Adam Lowes

Adam Lowes
Adam Lowes's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): CineVue HeyUGuys
Publications: CineVue, HeyUGuys
Official Websites: heyuguys.co.uk/author/adam/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 73% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) A compelling and largely original picture... Much of this has to be attributed to Elliott's commanding and assured performance which sells every aspect. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Despite the best efforts of the filmmakers, In the Heart of the Sea is a few knots away from being the transformative cinema experience intended. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 39% Love (2015) Love will be misconstrued by many as a transgressive cinematic experience but, in his own pioneering way, Noé is reaching for an honest and pure reflection of young, sexually-untethered love. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 91% Mississippi Grind (2015) [Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn] have an effortless chemistry on screen together and are immensely watchable, helped by Boden and Fleck's unshowy direction, which never gets in the way of the actors. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 83% Just Jim (2015) Despite being a little rough around the edges, Roberts has made an amusing coming-of-age tale which balances deadpan humour with a dark edge. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 46% Irrational Man (2015) As the film progresses, it feels increasingly like the kind of half-formed idea that Allen had tucked away in the back of his writing bureau for some time. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 92% Cry of the City (1948) Bold, uncompromising and brimming with powerful performances, Cry of the City is something of a forgotten classic - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) A tiresome sci-fi yarn that cannibalises from so many past fantasy properties that in the future, special 'spot the homage' screenings could be held in its honour. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 78% Northern Soul (2015) Elaine Constantine's fictional account of her own experiences is an age-old tale of friendship forged through shared passions, but it's told with heart and a dogged determination to document the time. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 80% Grand Piano (2014) Grand Piano may be little more than a good-looking B-movie, but it's done with skill, creativity and a shrewd understanding of the genre, meaning it deserves at least one encore, if not a standing ovation. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2/5 80% Bad Turn Worse (2014) A largely groanworthy independent offering which is severely lacking in the pulpy charms it so desperately tries to emulate. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 51% Blood Ties (2014) It's nothing that hasn't been seen numerous times before, and despite the injection of a starry line-up of some of the finest actors working today, the creative duo fail to bring anything particularly innovative or new to an already crowded table. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
1/5 13% A Promise (2014) Leconte directs this early 19th century love triangle with all the weight and depth of a leisurely ITV afternoon drama. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 83% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) While it may meander a little on occasion, the film is full of small yet hugely revealing observations regarding the trials of adolescence. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 68% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) Fans of Jonasson's source novel may find themselves a little underwhelmed here, but The Hundred-Year-Old Man is a gentle and amiable enough fantasy yarn. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) Under the assured direction of Josh Boone, the film earns its emotions without grand manipulative gestures, and finds its heart through the fantastic cast and an effortless and appealing intimacy between the characters. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Impressive for the most part without being awe-inspiring, the film's two timelines converge in a much more satisfying and thrilling ways towards the end, where the emotional stakes are considerably upped. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Director Bing Liu has crafted a rich coming-of-age odyssey which is, in turn, illuminating, sobering and ultimately uplifting. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 64% Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013) Both amiable and appealing. Just don't expect to see an accurate portrait of life on the road, will you. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 22% The Canyons (2013) Despite a liberal dose of full frontal nudity, The Canyons fails to fully revel in its sleaze, struggling to even work as a deadpan satire. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 22% Need For Speed (2014) With a name like Need for Speed, subtlety was never going to be a key selling point, but the freewheeling pomposity runs out of fuel a good hour or some before its painfully predictable finale. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
1/5 45% Last Vegas (2013) The filmmakers have clearly misunderstood the definition of a 'crowdpleaser', under the impression that having four star actors shamelessly mug for the camera via a cliché-leaden script is enough to pull in the crowds. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
1/5 17% Vendetta (2013) Reynolds and co's attempts at broadening their film's narrow scope ultimately prove disastrous. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 8% Runner Runner (2013) Runner Runner is a slick, daft and unabashedly entertaining Hollywood thriller. It doesn't do anything new with the formula, but it knows how to engineer it in the correct way. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/5 50% Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman (Tráiganme la cabeza de la mujer metralleta) (2012) Jean-Luc Godard once remarked that "all you need for a movie is a gun and a girl", and the director of this tired grindhouse pastiche seems to have taken that advice on board verbatim, offering a sketchy, lifeless shoot 'em up. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 78% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) Further bolstered by a haunting, yet melodic score, Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints is an elegant and poignant affair. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 80% Tropicália (2013) Acts as a timely and potent reminder that those with creative impulses can engage in political discourse and address the disenfranchised through other, equally effective channels. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 43% Spike Island (2015) All the usual coming of age tropes are present and correct, but it's nothing we haven't seen numerous times before. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
2/5 61% The Liability (2013) Straddles a number of interesting sub-genres. It's a shame these outwardly intriguing elements have to do battle with a predictable and pretty contrived story. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 50% Flying Blind (2013) Flying Blind introduces yet another new and exciting female filmmaker with a distinctive voice, and she's equally complimented by a stunning turn from her lead actress. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 82% De jueves a domingo (Thursday Till Sunday) (2012) May be a little low on drama and incident, but Sotomayor has a way of engaging the viewer throughout the entire journey. This is due, in part, to the terrific turns by the kids, both of whom give lovely, unaffected performances. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 27% Erased (2013) Those looking for an undemanding evening of real-world action beats could do a lot worse than Stölzl's run-around. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
1/5 50% Vinyl (2012) Shot like an 80s BBC kids show, Sugarman's Vinyl really is barrel-scraping stuff. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
5/5 86% Django Unchained (2012) A supremely entertaining, richly cinematic treat, which manages to work in some fun (and often very humorous) genre subversions and engaging character nuance amongst the frenetic gunplay. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 57% V/H/S (2012) Although the filmmakers have a shorter time span to tell their tales, there's a distinct lack of imagination and genuine sense of fun on display. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 100% McCullin (2013) McCullin offers a welcoming peak into the world of an artist who captured some truly devastating (yet beautiful) imagery, the likes of which offer a sobering respite to this glossy, media-saturated era. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 96% The Pool (2008) A gentle, leisurely-told tale which strenuously avoids anything resembling even the slightest trace of melodrama, and it manages to find moving moments through subtle observation. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
2/5 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Anna and the Apocalypse ends up lacking the requisite bite to really make it fly as that quirky leftfield offering it so badly wants to be. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/5 71% Summer of '84 (2018) This love letter to the 80s jettisons the nostalgia and benefits greatly from this decision. Rich in texture and character, it is only the unsatisfying ending which lets the rest of the film down. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
81% What Keeps You Alive (2018) While What Keeps You Alive strains credibility on more than a couple of occasions, the cat and mouse machinations which kick in after the film's early devastating plot twist make for a highly watchable genre exercise. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
4/5 77% The Man from Mo'Wax (2018) While it's obvious that fans of Lavelle and his many creative ventures will get the most out of The Man From Mo'Wax, this remains a fascinating insight into both the hubris and vulnerability of the music industry. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
3/5 45% Generation Wealth (2018) At times the whole film threatens to turn into a visual stream of consciousness exercise... That Generation Wealth remains watchable is down to the filmmaker's skills with the camera and her confidence around her participants. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3/5 79% Mansfield 66/67 (2017) Mansfield 66/67 remains an entertaining, sometimes through-provoking trawl through Hollywood folklore. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4/5 100% The Ice King (2017) The Ice King is a focused, elegantly made documentary, and at a relatively brisk 88 minutes, none of Curry's achievements (or defeats) ever feel like they're being skated over. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3/5 81% Double Date (2017) Overall, Double Date is a riotous low-budget gem and everything that a lazy genre comedy offering like Lesbian Vampire Hunters should have been. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4/5 83% Mohawk (2018) Mohawk is a dark, oppressive tale with little in the way of levity, but Geoghegan has crafted an impressive period yarn which acts as a barbed indictment of colonialism, wrapped up in a crowd-pleasing display of splatter and gore. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
1/5 76% M.F.A. (2017) Packed full of "seriously, they went there?" moments, M.F.A. feels like a reductive response to a far weightier issue. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
4/5 93% School Life (2017) An appealingly good-natured piece, chock-full of beautifully-observed moments, in both the teachers and pupils lives. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
4/5 88% Better Watch Out (2017) A ho-ho-home invasion yarn which deliciously subverts the genre, this Yuletide horror is an impressive piece of work, bolstered by some memorable performances and a truly unique mid-point twist. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
3/5 100% Center of My World (Die Mitte der Welt) (2016) It's a delicately told tale and one that is greatly enriched by the winning lead performance from Louis Hofmann. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017