Richard Luck

Richard Luck

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
BBC , Film4 , FilmFour.com
Total Reviews:
144

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
80% David and Bathsheba (1951) " Entertaining less as a Bibilical epic than as an epic exercise in extreme camp." — Film4
Posted Mar 5, 2014
94% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1998) " For a picture big on in-camera special effects, few of the explosions and set pieces can eclipse the parade of cracking performances." — Film4
Posted Nov 15, 2013
94% March of the Penguins (2005) " With such incredible subject matter, March Of The Penguins cannot help but hold the attention. It's impossible not to warm to the penguins." — Film4
Posted Aug 5, 2013
6% Supercross (2005) " It might hold some appeal if you're as teenager with a thing for dirt bikes." — Film4
Posted Jun 10, 2013
93% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) " John Ford's last great film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is also one of the last classic Westerns to come out of Hollywood." — Film4
Posted Apr 29, 2013
80% Fight Club (1999) " A controversial satire and a contemporary classic." — Film4
Posted Apr 22, 2013
90% Pandora's Box (1929) " There is so much of modern movie life here that the picture, like Brooks' beauty, defies the ravages of time." — Film4
Posted Feb 27, 2013
63% American Guerrilla in the Philippines (I Shall Return) (1950) " A fine film that almost lives up to its mouthwatering title." — Film4
Posted Feb 25, 2013
94% Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) " The ultimate road movie and one of the great American movies of the 1970s." — Film4
Posted Feb 25, 2013
78% Angel Heart (1987) " The book's so good it deserves a better movie, but Rourke's performance is such that Angel Heart stands out from the necromancy movie crowd." — Film4
Posted Oct 19, 2012
19% Another 48 Hrs. (1990) " Not a career high for anyone involved, rarely has 90-odd minutes felt more like 48 hours." — Film4
Posted Oct 19, 2012
4.5/5 82% American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011) " While many biographical documentaries reduce their subjects to museum pieces, American presents the erstwhile Goat Boy as a force of nature, as vital and essential as he ever was." — Film4
Posted May 13, 2010
2/5 28% Dear John (2010) " Ultimately as welcome as a letter bearing that introduction" — Film4
Posted Apr 14, 2010
4/5 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) " For with time running out on 2009, it's wonderful that one of the old year's last gifts should be a reminder of the superb possibilities of blockbuster cinema." — Film4
Posted Dec 18, 2009
3/5 85% Me and Orson Welles (2009) " It's slight but it more than satisfies whenever Christian McKay's Welles is to the fore." — Film4
Posted Dec 4, 2009
1/5 25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) " Put simply, this writer would take any number of bad movies over one nasty film. And make no mistake about it, Law Abiding Citizen is a very nasty movie indeed." — Film4
Posted Nov 27, 2009
4.5/5 89% A Serious Man (2009) " Possibly the brothers' most consistently amusing film since The Big Lebowski." — Film4
Posted Nov 20, 2009
3/5 64% Harry Brown (2010) " Harry Brown's no Get Carter, but thanks to Caine, this not-so-big movie's still in reasonably good shape." — Film4
Posted Nov 13, 2009
4/5 66% Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) " It's a little uneven but at its best Bedknobs And Broomsticks rivals the joy and wonder of Mary Poppins." — Film4
Posted Nov 3, 2009
4.5/5 94% An Education (2009) " It'll be a strange person who doesn't find An Education entertaining, and a stranger man still who denies it the success it's sure to enjoy." — Film4
Posted Oct 30, 2009
4/5 94% The Cove (2009) " The Cove stands out from the crowd due to the readily apparent awfulness of the event it depicts." — Film4
Posted Oct 23, 2009
2.5/5 0% Jack Said (2009) " Jack Said is another okay film enlivened by a typically spirited Dyer performance." — Film4
Posted Sep 25, 2009
3/5 82% The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008) " The Crimson Wing is a Disney nature film. Be aware of this and all that goes with it and you might yet discover the ennobling documentary hidden beneath the wretched excess." — Film4
Posted Sep 25, 2009
4/5 45% Creation (2010) " Flawed as it might be, Creation is still Amiel's best movie to date. Wonderfully mounted, the picture successfully dramatises key moments in Darwin's life." — Film4
Posted Sep 25, 2009
4/5 89% Adventureland (2009) " Its gentle charm and effortless eloquence personified by its winning lead, Adventureland is only marred by a rote final reel." — Film4
Posted Sep 11, 2009
3/5 20% The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) (2008) " A pretty successful European co-production strengthened by a charismatic title performance from Matthias Schweighöfer." — Film4
Posted Sep 4, 2009
3/5 78% Bustin' Down the Door (2008) " If it can't compete with the best surf documentaries, Bustin' Down The Door is never less than diverting - the thrill of conquered waves eclipsed only by the picture's educational value." — Film4
Posted Sep 4, 2009
4/5 90% Big River Man (2009) " Big River Man is up there with the very best modern documentaries." — Film4
Posted Sep 4, 2009
5/5 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " Inglourious Basterds is as much fun as you can have in a cinema without embarrassing an usher or making your popcorn too salty." — Film4
Posted Aug 24, 2009
2.5/5 79% The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) " Occasionally funny and often audacious, but this is too smug to satisfy and too much like Ashton Kutcher's 'Punk'd' to be considered cutting edge." — Film4
Posted Aug 7, 2009
2.5/5 20% Jungle 2 Jungle (1997) " Now if only it was even slightly better than those examples of Hollywood at its laziest." — Film4
Posted Jul 28, 2009
1.5/5 12% Holy Man (1998) " Leaves you wondering whether there really is a God." — Film4
Posted Jul 21, 2009
1/5 6% Gigli (2003) " No, it's not the worst film ever made, but it is a sickening exercise in smugness and self-love." — Film4
Posted Jul 21, 2009
5% Christmas with the Kranks (2004) " Christmas With The Kranks is the sort of film that leaves you thinking Ebenezer Scrooge might have had the right idea about the festive season." — Film4
Posted Jul 20, 2009
4.5/5 95% Mishima - A Life in Four Chapters (1985) " From Philip Glass's glorious score to John Bailey's rich cinematography, Schrader's movie is never less than ravishing." — Film4
Posted Jul 10, 2009
1/5 23% Fired Up (2009) " Fired Up is big on stereotypes (hello, gay Indian guy), overstatement (if you didn't already realise, loud = funny) and borderline homophobia. To paraphrase Repo Man, the longer you watch this, the stupider you might become." — Film4
Posted Jul 10, 2009
5/5 68% Public Enemies (2009) " Mann's best film since Heat is arguably the best movie anyone's made since Heat." — Film4
Posted Jul 3, 2009
2/5 20% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) " Revenge Of The Fallen isn't only louder than Transformers, however. It's longer, it's more explosive, it's more directionless, it's all the proof you'll ever need that more really isn't always more." — Film4
Posted Jun 19, 2009
1.5/5 45% New Town Killers (2008) " A film featuring free-running that makes this most bizarre of extreme pursuits appear positively pedestrian." — Film4
Posted Jun 12, 2009
3.5/5 80% Max Manus: Man of War (2010) " It's perhaps a little too polite at times, but Rønning and Sandberg's well-crafted picture does a good job of celebrating a man whose endeavours ought to be recognised by all of the Allied powers." — Film4
Posted Jun 5, 2009
3/5 29% 12 Rounds (2009) " While 12 Rounds is well above average for an action movie, it's important not to get too carried away. This is, after all, a picture in which leading lady Ashley Scott is less appealing than her pet pug." — Film4
Posted May 29, 2009
3/5 44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) " Fine in the 'rather more than adequate' rather than 'really rather wonderful' sense." — Film4
Posted May 22, 2009
4/5 84% State of Play (2009) " The dialogue deficiencies are less easy to forgive, but neither these nor the sadly missed subplots can detract from the fact that State Of Play in any form is a damn fine yarn." — Film4
Posted Apr 24, 2009
3/5 51% Observe and Report (2009) " If writer-director Jody Hill provides Rogen with pretty slim opportunities, the biggish man remains a gloriously robust talent. Heck, he's even able to ring laughs from such fundamentally unfunny topics as bipolar disorder and alcoholism." — Film4
Posted Apr 24, 2009
5/5 100% The Gold Rush (1925) " Perhaps the defining Chaplin film, and certainly his funniest." — Film4
Posted Apr 20, 2009
2.5/5 33% Good (2008) " Not for the first time, great theatre makes for a merely adequate film." — Film4
Posted Apr 17, 2009
4/5 56% Waveriders (2010) " The first essential surf movie since Riding Giants." — Film4
Posted Apr 3, 2009
4/5 69% Religulous (2008) " Fortunately for filmgoers, the sight of Bill Maher laying the smacketh down on God is, to quote Homer Simpson, truly "sacrilicious"." — Film4
Posted Apr 3, 2009
3.5/5 61% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009) " A great movie? No. Great entertainment? Not arf!" — Film4
Posted Apr 3, 2009
4/5 71% Enemy of the State (1998) " A highly enjoyable hi-tech thriller." — Film4
Posted Mar 30, 2009
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