Guy Lodge

Guy Lodge
Guy Lodge's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian Newsweek London Evening Standard Variety Film4 Time Out The Playlist HitFix Heat Magazine Vanity Fair

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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Angelfish (2019) Destiny Frasqueri (better known to her Generation Z fans as Nuyorican rapper Princess Nokia) makes a winning, delicate screen debut in "Angelfish," a low-key Bronx romance that proves a surprisingly muted vehicle for her outsize performing charisma. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
62% Lady and the Tramp (2019) Suffice it to say that even on a smaller screen, attributing anthropomorphic qualities to photoreal fauna remains a Disney stumbling block. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
52% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Both Spall and Redgrave feel stifled and stiff-jointed, hemmed in by a thin, shallow-focus script that betrays its origins as a radio play all too easily. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
75% Serendipity (2019) Per its title, "Serendipity" may allude to the ultimate casting vote of fate, but it also shows the young artist taking what control she can in directing her life, and her potential earthly afterlife too. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) The great pleasure of these films' bright, largely wordless slapstick is that it plays universally whilst accommodating all manner of obsessive, idiosyncratic detailing at the edges. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
100% Leap of Faith (2019) These are not astonishing anecdotes, but they are, by and large, entertaining ones: Friedkin is as deft a storyteller on camera as he is behind it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
No Score Yet Some Beasts (Algunas Bestias) (2019) [A] queasily accomplished film. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
No Score Yet Lynn + Lucy (2019) It accrues real mouth-drying power as its narrative keeps twisting the knife, thanks in no small part to a superbly matched pair of lead performances by Nichola Burley and newcomer Roxanne Scrimshaw. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
80% The Audition (Das vorspiel) (2019) Weisse's gripping, cool-blooded drama upends all manner of inspirational-educator clichés. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
No Score Yet 45 Seconds of Laughter (2019) It's hard not to feel gladdened by the sight of men who have spent their lives cornered into hard, unyielding modes of masculinity give in to the sheer, sprightly silliness of performance. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
100% La Llorona (2019) A nervy alternative horror film in which political ghosts of the past mingle with more uncanny phantoms, it ought to be the filmmaker's most widely distributed work to date. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
85% The Weekend (2019) Notwithstanding any comparisons, there's more assured personality here than there was in her last feature, the bright, proficient but somewhat synthetic big-studio teen romance "Everything, Everything." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
91% Saint Maud (2019) Maud is like Carrie White and her mother Margaret rolled into one unholy holy terror; as played with brilliant, blood-freezing intensity by Morfydd Clark, she's a genre anti-heroine to cherish, protect and recoil from, sometimes all at once. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
50% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Halfway through... the air goes out of the shaggy-dog plotting: a climactic pileup of unfortunate events is both rushed and unsurprising, leaving the actors with little room to dart and play. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
55% Strange But True (2019) Can't quite decide what kind of weird it wants to be: a loopy B-movie corkscrew ride, or an American Beauty-style suburban burlesque with Something To Say. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
53% Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) "Waiting for the Barbarians" steadily accrues a grave, violent anger over encroaching systems of oppression that proves infectiously troubling and enraging, as Guerra's filmmaking gets wiser to tacit details. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
84% True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Lithe and volatile and recklessly stylized to the hilt, "True History of the Kelly Gang" has moves like Jagger, but a head still teeming with language and history. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
100% Moffie (2019) Both a shiver-delicate exploration of unspoken desire and a scarringly brilliant anatomy of white South African masculinity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
100% Babyteeth (2019) A wickedly perverse and, in time, intensely moving variation on familiar coming-of-age themes that marks an arresting feature debut for both director Shannon Murphy and screenwriter Rita Kalnejais. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
47% Guest of Honour (2019) [A] hopelessly muddled, murky blend of family melodrama and investigative thriller... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
95% About Endlessness (Om det oändliga) (2019) If we've been here before, the immaculate, somehow tender-hearted execution of "About Endlessness" ensures this is not a complaint. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
88% The Painted Bird (2019) "The Painted Bird" is inarguably effective and immersive, its hard, unyielding gaze backed up by the muscularity of its craft. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
80% No.7 Cherry Lane (Ji Yuan Tai Qi Hao) (2019) Accustomed Yon-fans and patient adventurers will fall madly for its madness. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
100% Mother (Madre) (2019) Rodrigo Sorogoyen expands his Oscar-nominated white-knuckler of a short in a most unexpected way: slower, calmer and imbued with metaphysical mystery. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
100% Citizen K (2019) [A] chewy, engrossing documentary... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
83% Judy (2019) It's gutsy, can't-look-away work, yet it might not enthrall those who evaluate biopic turns as Olympian feats of technical mimicry. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
42% Seberg (2019) That "Seberg," for all its false notes and missed opportunities, remains pretty compulsive viewing is almost entirely down to the peculiar star magnetism of Stewart... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
100% Sole (2019) Sironi's film effectively blends the warm-blooded emotional stakes of classic Italian melodrama with the cooler, more rigorous language of new Eastern European cinema. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
86% Bombay Rose (2019) Even by the standards of artisan arthouse animation - a realm as far removed from Disney as mumblecore is from Marvel - it's quite a vision. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
67% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) Hoss's teeth-gritted commitment to the role keeps us on side through more questionable stages of maternal meltdown than many a talented thesp would manage. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
No Score Yet Technoboss (2019) At 112 minutes, "Technoboss" is probably too much of a weird thing. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
No Score Yet Rounds (2019) "Rounds" isn't afraid to play quite broadly with its social messaging and emotional manipulations. There's enough political conflict and character complication here to keep things interesting, however... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
No Score Yet The Son (Sin) (2019) In the title role, Bajrović is a force at once galvanizing and centrifugal, pushing against all the film's more polite impulses. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
73% Instinct (2019) Intelligently sensational adult fare, crafted with paper-cut precision on all fronts... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
58% The Bromley Boys (2018) There's a sweet message at the heart of "The Bromley Boys" about finding the heroism in mediocrity, though it's one not best served by the film being entirely mediocre itself. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
100% Maternal (Hogar) (2019) A moving, lively study of conflicting duties and desires in a Buenos Aires hogar - a convent-based refuge for young single mothers - that marks an assured shift into narrative filmmaking for Italian docmaker Maura Delpero. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
No Score Yet 7500 (2019) Gordon-Levitt and Memar... play it for all the emotional agony it's worth; their performances, together with the economical expertise of the film's construction, keep "7500" cruising some way above B-movie level. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
100% The Girl with a Bracelet (2019) Retains many of the merits of its source, similarly building an old-fashioned did-she-or-didn't-she mystery... into a more probing, ambiguity-laced psychological profile. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
100% If Only (Magari) (2019) Following a splintered family's reconciliation over the course of one shambolic Christmas vacation, it's a gentle, cool breeze of a memory piece made pleasurable by its richly and specifically accented telling. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
71% Gwen (2019) The film looks and sounds the part of an elegantly haunted gothic horror movie, only to skip past standard chiller expectations to disquiet its audience in more grounded, historically rooted ways. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
24% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Lino DiSalvo's hyperactive film never transcends its blatant product-flogging purpose. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Maintains the balance of scattergun jokes, candy-coated visuals and cheerfully bird-brained storytelling that raked in $350 million worldwide in 2016. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
No Score Yet End of Sentence (2019) A deliberate, gentle, genuinely caring debut feature from Icelandic director Elfar Adalsteins. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
83% Oleg (2019) Its barrelling, unsteady construction only matches the panicked chaos of its subject's own day-to-day existence: Like many a disregarded citizen of nowhere, Oleg doesn't have time to breathe and compose himself before finding his next temporary life. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
100% Fausto (2018) Bussmann invites us to consider the ancient cultural traditions and belief systems lost throughout history to colonization and gentrification. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
89% Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (2019) The catchy title may derive from the puppy-mistress roleplay through which its characters initially connect, but "Dogs Don't Wear Pants" keeps their power dynamic intriguingly fluid and reversible as the relationship unfolds. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
92% A Sun That Never Sets (Fire Will Come) (O Que Arde) (2019) You know exactly what climax is coming in Oliver Laxe's rustically beautiful rural parable, but its dreamy, mesmeric power lies in the waiting. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
75% The Best Years of a Life (Les plus belles années d'une vie) (2019) Trintignant and Aimée bring the film all the bittersweet gravitas they can manage, elevating the featherweight drama with a palpable sense of longing and a shared, rueful acknowledgement of mortality, etched in skin... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
83% Lillian (2019) The film's slideshow of the soured American Dream, with its parade of broken-down nowhere towns, disenfranchised citizens and social intolerance, is pretty familiar. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
88% The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) A waking dream, saturated in sound, music and color to match its depth of feeling. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019