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
4/5 76% Halston (2019) A tour through some of the most pivotal moments in the history of American style, Halston's career a golden thread running from the pillbox hat worn by Jackie Kennedy... to the decadent 1970s in which he dressed half of Studio 54. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Lelio structures his film not as a shopping list of plot points, but vignettes and snapshots of the multitudes that Gloria contains... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 80% Late Night (2019) Thompson's performance is compulsively fun, the actor relishing the bone-dry put-downs of a memorably serrated character. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 97% Dirty God (2019) Polak's images jar and startle. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Simon Kinberg's grand farewell to the big screen has the feel of a hurriedly arranged office leaving do. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 83% High Life (2019) Like all good sci-fi, Denis's film also speaks to the moment... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) The result can be exhausting - and exhilarating, Decker's approach splintered and unpredictable but slowly creating streams of narrative... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/5 53% Destination Wedding (2018) As the duo progress from allergic dislike towards odd coupling, the film's sheer cheapness is as distracting as spinach between the teeth. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Glimpsed away from the mic, she sweeps past the camera with a Mona Lisa smile and no small talk. Between songs she again smiles and says nothing, that silence a story, her choice to be simply a vessel, not a star. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 62% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux does what good pop songs do - it shushes your doubts and quickens your pulse. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 51% Tolkien (2019) Director Dome Karukoski wisely understates the line from... carnage to orc-filled battlefields, even if the fine actor Craig Roberts is cast as a working class proto-Bilbo guiding Tolkien through the trenches. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 81% Long Shot (2019) While Theron is a trouper and a deft enough comic actor to keep the set-up ticking, the film is more assured with pratfalls and tangents than a romance that only ever convinces as a slightly odd fantasy... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Hollywood would make it a thriller; Erlingsson keeps his politics as teasingly agnostic as his tone, his Icelandic landscape raw, strange, and like everywhere, defended by more Hallas all the time. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) The story is so richly novelistic the temptation is just to synopsise - but that risks not only spoilers, but failing to convey how much wonder is conjured beyond the plot, the stellar performance of Zhao, the insta-futuristic landscapes... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade is also deeply sweet in unexpected places and howlingly funny, attuned to the timeless indignities of any adolescence. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 75% Pond Life (2018) The default tone of Bill Buckhurst's film is northern English eccentricity, but the nostalgia has an edge. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The japey inter-hero rivalries and beyond-state-of-the-art visuals go down as easily as always in a formula which, if never quite revolutionising the comic book saga, gave it a much-needed overhaul... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 30% Red Joan (2019) Her story might make a compelling film - but it isn't this one... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/5 60% Greta (2019) Huppert lurks and looms, clearly having a blast. At least someone is. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
74% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) The impression is that everything else in this headache of a film is only there to let Mel Gibson say ugly things on screen and thus, as they say, trigger the libs - a feeble use of Zahler's talent. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/5 83% Loro (2019) Loro drips with glittering artifice. What could be more Berlusconi? - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) Taylor deftly nails the dramatic beats. More admirable still is her willingness to keep the sharp edges of her story intact. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/5 81% Mid90s (2018) Hill captures the eternally strange cultural place of skateboarding - marginal even while inspiring high-gloss ad campaigns, practised in derelict urban spaces. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/5 100% A Deal with the Universe (2018) Barker's film is revelatory, not least for how its scrapbook vignettes of everyday life can tell this story so well and at such human scale. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 18% Hellboy (2019) Marshall doles out not just cartoonish gore but a microwaved stew of Arthurian hokum, mystic fish and chip shops, ill-fated London landmarks and secret societies of blueblood occultists in smoking jackets. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/5 27% The Aftermath (2019) Chuff goes the steam train that carries us into The Aftermath, a teatime-handsome period drama from director James Kent. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) A certain airbrushed quality pervades but, like wrestling itself, the key is probably just to accept the hokum and focus on the charm whipped up by Merchant and his cast. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 20% Serenity (2019) You leave with a certain respect for the chutzpah of it all. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/5 94% Foxtrot (2018) Maoz creates a deadpan J'accuse, razor-edged and hugely original. The truth? It is unmissable. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/5 90% 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 93% 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 60% 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 89% Possum (2018) Holness makes his debut behind the camera in expertly clammy style. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 80% 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 86% 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
89% 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
67% 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 86% 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 91% 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