David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Rip It Up, Adelaide Review
Location: AU

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/10 25% The Aftermath (2019) Keira Knightley stars in a surprisingly old-school war drama, which despite some saucy sequences and bloody bits, is ultimately full of contrivances and awkward agonising. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
6/10 14% Hellboy (2019) There's an awful lot going on here, including a very icky-looking Baba Yaga, but much of it works pretty well, and director Marshall is permitted to go all out with the gore. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
5/10 66% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Hopelessly overcooked, this unfortunately suggests that Gillam still thinks himself (even at the age of 79 this year) a Don Quixote figure, but he most certainly isn't. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
7/10 70% The Happy Prince (2018) Really this is all about Everett, who tried to get the film made for many years and, it must be said, considers himself something of an Oscar Wilde-type figure offscreen. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
79% Mid90s (2018) This has a lot going for it despite a few rambling edges. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
8/10 94% Us (2019) Whereas Get Out was definitely scary, this is terrifying because it's about the one thing we're all most afraid of - us. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
7/10 47% Dumbo (2019) With its lovely, highly-stylised animated look, strong cast of Tim's pals and awfully winning Dumbo antics, this has much to enjoy. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
7/10 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) Florence Pugh shines - and kicks - her way through this WWE wrestling comedy that has a lot of heart in between all the clichés and bruises. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
6/10 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) If all this sounds a little cluttered and convoluted then that's because it is, and yet there's plenty here to enjoy. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
6/10 56% Swimming with Men (2018) Evidently trying (as so many movies of this ilk do) for a perky, Full Monty-type mood, Parker's latest doesn't quite get over the line, but you'll probably enjoy it anyway. Even the soggy bits. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
7/10 74% Destroyer (2018) Karyn Kusama's powerfully dark and disturbingly violent crime drama is certainly challenging, and yet Nicole Kidman's central performance gives it much broken and beaten heart. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
82% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) Often so self-consciously 'quirky' that you might occasionally want to scream, Sometimes Always Never is an odd, sad character piece that never really comes together, and feels fey and even twee. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) ...nevertheless, there's much here to admire, from some fine performances, to the seamless interweaving of Mumbai locales and Adelaide-shot interiors, to the memorable depiction of just how brave and selfless we can be at the very worst of times. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
7/10 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) For a film supposedly lacking in political edge, there's an awful lot going on here about class, social standing and religion. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
7/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) This is mostly seriously entertaining. It's certainly on par with the 20 films that preceded... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
58% Greta (2019) Neil Jordan's first feature film in six years is a derivative and at times ludicrous psychodrama. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
6/10 34% King of Thieves (2019) A cast of late career British legends make this occasionally wobbly true crime caper seem sharper and funnier than it really is. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/10 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Baird's vaguely iffy comedic drama is unusual as it dwells upon the beloved comedy duo when they were older, bitterer and poorer. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
60% Vox Lux (2018) Despite Natalie Portman in the lead and original music by Sia, this unfocussed drama about fame struggles to land the big, grim and obvious points it desperately wants to make. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Barry Jenkins' follow-up to Moonlight is slightly less radical, but makes up for it with a powerfully restrained anger, and much beauty. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Unfortunately there are uncomfortable parallels with all the vengeance stuff here and Liam's own ill-advised comments, but it's also worth noting that most of this feels drab and pointless. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
5/10 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The real Ginsburg deserved something better than this calculated and manipulative effort. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
7/10 97% The Hate U Give (2018) While definitely directed at adolescents, that doesn't mean that anyone over 18 can't enjoy it or be moved by the passion and quietly stirring rage. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
6/10 59% The Front Runner (2018) Jason Reitman's real-life political drama has big ideas and a strong cast, even if bewigged star Hugh Jackman seems a little miscast as failed presidential contender Gary Hart. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
6/10 70% The Mule (2018) This is one of [Eastwood's] strongest and least politicised outings since he hit 80, despite some scenes veering towards being straight up average. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
7/10 78% Green Book (2018) While there isn't some glorious solution offered here as a way to end racism and intolerance forever, there is a sense of hope and a sweetness of spirit... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
6/10 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Handsome-looking if a little narratively wobbly, director Rourke seems most interested in her actors' performances. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
5/10 82% Loro (2019) What the heck is really happening in the first half-hour or so? And why should we care? - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
65% Storm Boy (2019) You have to wonder what Thiele (who died in 2006) would have thought about this softened overhaul, which mostly serves to make the original film feel like even more of what has been called an 'iconic classic.' - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Sucking up to comic-book devotees while also mocking them viciously, it's almost offensive on several levels but, in the end, simply proves too damn silly to take that seriously. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
6/10 81% Instant Family (2018) This is a movie where no matter how hard you try to hate it, the thing just keeps on bouncing back with an amusing joke or some sharply-observed line. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
98% Pick of the Litter (2018) This is the internet, and you probably came here to find out about cute puppies. Never fear because Pick of the Litter is as cute as cute can be. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Pawlikowski's latest is particularly memorable for its sweeping scope, some heady sensuality and the performances of the broodingly handsome Kot and Kulig, who could use this as a calling-card to hit Hollywood, if she fancies stooping that low. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
5/10 65% Aquaman (2018) ...naturally overlong, overblown and sopping wet with CG effects. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/10 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) Inspector Lestrade (Rob Brydon, who deserves better) is fully aware, and mostly stands around looking as exasperated as the audience. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
6/10 93% The Favourite (2018) While these three headlining performances are fine, soon the nastiness takes over and things stop being quite so funny... Lanthimos' film is still strong, sometimes brilliantly funny stuff for the first half, but eventually it turns altogether too grim. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) This indubitably has its problems, but Blunt more than compensates for them... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
8/10 66% Vice (2018) Like the best black comedies, McKay's masterwork makes us feel awfully guilty for laughing. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
6/10 87% Colette (2018) Colette certainly deserves her own biopic, but this isn't quite it... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
5/10 92% Bumblebee (2018) While there are elements here that work, including Steinfeld's impressive performance as a formidably sullen teen, it's still, at heart, just another damn Transformers movie... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Free from the baggage of the live action Marvel universe, this computer-animated superhero epic could be the funniest Spider-Man movie ever. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
13% Peppermint (2018) An attempt at a vaguely feminist rethink of Taken, this ultra-violent, somewhat fascist action drama shares the same director but a much less clearly defined and rather queasy moral edge. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
27% Mortal Engines (2018) Despite some likeable young leads, much of this effects-heavy filming of Philip Reeve's young adult novel is dreary, pretentious nonsense. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
80% Overlord (2018) Overlord is often an intense experience, even if the first act's startlingly visceral combat sequences are rather more terrifying than later horror elements. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
7/10 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) While Grant is lovely (he always is), this is most surprising due to McCarthy, who hasn't been this good in about 10 years,. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/10 58% The Grinch (2018) Colourful and amusing enough, and yet, like so many Christmas movies, it's all a bit forgettable - and iffy...Bah, humbug. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
5/10 84% Creed II (2018) ...the same thumping and grinding sports movie clichés and oodles of heavy-duty macho soul-baring. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
8/10 91% Widows (2018) Shooting for a study of corruption almost of the level of The Godfather, but so damn modern, this is obviously one of the key movies of 2018 and another McQueen saga guaranteed to provoke heated debate. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
91% Lean on Pete (2018) A moving lead performance by Plummer, who captures the inexpressive young Charley's pain, confusion and anger with few words. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/10 15% Robin Hood (2018) This was clearly intended as a rollicking, sequel-friendly good time, but the finished result is gutless, soulless and pointless, and about as much fun as, well, Taron Egerton. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018