Ed Cumming

Ed Cumming
Ed Cumming's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Independent (UK) Daily Telegraph (UK)

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T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 No Score Yet The Trick (2021) If the people in your show are less interesting than tree rings and thermometer readings, something's gone awry. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2021
4/5 100% Help (2021) Forget the grand gestures; Help's at its best when it trusts its cast with the little unremembered acts of kindness and love that endured despite it all. With this subject matter, Graham and Comer are all the assistance you need. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
4/5 71% Together (2021) When Together is good, you cannot take your eyes off it. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
3/5 67% Danny Boy (2021) In less subtle hands, this kind of real-life courtroom battle could easily descend into a dry procession of facts. That it doesn't is credit to [Robert] Jones's writing... as well as strong lead performances. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3/5 100% Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death (2021) An effective, traditional hour-long documentary remembering the TV presenter. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Katie Price: Harvey and Me (2021) The difficulties for a child like Harvey don't end...and that caring for them is a lifelong duty. The parents - usually mothers, to judge by the interviews here - deserve every ounce of sympathy and support. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Pandemonium (2020) Pandemonium is a valiant effort at the tightrope act of exploiting the humour of the predicament without making light of it. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
1/5 40% Death to 2020 (2020) You feel for Grant, not given a single decent line, and several that make you want to slide under the sofa. The credits list 18 writers. How many of them did it take to come up with the idea that Joe Biden is old? - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain's Children (2020) The country should be proud of [Marcus Rashford's] work, and embarrassed that it's necessary. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
5/5 95% David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020) I found it unexpectedly moving, not only for the loss on the Earth, but for the amount of my own life I can measure in Attenborough documentaries. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
5/5 No Score Yet In Cold Blood (2020) It's simple but effective, and refreshing at a time when so many documentaries can't resist the urge to dress everything up with distracting music and graphics and funky timelines. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
77% Too Big to Fail (2011) As a documentary, Too Big to Fail was excellent, with credible performances, a taut script and the expected HBO varnish. As a drama, its flaw was that for all the alpha male hubris on display, there was no redemptive suffering. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Me and My Penis (2020) There is a moving, thoughtful film in here, about masculinity, sex, sexuality, gender, race, abuse, but it's all about the "I". The penis is a distraction. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
3/5 80% Derren Brown: 20 Years of Mind Control (2020) Compared to some of what's been served up lately, Derren Brown: 20 Years of Mind Control is a rich imaginative feast. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Dear NHS Superstars (2020) At times it feels like an opportunity for attention-starved celebrities to bang on about their ailments. It's heartening that they've had positive experiences, but medical conditions rarely make for compelling conversation. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 50% The Kemps: All True (2020) It's mad, uneven and sometimes hilarious. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Queen and the Coup (2020) Memories of a potent era for British foreign affairs... The ramifications of the operation are still being felt today, from Gaza to Yemen, a trail of bloodshed and misery lasting nearly 70 years. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
3/5 78% Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes (2018) While The Tale of the Tapes doesn't teach us much, it underlines Ali's gift for entertaining. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet VE Day: A Nation at Peace (2020) Sadly, as anyone who's had to sit through someone else's wedding video knows, parties are more fun to be at than to watch afterwards. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Lost Lives (2019) The aggregate effect is undoubtedly powerful, but Lost Lives has its limitations as a piece of filmmaking. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
1/5 49% Greed (2020) Greed wants to have its cheap giggles and its Serious Message, and fails at both. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
3/5 52% A Christmas Carol (2019) It ought to be too hammy to hang together, and it would probably have worked as a one-off film rather than the full three-hour mini-series, but I found myself watching, mainly due to the central performances. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Elton John: Uncensored (2019) There is a kind of frictionless pleasure in hearing snippets of old songs, and Elton rattling through toupee-raising tales, costume dramas and binges with Beatles. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Day We Walked On The Moon (2019) Generic anniversary fodder of the purest kind. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 91% High Flying Bird (2019) Along with Space Jam and Hoop Dreams, it joins the roster of passable net-flicks. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 100% Care (2018) The overall message, that we are nothing without communication, might be vital, but that doesn't make it easy to watch. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 91% King Lear (2018) No doubt conscious of the competition, director Richard Eyre assembled so many galacticos for his bells-and-whistles modern-day-set TV version that at first it was hard to concentrate on anything else. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
2/5 21% Mute (2018) Somewhere in here a reasonable film exists, but Mute is rather less than the sum of its parts. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018