Graeme Virtue

Graeme Virtue
Graeme Virtue's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian The List
Publications: Guardian, The List, The Big Issue

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Balance, Not Symmetry (2019) There are many moments to savour here, and not just for Biffy obsessives. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) Despite cheekily piggybacking on existing mythologies, Brightburn still feels underwritten to a frustrating degree and is nowhere near as subversive as it thinks it is. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) The hilarious high-school movie invites comparisons to Superbad - but it's much better. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) As well as an evocatively harsh name suitable for any disreputable grindhouse movie from the 1970s, Dragged Across Concrete could also accurately describe the feeling of watching this morally murky and painfully methodical crime thriller. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) You emerge from the cinema looking at the world anew. What more could any artist ask of an account of their life? - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) The result is an earthy, unpredictable fable interspersed with moments of bleak Nordic beauty and a movie well worth sniffing out. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 82% Instant Family (2018) The version of Instant Family that exists is overblown, sometimes jarring and often corny but for all its weird cocktail of earnestness and crassness, its heart is undoubtedly in the right place. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 66% Vice (2018) The result is an enthusiastically disrespectful biopic, and while it might not fully succeed in revealing the psychology of Dick Cheney...it does at least illuminate some of the murkier chapters of his zigzag path to power. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) By focusing on the last hurrah of a dazzling dual career, Stan & Ollie feels brisker than most cradle-to-grave biopics while still allowing director Jon S Baird ample time to linger on the stage performances. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The result is a lovingly crafted swansong infused with a warmth that thankfully never descends into schmaltz. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It is played as a sight gag but it also works as a metaphor: Lisbeth may be the perfect hero for our troubled times but with The Girl In The Spider's Web she has yet to find her ideal vehicle. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
86% They Live (1988) As paranoid invasion movies go, They Live is a clamorous, mob-handed, unashamed riot, even if Carpenter - a canny hustler who knows a thing or two about street fighting - keeps a sly stiletto of an ending in reserve. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
No Score Yet It does all seem faintly ridiculous. The interiors of Attilan look bland, bare and brutalistic, while the costuming and production design manage neither grandeur or grit. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
3/5 64% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) The young stars generally come off as affable and level-headed considering their unprecedented success, although character traits begin to emerge amid the gang larks. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) Walter Hill - veteran action director and unofficial godfather of the squabbling buddy picture - might approve of the stripped-down, Ronseal-esque sentiment, even if the execution is over-elaborate. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013
2/5 14% Red Dawn (2012) The action is generally well-staged, although watching teenagers building car bombs and cracking jokes about Call Of Duty feels like something to be endured rather than enjoyed. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2013
2/5 41% Parker (2013) Hackford approaches his task as if he's seen one of the duffer Elmore Leonard movie adaptations of recent years, or at least had one described to him. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2013