Guy Lodge Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Set It Up (2018) It's the stars who have to work hardest to sell this kind of egg-white confection, and so they do.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
No Score Yet Kapgang (2014) Aided by Oplev's commendably gentle direction of his excellent young leads, Speed Walking is most notable for its delicately candid depiction of the earliest, most malleable stage of teen sexuality.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3/5 84% Alex Strangelove (2018) Alex Strangelove is most credible and affecting when the kids at its centre speak out, act out and make out with the insecurity and inconsistency of, well, kids.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
40% Buy Me a Gun (Cómprame un revolver) (2018) Would that "Buy Me a Gun" had been more firmly inspired by its picaresque structure.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
No Score Yet Sink or Swim (Le grand bain) (2018) As harmless as it is silly, but dampened by idle gags, empty characterization and an inordinate two-hour runtime.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
No Score Yet The State Against Mandela and the Others (2018) The film brings emotive, enlightening perspective to a case that may be most famous for putting Mandela in prison for 27 years, but ruptured many other lives besides.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
57% In My Room (2018) "In My Room" presents and accepts its partial apocalypse with unquestioning calm - an extreme contrivance that merely enables an elegant, exacting character study.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 19, 2018
No Score Yet Los silencios (2018) A sensitively observed, patience-rewarding sophomore feature from Brazilian writer-director Beatriz Seigner.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/5 83% Whitney (2018) Many of us missed Whitney even before she left; this imperfect documentary preys calmly and effectively on that longing.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
83% Fugue (Fuga) (2018) Its controlled expansiveness of tone, psychology and camera mark its helmer - invaluably aided by writer-star Gabriela Muskała - as a stylist of considerable, unpredictable finesse.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
No Score Yet The Harvesters (2018) This sternly moving, vividly shot rural drama draws quasi-Biblical resonance from its tale of teenage foster brothers locked in a familial and cultural power struggle on a remote farmstead.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
92% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) A slow but bewitching burn that rewards viewers' patience with humor and uncanny grace, sealing Rohrwacher's status...as a truly distinctive European major.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
83% Sauvage (2018) It's a film that scrutinizes male bodies - whether lithely tattooed or creased like crepe paper - with an attentive but uncritical eye.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
71% Diamantino (2018) "Love has reasons that even reason can't understand," muses Diamantino in voiceover at one point; so does this lovably ludicrous film.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
75% To the Ends of the World (Les confins du monde) (2018) [jA] deliberate, elliptical and startlingly carnal vision of a rogue French soldier's vengeful heart-of-darkness quest.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
100% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) A soberly moving study of the disappointment and insecurity that can blossom from supposed renewal: It's a romance in which new beginnings and endings can be hard to tell apart.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
59% Summer (Leto) (2018) Only sporadically finds the sweet spot, landing on stray moments of both human tenderness and musical euphoria in a bemusing blizzard of assorted characters, styles and songs that often tips over into outright kitsch.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
82% Rafiki (2018) For Kahiu, this sophomore feature should secure enough exposure to enable further, more ambitious vehicles for her direct, Afropop-infused style.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
100% McQueen (2018) Supremely elegant and engrossing...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
No Score Yet The Feeling of Being Watched (2018) Equal parts angry and anxious, Boundaoui's smart, unsettling documentary functions both as a real-world conspiracy thriller and a personal reflection on the psychological strain of being made to feel an outsider in one's own home.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
No Score Yet Exit Music (2018) Frankness and delicacy...distinguishes Cameron Mullenneaux's wrenching documentary study of a young cystic fibrosis patient's final months.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
100% Golden Dawn Girls (2017) The three women's distinct, contrasting personalities carry "Golden Dawn Girls" at an intriguing microcosmic level, to the point that the film identifies the party's menfolk as little as possible.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
83% The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto) (2018) "The Desert Bride's" unassuming tale winds up as enticingly unfamiliar as a shoal of opalescent sea glass somehow washed up in inland barrens.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
74% Little Pink House (2018) If the story's political and personal nuances have been a bit flattened in Balaker's script, keeping proceedings in a movie-of-the-week register, this "Little Pink House" nonetheless retains what property developers would call good bones.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
63% Beyond the Clouds (2018) What this brightly painted film lacks in streetwise authenticity is balanced by its righteous strength of feeling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
79% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) They've disentangled the novel's dramatic and romantic complications to a fault; if it's possible to merely amble in place, that's what the storytelling in "Guernsey" does for protracted stretches of screen time.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
84% Journeyman (2017) A victory on points, if not quite a knockout blow.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
16% All I Wish (A Little Something for Your Birthday) (2018) It's left to Stone to prop up the whole scented-tissue affair, and that she cheerfully does, with a calm, centered force of personality that lends credibility even to the most raggedly developed aspects of her character.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
82% Ghost Stories (2018) There's the phantom of a psychothriller for the ages inside "Ghost Stories" that never quite fights its way out of the film's tightly structured creepshow homage, but the goosebumps it raises are real, and honestly earned.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
No Score Yet Status Update (2018) If ever a film demanded to be viewed on a phone, it's this one.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
No Score Yet The Raft (2018) The surprisingly short leap from radical academic study to lurid exploitation is navigated with wit, sensitivity and rueful social awareness in Swedish director Marcus Lindeen's gripping debut feature "The Raft."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
86% A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) (2018) Remains affecting in spite of its stickiest impulses, and should continue to please audiences without making any claims for classic status within a heavily populated genre.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
60% The Laws of Thermodynamics (Las Leyes de la Termodinámica) (2018) The final result is a curiosity, sure, but a cute, quick-witted one, with much (maybe too much) on its mind.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
No Score Yet Love in Youth (2017) Perkins has a soft, sensitive ear for how the inarticulacy of some teenagers reveals strong, surging, inchoate feelings in the pauses.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
No Score Yet Shock Waves - Diary of My Mind (Journal de ma tête) (2018) [A] short, riveting exploration of adolescent psychosis, teacherly responsibility, and the moral minefield that connects them.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
60% The Game Changers (2018) If a few more guys start eating their greens as a result, this blunt but belief-fueled film will have done its job.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
55% The Forgiven (2018) At least gives the Commission's heroic chairman, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, his due by placing him front and center in its history - though it's debatable whether Forest Whitaker's glazed impersonation should be considered an honour.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
83% Chef Flynn (2018) It's as an ambiguous study of parenting a prodigy that the film lingers on the palate, as McGarry's mother Meg documents and manages his evolution to an obsessive, gradually oppressive degree.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
70% Finding Your Feet (2018) "Finding Your Feet" hits its romantic-comedy beats with an old-timer's clockwork efficiency.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
42% Mary Magdalene (2018) Hushed, deliberate and realised with considerable care and beauty, the resulting film has its heart entirely in the right place; its pulse, unfortunately, is far harder to locate.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
80% Lemonade (2018) "Lemonade" remains effective and agitating precisely where it needs to be, while the subtleties of Manovici's performance, clouding her ingenue-like appearance with flashes of hard-lived savvy, keep the drama on edge.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
40% Songwriter (2018) For better or worse, it's the kind of feature one can imagine being presented on one side of a DualDisc album edition, if only Sheeran's primary demographic still consumed physical media.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
80% Eldorado (2018) "Eldorado's" historical narrative is inevitably less vividly portrayed than its contemporary one, though that in itself is poignant: a reminder of how fragile individual migrants' stories are to begin with ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) We're in schlock corridor here and Soderbergh runs with it, cellphone in hand; under the buzzing suspense mechanics, however, a cautionary note on the perils of disbelieving women is just audible.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
40% My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot (Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot) (2018) When you're almost grateful for a late bout of torture porn to break up the tedium, it doesn't say much for the film's ideas, however poetically expressed and visualized they may be.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
100% Season of the Devil (Ang Panahon ng Halimaw) (2018) Diaz remains emphatically his own artist, whether to exhilarating or punishing effect: "Don't give in to the masses' sensibilities!" warns one of his typically catchy lyrics, and you can't say he doesn't practice what he preaches.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
50% Profile (2018) An undeniably engrossing but almost entirely specious affair: Any factual grounding gives way beneath the film as it devolves into shrill heart-versus-head melodrama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
88% U: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) "U - July 22" is designed to be as immersive as it is exhausting, and largely succeeds ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Prayer (La prière) (2018) The unwavering human kindness of "The Prayer" - a film as clean and bracing as the mountain air that surrounds it - sees it through to something truthful.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
0% Eva (2018) All the narrative's blank spaces, previously well-guarded by editor Julia Gregory, collapse into a fudged finale of stuttering irresolution.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018