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Ed Potton

Ed Potton
Ed Potton's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Times (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Yes, the story may have been panel-beaten into a gleaming, Oscar-friendly shape. That Hidden Figures is still so entertaining and moving is due in large part to a hugely likeable central trio of performances.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) With a budget of $150 million The Great Wall is the most expensive co-production yet between America and China, but any hopes that it might foster a new spirit of cinematic co-operation are marred by its being, well, a bit rubbish.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 82% The Founder (2017) The man, played with dark relish by Michael Keaton, has the fabulous name of Ray Kroc (there is a suitably reptilian air to his grin as he says things such as: "Contracts are like hearts. They're made to be broken").‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
1/5 14% The Comedian's Guide to Survival (2016) It's apt, I suppose: an unfunny comedy about an unfunny comedian.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/5 96% After Love (L'économie du couple) (2016) After Love shows that the French still have plenty to say about the bloody endgame of romance.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) He specialises in stories about impossible dreams and defying nature and for his latest film Werner Herzog turns to the most ambitious, abominable creation of them all: the internet.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 94% Ethel & Ernest (2016) Ethel & Ernest is the kind of contemplative grown-up animation that the Japanese have been making for decades but the British have never fully embraced. That's our loss because the format can make for deceptively powerful filmmaking.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) If ever a band cried out to star in a documentary, it was Oasis.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
4/5 84% Julieta (2016) This feels like austerity Almodóvar: pared down but no less powerful for it.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
3/5 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) More interesting than most popcorn thrillers.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
4/5 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) It's not as funny as Spinal Tap (which film is?), but there are still a fistful of laugh-out-loud moments.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
3/5 76% Lights Out (2016) There are scares from the off in the short, punchy horror Lights Out, adapted by the director David F Sandberg from his short film.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
3/5 72% Valley Of Love (2016) It plays out like a Gallic version of The Trip, the sitcom starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, but with fewer gags.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
2/5 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) A remake of the equally unmemorable children's film of 1977,‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
3/5 82% Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016) Anders Thomas Jensen is one of Denmark's most fêted film-makers, the winner of two Oscars and a man with a knack for twisted comedies.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
4/5 76% Baskin (2016) Stylishly mounted, well paced, with clever use of flashbacks, and written with panache.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
4/5 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Adults may find that a bit much. Kids, I suspect, will lap it up.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/5 66% Nerve (2016) Taking its name from a fictional smartphone game in which contestants roam New York completing challenges and are whittled down until only one remains, Nerve is basically Pokémon Go meets Highlander.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
2/5 20% A Warrior's Tail (Savva. Serdtse voina) (2015) Unfortunately, the psychedelic imagination that director Maksim Fadeev brings to the minor characters in this kids' cartoon from Russia is not matched by the animation, which is clunky to put it kindly.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
2/5 55% Anguish (2015) A film called Anguish hardly sounds enticing but I think I'd prefer anguish to what this arthouse horror actually serves up, which is plain tedium.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/5 60% Papusza (2014) It's a profoundly depressing tale, but beautifully photographed in black and white.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
4/5 84% Victoria (2015) Victoria is the film that out-Birdmans Birdman.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
4/5 76% Chronic (2016) Curious but quietly powerful.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 97% Mavis! (2016) This affectionate documentary is one for the fans, but there are more of them than ever after Staples revived her career with the help of the Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 63% The Finest Hours (2016) It's as ruggedly constructed and guilelessly entertaining as its leading man, Chris Pine.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 47% How To Be Single (2016) How many other permutations of Manhattan mating rituals can there be? No really interesting ones, is the short answer.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 97% Tangerine (2015) It's a long way from Pretty Woman.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 92% The Fear Of 13 (2015) The Fear of 13 is riveting and that's mainly due to its extraordinary subject.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/5 86% Tell Spring Not To Come This Year (2015) Unfortunately, although it conveys plenty of the tedium of soldiering, there's little of the drama that I assume it also features.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/5 46% Closer To The Moon (2015) It's always a pleasure to see Mark Strong in a lead role -- too often he's wasted as baddies and bosses. In Closer to the Moon he gets his most interesting part in a while.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/5 71% The Hallow (The Woods) (2015) The Hallow is a horror movie in which evil black gunge plays a key role and rural Ireland is the backdrop. A bit like Dark Water meets Ballykissangel, but worse than both.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
1/5 16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) [Diesel] has been a dab hand with hit points and 20-sided dice since the Eighties... This, sadly, has convinced the 48-year-old that it was OK to produce The Last Witch Hunter.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
2/5 7% Hot Pursuit (2015) The makers of Hot Pursuit would love to add Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara to that list of great odd couples in road movies. They won't, because the two entirely lack what those other duos had in abundance -- chemistry.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/5 36% Beyond The Reach (2015) John Madec is a millionaire with an array of expensive toys... He's Douglas's nastiest creation since Gordon Gekko in Wall Street.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
2/5 90% Spring (2015) A bit like a cross between Before Sunrise and An American Werewolf in London but nowhere near as good as either.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 100% The Supreme Price (2014) Joanna Lipper's documentary tells an important story that will be unfamiliar to many Westerners, although it could do with more panache in its telling.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
2/5 52% Tokyo Tribe (2015) Kung-fu hip-hop musicals don't come along very often, and having seen this one, I'm quite glad about that.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
4/5 81% The New Girlfriend (2015) The latest film from the prolific, provocative French director François Ozon.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 32% Poltergeist (2015) Poltergeist is an update of the 1982 horror of the same name and remains faithful to its story: spirits terrorise a suburban family and make a beeline for the youngest of their three children.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
88% American Beauty (1999) This engrossing centrepiece meshes with subplots involving Burnham's dysfunctional family and unbalanced neighbours, in a virtuoso study of isolation, repression and fulfilment. Mendes infuses the lush visuals and lyrical script with dramatic panache.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
1/5 11% Beyond The Fire (2009) The acting, script and production values rarely rise above film-school level and, once she has drawn him some anatomical diagrams (really!), the bedroom scenes are just awful.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2009
2/5 19% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) It's like being hit over the head repeatedly with a very expensive, very loud train set.After two and a half hours in this bludgeoning company, you're begging Bay to put away the boys' toys and make a rom-com.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2009
3/5 64% The Disappeared (2008) The film is let down by inauthentic dialogue and plotting that unravels rather embarrassingly in the final reel. But the tension is well sustained and Treadaway's performance is full of pallid intensity.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2009
4/5 85% Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969) Godard opens up his box of tricks and tips it all over the screen in a flurry of improvised, postmodernism that takes scattergun shots at consumerism, cultural imperialism and the Vietnam and Algerian wars.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 22, 2009
2/5 74% La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008) The performances drip with cliché, while the narrative is all over the place: plot developments are either clumsily telegraphed or given the flimsiest of dramatic explanation.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 22, 2009
3/5 93% Slepe lásky, (Blind Loves) (2009) A sweet, if slightly stagey, documentary-drama.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 22, 2009
4/5 44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) Unlike most sequels, this "bigger, busier" strategy pays off, resulting in a romp that's as affable as it is inventive.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 22, 2009
4/5 100% John Waters: This Filthy World (2006) If you don't know what helicoptering and blossom are, they will be forever etched on your consciousness by the time Waters takes his bow.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2007
4/5 94% The Singer (Quand j'etais chanteur) (2006) Gerard Depardieu as the walrus of lurve chansons? It's unlikely, but it works.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2007