John Berra

John Berra
John Berra's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Screen International Electric Sheep

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Crazy Alien (2019) Ning's unerring knack for illustrating the absurdity of contemporary China through popular genre iconography somewhat compensates for a repetitive second half. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
71% The Wandering Earth (2019) Even before it concludes in a bombastic manner that is more Michael Bay than Christopher Nolan, it's apparent that The Wandering Earth has made a giant leap for China's science fiction cinema but not for the genre itself. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
100% One Child Nation (2019) If it stops short of making an explicit political statement, a series of powerful testimonies leaves a harrowing micro-level impression. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
20% A Cool Fish (2018) Aiming for a mix of postmodern caper and grassroots social commentary, it's a hectically plotted misfire that comes up short on both fronts. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
83% Last Letter (2018) Playing a character who can't quite let go of past romantic disappointment despite her apparent present day happiness, Zhou credibly grounds a scenario so lightweight that it often seems about to float away. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Rib (2018) Despite its sincerity, The Rib is undermined by Zhang's tendency to foreground related issues with character development secondary to instigating debate. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
100% The Third Wife (2018) The almost entirely female cast is captivating throughout. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
86% Cities of Last Things (2018) Ho's most ambitious effort to date. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
67% Hidden Man (2018) Jiang has reined in his critique of China's capacity for corruption while taking a go-for-broke approach to escapist storytelling. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
79% Buffalo Boys (2019) Buffalo Boys romps through familiar 'birth of a legend' territory with moderately entertaining results. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
79% BuyBust (2018) Resolute performances give a vital human quality to a film that is otherwise as brazenly cynical as it is brilliantly executed. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
No Score Yet Dying to Survive (2018) Laced with caustic humour, although not at the expense of its fundamental sincerity. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
No Score Yet Lobster Cop (2018) With more inspired lunacy or smarter plotting, Lobster Cop could have been a surprising treat. As it is, this is perfectly digestible light entertainment that won't have anyone coming back for seconds. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
64% Animal World (2018) It's a scenario that is realised in extravagant fashion by writer-director Han Yan, whose heightened sensibility oscillates between dazzling and dizzying, often in the same elaborately designed sequence. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
100% Us & Them (2018) Taiwanese singer-actress Rene Liu makes her directorial debut with Us And Them, the kind of decade-spanning love story which could easily be condensed into one of her wistful pop songs but nonetheless proves sincerely affecting... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
No Score Yet A Or B (2018) Cursory details aren't enough to make one invest in a central protagonist who pretty much deserves everything he gets. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
No Score Yet Justice In Northwest (2018) Aiming to give the proceedings some gravitas, writer-director Huang Huang enlists the reliable services of Yu Nan and Simon Yam, yet the film is assembled in such a slipshod manner that their combined efforts are unable to overcome its shortcomings. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
78% Operation Red Sea (2018) The unflinching rawness of the action has considerable impact while undercutting the dominant jingoistic tone. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
56% Monster Hunt 2 (Zhuo Yao Ji 2) (2018) This sprightly follow-up to 2015's surprise fantasy blockbuster is considerably more enjoyable than the cluttered original. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
54% Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) Sicheng dials the original's lewd humor down a notch, but still mines stereotypes for easy laughs with Wang delivering his trademark high pitch comedic star turn. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
No Score Yet Till The End Of The World (2018) Unabashedly clichéd but benefits immensely from the natural splendour of Earth's southernmost continent and its reunion of the stars of the popular youth drama So Young ... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
No Score Yet A Better Tomorrow 2018 (2018) A Better Tomorrow 2018 is destined to wind up as a footnote to a stone cold classic, but this is nonetheless solid genre fare that stands on its own two feet, with both guns blazing. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
7% 7 Guardians of the Tomb (2018) The cast makes little effort to elevate the rote material, aside from Li, who maintains a sense of steadfast determination throughout. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
89% Legend Of The Demon Cat (Kûkai) (2019) Chen winds up with little more than an elaborate shaggy cat story, although one that is not without its fair share of incidental pleasures. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
No Score Yet The Liquidator (Xinli Zui Zhi Chengshi Zhi Guang) (2017) Sufficiently diverting that most viewers will want to see how it plays out, while the notion that perceived failings of the legal system can give rise to independent action gives the proceedings a topical edge. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
33% The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017) So eager to entertain that it forgets to establish a clear narrative, internal logic, or characters the audience can care about. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
No Score Yet Sky Hunter (2017) Sky Hunter has the rushed feel of a direct-to-DVD quickie with variable CGI renderings in the aerial sequences and ground level shoot-outs that lack any sense of danger. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
64% The Foreigner (2017) Campbell's unfussy style works well with Chan's choreography. The star's willingness to look his 63 years makes the falls look like they really hurt and creates a sense of jeopardy when Quan finds himself outnumbered. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
100% Violence at Noon (1966) Violence at High Noon is a detached and disturbing portrait of post-war Japan that owes much to the films of Alain Resnais and Robert Bresson in terms of its non-linear structure and its fascination with the amoral activity of the social outsider. - Electric Sheep EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2015
100% Otoshiana (Pitfall) (1962) Teshigahara employs simple but effective superimposition in order to visualise the realm of the afterlife. - Electric Sheep EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2011
69% Life During Wartime (2010) It is arguable that Solondz has been somewhat marginalised in recent years, but this 'sequel' exhibits a newfound mellowness that those who lost interest following the middle-class mockery of Storytelling may find oddly endearing. - Electric Sheep EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2010