Adrian Turner

Adrian Turner
Adrian Turner's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Radio Times
Publications: Radio Times

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 81% The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) This is to drug addiction what The Lost Weekend was to alcoholism -- a trailblazer. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
3/5 100% Gentleman Jim (1942) Despite claiming to be based on its inspiration's autobiography, the movie is somewhat fictionalised (although the actual fights were re-created with some care), and pacily directed by action maestro Raoul Walsh. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
5/5 96% Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926) A landmark movie in every respect. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/5 68% Clash of the Titans (1981) Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion special effects are as wonderfully wobblesome as ever and he comes up with some memorable monsters, notably the petrifying Gorgon Medusa. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
2/5 63% The Devil's Advocate (1997) A movie that sways unsteadily between a debate over good and evil and a half-successful attempt at black comedy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
92% Reversal of Fortune (1990) Director Barbet Schroeder shoots The Great Gatsby-style setting with a documentary eye and gives the picture a deep sense of irony -- a quality enhanced by Irons's superb performance. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
4/5 93% Metropolitan (1990) It's as though the world of F Scott Fitzgerald has been caught in a time warp, complete with a social interloper. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
5/5 98% Ikiru (1956) Such is the delicacy of Kurosawa's direction, and the discreet power of Takashi Shimura's central performance, that you will be moved to tears. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
3/5 59% The Rat Pack (1998) The pulse of the era is beautifully evoked as [Frank] Sinatra learns the difference between entertaining the nation and running the nation state. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
5/5 97% Rear Window (1954) Often imitated, this extraordinary achievement has never been equalled. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
3/5 100% Miracolo a Milano (Miracle in Milan) (1951) Like a piece of 16th-century Renaissance art seen through a neorealist lens... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
5/5 100% Shadow of a Doubt (1943) The movie may lack the show-off set pieces that Hitchcock turned into his trademark, yet its tension never falters. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
3/5 67% Villain (1971) Wavering uneasily between horror, black comedy and sentimentality, it's held together by Burton's performance, a brave attempt to escape the straitjacket of being the world's highest-paid movie star. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
4/5 81% Avanti! (1972) This is a sublime romantic comedy that spins on one of Wilder's favourite themes: the confrontation between the brashness of America, where he worked, and the sophistication of Europe, where he was born. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
2/5 33% Catch Me a Spy (1971) It's rather let down by Clement's uncertain direction. Another problem is that, as a Bucharest waiter who is actually a spy, Kirk Douglas's peculiar intensity isn't best suited to a comedy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
3/5 86% Flesh & Blood (Flesh+Blood) (The Rose and the Sword) (1985) A medieval epic that delivers the titular ingredients in proverbial buckets. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
5/5 100% Oliver Twist (1951) This masterly adaptation of the Dickens novel by director David Lean brims with unforgettable scenes and performances, especially Alec Guinness's Fagin and Robert Newton's genuinely frightening Bill Sikes. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 84% Richard III (1956) The play's the thing, then, with Olivier's hunchback scowling and lurching around the sets like Charles Laughton's Quasimodo. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
2/5 40% A Time for Dying (1969) The script hints at deep themes, but it's cheap-looking and was clearly made in a hurry. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
2/5 52% The Lord of the Rings (1978) It seems less concerned with Tolkien than the West Coast drug culture of the mid-1970s and as a herald of New Ageism. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/5 41% Young Guns (1988) It's a western that shows both box-office calculation and respect for American history. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 75% Sleepless in Seattle (1993) For nearly two hours, Ephron keeps her marvellous stars apart, a potentially dangerous tactic that works superbly. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/5 48% Mommie Dearest (1981) This is lavish and pretty accurate as far as Hollywood lore is concerned, but Dunaway makes Norma Desmond look like Doris Day. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Island of the Blue Dolphins (1964) Despite some weaknesses, this is well above average for its type and has hints of Nanook of the North and Tabu. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 64% The Way We Were (1973) Redford, as a character seemingly hewn from the pages of F Scott Fitzgerald (he's a writer to boot), is perfectly cast and Streisand is simply Streisand. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/5 76% Blackboard Jungle (1955) Richard Brooks's film rams home its message without much subtlety. It has a footnote in history, though, for introducing rock music to mainstream cinema, courtesy of Bill Haley's Rock around the Clock. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
3/5 87% The Shout (1979) Robert Graves's weird story becomes a weird movie. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/5 67% Home Alone (1990) Tuned in to two key elements: the joyfulness of Steven Spielberg's ET, and the perennial chase of Tom and Jerry cartoons. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/5 97% Le Doulos (1962) [A] flawed but fascinating crime thriller ... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
4/5 91% Where Eagles Dare (1969) Hilarious and exciting, often at the same time. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
4/5 53% The 'Burbs (1989) [Director Joe Dante] excels at this sort of thing and delivers an intriguing picture, even though it threatens to stray into David Lynch territory but ultimately cops out. Bruce Dern and Carrie Fisher offer fine support to the affable Hanks. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3/5 82% Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) [A] heady brew for fans of Hollywood's golden age gone bananas. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
3/5 42% Everybody's All-American (1988) It's over-plotted, yet somehow seems a sparse tale, though Lange's performance, as always, lifts the essentially lightweight material. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
4/5 91% Barry Lyndon (1975) This is a period film like no other, a slow but utterly hypnotic tale of an Irish youth whose adventures and misfortunes take in the Seven Years' War, the gambling clubs of Europe and marriage into the English aristocracy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2016
3/5 43% Johnny Come Lately (Johnny Vagabond) (1943) A strong performance from James Cagney and a fine supporting cast lift this otherwise unexceptional newspaper picture. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
4/5 57% Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Flaws aside, this was at the time the best Bond movie since the heyday of Mr Connery. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2015
3/5 40% The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) This is an improvement on Ian Fleming's novel, with Christopher Lee making a fine villain. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2015
3/5 70% The Captive City (1952) An exposé of organised crime, as seen through the eyes of a small-town newspaper editor, played by John Forsyth. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2015
3/5 100% A Kiss Before Dying (1956) This is a fine adaptation of Rosemary's Baby author Ira Levin's dark tale about a social climber who kills his wealthy girlfriend when her pregnancy threatens her inheritance. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2015
4/5 78% GoldenEye (1995) Pierce Brosnan, on his first mission as 007, quickly established himself as the best Bond since Sean Connery and makes a fetish out of the old-fashioned values of loyalty and patriotism. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2015
2/5 57% The Laughing Policeman (1973) Much of the film is crude, full of "Visit San Francisco" photography and Matthau isn't on the same great form as he was as the transit cop in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2015
3/5 100% Mr. Lucky (1943) It sounds tacky, and it is a bit, but the movie from Hellzapoppin' director HC Potter was a big hit in 1943 and Grant always rated it as one of his favourites "because the character I played was more like the real Cary Grant than any before". - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2015
2/5 60% Moonraker (1979) Too much of the budget is wasted on overblown spectacle, without enough attention being given to the basics. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2015
5/5 93% The Killing Fields (1984) Few feature films have captured a nation's agony more dramatically than Roland Joffé's The Killing Fields. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
2/5 37% A View to a Kill (1985) The plot doesn't really convince, perhaps because we've seen it or something similar so many times before. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
4/5 67% The Pumpkin Eater (1964) There's beautifully modulated direction from Jack Clayton and scriptwriter Harold Pinter's acidulent signature is all over it -- not to mention the influence of Michelangelo Antonioni. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2015
2/5 29% Le Couteau dans la plaie (Five Miles to Midnight) (1962) Fans of melodrama will enjoy this juicy item that sometimes seems Hitchcockian in tone but most of the time exists in a world of its own. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015
5/5 94% All the President's Men (1976) One of the best movies ever made about American politics. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2015
4/5 87% Betrayal (1983) Razor sharp in its depiction of a rather precious, pretentious literary London, Pinter's own world; in fact it includes an unforgettable scene in a restaurant when Kingsley goes ballistic. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2015
3/5 63% The Big Feast (La Grande Bouffe) (1973) This is not a picture for bulimics or the obese; nor is it as subversively funny as it might have been. Nevertheless, there are some great scenes ... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015