Luke Buckmaster

Luke Buckmaster
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Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Luke Buckmaster's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Crikey, Guardian

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 No Score Yet Downriver "A rather drab and listless mood piece that, despite best efforts of cast and crew, will serve as a prime example for anybody arguing this sort of drama has been dragged down the river too many times before. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 31, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet Stalkher "A marathon of smut, with nothing remotely funny or thrilling about it. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 27, 2015
No Score Yet The Jammed "While this scungy storyline is anything but cheerful, the heartening tale around the film's release and distribution is one for the ages. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 20, 2015
No Score Yet Getting of Wisdom (2012) "Rightly regarded as one of the finest films ever made about Australian adolescents, the director Bruce Beresford's 1978 drama The Getting of Wisdom exists in a space unaffected by time " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 20, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "The film is an affecting meditation on the pangs of ageing and, via some surprise pathos-infused revelations, the emotional toll associated with long-standing regrets " ‐ Crikey
Posted Aug 20, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "Observe the vertical splendour of Cruise's gait: nobody in Tinseltown can run quite like Tom, for whom executive producing a long-running, retro espionage TV show proved a very healthy investment. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Aug 20, 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. excels at these moments: character-based comedy executed with lightness of touch, capable of extracting laughs without mocking the film's internal realities. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Aug 20, 2015
97% Iris (2015) "even if the film doesn't get far beneath surface of its subject, it is still a pleasant, if slight, depiction of a human curio " ‐ Crikey
Posted Aug 20, 2015
No Score Yet Gayby Baby "The people in it will give it a second, third, fourth life - it is their authenticity and willingness to front the camera that makes the film memorable. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 25, 2015
100% Sherpa "Very likely the most majestic-looking industrial dispute documentary ever made, the icy blue environment an awe-inspiring backdrop for a film largely about employment conditions and worker's rights. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 25, 2015
100% Women He's Undressed "Women He's Undressed has a spritzy and celebratory feel, as if the audience have popped the cork on an old bottle of fine champagne and are seated front row at the world's most fabulous wake. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 25, 2015
No Score Yet Bliss (1985) "A droll, dry and mordantly amusing comedy-drama that exists in a Twilight Zone-esque world impossible to gauge or define. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 25, 2015
63% Ruben Guthrie "An initially archetypal trajectory (boy loses girl; boy goes on mission to get her back) becomes something curlier and less conventional, with lashings of abrasive dialogue that recall its stage origins " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 25, 2015
86% Inception (2010) "The central concept affords the director some splendid opportunities for visual chutzpah. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jul 20, 2015
2/5 93% Holding The Man "The film's commanding achievement is probably tonal: there is a warm, sensual flow to it, with production values that feel amorous and tactile. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 20, 2015
4/5 86% The Daughter "A mood piece told with a lyrical energy both lush and dangerous. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 20, 2015
87% X-Men: First Class (2011) "X-Men: First Class is easily the most entertaining of the five X-Men pics so far. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jul 14, 2015
30% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) "When the movie isn't delivering thrill of the moment pleasures, we find ourselves with less than nothing: zero to hold onto and plenty to despise. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jul 7, 2015
90% District 9 (2009) "Good science fiction is always about marrying entertainment with something deeper. District 9's shrewdly constructed story manages to be both plausible and out of this world, with lots of detail and subtle innovative quirks. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jun 17, 2015
2/5 35% Strangerland (2015) "The cast feel dislocated from and unfamiliar with the environments captured by PJ Dillon's alternately vast and close-up, glossy and dusty cinematography. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 7, 2015
3/5 82% Partisan (2015) "You're never sure what the characters are capable of achieving and the bottled-up energy that comes out of that feeling runs throughout. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 27, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "When movies such as this come along which feel more like financial investments than stories, that's what you get: production line filmmaking in which human beings are incidental and even unnecessary in the face of computer-generated scale and spectacle. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3/5 79% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) "Blissfully light on logic, even by the zombie genre's low standards, the film is held together by a furious hell-for-leather momentum that masks a range of narrative oddities and inconsistencies. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 27, 2015
98% The Hurt Locker (2009) "If you walk into a screening of Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker with a set of fulsome fingernails, expect to leave with stubs. If you're a chronic nail biter, except to leave with half your fingers gnawed off. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Feb 25, 2015
94% The King's Speech (2010) "Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth [give] two greedily captivating but seemingly effortlessly rendered performances that fill out screenwriter David Seidler's characterisations with the charisma and commanding presence of two actors at the top of their game. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Feb 20, 2015
97% The Artist (2011) "The story fluctuates between light and dark elements as smoothly as its gorgeously contrasted black and white photography, dowsing audiences in a nostalgic glow of sunshine and shadows. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Feb 17, 2015
3/5 82% Paper Planes (2015) "Parents are likely to find it a welcome reprieve from dancing penguins, cuddly safari animals and merchandise tie-ins. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 13, 2015
2.5/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "The crux of 12 Years a Slave's power comes back to Chiwetel Ejiofor. What a great, touching, tenacious performance. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 13, 2015
4/5 91% Locke (2014) "At the heart of it there is Hardy, whose performance is both deeply humane and oddly robotic: a man with a single purpose -- get to that destination -- pursued relentlessly. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "Gunn doesn't so much reinvent the wheel as reshape it a little, giving the rest of the vehicle a fresh lick of paint in the process. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) "With the close-knit psychological ambiance of an early Roman Polanski film (particularly 1965's Repulsion) Fincher paints American middle class as a blood-curdling emotional danger zone. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) "It's not that audiences (at least the older ones) don't realise they're watching a big and glossy advertisement. Because it's bright, fun and smart, they just don't care. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 3, 2015
4.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "While The Grand Budapest Hotel is delightfully good fun, it's the moments of pathos and black humour that reveal the scope of its achievements. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 2, 2015
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "The surprise isn't spectacular set pieces, first-rate CGI or quality performances from an all-star cast. It's the brains behind the brawn: Days of Future Past is a tirelessly creative chunk of blockbuster bravado. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 2, 2015
61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "One ring to rule them all, and one fatty final installment to remind us that this trilogy should have been a single movie, not three. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Dec 17, 2014
3/5 63% The Water Diviner (2015) "A postcard war melodrama illuminated by beautiful colours and sunshine-through-leaves lighting. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 8, 2014
95% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) "Yonebayashi's crowning achievement: tapping into profundity only adults can appreciate while sweeping children away -- and not just aesthetically -- during the same moments. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Dec 8, 2014
98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) "How to Train Your Dragon glossily repackages two of the most common themes echoed in animated family movies: embracing uniqueness and rebelling against conformity. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Dec 8, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) "After all these years Jake Gyllenhaal has finally found his perfect role. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Dec 7, 2014
No Score Yet William Kelly's War "Execution is a little hammy but the film's staginess gets more palatable as it goes along, until it finds an unpretentious homely vibe that makes it hard to hate. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 20, 2014
85% The Mule (2014) "After a slowish start, The Mule kicks into gear. It's a fiendishly smart and entertaining comedy entirely predicated on the idea of somebody not wanting to go to the loo. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 19, 2014
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) "When Yates gets it right, Deathly Hallows: Part Two roars with majestic otherworldly oomph. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Nov 18, 2014
2/5 33% My Mistress (2015) "My Mistress is a story of coming of age and sexual awakening, but there are times when it feels like little more than a sleazy take on a boy meets girl movie. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 5, 2014
94% Whiplash (2014) " If audiences aren't wrapped up in the pulse-pounding swing of things from the start, they will be by the end. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Nov 4, 2014
77% Fury (2014) "Ayers wants it both ways, arguing war makes monsters out of men but that his subject is in essence better than the others for reasons he cannot explain - and which, amid the thunder, roar and stink of the battle field, no longer seem relevant. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Nov 4, 2014
47% The Judge (2014) "The Judge is over long and periodically self-sabotages itself through moments of sentiment and dramatic obviousness, but at heart it's a smart and hard-working film aided immeasurably by powerful performances " ‐ Crikey
Posted Nov 4, 2014
29% Annabelle (2014) "Those hoping for a toy-goes-mental rampage a la the Child's Play franchise will be sobered to discover Leonetti keeps his creepiest asset stationary for most of the time, which hardly seems to be in the spirit of things. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Nov 4, 2014
41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) "There is never long between jokes, which tend to be crude and single note, riffing on the idea of "normal" people doing wacky things. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Nov 4, 2014
72% Interstellar (2014) "Christopher Nolan's head-spinning blockbuster Interstellar is a super-charged "what if?" SCI-FI that treats outer space as a giant intellectual and philosophical playground. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Nov 4, 2014
No Score Yet Alvin Purple (1973) "A film with progressive instincts that were both informed and complicated by the emergence of feminism as a political movement. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 24, 2014
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