Matthew Leyland

Matthew Leyland

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
BBC.com , Total Film
Total Reviews:
142

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 142
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5/5 99% La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers) (1967) " A riveting reconstruction of the struggle for independence in mid-50s Algiers, its pseudo-documentary style still feels as headline-fresh as its content." — BBC.com
Posted May 15, 2007
4/5 84% Bridge to Terabithia (2007) " Smart, sprightly and sensitive, this is like a junior-edition Heavenly Creatures , complete with ace chemistry and tragic twist." — Total Film
Posted May 4, 2007
3/5 69% Close to Home (Karov La Bayit) (2007) " More a buddy movie than a political one, it nonetheless captures the festering tensions of a divided city." — BBC.com
Posted Apr 3, 2007
2/5 66% Meet the Robinsons (2007) " This is eye candy with a hollow centre." — Total Film
Posted Mar 27, 2007
3/5 70% Amazing Grace (2007) " Accessibility is one of the movie's virtues: without dumbing down, it makes the workings of Parliament seem as gripping as a good suspense thriller." — BBC.com
Posted Mar 23, 2007
3/5 70% Eden (2006) " Earns its place-setting with other foodie movies (Eat Drink Man Woman, Big Night, Tampopo) for the sheer volume of delectable dishes - which, in spite of the muddy lensing, will set stomachs pining." — Total Film
Posted Mar 16, 2007
2/5 43% Duelist (Hyeongsa) (2005) " Duelist turns from playful to precious in the last 30-odd minutes, straggling towards a prancey showdown that's as graceful as all get-out but as cold as the endless falling snow." — BBC.com
Posted Mar 8, 2007
3/5 50% Gone (2007) " If only it had taken the characters' lead and strayed further from the beaten track..." — BBC.com
Posted Mar 8, 2007
3/5 72% Inland Empire (2006) " The man's still a genius; he just needs to be more ruthless in the editing suite." — BBC.com
Posted Mar 6, 2007
4/5 87% Into Great Silence (2007) " It sounds more like an endurance test than entertainment, yet this one-of-a-kind experience proves surprisingly immersive." — BBC.com
Posted Mar 1, 2007
4/5 98% Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (Esma's Secret - Grbavica) (2007) " A convincing portrait of how ordinary people strive to get on with their lives in the wake of terrible conflict." — BBC.com
Posted Feb 17, 2007
3/5 69% The 9th Company (9 rota) (2005) " the movie's relevance to current events is inescapable - especially when underlined in dialogue like, "In all of history, no one has ever managed to conquer Afghanistan."" — BBC.com
Posted Feb 16, 2007
4/5 71% The Science of Sleep (2006) " Credit should be shared with the leads; together they're silly, giddy, irrepressibly inventive - a lot like the film itself." — BBC.com
Posted Feb 13, 2007
4/5 51% For Your Consideration (2006) " In the running for the 'Best Rethink Of An Established Formula' award, so we'd like to thank the director and his cast for keeping the chortles coming." — Total Film
Posted Feb 9, 2007
2/5 51% The Fountain (2006) " First, the good news: The Fountain is only 97 minutes long. Now the bad: that's 97 minutes of rampant metaphysical codswallop." — BBC.com
Posted Jan 26, 2007
2/5 42% Lives of the Saints (2007) " A bizarre brew of Brit-grit, magic realism and religious allegory." — BBC.com
Posted Jan 26, 2007
4/5 76% Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007) " A layer of mainstream gloss takes the edge off the horrors, but the man behind Robocop marches through with a steely assurance that rarely allows you to snatch a breath." — BBC.com
Posted Jan 16, 2007
4/5 87% The Last King of Scotland (2006) " Hard to believe that an actor previously renowned for his gentleness could play such a monster, but the transformation is seamless." — BBC.com
Posted Jan 12, 2007
81% A Prairie Home Companion (2006) " It's a warm and dignified end to a sometimes erratic but often enthralling career." — BBC.com
Posted Jan 9, 2007
4/5 68% London to Brighton (2008) " Maybe the ending's a bit excessive, but it's hard to overstate the excitement of seeing fresh British talent break through with such energy." — BBC.com
Posted Nov 30, 2006
2/5 53% Crime Novel (Romanzo criminale) (2005) " Revenge is a dish served once too often in Romanzo Criminale, an Italian crime epic that runs out of appeal well before it runs out of ammo." — BBC.com
Posted Nov 11, 2006
2/5 27% Waist Deep (2006) " The worst is saved for last: just when you think the movie has shown the courage of its 'gritty' convictions, it hits you with schmaltz that would shame a Hallmark card." — BBC.com
Posted Nov 11, 2006
3/5 90% Be With Me (2006) " A Singaporean drama that requires patience but ultimately rewards it." — BBC.com
Posted Oct 31, 2006
2/5 63% Johanna (2006) " The potentially riotous combo of sex, song and surgery palls all too quickly, leaving us waiting around for morphine addict turned maverick nurse Orsolya Téth's inevitable date with flaming destiny." — BBC.com
Posted Oct 28, 2006
3/5 48% Open Season (2006) " In the end, the hunter becomes the hunted; but wouldn't the animal rights message mean more if you actually cared about the critters?" — BBC.com
Posted Oct 17, 2006
3/5 68% Brothers of the Head (2006) " Co-directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe have a gift for making fake footage look like the real deal. But they're not so hot when it comes to simulating human drama." — BBC.com
Posted Oct 3, 2006
3/5 48% Idlewild (2006) " You have to hand it to those OutKast fellas -- even when they make a mess, they do it with style." — BBC.com
Posted Sep 29, 2006
4/5 64% Severance (2006) " mixing comedy with horror's never an easy business, but time and again Severance cuts it." — BBC.com
Posted Sep 16, 2006
2/5 27% Stay (2005) " A head-scratching thriller..." — BBC.com
Posted Sep 6, 2006
3/5 48% Driving Lessons (2006) " It may not pass with flying colours, but Driving Lessons still motors along likeably enough." — BBC.com
Posted Sep 5, 2006
3/5 92% Volver (2006) " The humour and the heartstring-pulling hit the mark, as do most of the cast, not least Cruz." — BBC.com
Posted Aug 22, 2006
4/5 89% Rocky Road to Dublin (1968) " This is a tough but tender snapshot whose sociological and artistic merits have stood the test of time." — BBC.com
Posted Aug 15, 2006
3/5 48% Harsh Times (2006) " Don't be too misled by the title; for all the anger and alienation it deals in, Harsh Times often feels like a black comedy." — BBC.com
Posted Aug 15, 2006
2/5 44% Angel-A (2005) " The whole film's easy on the eye thanks to the Parisian summer setting, photographed in creamy black and white. If only the romance wasn't so monochrome too..." — BBC.com
Posted Aug 1, 2006
4/5 92% Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006) " Yes, there's a little preachiness here, but it doesn't puncture the party mood. Or stop Chappelle telling dirty jokes about prostitutes, for that matter. Thanks to him this isn't just a musical feast, but a rib-busting comedy too." — BBC.com
Posted Jul 1, 2006
3/5 35% The Lake House (2006) " Bullock holds her half of the movie up well, proving that she can do subdued just as well as sunny." — BBC.com
Posted Jul 1, 2006
3/5 88% The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007) " The film increasingly short-changes the personal for the sake of the political, despite powerful scenes and another impressive performance from Cillian Murphy." — BBC.com
Posted Jul 1, 2006
2/5 12% An American Haunting (2006) " Unoriginal and unrelenting, this gothic ghost story invests too much time in banging doors and billowing drapes and not enough in its characters." — BBC.com
Posted Jun 3, 2006
4/5 88% Tell Them Who You Are (2005) " With dad calling junior's filmmaking skills into question at every turn, this is a fascinating blend of fact and friction." — BBC.com
Posted May 30, 2006
4/5 56% The King (2006) " Hail to The King, a quietly shocking slice of Southern Gothic from British director James Marsh." — BBC.com
Posted May 23, 2006
2/5 9% When a Stranger Calls (2006) " You know a horror movie's in trouble when the fake scares outweigh the real ones." — BBC.com
Posted May 16, 2006
3/5 71% Lemming (2006) " Between Rampling and the rodents (who show up en masse in one startling scene), there's enough quality to stop anyone from throwing themselves off a cliff." — BBC.com
Posted May 6, 2006
1/5 15% The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie) (2005) " A miscalculated mix of sleaze and schmaltz." — BBC.com
Posted May 6, 2006
2/5 7% Basic Instinct 2 (2006) " A veritable cold shower of a sequel to 1992's softcore spectacular." — BBC.com
Posted May 6, 2006
3/5 58% Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2006) " A highly promising curtain-raiser to an ambitious trilogy." — BBC.com
Posted Apr 4, 2006
3/5 85% La Double Vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique) (1991) " If Double Life is arguably only half as rewarding as some of Kieslowski's other films, then it remains an indelible entry in an outstanding career." — BBC.com
Posted Mar 21, 2006
1/5 22% The Pink Panther (2006) " As for Martin, no matter how many he times he stumbles, fumbles, burns his balls or mispronounces the word hamburger, he never gets close to making the Clouseau persona his own." — BBC.com
Posted Mar 14, 2006
3/5 55% Evil Aliens (2007) " After a lacklustre start, Evil Aliens builds up a crazed momentum." — BBC.com
Posted Mar 11, 2006
4/5 72% Syriana (2005) " You'll come away exhausted, but also exhilarated." — BBC.com
Posted Feb 21, 2006
3/5 51% Manderlay (2006) " There's a troubling sense that von Trier is simply going through the motions." — BBC.com
Posted Feb 21, 2006
2/5 4% The Fog (2005) " Another remake bites the dust." — BBC.com
Posted Feb 14, 2006
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