Geoffrey Macnab

Geoffrey Macnab

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% 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
1/5 0% Search Party "The stag humour is crude and boorish and even the slapstick is very clumsily executed. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 28, 2015
3/5 79% Man Up "It is Bell's film -- she is sassy, cynical, funny, occasionally self-pitying and gets most of the best lines. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 67% The Connection (2015) "It's the level of detail that most impresses, the painstaking attention the filmmakers have paid to recreating 1970s France and to explaining just how far Zampa's criminal network extended. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 78% Danny Collins (2015) "Danny is a role tailor-made for Pacino at this stage in his career, one that enables him both to indulge in some very hammy scene-stealing, but also to show his character's vulnerability and essential decency. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 28, 2015
3/5 13% Sword Of Vengeance (2015) "The ritualised action sequences work well enough. It's just a pity the film-makers did not pay as much attention to the plotting as to the design of the movie. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 28, 2015
5/5 99% Timbuktu (2015) "It has some of the same comic absurdism that ran through Chris Morris's Four Lions, but the satire is combined with lyricism and a sense of mounting tragedy. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 28, 2015
3/5 92% The Goob "The writer-director Guy Myhill brings an engaging mix of abrasiveness and lyricism to a film that seems at times like a British equivalent to David Gordon Green's early films. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 28, 2015
3/5 48% San Andreas (2015) "As a helter skelter, fairground ride, San Andreas is often exhilarating but the fault lines in its screenplay become more and more apparent. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 28, 2015
5/5 100% Amy (2015) "Kapadia's film is steeped in regret and grief over what became of its subject and yet it never loses its sense of awe about what she achieved. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 22, 2015
4/5 95% Carol (2015) "An impressive piece of work, a lesbian melodrama which is probing, thoughtful and finally very moving. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 22, 2015
2/5 11% Return to Sender "The film has the feel of a glorified TV movie and lurches into Misery-style melodrama in its final reel. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 22, 2015
3/5 80% We Are Many "Amir Amirani's documentary will jog memories about the sheer scale of the anti-war protests in Britain in February 2003. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 22, 2015
3/5 85% Une nouvelle amie (The New Girlfriend) (2015) "Demoustier and Duris give real heart to characters whose behaviour could easily have seemed absurd. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 22, 2015
3/5 87% Moomins On The Riviera (Muumit Rivieralla) "This yarn, based on Tove Jansson's Moomins comic strip, is a wistful and gentle affair, hand-drawn and far less brash than the typical animated Hollywood feature. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 22, 2015
4/5 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "The film is so stylishly shot, and performed with such swagger, that it transcends its own pretentiousness. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 21, 2015
4/5 32% Poltergeist (2015) "Alongside the shock tactics, Kenan's Poltergeist also works well as a study of a squeezed middle-class American family struggling to survive in a punishing economic climate. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 21, 2015
2/5 49% Tomorrowland (2015) "Tomorrowland is weakened by its own relentless optimism. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 21, 2015
5/5 100% Only Angels Have Wings (1939) "This is the quintessential Hawks movie, combining spectacular aerial sequences with the fatalistic barroom machismo of the pilots off duty. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 86% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "The film is colourful and humorous in its evocation of Swinging London and celebration of Lambert's idiosyncrasies. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 87% A Fuller Life "There has already been one very good documentary about the maverick American director Sam Fuller... This new film, made by his daughter, Samantha Fuller, covers similar terrain but in a much more personal way. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 80% A Royal Night Out "This is a poignant and entertaining affair, with enough of a satirical edge not just to seem like an exercise in cosy British nostalgia. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "Pitch Perfect 2 is a very fragmented affair, more a selection of comic sketches than a coherent movie in its own right. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "This is the post-apocalyptic movie to end all post-apocalyptic movies. There is even more dust, rust and decay here than in the original films. The credits themselves are in molten red lettering. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 12, 2015
3/5 100% Bloody Daughter "Argerich gives a far more intimate, offbeat and complex portrait of an artist than could ever have been provided by any non family member. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 8, 2015
3/5 44% Still "The film, set in north London, is stylishly shot and Gillen plays the troubled lead with a mercurial mix of swagger, self-loathing and self-pity. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 86% Top Five (2014) "The film's trump card is its rigorous honesty. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 73% Big Game (2015) "Its tongue-in-cheek humour and lapidary one-liners are combined with some well-staged stunts. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 77% Rosewater (2014) "After the arrest, the storytelling becomes more grim but Stewart never loses his sense of satire. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 96% Phoenix (2015) "Christian Petzold's Phoenix is a darkly melodramatic tale told in a very unmelodramatic fashion. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 59% Spooks: The Greater Good "The big-screen spin-off from TV's Spooks is an old-fashioned affair -- a ripping yarn with more than a hint of John Buchan about it. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 95% Girlhood (2015) "Céline Sciamma's girl-gang movie is a disarming affair, a long way removed from the macho posturing of other French films set in the Banlieue, such as La Haine. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 7, 2015
2/5 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "Beautifully shot and absurd. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 69% The Emperor's New Clothes "Brand puts across a familiar message in a very lucid and entertaining fashion. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 5, 2015
5/5 95% Chimes at Midnight (1965) "Hal's eventual betrayal of Falstaff ("I know thee not old man") is the most poignant moment in all of Welles' movies. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 1, 2015
2/5 19% Monsters: Dark Continent (2015) "There are some inventive moments along the way, but these are interspersed with lots of posturing, yelling and brawling. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/5 76% Match (2015) "Match's slightly wooden trajectory is compensated for by Patrick Stewart's compelling performance as the brash, outwardly confident but fundamentally lonely Tobi. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/5 20% Ooops! Noah is Gone... (Two by Two) "A German-made kids' movie, Two by Two is cheery, innocuous fare, sentimental but with some spirited chases and slapstick sequences. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "The film is at its strongest in the scenes between Bathsheba and Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts). " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/5 63% Samba (2015) "The plotting is predictable but the film has heart and charm all the same. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/5 50% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) "This Victorian-set horror film can't help but seem a missed opportunity. It has the ingredients for a lurid and entertaining trip to the dark side. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/5 82% The Falling "One of the strengths of the film is its accurate and barbed portrayal of changing British social attitudes. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 88% The Good Lie (2014) "The film is predictable but affecting and often funny in its depiction of the young Sudanese attempting to adjust to US culture. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/5 90% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) "For all its more far-fetched moments (King Charles XII of Sweden dropping in on a contemporary Swedish café on his way to and from battle, say), the film is perceptive in its depiction of human behaviour. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Whedon brings a depth and wit to his storytelling that you will never find in a Transformers movie. Even so, the final showdown is a little anti-climactic. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 21, 2015
4/5 70% The Salvation (2015) "It's the detail -- the fly on the dead man's face and all those close-ups of characters' stirruped boots clanking on wooden floors -- that makes The Salvation so enjoyable. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/5 69% The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) "This is an exercise in nostalgia as much as bloodletting. The filmmakers are paying their very own tribute to teen-horror pics of the 1970s. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/5 89% Glassland "Slow-moving and sometimes very bleak but benefits from two exceptional central performances. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 100% Dark Horse "Dark Horse plays like a documentary version of an Ealing comedy. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 16, 2015
1/5 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "Kendrick puts across her songs with toothsome charm and conviction but the flashback structure is cumbersome, the music isn't distinctive and Jamie is such a preening narcissist that you can't help but think Cathy is well rid of him. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/5 24% Child 44 (2015) "In such a bleak and distorted world, it is perverse to try to tell a whodunit story with conventional heroes and villains -- and yet that is what this misguided and contradictory film attempts. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 16, 2015
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