Steve Rose

Steve Rose

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
FilmFour.com , Guardian [UK]
Total Reviews:
80

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
Posted Dec 5, 2013
1/5 48% 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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4/5 100% Metro Manila (2013) " 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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
Posted Nov 1, 2012
3/5 70% The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2012) " It's nonsense, but somehow irresistible." — Guardian [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
Posted May 5, 2011
2/5 8% Everywhere and Nowhere (2011) " Ash's fusion of beats and vintage Bollywood soundtracks could have been a neat key for dealing with some worthwhile issues, except it sounds about 15 years out of date." — Guardian [UK]
Posted May 5, 2011
3/5 96% 13 Assassins (2011) " 13 Assassins musters nearly twice as many swordsmen as Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and is about two-thirds as good, although it delivers the requisite genre thrills." — Guardian [UK]
Posted May 5, 2011
5/5 88% Deep End (1971) " Everything about this singular film - the camerawork, the imagery, the soundtrack - feels vibrant and surprising in a way that makes most modern coming-of-age movies look formulaic and, well, shallow." — Guardian [UK]
Posted May 5, 2011
4/5 92% Armadillo (2011) " The film-makers evidently risked their lives alongside these soldiers, and it's a further mark of their courage that they retained their detachment." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Apr 7, 2011
2/5 80% Carmen 3d (2011) " We spend 100 years developing an art form that breaks out of the musty auditoria of the 19th century and where does it get us? Right back where we started." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Mar 3, 2011
3/5 51% Tron Legacy (2010) " It is often beautiful to look at, and could come to represent the fashion tropes of its era as faithfully as its predecessor did. And the silliness somehow adds to the enjoyment rather than detracting from it. It's the best kind of bonkers." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Dec 7, 2010
72% Monsters (2010) " For all James Cameron's trumpeting about a 3D revolution, this efficient little movie could turn out to be the real game-changer of the year." — Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Dec 6, 2010
2/5 62% Frozen (2010) " It's a stunt film that only just overcomes the challenge it's set itself." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 23, 2010
2/5 80% Cyrus (2010) " Instead of all-out family farce, this goes for naturalistic acting and wry observation, and doesn't quite give us enough of anything." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 9, 2010
3/5 52% Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010) " The whole movie has the immaculate visual gloss of a Chanel advert, which is no bad thing." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Aug 6, 2010
3/5 88% Undertow (2010) " The conclusion might be too lachrymose and melodramatic for most tastes, but if you only see one gay Peruvian fisherman ghost story this year..." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Aug 6, 2010
2/5 79% Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura) (2010) " The ending comes like a sharp punchline -- a warning, or perhaps a reassurance, that even when you get to the age of 100, life is no less mysterious." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Aug 6, 2010
3/5 84% Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) (2010) " This is responsible, restrained and intelligent, but if anything, the risky subject material is handled with too much caution." — Guardian [UK]
Posted May 14, 2010
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