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% Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (2020) The often exquisite music is interspersed with alfresco chats with her co-writers and performers Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner at Dessner's telegenic studio in upstate New York. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
4/5 97% The Painter and the Thief (2020) Benjamin Ree's extraordinary documentary feels like a movie - there's a heist, villains who are not what they seem, scenes of striking intimacy and some fabulous twists. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
4/5 100% His House (2020) There are echoes of the Japanese chiller Dark Water, with holes in the wall, rolling apples and far more lurid terrors, yet Weekes keeps the horror rooted in the couple's grief and guilt, and the hold on their imagination of African folklore. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 79% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2020) What follows is a standard teenage romance, stylishly mounted and sensitively played. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 66% The Secret Garden (2020) Viewers of a certain age may say it's not a patch on the 1993 version with Maggie Smith, but I have a hunch (sorry) that kids will love it. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 96% Soul (2020) It's sad, funny and beautifully realised. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
4/5 95% David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020) Environmental catastrophe can be hard to convey in emotional ways. The scale of it can be deadening. Hearing it from Attenborough, however, gives the message stirring intimacy as well as authority. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
4/5 82% The Painted Bird (2020) The sequence of events is so relentlessly brutal as to become numbing, almost comical. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
4/5 90% Enola Holmes (2020) Phew. The prevailing emotion on watching Millie Bobby Brown play Sherlock Holmes's teenage sister in this jaunty adaptation of Nancy Springer's novels is relief. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
2/5 35% The New Mutants (2020) You could call it One Flew Over the Mutant's Nest if it had an ounce of wit or personality. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
4/5 100% Perfumes (Les Parfums) (2020) Gregory Magne's French comedy-drama is quietly delightful. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
2/5 61% Chemical Hearts (2020) While the travails of adolescence never really change, surely we can find new ways of exploring them. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
3/5 70% The Kill Team (2019) Krauss handles the action and intrigue with cool precision, though, and Skarsgard, with nailbrush moustache, is often chilling. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
4/5 92% The Vigil (2021) The Orthodox Jewish world has been the backdrop to some fine dramas, from Disobedience to Unorthodox, but the first-time director Keith Thomas proves here that it's a splendidly atmospheric setting for horror. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
4/5 100% Make Up (2020) This is no vanilla infidelity tale. The emphasis is on self-discovery and sense of place over straightforward storytelling. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
4/5 95% Black Is King (2020) Typical. How utterly in keeping with Beyoncé's almighty confidence to respond to the lukewarm reviews for The Gift, her soundtrack album for last year's Lion King movie, by doubling down and making something dazzling. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
2/5 66% Astronaut (2019) All of this would be promising territory were Astronaut an offbeat senior-versus-the-world comedy directed by, say, Alexander Payne. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
4/5 94% Charade (1963) Directed with an arched eyebrow by Stanley Donen, the film was released just weeks after John F Kennedy's assassination, giving shellshocked Americans a welcome bite of Hollywood candyfloss. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
4/5 93% Witness (1985) ... striking thriller. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
4/5 42% Vita & Virginia (2019) It's not as bold as that trio, but it's elevated by some adroit dialogue and knockout performances from Gemma Arterton as Vita Sackville-West, and Elizabeth Debicki as Virginia Woolf. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
4/5 100% The Whalebone Box (2020) [T]he dissonant elements somehow combine into a whole that evokes, as Sinclair puts it, "the strange state of consciousness that you can only achieve out of your own confusions". - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
3/5 20% Coffee & Kareem (2020) It's pungently offensive and bracingly violent, but this Detroit-set action comedy is also blessed with a sharp script by Shane Mack and a weirdly likeable central pair. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
4/5 94% Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) The result is inevitably a bit stagey, especially Hepburn's more histrionic moments. Yet the psychological insight is acute, the tone searingly dark. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
4/5 92% Fire Will Come (A Sun That Never Sets) (O Que Arde) (2020) Here's a wonderfully mysterious drama with an inscrutable protagonist and a vivid sense of place. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
4/5 80% Run (2019) Stanley and the film simmer with sex and violence. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
4/5 86% Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) It's a strikingly acted, discombobulating watch that will arouse nostalgia for decadent hippies and rubbish central heating. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2020
3/5 93% And Then We Danced (2020) Gelbakhiani makes a vulnerable yet resilient protagonist, and it's shot and performed with verve and feeling. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2020
4/5 57% The Hunt (2020) The Hunt is fun, frothy and yet rooted in our wounded world. And if that's not enough to persuade you - Donald Trump hates it. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2020
2/5 74% The Photograph (2020) It's a beguiling combination at first, but the surrounding story is too clunky, the revelations too telegraphed. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
3/5 77% Military Wives (2020) [W]hat Military Wives lacks in originality it makes up for in heart. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 85% Orlando (1993) With words from Shakespeare and Spenser and music from Jimmy Somerville, this is a kaleidoscopic celebration of Albion. Or an art-house Highlander, if you prefer. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
2/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Stylised weirdness can only take you so far, though. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 38% Downhill (2020) What's that hurtling down the piste? Another rubbish US remake of a European art-house hit? Actually, no. This version of Force Majeure... isn't quite as wonderfully unsettling, but it's not far off. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) This is a film about looking, female looking specifically. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
2/5 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sure, there's enough here to divert small people for a while, but their parents would do well to bring a blindfold and ear plugs. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 100% Cyrano De Bergerac (1990) Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau in French and based on the 1897 play of the same name by Edmond Rostand, this is comedy-tragedy in the grand style, with sets, costumes and battles to match the rich verse and tormented emotion. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
2/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) There's nothing wrong with the cast of this glossy comedy... Yet even this hugely likeable trio can't save a film that strives for subversive laughs and sisterly inspiration and falls short on both counts. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
4/5 97% Midnight Family (2019) Mexico City has fewer than 45 official ambulances serving nine million people... Luke Lorentzen's adrenalised documentary focuses on one of the private teams that fill the gap. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
4/5 98% A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Elia Kazan's claustrophobic close-ups do a fine job of recreating the intensity of the stage. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 82% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) The end goes a little off-piste, with much of the sweaty creepiness replaced by silly creature effects. There's enough before that, though, to elevate Adam Egypt Mortimer's film above the bog-standard psychological horror. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
4/5 100% Everything: The Real Thing Story (2019) While Sheridan's film can be formulaic, it's an invaluable document of a different era of racial intolerance. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 12% The Turning (2020) The elements are familiar - jump scares, creaking doors, mutilated dolls, tailor's dummies, reflections in mirrors and windows - but they are combined with skill. The hairs on my arms rose at least twice. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 95% Being There (1979) Gently directed by Hal Ashby, this satire of a ruling class in which nobody knows anything is almost plausible, and certainly topical. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/5 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) Shot entirely on iPhones, the Afghan director's charming and moving documentary charts his three-year flight with his young family from Tajikistan, where they had failed to find asylum, 3,500 miles to the west. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
3/5 91% Weathering with You (2020) Shinkai... has created another world to lose yourself in. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/5 79% El Topo (1970) It's tempting to say they don't make films like this any more, but I'm not sure anyone has ever made them like Jodorowsky. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/5 59% Line of Duty (2019) Yet you find yourself rooting for this cliché-soaked throwback. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
4/5 76% Spies in Disguise (2019) Geek and hero make for a decent enough odd couple; geek and pigeon are often a hoot. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
1/5 5% The Courier (2019) Save for the game Kurylenko, it should be bed without supper for everyone involved here. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
1/5 38% Black Christmas (2019) The final half-hour brings ludicrous supernatural developments, some astonishing leaps in deduction from Riley and the least dramatic unmasking in screen history. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019