Danny Leigh

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

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 85% Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) This might almost be the island of The Tempest, a place with a stark message for humanity. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 92% Stan & Ollie (2019) Coogan and Reilly deliver central turns filled with love for their characters, hitting the emotional high notes the script demands as a tale of enduring friendship. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
3/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) Perhaps Hart was a great lost leader, possibly a dodged bullet. Difficult to tell. Maybe he was set up, or a serial misuser of power over women. Who can say? Not this oddly fuzzy film. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
3/5 40% The Upside (2019) Cranston and Hart work small miracles to keep the thing watchable. But for a film released in 2019... the racial politics are tired and the casting of an able-bodied actor as Phillip dubious - even one as gifted as Cranston. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 87% Colette (2018) Westmoreland gives us a heroine as mighty as anything from Marvel, given vivid life by Knightley in the role of this fearless actor's career. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
2/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Glowering at the centre of it all is Foy. It is not the actor's fault that you sometimes drift off and find yourself wondering why the Queen looks so irritated. But you do. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) If Shoplifters asks huge questions about what a family is and is not, the answers are hinted at in fleeting gestures - the hallmark of this beautiful, ambiguous film. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) The biggest winners by some distance are the wardrobe department, given licence to recreate 13th-century England by way of a window display at H&M. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The broad and larky tone suits the early days of wide-eyed tours and Top of the Pops. But as the script frantically scrolls through the band's Wikipedia page, the cast rarely have the chance for more than mimicry. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The Hate U Give is about right now, and feels a perfect fit for it. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 86% Possum (2018) Holness makes his debut behind the camera in expertly clammy style. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 76% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) The effect is as scalding as you would expect - a stark and heartbroken monument on screen. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet In Praise of Nothing (2017) We rarely have a clear sense of where we are in the world, but that is fine - the point a pure celebration of the camera and what it can capture, art for art's sake, film for film's. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
5/5 80% 22 July (2018) 22 July is a brave and careful film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The film feels like one made not just about young people but for them. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
88% American Animals (2018) This is a film that takes deep pleasure in itself. Much of the time, you will be pleased with it too. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
69% The Seagull (2018) None of the actors is less than poised, and Mayer delivers cinematic snap, making everything look velveteen, moving events along at pace. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 85% Tully (2018) While the story ends up too neat and tidy, Theron is a powerhouse. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
4/5 90% Lean on Pete (2018) Lean on Pete can feel like Dickens, under a starry and menacing American sky. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
2/5 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) Schumer is Schumer - a likeable comedian in need of a better movie, or at least one that doesn't leave you dizzy with contradictions. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
4/5 100% New Town Utopia (2018) This sweet, sad film is an ode to the unique moment when postwar Britain allowed itself to dream - and shape that dream in concrete. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
4/5 100% The Old Dark House (1932) A lost minor classic. Go and rediscover. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 90% The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) The ongoing taboo around homosexuality in South Africa gives a fierce charge to the story, and Trengrove never settles for easy ways out. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 92% Beast (2018) Pearce plays an impish game with our preconceptions, pulling us this way and that... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) For critics who have spent much of the 21st century sniffing at the rise of the Marvel Comics Universe, it is probably time to admit that when the films are this good, they deserve every last beaming member of their audience. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 76% Funny Cow (2017) f the gift of Funny Cow herself is her refusal to conform, the same goes for her story. And it's Peake who brings the thing alive. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2/5 82% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) This is a movie made with the cool calculation of a lab experiment. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) The structure is so deceptively simple we hardly notice the accretion of character detail, until eventually Binoche vanishes and there is only Isabelle, a neat trick before a sly wink of an ending. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2/5 37% The Leisure Seeker (2018) Making his first American film after a 25-year career in Italy, Virzi has chosen a project whose tonal challenges would make most directors curl into a foetal ball. Even his seasoned leads wobble. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 100% Even When I Fall (2017) It knows the spectacular comes in many forms. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/5 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Judge not - yet here we are in the scalding French drama Custody, observing the legal endgame of a painful divorce from the perspective of the bench. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/5 96% Western (2018) While the film hums with potential conflict, Grisebach is too singular simply to dress an old genre in new clothes. Instead, she coolly holds back her camera and paces out the escalation of hostilities under a humid Balkan sun. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
2/5 51% Rampage (2018) When all is dust, and our descendants are puzzling over the relics of our civilisation, it may take some time to unpick the logic behind the deafening new comedy blockbuster, Rampage. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/5 97% Mudbound (2017) The shape of modern America is glimpsed behind the drama in this graceful, devastating film. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) McGuigan goes for easy wins throughout, doggedly incurious about his own characters, underlining the literal-minded script, repeating entire scenes in case anyone missed the point. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2/5 40% Justice League (2017) After the success of her own vehicle earlier this year, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is now reduced to rolling her eyes indulgently at jostling male colleagues. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) First-time feature director Rungano Nyoni has a comic gift, coolly ticking away at the heart of her singular satire I Am Not a Witch. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
5/5 99% North by Northwest (1959) As the template for a certain kind of old-school confection - Cold War, Wrong Man - it's unbeatable. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) An audacious comedy of horrors, the film has the feel of a bad dream you find yourself not wanting to wake up from. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 70% mother! (2017) The exclamation mark is Aronofsky's - the reaction will be yours alone, this being a film that prides itself on its ability to rile and divide. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 83% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) A film of swaggering precision. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/5 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) A Sunday night-ish affair whose larky tone grows tiring fast. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 91% Mindhorn (2016) The story, of course, is mostly pretext, but the movie brims with unexpected pleasures. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/5 94% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) Movies thrive on the clash of titans, and in Matt Tyrnauer's new documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City we have a peach. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2/5 25% Unlocked (2017) It is, as usual, kinder not to mention the involvement of Orlando Bloom. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/5 97% Burden (2017) An oddly charming documentary about his interwoven, sometimes violent, life and art. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/5 91% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) You're nagged by the sense that Quillévéré the director is a little more brilliant than Quillévéré the co-writer. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/5 49% The Promise (2017) The film catches the dreadful speed with which smashed windows give way to death camps, while individual scenes have a grim power. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) A deeply modern thriller borne from the 19th century, one whose traces of Hitchcock, Hardy and Haneke never obscure its huge originality. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 83% A Moving Image (2017) Fittingly, the film is itself a grand collage, drama spliced with documentary, music and dance. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017