Steve Rose

Steve Rose

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Publications:
FilmFour.com , Guardian
Total Reviews:
93

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 92% 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 —— 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 —— 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 65% 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 63% 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 76% 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 84% 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 —— 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 96% 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
33% The Room (1998) " 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 92% 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 70% 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 46% 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 70% 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 94% 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
3/5 76% Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (2010) " It's overlong and a little over-indulgent, but given current events in north Africa, there's an unanticipated resonance to it." — Guardian
Posted May 5, 2011
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