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 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
83% 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
100% 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
60% 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
100% 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
33% Sibyl (2019) A film that effectively plays as cinematic dessert - albeit less a choux puff than a lemon tart, with sharper notes than expected to its creamy pleasures. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
10% Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo (2019) A dismaying creative dead end from an abundantly gifted filmmaker, the new film escalates its predecessor's cheeky protest to a form of acute auteur trolling. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B 92% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) With the title cleaved in two and the words "once upon a time" isolated, it's hard not to think of the storytelling form with which that homely cliché is first associated: the fairy tale. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
51% Matthias and Maxime (2019) Dolan has an eye and ear for the ambiguous desires and jealousies powering many male relationships that will never culminate in a kiss. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
33% Heroes Don't Die (2019) For Rapin, it's hopefully an ambitious calling card for future, more fully realized projects marrying high-concept and documentary sensibilities. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
47% Joan of Arc (Jeanne) (2019) This rhetorical stalemate may honor the writings of Catholic poet and essayist Charles Péguy... but it doesn't make for enthralling drama, least of all when the audience knows precisely where it's headed. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
83% Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) (2019) Earthy with social detail from a despairing period of Peru's recent history, it's also shot, scored and styled like the most beautiful of bad dreams. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
100% 5B (2019) It's conventional, occasionally maudlin docmaking that nonetheless grips the heart exactly when it needs to. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
100% The Climb (2019) Beautifully written and performed by the director and real-life BFF Kyle Marvin, Covino's film gets precisely the balance of dependency and denial that keeps a bad bromance afloat. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
100% Litigante (2019) It's a film of small, precisely rendered moments rather than major emotional flourishes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
73% Les Misérables (2019) Occasionally recalling the more urgent, ragged work of Spike Lee in its feverish, on-the-ground formal energy, "Les Misérables" is aptly galling as a study of everyday power structures tested and exploited to breaking point... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
49% A Dog's Journey (2019) A steady stream of corn-syrup sentiment binding what would otherwise amount to a feature-length montage of adorable doggy reaction GIFs. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
95% Buddy (2019) "Buddy" doesn't need to be as delicate and intelligent as it is to work, but its thoughtful, unsentimental gaze makes an already guaranteed awww-fest into something more substantially affecting. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
No Score Yet On the President's Orders (2019) A wholly cinematic, sensory experience, with straight-ahead reportage electrified by glaring streetlights and a panicked urban wall of sound... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% For Sama (2019) Simple in concept and shattering in execution, blending hard-headed reportage with unguarded personal testimony, it's you-are-there cinema of the most literal order. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
100% Scheme Birds (2019) As a feature-length debut for Swedish duo Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin, it's a work of major promise. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
100% The Seer and the Unseen (2019) This alleged elf whisperer makes for a highly unusual documentary subject and storyteller, at once wholly, earnestly truthful and questionable in her convictions. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Non-Beylievers should check out Homecoming, too: it's unabashedly indulgent at nearly two-and-a-half hours, but conveys a more tactile, communal sense of her star magnetism than you might glean from her mirror-sheen recordings. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy (2019) Elizabeth Carroll's zingy documentary portrait... puts a relevant, environmentally-minded contemporary lens on Kennedy's cherished traditionalism. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Run (2019) "Run" has been adapted and expanded from one of Graham's earlier shorts, and it finds him closer to the taut, textured form of his debut, notwithstanding the lean script's odd lapse into cliché. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) This is documentary cinema in which facts tangle compellingly with feeling, while passages of solemn, stately mood-building split the difference. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
100% The Silence of Others (2019) It's intricately fascinating material, even if it doesn't culminate in the cathartic climax that a fictitious version of this story would demand; Spain's reckoning with its history remains a nascent work in progress. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
90% Mine 9 (2019) Mensore's film aims chiefly to highlight the typical plight of an American underclass that rarely gets big-screen attention. That it does with honesty and conviction, if not a great deal of inspiration. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
No Score Yet The Rest (2019) It aims for the heart and hits with some force. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
No Score Yet Aire (2018) By the 70-minute mark, Lucía seems to have aged an eon an hour; many viewers will be right there with her. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
100% Pahokee (2019) Uneven as a social study, skipping abruptly past certain key local events, but lively and rousing as a generational snapshot, buoyed by the lovable, resilient kids at its heart. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
72% Maya (2018) This is the first stumble in Hansen-Løve's hitherto impressive filmography - the kind of directorial misstep that at least makes it clear how deft her footwork usually is. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
80% The Projectionist (El proyeccionista) (2019) An inventive vision, carried by the crumpled soulfulness of leading man Felix Germán and vibrant, sweat-soaked visuals: Never has the richness of Kodak stock been more thematically vital to a film's success. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
100% The Sower (Le semeur) (2019) Both moving on its own terms and an invigorating conversation-starter... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
No Score Yet The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea (2019) A stylish, many-stranded mystery that often casts viewers adrift in clashing tides of dark genre convention, nightmarish surrealism and fevered close-up character study. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
94% Sea of Shadows (2019) An environmentally conscious, unabashedly heart-grabbing exposé. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
27% The Aftermath (2019) Will please a select audience starved for grown-up comfort viewing... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
89% Tremors (Temblores) (2019) This strong second feature from Guatemalan talent Jayro Bustamante doesn't ask new questions, but its sensuous, reverberating atmospherics find fresh, angry ways to answer them. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
No Score Yet Flatland (2019) An exhilarating fusion of contemporary western, policier and girls-gone-wild road movie... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
100% Varda by Agnès (2019) Slight as a Varda film, but shot through with its maker's characteristic pluck and whimsy, "Varda by Agnès" gives her newly recruited fans everything they've come to see. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
76% Halston (2019) When it reverts to conventional documentary storytelling... "Halston" is thrilling stuff for fashion nerds, as well as a poignant character study of a misfit ultimately undone by his excessive hunger to prove himself. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
86% I Was at Home, But (Ich war zuhause, aber) (2019) Viewers should be loath to presume any questions being asked by Schanelec's exquisitely cryptic filmmaking, but our own are free to flower in its generous ellipses. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
67% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2019) Writer-director Safy Nebbou tucks bittersweet human observations between unabashedly outlandish twists. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
36% The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh) (2019) Aiming for stabs of morbid humor amid its relentless gutter-level horror, "The Golden Glove" instead takes on the flat, numbing quality of a particularly hardcore Punch-and-Judy show. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
71% Out Stealing Horses (Ut og stjæle hester) (2019) Effectively plays lush visual storytelling against its characters' desolate interiors. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
81% Mr. Jones (2019) A far stricter edit of this baggy 140-minute film would solve a number of its problems, but the good news is that "Mr. Jones" gets better and more soul-stirring as it goes along. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
44% The Operative (2019) A proficient but unsurprising espionage thriller from Israeli writer-director Yuval Adler that offers another well-fitted showcase for Diane Kruger's stern resolve as a performer. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019