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, Sight and Sound, Uncut Magazine [UK]

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 20% Barely Lethal (2015) "[A] bubbly but very lightweight high-school comedy. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 28, 2015
2/5 8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "Some of the set-pieces -- chases through airports, fights on train tracks, car crashes or helicopters hurtling into skyscrapers -- are very niftily choreographed but you can't help thinking this would be more fun as an interactive game. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3/5 90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Straight Outta Compton is an unwieldy, expletive-strewn sprawl of a musical biopic. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3/5 43% We Are Your Friends (2015) "Zac Efron is a long way from his High School Musical roots in this surprisingly dark and self-conscious drama about a young DJ from the San Fernando Valley. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3/5 25% Pressure (2015) "As in Kevin Macdonald's recent submarine drama Black Sea, the film has moments of intensity and tension but risks becoming a trial of endurance for audiences. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 21, 2015
3/5 100% The President "Makhmalbaf's highly original new film is a tragicomic drama about the toppling of a dictator. The twist here is that the drama is seen from the perspective of the dictator himself. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 21, 2015
1/5 10% Good People (2014) "The filmmakers use slick editing and pounding music in a desperate bid to paper over the cracks in their own storyline. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 21, 2015
2/5 26% Vacation (2015) "At its best, the film is very funny. At its worst, it makes you groan in dismay. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 21, 2015
2/5 17% Pixels (2015) "This exercise in Eighties computer-game nostalgia is strangely misconceived. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 85% The Seven Five (2015) "Tiller Russell's fast-moving, invigorating documentary will make very gratifying viewing for fans of all those New York-set cop movies by Martin Scorsese and Sidney Lumet. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 55% Paper Towns (2015) "The film is thankfully shorn of the sentimentality which weighed down The Fault in Our Stars. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 52% Gemma Bovery (2015) "The filmmakers take great pleasure in highlighting the cultural differences between the British and the French in every area from gastronomy to lovemaking. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 83% Mistress America (2015) "It is a comedy with barbs and an unlikely undercurrent of pathos. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 87% Marshland "This gritty, very intense Spanish thriller has the feel of an Iberian True Detective. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "Lightweight but stylish and enjoyable in a high-kitsch fashion. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 13, 2015
4/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Its contradictions are obvious but its one consistent quality is it humour. Amy sees the comedy in everything from divorce to death and, most absurd of all, her own romantic longings. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/5 93% The Gift (2015) "What makes one child persecute another? Do bullies really change as they grow older? It is while exploring these questions that the film is at its most intriguing. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/5 36% Max (2015) "This drama is an intensely patriotic affair, which plays at times like a canine version of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/5 49% Manglehorn (2015) "There is a soulfulness to Pacino's performance, but this is a downbeat and dispiriting drama about broken families. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "In an era of smooth and sanitised teen movies, it is refreshing to encounter a film as idiosyncratic, dirty-minded and self-consciously wayward as this. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "Teller, Mara and company are very capable young actors who bring sensitivity and humour to their roles, but that isn't necessarily what audiences want from Marvel-era superhero blockbusters. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "Its plot line doesn't bear too much scrutiny and its characterisation is sketchy but the action itself is frequently exhilarating. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/5 97% Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera) (1929) "Dizga Vertov's 1929 experimental Soviet propaganda picture is breathtaking in its formal ingenuity. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 30, 2015
1/5 8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "The best that can be said is that director Anne Fletcher keeps the tempo very brisk, leaving as little time as possible for us to work out why we are not laughing. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/5 100% The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson "Johnson is a modern-day renaissance man who'll be quoting William Blake one moment and belting out some R&B with Roger Daltrey the next. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 23, 2015
4/5 96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "Wenders showcases his work while giving him a platform to express his philosophical and political views. The doc benefits from a subtly affecting use of music. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 23, 2015
4/5 95% The Wonders (2015) "The episodic storytelling style can seem haphazard but the writer-director Alice Rohrwacher succeeds wonderfully well in capturing the richness of the kids' lives in their own remote and often brutal world. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 7% Queen of the Desert "There are some beautiful shots of desert landscapes, plenty of scene-stealing work from the camels, and, early on, some very picturesque shots of the British countryside. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 60% Southpaw (2015) "Boxing movies tend to be exercises in masochism, machismo and redemptive melodrama. Southpaw hits all these targets square in the midriff. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 23, 2015
4/5 59% Elser (13 Minutes) "The film boasts handsome production values and is as intricately put together as the device Elser so painstakingly assembles. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 22, 2015
2/5 45% True Story (2015) "It is never clear whether the film is a study in journalistic bad faith, a courtroom procedural or a drama of very different characters who provide a twisted reflection of one another. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2/5 20% Self/less (2015) "Tarsem Singh's sleekly shot sci-fi thriller begins intriguingly but loses its identity. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 16, 2015
5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "It is the universality of the film that makes it an instant classic. Inside Out combines simplicity with extraordinary formal daring and sophistication. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 16, 2015
96% Touch of Evil (1958) "It is typical of Orson Welles that he takes a B-movie thriller set on the Mexican border and gives it a Shakespearian grandeur. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 16, 2015
52% Boychoir (2015) "Manipulative and unabashedly sentimental, The Choir carries loud echoes of other better movies. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 16, 2015
99% Song Of The Sea (2014) "Moore is dealing with dark subject matter in playful and, at times, quite magical way. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 9, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Love & Mercy, Bill Pohlad's ingenious biopic of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, approaches its subject from a very unusual direction... ear-first. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/5 79% Ant-Man (2015) "It is refreshing to encounter an action-adventure with a Lilliputian lightness of touch. The downside, though, is that Ant-Man seems very insubstantial fare by comparison with Iron Man, Captain America et al. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/5 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Terminator Genisys suffers from a fussed-over, convoluted and self-referential screenplay that manages the feat of being both incredibly complicated and strangely simple-minded. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2/5 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "An undercharged as well as under-dressed affair that can't ever quite overcome its own cumbersome screenplay. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2/5 38% She's Funny That Way (2015) "There's a lot of star wattage in Peter Bogdanovich's new screwball comedy but none of it shines very brightly. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/5 54% Minions (2015) "The Minions are sometimes very funny. They have a winning way of gargling out dialogue. The problem is a plot that is as indeterminate as their body shapes. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jun 26, 2015
4/5 91% Slow West (2015) "As the title suggests, Maclean is in no hurry. Even at the most climactic moments, he always looks for an offbeat perspective. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/5 64% That Sugar Film (2015) "Sugar makes you fat. That, predictably, is what the young Australian film-maker Damon Gameau discovers for himself from his own expanding midriff in this engaging, Super Size Me-style doc. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jun 26, 2015
4/5 82% The Overnight (2015) "This very wry, LA-set adult comedy plays like a junior, low-budget version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? " ‐ Independent
Posted Jun 26, 2015
2/5 29% Everly (2015) "Lynch shows some visual flair with a few clever, Tarantino-like touches but the film overall is a deadening and claustrophobic experience, in which the human interest diminishes as rapidly as the body count rises. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jun 26, 2015
4/5 93% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) "Gibney is too subtle and diligent a film-maker to indulge in a one-sided hatchet-job. The tone of Going Clear is inquisitive, not sensationalist. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/5 7% Accidental Love (2015) "For this kind of comedy to work, absolute precision and relentless speed are essential. Given the circumstances in which the was made, it is little surprise that neither are achieved. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 34% The Ardor (2015) "Director Pablo Fendrik makes evocative and dramatic use of his jungle settings. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 86% Natural Resistance (2015) "By focusing on these winegrowers, Nossiter is able to make familiar but still relevant points about globalisation and the potentially disastrous consequences of industrial farming techniques. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jun 18, 2015
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