Steve Rose

Steve Rose

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 99% Selma (2015) " Perhaps there's no better time for a reminder of the power of non-violent protest, but Selma also provides a potentially dangerous reassurance that the battle has already been won. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Whip-smart, pop-literate, self-aware humour saves the day (and the universe, come to think of it). " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 24, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Just as 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes surpassed expectations, so this sequel delivers on its promise and leaves us wanting more - which we'll almost certainly get. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 91% Omar (2014) " The story dishes out action and surprises without losing its political intent. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 29, 2014
4/5 92% A Farewell to Arms (1932) " A fascinatingly awkward first world war epic - dated, yet bracingly modern. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 29, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Rehearsal and backstage footage add variety, and there's a warming egalitarian camaraderie to the venture ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 22, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Hill Street " Interviewees' stories start to overlap, and there are only so many ollie flips you can watch. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 67% Beyond the Edge (2014) " It's a testament to the film-making that, despite the fact that we know the outcome, there's a great sense of relief when they finally reach the summit. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 61% Heli (2014) " It's forceful stuff, but the way the story drifts and dissipates in the latter stages is disappointing. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 22, 2014
2/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " It's relaxed, amusing and warm, but nothing rings true. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 88% The Punk Singer (2013) " She's a real role model, and her mysterious withdrawal in 2005 - explained as due to undiagnosed Lyme disease - left a vacuum that's still conspicuously unfilled. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 74% Concussion (2013) " It's not entirely plausible, to be honest, but there's an easy naturalism to the drama and a sharp intelligence behind the camera. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 15, 2014
3/5 82% The Two Faces of January (2014) " There are many attractive parts to this thriller - handsome leads, a meaty Patricia Highsmith plot, Mediterranean sunlight on cream linen suits - but it's no greater than the sum of them. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 15, 2014
3/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " For all its ambitious plotting, this X-Men is really an effective merger of the franchise's two separate incarnations ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 13, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " This sequel gives the flagging comic-book movie an adrenaline shot of relevance. You've got to hand it to them. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Rough Cut " Peel back the thin layer of conceptualising, and it's a self-indulgent "making of" for a low-budget movie in the Lake District. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 5, 2013
1/5 49% Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013) " Even people who find fashion really, really interesting will be bludgeoned brain-dead by this fawning, attention-deficit infomercial of a documentary. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Some of the pranks are awfully funny, putting lewdness and prosthetic body parts in places they're really not supposed to go ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2/5 14% A Belfast Story " The plot scatters too many pieces about, putting the film's star off screen for long stretches. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4/5 93% Metro Manila (2014) " Tales of country innocents corrupted by the big city have been a staple of cinema since the silent era, but the theme is bracingly updated here, in the colourful squalor of modern-day Manila. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2/5 17% Harrigan " You can guess what you're in for here even before the prologue text has ended. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 19, 2013
96% Andrei Rublev (1973) " It is not a film that needs to be processed or even understood, only experienced and wondered at. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 26, 2013
35% The Room (2003) " To make a movie that's so bad it's good you need vision, drive, luck and obsessive vanity. Fortuitously, The Room's writer/producer/director/star Tommy Wiseau appears to possess all of these qualities, combined with a total lack of acting talent. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 24, 2013
5/5 93% My Neighbor Totoro (1988) " Despite the cuteness, there's little in the way of icky sentiment - indeed the spectre of death hangs over the story - but it's a captivating world you won't want to come home from. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 23, 2013
3/5 33% Benjamin Britten: Peace And Conflict " Unlikely to bring the composer to new audiences, but music lovers will find it illuminating and evocative ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 23, 2013
3/5 64% Epic (2013) " That title is inviting the addition of the word "fail", but actually this is perfectly serviceable family animation. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 23, 2013
5/5 97% Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) (1988) " There are magical moments of natural beauty and childish delight, too - which only make the tragedy even more harrowing. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 23, 2013
1/5 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " Masculinity starts with a bang and ends with a whimper, it seems. So does the Hangover franchise. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 23, 2013
4/5 92% O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012) " Violence feels just around the corner, and we're kept guessing where it might come from. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2/5 81% Excision (2012) " It could have been David Cronenberg meets Todd Solondz, but ends up more of a cautionary cartoon on things you shouldn't try at home. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 1, 2012
4/5 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) " The palpable sense of loss and grief testify to how the film-makers have turned what could have been a detached news report into a moving human tragedy. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 1, 2012
3/5 70% The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2012) " It's nonsense, but somehow irresistible. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 18, 2012
4/5 94% The Queen of Versailles (2012) " Never has grotesque wealth looked so unenviable, or its removal been so entertaining, as in this garishly watchable riches-to-rags documentary ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 6, 2012
3/5 69% The Hunter (2012) " Dafoe is eminently watchable, and for the most part it's a distinctive, atmospheric movie that cherishes the persistence of mystery. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 5, 2012
1/5 47% The Sweeney (2013) " It's a brainless joyride that ends up spinning its wheels in macho clich├ęs. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 27, 2012
2/5 75% Personal Best " Until the Olympics happen, the final chapters to these athletes' stories is missing. So we get the pain, but little of the gain. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 24, 2012
3/5 71% Free Men (2012) " The tension doesn't grip as it should, but it's a worthwhile reminder of a moment of Muslim-Jewish co-operation. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 24, 2012
3/5 69% Men in Black III (2012) " It's like a cross between Looney Tunes and The Naked Lunch - a hallucinogenic popcorn movie you can safely forget the moment it's over. So bring on Men in Black 13! " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 24, 2012
3/5 63% The Source (La source des femmes) " This populist parable draws intriguing battle lines between the sexes, but then forgets what it was supposed to be fighting about. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 18, 2012
4/5 64% 2 Days in New York (2012) " We've rarely seen comedy this smart since Woody Allen and Seinfeld left New York. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 17, 2012
3/5 71% Footloose (2011) " The idea of an American town outlawing dancing was a stretch back in 1984, but in the intervening years, it's actually become more believable - which goes some way to justifying this remake. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 13, 2011
3/5 54% The Inbetweeners (2012) " Updates the teen summer holiday formula surprisingly entertainingly, considering it doesn't subvert it one iota. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 18, 2011
82% Super 8 (2011) " An original, entertaining, solidly built movie with no star faces and plenty of heart... " ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 10, 2011
4/5 95% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) " It's a gentle and entrancing tale, deeper and richer than more instantly gratifying fare. Think of it as the slow food of the animation world. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 28, 2011
4/5 92% Senna (2011) " The film's masterstroke is its exclusive use of archive footage, with no visible talking heads or modern-day interruptions. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 2, 2011
2/5 94% Win Win (2011) " For all its witty observations on the trials of modern manhood, it never strays out of its blinkered suburban comfort zone. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 19, 2011
4/5 94% Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) (2011) " When a few of the more ludicrous twists arrive in the second half, there's enough goodwill generated by the thoughtful, creepy and effective setup to carry things through to the end. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 19, 2011
3/5 87% Amreeka (2009) " The political issues are a little heavy handed but the story - partly drawn from the director's own experience - works best when it focuses on the personal. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 12, 2011
4/5 89% A Screaming Man (2011) " Betrayal, guilt, denial, faith and secrecy all roil about beneath the film's placid, almost wordless surface, which is beautifully observed with a stately, Ozu-like calmness. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 12, 2011
2/5 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) " It's a succession of ever-escalating action sequences and grand settings. At first they're stunning, then they're routine, then they're wearying. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 10, 2011
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