Michael Leader

Michael Leader

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Film4 , Little White Lies
Total Reviews:
54

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
99% Boyhood (2014) " Those who bemoan cinema circa 2014 for being out of ideas: prepare to meet your match." — Film4
Posted Jul 17, 2014
91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " A unique, eccentric and highly enjoyable mix of brotherly soap opera and behind-the-scenes cringe comedy that even newcomers to The National's moody charms will enjoy." — Film4
Posted Jul 8, 2014
24% Tammy (2014) " Good intentions and a stellar cast can't save this sometimes crass, sometimes corny comedy-drama." — Film4
Posted Jul 8, 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Effective, enjoyable, and even funny where it counts, Edge Of Tomorrow lacks the smarts and the gravitas to do its gimmicky premise justice. But, like an exoskeleton-assisted haymaker, it gets the job done." — Film4
Posted Jun 6, 2014
88% The Punk Singer (2013) " This hagiographic ode to the quintessential 90s riot grrrl is by no means definitive, but there's a welcome rallying cry to all wannabe revolutionary rockers hidden within the bio-doc blather. " — Film4
Posted Jun 6, 2014
85% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) " A smart, almost too smart, mish-mash of concert film and urban portrait, Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is a distinctively different class of rock doc." — Film4
Posted Jun 6, 2014
89% The Wind Rises (2014) " A celebration of craft, graft and inspiration, The Wind Rises is a final masterpiece from an industry legend - and a ballsy statement that animated wonder needn't be confined to genre ghettos." — Film4
Posted May 9, 2014
83% Tracks (2014) " Wasikowska - as ever - dazzles as that rare thing in contemporary cinema: the independent female adventurer." — Film4
Posted Apr 25, 2014
84% The Unknown Known (2014) " Not quite the interrogation that some viewers would want, The Unknown Known is nonetheless a compelling peek into the mind of recent American history's most savvy and, surprisingly, scrupulous political player." — Film4
Posted Mar 27, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The Winter Soldier offers plenty for franchise fanatics to chew on, but a half-baked genre switch and increasingly daft 'political' themes make Cap's transitional adventure a minor Marvel at best." — Film4
Posted Mar 27, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Wes Anderson's post-Fantastic Mr Fox whimsy hits its stride as storybook style meets thematic substance in this gorgeous, joyful, yet far from featherlight end-of-an-era yarn." — Film4
Posted Feb 20, 2014
85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Possibly the funniest - and certainly the coolest - vampire film around, Only Lovers Left Alive works equally well as a spoof, a genre revamp and a two-hour trawl through Jim Jarmusch's cabinet of curiosities." — Film4
Posted Feb 20, 2014
99% Short Term 12 (2013) " Somewhat slighter than the festival raves would have you expect, Destin Cretton's indie flick is nonetheless a wholly affecting, gently nuanced drama - and a portfolio piece for rising star Brie Larson." — Film4
Posted Nov 1, 2013
96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " An equally heartwarming and heartbreaking film about art, marriage and old age." — Film4
Posted Nov 1, 2013
49% Escape Plan (2013) " Stallone still struggles to recapture the heroic prowess of his youth, but Schwarzenegger's having the time of his life as Sly's comic foil." — Film4
Posted Oct 18, 2013
84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " The Armstrong Lie isn't as comprehensive or as confident in its lid-blowing as Gibney's previous work, but nevertheless this is a compelling study of an athlete's desire to win." — Film4
Posted Oct 8, 2013
86% Night Moves (2014) " Essentially Crime & Punishment for the eco-hipster set, Night Moves is a compelling drama that treats the characters' beliefs, and the eventual consequences of their actions, to a compelling cross-examination." — Film4
Posted Oct 8, 2013
86% At Berkeley (2013) " A four-hour long documentary about higher education certainly isn't going to arouse everyone's interest, but this is the real deal: insightful, revealing and comprehensive." — Film4
Posted Oct 8, 2013
52% The To Do List (2013) " A cast of familiar and frequently funny TV notables makes The To Do List a sweet prospect, but this tepid, oddly pitched teen comedy is unlikely to get anyone off." — Film4
Posted Oct 4, 2013
92% In a World... (2013) " Frequently funny and wholly charming, Lake Bell's assured debut is that rare indie comedy-drama that discovers a fresh perspective on the well-worn themes of family, fame and finding your own voice." — Film4
Posted Sep 10, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " Both a technical marvel and a high-tension epic, Gravity is grounded by two perfectly-pitched performances, and launched into the stratosphere by Cuaron's expansive ambition." — Film4
Posted Sep 10, 2013
53% Devil's Pass (2013) " Renny Harlin's fun, creepy found-footage horror knows when to be charming and, crucially, when to take its based-on-true-events conspiracy plot to its ridiculously entertaining conclusion." — Film4
Posted Aug 29, 2013
75% The Kings of Summer (2013) " Rich in suburban subtext, The Kings Of Summer is a coming-of-age indie movie full of poignancy, charm and strong performances." — Film4
Posted Aug 29, 2013
74% You're Next (2013) " A smart alec horror of the highest order, Adam Wingard's You're Next revels in the thrill of taking a hatchet to the face of indie cinema's most well-worn archetype: the upper middle class family." — Film4
Posted Aug 29, 2013
83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) " From Up On Poppy Hill finds Goro Miyazaki sitting much more comfortably in the director's chair, but fans of Studio Ghibli's fantasy epics may find this fanciful delight to be lacking the familiar magic." — Film4
Posted Aug 2, 2013
34% The Internship (2013) " A by-the-numbers bromantic comedy that is essentially a feature-length advert for Google, The Internship uses the weapons-grade charm of Wilson and Vaughn to spout a corporate message." — Film4
Posted Jul 31, 2013
69% The Wolverine (2013) " This Japanese vacation looks like a smart, entertaining diversion for the X-Men franchise, but Wolverine soon proves to be a less than superhuman protagonist when taken out of an ensemble context." — Film4
Posted Jul 26, 2013
93% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) " Compelling, enlightening and utterly accessible, Gibney's ultra-slick pop-doc cleaves through the thorniest thicket of contemporary political issues to find, at its heart, two wholly human stories." — Film4
Posted Jul 12, 2013
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " This is an unflinching, captivating documentary that does much more than simply record or readdress history - it uses cinema as both judge and jury for a one-time executioner." — Film4
Posted Jul 1, 2013
63% Byzantium (2013) " A tangle of genre conventions and wayward plotting starts to blunt the film's thematic point." — Film4
Posted Jun 3, 2013
73% Populaire (2013) " A cute, glamorous and 'qwerky' French fancy that features a delightful performance from Deborah Francois, but it's overshadowed by a Gallic inferiority complex." — Film4
Posted Jun 3, 2013
68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " A series of exciting action sequences and Dwayne Johnson's perma-cocked eyebrow are all there is to save the film from becoming slow and laborious." — Film4
Posted May 17, 2013
4/5 95% A Hijacking (2013) " Harrowing. A Hijacking may last only a shade under 100 minutes, but the memory, like the captives' trauma, will last much longer." — Little White Lies
Posted May 9, 2013
87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " As brash, spectacular and energetic as its immediate predecessor, but without novelty on its side " — Film4
Posted May 6, 2013
48% I'm So Excited! (2013) " Almodovar gleefully returns to the broad, colourful burlesque of his early work. Although, without the transgressive attitude and closeted context, this sexy satire is all froth and no balls." — Film4
Posted May 2, 2013
78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Shane Black's witty, daring continuation of the Iron Man series defies expectations at every turn, not least because it is, against all odds, a strong contender for the best Marvel movie to date." — Film4
Posted Apr 24, 2013
51% Welcome to the Punch (2013) " This flawed, yet watchable action homage doesn't quite live up to its gun-toting influences, but a marvellous roster of Grade-A Brits tips the scales in Welcome To The Punch's favour." — Film4
Posted Mar 20, 2013
83% Side Effects (2013) " A masterful double-bluff. What starts as a taut, topical drama about medicated America becomes a classic, twisted neo-noir that sees Soderbergh pushing aside on-the-nose themes in favour of sheer entertainment." — Film4
Posted Mar 20, 2013
2/5 70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) " Charming and not without its moments, but far too conventional to capture the complexity it strives for." — Little White Lies
Posted Dec 6, 2012
4/5 93% Room 237 (2013) " By capturing the giddy thrill that comes from decoding difficult films, Room 237 says something profound about being a cine-fanatic." — Little White Lies
Posted Oct 25, 2012
2/5 63% Jackpot (2014) " As straightforward - and disposable - as an airport paperback." — Little White Lies
Posted Aug 9, 2012
1/5 43% Storage 24 (2013) " One flawed concept, dragged out for 90 uninspired, shoddily-executed minutes." — Little White Lies
Posted Jun 28, 2012
2/5 —— Les Lyonnais (A Gang Story) " Lacking in depth and style." — Little White Lies
Posted Apr 5, 2012
1/5 45% 30 Minutes or Less (2011) " Puerile, irritating and insultingly phallocentric." — Little White Lies
Posted Sep 16, 2011
2/5 84% Beginners (2011) " Beginners drones along in a state of melancholic navel-gazing." — Little White Lies
Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/5 97% Cell 211 (Celda 211) (2009) " The twisty plot soon gets knotted, but in the process shows a deeply broken system born of violence and corruption." — Little White Lies
Posted Jul 14, 2011
3/5 85% Viva Riva! (2011) " This insight into the aimless hedonism of young punks could be cutting, but the film doesn't dig beneath Riva's Jack-the-Lad charisma." — Little White Lies
Posted Jun 23, 2011
1/5 9% Age of the Dragons (2011) " Entirely forgettable and somewhat unhealthy, lingering on the palate like an impulsive, Friday-night kebab." — Little White Lies
Posted Mar 3, 2011
2/5 55% Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) " Disposable, garden-variety entertainment." — Film4
Posted Feb 9, 2011
3/5 75% The Be All and End All " A conflicted, uneven experience: sugary kitchen-sink realism with wank jokes." — Little White Lies
Posted Dec 2, 2010
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