Don Groves

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Film Journal International , sbs.com.au
Total Reviews:
238

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
66% The Railway Man (2014) " The result is an old-fashioned war film with echoes of The Bridge on the River Kwai, melded with a stirring story of truth, reconciliation and healing. Only a hardhearted cynic would be unmoved." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 7, 2014
98% The Rocket (2014) " ...an immaculately crafted, visually stunning and affecting rite-of-passage drama" — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 3, 2014
28% Drift (2013) " The surfing sequences are impressively filmed, but on dry land the unexciting narrative plods along to a predictable conclusion. " — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 1, 2013
84% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) " Brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes carry it off with a good deal of energy and style, providing just enough blood and guts to satisfy horror fans, leavened with a large dollop of black humor..." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 72% Wish You Were Here (2013) " Joel Edgerton's emergence as a bona-fide international star should give this smart, slick Australian-produced thriller a reasonably high profile and potentially attract a bigger audience than Oz fare usually attracts in the US" — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 5, 2013
3/5 —— Saving General Yang (2013) " Bloody tale of honour, revenge and sacrifice intermittently hits the target" — sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 2, 2013
2/5 68% Trance (2013) " Kinetic thriller about hypnosis is irritatingly befuddling, not mesmerising" — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2.5/5 65% Great Expectations (2013) " Remaking a literary and cinema classic can be a Dickens of a job. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 7, 2013
2.5/5 35% Knocked for Six (Save Your Legs) " Tame Aussie bromantic comedy pushes no boundaries." — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 27, 2013
2.5/5 70% The Loneliest Planet (2012) " An elliptical, often baffling relationships drama about trust and reconciliation" — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 26, 2013
2/5 0% Blinder " Australian footy-themed melodrama fumbles, kicks few goals. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 20, 2013
3.5/5 —— Bienvenue parmi nous (Welcome Abroad) " Two lost, wounded souls repair their lives in affecting dramedy" — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 18, 2013
2.5/5 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " Passion overwhelmed by heavily stylised theatrics." — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 1, 2013
3/5 81% The Impossible (2012) " South East Asian tsunami survival saga is a test of endurance" — sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 22, 2013
4.5/5 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " Crackerjack thriller brilliantly chronicles the 10-year countdown to capturing bin Laden. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 22, 2013
4/5 70% Liberal Arts (2012) " Learning life's lessons is a bittersweet experience in Josh Radnor's appealing film" — sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 5, 2012
3.5/5 74% Love Is All You Need (2013) " An appealing comic romance for and about folks of a certain age." — sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 3, 2012
3.5/5 40% Back to 1942 (2012) " Chinese epic illuminates a dark chapter in its WWII history" — sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 19, 2012
4/5 —— Sons of Norway " Funny, heart-warming and original tale of turbulent adolescence in 1970s Oslo." — sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 15, 2012
4/5 —— All The Way Through The Evening " Moving, eloquent docu on the lives and music of AIDS victims." — sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 14, 2012
1.5/5 —— Muirhouse (2013) " Aussie ghost movie scares away audiences" — sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 9, 2012
3/5 —— When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep " Taiwanese tale of loss and love rises above convention." — sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 8, 2012
3.5/5 92% Skyfall (2012) " The new Bond thrills but falls short of greatness." — sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 8, 2012
2/5 —— Kathmandu Lullaby (KatmandĂș, Un Espejo En El Cielo) " One women's gruelling, ponderous journey through Nepal." — sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 1, 2012
3/5 —— The First Fagin " The life and crimes of a maligned man." — sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 22, 2012
1.5/5 —— Bangkok Revenge (2012) " Thai martial arts thriller miskicks from go to whoa." — sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 16, 2012
2/5 22% The Words (2012) " Melodrama built on a shallow, contrived literary device. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 8, 2012
3.5/5 94% I Wish (2012) " A tender tale of wishing for a miracle to hal a fractured family." — sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 4, 2012
3/5 87% Arbitrage (2012) " A muddled tale of a corporate high-flying huckster brought low." — sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 25, 2012
4/5 94% Shun LI And The Poet (2013) " Lyrical, moving saga of a fragile friendship amid cultural alienation and prejudice" — sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 17, 2012
3.5/5 77% Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (2012) " Bruising, brutal tale of rebellion in early 20th Century Taiwan suffers from overkill. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 5, 2012
4/5 —— White Tiger (2014) " Russian drama offers an enthralling metaphysical view of war. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 28, 2012
3.5/5 —— Dom (Home) " Intense drama is a window to old and new Russia " — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 27, 2012
3.5/5 56% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) " Heart and humour in the countdown to Armageddon." — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 23, 2012
2.5/5 —— My Australia (Moja Australia) " Life on a kibbutz is hard work for viewers in torpid Israeli drama." — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 14, 2012
2/5 64% The Campaign (2012) " Crude political satire is absurd and light on for laughs. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 9, 2012
1.5/5 —— Bad Karma (2012) " Australian revenge thriller is a terrible dud" — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 7, 2012
3/5 —— 10Terrorists " Low-budget black comedy skewers reality TV and the quest for fame. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 3, 2012
3/5 64% Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012) " Taiwanese drama offers a romantic triangle with a novel twist." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 31, 2012
4/5 90% Bernie (2012) " Odd duck comedy/drama casts Jack Black in a surprisingly new light." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 26, 2012
3.5/5 44% The Door " Mirren and Gedeck shine but stirring Hungarian drama has its faults. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 8, 2012
4/5 96% Wrinkles (2014) " Animated tale about the travails of the elderly has heart and humour." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 2, 2012
4/5 —— Chinese Take-Away " A touching,beguiling tale of two lost souls in Argentina." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 27, 2012
4/5 100% I Am Eleven (2014) " Superb Australian doco views the world through innocent eyes. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 20, 2012
3/5 92% O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012) " Brazilian drama about class, privilege and crime blurs its vision. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 17, 2012
2/5 68% Wuthering Heights (2012) " Bleak adaptation of BrontĂ« classic lacks passion and power. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 17, 2012
3.5/5 91% Caesar Must Die (2013) " Shakespeare's tragedy gains extra piquancy in a Roman prison. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 11, 2012
4/5 89% My Brother The Devil (2013) " Original drama portrays siblings caught between traditional values and a life of crime." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 11, 2012
3.5/5 —— Jai Bhim Comrade " A scathing expose of India's forgotten people." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 8, 2012
4/5 89% A Royal Affair (2012) " Sumptuous costume drama illuminates a dark chapter in Denmark's history." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 5, 2012
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