Mark Demetrius

Mark Demetrius

Agrees with the Tomatometer 65% of the time.

Mark Demetrius has been a freelance writer for decades, specialising in film criticism and rock journalism. He was a longstanding columnist for Rolling Stone, and has contributed to numerous publications from Juice to FILMINK. Mark also wrote a book of blackly humourous limericks called Grimmericks, lived in London for years and is now back in Sydney.
FILMINK (Australia)
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Sydney, Australia

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
80% Generation Iron (2013) " ...just about enough memorable quotes, eloquence, personality, and pathos to divert even those of us with no interest in sport." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 30, 2014
91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " It's a slight and modest flick that occasionally lapses into sentimentality, but it's original and nicely carried by the actors. " — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2012
68% Wuthering Heights (2012) " A bleak but gripping retelling of a literary classic, which makes brave but effective use of its creative license." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2012
98% Silent Souls (2011) " A resonant, lyrical and beautifully realised cinematic experience." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 15, 2012
78% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) " Boasting a first-rate screenplay and cast, and a wonderfully nostalgic atmosphere, this sometimes veers toward melodrama but always rings true." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 11, 2012
93% Midnight in Paris (2011) " Midnight In Paris is clever, watchable, mildly entertaining and quite amusing. Unfortunately -- after its initial gimmick -- it's also pretty predictable, and amounts to a lot less than the sum of its parts. " — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 20, 2011
95% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) " Making superb use of the 3-D, and marked by Werner Herzog's idiosyncratic sensibilities, this contains enough captivating moments to make it a must-see." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 21, 2011
72% Fright Night (2011) " Not for a minute is Fright Night either funny or scary. That's not too good in a comedy horror film." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 13, 2011
88% The Hedgehog (2011) " The emotional manipulation gets irritating though, and the characters seem more archetypal than real. They exist merely to prove a point." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 15, 2011
89% The Trip (2011) " While this offers up the odd laugh, the continual banter grows tedious and wearying, and the whole affair seems pointless." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jun 28, 2011
84% Get Low (2010) " Basically, it's Hollywood slush dressed up as American Gothic." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 24, 2011
33% Burke and Hare (2011) " Excruciating." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 12, 2011
92% Incendies (2011) " While it feels stagey at times and occasionally contrived, the acting is impressive and the story remains compelling throughout." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 20, 2011
80% Barney's Version (2011) " Just like a really good novel, it gets you so well acquainted with its characters that they start to feel like your friends, and you don't want it to finish because that will mean never seeing them again." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 23, 2011
65% Biutiful (2010) " What a film! Javier Bardem has always been impressive and convincing, but he's never been better than this." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 23, 2011
75% The Way Back (2011) " Despite an epic premise and the fine talent involved, the characters are under-written and the drama never soars." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 22, 2011
86% Rabbit Hole (2010) " Brilliantly scripted and well acted, this painful and often funny drama avoids cliché and feels true to life." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 15, 2011
91% The Fighter (2010) " Christian Bale steals the show with his unforgettable performance in this absorbing and bruising drama." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 18, 2011
20% The Tourist (2010) " The beautiful scenery and glamorous lead actors can't make up for the increasingly absurd plot or flat performances." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 20, 2010
69% Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) (2010) " While it opens with a promising start, this quickly becomes a vacuous and formulaic romantic comedy." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 20, 2010
79% Fair Game (2010) " There's the usual pompous waffle implying that the very right to criticise makes America pretty damned heroic after all. But mostly it's just very forgettable." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 23, 2010
53% Agora (2010) " Well researched, and anchored by Rachel Weisz's impressive lead performance, this is a fascinating film that avoids the Hollywood epic route." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2010
72% Machete (2010) " While it's well made and Danny Trejo is an amazing presence on screen, the sustained over-the-top violence becomes tiresome." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 8, 2010
80% Made in Dagenham (2010) " Could well have been a sub-Full Monty cliche-fest... overall it's a bit better than that, thanks to a raft of impressive performances, compelling and moving subplots, and scenes showing the economic and relationship costs of industrial action." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 25, 2010
69% The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010) " It's not much more than a rattling good yarn -- but it certainly is that." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2010
53% Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) " In an early self-referential monologue, Greg says, "Who wants to see a movie about a kid who's stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons?" Who indeed?" — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2010
65% The Infidel (2010) " Often uproariously funny, this cross-cultural comedy brims with sharp dialogue and its ideas are sensitive and intelligent without being heavy-handed." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 13, 2010
87% Please Give (2010) " The main problem with the film, though, is that it seems to assume that self-obsessed and charmless people are automatically interesting - just for being people. There's definitely a flaw in that logic." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 7, 2010
82% Four Lions (2010) " While tackling politically sensitive subject manner, this daring satire manages to offer both hilarity and poignancy." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 16, 2010
83% The Ghost Writer (2010) " While an intriguing political thriller, it disappointingly lacks the atmosphere of Roman Polanski's previous masterpieces." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 9, 2010
91% Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009) " Attractively shot, this quietly moving tale is marked by a handful of haunting moments." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 9, 2010
86% The Special Relationship (2010) " Fine performances anchor this entertaining film which provides real insight into the dynamics of power and politics." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 3, 2010
75% Greenberg (2010) " While slightly patchy and too quirky, Ben Stiller is terrific in the lead role and the film is highly watchable, containing a handful of unforgettable moments." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jul 19, 2010
88% The Hedgehog (2011) " The emotional manipulation gets irritating though, and the characters seem more archetypal than real. They exist merely to prove a point. "
Posted Jul 6, 2010
85% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010) " Although it feels slightly generic at times, this reasonably entertaining thriller is made all the more intriguing due to the fact that it is inspired by real events." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jun 30, 2010
80% I Am Love (2010) " Despite an elegant and impressive visual style, the narrative of this slow-paced film is uninteresting and full of cliché." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jun 26, 2010
90% Fish Tank (2010) " A well shot and uniformly well acted film which draws the audience in by an increasingly tense and dramatic narrative." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 25, 2010
35% New York, I Love You (2009) " New York, I Love You is a mild and a guilty pleasure, but it's a pleasure nonetheless." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 12, 2010
85% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009) " he White Ribbon is unsettling, disturbing and enigmatic; it's often horrifying and occasionally eerily beautiful." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 5, 2010
40% 44 Inch Chest (2010) " It boasts a crackerjack cast and a richly dense script, and scenes of inspired fantasy and hallucinatory nightmarish power." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 30, 2010
57% Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae " It's neither inherently cinematic nor -- arguably -- particularly exciting. " — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 21, 2010
52% The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) " While this often hilariously haphazard film draws you in, you're ultimately left trying to discern fact from fiction." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 2, 2010
97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " A must-see film with gripping performances and vivid evocation of urban warfare in Iraq." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 15, 2010
37% From Paris with Love (2010) " An abysmal film: a buddy comedy with no jokes, implausible storylines and boring action scenes." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 15, 2010
94% In the Loop (2009) " It's strained, flat, laboured, repetitive, self-satisfied, largely unfunny, and has the drab and tacky look of a telemovie. Dr. Strangelove it ain't." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 19, 2010
91% Up in the Air (2009) " Up In The Air is engaging, by turns witty and serious, unpredictable and surprisingly moving. Definitely recommended." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 13, 2010
74% Cold Souls (2009) " An uneasy mix of comedy and ideas, which flatters both itself and its audience that it's smarter and wryer than it really is." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 24, 2009
92% In Search of Beethoven (2009) " It features over sixty live performances, and there are a few pompous musicians and musicologists among the interviewees. But the engaging ones comfortably outnumber them..." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 30, 2009
94% An Education (2009) " Excellent performances from the entire cast don't make up for the fact that this film is mostly a highly forgetful, stylish, soap inspired story." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 21, 2009
81% Louise-Michel (2008) " Complete with an absurdist black humour and a bizarre collection of farcical set pieces, Louise-Michel is a hit and miss affair." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 8, 2009
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