Geoffrey Macnab

Geoffrey Macnab
Geoffrey Macnab's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian Independent (UK) Sight and Sound Uncut Magazine [UK]

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 94% Us (2019) Peele combines B-movie tropes with elements of paranoid conspiracy thrillers in an unsettling and very original fashion. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 71% The White Crow (2019) One of the fascinations of the film, elegantly scripted by playwright David Hare, is the mixture of storytelling styles. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 51% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Under the Silver Lake has brilliant scenes but it also feels derivative and increasingly self-indulgent. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) [Lucas Hedges] brings a double-edged quality to his role as the recovering addict. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 50% Fisherman's Friends (2019) Fisherman's Friends is a formulaic but thoroughly amiable and upbeat British comedy with a flavour of Ealing Studios and The Full Monty about it. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 93% Ray & Liz (2019) [A] virtuoso debut feature. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) Beneath her layers of make-up and prosthetics, [Eva] Melander gives a fine and moving performance as the customs officer with the unlikely powers. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is enjoyable enough as popcorn entertainment. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Kerslake gives an intriguing performance as the mother. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It is far more gripping than its subject matter might suggest. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 26% The Aftermath (2019) A very well-mannered melodrama. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Director [Mimi] Leder deserves credit for making a technical and abstruse court case so involving. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) [Director Nadine] Labaki elicits an astonishing performance from her young lead. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) As the body count rises, so may the audience's feeling of indifference. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 71% Piercing (2019) The result is a film that is far more accessible and entertaining than its storyline would lead you to expect. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Cornish is a witty and inventive director but the basic conceit here never really works. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Ejiofor manages to maintain dramatic interest even if we all know in advance just how the film will end. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 90% A Private War (2018) Pike gives a thoroughly convincing performance as Colvin... As drama, though, it is two-dimensional. The filmmakers are so focused on Colvin that they don't seem to notice anything else. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) [Director Joanna] Hogg's latest feature, The Souvenir... is exceptional. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 80% Light of My life (2019) A fine film... intimate, beautifully crafted and with a slow-burning intensity hat you don't find in most sci-fi dramas of this nature. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
2/5 7% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) A problem here is that almost all the characters are victims. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) It has some strong elements, most notably Hedges' deeply layered and very subtle portrayal of the tormented Jared... It is a pity, though, that Boy Erased doesn't take us anywhere we haven't been before. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Beale Street may seem a little arch at times, but it is also magical filmmaking which looks for, and finds, beauty in the most unlikely places. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
2/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) It's a very curious and contradictory affair: a dystopian sci-fi movie based on a Japanese manga series that is brutal one moment and plays like Disney's Pinocchio the next. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) The screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty is well structured, witty and poignant. The funniest moments tend to be the most painful or humiliating ones. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The richness and detail of the imagery in the latest DreamWorks animated feature sadly is not matched by the storytelling or characterisation. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 78% Green Book (2018) Ali and Mortensen make a tremendously engaging odd couple. Both give such nuanced and well-observed performances that most audiences will swallow the sentimental moralising as easily as Tony digests his hot dogs. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 66% Vice (2018) It's a skilled piece of comic acting which has the unlikely effect of making Cheney buffoonish as well as sinister... But McKay is quick to remind us what happened on Cheney's watch. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 73% Destroyer (2018) The film may be flawed and uneven but it provides a platform for its ever-versatile star to give one of her strongest and least characteristic performances. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 70% The Mule (2018) Eastwood's performance is very enjoyable in a mischievous, Grampa Simpson-like way. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/5 85% Monsters and Men (2018) It is very well acted and deals with familiar material in a subtle and sensitive fashion. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) Its plot is absurdly contrived, and very stilted, even by Shyamalan's own standards. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 41% The Upside (2019) This remake of the 2011 French box office hit The Intouchables has its share of toe-curling "what on earth were they thinking" moments. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 92% The House by the Sea (La villa) (2017) Anyone who enjoys classic French art house drama will find plenty to relish here. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/5 88% Colette (2018) Knightley excels in the title role but, as drama, this biopic still feels a little undercharged. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 94% RBG (2018) RBG isn't a critical portrait of its subject but an enlightening and affectionate one. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/5 13% Life Itself (2018) The film continually draws attention to its own devices and tricks its audience. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4/5 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) It is as odd as its own central character. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
2/5 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) This turns out to be a Christmas turkey of a movie -- a comedy detective mystery that will dismay Sherlock Holmes lovers and frustrate fans of its stars, Will Ferrell and John C Reilly. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/5 52% Papillon (2018) But whether taken as a study in human resilience, as an oblique love story, or as an indictment of the French penal system, this drama is claustrophobic and oppressive. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/5 62% Bird Box (2018) There is nothing wrong with Bullock's performance but the storytelling here becomes increasingly incoherent. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) Bumblebee is a considerable upgrade on the previous films in the Transformers series. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) Being a serial killer is a drag. That is one of the main insights from Lars von Trier's morbid new feature. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Half a century on, her allure hasn't faded at all. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) It is rousing fare, made with enough conviction for it to get away with its moments of extreme kitsch silliness. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
100% The Blue Black Hussar (2013) Jack Bond's engaging documentary about Adam Ant's comeback after years of mental health problems is helped immeasurably by its subject's rapport with Bond. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) [Redford's] scenes with Spacek in particular are beautifully played and have just enough bite and irony to avoid slipping into mushy nostalgia. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) In spite of its lengthy running time, this latest feature from Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan is one of his most accessible. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Director Wardle and his team have an astonishing story to tell. They tackle it in relatively conventional and restrained fashion with talking head interviews, one or two dramatic reconstructions and clever use of archive. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) What makes it such an enrapturing experience is the tenderness, humour and detail [director Hirokazu] Kore-eda brings to his material. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018