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 80% The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021) It's a tragic tale of alcoholism and depression, told mostly in Swedish with subtitles. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/5 95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) An enjoyable if greatly overextended look at the pair of alpha Maels who formed one of the quirkiest rock and pop acts of the 1970s - and that's saying something, of the quirkiest of all musical decades. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/5 63% Jungle Cruise (2021) A slick, family-friendly adventure set in 1916 that shamelessly fuses Raiders Of The Lost Ark with The African Queen... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 96% The Suicide Squad (2021) The Suicide Squad is an absolute blast... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 95% Riders of Justice (2021) None of this can be called a comedy, exactly, but it is genuinely hilarious in parts and captivating throughout. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
4/5 74% The World to Come (2020) Meticulously directed by Mona Fastvold, and written with a perfect ear for 19th-century language by Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
4/5 23% Off the Rails (2021) It's like a 94-minute-long holiday. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
1/5 49% Old (2021) It's meant to be chilling and creepy, but honestly, it's a hoot. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
5/5 91% Mothering Sunday (2021) So often in the movies, the 1920s roar. Here they weep. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
3/5 94% The Surrogate (2020) At times it's a bit of a squeeze in there, but on the whole he delivers a sensitively written, well-acted, intelligent film. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
4/5 97% The Truffle Hunters (2020) The Truffle Hunters is a real charmer of an Italian-language documentary about the old men in the forests of Piedmont who have spent their lives unearthing, with the help of their beloved dogs, the prized white Alba truffle. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
4/5 88% Annette (2021) An outrageously wacky and provocative musical, in many ways it couldn't have been a more perfect curtain-raiser for the 74th Cannes Film Festival... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
3/5 78% In The Earth (2021) The writer-director is Ben Wheatley, a quirky operator at the best of times, who here makes up for a conspicuous lack of budget with some tricksy editing and camerawork. But it's smartly done and genuinely creepy. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
2/5 90% Luca (2021) There is some whimsical charm in all this but the whimsy too often feels forced, the characters don't engage enough and the animation rarely reaches Pixar's usual stratospheric heights or, indeed, underwater depths... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
4/5 95% In the Heights (2021) In fact, if it doesn't make you want to dance and sing at least part of the way home then you should probably ask for your money back. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
1/5 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) The shame of all this is not so much that a top-notch cast deserves better, but that we do, after so long being locked out of cinemas. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
4/5 97% Gunda (2020) Disconcerting, but also strangely comforting - and actually downright moving in its charm and simplicity. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
3/5 100% Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie's Dead Aunt) (2021) Zanetti makes all this fun, and there are a few laugh-out-loud moments, but also some serious points about sexuality and prejudice that manage not to jar the comedy too much. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
4/5 97% Shiva Baby (2021) [A]n engaging bittersweet comedy and a tremendously assured debut by writer-director Emma Seligman, clearly a talent to watch. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
3/5 84% Nobody (2021) Odenkirk, so wonderful as a seedy lawyer in the TV drama Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul, proves unexpectedly convincing as an action hero. And it's always a pleasure to see Christopher Lloyd, who pops up as his old dad. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
5/5 98% The Father (2021) Whether I've convinced you to go or not, The Father is well worth all the acclaim that has been heaped upon it. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Nail Bomber: Manhunt (2021) It's another very good documentary, which shows how Copeland was caught, but also unveils the depths of his depravity; packing his devices with nails wasn't enough, he also soaked the nails in rat urine, to maximise infections among those he didn't kill. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2021
4/5 50% Breaking Boundaries: The Science Of Our Planet (2021) Yet there is hope in this film, as well as a level of despair that reduces one biologist to tears on camera. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2021
3/5 88% Dream Horse (2021) Dream Horse doesn't call for quite the same wide-eyed attention but it's a pleasant enough picture that belongs in the same camp as all those British charmers in which the underdogs prevail. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2021
5/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) It is terrific, and really should be seen on the biggest screen possible. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2021
3/5 78% Surge (2020) It's well done, with typically strong support from Ellie Haddington as Joseph's anguished mother, but it's not an easy watch. Nor is it meant to be. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
4/5 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) It's based on an actual case - a 1981 murder trial in which the defendant claimed satanic possession as a defence - and it does everything that a good horror film should. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
4/5 100% Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In (2021) But for all that, it's a hugely watchable and moving film, which uses Ferguson's recent recovery from a brain haemorrhage and terror of losing his memory as the stem of the narrative, around which colourful reminiscences from him and others are entwined. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
3/5 74% Cruella (2021) A heist, a necklace, a birth certificate and the Baroness's pet Dalmatians are all rather crowbarred into the narrative, but it's good energetic fun, sumptuous to look at, and perfect half-term fodder... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
5/5 96% First Cow (2020) If films could chew the cud, this one would, slowly and rhythmically, but also hypnotically. I hesitate to use the word 'masterpiece', but in its singular way, it is. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
3/5 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) Writer-director Zack Snyder, never known for his restraint, pulls out the stops even more extravagantly than usual... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
2/5 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) This is a second-rate psychological thriller; tricksy, overwrought and in parts, most fatally of all, downright laughable. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
3/5 66% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) Take the kids and enjoy their enjoyment. It will stop you wincing. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
4/5 72% My Salinger Year (2021) A low-key delight, a kind of gentle literary version of The Devil Wears Prada. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
3/5 93% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) Ironically, the new release least likely to have you slumping on the sofa is Some Kind Of Heaven, a documentary about the world's largest retirement community. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2021
2/5 63% The Secrets We Keep (2020) It is a thriller fatally devoid of thrills, and the occasional tension feels manufactured. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2021
2/5 63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Alas, my high hopes for this movie when I saw his name attached as director and co-writer were soon extinguished, leaving just a small, gently smouldering pile of expectations. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2021
2/5 26% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) There's whimsy aplenty in all this, and one or two touching moments, but on the whole it's a misbegotten affair which strains for authenticity like a hooley in a temperance hall, while never quite finding it. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
2/5 19% The Virtuoso (2021) The hitman narrates much of the film (in all honesty, way too much), as if he is reading aloud from the pages of a rubbish thriller, telling us how he goes about his business. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
4/5 94% Nomadland (2021) Having now seen it twice, I think it's a picture worthy of admiration, but not necessarily love. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 78% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2020) Chloe Sevigny and John Turturro also pop up in a film that sensibly runs to just 88 minutes, which is about as far as its charm will stretch. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 52% Silk Road (2021) A somewhat more cerebral thriller. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
2/5 53% SAS: Red Notice (2021) McNab writes pacy, exciting thrillers that offer perfect ammunition for screen adaptations but, in this instance, someone has loaded blanks. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 31% Tom & Jerry (2020) If it brings families in lockdown some welcome collective fun - which I think it will - then the octogenarian cat and mouse have done their jobs. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
2/5 44% Made in Italy (2020) Where's Taken 4 when you need it? - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
2/5 35% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) Unfortunately, it's a desperately clunky affair. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 92% Tina (2021) An uplifting story of survival. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 69% Ammonite (2020) Their romance unlocks emotions in both of them, and because Winslet and Ronan are both such fine actresses, they keep us engaged. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 98% Minari (2020) A pleasant enough film, but by no means a great one. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
4/5 75% The Mauritanian (2021) Better still, [MacDonald] has made an indubitably powerful (though not perfect) film. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021