Brian Viner

Brian Viner
Brian Viner's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Daily Mail (UK)
Publications: Daily Mail (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 71% The Command (Kursk) (2019) A little ploddingly at times, this film tells a terrible true story, that of the Russian submarine Kursk which, nearly 20 years ago, sank in the Barents Sea, killing 118 men. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
1/5 45% Stuber (2019) It's dismal, unfunny fare, made downright offensive by some pretty brutal violence. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 79% Armstrong (2019) In Shakespeare's phrase, [Armstrong] had greatness thrust upon him. But this enjoyable, if workaday, documentary leaves us in no doubt that his, too, was a remarkable life. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 86% Pavarotti (2019) It was a heck of a life and Howard traces it reverently. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Even the hinges on the chicken coop creak, although not as loudly as the plot. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) So The Dead Don't Die is certainly not unmissable. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 61% The Lion King (2019) This is a terrific film in its own right, and fully deserves to be lionised. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 38% Vita & Virginia (2019) The film, despite director and co-writer Chanya Button's cinematic flourishes, such as repeated close-ups of Vita's sensual mouth, never really detaches itself from its theatrical roots. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
5/5 97% Don't Look Now (1973) Sutherland and Christie are extraordinarily convincing as a deeply wounded but loving married couple. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
5/5 98% Jaws (1975) Sure, the shark looks a tad mechanical. But the film's still a masterpiece of suspenseful story-telling, aided by John Williams' brilliant score, ground out on a tuba. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 82% Midsommar (2019) Even at 147 minutes, Midsommar, unlike its hapless protagonists, never outstays its welcome. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Queen's Corgi (2019) It is the antithesis of a good family film. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) That's a lot of supers, but unfortunately none of them apply to the plot, which is way too complex for its own good and involves an awful lot of trickery and illusion, including the illusion that this film is a worthy successor to Spider-Man: Homecoming. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 92% Support the Girls (2018) A beautifully-observed drama; funny, sweet and sad all at once. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Curtis's quirky premise could have worked. But either it isn't a good enough idea, or this isn't a good enough film. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Here, at last, 50 years later, arrives surely the definitive factual account, brilliantly distilled from hours of footage and audio archive of events both in space and on Earth, only recently unearthed from NASA's vaults. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 68% Stockholm (2019) Budreau finds more than a little comedy in all of this. Indeed, he introduces his film with the caption 'Based on an absurd but true story'. That's spot on. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Thoroughly daft, but deftly done. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 63% Child's Play (2019) It's slickly directed by Lars Klevberg and far too silly to be taken at all seriously. But if you do, then you'll think twice about ever climbing into a driverless car. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 85% Diego Maradona (2019) This poignant, thought-provoking film makes it clear that Maradona, more than anything, was a victim; of his impoverished upbringing, of his enormous fame, of his fabulous wealth, and in a way, most sadly of all, of his own extravagant talent. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
5/5 93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Simply unmissable. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) An unusual film, brought arrestingly to life... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 87% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) It's a quiet, funny, sad, quirky delight... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) In my view this film is nowhere near strong enough to pump dynamic new life back into the Men In Black brand. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Even if you don't emerge from Toy Story 4 feeling morally enriched, you'll surely have a spring in your step. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 22% Dark Phoenix (2019) At least they go out with a big bang. Or rather, several big bangs. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
5/5 100% Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Even the title, from a poem by Tennyson, is perfect. A bona fide treat. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore, in the kind of role that half a generation ago might have been taken by Diane Keaton, is never less than superb. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 80% Late Night (2019) Thompson's carefully modulated Home Counties vowels work perfectly in a headmistressy despot, but believing in her as a female David Letterman, or even James Corden, is regrettably too much of a stretch. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 55% Ma (2019) Taylor can also credit his cast for keeping it real. Spencer is terrific in a role for which she's not the most obvious fit, and even the small parts are filled by class acts... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 78% Rory's Way (The Etruscan Smile) (2019) It has a trump card in Cox, who holds it together with the excellence of his acting. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) It sounds sad, and it is, but it is also extremely funny. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It feels like being strapped to an amplifier at an AC/DC gig more or less from beginning to merciful end. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
5/5 92% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) With this wildly enjoyable black comedy, Tarantino really delivers. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Reeves gives a charismatic lead performance, tearing another page from the Clint Eastwood manual of laconic hard men. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
5/5 90% Rocketman (2019) Whatever you think of Sir Elton John, Rocketman unashamedly invites us to celebrate the fact that... he's still standing. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) Like the first film, it is based on a book by W. Bruce Cameron, and follows the same saccharine premise, that a much-loved family dog keeps being reborn as other dogs. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 31% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) What lifts it above the humdrum is Cardellini, so often cast as a more important character's spouse... but here showing that she can command the spotlight, too. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) It's a moderate feature, but a very good performance. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Rogen is as reliably funny as ever, but Theron is the revelation here. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Tolkien, for all its relatively minor deficiencies, is above all a spirited romance. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Burnham has made a minor classic. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 48% Bel Canto (2018) A film which promises a great deal and disappoints on just about every level. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) All in all, it is a wonderfully exhilarating conclusion to the saga. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 74% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) All too often it feels like a writer-director indulging himself rather than his audience. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/5 60% Greta (2019) It's all going to get wildly overwrought, and very silly indeed, before you get to go home. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/5 30% Red Joan (2019) Red Joan is a dishonest film with a dishonest title. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) For parents looking to fill a rainy afternoon in the Easter holidays, Wonder Park just about fits the bill. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 18% Hellboy (2019) There are some laugh-out-loud moments and solid special effects, but it's all just a bit laboured and overwrought. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 46% Little (2019) In fairness, there were quite a few ripples of laughter at the screening I attended, but they didn't ripple as far as me. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019