Carol Midgley

Carol Midgley
Carol Midgley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Times (UK)
Publications: Times (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 No Score Yet Van Meegeren: The Forger Who Fooled the Nazis (2019) [Andrew] Graham-Dixon navigated the story most entertainingly, veering between disdain and astonishment that a bespectacled little conman brazened it out for so long. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Ian Hislop's Fake News: A True Story (2019) Hislop was variously playful, concerned, droll and exasperated in an intelligent film that treated viewers as if we have a brain, which makes a nice change. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet Tiananmen: The People V the Party (2019) The more films like this... the better. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet How to Break into the Elite (2019) How to Break into the Elite was astute and depressing because it confirmed what I imagine many already suspected. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet Mad Cow Disease: The Great British Beef Scandal (2019) The documentary pulled no punches in spelling out that there is no test, no cure, no treatment, no way of knowing how many people are silently infected. And this was all preventable, a man-made disaster. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 100% 8 Days: To the Moon and Back (2015) It was breathtaking. And strangely moving. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Anna: The Woman Who Went to Fight ISIS (2019) Some parents dread having an unhappy child; others fear having a lazy or selfish one. Anna: The Woman Who Went to Fight Isis showed the unique peril of having the child who is brave and principled. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files (2019) An ugly scenario elegantly described. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Psychopath with Piers Morgan (2019) [Piers] Morgan may pick Twitter fights, but here he took a restrained, clinical approach, interviewing [Paris] Bennett from behind reinforced glass, quietly wrong-footing him by asking simple questions. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Britain's Next Air Disaster? Drones (2019) Britain's Next Air Disaster? Drones was remarkable not only for filling the knowledge gaps that I imagine most of us have about the drone threat, but also raising the question: why aren't we obsessed with this stuff? - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet John McEnroe: Still Rockin' at 60 (2019) McEnroe does self-deprecation brilliantly; Sue Barker's documentary showed that. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Trans Women Athlete Dispute with Martina Navratilova (2019) [Martina] Navratilova was as meticulous in her research as she was on the tennis court. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Jill Dando: The 20 Year Mystery (2019) It was grimly fascinating, deeply tragic and I suspect that in another 20 years' time Dando's suffering family will still be none the wiser. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 100% Climate Change - The Facts (2019) David Attenborough took a sterner, pissed-off tone last night, grimacing in an anorak in the middle of a field, as though his patience was nearly spent. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Most interesting were the interviews with the brave whistleblowers who had initially "drunk the Kool-Aid", but eventually walked away. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 100% Revolution in Ruins: The Hugo Chávez Story (2019) "We love you!" shouted smitten supporters in the crowd when the Venezuelan president visited London. As the first part of this excellent documentary showed, you could see why. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Louis Theroux: The Night in Question (2019) The Night in Question wasn't Theroux's best investigation, but he did unexpectedly turn the tables on his star subject, Saifullah Khan. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
100% David Bowie: Finding Fame (2019) Any reality-show wannabe who expects instant fame and fortune after spending ten minutes on Towie should be forced to watch Francis Whately's exceptional David Bowie: Finding Fame. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Behind Closed Doors: Through the Eyes of the Child (2019) It was done with huge sensitivity; the bravery of these families in speaking out was humbling. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 100% A Year of British Murder (2019) This was a slightly different, more thoughtful approach to crime documentary, the cumulative effect being depressing but profound. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 81% Brexit (2019) James Graham's drama was rollickingly good entertainment, in a heart-sinking "oh, but this is still our real-life car crash" kind of way. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Sir Cliff Richard: 60 Years in Public and in Private (2018) Interesting to watch a documentary on a man who prizes his enigma status and gives away only what he wants. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Vic & Bob's Big Night Out (2017) There were funny moments. No other comedy duo can get belly laughs simply by putting on terrible wigs or wearing ridiculously high-waisted jeans. For visual comedy few can touch them. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 80% The Interrogation of Tony Martin (2018) Pemberton conveyed nuances with just an inflection or facial twist. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Colourising and enhancing the footage and using lip-readers to decipher soldiers' words, which were dubbed by actors, was done to jaw-dropping effect. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/5 89% A Woman Captured (2017) This was standout TV for which Tuza-Ritter will doubtless, and rightly, win awards. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
4/5 83% Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes (2018) Given that they are usually narcissists as well as psychopaths, the publicity only feeds their egos...But Manson: The Lost Tapes had the distinction, to an extent, of keeping Charles Manson...largely out of the picture. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
5/5 71% Drinkers Like Me - Adrian Chiles (2018) This was a cracking programme, mainly because Adrian Chiles, our Guinness-thirsty, temptation-weak, likable everyman, didn't duck the truth that habitual drinking creeps up and can kill, but did confront it with humour and humanity. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
4/5 100% Mother's Day (2018) It was as compelling an opener as you could get, yet how wrong "compelling" sounds since we're talking about the murder of children. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
5/5 100% Killed By My Debt (2018) It's not often you can say that five stars aren't enough to do justice to a TV drama, but Killed By My Debt presents one of those occasions. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
No Score Yet Dunkirk: The Forgotten Heroes (2014) It will make you well up with tears and want to kick a wall in anger at the same time. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
5/5 89% King Lear (2018) Flawed parenting, ingrate children and family estrangement will never not be relevant, and the modern-day dress gave it the feel of a production at ease with itself. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Dave Allen at Peace (2018) It never addressed Allen's death in 2005. [AIden] Gillen's performance, however, made it worthwhile. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Funeral Murders (2018) It's still not known why they took that route, and if the film lacked anything it was that it didn't examine this mystery more thoroughly. But what it did, sensitively and unsensationally, is show what barbarity human beings are capable of. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
4/5 89% Being Blacker (2018) This wasn't a perfect documentary, but it managed to raise issues without lecturing. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Secret History: Churchill's Secret Affair (2018) Although it lacked a definitive smoking gun it was a juicy documentary... - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
4/5 83% The Child in Time (2018) A rarity: nuanced, unmawkish, unsentimental. It steered us through this unthinkable limbo... in an intellectual, almost spiritual way, examining too the very meaning of childhood, time and sanity, yet ended with a sense of hope. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Diana, 7 Days (2017) This will doubtless stand as the definitive documentary on Diana's death and aftermath. It reminded us that her greatest legacy is her sons and that their great strength is their normality. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017