Gail Tolley

Gail Tolley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
The List , The Skinny
Total Reviews:
37

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Showing 1 - 37 of 37
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " Alex Gibney delivers another smart and enthralling documentary ..." — The List
Posted Jan 29, 2014
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " If 12 Years a Slave sounds like a brutal viewing experience then you'd be right, but in eschewing sentimentality and striving for honesty in the storytelling it is also a powerful, essential drama." — The List
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/5 80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " The engaging performances and story mean that you'd have to have a heart of stone not to be swept up in it." — The List
Posted Nov 18, 2013
5/5 84% Leviathan (2013) " This is sublime, thought-provoking filmmaking." — The List
Posted Nov 5, 2013
4/5 87% Exhibition (2014) " A skillfully assembled portrait of an artistic couple who are preparing to sell their impressive London home." — The List
Posted Oct 21, 2013
3/5 100% Village At The End Of The World " While it isn't revelatory in content or style, it's a considered work that offers a glimpse of a part of the world that many would know little about otherwise." — The List
Posted May 10, 2013
3/5 94% Lore (2013) " Shortland creates a palpable sense of atmosphere, and coupled with fluid camerawork and a verdant forest backdrop, Lore looks and feels a world apart from other World War II-set dramas." — The List
Posted Feb 18, 2013
3/5 100% McCullin " This is pretty straight up documentary making but for fans of McCullin and those interested in photography in general, it's recommended viewing." — The List
Posted Dec 19, 2012
4/5 96% Chasing Ice (2012) " It's an absorbing and vital watch." — The List
Posted Dec 18, 2012
5/5 93% Elena (2012) " A perfectly formed drama that gradually takes hold and doesn't let go." — The List
Posted Nov 13, 2012
2/5 64% Unfinished Song (2013) " Die hard weepy fans might find catharsis in the amount of tears that flow but for the rest of us, it's one to avoid." — The List
Posted Oct 29, 2012
3/5 91% Caesar Must Die (2013) " The 'play-within-the-film' concept keeps the audience held slightly at arms length, but in many of the more intense scenes it's hard not to be sucked in, at least until the real world interrupts again." — The List
Posted Oct 22, 2012
2/5 65% Great Expectations (2013) " Overall, despite the abundance of cobwebs and dust in the Havisham mansion, this adaption has a glossy, superficial feel to it. More grit, texture and emotion are what's needed to really bring this story to life." — The List
Posted Oct 22, 2012
3/5 94% Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012) " Featuring a large number of contributors including her children, former colleagues and well known faces like photographer David Bailey, Vreeland's story is brought to life through a rich collection of archive images and footage." — The List
Posted Sep 13, 2012
4/5 87% Tabu (2012) " Tabu is a rare work that manages to draw on the past while creating something that feels very modern indeed." — The List
Posted Aug 14, 2012
4/5 100% Swandown " It all comes together in a charming and idiosyncratic way to create a rich and often funny snapshot of local identity." — The List
Posted Aug 14, 2012
4/5 64% Cosmopolis (2012) " This bristling evocation of the last days of capitalism is compelling and unsettling in equal measure but ultimately memorable for being so very close to recent global happenings." — The List
Posted Jun 20, 2012
3/5 83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) " A very genuine film packed with smart observations about modern relationships." — The List
Posted Jun 20, 2012
4/5 91% Holy Motors (2012) " Holy Motors is both hugely enjoyable and subtly thought-provoking and suggests a return for the director who has been off the radar for over a decade." — The List
Posted May 28, 2012
4/5 93% Amour (2012) " It is uncomfortable, unrelenting and in turn undeniably powerful." — The List
Posted May 28, 2012
3/5 43% On the Road (2012) " What we're left with is a pleasant story of a group of friends on a road trip, not the captivating, liberating spirit of Kerouac's classic." — The List
Posted May 25, 2012
3/5 43% The Paperboy (2012) " Despite its plot holes The Paperboy is a surprisingly involving film with solid performances from its cast and a remarkable performance from Nicole Kidman that will have you questioning if it is really her under that blonde wig." — The List
Posted May 25, 2012
3/5 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " The film's reference to contemporary politics and the economic downturn gives it a unique and thought-provoking edge..." — The List
Posted May 24, 2012
2/5 87% Trashed (2012) " While there are a few interesting case studies thrown into the mix - the massive swirling island of plastic 'soup' in the Pacific being one - overall there's just not enough material of interest here." — The List
Posted May 24, 2012
4/5 85% Two Years at Sea (2012) " In a world where 'sharing' our lives has become the norm there is something wonderfully honest and uplifting about seeing a life which unfolds, for the most part, whilst no one is watching." — The List
Posted May 4, 2012
2/5 81% North Sea Texas (2012) " Any sympathy for these characters and their lives dissipates quickly on reaching scenes filled with cliched symbolism, like the burning of treasured possessions on a beach and running into the sea in an emotional outburst" — The List
Posted Apr 18, 2012
4/5 98% This Is Not a Film (2012) " This is an important film, a valuable insight into contemporary Iran and the challenges facing their artistic communities." — The List
Posted Apr 12, 2012
3/5 82% Bonsái (2012) " Attractive cinematography shot in warm colours and neat, often comedic, composition." — The List
Posted Apr 10, 2012
4/5 88% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) " A carefully crafted work that contemplates the memories we choose to treasure and those we choose to forget." — The Skinny
Posted Sep 1, 2010
3/5 58% Trash Humpers (2010) " Mostly it is just repulsive but occasionally it's beguiling, and at these points it feels like Korine is getting at something, showing us exactly what we don't want to see..." — The Skinny
Posted Jul 15, 2010
3/5 72% I Love You Phillip Morris (2010) " Carrey's exuberant and ever manic performance is at the core of the film, yet is often on the brink of threatening to consume it entirely." — The Skinny
Posted Mar 22, 2010
3/5 61% The Scouting Book for Boys (2009) " Tom Harper's debut feature shows the director has an eye for a great shot -- the opening sequence where the two young actors leap across caravan tops against the setting sun is particularly memorable." — The Skinny
Posted Mar 22, 2010
4/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) " It's an exhilarating ride - well paced, gripping and with an intelligently crafted narrative, meaning it will without doubt have appeal beyond its already established fan base." — The Skinny
Posted Mar 16, 2010
74% Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010) " For all its various inspirations there's no denying that Micmacs still feels essentially like a Jeunet film: it is light-hearted, endlessly inventive and will no doubt charm the socks of audiences." — The Skinny
Posted Feb 26, 2010
3/5 85% A Single Man (2009) " There are moments when a sense of poignancy emerges, mostly due to an affecting performance by Firth, but there are also times when the film feels like an expensive, albeit very stylish, advertisement." — The Skinny
Posted Feb 16, 2010
4/5 91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) " It's refreshing to see a director tackle such a pertinent topic and among its popular counterparts Precious stands out for its refusal to shy away from showing the darker side of life." — The Skinny
Posted Feb 2, 2010
5/5 97% A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010) " At two and a half hours you might expect the film to drag, but Audiard keeps the pace, ensuring that the film is nothing short of riveting." — The Skinny
Posted Jan 22, 2010
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