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, iNews.co.uk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 100% Offended by Irvine Welsh (2020) Welsh ought to have been the perfect investigator for this Sky Arts inquiry into the creeping threat of cultural policing, but he seemed slightly uncertain... Be that as it may, he had tracked down some bracingly opinionated interviewees. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 94% Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You (2020) Bruce adds a kind of valediction to life itself, mulling over life and death and how growing older brings its own special perspective. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum (2020) Apart from her acting abilities, the qualities which made Sheridan Smith a star were her authenticity and lack of pretension. Both shone brightly from ITV's affecting documentary. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Our World: Colombia -- Saving Eden (2020) This was a short but tightly-focused film, and the story he told as they travelled through impossibly beautiful mountain scenery was a bittersweet one. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 100% The Unbelievable Story of Carl Beech (2020) Vanessa Engle's documentary told Beech's story with a sardonic eye, though the repeated jokey images of a Pinocchio figure tended to undermine the gravity of the tale. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
4/5 64% Spree (2020) Kotlyarenko has probably overloaded the goodies, since you can barely take it all in at one sitting. Maybe that's not a bad fault to have, though. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet The Talk (2020) This was a sharp and salutary insight into what living with prejudice means. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
2/5 48% Unhinged (2020) Go and see Steven Spielberg's Duel or Joel Schumacher's Falling Down instead, which are far more resonant treatments of pursuit by an implacable nemesis or the catastrophic consequences of urban stress. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Our Baby: A Modern Miracle (2020) You might ask why they would want to have a Channel 4 film crew pursuing them during a stressful year... Perhaps they considered it a way of demonstrating to a broad audience that their emotions and ambitions are the same as anyone else's. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet The Real Eastenders (2020) Filmmaker Ashley Francis-Roy displayed a shrewd eye for character. Nine-year-old Willow delivered hilarious impersonations of the locals and their geezer-ish mannerisms, while octogenarian Nanny B was ferociously territorial. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
2/5 50% The Kemps: All True (2020) In the end this was more self-promotion than self-mockery. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet The Hidden Wilds of the Motorway (2020) In this languid 90-minute film, Macdonald delivered a philosophical essay about art, history, science and evolution. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
61% Cinema Verite (2011) I found it almost entirely gripping. Apart from being tightly written by David Seltzer, the piece is forcefully driven by its three central performances. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet What's the Matter with Tony Slattery? (2020) His pursuit of the truth about his condition made absorbing viewing, but you didn't have to have been a Slattery fan to feel pangs of sympathy for his predicament, and perhaps a few stabs of unease about examining it in such intense close-up. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Believe Me: The Cyprus Rape Case (2020) This ITV investigation, presented by a concerned-looking Julie Etchingham, did a thorough job of laying out the known facts. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Earth And Blood (La terre et le sang) (2020) In fact Leclerc's opening scene might be a little too good, since the rest of the movie has a hard time matching it. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Year of the Sex Olympics (1968) The show's sci-fi aspects inevitably look comically dated, which wouldn't be so bad if the acting weren't so stridently hammy. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Return to Belsen (2008) The Dimbleby connection was the unique selling point of this offering, since it was presented by Richard's son Jonathan (who published a biography of his father in 1975). - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
3/5 71% Danger Close (2019) Danger Close fends off sentimentality with a pacy narrative which keeps the action sequences fierce and involving. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Alma's Not Normal (2020) You could shove a few more care workers and therapists into this and add a hand-wringing voice-over, and you'd have a rugged social documentary. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
2/5 22% Iron Mask (2019) It's the kind of movie you might watch while making a few phone calls and doing a spot of online gambling. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
3/5 71% Escape from Pretoria (2020) It's quite watchable, but it's an odd mixture. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/5 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) [A] family-friendly entertainment in the Saturday matinee tradition, delivering a message of lump-in-the-throat positivity reminiscent of earlier canine classics like Old Yeller or The Incredible Journey. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2/5 20% The Grudge (2020) The satanic bath full of black water containing unknown monstrosities becomes merely comical. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) It's bloody entertaining... - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) What saves it, makes it strangely touching, are the central performances. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Cinderella: After Ever After (2019) The mixture of gross-out comedy and satirical silliness was suitable for children of all ages. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Martin's Close (2019) It all refused to hang together. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
52% A Christmas Carol (2019) A Christmas Carol like none you'd ever seen. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Brexit Storm: Laura Kuenssberg's Inside Story (2019) The lack of real substance in the film was exposed. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 67% Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) (2019) The ending vigorously semaphores its arrival a mile off. Yet the film touches a nerve. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Family Secret (2019) Fascinating but agonizing. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Takaya: Lone Wolf (2019) Set against a hauntingly beautiful backdrop of mountains and ocean, the story felt like an elemental parable of man and nature. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 53% 21 Bridges (2019) Nonetheless, 21 Bridges could have drowned in genre cliches were it not for performers able to wring out some strong emotional colours. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Greg Davies: Looking for Kes (2019) Heartwarming and sometimes sentimental, but always clear-eyed about the story's fundamental message. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
100% Hamlet (2009) [David] Tennant looked like a full-scale actor instead of a novelty turn, capable of raising his game substantially enough to keep abreast of a superb cast. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Ant Middleton & Liam Payne: Straight Talking (2019) It looked quite fun actually. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/5 41% Midway (2019) This would have been a splendid wartime morale-booster 70-odd years ago, starring John Wayne or Errol Flynn. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Rich Hall's Red Menace (2019) Resembling an old outlaw who'd been dragged into town tied to the back of somebody's horse, Hall cast a caustic eye over the neurotic decades after World War Two. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/5 52% Black and Blue (2019) We shall eschew spoilers, but the narrative develops exactly as you'd expect, assisted by a few implausible coincidences. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 94% Bad Education (2019) Having finally thrown off the lucrative but limiting Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is displaying the all-round skills of an actor of real stature. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 47% Greed (2020) [A] caustic and often hilarious satire targeted at exploitative businessmen and dim, avaricious celebrities. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) File under "entertaining and family-friendly". - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) We've seen compelling racing sequences before, but Mangold has captured a dynamic, ground-level gutsiness which lets you feel every bump jarring your tailbone. It's half an hour too long, though. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 88% American Woman (2019) It's a revelation to see the way Miller is always up to the task. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) [I]t succeeds in converting the Bard's fabled Henriad into a powerfully cinematic experience liberated from any vestiges of staginess, and finds room for some strong performances, not least Robert Pattinson's hilariously bitchy Dauphin. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet The $50 Million Art Swindle (2019) Engle told the story with cool and faintly ironic elegance, counterpointing interviews and actualité segments with smartly-paced music and dreamy archive material. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Suicidal: In Our Own Words (2019) Harvie had done a skillful and empathetic job in getting her subjects to talk so freely... - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 87% Animals (2019) Holliday Grainger delivers a mercurial portrait of a woman floundering her way to some sort of self-knowledge. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Day We Walked On The Moon (2019) This ITV offering succeeded by doing the simple things well. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019