Martin Hoyle

Martin Hoyle

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Time Out film critic.
Publications:
Financial Times , Time Out
Total Reviews:
63

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/5 0% Jack Said (2009) " Makes Guy Ritchie look like Dostoyevsky. Awful lines, bad acting - Danny Dyer's appearances stand out as dazzlingly professional, which says it all - unredeemed by a taste of Act 2 of Mozart's Figaro, a bizarre rococo touch." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 25, 2009
2/5 25% Fame (2009) " Unconnected shreds of plot suggest severe editing at some stage and neither characters nor musical routines add up to much." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 25, 2009
2/5 46% Management (2009) " Unable to decide between being a romantic comedy, a zany farce or a thoughtful study of two emotionally repressed losers finding fulfilment, it ends up a mess; but an intriguing mess." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 25, 2009
3/5 40% Nés en 68 (Born in 68) (2008) " The problem is not length but shallowness." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 25, 2009
4/5 82% The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008) " It shows a painterly eye in frame after exquisitely judged frame, not afraid of economy and balance." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 25, 2009
4/5 86% White Lightnin' (2009) " In White Lightnin', style and content meet, blend and writhe in the memory, a haunting nightmare." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 25, 2009
3/5 56% The Soloist (2009) " The revelation of poverty, squalor and mental illness in LA's underclass is horrific. But the film suffers from uncertainty of tone." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 25, 2009
2/5 45% Creation (2010) " A sub-plot features an orang-utan; it is no exaggeration to say that she is the most moving performer on screen." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 25, 2009
4/5 89% O' Horten (2007) " Gently surreal to quizzically observant, fully deserving that lump." — Financial Times
Posted May 8, 2009
4/5 82% Párpados Azules (Blue Eyelids) (2007) " Beautifully acted by Enrique Arreola and Cecilia Suárez, an actress both withdrawn and hauntingly luminous." — Financial Times
Posted May 8, 2009
2/5 87% Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009) " Sounds Like Teen Spirit has its share of emotional manipulation but this documentary on the Junior Eurovision leaves one saddened by so much hope, enthusiasm, ambition and energy expended on such a tacky concept." — Financial Times
Posted May 8, 2009
3/5 24% Little Ashes (2009) " Paul Morrison's evocation of the meeting in 1920s Madrid and subsequent tortuous relationship of the young Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel and Federico Garcia Lorca is such a labour of love that you forgive its incongruities." — Financial Times
Posted May 8, 2009
3/5 50% Chéri (2009) " Dazzlingly designed, the film salvages recognisable humanity in Rupert Friend's Chéri, aka the unromantic (to Anglo-Saxon ears) Fred. Elsewhere the movie is as insubstantial as a soufflé, and less intellectually challenging." — Financial Times
Posted May 8, 2009
4/5 90% Coraline (2009) " The vision of Henry Selick adds a darkness to this sometimes sinister fairy tale." — Financial Times
Posted May 8, 2009
4/5 95% Star Trek (2009) " But idolaters need fear no iconoclasm and newcomers no exclusion. The start of a presumably new chapter in the franchise is marked by affectionate respect tempered with an eye for modern visual tastes." — Financial Times
Posted May 8, 2009
3/5 67% End " The film, a success on the festival circuit, has been described as "carving, visceral, right in your face... scary, gob-smacking". I merely concur, in case they know where I live." — Financial Times
Posted May 1, 2009
3/5 67% Helen (2008) " Just as the story grips you it ends, leaving you mystified beyond the call of the enigmatic plot." — Financial Times
Posted May 1, 2009
3/5 55% Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no ai Wo Misero (Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!) (2007) " The calm, deadpan chronicling of what, one trusts, is an untypical rural Japanese family suggests a very black comedy. Slightly too long but hypnotically told, beautifully acted and not at all depressing." — Financial Times
Posted May 1, 2009
2/5 45% Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) " The film ends in infectious good-humour. It seems perfectly calculated for its intended market, unlike Wolverine." — Financial Times
Posted May 1, 2009
1/5 38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) " Fans will appreciate this more than the casual filmgoer trapped in this high-tech junkyard of not-so-special effects, scarcely noticeable dialogue, incoherent plotting, inconsistent psychology and garbled motivations." — Financial Times
Posted May 1, 2009
3/5 65% Is Anybody There? (2009) " Is Anybody There? has so many good intentions and engaging moments it is hard to define why it doesn't quite add up." — Financial Times
Posted May 1, 2009
3/5 26% The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) " The film cuddles its Dickensian soft centre in a Mills & Boon soft casing. Où sont les wisecracks d'antan? Almost extinct." — Financial Times
Posted May 1, 2009
85% Sweet Land (2006) " Nostalgic, gentle, loving: the elegiac mood set against endless rural space inevitably suggests Malick's Days of Heaven. What next from this considerable talent?" — Financial Times
Posted Sep 5, 2008
59% RocknRolla (2008) " Guy Ritchie's latest is not as bad as his critics, professional and amateur, hoped." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 5, 2008
67% Never Apologize: A Personal Visit with Lindsay Anderson (2007) " An uncinematic form, perhaps, but of absorbing interest to cinema-lovers." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 5, 2008
61% The Duchess (2008) " "Banality of banalities, all is banality," saith the critic emerging from The Duchess as he hums the locations, wigs and furniture." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 5, 2008
1% Disaster Movie (2008) " Of Disaster Movie it is difficult to speak, or even think, articulately, a handicap that seems to have afflicted the film's makers." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 5, 2008
9% Bangkok Dangerous (2008) " A (slightly belated) reappraisal of his way of life recalls John Wayne in The Shootist, and evidently this is intended as more than a gore fest. The result is surprisingly dull." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 5, 2008
87% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) " The film shows a certain wit and a refined eclecticism: a director who in a few seconds combines Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, a quotation from Tennyson's In Memoriam and two monsters singing Beautiful Freak deserves watching." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 22, 2008
37% You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) " Images of a thrusting male pelvis haunt the sensitive critic yet." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 15, 2008
42% Wild Child (2008) " The types are such extremes that the partisans in the audience will continue to hate American brats and English snobs respectively, rapprochement between two sets of caricatures seeming unlikely." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 15, 2008
18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) " what Star Wars: The Clone Wars serves up is a rehashed Thunderbirds with a dash of Japanese anime." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 15, 2008
77% Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) " American Lee Pace, from TV's Pushing Daisies, manages not one but several creditable English accents, sometimes unfortunately all in the same sentence, but whose emotional depth shows up this ball of fluff as insubstantial. Forgettable." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 15, 2008
79% Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007) " Not ground-breaking cinema, but a reminder that Christians can be tolerant and politicians principled." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 15, 2008
59% Izgnanie (The Banishment) (2007) " There are prize-winning performances, seductive landscapes and hallucinatory shots of empty urban streets and shadowy interiors." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 15, 2008
3/6 71% The Magic Flute (2006) " Apart from a fascination with the hate-spitting mouth and throat of Lyubov Petrova's vocally pyrotechnic Queen of the Night, the visual gimmicks are individually tolerable. But they don't add up to anything particular." — Time Out
Posted Nov 29, 2007
100% John Waters: This Filthy World (2006) " Very funny." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 29, 2007
86% When the Road Bends...tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007) " Gypsy Caravan - When the Road Bends evokes the US tour of Roma musicians whose astonishing diversity ranges from the Indian group with their bejewelled drag dancer to oompah-based Romanians." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 29, 2007
84% Rocket Science (2007) " Lovely performances all round create small-town competitiveness, frustrations and aspirations." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 29, 2007
53% Across the Universe (2007) " The film's too long but when it works, as in a slickly choreographed military induction scene with Taymor's trademark giant puppets and carnival heads, it's exhilarating." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 29, 2007
70% Right of the Weakest (2007) " The downbeat mood convinces. What might have been tedious becomes an involving and nail-biting thriller." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 29, 2007
43% The Brave One (2007) " The film's final unforgivable fault is its sheer, plodding dullness." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 29, 2007
90% Michael Clayton (2007) " A potentially corny plot is stylishly executed, abetted by a perfect cast." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 29, 2007
93% Withnail and I (1987) " A modern classic? A brilliant vignette of a certain time and attitudes? A self-indulgent jeu d'esprit? One thing is certain: Richard E. Grant touched greatness." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
86% Small Engine Repair (2007) " Not so much shapelessness as unvaried pace and emotional monotony spoil the engaging Small Engine Repair." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
50% Someone Else (2006) " Too shapeless and unplotted; and Mangan's not-too-ruffled rueful affability hails more from sitcom land." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
47% Run Fatboy Run (2007) " Pegg exudes his usual air of faint self-congratulation playing an unlikeable prat whom nobody in their right mind would prefer to the high- flying Azariah or indeed to anyone." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
83% Atonement (2007) " A handful of brilliant performances makes Atonement worth seeing." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
41% No Reservations (2007) " The ingredients of the German original Mostly Martha this time produce a cliché Chinese dish, forgotten a mere five minutes later." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 31, 2007
20% Death Sentence (2007) " Lurches on too long and topples into bathos." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 31, 2007
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