Tony Rayns

Tony Rayns

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Tony Rayns's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, Sight and Sound

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) "Alex Gibney's film, like Wright's book, is a useful contribution to what looks more and more like an urgent social priority: the push to discourage people from praising the chains that bind them. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 26, 2015
67% Monanieba (Repentance) (1984) "The result is neither as minatory nor as moving as it thinks it is, despite some arresting surrealist images and the performance of Makharadze as Varlam. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 26, 2014
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "As usual in Dardenne films, such melodramatic contrivances are softened by their integration into the naturalistic flow of incidents, by the overall sensitivity to social and economic realities and by the generally credible performances. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Aug 22, 2014
89% Stray Dogs (2014) "Tsai may well be cinema's foremost connoisseur of defeat: the best chronicler we have of the temps mort between social reality and darkly comic dreams of despair. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 12, 2014
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) "The emotionally manipulative use of some of the material raises all kinds of questions about veracity. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 16, 2013
81% Okuribito (Departures) (2009) "The scripting of Departures (by Kundo Koyama, the one-man TV-drama writing factory who nurtured such delights as Iron Chef) is embarrassingly clunky and obvious: the movie's essential hollowness reveals itself with unusual starkness. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2013
100% Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008) "There's a natural flow of small hatreds, resentments, joys, and insecurities, superbly caught by every member of the cast " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2013
97% The Artist (2011) "The Artist is a whole lot better than Michel Hazanavicius's two OSS 117 movies: better gags, better performances, viable emotional arc, more sophisticated visual style. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 18, 2011
85% Essential Killing (2012) "Essential Killing would be much less powerful if it didn't show the jihadi's physical sufferings with such visceral immediacy, and if the realism weren't strong enough to deliver surrealist shocks like the staggering final image. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 5, 2011
100% The Spider's Stratagem (1970) "Full of mysteries, omens, ambiguities, and signs of incipient madness, and it resolves itself into a riddle that is the cinema's richest homage to all that's remarkable in Borges. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 7, 2007
96% Yellow Submarine (1968) "There's such a wide disparity of graphic styles from sequence to sequence. Some of them, though, still look terrific. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
93% Spione (Spies) (The Spy) (1928) "The tone is somewhere between true pulp fiction and pure expressionism, and the result remains wholly thrilling. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
100% Rebels of the Neon God (2015) "No director since Fassbinder has such insight into the lives of lost young men in crumbling inner cities as Tsai Ming-Liang delivers in this devastating first feature. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
100% Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) (1989) "Hou turns in a masterpiece of small gestures and massive resonance; once you surrender to its spell, the obscurities vanish. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
92% A Touch of Zen (1969) "The visual style will set your eyes on fire. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
90% Phantom Of The Opera (1925) "The highs are way up there with the best in the tradition of Gothic fantasy. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
90% In the Mood for Love (2001) "Every charged frame of the film pulses with the central contradiction between repression and emotional abandon; the formalism and sensuality are inextricable. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
10% Revolution (1985) "An almost inconceivable disaster. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
97% Spirited Away (2001) "Initially seems like a Through the Looking-Glass fantasy, but rapidly picks up a resonance, weight and complexity that make it all but Shakespearean. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
100% The Last Command (1928) "The sheer sophistication of Sternberg's visuals makes nearly all current releases look old-fashioned. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
97% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928) "Dreyer's most universally acclaimed masterpiece remains one of the most staggeringly intense films ever made. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
92% Princess Mononoke (1999) "Superbly imagined and visually sumptuous, it's let down only by Hisaishi's sub-Miklos Rosza score. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
73% Clash by Night (1952) "A very Langian picture of the dangerous undercurrents in emotional relationships, excellently acted by the three principals. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
79% Gertrud (1964) "One of the most purely cinematic discourses of the 1960s. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
90% Chungking Express (1996) "This is what Godard movies were once like: fast, hand-held, funny and very, very catchy. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
93% The Cat and the Canary (1927) "Hugely entertaining. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 9, 2006
90% The Scarlet Empress (1934) "The decor and costumes, and the mise-en-scéne that deploys them, have never been equaled for expressionist intensity. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 9, 2006
57% Blonde Venus (1932) "The film is certainly a mess at one level, with damaging fluctuations in tone and pace, and some ropey supporting performances, but it remains enough of a visual triumph to earn its place in the series of Dietrich movies. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 9, 2006
100% Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) "Chantal Akerman's feature is one of the few 'feminist' movies that's as interesting aesthetically as politically. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 9, 2006
83% Underworld (1927) "The film radiates total confidence in its own means and methods, and the themes are wholly Sternberg's. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 9, 2006
87% The Black Cat (1992) "Sumptuously subversive... one of the very best horror movies Universal ever made. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 9, 2006
96% Andrei Rublev (1973) "Rublev was a minor icon-painter of the early 1400s. Tarkovsky re-imagines him as a Christ-like cypher for the sufferings of a divided Russia under the Tartar invaders. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 9, 2006
92% Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and The White) (1967) "The effect is a precise ambivalence: a celebration of revolutionary heroism, and an icily detached recognition that both sides in a war can be mirror images of each other. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 9, 2006
94% Way Down East (1920) "[Lillian Gish's] virtuoso performance makes the heroine's growth from gullible innocence to bitter experience credible. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 26, 2006
100% Faces of Women (1999) "A wonderfully unpredictable and lively triptych on the financial, sexual and emotional emancipation of African women, pieced together over twelve years by a film-maker who hasn't a single dull thought in his head. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 26, 2006
79% 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002) "This is a style of camp so broad that even the most bovine straight can get it. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 26, 2006
85% Senso (1954) "Like other Visconti melodramas, [Senso is] sumptuous in its Technicolor expressionism. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 26, 2006
96% Our Hospitality (1923) "Buster's climactic rescue of his sweetheart from a waterfall is one of his most daringly acrobatic (and most celebrated) gags. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 26, 2006
42% Palindromes (2004) "Taken as a series of shorts, Palindromes offers many pleasures. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted May 3, 2005
86% Decasia (2002) "By presenting images that are in advanced stages of decomposition Morrison is agitating in the most powerful way on behalf of the archives fighting to rescue their holdings from disintegration. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 2, 2003
64% Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer) (2001) "For obvious reasons it's not really an actors' film, but it would add up to less than it does without the heroic contributions of an extraordinary cast, which includes the directors Shinya Tsukamoto and Sabu. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Aug 5, 2003
100% Violence at Noon (1966) "As in several other films, Oshima takes the story of a real-life criminal (here, a rapist and murderer) and uses it as the key to a sweeping analysis of the ills of post-war Japanese society. " ‐ Time Out
Posted May 24, 2003
87% Lilja 4-ever (2003) "It says nothing more useful than: isn't this shocking? Aren't we powerless to do anything about it? " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted May 4, 2003
54% Lies (Gojitmal) (1999) Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 2, 2002
No Score Yet Xiao Wu (The Pickpocket) (2000) Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 2, 2002
71% Humanité (2000) Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 2, 2002
67% American Psycho (2000) "The problem, again, is the book, an insurmountable obstacle. If Harron and Turner had set out to make a real movie on these themes, they would never have started from a script like this. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 2, 2002
84% Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It Over There?) (2001) "Tsai may be ploughing the same furrow once too often. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Aug 8, 2002
No Score Yet Made in Hong Kong Sight and Sound
Posted Mar 7, 2002
85% Wandâfuru raifu (After Life) (1998) Sight and Sound
Posted Mar 3, 2002
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