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 151 - 200 of 415
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
3/5 96% Shifty (2008) " The production values are lo-fi but spirited performances, matey humour and an edgy authenticity carry the story." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 24, 2009
2/5 51% Observe and Report (2009) " The bleakly savage comedy Observe and Report is very nearly a great, if somewhat disturbing, film. What lets it down is not the gratuitous violence and foul language - it's that it doesn't go far enough." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 24, 2009
3/5 90% Le fils de l'épicier (The Grocer's Son) (2008) " This is a slow-burning charmer of a film that rewards those prepared to settle into its easygoing pace." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 24, 2009
1/5 33% Not Easily Broken (2009) " It has all the philosophical depth of a greetings card message but it's underscored with a nasty little edge of misogyny." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 17, 2009
4/5 94% In the Loop (2009) " The satire steams and fizzes like concentrated sulphuric acid. It is blisteringly offensive. Armando Iannucci's debut feature film In the Loop is the kind of movie that makes you proud to be British." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 17, 2009
2/5 92% In Search of Beethoven (2009) " If the interminable length of In Search of Beethoven doesn't put people off this repetitive documentary about "the world's greatest composer", then the lack of real insight into the man rather than the myth surely will." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 17, 2009
3/5 84% I Love You, Man (2009) " Ultimately, I Love You, Man doesn't take us anywhere we haven't been before, but there is no shortage of laughs for those who decide to come along for the ride." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 17, 2009
2/5 33% Good (2008) " It's a thought-provoking theme, which is rather let down by a thoroughly unconvincingly turn from Mortensen." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 17, 2009
3/5 87% Avant que j'Oublie (Before I Forget) (2008) " Tortuously slow but unexpectedly charming." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 17, 2009
4/5 98% Let the Right One In (2008) " Let the Right One In, a deliciously macabre story of a tentative romance between a bullied 12-year-old boy and the strange girl who moves in next door, is pure magic." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 9, 2009
2/5 27% Fast & Furious (2009) " This is dumb, loud and fast, with a questionable attitude towards road safety and a supporting cast apparently recruited for their tattoos rather than their acting ability." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 9, 2009
5/5 100% The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) (1959) " Distinguished by its naturalistic, quasi-documentary approach and an extraordinary central performance from the 12-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud, this is a blisteringly authentic story." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 9, 2009
1/5 14% Dragonball Evolution (2009) " Dragonball Evolution is an example of Hollywood at its most calculating and cynical. Utter drivel." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/5 72% Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) " Engagingly nerdy movie in-jokes are clearly a step in the right direction for DreamWorks after the rather crass and bombastic approach of the Shrek movies." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 3, 2009
3/5 100% Profils Paysans: la Vie Moderne (Modern Life) (2008) " The pastoral beauty of the scenery and the lyrical journey of Depardon's camera are underscored by a sense of acute melancholy and hopelessness in this affecting film." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 3, 2009
2/5 24% The World Unseen (2008) " You wait all year for a lesbian comedy drama with the production values of a 1980s TV movie and the acting standard of a carpet shampoo advert, and then two come along at once." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 3, 2009
1/5 13% I Can't Think Straight (2008) " I Can't Think Straight, a glossy contemporary cross-cultural romance between a Palestinian Christian girl and an Anglo-Indian Muslim girl, is spectacularly dreadful." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 3, 2009
3/5 82% Two Lovers (2008) " Kraditor's vacillating affections make up what could have been a frustratingly underpowered drama but for Gray's subtle, intelligent direction and Phoenix's raw performance." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 27, 2009
2/5 55% Martyrs (2008) " Martyrs is an unforgettable (not necessarily a good thing) endurance test of a movie that provides a quasi-philosophical spin on the torture porn genre." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 27, 2009
1/5 24% The Life Before Her Eyes (2007) " Surely the point of a "twist" is that it should slot into the plot with a satisfying click, not that it should invalidate 50 per cent of what came before it?" — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 27, 2009
3/5 100% Afghan Star (2009) " But the documentary reveals that tribalism is only one of the problems. "She should be killed," says a young man of a female contestant who dared to dance on stage." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 27, 2009
1/5 33% Knowing (2009) " A clunky screenplay doesn't help matters, but the spectacularly shoddy special effects are the nail in the coffin for this doomsday scenario." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 27, 2009
3/5 94% Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) " There is a remarkable story to be told of outlaws carving out their own slice of the industry with scant regard for decorum, personal safety or narrative coherence." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 13, 2009
3/5 86% Wonderful Town (2007) " A purposeful, almost meditative exploration of the scars left on a people's psyche after tragedy." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 13, 2009
4/5 76% Bronson (2009) " An example of a film that is, in all likelihood, considerably more intelligent and interesting than its subject." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 13, 2009
3/5 76% The Young Victoria (2009) " It's decorative, but suffers from a stultifying lack of drama." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 6, 2009
3/5 55% Surveillance (2009) " Structurally, it's a bit of a muddle but Lynch creates a nicely ominous atmosphere with a sound design that looms up on you like a menacing shadow in a dark alleyway." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 6, 2009
1/5 9% Reverb (2007) " Occult thriller Reverb soon gets bogged down in implausibility and sloppy writing." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 6, 2009
2/5 87% Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008) " A polished, dazzlingly photographed tale of Resistance heroes that is curiously devoid of tension." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 6, 2009
3/5 59% The International (2009) " This satisfyingly cynical dig at the world of high finance should please anyone with a taste for paranoid political thrillers." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 27, 2009
3/5 59% Franklyn (2008) " It's a convoluted piece of storytelling that repays more on a visual level than on a logical one. But you can't fault its ambition and imagination." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 27, 2009
1/5 29% New In Town (2009) " There are precious few laughs to be found in this tale." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 27, 2009
2/5 11% The Unborn (2009) " It's hard to imagine a more ham-fisted attempt at the genre of 'womb horror' than this flat-footed supernatural drama with a Jewish twist." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 27, 2009
2/5 25% Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) " The tone of the film, directed by P. J. Hogan, is frothy and frivolous; the plot is glaringly predictable." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 19, 2009
3/5 80% Che: Part Two (Guerrilla) (2008) " Darker in tone and more introspective thematically, Che: Part 2 is the more interesting of the two films." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 19, 2009
5/5 98% Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009) " Anvil! The Story of Anvil has to be one of the most engaging, big-hearted music movies yet made." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 19, 2009
2/5 33% 20-seiki shônen: Honkaku kagaku bôken eiga (20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End) (2008) " It's mildly interesting but inelegantly structured, unfolding through a mess of flashbacks and shocking overacting." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 19, 2009
2/5 51% Notorious (2009) " This is an MTV-friendly, slick and styled production that tells one version of a very murky story and does it with plenty of energy but little imagination." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 12, 2009
3/5 86% El Rey de la montaña (King of the Hill) (2007) " From Spain comes a leaner, bleaker horror film." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 12, 2009
1/5 56% Fuck (F*ck) (2005) " An example of the very worst kind of documentary film-making. The picture contains no insight, no research and no etymological answers. It is simply a string of choppily edited interviews with comedians, porn actors and the morally outraged." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 12, 2009
2/5 25% Friday the 13th (2009) " This is less a reimagining than a reanimation of the long dead corpse of an idea." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 12, 2009
2/5 30% Who Killed Nancy? (2010) " It's a shoddy, sensational and unfocused documentary." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 5, 2009
3/5 87% Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes) (2007) " Fiendishly convoluted and stylishly crafted, Time Crime is a low-budget sci-fi thriller from Spain that ably demonstrates the value of a neat idea, cleverly executed." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 5, 2009
2/5 27% Punisher: War Zone (2008) " Castle/the Punisher is not the most charismatic comic book hero at the best of times but Stevenson's jowly pallor and oil slick of hair makes him look more like an Eastern European abattoir worker than a vigilante to be reckoned with." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 5, 2009
4/5 84% The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2010) " If Sergio Leone could see The Good, the Bad, the Weird, a gleefully deranged Korean homage to his spaghetti westerns, he would probably envy the resources available to director Ji-woon Kim." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 5, 2009
3/5 78% Doubt (2008) " There is just one key element that grates, and that is Meryl Streep's monstrously over-the-top central performance." — Times [UK]
Posted Feb 5, 2009
3/5 94% Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) (2009) " It's a story with a universal resonance right now, but the Japanese setting of Tokyo Sonata lends it a unique perspective." — Times [UK]
Posted Jan 30, 2009
2/5 74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) " This music-powered hipster romance is as simple and undemanding as a three-chord pop song. It's as corny as rhyming "moon" with "June"." — Times [UK]
Posted Jan 30, 2009
5/5 96% Barry Lyndon (1975) " It's a work of technical brilliance and considerable beauty; the slow and deliberate pacing only serves to make Barry's adventures more fascinating." — Times [UK]
Posted Jan 30, 2009
2/5 62% Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009) " Paris 36 is an indigestible hunk of gooey French cheese." — Times [UK]
Posted Jan 30, 2009
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