Francesca Steele

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% End of Watch (2012) This is the thinking man's action movie, a cop flick that takes us off the beaten track. Above all, though, it is a bromance. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
80% The Hunt (2012) [The Hunt] is a splendid return to form for director Thomas Vinterberg. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
89% Compliance (2012) The most disturbing aspect of Compliance is its implied complicity. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
66% Antiviral (2013) It's a work that feels technically precise but trying just a little too hard - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
87% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Beasts of the Southern Wild, a deliciously dreamy tale about a fictional Bayou community in the backwaters of Louisiana, does not so much jump off the screen as float effortlessly off it. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
80% Quartet (2013) Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut is the latest example of a recent Hollywood effort to cater more to an older audience. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
91% The Sapphires (2013) This feelgood flick will almost certainly be an international hit and it is undeniably uplifting, the joyousness of soul music smoothing out the odd shifts in tone that arise as a result of the strange genre conflict. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
79% Don Jon (2013) As a simple and sweet coming-of-age story for the Jersey Shore generation, it's perfectly entertaining stuff. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
50% Grassroots (2012) [Jason Biggs] is great here as the reluctant idealist torn between sense and optimism. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
69% About Time (2013) [About Time] is less a rom com than a family drama and though it loses its way in the middle, it is when Curtis allows these familial ties to shine that the film comes into its own. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
93% Le passé (The Past) (2013) The Past never forgets its domestic focus, and [Asghar] Farhadi's keen eye for subtle emotional shifts keeps the story afloat. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
83% Drinking Buddies (2013) Drinking Buddies could suffer a little from its marketing, which may suggest to some audiences that it is just a regular rom com. But luckily, it is nothing like that. It is something much, much better. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
99% A Separation (2011) Although its surface impartiality helped the film get past officious censors, underneath is a more complex picture. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
99% Wadjda (2013) It is rare for a film with an agenda to have such modest charm. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) This is not a story that ties things up neatly with a bow; it depends so much on the unsaid that Affleck's understated and incredibly moving performance carries the film. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
5% Movie 43 (2013) This is a film so utterly devoid of laughs that it makes one wonder whether Hollywood stars really are feeling the pinch too. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
71% Café Society (2016) Is it enjoyable? Absolutely. Is it any good? Now, that's a far more complicated question. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
82% Eddie The Eagle (2016) Eddie the Eagle will make some British audiences feel patriotism and pride for our oddball heritage. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
80% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
98% Leviathan (2014) Leviathan is a hoot, a tragedy and a masterpiece. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
33% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
66% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
72% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
69% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2015
84% While We're Young (2015) Heartbreaking and cautiously funny, - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2015
70% Hinterland (2015) Hinterland feels sparse and beautifully uncluttered. - The Spectator EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
11% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2015
91% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2014
1/5 14% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) This is film-making at its most cynical. But none of it actually makes much sense. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2013
95% 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2012
62% 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2012
51% The Three Stooges (2012) Surprisingly, sensibly restrained and rather touching. In relative terms, of course. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2012
52% 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2012
80% Magic Mike (2012) A magnificent hybrid of clever and comical that very few directors could pull off. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2012
83% 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2012
66% 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2012
42% 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2012
3/5 50% 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2012
3/5 52% John Carter (2012) An adventure that feels real and fantastical at the same time. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2012
3/5 59% 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 Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2012
5/5 78% Shame (2011) The key is Fassbender, who is terrifyingly good. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2012