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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 95% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) I can't remember violence in a film eliciting such verbal reactions.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 67% Buena Vista Social Club: Adios (2017) ... Cuba's geriatric music troupe get a touching send-off in Lucy Walker's hagiographic but moving documentary.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/5 53% Jungle (2017) ... feels more like a sequence of box-ticking perils than a genuine survival story, and the female characters (sexy traveller, sexy indigenous woman) are painfully two-dimensional.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/5 45% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) ... there's just about enough darkness and irreverence amid the candy-coloured moralising to sustain parents to the end.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/5 64% Double Date (2017) It's all done with vim and it doesn't take itself too seriously; just as well given the lurid violence and black-magic subplot.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 53% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Just as Toy Story did by featuring an owner of the toys, it reminds us that these films are about play and imagination. Yes, they're also effectively feature-length adverts for Lego, but this is rampant capitalism at its most arch and entertaining.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/5 59% Bitch (2017) An intriguing premise becomes a bit of a dog's dinner in Marianna Palka's dark indie parable.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Boy (2009) It's best described as a Kiwi Napoleon Dynamite, gawky, deadpan and poignant.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 89% Journey's End (2018) Dibb's film at times feels of a piece with Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, from the oppressive immediacy of the camerawork to the heavy, droning soundtrack.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
4/5 78% The Reagan Show (2017) This wry documentary focuses on the original entertainer-turned-president and his box of showbiz tricks.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
1/5 53% On the Road (2016) If you're looking for a film to dissuade people from joining a band, this is it.Michael Winterbottom's docudrama explores the dark side of touring -- not the sex and drugs (oh, for more of that) but the utter tedium.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/5 43% The Mountain Between Us (2017) This is an unpretentious, robustly entertaining yarn that pushes more than one emotional button. And it's definitely a great date movie.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/5 76% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) The film moves at a good lick and it's directed with a light touch by David Leveaux.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 31% Home Again (2017) Yes, Witherspoon is as loveable as ever, but she can do this kind of thing in her sleep. Indeed, she must have felt close to it at times during this forgettable sigh of a movie.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Tawai: A voice from the forest (2017) However important the message of this film, however couched in research, it's essentially the same fortune-cookie philosophy that he has been regurgitating for years: we need to live in the moment and love each other. Man. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4/5 72% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) Gaga is on volatile form... yet can be excused a few nerves given that she will be performing in front of a global audience of 117 million, and there's enough self-awareness to temper the divadom.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4/5 100% Pecking Order (2017) A documentary about New Zealand's leading chicken breeders may not immediately seize the imagination, but, like Best in Show, the mockumentary it often resembles, Slavko Martinov's film is often hilarious.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
1/5 33% American Assassin (2017) It's just about conceivable that somebody who has never seen a spy thriller might find some enjoyment in American Assassin.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/5 92% My Pure Land (2017) It's lyrical, heart-poundingly tense and strikingly feminist.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 88% Kills on Wheels (Tiszta szívvel) (2017) The world isn't overburdened with Hungarian wheelchair comedy-thrillers but on the strength of this darkly delightful effort from Attila Till... it could do with a few more.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 31% The Jungle Bunch (Les as de la jungle) (2017) Busy but agreeably bonkers.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 100% Center of My World (Die Mitte der Welt) (2016) It's almost aggressively twee at times, and a subplot with Phil's distant twin sister is underdeveloped, but there's enough emotional nuance to elevate it above the status of escapist whimsy.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 85% In Syria (Insyriated) (2017) Ignore the awful punning title; this is a serious and searing piece of work from the Belgian director Philippe Van Leeuw.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
2/5 89% Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast (2017) Dennis Skinner is one of our most colourful and principled MPs... A shame, then, that the Beast of Bolsover comes across as either smug or boring for much of this hagiographic documentary.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
2/5 30% The Vault (2017) The heist bit is quite smartly handled, with James Franco rocking a natty moustache-and-mullet combo as a bank employee and Taryn Manning... impressively obstreperous as one of the robbers. The horror part, however, is dreadfully underpowered. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/5 87% Wind River (2017) A curious but ultimately humane story of brutality and grief on a vast Native American reserve in Wyoming.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/5 47% Moon Dogs (2016) Philip John's feature debut ends up being rather lovely, thanks to a light directorial touch and endearing performances from its three leads.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
3/5 100% The Farthest (2017) The two Voyager space probes are the subjects of this appropriately epic documentary, full of lavish visuals, brain-frying statistics and infectiously enthusiastic Nasa boffins.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
1/5 0% Stratton (2017) Directed by Simon West, who made the infinitely superior Con Air, it teeters under the weight of its clichés.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/5 98% God's Own Country (2017) Francis Lee's splendid directorial debut has been billed as a Yorkshire Brokeback Mountain and there are undeniable parallels... God's Own Country, however, is significantly less glamorous than its Oscar-nominated predecessor.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/5 76% The Limehouse Golem (2017) Beneath the blood and balefulness it's a light-hearted confection, with a whiff of Blackadder in the period caricatures and shameless mugging.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/5 59% The Odyssey (L'odyssée) (2016) Sunbeams illuminating tropical fish, sea lions shimmying through a kelp forest -- some of the underwater photography is gorgeous in Jérôme Salle's glossy French-language biopic of Jacques Cousteau.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
4/5 76% Final Portrait (2017) In Stanley Tucci's spare, sly film, Geoffrey Rush blends cantankerous charisma and seething self-doubt as the Italian-Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, with Armie Hammer as the suave American writer whom he asks to sit for him in his chaotic studio.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2/5 87% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) An uneasy hybrid of gritty Mexican drama and weird, David Cronenberg-style body horror.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
4/5 78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Given the monumental scariness of the original documentary, it's striking how optimistic sections of this one are.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
1/5 67% Napping Princess (Hirune-hime: Shiranai watashi no monogatari) (2017) Simultaneously twee and tedious, whimsical and unengaging.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/5 100% Cardboard Gangsters (2017) Mark O'Connor's film is a formulaic, but confidently handled gangster flick set in the rock-hard Darndale district of north Dublin.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
4/5 76% The Ghoul (2017) The title suggests an orgy of the undead loaded with jump scares, but this is a more restrained and more disturbing proposition. The monster here is metaphorical: part depression, part manic obsession.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/5 93% Williams (2017) The title of Morgan Matthews's insightful film doesn't just refer to Frank Williams, the boss of the Williams Formula One team. This film transcends the remit of the sports documentary by also focusing on his late wife Virginia.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
0/5 10% The Emoji Movie (2017) Not only does this film hate its very subject matter, it's also the most hideous example of product placement in cinematic history.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2/5 89% Girls Trip (2017) A raunchy comedy that's high on the raunch, but rather low on the comedy.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
1/5 17% Wish Upon (2017) Seldom has a teen protagonist been as annoying as the one in this high-concept high-school horror.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3/5 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) After the success last year of The Shallows, here's another schlocky but brazenly entertaining thriller pitting American woman against homicidal shark in Mexico.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
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 99% 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 47% 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 10% 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 67% 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