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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 183
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
98% The Loved Ones (2012) " It's a well made film. One for the gore fans." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Nov 5, 2010
73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) " It's a refreshing, vastly entertaining film." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Nov 5, 2010
80% Made in Dagenham (2010) " Hawkins is irresistible as O'Grady, and Miranda Richardson gives a fine turn as Barbara Castle with a ginger perm. But why are British working-class stories so often presented so rosily in cinema? Oh well. Enjoyable anyway." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 28, 2010
96% The Social Network (2010) " The Social Network's portrait of Zuckerberg, replete with the jerky rhythms and constant scanning of the truly net addicted, epitomises that change. For that, and some very fine drama indeed, this film is a must-see." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 28, 2010
71% Red (2010) " I can't say I've warmed much to Bruce Willis films before now. I went to see RED with no expectations, and came out thoroughly cheered." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 28, 2010
88% La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris (2009) " I warn you, this film is long. Two hours and forty minutes worth. Dance gives it its constant pulse, while it builds, slowly. It will reward your patience, it may even make new converts to dance as an art form." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 22, 2010
28% Life as We Know It (2010) " There are way too many nappy and baby spit jokes and not much more. The novice parent has been a cinema staple for years, but this one is lame. It makes Kindergarten Cop seem profound." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 22, 2010
51% Chloe (2010) " Amanda Seyfried is a sweetly vulnerable Chloe; Julianne Moore is cold, brittle and, well, Julianne Moore, as Catherine. Fascinating." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 15, 2010
94% The Town (2010) " One poor director's choice lets the film down badly. In the climactic closing scenes, there is just way, way too much fire power. A strong film nonetheless, much of the time." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 15, 2010
38% The City of Your Final Destination (2010) " It's of moderately passing interest this film, but that's all. I hope Ivory and Prawer Jhabvala find their feet with the next one." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 15, 2010
36% Eat Pray Love (2010) " Narcissistic nonsense, styled within an inch of its life in the manner of food, fashion and travel magazines." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 8, 2010
0% Sagan (2008) " This biopic, from respected film maker Diane Kurys gives Sylvie Testud a chance to channel this witty, amusing woman and let us think about her life. But it bustles along so fast my sympathy was only intermittently engaged." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 8, 2010
73% The Tree (2011) " This film has both imagination and an easy naturalism, just teetering on the edge of magic realism, in its approach." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 1, 2010
50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) " Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole is a shiny, professional piece of work, but not inspiring." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Oct 1, 2010
69% The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010) " For fast-paced suspense, and for at least a hint of the passions which drove Stieg Larsson to expose the long reach of old fascist, and patriachal ideologies into the gloomy modern era of Swedish capitalist culture -- the film delivers." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Sep 24, 2010
79% The Other Guys (2010) " In the end, it's the writing, and Ferrell's and Wahlberg's performances which make this film. " — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Sep 10, 2010
93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) " This is a witty and insightful film. Lisa Cholodenko has a talent for observational comedy; comedies which capture the zeitgeist, usually achieved by throwing together people with two different sets of expectations." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Sep 3, 2010
64% Tomorrow, When the War Began (2012) " I was delighted to find how much of Marsden's story and dialogue has been preserved in Stuart Beattie's screen adaptation." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Sep 3, 2010
86% Boy (2012) " This charming, funny and highly original comedy from New Zealand has a magic all its own." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 27, 2010
91% The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) (2010) " It's a very intelligent film this, and one I think which is not just revealing about film-making but has insights into the dilemmas of many others who see the businesses -- or indeed family farms -- they have built up over a lifetime going under." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 27, 2010
73% Piranha 3-D (2010) " Many new 3D films aren't designed for the medium, but Piranha 3D is ideal: an exploitation movie with lashings of blood, bouncing bare breasts, and masticated body parts being thrown around, all fake as hell and often funny." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 27, 2010
82% Four Lions (2010) " It's howlingly funny in parts; sad in others. It does get real. And, in its own way, shows the lunacy of jihad." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 20, 2010
62% Salt (2010) " Why it should be so damn satisfying for women like me to watch these heroines kicking men around is another question. We'd surely be appalled by the reverse. Just call it a guilty pleasure." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 20, 2010
69% Matching Jack " It's melodrama, but powerful, with insights into the way cancer changes lives. I howled. Take Kleenex." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 20, 2010
85% Beneath Hill 60 (2010) " How they did it, and what it cost is the real story. I'm glad it's told as well as it is." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 19, 2010
83% The Ghost Writer (2010) " Polanski's master touch, his attention to framing, lighting, to every detail, and his wicked visual witticisms make it a joy for any film lover. Welcome back, Roman." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 12, 2010
74% Splice (2010) " Like the mutant progeny, Splice is an unsuccessful hybrid: half moral fable, half mad scientist makes monster flick. " — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 12, 2010
86% The Special Relationship (2010) " As before, Michael Sheen is able to project a kind of toothy sincerity reminiscent of Tony Blair in the early stages of his political incumbency. There's a sweetness there, and at times, almost a naivity." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 6, 2010
85% Me and Orson Welles (2009) " The film is beautifully, factually detailed. There's much to love here." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Jul 30, 2010
67% South Solitary " South Solitary walks a fine line between tender drama and rueful comedy. As with all good tightrope acts, you can't take your eyes away for a minute." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Jul 30, 2010
86% Inception (2010) " The film has a dark, sad emotional puzzle at its core, and the suspense of this held me as much as the planning of the ultimate caper. DiCaprio and Cotillard between them resonate grief." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Jul 22, 2010
85% Skin (2009) " The storytelling maybe undistinguished but the performances power it." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Jul 22, 2010
83% Mademoiselle Chambon (2010) " It unfolds a little too slowly, perhaps. I could see where this film was heading from very early on, and, well maybe I just wasn't in the mood for an updated, French provincial version of Noel Coward's Brief Encounter." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Jun 11, 2010
90% Fish Tank (2010) " Arnold is still a director to watch: the film is fragile, and not faultless: but while Streetdance 3D is raging uptown, do take a look at this one to understand, among other things, how very personal and expressive dance can be for the young." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted May 28, 2010
91% The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (2010) " The two leads -- Ricardo Darin as Benjamin and Soledad Villamil as Irene -- are solidly convincing in their performances: he looks chronically haunted by missed opportunity; she has a capacity to charm and tease as evident in middle age as in their youth." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted May 28, 2010
57% The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009) " It illuminates the sordid local politics often behind such barbaric practices -- not, in fact, prescribed by the Koran. Brace yourself."
Posted May 28, 2010
54% I Love You Too (2010) " If Australians are wanting to know how to make romantic comedies, then this is in object lesson in how not to" — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted May 18, 2010
43% Robin Hood (2010) " It's rattling good entertainment, Scott and Crowe's best since Gladiator. I hope there is a sequel." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted May 14, 2010
35% New York, I Love You (2009) " How can so many good directors -- Fatih Akin and Sheker Kapur among them -- miscalculate here?" — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted May 14, 2010
85% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009) " Unlike conventional thrillers, this film does not restore a moral order to the universe. Rather, it questions it. It must be seen." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted May 7, 2010
73% Iron Man 2 (2010) " It's good enough to keep the fans happy, but no more. Nothing I say will deter teenage boys who want to see it, but if you go with them, take ear plugs." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 30, 2010
35% The Burning Plain (2009) " I think Ariaga needs to find another structuring device: this is way too complex, and Arriaga is so busy time-shifting that it takes quite a while to figure out who the characters are, and the way their relationships come together." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 23, 2010
56% Accidents Happen (2010) " It's as if Carbee and Lancaster were unsure themselves: were they making a bitter-sweet, ironic memoir of adolescence? Or were they making a melodrama? Both tone and pace jerk all over the place..." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 23, 2010
52% Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010) " It plays as handsomely dressed and decorated soft porn reverie: a kind of arty episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, without television's tabloid briskness." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 15, 2010
67% Date Night (2010) " The jokes were as much about the doldrums of married life as about the absurd and hair raising situations in which the pair find themselves. I also thought it had one of the funnier car chases I've seen for years." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 8, 2010
74% Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010) " It throws just about every piece of shtick in Jeunet's book at us, and the result is that we spend very little time getting to know the characters. They are undeveloped." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 8, 2010
71% The Last Station (2010) " Helen Mirren gives a scorching performance as Sophia: aggrieved, charming, seductive, furious, painted by the acolytes as hysterical, but also at times a woman with her own dignity." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Apr 1, 2010
76% Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) " It's a touch ragged in parts, but a real charmer." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Mar 26, 2010
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) " It's efficient, and it builds up the tension as we cut between the dangerous life of Lisbeth Salander and Blomkvist's investigation on a wintry northern island into what happened in the mad, bad, sad Vanger family 40 years ago." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Mar 26, 2010
100% Balibo (2009) " Balibo is a strong film, and Connolly's best to date. Despite the plaudits of many of my fellow critics, it's not a perfect film...but it's a bloody good one." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 14, 2009
97% 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008) " All families do face life changes: children grow up, parents grow old, desire waxes and wanes. I've rarely seen a film which captures the joy and sadness so well." — MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Posted Aug 7, 2009
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