Carol Midgley

Carol Midgley
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Times (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 88% Killing Escobar (2021) The only times he seemed close to faltering was when his father was mentioned; right there you saw the legacy of toxic parenting, man handing on misery to man. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Diana (2021) Yes it was one-sided and yes it was a homage, but it seemed to be offering something fresh -- and with a Diana documentary it's not often you can say that. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
2/5 66% Friends: The Reunion (2021) Oh. My. God. Could this have BEEN any more schmaltzy? - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause (2021) McCall was candid about her menopause at age 44 and kept the programme information-dense, the data clearly explained. There were gimmicks. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
3/5 91% Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and Legendary Tapes (2020) However, in tone you felt it was a tribute that Derbyshire, whose tapes were discovered in cereal boxes in 2001, shortly after her death, would have enjoyed. Like her, it was unconventional. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
4/5 67% Danny Boy (2021) It was a thoughtful, non-melodramatic meditation on what we expect of soldiers in the heat of battle and on the tightrope of maintaining decency in war. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
3/5 73% Fake Famous (2021) Occasionally the film, with its buzzy vibe, felt as superficial as the industry it was sending up. However, it was entertaining. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
35 94% The Mole Agent (2020) Sounds depressing. Its big reveal was that it was often the exact opposite. Sweet, charming and poignant, it was a meditation on growing old, loneliness and making a life when confined in an institution. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
4/5 100% Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death (2021) Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death was made with great sensitivity. Sadly, great sensitivity was not always afforded to her when she was alive. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
4/5 96% Class Action Park (2020) Equally extraordinary was that those kids, now adults, knew he had been reckless with their lives yet they looked back at those days with affection. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Rhod Gilbert: Stand Up to Infertility (2021) It was heartfelt and honest. I hope that in about a year's time Gilbert will be able to start writing part two of that tour: The Baby Years. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
4/5 91% The Mystery Of DB Cooper (2020) By the end of The Hijacker Who Vanished: The Mystery of DB Cooper, I felt like saying: "Dammit, I'm DB Cooper." - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
4/5 100% The Unbelievable Story of Carl Beech (2020) It would be funny if it wasn't so heinous. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
4/5 80% Derren Brown: 20 Years of Mind Control (2020) Derren Brown is such a brilliant mental manipulator that by the end of Derren Brown: 20 Years of Mind Control -- Live I wondered if he might be persuaded to slip inside No 10. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
4/5 40% The Trial of Alex Salmond (2020) Wark weaved together well and with authority what was a tawdry and depressing saga. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 100% The Life and Times of Captain Sir Tom (2020) Despite its unwieldy title and much filler, it was a charming film that reminded us what quietly extraordinary lives seemingly ordinary people lead. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Surviving the Virus: My Brother & Me (2020) It made for extraordinary television, watching a man we have seen fronting various health programmes flatlining before our eyes. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
4/5 83% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) As someone noted, the Enquirer had been out-enquired. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
4/5 100% Sitting in Limbo (2020) This was hugely affecting drama, but I would have liked to have seen in it more of the politicians who drove this policy rather than the faceless uniformed guards who had to implement it at the sharp end. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
4/5 100% After Auschwitz (2018) The film did get sidetracked by other political issues, which diluted the impact, but it was still utterly compelling. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
5/5 100% Confronting Holocaust Denial with David Baddiel (2020) It is to Baddiel's great credit that he remained calm throughout, disarming the denier, who believes Jews have tricked the world for profit, with the weapons of sarcasm and humour. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Rio and Kate: Becoming a Stepfamily (2020) The therapy room scenes - featuring various children, each with a dead parent, weeping, but trying to help others in the same boat - were a privilege to watch, articulating children's resilience, but also how much pain they hide. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Barrymore: The Body in the Pool (2020) Barrymore: The Body in the Pool was not just a scrupulous documentary, it felt like a prelude to a breakthrough. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Farage: The Man Who Made Brexit (2020) The key to the film's mischief was its access to Farage over a prolonged period, culminating, he probably imagined, in a flattering profile of a man hoisted on the shoulders of grateful Leave politicians. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
5/5 100% The Windermere Children (2020) The young Polish actors playing the teenagers did a harrowing subject proud. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
5/5 No Score Yet Keeler, Profumo, Ward and Me (2020) Tom Mangold's pin-sharp, revelatory documentary had all the elements of a classic scoop. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet All Aboard! New Zealand by Rail, Sea and Land (2020) With no narration, no music and only snippets of local interest on-screen, such as the Waikato bunny-jumping competition and where the 2016 earthquake had destroyed the railroad, it had a druggily soporific effect. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Searching for Sam: Adrian Dunbar on Samuel Beckett (2019) The documentary kept a respectful distance, and while it touched on Beckett's casual approach to sexual fidelity, Dunbar said it felt like prying and retreated. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet Responsible Child (2019) It was a terrible story told sparingly, eloquently and with such realistic dialogue and camerawork that at times it felt like a documentary. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 52% A Christmas Carol (2019) This was a total cut above the crowd - nutty, muscular, textured and with Guy Pearce delivering an intense, complex performance as Scrooge. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar (2019) In its denouement, which you could see coming for quite some time, it simply proved what Christie fans know: the queen of crime is not easily emulated. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Lucy Worsley's Christmas Carol Odyssey (2019) Things don't get much more festive than Lucy Worsley in crushed velvet. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 100% The Case of Sally Challen (2019) It was an excellent, meticulous film about a tragedy in which there were no winners, only losers. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 92% Elizabeth is Missing (2019) The story, adapted from Emma Healey's novel, was cleverly told so that we didn't know where Elizabeth was, but experienced her "disappearance" from Maud's perspective; confused and disjointed with little sense of elapsing time. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Gauguin - A Dangerous Life (2019) It was a lyrical documentary done in vivid colours, rather like [Paul] Gauguin's paintings, but recounting a little too briefly his brief, fraught flat-share with Vincent van Gogh. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Meat: A Threat to Our Planet? (2019) This was vital television, but I wonder how many people had the stomach to stick it to the end. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Inside The Cage: The Rise of Female Fighters (2019) Even the most pusillanimous soul would admire these women's bravery. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Gary Lineker: My Grandad's War (2019) The best contributions came from the veterans, who were little older than boys at the time. They told of men's black hair turning white with stress and fear, and of terrible cases of shell shock. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong'o (2019) The last ten minutes of Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong'o proved an important corrective to the romantic, reverential stories that we had heard so far of the Agoji, a kick-ass army of women who fought for the Dahomey kingdom in Benin, west Africa. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Korea: The Never-Ending War (2019) [John] Maggio was assiduous in his telling of the politics of what is also known as "the forgotten war," but these human details are the ones that stick most. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
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