Antonia Quirke

Antonia Quirke
Antonia Quirke's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): London Evening Standard Independent on Sunday Financial Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
43% Very Bad Things (1998) It's as thought writer and director Peter Berg couldn't face following through what he suggests in the early moments of the film. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
51% Two Girls and a Guy (1998) Tobak is fascinated with Downey, and spends most of the time following him about, like someone with a crush. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
45% Stepmom (1998) It's a film about a woman who lives for other people and who wears the requisite hunted expression. If this woman wasn't Sarandon, then Stepmom would be altogether hopeless. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
96% Touch of Evil (1958) What a film this is. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
46% Bride of Chucky (1998) Bride of Chucky is easily the best of the four-film Chucky franchise, and it's a barmy, witty horror movie full of Scream-like ironies. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
59% Venus Beauty Institute (2000) Tonie Marshall's quiet, unremarkable film has little real emotional pull. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
17% Gloria (1999) An unnecessary remake. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
23% Just the Ticket (1999) The film works well when it is down on the street, spying on Gary doing his off-the-cuff stuff with real commuters, and Garcia is physically perfect for this kind of role. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
96% Croupier (2000) Croupier is fascinating, mercilessly compact, adamant. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
54% Cruel Intentions (1999) Cruel Intentions is a surprisingly winning update of Choderlos De Laclos's 1782 novel Les Liaisons Dangeureuses. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
72% Something's Gotta Give (2003) It pays homage to the great pulse of warmth still, 27 years later, being given off by Annie Hall, and Keaton basks in the attention. You can hear the beat of her triumphant heart. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
19% It's All About Love (2004) In Vinterberg's hands, the unusual become usual and It's All About Love lulls you into trusting everything it shows. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
91% School of Rock (2003) School of Rock just doesn't rock. It has no appetite for destruction. No raw power. It's like late Whitesnake. Tidied-up, over-produced. Jack Black is not, sad to say, Jack White. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
No Score Yet The Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004) The film is mirthless, worthless, toothless, useless. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
No Score Yet Man Dancin' (2004) A batty film: harsh and grim, then madly thespy. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
23% Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) Spade doesn't look to have the confidence to flourish in such a mainstream film. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
84% Pieces of April (2003) It's interesting to see Holmes in something like this, which gives an edge to her usual cute and cloying persona. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
98% Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) The film is electric: overwhelmingly passionate and sexual. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
74% House of Sand and Fog (2003) While the book reads as tragedy, the film feels like melodrama, and really hasn't the guts for Connolly's natural spirit and warmth, or Kingsley's beautiful canniness. They both feel completely throttled, done in by the film's over-calculated heaviness. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
62% Starsky & Hutch (2004) At a time when the Hollywood studios seem locked in a competition to see who can make and distribute the most witless spoofs, pastiches and tributes, along comes one that is genuinely funny. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
34% Mona Lisa Smile (2003) Just what we need: a pyjama party posing as a movie. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
87% Zatôichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) (2003) This film is a shebang, a full-scale show, complete with everything you would happily pay to see: costumes, tattoos, scratchy folk music, gambling in saki dens. You will eat it up. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
16% The Perfect Score (2004) It makes The Breakfast Club look like one of the smartest experiences of your life. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
25% Ash Wednesday (2002) This might have been a good film if Burns (writer, director, producer) had tried harder. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
94% The Station Agent (2003) Dinklage is a star, for sure, but the film is hypnotic because of its unusually certain and constantly delicate tone. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
75% Dawn of the Dead (2004) It is ferocious and young and exciting. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
96% The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) Although Errol Morris's film takes us through the nasty dramas behind various wars, few of McNamara's clarifications come as a surprise. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
9% Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003) The Cat in the Hat is dog food. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
46% Hidalgo (2004) Sharif grounds the silliness a little. When he looks across the desert with those eyes that have always hinted that hard weather is coming, everybody else rushing around the set looks overdressed for a costume party. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
14% Gothika (2003) The most interesting thing about this clunky, foolish horror flick -- in which everybody but the audience is constantly caught off-guard -- is Berry's scrappy wig. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
92% Shaun of the Dead (2004) Shaun of the Dead is a cute, successful zombie spoof built on a central joke: if the undead actually came to London, supposedly turned-on town of nattering youth, no one would really notice. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
86% Panj é asr (At Five in the Afternoon) (2003) It is a sometimes impressive and very personal bit of craftwomanship. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
94% The Agronomist (2004) The hero of free speech, his voice so musical, cuts a memorable figure. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
56% The Girl Next Door (2004) This is not entirely your average greasy teen movie, and frequently manages to be quite funny, and ambivalent, about vicious competitiveness at US high schools and sickly, sex-saturated modern life. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
22% Taking Lives (2004) Taking Lives is a foolish thriller full of actors who deserve better. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
No Score Yet The Honeymooners (2003) We have seen this kind of thing before, of course, but rarely with the obvious thought that has gone into this film's pace and tone. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
31% Imagining Argentina (2004) It is not a good film; it is, moreover, a very earnest one, and our popular culture despises earnestness above almost anything else. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
66% Wondrous Oblivion (2006) This competitive atmosphere of unease moves the film along, but it is full of forebodings that it does not follow through. Something for socially alert, gentle 12-year olds. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
44% I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2004) Hodges films London restlessly, as though searching for some kind of relief. We are taken from cafés to flats to streets to houses to morgues to garages, in short unsentimental scenes while he drums up an odd, powerful mood of apprehensiveness. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
46% Secret Window (2004) Actually, there isn't much of a movie here at all. But there is always Depp... By far the director David Koepp's best decision was to indulge in a riveted idolatry of his star. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
72% The Company (2003) This is Altman at his easiest, his most unruffled, and complete. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
34% Wonderland (2003) From a distance, Val Kilmer still passes as beautiful... But close up, his is the face of corruption: an intense mass of beforehis-time lines. There is certainly a great role out there for him, but reallife former porn star John C Holmes isn't it. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
18% Laws of Attraction (2004) Surely the first law of attraction is that Pierce Brosnan isn't. This is the man who turned James Bond into the kind of guy who owns a juicer. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
38% The Football Factory (2004) Football Factory isn't self-consciously cool; it has a base, wild energy that will stay with you. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
91% Shattered Glass (2003) Being a film about fibs, it is desperate not to tell any. Big mistake. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
94% Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring (2003) There are moments here that you will love and remember. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
12% Against the Ropes (2004) This is pulpy, unforgivable stuff, as ungainly as Ryan's walk in her black high heels. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
76% Bon Voyage (2004) This genre of all-star comedy-adventure-romance has traditionally gone down well in France and Bon Voyage has a really opulent professionalism, a merry sweep. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
4/5 72% Girl With a Pearl Earring (2004) Little happens -- save for several family arguments and the artist worrying about money and the integrity of his ambition -- yet it is unforgettable, and, shot to look like a moving Vermeer painting, effortlessly profound. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
2/5 93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn is the good king of the title, and while the actor may look fetching in a crown and cloak, he doesn't have half of the gravitas of Sean Bean's Boromir in the first film. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017