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
4/10 50% Four Kids and It (2020) A hard slog at getting up to 110 minutes... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
6/10 64% The Translators (2019) There are more than a few credibility gaps and contradictions too, and you also have to wonder, again, if any publishing firm across the world would ever go to so much damn trouble and expense... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
6/10 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Yes, it's all pretty laboured, but you can't stop watching Viswanathan in her first lead, and Krinsky manages some snappy lines... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
5/10 72% Becky (2020) It's all a bit lame and daft... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
7/10 73% An American Pickle (2020) Really too scattered to be as satirical as it obviously wants to be, and losing a little steam into the final act, this nevertheless demonstrates that, yes, Rogen can truly act, and that he's quite the mensch too. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet Adam (2020) Headed by three fine performances, with the distinguished Azabal working well with the less-known Erradi and charmingly naturalistic child actor Belkhaouda... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
7/10 81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) If only Kaufman had thought of ending things half an hour before he actually did and this would have been a masterpiece of angsty cerebral unease. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
33% The New Mutants (2020) The final result is something that's sure to irk hardcore Marvel-philes and newbies alike. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
62% Fatima (2020) Sure to be adored by religious types despite its faults, this tries to maintain a wary and neutral tone... But, as a wise man once said, you've got to have faith. You've gotta have faith... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
7/10 88% Les Misérables (2020) Victor Hugo would have greatly approved, from the joyful opening to the unforgettable final fadeout. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
6/10 74% Mulan (2020) Mandy Walker's cinematography is strong enough to make you regret that this couldn't viably be released in cinemas, and the name Chinese cast is pretty good too, and yet, somehow, it doesn't quite work. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
6/10 64% I Am Woman (2020) Director Moon and scripter Emma Jensen's epic has its problems... but much of it can be excused due to Cobham-Hervey excellent performance. Surely this is her proper breakout role... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
6/10 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Although distinctly American, writer/director Bo Burnham's subtly melancholy teen drama tells a universal story, and star Elsie Fisher perfectly captures the agony of being young... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
6/10 71% Tenet (2020) A flick you'll want, however desperately, to like more than you actually do, this is surely the most Nolan-esque Nolan offering of them all...is this really the movie that's going to save the industry from COVID-induced oblivion? - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
5/10 60% Project Power (2020) ...if you're suspecting that Foxx's Art has some grim personal vendetta against Biggie and the whole damn Power thing, then maybe you should be writing dopey action movies yourself instead of just watching them? - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
7/10 94% Acute Misfortune (2020) An off-putting-but-fittingly-titled study of a period at the end of the life... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
5/10 53% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) ...almost hopelessly derivative and sentimental. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
7/10 92% La Belle Époque (2020) Nicolas Bedos' melancholically French character piece has lovely performances and some charming humour - although its mixed messages are perhaps a little screwy. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
5/10 49% Made in Italy (2020) ...a distinctly awkward drama with an almost roman a clef aspect that feels weird, strained and uncomfortable. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
6/10 75% Little White Lies 2 (Nous finirons ensemble) (2019) ...another all-star, overlong comedic drama with a fine cast seeing you past the very French contrivance... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
6/10 87% Deerskin (2020) Dujardin is pretty good, considering that even he occasionally seems unsure what kind of movie he's actually in... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
7/10 71% 23 Walks (2020) In the end, there really isn't much else to say about this one: Johns and Steadman are good, London looks nice, and the emotions are just rich and real enough... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
94% Litigante (2019) Franco Lolli's second feature is a tough, Spanish-language family drama that takes considerable risks yet works well, with fine performances from a surprisingly untested cast. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
6/10 67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) ...this should still be tolerable if you're in the right woofy frame of mind, and a general disdain for critics could also be a bonus... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
94% Babyteeth (2020) Shannon Murphy's feature début is something of a teen epic and even a 'cancer movie', yet proves very moving due to its tough emotions, melancholy humour and Eliza Scanlen's central performance... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Armando Iannucci's version of Charles Dickens' much-filmed eighth novel is a spirited, sometimes joyous dramatic comedy headed by a gorgeous performance by Dev Patel. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
6/10 88% Shirley (2020) ...in the end, it's mostly just an opportunity for Moss to channel her skills into a particularly venomous vessel. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
7/10 81% Nobody Knows I'm Here (Nadie Sabe que estoy Aquí) (2020) This peculiar but curiously moving drama from Gaspar Antillo is built upon a finely understated performance by Jorge Garcia, a man who could carry just about anything. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) A beautifully cinematic saga with some ugly edges, Spike Lee's latest is one of his most epic, expensive and occasionally messy outings yet. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
6/10 40% Wasp Network (2019) Assayas' mighty factual epic is too overstuffed with plot and character to come together as a whole, but many of its individual elements are impressive - and even spectacular. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
6/10 No Score Yet One-Way to Tomorrow (Yarina tek Bilet) (2020) Throwing in an odd, film-school-ish reference to Jean-Luc Godard's Bande À Part towards the end, Açiktan's character piece is worth watching, despite its issues, if you're sick to death of glossy, cheesy Hollywoody romantic epics. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
8/10 91% Spelling the Dream (2020) Yes, all in all, director/co-writer/co-producer/editor/co-camera operator Rega's doco is positively spellbinding. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
6/10 56% Resistance (2020) ...it's a shame that he loses his grip at times. And yet it's still a story that should be told, especially as Marceau and his colleagues helped save some 10,000 children during the war... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
6/10 83% Proxima (2019) Alice Winocour's vaguely awkward drama is saved from the brink by a strong performance by the luminous Eva Green, and she's matched by little Zélie Boulant as her eight-year-old daughter. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
6/10 No Score Yet Mutiny of the Worker Bees (Rebelión de los Godínez) (2020) Amiable work from Egelhaaf and Carreiro help save this from itself, and they're cute enough to help you see past the jumbled scripting... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
5/10 63% I Love You, Stupid (Te quiero, Imbécil) (2020) ...only if quarantine is really, really getting to you. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
6/10 65% The Lovebirds (2020) Familiarity aside, this is worth it for Issa and Kumail, whose charm and chemistry carries the film through its shakier moments. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
6/10 71% Escape from Pretoria (2020) Radcliffe gives it everything under a ratty wig and peering out from very '70s spectacles, and almost makes you forget these issues. You really want to see him break out, and he eventually does... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3/10 33% The Wrong Missy (2020) ... what did you expect? Originality? Wit? Narrative sense? Emotional resonance? - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
7/10 87% The Trip to Greece (2020) The fourth and final entry in Michael Winterbottom's Trip film series is darker still and more melancholy than the previous pics, despite the gorgeous locations. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
8/10 100% A Secret Love (2020) So subtle yet so moving, and really one of the best recent movies to hit Netflix... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
7/10 80% Hearts and Bones (2020) Lawrence demands that we remember that the refugee crisis is never, ever resolved with an unexpected final sequence set to the tune of an '80s classic turned unforgettably on its head. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
6/10 92% The Assistant (2020) ...a study of workplace oppression and a kind of systemic harassment that aims high but is somewhat undone by its own slow, miserable mood. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
5/10 25% Dangerous Lies (Windfall) (2020) Let's face it, if the lies were really that dangerous, one might hope they'd be a little bit more memorable. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
7/10 97% The Half of It (2020) There's much to enjoy in Wu's second film as director (and her first in 16 years!)... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
6/10 67% Extraction (2020) In the end, after all that violence and ceaseless blokey shooting you might be left wondering whether another title might have been more appropriate: Exhaustion. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
6/10 43% Sergio (2020) Perennially political director Greg Barker's dramatisation of chunks of the life of UN diplomat Sérgio Vieira de Mello has its problems but is grounded by a tremendous performance from Wagner Moura... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
6/10 72% Vivarium (2020) An unusual Irish-Danish-American-Belgian co-production, Finnegan's film keeps you watching, if sometimes irritated, to see what happens... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
7/10 88% Onward (2020) Yes, it isn't really another WALL-E, Up, Inside Out or Coco but, then again, what is, kids? - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
7/10 90% The Decline (Jusqu'au déclin) (2020) Directed by Laliberté in freezing conditions in rural Nord-du-Québec, this is a mere 83 minutes and stripped right back to the bone but, nevertheless, we still feel for the characters... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020