Adam Sweeting

Adam Sweeting
Adam Sweeting's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Arts Desk
Publications: The Arts Desk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 94% What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) Fuqua has an obvious affinity for the sport, skilfully blending fight footage with music or Ali's poetry, and also extracting full value from some superb black and still photographs taken ringside. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 86% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) Nighy is a perfect fit as the somewhat scuffed roué who still radiates an unmistakeable mystique. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore expertly catches Gloria's fleeting and fragile emotions, from doubt, hope and regret to the liberating joy of her concluding dance to Laura Branigan's "Gloria". - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet 63 Up (2019) The slow, methodical progress of the series down the decades has meant that it has steadily accumulated a strange power, as these lives of others have in some ways become merged with our own. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Tree (2019) This is smart, thought-provoking filmmaking. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 54% After the Wedding (2019) It's basically an old-fashioned weepy, complete with a tear-jerking splash of personal tragedy, and Moore sets a cracking pace as bossy, controlling Theresa. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 79% The Nightingale (2019) The British don't even qualify as subhuman, though it isn't clear how people as moronic as this ever found their way off the boat. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
1/5 45% Corporate Animals (2019) It's crass and it's gross. Perhaps director Patrick Brice and screenwriter Sam Bain have a souped-up director's cut where they stashed all the missing jokes. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
5/5 100% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell is a perceptive examination of family bonds, generational differences and cultural contrasts. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
4/5 100% Alastair Campbell: Depression and Me (2019) It was brave of him to open up on camera, but maybe the real heroes are his long-suffering family. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Wick fans will adore this. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 89% Arctic (2019) Despite the absence of dialogue, it's a remarkably eloquent performance from Mikkelsen. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 94% Wild Rose (2019) The reason you want to see this is Jessie Buckley's tornado of a lead performance. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Stephen King adaptation leaves you pondering what might have been. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
4/5 66% The White Crow (2019) Fiennes and Hare play the big moments with panache, much assisted by their star Oleg Ivenko. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) 'Triple Frontier' gets a lot right so it's hard to see why it doesn't quite work. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 19% Serenity (2019) It's as if you've been watching a movie which wasn't that great to begin with, and then the director crashes through the screen, doubling up with laughter and telling you you've been had. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
3/5 27% The Aftermath (2019) The Aftermath ultimately suffers from being far too uncritical of itself. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 78% Green Book (2018) Two fine performances, but Peter Farrelly's movie sugar-coats the hard questions. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 100% Care (2018) It was as subtle as a head-butt, but McGovern doesn't mind as long as you get the message. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4/5 95% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) Not for the supremely self-aware and exacting Springsteen the routine fare of the jukebox musical or the gaudy biopic. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 66% Lizzie (2018) It's a dark and bitter tale, yet still manages to convey a kind of exhilaration. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 81% Overlord (2018) If you like cheap thrills, loud bangs, ludicrously excessive violence and supernatural shocks, you're probably already queueing for this. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
4/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) This is like a trip into a previously unknown dimension. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
3/5 74% Destroyer (2018) Kidman's performance is haunting enough to stick in your mind. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy's portrayal of Israel as a slovenly, hard-drinking misanthrope who has only her ailing black and white cat for company is far more touching than it ought to be, considering the protagonist's hair-trigger setting of venomous hostility. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Supercharged by zesty, pin-sharp dialogue by writers Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite is a brilliantly barbed character piece as well as a portrait of a historical period both methodically detailed yet ingeniously twisted. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
4/5 95% Shadow (2019) [A] crunching martial arts barn-burner. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) Director Jason Reitman has taken the Hart story and fashioned it into a tight, slick political thriller reminiscent of classics like The Candidate, while also shining a bright light on media ethics and our old friend, gender equality. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Even the spottier moments are enlivened by the Coens' knack for myth-spinning, ably assisted by Carter Burwell's eclectic, evocative score. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
5/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) This is as fine and affectionate a send-off as any movie icon could wish. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2/5 91% Mandy (2018) Intermittently amusing, but not in a good way. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
5/5 91% Widows (2018) It's a tough, taut, twisty thriller that never feels long despite its 130 minutes. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
5/5 87% Colette (2018) This is a shrewdly contemporary-feeling story of female self-determination in a world of stultifying male privilege, though the sparkling script and dynamic performances never make it feel like propaganda or special pleading. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
4/5 87% First Man (2018) Played with introspective intensity by Ryan Gosling, Armstrong is obsessive, stubborn and would consider the adjective 'boring' a compliment. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/5 83% Never Here (2017) Thoman's knack of shooting her actors so their identity remains tantalisingly ambiguous amplifies the sense of unease. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2/5 97% Lucky (2017) Harry Dean Stanton's valedictory performance isn't enough to save this movie. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
71% Birdsong (2012) Birdsong is essentially an epic romance intensified by its backdrop of all-consuming disaster, a Titanic with a much bigger iceberg, but if you love the book this TV incarnation ought to hit the spot. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
4/5 82% Beirut (2018) It may look superficially like another war-on-terror thriller, but The Negotiator is a skilful character piece which doesn't pretend it has any slick solutions to the chaos of the Middle East. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) If they had a competition for the all-time all-action blockbuster, Fallout would be in with a very plausible shout. Suck it up, James Bond. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
No Score Yet Small Island (2009) Andrea Levy's novel about immigrants and identity is a perfect fit for the small screen. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet Enid (2009) Beloved children's author Enid Blyton is portrayed as a ruthless ice maiden with a father fixation. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet Micro Men (2009) Today, no doubt they're all writing apps for that iPhone you're reading this on. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
3/5 83% The Child in Time (2018) These assorted fragments feel like loose add-ons rather than integral parts of a unified whole. Still, there is never going to be a magic formula for transposing the allusive, imaginative world of fiction into screen drama. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/5 89% Whitney (2018) Houston's fans probably already know as much about the story as they want to, so it's not entirely clear who the film is aiming at, especially since it's somewhat frugal with show-stopping performance footage. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
5/5 70% Adrift (2018) When the boat becomes little more than a scrap of flotsam in the teeth of gargantuan waves and howling winds, the terror is palpable. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) This explosive thriller is frequently shocking in its explicit violence, and its cynical view of power, crime and politics verges on the nihilistic, but it's difficult to get its brutal imagery out of your mind. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) ...Ocean's 8 often ends up lapsing into a glammed-up vacuum. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3/5 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) [Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom] is a perfectly serviceable summer blockbuster with some roof-rattling action scenes and the occasional brain-teasing idea for good measure. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/5 89% King Lear (2018) Despite its strength-in-depth cast it ends up as less than the sum of its parts. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018