Sam Wigley

Sam Wigley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 87% of the time.

Publications:
Total Film
Total Reviews:
23

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Showing 1 - 23 of 23
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 77% Samsara (2012) " Jaw-dropping in colour and splendour, but if the constant awe gets a bit tiring, at its best you can genuinely feel some great wheel turning." — Total Film
Posted Aug 23, 2012
4/5 88% The Turin Horse (2012) " If you've got the stomach for it this is an intoxicating vision of life at the end of its tether." — Total Film
Posted May 23, 2012
3/5 89% Buck (2011) " Breaking the cycle of abuse, Buck's deep-rooted respect for these dignified animals is truly inspiring." — Total Film
Posted Apr 2, 2012
4/5 81% North Sea Texas (2012) " Drawing affecting performances from a fledgling cast, Defurne's film is a poignant snapshot of square-peg adolescent desire, vibrantly set against a colourful backdrop." — Total Film
Posted Mar 26, 2012
4/5 98% The Island President (2012) " Nasheed may be a small fish in a big geopolitical pond, but his enterprise and optimism are a welcome complement to eco doc doom and gloom." — Total Film
Posted Mar 19, 2012
4/5 88% Patience (After Sebald) (2012) " As Jonathan Pryce reads passages and academic voices take turns to chew over Sebald's visionary opus, B&W footage of country roadsides and wind-blasted coastlines turns rural Suffolk into something truly otherworldly." — Total Film
Posted Jan 16, 2012
2/5 13% Demons Never Die " More interested in street cred than plot cred: never has a bunch of kids looked less likely to want to end it all." — Total Film
Posted Jun 1, 2011
3/5 93% The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte) (2011) " The goats are the stars in Michelangelo Frammartino's dialogue-free portrait of a remote Calabrian farming community." — Total Film
Posted May 25, 2011
3/5 76% Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (2010) " Exciting but one-sided, Bouchareb's film is a Melville-lite study of honour among dangerous men." — Total Film
Posted May 10, 2011
5/5 100% Battleship Potemkin (1925) " Nearly 90 years on, Eisenstein's masterpiece is still guaranteed to get the pulse racing." — Total Film
Posted Apr 26, 2011
4/5 91% Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010) " Interviews with Spitzer, those exclusive madams and vengeful Republicans are woven into a compulsively fascinating probe of power and its dark side." — Total Film
Posted Mar 2, 2011
2/5 45% Just Wright (2010) " Take a pro basketball player with a career-threatening knee injury and an ugly-duckling nurse and you've got the blueprint for a steamroller of sopp that knows no shame." — Total Film
Posted Sep 16, 2010
4/5 50% 1 Day (2009) " The film has a cheeky comic streak that offsets all the streetwise grandstanding." — Total Film
Posted Nov 6, 2009
1/5 8% 31 North 62 East (Too Close to the Truth) (2009) " Even John Rhys-Davies as the PM struggles to lend gravitas to the comically earnest dialogue and knee-jerk conspiracy theorising." — Total Film
Posted Sep 18, 2009
4/5 85% Rumba (2008) " Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon prove worthy heirs to the gangly genius of Jacques Tati in this surreal comic gem." — Total Film
Posted Jul 31, 2009
4/5 97% Burma VJ: Reporter i et Lukket Land (Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country) (2008) " Shaky recordings, interspersed with reconstruction scenes at the VJ HQ, look surprisingly sharp and give Burma VJ an unforgettable and powerful immediacy." — Total Film
Posted Jul 17, 2009
4/5 69% sleep furiously. (2011) " It's unusually tender and eccentric, and Koppel's personal sadness at the passing of this way of life is palpable." — Total Film
Posted May 29, 2009
3/5 59% The International (2009) " Leaving behind the aromatic fantasy of Perfume, Tom Tykwer weighs in with a tense and exhilarating entry into the spy genre. This is an espionage thriller well worth investing in." — Total Film
Posted Feb 27, 2009
4/5 83% Import/Export (2006) " Yet his unerring eye for the absurdity of human behaviour and the rituals we invent for ourselves makes this a blackly humorous treat." — Total Film
Posted Oct 3, 2008
4/5 89% Aleksandra (Alexandra) (2007) " Shot in shades of bleached-out khaki brown and augmented by a heart-rending orchestral score, it's a unique and intensely moving elegy for wasted lives." — Total Film
Posted Sep 26, 2008
4/5 87% Times and Winds (Bes vakit) (2007) " We've seen this kind of picturesque rural drama before, but director Reha Erdem still hews a rich poetry from the material. The story's elegantly structured around the five daily calls-to-prayer given from a parapet with stunning views." — Total Film
Posted Aug 29, 2008
4/5 79% Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007) " Jimmy Carter may not be the most memorable ex-White House resident, but his post-presidency record as a battler for humanitarian causes takes some beating." — Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2008
3/5 59% Izgnanie (The Banishment) (2007) " Lumbering and beautiful, Zvyagintsev leaves few doubts that we're in the hands of a fledgling master: there's lots of striking visuals to keep you from itching for the exit as the leisurely running time unspools." — Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2008
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