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Deborah Ross

Deborah Ross
Deborah Ross's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Daily Mail (UK), The Mail on Sunday (UK), The Spectator

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The narrative never goes where you think it will go. Instead, it takes your narrative expectations and shreds them before your eyes.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
81% Brad's Status (2017) I'll tell you what Brad's status should be: face well and truly slapped.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
81% Molly's Game (2018) There's no nuance, no reflective downtime, and it ends with what may be the worst cod-psychology scene of all time. It all comes down to daddy issues, apparently. Oh, boo-hoo.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
97% Menashe (2017) It is small and specific, admittedly, but it also tells a universal story about a father's struggle to hold on to the son he loves, and it tells this story tenderly, thoughtfully, beautifully.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The film is not unsuccessful, as it's mostly entertaining enough, and if the gender politics seem oversimplified, there are reminders of some real-life commentaries.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
79% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) This is essentially held together by the two lead performances. On paper, Bell has the lesser role, but this is his best performance to date... As for Bening, if she doesn't get Oscar-nominated this year, I will eat my hat, and also yours.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) With most films you know what you are getting within the first ten minutes -- oh, it's this film; OK -- but here there are no plot points as such and we never quite know where we're headed, which gives it the thrum of real life.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/5 62% George Michael: Freedom (2017) For all of Freedom: George Michael I just didn't know what I was watching.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
97% The Death of Stalin (2017) This is not Iannucci's best work, but as Iannucci on a bad day is better than most on a good day, and there are brilliant moments, and you just can't argue with Simon Russell Beale -- in anything -- it's not nearly two hours wasted.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/5 57% The Child in Time (2018) Hard to recommend, as it was so sad but, on the other hand, it was so good at what it is like to be so sad.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
92% The Party (2018) I can't tell you what it adds up to exactly, but it's fun getting there, wherever that is.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) It never properly creates its own world, the drama is plodding, and every character is a tiresome type.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
79% Borg vs McEnroe (Borg McEnroe) (2017) It doesn't have the dramatic smarts to lend either surprising tension or excitement to otherwise familiar events, or shed any new light on them.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
69% mother! (2017) It's plainly nuts(!). But, that said, it is never plainly dull. I was not Bored.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
87% Wind River (2017) I won't bore on here, even though it's my inclination, but will say that while Sheridan's intentions were undoubtedly noble, this makes the whole enterprise feel cheaply mainstream and exploitative.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
96% The Rocket (2014) [It's] a feel-good, triumph-over-adversity story involving a small boy and, although this outcome also isn't in any doubt, at least the journey is fascinating and it's been made with a heart that is warm.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
5/5 100% The Witness for the Prosecution (2016) ... it was not just astoundingly addictive as a whodunit, but was also rich in psychological complexity, which has to be a Christie first.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/5 86% Meet The Patels (2015) [Meet the Patels] bills itself as 'a reallife romantic comedy' and it's a scream and also moving and fascinating and an absolute delight. ‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks (2016) This documentary concentrated on the Penny/Koko bond, which has now lasted more than 40 years, rather than the language element.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
74% Una (2017) It's 90 minutes of uncomfortably shifting in your chair... But it is also compelling, up to a point, and your responses will be so complicated that you won't know where to start unpicking them. Or how.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet A Song for Jenny (2015) And while some of the script felt as though it had been lifted from Julie's book, rather than anything anyone would actually say, you still couldn't argue with the power of it.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
No Score Yet The Scandalous Lady W (2015) Everything happened whip-fast, as was perhaps necessary to bring it all in at 90 minutes, but it was the chronology that was all over the place.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet An Inspector Calls (2015) It's a sort of Murder On The Orient Express... as threaded through socialist politics, and while it still stands up, and even felt timely, it was the performances that made this special; made you forget the play-ness of it.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Lady Chatterley's Lover (2015) ... this was a rush, and felt like a rush, as well as superficial.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Danny and the Human Zoo (2015) It was immensely moving and I just wish the family had been even more at the heart of it, as I was much more interested in them than the career.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Cider with Rosie (2015) This stayed just the right side of sentimentality, and was nicely bucolic without going too Darling Buds Of May, but the chronology was strange.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 100% Burton And Taylor (2013) Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were a riveting couple and Burton And Taylor was a wholly riveting 90 minutes.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet The Thirteenth Tale (2014) ... although it featured nice acting, and quite a lot of it, the plot holes made me want to throw a shoe at the television.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 91% Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy (2017) This programme seemed to say: we are our mother's boys. How did this go down at Clarence House? We will, of course, never know.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
92% Logan Lucky (2017) It's USP is that it's "a red-necked Oceans" or "a hillbilly Oceans" so, in other words, it's a riff on Oceans. Soderbergh directed the Ocean's franchise, so it is hardly a stretch for him. Or us, for that matter.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
89% Maudie (2017) [Maudie] fulfils all our narrative expectations and you'll almost certainly exit the cinema happy, so long as you can leave it there.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick is a rom-com that's smarter than most rom-coms, which isn't saying much, admittedly.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) It is brave, and even admirable, but if you are fond of an emotional core? Then you will sorely feel the lack of it.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) This is clever, tense, gripping, told at a lick -- it's less than 90 minutes -- and while revenge is a dish best served cold, it's pretty good served this way too.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
88% It Comes At Night (2017) The performances are all strong, but how anyone can say this doesn't bolt headlong into all the usual horror clichés, I don't know.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) The car-chase movie reinvented? Maybe, but it just hasn't been reinvented enough.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
45% Hampstead (2017) Gleeson is a fine actor in most circumstances, but here the material is so thin he's given nothing to work with, or against, as there are no decent jokes, and there's almost no drama.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) It is highly watchable, and remember: what God takes away with one hand he gives with the other. No, it isn't sufficiently dark, twisted or tense, but the bonnets and the wisteria are lovely. Truly.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) The fact is, Pirates, you are so insultingly lazy it's a wonder anyone puts up with you at all. If you were a person, I'd have thrown you out the house years ago.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
36% Snatched (2017) There is no character development at all. Obviously, one wasn't expecting Terms of Endearment, but the two leads are so thinly sketched it prevents any moments of genuine emotion, and gives us no reason to like them.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
89% Lady Macbeth (2017) This circumvents all our expectations, plays like a thriller, ditches bonnets for more murderous pursuits, and is plain terrific.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
57% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Rules is entirely baffling. Is it a tale of Old Hollywood? Is it a biopic of Howard Hughes? Is it a love story? Unfortunately, it can never decide, so tries to be all of the above and therefore succeeds at none.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
74% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) The performances are transfixing throughout. But it does not satisfy emotionally, as the ending of The Sense of an Ending makes no sense. It's a (Non)Sense of an Ending.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
91% A Quiet Passion (2017) As a general rule poetry does not make good cinema, but this one succeeds more than most.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) The world is populated by blandly one-dimensional characters. Evil is perpetrated by our old friend, Corporate Evil Man -- yes, still -- and everyone communicates via dialogue so stilted and ham-fisted it makes you die inside a little.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
93% All This Panic (2017) You will, I promise, be profoundly moved.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
43% Another Mother's Son (2017) It's the kind of story that has been told countless times, and here it's told in such a perfunctory, plodding way that it brings nothing new to the party.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
91% Elle (2016) This film is beautiful to look at, but if it has anything to say about sex, violence, desire, it all passed me by. Rape should be shown on screen, if only to challenge it, but if this does any of that challenging, that too passed me by.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
44% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) I've decided it probably is a failure, but that you haven't heard the last from Dolan.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
98% Moonlight (2016) This is a deeply compassionate film that not only does astounding work on the being black, being gay front, but is also about anybody who feels they exist outside the world they've been born into.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017