This is London

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 71%

Last Chance Harvey (2009)

"The problem lies in a sloppy screenplay and direction that's too slick to be credible. Added to that, while Thompson often makes acting look natural, Hoffman these days makes natural look like acting."

Posted Jun 5, 2009

Derek Malcolm

2 33%

Terminator Salvation (2009)

"The film is emotionally soupy and it insists too much on its own pyrotechnics. Christian Bale hasn't an ounce of comedy in him, which takes the whole thing some distance away from Arnie's ridiculousness."

Posted Jun 5, 2009

Andrew O'Hagan

3 25%

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)

"This does pretty much what it says on the tin, though the interactive "3D" element does introduce a twist of sorts."

Posted Jun 2, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

4 20%

Fireflies in the Garden (2011)

"A watchable but ultimately blah family drama."

Posted Jun 2, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

5 70%

La Habitación de Fermat (Fermat's Room) (2009)

"An ingenious Spanish thriller about maths, sex, ambition and dog poo."

Posted Jun 2, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

6 29%

12 Rounds (2009)

"Apart from the palpably improbable storyline, Harlan shows a massive disregard for characterisation, and so much bang-bang editing that you scarcely know where you are."

Posted Jun 2, 2009

Derek Malcolm

7 92%

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

"Drag Me to Hell is simultaneously gritty and goofy, brightly coloured and down-to-earth."

Posted May 29, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

8 19%

Obsessed (2009)

"A dim reworking of Fatal Attraction, directed with anonymous efficiency."

Posted May 29, 2009

Derek Malcolm

9 69%

Fugitive Pieces (2008)

"Fugitive Pieces reduces the Holocaust and its aftermath to a cosy soap opera."

Posted May 29, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

10 69%

sleep furiously. (2011)

"Sleep Furiously may be the most beautifully elemental documentary film to have emerged in Britain in over a decade and I can't applaud it loudly enough."

Posted May 29, 2009

Andrew O'Hagan

11 70%

Tormented (2009)

"It's diverting, occasionally moving, and has two secret weapons, teen heart-throb Alex Pettyfer and newcomer Tuppence Middleton."

Posted May 22, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

12 86%

L'Empreinte de l'ange (Mark of an Angel) (2008)

"Films like this - taut, expertly paced - are invariably dubbed Hitchcockian."

Posted May 22, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

13 74%

La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008)

"One's final impression is that aging legends make unreliable puppet-masters. And that it's all too easy for a desirable young actress to be left dangling in mid-air."

Posted May 22, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

14 91%

Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009)

"The film is exquisitely shot. Yet something's missing. The figures in Maria's photographs are uncannily substantial. The characters in the film, by comparison, seem like fragrant ghosts."

Posted May 22, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

15 36%

Awaydays (2009)

"There's no shortage of movies about Britain's mean streets and, for the most part, Awaydays runs with the pack."

Posted May 22, 2009

Charlotte O'Sullivan

16 44%

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

"Has the kind of laughs that might convince you that nothing is as bad as it seems: the movie is no masterpiece but if you could plug its good nature into the national grid you could probably keep Birmingham alight for a month."

Posted May 22, 2009

Andrew O'Hagan

17 71%

Tetro (2009)

"Tetro is huge in its ambition, frequently operatic in its style and, on balance, impressive in its achievement."

Posted May 18, 2009

Derek Malcolm

18 85%

Looking for Eric (2010)

"This is the nearest he will ever get to a feelgood movie, and may well become one of his most successful."

Posted May 18, 2009

Derek Malcolm

19 83%

Bright Star (2009)

"Bright Star, a story of loss and love illustrated by poetry, seldom does more than gently move us. It is a fine film to look at and listen to but there are heights it fails to scale."

Posted May 15, 2009

Derek Malcolm

20 68%

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

"Synecdoche (pronounced Sih-neck-doh-kee, by the way) is beautifully acted throughout, scripted by Kaufman with the same valorous unorthodoxy as his Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and shot with real panache."

Posted May 15, 2009

Derek Malcolm

21 37%

Angels & Demons (2009)

"Angels & Demons, the fantastic ongoing saga of Brownism might make us feel short of breath in the company of something that is beyond belief. That's Dan Brown I'm talking about."

Posted May 15, 2009

Andrew O'Hagan

22 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"Well enough written and directed, and certainly acted, to prove a compassionate and in the end and optimistic study of an underclass who, despite everything, refuse to succumb to their circumstances."

Posted May 14, 2009

Derek Malcolm

23 98%

Up (2009)

"Vies with Monsters Inc and Wall-E as the best and most inventive of the Pixar films - with, as it were, added depth."

Posted May 13, 2009

Nick Roddick

24 82%

Párpados Azules (Blue Eyelids) (2007)

"Their awkward struggle to overcome shyness and take a chance on love becomes the basis of a gently life-affirming tale of loneliness and longing."

Posted May 8, 2009

Allan Hunter

25 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"Star Trek is everything that fans could have hoped for. It throbs with a dynamism that we haven't seen in the series for a very long time and creates a slice of expertly crafted science-fiction escapism."

Posted May 8, 2009

Allan Hunter

26 89%

O' Horten (2007)

"Hamer orchestrates all this with patient, near-minimalist skill, combining pawky comedy and plenty of heart. The result is a quirky story that remains in the mind."

Posted May 8, 2009

Derek Malcolm

27 69%

Delta (2009)

"Kornel Mundruczó's film has been dubbed the Hungarian Deliverance - but even John Boorman's classic wasn't shot as beautifully as this."

Posted May 8, 2009

Derek Malcolm

28 87%

Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009)

"Aesthetically, it may be an awful event but Sounds Like Teen Spirit takes that in and still makes you watch it with pleasure - and a little pain too."

Posted May 8, 2009

Derek Malcolm

29 50%

Chéri (2009)

"Chéri looks a real treat, which is half the battle. It may not quite give the measure of Colette, nor Frears at his absolute best, but you don't have to look at it through rose-tinted glasses to luxuriate in its splendour."

Posted May 8, 2009

Derek Malcolm

30 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"You do get a sense, despite all the other attempts to re-do Star Trek, that this lot boldly go where no man has gone before, and that Abrams has reinvented the series without murdering everything that has gone before."

Posted May 8, 2009

Derek Malcolm

31 67%

End ()

"The second half of this most watchable debut sows a few doubts. The old sweats admit that prison has wasted half their lives, that they indeed "done wrong" and, in two cases, that God has saved them from themselves."

Posted May 1, 2009

Derek Malcolm

32 67%

Helen (2008)

"It is a plain and simple story which is told so directly and with such a lack of obvious sophistication that it finally triumphs beyond all expectation."

Posted May 1, 2009

Derek Malcolm

33 44%

Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)

"I can't actually claim that his take on Hannah Montana is anything more than a basinful of easy entertainment for younger teens, it does what it sets out to do with commendable fluency and zeal."

Posted May 1, 2009

Derek Malcolm

34 26%

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

"Though it pours the sentiment on at its conclusion, Waters's film has a nasty misogynist edge, suggesting that women are gasping for cads such as Connor to seduce them."

Posted May 1, 2009

Derek Malcolm

35 65%

Is Anybody There? (2009)

"Peter Harness's screenplay does not manage the desired subtlety and descends now and then into pawkiness and sentimentality - and Crowley's direction is never quite sophisticated enough either."

Posted May 1, 2009

Derek Malcolm

36 38%

X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

"It's sound and fury signifying virtually nothing, expensively mounted, crashingly noisy but hardly a big-budget must-see."

Posted May 1, 2009

Derek Malcolm

37 0%

City Rats (2009)

"Danny Dyer, Susan Lynch and Tamer Hassan do their best to convince but City Rats is never more than a compendium of clichés hoping to amuse and move us. In the end it does neither."

Posted Apr 25, 2009

Derek Malcolm

38 31%

The Uninvited (2009)

"The Uninvited is decently shot and acted but has a silly ending that negates most of what has gone before." EDIT

Posted Apr 24, 2009

39 84%

State of Play (2009)

"How it plays out makes, in the hands of an excellent director such as Macdonald, a taut and clever thriller - even if it's not as modern as it likes to believe."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Derek Malcolm

40 96%

Shifty (2008)

"Couched in a kind of Pinteresque slum language that needs a glossary to be totally intelligible, the film boasts an authenticity and wholly natural performances, particularly from Mays, and is devoid of the usual clichés of its genre."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Derek Malcolm

41 90%

Le fils de l'épicier (The Grocer's Son) (2008)

"The Grocer's Son is best described as a feelgood film that doesn't underrate its audiences too much." EDIT

Posted Apr 24, 2009

42 94%

Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

"The film is beautifully shot both under the ice, where creatures roam in a place that would rival any sci-fi horror." EDIT

Posted Apr 24, 2009

43 85%

Tony Manero (2009)

"Director Pablo Larrain, aided by a quietly compelling performance from co-screenwriter Alfredo Castro as Raul, is clearly commenting not only on a kind of celebrity fetishism." EDIT

Posted Apr 17, 2009

44 43%

Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

"This surely has to be the last of the series." EDIT

Posted Apr 17, 2009

45 27%

Fast & Furious (2009)

"Both screenplay and plotting are basic but the action scenes are a wonder to behold if you can forget the number of civilians who would have been killed as the chases progress through various cities." EDIT

Posted Apr 17, 2009

46 88%

Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

"It is Sturgess who dominates the film, though, showing us how an ordinary man can get involved in the messy, heartless business of informing, seemingly unaware of what might eventually transpire."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Derek Malcolm

47 100%

The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) (1959)

"Henri Decae's black and white photography helped Truffaut enormously but what the director himself provides is a sense that though there is no easy answer to the problems of growing up, there is a hope that will never be wholly denied." EDIT

Posted Apr 17, 2009

48 55%

17 Again (2009)

"17 Again is good-humoured, pacy and exactly the right kind of entertainment for its target audience." EDIT

Posted Apr 17, 2009

49 14%

Dragonball Evolution (2009)

"The producer, Stephen Chow, made the funny and original Kung Fu Hustle, but here he and director James Wong get into a terrible mess." EDIT

Posted Apr 17, 2009

50 94%

In the Loop (2009)

"In the Loop is like a British version of a Marx Brothers movie in that no sooner is one round of colourful invective blurted out than another three follow in rat-tat succession."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Derek Malcolm

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