Jonathan Romney Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
62% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) One of the great things that Haenel achieves in this film is to convey a sense of Jenny's seriousness, moral and professional, reminding us that the way to reveal a character's complexity is not to concoct an overtly complex performance.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
95% Gimme Danger (2016) Stooges fans will find plenty to enthuse about in the film's ample coverage of a little-documented career.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
92% Raw (Grave) (2017) The inventively grisly (or gristly) genre debut by French up-and-comer Julia Ducornau.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) While their one-liners could be a lot sharper, Crowe and Gosling more than get by on stumblebum amiability.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) There's probably a stronger, tighter film in here, but fair game at least to Arnold in her commitment to following the winding back roads of filmic experiment rather than the well-mapped highway of storytelling.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 14, 2016
66% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) Bang Gang has a zeitgeisty punch that doesn't always make for thematic depth, but that marks Husson as a confident stylist and director of young talent, both seasoned and non-professional.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
58% Ma loute (2016) This knowingly excessive brew of cartoonish knockabout and macabre comedy horror just isn't that funny.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
36% Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) (2016) Although the result isn't an all-out nightmare, it's not an idyll to rank with the Italian veteran's best.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) A bittersweet comedy of manners that sees Allen pushing the boat out stylistically and in narrative ambition, even as he treads familiar ground.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
89% Dheepan (2016) Narratively, though, the film skates on the edge of incoherence. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
89% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) The wordless way that they click suggests a sexual telepathy, there's real tenderness in their sounds and movements, and the characters seem to be having a really good time-which is still something of a rarity when it comes to sex in art cinema.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
60% Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands (Fassbinder: at elske uden at kræve) (2016) Thomsen's is a confused, partial, awkwardly constructed tribute that is an interesting addition to the mass of commentary on Fassbinder.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
60% Wrong Move (Falsche Bewegung) (1975) Everything in Wrong Move happens as if by magic-or as if previously written in the pages of another book. While situated in a mundanely real modern Germany, the narrative is entirely anti-realistic.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
4/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) Overall, this is a tremendous film - narratively satisfying, visually striking, and with a teasing theological subtext, if that's your bag.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
2/5 51% Boulevard (2015) It's a lugubrious, creaky affair, as Williams squishes up his face and droops his shoulders with a coyness that can be downright embarrassing.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/5 100% I Am Belfast (2015) Cousins offers perhaps his most eccentric docu-essay yet, an impressionistic portrait of his home town, with Helena Bereen playing a regal personification of the spirit of place.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
2/5 66% Nasty Baby (2015) This is one of those awkward films that depicts complacent characters while itself looking complacent, and Silva never quite seems in control of his volatile material.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
1/5 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) There are many offensive things about this insipid confection ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
4/5 72% Calamity Jane (1953) Boisterous fun, with Day's performance - as the song goes - as busy as a fizzy sarsaparilla.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/5 100% Couple In A Hole (2015) This strange film is a ruralist cross between British psychological realism and the wilder, Artaud-inflected fringes of French art cinema.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
4/5 89% Dheepan (2016) You'll emerge shrugging with bitter frustration, but when Dheepan is good, it's very good.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/5 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) Not so much a movie, more a morale-boosting initiative, but briskly jolly, and given a dash of class by Jim Broadbent, Christopher Walken and a wonderfully unctuous Tim McInnerny.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
1/5 6% Martyrs (2016) It's deeply unappetising - insipid for much of its length, before soullessly revelling in the agony for its final stretch.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
5/5 84% Victoria (2015) More than a technical prodigy, Victoria is an authentic piece of cinematic magic.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
2/5 55% Anguish (2015) If ever a film failed to live up to its title... mild impatience, more like it.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
2/5 64% Black Mountain Poets (2015) None of the ensemble interplay quite gels here.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
5/5 96% Ran (1985) A magisterial achievement.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
3/5 100% Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree's Story (2015) It's an engaging watch, and Street's own camera work provides attractive polish.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
3/5 60% Papusza (2014) I could have stared and stared at the opening shot alone. But visuals apart, this biopic is frustratingly slack.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Yes, it's always nice to see actors of the caliber of Holly Hunter (as a skeptical judge) and Jeremy Irons (as Alfred the butler) get to do something-anything!-in these big splashy movies, but human presence here feels surplus to requirements.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) It's also a rivetingly smart and levelheaded piece of adventure storytelling, executed with expert tautness‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
No Score Yet Winter Song (Chant D'hiver) (2015) Iosseliani remains a master of a form that arguably only he practices these days, although Etaix was a past master in his day. It's an almost forgotten cinematic art, but an unmistakably noble one: philosophical slapstick.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) It's sweet, simple, potent theatrical magic-but it all signals, as so much does in the film, how much the past is visible in Thailand's present, and how much is invisible unless we're willing to look.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
91% Zero Days (2016) A must-see for anyone interested in how cybertech is changing politics; even if a more cool-headed analysis would be welcome in this informationally cluttered film.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
89% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) If Jia Zhang-ke's latest feature was one of 2015's biggest disappointments, it's simply because two-thirds of it are so good, making the misjudged final chapter all the more bathetic.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
95% Remainder (2015) Very much a film of ideas, but it offers enough drama, sexiness and alluring mystery to hook an adventurous art-house audience, with potential for crossover to an upmarket genre constituency.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
59% Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016) What Greenaway does, however, at times quite magnificently-together with regular collaborators, DP Reinier van Brummelen and editor Elmer Leupen-is to expand on the visual and rhythmic vocabulary of what we think of as the "Greenaway film."‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
98% Aferim! (2016) Lyrical and nightmarish in turns, but in no way nostalgic, Jude's reconstruction of this world makes for one of the most striking films of the last year, and a flamboyant anomaly in today's often cautious world of European art cinema.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2016
94% The Treasure (2016) Minimalism of the sort that Porumboiu specializes in is an extremely hard register to maintain, and in this film, it involves the viewer walking a tightrope as much as the director does.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
3/5 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) Headland's script sometimes feel more like a 2015 zeitgeist-capsule than an organic piece of comedy, but the mix of sophistication and unabashed raunch has a definite light charm.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
3/5 60% Joy (2015) You won't be bored - but Russell never convinces you that this mop-maker's story is worth getting in a lather about.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
3/5 52% At Any Price (2013) It's an honest, grown-up, slightly earnest slice of rolled-sleeves Americana - something like the cinematic equivalent of a Steve Earle album.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
5/5 94% Contempt (1964) Steeped in melancholy and a sense of mourning.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
2/5 69% The Danish Girl (2015) It's a laboured, glossy affair in which the complexity and challenge of Lili's process of becoming are buried under a glaze of sumptuous design and arch acting.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
60% Joy (2015) Joy is for the most part a bewildering mess-possibly because its four credited editors are a sign of structural problems, possibly just because Russell throws too much directorial dash at us when he should be making things simple.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
97% 45 Years (2015) In the current climate of UK cinema, 45 Years is a striking anomaly, and a rigorously executed one.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) The contributions are generally illuminating; it's always fun hearing Scorsese warm to a topic (you really feel Hitchcock is an element he swims in like a seal).‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) Written by Meg LeFauve, with her, Sohn, and others credited on story, The Good Dinosaur features the most mundane narrative of any Pixar film-mundane because it so blatantly aspires to mythic resonance. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2015
100% Out 1, Noli Me Tangere (1971) The contingent, the unforeseeable and uncontrollable, is a privileged element in much 20th-century experimental art-in music and painting as much as in film and literature-and Out 1 honors it to the maximum.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
65% Spectre (2015) The problem may be that Mendes is trying to offset the inherent pulpiness of the series by playing up the class.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015