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
4/5 96% Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) This kangaroo court descends into chaos and Jude makes his point long before its conclusion. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
5/5 100% Petite Maman (2021) Petite Maman is brimming over with emotion and, like its young protagonist, surprisingly wise in its explorations of grief and love. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
5/5 100% What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? (2021) A poetic lark of a film overflowing with a love for urban life at its most quotidian. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
4/5 97% Gunda (2020) With no sweeping music, cutesy narration or attempts to anthropomorphise, Kossakovsky allows us to think for ourselves and form more personal observations. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
5/5 92% Limbo (2021) Flecks of hope break through the darkness, but they don't dampen Limbo's emotional power or political substance. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
4/5 100% Iorram - Boat Song (2021) An expressive doc blending oral history, folk song and seascape to celebrate a vibrant but endangered culture. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 95% Riders of Justice (2021) If Taken featured scenes of screwball comedy and tender male bonding, it might look a bit like Riders of Justice. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Pieces of a Woman is the kind of blistering melodrama for grown-ups that Hollywood barely makes anymore. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 75% Enforcement (Shorta) (2021) There are shades of Walter Hill in Shorta, which is great when trading in cop movie clichés but less sure-footed when trying to address real-world issues. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 98% Apples (Mila) (2020) Nikou's film is disappointingly literal compared to others from the Greek Weird Wave. Still, it's not without its wry pleasures. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
5/5 93% Saint Maud (2020) This subjective nightmare will surely end up being among the great debuts of the year. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2021
3/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) The abuse and subjugation of women emerges as the movie's major theme, so it's appropriate that Maria Bakalova as Tutar is given as much opportunity to shine as Borat himself. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
2/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) The ending manages to be both so bitter it curdles the whole picture but also cowardly in its crowd-pleasing wish-fulfilment. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2020
4/5 94% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) Roy Andersson is on sparkling form with his latest Beckett-esque study in the human condition. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2020
4/5 87% Patrick (2019) Plays like a Coen brothers-esque caper where everyone just happens to be naked - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
2/5 88% Undine (2020) Petzold is clearly enjoying himself here, but his gonzo approach somewhat robs this tragic love story of any emotional power. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
3/5 88% 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 96% 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 81% 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 68% 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 & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
93% 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
73% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) Ortega's energetic style means the character's hedonistic crime spree is never less than luridly entertaining. - Sight & 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 & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
90% 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 & 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 & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
98% Fourteen (2020) Sallitt's thoughtful, incisive film articulates the feeling of an intense companionship fading imperceptibly over time. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 92% Rose Plays Julie (2021) 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 93% Babyteeth (2020) 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 64% 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 25% 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 76% 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 59% 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 74% 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 88% Monsoon (2020) 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 82% 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 44% 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 87% Get Duked! (2020) 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 89% 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 68% 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