Laurence Boyce

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Little White Lies , Screendaily , The Baltic Times , The Sabotage Times
Critics' Group:
London Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
66
Location:
UK

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 94% Good Vibrations " Joyous, but with a serious edge." — Little White Lies
Posted Mar 28, 2013
68% Ted (2012) " Those who detest Family Guy will not be converted but fans will surely lap up a film that - whilst sometimes flawed - is rude, crude and often very funny." — The Sabotage Times
Posted Oct 24, 2012
93% Looper (2012) " While it sometimes feels like it's trying to do much, Looper manages to be a creditable and exciting sci-fi flick that homages the past while carving out a unique identity." — The Sabotage Times
Posted Oct 24, 2012
92% Skyfall (2012) " As a blockbuster film, Skyfall is a skilfully executed film that rightfully takes its place amongst the Avengers and Dark Knights of 2012 - and is arguably even better than those two cinematic behemoths." — The Sabotage Times
Posted Oct 19, 2012
3/5 83% El alma de las moscas (The Soul of Flies) (2013) " Low budget and experimental cinema that is infectiously fun." — Little White Lies
Posted Jul 13, 2012
4/5 95% Silent Souls (2011) " An incredibly moving and masterfully controlled experience." — Little White Lies
Posted Jun 21, 2012
3/5 100% Wild Bill (2011) " The story won't win awards for originality but Fletcher has created a film that's both charming and true to life." — Little White Lies
Posted Mar 22, 2012
3/5 84% Puss in Boots (2011) " "Puss in Boots" shows that there's certainly enough in him to create a new hero beloved by both children and merchandise executives." — The Baltic Times
Posted Jan 27, 2012
2/5 33% Red Light Revolution (2012) " A brave attempt to do something different. Revolution may not be entirely successful, but it is made with heart." — Little White Lies
Posted Jan 20, 2012
3/5 91% Wreckers " A low-key affair but an interesting take on social realism despite its flaws." — Little White Lies
Posted Dec 14, 2011
2/5 41% The Expendables (2010) " This has been clearly aimed at - pardon the pun - diehard action film fans. Anyone else, who might expect a vague sense of irony, will be sorely disappointed." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 66% The Karate Kid (2010) " At two hours plus the film is much too long (do we really need that many montages of seeing Smith train?), but it just manages to provide enough watchable entertainment to keep less demanding members of the audience happy." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 51% The Switch (2010) " Bateman and Aniston are fine but don't have any real chemistry together, whilst the direction is flat and rather uninteresting. It has the occasional good moment, but "The Switch" fails to push any buttons. Or, indeed, pull any switches." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) " As a comment on the recession it's a spineless failure, but as a piece of entertaining fluff it does its job well." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
4/5 96% The Social Network (2010) " Even if you've never touched a computer in your life, you'll find plenty to be fascinated by in this movie, as it shows that, whilst technology may be moving fast, the human capacity for hubris will always remain the same." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) " The entire film works on just how much you are willing to accept its premise: if you're fine with people developing amazing powers, characters talking directly to the camera and almost every other trick in the cinematic book, then you'll do fine" — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 71% Red (2010) " All the stars seem to be having great fun playing goodies and baddies and running around shooting things. But they could do the same thing paintballing, sparing us from having to watch them and avoiding having to spend 60 million dollars in the process. " — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) " This is designed to keep the children happy over the Christmas period and fans of CS Lewis will enjoy the fact that it's a pretty faithful adaptation. But those wanting something different from the usual CGI extravaganza would do well to look elsewher" — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 51% Tron Legacy (2010) " If you examine it closely then the entire film falls apart. But if you go along to enjoy the thrills (especially when it's showing in 3D) and cool action sequences, then you should be thoroughly entertained. " — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 43% The Green Hornet (2011) " There are some good ideas here but they're buried under masses of conventional superhero dross and half hearted execution. This is one vigilante who should really just leave all the hard work to the police." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
4/5 94% The King's Speech (2010) " The story is consistently fascinating (though it certainly plays rather fast and loose with historical facts) whilst Hooper manages to wring dramatic tension out of some of the most seemingly mundane incidents.y." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
4/5 98% Inside Job (2010) " This is a powerful and coherent work that will explain where the money has gone. It just can't help get restitution against those who did it." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 72% Rio (2011) " There is nothing wrong with this film - the voice cast are all good, the animation is colorful and the script peppered with one-liners. But it all seems so formulaic. " — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 39% The Eagle (2011) " Fighting isn't big and it isn't clever. But, in the case of "The Eagle," it's the most interesting part of the movie." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 77% Fast Five (2011) " It's about cars, girls and fighting and doesn't pretend to be anything else. For sheer gall alone, "Fast Five" provides much entertainment. Just not much intellect." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 77% Thor (2011) " It does nothing to stand out from the other comic book adaptations of the past few years, but it's an adequate and enjoyable slice of hokum. " — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 60% Water for Elephants (2011) " The film is certainly striking to look at but the story is hackneyed with too much exposition " — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) " If it had been cut to about 90 minutes, this could have been a bright and breezy adventure that zipped along at a cracking pace. As it is, it's a rather bloated actioner that has one or two great moments. " — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 34% The Hangover Part II (2011) " There are one or two good jokes and the cast is mainly likeable but the rest of the material is so predictable and tawdry that the entire film becomes something of a chore" — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " This is exactly what you would expect - a perfect and exciting ending for those who have been following the franchise. Those who couldn't care less probably stopped reading ages ago. " — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) " There are things to like here and the idea is a noble one. But in execution, "Bridesmaids" is a typical chick flick just with some extra rude words and vomit." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 45% Bad Teacher (2011) " Kadan's direction is adequate with everything competently done, but there's nothing here that manages to make you laugh out loud. Could someone tell the current crop of Hollywood filmmakers to find some new jokes?" — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) " Whilst it sometimes suffers from feeling like the first chapter in a much longer story, this is a fun and intelligent re-imagining of a classic movie." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) " Not the Boys Own Adventure it could have been, but a fun - if often flawed - romp." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 38% Casino Jack (2010) " Rather flat, but for Spacey's performance alone this is a fine examination of the U.S. political system and its inherent problems." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 70% Friends With Benefits (2011) " If it displayed more courage, this could have been a fascinating modern American movie. Instead it's a smart but still rather ordinary comedy that is entertaining but not ground-breaking." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
4/5 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) " Fans of the original may find a few of their memories spoiled but most should find this a great interpretation and a riotously entertaining film in its own righ" — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 50% The Rum Diary (2011) " There are some good things including a great soundtrack and strong performances from the likes of Giovanni Ribisi and Michael Rispoli, but it is a disappointing and overlong affair." — The Baltic Times
Posted Dec 13, 2011
86% Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009) " A fun five day feature from one of Britain's finest filmmakers." — Little White Lies
Posted Nov 22, 2011
—— Cea mai fericita fata din lume (The Happiest Girl in the World) (2009) " A portrayal of family life, and a sly dig at both the filmmaking process and consumerism, this is a low key and utterly delightful little gem" — Little White Lies
Posted Nov 22, 2011
—— Crying with Laughter (2010) " Whilst the film does contain some clichéd elements, there's a freshness and bite here that holds the attention and makes for an extremely worthwhile experience" — Little White Lies
Posted Nov 22, 2011
86% Unstoppable (2010) " Despite Tony Scott managing to maintain his high-octane style, the relative simplicity of the plot gives Unstoppable a more intimate feel than his usual bombastic actioner" — Little White Lies
Posted Nov 22, 2011
—— Erratum " With strong acting and confident direction from Lechki, the film manages to strike a balance between the understated and melodramatic" — Screendaily
Posted Nov 19, 2011
72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " There are plenty of great ideas throughout the film with determinism and the idea of free will all given some interesting twists, though it is sometimes muddled and preachy" — The Sabotage Times
Posted Nov 19, 2011
92% Source Code (2011) " Source Code is genuinely compelling and - whilst not always successful - remains a fine example of an intelligent, modern sci-fi thriller. " — The Sabotage Times
Posted Nov 19, 2011
83% Warrior (2011) " Warrior makes a creditable attempt at expanding the scope of the MMA films - and whilst not always successful - the powerful performances should keep many people happy" — The Sabotage Times
Posted Nov 19, 2011
60% Real Steel (2011) " A film that feels as if it's been written by a five-year-old who's been allowed to create it as some sort of bizarre birthday present this is undemanding all the way" — The Sabotage Times
Posted Nov 19, 2011
4/5 84% Post Mortem (2012) " A thoughtful and unique film that manages to linger in the mind." — Little White Lies
Posted Sep 8, 2011
3/5 82% Self Made " A genuinely moving and interesting documentary intelligently realised." — Little White Lies
Posted Aug 31, 2011
2/5 22% The Smurfs (2011) " Not as smurfing bad as you might have thought." — Little White Lies
Posted Aug 19, 2011
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