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Jasper Rees

Jasper Rees
Jasper Rees's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Daily Telegraph (UK), The Spectator, The Arts Desk

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) There's almost no hinterland for Foy to work with. Some affecting last-minute tears are not enough to spring this Lisbeth from the cryo-chamber.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The costumes and wigs are splendid, and the songs are still up to snuff. But this homage to a showman is more famine than feast.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Am I a Murderer? (2018) With apologies for the lapse in taste, I was faintly reminded of Fletch and Godber trying to break back into prison in the film version of Porridge. This could and should have been a deeply serious contribution to the #MeToo story.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Farther and Sun: A Dyslexic Road Trip (2018) This was an eye-opening and engaging tour of a subject little-visited by television.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
2/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) Sarah Waters' haunted-house yarn from the maker of Room will leave you cold.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
4/5 100% Against the Law (2017) The script was strong on the factions within the gay community, and the erasure of class divisions among homosexuals. But nothing was quite as moving as the interviews. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 61% Yardie (2018) Yardie is a lively, smartly shot and impeccably designed entertainment, featuring an excellent British and Jamaican cast, and it's a welcome snapshot of an important moment in Anglo-Caribbean culture.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
5/5 No Score Yet Sylvia Plath: Inside the Bell Jar (2018) Thanks in part to a stylish montage of period imagery, this portrait was a psychological profile of an era for which President Trump's base is apparently nostalgic. It was great for white men, and women fed off scraps of the American Dream.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet British Sitcom - 60 Years Of Laughing At Ourselves (2016) For all this evidence of social progress seen through the lens of half-hour comedy, the impressive cast of nostalgists gathered to reflect on 60 years of television comedy included almost no women.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
94% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) This is a true find, therefore, and a captivating addition to the filmography of the first world war.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
No Score Yet Lost Boys? What's Going Wrong for Asian Men (2018) How many of Baig's perfectly nice boys think about their Britishness? This crucial question went unasked in an otherwise spry and eye-opening tele-essay.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
84% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) For any politician spoiling for a fight over Ireland's soft/hard border, Under the Tree is required viewing.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
78% The Escape (2018) The Escape is finally not quite as overwhelming as it might be. But this is a confrontational portrait of deadening unhappiness. It may well save some marriages. Or end others.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Stacey Dooley Investigates: Second Chance Sex Offenders (2018) As ever with such films - including Theroux's own - the meat was in the conversations with the offenders, whose desire for rehabilitation made them unreliable witnesses to their own recovery.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
5/5 100% Killed By My Debt (2018) Tahsin Guner's meticulous script lingered on agonising what-if turning points when tragedy might have been prevented.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
67% An Englishman in New York (2009) Perhaps it was only a matter of time before Hurt returned to a role which, more than any other, crystallised his instinctive understanding for society's outsiders.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Barry Davies: The Man, the Voice, the Legend (2018) If they were midfielders, Davies was the one with time on the ball, while Motson ran around puffing. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Rich Hall's Working for the American Dream (2018) This rambunctious essay was a great fillip. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/5 42% Swimming with Men (2018) Unfortunately the jokes did not write themselves, and no one else got round to writing them either.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know (2018) A Night In was a sort of celebrity nostalgia edition of Gogglebox.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Japan's Secret Shame (2018) Odds are stacked against all rape victims in Japan: there is a paucity of rape crisis centres, only eight per cent of the police force is female, and for 110 years the law demanded that accusers prove that they showed some sign of physical resistance.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) The jeopardy remains muted and subterranean until it sprouts at the very end.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
4/5 68% The Happy Prince (2018) Anyone expecting this biopic to be an unremitting tale of misery and humiliation should prepare for a joyous surprise.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/5 89% Studio 54 (2018) The documentary competently mixes in pulsating disco music, a whirl of stills and loads of old talking heads. As a homage to an epicurean Eden, it makes you wish you were there, without quite being able to take you.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
3/5 71% Edie (2017) Kevin Guthrie and Sheila Hancock in EdieHancock explores Edie's several shades of crotchetiness with energy, verve and a ruthless lack of vanity‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
5/5 100% Manchester: The Night of the Bomb (2018) This was a devastating and intimate diary of survival or death: the lottery of terror. ‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
91% Lean on Pete (2018) Lean on Pete is a beauty. Giddy up and go.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) This is destined to fill a rainy afternoon between Christmas and New Year.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
3/5 80% Journeyman (2017) The sporting action happens towards the start, but the heart of the story is in its aftermath.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
5/5 98% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) The picture that emerges is of an emotional nomad with a fragile gift for joy, embodied in a smile that could bring down the walls of Jericho.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/5 80% Unsane (2018) It's all a bit bonkers, though nothing if not timely.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
5/5 89% Being Blacker (2018) Molly Dineen's documentary puts race identity in Brixton under the microscope.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
4/5 95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) As marshalled by director Alexandra Dean, Bombshell is the revelatory memoir Lamarr never published.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
100% The Ice King (2017) The Ice King is a deftly crafted portrait of a melancholy pioneer.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) As happens in Hollywood, Robbie is taller and lovelier than her subject, but she beautifully captures Harding's wide-eyed yearning to excel despite forbidding odds. When she lands the triple Axel, her sheer exultation is infectious.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3/5 74% The Mercy (2018) Firth has always been adept at revealing shards of psychic trauma beneath a calm English defence; he has ample opportunity here as the gap between reality and fantasy stretches beyond breaking point.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/5 88% The Post (2018) This welcome paean to print is glorious broadsheet filmmaking.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/5 49% Downsizing (2017) Oddly for a film about the ecological benefits of keeping things small, Downsizing suffers from a curious case of bloat.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
5/5 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The performances, from start to finish, shimmer with conviction.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
57% Crooked House (2017) The outcome of the whodunnit is known to those who know, but for all the many red herrings and MacGuffins, a smattering of hints were dropped that the clever culprit would emerge from the left field.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 81% Voyeur (2017) The film is a bit of self-referential jumble which works best as a thinkpiece about the Faustian deal between writer and subject. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
70% Happy End (2017) The title is less a spoiler than a wish. Huppert and Trintignant, as ever, perform commandingly. Fantine Harduin is exceptional as the young Eve. None can quite stir the heart in this morose critique of a fractured society.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/5 61% Samba (2015) Based on a novel by Delphine Coulin, this is an affectionate and touching look at the absurdities of life as an illegal, and at its heart are two charming performances.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) If you accept that you're being sold a simplified snapshot, Battle of the Sexes is a lot of fun.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2/5 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) I started to lose the plot, plus the will to go on, about five minutes in, and that's before the serious head-scratching stuff about multiple time-frames and meta-reflexive parallel narratives mulched up in the vortex of the space-tedium continuum.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 76% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) The bottom line about Elser's story -- and this perhaps explains why he remains an obscurity -- is that it petered out. After starting with a bang, so does 13 Minutes.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/5 92% Marshland (La isla mínima) (2014) It hits most of the right notes as a conventional crime thriller featuring the usual ne'er-do-wells... What deepens it into something more involving is the combination of time and place.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 61% Legend (2015) Legend is indecently entertaining, but as an East End western it doesn't have a thought in its head other than to forgive the Krays for all their sins.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 79% Macbeth (2015) Kurzel has delivered a lean and sparse adaptation, heavily trimmed and light on psychological depth. As a cinematic spectacle it is stunning. As a study of the play, it lacks that essential Macbethian ingredient: ambition.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
4/5 72% The Decent One (2014) There is little unknown about Himmler's pivotal part in genocide. The film's power is in its access to the private workings of psychotic power-mongering, ideological hatred and pious self-pity.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017