013) " The final implication that this is how you grow up and find yourself makes one fear for the future of US youth. And, indeed, America itself." — This is London
Posted May 3, 2013
2/5 92% Gimme The Loot (2013) " The film is episodic and determinedly offbeat, funny at its best, boring at its worst." — This is London
Posted May 3, 2013
2/5 37% Dead Man Down (2013) " [Rapace] will be enough to send some to this urban thriller but the film will send them away disappointed." — This is London
Posted May 3, 2013
3/5 74% Chimpanzee (2012) " Words (narration by Tim Allen) and syrupy music let it down but it's still great to watch." — This is London
Posted May 3, 2013
3/5 58% The Eye of the Storm (2012) " It is funny and sad in patches, but never comes completely alive, perhaps because there isn't a single character with whom you can feel fully in sympathy." — This is London
Posted May 3, 2013
4/5 100% White Elephant (2013) " The drama is intense but fractured as Trapero shows how millions of poverty-stricken people live in his home country, and how a few brave people attempt to do something about it." — This is London
Posted Apr 26, 2013
3/5 82% Scarecrow (1973) " As a picture of blue-collar America the film is credible and compassionate." — This is London
Posted Apr 26, 2013
4/5 86% In the Fog (2013) " [An] austere but never ponderous film about war, and its effect on those caught up in impossible circumstances ..." — This is London
Posted Apr 26, 2013
4/5 90% Bernie (2012) " Linklater observes it all with an ironic smile on his face. But he's never patronising enough to sneer." — This is London
Posted Apr 26, 2013
3/5 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " A no-holds-barred if uneven epic that should satisfy most diehard fans." — This is London
Posted Apr 26, 2013
3/5 52% Promised Land (2013) " A gentle rather than dramatic film that, once the central argument is laid out, lacks real flair." — This is London
Posted Apr 19, 2013
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