Cosmo Landesman

Cosmo Landesman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Cosmo Landesman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Times (UK), Times (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 38%

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

"Silly sci-fi tosh that tries to play itself out as a serious and heart-rending love story, but Ghost it ain't." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Aug 16, 2009
2/5 51%

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

"All sound and fury, devoid of any relevance or resonance." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Aug 3, 2009
2/5 63%

Coco Before Chanel (2009)

"It's a work of hagiography that serves neither history nor its subject well." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Aug 3, 2009
1/5 29%

Mad, Sad & Bad (2009)

"Like a sitcom pilot that should never have seen the light of day. The characters are cardboard cutouts and the comedy lacks bite. Imagine the same script featuring white characters and you will see just how second-rate the screenplay is." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Aug 3, 2009
2/5 50%

Antichrist (2009)

"Von Trier has mutilated his own film, turning it into a crazy, hysterical work that alienates the audience with its infantile shock tactics and tedious transgressions." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Jul 27, 2009
2/5 44%

The Proposal (2009)

"The sight of Bullock doing a rap dance with granny in the woods is a traumatising experience." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jul 27, 2009
3/5 85%

Skin (2009)

"Skin is one of those worthy and watchable dramas that are un-demanding and a bit underwhelming. It should leave you with a big lump in your throat, but it's strangely unemotional." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jul 27, 2009
4/5 89%

Moon (2009)

"Moon is a gripping sci-fi tale, but also has a lot of heart and humanity." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Jul 23, 2009
2/5 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"This is a Potter film that will be quickly forgotten, even by Harry's most ardent fans." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jul 23, 2009
2/5 13%

The Informers (2009)

"It has a good cast and a terrific 1980s soundtrack (Devo, Simple Minds), but it also has the superficiality of a TV soap. The Informers is not so bad that you can't sit back and enjoy it, but nor is it good enough to go and see." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Jul 23, 2009
1/5 15%

Year One (2009)

"Too silly to be smart, too timid to be subversive about religion - it's hard to believe it's directed and co-written by the once great Harold Ramis" ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Jul 3, 2009
2/5 72%

Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

"Instead of something fresh and funny, this film is as formulaic and empty as any Hollywood blockbuster." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Jul 3, 2009
3/5 73%

Rudo y Cursi (2009)

"Lacks dramatic punch and satirical bite - it's all rather cartoonish - but it's full of great characters and moves at an energetic pace. This is a superior buddy film." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jul 3, 2009
3/5 85%

Looking for Eric (2010)

"Loach has created the first real grim-meets-feelgood film. It offers guilt-free fun and laughs for football and Loach fans alike." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jun 15, 2009
2/5 45%

New Town Killers (2008)

"The film has great visual flair, but the story is a heavy-handed slice of modern melodrama that would have made Dickens blush." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jun 15, 2009
2/5 70%

La Habitación de Fermat (Fermat's Room) (2009)

"The high tension that should come with a race-against-time scenario is never realised, and the film's solution to the enigma of who-what-and-why this all happened is disappointing." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted May 28, 2009
1/5 44%

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

"Levy's film is neither fun nor exciting. He's stuffed it with special effects, star names and big numbers, but it has none of the exuberance needed to lift us out of our seats and take us on a thrilling ride." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted May 27, 2009
2/5 93%

Slepe lásky, (Blind Loves) (2009)

"The film avoids sentimentality, yet there's no denying that we sighted people end up feeling sorry for them - something I don't think they would want." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted May 27, 2009
3/5 74%

La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008)

"Though the performances are all first-rate, the film is let down by weak characterisation. Still, it's enjoyable, if not exceptional." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted May 27, 2009
3/5 69%

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

"This is a classic Kaufmanesque work: bold, bizarre and utterly baffling." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted May 17, 2009
1/5 37%

Angels & Demons (2009)

"As a cracking tale of code-cracking, Angels & Demons never really works. Howard doesn't create the drama of a great mind facing great challenges, struggling to see the truth as the clock ticks." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted May 17, 2009
2/5 87%

Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009)

"Johnson's film is meant to be a heartwarming and funny look at young dreamers and the realities of their lives. But there's something distasteful in portraying these kids as lovable losers." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted May 13, 2009
5/5 90%

Coraline (2009)

"The film combines stunning visuals - there are scenes of incredible beauty - with good old-fashioned storytelling that is funny, inventive and at times scary. Destined to be a classic." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted May 13, 2009
5/5 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"Here is a film that slaps your expectations around with surprise after surprise, leaving you shaking your head in disbelief that a Star Trek film could be this good." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted May 13, 2009

X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

"X-Men Origins is really a series of action sequences, the usual mix of bangs, chases and fights, held together by a plot so predictable that you get no points for guessing right." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted May 6, 2009
4/5 67%

Helen (2008)

"Given its harrowing theme, Helen is a beautiful and restrained work. The camera quietly and slowly glides along Helen's world, laying bare the loneliness of a marginalised girl who is longing to find a life of her own." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted May 6, 2009
4/5 43%

Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)

"The film slips into American schmaltz at times, but it's really a thing of wonder - an infectious and irresistible fantasy that all the family can enjoy." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted May 6, 2009
3/5 84%

State of Play (2009)

"State of Play is enjoyable, but this is not a great thriller. It's a cold film that has no emotional drive, no defining mood of tension or paranoia." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Apr 27, 2009
3/5 50%

Observe and Report (2009)

"Does this film warrant one star for being so ugly, violent, misogynistic, sexist and racist - or five stars for being a daring and disturbing study of the violence, ugliness, sexism and racism of the ordinary American male?" ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Apr 27, 2009
4/5 90%

Le fils de l'épicier (The Grocer's Son) (2008)

"Written and directed by a newcomer, Eric Guirado, this is a delightful coming-of-age film that quietly explores the hidden tensions in family life." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Apr 27, 2009
4/5 96%

Shifty (2008)

"The dialogue is a nice mix of Pinteresque menace, drug lingo, laddism and cracking one-liners." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Apr 27, 2009
3/5 94%

In the Loop (2009)

"In the Loop is a fast and furious farce that looks and feels authentic." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Apr 23, 2009
4/5 98%

Let the Right One In (2008)

"The film is a fresh and memorable mix of grimy realism and gothic fantasy." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Apr 16, 2009
2/5 56%

Waveriders (2009)

"Strictly for wave fans." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Apr 8, 2009
2/5 70%

Religulous (2008)

"Maher has gone for easy targets. He comes up with the odd funny gag, but you get the feeling that he is as dogmatic about his doubt as the believers are about their faith." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Apr 8, 2009
2/5 61%

Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009)

"Curtis has failed to give us characters we can really like." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Apr 8, 2009
4/5 95%

The Class (2008)

"The film raises important questions about learning, authority and discipline, and is honest enough to admit that it doesn't really have any answers." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Mar 5, 2009
3/5 59%

The International (2009)

"The International is being presented as a "thriller for our times", but it's too far-fetched to be relevant. Still, it's an enjoyable yarn." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Mar 5, 2009
3/5 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"Seeing the new inclusive Clint shows an old dog can learn new tricks. But like Walt himself, I can't help but prefer Dirty Harry to Caring Clint any day." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Feb 26, 2009
4/5 67%

Cadillac Records (2008)

"The music is good, the suits are sharp, but it's the outstanding performances that wow. Walker is electrifying as Howlin' Wolf and Beyoncé - playing Etta James - has never been so sultry and sexy." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Feb 26, 2009
4/5 78%

Doubt (2008)

"Brilliant performances from Streep and Hoffman, however, make it well worth seeing." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Feb 11, 2009
2/5 72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an anodyne Hollywood film that offers a safe and sanitised view of life and death. It's Forrest Gump goes backwards." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Feb 11, 2009
4/5 81%

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

"For all its meditations on romantic disappointments, this is a slight, sunny film. Anyone in need of some superior escapism should see it straightaway." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Feb 11, 2009
2/5 67%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"If ever there were a film that aimed for the zeitgeist and missed badly, it's this one." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Feb 4, 2009
4/5 74%

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

"Nick & Norah is a teen comedy that adults can enjoy. The screenplay, by Lorene Scafaria, manages to be smart and sophisticated, the comedy dry and understated." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Feb 4, 2009
3/5 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"Valkyrie isn't a great war movie, but within its own limited ambitions, it is enjoyable and never dull." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jan 27, 2009
4/5 94%

Milk (2008)

"Milk is a powerful film that leaves a lump in your throat. It has a magnificent performance from Sean Penn." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jan 27, 2009
5/5 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"Frost/Nixon is a historical fraud, a mind-boggling travesty of the truth. Let me hasten to add, however, that it is without doubt the most gripping, entertaining, dramatically clever and fascinating fraud I've ever seen." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jan 27, 2009
3/5 56%

Stone of Destiny (2008)

"As a film, it's a touch too Hollywood, and full of too much patriotic Braveheart guff, but, on the whole, the American director and writer, Charles Martin Smith, has created an amiable and watchable heist movie." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2008
4/5 85%

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"With Hellboy II, the comic-book blockbuster has finally grown up - without giving up the fairy-tale wonders of our youth." ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Aug 21, 2008