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
3/5 94% Babyteeth (2020) With Babyteeth, Murphy has directed a moving piece that avoids the mawkish and promises great things for the future. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
3/5 46% A Rainy Day in New York (2020) The clue is in the title. If this was on television and there's only racing on the other side, you'd stick with it. It's a rainy afternoon film that passes the time pleasantly. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
4/5 95% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Avi Belkin's Mike Wallace Is Here harvests a vast archive of interviews and b-roll footage to create a fascinating profile of a combative, conflicted figure, who nevertheless substantially changed the face of how news was reported. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
2/5 71% Camino Skies (2019) Camino Skies allows us a pleasant travelogue and some moving individual portraits in pain, but in wanting to keep things moving and spare us the slog, loses something along the way. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
2/5 44% Cuck (2019) Though it hints at moments of wit, Cuck never feels serious enough to be a convincing character study and not garish enough to head into genre territory. Ultimately, this sordid tale feels both real and inconsequential. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
4/5 72% Vivarium (2020) Eisenberg's clamped brand of nebbishness works well in this environment but it is Poots with an easy confident performance that gives the film the heart in a heartless world. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
4/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' timely documentary on the Nobel Prize-winning novelist is a persuasive argument for rereading Morrison if you've already read her works -- and if you haven't, an imperative to get to it. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
4/5 97% Midnight Family (2019) An acutely observed and frequently heartbreaking documentary. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
2/5 35% Seberg (2020) Seberg, for all its best intentions, ultimately fails for not being as radical as its own inspiration. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
4/5 54% Saturday Fiction (Lan xin da ju yuan) (2019) Ma Yingi's screenplay describes a plot drawn in smoke with editors Lou Ye and Feng Shan Yu-Lin keeping everything moving at a fair clip and piling deception and character on character, betrayal on betrayal. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
54% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) Guerra's film not only feels fresh - it feels vital, bolstered and humanised by a stunning portrait of quiet humanity by Mark Rylance. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 80% The Domain (A herdade) (2019) The cast is generally excellent, with Jeronimo exceptional in the lead. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 80% The Painted Bird (2020) We have to supply the empathy; we have to supply the horror. Nothing is given to us. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 41% Wasp Network (2019) Characters become less interesting as they are used up by the plot and thrown away... And yet the cast is so good and the rhythm is as vibrant and lively as the Cuban streets that we get to see. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 96% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) Only Roy Andersson would call a 76-minute film About Endlessness. It is of a piece with his droll Swedish wit, a universe drawn with fastidious precision and painted in a palette of greys, drab greens, beiges and browns. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 89% Ema (2019) There's so much to enjoy in Ema that it comes as a surprise that there's so little there. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) Hopefully, Soderbergh's film will raise more awareness as well as a chuckle. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) Michôd and fellow screenwriter Joel Edgerton have made some bold new decisions and offer an intriguing new look at one of England's most heroic and iconic monarchs, even if perhaps inevitably it doesn't quite bring home a historic victory. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
5/5 69% Joker (2019) Phoenix has plumbed depths so deep and given such a complex, brutal and physically transformative performance, it would be no surprise to see him take home a statuette or two come award season. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) The truth is that The Truth is an above-average French comedy and Kore-eda has succeeded in a finely wrought act of ventriloquism and diva worship. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 94% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story is a mature and rich work, deeply empathetic, coolly intelligent and beautifully wrought -- in both senses of the word. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra looks handsome and there are flashes of brilliance -- the lunar chase and the opening set-piece in particular. But scenes come and go with a weightlessness that has nothing to do with zero gravity. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 82% Space Dogs (2019) A fascinating impressionistic documentary by Kresmer and Peter... The alienness of humanity, when seen from another perspective, is evident throughout the film. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/5 88% The Girl with a Bracelet (2020) What elevates the film is the superb acting from the ensemble, the restraint of the direction, always keeping melodrama at more than arm's length as well as Carla Pallone's atmospheric score. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/5 80% Instinct (2019) Sometimes complex and wrong and sometimes just plain wrong. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 69% Three Peaks (2019) This is a powerful and beautifully shot film of love and survival. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 74% Alps (Alpeis) (2012) The acting is excellent throughout, each performer managing to play up the comic aspects with a new definition of deadpan. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 67% Terraferma (2013) Terraferma is an angry and heartfelt denunciation of the situation, but despite a beautiful opening sequence, the film sinks beneath its crude characterizations, melodramatic twists and the mawkish simplicity of its own politics. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 65% Faust (2013) In a remarkable and ultra-physical performance, Zeiler gives us a staggering, stumbling, careless and forgetful Faust, constantly muttering and undecided, fickle in his attentions. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 91% The Climb (2020) Covino's brilliant comedy is original and smartly entertaining: a celebration of male friendship in all its ups and downs. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 55% Sibyl (2020) Ultimately, it never quite squares the circle of the comedy and the pain, but Triet is a sophisticated filmmaker and this -- her third feature -- is further proof of great talent. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 93% Wildlife (2018) [Director Paul Dano's] compositions seem taken from the paintings of Edward Hopper... Unfortunately, the pace is similarly static... This results in a deadening of effect that renders the melancholy monotonous. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 76% Yomeddine (2019) Shawky's Yomeddine is an accomplished appeal for empathy and an entertaining journey of discovery. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Pawlikowski's Cold War is dedicated to his parents, on whose love affair it is loosely based. It is an appropriately beautiful and sympathetic tribute. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) A fascinating chapter in Jia's ongoing chronicle of ordinary lives affected by unprecedented change in China. The background is often as important as the story, with the locations dramatically changing as time goes by. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) The road is blocked; progress is slow, hampered by tradition and misogyny, but there are still voices that want to be heard and despite his own current house arrest, Jafar Panahi's is one of the most articulate and convincing. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 91% Mandy (2018) Fortunately, Cosmatos' Mandy matches Cage grimace for grimace and achieves, at times, a transcendent midnight madness. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda explores these questions with a slow, deliberate and damned near-perfect film. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) You'd be hard-put to find anything with the acerbic brilliance of Bong Joon-ho's Parasite, a masterful dissection of social inequality and the psychology of money. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) An undeadpan comedy which dies halfway through and fails to reanimate itself. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 87% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Loach's fury remains unabated and his humanity empathetic and profound. Yes, there are lectures and no, there's not much subtlety, but the world is not a subtle place and sometimes we need a screed. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 68% Little Joe (2019) The metaphorical strength of the happy plant is explained over again, but doesn't fully land. But Hausner is a great director and this is an enjoyable and interesting film. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers has created a film of disturbing horror, absurdist comedy and probing psychodrama which defies the generic boundaries as it breaks through them. The Lighthouse is a saltwater gothic masterpiece. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Fittingly for a film about a painter, the compositions are glorious: the use of a rich and diverse colour palette; the perfectly framed mise en scene and the feel for texture and material as well as the softness of skin and the body. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2/5 58% Frankie (2019) It's just Huppert on autopilot and like that dry white wine, you can have too much of it. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) There's humour: this is perhaps Tarantino's funniest film, with Pitt bringing a lot of the guffaws. And yes, there's violence: dark, extreme and frequently funny. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is bold, beautiful and brutal. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
1/5 79% Loro (2019) Just like Berlusconi, it is misogynistic, tacky, morally and politically vacuous. Again, like Silvio, it thinks it's funny, but it most assuredly isn't. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 90% Bone Tomahawk (2015) It doesn't so much revise the western as bifurcates it with a genre mash of dark, gruesome and bloody originality. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 96% Welcome To Leith (2015) Some of the images seek for a closure that just isn't there... Given recent docs that have gone for the long haul, one wonders whether Walker might have been advised to have stuck around a little longer. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 51% At Any Price (2013) The rising temperature never really ignites. There's conflicts aplenty, but things simmer without ever quite coming to the boil. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019