Godfrey Cheshire

Godfrey Cheshire

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , RogerEbert.com , Variety
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
100

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1.5/4 69% The Notebook (2014) " If one went into it knowing nothing of its origins, the film's lack of dramatic structure might suggest a singularly inept screenwriting exercise that somehow made it into production." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/4 54% Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014) " The old saw about a picture being worth a thousand words indicates the extraordinary power of the images "Through a Lens Darkly" organizes so thoughtfully and compellingly." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 27, 2014
2/4 71% Jealousy (2014) " "Jealousy" is the kind of slight, academic, self-satisfied exercise that preaches only to the converted." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/4 100% Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014) " Though he does it with a grin, Mohassess rages against the dying of the light as well as many of the things the world presented him with during his life." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/4 84% Rich Hill (2014) " It emerges as an artistic statement as multi-faceted, nuanced and hauntingly original as any of its fictional counterparts." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3.5/4 88% The Kill Team (2014) " It offers a deep, troubling probe into a military culture that both incubates horrifically criminal acts against innocents and throws innumerable obstacles in the paths of soldiers who would thwart or report those outrages." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 93% Closed Curtain (2014) " Essentially a psychological self-portrait ..." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jul 9, 2014
3.5/4 77% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " [A] fascinating, expertly crafted film ..." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3.5/4 93% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) " Its chilly, muted colors, claustrophobic framings and understated performances by an excellent cast recall '70s American suspensers such as "The Conversation" and "Klute."" — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2/4 69% Policeman (2014) " Obviously, this tale engages many hot-button issues in present-day Israel. But does it say anything particularly incisive or meaningful about their complexity?" — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2/4 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " The film's winsome, self-satisfied comedy will no doubt appeal more to viewers who prize juvenile hi-jinks over the cultural moment it depicts." — RogerEbert.com
Posted May 30, 2014
4/4 94% Ida (2014) " Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, "Ida" would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country." — RogerEbert.com
Posted May 2, 2014
0.5/4 27% Farmland (2014) " "Farmland" is essentially just masquerading as an actual documentary. In reality, it's a glossy corporate infomercial for American agribusiness." — RogerEbert.com
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/4 84% The Unknown Known (2014) " More than any film this reviewer has seen in ages, "The Unknown Known" richly rewards a second viewing." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/4 92% The Retrieval (2014) " Both in its structure and its dialogue, Eska's writing is similarly adroit, and he matches those accomplishments with the topnotch performances he gets from his three leads." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 2, 2014
1.5/4 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " It's reverential rather than revealing, predictably admiring where it needs to be nuanced and challenging." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/4 23% Shirin In Love (2014) " "Shirin in Love" blends tangy romantic comedy and tart social satire into a cinematic cocktail that's pleasingly off-beat, warm-spirited and knowing." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2.5/4 74% Enemy (2014) " Villeneuve is a very self-conscious artist whose estimable work descends from the European high-modernist tradition of decades past." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3.5/4 97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " My hunch is that most viewers, whatever their previous views on this fraught subject, will come away not only fascinated but largely convinced by Murmelstein, who comes across as extremely intelligent, self-aware, sincere and honest ..." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.5/4 89% Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014) " While it does profile the work of brilliant dancer, the film also contains two complex and moving love stories as well an account of a physically devastating tragedy followed by an extraordinary tale of struggle and survival." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Feb 5, 2014
1/4 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " [It] spectacularizes black criminality for white middle-class viewers, the primary audience for the festivals and art houses where this film will have its career." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2/4 78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " Tarantino-aping hasn't died out entirely; it's just moved to Israel." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3.5/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Told with a finely calibrated poetic obliqueness that draws the viewer into the relationship's gradual unfolding, the film represents a formidable achievement for Fiennes as both actor and director." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 26, 2013
4/4 94% The Past (2013) " [A] brilliantly mounted drama concerning fracturing families, hidden motives and the difficulties of attaining stability in a rapidly changing world." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3/4 66% Faust (2013) " Compared to many Sokurov films, this one has an enlivening paradoxicality: it's morbid but upbeat, grim yet rapturous." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 15, 2013
1.5/4 46% The Book Thief (2013) " History may be awful, but a young heroine's spunkiness can overcome anything. Thus does actual tragedy get reduced to the role of kitschy backdrop, a transposition of true obscenity." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3/4 91% The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013) " Though its ideas are indeed heady and high-flown, they are presented in a way that's consistently engaging and accessible." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3/4 100% The Square (2013) " Shows the human stakes and often punishing difficulties of challenging entrenched powers and interests." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 25, 2013
4/4 70% American Promise (2013) " While they didn't set out to make a film about what newspaper columnists refer to as the "black male achievement gap," Brewster and Stephenson have done just that, and it's hard to imagine a more penetrating and powerful one." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2/4 48% Parkland (2013) " "Parkland" expends lots of energy and expertise on re-creating these infamous events, yet it is so lacking in narrative purpose that many viewers are likely to leave muttering, "Okay...but so what?"" — RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 4, 2013
1.5/4 16% The Colony (2013) " The filmmakers' aversion to any hint of storytelling originality means that the main impression "The Colony" leaves is one of almost stupefying over-familiarity." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2/4 35% Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013) " With its sprawling array of characters and anecdotal, ramshackle structure, [the film] feels more like a collection of interrelated short stories cobbled into an flavorful but ultimately unwieldy narrative." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 13, 2013
3/4 93% Mother Of George (2013) " A stunningly imagined account of African immigrant life in present-day Brooklyn." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 13, 2013
2.5/4 15% Winnie Mandela (2013) " In the end, hers is a journey as complicated and fascinating as that of South Africa itself." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2.5/4 73% Populaire (2013) " Deft execution by Roinsard and his appealing cast make the film a solid, genially retro entertainment." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 10, 2013
1/4 8% Savannah (2013) " A movie that's essentially only of local interest." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 23, 2013
2.5/4 73% Augustine (2013) " Ultimately, while this character-based drama proves consistently engrossing, it leaves various pertinent and fascinating issues frustratingly unexplored." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 21, 2013
2.5/4 93% Frances Ha (2013) " Occasionally inspired, frequently charming and always watchable." — RogerEbert.com
Posted May 18, 2013
100% Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped) (1957) " Coming from a director renowned as spartanly anti-dramatic, the film's escape is almost preternaturally gripping." — New York Press
Posted Mar 5, 2013
33% The Brave " Johnny Depp offers further proof that Hollywood stars who attempt to extend their range are apt to exceed it." — Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
—— Slaves to the Underground (1996) Variety
Posted Apr 15, 2009
80% Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business (1995) Variety
Posted Apr 9, 2009
—— Full Moon (Vollmond) (2007) Variety
Posted Mar 27, 2009
20% Late Bloomers (1997) Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
54% Johns (1997) Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
37% Psycho (1998) " Contains nothing to outrage or offend partisans of the original, yet neither does it stand to add much to their appreciation." — Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
100% Hype! (1996) Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
10% Wing Commander (1999) " Though the ingredients are potent, their blending here mostly comes off as formulaic, humdrum and sometimes unintentionally laughable." — Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
100% Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996) Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
73% The Woman Chaser (2000) Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
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