Freda Cooper

Freda Cooper
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
A UK based lifelong film fan turned freelance film critic and broadcaster. Reviews and interviews for BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex, The Hollywood News, Flickering Myth and The People's Movies. Features for the Cineworld blog, UK cinema chain. Also reviews for Screenwords.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 89% A Brixton Tale (2021) Street filming gives A Brixton Story an authentic flavour, creating a recognisably conflicted backdrop for a frank look at class divisions, racism and inequalities with more than a dash of a modern day Romeo And Juliet. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
3/5 93% Wildland (Kød & Blod) (2021) As a first feature, Wildland has much to recommend it... but the criminal family with the overbearing matriarch is a touch too familiar. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
4/5 100% The Beta Test (2021) As a satire on the industry, it comes with sharp teeth, together with an uncanny - and uncomfortable - ability to hold you in a vice like grip as the panic escalates. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2021
4/5 84% The Kid Detective (2020) Sit back, dim the lights and enjoy. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
50% SAS: Red Notice (2021) Undoubtedly, there's an audience for this kind of film - there's plenty of them - but all SAS: Red Notice offers is the routine, the predictable and the stereotypical. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
3.5/5 90% Jump, Darling (2020) Leachman lights up the screen in a film that packs a lot into the regulation ninety minutes - identity, change, self-understanding - but never outstays its welcome or strays into the syrupy land of sentiment. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/5 98% Dirty God (2019) The narrative is on the thin side, with the emphasis placed on the central character, so the overall effect is lop-sided. But there's no denying that it announces the arrival of a new acting talent. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2021
3/5 85% The Racer (2020) A morality tale/drama combo with intelligence and style and a muscular performance from Louis Talpe, it suffers from reflecting the distant central character's reluctance to engage. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
4.5/5 57% Malcolm & Marie (2021) We never know where it's taking us next, but, while there are times when it feels like we're intruding uncomfortably on private matters, we simply cannot wait to find out. And the last thing we want to do is leave. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3.5/5 76% Savage (2019) Inspired by street gang history, this isn't just another gang story. Breath stopping moments of cold silence and some excellent performances make this an engrossing watch with some flashes of true brilliance. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
3/5 75% Pixie (2021) You may not come out of the film remembering much of what you've just seen or quoting lines, but its infectious humour may just catch your mood and give you a much-needed lift. Enjoy it. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 93% Mogul Mowgli (2021) A film full of challenges both for its characters and the audience. None are easy or comfortable, but they make for questions that linger long after the credits have rolled. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
3/5 76% Una (2017) Its emotional punch hits you straight between the eyes, lingering for some time afterwards and most of that is down to the two main performances. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
5/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a searingly truthful sledgehammer of a film, one that's profoundly moving in its unassuming simplicity. It has a lot to say and says it quietly but determinedly. And, in so doing, it roars. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
3/5 82% Listen Up Philip (2014) The cast give consistently good performances, with Elisabeth Moss on especially good form as Ashley. - Freda Cooper's Talking Pictures EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
5/5 92% The Assistant (2020) Steeped in reality and detail and seen through the eyes of somebody on the bottom rung of the ladder, The Assistant is a powerful, compelling watch. And an important film. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
4/5 73% Escape from Pretoria (2020) A testament to the human spirit coupled with sweaty, relentless tension. An intelligent thriller which is more than just another prison escape movie. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
5/5 95% Little Women (2019) Blending the classic and contemporary with consummate skill, Greta Gerwig makes this favourite story both pertinent and relevant and does it in glowing style. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) This isn't just the schmaltzy, heartwarming stuff it may appear. There's something deeper, more thoughtful. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 55% J.T. LeRoy (2019) This female-led tale of identity is a low key but high calibre watch. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) A wonderful experience, it makes your heart sing and you'll want to listen to Springsteen for ever more. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/5 32% The Current War (2017) A film that could easily slip into cinemas and then slip out again. That would be a loss. For cinema fans, it comes with built-in curiosity value, but it also has more than enough to make it worth the effort. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
1/5 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Much more at home as a mid-afternoon TV movie, accompanied by a cup of tea and a digestive, it's contrived, leaden and deeply dull. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) More fun than you might expect, and likeably entertaining, but it never really takes flight. - The People's Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3.5/5 56% Common People (2014) I love it when a film creates a momentum all of its own. - Freda Cooper's Talking Pictures EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019