Jon Fortgang

Jon Fortgang
Jon Fortgang's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film4

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Ordet (The Word) (1954)

"A sombre exploration of religious faith in all its various guises, directed by Dreyer with a quiet but deep seated compassion for his characters." ‐Film4
Posted Apr 10, 2016

The Mirror (1975)

"There isn't a scene here which isn't strikingly shot and the final impression is of something personal, mysterious and yet frequently profoundly resonant." ‐Film4
Posted Aug 4, 2015

Salesman (1968)

"Unarguably one of the greatest documentaries ever made, and an intimate portrait of the reality behind a thousand blue collar dramas." ‐Film4
Posted Mar 9, 2015

Valmont (1989)

"Insufficiently racy in tone as well as pacing, this accomplished but bland costume drama is Dangerous Liaisons' poor cousin." ‐Film4
Posted Feb 9, 2015

Altered States (1980)

"Like much of Russell's work, Altered States is ostentatious and pretentious yet genuinely engaged with ideas and style." ‐Film4
Posted Aug 16, 2014

Pretty in Pink (1986)

"Hughes' penetrating insight into the minds of 1980s kids makes this one of the best films to bear his name." ‐Film4
Posted Jun 9, 2014

Gertrud (1964)

"An elegant melodrama, acted and directed with precision. Let it unfold at its own unhurried pace and the rewards are ample and long lasting." ‐Film4
Posted May 22, 2014
No Score Yet

Listen to Britain (1942)

"An intimate portrait of Britain at war, full of fascinating and valuable footage, put together with Jennings' humanity and wit." ‐Film4
Posted May 20, 2014

Wicker Park (2004)

"Both bland and slightly daft." ‐Film4
Posted Mar 18, 2014

Bottle Rocket (1996)

"Anderson's debut film is a small-scale delight." ‐Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2014

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

"This is an impressive spectacle, rightfully lauded for its myriad innovations. But the sentiments it expresses are pretty damn ugly." ‐Film4
Posted Aug 19, 2013

Trainspotting (1996)

"Funny, disturbing, tragic and deeply addictive." ‐Film4
Posted Jun 26, 2013

Scandal (1989)

"A quality cast, polished writing and the atmospheric evocation of Soho and Whitehall sleaze make for a powerful depiction of Ward's fall from grace." ‐Film4
Posted May 8, 2013

The Return (Vozvrashcheniye) (2003)

"Mysterious, compelling, visually inventive, The Return is a quiet but intense metaphysical-drama of great emotional impact and insight." ‐Film4
Posted Mar 27, 2013

Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) (The Iron Gate) (1958)

"Short and to the point, this is a rewarding mix of punchy storytelling and sensitive characterisation delivered with immense wit and style." ‐Film4
Posted Mar 18, 2013
5/5 75%

The Road (2009)

"Haunting, harrowing yet profoundly enriching. The Road is the most powerful and moving post-apocalyptic film of the twenty-first century." ‐Film4
Posted Jan 7, 2010
3.5/5 81%

Okuribito (Departures) (2009)

"Doesn't quite justify the enormous plaudits heaped upon its shoulders, but a warm-hearted comedy-drama with its own likeably odd sensibility." ‐Film4
Posted Dec 4, 2009
4/5 77%

Examined Life (2009)

"A fascinating introduction to the big issues in modern philosophy, presented with a pleasantly light touch." ‐Film4
Posted Nov 19, 2009
4/5 81%

We Live in Public (2009)

"A fascinating documentary about a life lived on the cutting edge of technology, and the definitive film about the net's own coming-of-age." ‐Film4
Posted Nov 12, 2009
2/5 47%

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"Achieves the highly improbable by making one of the most exciting events of the 1960s look really boring." ‐Film4
Posted Nov 12, 2009
4/5 87%

Welcome (2010)

"A sensitive, low-key, touching drama about the complicated issues surrounding international displacement." ‐Film4
Posted Nov 6, 2009

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

"An enjoyable if rather pallid rendering of Carroll's classic tale." ‐Film4
Posted Nov 3, 2009
4/5 73%

Starsuckers (2009)

"This provocative, proudly partisan but consistently entertaining doc is compulsory viewing not just for everyone working within the media, but for anyone who watches TV, reads the papers, surfs the net or has to walk down a city street." ‐Film4
Posted Oct 30, 2009
2/5 65%

Made in Jamaica (2006)

"Some great performances and a raw taste of life on the streets of Jamaica, but too ragged and rambling to explain why this music matters." ‐Film4
Posted Oct 22, 2009
2.5/5 38%

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

"Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant is a film with a chronic identity crisis and no clear idea where it's headed." ‐Film4
Posted Oct 22, 2009
3/5 63%

Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2009)

"A worthwhile doc about an unreported arm of the alt-rock industry." ‐Film4
Posted Oct 8, 2009
4/5 94%

Goodbye Solo (2009)

"The strange power of those final moments - at once tender, tragic and triumphant - grant this unassuming drama about saying goodbye to Solo the status of a minor masterpiece played in an appropriately minor key." ‐Film4
Posted Oct 8, 2009
4/5 87%

Swingers (1996)

"One of the sharpest male-oriented comedies of the 1990s." ‐Film4
Posted Oct 4, 2009
3.5/5 96%

Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008)

"A deftly assembled, wry and touching self-portrait of Agnès Varda as both a filmmaker and an endearing, indomitable spirit." ‐Film4
Posted Oct 4, 2009
3.5/5 100%

Three Miles North of Molkom (2007)

"The enjoyably sarky tone conceals a sympathetic and frequently very funny documentary." ‐Film4
Posted Sep 18, 2009
3.5/5 36%

Je Veux Voir (2008)

"An unconventional yet haunting documentary that shines a strange new light on life in modern Lebanon." ‐Film4
Posted Sep 18, 2009
2.5/5 60%

Shank (2009)

"The raw power of the story isn't always very effectively harnessed but the level of conviction is certainly impressive." ‐Film4
Posted Sep 11, 2009
2.5/5 83%

The September Issue (2009)

"Wintour and her colleagues are well-dressed company, but what's really going on stays behind closed doors." ‐Film4
Posted Sep 11, 2009
4/5 91%

Fish Tank (2010)

"A quietly intense, strikingly shot coming-of-age drama, Fish Tank establishes Andrea Arnold as a lyrical chronicler of marginalised Britain." ‐Film4
Posted Sep 11, 2009
3.5/5 50%

Jetsam (2007)

"A skilfully written and deftly controlled thriller that refuses to be bound by budget limitations, Jetsam marks Simon Welsford out as a potentially significant new director." ‐Film4
Posted Aug 29, 2009
4/5 No Score Yet

Shooting Robert King (2009)

"A fascinating, entertaining and skilfully assembled documentary about the messed up business of war reporting, and the messed up men who do it." ‐Film4
Posted Aug 23, 2009
3/5 81%

Bandslam (2009)

"Implausible, formulaic, too ponderous for young kids, not cool enough for teenagers and yet strangely hard to resist. File away under extremely guilty pleasure." ‐Film4
Posted Aug 13, 2009
2/5 31%

Aliens in the Attic (2009)

"This is one of those once-seen-immediately-forgotten enterprises which avoids anything memorable or imaginative in favour of fast, functional, charisma-free busy-ness." ‐Film4
Posted Aug 13, 2009
1.5/5 15%

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)

"Perez's film ought to be an hour-and-a-half of beery, dumb-ass fun. Instead it has the weary air of a genuinely disastrous disaster movie. Size, it seems, matters after all." ‐Film4
Posted Aug 7, 2009
3/5 64%

Beautiful Losers (2008)

"An amiable portrait of the artist as a scruffy slacker, and a useful jumping off point for anyone interested in investigating some of the cultural issues that marked the 1990s and the start of the new millennium." ‐Film4
Posted Aug 7, 2009
4/5 85%

Kisses (2010)

"A touching, tender coming-of-age drama which balances gritty realism with an intriguing sense of the fantastic." ‐Film4
Posted Jul 16, 2009
4/5 84%

Soul Power (2009)

"Brilliant archive footage and blistering live performances - an exhilarating concert film." ‐Film4
Posted Jul 10, 2009
3.5/5 97%

35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008)

"Claire Denis has assembled a simple yet achingly touching little drama. On the surface it looks as if hardly anything's happening, but submit to the gently fluid style and it turns out everything is going on." ‐Film4
Posted Jul 9, 2009
3.5/5 80%

Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) (1994)

"A clear call for tolerance, deftly executed by a director for whom the personal and the political were indivisible." ‐Film4
Posted Jul 2, 2009

Cry-Baby (1990)

"Cheerfully camp, terrifically enjoyable teen parody that ranks among Waters' best moments. Oh, and world -- meet Johnny Depp!" ‐Film4
Posted Jun 20, 2009
4/5 85%

Looking for Eric (2010)

"Funny, touching and cheerfully unlikely in every sense, this ranks among the great British filmmaker's most enjoyable films." ‐Film4
Posted Jun 11, 2009
3/5 70%

Summer Scars (2007)

"A smart, sharp British psycho-thriller." ‐Film4
Posted Jun 5, 2009
4/5 86%

Accident (1967)

"Taut, dark, brilliantly acted -- this autopsy on the emotional lives of the English intelligentsia is among Bogarde and Losey's greatest achievements." ‐Film4
Posted Jun 5, 2009
4/5 85%

Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969)

"An eye-poppingly vivid exercise in genre-busting filmmaking. Here is one of the most persistently intriguing directors of the 1960s at his most watchable and entertaining." ‐Film4
Posted May 22, 2009
4/5 90%

Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009)

"A slow but perfectly pitched drama that tells its harsh story with touching tenderness, quiet sympathy and an absence of sticky sentiment. The time it demands is amply rewarded." ‐Film4
Posted May 22, 2009
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