Simon Weaving

Simon Weaving

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Biography:
Simon grew up all over the place and worked in the theatre before attending Film School. He's made a few award winning short films and is currently completing a PhD in film noir.
Publications:
Screenwize
Critics' Group:
Film Critics Circle of Australia
Total Reviews:
213
Location:
Australia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 213
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 —— Manual Of Love 3 (Manuale D'amore 3) (2013) " Both the title and the top billing of Robert de Niro and Monica Belluci are somewhat misleading in this three-part portmanteau film, comprising separate comic tales of love and lovers - all with a distinctly Italian flavour." — Screenwize
Posted Apr 3, 2012
4.5/5 95% The Guard (2011) " This film belongs to Gleeson - he seems to have effortlessly conjured up a complex and charismatic mix of world-weariness and caring, all wrapped up in that enigmatic Irish charm." — Screenwize
Posted Apr 3, 2012
3.5/5 81% The Skin I Live In (2011) " With a deliberately preposterous storyline involving burning bodies, evil brothers, rape, suicide, revenge, sexual identity and medical procedure, this is darkly comic arthouse soap - with a tinge of horror - and definitely an acquired taste." — Screenwize
Posted Apr 3, 2012
1.5/5 12% The Darkest Hour (2011) " Uninspiring and insipid, this contemporary take on the zombie genre sees a group of gorgeous twenty somethings trapped in Moscow trying desperately to get away from an endless attack launched by nasty id-like blobs of energy." — Screenwize
Posted Apr 3, 2012
4/5 79% Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) " Although Rossi's style is a little unruly - flitting from story to story and desk to desk without any particular emphasis - it's a fascinating and privileged insight into an industry in turmoil" — Screenwize
Posted Apr 3, 2012
2/5 2% One for the Money (2012) " Light and fluffy as a cupcake, Katherine Heigl's many talents are truly wasted in this story based on the first of eighteen best-selling Stephanie Plum novels. " — Screenwize
Posted Apr 3, 2012
4/5 40% The Bucket List (2007) " Meehl's gentle handling of her subject and her unobstrusive, observational camera work make this a delightful and touching experience." — Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
3/5 51% Contraband (2012) " Mark Wahlberg plays another working class action hero in this gritty but convoluted story about double-dealing smugglers, wharfside corruption and family revenge." — Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
3.5/5 85% Chronicle (2012) " Clearly made to kick off a new found-footage franchise, Chronicle is a very clever story about teens who develop unusual powers, mixing everyday reality with some excellent out of this world sci-fi fantasy. " — Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
2/5 11% Gone (2012) " A psychological thriller lacking in both psychological complexity and thrills." — Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
3.5/5 28% Project X (2012) " If you don't mind the adolescent male point-of view (read: constant objectifying of the opposite sex) there's plenty to enjoy here. " — Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
2/5 6% The Devil Inside (2012) " Despite a clever - if not particularly original - idea, this pseudo-documentary horror movie is let down by an immensely frustrating ending and some less than convincing performances." — Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
4/5 99% A Separation (2011) " Fahardi's accomplishment is to have brought to the screen a group of equally complex, equally flawed, and equally human characters whose only real problem is that they must live life with each other. " — Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
2/5 50% The Rum Diary (2011) " Feels like its been squeezed out of a tube rather than shot out of a canon." — Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
3/5 92% Headhunters (2012) " This crime thriller from Norway has an entertainingly schizophrenic feel as it twists its way from daring heist movie to farcical black comedy, with a few drops of serious human drama thrown in for good measure. " — Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
4/5 85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) " A seriously well made, kick-ass martial-arts action movie that fans of the genre will absolutely adore. " — Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
3.5/5 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " A romantic panto-style romp through goody-gum drops land, full of the best natured fun you'll find on the big screen, and with an inspired performance from Julia Roberts." — Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
2/5 25% Wrath of the Titans (2012) " It's a fathers-and-sons affair as epic music, computer-generated destruction and bad one liners combine to provide a sequel of similar style and standard to predecessor - Clash of the Titans." — Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
2/5 70% The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2012) " A disappointing martial arts fable with Jet Li spinning and leaping to avoid the swords of powerful Eunuchs and nasty treasure hunters at the famous Dragon Gate Inn" — Screenwize
Posted Dec 15, 2011
4.5/5 92% Take Shelter (2011) " Michael Shannon is at his best as a man plagued by apocalyptic dreams that start to bleed into his everyday life. It's one of the best independent American films of the last decade, playing on current concerns about the future of the planet. " — Screenwize
Posted Dec 4, 2011
2/5 83% Warrior (2011) " This tale of two brothers competing in a mixed martial arts contest is gritty, laboured and totally devoid of suspense or surprise, despite the best efforts of actors Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. " — Screenwize
Posted Nov 24, 2011
2.5/5 50% Fighting Fear " A documentary that reaffirms the hard-drinking, hard-partying, hard-fighting values of good old fashioned mateship, as Bra Boys director Macario De Souza follows the friendship of two friends - one a Big Wave Surfer and the other a cage-fighter." — Screenwize
Posted Nov 24, 2011
4.5/5 99% Bill Cunningham New York (2011) " Bill has followed his bliss for 60 years, and it's a delight to follow him for 80 minutes - even if you have no interest in fashion. Don't miss it." — Screenwize
Posted Nov 24, 2011
3/5 59% The First Grader (2011) " An uplifting, romanticised and gently-paced film infused with the dry beauty of the Kenyan landscape and powered by the moist-eyed performance of Oliver Litondo in the title role" — Screenwize
Posted Nov 24, 2011
2/5 54% The Inbetweeners (2012) " Crude slapstick and off-colour humour accompany four 18 year-old London lads as they head for Crete in search of girls. Based on the TV sit-com of the same name, everyone but fans will find this quickly tiresome." — Screenwize
Posted Nov 24, 2011
3.5/5 68% Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) " It's back to the '80s as this found footage horror franchise hits the mark with demons and ghosts who shake and rattle the rambling house of spooky sisters Katie and Kristie." — Screenwize
Posted Oct 23, 2011
2.5/5 60% Real Steel (2011) " A well made but instantly forgettable robot-boxing movie that dishes out clichĂ©s blow-by-blow for its 12-year-old-boy target audience. " — Screenwize
Posted Oct 6, 2011
1.5/5 27% The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2013) " With the mushometer maxed out, and a score that starts on overdrive and heads for overbearing, this ridiculously melodramatic tale of forbidden love tries to bury its narrative flaws with a colourful coating of CGI - but ends up a shiny glutinous mess." — Screenwize
Posted Sep 29, 2011
3.5/5 87% Fire in Babylon (2011) " A sparkling - if perhaps somewhat nostalgic - documentary about the transformation of the West Indies "calypso" style of cricket in the 1970s, resulting in a team that dominated the game around the world" — Screenwize
Posted Sep 23, 2011
3/5 87% Submarine (2011) " A quirky and stylistically idiosyncratic tale of an angst ridden teenager trying to win the heart of a girl and save his parents' marriage. With everyone in deadpan mode its funny but emotionally uninspiring. " — Screenwize
Posted Sep 7, 2011
3/5 91% Face to Face (2013) " Despite being unable to break free of its theatrical origins, the film is never dull." — Screenwize
Posted Sep 7, 2011
3.5/5 75% Mozart's Sister (2011) " An intimate and subdued tale of suppressed talent and filial loyalty, the film builds an engaging fiction around some of the facts of Nannerl, the older sister of the famous Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart." — Screenwize
Posted Aug 5, 2011
5/5 93% Of Gods and Men (2011) " A deeply moving and profoundly beautiful film about a group of monks working in the mountains of Algeria who are faced with the most difficult personal and collective decisions when the country erupts in brutal civil-war" — Screenwize
Posted Jul 30, 2011
3.5/5 55% The Conspirator (2011) " Robert Redford's courtroom drama about the trial of Mary Surratt after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln is both a gripping drama and a rather stuffy flag-waving exercise. " — Screenwize
Posted Jul 30, 2011
2.5/5 43% From Time to Time (2012) " This family film - that mixes Regency ghosts and a rambling, secret-filled mansion - lacks oomph and charm despite its top shelf cast, including Maggie Smith and Timothy Spall." — Screenwize
Posted Jul 7, 2011
4.5/5 84% The Tree of Life (2011) " Terrence Malick's long awaited meditation on spirituality, loss and innocence stars Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain as a 1950's couple who - along with their eldest son Jack (Sean Penn) - struggle with the big questions of the meaning of life. " — Screenwize
Posted Jun 29, 2011
4/5 79% How I Ended This Summer (2010) " A cinematic and dramatic treat, this spectacular piece of contemporary Russian filmmaking follows two meteorologists stationed on a remote Arctic island. An allegory on old and new Russia, it's part art-house thriller and part atmospheric poetry." — Screenwize
Posted Jun 26, 2011
3.5/5 88% Cane Toads: The Conquest (2012) " Updating his famous 1988 documentary, Mark Lewis takes a warm and quirky look at the people who love, hate, sell, study, kill or hug the famous cane toads that have now spread across the top end of the nation. " — Screenwize
Posted Jun 16, 2011
3.5/5 74% The Human Resources Manager (2011) " A sometimes serious, sometimes quirky road movie sees an HR Manager travel from Jerusalem to Romania with a dead body, a collection of strange characters, and a slowly developing conscience about the fate of the dead. " — Screenwize
Posted Jun 16, 2011
2.5/5 11% Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil (2011) " A crazed, attention-deficit disordered blitz of one-liners that sees Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf chase evil fairy tale characters through a mad world in search of a secret truffle cake recipe." — Screenwize
Posted May 5, 2011
3/5 57% The Lost Bladesman (Guan yun chang) " An epic historical martial arts film with thin characters, a tepid love story and some excellent fight sequences with the long-handled crescent-moon blade. " — Screenwize
Posted May 5, 2011
2.5/5 83% Potiche (2011) " A fluffy soufflĂ© starring two of the biggest names in French cinema, Potiche is dated and theatrical but provides a few gentle laughs for those who don't mind frothy French farce." — Screenwize
Posted May 5, 2011
2.5/5 83% The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) " This slick but uncharismatic cat-and-mouse game between maverick lawyer and rich client, is courtroom drama far too fascinated by its own sense of cool to be anything more than easy on the mind television" — Screenwize
Posted Mar 31, 2011
5/5 65% Biutiful (2010) " This cinematic journey of one man along the boundaries of life and death is an extraordinary work of genius." — Screenwize
Posted Mar 23, 2011
3.5/5 62% Griff the Invisible (2011) " When introverted office clerk and night-time superhero Griff meets space cadet Melody, you get a small and delightfully charming romance between two of the quirkiest free spirits you'll ever see." — Screenwize
Posted Mar 17, 2011
4/5 98% Inside Job (2010) " An insightful and very sorry tale of the worst kind of greed, this Oscar-winning documentary exposes the people behind the global financial crisis, men & woman who are still wealthy and still running the banking industry. " — Screenwize
Posted Mar 10, 2011
2/5 72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " With the exception of a few cute lines from Emily Blunt, it's a bureaucratically grey and decidedly empty tale about very little." — Screenwize
Posted Mar 3, 2011
3/5 56% Unknown (2011) " An increasingly improbable and easily watchable action thriller with Liam Neeson grimacing his way through memory loss and the murky secrets of bio-tech espionage." — Screenwize
Posted Feb 17, 2011
4/5 60% Wasted on the Young (2010) " Without question one of the most striking Australian films of the past five years, director Lucas stamps his visual style on a very contemporary - and at times very confronting - teen revenge story." — Screenwize
Posted Feb 15, 2011
2.5/5 46% Hereafter (2010) " This melancholy tale - not so much about the afterlife as about its teasingly morbid lure on three people in different countries - is far from director Clint Eastwood's best, and comes with a particularly dull performance from Matt Damon. " — Screenwize
Posted Feb 10, 2011
2/5 43% Faster (2010) " A soulless revenge movie where the uber-slick, uber-hackneyed design takes precedence over story, character and theme may stir a few looking for a flick with fast cars, slow men and the rule of the gun, but it's mostly laborious and often ludicrous. " — Screenwize
Posted Feb 3, 2011
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