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Francesca Steele

Francesca Steele
Francesca Steele's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sky Movies, The Spectator

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
70% Café Society (2016) Is it enjoyable? Absolutely. Is it any good? Now, that's a far more complicated question. ‐ The Spectator
Posted Sep 1, 2016
80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) Eddie the Eagle will make some British audiences feel patriotism and pride for our oddball heritage. ‐ The Spectator
Posted Mar 31, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) In its sequel, the jokes, if you can call them that, are trying way too hard. ‐ The Spectator
Posted Feb 11, 2016
81% The Assassin (2015) When you spend most of your time either admiring the look of the film or trying to work out what the bloody hell is going on, there's precious little time left for enjoying it. ‐ The Spectator
Posted Jan 25, 2016
73% Everest (2015) Despite a stellar cast and rock-solid performances throughout, the characterisation here is at best crude and at worst troublingly lazy... But the majesty of the mountain and the burning desire to brave its ascent become gripping. ‐ The Spectator
Posted Sep 16, 2015
99% Leviathan (2014) Leviathan is a hoot, a tragedy and a masterpiece. ‐ The Spectator
Posted Jul 17, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) Entourage has always offered an insight into the inner workings of Hollywood in a way that's both vacuous and absurd, sometimes missing the mark but also often uproariously funny, however inappropriate the jokes. The film is just the same. ‐ The Spectator
Posted Jul 17, 2015
63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) It's a road-trip movie that takes us on a tour of the best stripping venues the southern states apparently have to offer, without ever really arriving anywhere. ‐ The Spectator
Posted Jul 16, 2015
73% The Falling (2015) The beauty of the film is that it is at once personal and universal, with an ability to make you feel nostalgic for friendships and teenage journeys that were probably, at the time, not actually very nice at all. ‐ The Spectator
Posted Jul 10, 2015
67% Altman (2014) We never learn anything personal or troublesome about our subject, nor do we come across anyone with a bad word to say about him, which sadly leaves the film feeling uneven and distinctly unAltmanesque. ‐ The Spectator
Posted Apr 9, 2015
84% While We're Young (2015) Heartbreaking and cautiously funny, ‐ The Spectator
Posted Apr 2, 2015
63% Hinterland (2015) Hinterland feels sparse and beautifully uncluttered. ‐ The Spectator
Posted Feb 27, 2015
10% The Boy Next Door (2015) This is popcorn cinema at its absolute worst -- and I thoroughly enjoyed a disturbingly large amount of it. Though not for the reasons the director probably intended. ‐ The Spectator
Posted Feb 26, 2015
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) [The Grand Budapest Hotel] might just be the most Wes Anderson-y film yet made by Wes Anderson. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1/5 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) This is film-making at its most cynical. But none of it actually makes much sense. ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 22, 2013
94% The Queen of Versailles (2012) In the end, these are human beings, not emblems - and it is this that makes this documentary one of the most watchable, for rich and poor alike. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 5, 2012
63% Anna Karenina (2012) This is an extraordinary film, a visual treat and an emotional rollercoaster that will keep you gripped all the way through even if you are familiar with the ending. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 5, 2012
51% The Three Stooges (2012) Surprisingly, sensibly restrained and rather touching. In relative terms, of course. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 22, 2012
42% Step Up Revolution (2012) All the dancing is mesmerising, with highly original set pieces, contemporary routines and a sort of revolutionary organised chaos that will definitely appeal to the teen demographic most likely to go and watch these films. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 8, 2012
51% Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) As was the case with this film's two predecessors, the characters are unusually charming for a simple kid's film. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 1, 2012
80% Magic Mike (2012) A magnificent hybrid of clever and comical that very few directors could pull off. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jul 11, 2012
83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) It's rare to find a film so heavy on the naturalistic realism that feels so effortless and unpretentious. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 27, 2012
82% Fast Girls (2012) A fun and energetic film that, while no Chariots of Fire, will leave you eager for the Olympics and, possibly, your running shoes. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 13, 2012
64% Cosmopolis (2012) The film certainly makes its point - that a risk-averse life of unending luxury is no life at all - but it makes it so listlessly that you really won't care. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 13, 2012
41% Rock of Ages (2012) Largely fluff - fluff that, when the music stops playing, lacks the likeable camp of director Adam Shankman's previous effort Hairspray. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 13, 2012
2/5 49% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) The narrative lacks drive and there's something just a bit, well, dull about the whole thing, with too many characters in a plot that, ultimately, it's difficult to relate to or care about. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted May 30, 2012
3/5 34% Battleship (2012) It's not going to win any awards - but Battleship is about as dependable a vehicle as its namesake suggests. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Apr 11, 2012
3/5 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) Mirror Mirror treads a difficult line between childish innocence and more seasoned humour but it just about pulls it off, chugging along at a decent pace throughout with an admirable sense of its own silliness. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Apr 4, 2012
5/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) It's a theme which feels old - think Battle Royale, The Running Man - but Ross delivers it with such commitment and imagination that it feels fresh. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Mar 21, 2012
4/5 88% In Darkness (2012) This is a significant film and a clever one - but not one you will want to watch twice. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Mar 14, 2012
3/5 51% John Carter (2012) An adventure that feels real and fantastical at the same time. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Mar 7, 2012
2/5 26% This Means War (2012) This Means War is much like its protagnists, a strange mixture of soulessness and trying way too hard - and, frankly, no one likes a date who is quite so keen to impress. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Feb 29, 2012
3/5 63% The Woman in the Fifth (2012) There is no doubt that Pawilowkski can produce flms of great beauty. But this latest effort feels like a practice round on his way back to regular movie-making. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Feb 15, 2012
5/5 79% Shame (2011) The key is Fassbender, who is terrifyingly good. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 11, 2012
3/5 51% The Iron Lady (2012) Streep imbues Thatcher with all the humanity and subtlety that Morgan's script fails to provide. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 5, 2012
5/5 97% The Artist (2011) Gorgeously shot and utterly absorbing, this is a truly original love story that will leave you speechless. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 28, 2011
4/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Larsson himself would probably have loved this classier interpretation of his rather pulpy narrative. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 21, 2011
2/5 24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) The script is flat, cliched and repetitive ("You did this!" yells Jacob. "I love her!" pleads Edward) - which might not matter necessarily as it wasn't much better in the predecessors. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 69% Wuthering Heights (2012) This is definitely a film to watch - but only as part of a discourse on what love is. Despite a very committed vision and understatedly solid actors, somehow this never quite feel like what Emily Brontë intended. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 9, 2011
2/5 0% Will (2011) It just feels rather silly, as if it assumes such a reverent audience couldn't possibly need anything as pedestrian as believable characters or a likely plotline. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 2, 2011
2/5 36% In Time (2011) It's not a total waste of your time. But boy will you wish Niccol had spent more of his on it. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 2, 2011
4/5 50% Sket (2012) Gritty urban London films are two a penny these days but with Sket, script and production advice from real former gang members has helped create a film that is new, sincere and actually has something to say. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 26, 2011
3/5 46% Anonymous (2011) Shakespeare himself would probably love it. He did write Twelfth Night, for goodness sake. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 26, 2011
2/5 75% The Help (2011) A guaranteed tear-jerker that serves as a decent reminder of America's very own Apartheid, it's fine as a slice of history. As a story though, it's sadly underwhelming. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 26, 2011
5/5 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) Expectant mothers, look away. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 19, 2011
3/5 19% Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011) For children, Judy's simple suburban pleasures and unsophisticated emotions and tantrums are something that many of them will relate to. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 19, 2011
2/5 36% Restless (2011) A pastiche of much better, more thoughtful films about 11th hour partnerships. Harold and Maude, Love Story, My Sister's Keeper. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 19, 2011
3/5 59% Real Steel (2011) Real Steel has the kind of joyful silliness of a film like Face/Off or Mission Impossible, coupled with a good dose of genuine heart. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 12, 2011
4/5 82% Warrior (2011) A blistering and well-observed emotional drama that does a terrific job of being much, much more than just a fistfight. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 21, 2011
1/5 46% Soul Surfer (2011) Unless you like your inspiration in heavy-handed doses, you might be better off watching the real thing - on YouTube. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 21, 2011