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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
5/5 78% Dogman (2018) It's a strange and sad piece of work, beautifully played by its central odd couple, that will linger in your memory like a howl on the wind.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 86% VS. (2018) It's pungently acted by a cast of unknowns, and the wars of words are thrilling and often eye-wateringly offensive.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2/5 80% Halloween (2018) While the lack of originality is troubling, the lack of scares is an even bigger problem.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Pili (2017) While some of the support is rather wooden, Bello Rashid is watchful and solemnly expressive in the title role, drifting into reveries as the World Service burbles away on her wind-up radio. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 89% Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) (1995) This dystopian time-travelling sci-fi is a reminder that the director can make films that are visually inventive, intellectually engaging and downright exciting.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 93% Mandy (2018) Needless to say, Cage is utterly in his element. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
5/5 97% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (1947) Roger Livesey is tremendous as Niven's formidable doctor - and heavenly advocate. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Female Human Animal (2018) Like a micro-budget Don't Look Now crossed with a rogue episode of The South Bank Show, and all the better for that.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 93% Private Life (2018) The struggle to conceive isn't a new subject, but this comedy drama highlights its fraughtness and absurdity via a perceptive, often hilarious script and two hugely likeable leads in Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 97% Tehran Taboo (2018) The film get its transgressive thrill from the collision of ancient theocratic authoritarianism and 21st-century licentiousness.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 93% Blindspotting (2018) It's acted with naturalistic brio and the script, by Diggs and Casal, is full of pungent dialogue and nuanced reflections on Collin's struggle to avoid becoming a stereotypically angry young black man.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 38% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Too much of the comedy, however, is based on the tired notion of updating the spy game for the 21st century...This has been done before, and better, by others, including James Bond himself. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 28% Night School (2018) Such sexual tone-deafness is especially infuriating because the film is almost enlightened in other areas.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2/5 17% Dusty and Me (2016) Retro costumiers across the country must have been ransacked for this 1977-set comedy. Unfortunately, no amount of bell bottoms and polyester shirts can disguise its lack of gumption.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 100% Two for Joy (2018) It's a sombre British drama in the spirit of Andrea Arnold and Clio Barnard: unforced and superbly acted, with fleeting moments of beauty to leaven the gloom. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 90% Climax (2018) It's a woozily photographed portrait of humanity in extremis that pushes hot buttons with abandon; spare a thought in particular for the small boy who sips the sangria and is then locked in a room on his own.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet The Intent 2: The Come Up (2018) They needn't have bothered. While some of the acting is decent, especially from Ashley Chin...the writing is unfocused and it's hamfistedly edited and loaded with Caribbean clichés. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 84% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) It's a profoundly disturbing film, full of striking images.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2/5 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) This is the latest in a series of films that have criminally wasted the luminous Blanchett. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) It's more than wandering whimsy, with telling comments on decaying industry and Instagram narcissism and a sting in the tail that can only be described as Godardian.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
5/5 98% Lucky (2017) Stanton's navy veteran quietly dominates virtually every frame, weather-beaten as the landscape around his small American town. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 100% Wajib (2017) There's little here that bucks the conventional road-movie structure, but the droll script and humane performances are quite special. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 29% The King of Thieves (2018) This is a risky device, but it works, the postmodern playfulness sending an implicit message: it's OK to like Caine and company, but be repelled by the men they're playing. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 56% Reinventing Marvin (Marvin) (2017) Fontaine's screenplay has astute things to say about authenticity and artifice, while Oldfield's biggest achievement may be holding his own opposite the mighty Isabelle Huppert, who has a super-cameo as herself. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/5 80% Hurricane (2018) It's an old-fashioned boy's own tale, with the accent on boys - an attempt to widen the focus to the women working behind the scenes backfires slightly...Still, the story of the Polish pilots deserves to be told. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 68% The Seagull (2018) If the finale does flirt with tragedy...the aftertaste is refreshingly sardonic.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet In Praise of Nothing (2017) Quizzically narrated, in verse, by Iggy Pop, this experimental documentary is basically a more playful and pretentious version of those travelogue compilations such as "Koyaanisqatsi."‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
1/5 71% Final Score (2018) It would be fun if there were a hint of genuine jeopardy.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 79% 22 July (2018) Small, vicious moments...define a film that's admirably lacking in histrionics. Its restraint makes the courtroom climax hit even harder. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 86% Upgrade (2018) Apart from a few flimsy special effects...this is a satire that cleaves dangerously close to reality at times.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/5 61% Yardie (2018) Cosy clichés such as these undercut the rawness of the material - which is a shame, because Elba's visual sense and handling of actors suggest a strong future behind the camera. At least it shows he's human. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 93% Searching (2018) The distancing effect of technology turns the mawkish into something more meaningful and provides an impassive foil for David's meltdown.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 70% The Man from Mo'Wax (2018) A bigger question goes unanswered: was trip-hop really that important? Looking back, it seems rather joyless and po-faced.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
1/5 24% Luis and The Aliens (2018) Parents will have to be end-of-holidays desperate to take their little darlings to this punishingly uninspired animation.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 80% Alpha (2018) It's basically The Revenant meets Barbara Woodhouse, with a hefty dollop of schmaltz, full of clichés...and hilariously portentous subtitled dialogue.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The problem is that the script, by Fogel and David Iserson...offers zilch in the way of laughs.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 85% Mildred Pierce (1945) Crawford is always mesmerizing, steely and teary as she is manipulated, accused of murder and circled by men who are stolid...crass...or emollient.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
45% The Meg (2018) There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3/5 82% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) It's a striking, if slightly silly, curio from the writer-director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson: 85 minutes of Bergman-lite topped off with five minutes of Tarantino. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
1/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) None of it is new, none of it is interesting and the storytelling is tissue-paper thin. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
4/5 83% Beirut (2018) At times it feels like a slightly less expensive Munich, or Homeland in artificial fabrics. Yet the performances are uniformly gritty and the script by Tony Gilroy does a nice job of balancing geopolitical nous with brisk storytelling.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
4/5 96% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2018) This is definitely the best film about an ageing Paraguayan lesbian couple you'll see this year. It's also one of the best films of any sort you'll see, a haunting story with a rich sense of character and place. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
4/5 91% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) You can smell the sweat and taste the blood. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/5 89% The Receptionist (Jie Xian Yuan) (2018) Perhaps most importantly, it feels like a tale that hasn't been told before. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2/5 11% Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie (2018) The animation, story and dialogue all feel so pedestrian and, despite the globetrotting theme, parochial.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2/5 39% Madame (2018) Yet it's ultimately hamstrung because all the characters, bar the wonkily charismatic Maria, are absolutely frightful.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
4/5 93% Spitfire (2018) Yet David Fairhead and Ant Palmer's film never feels like pre-Brexit tub-thumping, and that's mainly due to the diversity and vitality of their interviewees.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
4/5 97% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Hypnotic and illuminating. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
2/5 89% Pin Cushion (2018) While the mother-daughter relationship is touchingly played...the malevolence of their tormentors...is totally overegged and the finale is so bleak and garish that it derails the film completely. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) So, stupid was a given. A more pertinent question might be: is it fun? And the answer is yes, although it's sometimes not quite as much fun as it should be.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018