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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 57% 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 67% 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 73% 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 81% 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 55% 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 87% 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 26% 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 63% 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 66% 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 89% 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 62% 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 60% 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 55% Redoubtable (Le redoutable) (2017) 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 85% 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 33% 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 90% 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 89% 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 40% The Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2017) 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
2/5 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Sadly, much of what made the first film work has vanished this time around.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 91% Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy (2017) If some parts of producer/director Ashley Gething's ITV film were little more than routine hagiography, the interviews with the boys were well worth the price of admission.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
5/5 93% Williams (2017) This is a valuable addition to this year's 40th anniversary celebrations of Williams Grand Prix.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/5 67% The Wall (2017) There's not enough juice in the script for Liman to make this something special. Still, he makes a strong start.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
2/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Where Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a vaguely plausible parable about the dangers of scientists messing with nature, this one doesn't have an original thought about anything.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Directed by Jon Watts and concocted by a team of eight writers, Homecoming is a sleekly-wrought blend of high-school rom-com and high-octane blockbuster.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3/5 87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) Broomfield paints the broad picture effectively, and the film's closing passages depicting Houston's seemingly irreversible decline are difficult to watch.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/5 16% The Mummy (2017) The Mummy enjoys itself by updating some corny old horror-flick clichés, but the application of uber-gizmo technology can't camouflage the absence of oomph in the screenplay.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman gets a chance to shine in her own Hollywood movie. Gadot makes a pretty fine job of it too, bringing a bit of soul and empathy to the proceedings, but sometimes it's more despite than because of the production surrounding her.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/5 80% Sachin: A Billion Dreams (2017) Even at 140 minutes it's difficult to cram in all the achievements of the "Little Master", but fans of the Summer Game will thrill to the various career highlights as Tendulkar sets about demolishing bowlers on several continents.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/5 77% McLaren (2016) Donaldson's film captures this lost era of motor racing through a rich selection of archive and home movie footage, though some newly reconstructed scenes and animations would have been better avoided.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/5 68% Alien: Covenant (2017) The saving grace is not one but two mischievous turns by Michael Fassbender.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
2/5 50% The Promise (2017) For all its noble intentions and the horrors it depicts, the film is undone by its staid, old-fashioned tone.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
3/5 93% Clash (Eshtebak) (2017) The film successfully speaks for itself as a cri de coeur for a nation in crisis.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/5 74% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Director Ritesh Batra's film treatment offers many incidental pleasures, including its naturalistic London locations and Jim Broadbent's gruff, minor-key portrayal of the central character.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
3/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Ghost in the Shell carries a philosophical message alongside its slam-bang action and infinite arsenal of computerised effects. In Blade Runner style, it poses the large philosophical question of where technology ends and human consciousness begins.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/5 67% Life (2017) Startlingly original it ain't. Nonetheless, to give him his due, Espinosa understands enough about what viewers can't help getting sucked into despite themselves to deliver a healthy ratio of toe-curling, knuckle-gnawing moments of panic.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
5/5 91% Elle (2016) A perplexing but electrifying mixture of sexual violence, black humour and social satire.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 93% Logan (2017) The last of Logan is also the best of Logan.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/5 83% The Founder (2017) Keaton vividly and remorselessly projects obsessiveness, cussedness and raging ambition.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/5 93% Fences (2016) [Washington] has a terrific cast at his disposal. ‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gibson's film is clean, sober and shot through with a respectful piety, but somehow this scarcely believable story manages to feel a little flat and somewhat predictable.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
4/5 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) If you loved Trainspotting first time around, you'll probably love this too. If you never saw it, you could start here and go backwards.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/5 35% Live By Night (2017) It's all fine, entertaining stuff, bookended with some rip-roaring set-pieces.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017