Demetrios Matheou

Demetrios Matheou
Demetrios Matheou's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): London Evening Standard Sight & Sound Screen International Film4 Thompson on Hollywood The List The Arts Desk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Cafe by the Highway (2020) [Shi] clearly has talent, and something to say, and despite its dramatic failings Cafe By The Highway serves as a calling card. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 94% Language Lessons (2021) Morales adroitly moves the story through online conversation and video messaging, mixing up the background courtesy of his lavish home and her exotic surroundings, with the script adroitly introducing a darker uncurrent... - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
3/5 69% Drift Away (2021) It's both a gripping and touching film, informed by a lovely depiction of family life, and superbly led by Dardennes regular Renier. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
4/5 100% Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) The latest is an erudite and daft, raunchy and knockabout, endlessly provocative film that, for sake of brevity, we'll call Loony Porn. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
5/5 100% Petite Maman (2021) The director actively wanted twins to play the girls, and found them in Sanz and her sister Gabrielle, both of whom are extraordinary, revealing levels of nuanced intelligence and emotion that an adult actor would die for. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 74% The Mauritanian (2021) The Mauritanian feels pretty conventional, a tale of righteous lawyers and their ill-treated client... Yet there's no denying the almost preternatural humanity of the film's real-life protagonist. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
No Score Yet 1991 (2021) The story slowly fizzles, until a sudden, rushed conclusion. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
4/5 92% The Assistant (2020) Whatever connections we choose to make, this could be any office, anywhere. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
3/5 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) When the astronauts break into 'Sweet Caroline' they deserve to be lost in space. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
5/5 83% Mank (2020) Oldman is in every scene, skilfully delineating a fascinating, complicated, extremely appealing mess of a man. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
No Score Yet Roman's Childhood (Romano Vakiyste) (2020) Avoiding both sentimentality and judgement, and no doubt choosing his moments well, Mikuta celebrates the positive fundamentals of family life - love, togetherness, protection - that fly in the face of hardship. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
No Score Yet Joy (2020) It is all grimly fascinating, at once comic and awful. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
4/5 93% Saint Maud (2020) There are some clear inspirations, from Polanski and Friedkin to Peter Strickland. At the same time, Glass's filmmaking is quite singular with a carefully considered aesthetic, a strangeness and a tightly-coiled chill all its own. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
2/5 40% Wasp Network (2019) There's far too much double-dealing to keep up with, and Assayas' opaque storytelling really doesn't help. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
4/5 93% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) This may be a cross-over crowd-pleaser, but it also feels like [Filho's] most Brazilian film yet. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
4/5 97% Midnight Family (2019) Luke Lorentzen's compelling, fly-on-the-wall documentary captures the madness, manic energy and dubious morality of Mexico City's broken healthcare system. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
5/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) [I]ts delivery - mixing social satire, twisty plotting and Hitchcockian tension - a masterclass in serious-minded but accessible mainstream filmmaking. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) While Wick's penchant for standing naked before the lantern is admittedly odd, it's Winslow's dreams and hallucinations - and his violence towards the local seagulls, inviting bad luck - that fill the film with foreboding. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/5 68% Bombshell (2019) ... powerful, to a point, though could go deeper into the murkily complicit office politics on show. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
5/5 89% 1917 (2020) The result is an agonisingly tense, immensely moving and unusually immersive experience. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
5/5 95% Little Women (2019) With its outstanding young cast and a modern sensibility that blows a feisty breeze through the well-worn period action, this is a joyful, moving, near flawless piece of filmmaking. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The Rise of Skywalker is epic, spectacular, surprising and, most importantly, brings its human stories to resolutions that brim with emotion. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) [T]o make it work the filmmakers had to go onto the 'next level'... They've achieved that, with a great deal of ingenuity, while perhaps predictably losing some of the freshness of the earlier outing. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/5 64% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Nevertheless, it's impeccably acted by all concerned, gorgeously produced and thoroughly engaging. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Poirot and Miss Marple were never as much fun as this. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
No Score Yet The Coldest Game (2020) The end result of what is a clearly enthusiastic enterprise is remarkably average. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
No Score Yet Lost Lotus (2019) Despite good intentions and a strong central performance by Canadian-Chinese actress Yan Wensi as a young woman seeking justice after the hit-and-run death of her mother, Lost Lotus ultimately fails to convince. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Tomorrow We Are Free (Morgen sind wir frei) (2019) Pourseifi captures a particularly chilling and tragic reversal of expectations, and fortunes involving the Islamic Revolution in Iran, in 1979. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
94% Sin (Il Peccato) (2021) The skill of Testoni's performance is to maintain the gleam of passion and seriousness behind the rough-hewn, manic facade. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Dust And Ashes (Tuhk ja tolm) (2019) Restrained and enigmatic - it's remarkable how tense it becomes as so very little happens - this introduces another South Korean filmmaker with serious intent. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Willow (2019) The result is one of those films that feels casual when you watch it, but digs deep and remains, both poignant and profound. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
100% Looted (2019) Resisting the tired tropes of British crime films involving disaffected youth, van Pannevis offers a poignant character piece about a decent young man in crisis. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
No Score Yet Cook F**k Kill (2019) A boldly-executed absurdist comedy, which tackles its central theme - domestic abuse - in a manner very different to the usual gritty realist approaches, with provocative, sometimes discomforting results. Dare one say it, it's also highly entertaining. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet Fiela's Child (Fiela se Kind) (2019) Retains the story's emotion and sense of injustice, though falls a little short of its powerful potential. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
No Score Yet Gipsy Queen (Mustlaskuninganna) (2019) While adhering to many boxing movie tropes - notably the rise of an underdog to a championship shot - writer/director Huseyin Tabak adds a new dimension to the genre by making his protagonist both an immigrant and mother. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
75% Happy Times (2019) Beyond the admittedly amusing task of guessing who will kill whom... and the enjoyable addition of the local rabbi late in the proceedings, there's not a great deal to engage the audience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
No Score Yet Gutterbee (2019) Its combination of extremely eccentric comedy and bigotry-themed drama would be challenging at the best of times; and Thomsen doesn't exercise enough finesse or restraint to pull it off. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 78% Frozen II (2019) While Frozen II is accomplished and delightful, it doesn't quite soar like its predecessor. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) It's hampered by way too much rom-com cliché and cutesiness. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Christian Bale and Matt Damon - Batman and Bourne if you will - let their hair down as two motor-racing legends, to the extent that the racing drama doubles as a buddy movie. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 95% The Irishman (2019) The fact that that so many Oldfellas can still muster the energy for an epic crime saga is, in itself, rather special. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) While so many filmmakers have gone soft in their dotage, at 83 Loach is as focussed and commanding as ever. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) The good news with Dark Fate is that Sarah Connor returns - now grey and growly, extremely bitter but just as kick-ass fantastic. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) [A] film that's gripping, righteous, relevant, moving - in short, a very, very good yarn that just happens to be true. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) While the jokes have become a little tired (especially Columbus's rules for surviving Zombieland), the action sequences keep it lively and the characterisations are endearing. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
95% County Lines (2019) Combining a vivid, empathetic approach to his working-class characters and milieu, a good eye and a thriller master's ability to unsettle, Blake offers up a short, sharp jab to the national conscience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 64% The Day Shall Come (2019) It's telling that such a seasoned comedienne as Anna Kendrick looks desperately ill at ease. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
5/5 94% Marriage Story (2019) The actors tackle massive monologues, one truly volcanic row and the silent shorthand of a years-long bond with beautifully naturalistic performances. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
100% White Riot (2019) [A] highly engaging and suddenly very relevant documentary... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) Starring a phenomenal Joaquin Phoenix, it's seriously themed, brilliantly executed and quite extraordinary. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019