Euan Ferguson

Euan Ferguson
Euan Ferguson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian Observer (UK)
Publications: Guardian, Observer (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Count Basie: Through His Own Eyes (2020) I could have watched eight hours of this. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
No Score Yet Drama out of a Crisis: A Celebration of Play for Today (2020) There can be little doubt that, for every mind that they solidified in reactionary opposition, they changed at least three, to admit, on a family sofa, the concept of moving from the past to a more accepting world. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
100% White Riot (2019) A wonderful retrospective on Rock Against Racism. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
No Score Yet Agatha and the Midnight Murders (2020) It was a mess: ill-plotted, playing bits for laughs or for horror without ever achieving either. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
95% David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020) Not just another beautiful, troubling watch, this Netflix film was rather more; indeed, may be the finest thing Attenborough has ever done. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
99% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) An astonishment. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
100% Sitting in Limbo (2020) An absorbing, rewatchable drama that quietly told loud truths, and wore its anger remarkably lightly. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) Michelle told her story with charm, grit, adventurism and several appalling book-tour choices of dress. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
No Score Yet What's the Matter with Tony Slattery? (2020) Never mind that he is only featuring on telly because he featured a lot on telly many years ago, he also came across as bumblingly inarticulate. Until he didn't. He still could talk, and cleverly. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
No Score Yet Responsible Child (2019) Responsible Child sought to highlight the mild madness of us having an extant law that allows children as young as 10 to be tried as adults when it comes to murder. As an argument, it works. As a drama, it didn't. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
No Score Yet The Cure (2019) It contained, occasionally, wonderful acting... But, oh, the trowelling on of morality, in which every campaigner was a salt-of-the-earth, laugh-a-minute pillar of society. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
100% The Case of Sally Challen (2019) The Case of Sally Challen unravelled, with patience and a refreshing absence of sentimentality, the story of a wife who murdered her husband. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
85% Elizabeth is Missing (2019) Elizabeth Is Missing has rightly been lauded, and how could it not be, other than for nudging us towards uncomfortable truths at this oh-so-happy time of year, that grand time of manically stressed mothers and pubs crammed with amateur drinkers. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
No Score Yet The $50 Million Art Swindle (2019) After so much ramping up, it was almost bound to fall short. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
100% The Satanic Verses: 30 Years On (2019) Throughout, I couldn't help wondering what the parallels would be in today's climate of offence-taking as digital artform. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
100% The Last Survivors (2019) As all best programmes do, this managed to raise quietly unanswered questions, which (if we're any good at all) we have to reach deep into ourselves to answer. What equates to trauma? - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
80% Brexit (2019) But Cumberbatch, brave soul (not least for beforehand meeting Cummings, strategist of all the actor holds toxic), excelled, and this was powerful drama in the end. Drama, remember; it's what they do. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
No Score Yet The Dead Room (2018) Mark Gatiss's script was (for him, yet for him only) a little pedestrian for a ghost story, but this was elevated to a different plane by Callow's camera-hugging turn. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
100% Care (2018) Fortunately Mr James McGovern can be relied upon to write drama that's time and again head and shoulders above most other telly drama, even if the torso is rather too often one of abject unending misery. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
No Score Yet WW1: The Final Hours (2018) A sober, lucid, devastating exploration of the three days in a railway carriage in which the armistice was being negotiated by Erzberger, Marshal Ferdinand Foch. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
No Score Yet Doing Money (2018) Doing Money was an unrelenting 90-minutes that made me wriggle and sweat anew for the squalor of my gender. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
No Score Yet Child of Mine (2018) A tremendously sensitive documentary by Katie Rice. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
No Score Yet Drowning in Plastic (2018) Liz Bonnin's Drowning in Plastic was an immensely brave, ultimately successful attempt to top that last Blue Planet series. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
100% Suffragettes With Lucy Worsley (2018) Absent were the comfy stereotypes of feisty, flinty heroines chaining themselves stoically to gates, passively leafletting. Instead we saw the all-out violence - the bombs, the arson, the fear, the terrorism - deemed necessary - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
No Score Yet Before Grenfell: A Hidden History (2018) To be led through the historical context in this way, rather than with catcalls and slogans, was all the more powerful. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
No Score Yet Paradise Hunters (2018) This is exploitational, prejudiced and fabulously moreish. Loving it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
No Score Yet Living With the Brainy Bunch (2018) In the end, this was a wholly rewarding programme. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
89% Being Blacker (2018) The best documentaries give a slice of other lives, lived both well and badly, which, in the right hands, can linger in your head for months. These were the best hands. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
100% King Charles III (2017) By turns bouncy, melancholy, arrogant and sore betrayed, the face little resembles that of Charles but, somehow, within its planes, there is conveyed the selfsame sense of insane privilege, niggling grievance and open, misunderstood humanity. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017