Wendy Ide

Wendy Ide

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Biography:
Contributor, The Times of London.
Publications:
Times [UK]
Total Reviews:
415

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5/5 97% Pride (2014) " A terrific British film that is set to be the next The Full Monty." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 10, 2014
5/5 94% Dark Days (2000) " A portrait of the homeless community of "mole people" who lived in sections of disused underground tunnels in New York, this is a singularly powerful account of the lives of the dispossessed and desperate." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 3, 2014
51% The Iron Lady (2012) " If the idea is to humanise the woman, it's rather wasted. If there's one thing Margaret Thatcher won't be remembered for, it's her humanity." — Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 18, 2012
5/5 80% I Am Love (2010) " A wondrous anomaly." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2010
3/5 71% [Rec] 2 (2010) " The film is entirely composed of helmet-cam and video-camera footage. It's formally interesting and pretty effective." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2010
2/5 4% 6 Souls (2013) " A muddled and dramatically inert thriller about a psychiatric patient who plays host to a veritable flash mob of multiple personalities." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2010
2/5 71% Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) (2010) " A work of real beauty." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2010
4/5 93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) " The film's main strength is the screenplay, co-written by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. It's perceptive and mercurial, perfectly in tune with the churning tensions within every family." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2010
2/5 34% 4.3.2.1 (2012) " This is energetic, pulpy exploitation from the UK that might just claim back a small corner of the multiplex audience from the relentless onslaught of cynical Hollywood garbage. And for that at least, 4.3.2.1 can't be dismissed as all bad. Just mostly." — Times [UK]
Posted May 28, 2010
4/5 96% Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010) " Highly entertaining." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 16, 2010
2/5 —— Kakera " It has moments of charm but nothing that defines the film as anything other than a pale, rather twee Wong Kar Wai wannabe." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 5, 2010
4/5 94% Samson and Delilah (2010) " It couldn't be more powerful." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 2, 2010
3/5 28% Clash of the Titans (2010) " It's exceptionally silly and it takes itself too seriously, but ultimately Titans is a stirring adventure full of derring-do and beefy men in too-short tunics." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 2, 2010
2/5 27% Remember Me (2010) " Tween and teen girls will weep in the cheap seats, while adults will be narked by the ending, a shameful piggyback on a national tragedy, which will further the career of the heart-throb." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 2, 2010
98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) " The film looks terrific. The colours burst out of the screen like fireworks and the opening dragon attack sequence is genuinely exhilarating." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 2, 2010
4/5 100% The Railway Children (1970) " Kids reared on the accelerated thrills of modern children's cinema might find the pacing a little lethargic but if you can persuade them to give it a chance, this sweet-natured family classic should work its magic." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 2, 2010
5/5 93% Lourdes (2010) " A film featuring the kind of compelling, textured female character that most serious Hollywood actresses would trade at least a decade's worth of Botox to get their claws into." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 25, 2010
4/5 61% The Scouting Book for Boys (2009) " If you are looking for a showcase of some of the best new talent in British cinema, you need look no farther than this terrific little film." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 19, 2010
1/5 32% My Last Five Girlfriends (2009) " Taking the central role of Duncan is Brendan Patricks, a pallid chap with pink watery eyes that make him look like a rabbit in the final stages of myxomatosis." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 19, 2010
2/5 86% Salvage (2009) " It's a promising premise that soon gets stuck in a cul-de-sac." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 19, 2010
1/5 5% Old Dogs (2009) " Most repellent is the undercurrent of homophobia, the brutal cultural stereotyping and the fact that Travolta looks like a man wearing a slightly melted rubber John Travolta Hallowe'en mask." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 19, 2010
1/5 62% Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) " The man who once directed What's Eating Gilbert Grape? is now the Hallmark greeting card of movie-makers." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 15, 2010
4/5 53% The Kreutzer Sonata (2009) " The occasionally rough hand-held camerawork and the non-linear structure add to the sense of nervous tension that vibrates in the film like a static charge." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 15, 2010
3/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) " A breathless, edgy, entertainingly pulpy genre picture." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 15, 2010
2/5 58% She's Out of My League (2010) " It's undeniably formulaic stuff. The film seems to actively invite comparisons with Apatow's oeuvre." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 12, 2010
2/5 51% Chloe (2010) " Atom Egoyan's latest picture, Chloe, feels like the kind of sweatily erotic art-house exploitation flick that Bernardo Bertolucci would make on an off-day." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 5, 2010
2/5 22% Case 39 (2010) " The only redeeming feature of this clunky demonic horror film is the assured turn from professional scary child Ferland." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 5, 2010
1/5 19% Motherhood (2009) " This whiny drivel makes me ashamed to be a woman." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 5, 2010
2/5 46% Everybody's Fine (2009) " Itâ(TM)s a little like About Schmidt minus the sly wit, subtlety and directorial flair." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 26, 2010
3/5 56% She, a Chinese (2009) " There are few migrant clichà (C)s here, just an intimate portrait of a young girl trying to work out who she is and where she wants to be. The first part of the film is more successful than the rather meandering UK-based second half." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 26, 2010
3/5 97% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) " Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell melt the screen as the two little girls from Little Rock seeking Mr Right (or at least Mr Right(TM)s bank account). It(TM)s enjoyable, escapist fluff, with a killer finale." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 26, 2010
1/5 22% Freestyle (2004) " Freestyle is a string of flashily edited musical montages of East London youth playing basketball, hung on the flimsy framework of a sub-Grange-Hill-quality script." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 26, 2010
1/5 21% Leap Year (2010) " The film is packed with spontaneous acts of Irish country dancing and twinkly locals beaming over their Guinness. Ireland should sue." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 26, 2010
3/5 75% Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) " For all his cheap tactics, Moore mounts a persuasive case that something is rotten in the current economic system." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 26, 2010
4/5 69% Shutter Island (2010) " The spirit of Alfred Hitchcock is clearly alive and well, and is currently residing in Martin Scorsese's latest film, Shutter Island." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 16, 2010
2/5 96% Food, Inc. (2009) " Overused narration treats the audience like the cattle being abused on screen; a continuous score rams the message home, just in case we missed the point..." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 12, 2010
4/5 92% Ponyo (2009) " The underwater scenes are as rich and teeming as Miyazaki's boundless imagination; little Ponyo in her human form, joyfully wobbling around on her newly sprouted legs, is a pure delight." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 12, 2010
1/5 7% Holy Water " It's staggeringly unfunny and skin-crawlingly unsexy, so as sex comedies go, this rather misses the mark." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 5, 2010
3/5 49% Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009) " What makes this peppy kids' film interesting is the human/robot apartheid system that has evolved in the futuristic world that Astro inhabits." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 5, 2010
4/5 66% Youth in Revolt (2010) " In a wickedly witty dual role in the funniest teen flick in a long time, Cera finally seems to loosen up and have some fun." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 5, 2010
1/5 10% Malice in Wonderland (2010) " Despite a certain visual flair, Malice in Wonderland just isn't very good. The screenplay is the main problem - it's just too flat and unimaginative to justify the larger-than- life cartoon characters that populate the movie." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 5, 2010
4/5 100% Akibiyori (Late Autumn) (1973) " Formal and restrained - the sort of cinema that demurely keeps the audience at arm's length. But it has a mild humour." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 2, 2010
2/5 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) " This paranoid corporate political thriller is almost certain to disappoint anyone hoping for a repeat of the brooding suspense of the original." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 2, 2010
2/5 61% Adoration (2008) " The most positive thing you can say about Atom Egoyan's latest film is that it is well-intentioned. But the most honest thing that you can say is that it's a painfully misguided and pretentious folly." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 2, 2010
4/5 100% Toy Story 2 (1999) " The film remains one of Pixar's finest moments. It's unexpectedly dark in tone, and, with its underlying theme of mortality and abandonment, it's perceptively written and superbly animated." — Times [UK]
Posted Jan 22, 2010
2/5 71% The Boys Are Back (2009) " Aggressively life-affirming, unashamedly sentimental and tear-jerking with industrial efficiency." — Times [UK]
Posted Jan 22, 2010
5/5 97% A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010) " A Prophet, Jacques Audiard's masterful prison saga, will undoubtedly be considered to be one of the great films of 2010, if not the coming decade." — Times [UK]
Posted Jan 22, 2010
1/5 8% Post Grad (2009) " he try-hard quirkiness and clunky screenwriting starts to grate after just a few minutes. By the final act, it's not unlike having bamboo splinters inserted under your fingernails." — Times [UK]
Posted Jan 5, 2010
4/5 77% Voy a Explotar (I'm Gonna Explode) (2008) " It's a tad too long, but beguiling nonetheless." — Times [UK]
Posted Jan 5, 2010
2/5 12% Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) " Perhaps this new decade could be the one in which female audiences are treated as something other than a dumping ground for the lazy, complacent idiocy that has passed for chick flicks of late." — Times [UK]
Posted Jan 5, 2010
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