Wendy Ide

Wendy Ide

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 415
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
3/5 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) " Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes is a riot. The director takes on a British institution with a swagger and a wink and the result is boisterous and unabashed fun." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 18, 2009
4/5 79% Nowhere Boy (2010) " While Nowhere Boy is not the most daring or experimental piece of work you'll see, it is warm, involving and very human." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 18, 2009
2/5 21% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) " The Squeakquel is painfully high-pitched. It reaches frequencies that could make bats plummet from the sky, clutching at their little ears in agony. It's as if a mosquito equipped with a power tool is attempting to drill its way through your eardrum." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 18, 2009
3/5 72% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) " It's all very charming and quirky... But it's also, ultimately, a little flimsy and unlikely to achieve anything like the iconic status of its source material." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 11, 2009
4/5 83% Avatar (2009) " Avatar is an overwhelming, immersive spectacle. The state-of-the-art 3D technology draws us in, but it is the vivid weirdness of Cameron's luridly imagined tropical otherworld that keeps us fascinated." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 10, 2009
3/5 64% The Girlfriend Experience (2009) " Staggeringly unsexy but strangely compelling." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 4, 2009
3/5 81% Disgrace (2008) " It's hard to say what this solid but unadventurous film adds to Coetzee's powerful source material." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 4, 2009
3/5 55% The Descent 2 (2009) " The first-time director Jon Harris recreates the sense of airless, claustrophobic panic that worked so effectively the first time around and cranks up the yuck factor exponentially." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 4, 2009
1/5 45% The Box (2009) " The clueless and overreaching ambition which has started to characterise [Richard Kelly's] cinematic failures comes into play again." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 4, 2009
3/5 89% Séraphine (2009) " A classy drama and a sympathetic portrait of two outsiders and the vibrant, unsettling work that binds them." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 27, 2009
2/5 48% Nativity! (2014) " Even with an engaging cast of primary school kids practically mugging the camera at every opportunity, this is toe-curling and predictable stuff." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 27, 2009
1/5 25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) " Full of incoherent, spitting rage, ignorant, paranoid violence and a complete lack of internal logic." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 27, 2009
2/5 32% The Lovely Bones (2009) " [Ronan] captures the uncertainty and intensity of thwarted teenage passions perfectly but, set against the artifice and the manipulative tendencies of the story, her admirable performance is rather swamped." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 25, 2009
3/5 79% The Informant! (2009) " Director Stephen Soderbergh and its star Matt Damon have crafted a skittish caper movie, a pyrotechnical display of colourful lies that unravel to a giddy retro score." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 20, 2009
2/5 45% Glorious 39 (2009) " For all its sumptuous production design, Steven Poliakoff's tale of glamorous toffs and treason is so laboured and slow that it's practically pensionable." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 20, 2009
2/5 80% Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta Vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life) (2008) " While it's competently put together, you can't help wondering what the point is." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 20, 2009
1/5 0% Christmas in Wonderland (2007) " With all due respect to his memory, it is truly execrable, a tawdry seasonal exploitation pic set almost entirely within a giant mall. Swayze fans, do yourself a favour and rent Point Break instead." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 20, 2009
4/5 89% A Serious Man (2009) " A Serious Man represents the brothers at their sardonic best, wringing a sacrilegious amount of gallows humour from the trials of their latterday Job." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 20, 2009
3/5 87% Welcome (2010) " This is compassionate and humane film-making. While the story does sometimes lapse into cliché, the two beautifully judged central performances carry it through." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 6, 2009
2/5 57% Paper Heart (2009) " Whimsical, solipsistic and self-indulgent, Paper Heart represents everything that is wrong with American independent cinema." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 6, 2009
2/5 42% Jennifer's Body (2009) " The premise - Mean Girls with demonic possession and a feminist subtext - is promising. But the film fails to deliver either laughs or scares in sufficient numbers." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 6, 2009
2/5 54% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) " A Christmas Carol should be as cosy and familiar as piping-hot tea and buttered, toasted crumpets, not a brain-battering sensory assault that feels like downing tequila shots on a rollercoaster." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 6, 2009
4/5 94% Tales from the Golden Age (2011) " While this wry, sometimes poignant collection ultimately runs a little long, it serves as a useful introduction to the talent that makes Romania the place to look for exciting new voices in cinema." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 30, 2009
2/5 73% Starsuckers (2009) " Starsuckers, a rather gimmicky documentary, certainly fails to contribute much to the table." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 30, 2009
3/5 90% Love Exposure (2011) " Curious and tasteless, but never dull." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 30, 2009
1/5 10% Dead Man Running (2009) " Dead Man Running feels like something cobbled together after a cynical producer saw Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and decided to cash in. Except it is ten years too late." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 30, 2009
2/5 57% 9 (2009) " It looks great, but sadly the screenplay - in particular the stultifying dialogue - simply can't match the visual inventiveness." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 30, 2009
3/5 64% The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) " It's mad and beautiful and bewildering; it represents a unique vision; it's a peek into the treasure trove of oddities that is Terry Gilliam's head." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 16, 2009
82% Pontypool (2009) " It's always an unexpected bonus in a zombie film to find the brains evident in the screenplay rather than splattered all over the scenery." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 16, 2009
81% Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009) " With its rapacious appetites and forceful directing style, is definitely a vampire film for grown-ups." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 16, 2009
3/5 100% Kôkaku kidôtai 2.0 (Ghost in the Shell 2.0) (2008) " Mamoru Oshii's digitally tweaked, colour- corrected and otherwise "enhanced" version of his 1995 anime classic remains as visually ravishing and bafflingly opaque as ever." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 4, 2009
4/5 100% Three Miles North of Molkom (2007) " It's a nicely judged little film... unexpectedly heart-warming." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 18, 2009
2/5 36% Je Veux Voir (2008) " Not quite a documentary, nor yet entirely fiction, Je Veux Voir is an awkward blend. But it's not nearly as awkward as Catherine Deneuve in the central role." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 18, 2009
3/5 67% The Firm (2009) " While it doesn't exactly break new ground thematically, this is Love's most accomplished film to date. Like the terrace heroes who are its subjects, it's as good-looking and stylish as it is dangerously seductive." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 18, 2009
1/5 25% Blind Dating (2007) " The whole thing ends with a jolly multicultural dance montage so gruesome that temporary blindness would be a blessed relief." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 18, 2009
4/5 75% The Road (2009) " Fortunately, the rumourmongers were wrong -- Hillcoat's vision is forthright and brutal." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 13, 2009
3/5 100% Sztuczki (Tricks) (2009) " A child's-eye view of parochial Poland during a sleepy, endless summer, Tricks is handsomely photographed but defiantly lacking in drama." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 4, 2009
1/5 36% Passchendaele (2009) " It's hard to overstake how unimaginably dreadful is Passchendaele, a First World War drama that does Canada's already ropey film-making reputation no favours whatsoever." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 4, 2009
5/5 90% District 9 (2009) " A thundering blitzkrieg of seat-rattling entertainment with a sociopolitical message; a cerebral sci-fi and apartheid allegory that is as heavily armed with provocative ideas as it is with armour-piercing, tank-splattering torpedoes." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 4, 2009
3/5 78% Bustin' Down the Door (2008) " The characters aren't quite as charismatic as the Z-Boys and the editing isn't as abrasively cool, but it does give a glimpse of how an outsider lifestyle evolved into a multibillion-dollar business." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 4, 2009
3/5 50% Jetsam (2007) " The film overextends itself a little as twist piles upon twist and in terms of narrative it's not entirely successful, but as a masterclass in microbudget film-making this is well worth a look." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 29, 2009
2/5 68% Funny People (2009) " A healthy dose of negativity might have helped to tone this baggy indulgence of a movie into some kind of workable shape. Not every idea is a good idea, after all." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 29, 2009
3/5 29% The Final Destination (2009) " That this fourth instalment brings no fresh ideas to the mix is not a problem; the added dimension is more than enough to reinvigorate interest in this enduringly and deservedly popular series." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 29, 2009
2/5 82% Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2010) " The second and final instalment of French gangster Jacques Mesrine's eventful life story arrives in cinemas, and is something of a let down." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 29, 2009
4/5 77% Afterschool (2008) " If there is one distinctive and promising voice to come out of the info-bite aesthetic of the YouTube generation it is Antonio Campos, whose debut feature Afterschool puts an intriguing spin on the high-school tragedy." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 21, 2009
2/5 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " The final impression of the movie - that it's crass, juvenile and profoundly distasteful - overrides its more enjoyable moments." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 21, 2009
2/5 15% Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009) " This film is bad on every level. In fact, it's bad on levels hitherto unexplored by mainstream cinema." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 7, 2009
3/5 73% The Meerkats (2008) " The beauty and intimacy of the material they so painstakingly captured ultimately overrides the mawkish score and sentimental narration." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 7, 2009
2/5 64% Adam (2009) " It's blandly inoffensive but also rather disingenuous, sidestepping the realities of Adam's condition by investing him with a convenient idiot savant gift for astrophysics and the eyes of a puppy." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 7, 2009
2/5 35% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) " The opening sequence says a lot about the fundamental problem with the movie, ie that it's deeply stupid and heavily armed." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 6, 2009
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