Demetrios Matheou Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2017) The result is an auspicious first feature, as nerve wracking as it is, sadly, all too true.‐ Sunday Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
91% Isle of Dogs (2018) Anderson's first foray into stop-motion, The Fantastic Mr Fox, was an absolute treat. His second is even better.‐ Sunday Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
92% Dunkirk (2017) The result is a magnificent film that genuinely stirs the blood.‐ Sunday Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
2/5 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) The whole feels contrived, mannered and very, very routine - Allen again flogging his ironic predilection for mixing would-be creatives with criminals. The shame is that the film contains a superb performance by Winslet ...‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
100% Ága (2018) An exquisitely shot and very moving film about an ageing couple who appear to exist alone on the edge of the world, stoically surviving on the icy tundra in a way of life that may be about to end.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
100% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2018) With the aid of affecting performances and a good eye for the virtuoso moves of a forklift truck, director Thomas Stuber mines the magical in the mundane.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
No Score Yet The Interpreter (Tlmočník) (2018) Despite the teaming of Peter Simonischek and Jiří Menzel as the unlikely travelling companions, this follow up to the director's 2011 drama Gypsy disappoints.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
60% Pig (The Pig) (2018) Like most whining egotists, Hasan eventually becomes tiresome.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
94% The Green Fog (2018) A dazzling, studious exercise in found footage excavation and reconfiguration, laced with tongue in cheek.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
No Score Yet Lemonade (2018) Uricaru's over-egged and dramatically misfiring debut feature stretches credibility, and patience with its characters, to such a degree as to largely undo its potential.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
88% U: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) An achingly visceral suggestion of how it must feel to be inside an ongoing assault (terrorist or otherwise), with the uncertainty, panic and fear that creates.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
80% Transit (2018) If only it weren't such a cryptic and heavy slog.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
100% Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia) (2018) Two mothers, the birth mother and the adoptive one, battle for their 10-year-old daughter's affections during an emotionally heated Sardinian summer, in this beautifully acted and crafted drama.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
62% The Bookshop (2017) Ironically, given the subject, the script is stilted, with actors often stuck on pause and not even the silver-tongued Nighy able to coax more than a laugh or two from his lines.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
5/5 100% The Philadelphia Story (1940) An effervescent social satire that pokes fun at all sides in the class war. It's wickedly witty, gloriously romantic, whip-smart and complex, even verging on the unsavoury at times -- all in all, something of a complete entertainment.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/5 36% Ardor (2015) It's much better once the action gets going, as Bernal and Braga escape into the jungle and slowly turn the tables on their pursuers.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 59% Maggie (2015) Despite Schwarzenegger's presence, this is not an action movie in the slightest, but a sombre account of loss in the most horrific circumstances, with the... haggard-looking Austrian stepping up to the plate to give a surprisingly affecting performance.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 49% Manglehorn (2015) This no-thrills character-driven drama is no Godfather, but Pacino has recognised and grabbed an opportunity to remind us just how great he can be when he bores into a character's inner life, then slowly, painstakingly reveals it back to us.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/5 85% The Wolfpack (2015) The result is a multi-layered narrative, slightly tricky and elusive in form, but with subjects who are refreshingly, touchingly frank.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2/5 50% Miss Julie (2014) Chastain's performance feels too skittish, if not a little mad straight out of the blocks, playing into the hands of Strindberg's chauvinistic portrait of Julie, rather than challenging it.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/5 63% Life (2015) Dean's struggle with the fame that was just around the corner, and Stock's determination to get the scoop that would transform his own career are the twin drivers of one of those canny biographies that doesn't attempt A-Z coverage.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
4/5 100% Only Angels Have Wings (1939) It's great stuff, silly and stirring and romantic, made at a time when thrills could be achieved without special effects and heroism conveyed with a few words or a shrug, and without an ounce of aggression.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
2/5 55% White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) Rising star Woodley is adding some raunchiness to her image; but her failure to make foul-mouthed, overly sex-obsessed Kat particularly likeable is symptomatic of the film's own weakness for posture over substance.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
58% War on Everyone (2017) I'm not sure that the genre has produced such an irresistibly funny film.‐ Thompson on Hollywood
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
4/5 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The acting is spectacular.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/5 76% Last Flag Flying (2017) On paper, it's a timely and enticing prospect. Yet it's not the impactful film it could have been.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
4/5 50% On the Road (2016) This is the no-frills reality of the road, with none of the usual rock and roll clichés and histrionics.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
5/5 100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) The result is a film lover's feast: informative, enthralling and inspiring.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
83% After Lucia (2012) [After Lucia] is a powerful study of grief and abuse.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
3/5 80% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) While some may cynically dismiss Gore's presence at the heart of these films as self-aggrandising, there's no doubting the sincerity and passion of the man, who if anything is even more impressive this time around.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
5/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) It's such an original conceit, perfectly matched by the execution: the alternately plaintive and strange soundtrack, cinematography that places the stock spectral image into one gorgeously surreal frame after another, the performances.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
4/5 95% Step (2017) The portrait of the girls, their hard-up but loving parents (two are single mums, men being conspicuous by their absence) and the school staff egging them on is in turns saddening and lovely, the drama of their collective effort intensely moving.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
4/5 68% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) As Swinton and co gather around the white-haired old chap with gleaming eyes, what's most striking is that the films are not just about him, but how others respond to him.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
4/5 73% Gifted (2017) The clever trick of Gifted is that the genius in question is too young to have any idea of the problems she may face.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1/5 25% Unforgettable (2017) Within seconds -- literally seconds -- of Unforgettable it becomes apparent that this is the kind of film that in the late Eighties and Nineties used to be referred to as "straight to video."‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 97% Aquarius (2016) An effective, slow-burn drama, with moments of humour, tension and mysteriousness as the lone woman's situation - isolated in her deteriorating building - becomes loaded with threat.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) Ejiofor's performance is typically unshowy yet subtle, conveying a dignity and humanity that the film needs in the face of such unfathomable injustice.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
96% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) A film that honours the mysteries and majesty of a lost world.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
1/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Thornton, Bates and Cox give their all to the misanthropic dialogue, but they're spewing bile without a safety net. Bad Santa is one Christmas classic that should have been left well alone.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/5 95% De Palma (2016) Whether one is a fan of those films or not, this makes for a fascinating insight into the craft.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
2/5 83% Imperium (2016) Racial hatred and home-grown terrorism are red-hot themes, but this drama doesn't deliver on the potential.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
3/5 71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) While the focus is a bit wobbly, emotionally the film still packs a punch.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
79% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) From Afar is an intelligent, daring, brilliantly constructed and acted film, announcing yet another Latin director who understands the virtue of restraint.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
2/5 21% Ma ma (2016) The endless smiles, tears, group hugs, quirky fantasies, inspirational speeches and, worst of all, musical tributes (Magda has a singing gynaecologist) steadily wear down our own will to live.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
1/5 6% Mother's Day (2016) For anyone with a modicum of good taste or a healthy cynicism, Mother's Day will be excruciating.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2016
B- 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) As frequently hilarious as Grimsby is, it doesn't see Cohen working at his full potential; we need him back in Borat mode, baring his teeth.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) This is less the social satire it may have been, and more a marital drama with a twist, propelled by good work from Thomsen (the star of Vinterberg's startling debut "Festen") and particularly Dyrholm.‐ Thompson on Hollywood
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
94% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) The selection of characters is small, precise. The dominant personality of the film is Samuele, a nine-year-old boy and a terrific bundle of good humor and contradictions‐ Thompson on Hollywood
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) Nichols displays that rare faith in his audience, to go with the flow, make our own deductions or assumptions, to read into this cross-country chase what we will --Christian allegory, alien fantasy, or any number of options in between.‐ Thompson on Hollywood
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
4/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) The result repays repeat viewing, and deserves to be considered in the same frame as Day for Night and 8 1/2.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016