Simon Foster

Simon Foster

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Simon Foster's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Lilet Never Happened "Talag is a soaring onscreen presence; a naturally gifted performer who can play tough and tender in the same frame, she is called upon to navigate scenes that would test actresses twice her age and experience. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jul 21, 2015
No Score Yet Sherpa "For all the mountainous visual majesty her lens captures, it is director Jennifer Peedom's soulful, stirring depiction of the human spirit that allows her feature, Sherpa, to truly soar. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jul 14, 2015
No Score Yet Asphalt Watches "[This] garish, grotesque work of flash-animated surrealism might best be described as the lovechild of psychedelic cartoonist Robert Crumb and Pendleton Ward, creator of the TV series Adventure Time. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jul 3, 2015
No Score Yet The Creeping Garden "Slime mould makes for one of the most fascinating and complex central figures in any film this year. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jul 3, 2015
80% Yakona "Co-helmers [Paul] Collins and Anlo Sepulveda capture the wonder and delicacy of a life-giving tributary in all its complex and captivating glory. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jul 3, 2015
No Score Yet H. "The determined, often artsy ambiguity may drive some to distraction...yet there are moments of undeniably engrossing psychological drama. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jul 3, 2015
100% Station To Station (2015) "As with all anthology films, some instalments connect better than others. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 30, 2015
89% Spring (2015) "Think Before Sunrise as written by HP Lovecraft; or, a Richard Linklater version of Species. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 30, 2015
92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "College campus sexual assault is exposed for the American epidemic it truly represents in Kirby Dicks' deeply disturbing call-to-action documentary. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 30, 2015
100% The Forbidden Room "Scratched and crumpled film stock, soaring melodrama, silent era title cards, multi-layered narratives and a garish palette barely skim the surface when trying to describe the outsider auteur's latest, daring, giddily abstract work. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 30, 2015
85% The Tribe (2015) "Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's study of teenage tribalism and the brutal adherence to a gangland-style hierarchy is a grimy, gripping, unrelenting vision. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 30, 2015
No Score Yet The Dream Of Shahrazad "Verster considers the legacy of The 1001 Nights while crafting a challenging, vast yet intimate tapestry of personal and cultural significance. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 12, 2015
92% Grandma (2015) "Lily Tomlin sets her sights on Oscar glory as Elle Reid in writer/director Paul Weitz's razor-sharp character-driven comedy/drama, Grandma. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 12, 2015
90% Turbo Kid (2015) "DOP Jean-Philippe Bernier's widescreen frame and crisp imaging actually work against the comedic premise, as does the CGI-amped splatter-effects. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 12, 2015
No Score Yet Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna (The Postman's White Nights) "The director's understated naturalism may be too muted for some, but others will draw a heartbreaking universal relevance from the plight of Konchalovsky's real-life protagonists. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 5, 2015
80% Deathgasm "A star is born in Milo Cawthorne as headbangin' loner Brodie, who exhibits great comic timing and an every-dude charm, especially in his efforts to woo the wonderful Kimberley Crossman. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 5, 2015
No Score Yet Being Evel (2015) "Despite teetering on the edge of gushy hagiography for much of the first half, the darker psychological shades of the man himself keep the film on track - unlike some of Evel's (in)famous jumps. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 5, 2015
No Score Yet My Love, Don't Cross That River "The authenticity of some early scenes is questionable, but the inevitability of one's mortality is dealt with in a deeply respectful, entirely truthful manner. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 5, 2015
78% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) "[Both] a glorious celebration of the lunatic fringe (led by wild-child Doug Kenney) and a cautionary tale of the destructive impact of fame and fortune. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 5, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) "Marketers will reaffirm that this "is one for the fans," and it certainly is warmly familiar (and, yes, this three-star review is unashamedly seen through the rose-coloured glasses of a fanatic). " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 2, 2015
33% Poltergeist (2015) "It's just that little bit sadder that proof exists indicating it could have been so much more. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted May 19, 2015
83% Piku (2015) "[The] legendary Amitabh Bachchan brings both dramatic heft and lightness of touch to a showy role, but it is Deepika Padukone who emerges as the film's heart and soul. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted May 14, 2015
No Score Yet Bereave "Bereave is an achingly insightful, darkly humorous, richly rewarding work by two important creative forces. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted May 12, 2015
56% Infini (2015) "Script and storytelling shortcomings aside, it is the overarching familiarity of Abbess' visual cues that derails his ambition. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted May 7, 2015
No Score Yet Kaakkaa Muttai "The Crow's Egg is a child's-eye tale of exuberance and kinship that only loses its focus when it wants to play grown-up. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted May 1, 2015
1.5/5 57% Endhiran (2010) "Imagine the worst bits of Alex Proyas' I, Robot and Robert Greenwald's Xanadu, cobbled together with a dash of Shaw's Pygmalion, and you get some grim picture as to what S. Shankar's grating extravaganza Robot has to offer. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 20, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) "In succinct and sublime tones, Love & Mercy convinces that God only knows where American music would be without Brian Wilson. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Apr 16, 2015
54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "Harrison Ford emerges as Krieger's trump card...It is a raw, vulnerable performance that ensures the film soars and draws fresh reserves out of Lively (the definition of 'Supporting Actor', surely). " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Apr 11, 2015
25% Manny Lewis "Carl Barron's brand of moody introspection and manufactured romance is unlikely to connect with old fans or win over many new ones. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Mar 17, 2015
3.5/5 95% Star Trek (2009) "Abrams had a responsibility that most other action film directors never need to worry about. He succeeds in parts, maybe enough for the young, modern audiences for whom the film has been made, but old Trekkies may have some issues. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 17, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "It may be perfectly sufficient that, above all else, Fifty Shades of Grey captures the shallow essence of its source material. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 12, 2015
77% Beyond Clueless (2014) "If the revered works of 80s auteur John Hughes...gave teenagers a fresh, honest voice, Beyond Clueless teaches us that the life, loves and psychology of the turn-of-the-century teen were a harder-to-define mix of individualism, alienation and rebellion. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 9, 2015
100% Rocks in my Pockets (2014) "Baumane draws upon a rich history of European animation to propel Rocks in My Pockets, her charming, incisive and very contemporary study of generational depression and suicidal tendencies. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 9, 2015
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "It presents the consummate movie actress of her generation stripping bare the vanities of her profession to portray an everywoman hero, gently coaxed to life by filmmakers with a profound grasp of true emotion. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 9, 2015
No Score Yet The Quarantine Hauntings "Exhibiting a solid understanding of genre machinations, [co-directors Bianca Biasi and Arnold Perez] make up for a lack of narrative inspiration with sufficiently solid scares. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 9, 2015
80% Paper Planes (2015) "There is exuberance in the staging but not an ounce of real-world emotion in the narrative, which manufactures cute contrivances in place of genuine heart and accomplished storytelling. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 9, 2015
77% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) "Brothers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner channel their clearly compulsive love for B-movie bloodletting into a debut work that honours the 'Gore Gods' of yore as efficiently as it announces the arrival of their own brand of genre genius. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 9, 2015
80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "The Theory Of Everything hits all the right beats, though never quite soars. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 2, 2015
71% Into the Woods (2014) "...a neither here-nor-there Christmas holiday tent pole that, however well crafted, does not do its pedigree justice. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 5, 2015
89% The Imitation Game (2014) "No stiff upper-lipped acting stone is left unturned in Morten Tyldum's earnest, honest account of the life of Alan Turing. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 4, 2015
77% St. Vincent (2014) "The script doesn't work hard enough to make Vincent more than a one-dimensional grouch. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 29, 2014
62% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) "Alexander's day otherwise proves middling, uninspired, not great, and very pedestrian. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2014
48% Stalingrad (2014) "Fedor Bondarchuk's bloody battle epic celebrates the excesses of war cinema far more effectively than it does the heroism of his countrymen. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Nov 6, 2014
94% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) "A character study wrapped in a detective story that serves as a sly bit of self-promotion to boot. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 4, 2014
71% Interstellar (2014) "Interstellar begins to feel more like those disaster movies that Irwin Allen used to make, bulging with enough star wattage to keep our eyes on the screen and not rolling to the back of our heads. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Oct 30, 2014
4.5/5 92% Frost/Nixon (2008) "Slick, smart, superb American filmmaking. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 28, 2014
58% Decoding Annie Parker (2014) "There's a passion to tell this story with an understated urgency and profound empathy that can be felt in every frame of this terrific film. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Oct 27, 2014
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "The ace in the hole is Baymax, who scores big laughs and generates warmth and good will that ultimately proves more crucial to the film than it should have to be. " ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Oct 27, 2014
94% Whiplash (2014) "A richly dichotomous film that forges a rousing crowd-pleasing denouement from an act of complex immoral defiance. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 23, 2014
36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) "No front-loading of Oscar-worthy talent or uttering that over-used adjective, "Hitchcockian", can disguise the fact that Rowan Joffe's daft thriller, Before I Go To Sleep, is anything more than a high concept, low IQ, airport novel of a film. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 14, 2014
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