Julie Rigg

Julie Rigg

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Biography:
Julie Rigg is Radio National's specialist movie critic. She began her career as a print journalist with the Sydney Daily Telegraph, joined The Australian at its inception in l964, and was a columnist for the newspaper from l967 to 71. In l972 she gained a BA from the University of NSW. She joined the ABC Radio Science Unit in 1971, producing and presenting some of its early programs on the human sciences including New Society and Science Bookshop. In l975 she was one of a group of women broadcasters who founded the Australian Women's Broadcasting Co-operative and its weekly radio program The Coming Out Show. Julie served as coordinator for The Coming Out Show in l975 and again in l980. She helped lobby for a landmark study of sex discrimination in the ABC, and presented the case for the ABC to implement an equal opportunity policy to the Dix Inquiry into the ABC in l981. The Women's Broadcasting Co-operative and The Coming Out Show, and the internal reforms it prompted, helped change the voices of ABC Radio and opened doors for many women broadcasters and journalists. Julie has edited two books: In her Own Right: Women in Australia (Thomas Nelson, 1968) and, with fellow broadcaster Julie Copeland, Coming Out: Women's Voices, Women's Lives (Thomas Nelson, 1985). Since l988 Julie has worked as a critic and arts broadcaster for ABC Radio National, specialising in film. In l990 she won the BP Arts Media Award. She served on the executive of the Film Critics Circle of Australia for four years, and was president for two. Julie has also served on FIPRESCI (International Critics Federation) juries at the San Sebastian Film Festival (l990) and the Toronto International Film festival (2002). In December 2003, Julie was awarded the prestigious Geraldine Pascall prize for critical writing. Julie's skills as a movie reviewer, her interviews, and her passionate advocacy of film criticism were cited as the reasons for her being an obvious choice.
Publications:
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Total Reviews:
183

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
63% Dead Europe " It is one of the most disturbing, and intelligent, Australian films for a long time." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Nov 16, 2012
43% Two Little Boys " This is no ordinary buddy movie. It is, actually, an anti buddy movie, and while there are some sequences which could have been funnier, the story maintains a kind of bizarre logic which somehow speaks New Zealand. " — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Nov 16, 2012
71% Hail " Hail is highly recommended. If you are a true film lover, you will want to see this." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 26, 2012
67% Lawless (2012) " In the climax, Hillcoat brings it all back to where it began: as a folk tale. You could read it as a tale of the triumph of the small businessman." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 12, 2012
91% The Sapphires (2013) " I came out very happy, and well: the film made me feel like dancing." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 10, 2012
80% Spud " If there was satirical intent, it is leached from the film." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 20, 2012
100% Life In Movement " Wim Wenders's Pina, about the late Pina Bausch, has set the bar high. This one is worth treasuring, in the same canon. " — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 13, 2012
95% L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion) " Rebellion is a rare piece of film making, a triumph from a director who has the skill, and the will, to commit his cinema to truth telling without compromise." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 13, 2012
49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " I enjoyed the modernisation of the two characters. Roberts's wisecracking Queen, and Collins's fighting princess. Tarsem Singh brings a choice splash of Bollywood to the closing spectacle. Not bad at all, for a family outing." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Mar 30, 2012
59% Any Questions for Ben? " Any Questions for Ben? is watchable enough. But it could have been so much more." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Feb 10, 2012
74% Burning Man (2012) " If this film was a car, I'd say it was over-engineered. The jangling mosaic goes on so long we lose sympathy with the main character." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Nov 18, 2011
69% The Hunter (2012) " It's a handsome, thought-provoking film, none the less, and another contribution to the re-emergence of an Australian cinema of ideas." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 7, 2011
78% Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) " This film can only have been written by someone who has been both crazy with passion and has been to a parent-teacher night. Recommended." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Sep 30, 2011
95% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) " Cave of Forgotten Dreams is one of Herzog's most memorable films. Its subject, the 32,000-year-old drawings on the wall of the Chauvet Cave in southern France, is so astonishing that even Herzog's amiable sidetracks can't destroy the wonder." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Sep 23, 2011
4% Abduction (2011) " I saw it with a young male audience and most of the time they were laughing. Not at the fight scenes, but at the dialogue, and they were right -- it was frequently risible." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Sep 23, 2011
58% The Eye of the Storm (2012) " It's a rich, sad and bitchy canvas, this film. Schepisi and screenwriter Judy Morris have captured White's tone pretty well." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Sep 16, 2011
39% Johnny English Reborn (2011) " The real suspense is always watching for English to put the next foot wrong, and then retrieve his balance. I found it a hoot." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Sep 16, 2011
87% Submarine (2011) " See it and let Oliver Tate remind you of the teenager you once were, or knew." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Sep 9, 2011
96% 13 Assassins (2011) " I was engrossed by this film because it had tactics, strategy and characterisation." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Sep 9, 2011
80% Life in a Day (2011) " You walk out with a good feeling, having seen a lot of humanity in the almost raw." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Sep 2, 2011
76% The Help (2011) " It's well crafted and performed and well, if all the ends tie up a little too neatly and every single sub-text is spelled out, that's Hollywood for you." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Sep 2, 2011
81% Red Dog (2012) " Rough-hewn as it is, it's emotionally satisfying." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 5, 2011
49% Sleeping Beauty (2011) " Despite its stumbles, Leigh's direction creates a world we are unused to in Australian cinema. It gives us space to reflect on the enormity of ageing and mortality, as well as the arrogance and innocence of youth." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Jun 24, 2011
33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) " If there is to be a Pirates 5, they should run up the distress flag and get new writers: even if they have to kidnap them." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted May 20, 2011
84% The Snowtown Murders (2012) " Snowtown is not a film about the why of evil, but the how of it. It's an extremely well-made, shattering film." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted May 20, 2011
84% Angel & Tony (Angèle et Tony) " Congratulations to Alix Delporte on her first feature. She is a filmmaker to watch. " — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted May 20, 2011
92% Source Code (2011) " Great stuff: a film which will repay multiple viewings." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted May 6, 2011
92% Incendies (2011) " Performances are powerful, especially from Lubna Azabel and Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin. But the plot twists will keep you hooked till the end." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 15, 2011
79% How I Ended This Summer (2010) " This is slow cinema, and like slow food, the flavours are rich. A film to savour. " — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 8, 2011
70% Never Let Me Go (2010) " It's also a film which affirms what is valuable about life. I think this film is a must-see." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 1, 2011
77% In A Better World (2011) " The resolution is a bit too protracted, but it will cause every parent to think hard about their beliefs and the emotional lives of their children." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 1, 2011
62% Griff the Invisible (2011) " Leon Ford, its creator, has made that rare film: one which treads a fine line between fantasy and painful reality without stumbling." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Mar 23, 2011
78% The Reef (2010) " For most of the time, Traucki manages the horror well, with the menace inferred. Particularly spine-chilling is the scene in which Walshe-Howling is exploring the air pocket in the upturned boat. Sound tells the story." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Mar 23, 2011
66% Tamara Drewe (2010) " The literary set pieces and the rock legend versus teenage stalkers are great fun. Watch for some excellent Thomas Hardy jokes. Episodic but diverting." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Feb 4, 2011
30% Sanctum (2011) " Pity about the characters: the script gives them little in the way of individuality. Down there, and up-close, you need more than archetypes. Still, a tense and spectacular film." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Feb 4, 2011
87% Black Swan (2010) " Black Swan is wonderfully delirious, lurid filmmaking -- a tour de force. " — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Jan 21, 2011
24% The Dilemma (2011) " The Dilemma is directed by Ron Howard, a man who can be relied on never to miss an obvious move. Yet, the film just keeps getting darker and darker, and Vaughn keeps pushing it that way. " — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Jan 14, 2011
37% Burlesque (2010) " Burlesque may be aiming for Cabaret-style glamour, but mostly it plays like stale cheese." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Jan 14, 2011
87% Blue Valentine (2010) " Very rarely have I seen a film where the relationship is so convincing. Here Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give performances that will bring you very, very close to your own memories and longings, because we are so very close to theirs." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Dec 23, 2010
10% Little Fockers (2010) " I enjoyed it hugely. It's nicely paced by a new director, Paul Weitz, but I reckon the key is in the writing." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Dec 23, 2010
51% Tron Legacy (2010) " This is a film for gamers, bikers and other teenage boys at heart." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Dec 17, 2010
90% Lebanon (Levanon) (2010) " While it captures the confusion and horror experienced by these young soldiers, what, after all, is it saying? That war brutalises soldiers? We know that." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Dec 3, 2010
72% Monsters (2010) " For lovers of the genre; atmospheric and thoughtful" — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Nov 26, 2010
78% Red Hill (2010) " There are moments of low comedy, well handled moments of homage to other westerns, and a well entrenched Australian rural myth makes a surprise appearance. " — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Nov 26, 2010
79% Fair Game (2010) " Director Doug Liman has done a pretty good job maintaining the pace and tension in this film, though I could have done with a little less hand-held camera. Penn is superb, and Watts is pretty credible." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Nov 26, 2010
53% Agora (2010) " Somehow sessions of platonic inquiry interleaved with scenes of battle and riots do not make for a very gripping film. This one is sludgy in the extreme." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Nov 18, 2010
97% GasLand (2010) " An explosive and timely film." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Nov 18, 2010
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) " There are way too many shots of the trio gazing into the distance from spectacular landscape peaks. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 engages. But only just." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Nov 18, 2010
32% Wild Target (2010) " It all collapses inward, foundering on its own improbabilities. " — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Nov 12, 2010
98% The Loved Ones (2012) " It's a well made film. One for the gore fans." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Nov 5, 2010
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