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 25% The Exception (Undtagelsen) (2020) Not a great movie, then, but there's something fun about watching an earnest Scandi drama go crazy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
3/5 96% Baby, Done (2021) It has no surprises, but with its friendly spirit and mildly eccentric characters it's likeable in a way we've come to associate with its country. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
3/5 100% Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020) Its most persuasive bits of cinematic eloquence come in its mournful coda, so it certainly ends strongly. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
4/5 100% 76 Days (2020) Filmed in hospitals in Wuhan during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, this documentary puts you right in the thick of things. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
4/5 91% Mother (2019) Poignant and eye-opening. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
2/5 28% Vanguard (2020) Although an outtake shown in the closing credits proves Chan is still willing to take risks, the film's use of CGI largely denies us the physical realism that was a hallmark of his movies in the old days. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
4/5 89% Robin's Wish (2020) The 2018 documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind will give you a wider view of his career, but the love and sadness seen here is affecting. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
2/5 28% Come Away (2020) As well as being glum, though, it's convoluted, and it gains nothing of value from its Lewis Carroll/JM Barrie mash-up. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
2/5 83% The Racer (2020) There's nothing streamlined about the lumps of dialogue that give us background information on the tour and updates on the hero's feelings. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
2/5 10% Songbird (2020) Being a ragged piece of work cobbled together during Covid restrictions (with Demi Moore its biggest name), it needs all the vim it can get, but its ideas don't provide much. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
3/5 100% Le Sorelle Macaluso (2020) It still has cinematic life, but it devotes this to pure miserabilism. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
3/5 83% Let Him Go (2020) It's a watchable and rather curious film, blending gentleness and gore without seeming to be aware of how odd the mixture is. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
2/5 59% Dreamland (2019) The pair's attempted escape to Mexico is a routine tale, and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte's film adds pretentious narration... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
2/5 57% The Prom (2020) If only the grown-ups didn't keep crashing back in. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
3/5 100% Il Mio Corpo (2020) It's all attractively done and surely compassionate, but not much of it seems spontaneous and there's something a bit stifling about that. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
3/5 78% Rose Island (2020) The film's account (with Elio Germano as Rosa) certainly doesn't stake out new territory, but its tale of mavericks pursuing their dream and defying stuffy politicians is lively enough. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
3/5 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) It makes a change to see a crime story about a woman with a baby, but her ordeals give her little time to show a personality. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
4/5 94% The Mole Agent (2020) There are no horror stories, just lots of poignancy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
1/5 68% The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020) The sequel, directed by Chris Columbus and promoting Goldie Hawn's Mrs Claus from her previous cameo spot to a full role, is a weaker, lazier film, and more scattershot in its use of Christmas lore. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
4/5 100% Finding Jack Charlton (2020) The contrast between the placid, dazed old man and the famously bullish character we see in the film's review of his football career is the guiding principle here, and it's sensitively handled. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
3/5 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) The sci-fi concept that allows the plot to function is thin, but the strange goings-on kept me intrigued. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
3/5 100% Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story (2020) Despite the title, this reverential documentary by Seth Koch and Rick Lazes doesn't add hugely to the world's knowledge of Lennox Lewis: although the boxer is thoughtful and candid here... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 89% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) I can't see it becoming an annual favourite, but it's a lively enough diversion, especially if you want song-and-dance routine. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
2/5 78% A Christmas Gift from Bob (2020) Well-intentioned mawkishness was a large part of the first film too, so things haven't changed entirely, but the shortage of cute-cat activity makes this a rather misjudged present for Bob's fans. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
3/5 100% Fantastic Fungi (2019) It may be a fairly simple specimen as far as documentaries go, but this tribute to mushrooms and mould soon grew on me. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
3/5 100% Looted (2019) Good performances and general vigour improve this unsurprising piece of British social realism, the first feature by its director, Rene van Pannevis. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
3/5 91% Luxor (2020) The film could still have used more excitement, but its calmness has a certain appeal: this tale of recovery is itself quite therapeutic. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
4/5 100% Love Child (2020) The family's new life in Turkey is quite comfortable in some ways, but every new bureaucratic tussle over their immigration status causes anxiety - and the more we get to know the three of them, the more we care about their fate. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
3/5 95% Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) (2020) Determined to show the dark side of life in Peru in the late 1980s, Melina León's black-and-white film lets bleakness sap its narrative energy at times, but in its most powerful scenes it has several strengths... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/5 91% Relic (2020) In both the messaging is stiff but doesn't prevent the creation of vivid scares and poignant moments. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/5 100% His House (2020) In both the messaging is stiff but doesn't prevent the creation of vivid scares and poignant moments. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/5 95% Mogul Mowgli (2020) This is ever so slightly tiresome, but Tariq and Ahmed, who wrote the film, do add humour, and they put lots of energy and bright ideas into Zed's delirious fantasies. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/5 87% Shirley (2020) What's here is still entertaining, though, as an arty melodrama about repressed desires and vicious mind games. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
4/5 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) It's a bit more commercial than The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, the other two features by Tomm Moore, yet sacrifices neither of his hallmarks: sincere fairytale pathos and a lovely visual style that places cartoony figures against rich backdrops. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/5 80% Cordelia (2019) Campbell-Hughes has a knack for seeming fragile yet intense; and - in the tradition of Polanski's Repulsion - the film creates an arty atmosphere for a basically schlocky tale. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
3/5 93% Pixie (2021) These trimmings, which include an extended cameo by Alec Baldwin, don't mask the weakness of the story's twists, turns and shootouts, but they contribute to a fun-loving spirit that keeps things watchable. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
3/5 79% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2020) The movie's youthfulness is beguiling (and with it come moments that hark back to Ozon's earliest films), but what Lefebvre's character experiences as a life-changing episode comes across as a mere anecdote. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
3/5 99% Totally Under Control (2020) The saga's best-known scientists - Anthony Fauci, Deborah Birx and Robert Redfield - aren't here, but the film's interviewees are still a pretty good array, with worthwhile stories to tell. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
4/5 89% The Climb (2020) As for the script itself (written by the two leads, who are real-life friends), it's an amusing, downbeat study of erratic behaviour. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
3/5 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) The film's own escape from stale conventions - with the middle-aged protagonist taking up rapping - is a rather too leisurely amble, but it does give us something fresh and likeable. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
3/5 100% Rialto (2019) Directed by Peter Mackie Burns, it's a painfully realistic movie yet comforting in its solicitude - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
4/5 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) It's stagy, inevitably, but the dialogue has juice and the performances are excellent. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
81% Comedy of Power (2006) Chabrol's observations are subtle, and Huppert is always a strong presence, so the film is easy to watch. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/5 100% Real (2020) Its strong points are its performances and its generous spirit. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/5 82% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) The sheer strangeness of Johannes Nyholm's film - which is enhanced by animated sequences in quaint silhouette style - is the main attraction. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/5 53% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) Without JM Coetzee's prose to round it out, this film of his 1980 novel confronts us too bluntly with the story's didacticism. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/5 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Being a simple rom-com, Natalie Krinsky's film doesn't need a big screen, but it may suit your needs if you want to ease yourself back into cinema going and not face anything tough in your chosen movie. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
4/5 100% Max Richter's Sleep (2020) Max Richter's musical composition Sleep is an eight-and-a-half-hour piece that invites you to chill out, so it's fitting that this documentary about it has a few good-size excerpts to give you a taste of that dream state. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/5 89% Socrates (2019) Although it was developed and made with the involvement of teenagers supported by a Unicef project, this Brazilian drama is not some rough-and-ready student film. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/5 73% Mulan (2020) Disney is offering young viewers a handy introduction to epic film-making. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020