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
4/5 75% 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 76% 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 65% 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
4/5 100% The Climb (2019) 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 33% Sibyl (2019) 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 94% 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 67% 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
5/5 100% 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 75% Sorry We Missed You (2019) 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 98% 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
4/5 100% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) 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 64% 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 92% 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 83% 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 91% 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
5/5 92% Anomalisa (2015) Anomalisa might be bizarre, surreal and far out, but it always feels paradoxically real, grounded and deeply true. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 90% Black Souls (2015) With its surprising narrative twists and handsome visuals, Black Souls ends up being a far more original take on the Italian organised crime drama than first thought. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 92% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) This tragic see-saw, which sees revolutionary enthusiasm digging the grave of revolution, is the subject of Stanley Nelson's angry, sorrowful, yet invigorating and timely history of the movement. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 62% Howl (2015) The werewolf doesn't have a personality and Howl ultimately suffers from as well, never quite sure how serious to take its own characters and their predicament and yet never going the full on B-movie parody root. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 92% Beasts of No Nation (2015) Fukunaga and his actors -- especially the two leads -- have managed to create a riveting drama which is suitably appalling. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 80% Macbeth (2015) Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie and Todd Louiso have adapted Shakespeare's text intelligently and agree or disagree with their various elisions and interpretations, it is good to see the boldness of their decisions. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 80% Convenience (2013) This is a cheap and cheerful comic universe that feels no need for the delightful rules of credibility or narrative logic. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 92% Last Breath (2018) Last Breath makes for a very decent entry into the survival genre of films like Touching the Void with the added appeal of the submarine movie and all the claustrophobia and intensity that comes with that. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 78% By Our Selves (2015) Toby Jones has the thankless task of portraying the escapee, wandering about looking befuddled while a variety of voices recite poetry and letters, or mutter against a soundtrack that mixes ambient noise and electronic fluttering. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 19% The Reflektor Tapes (2015) Sonic fugues in between songs allow the band and particularly band leader Win Butler to wax (and wane) philosophical in a way that might tempt the cruel to sardonic smirking, if not hearty laughter. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 18% Narcopolis (2015) A film titled Narcopolis really should be more fun than Nancy Reagan's 'Just Say No' campaign. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 84% Mia Madre (2016) This delicate human drama is constantly interrupted by the altogether ordinary and often unfunny satire on making a film. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 55% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) An entertaining and suitably gruesome gangster thriller which nevertheless feels like a missed opportunity. Benicio del Toro is suitably weighty and fascinating in the lead role. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 71% War Book (2015) It begins to resemble a poorly thought-out episode of the The West Wing -- with geopolitical realities subordinate to soapy backstory. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 36% Beyond The Reach (2015) Beyond the Reach has a ripped from the headlines topicality, but unfortunately this plodding thriller consistently fails to engage. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 45% 5 Flights Up (2015) Ultimately too fluffy to offer anything real. The comedy isn't funny enough and the social commentary at times verges on the smug. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) The Salt of the Earth is a glowing tribute to a committed and admirable artist. Wenders makes no attempt to critique or challenge his subject, and is content to let Salgado and his camera speak for themselves. And speak they do. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 95% Amy (2015) Just as Senna made a villain of track officials and Alain Prost, so Amy doesn't pull any punches in describing a preventable finale. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 95% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) Going Clear offers gossipy elements... but its power is in the accumulated evidence of so many voices. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 67% Everyone's Going To Die (2013) Everything is too polished, like an efficiently made episode of a TV drama, and even the oddness feels contrived and clichéd, a generic choice rather than a real sensibility. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 98% Timbuktu (2015) A beautiful drama fuelled by a sense of urgent and righteous anger. But there's sadness here as well as hope. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 87% The Lobster (2016) The claustrophobia of these airless worlds has been at times amusing but often stifling. However, with The Lobster Lanthimos has broadened his scope and has created a marvellously bleak, bizarre comedy. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 68% The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) So much obvious thought has gone into making the film visually striking that the script seems to have gone unread. There's no other explanation for the woeful stupidity of some of the characters' actions and the blandness of the dialogue. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 31% Lost River (2015) For Gosling it seems to be train set, a paint box and a whole crate of star studded action figures to play with and he throws them at the screen willy-nilly, in a way which is at least exuberant and entertaining. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 44% Bypass (2014) Bypass is a disappointment, with obvious talent going to waste due to too much emphasis on aesthetics and not enough to telling an original and gripping story. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019