John Pym

John Pym
John Pym's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight & Sound Monthly Film Bulletin

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T-Meter Title | Year
80% Carmen (1915) Frankly a mess. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
No Score Yet Hamlet (1976) [Director] Celestino Coronado's Hamlet is held together in large part by the poised confidence of the principals, notably by Helen Mirren and the Meyer brothers. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
No Score Yet Black Joy (1977) Succeeds on a higher level, however, thanks largely to the authority of Trevor Thomas' performance. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
92% Rocky (1976) Rocky, Stallone's alter ego, is sufficiently engaging to make one forget, momentarily at least, the script's milk-fed lack of originality. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
58% Ironweed (1987) Perhaps the heart of the matter is the false lure of the original: some books, such as Ironweed despite strung visual incidents and an almost palpable sense of place, just do not translate to the screen. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
22% Slaves of New York (1989) Ivory observes these youthful shenanigans with a notably engaged sympathy. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
100% Camp De Thiaroye (1990) A notable picture which in fifty years will still have much to say. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
No Score Yet Paris by Night (1988) Charlotte Rampling gives a stylish, strikingly uncaricatured performance, which becomes truly remarkable when, at the end, she manages to stoke our sympathy for this coolly amoral murderess. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
95% A Fish Called Wanda (1988) To those who appreciate Ealing comedy (which is to say all right-thinking people), watching the film is like chancing on a Hogarth sketch in grandmother's attic, clearly and unmistakably signed by the Master. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
93% Glory (1989) The film's chief virtue is its spectacular choreography. The final battle... is a striking combination of dynamism and clarity. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
86% Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) Coal Miner's Daughter, however, belongs to Sissy Spacek, and in a smaller way to Beverly D'Angelo, who plays Patsy Cline, Loretta's friend and erstwhile country-music 'rival'. Both sing their hearts out with infectious application. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
89% Mystery Train (1989) Mystery Train, evocatively photographed by the clear-eyed outsider Robby Muller, is occasionally touched with comic inspiration. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
87% Presumed Innocent (1990) Where Presumed Innocent really takes off, though, and begins to catch an authentic flavour of the book is in the courtroom performances. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
94% Manhattan (1979) Allen has always had difficulty harmonising his comic talents and the skittering form of his films: Manhattan is a temporary resolution gratefully received. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
96% The Old Dark House (1932) The film is shot through in almost every scene by a wholly individual sense of comic timing and bizarre juxtaposition. - Monthly Film Bulletin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
94% The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli Zoccoli) (1979) The harmonious unity of Ermanno Olmi's film, despite one or two discordant notes, stems largely from the director's circumspect approach to all its elements. The parts are justly proportioned and nothing is allowed to command undue attention. - Monthly Film Bulletin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
97% The Big Sleep (1946) The plethora of killings now seems on the whole less horrific than it once did, while the film's tone of escalating absurdity in a genuinely dark world grows if anything even more sprightly as the years go by. - Monthly Film Bulletin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
86% Experience Preferred... But Not Essential (1982) Nothing particularly surprising here, but the sentiment is notably unforced. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2014
33% Pin-Up Girl (1944) The script is nothing special, but Grable and singing rival Rae, both engaging troupers despite the mugging, do their best to liven up the proceedings. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2014