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Edward Porter

Edward Porter
Edward Porter's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Times (UK), Times (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 100% The Young Offenders (2016) It's not funny enough to rise above its clumsy story, but it has something rare in movies of its type: a good heart, which it demonstrates in surprisingly sweet scenes between Conor and his mum (Hilary Rose). ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jan 17, 2017
2/5 33% Live By Night (2017) In his fourth feature as a director, Ben Affleck is stuck with an inert screenplay and a bland leading man. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jan 17, 2017
4/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) The damp northern English atmosphere wraps itself around you, and when the denouement finally comes, it is spectacular and eloquent. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Jan 1, 2017
90% A War (Krigen) (2016) [In its early stages,] it is absorbing and occasionally tense. Its second half, however, is disappointing. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 19, 2016
3/5 91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) Stéphane Brizé's absorbing but unspectacular film stars Vincent Lindon as a working-class Joe who experiences the indignities of unemployment and, later, those of a soul-corroding job. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 19, 2016
3/5 100% Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016) Ken Loach's recent Palme d'Or winner, I, Daniel Blake, has no British release date as yet, but his fans can turn instead to Louise Osmond's documentary Versus, a film that definitely shares their Loach love. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 19, 2016
3/5 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) It's Little Miss Sunshine for Bernie Sanders fans. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 19, 2016
4/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Is there any better background for this sort of tale than a succession of wide open landscapes, dusty streets, and cheap diners? ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 19, 2016
3/5 100% The Hard Stop (2015) It's a strong picture of the community most immediately affected by the shooting: a community left with absolutely no trust in the police. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
4/5 92% Queen of Earth (2015) The film succeeds as a character study, but it could have had more of a story. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
4/5 93% Napoléon (1929) Abel Gance's 1927 film Napoléon -- which dramatises the little corporal's ascent -- is a reminder of just how many of the techniques of epic cinema come from the silent days. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
1/5 17% Top Cat Begins (Don Gato, el inicio de la pandilla) (2015) This knockoff movie is a travesty. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
3/5 89% Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants (Minuscule - La vallée des fourmis perdues) (2014) If my attention wandered at times, I approved of the film's comic style: the best scenes are reminiscent of the Road Runner cartoons. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
4/5 97% Weiner (2016) What we do see of Weiner is compelling: he's arrogant and hot-tempered, but quite possibly well-meaning. And the movie is worth seeing just for its behind-the-scenes picture of a brassy American political campaign going seriously [wrong]. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
4/5 92% When Marnie Was There (2015) Hiromasa Yonebayashi's film maintains the Ghibli traditions of elegant pastoral animation and nuanced emotional themes. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
4/5 93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) It helps that Koreeda's way with atmosphere is in full effect. The film has tranquil settings, fresh-food meals, cherry blossoms and soothing breezes; watching it is a good way to clear your head. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
4/5 90% Dheepan (2016) The rich, well-acted drama doesn't gain much from an awkward shift into violent gangster-related action. Still, Audiard stages the urban warfare with his usual muscular flair, and this is a film that keeps hold of your attention. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
93% Next to Her (2014) A largely convincing and rewarding drama. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Winstead and Goodman are both great, but there are quite a few niggling aspects, too. They include the conclusion, a bolted-on section that might leave you wondering if the film would have been better off with no ties to the Cloverfield brand. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
100% Court (2015) A humane and absorbing big-city film. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
100% The Propaganda Game (2015) The movie shapes up as a vague yet intriguing survey of the hermit nation. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
76% Chronic (2016) Conveying pain and a hint of mania behind monkish calm, Tim Roth gives a great performance as a palliative-care nurse in Michel Franco's drama. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) It never becomes deep, but its tender view of its richly drawn characters makes it beguiling to the end. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
90% The Lobster (2016) Like [Lanthimos's] other films, The Lobster invents a world all its own. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
4/5 92% Where You're Meant to Be (2016) It warmly records humour, eccentricity, love and bereavement -- and conflict, too. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
4/5 83% I Am Bolt (2016) The trade-off for this access is a reverential attitude and no in-depth questions. It's a deal I found easy to accept, given the film's endearing footage of Bolt at work and play. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
4/5 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Samberg and his co-writers, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone (the film's directors), give us lots of good, silly jokes, several of them provided by terrific pastiche songs. Extra marks, too, for the celebrity cameos. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
2/5 70% Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (Astérix: Le domaine des dieux) (2014) The franchise switches to 3D animation for this take on one of the original books. The characters thus look more like they do on the page -- and less like a bunch of actors in It's a Knockout costumes -- yet they still aren't quite right. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
4/5 78% The Shallows (2016) Bringing plenty of ideas to this limiting predicament, Jaume Collet-Serra's film gives us lots of gruesome shark action, while preserving its heroine for a big climax. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
3/5 96% Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016) Although the gut-level sympathies of Brendan J Byrne's film are clear, we hear unsentimental thoughts from all sides. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
3/5 81% Chevalier (2016) Tsangari and her co-writer, Efthymis Filippou, take a quietly amusing view of the men's one-upmanship, and the deft camerawork creates a vibrant style amid the film's confined [setting]. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
4/5 96% De Palma (2016) De Palma is a straightforward interview with the director of Carrie and Scarface, who talks about his movies with a beefy vigour akin to his cinematic style. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
2/5 76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) This British film has an intriguing tale to tell, but the slow, oppressive delivery is rather too evocative of communist gloom. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
3/5 67% The Darkest Universe (2016) In its overall vibe, this British film suggests a deadpan Channel 4 sitcom that has fallen through a dimensional portal and into the strangeness of a Ben Wheatley psychodrama. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
4/5 98% Under The Shadow (2016) A spine-chiller about a woman (Narges Rashidi) whose young daughter is picked on by an evil spirit, Babak Anvari's film is essentially formulaic, but its setting, Tehran in the 1980s, makes a difference. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
4/5 94% Ethel & Ernest (2016) As a tribute to two good people, and to their generation of Britons, it's gently poignant. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
4/5 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) For its terrific wildlife action and sweet human scenes, the film is overwhelmingly worth seeing. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
3/5 31% Passengers (2016) In Passengers, one particular concern seems to haunt the story. How will we cope when everything is automated and there's nobody at the end of a phone line to talk to when something malfunctions? ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
3/5 81% These Final Hours (2015) It's the old mawkish story of a selfish adult reformed by a child, but the apocalyptic background throws up some lurid and unpredictable scenes. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
3/5 86% Heaven Knows What (2015) For an hour and a half, we watch a vacant young woman batter herself with two ruinous addictions: heroin, and her love for a despicable fellow vagrant Remarkably, though, it all becomes kind of compelling -- a testament to the film's aggressive vitality. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
3/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The movie is a righteously angry but conventionally dramatised historical saga. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
4/5 90% Green Room (2016) The performances are good, and the punks' squabbles and mistakes are an extra source of unpredictability in the film's piecemeal but generally effective series of bloodthirsty tussles. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) We're in the world of fairy tales, and one of the pleasures here, for me, was to be reminded how enjoyable it is. Like a good new song from an out-of-fashion rock star, the film rekindles affection for a whole body of work. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
4/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) It's formulaic at heart, but has a sweet, unpredictable sense of humour and a nice way with words. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Half Way (2015) This fate may not be the toughest form of homelessness, but Daisy-May Hudson's video account forcefully shows the stresses placed on her mother, Beverly, and her younger sister, the teenage Bronte. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2016
87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) It's a sincere film for children, squarely in the tradition of the sweet, simply drawn Peanuts cartoons from the 1960s. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 72% Winter in Wartime (2011) There are no great surprises anywhere in Martin Koolhoven's film, but it's a pleasing piece of craftsmanship. ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Jul 6, 2010
3/5 57% Perrier's Bounty (2010) A routine yarn, easily forgotten. ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Jul 6, 2010
1/5 33% It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010) These spirits are just gory enough to be out of place in a film that is otherwise designed for fans of bland, creakingly old-fashioned humour. ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Jul 6, 2010
3/5 57% Burlesque Undressed (2010) Alison Grist's documentary is a history of the theatrical art of burlesque. ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Mar 19, 2010