David Aldridge

David Aldridge
David Aldridge's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Radio Times
Publications: Radio Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 68% Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (Astérix - Le secret de la potion magique) (2018) Passable but patchy, this animated adventure wobbles between wryly amusing, laugh-out-loud funny and charmlessly frenetic. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Astro Kid (Terra Willy: Planète inconnue) (2019) Sequences of chase and peril may upset more sensitive souls, but otherwise this enjoyable synthesis of Lost in Space, Wall-E and a touch of Tarzan is bright and breezy fun for younger kids. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) [I]t's all slickly done, and a decent enough frightfest for fans of traditional scares. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 27% UglyDolls (2019) Certain scenes may scare more sensitive children but, on the whole, UglyDolls is cutely done, and it earns extra plaudits for being an animation for younger kids that attempts to address age-relevant issues of individuality. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 25% Charming (2018) Pitched at younger kids, Charming is watchable without exactly setting the world on fire. But it's a decent second stringer for when the A-listers have all been watched. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
4/5 80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) It's a superb documentary, and a great love story that will bring tears to the eyes of anyone ever touched by the man and his music. Keep your tissues handy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 47% Tell It to the Bees (2019) The leads are decent, but the frequent bee close-ups seem superfluous, and whole thing reeks of an overwrought soap, and might be better suited to the small screen than the big. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 93% We the Animals (2018) But for anyone who saw and liked the indie likes of Mud, Mid90s and in particular The Florida Project, this is well worth checking out. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 80% Late Night (2019) An under-employed John Lithgow contributes some drama to leaven the levity a little. But this is essentially quality comic fluff to be relished and enjoyed when you just want something light and likeable to relax into. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 60% Breakthrough (2019) This Is Us regular Chrissy Metz makes her presence felt as the boy's mum, and Topher Grace and Josh Lucas bring modest star power to a slick if sometimes slushy against-the-odds drama that's perfectly watchable, whether you subscribe to its claims or not. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) A meatier script and more fleshed-out characters would also have helped raise the fright bar, but The Curse of La Llorona is still solidly watchable and succeeds in leaving a lingering impression. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Spy Cat (Marnie's World) (2018) File under school-holiday viewing for younger kids. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
2/5 39% Iron Sky (2012) The Coming Race works just a bit too hard at being bonkers. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 91% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2018) The Keeper is a great story of love in adversity and is handsomely told. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 38% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) Closer in spirit to the stylish 2001 original than the more contrived sequel, Tokyo Drift does just what it says on the tin: the locale is exotic and the race scenes are fast and furious, as are the women. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
3/5 89% The Vanishing (2019) After a slow-burn but promisingly claustrophobic start, the movie mutates into an increasingly ripe melodrama that's slickly done and decently acted, but casts not one watt of credible new light on what actually might have happened on Flannan Isle. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 50% Oliver & Company (1988) Though a little lacking in Disney's customary charm, still provides fine family entertainment. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) The subject matter won't suit all tastes, but lovers of weepies of the first water will lap it up; there won't be a dry eye in the house. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) It's a documentary with real bite, and a moving, fitting and important memorial to a dedicated documentary-maker. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 12% Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) A daft attempt to further conceptualise the classic Beatles album by linking its songs via a contrived connective storyline. The attempt fails miserably. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
2/5 21% Pokémon 3: The Movie (2001) As ever, accompanying grown-ups should either take a good book or, better still, avoid the film completely by bribing another adult to go along instead. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 80% 22 July (2018) Though not of the calibre as the director's sobering 9/11 drama United 93, it's still slickly made and worth the watch. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 50% Willow (1988) It's forced, formulaic and sadly lacking in that sense of magic that's at the root of all successful fantasy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/5 53% The Notebook (2004) A shameless tear-jerker and as corny as they come, this retro romantic drama skilfully pushes all the right emotional buttons. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
2/5 45% You, Me and Him (2018) Lucy Punch and Faye Marsay play a gay couple and David Tennant their unreconstructed neighbour in this sometimes cute, sometimes crass comic trifle about pregnancy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2/5 62% Every Day (2018) Every Day plays it rather safe and sanitised, with no sex or edge, and no real desire to probe the potential complexities of its strangely creepy scenario. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/5 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) The subject matter won't be to everyone's taste, but for more adventurous viewers this is something to be savoured, if not always comfortably. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/5 22% Midnight Sun (2018) Corny, contrived and something of a "meh" movie that will principally appeal to those who like a good, old sob. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
1/5 7% Wild Orchid (1990) Ghastly piece of soft-core porn from Zalman King, the trashmaster behind the Red Shoe Diaries series. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
3/5 95% Pecking Order (2017) This is quirkily compulsive viewing. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
2/5 75% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) Plummer and Janet McTeer, as the Kaiser's wife, bring their customary class to proceedings. But they can't save a tepid mishmash that seems undecided whether it's wartime romance, spy drama or fanciful political fable. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 100% Daphne (2017) The film isn't best suited to those who like their movies with a beginning, a middle and an end that's neatly tied up in a pretty red ribbon. But take a chance, work with it, and this smart British drama will reward the effort. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 88% The Ballad of Shirley Collins (2017) Like Shirley herself, it's warm and likeable, and a tribute to the octogenarian's triumph over a lack of self-belief. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/5 55% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) It's certainly brash and breezy enough to keep youngsters mildly amused, though adults may well agree that it's time to say leggo to Lego, which isn't even an element crucial to much of this underwhelming adventure. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 60% Jungle (2017) This is a fact-based film that treads no new survival-drama ground, but it's well made, gruelling and watchable. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Kudos are deserved everywhere for a well-written, beautifully played and offbeat piece of re-imagined history that's always funny despite humour sometimes stemming from a distinct sense of unease. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 76% Son of Bigfoot (2018) It's all nicely computer-generated, and perfectly watchable. There's just a nagging feeling that a rather better, less formulaic film could have been made of such an engaging idea. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Rise of the Footsoldier 3 (2017) This notorious British gangster tale may have been milked more often than a herd of prize Guernseys, but the shooting to death of three top drug dealers down a remote country lane still attracts film-makers like a cowpat does flies. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/5 37% The Jungle Bunch (Les as de la jungle) (2017) There's an odd disconnect between a complex, sometimes dark and occasionally violent plot, and the younger kids that the visual cuteness of its characters suggests it's aimed at. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Stratton (2018) Truth be told, this is the sort of film that, 30 years ago, would have gone speedily to VHS, and which should quickly suffer the equivalent fate today. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/5 45% Everything, Everything (2017) Corny but efficient, and perfectly fine if you're tweenage or early teen, or just seeking a good sob. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/5 73% Final Portrait (2018) Niche but nice. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2/5 7% The Emoji Movie (2017) Sir Patrick Stewart, stalwart thespian and former captain of the Starship Enterprise, voices a poop emoji. Which sort of says it all, really. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2/5 19% Wish Upon (2017) Pitched at horror fans who like to be mildly unsettled rather than grossed out, Wish Upon is decently made, but essentially it's a wet-afternoon watch. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
4/5 87% Hounds of Love (2017) You feel a little grubby just for watching it, let alone liking it. This is seriously good film-making, though - just not for the faint-hearted nor weak-stomached. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3/5 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) Pleasingly less prurient and more female-empowered than many "women in peril" creature features. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
2/5 50% Spaceship (2016) A real minority watch that's best filed under 'decidedly different, but definitely difficult'. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 50% The Promise (2017) Should appeal to lovers of period romance with a bit of stamina. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/5 59% City of Tiny Lights (2016) For all its faults, City of Tiny Lights is a strong and stylish bit of Brit-noir with an impressive leading man in Ahmed. Definitely worth investigating. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/5 40% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Fast-paced, colourful and fashionably girl-powered fun that, while treading no new territory, is perfect entertainment for younger kids. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017