Jonathan Romney

Jonathan Romney

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Jonathan Romney's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, Independent, Independent on Sunday, Screen International, Sight and Sound, Uncut Magazine [UK]

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 22% Ruth & Alex "A dusty, undemanding piece of Sunday afternoon liberalism. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 26, 2015
3/5 58% Southpaw (2015) "It's like a 1930s ring melodrama tarted up with lifestyle bling and hyper-professional whoomph, but it's essentially bantamweight. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 26, 2015
4/5 97% Best Of Enemies (2015) "A fascinating, hugely enjoyable essay on media history - and on intellectual vanity. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 26, 2015
2/5 58% The Legend of Barney Thomson "Ray Winstone's irascible English copper all but blows steam out of his ears, and Ashley Jensen chews whatever scenery hasn't already been trampled. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 26, 2015
5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "Formidably ingenious, Inside Out hits an elusive sweet spot in terms of appealing to children and adults alike. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 26, 2015
4/5 86% Eden (2015) "It's a beautiful, evocative essay on youth and experience, like Flaubert's Sentimental Education remixed at 130bpm. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 26, 2015
3/5 54% Maggie (2015) "Breslin is affecting as the ordinary young woman beneath the festering flesh, while Arnie shows a delicacy you'd never have suspected, at least not from his current TV ads with meerkats. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 26, 2015
86% Inception (2010) "The film's imaginative freefall is ruinously anchored to a bogus sense of deep feeling. " ‐ Independent on Sunday
Posted Jul 20, 2015
No Score Yet Disorder "Winocour doesn't overstate her subtexts, but they're there - Disorder is a film about haves and have-nots, about the psychological effects of war, and about the abuse of women as chattels. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 20, 2015
100% Standing Tall "An honourable if rarely surprising addition to the tradition of French films about challenged childhoods - although it's no 400 Blows. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 20, 2015
100% Horse Money (2015) "Horse Money is an inspired reminder that politically rooted cinema needn't just inhabit the realm of the strictly real; it can have an unconscious too, a dream dimension haunted by ghosts. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2015
39% Irrational Man (2015) "Some lines are appallingly awkward, but if there's self-parodic intent, it doesn't come across. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2015
62% The Princess Of France (2015) "In Piñeiro's Shakespeare films, kisses are not "stolen," as the idiom has it, so much as frantically exchanged like batons in a relay, whisked from one character to another, punctuating the film rhythmically. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2015
89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) "Personally, I wearied of Tarantino's breathless shtick long ago, but I must admit I enjoyed Inglourious Basterds more than anything he's done in years. " ‐ Independent on Sunday
Posted Jun 30, 2015
90% Bridesmaids (2011) "Unashamedly smart... Bridesmaids has been hailed as a groundbreaking blow for American female cinema. That says a lot about the extent of Hollywood's current conservatism, but for now, Bridesmaids does nicely as a tonic corrective. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jun 30, 2015
93% Spider-Man 2 (2004) "Spider-Man 2 is better than just dark, it's touched by authentic teenage paranoia and neurosis. " ‐ Independent on Sunday
Posted Jun 29, 2015
100% Suna no Onna (Woman in the Dunes) (1964) "The couple's grimly inescapable dilemma becomes hugely complex and terrifyingly resonant -- a sexualised version of the Sisyphus myth, recounted with a distinct touch of Buñuelian absurdism. " ‐ Independent on Sunday
Posted Jun 29, 2015
86% Eden (2015) "Even if you don't care for, or know much about, Nineties house music, the Hansen-Løves' collaboration evokes a sense of musical euphoria that I defy you to remain unmoved by. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2015
90% District 9 (2009) "Blomkamp is good at mustering speedy action and posting grisly sight gags in the background, carnage always hovering comically at the edge of your vision. But I'm not sure that District 9 entirely gets the earthling racism out of its own system. " ‐ Independent on Sunday
Posted Jun 17, 2015
80% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Me and Earl is a levelheaded, irreverent riposte to such fictions, but it's also something rare-a story about ordinary male-female friendship. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/5 91% Slow West (2015) "Slow West is a clipped, super-economical neo-Western-or rather a meta-Western musing on certain conventions of the genre that refuses to die but continues to mutate, these days usually into more or less ironic forms. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2015
4/5 91% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) "Grimly enjoyable as ever, though somewhat less flamboyantly spectacular than its predecessors, Pigeon offers the usual collection of vignettes, some stand-alone, others narratively connected, and a few prefaced by announcements of their theme. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2015
2/5 50% San Andreas (2015) "It illustrates once again the movie law that the bigger the apocalypse, the less it means. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted May 31, 2015
5/5 99% Timbuktu (2015) "What makes it so unusually compelling as a protest film is that it's also a richly poetic work of cinema - witty, beautiful and even, sobering though it is, highly entertaining. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted May 31, 2015
2/5 66% The Dead Lands (2015) "Powers away relentlessly and soon becomes numbing - except when Makoare waggles his tongue in traditional warrior manner, which is genuinely a fearsome thing to behold. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted May 31, 2015
1/5 81% Man Up "A smug, manic London comedy that feels as if it's come several years too late to the Richard Curtis party. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted May 31, 2015
3/5 81% Results (2015) "Like Eric Rohmer with rowing machines. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted May 31, 2015
2/5 74% The Connection (2015) "It's all a bit joyless and over-decorated, and the terrific Céline Sallette, from TV's The Returned, has little to do but fret on the sidelines. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted May 31, 2015
3/5 92% The Goob "The Goob is less about linear narrative than presenting a fragmentary drift of events and a spirit of place that's deeply claustrophobic. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted May 31, 2015
3/5 78% Danny Collins (2015) "Pacino's buoyant self-mockery goes a long way towards redeeming the actor, who's on genial and winning form. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted May 31, 2015
No Score Yet Mon roi "Mon Roi's melodrama glossiness grates more than it convinces. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 25, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) "Inside Out may or may not wash with neuroscientists, but it's a dazzling exploration in abstraction, education and lushly textured entertainment. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted May 20, 2015
53% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) " André Téchiné is a past master at creating narratively complex films that have the stimulating density of novels, and page-turners at that. When it comes to true crime, however... he's on less firm terrain. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 11, 2015
65% Reality (2015) "Reality seems so nonchalant about its somewhat mechanical strangeness that the effect is not so much "WTF?", more "where-exactly-are-you-going-with-this?" " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 8, 2015
75% Far from Men (2015) "But to expand Camus's slender story to 101 minutes, Oelhoffen decides to say a lot more than the basic dramatic situation necessarily demands. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 1, 2015
96% Iris (2015) "Iris is a fond portrait of a personality who could easily be regarded as a freakshow. Better, though, to say that she's an entertainer. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2015
1/5 24% Child 44 (2015) "Hardy is very odd, as usual. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 19, 2015
2/5 89% Glassland "Gerard Barrett's second feature isn't short of integrity, but it's hampered by solemnity and - even for this school of hard-times realism - a somewhat puritanical refusal of visual appeal. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 19, 2015
3/5 69% The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) "With its small-town atmospherics, a juicy supporting cast of character players, plus Addison Timlin's personable, plucky "final girl", this Town is pulled off with polished, enjoyable brashness ... " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 19, 2015
2/5 40% A Little Chaos (2015) "As the film veers wildly from poised badinage to skullduggery to florid melodrama, a little chaos isn't the half of it. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 19, 2015
4/5 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "It's a film to bring tears to the eyes of a cynic - in fact, a cynic might relish it more than anyone, since it's the counterpointing of exuberance with unashamed bleakness that makes The Last Five Years so rich. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 19, 2015
3/5 100% Dark Horse (2015) "It's a good-humoured, no-frills story of a Welsh working-class community that clubbed together to invest in a thoroughbred, and ended up with the winner of the Welsh Grand National. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 19, 2015
3/5 69% The Salvation (2015) "It never transcends reverent pastiche, down to the hackneyed twang of Morricone-style guitars. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 19, 2015
100% Rebels of the Neon God (2015) "Hsiao-Kang's bad night out is one of the things that marks Rebels as a Tsai Ming-liang film. There's never any real, safe home in his films. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2015
100% Les Nuits de la pleine lune (Full Moon in Paris) (1984) "There's irony but no cruelty here; Rohmer is not making Louise the butt of the joke or saying "serve her right." It's simply in the nature of stories illustrating a proverb that someone is bound to suffer from the principle at stake. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2015
4/5 92% Force Majeure (2014) "The acting is impeccably controlled, with leads Kuhnke and Kongsli sympathetically establishing the genteel, only slightly self-satisfied blandness of their characters, then tracing the cracks that spread in their makeup. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 12, 2015
2/5 53% Woman in Gold (2015) "It won't do the film any harm at the box office that Helen Mirren twinkles indomitably. She's as good as ever, but really - of all the things you want to see Dame Helen doing indomitably, twinkling isn't among them. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 12, 2015
3/5 80% Drone "The term used by one commentator is "militainment", which is about as ugly - and as chilling - a neologism as you're ever likely to hear. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 12, 2015
3/5 76% Good Kill (2015) "It's nice to see the always compelling Hawke - here, tenser and more laconic than ever - in a role where his face's deep stress lines come into their own. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 12, 2015
2/5 29% Lost River (2015) "It's presumably a labour of love, yet it doesn't give you any sense of a personality or imagination behind the camera. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 12, 2015
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