Don Groves

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Film Journal International , sbs.com.au
Total Reviews:
239

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 239
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 No Score Yet 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
4/5 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " Quirky sci-fi comedy wears its heart on its sleeve as it plays tricks with time. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 5, 2012
3/5 53% Empire of Silver (2011) " Unwieldy Chinese melodrama shows money can't buy love. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted May 24, 2012
4/5 No Score Yet This American Life Live! You Can't Do That On The Radio (2012) " Recorded live, this variety show is a hoot, tinged with insights and pathos. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted May 24, 2012
2.5/5 63% The Woman in the Fifth (2012) " A pretentious, muddled drama that teases and mystifies. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 25, 2012
3.5/5 82% The Way (2011) " Estevez and Sheen combine in a touching father-son tale of grief and reconciliation. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 23, 2012
2.5/5 20% The Lucky One (2012) " The luck runs out for novelist Sparks in dreary, soulless adaptation. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 18, 2012
3.5/5 No Score Yet Wunderkinder " Musically-gifted children are at the heart of moving Holocaust drama. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 11, 2012
4/5 No Score Yet Kaddisch für einen Freund " A moving tale of reconciliation and forgiveness amidst an ancient conflict. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 11, 2012
3.5/5 No Score Yet Kinshasa Symphony (2011) " Doco shows how music can offer a respite from a harsh daily existence in poverty-stricken Congo. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 3, 2012
2.5/5 67% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) " Talented actors are swimming upstream in clunky melodrama. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 2, 2012
2.5/5 79% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) " An oddly muted, inert tale of adultery and unrequited passion in post-war London. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 1, 2012
4/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " Jennifer Lawrence commands the screen in smart, thrilling, dystopian sci-fi adventure. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3/5 78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) " British retirees rediscover a lust for life in uneven Indian-set dramedy. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3.5/5 No Score Yet Malaki: Scent of an Angel " A harrowing account of Lebanese women who mourn missing fathers, husbands, sons and daughters. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 14, 2012
4/5 88% Margin Call (2011) " Taut Wall Street drama takes an inside look at financial and human meltdown. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 13, 2012
3.5/5 100% The Boy Mir: Ten Years in Afghanistan (2011) " An intimate portrait of a poor boy's progress towards manhood in a troubled country. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 13, 2012
2.5/5 88% Africa United " An earnest, treacly tale of youthful trio's long trek through Africa. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 5, 2012
3/5 90% The Well-Digger's Daughter (2012) " Auteuil shines in bucolic French melodrama about filial love and forgiveness. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 29, 2012
2.5/5 45% My Piece of the Pie (2011) " An odious Master of the Universe learns some humanity from his maid. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 29, 2012
2.5/5 No Score Yet Sione's 2: Unfinished Business " Shallow Kiwi comedy focuses on four lads who can't grow up. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 29, 2012
2.5/5 No Score Yet Fasle Baranhaye Mousemi (Rainy Seasons) " Timid tale of disaffected youth a missed chance to lift the lid on Iran. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 29, 2012
1.5 43% Late Bloomers (2012) " Getting old ain't fun in this dreary comedy drama. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 20, 2012
3/5 43% J. Edgar (2011) " Clint Eastwood misses the target, again, with laboured, sombre drama. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 23, 2012
3/5 100% Jucy " Aussie womantic comedy tackles serious issues with style and humour. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 19, 2012
2.5/5 94% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) " Japanese animated tale is a small-scale offering. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 17, 2012
4.5/5 94% Hugo (2011) " Scorsese's exuberant, magical odyssey transports audiences to the dawn of cinema. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 7, 2012
4.5/5 77% War Horse (2011) " The maestro Spielberg returns to the battlefield with an epic, emotional adventure " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 20, 2011
3/5 66% We Bought a Zoo (2011) " Captive humans and exotic animals are an odd mix in mushy melodrama. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 20, 2011
2.5/5 No Score Yet Birthday (1980) " A slow-simmering Aussie drama about yearning for love and spiritual truth. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 19, 2011
1.5/5 29% Machine Gun Preacher (2011) " Butler misfires as a man of God and violence. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 5, 2011
2.5/5 24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) " After all that foreplay, the new Twilight saga is a limp anti-climax. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 59% The First Grader (2011) " A pass mark, just, for preachy African melodrama. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 10, 2011
4/5 100% Life In Movement " A haunting portrait of a brilliant, troubled artist. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 7, 2011
2/5 No Score Yet Tin Tan " A fawning, uncritical look at a Mexican master comic. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 4, 2011
2.5/5 79% Las Acacias (2012) " Argentinean road trip movie takes a very slow lane " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 4, 2011
3/5 81% Beauty (Skoonheid) (2013) " A confronting tale of an angry, repressed white male in modern South Africa " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 2, 2011
3.5/5 No Score Yet Fastest " Thrills, spills and chills in MotoGP documentary. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 2, 2011
4/5 83% The Tall Man " Doco raises troubling questions about Palm Island death-in-custody. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 31, 2011
3.5/5 46% Anonymous (2011) " Emmerich takes on the Bard, as you like it! " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 27, 2011
1/5 No Score Yet To Eteron Imisy (Other Half) " Crass relationships comedy is sorely lacking in wit. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 14, 2011
2.5/5 No Score Yet I ypografi (The Signature) " Dying for love and art in Greek melodrama. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 14, 2011
2.5/5 29% The Cup (2012) " Tale of a Melbourne Cup triumph is reduced to a corny horse opera " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 9, 2011
2.5/5 No Score Yet Abacus and Sword " Japanese bookkeeper's saga doesn't amount to much. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 6, 2011
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Lady Shogun and Her Men (Ôoku) (2010) " Gender-reversal melodrama in feudal Japan lacks passion and conviction " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 2, 2011
2.5/5 70% The Hunter (2012) " Thriller's coherence gets lost in the Tasmanian wilderness. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 27, 2011
1.5/5 4% Abduction (2011) " Bourne leaves no legacy for Singelton's asinine thriller. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 21, 2011
2.5/5 No Score Yet My Kingdom (2011) " Corny martial arts melodrama loses its kick. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 7, 2011
2.5/5 No Score Yet Sei Venezia " Doco shows Venice in its best and worst lights. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 6, 2011
3/5 21% Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (2011) " Sisters-for-life torn apart in schmaltzy Chinese melodrama. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 1, 2011
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