Mike Goodridge

Mike Goodridge

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Screen International , Screendaily
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
118

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 118
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
79% The Informant! (2009) " Far more serious than either the broad trailer campaign or the exclamation mark in its title would indicate, the film can't quite decide its tone. " ‐ Screendaily
Posted Sep 9, 2009
75% Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) " As intelligent and compulsively entertaining as his previous films. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 9, 2009
51% The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) " The Men Who Stare At Goats is a light-hearted and highly entertaining antidote to pompous large scale movies about Iraq or Aghanistan. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 9, 2009
87% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) " What makes this film truly different is the unique tone introduced by director Werner Herzog. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 4, 2009
71% [Rec] 2 (2010) " Neatly paving the way for [REC]3 with a cliffhanger ending, it has enough invention and wit to extend the saga into a franchise even while the novelty value of the 2007 faux documentary has worn thin. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 3, 2009
63% Extract (2009) " An amiable, inconsequential movie that nonetheless produces an impressive amount of laughs about drugs, gigolos and generally moronic behaviour. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 19, 2009
56% 9 (2009) " 9 is a post-apocalyptic fable notable for its visual beauty. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 18, 2009
37% The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) " In the final analysis the film fails to make much sense at all. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 10, 2009
35% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) " Unpretentious popcorn entertainment which delivers the goods and should be a sizable hit. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 6, 2009
73% Beeswax (2009) " Andrew Bujalski's third film is another memorably natural character piece evoking the spirit of Rohmer, Cassavetes and Woody Allen in a uniquely young American style. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 3, 2009
68% Funny People (2009) " It just about compensates for its many indulgences with typically warm humour and a knockout lead performance from Adam Sandler which shows a deepening maturity in the actor that could land him awards attention. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 25, 2009
72% Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010) " Spiked with all the tricks, sound effects and technological invention at Noe's disposal, Enter The Void is a trip. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 22, 2009
85% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009) " A meticulously constructed, precisely modulated tapestry of malice and intrigue in a rural village in pre-World War I northern Germany. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 22, 2009
88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " Intermittently-inspired World War II epic ... the thread of the drama is left disjointed and the focus ever-changing. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 20, 2009
53% Agora (2010) " Agora ultimately fails to hang together narratively and does not engage on the same grand emotional level as the sword and sandal epics of old. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 18, 2009
95% Mother (Madeo) (2010) " Filled with the elegant compositions and mood-drenched cinematography which are becoming Bong's specialty, Mother is a largely satisfying film which marks the director out as South Korea's most versatile young auteur. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 17, 2009
71% Kinatay (Butchered) (The Execution of P) (2009) " A nerve-shredding exploration of crime which is both repellent and grimly compelling. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 17, 2009
72% I Love You Phillip Morris (2010) " Obviously audacious for the gay romance at its core, it otherwise plays like a polished Hollywood picture starring Jim Carrey and will satisfy a certain percentage of his audience. " ‐ Screendaily
Posted May 14, 2009
91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) " Second-time director Lee Daniels creates a must-see portrait of life's underprivileged which is utterly compelling. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 14, 2009
98% Up (2009) " A highpoint of ingenuity and storytelling in the Pixar canon and indeed the animated form. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 13, 2009
37% Angels & Demons (2009) " Ron Howard does a far superior job of filming Dan Brown's first Robert Langdon novel Angels & Demons than he did with his lifeless blockbuster The Da Vinci Code. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 7, 2009
95% Star Trek (2009) " JJ Abrams injects a gigantic dose of energy into this long-running franchise and brings it roaring back to life. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 24, 2009
79% Humpday (2009) " Humpday is the most accessible film so far to come out of the so-called Mumblecore movement. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 14, 2009
14% Dragonball Evolution (2009) " Puerile childrens' sci-fi of a strictly B-movie standard. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 26, 2009
64% Duplicity (2009) " A high-tech romantic thriller set in the little-seen world of corporate espionage, Tony Gilroy's second feature is sophisticated adult entertainment which puts the lazy Ocean's films to shame with its clever writing, lively direction and visual panache. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 16, 2009
43% Race to Witch Mountain (2009) " In the tradition of Disney live-action films from the 70s, it's all very low rent. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 12, 2009
50% Chéri (2009) " The film belongs to Pfeiffer's Lea as she struggles to hold onto dignity in the face of age and crumbling vanity. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 27, 2009
12% Pink Panther 2 (2009) " A hit-and-miss family entertainment which relies heavily on the audience's affection for the bumbling policeman to make up for a paper-thin storyline and a drab visual palette. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 2, 2009
40% He's Just Not That Into You (2009) " An intermittently engaging ensemble which outstays its welcome but contains some peppy performances and amusing observations. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 2, 2009
90% Coraline (2009) " Although it features some of the most exquisite stop motion animation seen to date, even more glorious to watch in 3D, the tone of the film is curiously unsympathetic. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 2, 2009
95% Mary and Max (2009) " A melancholy true story of unlikely friendship which is another bold example of adult storytelling through animation. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 16, 2009
50% Jolene (2008) " While its lumpy story drags long before its running time is up, the film serves as the perfect showcase for new star Jessica Chastain, a dazzling redhead whose talent and radiance keeps its many parts watchable. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 8, 2009
14% The Spirit (2008) " Frank Miller's first solo effort as a director is an entertaining, if forgettable, cinematic imagining of Will Eisner's classic superhero The Spirit. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 19, 2008
56% The Tale of Despereaux (2008) " A somewhat charmless affair which, while striking to look at, fails to come to dramatic life. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 15, 2008
79% Gran Torino (2009) " An unpretentious, often very funny humanist drama which is a small jewel in Clint Eastwood's canon of work as a director and a highpoint in his career as an actor. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 5, 2008
61% The Reader (2008) " A superbly fluid, elegant film crafted with distinctly European sensibilities which suit the bitter story at its heart. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 2, 2008
72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) " A wildly ambitious fantasy which contains many intriguing elements and superb production values but ultimately fails to cohere as the epic tragedy it wants to be. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 25, 2008
49% Twilight (2008) " An intoxicating blend of breathy romance and mild horror which will be must-see viewing for teenage girls. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 20, 2008
71% Last Chance Harvey (2009) " Writer/director Joel Hopkins is smart enough to focus entirely on the two lead actors and there is enough veracity in their seasoned faces to keep the drama comfortably on track. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 17, 2008
94% Milk (2008) " A briskly-told, warmly humanistic and stirring portrait of inspirational gay activist and politician Harvey Milk. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 3, 2008
39% Speed Racer (2008) " The brothers swamp the fragile story and characters with such a deluge of CGI tricks and elaborate action sequences that it proves hard to care about the humans on screen. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
54% Body of Lies (2008) " More gripping to watch in the moment than enjoyable to recall at its end. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) " After a three-film stopover in the UK which reaped generally unsatisfying results, Woody Allen seems to have recovered some lightness of touch and sparkle in Spain. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
36% Street Kings (2008) " Everything here is predictable, from the tired plot whose revelations are deeply unsurprising to the gritty dialogue and casual everyday violence of the cops involved. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
54% Mamma Mia! (2008) " The infectious, decades-old ABBA songs on which the film is anchored are the only thing keeping it afloat. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
63% Brideshead Revisited (2008) " Evelyn Waugh's greatest novel gets a respectable new film treatment from a team of Britain 's biggest names, although it will inevitably remain in the shadow of the 1981 TV series. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
30% Nights in Rodanthe (2008) " If the story is a dreary one, it is elevated by the star brio of Gere and Lane. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
96% The Class (2008) " Offers a rich microcosm of today's multi-ethnic French population and fascinating insights into the complicated dilemmas and misunderstandings which teaching -- and indeed learning -- can entail. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
84% Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) " Indeed, the film never veers into arch territory, possessing such affection for its characters that not one of them, not even Sarah Marshall, comes off as the bad guy. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
76% Appaloosa (2008) " A gentle, warmly human and quietly compelling western with a wry sense of humour and some engaging performances from a group of fine actors. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
96% WALL-E (2008) " The most ambitious, visually-breathtaking film from the animation stable to date, pushing family entertainment to new limits of thoughtfulness and imagination, and offering unprecedented challenges to young minds. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
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