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)
Publications: Sunday Times (UK), Times (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Its internationalism provides a world tour worthy of a Bond movie, but takes us nowhere fresh in story terms; and the newly recruited stars, Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, are underused. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 87% Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf (2018) Thomas Piper's film could have dug deeper into the physical business of creating these gardens, but as a gentle stroll, it's thoroughly pleasant. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 92% We the Animals (2018) A gay coming-of-age drama set in a poor household and presented in a humid, impressionistic style, Jeremiah Zagar's film risks being a box-ticking example of a trendy indie. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
76% Halston (2019) Frédéric Tcheng's film is colourful and substantial, but lacks the elegance its hero valued. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) There's enough going on to keep devout fans reasonably entertained, but even they probably won't be too sad to see this phase of the franchise come to an end. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 73% Liam: As It Was (2019) Gavin Fitzgerald and Charlie Lightening haven't garnered enough comic or poignant moments to create a rock doc with something to offer a general audience, but their film is a likeable portrait for fans. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 96% Dirty God (2019) When the script wallops its heroine with additional bad luck, the engineering is a bit too clumsy, but overall this is an impressive film. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
1/5 56% Ma (2019) There's no momentum, no tension and no decent scares. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) It's a heady and spectacular production, but - like many dreams - it doesn't seem worth interpreting. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
1/5 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Michael Chaves's film is content to be fodder for nervously giggling teenagers -- and even by that standard, it's subpar. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Efron's display of sinister charisma is the only intriguing thing in this redundant portrait. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 81% Long Shot (2019) There's still a whiff of sad male fantasy, however, and the stars don't have enough chemistry to sell us the politician's heavy passion for her lucky bloke. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
5/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) This gimmick weakens the movie's emotional grip, but the director's yarn-spinning is likeable in its own way: it has warmth, humour and nimbleness. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
1/5 48% Bel Canto (2018) From all the storylines that could develop, the film chooses to have terrorists and prisoners discover their common humanity and build a rapport. It's arbitrary and unconvincing. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/5 94% Styx (2019) It's the refugee crisis in microcosm, and Wolfgang Fischer's movie finds tense ways to create action and complicate the state of play. Still, I'd have preferred a final act that turned this problem-pondering drama into a full-blown thriller. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Energised by this protagonist, the film gives us a love story, a slice of criminal life and a few scenes that can't be so easily categorised. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/5 92% Donbass (2018) It's an impressive film, in both the cleverness of its staging and the depth of its sourness, but it drags a bit. You might wish Loznitsa had occasionally changed the comic tone from realism to something more exaggerated. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/5 75% Pond Life (2018) Esme Creed-Miles's portrayal of a vulnerable teenager, though, has heart-rending peaks. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
1/5 46% Little (2019) Tina Gordon's film could have been tailored to children. Instead it aims for a vaguely imagined teen-to-adult audience, partly through jokes about the altered heroine, Jordan, retaining mature lusts. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 95% Yuli (2018) As a portrait, the film isn't hugely enlightening, but its mixed-media form gives it vitality. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/5 100% A Deal with the Universe (2018) As a picture of love and determination, though, it's a poignant, valuable film. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 92% Last Breath (2018) The movie as a whole is a vigorous, involving account of dramatic events. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Its directors, Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, time the scares well enough, and they appreciate the comic potential of a weird, bad-tempered cat. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) The sasquatch is a sweetheart, the scenery is picture-book beautiful and the action scenes are fantastically well sustained. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 91% Shazam! (2019) Even the standard crash-bang action scenes -- although not especially inspired -- are enlivened by the film's vital freedom: it's not trying to be cool. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
56% Marie Antoinette (2006) Authentic it ain't, but this biopic looks good enough to eat. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
2/5 36% Out of Blue (2019) It's sufficiently varied and colourful to keep you watching, yet -- despite all that deep science -- the plot has no profound mysteries, just veiled contrivances. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 88% The Vanishing (2019) It briefly hints at something supernatural, but then proceeds as a fierce thriller in a disappointing misstep. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) The journey rambles, but deft images crop up and it's interesting to have Panahi's thoughts on the status of women in Iranian movie making. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
48% MacGruber (2010) The canon of cheesy action movies offers such a vast reserve of mockable nonsense that no parody can fail to come up with one or two funny jokes of its own, and there are some chucklesome bits in this one. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 100% Cradle of Champions (2018) There are no exceptionally powerful scenes, but the usual business of getting to know the contenders and their families is made all the more engaging by the New York spirit of everyone involved. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
2/5 44% A Trip to the Moon (Un viaje a la Luna) (2018) Ultimately this lunar mission got me thinking like a sceptic from the later days of Nasa's programme: its results don't justify its laborious efforts. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 80% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) The movie is at its best when evoking the vital succour gay men found in networks of friends during the HIV crisis. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 66% The White Crow (2019) It's the generic zest of the ballet world and Parisian nightclubs that keeps the film watchable until Fiennes can resort to the big moment he's saved for last. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
1/5 45% What Men Want (2019) Adam Shankman's movie isn't as defiantly feminist as it might have been...This might disappoint some observers, but I'd have settled for the film being passably funny, which it sure isn't. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
1/5 56% Under the Silver Lake (2019) It gives you little reason to hope for much from its plot's secrets -- and, when they are finally exposed, they don't exceed expectations. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 92% Benjamin (2018) Even if you don't think the dithering, anxious Benjamin should just get a grip, you might wish Amstell had asserted himself more as a dramatist. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 80% The Fight (2018) It's a memorably honest, heartfelt and surprising piece of work. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/5 50% Fisherman's Friends (2019) Chris Foggin's movie has a storyline faintly similar to that of Local Hero in 1983. So why couldn't it have taken cues from that film's wit and romanticism? - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 84% Girl (2018) The movie's fundamental sympathy for Lara is clear. It's channelled through a subtle performance from Victor Polster...and it shapes several tender and credible scenes. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 100% Rosie (2018) The film is thoroughly convincing, so we're spared seeing the family agonised by some excessively grim plot development. At the same time, we might wonder if a documentary with a similar story wouldn't have more power. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 96% Maiden (2019) Video footage gives us an idea of the harsh seas the sailors endured, while media clips record the staggering sexism they faced. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 93% Ray & Liz (2019) You may not have had an upbringing anywhere near as gruelling as his...but you might still recognise the vivid way in which certain details come to the fore, and the film's keen sense of the textures of objects. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) In this movie, Farhadi has a better grasp of familial togetherness than he does of strife and break-ups. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Still, the exploits of a ginger cat add a distinctive touch of comedy; and the feminist message in the protagonist's self-discovery is endearing, partly because it's never overstated. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Florence Pugh's knockout performance is the winner in this zesty wrestling drama. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/5 27% The Aftermath (2019) It seems to be offering a rather simplistic take on postwar grief and reconciliation: when forging bonds with the people of a former enemy nation, start with someone you fancy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 88% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Directing his first feature, Lee Cronin delivers the jolts pretty well, but the storyline is disjointed, even by horror standards. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
1/5 88% What They Had (2018) The film I found hardest to endure was this drama by Elizabeth Chomko, an especially dreary addition to the crowd of earnest American movies about families working through their issues. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/5 19% Serenity (2019) It's not quite "It was all a dream", but it's in the same league of shoddy narrative gimmicks. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019