Francesca Steele

Francesca Steele

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Publications:
Sky Movies
Total Reviews:
50

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Showing 1 - 50 of 50
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " [The Grand Budapest Hotel] might just be the most Wes Anderson-y film yet made by Wes Anderson. " ‐ Independent
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1/5 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " This is film-making at its most cynical. But none of it actually makes much sense. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 22, 2013
94% The Queen of Versailles (2012) " In the end, these are human beings, not emblems - and it is this that makes this documentary one of the most watchable, for rich and poor alike. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 5, 2012
63% Anna Karenina (2012) " This is an extraordinary film, a visual treat and an emotional rollercoaster that will keep you gripped all the way through even if you are familiar with the ending. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 5, 2012
51% The Three Stooges (2012) " Surprisingly, sensibly restrained and rather touching. In relative terms, of course. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 22, 2012
42% Step Up Revolution (2012) " All the dancing is mesmerising, with highly original set pieces, contemporary routines and a sort of revolutionary organised chaos that will definitely appeal to the teen demographic most likely to go and watch these films. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 8, 2012
51% Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) " As was the case with this film's two predecessors, the characters are unusually charming for a simple kid's film. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 1, 2012
80% Magic Mike (2012) " A magnificent hybrid of clever and comical that very few directors could pull off. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jul 11, 2012
83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) " It's rare to find a film so heavy on the naturalistic realism that feels so effortless and unpretentious. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 27, 2012
82% Fast Girls (2013) " A fun and energetic film that, while no Chariots of Fire, will leave you eager for the Olympics and, possibly, your running shoes. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 13, 2012
64% Cosmopolis (2012) " The film certainly makes its point - that a risk-averse life of unending luxury is no life at all - but it makes it so listlessly that you really won't care. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 13, 2012
41% Rock of Ages (2012) " Largely fluff - fluff that, when the music stops playing, lacks the likeable camp of director Adam Shankman's previous effort Hairspray. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 13, 2012
2/5 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " The narrative lacks drive and there's something just a bit, well, dull about the whole thing, with too many characters in a plot that, ultimately, it's difficult to relate to or care about. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted May 30, 2012
3/5 34% Battleship (2012) " It's not going to win any awards - but Battleship is about as dependable a vehicle as its namesake suggests. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Apr 11, 2012
3/5 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " Mirror Mirror treads a difficult line between childish innocence and more seasoned humour but it just about pulls it off, chugging along at a decent pace throughout with an admirable sense of its own silliness. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Apr 4, 2012
5/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " It's a theme which feels old - think Battle Royale, The Running Man - but Ross delivers it with such commitment and imagination that it feels fresh. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Mar 21, 2012
4/5 88% In Darkness (2012) " This is a significant film and a clever one - but not one you will want to watch twice. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Mar 14, 2012
3/5 51% John Carter (2012) " An adventure that feels real and fantastical at the same time. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Mar 7, 2012
2/5 26% This Means War (2012) " This Means War is much like its protagnists, a strange mixture of soulessness and trying way too hard - and, frankly, no one likes a date who is quite so keen to impress. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Feb 29, 2012
3/5 63% The Woman in the Fifth (2012) " There is no doubt that Pawilowkski can produce flms of great beauty. But this latest effort feels like a practice round on his way back to regular movie-making. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Feb 15, 2012
5/5 79% Shame (2011) " The key is Fassbender, who is terrifyingly good. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 11, 2012
3/5 51% The Iron Lady (2012) " Streep imbues Thatcher with all the humanity and subtlety that Morgan's script fails to provide. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 5, 2012
5/5 98% The Artist (2011) " Gorgeously shot and utterly absorbing, this is a truly original love story that will leave you speechless. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 28, 2011
4/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) " Larsson himself would probably have loved this classier interpretation of his rather pulpy narrative. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 21, 2011
2/5 24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) " The script is flat, cliched and repetitive ("You did this!" yells Jacob. "I love her!" pleads Edward) - which might not matter necessarily as it wasn't much better in the predecessors. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 68% Wuthering Heights (2012) " This is definitely a film to watch - but only as part of a discourse on what love is. Despite a very committed vision and understatedly solid actors, somehow this never quite feel like what Emily Brontë intended. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 9, 2011
2/5 0% Will (2011) " It just feels rather silly, as if it assumes such a reverent audience couldn't possibly need anything as pedestrian as believable characters or a likely plotline. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 2, 2011
2/5 36% In Time (2011) " It's not a total waste of your time. But boy will you wish Niccol had spent more of his on it. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 2, 2011
4/5 50% Sket (2012) " Gritty urban London films are two a penny these days but with Sket, script and production advice from real former gang members has helped create a film that is new, sincere and actually has something to say. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 26, 2011
3/5 46% Anonymous (2011) " Shakespeare himself would probably love it. He did write Twelfth Night, for goodness sake. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 26, 2011
2/5 76% The Help (2011) " A guaranteed tear-jerker that serves as a decent reminder of America's very own Apartheid, it's fine as a slice of history. As a story though, it's sadly underwhelming. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 26, 2011
5/5 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " Expectant mothers, look away. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 19, 2011
3/5 19% Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011) " For children, Judy's simple suburban pleasures and unsophisticated emotions and tantrums are something that many of them will relate to. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 19, 2011
2/5 36% Restless (2011) " A pastiche of much better, more thoughtful films about 11th hour partnerships. Harold and Maude, Love Story, My Sister's Keeper. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 19, 2011
3/5 60% Real Steel (2011) " Real Steel has the kind of joyful silliness of a film like Face/Off or Mission Impossible, coupled with a good dose of genuine heart. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 12, 2011
4/5 83% Warrior (2011) " A blistering and well-observed emotional drama that does a terrific job of being much, much more than just a fistfight. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 21, 2011
1/5 46% Soul Surfer (2011) " Unless you like your inspiration in heavy-handed doses, you might be better off watching the real thing - on YouTube. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 21, 2011
3/5 25% Killer Elite (2011) " Clive Owen, as a toneless bad guy in a mindless thriller, has found his natural home. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 21, 2011
4/5 84% Jane Eyre (2011) " Wasikowska probably won't win an Oscar because the strength of her performance lies in just how unassuming it is - but she should. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 7, 2011
3/5 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) " The premise does pretty much what it says on the tin. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 18, 2011
4/5 82% Super 8 (2011) " Now if only the Abrams and Spielberg combo would take on some of the Marvel films... " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 3, 2011
3/5 35% Larry Crowne (2011) " It's the recognizable geniality in Larry Crowne that both carries the film and which makes it deeply frustrating. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 29, 2011
3/5 36% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) " There's actually lots to like here: phenomenal special effects and some truly astounding 3D sequences... " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 29, 2011
3/5 45% Bad Teacher (2011) " Diaz shows off her comedy chops, displaying the kind of sunny charisma (despite the hangovers) that has charmed audiences since There's Something About Mary. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 15, 2011
2/5 36% Prom (2011) " It's an orgy of good, clean fun (no swearing, no booze and definitely no fooling around) without one single original cinematic moment. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 1, 2011
4/5 92% Senna (2011) " A hauntingly beautiful piece of cinema, this is an action film, sports documentary and tragedy all in one. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 1, 2011
3/5 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) " A youthful revival this film is not. But a slick, swashbuckin' romp though the South Seas with a ship full of familiar scallywags it is. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted May 19, 2011
3/5 94% Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) (2011) " The chilling beauty of the production is let down a little by a confused and increasingly senseless plot. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted May 19, 2011
2/5 28% Take Me Home Tonight (2011) " Take Me Home Tonight is pretty similar to Hot Tub Time Machine, playing for the same silly Eighties laughs but never quite getting them. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted May 12, 2011
2/5 15% Something Borrowed (2011) " Hudson cements her talent for playing someone we are clearly intended to tolerate just because she's good at getting a party going. " ‐ Sky Movies
Posted May 10, 2011
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