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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 94% SHOT!: The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock (2017) "I like your name," said David Bowie when he first met Mick Rock. "It can't be real." Well it was, and Rock would more than live up to it.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/5 100% City of Ghosts (2017) This is a harrowing watch, with footage of executions -- the emotional toll on the men is tangible. Yet RBSS is performing an essential duty; it is often the only conduit of reliable news from Raqqa to the wider world.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/5 43% Scribe (La mécanique de l'ombre) (2017) [A] feeble French John le Carré knock-off.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/5 0% Monster Island (2017) This surreal but shonky Mexican animation makes the clichéd link between monstrous transformation and adolescence and does absolutely nothing new with it.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/5 89% Sammy and Rosie (1987) As messy, jarring and disorientating as the Eighties London in which it's set. Thirty years on, though, it's also a seamy snapshot of a time when bohemian lefties embraced the lower classes and multiculturalism as if they were new albums by Talk Talk.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
4/5 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) A hugely likeable animated film about two cornerstones of childhood: wild imaginations and bottom jokes.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/5 73% To the Bone (2017) This is a queasy Netflix film about anorexia whose good intentions are undermined by its aura of starvation chic.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
2/5 63% Tommy's Honour (2017) Mullan is never less than compelling, but the editing is abrupt, the story is formulaic and the sparky dialogue is submerged under a clubhouse of dour Scots clichés.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
3/5 35% The Last Word (2017) A bracingly cynical set-up is slightly betrayed by a treacly ending, but redeemed by the cast, especially the watchable Seyfried and MacLaine, who has the same glint in her eyes that she had in 1960 in The Apartment.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
1/5 50% A Change in the Weather (2017) This experimental drama by Jon Sanders is brave and radical but not, sadly, enjoyable or engaging.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
4/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) The "It" of the title refers to the contagious disease that has devastated the outside world (a world that, like much in this beautifully minimalist film, we never see), but it also denotes something even more virulent and destructive: human fear.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
4/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The Red Turtle is a dialogue-free love story, strange and sparingly supernatural.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/5 11% Spark: A Space Tail (2017) It's all amiably silly and definitely an option for half-term.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
2/5 0% It Was Fifty Years Ago Today... Sgt Pepper and Beyond (2017) Alan G Parker's film is an overlong, tedious parade of familiar talking heads (Hunter Davies, Pete Best) trotting out familiar anecdotes and, significantly for a film about an album, there's not a note of Beatles music.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
1/5 26% Unforgettable (2017) If this were a spoof, it would be a work of genius. Sadly, it's played straight, a glossy melodrama-cum-thriller of staggering cheesiness and unintentional hilarity.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 97% Clash (Eshtebak) (2016) Mohamed Diab's superb Egyptian drama is set in the aftermath of the overthrow of President Morsi in 2013, with the army engaged in running battles on the streets with the pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/5 100% Bunch of Kunst (2017) Christine Franz's film is overlong and, like many music documentaries, slightly overstates the importance of its subject. However, it captures the mundanity of their working-class background [and] the intensity of their live shows.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2/5 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) This is Warren Beatty's first film as director in almost 20 years and it really wasn't worth the wait.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
4/5 53% Mad to Be Normal (2017) It's elevated above bog-standard biopic fare by the performances.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2/5 53% City of Tiny Lights (2016) This west London-set neo-noir has moody lighting, edgy camerawork and femmes fatales aplenty, but it could have paid less attention to style and more to storytelling.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Raoul Peck's lyrical documentary was nominated for an Oscar this year, and it really should have won.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/5 39% Aftermath (2017) Grief and guilt, then, and Arnie's portrait of desolation is quite powerful, if rather one-note (he favours the school of stoic mourning). ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/5 86% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) This chilling chamber piece from the Norwegian director André Ovredal is an exercise in restrained horror. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3/5 67% Free Fire (2017) Free Fire is all about bullets and quips. Neither hit their targets 100 per cent of the time but enough do to make this one of the more diverting shoot'em-ups.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
1/5 73% The Void (2017) A splurge of gruesome effects and cosmic mumbo-jumbo that neither makes sense nor provides anything approaching a real scare.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
4/5 96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) A humane morality play, set against the murky bureaucracy of post-communist Romania.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2/5 14% Man Down (2016) An uncomfortable blend of war movie, family drama and dystopian sci-fi.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
1/5 16% CHIPS (2017) Starsky & Hutch and 21 Jump Street, for instance, were a hoot. Hollywood should have quit while it was ahead, though, because CHiPs is the antithesis of a hoot.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
2/5 42% Another Mother's Son (2017) Although the script tackles the dilemmas of resistance and collaboration, it never rises above the level of a television movie.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/5 75% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Nicolas Pesce's film opens with an air of originality and deep disquiet and beautifully framed black-and-white photography... Unfortunately, in the second half it descends into... gratuitous torture porn.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/5 44% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) You brace yourself for the worst with this adaptation of the kids' TV favourite but it's actually rather fun.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/5 95% Gleason (2016) The power of Clay Tweel's tear-jerking documentary, based on Gleason's video diaries, comes from the honesty and humour with which Gleason presents the gradual loss of control over his bodily functions.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
4/5 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) [A] quietly provocative drama.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
2/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Personal Shopper is unusual and unsettling, but not quite as clever as it thinks it is.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
1/5 10% I.T. (2016) How Pierce Brosnan must miss the days of playing James Bond.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
1/5 73% Catfight (2017) Veronica is the trophy wife of a reptilian businessman. Ashley is a struggling artist who paints pictures of decapitated sperm. Both are vile.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/5 96% The Love Witch (2016) A note-perfect parody of the British Technicolor horror films of the Sixties.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
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 84% 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) (2017) 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 83% 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 55% 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 73% 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