Fiona Williams

Agrees with the Tomatometer 89% of the time.

Publications:
sbs.com.au
Total Reviews:
56

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.5/5 67% Kis uykusu (Winter Sleep) " Winter Sleep is stitched together with so much wit and self-aware theatricality, it's abundantly clear how Ceylan really feels about the injured egos of the remotely rich." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 3, 2014
4/5 100% Mr. Turner (2014) " Timothy Spall is a grunting, squinting, po-faced force of nature in Mike Leigh's surprising and charming biography of Romantic landscape painter J.M.W. Turner" — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 3, 2014
3/5 57% Party Girl " For most of its running time, Party Girl is a slice of life redemption story, until the ending brings some drama which, though plausible, seems tacked on and unnecessary." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 3, 2014
5/5 —— Leviafan " 17th Century English political philosophy meets 21st Century Russian fury in Andrey Zvyagintsev's bone-rattling epic, Leviathan." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 3, 2014
2.5/5 69% The Homesman (2014) " It might pass the Bechdel Test, but The Homesman's gender politics are little skewy. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 3, 2014
3.5/5 100% Mommy " There are moments of great tenderness in this study of an inextinguishable toxic love." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 3, 2014
1/5 25% Lost River " A gruesome fairy tale of evil banks and sunken dreams, Lost River is a fantastically awful misfire from actor turned writer/director Ryan Gosling." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 3, 2014
3/5 65% The Rover (2014) " The desolate parable of brooding outback justice plays out as though Cormac McCarthy has reimagined Mad Max 2 for the 21st century, with late-model cars and breathable-fibre costumes." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 3, 2014
4.5/5 95% Mary and Max (2009) " A deliciously sentimental film whose offbeat sensibility manages to keep it out of the realm of schmaltz." — sbs.com.au
Posted May 30, 2014
4/5 95% War Witch (2013) " With intelligence and deceptive simplicity, Nguyen injects the discombobulating impact of grief, conflict and PTSD (with the added effects of magic milk), to delve deeper than a simple observed account of a soldier's bid for freedom." — sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 17, 2013
1.5/5 27% Jobs (2013) " Matt Whiteley's clumsy script attempts to sync Jobs' personal story with the corporate history of his brand but as any affirmed Android/PC users will gladly tell you, syncing with Apple can be problematic at the best of times. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3/5 88% La cage dorée (The Gilded Cage) " It's hard to fault the film's rousing shout out to hard-working migrant families, but the message gets muddled in the madness. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 16, 2013
2/5 83% Side Effects (2013) " Performances are generally fine with the glaring exception of a laughably earnest Catherine Zeta Jones (channelling '90s Demi Moore) as Emily's previous therapist. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 10, 2013
5/5 94% The Past (2013) " Farhadi reveals the discord via the children, in a clear allusion to the legacy of generations who can't get things right." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 10, 2013
2.5/5 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Without Nick to articulate the decline, The Great Gatsby is reduced to little more than a love triangle between the remotely rich. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " Coppola observes the sticky-fingered waifs in their natural habitat (home, school, Paris Hilton's house) with her characteristic light touch and absence of mockery; there's no need for it, as her chief characters are seemingly beyond parody. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3.5/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " The story, such as it is, sits at the intersection of vice and virtue, and explores the consequences of terrible parenting." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 10, 2013
4/5 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " Soderbergh exposes Liberace's subterfuge with knowing winks to the fact that if the performer were alive today, he'd be here, he'd be queer and we'd all be used to it." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 10, 2013
4/5 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " Irritating as the throughline's lack of subtlety may be, it's still about the least worst thing you can say about a film that is unashamedly designed for the multiplex. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 12, 2012
2.5/5 40% Mental (2013) " The intermittent one-liners can't sustain the film's overweight running time, its disjointed plotting and its several false endings." — sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 4, 2012
2.5/5 43% On the Road (2012) " The straightforward narrative struggles to articulate the giddy thrills of making deep connections, of kindred spirits, and sex, jazz and Benzedrine. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4.5/5 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " Zeitlin's poetic fantasy never wavers from the child's rationalisation of the coming catastrophe and its aftermath, or her niggling belief that deep down, she might just be responsible." — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 1, 2012
3/5 80% Magic Mike (2012) " As Mike, Tatum is a pillar of integrity, a hard-working stud with his eyes on the end game. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 1, 2012
3.5/5 91% The Sapphires (2013) " Sunshiny effervescence dominates Wayne Blair's '60s-set parable of self-determination." — sbs.com.au
Posted May 22, 2012
4.5/5 93% Amour (2012) " Haneke maintains a degree of ambiguity about the outcomes. He might get a bad rap for his apparent obsession with human suffering, but this investigation of it from dual-perspectives couldn't be made by anyone else." — sbs.com.au
Posted May 22, 2012
3/5 67% Lawless (2012) " There's 'too much rust in the pipes', but it's still a satisfying cocktail of gore and sentimentality. Just don't expect the top shelf hooch." — sbs.com.au
Posted May 22, 2012
3.5/5 99% Bill Cunningham New York (2011) " A collective of well-groomed talking heads chronicle Cunningham's career as a milliner-turned-fashion historian, and their insights speak volumes about the origins of this pillar of integrity's faultless work ethic. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 31, 2012
4/5 93% Drive (2011) " Nicholas Winding Refn's 'neon-noir' heist film Drive winds the speedo back 25 years to honour the spirit of 80s action films, but this fable about fast cars and mob violence isn't afraid to show its feminine side." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 31, 2012
4/5 74% Burning Man (2012) " Teplitzky replaces meaningful silences and emotive strings with frenetic energy and alternate scene takes..." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 31, 2012
3.5/5 100% Toomelah " Sen immerses the viewer into the stultifying, bleak life on the mission, in order to bring home the message of the power of self-determination." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 31, 2012
1/5 17% A Few Best Men " The writing/producing team behind 2007 Brit farce Death At A Funeral transplants most of the same plot points but none of the laughs..." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 31, 2012
3.5/5 84% Beginners (2011) " A deeply-felt call to boldness in all its forms, whether it's romantic, parental or septuagenarian love. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 17, 2011
3.5/5 84% The Tree of Life (2011) " In the main, Malick's juxtaposition of the ebb and flow of the natural world against the microcosm of family life is extremely effective and deeply affecting." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 30, 2011
4.5/5 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " Lynne Ramsay's We Need To Talk About Kevin might just be the scariest film about parenting yet made. " — sbs.com.au
Posted May 16, 2011
49% Sleeping Beauty (2011) " One can't help but wish for the film Sleeping Beauty might have been had Campion held the reins. " — sbs.com.au
Posted May 16, 2011
1/5 32% The Lovely Bones (2009) " Unshackled by earthly restraints, Jackson shifts his Weta toolsets into overdrive in a more-is-more free-for-all frenzy. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 30, 2011
3.5/5 50% Camino (2008) " Though respectful and subdued when the story requires, Fesser's ironic touch manages to extract humour from a dire situation and in the process, skewer organised religion and its propagation of false hope. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 30, 2011
3/5 91% Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009) " Jan Troell's ode to art therapy is the kind of old fashioned tale that we don't much see anymore." — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 30, 2011
1.5/5 27% Remember Me (2010) " Live in the moment. Carpe Diem. Get Busy Livin. We get it, already. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 30, 2011
4/5 94% Winter's Bone (2010) " Granik pays deference to the curious ways of the mountain folk, rejecting the prevailing hillbilly clichés to depict people with hardy survival instincts in the grip of financial hardship and addiction. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 30, 2011
3.5/5 69% The Runaways (2010) " In age-appropriate casting, Fanning doesn't put a platform boot wrong in her portrayal of a valley girl rock chick (circa. 1975) growing up way too fast, with neither the inclination nor the wherewithal to slow down. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 30, 2011
86% Rabbit Hole (2010) " Director John Cameron Mitchell's restrained handling of the film's rawest moments keeps it from descending into soul-wrenching lamentations." — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 30, 2011
3.5/5 89% Waiting for Superman (2010) " The superhero metaphor enables some synergistic retro TV series footage but it doesn't quite suit the argument." — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 30, 2011
3.5/5 83% The Snowtown Murders (2012) " Snowtown mines similar territory to Rowan Woods' seminal The Boys, in its exploration of very bad deeds born of pressure cooker family dysfunction and machismo. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 30, 2011
2.5/5 37% Burlesque (2010) " Burlesque is unlikely to convert any new followers to either its stars or its subject matter." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 13, 2011
3.5/5 72% Somewhere (2010) " Long takes, sparse dialogue and natural performances from the two excellent leads, accumulate to give Somewhere's best moments an entirely observational quality. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 29, 2010
3.5/5 79% Fair Game (2010) " A restrained contemplation of a marriage in meltdown in the midst of an international incident. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 26, 2010
3.5/5 96% The Social Network (2010) " It's a credit to the combined efforts of Fincher and Sorkin that the dramatic tension can (more than once) culminate in the refreshing of a website." — sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 28, 2010
3/5 88% Let Me In (2010) " Let Me In deserves attention for its thoughtful rendition of adolescent torment and its restrained handling of the so-hot-right-now vampire genre. If that attention draws new fans to its top-shelf source material, all the better. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 15, 2010
1.5/5 36% Eat Pray Love (2010) " The fatal flaw of Eat Pray Love is that for a celebration of enlightenment through travel and the benefits of restorative calm, the end result is so hollow and artificial. Don't mistake entitlement for enlightenment." — sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 7, 2010
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