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Damon Wise

Damon Wise
Damon Wise's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine, Times (UK), Uncut Magazine [UK], Radio Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
64% Cosmopolis (2012) It goes without saying that it is weird, but even from the director of eXistenZ and Videodrome it is bizarre, with the mannered, affected performances of the former and the outsider characters of the latter.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2012
3/5 57% The Dictator (2012) Standard gross-out comedy fare and surprisingly formulaic by Baron Cohen's usual standards.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2012
3/5 57% The Dictator (2012) Formulaic, yet scrappy, and extremely funny in fits and starts.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2012
4/5 92% Headhunters (2012) Hennie's hangdog hero makes this a perversely entertaining ride, even at its most relentless and - particularly for Roger Brown - punishing.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2012
4/5 81% Michael (2012) As horrifying and hard to watch as you'd expect a paedophile's-eye view of life to be. It's neither sensationalist nor trite, and the questions it asks are intelligent and thoughtful.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2012
4/5 74% Rampart (2012) Although it doesn't quite match LA Confidential for complexity and scale, it does capture some of the grit and dynamism of the author's hard-boiled style.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2012
3/5 77% A Dangerous Method (2011) At its core, there's a provocative story lurking here about the delicate and fragile dividing lines between mind, body and soul.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2012
85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) Evans' film is like nothing else around, an instant cult hit that carries the funky, illicit thrill of the fleapit and serves as an unbeatable reminder of the gloriously disreputable heyday of VHS.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2012
86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) The main performances, by non-professionals, would be stunning in any movie, but here they are the icing on a strange and eccentric cake. It's a film so completely unique that it's hard to imagine how it was even made.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2012
82% Shadow Dancer (2013) An opaque, slow-burning but brilliant thriller about the compulsions of terrorism, one that avoids ideological bombast and looks instead to the experiences of an angry and frightened woman.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2012
95% The Imposter (2012) This story in itself would be enough, but, like any good modern documentary, The Imposter has more twists and turns to reveal.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2012
2/5 57% Red Hook Summer (2012) It is so wilfully off the scale that it is hard to know quite how to quantify it.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2012
3/5 31% Intruders (2012) Though short on shocks and mild in horror terms, Fresnadillo's fantasy has a lot of heart and sincerity in equal measure.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2012
3/5 13% W.E. (2012) In its clearer moments, Madonna's handsomely staged film cleverly defies the history books with some provocative points about the price Simpson "really" paid for her notoriety.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2012
3/5 13% W.E. (2012) An uneven study of a notorious love story, raised by some superb performances and nuances, but brought down by awkward direction.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2012
4/5 79% Shame (2011) Brave, beautifully acted and emotionally revealing - an early strong contender for the most provocative and compelling film of the year.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2012
1/5 33% The Lady (2012) Simply worthy and dull, revealing little about Suu Kyi's mettle and true feelings or indeed any wider truths about her undeniable impact on the world stage.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2012
5/5 96% The Artist (2011) Simply irresistible.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2012
4/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) A tough, post-punk Tintin-meets-Klute for the Occupy Wall Street set, this kinetic, hard-edged thriller is the perfect festive comedown for Fincher fans and dysfunctional families everywhere.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2011
4/5 94% 50/50 (2011) [A] beautifully played, precisely observed and surprisingly thoughtful buddy movie, which is based on a true story.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2011
4/5 79% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) A heady and often heartrending study of lovers at loggerheads...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2011
4/5 79% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) In an age of hubbub, its patient elegance is a rare thing we should nurture.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2011
2/5 61% The Awakening (2012) There's little here to add to the well-worn haunted house genre.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2011
4/5 98% Oslo, August 31st (2012) A wonderful, melancholy character piece that's funny and tender, and as fresh as a breath of Oslo sea air.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2011
2/5 64% Junkhearts (2011) Strong cast, disappointing characters and a plot that's as thin as discount plonk.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2011
4/5 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) The back and forth narrative makes a few plot points hard to follow, but overall this is an artful portrayal of every mother's worst nightmare.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2011
2/5 36% Restless (2011) After the excellent Milk, this is more like curdled cheese.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2011
5/5 83% Tyrannosaur (2011) Mullan plays his unsympathetic character with power and magnetism, but it is Colman's terrific performance that sticks in the mind, a powerhouse portrayal of one of modern-day suburbia's many unseen, unheard victims.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2011
3/5 73% POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) A strong gimmick, but it doesn't quite hang together as a documentary as well as it might.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2011
92% Drive (2011) Terrific, pulpy stuff.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2011
4/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Features great performances and terrific Cold War detail...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2011
3/5 46% Anonymous (2011) Roland Emmerich's meticulously crafted and often well-acted exposé of the "real" William Shakespeare is shocking only in that it is rather good.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2011
2/5 9% Weekender (2013) A bang-on soundtrack will make the hairs on ex-ravers' necks stand up. The plot will have the opposite effect.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2011
3/5 83% Treacle Jr. (2010) This is a nicely ragged and offbeat mismatched-buddy movie that, though it becomes a little predictable by the end, makes an unexpected hero of a profoundly irritating character.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2011
4/5 48% Angel of Evil (2011) Rising Italian star Kim Rossi Stuart is the standout in this fast-paced biography of Milanese gangster Renato Vallanzasca, who fancied himself as something of a Robin Hood figure in the mid-1970s.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 26, 2011
78% Red Hill (2010) Red Hill has an imagination and intelligence that stays long in the mind.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted May 25, 2011
2/5 44% Third Star (2010) A film that many will find more morbid than melancholy.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2011
3/5 40% Age of Heroes (2011) Bean and Danny Dyer butt heads in an engaging manner, and the icy locations add an atmospheric backdrop.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2011
2/5 76% Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (2010) Though the period feel and detail are excellent, the fascinating historical complexities become somewhat lost in a sentimental tale of bloody ties and brotherly duty.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 5, 2011
2/5 86% Meek's Cutoff (2011) It's an intriguing take on actual diaries kept by women pioneers of the time, but their journey may be as punishing for some viewers as it was for them...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2011
2/5 71% The Silent House (2011) What promises to be a pure candyfloss ghost-train ride filled with ominous noises, creaks and shadows ends with a silly twist that's much more likely to raise eyebrows than goosebumps.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2011
2/5 85% Essential Killing (2010) For most ... this will be hard to take, like a warped, nightmarish parody of Mr Bean.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2011
83% Tyrannosaur (2011) It's actually an uplifting and thoughtful meditation on judgement, about the presumptions we make about other people's lives.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2011
2/5 67% The Company Men (2011) Well-intentioned but ill-gauged...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2011
4/5 95% Animal Kingdom (2010) A dark rites-of-passage story meets lethal Shakespearean drama, with low-key performances that artfully get under the skin.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2011
4/5 98% Inside Job (2010) It's a fascinating but terrifying insight into a very murky world.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2011
4/5 98% Inside Job (2010) A sharp study of corporate greed for those who felt Michael Moore pulled too many punches.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2011
3/5 64% Biutiful (2010) In lesser hands, this could have been clumsy and preachy but, while it's certainly leaden at times, Bardem keeps it on track with quiet, compelling dignity.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2011
4/5 87% Black Swan (2010) The film hurtles towards an exhilarating and disturbing climax that will please fans of Roman Polanski's early work.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2011
4/5 93% 127 Hours (2010) A surprisingly fun, effervescent against-the-odds drama that offers an upbeat moral without the usual punishing survival-story clichés. Not for the faint-hearted, mind.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2011