Ed Potton

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 100% Anima (2019) Featuring several songs from the album, it's a striking mix of dystopian dream imagery and convulsive dance routines featuring zombified wage slaves that touches on the drudgery, competition and oppression of modern life. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 62% The Flood (2019) Directed by Anthony Woodley... this is a resolutely earthbound story, dedicated to the 70 million displaced people around the world, but rarely preachy, and with just enough humanity peeping through the bleakness. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 63% Child's Play (2019) It's a toothsome turn from Hamill, who knows a thing or two about infantilised villainy, having voiced the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 92% We the Animals (2018) While the child actors are often excellent, they don't get much to say, and it's asking a lot for boys of primary-school age to express soulful depths through glances alone. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 91% The Elephant Man (1980) Many Lynchian tropes are here, from a sense of foreboding to a fascination with the grotesque, in terms of Merrick and outsiders' reactions to him. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Whether she's dealing with conflicts at work, doing laugh therapy sessions, or smoking weed on the floor of her apartment while the Californian sunlight slants through the window, this is a Bell that chimes. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 73% Liam: As It Was (2019) An Oasis reunion could still happen, of course, but this isn't the film to convince Noel and the rest of the sceptics. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 55% Ma (2019) Spencer is hugely watchable, as ever, but I'd love to have seen her get her teeth into an even meatier Ma. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) Such an unapologetic crisis of masculinity will strike some as self-indulgent in times such as these. Yet Cummings is so committed to Arnaud's tragicomic trajectory... that you can't take your eyes off him. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) You expect the whole enterprise to come crashing down around his ears, but this is a film-maker in total control of his craft. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
3/5 52% Young Ahmed (Le Jeune Ahmed) (2019) This won't be the Belgian brothers' third - it feels too slight for that - but it's subtly provocative and powerfully acted by the young newcomer Idir Ben Addi. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 51% Matthias and Maxime (2019) Dolan may not have made his masterpiece yet, but this is more than fine for now. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
5/5 92% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This is a retro tour de force inhabiting a fully realised world of popular culture - TV, movies, pop music and yes, pulp fiction. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 74% A Hidden Life (Une vie cachée) (2019) The ending has real power, too, but much of the rest of the film is just plain dull - gorgeous to look at, but dull. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 83% Diego Maradona (2019) As Signorini says: "Diego has had a life both tremendous and terrible." Kapadia's film does justice to both sides. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) It's a story with a striking sense of place - especially the windswept plains - and some wonderfully taciturn performances, notably from Martínez and José Vicente Cote as Rapayet's wizened, dignified uncle. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 17% PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups (2018) It's a shock, then, to watch a movie that makes minimal effort to appeal to anyone beyond its pre-school target market. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 93% Beats (2019) The script, adapted by Welsh and Kieran Hurley from Hurley's play, is especially good on the preciousness and subjectivity of cultural experience. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Fortunately, the ever-likeable Reynolds is equal to the task, channelling the savvy exuberance (but not the rude bits) of his Deadpool persona. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) This is a film that revels in a titanic talent, and the details that an audio recording can never pick up. The close-ups are wonderfully intimate. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/5 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The creaking-doors-and-wind-gusting-through-windows routine becomes tiresome, though, as does Raymond Cruz's hilariously taciturn Hispanic exorcist. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Efron is very good, but I'm not sure he's a revelation. Joe Berlinger's film is still a story about charm and performance. And it's not much more than that. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 92% Donbass (2018) It's sometimes confusing and often depressing, but shot through with a grim absurdism. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) It's just sweet, sad and beautifully observed. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 83% Loro (2019) It's tonally all over the place, and significant characters disappear without warning. Yet the force and style of the storytelling, plus Toni Servillo's bravura performance as Berlusconi, often paper over those cracks. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Armour-plated self-confidence is kind of her thing. She's undeniably magnificent. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 81% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s is alive to the debauchery and obnoxiousness of teenagers, but also to their warmth and loyalty. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 92% Last Breath (2018) It's affecting stuff -- there are few things more moving than tough men getting emotional. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) It's a witty global adventure full of bravura set pieces and sharp, stylised characters. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 94% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2018) The extraordinary true story of Burt Trautmann...gets a warm if corny retelling in Marcus H Rosenmüller's drama. The on-field action is decently handled, as is Trautmann's initial ostracism for his medal-winning deeds in the Second World War. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) Provocative without being hectoring. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 36% Out of Blue (2019) Even if some of the smart-arse tricks don't come off, Out of Blue is always stylish and often compelling. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 44% A Trip to the Moon (Un viaje a la Luna) (2018) It has the best teenage disco sequence I've seen in years. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 66% The White Crow (2019) If The White Crow is occasionally a little bit clumsy, its spirit is perfect. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 80% The Fight (2018) Hynes, as ever, oozes resilience and honesty. As well as showing off a mean right hook, she has crafted a moving tribute to shattered middle age. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 84% Girl (2018) Having seen the film, this cis critic certainly wouldn't claim to understand the reality of life as a trans person. It makes me want to, though. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 93% Ray & Liz (2019) It's a hard watch, marked by casual racism and shocking parenting and hygiene. Yet the authenticity is bracing, the framing and lighting as striking as you'd expect from a photographer. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet H is for Harry (2018) While the film doesn't have much new to say about the link between low income and low achievement...the directors paint a vivid portrait of the school and leave you wondering what will become of fiery young Harry. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
5/5 94% Foxtrot (2018) A film full of mystery and switchbacks is resolved in resounding style. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 19% Serenity (2019) The twist itself particularly original. The way it's used, though, is rather ingenious. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 81% Instant Family (2018) The ending is hardly revolutionary, but there are some satisfying twists along the way and a cast of characters whose fate you find yourself caring about. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2/5 71% Piercing (2019) Ultimately, you just don't really care what happens to these two, and the additions of trippy hallucinations, mid-level bondage, tentacled minibeasts and lines such as "I want you to wear my skin" don't help. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It's exuberant fun, in the main, with a keen sense of its silliness. Marks off, though, for the clumsy lurches from cynical sci-fi to solemn weepy...and some cringeworthy stereotyping - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 92% High Flying Bird (2019) A wordy, witty and at times impenetrable basketball drama. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Suffice to say that it's a hell of a ride, with poignant things to say about the earnestness of adolescence and the frustrations of sibling conflict. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Art-world satire meets schlocky horror in this enjoyably silly Los Angeles-set ensemble piece. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 96% On Her Shoulders (2018) Be ready for tears, on screen and your own. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 70% The Mule (2018) It's a winningly soft-hearted tale of a hard-hearted world, though, and one that never takes itself too seriously. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
5/5 100% Bergman: A Year in a Life (2018) Magnusson captures the humanity, wit and contradictions of a man who, like Leonard Cohen, is too often dismissed as a gloom-monger. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) There are moments of genuine lyricism. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019