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
1/5 45% 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 91% 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 58% 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 90% 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 87% 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 78% 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 71% 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 46% 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 53% 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
4/5 100% 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 78% 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 93% 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 25% 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 87% 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 87% 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
3/5 94% Foxtrot (2018) Its intensity is too artfully channelled ever to turn into poignancy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 90% Sauvage / Wild (2019) [Félix Maritaud 's] guilelessness is fascinating, giving the film the force it needs to be a potent spiritual study. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 86% Hannah (2018) Undoubtedly, though, Rampling is compelling: Hannah is impassive for much of the time, but we can tell she's weighed down by misery. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 94% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) To be a fan of Welles's movies is, above all, to like the way they look. Cousins does, however, cater to that fandom with uncommon expertise and zeal. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2/5 71% Piercing (2019) Pesce presumably wants to give us an exquisite tease, but I found it a bit of a pain. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/5 83% Jellyfish (2018) The first-time feature maker still has a bit to learn. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/5 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) The first movie qualified as a slasher flick; this one is more of a sci-fi caper with occasional stab wounds. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/5 81% Instant Family (2018) Even though this rare hint of conviction in a Hollywood family comedy is quite refreshing, it's still accompanied by the genre's usual stuffing: lame jokes, schmaltzy emotions and a ridiculously perfect house. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 55% Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) The dawdling is tedious at times, and the camera's attentions to young women don't always seem artistically valid, yet Kechiche's gift for naturalism still has power: the characters draw you in. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It might be too quaint a film for some tastes, and it's surely too long...but the characters are likeable, the scattered jokes are funny and the action scenes work. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/5 75% All Is True (2019) Stiff dialogue sets up a number of shaky conceits and the climax hits us with an almost King Lear level of misery while adding no artistic reward. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Despite visual snazziness, it's not a fresh enough film to sway anyone who has tired of its genre. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) This is very much one of those animated films equipped to please children and keep their parents smiling. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/5 48% Escape Room (2019) This was always going to be a trivial movie with paper-thin characters, but it should at least spring clever surprises. Generally, though, its mechanics are rusty and uninspired. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) There is perhaps a tiny bit of pretentiousness in Lee's approach, but he knows how to fascinate viewers with resonant, tantalising scenes. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) It's the rhapsodic sequences, with their flying-dragon choreography, that prove Dean DeBlois (the trilogy's overseer) to be a top-class animation director. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
1/5 43% Second Act (2018) Hollywood hokum can be a fine thing, but even if you found this storyline in a quaint old melodrama, you'd think it too stupid. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2/5 70% The Mule (2018) It's fun to see the stooped but still charismatic star playing a roguish old coot, but...several off notes suggest its director is as out of touch as the man he depicts. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019