Oliver Lyttelton

Oliver Lyttelton

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Oliver Lyttelton's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Playlist

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 80% Tig "Every time you hear or see Notaro perform, you're reminded that you'd likely be getting a greater insight into both her work and her personal life by seeing one of her ace routines rather than by sitting through ninety minutes of "Tig." " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 17, 2015
A- 100% Dheepan "While the film retains Audiard's trademark muscularity, it's also the most compassionate and humanistic thing he's made to date. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 28, 2015
B+ 100% The Little Prince "...for the most part the director takes the right liberties, ending up with an extremely beautiful, very charming, thematically rich take that's sure to be one of the better animated movies this year. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 26, 2015
A- 88% Green Room "The result is an exciting, splattery, funny genre movie that somehow never once feels disposable, and one that should prove a midnight movie delight for some time to come. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 18, 2015
B+ 100% Son of Saul ""Son of Saul" is an ambitious movie for a first-time filmmaker, but it pays off. The film has a visceral, experiential quality that captures the mundane horror of day-to-day duties early on, and the Goya-esque hell as chaos erupts later on. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2015
B+ 100% Mia Madre "Formally, "Mia Madre" is not the director's finest hour, but actually, it's a different beast entirely from his earlier work, and a moving, sensitive one at that. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2015
F 0% Sea of Trees "Ultimately, "Sea Of Trees" feels like an entirely appropriate title: it makes you feel like you're drowning, and it's full of sap. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 15, 2015
B- 76% Good Kill (2015) "When cinema reflects current conflicts, a certain aesthetic typically develops, and "Good Kill," Andrew Niccol's drone strike-era drama, makes a convincing case for the next phase of that evolution. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 11, 2015
C 43% Gerontophilia (2015) "It may be that, in self-consciously targeting a wider audience (as LaBruce has happily confessed was his aim here), the director's lost a little of his edge in the process. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Apr 27, 2015
A 92% Ex Machina (2015) ""Ex Machina" is one of the headiest and most impressive sci-fi debuts since "Moon," and if we see more than a handful of movies better than it across the next twelve months, 2015 will be a terrific year. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 21, 2015
C 82% Black Sea (2015) "Whether as an adventure tale, a thriller, or a morality play, "Black Sea" never quite makes a compelling enough case for its existence. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Dec 12, 2014
A- 98% Paddington (2015) "We're just pleased to have a family film in the truest sense of the word, one that's genuinely hilarious, touching and inventive to both kids and their parents " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Dec 4, 2014
B- 80% Penance (2009) ""Penance" is a fascinating, expansive piece of work, albeit one that struggles to escape its TV origins on the big screen, and that can't quite stick the landing. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Nov 13, 2014
A 99% Leviathan (2014) "If there was ever any doubt as to Zvyagintsev's position as one of world cinema's foremost auteurs, it's put to rest here. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 20, 2014
C 63% Son of a Gun (2015) "There are worse ways to spend a couple of hours, especially if you're a fan of the film's Australian crime predecessors, but the film's forgotten almost as soon as the credits roll. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 17, 2014
D 19% Monsters: Dark Continent (2015) ""Monsters: Dark Continent" is a sour, tedious, and derivative film that doesn't just prove disappointing in its own right, it actively makes us resent the first film retroactively for inspiring it. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 17, 2014
B+ 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "Beautifully observed moments, captured gorgeously by Kent, and excellently performed by his cast, make the film linger, adding up to a of mosaic of grief, loss, and anger at the waste of an inhuman conflict, all without showing a single bullet fired. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 14, 2014
D- 18% Serena (2015) ""Serena" isn't bad enough to be some kind of potential cult classic: it's tedious, with even the stranger moments and plot developments failing to raise the pulse. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 14, 2014
A 92% The Possibilities Are Endless "Stunningly photographed by Richard Stewart, and gorgeously scored by Collins and a handful of collaborators, "The Possibilities are Endless" is one of the most distinctive, formally experimental and moving documentaries we've seen in a long time. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 13, 2014
B- 80% The Falling (2015) "Every time the picture opens a fascinating door, you're held back by a naff filmmaking choice or a rote story move. It's not the step up we hoped for from Morley, but there's also enough here to ensure that we'll pay attention wherever she goes. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 11, 2014
4/5 90% Obvious Child (2014) "Actor and stand-up Jenny Slate shines in this romantic comedy which faces up to the realities of abortion. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Aug 28, 2014
B- 83% Dormant Beauty (2014) ""Dormant Beauty" is well-written, beautifully performed, and nicely made, if a good 15 minutes overlong. But we couldn't help but feel, given how controversial it proved in advance, that it should've been willing to go a little closer to the edge. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 24, 2014
C 71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) "After a promising half-hour or so, "Dinosaur 13" becomes less convincing and less involving, particularly as the real-life narrative peaks halfway through. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 23, 2014
B+ 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) ""A deviation from the Marvel formula, a gloriously, defiant weird movie that nevertheless proves to be an enormous crowd-pleaser." " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 24, 2014
A 100% Louie: Season 3 (TV, 2012) "This was (while not the funniest), the best-directed, acted and most profound of the recent run, and we hope it bodes well for C.K. pushing the show into stranger territory in the second half of the season. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 16, 2014
C- 75% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet "[The film] is more twee than the Pinterest board for a Portland wedding. It's more twee than Michel Gondry's Tumblr. It's more twee than Wes Anderson and Zoe Kazan dancing to a C86 mixtape. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 16, 2014
B+ 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) ""We'd happily watch a 'Jump Street' movie every couple of years for the foreseeable future." " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 3, 2014
C No Score Yet Pyojeok (The Target) "...Chang's film feels generic and played out. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 30, 2014
A- 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) "It's a film about tone as much as anything, and the gorgeous, pastoral quality of the work here has lingered long past the film's ending. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 30, 2014
A- 92% Pride (2014) "Pride does not push the medium into new territory and was certainly not the most challenging or complex film in Cannes, but it was the one that moved us the most. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 30, 2014
B 81% Queen and Country (2015) "Queen & Country is hardly reinventing the wheel, but it's charming, evocative and...well-performed... " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 30, 2014
A 100% Tu Dors Nicole (2015) "...it's executed with such charm and skill in every gorgeous frame that I walked out completely and totally smitten. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2014
B 86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) "Is it difficult, abrasive and pretentious? Absolutely. But there are worse things to be than any of those. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2014
C 58% Bird People (2014) "...we just found it too oblique, too delighted with itself, and frankly, too dull, to admire it much. It's probably a good thing that it exists, but it's not for us. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2014
D 27% The Search "...the film as a whole is tepid and familiar enough that it's hard to even find much to salvage in the acting. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2014
C No Score Yet Hermosa juventud (Beautiful Youth) "...it's decent enough, just thoroughly unexceptional. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2014
C- 29% Lost River (2015) "The film is ultimately kind of juvenile and dumb, and there are more moments where you'll roll your eyes rather than inwardly applauding. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2014
B+ 96% National Gallery (2014) "...Wiseman's film is the most nourishing example of cinematic brain food you'll have all year. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2014
B- 95% The Wonders (2015) "...it's clearly an admirably personal piece of work, but one that ultimately walks in the footsteps of too many others for us to really take it into our hearts. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2014
B+ 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) "If Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve and Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon took a bunch of prescription medication...had a three-way and conceived a child, nine months later the child would look something like Map To The Stars. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2014
B 82% The Homesman (2014) "...it nods more to John Ford...than more contemporary takes on the genre, but the old-school classicism suits the material " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2014
B- 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) "It is very much a first film, albeit one of rare ambition, and there's every reason to think that Benson will nail it next time around. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2014
B 96% Wild Tales (2015) "...it only cements Szifron's clear talent... " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2014
B 88% Catch Me Daddy (2015) "...it's an ambitious attempt to meld the kind of social realism...with a stripped-down genre thriller...that's only moderately successful, though it suggests Wolfe is a filmmaker of real promise. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2014
B- 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) "...few fans of the original are likely to be truly disappointed, and the film is certainly in the top tier of the studio's output. It's just a shame that it doesn't quite have the same beating heart as its predecessor. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2014
A- 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "...Mr Turner, though not without flaws, is something of a twilight culmination of Leigh's work, and very much one in which the filmmaker turns his lens on himself, as is so often the case when directors make movies about artists. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2014
F 9% Grace Of Monaco "Rarely competent, unintentionally hilarious and borderline reprehensible in both its politics and its take on gender roles. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 14, 2014
4/5 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) "Anthony Chen puts modern Singaporese cinema on the map with this beautifully observed and gently comic family drama. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 1, 2014
D 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) "[It] doesn't just double down on what didn't work in the first film, it manages to undo some of the good qualities of the original as well. The result is a film that kicks off the summer blockbuster season with a resounding thud. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Apr 8, 2014
B 76% Harmontown (2014) "... it has something to say about fandom, and just people, in general, so the uninitiated shouldn't shy away entirely. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Mar 21, 2014
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