Jamie Dunn

Jamie Dunn
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Jamie is a critic based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He?s film editor at The Skinny, Scotland?s largest arts and culture magazine, and contributes reviews to Sight & Sound and BBC Scotland?s The Afternoon Show.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 84% Onward (2020) Onward's premise - part Weekend at Bernie's, part Cronenberg - is pleasingly original, but the execution is all too familiar. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
5/5 95% First Cow (2020) As well as being Reichardt's sweetest and funniest film to date, First Cow also acts as self-homage, tying together the threads that run through her entire career. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
3/5 80% A Hidden Life (2019) It quickly becomes clear Franz's faith will not waver, and any suspense that the stoic farmer might bend to save his skin soon evaporates - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
2/5 70% Bombshell (2019) The paper-thin characterisation of its main protagonist is indicative of a well-meaning but shallow approach. Rather than explode, this Bombshell just fizzles out. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
No Score Yet Rosa Chumbe (2017) A bruising study of a female police officer in Lima... - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
96% Yuli (2018) Bollaín, working from Paul Laverty's script, has a trump card up her sleeve in the modern day dance sequences choreographed by Acosta, which punctuates the prosaic rags-to-renown dancer story with dollops of physical poetry. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
94% Petra (2018) Blending Greek tragedy with soap opera and told over a fractured chronology, Jaime Rosales' visually and emotionally dynamic Petra follows a young painter who joins the household of a famous artist... - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
100% Jean-François and the Meaning of Life (Jean-François i el sentit de la vida) (2018) We're getting a distinct Wes Anderson vibe from this whimsical take on teen angst from debut director Sergi Portabella. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
100% Miriam Lies (Miriam Miente) (2018) Directors Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada keep the camera close to their actors, creating an intimate portrait of an introverted young woman carrying a heavy emotional burden. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
75% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) Ortega's energetic style means the character's hedonistic crime spree is never less than luridly entertaining. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
100% Some Time After (Tiempo después) (2018) This madcap dystopian satire imagines the world's population has been reduced to a single building of well-off inhabitants, which is surrounded by a grimy collection of unemployed people barely surviving on the fringes. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
100% Moffie (2019) Hermanus has given us two thrillingly cinematic films digging deep into his nations' deep-seated anger, repression and self-loathing. I hope this talented filmmaker has more to say on the subject. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
4/5 77% Simon Killer (2013) Corbet brilliantly pitches his character on a razor's edge between pitiful and terrifying: even when he's being sweet he reeks of malevolence. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 79% Take This Waltz (2012) Polley captures this love triangle with a sharp eye for detail. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
100% Rialto (2019) Peter Mackie Burns realises that an elliptical cut can be just as powerful as a fistfight or shouting match, and an ambiguous final shot more satisfying than a pat conclusion. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
100% Fourteen (2019) Sallitt's thoughtful, incisive film articulates the feeling of an intense companionship fading imperceptibly over time. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 75% Rose Plays Julie (2019) Molloy and Lawlor approach the psychological thriller in a pleasingly unique and unsettling fashion. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 94% Babyteeth (2019) You won't find a livelier film about death. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 100% Our Ladies (2019) The film's chief selling point is the rambunctious chemistry between this ensemble and their authentically crude banter. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) Chris Morris is the master of this kind of down-is-up logic, and here he pushes the Kafkaesque satire to delirious levels. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) John Crowley fails miserably to turn Peter Straughan's overstuffed script into something remotely compelling. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 77% Skin (2019) Skin isn't always convincing - is the love of a good woman all a Nazi needs to change their ways? - but Bell certainly is. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 87% Hustlers (2019) Not since the days of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire has women's morally dubious pursuit of wealth been so much fun. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 71% The King (2019) If you're looking for a distraction from the chaos of British politics look elsewhere. Every second of The King is like looking in the mirror. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 34% Domino (2019) No amount of mutilation can disguise the fact that this is from the sick, brilliant mind that brought us Carrie, Blow Out and Body Double. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) The score suggests Vertigo, and like that film, our detective hero is not to be admired, although Garfield's endearing goofiness might fool you into doing so - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
5/5 100% Bait (2019) "A film that's both a celebration of community traditions and a triumph of old-school filmmaking." - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
4/5 72% The Lodge (2020) The Lodge shares some uncanny similarities to last year's Hereditary... but has plenty of its own tricks up its sleeve. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
4/5 91% Monsoon (2019) You don't need to be an immigrant returning home to recognise Khaou's keen sense of the loneliness of a traveller in a foreign land or the discombobulating effects it has on your mind and body. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
4/5 71% Lara (2019) An excruciating comedy of awkwardness that blossoms into a moving examination of a life lost and chances not taken. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 50% Robert the Bruce (2019) Macfadyen's full-blooded performance and the moral heft of his story proves a pleasing antidote to the other blood-thirsty takes on Celtic rebellion. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
4/5 96% Boyz in the Wood (2019) A rambunctious film shot through with daft humour and an endearing, toxic masculinity-smashing sweet streak. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Chapter 3 is relentless, only letting up for a few seconds to let you laugh at the absurdity and invention of its latest piece of ultraviolence. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 69% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) What we're left with is [Ryan] Reynolds being a PG-friendly goofball for 100 minutes, which might have been entertaining if we had a clue what was going on. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 81% Long Shot (2019) As well as a romantic comedy, Long Shot also fancies itself as a satire, but it pulls every one of its political punches. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 53% Destination Wedding (2018) The one-note script can be a tad wearing, but Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves are irresistible as two narcissists falling for one another. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 77% Guava Island (2019) The film is so breezy that resistance against its musical form will prove futile, though Glover doesn't leave much room for anyone else to shine. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/5 71% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier never achieves the nightmarish insanity that the premise promises [...] but maybe we're getting a little greedy. This is fun, muscular filmmaking. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It veers from space opera to buddy movie to Marvel action extravaganza, but Brie Larson's wise-cracking and a killer 90s soundtrack keep this latest MCU film watchable. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 85% The Vanishing (2019) The script is peppered with flinty dialogue and punctuated with a central sequence of intense violence that's so brutal and punishing its effects linger long after the incident. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
5/5 93% Monos (2019) Alejandro Landes' thrilling, dreamy Monos is like the Duke of Edinburgh Awards gone feral; or maybe think a mini-Beau Travail. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 83% Her Smell (2019) Even in the darkest moments of this emotional tornado of a film, flecks of dark humour and shimmers of humanity break through. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
5/5 97% Beats (2019) Beats is at its most thrilling when, like its lead duo, it breaks free of its grim reality and embraces the hallucinatory. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) The great achievement of Bo Burnham's debut feature is that he manages to visually articulate teen angst, and the results are hilarious and oh so cringe-worthy. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
5/5 94% Transit (2019) Past and present fold in on themselves, drawing parallels between the fear and paranoia of Nazi-occupied Europe and the treatment of refugees in Europe today. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
4/5 67% Knives and Skin (2019) Reeder's let's-throw-everything-in-the-pot maximalism creates a heady stew, with unbridled creativity her chief selling point. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 37% Glass (2019) When Glass is a Samuel L Jackson prison-break movie, it's a lot of fun. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) These are easy characters to root for, and pleasingly they don't conform to the worst of horror's gender conventions. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) There are many reasons to cherish tender family drama Wildlife. Chief among them is Carey Mulligan, who gives by some margin the finest performance of her career - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 92% Wild Rose (2019) Wild Rose is so much fun that you only half notice its left-turn from the star-is-born setup to something altogether richer and more emotionally satisfying. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018