Alex Godfrey

Alex Godfrey
Alex Godfrey's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine Time Out GQ Magazine [UK]

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 98% Shiva Baby (2021) A perfectly painted portrait that also makes for sharp social commentary, this just goes to show what you can do with a tiny budget but a huge amount of talent. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
3/5 95% Soul (2020) While not quite offering the emotional gut-punch it promises, its many ideas never completely cohering, Soul is nevertheless a gorgeous and tender existential trip. It's full of surprises. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
4/5 82% The Painted Bird (2020) While not exploitative and (mostly) not gratuitous, this is as tough as it gets - you bleed for this kid. Even if it gets a bit too much, you just can't look away. Thrilling filmmaking. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
4/5 70% Tenet (2020) By the time it's done, you might not know what the hell's gone on, but it is exciting nevertheless. It is ferociously entertaining. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 83% Pinocchio (2020) A lovingly made take on Pinocchio, in thrall to goodness and kindness, with beautiful creature creations and eccentric humour. It lacks a little weight, but it brings big smiles. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/5 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) With The King Of Staten Island, Apatow goes for the heart - but with lesser yuks than usual and a subdued lead, it all kind of drifts by. Within it, though, are moments of real vigour and fragility. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
4/5 94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) Throughout there are jokes, there are wild stories and there is incredible music - but above all there is heart, the band's lifelong affection for each other shining through. It's subtly but significantly touching. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
4/5 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Sweetening up a smidgen without chilling out, this is Miike having fun, bombarding us with squirm-inducing violence while making us laugh and - ever so slightly - tugging on the heartstrings. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 88% Plus One (2019) Going for low-key laughs rather than massive lols, 'Plus One' leans on the likeability of its leads, who have convincing enough chemistry and make for a breezy enough 90 minutes. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/5 92% Weathering with You (2020) While it never fully gets the emotions jangling, there's charm to spare and the action is dynamic and occasionally thrilling. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
4/5 84% Waves (2019) A compassionate meditation on love, loss and family, Waves is hyper-stylish yet emotionally grounded. Despite some very high drama, it has a huge heart, and hits you where it hurts. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
4/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) Somewhere between a primal scream, a self-acceptance and even a forgiveness of sorts, this is an utterly unique bit of autobiography. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) Although 1917's filmmaking very much brings attention to itself, it's an astonishing piece of filmmaking, portraying war with enormous panache. This is big-screen bravado, and then some. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2/5 52% Black and Blue (2019) This cheesy thriller is the quattro formaggi of cop films. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 40% The Laundromat (2019) This is intentionally jagged but nevertheless frustrating, a little too self-satisfied for its own good. Yet there are some great moments and, when it relaxes a bit, it has charm to spare. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 76% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Phoenix has a huge heart, aching for its cast, and while it feels like it's only ever on the verge of getting anywhere, it's still a keen, candid character study. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
5/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) A psychologically merciless sequel, everything here is as it should be: deeper, scarier, funnier. Muschietti in particular has stepped up, skilfully guiding us through a rollicking funhouse. It is obscenely entertaining. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/5 27% A Million Little Pieces (2019) It's well-intentioned and pretty, but not much else. Occasional stylistic flourish aside, it offers nothing we haven't seen before, buckling under the weight of its own conservatism. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) There's a lot of playfulness -- it's high-level Dylan Studies. Just as the singer often wore a magician's white face (or even a plastic mask) on this tour, Scorsese is having fun infusing his own flow with subtle fictionalizations that may outfox you. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 96% Thunder Road (2018) Dramatically, Thunder Road is a little thin, but the plot's not the point: this is all about Cummings, who sparkles with charisma and confidence. It's an unabashed indulgence. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 98% Beats (2020) It's miraculously authentic - the pill-popping centrepiece is the heavenly answer to the LSD hell of Gaspar Noé's 'Climax'. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
4/5 96% Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2019) Sievey was hugely dysfunctional, but his mania produced utterly unique, anarchic work - one couldn't have existed without the other. This is a meticulously crafted tribute... - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 84% Monsters and Men (2018) Both cinematic and literary, this is mature, textured work. Gently prodding at you rather than grabbing you by the throat, it is intentionally unexplosive, but lights a fire nevertheless. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) No fence-sitting here, Sorry To Bother You wallops its targets. Drenched in self-awareness, it is fantastically refreshing, defiantly announcing Riley as a radical new voice. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2/5 62% Outlaw King (2018) The battles are brutal, the bludgeoning horrid, yet Outlaw King is frustratingly muted. It's authentic but rarely dynamic. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 39% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) An often effective reboot, this does everything you'd expect, but that's a real shame. Lisbeth might be a nomad, but she doesn't feel at home here. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 83% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) Utøya - July 22 is hardgoing, as it should be - there was no solace in this situation, and the film mirrors the terror, turning us all into these kids' parents. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 93% Wildlife (2018) She's a woman out of time, and Ford's story, written 30 years ago, set 60 years ago, is strikingly resonant. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A beautifully staged film with everything is in its place, this is both an affectionate homage and a timely commentary, falling only slightly short of its own ambition. Classy pulp fiction. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
4/5 71% Final Score (2018) Dave Bautista goes full Van Damme in a Sudden Death -alike action movie that's better than it has any right to be - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 91% Sicilian Ghost Story (2018) Bewildering in all the right ways, this is a poetic, sublime interpretation of a sorry story. An evocative, emotional experience, it pits humanity against inhumanity, resulting in something refreshingly new. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
3/5 69% Adrift (2018) To adopt the old cliché, the ocean isn't just a character in this film - it's the best one. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/5 70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) Saucy and silly, L'Amant Double is a disappointingly superficial romp, with interesting psychological potential squandered by B-movie levels of nonsense. Identity crises all round. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3/5 86% My Friend Dahmer (2017) A small, slight window into a mixed-up soul, this is more intriguing than engaging. Its restraint, though, is admirable, resulting in a mood-piece with an ongoing sense of unease. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live In Copenhagen (2018) Nick Cave often looks like a healer, swooping about among the front-row faithful, a shaman in a sea of desperately reaching, lit-up hands. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
4/5 85% Ghost Stories (2018) Not quite a terrifying thrill-ride, Ghost Stories is a creepy, disturbing ghost train with a beefier backbone than its source material, trading on tropes but still making your skin itch. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
5/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) Fly on the wall filmmaking at its best, this is pure cinema - an enthralling, enveloping experience that seizes you fully, effortlessly mixing politics, sex, life, death and art. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
2/5 69% Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (2017) The first hour is particularly noodly, presenting a lonely, isolated young Clapton finding solace in music. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Everything is respected, but nothing is sacred. It's a sweeping gut-punch. How it deals with our own hopes and dreams for these characters, and how deep it cuts into existential concerns that drive us all - its effects will run around in the mind. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/5 87% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) It's as infuriating as it is inventive, as it Just... Never... Stops. It is Paris Through the Looking Glass. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
60% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) It hardly stirs the heart, at least not as much as you feel it should have done. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) This film is a glorious carnival of nonsense. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 86% American Made (2017) Cruise is as compelling as ever with charm to spare, and this is a ceaselessly entertaining, sometimes tense romp. Although it doesn't dig much below the surface. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017