Ian Waldron-Mantgani

Ian Waldron-Mantgani
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Born in Sligo, Ireland -- also the birthplace of brilliant filmmaker Neil Jordan -- Ian Waldron-Mantgani is the mixed-race son of an Indian-born doctor and Irish-born occupational therapist. He gained access to the internet in 1996 and immediately started posting movie reviews on message boards. After quotes in such publications as the Sunday Times, Ian decided it was time to create his own website. 'The UK Critic' first appeared online at the beginning of 1998, and quickly became Britain's pre-eminent centre of online criticism. On top of schoolwork, sporting activities and personal commitments, Ian reviewed every nationwide release in the year 2000, and continues to update his site weekly with every release of note. He sees the vast majority of films in his own time, with his own money. Despite the lack of monetary compensation, Ian?s reviews are heavily syndicated; he is a DVD reviewer for Apollo Guide, and has in the past served as head critic on CompuServe's UK Entertainment Forum and System Operator for Compuserve?s Empire Magazine forum. Pieces can also be found on entertainmentnutz.com, alltank.com, Reel Talk Movies, GDoggyDog?s Movie Reviews and the rec.arts.movies-reviews newsgroup. Ian makes regular contributions to Ebert?s Movie Answer Man column and provided " of the most amusing entries" to Ebert's witty book of movie cliches "The Bigger Little Movie Glossary". International awards received include four nominations for Online Film Critics Society Member of the Month, and Ian is one of the only British residents in the organisation -- serving the posts of full member, OFCS Mentor, Awards Committee member and Governing Committee member. As of September 2002, Ian has been studying a BA course in Film Studies at Sheffield Hallam University, which has the highest entry requirements of any pure film course in England.
Favorites:
Favorite film of all time: 12 Angry Men (1957)Favorite UK cinema releases of 2001: Requiem for a Dream, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Traffic, The Contender, You Can Count on Me, The Pledge, Ghost World, Girlfight, Almost Famous, Quills, Audition, Castaway, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Osmosis Jones, Thirteen Days
Location: Liverpool, UK
Official Websites: ukcritic.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Varda by Agnès (2019) As Varda's physical strength diminishes, and she gives us an ending that very much feels like a goodbye, she goes out by handing us an index to her case studies in how to spread creativity into the world. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
96% Amazing Grace (2018) Amazing Grace restores a missing piece of cinema history. With the gestures it reveals, and the spirituality it captures, it gives us something else - an act of worship, reborn. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
38% The Operative (2019) Spy movies often revolve around the question of where loyalties lie, and this one puts an intriguing spin on that prospect. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
No Score Yet Watergate (2019) One long - very long - run-on sentence that throws in a mass of details about the crisis but doesn't shape it in a way that makes sense of the information or gives us a reason to care. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
80% Mr. Jones (2019) A fiery epic paying further tribute to this forgotten figure of history, and stoking the coals of remembrance as the forces of authoritarianism are, as they say, back in the news. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
100% Fourteen (2019) This is a wonderful, subtly devastating film from a voice in American independent cinema that will hopefully become better known. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
7% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) Even Home Alone 2 is far more indelible than The Kindness of Strangers. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 48% Going in Style (2017) Grab-bag references to comedy entertainment glory give Going in Style a soothing veneer but never cheer its hollow centre. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2/5 76% The Void (2017) You may not only find yourself craving the seedy elegance of Lovecraft or Carpenter, but also the jolting liveliness of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
2/5 73% Unbranded (2015) The gift shop DVD from an exciting horse farm. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2015
3/5 91% Dear White People (2014) As enjoyable and refreshing as it is, there's a certain bite lacking in the delivery. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
5/5 98% 8 1/2 (1963) A carnival of the soul. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2015
3/5 74% The Falling (2015) Morley offers much to ponder, and it may be that this is a work that plays better with age - in hindsight, perhaps it can be appreciated for all that it puts on the table rather than for what it answers. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 100% Dreamcatcher (2015) It's a surprising, unlikely record of the peaks, troughs and specificity of being human. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/5 80% Black Sea (2015) A confused mishmash about greed, madness, violence and sentimental redemption. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
4/5 87% Winter Sleep (2014) Unfolding as a deep, empathetic series of conversations, it's an absorbing interplay of coldness and warmth both in its morality and in the stunning snowy landscapes and log-fire interiors of its settings. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2014
1/5 25% Third Person (2014) An interminable illusive boondoggle with clunky turns and a flat, uninspiring reveal. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/5 33% The Art Party! (2014) The signs read 'Come to the Art Party' but only the party aspect of art is on show, and the students being lobbied for don't seem to have been invited. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 64% The Patrol (2013) This bungled sortie in Helmand province presents a robust idea that's been executed poorly. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2014
70/100 64% O (2001) There's an air of authenticity to the proceedings here, and stylistic pretension never obscures good storytelling. - Apollo Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2005
2/4 No Score Yet Koroshiya 1: The Animation Episode 0 (2002) - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2005
4/4 82% Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2004
4/4 60% The Dreamers (2004) It's thrilling. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2004
96% Double Indemnity (1944) The ultimate film noir crime picture. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2004
65/100 100% Heidi (1937) Call me a sap, but Temple gets to me. - Apollo Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2004
2/4 78% The Mother (2004) - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2004
78/100 100% Lonely Hearts (1983) - Apollo Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2004
2.5/4 75% Big Fish (2003) The story of the movie is disjointed and unaffecting, and what we remember are all the little moments, for their visual splendour, their joyful flights of fancy. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2004
2/4 13% The Haunted Mansion (2003) - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2004
3.5/4 95% Lost In Translation (2003) The movie should have been a masterpiece of mood and character, and it almost is, revolving as it does around two wonderful performances. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2004
2/4 71% Cold Mountain (2003) Whether we're watching the domestic struggles of Kidman or Law doing moody wandering, scenes run on randomly, and don't build into a structure with arc or emphasis. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2004
1.5/4 87% Freaky Friday (2003) Somehow people have got it into their heads that this is a good movie. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2004
2/4 63% Love Actually (2003) It wants to swirl round the world and find love in every cranny, but it doesn't have the effortless rush of energy that it would need to make the masses of plot come together. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2004
3.5/4 85% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) The arguments between Bettany and Crowe don't seem like typical leader-and-subordinate confrontations, but have real philosophical edge, and are beautifully played. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2004
3/4 88% Mystic River (2003) It's not the masterpiece people have been claiming, but Eastwood does set up a gripping moody atmosphere and get some fine performances out of his actors. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2004
1.5/4 77% Peter Pan (2003) It's not colourful, it's not fun, it's just a gaudy mess of bad aesthetic choices and cruddy CGI. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2004
1.5/4 77% Seabiscuit (2003) TV-movie slush. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2004
3/4 94% Touching the Void (2004) There's something amazing about looking in the eyes of the guys telling this story. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2004
38% Armageddon (1998) Where things fall apart are the scenes that try to put in characterisation, and, God help us, comic relief. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2004
3/4 74% Pure (2005) Talented performers, effectively dramatic. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2004
2/4 57% Cremaster 4 (1995) Fairly straightforward, at least compared to the rest of the cycle... - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2004
2/4 71% Cremaster 5 (1997) Lots of classy dark colours and soaring music... - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2004
2/4 67% Cremaster 1 (1996) Beautiful... - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2004
3.5/4 64% The Shape Of Things (2002) Some critics have called the film stolid and stagy. I think the way it sits still and looks hard is just the point, and the key to its effect. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2004
4/4 93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Ultimately this journey has been about the endgame, and now that we're here, we get a shattering sense of all that is at stake. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2004
2/4 71% Cremaster 2 (1999) It's a little longer than Cremaster 1, and it has extra room for more confusing craziness. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2003
2/4 63% Cremaster 3 (2003) The endurance test of the Cremaster series. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2003
1/4 34% In the Cut (2003) A movie that moves between pretentious and incompetent, a sleazy straight-to-video-style sex and violence crapfest which ends up simply laughable when it tries to go arty. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2003
1/4 37% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) There's a simple philosophy behind a movie like this: Add more squishing, add more screaming, and it'll be better. Or at least it'll make more money. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2003
3/4 86% Daft Punk & Leiji Matsumoto's Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003) This is a film you go to for the pretty pictures, for the neon and the quirky shapes, for the mix of 80s retro style with the fashions of today. - UK Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2003