John Bleasdale

John Bleasdale
John Bleasdale's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound Electric Sheep CineVue

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/5 11% Grace Of Monaco (2014) The film isn't just bad - it's awful - ineptly directed (Olivier Dahan), terribly written (Arash Amel) and bafflingly acted by an assortment of miscast faces. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
5/5 93% Whiplash (2014) A supreme meditation on the encouragement of brilliance and the excesses of power, Whiplash is a stunning musical drama with a rhythm section to die for. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) The late Rob Stewart's activist documentary Sharkwater Extinction is an urgent and moving plea for action against the illegal trade. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 85% Willow Creek (2014) The inherent silliness of the concept begins to rub off. It soon becomes difficult to dismiss the suspicion that Goldthwait had set out to make a comic horror but forgot to insert any laughs. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 92% Benjamin (2018) The acting is uniformly excellent, with Morgan giving the lead a witty charisma as if Bernard Black from Black Books had avoided the red wine. And Jessica Raine's flighty publicist gives the film a welcome jolt of earthy fun. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Tavarataivas (2014) My Stuff has no philosophical underpinning; it's not an attack on consumerism or a Walden-like retreat from the world, but rather an indulgent holiday into the self. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 79% The Robber (2011) The Robber is a piece of taut Eurocrime which, while unambitious, is also lean, unpretentious and effective. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 75% Plot for Peace (2014) All the major players are interviewed and the directors of Plot for Peace are canny enough to allow the arguments that still remain to get equal airing. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 67% Project Wild Thing (2013) Ultimately, the environment and our unique relationship with it deserves something a little better, a little bolder and a little less complacent. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) The script by Cronin and Stephen Shields blends the familiar with the eerie well and never allows silliness to take over. The performances all round are superb and Seána Kerslake creates a credible heroine. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 67% The Iceman (2013) The Iceman is undeniably Shannon's film, and his performance is at once both powerful and nuanced. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
2/5 60% Dead Europe (2012) The film's supernatural elements rub against [its] social critique uncomfortably and confusingly - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Confession of a Child of the Century (2012) The film remains visually competent, and Verheyde is a proven and talented director, yet the hand-held camerawork soon gets tiresome and the feel for the period is notably off. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 87% The Workshop (L'atelier) (2018) Alexei Sayle once cautioned that you should never enter a workshop that doesn't have a vice in it. French writer-director Laurent Cantet's new film The Workshop soon reveals that though it's not that kind of workshop, he is still able to turn the screws. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/5 63% Trishna (2012) The cast bring an easy naturalistic style to their performances, softening some of the more melodramatic elements of the plot, with Winterbottom's camera eager to capture the colours, multiple identities and complexities of modern day India. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
5/5 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) Never has the phrase 'creeping horror' been so apt. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 68% Wuthering Heights (2012) The film isn't just earthy -- it is muddy and soiled. Arnold is fantastic at conveying a tactile world of rough edges - wood grain, bracken and rock - a gritty world inhabited by moths, beetles and watched over by hovering birds of prey.. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
80% Suburban Birds (Jiao qu de niao) (2019) A mysterious sense of being off-balance pervades Qiu Sheng's debut feature... a tilting that, although only detectable by scientific devices and rigorous observations, can nonetheless have dramatic results. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
4/5 79% Killer Joe (2012) Killer Joe's scenes are long and dialogue is of a high quality; by turns funny and absurd, yet also desperately sad. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 86% Sisters (1973) An effective thriller, Sisters is an intense tightly executed slasher, which fans of the directors later work will revel in - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/5 100% Everything or Nothing (2012) Stevan Riley's film is a good looking and fast moving tale and it has to be, considering the number of personalities and the twists and turns that it needs to squeeze in. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 54% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) The anarchy is performed and organised around the flowing camera but, in the onrush of experience, there's very little emotional engagement other than a creeping dread that danger is always to be about to breakthrough the frankly flimsy veneer. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
87% First Man (2018) An intimate epic which is as fascinated by the small steps as it is exhilarated by the giant leap. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 88% The Nightingale (2019) This is a powerful and disturbing film - and the true history of the period unfortunately justifies a grim view of human nature. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 80% 22 July (2018) Given that Greengrass is obviously aiming for naturalism, the main drawback to his approach is that everyone speaks English. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
5/5 59% Vox Lux (2018) It's funny, thrilling, deadly serious and achieves genuine depth. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2/5 76% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Dragged... is supposed to be a slow burn, but it's more like a soggy smoulder. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
5/5 80% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2018) Cinematographer Diego Romero Suarez-Llanos shoots everything with an unobtrusive beauty and Minervini is once more incredibly adept at making these slices of life cohere into both individual stories and in order to present a broader panorama. The - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
63% Peterloo (2019) Mike Leigh's film is a powerful blunt weapon, hitting back for the people who refused to. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
4/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) At the heart of the film are two pitch perfect lead performances. Though Reilly and Phoenix don't look particularly like brothers, they certainly behave like them. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
3/5 56% The Mountain (2018) Alverson's The Mountain is arthouse cinema at its frostiest. Like the lobotomist's hands, you can admire the craft, while wishing it had been applied with more humanity. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
4/5 66% Suspiria (2018) Guadagnino directs the hell out of his Suspiria, heightening the sound design and using cuts that feel more like stabs. He wallows in the impressionistic weather - it only stops raining to start snowing - and gives a wonderful sense of place. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
4/5 96% Roma (2018) It's fitting that Cuarón is also the cinematographer here, as Roma is a deeply personal handsome vision. Cuarón is a master at visual storytelling, pointing to a small change in the frame that will be important later on. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
4/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The six tales collected in the dusty old hardback book The Ballad of Buster Scruggs... are packed with originality, poetry and glorious wit. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) This utter ludicrousness has all the hallmarks of reality television... but Cooper is so heartfelt in his direction and performance, while [Lady Gaga] has a credibly wonderful voice, so the fairytale feels true. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
4/5 82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) It is remarkably good. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite has ribaldry and intelligence to burn, a deliciously entertaining period piece that feels liberated by its period, rather than restrained and invigorates like a glass of wine thrown violently in your face. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 94% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) The Eyes of Orson Welles is an enlightening essay on how this most famous of directors saw things. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
3/5 95% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) Rui Pocas' cinematography is rich with particularly lush use of matte paintings for the cityscapes and the contrast between Ana's antiseptic wealth and the colourful jumble of Clara's home is effectively marked. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/5 89% A Ciambra (2018) Carpignano's mission seems to be to give the marginalized and voiceless a chance to represent their own stories. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
4/5 96% Filmworker (2018) Filmworker acts both as a specific act of homage to this unique man as well as a celebration of the thousands of people behind the scenes who might get on the credit roll but long after the audience have shuffled from their seats. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Howard keeps everything moving at a whip, as if he wants to finish the film under twelve parsecs. But speed paradoxically doesn't make for excitement. Too much breathlessness and we simply suffocate. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
4/5 86% Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna (The Postman's White Nights) (2014) Konchalovsky offers up an intimate and moving pastoral. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/5 94% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) It would take someone with ears of cloth and a heart of stone not to start fishing out some of the old soundtracks to enjoy them anew. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
5/5 91% Birdman (2014) Birdman is a rich, startlingly clever and multi-layered collage, with Iñárritu creating a meta-universe of mirrors and performances upon performances. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
4/5 100% Wajib (2017) A whip-smart, moving comedy of family and community. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
4/5 70% Happy End (2017) It may be something of a greatest hits mixtape, but it's also an arresting offering. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/5 85% The Transfiguration (2017) O'Shea works hard to find a denouement which will tie up all the loose ends and lend The Transfiguration suitable pathos. Sadly, one can't help but wonder if it would make Milo's video library. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 75% Suntan (2017) The comedy is sniggery and the tragedy, at last, exasperated - the bland Suntan of the title hiding the carcinogens stirring under the skin. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) [Rules Don't Apply] is an entertaining and surprisingly low-key portrait of excess. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017