Jamie Russell

Jamie Russell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
BBC.com , Film4 , FilmFour.com , Radio Times , thelondonpaper , Total Film
Total Reviews:
582

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5/5 100% Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) (The Iron Gate) (1958) " With its tense score, contrasting performances of Chahine (twitchy and tightly coiled) and Rostom (sexy but cruel) and audacious moments of formal brilliance Cairo Station is a cinematic triumph." — BBC.com
Posted Aug 11, 2014
2/5 7% License to Wed (2007) " The dull romance between Sadie and Ben is revealed as little more than a prop for the comedian's patented schtick." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
1/5 1% Disaster Movie (2008) " Depressingly, these magpie parodies are so cheap to produce they can't fail to make money -- which probably means this interminable franchise is far from over." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 16, 2014
4/5 65% Watchmen (2009) " Those unfamiliar with the work may be completely bewildered, but stick with it -- this is a bold and uncompromising take on one of the genre's sacred cows that stands up to repeat viewings." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 10, 2014
1/5 72% Klown (2012) " Denmark's charmless answer to The Hangover crosses the line between gross-out and just plain gross." — Total Film
Posted Dec 2, 2013
4/5 99% How to Survive a Plague (2012) " An important, moving doc about how LGBT activism taught a community to shun silence." — Total Film
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4/5 —— Very Extremely Dangerous " Tragic yet hilarious, it's like watching Hunter S. Thompson's bucket list." — Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
4/5 98% Let the Right One In (2008) " Alfredson's light touch adds soulful delicacy and a certain ambiguity to the proceedings, making this a horror movie more likely to prompt tears than screams." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 90% The Simpsons Movie (2007) " This re-establishes The Simpsons as the jewel in the crown of American animation." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/5 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) " Spider-Man director Sam Raimi returns to his Evil Dead roots in this yucky, energetic and consistently entertaining fright movie." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
93% Persona (1966) " Ingmar Bergman's haunting masterpiece explores the gulf of communication that exists between a nurse and her silent patient." — Film4
Posted Jul 23, 2013
5/5 97% Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) (1988) " Isao Takahata's powerful anti-war movie is all the more harrowing for the care we invest in its beautifully drawn children." — Total Film
Posted May 14, 2013
100% Suna no Onna (Woman in the Dunes) (1964) " An important contribution to the avant-garde, this existential thriller offers an allegorical take on the cruel and twisted universe in which we live." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
1/5 0% Dark Tide (2012) " Making Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus look like Jaws, it is totally lost at sea." — Total Film
Posted Oct 17, 2012
4/5 90% Phantom Of The Opera (1925) " It succeeds in spite of itself and it's all thanks to Chaney. The man of a thousand faces imbues this character with bravado and menace." — Total Film
Posted Oct 8, 2012
4/5 83% Rolling Thunder (1977) " This exploitation flick is a red-blooded, all-American revenge movie, but offers sensitive insight into the pain of post-war adjustment." — Total Film
Posted Aug 1, 2012
2/5 22% Truth or Die (2012) " Jennie Jacques smoulders as a liplicking bad girl but the sad truth is that this below-par horror doesn't dare do anything memorable." — Total Film
Posted Jul 31, 2012
4/5 67% I Am Bruce Lee (2012) " How does a small Chinese guy become the movies' greatest martial artist of all time? That question drives this reverential documentary about the man with the one-inch punch." — Total Film
Posted Jul 19, 2012
3/5 33% Arirang " It's a confessional portrait of the artist as a nutty middle-aged man and a rare insight into a controversial director who's as divisive as the 38th Parallel." — Total Film
Posted May 29, 2012
3/5 94% Himizu (2013) " Love in this teen flick is less like a red, red rose than a bloody nose." — Total Film
Posted May 23, 2012
4/5 100% Position Among the Stars (2011) " The invisiblecamera approach begs questions yet, for the most part, the effects are extraordinary." — Total Film
Posted Feb 6, 2012
2/5 —— The Burma Conspiracy (Largo Winch (Tome 2)) " Despite its delusions, this is no Ghost Protocol." — Total Film
Posted Jan 13, 2012
2/5 25% Break My Fall " It doesn't amount to much, though the post-punk soundtrack adds bite." — Total Film
Posted Jul 27, 2011
5/5 100% Whisky Galore! (Tight Little Island) (1949) " A whimsical tale of Celtic self-reliance vs English stuffiness, this wee comedy dram warms the heart as surely as a blended malt." — Total Film
Posted Jul 27, 2011
4/5 57% Kawa no soko kara konnichi wa (Sawako Decides) " Totally oddball, this Japanese comedy's jokes occasionally get lost in translation, yet it moves effortlessly from colonic irrigation to crowd-pleasing, clam-packing sing-alongs with quirky verve." — Total Film
Posted Jul 12, 2011
3/5 49% Super (2011) " It's abhorrent, hilarious and destined for cult status." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 7, 2011
3/5 56% The Devil's Rock (2012) " This is far from original, but the claustrophobic setting and bloody prosthetic carnage should entertain undemanding horror fans." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 7, 2011
5/5 100% The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) " Inflation may have dented the allure of its 1m bullion heist, but this 1951 Ealing comedy is still 24-carat gold." — Total Film
Posted Jul 6, 2011
3/5 56% The Devil's Rock (2012) " If Ken Russell remade The Bunker it might look like this." — Total Film
Posted Jul 5, 2011
4/5 40% Planeat (2011) " Forceful stuff, though we can take or leave the kale sandwiches." — Total Film
Posted May 18, 2011
4/5 93% After the Apocalypse (2004) " Butts' moving doc exposes the tragedy of the experiments - not least of all horrific birth defects - as he follows a deformed local woman intent on having a child despite the risks." — Total Film
Posted May 16, 2011
2/5 0% Risen " The re-creation of the 1960s backdrop on a tight budget sadly never allows the director to unleash the epic sweep this against-the-odds yarn really requires." — Radio Times
Posted May 12, 2011
2/5 0% Risen " KO -ed by a flabby screenplay and lacking the money to do justice to the '60s setting, director Neil Jones falls back on clever tricks - like using an HD Glove Cam - but fails to punch above his weight." — Total Film
Posted May 11, 2011
2/5 —— Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time (2011) " The migraine-inducing visuals and game-heavy dialogue -"I can use this trap card to summon Stardust Dragon, and now he's going to attack with cosmic flare" - will leave most non-fans clawing their eyes out." — Total Film
Posted May 11, 2011
2/5 —— Zombie Undead (2010) " Smothered in ketchup, the non-professional cast stumble around much like their living dead adversaries." — Total Film
Posted Apr 26, 2011
3/5 93% Man Jeuk (The Sparrow) (Cultured Bird) (2008) " The slow-burn of a cigarette in a lip-glossed mouth, the languid sprawl of Hong Kong, and a jazzy, bluesy soundtrack give this Cantonese drama an arty insouciance." — Total Film
Posted Apr 15, 2011
3/5 73% Forget Me Not (2011) " Modest stuff and occasionally gooey, but the performances disarm and the lensing makes the capital seem impossibly magical." — Total Film
Posted Mar 16, 2011
2/5 44% A Serbian Film (2011) " Its parade of rape, necrophilia and paedophilia involving newborns feels like a blatant attempt to create lucrative tabloid controversy." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 9, 2010
3/5 54% The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010) " The final film based on Stieg Larsson's bestselling thriller trilogy opens with a whimper but ends with a bang." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 29, 2010
3/5 79% Little Big Soldier (Da bing xiao jiang) (2011) " It lacks the visual oomph of Hero, but sure knocks Chan's recent Spy Next Door on its sorry arse." — Total Film
Posted Sep 30, 2010
1/5 0% Midgets vs. Mascots (2010) " Some films are good, some are bad. Some are like watching the end of civilisation in slow motion." — Total Film
Posted Sep 30, 2010
2/5 41% The Horde (La Horde) (2010) " Rarely as much fun as it should be." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 16, 2010
3/5 31% Night of the Demons (2010) " 90 minutes of thirtysomethings playing teens, lesbian Elvira wannabes and Edward Furlong splattered with latex gore." — Total Film
Posted Sep 10, 2010
3/5 69% The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010) " There's plenty here to keep fans of Sweden's thriller series gnawing the keratin off their fingernails." — Total Film
Posted Sep 1, 2010
3/5 36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) " Slick Bruck-buster dynamics anchored by Jake 'n' Gemma's sparring and sex appeal. But the scripting needs to take another leap if they want this Prince to produce some heirs." — Total Film
Posted May 27, 2010
3/5 36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) " Taking little from the award-winning game series, this coasts by on its Saturday matinĂ©e charms and the likeable leads' love-hate chemistry." — Radio Times
Posted May 20, 2010
2/5 64% I Know You Know (2009) " Intrigues but doesn't satisfy despite thoughtful performances from Carlyle and Fuller." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 8, 2010
3/5 86% The House of the Devil (2009) " The finale descends into predictable mayhem, but it's the build-up that'll haunt you." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 22, 2010
3/5 34% The Wolfman (2010) " A pleasing return to the studio's much-loved Gothic tradition." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 16, 2010
4/5 81% Okuribito (Departures) (2009) " Departures's whimsical take on the Japanese funeral industry proves surprisingly funny." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 4, 2009
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