Edward Lawrenson

Edward Lawrenson
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
87% First Man (2018) Running at over two hours and 20 minutes, this earnest, dour, Oscar-needy film left me earthbound. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
97% Columbus (2017) This is a quiet but tremendously accomplished debut that owes a lot to the magisterial subtlety of Japanese director Yasujirô Ozu. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
86% The Gospel According to André (2018) What gives the film its more lasting poignancy is Talley's discussion of growing up in an African-American community in North Carolina. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) This is a film of subtle, unspoken grace notes, an intimate and deeply moving portrait of both Blackburn and the community of which he is part. It is an understated gem of a film, and marks Zhao as a major talent. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) This is a lovely, richly shaded portrait of adolescence in all its shifting moods, shot through with a melancholy sweetness and sly, intoxicating humour. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) This is a remarkable achievement - sumptuous, ambitious, intelligent and with a knockout soundtrack. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) It is galvanising cinema, made with an urgency and anger that leaps from the screen. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
93% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) The Eyes of Orson Welles is terrific, a rich, intelligent, adoring embrace of its subject. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
93% Heathers (1988) Mostly this is gleeful nastiness crafted with jagged irony and with a captivating performance by Winona Ryder at its centre. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
72% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) There's a sense of intrigue here, but Giannoli struggles to sustain our interest. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
46% Generation Wealth (2018) This is a poignant, insightful and worrying dispatch of the state things today. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) It's not a perfect movie... still there is an unanswerable force to this angry, unblinking depiction of the consequences of far-right violence in Europe today. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) Hawke responds to the demands of the role fearlessly: his is a sombre, powerfully restrained performance, and throughout he wears an expression of clenched gravitas that seems to hold at bay the pain and unrest roiling inside. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
39% Mary Shelley (2018) Mary Shelley the person was a formidable, inspiring genius. Mary Shelley the film disappoints. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
90% Studio 54 (2018) You have to applaud the steadiness of purpose in Tyrnauer's approach: from the mayhem of the dancefloor he has extracted a...poignant thesis about its significance to the wider culture of the day. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) "McQueen" is ultimately a poignant and stirring tribute to the designer. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
96% Zama (2018) It's a thrillingly layered film, and is perhaps best experienced by surrendering to its intoxicating strangeness. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) Filmed with silky elegance L'Amant Double is outwardly a model of arthouse refinement, but it lurches from one improbable set-up to another like a potboiler written to a midnight deadline. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
67% On Chesil Beach (2018) On Chesil Beach is an ambitious film, and it largely works thanks to the exquisitely pitched performances of Ronan and Howle. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
53% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) [Jean Luc] Godard himself called the film "stupid" and I have a hard time disagreeing. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
100% New Town Utopia (2018) Unlikely though that sounds, it leaves a rich impression: New Town Utopia is an intelligent, poignant and delicately ambiguous portrait of a place routinely dismissed as a provincial backwater. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
91% Beast (2018) This is made with unrestrained panache. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) There's a poignant undertow to the rush. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) After a while such a fussy, just-so attention to detail grates - and there's only so much calculated whimsy that I can take. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
77% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) The film sketches the rollercoaster trajectory of [Westwood's] career in bold strokes. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
85% The Square (2017) The Square is a fiercely witty comedy that requires and rewards patience from us...but there is also something blunt and ill-conceived about The Square's central thrust....the film is principally a social critique, but it's heavy-handed, even moralistic. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here is brilliantly made, daringly structured and invested with jumpy, lurid lyricism. But this stylistic triumph fails to resonate emotionally. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Marina battles on, a force of nature, despite the elements gathered in opposition, and this big-hearted, sweepingly realised melodrama plays like an intoxicating tribute to that fighting spirit. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
79% Dark River (2018) Dark River is a bracing reminder of Barnard's talent, but enter its depths with caution. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) The results borrow freely from French New Wave, American teen drama, and more - but the great triumph of Lady Bird is that it remains in Gerwig's voice: it's fresh, funny, and lastingly poignant. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Loveless is brilliantly accomplished and yet I found its unsparing pessimism hard going. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) There are shades of Hitchcock, notably Rebecca and Notorious. But this is a film to savour not for its narrative twists but its air of thickening psychological complexity. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
78% Last Flag Flying (2017) But Last Flag Flying disappoints. By comparison to The Last Detail, it's bland and underpowered, with a script that lacks the earlier movie's poetry or razory wit. And on its own terms it struggles. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) The Final Year... is a kind of disaster movie, the chronicle of an impending catastrophe that creeps up on its victims. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Sometimes you have the feeling you're watching a solid Netflix TV drama, an impression underscored by the film's ramblingly episodic structure. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
91% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) A breathtaking performance by Zhao Tao. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
85% Song of Granite (2017) An elliptic, bracingly experimental feature told mostly in Gaelic. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
87% Mountain (2018) From the makers of Sherpa, this visually breathtaking documentary features vertigo-inducing shots of climbers scaling various high-altitude summits, accompanied by a soaring orchestral score. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
100% The Prince of Nothingwood (2017) [Salim] Shaheen is a force of nature, and a true cinematic maverick, and the documentary is a hoot. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
91% Human Flow (2017) It is sombre and (to risk a rather pompous word) necessary viewing. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
71% Happy End (2017) As with so many portraits of family dysfunction there's a sense of unease here, one that Haneke amplifies brilliantly. It is a collection of disquieting fragments, discordant snapshots that create a mood of unsettling menace, of impending catastrophe. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
92% Good Time (2017) It's a sly and vivid dispatch from the struggling margins of Trump's America. And it's Robert Pattinson on peak form, giving a performance of desperate ferocity and trapped intensity. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
100% Paddington 2 (2018) It's hard to resist this understated, delicate, winningly eccentric movie. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Colin Farrell's heart surgeon faces a nightmarish ultimatum, making Yorgos Lanthimos' latest one of this year's most bold and interesting films. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) ... the result is an up-close, surprisingly unguarded portrait of a compelling artist. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) But this is still a wildly promising first feature from [Rungano] Nyoni, and marks her as a filmmaker to watch. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
85% Loving Vincent (2017) A remarkable stylistic achievement, then, but Loving Vincent has its flaws, and I can't say that its script is equal to the triumphant visual technique on display. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
79% The Reagan Show (2017) The Reagan Show will offer a peculiarly potent hit of nostalgia and cultural cringe. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
93% Young Frankenstein (1974) It's Mel Brooks at his most daft and puerile: sophisticated and silly, a black-and-white art film with schlong jokes. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) [Shia] LaBeouf is great value as McEnroe in his hair-trigger mood. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017