Alistair Ryder Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Alistair Ryder

Alistair Ryder
Alistair Ryder's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Inquiry

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) A Prayer Before Dawn boasts a fantastic central performance from Joe Cole, but wastes an astonishing true story in favour of genre cliches and a surprising indifference to depicting the sport that helped Billy Moore get closer to freedom.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
82% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) You'd expect escalating tensions on both sides of the fence to be pivotal to the black comic setup - and yet, time and time again, Sigurðsson completely misses the mark when it comes to basic comic storytelling.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
100% Thunder Road (2018) With Thunder Road, we witness the birth of a comic actor who could very well grow into one of the finest of this generation. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
98% Eighth Grade (2018) Burnham's screenplay doesn't just feel attuned to the mindset of 13-year-old girls like Kayla - it feels like a paean to embracing the final moments of childlike innocence, instead of rushing to grow up.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
43% Swimming with Men (2018) Forget diving straight into the deep end, as this is one of the most shallow comedy experiences in quite some time.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) This is a delicate, heartfelt character drama built around two of the best performances you are likely to see all year - and will leave you hoping that it doesn't take as long for Granik's next film to enter production.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
30% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) It's an exhausting watch; a film that never forges a true sense of character, and feels like it was rushed into production before the screenplay had even been completed.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
88% A Ciambra (2018) It's The 400 Blows for a new generation, with a renewed political urgency that feels vital in the current climate.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
33% Yardie (2018) The familiar elements of Yardie outweigh the delightfully offbeat ones, leaving the final product feeling fairly forgettable - but with glimmers of hope that Elba can pull it together for a far more accomplished sophomore effort. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
100% Skate Kitchen (2018) The first teen movie of the Instagram era that feels genuinely timeless.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
70% Never Goin' Back (2018) Despite the socio-economic backdrop, and the trap heavy soundtrack that places the film within the current cultural moment, Frizzell's film can't help but feel dated, overly reliant on cliched comedic concepts and scatological set-pieces.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary's tonal inconsistency and lack of thematic depth stops it from ever being scary - but that isn't to say it doesn't impress.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
89% Marjorie Prime (2017) Writer/director Michael Almereyda manages to do justice to material that was widely revered on the stage, leaving it feeling equally intimate on screen despite various cinematic qualities.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
93% Icarus (2017) The entire film is gripping, giving the audience no-holds-barred access to the biggest sporting controversy of the century, as well as pulling back the newly re-erected iron curtain ever so slightly to see the inner workings of the Kremlin.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
77% Crown Heights (2017) Writer/Director Matt Ruskin never lets the audience get a sense of the characters outside the mechanics of the injustice they are currently suffering through, which he often skims over like he's trying to race to get to the end credits.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
98% The Big Sick (2017) I left The Big Sick feeling charmed, even though I could probably count the amount of times I laughed on one hand. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
91% Walking Out (2017) Walking Out is a textbook "boy learning to become a man" movie, that attempts to make its tropes feel fresh by presenting them as self-seriously as possible.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
98% Dina (2017) Initially starting as a charming portrayal of American eccentrics, with a dose of Woody Allen-esque humour riddled by anxiety and neuroses, the film eventually grows more depth as it explores a topic rarely discussed in society. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
55% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) Redoutable is an irreverent take on the biopic that gleefully flips the bird at its subject, and takes delight in making him conform to a conventional narrative of the type he grew to detest.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
86% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) The result is a film every bit as emotionally engaging and downright wonderful as any Ghibli effort, and proof that Studio Ponoc may grow to become as universally beloved as the animation powerhouse that preceded it.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
74% Funny Cow (2017) In a time when far right attitudes are increasingly normalised, we have to ask ourselves, is it ever okay for a film to give audiences the opportunity to laugh at jokes that offer direct prejudice to minorities, regardless of the historical context?‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
80% Where Is Kyra? (2018) Although it's opening act suggests Michelle Pfeiffer going mumble-core, Where is Kyra? is actually a far more substantial work than initially suggested - even if it's debatable whether or not it would be as impactful with another actress in the lead.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
77% A Gentle Creature (2017) A Gentle Creature is too overblown with its anti-Russia stance, consistently missing the intended target of the country's suffocating bureaucracy in order to portray ordinary Russians as being as corrupt as those in charge.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
93% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Custody is an impressive debut feature from Xavier Legrand, that manages to avoid exploitation even as it generates untold amounts of tension from a realistic domestic drama.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
87% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) The Third Murder is one of the most complex courtroom dramas in recent memory, and a surprisingly welcome departure in style for Kore-eda, who seems to be questioning his own innate humanism as he delves deeper into the court case.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
42% Mary Magdalene (2018) Garth Davis proves once again his skills behind the camera can help uplift middlebrow material - but only to a certain extent.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation does offer enough surreal horror within its visual spectacle to make it worth recommending to sci-fi fans, but I can't help but feel that it is fairly empty thematically.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
77% Dark River (2018) Dark River feels like a transitional gateway to better films, bridging the gap between Barnard's older social realist efforts and flirtations with experimental works likely to come.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
71% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) At this time in the year, where studios are churning out "dump month" genre movies with little artistic merit, a film like Double Lover feels all the more vital; it's trash cinema at its most artful.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
71% The Mercy (2017) We may need another biopic to get the full depiction of Donald Crowhurst's ill fated voyage, but The Mercy is more than substantial, even in its current bare bones narrative state.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
82% Early Man (2018) For a studio whose storytelling style and command of visuals is so wonderfully inventive, here they've opted for the laziest, most obvious narrative trajectory imaginable, without even a winning sense of humour to back that up.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Phantom Thread is so thematically and performatively dense while maintaining a comedic lightness of touch, that it is one of Anderson's greatest achievements‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
8/10 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) Although it has flaws, The Lost City of Z will surely be heralded as one of the finest films of our current era by future cinephiles, due to how it is such a loving throwback to the epics of bygone eras. ‐ CutPrintFilm
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
87% The Post (2018) Spielberg felt this story urgently needed to be told, yet he has left the story that needs to be heard firmly in the margins.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
69% Happy End (2017) Happy End is so poorly conceived, the film really lived up to its title by leaving me overjoyed when it finally, abruptly cut to the end credits.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
38% I Love You, Daddy (2017) Thematically tone deaf, stylistically inert and largely boring, I Love You, Daddy would be an awful film regardless of the news currently surrounding the writer/director.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) It's the rare film that, after the overwhelming first viewing experience, doesn't feel like hyperbole to call a genre redefining masterpiece.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water is del Toro's finest film since Pan's Labyrinth, and certainly the best film he has ever made in the English language. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
77% Small Town Crime (2018) Small Town Crime is so overly familiar, that I found myself forgetting it mere moments after exiting the auditorium.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) The Meyerowitz Stories may feel like business as usual for Baumbach, but it's a quietly evolutionary step in his filmography.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) In A Fantastic Woman, the substance outweighs the style, as this is an empathetic, wonderful and highly significant cinematic achievement.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) In a rather weak year for big screen comedy, The Death of Stalin can easily stake a claim as the year's funniest film.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
77% Last Flag Flying (2017) Last Flag Flying is a forgettable effort from a filmmaker capable of far greater things.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) This is exquisite filmmaking, from an aesthetically accomplished director who you can feel falling in love with these characters as much as the audience are.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
92% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a gloriously inventive and deliriously dark thriller that's definitely not for the faint of heart.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
96% Foxtrot (2018) Foxtrot is a unclassifiable blend of black comedy, surrealism and socio-political drama that proves to be equal parts unflinching and unforgettable. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
92% Bad Genius (2017) Bad Genius is a gloriously preposterous work that is one of the most unique (and certainly one of the most enjoyable) heist movies in recent memory.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) In the hands of a director at the top of his game, Blade Runner 2049 is a blockbuster with brains, heart and an abundance of style, that will certainly reward repeat viewings.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
73% This Is Our Land (Chez nous) (2018) This Is Our Land is essential viewing for its damning critiques, even if it is too thematically overblown.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
No Score Yet Pickups (2017) With nothing new to say on celebrity and most distressingly, nothing remotely funny whatsoever, Pickups feels at least twice as long as its running time.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017