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Geoffrey Macnab

Geoffrey Macnab

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Geoffrey Macnab's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Independent (UK), Sight and Sound, Uncut Magazine [UK]

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
29% Friend Request "A movie that yields line like 'unfriend this dead bitch' has a certain camp appeal but this is an unpleasant and manipulative affair that makes increasingly grim viewing. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 22, 2016
4/5 96% Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) "'He wanted to be a legend,' we are told again and again - and the filmmakers show just how single-mindedly he set about becoming one. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/5 43% Jane Got a Gun (2016) "This was a troubled production. Scottish director Lynne Ramsay quit days before shooting began and there were late changes made to the cast. In certain respects, the replacement director Gavin O'Connor has done an impressive job. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/5 58% Bastille Day "Bastille Day is a cheesy but enjoyable Paris set thriller which underlines Idrs Elba's fast rising credentials as an action hero. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 22, 2016
4/5 71% Miles Ahead (2016) "Davis's behaviour is monstrous but Cheadle plays him with such charisma that he seems perversely sympathetic anyway. We root for him. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 22, 2016
94% Eye In The Sky (2016) "What's refreshing, though, is how nuanced the film's approach remains. There is no simple minded resolution here and it is inevitable that there will be blood on somebody's hands by the final reel. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 14, 2016
4/5 58% Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016) "As the bushy haired Russian filmmaker, Elmer Bäck looks and behaves like Harpo Marx. It's an intriguing performance which captures its subject's humour, prurience and his visionary qualities. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/5 7% Despite The Falling Snow "For all its invocations of Russian history, this is a glorified telenovela at heart. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/5 32% Criminal (2016) "The result is an American movie dressed up in British clothes that simply don't fit. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 14, 2016
5/5 94% The Jungle Book (2016) "The latest attempt to bring Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli to the screen is a triumph - a painstakingly crafted digital 3D movie whose astonishing visual effects are complemented by very sure-footed storytelling and tremendous voice-work. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 14, 2016
4/5 94% Dheepan (2016) "A searing and brilliant film is only partly undermined by its wildly improbable, action movie style ending in which the lead character rediscovers his inner Rambo. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 8, 2016
2/5 16% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) "It is dismaying to see actors off the quality of Chastain, Theron and Blunt mugging it up in such caricatured and poorly written roles. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 8, 2016
4/5 65% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) "This may appear the typical buttoned up British costume drama but, in its own understated way, it is both acutely observed and very moving. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 8, 2016
4/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) "This is a film that draws you in even as it perplexes you and that ultimately has a very strong emotional kick. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 8, 2016
4/5 100% I Am Belfast "Cousins doesn't ignore the bloodshed and sectarian violence (the pub bombings, the killings, the evictions) in the city's recent past but he also has a genius for finding the poetry and humour in everyday street scenes. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 8, 2016
4/5 98% Zootopia (2016) "The genius of the film lies in its combination of traditional Disney characters and situations with a very subversive storytelling style. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 1, 2016
4/5 86% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) "It may serve up exactly the same mix of mayhem, noodles and dumplings as the first two films in the series, but Kung Fu Panda 3 is still energetic and wildly entertaining fare. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 1, 2016
4/5 86% The Club (El Club) (2016) "The film is shot in very dark hues, as if the story doesn't warrant any brightness or colour. It is brilliantly acted and has a real, if very seedy, pathos about it. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2/5 80% Disorder (Maryland) "The action sequences, like everything else in the film, are extremely stylishly shot but there is so much posturing going on that the film is utterly shorn of drama or tension. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2/5 28% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) "This belated sequel turns out to be very heavy going. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 56% Iona "Iona is a lyrical, reflective drama that owes an obvious debt to the film-making of Andrei Tarkovsky and Carl Dreyer. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "For all the eye-popping spectacle here, the brilliance of some of the action sequences, and the full-blooded performances from Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill as the superheroes, this turns out to be a convoluted affair. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 22, 2016
2/5 8% Rock the Kasbah (2015) "Barry Levinson's film, loosely inspired by the true story of reality TV show Afghan Star, comes at its subject matter from entirely the wrong direction. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 18, 2016
4/5 95% Marguerite (2016) "Marguerite is a handsomely shot period affair with all the trimmings. At its core, though, it is a very delicate study of a woman who refuses to accept any of the constraints that her class, gender or lack of talent should place on her. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 18, 2016
4/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "In an era of bloated blockbusters, 10 Cloverfield Lane is refreshingly pared down -- a chamber piece rather than an epic. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 18, 2016
4/5 71% High-Rise (2016) "[High-Rise] is visionary film-making, wildly ambitious, very caustic and hitting the bull's eye of almost every target in its sights. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 18, 2016
2/5 53% Risen (2016) "The problem here is that there is no zest at all to the storytelling. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 18, 2016
4/5 91% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) "Patricio Guzmán's essay-style documentary is a deceptive but very moving affair. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 18, 2016
4/5 92% Anomalisa (2015) "Anomalisa is a reminder that animation can do much more than provide high jinks for a family audience. This is a surprisingly dark film, but it is a lyrical and insightful one. It delves into areas that even the frankest live-action dramas shy away from. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/5 71% The Ones Below (2016) "The behaviour of the characters stretches credibility. The performances, though, are striking, especially that of Poésy as the young mum assailed by feelings of guilt, doubt, suspicion and hostility as her grasp on reality begins to loosen. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/5 62% Truth (2015) "As a case study in journalism and ethics, the film is intriguing. As drama, it stutters. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 10, 2016
2/5 90% The Witch (2016) "The problem is that the craft and artistry are just too laboured and foregrounded. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 10, 2016
2/5 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) "The finale here is about as exciting to watch as an office party on a paintball outing. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 10, 2016
4/5 78% Time Out Of Mind (2015) "Oren Moverman's observational drama about the day-to-day life of George (Richard Gere), a homeless man in New York, is made with delicacy and insight. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) "The only drawbacks to an excellent documentary are the skimpy treatment of Hitchcock's 1930s British work and the lack of diversity among the interviewees. Jones could have included at least one or two female film-makers. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 3, 2016
1/5 24% London Has Fallen (2016) "This enjoyably atrocious action thriller is so inept in parts that you think it must be a spoof. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/5 46% The Other Side of the Door (2016) "As a psychological study of a grief-stricken mother, the film works well enough. When it turns into a tale of demonic possession, it begins to creak. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 3, 2016
1/5 39% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) "This isn't so much a remake of Juan José Campanella's 2009 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film as an utter travesty of it. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
2/5 9% The Forest (2016) "The storytelling is very perfunctory. Some of the shock tactics are moderately effective but, as the film-makers attempt to combine traditional horror movie elements with insights into the troubled psychology of their heroine, they soon lose their way. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/5 100% King Jack "King Jack isn't breaking new ground in its subject matter but it is an exceptional piece of film-making - one of the very best debut features of its type since David Gordon Green's George Washington. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
2/5 27% The Benefactor (2016) "Renzi provides a platform for Gere to act in barnstorming fashion but can't work out what to do with any of the other characters. They tend just to stand embarrassed on the sidelines as Gere holds forth and steals every scene in which he appears. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
2/5 5% Exposed (2016) "What is being released is a baffling hodge-podge of a movie, full of contradictory elements. Bits of it, seen in isolation, are effective and atmospheric, but the plotting is tangled and confused. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/5 100% The Propaganda Game "The Spanish director Alvaro Longoria's documentary about North Korea is startling, comical and often horrifying but very even-handed. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/5 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) "It's then sheer glee off the comic set-pieces that enables Grimsby to transcend its preposterous plotting. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 24, 2016
5/5 63% A Quiet Passion "In its depiction of physical pain, the film rekindles memories both of Bergman's Cries And Whispers and of the death scene in Davies's own Distant Voices, Still Lives. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
86% We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! (2016) "It's a very entertaining yarn made all the more enjoyable by the fact the band's two leading members, guitarist Jay Jay French and his arch rival, lead singer Dee Snider, have a very well-developed sense of their own absolute ridiculousness. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 34% The Green Inferno (2015) "Eli Roth's cannibal horror movie has its full quota of gore, but this is much more than an exploitation pic. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 11, 2016
4/5 87% A Bigger Splash (2016) "The film makes its hedonistic protagonists seem like characters in a classical tragedy. The intimacy between them becomes more oppressive and results in ever more extreme behaviour. The zest of the film-making belies the darkness at the core here. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2/5 62% Concussion (2015) "The suspicion lingers that this story might have been better told in a documentary than in a dramatic feature. The film also pulls its punches at times. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 11, 2016
4/5 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "Despite its production values, the film plays like a 1990s Comic Strip Presents spoof. It is lively and entertaining early on but once we get accustomed to its strange mix of gentility and blood-letting, the magic dissipates. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 11, 2016
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