Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Michael Bonner's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "Amirpour's film is simply the sum of its influences. Her camera work is lithe and fluid; she heightens drama through supple camera movements and otherworldly silence. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted May 21, 2015
7/10 90% Heaven Adores You (2015) "We know the music is good. But essentially, this film could do with a little more rigorous investigation about who Smith was and what drove him. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted May 7, 2015
9/10 84% While We're Young (2015) "The dynamic between Stiller and Watts, especially, is strong: he is tightly wound and neurotic, while she is much looser. It's Watts' best work for a while. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Apr 2, 2015
76% Hyena (2015) "In many respects, it operates like a sobering counterpoint to the early Noughties Brit crime flicks; but also the largely repugnant tranche of straight-to-video gangster films that propagate an especially brutal, geezerish type of violence. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Mar 13, 2015
9/10 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "A remarkable and unusual film ... " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Feb 26, 2015
6/10 73% American Sniper (2015) "All of this has been done before - and much better - in The Hurt Locker. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 29, 2015
5/5 91% The Departed (2006) "The best of its kind since Michael Mann's Heat. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 25, 2015
8/10 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Miller's film is often unsettling - and although it's hard to like, it has much to commend it. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 8, 2015
6/10 93% Birdman (2014) "Iñárritu's film isn't half as clever as it thinks it is. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 8, 2015
7/10 80% Get On Up (2014) "Chadwick Boseman is charismatic as Brown - a violent, manipulative perfectionist who is emotionally disconnected from those around him. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Nov 28, 2014
4/5 87% The Orphanage (2007) "By the time we reach the third act, this is less a horror film but a psychological study of a protagonist on the brink of emotional collapse. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Oct 14, 2014
6/10 53% Jersey Boys (2014) "Eastwood is keen to examine the disconnect between the group's private lives and their public undertakings, as well as the way that history is elevated to myth. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jul 2, 2014
7/10 85% Under the Skin (2014) "It's perhaps best to consider Glazer's film to be an avant garde midnight movie, using familiar genre conventions to explore conceptual philosophical ideas. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Mar 14, 2014
8/10 94% Her (2013) "In a calculatedly ambiguous way, Jonze appears to be both simultaneously mocking and embracing a genre (a tactic he used previously in Adaptation). " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Feb 20, 2014
8/10 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) "Llewyn's tragedy is the Coens' stroke of genius. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Feb 6, 2014
7/10 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "This is a terrifically well-intended and necessarily difficult movie to watch: but I'm not entirely convinced McQueen has delivered quite the masterpiece some would suggest it is. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 10, 2014
9/10 93% American Hustle (2013) "Is there a better actress currently working in movies today than Amy Adams? " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 2, 2014
8/10 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) "Blanchett is being tipped for Oscar glory, and this is surely a very good, very committed performance (if a little self-consciously so). " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Sep 27, 2013
7/10 89% Rush (2013) "Howard shoots the race scenes brilliantly - they a little Tony Scott in terms of over-saturated colour and jump cuts, but it's an effective treatment ... " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Sep 13, 2013
7/10 54% Lovelace (2013) "While sympathetic lacks the nerve to fully detail the injustices she suffered at Trainor's hands. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 29, 2013
9/10 93% Frances Ha (2013) "Frances Ha has a warmth and lightness absent from Baumbach's earlier films, The Squid And The Whale (2005) and Margot At The Wedding (2007). " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 1, 2013
9/10 99% Wadjda (2013) "Unmissable. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jul 25, 2013
9/10 60% The Bling Ring (2013) "The film is surface-shallow - but only because the culture it reflects is arguably too superficial to withstand any kind of analysis. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jul 11, 2013
6/10 56% Man of Steel (2013) "This is a film we are to take seriously, because nothing says serious more than watching men in capes hitting each other with cars. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jun 13, 2013
5/10 73% The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013) "As filmed by Shane Meadows, Made Of Stone is a fudge between fly-on-the-wall doc, concert film and archival trawl. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3/10 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) "It's a film of colossal artifice and superficiality, in love with surface dazzle - but as it turns out, none of the spectacle is remotely thrilling. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted May 16, 2013
8/10 98% Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012) "Entertaining documentary about the notoriously cantankerous drummer... " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted May 16, 2013
7/10 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) "A minor - but exuberantly funny - piece from the Spanish master. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted May 9, 2013
8/10 54% The Look of Love (2013) "As per previous Winterbottom/Coogan collaborations, the vibe here is loose and episodic. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Apr 24, 2013
7/10 94% Good Vibrations "For much of the time, Hooley's tale is, while enjoyably ramshackle, a familiar one of skanky pubs, transit vans, snooty major label executives and poorly attended gigs. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Mar 28, 2013
8/10 69% Stoker (2013) "The play between the three leads is terrific - a bit bonkers, quite creepy, often over-the-top. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Mar 1, 2013
7/10 77% Flight (2012) "Zemeckis - who hasn't directed a live action film since 2000's Cast Away - shoots the film as straight as possible. But that's not to say it's without wit. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Feb 6, 2013
9/10 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) "For much of its three hour running time, Zero Dark Thirty moves like a police procedural: it is rigorous, pared-back and analytical. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 24, 2013
9/10 100% McCullin "Mixes recent interviews with McCullin with contemporaneous news footage and McCullin's own photographs, which have lost none of their power. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 11, 2013
10/10 93% Amour (2012) "Both a poignant love story and a typically rigorous attempt to dismantle one of the last great taboos in cinema. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Dec 12, 2012
6/10 85% The Master (2012) "This is more character study than story. Yet, it feels as shallow as The Cause itself, as maddeningly opaque as Dodd's motivations. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Nov 8, 2012
7/10 84% The Hunger Games (2012) "The idea of a future society where the state controls the population through lethal games is familiar from films like Rollerball, The Running Man and even Doctor Who, but retooled in the era of Simon Cowell gives it some fresh purpose. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Mar 21, 2012
79% Shame (2011) "[A] bracing and unsettling film about sex addiction in New York that features a powerful central performance from Michael Fassbender. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 18, 2012
90% Attack the Block (2011) "Cornish has made a very accomplished debut; an exuberant genre mash-up, part sci-fi, part action movie, part comedy, executed with tremendous energy and flair. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted May 18, 2011
33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) "It's alright. But you could probably have more fun with a Pirates Of The Caribbean Lego set. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted May 18, 2011
77% Thor (2011) "Hiddleston does sly and manipulative with relative restraint, that balances out Hemsworth's shouty braggadocio. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Apr 27, 2011
86% Submarine (2011) "Ayoade lets the film move at a gentle pace, while its idiosyncratic charms often brings to mind Rushmore, Harold And Maude, or perhaps the youthful exploits of Adrian Mole. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Mar 16, 2011
71% Never Let Me Go (2010) "Despite the grinding bleakness, it's a tremendous film. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Feb 23, 2011
96% True Grit (2010) "When we see Cogburn in full flight - riding against four armed men - this is rousing stuff. You'd like to think the Duke himself would be applauding the Dude from afar. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Feb 2, 2011
94% The King's Speech (2010) "The players are as good as you'd expect and while this is clearly positioned as high-end heritage drama, it shows a keen wit. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 5, 2011
88% Let Me In (2010) "To his credit, Cloverfield director Matt Reeves makes a good fist of this. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Nov 15, 2010
55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) "Gekko's resurrection is disappointing. This isn't a savage satire on corrupt business practices. No. It's a relationship drama. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Oct 13, 2010
53% I'm Still Here (2010) "Neither a verite portrait of an actor in decline, nor simply a hoax, but instead a diverting piece of Method-inspired performance art. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Sep 22, 2010
41% The Expendables (2010) "The action sequences are terrific, the violence excessive. The guiltiest of guilty pleasures, then. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 25, 2010
86% Inception (2010) "Nolan clearly has great fun with the action stuff - zero gravity fights in a hotel corridor, an assault on an artic fortress and a car chase through a dreamed city are all cracking - and it all looks as spectacular as you'd hope. " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jul 21, 2010
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