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 HitFix Heat Magazine Vanity Fair

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T-Meter Title | Year
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
70% 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
No Score Yet 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
90% Sea of Shadows (2019) An environmentally conscious, unabashedly heart-grabbing exposé. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
25% The Aftermath (2019) Will please a select audience starved for grown-up comfort viewing... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
86% 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
80% 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
83% 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
83% 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
30% 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
67% 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
80% 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
38% 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
83% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) There's of-the-moment cinema and then there's on-the-moment cinema, ripped so freshly from the headlines that the filmmaking still bears a few ink smudges. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
7% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) Even Kazan's stalwart commitment to the material can't resolve the clash of grit and whimsy in Scherfig's schizo moral fable. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
87% Shooting the Mafia (2019) An opportunity for something more rousing and revelatory has been missed. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
90% Top End Wedding (2019) "Top End Wedding" strains for broad farce in its tonally yo-yoing first half, before relaxing into a gentler, more poignant tale of familial bonding as the forestalled but inevitable nuptials approach. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
No Score Yet Honeyland (2019) In Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska's painstaking observational documentary, everything from the honey upwards is organic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A pretty zappy effects showcase, weighed down by a protracted, soul-challenged Frankenstory that short-circuits every time it gets moving. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
100% Beats (2019) Playing things with just the right blend of dopey naivete and doleful self-awareness, Ortega and Macdonald are an endearing double act: the former a sweet, anxious straight man to the latter's gangly comic exclamation mark. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
89% Animals (2019) Hyde's generous, freewheeling film is a pleasingly disorderly addition to the still-underpopulated ranks of female friendship studies... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) A work of memoir shattered and reassembled into a universally moving, truthful fiction. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
79% Photograph (2019) A winsome diversion. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
100% Queen of Hearts (2019) [A] sleek, engrossing melodrama... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Rewrites no genre rules, but abounds in bristly calling-card atmospherics. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
100% Divine Love (2019) A heady vision of a secular state hanging by a slender thread. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
89% The Last Tree (2019) Thoughtfully alternates universal adolescent insecurities with urgently specific minority politics - filtered through a first-person perspective that itself oscillates between furious clarity and vivid confusion. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
80% St. Bernard Syndicate (2019) A wily left turn into narrative filmmaking for celebrated docmaker Mads Brügger, "St. Bernard Syndicate" deftly extends the dry satirical streak of his non-fiction work into a more heightened vein of farce; rarefied cult status awaits. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
55% Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) A genuine lust for life colours Kechiche's filmmaking; in this case, his joie de vivre could stand to be a tiny bit more selective. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
90% The Distant Barking of Dogs (2018) Lereng Wilmont's subjects earn their stray moments of rustic poetry; so does his film. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
67% Swing Kids (2018) By the end, fancifully snappy dance numbers vie with grisly bullet ballet for top setpiece honors: Kang stages both with aplomb, leaving audiences caught between crying and cheering. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
No Score Yet Malila: The Farewell Flower (2017) A film dedicated to the simultaneous beauty and cruelty of impermanence... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
85% Dumplin' (2018) "Dumplin'" has been so carefully calculated, it's a wonder it plays as warmly and sincerely as it does. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) Although it's quietly domestic in focus, Roma carries the heft Cuarón has gained in his Hollywood years, and wears it well. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
3/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Conceptually, it's rather ingenious, with well-aimed barbs at abusive commenter culture and social-media narcissism that adds up to a welcome moral for small fry... - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
1/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) It's far from the first Robin Hood film, it almost certainly won't be the last, but it'll take a concerted effort from future generations to overtake it as the worst. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
93% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) The aesthetic conjured by art directors Vitar and Vini Wolf is entirely its own creation, fluidly rotating from shadowed urban claustrophobia to blazing kaleidoscopic hellscapes, with secondary forms and backdrops flickering and shape-shifting... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
100% Only You (2018) The tinderbox connection between stars Laia Costa and Josh O'Connor is what elevates this grown-up relationship study from respectable to lovable. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
No Score Yet Birds are Singing in Kigali (Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali) (2017) The actors, for their part, keep things effectively simple amid this agitated mise-en-scène, with Umuhire particularly powerful as she wrestles with Claudine's alternately surging feelings of anger, exasperation and abject, petrifying grief. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) If a couple of labored gags around hauling luggage don't fully land, that rather proves how much more art went into Laurel and Hardy's craft than they ever chose to let on. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
92% Been So Long (2018) A mixed bag galvanized by Michaela Coel and Arinzé Kene's star chemistry. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Perhaps surprisingly, with a blockbuster merchant at the helm, little here is rousing or sentimental; the film's mordant intimacy of perspective endures as stoically as the speakers themselves. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
89% Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) Ben Wheatley strips things way back for his nerve-raddled family reunion comedy, and the result is one of his best, most fluid films. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
100% Liyana (2018) A film for enterprising, discussion-inclined parents and teachers to share with their own young ones, passing the story on in the process. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
No Score Yet Richard Says Goodbye (2018) The character's misogyny seems to have bled into the screenplay: Women, be they loveless middle-aged shrews or guileless ingenues, exist here solely to prompt and inspire our downtrodden hero's cathartic disobedience. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018