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Graham Young's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 50%

Maleficent (2014)

"While little is properly explained - hence the excessive narration - the scene where Jolie clutches her chest while howling for her beautiful wings, is deeply moving." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"Audiences high on popcorn fumes will laugh along at the smut. But, at its core, this is a spiritually empty vessel trying to make a lot of box office noise. Blazing Saddles (1974) or Cat Ballou (1965) it ain't. " ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 14%

Blended (2014)

"It seems that miracles do happen in modern cinema. It's warm, funny, tender, serious and ( ... ) decidedly old fashioned. There's no swearing, no pandering to repeated toilet gags and the 'gross-out' market is all but ignored." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 48%

Postman Pat: The Movie (2014)

"Since Simon Cowell and his talent shows are already over-exposed on TV, it's a real shame that Postman Pat's producers have rubber-stamped such a contrived storyline at the expense of originality." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"( ... ) one of the stars showboat nor are they overshadowed by the mind-blowing special effects." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 41%

In Secret (2014)

"Olsen is one of Hollywood's best young actresses. There is nothing she can't do. In the long run, it's the men who'll wish they'd done more to support her suffocating sense of loneliness here." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 82%

The Two Faces of January (2014)

"A sumptuous film to watch. Humphrey Bogart would have loved the men's clothes, Dunst recalls the golden age of individual Hollywood actresses and the sun-baked locations are so dry you'll thirst for a summer drink. " ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"( ... ) having two Kermits means there's not enough of the no-nonsense Miss Piggy." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Winter Soldier has enough intrigue to satisfy fans and a Heat-style street battle cements it as a stand-alone thriller, albeit one which doesn't really reflect how 'winter soldiers' were 1970s' Vietnam veterans concerned about US war crimes." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 27%

Svengali (2013)

"With shots of Tower Bridge etc, the mostly London-based story is as conventional as they come. [But} Owen is certainly a very funny screen presence." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 45%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"Pierre Niney Niney has a strong, yet fragile presence, as if he's in a Woody Allen film being directed by the ghost of Anthony Minghella." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 99%

Starred Up (2014)

"Despite its inevitable hard-surface jailhouse cliches, Starred Up is impressively well filmed, impeccably acted and, for those of a nervous disposition, brutally shocking." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 34%

Labor Day (2014)

"It's unlike anything we've seen in memory - and all the more absorbing as a result." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Offering a compelling, alien's-eye view of our murky human world, Under The Skin is dark, edgy, mysterious and very strange, with the most distinctive score since There Will Be Blood chipping away at our nerves." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 79%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"Despite its middle-class magnolia feel in one respect, it has some sharp lines, twists and turns, revived characters, a neat score and good jokes about Warner Bros' stalwart Clint Eastwood." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 81%

The Bachelor's Weekend (2014)

"The script turns decidedly adult at times, but the content, themes and dilemmas and childish sense of fun almost give this more in common with Nativity 2 than The Hangover series." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 51%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"Gilliam's spellbinding vision is a chaotic, poverty-and-wealth mixture of retro, futuristic, comic book, James Bond and the original Total Recall [but] the film lacks an emotional tangent to pull in the mainstream." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"What is most surprising about Need For Speed is how badly it starts off. With too much exposition and not enough spark between the characters, it's as if the overlong 130-minute film will live up to its title for all of the wrong reasons." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 33%

Escape From Planet Earth (2013)

"One only has to think of Battlefield Earth and After Earth to realise that putting the name of our planet into a movie title isn't always a good idea. Happily, Escape From Planet Earth is a reasonable exception." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"What is remarkable is that instead of overcooking this film, the big names add value to a remarkably inventive and wholeheartedly fun, cinema-going experience. " ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 43%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Black Sabbath's War Pigs coats the end credits in the aural equivalent of liquid metal, the final guilty pleasure of a senses-battering 106 minutes of military mayhem." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 83%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"( ... ) a riveting, insider's view of the unravelling of one of the most extraordinary stories in the history of sports. Alex Gibney's two-hour movie races by in what feels like minutes." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 19%

Ride Along (2014)

"( ... ) even with four scriptwriters on the case it's still full of the usual stereotypes and lazy, bad-boy clichés - all glued together with a rather bombastic score." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"A dumb action thriller with brains. Its closest relative is Executive Decision (1996), Kurt Russell's pulsating hijack thriller which might well have given Osama Bin Laden a few ideas in the first place..." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 49%

Stalingrad (2014)

"It's exciting to see post-communism Russian cinema patriotically revisiting its own history like this. I didn't mind the clichés, because part of Stalingrad's 131-minute charm is that in some ways it feels 40 years old." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 86%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Its filmic style, quirks and humour make this the best vampire movie for five years since Tomas Alfredson's original Swedish thriller Let The Right One In." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"It's unhurried yet confident, familiar yet provocative. With fine cinematography by Robert Hardy (Blitz), most 'Expectations' will, indeed, be met." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 80%

The Pirate Fairy (2014)

"Sweet and simplistic, it won't offer you the bells and whistles of Frozen." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 51%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"Nick Frost delivers one of the great physical performances of the modern cinema era. Sexually, though, [Cuban Fury] is inexplicably playing for a decidedly 'adult humour' audience, thus eliminating ( ... ) family audiences." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 30%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Much of the story could have been introduced with a prologue, leaving Clooney's character Frank Stokes to either concentrate on one raid or the perilous journey of a particularly prized piece of art." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 95%

Her (2013)

"A provocatively-relevant film about how technology can make people dangerously introspective." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
5/5 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"It's brilliantly animated and incredibly well shot - whether it's the dazzling 'Busytown' cityscapes that children's author-illustrator Richard Scarry might once have created or simply two characters defying the breathtakingly shallow depth of field." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Hollywood is mourning the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, but fear not... others will be waiting in the wings to grab their chance. Matthew McConaughey has even come back to replace himself!" ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 80%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"This film is inventive, fascinating and endearing but also sketch-lite, a trifle dull in colour-muting 3D and emotionally detached." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 49%

RoboCop (2014)

"Most older viewers will probably feel that RoboCop cannot match Verhoeven's satirical originality, but the computer age has made the core ethos more relevant to contemporary society. " ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
1/5 3%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"It takes less than four minutes to realise that this Underworld-style, graphic novel adaptation won't keep anyone in the audience sitting bolt upright for long." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 23%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"Playing like an explicit, junior equivalent of Sex And The City combined with the emotional immaturity that Adam Sandler delivers with his own style of ensemble movies, the film's plot lines are messy and unfocused." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 53%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Looking totally unlike his fattened persona in American Hustle, the unrestrained Bale offers explosive unpredictability fuelled by family loyalties." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Peter Berg is effectively offering four Rambos for the price of one - the Seals' bullet-whistling gunfight scenes are a combination of Saving Private Ryan on a ridge, Heat on a hill and Open Range out in the open. Bang, bang, bang! And bang again!" ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 39%

Delivery Man (2013)

"Delivery Man has a beginning, a middle and an end. And, for modern Hollywood, a pertinent everyman story to tell, too." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 96%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"As with Schindler's List, you won't want to be munching a bucket of popcorn through this." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
5/5 67%

The Railway Man (2014)

"As an Oscar winner for The King's Speech (2010), Firth has nothing to prove. But this is a performance which he might eventually consider to be his finest, speaking volumes for men who quietly carried the burdens of evil on their shoulders." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
5/5 98%

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

"A classic that is beautifully restored to life, successfully mixing lightness and humour in a dark film that would even have Frankenstein's monster running for cover." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"A forgiving nature and lots of stamina is needed for this no-holds-barred hedonistic ride into the Roman orgy-style excesses of the 1990s' financial world" ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
5/5 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Had the icy transformations, the shadows, the devilment and the edge-of-seat action all been sustained for longer at the expense of the odd spoonful of sugar it would have been untouchable in the modern era." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 75%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"Few [Harry] Potter fans will be tempted to chance their luck while most adults will be left with fearsomely bright but relatively unlovable characters." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 91%

Nebraska (2013)

"There are insights into old age, pearls of wisdom and gags galore, all wrapped up in a coating that's more akin to a bitter lemon than sugar." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 42%

Homefront (2013)

"Statham is not the English Clint Eastwood yet, but if someone fancied calling him Dirty Jason... who knows?" ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 2%

Getaway (2013)

"If you want to enjoy 'Getaway' feeling like you might be a blue bottle that's about to go 'splat' on the windscreen, rev it up." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Though overlong at 146 minutes, Catching Fire retains the original's curiously-engaging mix of The Running Man, Spartacus, Ben Hur, Avatar and Rambo." ‐Birmingham Mail
Posted Oct 10, 2014
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