Steve Rose

Steve Rose

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Steve Rose's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film4, Guardian

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 83% Moomins On The Riviera (Muumit Rivieralla) "Cleanly hand-drawn, beautifully coloured and resolutely two-dimensional. And the tone is gently mischievous rather than exhaustingly wacky. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 83% Une nouvelle amie (The New Girlfriend) (2015) "The tone wavers between psychological thriller and absurdist melodrama, and perhaps suffers for not settling on either, but it's grounded by two terrific leads. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 88% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "A rockumentary with a better story than most, and a better way of telling it. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 87% A Fuller Life "It adds up to a rich portrait of an extraordinary man, half-tortured artist, half cigar-chomping action hero. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 67% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "It just about works, but it's a long way from perfect. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "It's mature, complex and talky - Bergmanesque. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 14, 2015
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 68% 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 65% 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 70% 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
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