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
4/5 83% Waves (2019) [A] bravura piece of film-making by Trey Edward Shults. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
2/5 84% Just Mercy (2020) Even death row is presented as a citadel of nobility, with every police station and courtroom a moral vacuum, while the narrative overflows with cliches and gossamer-thin characterisation. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
2/5 81% A Hidden Life (2019) Ultimately, this film feels as much an exercise in self-indulgence as storytelling. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
4/5 68% Bombshell (2019) But then, what's so horrifying about this extremely well-told story is not that it happened at Fox News, where Trump is lionised, but that it might have happened anywhere. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
2/5 25% The Runaways (2020) As a feature film, it outstays its welcome. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
3/5 37% Seberg (2020) It's a missed opportunity... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
4/5 91% Uncut Gems (2019) Let's just say that Uncut Gems is a heck of a ride. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
5/5 89% 1917 (2020) It is a stunning film, fully deserving of all the gongs that will end up on the already-crowded Mendes mantelpiece. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
3/5 76% The Gentlemen (2020) Ritchie indulges himself with most of his beloved cinematic tics - the screen captions, the snappy editing, the slow-mo. None of it will stop this from being a film quickly forgotten, but you might get a kick out of it while it's here. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
2/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It's not nearly funny, daring or clever enough. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
2/5 82% High Life (2019) The film too often tumbles from whimsy into full-bore pretentiousness, while one sickeningly violent scene in particular seems designed purely to shock, not because it moves the story along. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 69% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Solid family fun. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
1/5 14% The Hustle (2019) A series of less-than-hilarious set-pieces ensue, followed by a twist that almost nobody in the audience under the age of 11 will see coming. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 20% Cats (2019) I'm a dog man myself. But Hooper has made a surprisingly good fist of bringing it to life. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 98% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) It's a compelling tale, wonderfully told. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
5/5 83% The Bishop's Wife (1948) With the formidable Gladys Cooper and Elsa Lanchester in supporting roles, it's a sweet, funny, captivating, altogether delightful picture, which too often gets omitted from lists of greatest-ever Christmas films. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) But there are plenty of pleasures, and the obligatory moralising - with the Jumanji experience teaching them all to be better, more contented human beings on their return to reality - is nicely handled. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/5 93% Honey Boy (2019) It's powerful stuff, brilliantly acted, and of course it is LaBeouf's show, but the film also represents another extravagant feather in the cap of young Jupe... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 97% Ordinary Love (2020) The affection, the tenderness, the bickering, the rages... we don't doubt for a moment that they're a couple, a team. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) It would be unfairly glib, though, to call Motherless Brooklyn an exercise in style over substance. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) [I]t's way more entertaining than even non-believers might anticipate... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
2/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) It's also a kind of odd-couple road movie, and a violent revenge thriller. But I found it too long, at more than two-and-a-quarter hours; and too much like a history lesson at the hands of a really furious teacher. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 97% Knives Out (2019) [W]hile for all its jauntiness and whimsy, Johnson's script is serious enough to keep us guessing to the end. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
2/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) [W]ill this film win over a whole new generation of fans already familiar with alpha-females Wonder Woman, Lara Croft, Black Widow and Captain Marvel? I doubt it. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
5/5 95% Little Women (2019) What it is, is a joy from start to finish, a ravishingly-shot, exquisitely acted emotional rollercoaster that at times, I don't mind admitting, didn't just activate my tear ducts but had me gurning wildly to stop myself from blubbing audibly. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 77% Frozen II (2019) It's one thing watching the final credits roll to see the names of the voice cast, but by the time they detail all the people who worked on the film's 'Data and Pipeline Infrastructure', you'll be more than ready for the exit. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 75% Judy & Punch (2019) It's not so much life imitating art as subverting it, as Foulkes takes her own form of revenge on all those end-of-pier shows inviting children to laugh at a man beating up his wife. As I say, a curiosity. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 51% 21 Bridges (2019) You could make a worse choice at your local multiplex this weekend. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 60% Them That Follow (2019) As a result, Them That Follow is a trifle ponderous, but rewards the audience by developing into an extremely watchable melodrama, with top-notch performances all round. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 73% Harriet (2019) It's not entirely free of caricature, and it might not get the same lavish plaudits as Steve McQueen's much-garlanded 12 Years A Slave (2013), but I found it less of a slog. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 81% The Report (2019) It's like an illustrated lecture by a stolid history professor, or if you prefer, an extended episode of The West Wing leeched of all the fun. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
2/5 81% Little Monsters (2019) There are, in truth, some funny moments. But sitting through the whole movie is too high a price to pay. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Mangold has made a winner. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
46% Last Christmas (2019) Believe me, you won't thank someone for waking you up before you go-go. You'll wish you'd stayed in bed. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 90% Luce (2019) Well worth seeing. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 62% Driven (2019) Unfortunately, the film's jaunty, comedic tone too often backfires, not helped by Sudeikis, who doesn't seem sure whether he is playing for laughs or not. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 71% The Aeronauts (2019) But even though it benefits from the big screen, this family-friendly film feels more suited to a cosy Sunday afternoon in front of the telly. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
63% The Good Liar (2019) It strains and eventually threatens to snap credulity, yet remains appealingly watchable thanks to its two great leads. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 43% Midway (2019) We also get a barrage of only sporadically convincing CGI... and generally abiding by the John Wayne handbook of wartime cliches. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Whatever the truth of that, The Irishman is a compelling picture, but not a perfect one. Even at such prodigious length, Scorsese cuts corners. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 84% Sorry We Missed You (2020) It's a genuinely moving family drama, with great heart and one superb performance by Hitchen, who glitters, despite the murky depths of his character's predicament. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) So, is Brittany just 26.2 miles away from finding self-esteem? Unlike the marathon, the story doesn't follow the expected course, but there are as many truths in it as there are laughs, and it reminded me in some ways of Muriel's Wedding (1994). - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
2/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) I'll give no more away here, save to add that just when you think you've been dealt as many improbable twists as any single melodrama can decently produce, along comes another whopper. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) That it works so well is partly testament to Flanagan's skills as a horror director, but also to Ferguson, who is out-and-out wonderful, rarely needing to contort her lovely face, in fact somehow using her beauty itself to exude evil. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
1/5 56% The Beach Bum (2019) [A]n incredibly tiresome chronicle of Moondog's dissolute, promiscuous lifestyle, which he is able to afford only because his wife Minnie (Isla Fisher) is richer than Croesus. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
5/5 94% Western Stars (2019) The result is truly cherishable, especially if you're a fan, but maybe even if you're not - because it's hard not to be beguiled by Bruce's charisma, his heartfelt, melancholic meditations on life, and of course his sound. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) It's not poor, exactly, and the artwork is jolly good, but the narrative is often incoherent and any youngsters coming fresh to the characters will be, if not mortified, mystified. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 52% Black and Blue (2019) As a cop-corruption thriller Black And Blue is less Witness, more witless; less Serpico, more Tesco . . . pile those clichés high, and sell 'em cheap. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's good to see Hamilton again, and Davis is terrific, not just at the physical stuff but also delivering even her worst lines with real brio. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) It's slickly done and, in Zoey Deutch - an addition to the original core cast of Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin - the film has a shameless scene-stealer. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019