Sam Jordison

Sam Jordison

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

Biography:
Channel 4 Film movie critic.
Publications:
Daily Mirror [UK] , Film4 , FilmFour.com , Times [UK]
Total Reviews:
49

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 49 of 49
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
67% Djävulens öga (The Devil's Eye) (1961) " Further proof that Bergman had a lively sense of humour as well as an unusual ability to plumb the depths of the human psyche." — Film4
Posted Jul 22, 2013
4/5 69% Echoes of home (Heimatklänge) (2007) " This film is strange, but all the more rewarding for that. It will change your view of yodeling forever - and for the better." — Film4
Posted Jul 10, 2009
4/5 60% Am I Black Enough For You? (2010) " A touching story, relatively well told with the bonus of a fine backing track and eloquent interview subjects." — Film4
Posted Jul 3, 2009
4/5 25% Shadows in the Sun (2009) " A worthy entry on Jean Simmons' impressive CV - and hopefully not the last. Shadows In The Sun might not be Spartacus but it does have a charm of its own." — Film4
Posted Jun 5, 2009
4.5/5 93% Slepe lásky, (Blind Loves) (2009) " A film that is unashamedly sentimental and all the better for it. It's not at all sickly and even quite acerbic at times, but it is sweet." — Film4
Posted May 22, 2009
4/5 100% Ikiru (Doomed) (Living) (To Live) (1956) " Deeply moving." — Film4
Posted Apr 27, 2009
2.5/5 38% In Prison My Whole Life (2008) " A worthy film, highlighting what seems to be a rank injustice, but one that is irritating and poorly put together." — Film4
Posted Oct 24, 2008
4/5 88% Young@Heart (2007) " Moments of high comedy and deep tragedy make this more than the average rehearsal and concert film." — Film4
Posted Oct 17, 2008
3.5/5 56% Afro Saxons " Big hair and bigger egos make for an entertaining and frequently amusing documentary." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 17, 2008
3.5/5 98% All the President's Men (1976) " A triumph of serious Hollywood filmmaking." — Film4
Posted Aug 22, 2008
3.5/5 92% The Cool School (2008) " Occasionally too reverent, this remains an effective evocation of a vibrant and interesting art scene, not to mention a touching paean to lost youth." — Film4
Posted Aug 15, 2008
4/5 84% Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007) " A well made portrait of an intriguing man, presented with a tragic but resounding weight." — Film4
Posted Aug 15, 2008
95% Offside (2006) " Another no-frills success from one of Iran's most accessible directors." — Film4
Posted Aug 3, 2008
3.5/5 89% Starter for 10 (2006) " Sharp jokes and heady nostalgia ensure it will at least please a wide audience." — Film4
Posted Jun 25, 2008
3/5 98% The Devil Came on Horseback (2007) " Clumsy filmmaking and political analysis do not detract from the horror of the events the film bears witness too, nor the importance of its message." — Film4
Posted Apr 11, 2008
100% Rebecca (1940) " A real treat. Captivating from its famous opening lines to its pyrotechnic finale, this is one of Hitchcock's finest -- and that's saying something." — Film4
Posted Feb 19, 2008
3/5 100% Half Moon (Niwe Mung) (2007) " Stylish, but never quite substantial enough, Half Moon never lives up to its stunning opening sequence." — Film4
Posted Jan 4, 2008
3.5/5 70% The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe) (2007) " A rewarding and cleverly constructed experiment - but not one that is easy to enjoy or warm to. All will agree that it's a fine thing that Rivette should still be pushing the boundaries, few will actually want to watch him doing it." — Film4
Posted Dec 28, 2007
4/5 87% Jesus Camp (2006) " Flawed editing and intrusive and irritating commentary hardly detract from the shock value of this disturbing documentary. Compulsory viewing for anyone in the least bit concerned about religious extremism." — Film4
Posted Nov 23, 2007
1.5/5 89% I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (Hei yan quan) (2007) " Directors who come up with films with "sleep" in the title shouldn't be this dull if they don't want glib comments made about them. Yes, I Don't Want To Sleep Alone is a snooze-fest." — Film4
Posted Nov 15, 2007
4.5/5 92% Sicko (2007) " Michael Moore's best film to date. Entertaining, moving, funny, hard-hitting, right-on. It won't silence his critics, but it will give them something to think about." — Film4
Posted Oct 26, 2007
3/5 93% Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel) (2006) " A smart, amusing take on some serious issues that's fortunate in its excellent young leading lady and its ability to laugh at its own political excesses." — Film4
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2/5 54% Manufacturing Dissent (2007) " A few serious points against Moore's credibility are overshadowed by a lot of dull posturing, unconvincing argument and unpleasant interviews. It's nothing like as good as the films made by the man it maligns." — Film4
Posted Oct 5, 2007
84% Three...Extremes (Saam gaang yi) (2005) " This anthology is a mixed bag." — Film4
Posted Sep 26, 2007
3.5/5 88% Moj Nikifor (My Nikifor) (2004) " An enjoyable and gently involving portrayal of a fascinating talent. It isn't the most sophisticated biopic around but that's quite fitting for a subject who took such pride in his own naivety." — Film4
Posted Sep 14, 2007
4/5 83% My Sister Eileen (1942) " Fascinating for anyone with an interest in colonial history, with the added bonus of being extremely good looking, A Throw Of Dice can be enjoyed as straight entertainment as well as an intriguing historical document." — Daily Mirror [UK]
Posted Aug 31, 2007
4/5 83% My Sister Eileen (1942) " Fascinating for anyone with an interest in colonial history, with the added bonus of being extremely good looking, A Throw Of Dice can be enjoyed as straight entertainment as well as an intriguing historical document." — Film4
Posted Aug 31, 2007
100% Stalker (1979) " Powerful and haunting sci-fi parable imbued by Tarkovsky with a multi-layered visual resonance and, despite its stately pace, raw emotional impact." — Film4
Posted May 30, 2007
3/5 76% The Puffy Chair (2005) " A higher 'dude' count than an Ashton Kutcher film." — Film4
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3.5/5 82% L' Amico di Famiglia (The Family Friend) (Friend of the Family) (2006) " For many directors this would be counted as a considerable success, but from the director of The Consequences Of Love, it seems like a disappointment. It's smart, it looks great and there are fantastic characters, but the motive power just isn't there." — Film4
Posted Mar 16, 2007
4/5 69% The 9th Company (9 rota) (2005) " It isn't original and it isn't subtle, but this is an intelligent and well-made war film that hammers its point home with explosive force." — Film4
Posted Feb 16, 2007
4/5 66% The Bridge (2006) " The filmmakers' methods are questionable, but the power of the resulting documentary and the importance of the issues it raises are not." — Film4
Posted Feb 16, 2007
4.5/5 91% Iraq in Fragments (2006) " A work of beauty as well as horror, Iraq In Fragments is one of the best of the many documentaries to come out of that ruined country. It's powerful, enlightening and necessarily depressing." — Film4
Posted Jan 15, 2007
100% Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (Trial of Joan of Arc) (1962) " A film that is more rewarding to recall than to watch, but one with undeniable impact and power." — Film4
Posted Mar 25, 2006
50% The Story of Marie and Julien (2003) " It's just dull." — Film4
Posted Sep 18, 2004
95% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) " This is a real horror film -- it's painful to watch and there's no escape through thinking it's only a movie -- and it's correspondingly impressive." — Film4
Posted Mar 24, 2004
5/5 99% La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers) (1967) " Vital and disquieting, this is a powerful depiction of the pity of war. As shocking today as it was on the day of its release." — Film4
Posted Oct 26, 2003
40% Salon Kitty (Edited Version) (1976) " Proof that there's far more to Tinto Brass than his ability to persuade pretty girls to show their bottoms." — Film4
Posted May 24, 2003
86% Mouchette (1967) " The work of a unique, uncompromising talent at the height of his creative powers. Mouchette is difficult and depressing, but very powerful." — Film4
Posted May 24, 2003
100% Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) " A strange and bittersweet triumph." — Film4
Posted May 24, 2003
4.5/5 97% L'Armée des ombres (Army in the Shadows) (1969) " The action is tense. Dark shadows and long moody silences predominate. The dialogue is clipped and sparse: Melville's heroes are men and women of few words and big deeds." — Film4
Posted May 24, 2003
96% Dead of Night (1945) " A pioneering horror classic, and still one of the most successful anthologies to date." — Film4
Posted May 24, 2003
96% L'Argent (1983) " This unique and meticulous work of art makes a fitting swansong for a cinematic genius." — Film4
Posted May 24, 2003
91% Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) (1959) " Deserves to be enjoyed by a wider audience than it's had in recent years. Black Orpheus is all surface and glorious for it." — Film4
Posted May 24, 2003
86% Memories of Underdevelopment (1973) " A clever film that may be provocatively political and deadly earnest but still has an infectious sense of fun and creative joy." — Film4
Posted May 24, 2003
67% Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter) (1974) " A compelling and disturbing testament to the enduring power of evil and the complexity of human nature." — Film4
Posted May 24, 2003
100% En Passion (A Passion) (The Passion of Anna) (1970) " While it lacks the lightness of touch and smooth flow that distinguishes Bergman at his finest, this is still a powerful, profound work of art." — Film4
Posted May 24, 2003
86% The River (1959) " Some of the politics may not have aged well but its rich colours and passions burn as bright as the day it was made." — Film4
Posted May 24, 2003
78% 11'09''01 - September 11 (2002) " There is, however, a genuine reason for not giving the collection wide distribution. Most of it isn't any good." — FilmFour.com
Posted Dec 25, 2002
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