Ed Gibbs

Ed Gibbs

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Biography:
Ed Gibbs has been a film and music critic for over 15 years, both in London and Sydney. A film fanatic since childhood, he studied film in Scotland and the US (while running a cinema club, for good measure). As a magazine editor, events programmer and media consultant, he was instrumental in relaunching leading mastheads for the Australian market, including GQ, having cut his teeth in London across industry titles. Now a popular mainstay on the international festival circuit, he writes and broadcasts for The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age (as their resident film critic); their daily counterparts The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age; film bible Empire; its musical cousin Rolling Stone; various news outlets in London (The Guardian, The Independent), as well as media in the Middle East and beyond. A regular voice on television and radio, he?s also currently working across a number of original features, shorts and documentary projects for TV and theatrical release.
Publications:
Empire Magazine , Empire Magazine Australasia , Guardian , Rotten Tomatoes , sbs.com.au , Sydney Morning Herald , The Age (Australia) , The National , The Sun Herald , The Sunday Age
Total Reviews:
263

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 263
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 62% Mood Indigo (2014) " A surrealist pastiche that's too clever (or enthusiastic) for its own good." — The Sunday Age
Posted Sep 8, 2013
4/10 5% Paranoia (2013) " This boardroom blackmail romp feels as contrived and silly as anything Luketic has helmed in recent years." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 1, 2013
4/5 69% Stoker (2013) " Her elder co-stars may lead this psychological mind dance with ease, but it is Mia Wasikowska who astounds the most." — The Sunday Age
Posted Aug 25, 2013
8/10 74% You're Next (2013) " Sharni Vinson kicks some serious butt, in this very watchable horror romp from Adam Wingard. " — The Sun Herald
Posted Aug 25, 2013
4/5 98% The Rocket (2014) " A hugely enjoyable, thoroughly infectious feature debut." — The Sunday Age
Posted Aug 25, 2013
6/10 68% Elysium (2013) " Damon is, as ever, thoroughly watchable but given its predecessor's smarts, Elysium fails to capture District 9's spirit or sense of originality and wonder." — The Sun Herald
Posted Aug 18, 2013
4/5 86% Red Obsession (2013) " The film, which premiered at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival in New York, proves remarkably enlightening." — The Sunday Age
Posted Aug 11, 2013
8/10 91% Beyond The Hills (2013) " Mungiu has crafted an alarming and engaging real-life horror story, based on a 2005 case of exorcism. " — The Sun Herald
Posted Aug 11, 2013
2.5/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " The Bling Ring suggests Coppola still has the nose for a good story, but not the depth to sufficiently explore it." — The Sunday Age
Posted Aug 4, 2013
6/10 50% Pain & Gain (2013) " A fascinating yarn that could have provided for stunning story fodder. Thanks to spirited turns from his three leads, Michael Bay just about gets away with it. But only just." — The Sun Herald
Posted Aug 4, 2013
8/10 84% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) " A wickedly funny romp that heralds the arrival of some seriously fiendish talent." — The Sun Herald
Posted Jul 28, 2013
2.5/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " Aside from Carell's limited turn at doing nasty, it all feels terribly familiar, in a half-baked, Little Miss Sunshine-lite sort of way." — The Sunday Age
Posted Jul 28, 2013
8/10 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " Its raison d'etre is a terrifically spirited performance from Hollywood's most heterosexual of Lotharios, Michael Douglas, aided and abetted by Damon and Lowe." — The Sun Herald
Posted Jul 21, 2013
4/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " Outrageous and shocking to its core, the film, perhaps aptly, feels like some wayward younger sibling to its more accessible and commercial predecessor." — The Sunday Age
Posted Jul 13, 2013
7/10 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " A self-contained, astutely executed project, with Whedon's old guard giving their all for the sheer joy of performance. Great fun." — The Sun Herald
Posted Jul 7, 2013
3/5 80% Reality (2013) " Garrone has confounded expectations with this light, Fellini-esque send-up of reality television and the celebrity it has spawned." — The Sunday Age
Posted Jul 7, 2013
8/10 93% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) " Alex Gibney's film is an absorbing examination of the world's most infamous information portal." — The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 30, 2013
2/5 45% To The Wonder (2013) " Terrence Malick's vague, sweeping ode to love lost and found is anything but wondrous." — The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 30, 2013
6/10 55% The Look of Love (2013) " Far from the swinging '60s or sleazy '70s so often portrayed with glee on screen, the London of Paul Raymond's world feels grim, dark and, ultimately, devoid of passion." — The Sun Herald
Posted Jun 23, 2013
3.5/5 —— Satellite Boy " McKenzie does well to emphasise the cultural impact of modern Australia on the lives of its original settlers, while wisely avoiding political grandstanding. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 16, 2013
5/10 78% Monsters University (2013) " The Pixar themes may be present and correct, but its values are sorely lacking. " — The Sun Herald
Posted Jun 16, 2013
3/5 34% The Internship (2013) " Wilson elicits a stronger turn from Vaughn than we've seen for some time. The results are surprisingly engaging and endearing." — The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 9, 2013
1/5 10% A Haunted House (2013) " A painfully unfunny, overly familiar send-up of recent horror franchises." — The Sun Herald
Posted Jun 2, 2013
3/5 63% Sinister (2012) " Hawke brings a gravitas to the role of parent and home protector that is of far greater interest than the film itself." — The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 2, 2013
2/5 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Luhrmann understandably wants his Gatsby to be great, but he has inadvertently reminded us that the Great American Novel belongs precisely where it was born: on the page." — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 23, 2013
6/10 59% Stuck in Love (2013) " A sweet tale of love, loss and life with solid performances from a first-rate cast." — The Sunday Age
Posted May 19, 2013
2.5/5 33% The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) " As odd as the title suggests, this is a strange and dreadfully overwrought family yarn." — The Sunday Age
Posted May 19, 2013
5/10 43% The Call (2013) " A tense psychological chiller that ratchets up the tension before collapsing with a predictable finale." — The Sun Herald
Posted May 12, 2013
4/5 80% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " Gosling delivers his most assured performance yet, in an ambitious, near-operatic drama-thriller that boldly unfolds across two distinctly different hours." — The Sunday Age
Posted May 5, 2013
8/10 65% Spring Breakers (2013) " Parents will look on with dismay; others will leave feeling bemused but thoroughly entertained." — The Sun Herald
Posted May 5, 2013
8/10 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " An outrageously entertaining, CGI-soaked tale of foreboding that transforms into a good-natured send-up of everything that proceeded it, replete with gags galore." — The Sun Herald
Posted Apr 28, 2013
3.5/5 64% Unfinished Song (2013) " Terence Stamp is terrific as the grumpy Arthur, while Vanessa Redgrave embodies the ailing figure of Marion with a gravitas one would expect." — The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 21, 2013
7/10 68% Haute Cuisine (2013) " A whimsical view of the woman who fuelled the corridors of power in France with culinary common sense." — The Sun Herald
Posted Apr 21, 2013
3/5 54% Oblivion (2013) " Joseph Kosinski's ode to classic 1970s sci-fi lacks serious tension, but does offer visual flair and elegance, with a typically arresting performance from Andrea Riseborough." — The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 14, 2013
6/10 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " An occasionally funny romantic zombie comedy (or rom-zom-com) that offers a fresh twist on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet." — The Sun Herald
Posted Apr 7, 2013
3/5 52% Thérèse (2013) " A respectable swansong for the late Claude Miller, who passed away just weeks before it premiered at Cannes. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 7, 2013
6/10 68% Trance (2013) " A hugely entertaining but dreadfully convoluted crime romp, in which logic flies out the door as wandering illusions of the mind take hold. " — The Sun Herald
Posted Mar 31, 2013
4/5 98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012) " A heartbreaking, brilliantly executed exposé, in which four deaf victims bring the church to account. Their testimonies are chilling. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 24, 2013
7/10 70% The Loneliest Planet (2012) " Scoring a popular hit on the film festival circuit, director Julia Loktev elicits superb performances from a minimal cast." — The Sun Herald
Posted Mar 24, 2013
2.5/5 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " The issue of FDR's fidelity remains a thorny topic for traditionalists and historians, never mind the light, fluffy - and ultimately disposable - version of events." — The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 24, 2013
5/10 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " Bizarrely, its biggest flaw lies with casting. Carrell is too familiar to convince as a Lothario, Buscemi looks vaguely lost, while Carrey is too long in the tooth. " — The Sun Herald
Posted Mar 17, 2013
2.5/5 65% Great Expectations (2013) " A fresh rendering of the Dickens classic, designed to mark the 200th anniversary of the writer's birth, plays it far too safe to ever challenge Lean's definitive take." — The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 10, 2013
2/5 36% Goddess " Surprisingly, it is singer Ronan Keating who provides the sole saving grace, in a film that otherwise chokes and splutters with cliches and tired routines." — The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 10, 2013
5/10 28% Broken City (2013) " Aside from feeling bemused and confused by the end, the web of deceit that's presented is not even vaguely believable." — The Sun Herald
Posted Mar 10, 2013
4/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " A think piece linking past, present and future that's surprisingly haunting and moving in its delivery." — The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 3, 2013
7/10 43% The Paperboy (2012) " Nicole Kidman is enthralling in this swampy, deranged neo-noir set in the American south. " — The Sun Herald
Posted Feb 24, 2013
4/5 35% Knocked for Six (Save Your Legs) " Hits a six at every turn. The humour may be gentle, but it's always sharp. Tellingly, not a single gag falls flat. A wonderfully unexpected delight." — The Sunday Age
Posted Feb 24, 2013
6/10 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " LaGravenese elicits some wonderfully hammy turns, particularly from Irons and Thompson, although a tighter edit wouldn't have gone amiss" — The Sun Herald
Posted Feb 24, 2013
4.5/5 93% Amour (2012) " Haneke's startling film stands in stark contrast with other recent, comedic fare that seemingly addresses similar issues. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Feb 17, 2013
2.5/5 46% The Sweeney (2013) " Fans of the original 1970s TV show will not be amused. Casual observers may simply shrug with indifference. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Feb 10, 2013
4/10 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " Wright's staged version tries desperately to gain one's attention (which it does) and engage one's affection (which it doesn't)." — The Sun Herald
Posted Feb 10, 2013
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