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 101 - 150 of 415
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
4/5 85% Rumba (2008) " The film combines a loony tunes cruelty with the precise comic choreography of the great movie clowns." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 31, 2009
2/5 26% Land of the Lost (2009) " A doughily inexpressive Will Ferrell extinguishes any flicker of originality in one of the worst performances of his career." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 31, 2009
3/5 16% Crossing Over (2009) " For anyone who felt that Crash was too subtle and self-effacing, I recommend Crossing Over, a multi-stranded, heavy handed exploration of the issues surrounding immigration and US citizenship." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 31, 2009
3/5 63% Coco Before Chanel (2009) " Rather staid in its approach, this film is nowhere near as fascinating and unpredictable as its subject." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 31, 2009
2/5 13% The Informers (2009) " Directed by Gregor Jordan, Ellis's aimlessly dissolute collection of stories just doesn't hang together as a coherent whole." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 17, 2009
4/5 89% Moon (2009) " With its measured pacing, melancholy tone and eye for prosaic details, Moon is very different from the glossy sci-fi blockbuster - and far more satisfying." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 17, 2009
4/5 87% Frozen River (2008) " Frozen River represents one of the best examples of the new trend for austerity and social realism in American indie cinema." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 17, 2009
3/5 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) " The latest instalment is more of the same tried and tested formula to be sure, but it's a formula that produces pure gold as far as the fans are concerned." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 10, 2009
3/5 90% Wolke Neun (Cloud 9) (2008) " Passion, in this tender, intimate story, is ageless." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 10, 2009
1/5 23% Fired Up (2009) " A lamentably unfunny flick." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 10, 2009
3/5 68% Brüno (2009) " Claims that the film is a social satire are as empty as Brüno's pretty head, there's no arguing with the fact that the film is staggeringly rude and very, very funny. The laughs build and build: it's like surfing a tidal wave of hysterical bad taste." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 10, 2009
4/5 85% Soul Power (2009) " The documentary gives us a tantalising taste of what appear to have been some incredible performances. Such is the quality of the footage and sound recording that you rather wish the film was longer." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 10, 2009
4/5 97% 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008) " The magic of Claire Denis's exquisite 35 Shots of Rum is that although so much is left unsaid, it's one of the most emotionally eloquent films you'll see this year." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 10, 2009
4/5 80% Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) (1994) " It's a clear-eyed critique of the revolution's treatment of gay Cubans and, as such, it's a brave and important piece of film-making." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 3, 2009
2/5 60% Am I Black Enough For You? (2010) " It all boils down to a complete lack of focus on the part of the film-makers. Not only do they fail to get their questions answered, they also run out of material so disastrously." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 3, 2009
2/5 68% Public Enemies (2009) " Questionable production values alone are not enough to sink a movie. Cinema doesn't have to look great if it has something to say. But it's not entirely clear what Public Enemies is trying to say." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 3, 2009
2/5 50% Soi Cowboy " Soi Cowboy, confirms Thomas Clay's arthouse cine-literacy but suggests that he might not know what to do with all the movie references that he spreads liberally through his work." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 12, 2009
4/5 89% Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009) " After 15 years expertly playing the Hollywood game, the Hong Kong director John Woo returns to his roots, and to form. And what a relief it clearly is for the world's slickest action director to spill copious amounts of blood." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 12, 2009
2/5 45% New Town Killers (2008) " The look of the film is unpolished and several of the supporting performances are poor." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 12, 2009
4/5 78% The End of the Line (2009) " Everyone should watch this film, or at least familiarise themselves with the issues." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 12, 2009
1/5 70% Summer Scars (2008) " The writing is perfunctory, the performances are amateurish. And you couldn't care less if the whole lot of them are sliced and diced by the mad tramp." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 5, 2009
3/5 100% This Sporting Life (1963) " I can't think of a sport movie that is better photographed. The black and white cinematography is gorgeously stark, the perfect medium for this bleakly unforgiving tale." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 5, 2009
4/5 91% Sugar (2008) " As a sports movie the film perhaps lacks the pace and punch to capture the genre's traditional audience. But Sugar is much more than a sports movie. It is a picture of integrity, intelligence and empathy that studiously avoids cliché." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 5, 2009
1/5 25% Shadows in the Sun (2009) " There's more drama in a breakfast cereal ad." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 5, 2009
3/5 71% Last Chance Harvey (2009) " Watching them dance effortlessly through this film is a reminder that two actors at the absolute top of their game can weave magic even in a slightly predictable example of a wholly formulaic genre." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 5, 2009
4/5 92% Accident (1967) " It's a story of overheated sexual jealousy, colliding male egos and long boozy days full of spite and point-scoring. It's brilliantly cruel and only slightly dated." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 5, 2009
2/5 70% La Habitación de Fermat (Fermat's Room) (2009) " God knows I'm no maths genius but even I can spot that if all four hydraulic presses are pushing the walls inwards at once they would simply jam." — Times [UK]
Posted May 29, 2009
2/5 29% 12 Rounds (2009) " A lunk-headed, brawling action movie with more muscle than brains and the kind of editing that feels like being repeatedly shot in the eyes with a staple gun." — Times [UK]
Posted May 29, 2009
1/5 19% Obsessed (2009) " It's execrable; a fist-chewing embarrassment that has no right to a theatrical release." — Times [UK]
Posted May 29, 2009
4/5 69% sleep furiously. (2011) " Images of wistful sadness - lone figures with plodding dogs on rain-lashed hillsides - are interlaced with humour and moments of skin-prickling beauty that leave the audience undone." — Times [UK]
Posted May 29, 2009
2/5 82% Broken Embraces (2009) " Feels like a mixed bag of smart ideas and nods to other pictures, rather than a coherent, distinct work of art." — Times [UK]
Posted May 19, 2009
1/5 49% Antichrist (2009) " Given how desperate to shock the film is, it's surprising that long swathes of it are so turgidly dull." — Times [UK]
Posted May 18, 2009
3/5 48% Taking Woodstock (2009) " It's a movie that wears the trappings of the countercultural movement like bunting, yet is essentially mild-mannered and rather conventional." — Times [UK]
Posted May 18, 2009
2/5 54% Viva (2007) " It's the sort of attention to detail that would be admirable in a short film. But in a film that plays out at two hours it's unendurable. Paying ironic homage to bad cinema doesn't suddenly make it good." — Times [UK]
Posted May 15, 2009
4/5 68% Synecdoche, New York (2008) " A toweringly ambitious and bafflingly confusing film that gives a glimpse of the daily battles going on in the director's mind." — Times [UK]
Posted May 15, 2009
1/5 53% French Film (2009) " The writing - unfunny, repetitive - is barely sitcom standard; the lighting is brutal; the performances desperate." — Times [UK]
Posted May 15, 2009
3/5 39% Fighting (2009) " There are no surprises here - this is a story that has been told before, many times. But Tatum gives us a glimpse of the charisma that could make him a star." — Times [UK]
Posted May 15, 2009
2/5 37% Angels & Demons (2009) " This graceless and overwrought piece of storytelling will probably earn a Pope's ransom at the box office, despite its many flaws." — Times [UK]
Posted May 15, 2009
4/5 90% Fish Tank (2010) " It's only her second feature film, but with Fish Tank, the British director Andrea Arnold demonstrates that she more than deserves her place in a Cannes competition lineup." — Times [UK]
Posted May 15, 2009
3/5 89% O' Horten (2007) " It's not always the most compelling piece of storytelling. It does, however, have a bittersweet appeal that fans of eccentric Northern European cinema will find hard to resist." — Times [UK]
Posted May 8, 2009
4/5 91% Momma's Man (2008) " Slyly funny and genuinely original, Momma's Man represents that rarest of things, a truly independent American movie." — Times [UK]
Posted May 8, 2009
2/5 24% Little Ashes (2009) " The presence of Robert Twilight Pattinson in the cast of Little Ashes might generate more interest in this insubstantial drama than its meagre merits warrant." — Times [UK]
Posted May 8, 2009
2/5 50% Chéri (2009) " we're treated to a group of dull-witted doyennes of the oldest profession, languishing on silk cushions, lazily point-scoring and carping." — Times [UK]
Posted May 8, 2009
3/5 82% Párpados Azules (Blue Eyelids) (2007) " Not an awful lot happens but the acting is first-rate, if low-key, and the choice of Ray Davies's This Strange Effect as a recurring motif on the soundtrack brings a melancholy sweetness to the story." — Times [UK]
Posted May 8, 2009
3/5 67% Helen (2008) " A moody British/Irish co-production, Helen is beautifully photographed and blessed with a wistfully atmospheric score, but it's a little bit creaky in some of the performances." — Times [UK]
Posted May 1, 2009
2/5 44% Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) " You have to be true to yourself and your roots, particularly if you live a lie. As moral messages go, the one peddled by Hannah Montana the Movie could do with some fine-tuning." — Times [UK]
Posted May 1, 2009
2/5 26% The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) " Any film starring the self-regarding, teak-veneered charisma vacuum that is Matthew McConaughey has more to overcome than most. So the fact that the rom-com Dickens riff Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is even sporadically entertaining is no mean feat." — Times [UK]
Posted May 1, 2009
2/5 55% Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no ai Wo Misero (Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!) (2007) " Tonally, it strikes a curious balance between black comedy and melodrama, but visually it's a striking film." — Times [UK]
Posted May 1, 2009
2/5 31% The Uninvited (2009) " The Uninvited is a little too mild-mannered to please any but the most vanilla of horror fans." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 24, 2009
4/5 84% State of Play (2009) " This is exhilarating, compulsive storytelling and looks likely to be one of the year's cinematic highlights." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 24, 2009
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