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 89% 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 58% 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 70% 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 25% 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 80% 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 92% 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 92% 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 82% 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 48% 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
3/5 38% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
2/5 24% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
5/5 96% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/5 88% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/5 46% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
3/5 71% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018