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
1/5 35% Blithe Spirit (2020) Hall recycles the set-up as pure missing trousers farce filled with smirky running jokes forced to keep going until they drop sobbing to their knees. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
2/5 14% Stardust (2020) The clunk of it all is deafening, the dialogue booby-trapped. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
4/5 99% MLK/FBI (2021) If Hollywood showcased the FBI as Hoover wanted it seen, Pollard spotlights another story, one that modern America tells about its past. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
4/5 97% Dear Comrades! (2021) A dazzling, coldly furious account of events that year in Novocherkassk. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/5 89% Robin's Wish (2020) Director Tylor Norwood's film is modestly scaled, a loving correction of the record rather than attempted biography. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
4/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) The result is a celebration with jagged edges, history alive with contemporary echoes. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
3/5 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) The movie has moments that are almost overwhelming. The trouble is, there are other moments. Many other moments. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
4/5 95% Ham on Rye (2020) A film that resembles the American Pie franchise as reimagined by conceptual artist Matthew Barney. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
4/5 92% Sylvie's Love (2020) The whole movie is so tied up with the old-fashioned way of things you would have to call it pastiche. But be aware - a twist awaits. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
4/5 95% Soul (2020) Soul finds the company doing the minor-chord uplift it does so well, even an inch short of top form. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
4/5 100% Cockroach (2020) A looming vision of a collective future, one in which autocracies everywhere deploy brute force and facial recognition software. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/5 92% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) A heady vérité portrait of Las Vegas dive bar the Roaring 20s. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 88% THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (2020) What makes Coppola's movie fascinating now is its Darwinian self-knowledge. "The new overthrows the old, it's natural," Michael shrugs, and he was speaking for them both. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
4/5 83% Mank (2020) In his gleeful curmudgeon of a film, Fincher salutes the unseen hands of masterpieces, writers with only their wordplay to take on the world - as if play had the first thing to do with it. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
3/5 59% Dreamland (2019) The movie sets out to make Robbie a rock star but doesn't give her a tune; it wants to say something about sex and violence but ends up tongue tied. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
5/5 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Us and you, Byrne says - that's the show. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
3/5 74% Audrey (2020) What the best of the film gets at is the machinery behind the magic. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
3/5 83% Happiest Season (2020) It takes no small nerve for a contemporary Christmas movie to flat-out namecheck It's a Wonderful Life. No little skill to remind us it can be. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
3/5 53% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Man's inhumanity is a shopworn medley of Hobbes and Bosch, the lot of the zombies to be mere fodder, mown down or picked off. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
2/5 27% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) On the page, Vance's Mamaw at least had complexity, a bad parent herself born of others. Howard smooths and syrups until she is no more than a Pez dispenser of chain-smoking tough love. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
4/5 97% Billie (2020) The portrait of Holiday is rich and nuanced. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
5/5 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) For all the horror, Nanau is an exhilarating film-maker, trusting us to keep pace without talking heads. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
4/5 95% Lucky Grandma (2020) Lucky Grandma has all the hallmarks of an old-school cult favourite. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/5 93% The Life Ahead (2020) Ponti gets rid of nuance with the urgency of a man shooing pigeons. But of course, he does have a rare talent - the ability to cast Loren. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
4/5 98% Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) Anyone else would pursue the obvious angle. How long until the big one? Despite his cheery fatalism, Herzog proves less interested in apocalypse than in how meteors have shaped all prior history. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
4/5 100% Looted (2019) The movie is raw, elegiac and, for van Pannevis, filled with promise. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 95% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) Obsession, intellect, consumerism, conspiracy, all are here - and encompassing them is the white noise of the mass media, the bedlam hum of 24-hour television news. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
5/5 95% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) If elsewhere film-makers still learn the Tinseltown way that films should be about the momentous, the world-saving and life-changing, to Andersson that is palpably ridiculous. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
4/5 100% Love Child (2020) Nothing is so universal as mess - and whatever version of it might apply to us, many viewers will surely see a glimmer of themselves in this one microcosm family unit, with limbo stretching ahead. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
4/5 91% Luxor (2020) Director Zeina Durra takes us by surprise, her study of emotional scar tissue never earnest or brutal. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
2/5 49% The Witches (2020) All attention is soon claimed by the grand high witch, played at panto scale with non-specific Zsa Zsa accent by Anne Hathaway - a calculated centrepiece in a film frantically trying to please nine different audiences at once. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
2/5 67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) The movie keeps threatening a good time only to leave you exhausted long before the end. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
4/5 91% Relic (2020) The burn is slow enough that the impatient may weary: yet when the film cranks into the outright nightmarish, it does it with vim and invention. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
4/5 87% Shirley (2020) Don't trust me is the message - one underlined by the cutting of the film, meant to make you lose your footing. And then there is Moss, teeth and intellect bared in a snarl, as ever in an acting category all of her own. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
4/5 97% The Painter and the Thief (2020) The beauty of the film is that this is life lived, in all its infinite strangeness - a grand tableau of intercrossed destinies, friendship and disaster, fjords and gangsters. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
4/5 77% One Man and His Shoes (2020) Kudos to Bamiro for covering this much ground in 83 minutes without leaving you hyperventilating. The detail is so rich, it feels strange not finding it extended over a multi-part Netflix series. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
5/5 100% His House (2020) At every turn there is more going on here, layers building under the story. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4/5 89% The Climb (2020) You realise that what you're watching is an epic disguised as scuffed indie comedy, a portrait of adult friendship in which no one ever completely grows up. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 79% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2020) The tone is oddly vanilla all round, in the end just one more film ticked off for Ozon. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Baron Cohen is still willing to Go There. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4/5 75% The Other Lamb (2020) Take the film as a pared-back cousin to The Handmaid's Tale. But if some elements seem familiar, Szumowska has aces of her own to play. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/5 39% Rebecca (2020) Remaking Hitchcock is no job for the faint-hearted, but Wheatley has a plan, an anti-auteurist strategy that lets others put their mark on proceedings too. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
4/5 98% Time (2020) A film of rare profundity and breathtaking intimacy. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
4/5 99% Totally Under Control (2020) A definitively American story - what happens when the desire to be free from government extends to government itself, as nearly 8m people sicken. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/5 79% I Am Greta (2020) The film just tags along, blank and puppyish. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/5 89% Kajillionaire (2020) The unexpected pleasure of Kajillionaire is that, with the singsong delivery dialled down just a notch, you can hear yourself think long enough to decide. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 97% Saint Maud (2020) Some debuts tug at your sleeve; others take your arm off. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) The promise of empowerment could lead to clichéd uplift, but the movie is too smart for that. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Sorkin has no plan for the camera beyond pointing it at his stars, but he lets their performances grow large and moreish. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
4/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) Kudos to Coppola and her leading man. It takes guts to rewrite your biggest hit. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020