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
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% Pokemon 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 63% 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 94% 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 23% 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 56% 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 20% 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 88% 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 57% 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 38% 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
2/5 18% The Time of Their Lives (2017) Neither great nor grim but somewhere in between, this is a film for nostalgic older audiences with fond memories of Dynasty, Shirley Valentine and Camelot. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/5 57% Trespass Against Us (2017) The story has pace and vigour, the performances are good and this is Fassbender as you've never seen him before. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2/5 9% Shut In (2016) It's more likely to have the viewer giggling in disbelief than gasping with shock. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) This is old-fashioned, no-frills action film-making, the sort of efficient macho-minded entertainment that Berg is good at. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 92% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) Originality is hard to come by, especially in horror films, but there's a good dose of it in this stylish and beguiling little chiller based on the first book in Dan Wells's YA book series. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 29% Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2015) It's corny, but it also represents an ideal fantasy fulfilment for preteen girls. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 91% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) Even those who are too young to remember Zappa's work may be drawn in by his iconic rebel status. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) Although you need to keep your wits about you here, Your Name is a sharply animated, well-told fantastical tale for tweenagers. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
1/5 75% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) Fans of Alexander Jodorowsky may fancy taking this trip with director Emiliano Rocha Minter; others should avoid at all costs. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 18% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) Kind of fun, though the material isn't always up to its calibre of cast. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 75% Trolls (2016) Threaded with a Cinderella subplot and featuring a poppy mix of musical covers and original songs, Trolls is quality confection for little ones. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/5 67% The Neighbor (2016) It's decently acted and decently made. At the same time, though, there's nothing particularly exceptional going on here. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/5 89% Two Women (Mesyats v derevne) (2014) The acting, especially of leading lady Astrakhantseva, overcomes the language barrier, and makes this an adaptation worth experiencing by more adventurous viewers. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/5 66% Anthropoid (2016) A sweatily gripping thriller with a rousing finale. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/5 83% Equity (2016) It's no life-changer, but still offers decent entertainment. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
4/5 63% Brotherhood (2016) While the first film was attention-grabbing in its portrayal of gang life, Brotherhood is a more accomplished piece of true Brit film-making. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
3/5 12% Cell (2016) Slickly made and worth the watch. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2016
3/5 67% Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (Astérix: Le domaine des dieux) (2014) Despite some languid stretches, it's genial knockabout stuff for slightly older kids that, like Caesar, comes, sees and kind of conquers. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016
4/5 88% Pete's Dragon (2016) By turns funny, sad, scary and exciting, this is terrific family entertainment, though children who are easily upset may be disturbed by some of the intense action scenes. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2016