Brad Newsome

Brad Newsome
Brad Newsome's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sydney Morning Herald
Publications: Sydney Morning Herald

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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Persona: The Dark Truth Behind Personality Tests (2021) This eye-opening documentary provides startling insights into the megabucks personality-testing industry. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
27% Blithe Spirit (2021) Spirited performances and wonderful costume design stand little chance against script and direction that smother sparks beneath slapstick and treacle. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
No Score Yet Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones (2020) The first hour is more compelling as it sets about getting friends and acquaintances to paint Jones as a deeply insecure, bitter and nasty man who robbed himself of the life he could have had. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
70% Moxie (2021) Well-attuned to the blind spots and sanctimony of the well-meaning, it's a worthwhile thought and conversation-starter for anyone with teenagers. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/5 93% Saint Maud (2020) Saint Maud registers as more technically accomplished than deeply felt. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
72% Space Sweepers (2021) The physics-defying spaceship chases and battles are explosive eye-candy, but it's the well-written characters that are always to the fore. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet The Witch of Kings Cross (2020) Bible brings everything to life in a suitably rich, colourful and entrancing style... Norton's own writings and new interviews with friends and art experts illuminate different facets of an extraordinary dark gem. A must-see. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
73% Fake Famous (2021) There's a lot more to the illusion, and the documentary is particularly fascinating when it shows the tricks influencers use - such as paying to take selfies in a fake private-jet interior that's booked out days in advance. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
3/5 88% Let Them All Talk (2020) The characters' disconnection from each other also tends to disconnect them from the viewer, making the film's transatlantic crossing aboard the Queen Mary 2 a long and languorous affair. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
3/5 32% 2067 (2020) Thankfully, Smit-McPhee is mostly in great form, and his intense, haunted performance is enough to carry things over the line. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
93% Sylvie's Love (2020) A sublimely versatile and aching performance by Tessa Thompson succeeds in holding interest in this rather long movie about star-crossed lovers who come together and fall apart in the sultry New York summer of 1957. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
No Score Yet A Sunburnt Christmas (2020) This new Christmas comedy flick has a heart the size of the Outback, and it's as Aussie as two vanilla slices with a sprig of wattle on top. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
70% Godmothered (2020) Jillian Bell and Isla Fisher shine in a fairytale of a very different kind. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
72% LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) You're better off watching the 1978 special on YouTube. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
95% Palm Springs (2020) Samberg, a little more knowing and more of a jerk than usual, is perfect and Milioti brings a sublime blend of vulnerability, steel and unpredictability. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
No Score Yet Before Homosexuals (2017) The sheer volume, relevance and poignancy of the material is remarkable... Viewers will gain startling new perspectives on the past. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
98% Spontaneous (2020) Estimable Australian Katherine Langford is fun and feisty as American schoolgirl Mara, and she has a great, tender chemistry with Charlie Plummer, who plays her sweet-natured boyfriend. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
96% Andre the Giant (2018) A fascinating and poignant documentary in which friends and admirers track the story of professional wrestling legend Andre the Giant. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
96% Feels Good Man (2020) This engrossing documentary follows the character's gentle creator, Matt Furie, as he tries to reclaim his frog from the hatemongers. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) A feature-length exercise in gratuitous insult and unpleasantness, it illuminates almost nothing about America that we don't already see in mainstream and social media every day. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
90% Vampires vs. The Bronx (2020) There's a comfortable, familiar, save-the-old-community-centre spirit about this movie. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
No Score Yet People You May Know (2020) Shocking, terrifying, and entirely unsurprising. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
53% Hubie Halloween (2020) Sandler has done some brilliant dramatic work over the years, so it's a pity he persists in churning out such garbage-level comedy. But if Netflix keeps chucking millions at you, what are you going to do? - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
86% The Social Dilemma (2020) For many of us, the concept of algorithms is hard to grasp, but this documentary-drama hybrid is imaginative and effective in showing how they work as Silicon Valley veterans unpack many of the myriad horrors they helped create. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
93% RBG (2018) An eye-opener on many fronts -- not least when it comes to the kind of gym workouts the octogenarian cancer-survivor undertook to keep herself fit for work as a US Supreme Court judge. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
68% I Am Woman (2020) This new film is a fairly standard, by-the-numbers biopic, but Cobham-Hervey is compelling and nuanced in conveying Reddy's vulnerability and resolve, and she has an immense stage presence in some wonderful musical scenes. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) This expertly tear-jerking Disney movie seamlessly combines human actors with expressive CGI animals, and even manages a happy ending out of a horrible true story. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
91% Jihad Jane (2019) Their own frank and fascinating first-person accounts in this documentary provide no simple answers about their online self-radicalization. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
No Score Yet Sarabham (2014) It's an engrossing, illuminating piece of work, and a particularly timely one in capturing the recollections of Tauranac, who died in July. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
15% The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee (2020) Paul Hogan has always been a buoyant, optimistic presence on our screens, so it's particularly sad that this particularly awful new movie brings us the newly octogenarian Hogan playing himself as a man mortally diminished in every way. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
80% The Old Guard (2020) Charlize Theron is terrific in this hugely imaginative, bone-snappingly violent action-fantasy. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
77% Military Wives (2020) It benefits hugely from the casting of the ever-delightful Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan - their chalk and cheese is a perfect combination that holds interest in material that might have got a bit humdrum and schmalzy. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
80% Urzila Carlson: Overqualified Loser (2020) Carlson has some interesting reflections on the constant judgments endured by those of us who are overweight, and also succeeds in provoking unexpected laughs from such well-trodden territory as cask wine and Bunnings sausages. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
98% Hamilton (2020) Believe the hype. Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop musical about the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton is a huge achievement, and a hugely entertaining piece of work. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
58% Valley Girl (2020) Fans of '80s music won't enjoy their cherished tunes being churned into pap by the cast recordings, and fans of the original movie won't enjoy the counterproductive changes to the story. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
92% Relic (2020) Robyn Nevin delivers a brilliant performance -- heart-rending and at times quite frightening -- as this imaginative original movie unfolds. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
No Score Yet Green Light (2019) A disturbing documentary following two suppliers in Australia's huge black market for medicinal cannabis oils. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) Writer-director Andrew Patterson and cinematographer M.I. Littin-Menz are at times breathtakingly mobile as their camera navigates a tiny world frozen in nicotine amber. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Will Ferrell is his goofy, outsized self but Rachel McAdams brings a charming sweetness to this delightfully silly comedy. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
8% Artemis Fowl (2020) This big-ticket Disney movie is a visual spectacular expertly assembled but it looks unlikely to be remembered as an all-time classic. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
75% Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (2020) Jerry Seinfeld's new stand-up special is a precisely tooled and precisely funny piece of work from a comedian who mastered his craft decades ago but never stopped working on it. It's also a throwback to an older form. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
No Score Yet Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story (2019) This celebratory documentary about the Bay Area thrash metal scene of the 1980s makes no distinction between the bands and the fans when putting them in front of the camera. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
92% Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) It quickly proves to be another example of Gadsby's analytical mastery of her artform and all of its devices. "Douglas," it scarcely needs saying, is also frequently laugh-out-loud funny. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
100% Anote's Ark (2018) This heartfelt documentary, several years in the making, follows the country's now former president Anote Tong, as he travels the world trying to secure a future for his 110,000 people. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
100% Disneynature: Dolphin Reef (2020) The reef provides a colourful cast of supporting characters, and there's a heart-pounding sequence as a humpback whale fights to protect her calf from a pod of hungry orcas. The photography is magnificent throughout. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
98% Dina (2017) Filmmakers Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles mostly let the couple's routines and journeys paint their own emotionally dappled picture. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
27% Star Wars: Holiday Special (1978) Yes, it features Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, but nobody who saw this kitschy TV abomination back in 1978 was surprised that George Lucas wanted it erased from human memory. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
70% Stargirl (2020) Stargirl teaches Leo everything and then teaches herself a thing or two herself as an afterthought. It's hard to work out who it's aimed at, unless teenage boys are suddenly turning to Disney for lessons in life and love. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
No Score Yet The Gospel Music of Johnny Cash (2007) The insights into Cash's inner life, as well as the many full-length musical performances, make for fascinating viewing. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
37% Spenser Confidential (2020) You don't need to remember the '80s private-eye series Spenser for Hire to enjoy this witless, charmless Mark Wahlberg Netflix movie. All you need is a general lack of discernment. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020