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 and Sound Screen International Film4 Thompson on Hollywood The List The Arts Desk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) [It] isn't the masterpiece that some are claiming; it's too rambling, self-indulgent and - despite a typically grand guignol ending - anti-climactic for that. But it is an evocative and entertaining paean to the Los Angeles of the filmmaker's youth. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
94% Transit (2019) The result is an extremely unusual drama, out of time, which captures the terrible limbo in which refugees find themselves, whatever the conflicts that created them. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 90% Blinded by the Light (2019) The film has a lot of heart and an oddball, bitter-sweet charm. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
1/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) By the time we reach the preposterous climax, which literally can't settle on whether it's night or day, even the filmmakers seem to have stopped watching. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 33% The Current War (2019) Driven by an intelligent script and agreeable cast, it's a fascinating, beautifully designed film, which evokes arguably the most inventive decade in history, while reflecting on the varying motivations... that drove progress. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 84% The Brink (2019) The degree of access he allows Klayman would be regarded as folly by most, yet is clearly intended to impress and disarm. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
No Score Yet Half-Sister (Polsestra) (2019) There are one or two missteps, a character perhaps going too far. But Kozole seems to be consciously avoiding the pessimism that often prevails in this part of the world. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
No Score Yet Mosaic Portrait (Ma Sai Ke Shao Nv) (2019) The impressive Zhang Tongxi offers suggestions of an independent, defiant young person. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Father (Bashtata) (2019) Feeding off a fine script, both stars play their characters dead straight. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
No Score Yet The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) While the plot is grounded in a certain familiarity, the dominant tone is of a supercharged whimsy. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
No Score Yet Old-Timers (Staríci) (2019) It will certainly delight local audiences. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
No Score Yet Let There Be Light (Nech je svetlo) (2019) Let There Be Light excels because it focuses on a family with day-to-day issues; particularly that of a father who must overcome his own failings before he can protect his older son from being led astray. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
No Score Yet Aga's House (Shpia e Agës) (2019) On paper Aga's House is a compelling prospect. In practice, though, this story of a group of diverse women living in a remote mountain location proves quite exasperating. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
100% Monsoon (2019) A touching, thoughtful and gorgeously shot piece of work, which both examines its protagonist's experience of displacement and tenderly evokes a country moving energetically forwards while some are still tied painfully to the past. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Jean's transformation into a baddie has been covered before, in 2006's disappointing The Last Stand. The filmmakers wanted another stab. The result, for a time, is fantastic. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) The style may be disorientating at times, preventing certain characters from making an impact but, for the most part, it's fascinating, thrilling, intoxicating. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) Sotomayor beguiles with the economy of her storytelling and her painterly, often surprising compositions. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) The film offers one of the most original and intelligent crime movies of recent years; the very idea that Birds of Passage, with its particular sensibility and thematic concerns, can be regarded as a crime movie at all feels radical. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) The permutations of life, art and imitation are many, the musings on the creative process intriguing. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) If Meryl Streep were playing Halla, everyone would know about it. So they should definitely get to know Halldóra Geirharosdóttir. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) Huppert brings both nastiness and comedy to her deliciously discomforting monster. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) [T]his is a superb film - offbeat, constantly surprising, alternately violent, funny and deeply poignant. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Schnabel may well have made the definitive film about the troubled genius. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) The transition from a family gathering of Mamma Mia levels of high spirits to blind panic and despair is the film's standout sequence. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) With Captain Marvel the studio combines the two elements, resulting in one of the more breezily enjoyable and emotionally satisfying of the franchise. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) While at times the film feels like a conveyor belt of familiar tropes and tensions, it does capture the insight of Ginsburg's legal ambition. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
75% Knives and Skin (2019) It may be the most anarchic and refreshing take on the American teen's existential malaise since Heathers. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
100% Bait (2019) Jenkin continues both his celebration of hand-made filmmaking and his chronicling of Cornish communities under threat from the modern world. It's a combination at once nostalgic and angrily contemporary. And it happens to involve some ravishing cinema. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 88% A Private War (2018) It's Pike's show, and she's mesmerising, discomforting and inspiring. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/5 71% All Is True (2019) Branagh, a renowned Shakespearean actor and director, and scriptwriter Ben Elton reasonably want to find the man behind the myth, but in so doing they've lost sight of the genius. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
85% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Cronin perhaps enjoys his horror clichés a tad too much... But he also has some original, visceral shocks up his sleeve, and the coolness not to dwell on them but move swiftly on. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/5 33% One Nation, One King (Un peuple et son roi) (2018) This could easily confound anyone without a strong grasp of French history. Yet, with its themes of national identity and the empowerment of women, it couldn't be timelier. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 66% Vice (2018) With another compelling, shape-shifting performance by Christian Bale as Cheney, and scintillating supporting turns by Amy Adams, Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell, this is a super-smart, radical and disconcerting history lesson. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
5/5 83% Blackmail (1929) The themes and visual flourishes that we associate with the mature director are already at play. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
81% Overlord (2018) What it lacks in novelty, subtlety or character, it partially makes up in sheer abandon. This is a big, loud, violent, gleefully gory sledgehammer of a film with, crucially, a careful tongue in cheek. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Here [Foy] perfectly captures Salander's monosyllabic repression, as well as the no-nonsense physicality, trusty Taser by her side. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 82% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) Poppe thankfully eschews on-screen bloodbath for a visceral depiction of how it might have felt to be trapped on the island. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) This is a profoundly cinematic film, astonishingly beautiful, with one memorable shot or sequence after another. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) This is a fond, frequently very funny homage to an act that has lost none of its genius. A new generation of fans awaits. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
4/5 58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) A quirky, bitter-sweet fictional take on the extremes that stock market types will go to make a fast buck... or in this case, an astronomically fast million. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) It's an enjoyable romp. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 96% In Fabric (2019) Sumptuously filmed, and with an atmospheric synth score by Cavern of Anti-Matter, this is a flamboyant, sinister and very funny comedy horror. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
57% That Time of Year (Den tid på året) (2018) A zesty script, fun performances and plenty of recognisable 'bah humbug' merit a seasonal play for audiences who need to have a laugh before diving into the real thing. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
No Score Yet Urgent (2018) Besri displays a good nose for a socially conscious story, an appealing eye for locale and a mordant sense of humour that promise much for future projects. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
No Score Yet We'll Be Young And Beautiful (2018) Offers a novel and engaging take on a very particular aspect of errant parenthood. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
No Score Yet Don't Go Too Far (2018) Park focuses on dialogue and performance, and displays a narrative trickery reminiscent of Mamet, Tarantino and South Korea's own Park Chan-wook. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) For the most part, Black's dialogue lacks its usual vim, and he directs with way too much abandon, rushing from one high-pitched set-piece to the next so breathlessly that there's no time to engage or get excited. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
33% One Nation, One King (Un peuple et son roi) (2018) A sturdy, intelligent, if only occasionally stirring historical drama. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
95% Shadow (2019) With action scenes choreographed with Zhang's typical verve and imagination - you'll never again think of your umbrella as just a tool for keeping the rain off - fans of this artistic end of the 'wu xia' genre ought to be delighted. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
89% American Animals (2018) Bart Layton not only avoids the pitfalls of over-egging, but makes a thriller that is more than the sum of its many parts. - Sunday Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018