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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 88% Never Here (2017) Thoman's knack of shooting her actors so their identity remains tantalisingly ambiguous amplifies the sense of unease.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2/5 98% Lucky (2017) Harry Dean Stanton's valedictory performance isn't enough to save this movie.‐ The Arts Desk
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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
4/5 83% 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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
3/5 81% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/5 88% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
5/5 73% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) ...Ocean's 8 often ends up lapsing into a glammed-up vacuum.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3/5 49% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/5 80% King Lear (2018) Despite its strength-in-depth cast it ends up as less than the sum of its parts.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
3/5 39% Anon (2018) Niccol has framed his story in a world of dimly-lit interiors in soft browns and creams, devoid of human warmth but decorated with carefully-placed and exquisitely-curated artefacts.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
2/5 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) At a time when we're seeing a shocking resurgence of anti-semitism, this film might have delivered an eye-opening jolt, but instead it feels bloodless and semi-detached.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
5/5 95% Sweet Country (2018) In a film striking for its absence of background music, the story is told through natural ambient sounds and some glorious cinematography. ‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) The film excels in its hectically brilliant action sequences, where the screen seethes with energy, anarchy and in-jokes.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/5 87% Annihilation (2018) You're left feeling that somewhere there's a killer punch that never gets unleashed. Still, if you're a Netflix subscriber, this is an agreeable little bonus package.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
4/5 88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) It's a film distinguished by the force of its images and the compression of its narrative, and while its impact leaves you dazed, you can't quite believe that what you've just seen ever happened.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Many bluffs, feints and subterfuges are in store before the piece reaches its quite satisfying destination, mostly capably handled by its strong cast (even if they are doomed to speak with those preposterous pseudo-Slavic rolled "r"s). ‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
4/5 97% The Light of the Moon (2017) The Light of the Moon is the first feature by writer-director Jessica M Thompson, who has leveraged maximum value from her cast and a shoestring budget to create a low-key but potent sign-of-the-times bulletin.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It's a film that doesn't want to be categorised, but it's no trouble at all to lose yourself in its swirling currents.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/5 56% The Commuter (2018) It's formulaic and you can probably guess the ending, but it's a pacy, enjoyable thriller capable of laughing at itself.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2/5 69% Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (2017) ... the longer this one goes on, the less it has to say. Nor is it obvious why it has been made now.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
3/5 72% Hostiles (2018) The best of Hostiles is powerful and memorable, its strengths amplified by Masanobu Takayanagi's haunting cinematography and Max Richter's score.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
5/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Sorkin continues to enjoy himself hugely as the piece moves into its courtroom endgame. ‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
2/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Played with frantic energy and dentifrice-exhibiting bonhomie by Hugh Jackman, this Barnum is a feel-good character who exists in only two dimensions.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2/5 88% Coherence (2014) Coherence resembles a postgrad science project masquerading as drama.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4/5 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Sprawling and over-long as it is, this is a movie with a good heart and a sense of humour.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/5 25% Child 44 (2015) You're left with the sense of a film attempting to say some ambitious things about a specific time in history and what a crushing totalitarian system can do to the human spirit, but the "thriller" part shrivels up along the way.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4/5 62% MI-5 (Spooks: The Greater Good) (2015) Making the transition from long-arc TV series to 100-minute feature film is no simple matter, but they've accomplished it with some skill here.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/5 59% Southpaw (2015) Southpaw is always watchable, and visceral enough to let you temporarily overlook the holes and pitfalls, but it's frustrating because it could have been much more.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 65% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Where the TV show's Robert Vaughn and David McCallum enjoyed an effortlessly bickering, bantering rapport, Cavill and Armie Hammer's Kuryakin look as if they've just been crated to the set by FedEx and have never met before.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 78% Queen and Country (2015) It feels like being dropped into series five of a long-running TV drama, where the characters keep doing pretty much what they've always done but you haven't been part of the journey.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
2/5 33% Blackhat (2015) Mann's problem is that, like other directors before him, he can't find a way to make cybercrime look very interesting on screen.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
4/5 90% Ferrari: Race to Immortality (2017) This film isn't designed as a multiplex-buster, but anyone with a taste for motorsport history will find it irresistible.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/5 64% George Michael: Freedom (2017) I tried to watch without prejudice, but in the end I felt I'd just been watching a supersized commercial.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/5 75% My Generation (2017) The story isn't exactly unfamiliar, but director David Batty has unearthed a treasure trove of contemporary footage, including heaps of excellent colour material, and the soundtrack is like a movie in itself.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/5 54% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) Havanicius sprays his subject with acid wit, and will delight cinéastes with several cunning pastiches of Godard's film-making style, though it's difficult to imagine that the venerable auteur, now 86, will see the joke.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 86% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) It's gruelling, yet strangely refreshing.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/5 44% 1% (2017) Crude, violent and generally unpleasant tale about duelling biker gangs in Australia.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/5 80% Brigsby Bear (2017) Dave McCary's bizarre but endearing indy feature takes a potentially hideous tale of abduction and control and transforms it using the amazing healing powers of fantasy and creativity.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Sebastian Lelio's story of a Spanish trans woman running a gauntlet of hostility and abuse from her dead lover's family cuts to the core of our expectations about equality or mere civilised behaviour.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 93% Journey's End (2018) Armed with a taut, uncluttered screenplay by Simon Reade and a splendid group of actors, Dibb evokes the terror and misery of the trenches without lapsing into preachiness or sentimentality.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) This debut feature by Matt Spicer is a piercingly smart satire on the corrosive vapidity of social-media culture.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/5 32% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) Against the odds, it's a love affair for the ages, and the two charismatic leads successfully bring a haunting telepathy to their affair.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/5 66% Breathe (2017) Most of the plaudits belong to Claire Foy, who brings a finely-judged mix of concern, compassion and bloody-minded determination to the role of Diana.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) It's a film that's short of soul, and most of the original thinking was already done in Blade Runner 1, but it delivers a powerful impact in other ways. See it on an Imax screen if you can.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017