Edgar Anstey

Edgar Anstey
Edgar Anstey's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Spectator
Publications: The Spectator

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet English Without Tears (Her Man Gilbey) (1944) English Without Tears is in places very funny, and in places labours a joke into insensibility. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
79% Going My Way (1944) Crosby will send many a humble cinema-goer away with a new respect for his local parson. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
97% Casablanca (1942) There is less gunplay than is usual in such narratives, and the story is, indeed, no more than adequate, but any lack of excitement is more than balanced by excellent characterisation and quite brilliantly sensitive acting. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
100% The Gold Rush (1925) It is a delight to see again how Chaplin utilises every second of screen-time. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
92% Mrs. Miniver (1942) Mrs. Miniver eventually settles down to be a well-made and quite conventional war-film. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
90% How Green Was My Valley (1941) The film is beautifully played, with Donald Crisp as the humorous patriarch of the mining village dominating the screen with tough sensibility. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
100% Citizen Kane (1941) The construction is deliberately episodic, and individual settings often appear to owe more to the modern conceptions of stage-technique than to the cinema. But the ingenuity with which the episodes are assembled sets a new level in film-construction. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
90% 49th Parallel (The Invaders) (1941) 49th Parallel is excellent entertainment and, at the same time, can claim to be the most carefully reasoned piece of anti-Nazi propaganda we have yet seen. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
80% On Approval (1945) On Approval is one of the funniest British pictures I have seen for a very long time. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
No Score Yet The Halfway House (1944) Most of the faults of this story of how supernatural powers solve the personal problems of the assorted guests at a ghostly Welsh hotel have their origin in a clumsy scenario. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
92% Le Jour se lève (Daybreak) (1939) The power of this film lies largely in the mastery with which it weaves mental conflict and inanimate things into a pattern of total, throbbing animation: the alarm clock becomes a protagonist. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
No Score Yet Our Country (1944) Our Country breaks free from the bonds of narrative continuity and the surface-skimming clichés of normal commentary and plunges into visual impressionism and poetry. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
No Score Yet Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942) At the end of it all we find that military considerations are abandoned, lives sacrificed and the whole operation imperilled because the hero's daughter must at all costs be rescued. The film is quite content to allow this piece of romantic nonsense. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
No Score Yet The Constant Nymph (1943) Yet, apart from a self-consciously boisterous opening, I found the film moving. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
No Score Yet They Came to a City (1944) It's a hard world for the independent producers. Yet it must be admitted that they do not assist themselves by making films like They Came to a City. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
43% Johnny Come Lately (Johnny Vagabond) (1943) The acting, direction, dialogue and photography for the most part are unpolished. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
No Score Yet The Remarkable Andrew (1942) Wwarm, sincere and unpretentious. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
90% The Woman in the Window (1944) The Woman in the Window is a thriller in the new tradition of Double Indemnity and Laura. It fails to reach the standard of either because it lacks the courage of its murderous conclusions to an extent only fully revealed by a disappointing ending. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2015
98% To Be or Not to Be (1942) So long the milieu claims to be nothing nearer Europe than the stage Hollywood studio (and why otherwise should everyone speak self-consciously good American?), the fun waxes fast and [furious]. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015
100% One Foot in Heaven (1941) This is a warm, sincere and unpretentious picture. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015