Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward

Agrees with the Tomatometer 92% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
29% The Longest Ride (2015) " [The cast members] help make the inherently flavourless content that follows the initial meet-cute easier to consume -- though never to swallow whole. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Apr 16, 2015
46% Home (2015) " Home cunningly attempts to achieve that always-expected animated feat of being everything to everyone, but what it really proves -- with more authenticity than the content itself can muster -- is just how infrequently that can be done. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Mar 25, 2015
30% Chappie (2015) " This mash-up makes for a curious movie, one both beholden to its many sources of inspiration, and uncertain of how to use them to pave its way forward. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Mar 19, 2015
61% Run All Night (2015) " If any of his movies was ever to reflect [Neeson's] current career trajectory of fine performances in average fare, it's this one. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Mar 19, 2015
75% Lucky Them (2014) " Griffiths helms the feature with low-key fondness and a lived-in atmosphere, the camera caressing the Seattle spaces the story calls home, and lingering lovingly over the more rural places Ellie and Charlie venture to. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Mar 12, 2015
25% Manny Lewis " The incessant talk that continues from start to finish might just be the movie's strongpoint -- and given how clumsy and contrived it is, that's saying something. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Mar 12, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " What emerges in Fifty Shades of Grey is perhaps the best finished product that could rise from the depths of a compromised starting point. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Feb 19, 2015
82% Me, Myself and Mum " Funny, thoughtful and bubbling over with feeling, the feature shines brightest and rings truest when its driving force is at his best -- which, thankfully, is most of its brief running time. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Feb 12, 2015
90% Wild (2014) " As it traverses familiar territory and covers a distance that The Proclaimers would be proud of, it does so with sufficient grace and gusto. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 2, 2015
89% Still Alice (2015) " Still Alice will be remembered for Moore's efforts, with her performance one that audiences won't forget. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 2, 2015
81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The Fault in Our Stars presents itself as a cooler, calmer, more considered kids-with-cancer film, but remains content with going through the melodramatic motions. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Jan 6, 2015
91% Locke (2014) " The feature's greatest achievement may stem from eliciting interest from its story, style and structure; however, it is its lead that sears its exploration of the inescapable inexplicably into memory. " ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 5, 2015
92% Pride (2014) " With heart and hope, the film becomes a feel-good triumph of statement and sentiment, equally entertaining, affecting and important. " ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 5, 2015
29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) " The only thing that impresses in Dumb And Dumber To is that it does manage to exceed even the most modest expectations of its inanity. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 5, 2015
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) " Parts of the narrative are unavoidably clunky, but the film has humour and heart. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 5, 2015
96% Ida (2014) " Within austere frames overflowing with soft black and white visuals, imagery is everything, and the film shows more than it says. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 5, 2015
98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Jodorowsky's Dune may be indulgent, slightly made and steeped in idolatry in its ode to the imagination, but as wild stories unravel, it swiftly becomes apparent that no other approach would have been possible. " ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 4, 2015
98% Mr. Turner (2014) " As Mr Turner finds the humanity within the harshness of a life of winding down and of an extraordinary talent housed within a complex man, Leigh and his collaborators on-screen and off turn the corresponding account into its own masterly work. " ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 2, 2015
98% Boyhood (2014) " Linklater took a risk on an ambitious way to relate an oft-told tale, and in his newcomer lead and career-best turns from Arquette and Hawke, he succeeds. " ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 2, 2015
74% The Congress (2014) " Crucial to Folman's vision of the material is Wright's star turn, and the baggage that she brings. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2014
95% Particle Fever (2014) " An adventure, a celebration, and a snapshot of investigation at its most essential and enthralling, Particle Fever is both intelligent and accessible. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 26, 2014
80% The One I Love (2014) " Come for the energetically shot quirkiness, stay for the astute observations and performances that make The One I Love a crafty, clever, modern romance. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 26, 2014
75% Jimmy's Hall (2015) " Excellent acting all around ensures that emotions run hot, but this is Loach at his most earnest and elegant. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 26, 2014
88% Winter Sleep (2014) " As a former photographer, Ceylan also offers textured, snow-capped imagery to accompany his precise, perceptive probing of interior truths and external lies. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 13, 2014
74% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet " As seen in Delicatessen and Amelie, all things whimsical comprise Jeunet's gambit, placing The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet firmly in his comfort zone. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 31, 2014
63% For No Good Reason (2014) " Despite intending to expand upon Steadman's output and impact, the documentary boils the importance of his oeuvre down to the obvious. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 30, 2014
100% Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014) " The central performances overcome the conventional material to offer relatable characters on a universal quest, with the always excellent Camara a perfect guide through pleasant territory. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 23, 2014
86% The Conjuring (2013) " The Conjuring simply takes a standard story comprised of the usual components, and with warmth and commitment makes them not just palatable, but successful. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Oct 14, 2014
90% Advanced Style (2014) " Witty one-liners flow freely from the film's subjects, in keeping with the celebratory spirit of the documentary. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 10, 2014
89% Siddharth (2014) " A stirring central performance caps a modest yet moving slice of a life fictionalised in its details but real in its sorrow. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 9, 2014
90% Obvious Child (2014) " Obvious Child succeeds as a concise comedy unafraid of quarter-life malaise, an affecting debut from an emerging talent, and a star vehicle for Jenny Slate. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 2, 2014
93% In Bloom (2014) " Teen life in In Bloom is tense, terse, gritty, and galvanising, but for its characters, heartbreakingly, there is no other alternative. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 25, 2014
87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " Wiig and Hader are the stars of the show, as well as winning components of a wry look at life. Their rapport is a delight, and the rest of the film is darkly authentic and deliciously funny. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 25, 2014
88% The Immigrant (2014) " Unsurprisingly, Marion Cotillard is key as the recipient of the film's many misfortunes, displaying both tenacity and fragility to cultivate audience investment in Ewa's choices. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 18, 2014
93% The Infinite Man " Few films are as fun, funny, insightful, or astute with a familiar concept, as The Infinite Man pleasingly creates a new future for time travel flicks. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 18, 2014
95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " The man, the myth, and the music could only have been captured in this way, in a revealing, thrilling doco-dramatisation hybrid that's part portrait, part peering into the artistic abyss. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 21, 2014
No Score Yet Aussie Rules The World " That the well-meaning film is an advertisement more than an investigation can't be overcome. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Aug 1, 2014
100% All This Mayhem " Rare is the feat that both as well as All This Mayhem achieves, however: transcending whatever level of care or lack thereof the viewer has for the central activity to elicit a deep, destroying investment in the events dissected and figures immortalised. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Aug 1, 2014
60% Hercules (2014) " It's that sense of the economical and not-too-serious that flows from Johnson once more - think fun, not grim, bucking the current trend towards self-importance. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Jul 24, 2014
81% Tracks (2014) " The adaptation transposes the rhythms of her trek as a languid but never lingering odyssey, as anchored by Mia Wasikowska's relentless performance " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 4, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) " If the film itself doesn't win viewers over with its refreshingly rounded story, Garcia's offering of a vulnerable and tenacious heroine will; make no mistake, audiences will be singing Gloria's name. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 28, 2014
13% Winter's Tale (2014) " A fairy tale concept enlivened with average special effects, a plight predicated upon purportedly epic affection rendered with the most rote and unearned of emotion, and a tale supposedly larger-than-life but lacking in enthusiasm or investment. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Feb 21, 2014
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Films can be lifted by their performances, just as careers can be resurrected by the embrace of difficult choices. Though grounded by a resonant real-life story of struggle and survival, Dallas Buyers Club offers an example of both. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Feb 21, 2014
75% Lone Survivor (2014) " Though the film predictably finishes on just one of its number, it is in the many that Lone Survivor's components best succeed. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Feb 21, 2014
92% Nebraska (2013) " Swiftly and smartly, Nebraska becomes an ode to small hopes, big leaps, and the texture of life in all its uncertainty and melancholy. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
89% Frozen (2013) " The expected Disney components are on display, from gleaming imagery to catchy songs to engaging humour, but this classically told fairytale revels in its moving modernity, crafting a strong ode to empowerment. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
64% August: Osage County (2013) " Every actor is given their moment, just as every role is afforded a showpiece scene, but much of it feels like it's just going through the motions. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
91% The Great Beauty (2013) " Sorrentino's film may flit between vignettes of extravagance and eccentricity, but more is always toiling underneath. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
17% Zambezia (2013) " Plodding pacing, even with a 83 minute running time, only compounds the inconsistencies of a well-meaning but disappointing offering. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Apr 15, 2013
46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " It is the encompassing mythology that is muddied and murky, complete with misogynistic renderings of female sexuality that the mystical packaging can't overcome. " ‐ Trespass
Posted Feb 22, 2013
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