Danny LeighMovie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Danny Leigh

Danny Leigh
Danny Leigh's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound, Financial Times

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 75% The BFG (2016) Visually, though, the film can be gorgeous. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 30, 2016
3/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) The third act dissolves back into emo indulgence. But before then, you may just have found yourself briefly watching in wonderment, only disturbed by the nagging feeling that this is all very wrong. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 28, 2016
3/5 66% Anthropoid (2016) In its final half-hour, it soars. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) There are many tonal plates being spun here; the lack of a deafening crash is impressive. It comes down, you suspect, to the film's embrace of its own contradictions. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 28, 2016
1/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) Rankly incompetent. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 28, 2016
3/5 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) The tone is mass-market whimsy, with a hodgepodge of influences. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
5/5 90% The Lobster (2016) Part of the joy of Lanthimos's film is seeing in it any degree of subtext you like. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
3/5 82% Indignation (2016) The period detail is reverent, every sweater and side-parting just-so. Yet the stifling design makes a good fit for the airless world in which Marcus is marooned, and the reminders of darkness and death at the edge of the film relieve the prettiness. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
3/5 94% Gimme Danger (2016) The director is a little too thrilled to be in the room with his hero, and real revelation is scarce. Still, we get that mega-clang. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
4/5 97% Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016) What starts with a brightly coloured pop leaves behind a powder trail of loveliness. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
4/5 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) For every cliché the film indulges, another is skirted, and another subverted. By the end, every ounce of feelgood is deserved. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
4/5 88% Born To Be Blue (2016) Ejogo makes vivid work of that dread device, the composite character. Hawke, film-star handsome but unable to match the ruined angel looks of his alter-ego, still manages to summon up his lost-boy charisma. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
4/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Cheadle -- directing his first feature -- creates a film whose nerve its hero would surely admire. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
5/5 98% Mustang (2015) I won't tell you how it ends. I will say you should see for yourself. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
4/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) For all the pressure bearing down on it - how badly the creaking movie industry could do with five sure-fire box office smashes - it feels, remarkably, like a tale told for the fun of it. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) The script gleams with efficiency. For all the winsomeness of the Williams family, yanked heartstrings are rare, the plain fact of 126 people on a fireball-in-waiting allowed to exert its own power. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) For Mackenzie, a British filmmaker whose career to date has been nomadic, the movie feels like finally finding the right key for a lock. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Though its sense of peril would barely raise a sweat in a kindergarten, the film has surprising vim for the third part in a franchise inspired by a 50-year-old TV show. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
4/5 87% The President (2016) Tonally, The President tacks from black comedy into raw outrage, treacherous ground trod so deftly you feel like applauding. This is a gripping and lucid film. ‐ Financial Times
Posted May 31, 2016
3/5 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) [Lewis] and a rambunctious Skarsgård goose up the movie. Without them, it sags. ‐ Financial Times
Posted May 13, 2016
4/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) It takes skill to keep us laughing in a film with only one gag, but Frears' deadpan is the ideal accompaniment. He also keeps the joke from turning cruel. ‐ Financial Times
Posted May 5, 2016
3/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The two sides arrive on the tarmac of Leipzig airport... [and] the result manages to resemble both a brawl in a Magaluf nightclub and one of the most purely delirious scenes in recent action cinema. ‐ Financial Times
Posted May 2, 2016
4/5 96% Son of Saul (2015) I can only say the film is, by its own measure, a triumph. Engineered with virtuoso skill, every moment screams You Are Here. And here is hell. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/5 97% Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) Appreciative of its subject's gifts, frank about his flaws. You can also use it as a guide to the 1980s art world and the journey of Manhattan from scuzzy bohemia to real estate gold mine. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) The movie has inescapable verve, capturing why its subjects mean every bit as much as The Sex Pistols or Rolling Stones. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Jan 1, 2016
3/5 33% By The Sea (2015) This slyly witty, epically stylised movie is a study of misery: gorgeous, sun-dazzled misery. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/5 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) For a CGI-stuffed blockbuster franchise aimed at 14-year-olds, this was always a smart one, its real life echoes at once grimly specific and usefully vague. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
4/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) [Boyle's] real achievement is making cinema out of material that isn't even a stage play as much as very expensive radio: a battery of dialogue, unbroken by reflective pauses or even, on occasion, the actors drawing breath. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/5 65% Spectre (2015) After the sombre excellence of Skyfall, Spectre tries to tweak the formula while clearly being thrown into panic at the thought. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Oct 21, 2015
3/5 59% The Program (2016) [A] brisk, enjoyable film ... ‐ Financial Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/5 73% Suffragette (2015) Gavron spotlights the lopsided sacrifice of working-class women; she also nudges you into reflecting how wide that gulf remains. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/5 44% Irrational Man (2015) Tart as it is, the film can't entirely crack the nut of how to tell a story about ennui without the audience shrugging too. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
5/5 97% 45 Years (2015) Haigh has a miniaturist's gift for nuance, pressing a hundredweight of personal history into fleeting exchanges. Rampling and Courtenay are just as immaculate. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 85% The Wolfpack (2015) A remarkable New York story, one made with a pinch of tabloid exposé and another of sociological experiment. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) Bathsheba should be more than a dress-up doll, and the rest more than a potboiler. Lost in the gloss is Hardy's weirdness, and with it half his greatness. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/5 73% The Congress (2014) The result is a film of two halves, though possibly more. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/5 72% Dinosaur 13 (2014) A documentary about the place where science meets the profit motive and the US legal system is at its most palpably crackers. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/5 32% The Expendables 3 (2014) Plot exposition is delivered by Stallone over random detonations. My kingdom for an ear trumpet? ‐ Financial Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
4/5 66% The Rover (2014) Brutal as it is, The Rover evolves into a strange kind of buddy movie. Squint and you might be watching a nihilistic Rain Man. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/5 53% Blood Ties (2014) Blood Ties has a heart of plastic. Yet there's a sturdiness to the script, and the performances are real enough to crackle. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
4/5 95% To Catch a Thief (1955) The whole thing is really a condensed summer holiday, all hot sun and suavity. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 69% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 (2014) Writer-directors Damon Beesley and Iain Morris manage to expand one hallmark, a gift for the grossest of gross-out, without diminishing the other - an essential sweetness of spirit. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 73% The German Doctor (2014) If the film is better as understated horror than historical drama, its taut last seconds encompass both. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/5 37% God's Pocket (2014) For all its vim, the film tries to have its steak and eat it by scolding those who patronise the working man - then getting him drunk and watching him fall over. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
4/5 76% Welcome To New York (2015) The surface might seem chaotic, but beneath is structural precision. Shot with a maestro's skillset, Welcome to New York is worth it for the light show alone, Manhattan awash in morning gold, infernal red, inky small-hours blue. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 82% Lilting (2014) Lilting can feel like an airtight glass box, but the figures inside it are vividly alive. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 61% Heli (2014) Soon, the stylistic flourishes don't just seem self-conscious but cribbed, karaoke shades of Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Harmony Korine. ‐ Financial Times
Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 89% The Punk Singer (2013) Initially held together by grainy VHS footage and cuttings from old fanzines, the film is gifted with a protagonist of endless brio and a cultural backdrop just distant enough to feel forgotten. ‐ Financial Times
Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) In a film at one with its own absurdity, near-camp delirium is the strongest suit. ‐ Financial Times
Posted May 22, 2014
2/5 55% Fading Gigolo (2014) Allen, oddly, is delightful - every crumpled line-reading flawlessly timed. Otherwise, the rhythm is so off that if you tried to dance to it you would turn an ankle. ‐ Financial Times
Posted May 22, 2014